Last chance for Hackers on Planet Earth EFF-benefit tix

Aestetix sez, "For the past month, the Hackers On Planet Earth conference by 2600 Magazine has been raising money for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The internet would be a scary place without them around, so HOPE is donating 10% of the entire ticket sales for the month of April to the EFF. It's been a fantastic month, and yet it's almost over, so if you want to be part of this awesome effort, buy your ticket before Monday." Read the rest

Gweek 049: "I'm the son of Tinkerbell"

[Click here to play episode] Gweek is Boing Boing's podcast about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps, and other neat stuff. My co-hosts for episode 49 are Michael Pusateri, a lifelong tinkerer and former television tech executive for Disney who blogs at, and Kevin Mack, an artist and visual effects supervisor.

In this episode:

Mark's Wired profile of Kevin Mack, written in 1999.

Kevin Mack's mother posing as Tinkerbell.

Kevin Mack's art site.

Michael's book pick: Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection

Mark's book pick: Gonzo: A Graphic Biography of Hunter S. Thompson

Michael's comic pick: The Manhattan Projects

Michael's comic pick: Resident Alien

Kevin discusses the origin of the phrase “Squa Tront! Spa Fon!" "I believe it is from the story 'The Aliens' in Weird Fantasy #17 January 1953. I have the original issue."

Mark's music pick: Do Be Do - 10 Songs About Being and Doing, by The Sinatra Test.

Michael's video pick: My Name is Lizzie Bennet, a transmedia version of Pride and Prejudice done by videoblog.

Kevin: "Smithsonian Museum of American Art has an exhibit on the art of video games. I saw it when I was in DC last week."

Mark's app picks: Hotel Tonight and Got Cow?

Kevins' website picks: The Blu, now that's what I call bullshit, Weebly.

On Kevin's wish list: A transcranial direct current stimulation machine, brain wave entrainment. Read the rest

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Making your first papercraft automaton

Make's Meg Allan Cole recorded her first attempt at assembling a papercraft mechanical automaton, choosing a handsome Mario Bros number. The short video gives you a flavor for what's involved. Here's the files if you want to try it yourself.

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Portland prosecutor says innocent man's classic kung fu film collection warranted brutal police tasing

A Portland City attorney argued in court that a Portland police officer was justified in brutally tasing a non-violent man with no criminal record because it was later discovered that the man owned a classic kung fu film collection. The jury didn't agree, and the taxpayers now get to pay a $250,000 settlement. Naturally, Officer Benjamin J. Davidson remains on the force.

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Sheep Invaders sweater

€279 for a "Sheep Invader" sweater is more than I'd pay, but the design brought a smile to my phizz.

The Sheep Invader Sweater from Monsieur Lacenaire is an incredibly comfortable garment. The sweater is regular fitted and features a classic crew neck, “Sheep invader” pattern through front, neck and ribbed trims. The sweater comes in a Navy color and can be washed by machine.

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Redditor with an air-travel pass will become an upvoted summer bindlestiff

Generique is a redditor with a BSc in forensic science, no job, and an unlimited US air-travel pass for the summer (he has a family member who works for an airline). He's volunteered to go anywhere and do anything, based on Reddit upvotes, to have an "epic summer adventure."

Want me to hand deliver a letter to someone across the country or overseas? Attempt to help you with homework? Volunteer at your organization for a day? Need an extra pair of hands to do that landscaping project you've been putting off for months? Know a sweet hiking spot but have no one to go with?

I will attempt to complete the highest voted tasks to the best of my abilities (IE they take place in destinations I can reach- most major cities worldwide except and almost any US destination, and I don't get an unlucky string of fully booked flights). Be sure to say the city your request takes place in. Feel free to assign me random adventures where ever you live.

Need help getting something done? I have unlimited flight benefits this summer and want to spend the month of May helping out Redditors. (self.AskReddit) Read the rest

How "jaywalking" was invented

Sarah Goodyear relates the events that gave rise to the concept of "jaywalking," and describes what American life was like before the assumption that roads were primarily for cars became the norm, and when the streets were "vibrant places with a multitude of users and uses."

It wasn’t always like this. Browse through New York Times accounts of pedestrians dying after being struck by automobiles prior to 1930, and you’ll see that in nearly every case, the driver is charged with something like “technical manslaughter.” And it wasn’t just New York. Across the country, drivers were held criminally responsible when they killed or injured people with their vehicles...

“If you ask people today what a street is for, they will say cars,” says Norton. “That’s practically the opposite of what they would have said 100 years ago.”

Streets back then were vibrant places with a multitude of users and uses. When the automobile first showed up, Norton says, it was seen as an intruder and a menace. Editorial cartoons regularly depicted the Grim Reaper behind the wheel. That image persisted well into the 1920s...

The industry lobbied to change the law, promoting the adoption of traffic statutes to supplant common law. The statutes were designed to restrict pedestrian use of the street and give primacy to cars. The idea of "jaywalking” – a concept that had not really existed prior to 1920 – was enshrined in law.

The current configuration of the American street, and the rules that govern it, are not the result of some inevitable organic process.

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