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Wireless hacker pleads guilty, Google searches used as evidence

Over at CNET, Declan McCullagh has a report about a wireless hacker who was sentenced to 15 months in prison after his Google searches were used as evidence against him:
Court documents are ambiguous and don't reveal how the FBI discovered his search terms. That could have happened in one of three ways: an analysis of his browser's history and cache; an Alpha employee monitoring the company's wireless connection; or a subpoena to Google from the police for search terms tied to his Internet address or cookie.

Google has confirmed that it can provide search terms if given an Internet address or Web cookie, but has steadfastly refused to say how often such requests arrive. (Microsoft, on the other hand, told us that it has never received such queries for MSN Search, and AOL says it could not provide the information if asked.)

This isn't the first time that Google search terms popped up in a criminal case: Last year, prosecutors in a North Carolina murder case introduced as evidence phrases culled from a seized hard drive. The defendant was found guilty in part because he searched for the words "neck," "snap," "break" and "hold" before his wife was killed.

Link (via Tor mailing list, thanks anonymous)

Reader comment: Craig Ball ("Attorney and Technologist, Certified Computer Forensic Examiner") says,

In your post today, [Declan McCullagh] identifies three ways by which prosecutors may have come by the accused's Google searches. I believe [he] failed to mention the most likely means (though [he] likely meant more-or-less the same thing when you mentioned browser History).

There are several places in a Windows/Internet Explorer environment where users net activity is recorded other than in the History, the cache (Temporary Internet Files) or the Cookies folders. In particular, the most likely source turned up during a computer forensic investigaton would be the index.dat files used by the sytem to, among other things, manage net cache. These durable records permit second-by-second reconstruction of web activity, though their contents must be decoded. A Google search would be carried as a URL, and the search terms would be included in the search string. Even when the system deletes an index.dat file, it can be carved from the unallocated clusters and brought back for analysis. It's a great forensic resource.

Another little known sources for net activity are the User Assist keys in the system Registry. These Rotation-13 encoded data also walk an investigator through network activity, and the interesting thing about the User Assist keys is that, insofar as I've been able to discern, they have no clear purpose in supporting user activity. Rotation-13 is really high security encryption of the sort you might have devised in third grade. All letters are rotated 13 places in the alphabet. It's just enough encryption that users who stumble across the key won't recognize the content or find it in a text search.

Welcome to my world.

Fanmade rock aria for NASA mission: "Spacewalker"


I know Nihar Patel from his production work with the NPR News program "Day to Day" (I'm a contributor, and have had the privilege of working with him on reports). But I've just discovered that he's also a singer-songwriter in a yet to be named geek music genre.

He wrote a kitschy, nerdy fan homage to the Discovery STS-116 mission -- think Bowie's Space Oddity meets Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, but more dumbtastic:

Space Shuttle Discovery touched down on Friday. On this mission, astronaut Robert Curbeam made a record FOUR spacewalks. As a tribute to Curbeam, enjoy this rock aria featuring lyrics and vocals from Nihar Patel, and music from The Alan Parsons Project. It's titled "L'morte du Spacewalker."
Link to MP3 (via wikupload). Nihar says anyone's welcome to mirror it elsewhere for noncommercial use if you are so moved.

It's not Filk. It's not nerdcore. It's starschlock, and it's fabulous.

Image (NASA): Astronaut Bob Curbeam prepares to replace a faulty TV camera outside the International Space Station during the mission's first spacewalk.

Related BoingBoing posts:

Orbital dandruff on NASA TV: watch solar array retraction
Google and NASA sign partnership agreement
NASA's Space Gallery of Printed Works
More NASA-related BB posts

Reader comment: Freddie Freelance says,

Haven't you heard of the music Genre called Space Rock? Hawkwind? Flying Saucer Attack? ?!? Maybe we could get Mr. Patel an opening slot at NEARfest 2007?

