We're doubling up on guestbloggers this week at Boing Boing! As Paul Spinrad continues to spin out excellent posts
, we're also now joined by author, historian, photographer, and roving singer-songwriter Ned Sublette
I first met this Texas native on a subway train in lower Manhattan. I remember that on that afternoon, he was wearing the eleke beads that typically mark someone as an initiate in spiritual traditions of West African origin. We got to talking, we struck up a friendship, and I've been an admirer and avid consumer of his work ever since. I often pull Boing Boing blog post ideas from his excellent (and private) mailing list.
Ned's books include The Year Before the Flood, The World That Made New Orleans, and Cuba and Its Music. His most recent album of recordings is Cowboy Rumba
, and a new album, Kiss You Down South, will be out as soon as he finishes recording it (nudge, nudge!). He lives in New York City, and is known to show up from time to time in New Orleans.
As U.S. headlines bombard us with proof of how low humanity can go, here’s a look at a happy, peaceful, and prosperous country — The Netherlands — to remind us that it is actually possible for the human race to get it right. If people want to change present circumstances through liberal ideals, it’s helpful to look […]
Hi Kid,On Election Night, you went to bed crying, and this time, I couldn’t fix it. Like half the country, you thought you would be going to bed with your candidate as the president-elect. I wiped away a big, globby tear from the end of your nose, proud of you for caring so deeply about your […]
A few weeks ago my good friend John Park created a video demonstration of how to hack the famous Happy Chewbacca mask to trigger your very own audio files. And when my sister Christina told me she was building a Chewbacca-Pinata costume for her son, I naturally shared John’s video with her.What my sister ended up creating was […]
The Pocket Tripod PRO had massive Kickstarter success in 2013, raising almost $85,000 in a single month. But this isn’t just another case of pre-release product hype.This ingenious little device folds out from a credit-card-shaped plastic slab into a sturdy stand with a surprisingly wide range of motion. In portrait orientation, your phone slides snugly […]
Loot Crate is a totally different kind of subscription service that mails subscribers monthly boxes filled with curated geek, pop culture, and gamer paraphernalia. Its cult following awaits a box every month filled with everything from bobble heads to T-shirts to special edition collectibles. But nothing gets Loot Crate fans as excited as the limited […]
The ARMOR-X Mini Flexible Phone Tripod is a smartphone tripod that is designed with flexible legs to rest on virtually any type of surface. Other tripods have proved useless unless I conveniently have a flat surface in front of me, which is why this particular tripod was appealing enough to try out. The ARMOR-X is compact and easy […]