Today Is a Good Day to Edit

I know that when I need to post updates to my latest regressions of Shakespeare back into his native Klingon, I turn to the exolinguist's best friend: the Mac coding tool BBEdit*. I fire it up, and select File New HTML Document, then choose Klingon from the Language pop-up menu.

I'd better make sure I haven't dishonored my family unto the severalth generation, consigning myself and them to Gre'Thor, by checking that the page is well formed (Markup Check Document Syntax).

Our users will know fear and cower before our software! Ship it! Ship it and let them flee like the targs they are!

Debugging? Klingons do not debug. Our software does not coddle the weak.

This code is a piece of gagh! You have no honor!

Perfect. Publish.

*Version 9.6 still doesn't suck.

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DIY Hallowe'en: The Grayscales

From the Boing Boing DIY costume thread, an anonymous reader says,

"For halloween last year we were in black and white (grayscale). It was AMAZING and everyone loved it."

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DIY Hallowe'en: Father and Son Robots

From the Boing Boing DIY costume thread, BB reader "PrettyBoyTim" says,

"My son and I went as robots today; it was a lot of fun, although it made it very difficult to do anything. I also did the puppy up with some bat wings. All the teenage girls who came round trick-or-treating went absolutely *crazy* over her.

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DIY Hallowe'en: Tetrominos (Tetris pieces)

From the Boing Boing DIY costume thread, an anonymous BB reader says,

"We went as Tetrominos (Tetris pieces). The best part was trying on boxes in Staples and being given very strange looks by the other customers. The worst part was the complete lack of peripheral awareness and frequent bashing-into-things."

Photos are here.

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DIY Hallowe'en: His and hers N64 Mariocart (Toad + Bowser)

From the Boing Boing DIY costume thread, BB reader Voluntas says, "This year my wife and I were N64 Mariocart characters (Toad and Bowser). Clearly, we're playing battle mode."

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DIY Hallowe'en: Mac and PC

From the Boing Boing DIY costume thread, BB reader NightBrigade says,
My girlfriend and I went out as a Mac and a PC! We actually swapped our preferences so that I could include the "Fatal Error" joke on the PC screen.
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DIY Hallowe'en: His and Hers Tardis and Dalek

From the Boing Boing DIY costume thread, Anonymous says, "We went as a TARDIS and a Dalek!" Read the rest

Pastafarians Represented at Sanity/Fear Rally

A smorgasbord of signs that resembled T-shirt slogans popped up at the Stewart/Colbert Rally to Restore Sanity/Fear. Buzzfeed assembled a top 100 list from Flickr, many of which involve mild visual jokes, such as "Spelling C(o)unts," and "Obama Is Not the Devil, I Am" (carried by a man in a devil suit). Our lord and pasta, the great noodly appendaged one, had his followers present. I wonder how many signs were paraphrased from BustedTees, and how many will wind up on such shirts in the next few days?

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DIY Hallowe'en: Skeleton

From the Boing Boing DIY costume thread, gammablog points us to this gorgeous skeleton costume and explains,

The arms are operated by a lever at the shoulder joint. The elbows and hands are made springy with piano wire. The lower body is a skeleton grabbed from Google images, applied to 1/4 inch plywood and jointed with bicycle inner tube rubber. The jaw is operated similarly to the arms. All for the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade tonight.

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DIY Hallowe'en: Disco Ball

From the Boing Boing DIY costume thread, says,

Here's a quick set of pictures of my latest Disco Ball costume, Disco Ball 5.0 - every few years I make a better version & this is the best yet :-)

I made the whole thing and have an iPod powered sound system in it. The videos give you a sense of that.

I'll have full 'making of' details on my website soon, but if you poke around the link here you'll find older versions and some of my other costumes.

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DIY Halowe'en: Lego Vampire

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DIY Hallowe'en: Chilean Miner with Rescue Pod

From the Boing Boing DIY costume thread, Boing Boing reader planettom says,

"I went as a Chilean Miner, complete with Rescue Pod."

"Made from 2 32-gallon plastic trashcans. Except, though I could contort to fit in it, I realized I couldn't with the hardhat/headlamp, so I had to add 12" of a 3rd 32-gallon plastic trashcan. The mesh in the window is made from the bag that oranges come in." Read the rest

DIY Hallowe'en: Che T-Shirt

From the Boing Boing DIY costume thread, a get-up rich with hipster irony.

Boing Boing reader and dad William Dikel writes in to tell us,

"Gabe Dikel is a creative artist/painter/filmmaker living in Brooklyn. In a sudden flash of creativity, he saw himself as a Che T-shirt, and with the help of his brother, a piece of cardboard and some orange and black paint: Voila! Everyone wanted to wear him, as is illustrated in these pics."

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Ministry: "(Everyday Is) Halloween"

1985: Pesco wore copious amounts of black eyeliner, Ministry's Al Jourgensen cultivated a faux English accent, and everyday was Halloween. Read the rest

Dirty debt collectors frightened victims with fake "sheriffs," "courtroom," "judges"

The Pennsylvania Attorney General has brought suit against the Unicredit Debt Resolution Center in Erie, PA. According to the suit, Unicredit dressed its employees in fake sheriff's deputies uniforms to lure debtors out of their homes with unenforceable orders, and took them to a fake courtroom where another employee pretending to be a judge told them they could go to jail if they didn't pay up.
"Can I look at your fake courtroom?" Parsons asked.

"First of all, that's an allegation that supposedly someone said, so talk to the attorneys," Covatto said. "You guys have a nice day. That's all I got to say."

The Attorney General's Office told Team 4 that Unicredit lured debtors to the building by sending employees who appeared to be sheriff's deputies to their homes, implying that they would be taken into custody if they failed to appear at the phony court hearings.

"It really galls me that someone would stoop that low," Erie County Sheriff Robert Merski said. "This certainly seems to be a scam, and it upsets me that they are trying to play on the integrity of this office, the office of sheriff. We've been here since the beginning of the United States."

The lawsuit accuses Unicredit of intimidating debtors into revealing their bank account numbers, even turning over the titles to their cars once they got them inside the building.

Team 4: Debt Collectors Accused Of Fake Courtroom, Judge

Erie debt collection company sued; accused of using bogus "hearings" and fake "courtroom" to collect from consumers (PA Attorney General)

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Mechanical mustache will make you look like a dandy robotnik

This swell mechanical mustache would be the pride of any lip, but it belongs to John Kit, who sported it at the first anniversary celebration of HeatSync Labs in Chandler, AZ.

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Automatyperwriter: Arduino-controlled typewriter is both input and output device

Jonathan Guberman from the Site 3 coLaboratory in Toronto made the "Automatypewriter," an Arduino-controlled typewriter that acts as both input and output device. He's rigged it to play Zork!

Each key is attached by fishing line to a solenoid, an electromechanical device that pulls down when electric current is passed through it. The solenoids sit behind and underneath the typewriter in a multi-layer structure. The solenoids are connected to a MOSFET, which allows the lower-power parts of the circuit to control the high-power solenoids.

The MOSFETs are connected in sets of eight to shift registers (integrated circuits that can, amongst other things, expand the number of outputs on a microcontroller). The shift registers are connected to an Arduino, which is connected to a computer via USB. When the computer sends a character to the Arduino, the Arduino chooses which solenoid to fire and sends that information to the shift registers.

The Automatypewriter is a typewriter that can type by itself: (via Make) Deer made from typewriter parts Octopus made from typewriter parts Typewriter key jewelry Beautiful old typewriters in photos Typewriter repairmen in photos Beautiful failed typewriter design: the writing ball Read the rest

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