Nostril-borne lightup draft-sensor jacklanterns your schnozz when you breathe

Noda Akira married a draft-sensor to a blue LED and miniaturized the package so that it would fit in his nostril. The result is a nasal prosthesis that lights up his nostril with eerie blue light every time he breathes through his nose.

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Sorry, you can't buy our time from shifty startup Allthis

A new startup, Allthis, is advertising that you can "buy time" with some of us at Boing Boing, using its service. You can't. We haven't signed up; it's just created a sleazy opt-out system and thrown in everyone it can think of. Allthis, you guys really should knock it off, lest the internet knock you off. And if this is publicity stunt, well, screw you. (Thanks to everyone who sent this in)

Update: Many others are in the same boat. "At worst, fraud," writes Amy Hoy. Joel Housman archives some of Allthis's sterling PR work on Twitter. Read the rest

Woody Guthrie's New Year's Resolutions 1942

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Lou Beach's new book: 420 Characters, exclusive preview

Illustrator Lou Beach has a new book, called 420 Characters. I like Jonathan Lethem's blurb about it: "Holy Shit! These are great!"

After the jump, some sample stories and art from the book (some of the art is not in the book; consider it a bonus).

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Street Art Utopia's photo gallery

Street Art Utopia posted a gallery of "106 of the most beloved Street Art Photos – Year 2011." (Photo by Sandrine Estrade Boulet) Read the rest

AT&T drops T-Mobile bid

AT&T drops its attempt to buy the United States' other major GSM carrier. [All Things D] Read the rest

Monkey washes dishes

[Video Link] Dunchead says: "A truly amazing clip of a monkey washing dishes, and making a very thorough job of it."

“Pete had been observing me washing the pots for a few days before he took over and began completely and perfectly imitating me!

The monkey on his back is a baby female called Pea. She is not his daughter. Pete had an unfortunate overbite which made him a particularly ugly monkey; he had very little success with the ladies and therefore looked after babies a lot.”

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InTrade betting market shows Gingrich imploding in Iowa

Ritholtz says: "So much for the Gingrich juggernaut . . . on Intrade, his Iowa polling data is falling off of a cliff." Read the rest

Alex Pearson's film about making a poster about a film

[Video Link] Alex Pearson made a video to show how he drew his latest print, inspired by the 1958 Jacques Tati film Mon Oncle.

Title: "A Ride Through Town" Illustrator: Alex Pearson / Familytree Printer: Kangaroo Press 3 color screen print on French 110# Smart White Paper Size: 18" x 24" Edition of 100 Price: $35 Read the rest

Trailer for We Need To Talk About Kitten

[Video Link] Russell Bates says: I noticed that you recently featured the trailer for We Need To Talk About Kevin on Boing Boing. This was a fortuitous coincidence, because I also recently saw the film and decided that it needed a more terrifying villain. Read the rest

Pro bono lawyers rescue scienceblogger from naturopath's SLAPP legal threats

Ken at Popehat -- a lawyer -- describes the pro bono action he fought on behalf of Michael Hawkins, the scienceblogger behind For the Sake of Science, after Hawkins found himself threatened with a lawsuit by Christopher Maloney, a "naturopath" whose methodologies Hawkins had pointedly questioned and mocked. Maloney's wife, a member of the Maine legislature and an attorney, sent a lengthy legal threat that implied that the couple had already sued Hawkins, and which proposed to ask a judge for an injunction against any site on the web that reposted Hawkins's criticism ("a Maine state legislator just suggested that a Maine court should issue an injunction prohibiting unnamed, unserved people — potentially including you — from re-posting what Mr. Hawkins had to say about Dr. Maloney.").

Ken took Hawkins's case for free, along with First Amendment lawyer Marc Randazza, and local counsel Jed Davis of Mitchell & Davis PA. The lawyers told the "naturopath" and the lawyer/legislator that they believed that their complaint qualified as a SLAPP (strategic litigation against public participation) and all claims against Hawkins were waived.

Ken uses the stirring story of his victory as a call to arms to other bloggers to get educated about their local anti-SLAPP statutes, and to stand up to bullies who threaten them.

