Link (via Geisha Asobi)
I give you, miniature fast-food... Our burger was a little over one inch tall and about an inch wide. After we took all the pictures we cut the tiny burger in half and each ate half. It tasted awesome... Everything was handmade, including the tiny buns.
"Otaku are weak and they've got money, so we went after them," one of the arrested youths told the police.Link (Thanks, Paul Saffo!)
Police said one of the cases involved three boys waylaying a 14-year-old boy who was headed to Akihabara to buy an anime doll and demanding he pay them money or he would be bashed. The boy handed over 3,000 yen (US$25.47), the police said.
Check out the table of contents here.
Craft is the first project-based magazine dedicated to the renaissance that is occurring within the world of crafts. Celebrating the DIY spirit, Craft's goal is to unite, inspire, inform and entertain a growing community of highly imaginative people who are transforming traditional art and crafts with unconventional, unexpected and even renegade techniques, materials and tools; resourceful spirits who undertake amazing crafting projects in their homes and communities.Pre-order on Amazon
Volume 01 features 23 projects with a twist, including sewing a light-up tank top, turning old shoes into great new knitted boots, felting an iPod cozy, embroidering your skateboard, making a jet-age garden, and more.
However there is a problem - the Guidelines book we should be getting is version 3.0, but the book we are actually getting is version 2.2. The reason for this? Copyright. It seems that the London Ambulance Service wants to change a few bits to make it more relevant to London. But because the organization that wrote it maintains the copyright - it can't be changed for us.Link (Thanks, Adrian!)
Link. Shot by Jeremy K. in Taiwan, who rescued this kitten from the street, where government animal control patrols would have apparently offed it (Taiwan is an island, after all, and there's a feral cat problem). Here are more photos. He explains:
My life is surrounded by cats. Up to now, I keep 14 cats with me, But I'm NOT proud of it.
I'd rather prefer each cat has it's own family, so there're gonna be 14 families become cats lovers.
Why am I doing this ? Becouse there're too many cats in the street, and NO ONE gives a sh*t about them.
Taiwan government's policy of homeless dogs and stray cats is "KILL THEM ALL". I can't change that, BUT.... At least, something we can do. and it's up to you.
~"Take them home."
Update: University of Florida has taken original videos offline. Many BoingBoing readers yearning for a hit of the Baked Biz Professor have written in requesting mirror site urls. We'll post them if you'd like to point us to them.
These are tough times for the Central Intelligence Agency. It's not just the blown calls on Iraq. Or the bruising turf battles with the White House. There's the series of internal purges. And, of course, the constant threat of another terrorist attack. No wonder the Agency is having trouble hiring good people.Link (thanks, Noah Shachtman!)
But still, can things have grown so dire at Langley that the CIA has to resort to gimmicks like this wink-wink-trying-to-be-ironic-and-cool-but-instead-looking-even-more-dorky recruiting website.
The "CIA personality quiz" is supposed to show how the Agency needs all types to function. So the exam offers up a series of questions, about your favorite leisure activities, the "kind of transportation you prefer," and what super power you'd like to have. And then the site tells you what kind of valuable asset to the CIA you'd be.
Reader comment: Frank F says,
They're also running commericials in the same style as the art displayed in the screenshot you posted: Link. Saw that one run a few days ago in the East Bay on a Comcast cable channel. Kinda stands out, what with the CIA not usually running commercials and all.
The Southern California Wireless Users Group (SOCALWUG) meets every month here in Los Angeles, and I'll be joining them this evening to share video, photos, and audio from a recent trip to Northern India and Tibet -- where I learned about some amazing guerilla wireless projects. We're also going to try to do a live Skype call with Yahel Ben-David, founder of the Tibetan Technology Center in Dharamshala, India. They're hosting a big community wireless summit there in October. Tonight's nerd hang should be fun, please come join us if you're in town. Link to details.
WHEN: 7:00pm to 9:00pm (Pacific), Thursday 09/28/06
WHERE: Auditorium at VAN NUYS / SHERMAN OAKS SENIOR CITIZEN CENTER (A.K.A. BERNARDI CENTER), on 5040 Van Nuys Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.
Image: (Xeni Jardin, 2006) -- antenna for the Dharamshala mesh network on top of a Hindu temple overlooking the Kangra valley.
* Beginning October 6, the Lucky JuJu Pinball Museum in Alameda, California will host "X-Ray Photography of Toys and Other Interesting Things," an exhibit of work by by NY-based science photographer Ted Kinsman. Link.
