The victim told police that he was asleep about 7:30 p.m. when he was awakened to find the pair standing over him. At first, the men yelled that they were cops, then threw the blanket over him."Ogden cops have out clown posse - literally"
"The guy said he could still see from under the blanket though, and he described one of them as having 'clown eyes.' "[The victim] said he knew him as 'Happy,' because he had been staying there with him until recently," Sangberg said.
(The following essay was written by my pal, writer Bill Barol. Look for more from him on Boing Boing in the future! -- Mark)
Even if the Hipstamatic were just another iPhone app it'd be worth your two bucks. What's not to like? The Hipstamatic 110 (the next-gen 150 is in review at the App Store) is a great little photo app that attempts to replicate the experience of shooting with a cut-rate '80s snapshot camera, right down to the leatherette "skin" and the big clunky shutter button. But the app isn't aping just any cheap camera; it's the reincarnation of the mysterious, beloved Hipstamatic 100, and right there is where the story takes a turn.
The original Hipstamatic was the invention of two Wisconsin brothers, Bruce and Winston Dorbowski. In the winter of 1982 they came up with what their big brother Richard later called "a million dollar idea for bringing photographic art to the masses cheaply" -- a camera inspired by the popular Kodak Instamatic (and probably by the Russian Lomo) but made entirely of plastic, right down to the lens. The brothers set up a fabricating shop in a tiny cabin on the banks of the Wisconsin River and got to work. Over the next 18 months they produced just 157 cameras, at $8.25 retail apiece. In the summer of 1984 they were on their way home from signing the lease on a new production facility when they were killed by a drunk driver. Nine years later the family lost most of the brothers' photos and work archives in a fire, and the Hipstamatic slipped into the half-light of photo history.
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Photographer Glen E. Friedman remembers Bob "The Bullet" Biniak, a hero in the early days of skate culture who was a member of the original "Z-Boys" team. Biniak suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday, and passed away Thursday at 12:51pm EST in Florida. From Glen's blog post:
Back in DogTown's heyday Biniak was known as one of the toughest, hardest skating dudes out there. Few could match his skills skating the infamous pipes out in Arizona or on the vertical flat wall of Mt. Baldy. In pool skating he was a clear innovator as witnessed by my lens, and Craig Stecyk's even earlier when he was interviewed in SkateBoarder magazine's first ever "Pool Riding Symposium." Bob early on received the coveted "Who's Hot" bio, and later, only for the most respected riders, a full length interview in SkateBoarder. He was also voted as one of the top ten Skateboarders of the year in SkateBoarder magazine's first annual poll held in 1977.Bob "The Bullet" Biniak, original Z-Boy, Bad Ass Mother Fucker, R.I.P. (Idealist Propaganda)
Biniak's passing follows the recent loss of fellow early Dogtown greats Baby Paul and Dennis "Polar Bear" Agnew. There will be a memorial skate for Biniak at the Venice Skate Park (named for Agnew) this Sunday, according to Yo Venice.
Vectorial Elevation is a telerobotic art installation in Vancouver, Canada that enables you to aim 20 searchlights around the English Bay via the Web. Four cameras around the city then photograph your design and the system creates a Web page for it. I'm into the ability to change the environment remotely at this scale, but having to wait in line to have a go reminds me of the first Web telerobot, Ken Goldberg's Mercury Project from 1994. (Ken didn't like the idea of Web users having to queue up either, which is why he went on to develop methods for collaborative telerobotics.) Rafael Lozano-Hemmer created Vectorial Elevation in 1999 for Mexico City's Zócalo Square. The installation will be online in Vancouver through February 28. From the project's concept page:
This website includes a virtual model of Vancouver where you are able to design "light sculptures" with 20 robotic searchlights located along English Bay. Once you are happy with your design you submit it together with your name, location and dedication or comments. Every night from dusk to dawn new designs are quietly rendered sequentially as they are added to a queue. The project automatically creates a personal webpage for each participant, documenting his or her contribution with views from 4 project webcams. With a 15 Km visibility radius, the installation intends to blend the virtual space of the Internet with one of the most emblematic public spaces in Vancouver.Vectorial Elevation
DJ Carlito, aka my brother Carl, who has become the go-to deejay for Indian weddings in Virginia (I am absolutely not kidding), shares the links and images in this post and explains:
Holi, the yearly festival celebrating the return of color to the world, will start on Sunday Feb 28, 2010 and continue for 2 days until Monday March 1st. Holi is celebrated on the Phalgun Purnima (or Pooranmashi, Full Moon) according to the Hindu Calendar. Holi is a festival of radiance (teja) in the universe. The celebrations officially usher in spring, the celebrated season of love. There are several stories of the origin of Holi -- and several various deities are involved in this holiday.More about the celebration here. Video above: Rang Barse. Another goodie: Holi Aai Re," from the Bollywood classic Mashaal. Another gem from one of the biggest Bollywood blockbusters ever: Holi ke Din. And here's another Holi-themed video you may dig.