Across America, censorious SLAPP threats like the one Dr. and Ms. Maloney sent to Michael Hawkins succeed every day. They succeed because most defendants aren’t as smart or determined or brave as people like Michael Hawkins or Rhys Morgan.

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Law professors explain what's wrong with SOPA, constitutionally speaking

James sez, "The Stanford Law Review Online has just published a piece by Professors Mark Lemley, David S. Levine, and David G. Post on the PROTECT IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act. In Don't Break the Internet, they argue that the two bills -- intended to counter online copyright and trademark infringement -- 'share an underlying approach and an enforcement philosophy that pose grave constitutional problems and that could have potentially disastrous consequences for the stability and security of the Internet's addressing system, for the principle of interconnectivity that has helped drive the Internet's extraordinary growth, and for free expression.'

These bills, and the enforcement philosophy that underlies them, represent a dramatic retreat from this country's tradition of leadership in supporting the free exchange of information and ideas on the Internet. At a time when many foreign governments have dramatically stepped up their efforts to censor Internet communications, these bills would incorporate into U.S. law a principle more closely associated with those repressive regimes: a right to insist on the removal of content from the global Internet, regardless of where it may have originated or be located, in service of the exigencies of domestic law.

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Queen Luigi

King Mario's true love.

UPDATE: Here's the chess set at hand, available from Amazon. Read the rest

Please take me to space: Letters to the Hayden Planetarium

In 1950, as part of promoting a new exhibit on space exploration, the Hayden Planetarium in New York City put out the word that it was accepting applications from would-be space tourists. Over the next few years, hundreds of letters poured in. This is one of them, written by a man who would like to get to Mars early in order to corner the hot dog market there.

You can view several other letters at the American Museum of Natural History's website. They're equally delightful and packed with awesome Happy Mutant goodness—from a man who helpfully offered the planetarium his own, home-brew rocket schematics; to a man with the nickname "Stardust" who told the planetarium they could cancel his reservation if he was able to hitch a ride on a flying saucer sooner; to Barbara, a 16-year-old who informed the Planetarium that she "won't be content" until she was on a rocket headed to far-off space. Beautiful! Read the rest

Auction of furnishings from home where Jacko died

This weekend, Julien's Auctions sold off hundreds of items from Los Angele's 100 North Carolwood Drive, the address where Michael Jackson and his kids were living when he died. Many of the most sought-after bits were those that were visible in the crime scene photos displayed during Dr. Conrad Murray's trial. The auction house recreated Jackson's bedroom for display but referred to it as "the medicine room." From CNN:

A small table that sat next to the bed where Jackson spent his last living hours in a desperate search for sleep sold for $5,000. The "French occasional table" was listed for between $300 and $500. It was a centerpiece of several key crime scene photos at Murray's trial, because several bottles of sedatives were found on it.

The oriental rug on which paramedics tried to revive Jackson sold for $15,360, although the auction catalog placed its value at between $400 and $600. It, also, is prominent on photos shown at the trial.

Julien's backed away from selling the bed in which Jackson received the fatal dose of the (propofol) after a personal request from his mother, Katherine Jackson, Nolan said.

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Last look inside space shuttle Atlantis

Submitterator vetran collectSPACE tells us:

collectSPACE had the rare opportunity recently to tour NASA’s space shuttle Atlantis to photograph its preparation for museum display and capture its glass cockpit powered and lit for one of its last times.

The photo gallery starts on Atlantis’ flight deck, and then proceeds to its now mostly empty middeck, out into and above the 60-foot payload bay, and then around and under the winged spacecraft.

Their gallery is gorgeous, and really appropriately shows the complexity of the space shuttle's controls. It hadn't occurred to me until now how little of the space shuttle I've seen.

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A powerful personal perspective on NIMBY

OnEarth magazine has a really interesting essay on renewable energy and NIMBYism, by nature writer David Gessner. A former resident of Cape Cod, Gessner was a longtime opponent of the plan to site offshore wind turbines in the ocean near the Cape. But he recently changed his mind. Why? It has to do with Henry David Thoreau and the Gulf Oil Spill. Read the rest

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