Fan video for Jonathan Coulton's anthem for the Atari 2600

Craig sez, "Jonathan Coulton and John Roderick have a new Christmas album out entitled 'One Christmas at a Time.' One of the songs, called '2600,' is a tribute to the classic 80's video game console. Here's an unofficial video for '2600.'"

Jonathan Coulton & John Roderick ❄ 2600 (Thanks, Craig!) Read the rest

My favorite logo for a pest exterminating company

I am scanning some old invoices and I came across one for a termite exterminator. I thought the drawing of the 4-legged bug on its back was sketched just for me before they faxed the invoice over, but I visited the website and saw that it's their logo. Wonderful! Read the rest

Artist arrested at Oakland airport for wearing ornate watch

Geoffrey McGann, a southern California artist, was arrested at Oakland airport for wearing an assemblage sculpture/watch he'd made. The TSA were also worried because he had a lot of insoles in his shoes. He was eventually released on $150,000 bail.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- A Southern California man was arrested at Oakland International Airport after security officers found him wearing an unusual watch they said could be used to make a timing device for a bomb, authorities said Friday... McGann told Transportation Security Administration officers that he's an artist and the watch is art, Nelson said.

Geoffrey McGann, Man With Strange Watch, Arrested At Oakland Airport [AP] (Thanks to everyone who suggested this!) Read the rest

Bibliomat: a vending machine for random rare and antiquarian books (with satisfying clunk)

The Biblio-Mat is a random book dispenser built by Craig Small for The Monkey's Paw.

Who is shooting and mutilating dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico, and why?

Photo: IMMS

Someone is killing and mutilating dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico, and no one can figure out who is doing this, or why. This Friday, a team from the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) in Gulfport, Mississippi encountered a dolphin with its lower jaw cut off; last weekend, they found a dead dolphin with a 9mm bullet wound that "went through the abdomen, into the kidneys and killed it," according to IMMS director Moby Solangi. Snip from the Sun-Herald's coverage:
In Louisiana, a dolphin was found with its tail cut off. "Animals don't eat each other's tails off," Solangi said. "We think there's someone or some group on a rampage," he said. "They not only kill them but also mutilate them."

IMMS investigated the first dolphin shooting earlier this year and incidents have increased in the past few months. In Alabama, someone stabbed and killed a dolphin with a screwdriver, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration press release. In September, a dolphin was found on Elmer's Island, La., with a bullet in its lung. Others have been mutilated with knife-like lesions.

Read more at the Sun-Herald, more at Alabama news site, and more in the Associated Press. All of this may or may not be related to screwdriver attacks on dolphins this June. Who the hell does this? Read the rest

World's fastest and most totally amazing piano juggler

Meet Dan Menendez, a juggler who does amazing things with his piano.

November Eclipse

November Eclipse, a false color image of the moon shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by BB reader Jason Brown in New Zealand. Read the rest