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Former IBM Japan president questioned over upskirt filming

Japan Today:

A former president of IBM Japan has been questioned by police after allegedly filming up the skirt of an unsuspecting woman in a train station, local media reported Thursday. Takuma Otoshi, 63, used his iPod to take the illicit footage as the woman rode an escalator at a busy Tokyo station, the Yomiuri Shimbun and the Mainichi Shimbun reported.

TONX coffee, video shopping, and Pesco's wife

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Joyus is an online retail start-up where the stories of the products (from a mix of smaller indie makers and larger brands) are told through videos. My wife Kelly Sparks is fashion director there. They focus on four categories -- fashion, beauty, home, and food. Last year on Boing Boing, Xeni posted about TONX artisanal coffee delivery service. Now over at Joyus, Emily Olson talks with TONX's Nick Griffith about brewing a great cup of coffee using an AeroPress: "Brew Your Best Cup of Coffee at Home"

And if you're into women's fashion, please check out Kelly's videos at the Joyus Fashion Channel!

Astonishing cigarette magic

Masterful cigarette magic by Cyril Takayama.

Troma Entertainment: 150 free films on YouTube

Legendary psychotronic film studio Troma Entertainment, maker of such cinematic masterpieces as The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke'em High, and Redneck Zombies, has put 150 movies (including some classics that it distributes) on YouTube for free viewing. Above is the 1932 film White Zombie, starring Bela Lugosi. It's considered to be the first zombie film ever. There goes the weekend. Tromamovies (via Techdirt)

Rushkoff: Apply for a Codecademy Fellowship!

Our dear pal Douglas Rushkoff says:

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I've been at Codecademy, the free online code school, as "Codevangelist in Residence" for two weeks now, and I'm as inspired and future-focused as I was the first time I met David Pescovitz at Morph's Outpost On The Digital Frontier. They're just launching a fellowship program for college students looking to get a year of experience before they graduate. Winners get $80,000, relocation to NYC, mentors in engineering, education, and entrepreneurship, and (for me the best part) the chance to help the world become more code literate. Can't wait to meet up with whoever ends up here, and particularly hoping it is a fellow happy mutant, so I'm letting you know first.

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Fleetwood Mac: "Rhiannon" live, 1976

Continuing to fuel my rekindled love affair with Fleetwood Mac's California cocaine trilogy is this scorching version of "Rhiannon" live on The Midnight Special, June 11, 1976. Trust me, stay with it 'til the end. The original track is from the 1975 album Fleetwood Mac. (Thanks, Tristan Eldritch!)

"Ready Player One" DeLorean prize awarded

Author Ernest Cline was on G4's X-Play this week to give away a fully-restored DeLorean to Craig Queen, the person who won the Easter egg contest that was hidden in the print copies of his novel, Ready Player One.

In the video, X-Play host Blair Herter welcomes Ernest Cline, the author of game-heavy sci-fi novel Ready Player One for a full day at X-Play and to witness Cline handing over the keys to a Delorean to the winner of his Ready Player One Easter Egg contest. Cline sticks around to tell Blair all about his contest, and even comes back inside to take the X-Play Super Mario Bros. Challenge!


Ready Player One Author Ernest Cline's DeLorean Giveaway

Dominique Pruitt "To Win Your Love" music video


[Video Link] In July I posted a link to songstress Dominique Pruitt's "To Win Your Love." As I said, her work has a great 50s and 60s vibe. Here's a video for her song, "To Win Your Love," which will be on her upcoming album. I'm looking forward to hearing the other songs!

Yurei Attack! The Japanese Ghost Survival Guide


[Video Link] Here's the highly polished trailer for a very cool book I received this week, called Yurei Attack! The Japanese Ghost Survival Guide

Yurei is the Japanese word for "ghost." It's as simple as that. They are the souls of dead people, unable—or unwilling—to shuffle off this mortal coil. Yurei are many things, but "friendly" isn't the first word that comes to mind. Not every yurei is dangerous, but they are all driven by emotions so uncontrollably powerful that they have taken on a life of their own: rage, sadness, devotion, a desire for revenge, or even the firm belief that they are still alive.

