I like this cover from a 1946 edition of The New Yorker.
Bob "Chilly B" Crafton, founding member of the influential 80's electro/hip-hop band Newcleus, passed away this week from complications associated with a stroke. He died at age 47.
The stroke had left him brain dead and in a coma. On Tuesday, February 23rd the decision was made to remove him from life support and he passed on not long after. Chilly B's signature moments were his classic verse from "Jam On It", his funky bass guitar licks from "Jam On Revenge (The Wikki Wikki Song)", and his booming deep vocal and sizzling synthesizer solo from "Computer Age (Push The Button)". In recent years he was involved in independent production, including working on a new Newcleus album, and touring with Newcleus. He is survived by his wife Valerie and his sons Justin, Jason, Joshua and Isaiah.More: Jam On Productions, CosmicRock, Cold Crush, Amoeba Records, and OldSchoolHipHop (with word from his fellow Newcleus bandmate Cosmo D). A very sad day in hip-hop history (via Steve Nalepa).
Here is a link to a video that shows how he makes light paintings
What he said. This is awesome computer documentation from a golden and innocent era when Apple computers shipped with schematics so you could modify and improve them, when hobbyists sent code to Byte magazine to be published so other hobbyists could type it in, and when Logo turtles roamed the land, pen-downing innocent floors with geometric patterns.
The Ace 100 manual goes on to describe three categories of crooks in the computer world. The first category is "Them," the computer salespeople who overhype their products with advertising gimmicks. The second category is "You." Franklin isn't actually calling you a crook, but they say that software manufacturers will treat you like one:They Don't Make Computer Manuals Like They Used To (Thanks, David!)
This week's Search Engine video podcast: "The Luddite," a brief, comedic monologue about the people who expect us to fix their computers while they patronize us and ignore our explanations.7
One of the tactics to trick the public into noticing an ad or promotion is what I term the False Negative.The False Negative
The False Negative is becoming more pervasive over the last several years and violates one of my rules when it comes to purchasing: If a lie is needed to get me to purchase a product then I will never, ever buy it.
I initially noticed it a few years ago while gassing up my car. The pump beeps with a descending tone, the opposite of the usual higher-pitching rising and happier sound of a successful transaction, prompting me to investigate by looking at the pump display screen. Where one would expect a message reminding me to choose a grade of gas instead would be an advertisement for refreshments or a car wash. This is a tactic in up-selling I expect that will decrease in effectiveness over time... One could only cry wolf only so many times before it is ignored.
Artist Nemo Gould is selling this stupendous octo-sculpture he made out of a found guitar and other bits: "The sculpture hovers off the wall about six inches allowing the florescent bulbs installed within to bathe the wall with green light."
- Boing Boing: Octopus camouflage video
- Stay Close to Daddy and Stay Away From the Octopus Man! - Boing Boing
- Boing Boing: Hong Kong embraces the Octopus
- Kure Kure Takora - Amazing Japanese Kids Show from the '70s Boing ...
- Video: weird vintage Japanese octopus baby nightmare - Boing Boing
- Boing Boing: Gross video of still-writhing octopus tentacles for ...
- Squirming SoKo octopus: more enticing video - Boing Boing
- HOWTO make a Dr Octopus costume - Boing Boing
I really like the look of the Guppie multitool, which turns a carabiner into a multidriver, adjustable wrench and utility knife (there's even a pocket-clip that doubles as a money-clip if you want to carry it in a front pocket). Hell, it's even got a flashlight! And a bottle opener! I haven't tried it (I've been scared off of carrying anything with a blade by the fear that it could be used as a pretence for some Orwellian shakedown if I'm stopped by the cops here in London), but I want it.
- Boing Boing: If the Gerber Legend isn't
- Lustworthy new Gerber multitool -- BBG
- Adorable Gerber pocket multitool
- Gerber Crucial, a good-looking, functional multitool
- Leatherman Freestyle multitool finally to be released
- Leatherman's 25th anniversary, $40,000 Argentum multitool - Boing Boing Gadgets
- Spyderco Byrdrench is Literal Multitool
I propose to bring before you, in the course of these lectures, the Chemical History of a Candle. There is no better, there is no more open door by which you can enter into the study of natural philosophy than by considering the physical phenomena of a candle.--Michael Faraday, introduction to lecture 1This is my all time favorite DIY science book. 150 years ago, the great Faraday (and I do mean great; I don't believe there has been an experimental scientist of his ability since) gave a series of lectures for school children at London's Royal Institution. In six lectures he explained many mysteries of chemistry and physics using a wax candle and some very simple props. The text for all six lectures are available for free online. I am still looking for an online edition that contains the drawings, which are pretty important.
