Hominid: predation among the human-skeleton'ed prehistoric creatures

Hominid is an animated teaser based on the Hominid series of photo composites by Brian Andrews.

Sean and the Sea Lion: a pinniped story in photographs

Boing Boing reader John K. Goodman shares a series of photographs with us that tell a magical story about a sea lion and his son, Sean. Every time John and his son visit the Long Beach aquarium, she loves to play with Sean's dad's keys. Wonderful photos resulted.

La Ca3PO t-shirt

Our friends at Last Gasp just published Amigos de los Muertos, a hardcover collection of contemporary Day of the Dead artwork by Jeral Tidwell, Angryblue, Roberto Jaras Lira, and David Lozeau. Lira's "La Ca3PO," featured in the book, is now also available as a t-shirt! La Ca3P0 t-shirt (Thanks, Colin!) Read the rest

Too bad Megatron didn't win the elections

"All Hail Megatron!," a photograph by Justin Rampage shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. He explains:

Goofy Photoshop that I made based off of this original reddit post by BergerKing80. You can also download a Facebook timeline header image created by redditor nerdwithme. reddit, Imgur.

Update: Justin first posted this on Laughing Squid. Read the rest

Haunted Mansion "alligator tightrope girl" cosplayer

Here's Roxy Rot cosplaying the alligator tightrope-walker that appears in the Haunted Mansion's stretch-gallery, one of the iconic comic-horror images of the 20th century. She's perfectly awesome in the role, too. She's dressed up for Bats Day 2011, the annual goth day at Disneyland, which is enormous good fun. She notes, "The corset is from here and the skirt and cape I had help with from my old coworker Joy."

Best cosplay so far: the alligator tightrope walker painting girl from the Haunted Mansion (Thanks, Matthew!) Read the rest

The Civil Wars cancel upcoming tour dates due to much tinier version of Civil War

The Civil Wars announce the cancellation of their upcoming tour dates due to "internal discord"...

Hell Night at Fox News

Richard Metzger at Dangerous Minds: "As a connoisseur of Republican schadenfreude, it was pretty obvious that Fox was the place to be on this election night." Read the rest

Drunk woman on YouTube upset over Obama reelection

"15 fucking posts on Facebook and NONE OF YOU SHARED IT."

Bill Murray as all the Wes Anderson characters

Artist Casey Weldon has cast Wes Anderson favorite Bill Murray as almost every character in Wes Anderson's movies. No, really, this is just as great as you're thinking it is. More images after the jump. Read the rest

UK surgeon accused of misdiagnosing cancer to perform unnecessary surgeries on women

So-called "rogue surgeon" Ian Paterson has been suspended by Britain's General Medical Council after accusations he performed "unnecessary or inappropriate" breast operations on over a thousand women in the UK.

Investigators claim he misdiagnosed at least 450 of those women with breast cancer when they were in fact cancer-free, performing unnecessary mastectomies and lumpectomies, and placing them on brutal treatment regimens when they had no cancer to treat.

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7.4 quake strikes Guatemala; at least 15 dead, 100+ missing

A strong earthquake struck the southwestern coast of Guatemala this morning, causing widespread damage and a yet-undetermined number of deaths.

Razer Naga gaming mouse requires always-on Internet connection, license agreement says they can use this to spy on you

Channelx99, a poster on the overclock.net forums, says that the Razer Naga gaming mouse comes with special drivers that require your computer to be connected to the Internet at all times in order to play -- and this means that the mouse was useless when it was first plugged in, because Razer's servers were down.

Parsing the Razer license agreement, Channelx99 finds that Razer reserves the right to spy on all your activity and to sell or data-mine that data. Multiple emails to Razer from Channelx99 have not created any clarity on this, as the company only sends back generic customer-service messages that don't explain whether the purpose of the drivers is really to spy on and monetize users.

Other commenters on the forum note that Razer's always-on drivers cause all sorts of performance issues with the mouse, making it slow and unresponsive during gaming sessions, and they say that earlier Razer products have had built-in memory that was used to store user preferences for the programmable buttons and functions.

Apparently, the Razer Naga will still work as a normal mouse -- without any of its crucial, scriptable extra buttons and functions -- if you don't install the driver, but of course, that's not how gamers expect to use their fancy programmable mice. And according to the forums, all Razer products will require always-on Internet connections and round-the-clock user surveillance in order to work.

Razer forces you to create an account with them before you can use the software with the mouse.

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Afghan Whigs: "Miles Iz Ded" (1992)

Short film for the reunited Afghan Whigs' Miles Iz Ded, the hidden track on their 1992 LP Congregation.

Neil Gaiman's next episode of Doctor Who will bring back a classic foe

We learned a while back that author Neil Gaiman would be returning to Doctor Who to write a follow-up to his Hugo Award-winning episode, "The Doctor's Wife." And now we know a little bit more about what he'll be writing about -- one of the series' most classic villains, the Cybermen, will be brought back by Gaiman for an episode later this season! Something else to keep in mind about the next time we see the Cybermen -- it will be the first time the Doctor's new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman, will meet them. (We will finally meet her on Christmas Day, when Doctor Who's Christmas special airs on BBC!)

The episode, which will air some time next spring, will be directed by Stephen Woolfenden and will feature appearances by Warwick Davis (Harry Potter), Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders), and Jason Watkins (Being Human). The trio will be playing, according to BBC, "a band of misfits on a mysterious planet."

I always found the Cybermen to be one of the most creepy, dangerous, and heartbreaking bad guys on Doctor Who, so I would imagine that Neil Gaiman's take on them will make all of us cry for hours if he does his job correctly.

Photo credit: BBC

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HOWTO work at a company without a boss

Today at Institute for the Future's conference about "Re-Aligning Human Organization" my colleague Jason Tester showed the image above in his presentation. It's from video game developer Valve Corporation's employee manual that was released online (PDF) earlier this year. It's also a good summary of how new editorial projects get done (or not) at Boing Boing! Read the rest

Robotic 808 drum-machine

Moritz Simon Geist recreated the iconic 808 drum-machine using analog parts and robotic controllers.

Pesco's favorite men's style sites

Over at our sponsor Intel's My Life Scoop site, I wrote a short piece about my favorite men's style sites:

Since I was 14, I’ve dressed like, well, I’m 14. My daily attire has always been t-shirt, hoodie, jeans, and sneakers or boots. That said, I feel good when I dress up. My wife is a fashion designer and stylist. She helps, when I let her. And in recent years, that’s been more often. I’m not interested in trying to track the latest trends. I prefer classic, timeless, and well-made apparel. I like looking sharp, but I’d never want to peacock. If I wasn’t so lazy about my looks, and actually made the scene more often, I’d be tempted to buy more suits. William S. Burroughs wore a traditional suit almost every day. It enabled him to blend in, fade into invisibility to observe without suspicion. Of course, I’m no Burroughs. For lots of reasons. But I still wouldn’t mind the gentleman junkie’s three-piece gray flannel suit.

"Seeking Men’s Style" Read the rest

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