Wax anatomy-model cake

Conjurer’s Kitchen created this anatomical wax-model cake for the mad bakers at Eat Your Heart Out. Delicious and educational!

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Photos from backstage at Disneyland

StoopidTrooper's "Backstage Disneyland" Imgur set is as good a collection of images of the behind-the-scenes action at Disneyland as I've ever seen. I'm especially gratified by all the pics from backstage at the Haunted Mansion, interacting with the animatronics and effects. Also included are some great shots of horseplay with the animals and human animatronics in the Jungle Cruise, and many shots of utility areas, such as boat-storage for the Jungle Cruise. I'm also delighted by all the shots of the control panels for the rides, which are pretty fascinating looks at the one-off interfaces developed by Imagineering to allow semi-trained Orange County teenagers to safely usher some of the wealthiest children on Earth through the bowels of dangerous heavy machinery.

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Shuttle Endeavour transits Los Angeles this weekend, en route to her final resting place

NASA orbiter Endeavour is squeezing her way through tree-stripped streets of Los Angeles this weekend, en route to a permanent retirement home at the California Science Center.

Here's a Google Map of the route, with stopping points. Big shuttle is big. Bigger than the streets that must accommodate her. Basically, the whole thing is like the ultimate slow-speed car chase, but with fewer live news choppers overhead.

Above: BB reader Troy B. Asher caught Endeavour parked in a parking lot today. More of his pix here.

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Tusken Raider kids' costume

Ward Jenkins dressed up little Ezra as a Tusken Raider for Hallowe'en, and the effect is WARSOME.

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Reddit's creepiest character unmasked

Gawker's Adrian Chen unmasks Violentacrez, the man behind subreddits such as "Jailbait", "Creepshots" and "Chokeabitch".

A troll exploits social dynamics like computer hackers exploit security loopholes, and Violentacrez calmly exploited the Reddit hive mind's powerful outrage machine and free speech values at the same time. It was this pattern, repeated to various degrees dozens of times, that made Violentacrez an unlikely hero to many of the white male geeks who make up Reddit's hard core. They saw Violentacrez as a champion in the fight against the oppressive schoolmarms: "He upheld a certain amount of freedom for the worst of us to ensure freedom for all of us," wrote one user in a post mourning his departure. Fans followed him wherever he went on the site.

Reddit should take control of its reputation. Its "common carrier" aspirations—already proven to be unsustainable—seem to prevent it from exercising some much-needed quality control over what moderators do in top subreddits. And lest you think that its hands-off policy is about preventing censorship, remember that links to Gawker are currently banned on some top Reddit-promoted areas such as /r/politics.

Letting creeps and criminals speak for you is no defense of free speech: it's just an invitation to be measured by what they say and do in your name. Read the rest

California AG publicly shames United Airlines on Twitter over crappy privacy policy

Shum sez, "California Attorney General Kamala Harris has been working to oversee tech companies so they better protect consumer privacy--notably forging an agreement with the 6 leading mobile platforms to require the apps they host have privacy policies--these policies give both the state and individuals standing to sue if they are breached. Today she took one more step to enforce--not by pulling out the stick, but the tweet--with a public call for United Airlines to follow the law and post a policy describing what it will be doing with what private information of individuals that its apps collect." Read the rest

Cassandra Clare, author and internet-bullying victim, "on hiatuses and hate blogs"

Fantasy author Cassandra Clare, writing about her experience at the receiving end of some fairly serious and organized internet bullying.

These sort of attacks are so shocking/upsetting because they break the social contract we have come to expect decent people to adhere to: that people don’t attack your personal relationships, that they don’t sneer not just at your friends but at the idea that you might have friends, that they don’t attack the way you look or your family or your ethnicity/religion. The thing is, to the hate bloggers, and to the kind of people who send anonymous hateful messages, the object of their hate isn’t a person. To them, I am not a human being. My family are not real people.

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LocalWiki Antarctica, a crowdsourced map of the icy southern continent

LocalWiki's Philip Neustrom says,

My non-profit, LocalWiki, has been working on this really incredible project to help document the continent of Antarctica. Most notable, at least right now, is this custom map we've pieced together from very-hard-to-find NASA aerial imagery and coastline datasets. It's probably the most beautiful thing I've ever worked on.

Check out the LocalWiki for Antarctica. The project "aims to document the full extent of human involvement on the continent," and for now is focused on a two-mile region surrounding Palmer Station.

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Hauntologists mine the past for music's future

Whether it’s musicians pastiching multiple vintage styles in a single track, the endless cycle of remakes and sequels in cinema, or historical genre mashups in pop literature, our future is looking increasingly like our past.

Videos from the HOPE 2004 conference: Jello Biafra, Woz, Schneier, Mitnick and more

2600's Emmanuel Goldstein sez, "Another 78 videos of historical hacker talks have been restored and posted online. The Fifth HOPE conference in 2004 brought together Steve Wozniak, Kevin Mitnick, Bruce Schneier, Jello Biafra and many more in an eclectic and enlightening mix of technical information, security challenges, social issues, and a spirit of fun and rebellion that now can be shared globally for the first time"


iPhone case with my art on it

The fine folks at Twig Case created a new iPhone bamboo case with one of my illustrations on it. I love the way it turned out. (Twig Case also has a stunningly cool Jim Woodring case.)

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Panetta warns of imminent "Cyber Pearl Harbor"

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, speaking this week: “An aggressor nation or extremist group could use these kinds of cyber tools to gain control of critical switches. They could derail passenger trains, or even more dangerous, derail passenger trains loaded with lethal chemicals. They could contaminate the water supply in major cities, or shut down the power grid across large parts of the country.” Later, he told reporters at the NYT to relax; this imminent threat does not mean he wants to read your email. Read the rest

Cuffing Season

What is "cuffing season?" Watch and learn, on the streets of New York City.

Magical appliance turns hamburger meat into hot dogs

Billions of years from now, in the final seconds before the heat death of the universe snuffs out life for all eternity, the last living creature can take comfort in the fact that we didn't fade away before creating the Ham Dogger. You can experience its magic today for $6.77 Read the rest

Whole Foods visits my house and we make a skateboard

Dark Rye, the online magazine for Whole Foods, came to my house this summer and shot a video of the stuff my daughters and I like to do. They've also included a downloadable version of bOING bOING #1 (published in 1989), and how-to instructions for a couple of projects.

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