More about DJ Carlito (aka Xeni's kid brother, available for all your Indian wedding DJ needs): blog, Myspace. Listen to his weekly radio show "If Music Could Talk" Sundays 7-9pm EST online or on-air at WRIR in Virginia, and dig his show archive here online. Read the rest
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Phil Torrone sez, "Hardware hacker 'Ladyada' has released an open source retro arcade style table tennis for two clock called the MONOCHRON. According to MONCHRON project page they 'wanted to make a clock that was ultra-hackable, from adding a separate battery-backed RTC to designing the enclosure so you could program the clock once its assembled.' It includes a ATmega328 processor (with'Arduino' stk500 bootloader for easy hacking). It's completely open source hardware, all firmware, layout and CAD files are yours to mess with."
Avant-garde artist Reid Peppard has a line of bold fashion accessories for men and women. Actually, bold is putting it mildly. The fashion accessories are pieces of fashioned taxidermy crafted from road kill and pest controlled vermin. The mouse bow tie is a particularly powerful statement, I'd say.
- New Jim Woodring toys: "Imperial Newts" - Boing Boing
- New Jim Woodring painting - Boing Boing
- Jim Woodring handpressed prints - Boing Boing
- New Jim Woodring toy: Mr Bumper - Boing Boing
- Woodring animated - Boing Boing
- Jim Woodring Interview - Boing Boing
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- Jim Woodring interview - Boing Boing
- Jim Woodring's "Dirt in the Afternoon" drawing - Boing Boing
- Pressure Printing's new Jim Woodring art - Boing Boing
- Cosmocopia - new book / jigsaw puzzle by Di Filippo and Woodring ...
- Boing Boing: MP3 interview with Jim Woodring
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- new stuff from jim woodring
- new jim woodring figurine from strangeco
- jim woodring's pop-up moleskine art
- Jim Woodring originals at Comic Art Collective - Boing Boing
- Boing Boing: Jim Woodring original art for sale
- jim woodring show at gage academy of art
You know what they say about people with big brains ... Or, actually, maybe you don't.
Despite being a major concept underlying of the neurobiology of intelligence for the last 150 years or so, the connection between brain size and smarts isn't well-understood by Joe and Jane Average.Read the rest
Shardcore sez, "For the last two years I've been stamping UV skulls on the Queen's face on all the money that I get out of the ATM. There's now thousands of pounds worth floating around the UK economy, visible only to bees and humans with a blacklight. Given the events in the world's economy over the last couple of years, it seems all the more (im)pertinent."
UK shopkeepers often keep a UV light by the till to check notes to ensure they're not counterfeit.
- Hilarious money doodles - Boing Boing
- Art students on the future of money - Boing Boing
- Deduct your Ponzi scheme losses - Boing Boing
- Currency origami -- strange bodies and familiar faces - Boing Boing
- Tokyo nabe issues Astro Boy currency - Boing Boing
- When US currency was a showcase for art: 1876 - Boing Boing
- Tiny rubber stamp removes "God" from US Currency - Boing Boing
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Pervasive security cameras don't substantially reduce crime. This fact has been demonstrated repeatedly: in San Francisco, California, public housing; in a New York apartment complex; in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; in Washington; in study after study in both the U.S. and the U.K. Nor are they instrumental in solving many crimes after the fact.Spy cameras won't make us safer
There are exceptions, of course, and proponents of cameras can always cherry-pick examples to bolster their argument. These success stories are what convince us; our brains are wired to respond more strongly to anecdotes than to data. But the data are clear: CCTV cameras have minimal value in the fight against crime.
Although it's comforting to imagine vigilant police monitoring every camera, the truth is very different, for a variety of reasons: technological limitations of cameras, organizational limitations of police and the adaptive abilities of criminals. No one looks at most CCTV footage until well after a crime is committed. And when the police do look at the recordings, it's very common for them to be unable to identify suspects. Criminals don't often stare helpfully at the lens and -- unlike the Dubai assassins -- tend to wear sunglasses and hats. Cameras break far too often.
Atemporality for the Creative Artist (Thanks, p0dde)
- Bruce Sterling and "Tech Nouveau" design examples - Boing Boing
- Bruce Sterling makes some predictions - Boing Boing
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- Bruce Sterling on Sony DRM debacle - Boing Boing
- Boing Boing: Bruce Sterling video rants about design and sf
- Bruce Sterling hits his stride on his blog - Boing Boing
- Bruce Sterling's bumper-sticker designs - Boing Boing
It was revealed today a script within the minister's homepage deliberately removes references to internet filtering from the list.Conroy's website removes references to filter (via /.)
In the function that creates the list, or "tag cloud", there is a condition that if the words "ISP filtering" appear they should be skipped and not displayed.
The discovery is unlikely to do any favours for Senator Conroy's web filtering policy, which has been criticised for its secrecy.
- Australian censorship law collapses under public disapprobation ...
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Pentagon fesses up to 800 pages' worth of potentially illegal spying, including peace groups and Planned Parenthood
The rubric of spying is that it needs to take place to stop people who are acting illegally or may act illegally. When spies break the law, they commit the infraction that they claim to have dedicated themselves to preventing.