Tree-griefer mauls holiday display, stagedives Xmas (video)

All this video lacks is a Minor Threat soundtrack. I'm breaking the post-December-25 moratorium on Christmas posts just this once, if only to propose this as an alternative method for tree takedown in the comfort of your own home. BoingBoing does not condone tree-griefing, or the destruction of other people's holiday property. (thanks, Hal)

James Brown, RIP: Christmas in Heaven.


The Godfather of Soul died today. He was 73. James Brown was one of the most influential figures in American pop culture history. Link to Wikipedia bio, and here's coverage in the NYT. Here are some links to vintage video of him in performance: Eyesight, Super Bad, I Feel Good, It's A Man's World, Please Please, Sex Machine, at the Olympia, Soul Power, Ed Sullivan, and an unusual TV interview (shorter clip here) Mr. Brown did when he was in a chemically altered state of consciousness after having been released from jail.

Reader comment: Andrew Tonkin says,

FYI James recorded a song called "Christmas in Heaven" (Amazon Link) - creepy man, it's like he KNEW.
Here's an MP3 of "Christmas in Heaven" via Loudersoft: Link.

Scott Eric Kaufman says,

If you haven't, you ought to read the article Jonathan Lethem (author of the superlative Fortress of Solitude) wrote on Brown for Rolling Stone.
Eric says,
WFMU did an amazing six-hour special on James Brown on Christmas exactly five years ago, streamable from their archive in a variety of formats and bitrates: Link
R. Chonak says,
Loudersoft's servers are overloaded now, so BB readers can't get to that James Brown MP3. However, it's available via Coral's servers: MP3 link
robby staven says,
This youtube link is Eddie Murphy doing James Brown. This bit turned a lot of young folks on to James when he wasn't at a really high point in his career. It arguably was the basis for James' 1980s-'90s comeback.
Jordie
This youtube video is a great and weird link of him making a Japanese soup commercial. Good bye you old funkmeister.
Yoz says,
The man behind that six-hour WMFU set, music journalist Douglas Wolk, also wrote a short but excellent book (Amazon Link) about "Live At The Apollo", one of the best live albums ever recorded. Despite not being a big James Brown fan, I really enjoyed it. Douglas will also be doing a short piece about Brown tomorrow on Democracy Now.
Stacey
Another James Brown-related item few people are aware of: JB (James Brown)-style roller skating (YouTube link). Originating in Chicago, this style of skating responds to the unique rhythms and breaks of James Brown's music. Groups of JB skaters hit a different rink nearly every night of the week to show their stuff. On Thursdays at "The Rink" on 87th St, or Sunday nights at Glenwood, there's barely room on the floor. I discovered the JB skating scene (and rediscovered Brown's music) when I was training to try out for a roller derby league. My only regret about making the derby league is that I no longer have time to see (I am nowhere near agile enough to "do") JB skating.
Nigel says,
If you're in SF on any Sunday don't miss the skaters in Golden Gate Park dancing like those in the JB youtube video. I had no idea it was called JB skating, just that it is amazing to watch. I took my son (6) to the park recently and one of the skaters took him under her wing and was holding his hand as he skated around with all of the other dancers/skaters. He had so much fun and even started doing his own moves. The skaters are incredible athletes and nice folks to boot!

Merry Petsmas


A snapshot of cavity-inducing sweetness from my friend and NPR News colleague Farai Chideya. She explains, "That's my hand, since I'm taking the pix -- my goddaughter Leah, and my friend Carol holding one of her 15 fuzzy animals."

Hacksaw cake for jailed pal

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Tim says: "A friend of mine recently went to jail for 2-3 weeks (neglected a traffic ticket for too long). What do you get for someone going to jail? A cake with a hacksaw in it:" Link

Previously on Boing Boing:
Prisoners' Inventions: MacGuyver meets the prison system

Liveblogging Christmas: Turduckencam 2006


BoingBoing reader Scott says,

For the second year in a row, my friend Erica and her mother and her father have conducted Turduckencam for the holidays. In case anyone doesn't know by now, a turducken is a chicken stuffed in a duck stuffed in a turkey. All three layers of meat are separated by layers of different filling. Mmmmm! No clue if they then plan to stuff it into a goose, then an emu, and then an ostrich...
Link to the family Turduckencam. It's live right now! This is even more exciting than Live Nude Naomi Campbell 3D bodyscanning.