This book, the third in the authors' bestselling Attack! series, after Yokai Attack! and Ninja Attack! gives detailed information on 39 of the creepiest yurei stalking Japan, along with detailed histories and defensive tactics should you have the misfortune to encounter one.


Yurei Attack! The Japanese Ghost Survival Guide

How tracking down a stolen computer triggered a drug bust

Over at MAKE, we've got an interesting story about computers stolen from a MAKE employee's car during Maker Faire Detroit, which led to a drug bust.

Have you ever had something stolen? Your heart sinks, your mind races, and you become increasingly paranoid about the vulnerability of your personal property. I know because this is a picture of my coworker’s (let’s call him Steve) rental car, a Chevy Impala, after lunch at Slow’s Bar-B-Q in Detroit (amazing food, don’t park on a side street), the Monday after Maker Faire Detriot. There was nothing significant in the front of the car to entice thieves to break in, but we both had computers in backpacks in the trunk. One quick jab from a screwdriver unlocked the car, allowing the thief to pop the trunk and liberate the bags.

We didn’t see the hole at first, so we both thought we were crazy when we found the trunk empty at the hotel. We texted the rest of our team, who were on their way to the airport, and retraced our steps. When were the bags last seen? Who had access to the car? As I said, your mind races. Steve and I drove to the Henry Ford Museum, where the car had been most of the day, and parked in the same spot to see if it was in view of a video camera. The car was visible from two. After reporting this to Henry Ford Security and asking them to review the tapes for that day, we started examining the trunk for any telltale marks. That’s when we noticed the puncture under the driver’s door handle. That would have made noise. Noise we would have heard from the tent. Now what? Steve and I were planning to see Batman at the Henry Ford’s IMAX theater at 9:40pm. Reluctantly, at around 8pm, we headed back to Slow’s, a 25 minute drive. The trip was filled with talk about what was in the bags, and how screwed we were. “Screwed” was probably the most polite word uttered. Steve’s ThinkPad was locked and encrypted. My Macbook Pro was in hibernation and was wide open. Even then, my harddrive was not encrypted. Fortunately, I don’t save history, usernames, or passwords.

How tracking down a stolen computer triggered a drug bust

Controlled demolition of unexploded WWII bomb in Munich

During WWII the allies dropped millions upon millions of tons of explosives upon Germany, to halt German war production. Its not infrequent for German authorities to remove, destroy or incapacitate old ordnance. This bomb was found in Munich's lovely Schwabing neighborhood and could not be defused. It was decided to explode the bomb in place rather than risk an uncontrolled detonation.

Thanks Zac!

Toca Boca music video


A fun and infectious music video from our friends at Toca Boca, developer of apps for kids. It appears to be a teaser for an upcoming title.

Advice to the poor, from world's richest woman: "spend less time drinking"

Are you broke? Can't pay the bills or feed your family, despite holding down one or more jobs you hate? Can't get a job because there are no jobs to be gotten?

Australian mining tycoon Gina Rinehart, the richest woman in the world, has advice for you: "spend less time drinking."

The longer quote: "There is no monopoly on becoming a millionaire. If you're jealous of those with more money, don't just sit there and complain. Do something to make more money yourself -- spend less time drinking or smoking and socialising, and more time working. Become one of those people who work hard, invest and build, and at the same time create employment and opportunities for others."

Rinehart, it should be noted, inherited her wealth. Her current net worth is about USD$30 billion. (AFP)

Boing Boing Robots T-Shirt


The great cartoonist Tom Gauld (The Gigantic Robot, Goliath) designed our latest Boing Boing T-shirt. It's called "Robots."

Woman dies after police kick her in the genitals; LAPD now investigating 'Questionable Tactics'

A drug-addicted woman who dropped off her two children at a police station because she recognized that she was unable to care for them was tracked down by LAPD officers who reportedly told her to "get your fat ass in the car," threatened to stomp her genitals, then followed through on that threat.

35-year-old Alesia Thomas is reported to have been "combative." After being stomped in the groin, she suffocated while being taken into custody, and died.

Why do we know about this, and why are five LAPD officers now under internal and criminal investigation in her death? The altercation in front of her apartment was captured by a patrol car's video camera.

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