Please welcome our new guest blogger, Maggie Koerth-Baker! She says:
I write about health and science for magazines and Web sites like MSN.com, LiveScience.com, Discover and Prevention. I used to be an assistant editor for mental_floss magazine. Now I just write for them a lot. In the line of journalistic duty, I have made 3:00 am international phone calls to talk about heavy metal; spent countless hours at my local public library; and bitten the head off a live fish.
I recently wrote a book with mental_floss called Be Amazing: Glow in the Dark, Control the Weather, Perform Your Own Surgery, Get Out of Jury Duty, Identify a Witch, Colonize a Nation, Impress a Girl, Make a Zombie, Start Your Own Religion
. It's a handy little guide to creating a more awesome version of yourself, via lessons from the great successes (and failures) of history, politics, science and art. I'm looking forward to sharing some of my favorite snippets from the book here on Boing Boing. Hell, I'm just excited to say, "here on Boing Boing." It won't all be book promotion, though. Promise. I research cool stuff for a living, have a big mouth and lack coworkers. There is plenty to share.
I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sadly, I have never taken a purifying dip in the waters of Lake Minnetonka. Or seen Prince. Direct all other questions/observations/over-sharing to my email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Facebook gets a bad rap, but where I live, it has brought neighbors together, and it started because of the things I didn’t want to share.
When the Congressional Science committee wants to talk about the cold weather, and when NASA has to defend their budget by explaining why NASA is important, it can make people who believe in facts… a bit tense.
Acting is a crappy business, but the world needs actors, and since we live in a time when digital production and distribution has democratized filmmaking, anyone can be a casting director. Exhibit A is a new tumblr, Casting Call Woes, which has netted a foul-smelling collection of ripe ones from the sea of DIY casting […]
Why buy one of those expensive and confusing universal remotes, clogged with enough buttons to launch a space shuttle, when you could accomplish the same electronic control right on your favorite mobile device? The Blumoo Universal Remote, now just $52.99 in the Boing Boing Store, harnesses the audio power of all your household equipment right […]
You may not love Microsoft Word, but you’ve definitely used it. Other than being one of the most ubiquitous programs on the planet, it’s been the go-to word processing system for more than a quarter-century because it’s as basic as it gets. But occasionally, you’ve got assignments that beg for a lot more options than simple […]
Almost everyone has their smartphone in a case of one kind or another. Beyond simple protection, finding a case that can charge your phone on its own, but doesn’t feel like it’s also adding a couple pounds to the phone’s weight is the tricky part. Billed as the world’s thinnest battery case, the ThinCharge iPhone […]