* Photos from the Rocketbelt Convention at Niagara Falls: Bill "Beam Jockey" Higgins says, "I attended the Rocketbelt Convention in Niagara Falls, New York, home of Bell Aerospace where the Rocket Belt was invented. Retired RB pilots and engineers were mingling with people building the new generation of belts and other personal rocket devices. There was a demo flight on the street outside the Niagara Aerospace Museum." Link.
* Art teacher loses job after fifth-grade students see nude sculpture during field trip to Texas museum: Link (thanks, Sagebrush Gardener).
* Haircuts by children: Link (thanks, Cory Silverberg).
* What do Jabba the Hutt and John the Baptist have in common? "Star Wars Shortened." Link to video. (Thanks, Jason Wishnow).
Reader comment: regarding the art teacher who was fired for exposing 5th grade students to nude sculpture at a Texas art museum, BB reader Gregory Fischer says,
thanks for the post. I followed the links to the Frisco, Texas independent school district website. if anyone cares to comment directly to the board, here is the contact info for the director of communications:Chris Cantwell writes,
FISD Director of Communications
Phone: (469) 633-6060
Fax: (469) 633-6050
also note that the school motto is "Never be anything less than everything you can be.” glad to see irony is alive and well.
I saw your post on BoingBoing regarding Sydney McGee, who was fired for taking her students to the Dallas Museum of Art. I've written this letter to the principal (and the FISD) and am sending it to all the major publications in the Dallas area as well. I grew up in Plano, next door to Frisco, and this story really upsets me.Read Christopher's letter, and a response from the school district, after the jump.
Read the rest
The Mars rover named Opportunity reached a long-anticipated destination today: the rim of "Victoria Crater," on the Meridiani Planum region of the red planet, on the rover's 951st Martian day, or sol (Sept. 26, 2006).
After the drive, the rover's navigation camera took the three exposures combined into this view of the crater's interior. This crater has been the mission's long-term destination for the past 21 Earth months.BoingBoing reader Kevin Biegel, who points us to this news, says, "The big stereoscope picture is nothing less than breathtaking! There's even a crazy-cool rock outcropping cliff thing that looks like a giant head!!! Between this and the Virgin Galactic news and pictures today, this former Space Camper is very happy." Link
Reader comment: Erica Petroff says,
On September 10th, as the Opportunity rover closed in on Victoria Crater, it was posted that the Victoria Crater was about six times bigger than the Endurance Crater, but the link you had to the NASA website (Link) said that the Victoria Crater was six times wider than the Endurace Crater, making it much much more than six times larger. That really only makes this extra exciting, but I thought you guys might want to know? Anyhow, thanks for keeping me updated and everything!
Wired Magazine's NextFest is taking place in NYC this week, and I could kick myself for not being there. If you're there, digging it in person as I type this from behind my lonely little MacBook, I hate you.
Among the many amazing things at NextFest today: Sir Richard Branson unveiled the concept interior for SpaceShipTwo, the Virgin Galactic spaceliners on which passengers will soon be able to space-vacay with cushy intergalactic recliner seats and lots of big windows looking out on the great beyond.
“It won’t be much different than this,” Branson told reporters here at Wired Magazine’s NextFest forum. “It’s strange to think that in 12 months we’ll be unveiling the actual plane, and then test flights will commence right after that.”Link to Space.com story. Image: Mock-up interior of SpaceShipTwo. Michael Soluri, for SPACE.com
Virgin Galactic’s spaceliners will be specially-outfitted SpaceShipTwo vehicles built by Mojave, California-based Scaled Composites and veteran aerospace designer Burt Rutan. The new spacecraft, designed specifically for space tourism, will be three times the size of Rutan’s SpaceShipOne, which won the $10 million Ansari X Prize for privately-developed piloted spacecraft capable of reaching suborbital space twice in two weeks.
All this activity finally brings down the hammer of the border patrol, and a jeep shows up to separate us. The officer is friendly but firm. He’s just come on shift and has no idea we’ve been playing volleyball over the fence for the past hour.Link
He tells us that a daredevil launched himself across the border in a cannon a while back, but that ours was, in fact, the first-ever game of international border volleyball.
“And it worked over that tall fence?”
“Yup,” we say. “We’re up for one more round if you want to play.”
“No, man,” the officer says. “I’m on duty.”
Citing as influences the '80s New York/London punk and new wave scenes, as well as the power pop of Cheap Trick and Big Star, Spike (Michael) Priggen makes a wide variety of pop music, which ranges from subtle chamber pop to loud, bombastic garage rock to forays into psychedelia. There's No Sound In Flutes! is his 3rd solo LP.
