I've been on a Spacemen 3 bender as of late. What deeply entrancing, beautiful, and spaced-out music they made in the 1980s and early 1990s. ("Taking drugs to make music to take drugs to.") I've gotten an even better appreciation of them as I've dug into their musical influences, from the Staple Singers and Sun Ra to Mississippi hill country blues and, of course, 1960s psych. Read more about their influences here. This morning I got my fix from this track, "Big City (Everybody I Know Can Be Found Here)," from their fourth and final studio LP, 1991's "Recurring." By this point, founders Peter "Sonic Boom" Kember and Jason "J. Spaceman" Pierce were on the outs, and the album is mostly divided between them. ("Big City" is a Kember track.) Of course, outside of Spacemen 3, Kember recorded as E.A.R. and Spectrum while Pierce went on to form Spiritualized.
Where are our petabyte drives? Brian Hayes takes us through the reasons storage is “stuck” in the low terabytes. The tl;dr is that we got such exceptional capacity growth in the late 90s and early 00s we don’t need much more right now, so the focus since then has been on SSDs, networking, interfaces, etc, […]
Amélie Lamont, a former staffer at website-hosting startup Squarespace, writes that she often found herself disregarded and disrespected by her colleagues. One comment in particular, though, set her reeling — and came to exemplify her experiences there.
In this episode of the Flash Forward podcast we travel to a future where humans have decided to eradicate the most dangerous animal on the planet: mosquitos. How would we do it? Is it even possible? And what are the consequences? Flash Forward: RSS | iTunes | Twitter | Facebook | Web | Patreon We […]
Experienced shutterbugs with DSLR cameras have boatloads of lens options for capturing the moment. Unfortunately, smartphone photographers often get stuck with their one crummy lens, which means limited zoom and focus for their final image.Step up your smartphone’s photographic power with the Acesori 5-Piece Smartphone Camera Lens Kit, now just $9.99 in the Boing Boing Store.Magnetic rings easily […]
Some truths are universal. For one, your phone will always run out of power when you most need it. For another, the charging cords that come packaged with your Apple device will fray, split, and rip faster than Usain Bolt in a game of tag.Instead, pick up a charging cord that anyone would have a tough […]
Some people say magic tricks are nerdy and best left to your 12-year-old asthmatic cousin. But others see value in perfecting the slight of hand and showmanship associated with a perfectly executed routine. We’re firmly in the latter camp. And now, we’re giving you the ability to put a few parlor tricks up your sleeve with the Penguin […]