As for the food, I've always been wary of anything on a plate that begins with the letters T-U-R-D, but hey, whatever floats your holiday boat. Also, a question: is the vegan version of this called a tofucken? Just asking.

Reader comment: louisiana refugee sez,

Please school these people a bit more about turducken. its a Louisiana thing, ya herd? Links: 1, 2, 3, 4
Regarding tofucken, Jonathan says,
TofuRkeys are great, but this recipe has been going around in vegan circles for years: Link. People who've had both tend to say the home version is far greater.
turlygod says,
Here is a link to a ten bird roast recipe that Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall (yes, he's posh) did on River Cottage. "You need a whole free range turkey... and a whole goose (6-7kg). And then a selection of 8-10 smaller birds..." The Beeb are doing well with back-catloguing what people want to see again. So watch the short vid (QT or WM).

Old FBI memo: "It's a Wonderful Life" is commie propaganda


FBI documents from 1947 show that government officials once believed the Christmas movie classic "It's a Wonderful Life" was Communist propaganda. About the FBI memo titled "COMMUNIST INFILTRATION OF THE MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY," Blogger Will Chen writes,

I love It's a Wonderful Life because it teaches us that family, friendship, and virtue are the true definitions of wealth.

In 1947, however, the FBI considered this anti-consumerist message as subversive Communist propaganda (read original FBI memo).

According to Professor John Noakes of Franklin and Marshall College, the FBI thought Life smeared American values such as wealth and free enterprise while glorifying anti-American values such as the triumph of the common man.


Link. 1947 was the same year in which the House Unamerican Activities Committee (HUAC) began investigating suspected Communist influence in Hollywood. This led to the blacklisting of many directors, writers, and other talent. More background on that: Link.

Snowed-in Denver airport viewed from above (photo)


Here's a Santa's-eye view of Denver International Airport, where many people -- including some BoingBoing readers! -- have been snowed in over the past week. The airport has reopened, but flights are still snarled. Hang in there, guys, and hope you get to where you're going soon.

Ashley Niblock took this incredible photo. (Thanks, Jacob Appelbaum!)

Update: wow, here's a side-by-side comparison of the same site with and without snow: Link (from mo.murrey).

Reader comment: Denver area resident Chris Lynn says,

Here are some photos of the Blizzard that hit the Denver area this week. I particularly like the one of my car buried in the snow.

Weird 1895 Christmas card: chihuaha with a rifle


Speaking of guns -- an anonymous BB reader says, "Nothing says holiday cheer like a chihuahua with a rifle. This Christmas card, dated 1895, might be the oddest ever." Yo quiero lead. Link

Reader comment: Michael says,

Another bizare 'Pro-NRA/SantaVsTerroist-SuicideBomber/TerroistVsBabyJesus' etc card I came across is linked here. The chihuaha may have been the root of all this? I swear, it gets stranger all the time.
Jim Murphy says,
The sheer strangeness of that chihuaha card motivated me to slap together an animated christmas greeting: Link. Happy Christmas!
Rachel says,
The chihuahua/gun Christmas card reminded me of this super creepy card that my dad received at his business last year. I thought it was just the sort of thing you guys would appreciate in all its disturbing glory. Flickr link.

Fear-mongering graphic novel attributed to NRA (UPDATED)


Update: (Tue., Dec. 25): More here.