From the jangly romanticism of "I Know Everything," to the scathing wit of "Everyone Loves Me But You," (30-second MP3 sample) to the heart-on-sleeve sentiment of "Little Star," (30-second MP3 sample) to the elegant, evocative twang of "The Only Girl (in the World)," the self-penned, self-produced There's No Sound In Flutes (on the artist's own Volare Label) maintains the same bountiful levels of craft, energy and heart that distinguished Priggen's prior solo releases, the all-original The Very Thing That You Treasure and the quirky covers collection Stars After Stars After Stars.
Merthyr Tydfil-based Compound Security released the "Mosquito" ringtone as a way of letting teenagers hear their phones ringing without adults knowing. It was developed because adults lose the ability to hear high-pitched sound.Link (thanks, Nick)
But now the sound is being used in a dance track, Buzzin', with secret melodies only young ears can hear. The tune was developed after the success of the company's ringtone which was released in June. (...)
A condition called presbycusis, or ageing ear, means that by the time most people reach the age of 25, they cannot hear much above a frequency of 13 or 14 kilohertz.
From the article about the winners:
Some things never grow old. Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man, first drawn more than 500 years ago, is still teaching people about the intricacies of the human body. Biology teacher Caryn Babaian of Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania, uses the iconic sketch as a "multi-conceptual image" in her introductory anatomy class to illustrate three crucial anatomical concepts: rotation, transparency, and transverse section. Babaian requires her students to draw the image in their notebooks as they watch it take shape on the blackboard. Panel of judges member Thomas Lucas says even though the use of the image "gave inspiration to a few people, the effect on them might have been more powerful than something that went over the mass media."Link to Science article, Link to slide show (Thanks, Mike Love!)
"There are no taboos in the field of research, but to do this directly in the course of teaching is obviously not appropriate," the paper quoted Tian Junting, a culture ministry official, as saying...Link
The naked lecture made many of the 30 or so students feel "uneasy," the paper said. "Some kept their eyes trained on the ceiling, some awkwardly bowed their heads and stared at the ground".
Tian, the culture ministry official, said the course was still in a "research phase" and it wasn't yet known whether it had produced "positive or negative effects."
The finding adds to evidence that the ratio between the two fingers - not the length itself but their length relative to each other - is associated with a number of different personality traits, which include sexuality, fertility, intelligence, aggressiveness and musical ability. The difference is believed to be linked to the level of the male hormone testosterone, to which the foetus is exposed in the womb. Scientists have suggested that the higher the level of testosterone, the more masculine the resulting foetus is likely to be, with its associated traits of strength, fertility and mathematical ability.Link
The Flexi-Light can be used as a task light, table-top lantern, tent chandelier or flashlight. It gives users total control of how and where they use light in the field. Scroll through five lighting modes with a simple turn of the switch: focused white flashlight, diffuse white area light, night vision red area light, focused night vision red and flashing red emergency beacon.Link (via Gizmodo)
Wendy's coming to my USC speaker-series on Oct 3, the International Day Against DRM to tell us about the ways that copyright law have become a tool for censorship, perverting the original intention of copyright, to enable creativity. If you're looking to understand how free speech become suppressed speech, you need to come to this talk.
Wendy presently teaches at Brooklyn Law, and is one of a small but growing number of lawyers who can write code as well as hacking law. She is a Harvard Berkman Fellow, and a smart lawyer, a fine writer, and a great speaker.
As you've heard from the previous speaker podcasts (Jason Schultz, EFF, Michael Ayers, Toshiba, Bruce Sterling, Bruce Schneier) these are great, interdisciplinary talks, attracting engineers, lawyers, film studies people, hackers, artists and musicians, people in industry, students, and hobbyists. I hope you'll make it next Tuesday!
Where: University of Southern California, Annenberg School, Room 240, Los Angeles
When: Tuesday, October 3, 7PM - the International Day Against DRM
Link to Clitoraid, which rhymes with Clonaid and Stemaid, any of which would probably pair nicely with Gatorade when you've just stepped onto a hot planet like the one pictured at left. (thanks, numlok)
Reader comment: Daniel V. Klein says,
I sent a pointer to the site cited in this post to my Mother, and she said:
"Hard to tell. The background info is pretty accurate, but restoring the clitoral nerve is nonsense. I assume it's a money making scheme. Sleazy way to make a buck."
You might say "ordinarily, I love reader comments", but my Mom is one of the preeminent researchers and writers on FGM. You can check her credentials here.
Update: University of Florida has taken the original videos offline. Many BoingBoing readers yearning for a hit of the Baked Biz Professor have written in requesting mirror site urls. We'll post them if you'd like to point us to them.