I laughed at the Onion headline, "Paleontologists: 'We've been looking at dinosaurs upside down'". Then, Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research, pointed me toward the true story of the 19th-century paleontologist who really did put a dinosaur together backwards. Hilarity ensues.
If you've read our feature story up today about NASA's Cassini space probe, then you know about Don Gurnett, a University of Iowa scientists whose research includes recording and analyzing sound waves from space.
You can listen online to some of Gurnett's favorite space sounds—including a Dawn Chorus recorded from Earth's radiation belt—and watch animations that pair the sound with spectrogram visualizations of the waves. Very cool stuff!
BoingBoing isn't the only place trying out new design ideas today. Information is Beautiful has given us an exclusive preview of a new interactive infographic, designed to make it easy for anybody to parse the data on dietary supplements.
Each bubble represents a specific use—or group of uses—for a dietary supplement. The bigger the bubble, the more popular the supplement is, as measured in Google hits. The higher on the chart, the more solid the evidence supporting that particular supplement for that particular use.
David from IiB reviewed nearly 1000 studies to put this baby together, using studies with large numbers of subjects or meta analysis of multiple studies whenever possible. You can read more about the methodology on the site. Great work!
Still image version also available.
Hey, Danes, Koreans and Singaporeans! Get cracking on this -- time to call your elected reps, get all the heavies you know to pull strings, have your press jump on the issue. Why are your governments opposed to public participation in a treaty that will regulate the Internet, and all we do on it, from political participation (OhMyNews Korea, I'm looking at you!) to heath care (hey, Denmark!) to staying in touch with our families around the world (Yo, Singaporean diaspora!).
New ACTA Leak: U.S., Korea, Singapore, Denmark Do Not Support Transparency (Thanks, Michael and Herman!)
- ACTA "internet enforcement" chapter leaks Boing Boing
- US Trade Rep wants your input on ACTA Boing Boing
- ACTA leak shows US Trade Rep lied about "3-strikes" Boing Boing
- EU Data Protection czar comes out against ACTA; EU analysis of ...
- More leaked documents reveal details of secret copyright treaty ...
- Secret copyright treaty: what you can do Boing Boing
- Copyright Kremlinology: understanding the secret copyright treaty ...
They're after $20K, to pay for the servers, a site redesign, and a new back-end, and they say it'll last them for three years. I love the Librivox catalog, and this sounds like a good investment in its future. I kicked in $100.
We're asking for donations for the following:
- to cover hosting costs for our website (about $5,000/year)*, which includes:
- the site you are reading now;
- the forum;
- the wiki;
- the catalog;
- a whole lot of back-end software to host and process audio before it goes to the Internet Archive
- but does NOT include hosting audio files which is done by Archive.org
- to redesign the site and improve its accessibility
- to make the LibriVox catalog easier for listeners to use
- to make the management software easier for admins to use
We expect this fund-raising drive to sustain us for three years at least.
The Pingdom folks have cooked up a massive infographic of facts and figures pertaining to Google's business, technology and operations.
Google facts and figures (massive infographic) (Thanks, Peter!)
- Stephen Levy on Google's algorithm Boing Boing
- Angry Norwegians in scuba gear chase after Google Street View car ...
- Iran to block all Google services, will offer "national email ...
- Google now offers search results from "within your social circle ...
- WSJ: Google will resume talks with China Boing Boing
- Google puts a stop to tooth-whitening, belly-flattening scumbags ...
Juggalo News is a newscast from an alternate universe in which Insane Clown Posse fans are the mainstream and rule the world. You know what, before this newscast, I would have called that hell on Earth, but now I feel a curious longing for it. The boundless capacity of Juggalos to form portmanteaux using cuss-words, such as "Thugnuts," "Murderbitch" and "Herculeez B Pussyfiend" is unexpectedly and enduringly funny.
"We have since considered a number of possibilities for Hummer along the way and we are disappointed that the deal with Tengzhong could not be completed," said John Smith, GM's vice-president of corporate planning and alliances.Hummer brand to be wound down after sale fails (via Memex 1.1)
"GM will now work closely with Hummer employees, dealers and suppliers to wind down the business in an orderly and responsible manner."
(Image: Hummer limousine, a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike image from Franco Folini's photostream)