Update (Mon., Dec. 25): This is not a hoax. I've been updating this item for a few days with reader comments debating authenticity (see bottom of post), and I'm now confident it's legit. Wonkette kindly shared a copy of the original PDF with us Sunday, and here it is: PDF LINK. Based on that, and copies of the Jan. 2007 cover of NRA magazine "America's 1st Freedom" uploaded by people who say they're NRA members (Link to scans), and illustrator Chris Gall's website -- I don't see any reason to doubt. Thanks to everyone who wrote in. On the internet, I guess it's better to be too skeptical than too prankable. Thanks also to the solid guys at Wonkette for yet another great scoop (BTW, now that it's written by two manly he-dudes, I think they should gender-correct the name... Wonkero ? ).

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Wonkette has published sneak peek scans from a new "graphic novel" attributed to the NRA to promote membership (don't miss the image alt tags.)

The illustrations are terrific. Above: With their mutant critter hordes of lobsters, islamofascist deer, and TNT-totin' owls, razor-eschewing hippie chicks who've escaped from R. Crumb comix are coming to burn down your white suburban home. And ye shall know them by the tracks of their Birkenstocks.

At left: your television is controlled by fire and drool-spewing ghost-ogres from Japanese fairy tales.

Link to scans from the Jack-Chick-esque "Freedom In Peril: Guarding the 2nd Amendment in the 21st Century," attributed to the National Rifle Association of America (I contacted the NRA to request confirmation, but have not yet received a reply).

For the record, I'm a firm supporter of second amendment rights. But I'm also fond of tofu and terror-chickens. (thanks, Vann Hall!)

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Web zen: Winter Zen


ice recordings
perserve a snowflake
snow globes
martin + munoz
line rider
die at the slopes
pimp my nutcracker
flying spaghetti monster lights
fruitcake
xmas kitten
don't die ding
mission snowdriftland
charlie brown christmas performed by scrubs

Web Zen Home, Store (Thanks Frank!)

Egyptian temple in GA from Nuwaubian Nation of Moors destroyed


From the most recent issue of Oxford American magazine:

In Putnam County, Georgia, a religious sect known as the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors operated for years while repeatedly defying local authorities. Ultimately, their property was seized. Soon after the raid, photographer A. Scott gained access to the compound to document its eerie and fascinating iconography.
Link to the Oxford American "web extras" page, which contains an audio slideshow narrated by the photographer, A. Scott. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be an easy direct link (grrrrr), so you may have to scroll down when this post becomes dated. Here's a direct link to the transcript of Scott's narrative: Link. Snip:
You saw the two pyramids as you rounded the bend in the highway. They were several stories high, rising above the Georgia pines. One was black and one was golden. If your car windows were rolled down, you could hear an ummmmm coming from unseen speakers.

As the road made another bend, the entire complex came into view: the sphinx, the temple of the bull-god, the groves of fake palm trees, the thirty-foot-high golden ankhs, the rows of statues of animal-headed Egyptian deities, and–in some ways strangest of all, given the setting–a billboard that read JOHN 3:16. This was Tama-Re, the compound of the United Nuwaubian Nation of Moors. These photographs were taken shortly before the place was bulldozed. The Nuwaubians are an offshoot of the Nation of Islam. Dwight “Malachi Z.” York founded the group and led its members. (...)

York was convicted of child molestation and racketeering in 2004. He is currently serving 135 years. The federal government seized Tama-Re.

Try blasting some Sun Ra through your laptop while you're cruising the slideshow. (Thanks, Roger)

Reader comment: Mutant Rob corrects the original title of this BB post:

Nuwaubian Nation of Moors is not a sect of Nation of Islam, but of the Moorise Orthodox Church (from which Nation of Islam branched off).
Julien says,
Forget Sun Ra - the Lost Children of Babylon are the real faithful of Dr. Malachi Z York, of the Nuwaubian faith. Link.

