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

Brian Andrews has spent many years producing his striking "Hominid" images, described as "photo composites made from human and veterinary images creating hominid creatures." Now, these images have been animated, and the result is beautiful and haunting and profoundly, wonderfully disturbing.

Hominid is an animated teaser based on the Hominid series of photo composites by Brian Andrews. The series has been exhibited internationally, including at SIGGRAPH, in the Hong Kong Exhibition Center, and at numerous galleries. This animated teaser was produced at Ex’pression College for Digital Arts. Be on the lookout for future Hominid animations.

Hominid (via JWZ)

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.

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La Ca3PO t-shirt

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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!)

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.

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!)

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

In news that writes its own jokes, Grammy-winning country duo The Civil Wars have announced that they are canceling all upcoming tour dates due to "internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition." If the North and South could have issued press releases in the mid-19th century, I'm pretty sure that's exactly how the Civil War would have been announced, but with more mentions of "ye" and institutional racism. (via The Huffington Post)

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."

Drunk woman on YouTube upset over Obama reelection

Video Link. It's 24 minutes long. Embedding disabled.

"15 fucking posts on Facebook and NONE OF YOU SHARED IT. I spend hours upon hours upon hours mining the news and finding things to post for you to share with other people and yet very few of you do it. I'm talking to all you namby-pamby pussies. GET THE FUCK OFF THE INTERNET. LOVE SOCIALIST AMERICA, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT YOU'VE GOT."

The tinkling ice cubes in her shot glass really sell it.

(via @beschizza/@J_Champagne)

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.

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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 at about 1030am local time. The magnitude 7.4 quake is the strongest to hit the central American nation since a 7.5 quake in the mid-seventies, which killed 20,000 people.

Reuters reports 8 dead, more than a hundred missing, and damaged communication lines—which make it hard to get an accurate sense of the damage.

Update: death toll estimates range from 15 to 30, by various sources.

People felt the temblor as far away as Mexico City, some 750 miles from the epicenter.

The Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre is reporting that the worst damage is in the region of San Marcos. There's a Storify of eyewitness photos and videos here.

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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. You cant configure the mouse in any way until you make an account with them and activate your computer and account through their server. If they decide to take down their activation server for any reason, you will never be able to use the software. If you live somewhere without access to internet, you will not be able to activate and use the software. If you work somewhere that has a network behind firewalls, chances are even though you can download the Synapse software, the firewall may also block you from activating and using the software as well.

If your connection drops out for any reason, the Synapse software will make a habbit of locking up on you while it transitions to offline mode. During that time your settings may revert or possibly not be saved.

Yes, you can use the mouse as plug and play with basic functionality if you choose not to make an account and activate your computer, but who pays $80 for a basic plug and play mouse? The reason people buy the Naga 2012 is the configurable buttons and to change the DPI, polling rate, set up macros and profiles along with everything else. Razer has no right to lock this away from customers who paid for these features. For the Naga 2012 mouse, there is no other offline drivers to revert to. Synapse 2.0 is your only option.

Razers Synapse 2.0 software is always online. If you have an internet connection active, Razer will be constantly using it constantly downloading updates and interrupting your full screen applications. Not only that, as I suspected, the Synapse 2.0 software is spying on you

Razer Synapse 2.0 software/mouse unusable if you dont have an internet connection or their... (Thanks, JimDiGritz!)

Afghan Whigs: "Miles Iz Ded" (1992)

Short film for The Afghan Whigs' "Miles Iz Ded," the hidden track on their 1992 LP Congregation. The reunited Afghan Whigs perform in San Francisco tonight and tomorrow before heading to Los Angeles where they will play Friday on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" and then two sold-out shows to wrap up this epic tour. Rebirth of the cool, to be certain.

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

Neil Gaiman’s Doctor Who Episode Will Feature Return of Cybermen [Spinoff Online]

HOWTO work at a company without a boss

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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!

Robotic 808 drum-machine

Moritz Simon Geist recreated the iconic 808 drum-machine using analog parts and robotic controllers, experimenting with many instruments in order to recreate the 808's repertoire. However, Geist is interested in "error" in music, saying, ". A drum beaten by a mechanic robot arm can never be as predictable as a computer generated sound. Consequently, the mechanic character of the installation MR-808 introduces fallibility into the performance."

For the installation MR-808 eleven sound of the 808 were replaced by mechanical actuators and physical tone-makers. I designed all instruments in reference to the famous sounds of the TR-808. A huge number of experiments were carried out since 2011 and a varity of instruments have been built. The instruments include: Snare, Bass drum, Hi-Hat, Carabassa, Clave, Ride, Clap, Tom (3x) and Cowbell.

Motors and solenoids were used as actuators, which are triggered by a power electronic device and an Arduino Microcontroller. The musical control is realized with MIDI, the latency and the lighting control system are implemented in MAX / MSP. You can read more about the details of the techniques here.

