Boing Boing 

Ted Nugent Halloween costume, 1977

Now that's scary. Trigger warning, indeed, if you get my drift. Nov. 3, 1977 Rolling Stone, shared on Flickr by jbcurio.

Wheel of Urine

NewImage This Wheel of Urine is from Ullrich Pinder's Epiphanie Medicorum (1506). It was used to diagnose disease based on characteristics of the patient's piss, including its taste. Urinalysis is common today, of course. Well, not the tasting part. "The Urine Wheel" (SciAm)

Letterpressed, inappropriate infographic greeting cards

Safwat sez, "Greetings from Nowhere is a series of inappropriate (but totally awesome) letterpressed greeting cards made up of venn diagrams, pie charts and bar graphs. These cards were designed with the sole objective of not sucking as much as most other holiday cards out there. I am currently trying to fund this project via Kickstarter so that the cards can be letterpressed at a small printshop here in Phoenix, AZ and delivered to project backers in time for the holidays."

Greetings from Nowhere: Letterpressed Holiday Cards (Thanks, Safwat!)

Alive! Real! Apeman! 1937!


This is a photo of an apeman captured in the jungles of Brazil in 1937. Or not. (Reddit)

Friday Freak-Out: Seals & Crofts perform "Summer Breeze" (1973)

Friday Freak-Out: Seals & Crofts perform "Summer Breeze" on Midnight Special, 1973. And if you dig that, you will likely love (or absolutely despise) the new tune "Apocalypse Troll" from Eternal Tapestry's forthcoming album "A World Out Of Time." (Thanks, Patrick Kelly!)

Slow Loris eats rice ball

Link, via Joe Sabia. From the uploader's notes, it appears that her name is Kinako, she has teeth, and she was born in a pet shop in Japan.

* I think it's awful that these creatures are sold as pets, but it's nice that this owner, who may have rescued her, I don't know, is taking gentle care of her.

DIY low-poly mask, now with glowing edges!

Remember this cool "low poly" papercraft mask by BB reader kongorilla? Check it out, he modified it with glow-in-the-dark tape strips, so it... glows in the dark! Make it yourself.

Berlusconi sentenced

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is off to the clink for four years for tax evasion—pending appeals and whatnot, of course. [RT]

Interactive art installation: Bird on a Wire

My friend Matt Richardson (who created the awes.. er, terrific "Awesome Button" for MAKE) is part of a group from New York University's Interactive Technology Program that's launching an interactive window installation in Manhattan tonight called Bird on a Wire. Matt says, "The birds sit on the window until you call in, and they start flocking around. Not only that, but you can also hear the birds through the phone."

HOWTO make a really well-tucked bed

From the Art of Manliness website, instructions for "How to Make a Bed You Can Bounce a Quarter Off Of." I have to say that I hate sleeping under tightly tucked sheets (especially at the bottom! The feet must be free to poke out and catch a breeze when the internal temperature spikes!), but there's something perversely aesthetically appealing about the overall kentuckyness of a really well-made bed. The secret, apparently, is in the hospital corners.

Starting at the foot of the bed, tuck the end of the sheet between the mattress and box springs. Don’t just bunch the sheet between the mattress and the box springs, rather ensure that the sheet lays smoothly between the two.

Go to the head of the bed and pull the other end of the sheet taut. Tuck the sheet under the mattress as you did at the foot of the bed.

Go back to the foot of the bed and pick a corner to make your first hospital corner. Grab the sheet draping from the side about 16 inches from the foot of the bed (Diagram A).

Place one finger on top of the corner, lifting the sheet with the other hand (Diagram B).

Tuck lower drape under the mattress (Diagram C).

Hold the corner in place and bring the sheet over. You want the fold on the top sheet to form a 45-degree angle. That’s standard for the Army (Diagram D).

Tuck the rest of the side of the sheet under the mattress, working your way to the head of the bed (Diagram E). Repeat on all four corners of the bed. As you tuck, take your hand and smooth out any wrinkles that may form in the sheet on the top of the bed.

How to Make a Bed You Can Bounce a Quarter Off Of (via Making Light)

Bald for Bieber

Internet assholes managed attempted to trick gullible young fans of Justin Bieber into believing the pop idol had cancer. Teens were asked to shave their heads as a gesture of support, and posted those photos online with the hashtag #baldforbieber. Word to the wise: I have cancer and treatment made me lose all my hair, and can tell you that shaving your head doesn't really help a stranger with cancer get any better, unless you're donating your hair to them for a chemo wig or something. (Thanks, Sean!)

If Twitter was like Facebook

People give Twitter plenty of guff, but at least its promoted tweets program is straight-up advertising--unlike the awful "pay to reach your own followers" stunt that Facebook is pulling.

TechCrunch launches Crunchgov to craft and pass better tech laws

Greg from TechCrunch sez,

TechCrunch has launched a beta version of a new technology policy platform, Crunchgov. Crunchgov (beta) is designed to source the most thoughtful people and ideas for the purpose of crafting smarter tech policy. The tech industry is great at getting headlines for things like SOPA but haven't been successful at passing laws--this leaves them vulnerable to the status quo on education, immigration, IP and a hot of other issues.

So, we designed two tools, which are both first for a media organization as far as I know. One is a a report card - each House of Representatives member (and soon Senators) are rated on how their voting record aligns to the consensus interests of the technology industry. To gage what consensus issues are, we surveyed the top tech lobbies, which collectively represent most of industry. Where they all agreed on a bill, we put it into our report.

We ended up with 3 bills: The Fairness in High Skilled Immigrants Act, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), The JOBS Act (crowdfunding for startups).

We also identified 10 congressmen, who were given As or Fs, based on whether they were well-known champions or threats. This will help citizens keep track of the most thoughtful people, and be warned when known threats try to co-opt important issues, such as when SOPA author Lamar Smith introduced a partisan immigration law destined to fail.

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Doggie warning system

Warning: it gets loud. Link, from Illustrated Primer.

(Thanks, Joe Sabia!)

In Greece, financial tragedy creates horrific conditions for cancer patients

In the NYT today, a report on the plight of cancer patients in Greece who cannot afford treatment. The profile of a woman with breast cancer who delayed medical care for lack of funds is gruesome, and similar to stories one hears in the United States. [BB: breast cancer archives]

Children of tech executive slain in New York; nanny accused of murder and attempted suicide

Two of the three children of CNBC Digital senior vice president Kevin Krim and Marina Krim, a mom who maintained a blog about their family life, were apparently stabbed to death by their nanny last night in NYC.

Nanny Yoselyn Ortega (50) is accused of attacking Lulu (6) and Leo Krim (2), shown in the family photo at left; then trying to kill herself.

The details of how the mother (38) encountered her children are in the NYT story, CNN, and the tabloids. A third child was with Mrs. Krim when the attack happened at their home, and did not witness it.

From posts on the family blog [update: which is now offline] the nanny appears to have worked with the family for more than a year.

The Krim family visited Ms. Ortega's home and family in the Dominican Republic with her on a 9-day vacation this February.

The family LiveJournal contains thousands of photographs of the children, whose lives were chronicled there in loving detail by their mom. Marina Krim published an entry about her son just three hours before the attack.

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Cory in Toronto today, Boston tomorrow

Hey, Toronto! It's my last night in town -- I'll be at Harbourfront's International Festival of Authors doing a double-act with China Mieville (there's still some tickets available). Tomorrow I'm off to the Boston Book Festival for the very last stop of the Pirate Cinema tour -- come on out and watch me attempt to stand upright (it's at 415PM, and it's free, but you need tickets). Here's the details.