Overclock your infant: babymod with tinfoil processor cooler


BoingBoing reader Michael says,

This is what every parent needs, geek or not -- a tinfoil water-cooled hat for overclocking your baby! Sure, technically the cap is sold as a solution for a serious cooling deficiency in some newborns, but I think we all know that's just a cover story for the underground baby modding scene.
Link (via Engadget)

Reader comment: Sarah H says,

The coolcap isn't for correcting a cooling deficiency, it's to lower the temperature of a normal baby who's having a difficult birth to well below normal. Lifelong disabilities like cerebral palsy can be caused by insufficient oxygen supply to the brain during birth, and the coolcap lowers the brain's temperature to reduce its oxygen demand. While overclocked babies make a witty headline, you might also mention that the company who created it demonstrated that it seriously reduces the chance of death and major neurological disability! Link.
Anonymous Google employee says,
I'm a Googler, and our new Google Patent Search gives even more insight into this oddity: Infant Brain Cooling Device!

Windows Vista: Suicide notes, nerdcore rap MP3

In an textfile essay on the "the cost involved in Vista's content protection, and the collateral damage that this incurs throughout the computer industry," Peter Gutmann says "the Vista Content Protection specification could very well constitute the longest suicide note in history." Link to full text. (thanks to everyone who suggested this!)

BB reader Henrik says, "I wrote a raptune about two nerds who wait for Windows Vista. The project is called n00b Killaz and Henrik Persson was the writer, performer and producer. Mårten Olsson was the mixer. All in good fun!" MP3 Link. I like it!

Previously on BB:
Lore Sjöberg riffs on Vista EULA
Vista license improves, but still broken
Vista DRM is bad for Microsoft
Vista licence: Microsoft's abusive relationship with you
More (about 45 posts) on Vista in BB archives

Warren Ellis to write weekly SL column for Reuters

Oh, man, this is the coolest news ever. Reuters announces: "Writer Warren Ellis, author of comic books, graphic novels, and two forthcoming novels, is bringing his 'Second Life Sketches' to the Reuters Second Life News Center as a weekly column beginning next month." Link. Warren says, "I’m actually getting paid to write about the future in relation to the Second Life system. I tell you, this has been a weird month for me..." Link.

Omakase linkdump: Merry Craftsmas


A roundup of festive crap sent in to BoingBoing by you, dear readers:

Evil Christmas Carols (audio). How beautiful! With "sinister" key changes to minor, they sound menacing, like soundtracks to silent movies about damsels in distress on Christmas eve.
Weird nativity in FL retirement community, above (WTF? Raelians?)
Scientific formula for blink-free holiday group photos
War on Moisture: TSA bans snowglobes on planes
Top 10 DIY Christmas trees
$600 upside-down Christmas tree
Flickr pool: your strangest holiday ornament
Roombas singing Christmas carols (video)
Rankin-Bass Santa + Rudolph rescued (previous BB post)
101 Classic Christmas Videos


Gingerbread Katmari Damacy (above)
• Video: horribly Bad Star Wars Christmas: part 1, part 2
Ultraviolent Star Trek holiday office diorama
Baby Jesus kidnapped, returns with snapshots
A Very Cthulhu Christmas (audio)
More Ctholhiday cheer: Scary Solstice (audio)
sf-themed holiday story collection (+ 2, 3, 4, 5)


Newtonmas crafts (above): holiday tree topper, costume
Iranian political asylum applicant mom jailed in NC after applying for permit to sell street art (BB reader Pembdasi, who submitted this item, says, "I am her half-brother. I just found out about this today, the day before Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas I suppose.")
Silent choir sings "Silent Night" in sign language
Retro ads: shopping mall Santas arriving by copter, parachute
Zanta, holiday cult figure in Toronto. Here's more.
Boymongoose: 12 days of Christmas, Indian-style (video). Re-blogged by popular demand -- everyone I've showed this to in person squeals, then emails it to 20 people. About: Link, and you can buy the boy-band's "Christmas in Asia Minor" album online, in CD or download form: Link. Includes such classic carol faves as "Hark the Herald, Angel Singh," and "We Are Wishing You A Merry Christmas."