Now this is what I call higher education. BoingBoing reader Shawn says,
It appears from the content of this video that this University of Florida professor -- whom everyone has to take in the business school -- got REALLY REALLY REALLY HIGH before one of his classes.Looks like the lecturer's name is Howard J. (John) Hall, and he remains listed on the faculty of the University of Florida, Warrington College of Business. Video of his September 5, 2006 lecture: Link 1, and Link 2. He does ramble, but he's far more entertaining than any of the business school professors I ever sat through.
As I am told, he was fired the next day. Minute 28 is hilarious.
I'm including links to the windows video files hosted at UF in the hopes someone remixes this.
And as hilarious as the notion of a professor doing bong hits, then delivering a business school lecture may be, we don't know the truth here. Was he sick, and on medication? Maybe he's using medical marijuana to treat a serious condition? Perhaps there's a not-funny story behind the videos.
Reader comments: Henry Stokes says,
In the first video, the apparently-baked prof lectures/rambles about the origin of the middle finger about 15 minutes in. Well, according to Snopes, the origin he presents is in fact an urban legend: Link.Shawn, who originally pointed us to the item, updates us:
I did a little more research and found the video for the week after (luckily UF uses a good file naming structure) and found that a new professor takes over the next week. She doesn't elaborate on the issue but just assures the class everything is going to be ok. I also looked at the video for the week *before* and while he is a little goofy as profs go, he is much more coherent and to the point. Unfortunately I can't find *any* news story related to this (looked in the Gainesville Sun and Google News). Maybe your readers can find some hard facts?Alanna says,
I had another baked professor for first-year philosophy: Link. From the Toronto Star's article, I now understand why he was so hard to follow in lectures; he smokes pot with a medical clearance from the government. I'm not sure how it can be that he's just allowed to lecture whilst high. One of the questions on our term test involved correlating Plato with an excerpt of lyrics from one of the prof's favourite reggae songs.Jeff says,
don't forget boston university mythology professor carl ruck, who freely admits to using psychodelic mushrooms on regular basis as part of his research, and as wikipedia says, "he currently teaches a mythology class [...] that presents this theory in depth."
The Turbo Sonic store in Tokyo offers a wide selection of beautiful old ghetto blasters and boomboxen from the '70s and '80s. They also offer some nifty t-shirts and what looks like a boom box belt buckle, though I can't quite tell. Link (mostly Japanese site) (via xlr8r).
Reader comment: Tom Whitwell, Communities Editor at the Times Online (UK) says,
You might also enjoy this range of vintage synth/sampler etc belt buckles: Link. Lots of links to similar in the comments.
Seven prisoners died when 3,000 police and soldiers firing automatic weapons stormed the Pavon prison just after dawn on Monday. Corrupt guards would only patrol the prison's perimeter and run the administration section while an "order committee" of hardened inmates controlled the rest. They smuggled in food, drink and luxury goods. (...)Link (thanks, Paul)
Pet dogs, including a whining puppy, roamed the deserted prison grounds after the raid. One inmate kept a spider monkey captive, national prison officials said. (...) Police seized hundreds of phones and large quantities of the chemical acetone, used in the production of cocaine.
A lot of people have noticed that every time Photoshop launches, they can't stop staring at one name on the Splash Screen: Seetharaman Narayanan. His unusual name has inspired quite a following on the internet. Now you can learn a little more about the man behind the name.Link to interview. Here's an excerpt:
Everyone knows about your interesting name. What’s one interesting thing about you that people don’t know?
I bike to work every day, rain or shine. My bike route is 20 miles round-trip and I have been riding to work for the past 10 years. I even influenced my mentor Peter Merrill into biking to work. Since Peter is a maniac, he is now doing double-centuries on weekends.
Here's a flickr set of pictures documenting the zombie rights march to Austin's City Hall last Friday. The zombies' signs in the march included badly spelled slogans such as "Mairage = 1 Zombie + 1 Zombie", "More Binifits for Zombie Vets in Our Necronomoconomy", "Brains...The Other White Meat", "We're here, we're dead, get used to it!" and "Zombies Was People Too." The zombies, shouting "What do we want? Brains! When do we want them? Brains!" was unhindered by a group of pirates protesting the undead's demands for their rights.Link. You know, when I was in Seattle last week ( self-important clearing of throat ) visiting the Allen Institute for Brain Science and researching this story, I couldn't help but wonder -- what would zombies do with that open-access, 3D, digital atlas of brains? Plan dinner parties, perhaps.