Let’s get mechanical: MR-808 is the first drum robot that reproduces the drum sounds of the 80s – in the real world (via JWZ)

Pesco's favorite men's style sites

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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"

Puerto Rico sends United States a non-binding friend request

Amidst all the other election craziness last night, Puerto Ricans voted in favor of becoming the 51st U.S. state. Currently, Puerto Rico is a territory — they've got a non-voting rep in Congress, they don't pay taxes, and they get U.S. military protection and some social services. The results from last night don't actually change anything about that position, but they do put the ball in Congress' court. Puerto Rico wants to be a state. Now it's up to Congress to decide what to do about that. (Via Aaron Olsen)

TOM THE DANCING BUG: Hollingsworth Hound - Is There a Hurricane Problem?

Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Hollingsworth Hound weighs important scientific climate information — the fate of the world in the balance!

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Canada gets a huge raft of user-rights in copyright

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This morning, the majority of Bill C-11, the Canadian copyright reform bill, took effect, marking the most significant changes to Canadian copyright law in decades. While there are still some further changes to come (the Internet provider notice-and-notice rules await a consultation and their own regulations, various provisions related to the WIPO Internet treaties await formal ratification of those treaties) and digital lock protections are part of the package, all the consumer oriented provisions are now active. These include:

- The addition of education, parody, and satire as fair dealing purposes.
- The creation of a non-commercial user generated content provision that creates a legal safe harbour for creators of non-commercial USG (provided they meet four conditions in the law) and for sites that host such content.
- The adoption of several new consumer exceptions including time shifting (recording of television shows), format shifting, and the making of backup copies.

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Grime Writer: detergent-filled graffiti pen


Grime Writer is a detergent-filled graffiti marker that cleans away street-filth to leave your message behind. There's a good chance that the graffiti you create with these is no more legal than any other kind -- there've been successful prosecutions against companies in the UK that paid "street teams" to "reverse-graffiti" their messages by using detergent and stencils to selectively clean away grime from public walls, leaving behind commercial messages.

Grime Writer is a special chunky marker pen that can be filled with cleaning solution, and used to create art on a canvas of filth. Use it to tag your dirty vehicles & windows, or to transform dirt into artistic expression.

Much more socially acceptable than real graffiti and (more importantly) a lot less illegal - Grime Writer helps you leave your mark wherever you find muck. Use responsibly to help promote the phenomenon of negative graffiti, and brilliantly combine the crime of defacing a bridge with the community service time cleaning it up again afterwards, into one harmless, helpful, creative act.

Grime Writer : Cleans away grime to leave your message (via Super Punch)

Medical marijuana in Israel

"I've been a Holocaust child all my life. I'm now 80 and I'm still a Holocaust child, but I'm finally able to better cope." A Buchenwald survivor who uses cannabis for PTSD in a nursing home in Israel, in USA Today.

Early financial markets reaction to Obama reelection: Sell.

Stocks fell sharply this morning in early Wall Street trading, which may or may not indicate that investors are unhappy with Obama's reelection. "The Dow Jones industrial average fell 197 points, or 1.5%, to 13,048 shortly after the opening bell. The broader Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 21 points, or 1.5%, to 1,407. The Nasdaq was down 41 points, or 1.4%, to 2,971."

Trippy NYT election graphic on voting shifts

The New York Times is killing it with election-related infographics, and they're not even Flash-based!

This one sort of combines wind and voting. Readers in WA or CO may want to toke up before clicking.

(HT: Lena Groeger)

Karl Rove vs. math

Fox News analyst and GOP rainmaker Karl Rove went to war on election night against his own network's arithmetic. NBC and Fox called Obama's re-election at around 11:15PM ET; after Fox called Ohio (and, accordingly, the election) for the President, Rove started complaining—on Fox News!—that Fox had called it prematurely.

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Particle physicists not yet willing to call the election for Obama

Sure, there's a 99.2% probability that he will win, but that is several standard deviations away from the 99.99995% confidence that the particle physicists would need to declare the election won. (This is satire, obviously.) Via Jennifer Ouellette.

WA and CO legalize recreational weed, MA okays medicinal use, but "don’t break out Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly"

Voters in Washington and Colorado chose to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, in addition to medicinal use, making them the first U.S. states to decriminalize the practice. Massachussetts voters said yes to medicinal marijuana, making it the 18th state (together with Washington, D.C.) to legalize medical use of pot.

What all of this means in practice will be interesting to watch. If the federal crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries in California are any indication, it's not as simple as "state's rights." Marijuana is still a schedule 1 narcotic, the most restrictive class of illegal drug, with no recognized medical use by federal guidelines. Things may get ugly.

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Most Gangsta Lunchables Commercial ever

YouTuber Mike Dahlquist (@Mikediva) "discovered" this "banned" mid-90s video ad for Lunchables. (via Sean Bonner)

Minnesota defeats discriminatory marriage amendment

Last night, Minnesota became the first state to vote against a constitutional amendment banning gays and lesbians from marrying. We still don't have marriage equality in this state. But two other states — Maine and Maryland — voted in favor of legalizing gay marriage and a third, Washington, looks like it might do the same. Meanwhile, Iowans voted to retain a judge who played a role in making same sex marriage legal in that state.

To celebrate — especially on the Minnesota front, where we also rejected a voter ID amendment — I present this video of the Swedish Chef making meatballs.

Modern political ads are bo-RING


Election night's over, and in the Vintage Ads group, spuzzlightyear's closed it off with ten magnificent political ads from times gone by. Here are a couple of my favourites.

various political ads....

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