(Thanks and happy hols, Huw Bowen, Rob Nachbar, Tim Shore, Dave Topping, Mark Vadnais, John/Disney Blog, Scott, Wil, Justin, Human, Mark Wu, Paul Campbell, Tay, Tobias, Robn, Stef, Jacob Appelbaum, and Santa's Helper!)


The New Hampshire mystery stone

200612221850 Lee says: "CNN ran a fascinating little story on 12/22/06 about a 'mystery stone' found in New Hampshire. No one seems to know what the carvings on the stone mean, how it was made, or even who might have made the artifact. I Googled to find out more about the item, and came up with this site from the New Hampshire Historical Society, who has possession of the stone." Link

Previously on Boing Boing:
Mystery of the Bayer Stone Head

Unretouched photograph of long horse

200612221845Scott says: "there's no denying it anymore." Link

Previously on Boing Boing:
Photos of extinct long-horse
Long horse on Wikipedia
Balinese long horse

Welcome home, Discovery STS-116


Link to image gallery, more media including audio, video, and text reports here: Link.

Cats + Wiis = wiikitty.com


Link. (Thanks Raian)

US judge rules: no links to webcast if copyright owner objects

Snip from CNET News.com story:
U.S. District Judge Sam Lindsay in the northern district of Texas granted a preliminary injunction against Robert Davis, who operated Supercrosslive.com and had been providing direct links to the live audiocasts of motorcycle racing events. Lindsay ruled last week that "the link Davis provides on his Web site is not a 'fair use' of copyright material" and ordered him to cease linking directly to streaming audio files.
Link (Thanks, Scott)

Letters "asdf" stand for junk video: "shitteoblogging"

pea hix says,
here's some of my favorite shitteos called "asdf." i guess the main thing that ties all these films together is that the people that posted them thought so little of their work that they just titled them by hitting the four "home position" keys under their left hand- pretty much the default "word" you type when you have nothing at all to say but you have to fill in a text box anyway.
Link, and related Wikipedia entry on asdf: Link.

FL gov. Jeb Bush's official portrait includes his Blackberry

"Gov. Jeb Bush's official portrait unveiled at the governor's mansion shows him in his office standing next to a picture of his family with his trustworthy BlackBerry." Link. (Thanks, Andrew Breitbart!)

NPR "Xeni Tech": US losing war of web to terror groups?


Researchers exploring the so-called "Dark Web" analyzed 86 websites from groups labeled as terrorist orgs by the US government, using data mining software. In a report titled "Analyzing Terror Campaigns on the Internet," a team of tech and culture experts from several US universities compared them to 92 US state and federal government websites. The researchers determined that the government sites lagged behind in advanced web technologies. In short, they said, the terrorist groups demonstrated greater sophistication in their use of Web 2.0 tools.

I filed a story about that report for today's edition of the NPR News program "Day to Day," and spoke to one of the authors, Dr. Jialun Qin of the Univ. of Mass., Lowell. Does he believe the American government is losing a "war of websites" against terrorist organizations in the Middle East? Well, not exactly. Snip from transcript of Qin's comments:

According to some studies, the US government is the best in the world in terms of using the internet to communicate with the general public. So it's not a problem of the government, really -- the government is doing a pretty good job. The problem is that the terrorists are learning very fast, they're taking advantage of a lot of different new technologies including the internet. The US government has to improve its usage of internet. The terrorists surprised us.
Some of the groups are even doing e-commerce, Qin said -- selling t-shirts, CDs, even comics for kids or modded video games on the internet to generate income.

Also in the segment: James Ellis of the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, a nonprofit group in Oklahoma City funded by the Department of Homeland Security. I asked him if he believed the government should be doing more to shut down these sites, as some have argued -- significantly, the report states that some portion of the activity ends up being hosted on servers inside the United States at one point or another. Ellis said:

It's more complicated than people realize. The information is transient. When you shut down a site, it doesn't go away, that community doesn't go away. In some cases, it can be more helpful to leave a site intact so you can monitor the activity, and watch it over time... watch them develop as indicators and warnings. It's like cutting off the head of a Hydra -- it's just going to pop up somewhere else.
ARCHIVED AUDIO LINK, with pointers on where to read the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies report online.