Pertaining to the Planned Parenthood members, for example, the oversight report provides no explanation about how the information was collected. Nor does it indicate why the information was collected and notes only that military intelligence is not allowed to collect and disseminate information on U.S. persons unless the information constitutes "foreign intelligence." The report indicates that the collection was therefore "clearly outside the purview of military intelligence" and should have been handled by law enforcement.Military Monitored Planned Parenthood, Supremacists
Another oversight document discusses an incident involving the interception of civilian cellphone conversations of U.S. persons in April 2007. During a field exercise at Fort Polk, Louisiana, a Signals Intelligence noncommissioned officer operating a SIGINT collection system intercepted the cell phone calls, though the document doesn't indicate if they were intercepted on U.S. soil or outside U.S. borders.
Initial reports indicated that the officer listened to the conversations for entertainment purposes, and the incident was reported to the National Security Agency. But the inspector-general document indicates that the officer never admitted to this and indicates only that he may have listened to some conversations "longer than necessary to do his job."
(Image: Planned Parenthood Fan Page Profile Photo, a Creative Commons Attribution photo from cambodia4kidsorg's photostream)
Avi sez, "The 1977 Bollywood hit 'Dreamgirl' featured a song shot in Walt Disney World. Hema Malini plays the surreal scenes with stately aplomb."
Z.O.M.F.G. What a video! Vintage WDW footage (my first visit was in 1977), including lost loves like the Skybuckets, along with beautiful Bollywood crooning. Heaven.
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- 60 Minutes: Google, Battelle, and Bollywood - Boing Boing
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Patrick Flanagan is a one-man band who performs under the name "Jazari," with a giant, elaborate, solenoid-and-Arduino-driven percussion range that's controlled by Wiimote, letting him conduct it like a mad wizard as it whirls and thunders. And the music is fully rockin'.
This is pretty amazing footage -- especially (as Scott notes) the absence of any questions about student privacy from the interviewer. I keep trying to imagine what my education would have been like if all my conversations, reading, doodling, writing, etc, had been monitored, in real time, by my teachers. I had great teachers, and I trusted them and confided in them and they taught me well. But if they had had this degree of oversight into my every personal detail, I think it would have killed any intellectual curiosity, any trust, any real learning. What kind of educator thinks that this is a good practice? Certainly no teacher's union I know would put up with principals and administrators putting this kind of surveillance into their lives.
A few weeks ago, Frontline premiered a documentary called "Digital Nation". In one segment, the vice-principle of Intermediate School 339, Bronx, NY, Dan Ackerman, demonstrates how he "remotely monitors" the students' laptops for "inappropriate use". (his demonstration begins at 4:36)
He says "They don't even realize we are watching," "I always like to mess with them and take a picture," and "9 times out of 10, THEY DUCK OUT OF THE WAY."
He says the students "use it like it's a mirror" and he watches. He says 6th and 7th graders have their cameras activated. It looks like the same software used by the Pennsylvania school that is being investigated for covertly spying on students through their webcams.
The shocking thing about this is that the privacy concerns were not even mentioned in the Frontline documentary!
I don't know for sure, but I have a suspicion that being a kid today would absolutely suck.
How Google Saved A School (Thanks, Scott!)
- FBI investigating Lower Merion School District over laptop spying ...
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- School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and ...
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- Vice-principal denies using laptop to spy on student Boing Boing
- ACLU and EFF on school where spy-laptops were mandatory Boing Boing
- Laptop surveillance kid was disciplined when spying authorities ...
This little stop-motion video from Walt Disney World (promoting a volunteerism campaign for their employees) is adorable -- very nice and snappy use of the post-its beyond the one-minute mark.
- Cutest Japanese stopmotion crocheted beachside critter ukelele ...
- Stop-motion video of Chicago housing project being demolished ...
- Vintage Eastern European stop-motion animation clips - Boing Boing
- Boing Boing: Lazyweb request -- gulf western stop motion commercials
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- Boing Boing: Super Mario, the stop-motion Legos edition
- Boing Boing: Stop-motion video game animation made with candles
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Andrew performs at The Improv and is the video producer for Never Not Funny, and has had roles in the movies NonSeNse, InAlienable, The Theory of Everything, Batman: Dead End, and on television in "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine",. "G.I. Joe", "My Two Dads", "21 Jump Street", "My Sister Sam", and "Adam-12". He's edited over a dozen films and directed, produced, and written many others.I did not know him personally, but knew his work, and know friends of his who are in agony at his loss. What a beautiful person he was. My condolences to those he leaves behind.
Andrew has been an activist his entire life and most recently has been working on behalf of the people of Burma, and was arrested during the 2008 Rose Bowl parade for protesting American involvement in China's Olympics due to China's support of the Burma military regime.
Update: Koenig's family addressed the press shortly after this announcement was made. "My son took his own life," said Walter Koenig.
Update: Jesse Thorn of The Sound of Young America says,
One small correction, which I think has been misreported elsewhere: Andrew performed improv comedy at the Improv Olympic (aka the IO West), not the Improv (the standup club).