Image: Left, a web graphic on one of the sites in the report. The poster depicts Abu Mus’ab Zarqawi, and the text says "Emir Zarqawi, may God save him. Eagle of Iraq, volcano of Jihad, and the beheader." Right, the NPR segment includes audio from the Al-Anbar website, which offers "holy war" hymns in an audio section.

Also on today's edition of "Day to Day," an amazing interview my colleage Neal Carruth put together -- this one is truly a must-listen:

Sunni Insurgents Launch TV Channel
Sunni insurgents in Iraq are running a 24-hour television channel, called Al Zawraa. The channel shows attacks on Americans and Shiites, as well as violence committed by Shiite militias. Saad Qasim, a translator in NPR's Baghdad Bureau, talks with Alex Chadwick.
ARCHIVED AUDIO LINK for that segment.

Fun way to browse Google Image Finder

200612220846 "People Doing Stuff" is a site that automatically inserts a random name and verb into Google Image Finder each time you hit reload. The resulting image sets always have something interesting in them. Here's a cool picture that showed up in a search for "victor wanders." Link

Previously on Boing Boing:
Photographs from the Arkansas State Prison 1915-1937
Japanese cosplay photos
Photographs of pregnant animals

Giant squid caught by Japanese

CNN has a video of a live giant squid sighting, a very rare event. The researchers tried to capture the squid, but it died.
Picture 2-29A Japanese research team has succeeded in filming a giant squid live -- possibly for the first time -- and says the elusive creatures may be more plentiful than previously believed, a researcher said Friday.

The research team, led by Tsunemi Kubodera, videotaped the giant squid at the surface as they captured it off the Ogasawara Islands south of Tokyo earlier this month. The squid, which measured about 24-feet long, died while it was being caught.

"We believe this is the first time anyone has successfully filmed a giant squid that was alive," said Kubodera, a researcher with Japan's National Science Museum. "Now that we know where to find them, we think we can be more successful at studying them in the future."

Link

Related BB posts:
Unusual photo of large squid in parking lot
Giant squid caught on film for first time
Squid biomass exceeds human biomass
More squid posts on Boing Boing

Japanese game show features food prepared by scantily clad cooks

 Archives Japanese Sexy Tv01 I think the object of this Japanese game show is to pay attention to what the scantily clad young woman is cooking and not to the scantily clad young woman. Link

Related: Boing Boing video picks for 2006

Reader comment:

Brian says:

Regarding the "Japanese game show features food prepared by scantily clad cooks", it is a popular weekly variety show known as Pu-Sma. The show has two hosts, Yusuke Santa-Maria and Tsuyoshi Kusanagi (of the pop group SMAP), additionally each episode will include two or more celebrity guests that will join in on the fun.

Yusuke is well-known for his passion of all things "Ero", so the show often exhibits scantily clad young women in one situation or another.

Each episode features a different competiton that takes place between the two hosts and their special guests. If the competition involves the purchase of something, the loser of the competition must pay for whatever items were used during that particular episode. The expensess can easily get into thousands of dollars that come directly from the losing team's wallets.

BB guns for Christmas!

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This full page ad from an old issue of Boy's Life recommends BB rifles as an ideal gift for kids between the ages of 7 to 17. I hope mom and dad got real rifles. Link

HOWTO make etched brass steampunk journals

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Inspired by Mark's limited-edition gremlin Moleskines, Jake von Slatt created a magnificent collection of journals with etched brass covers made using an electrolytic etching process. Gareth Branwyn, who wrote a profile of Jake for an upcoming issue of MAKE:, has the details over at Street Tech. Link

Related BB posts:
• Gremlin Moleskine notebook Link
• Le moleskine blog Link
• Moleskine stops a bullet, saves man's life (It was a joke) Link