Sugru hits B&Q

Congrats to Sugru, the wonderful, maker-ish polymer fix-it clay, on the news that it's been picked up for distribution at 300 B&Q stores across the UK! Read the rest

Dove sneaks revert-to-original Photoshop plugin into art directors' toolkits

The makers of Dove have taken their 'Real Beauty' campaign against P-shopped models into the realm of hacktivism.

Politely refusing to talk to DHS checkpoints

Apparently DHS checkpoints nowhere near the border are a new thing. This guy has been videotaping his encounters and his polite refusal to answer questions.

Vortex smoke rings created with 3D printed wings

Scientists tie vortex rings (smoke rings, basically) into knots using 3D printed wings. Includes high speed video, also in 3D.

Richard Sherman and lucky disnephile sing "Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow"

Last month I had the great pleasure of singing "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow" with Richard Sherman at his home.

Unicorn wigs

Etsy seller GimmCat makes multihued wigs with integrated unicorn horns (tails and assorted ponyana as well): "This sale is for the mischievous Snips style My Little Pony costume wig for cosplay, fantasy costumes, conventions, raves, Renaissance festivals, Brony costume or just because! This wig is especially suited for males wishing to take part in the My Little Pony fun!"

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Houses carved out of blocks of books

"Built of Books" is a series of sculptures from Dutch artist Frank Halmans -- houses carved out of blocks of stuck-together books.

dutch artist frank halmans explores themes of domesticity and memory through his sculptural installations. his series 'built of books' employs vintage publications - the selected titles have no particular meaning and are not exceptional literary works - which he arranges into stacks. lining them up along shelves, he carving windows and doors through each, creating sets of imaginary buildings and interiors in each section of volumes. in a way these spaces which he slices through the books, stand as a metaphor and the idea of moving through something, whether it be a literary passage, or a physical expanse.

built of books [Andrea/Designboom]

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Petition demands an end to drone surveillance

Marc from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) sez, "The Electronic Privacy Information Center has published a petition to the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, demanding the suspension of the drone program pending the development of privacy regulations for the use of drones in US airspace. Documents recently obtained by EPIC under the Freedom of Information Act indicate that the drones are equipped with technology for signals interception and human identification. The agency currently operates ten Predator B drones along the border region, an area that encompasses more than two-thirds of the U.S. population. EPIC is urging individuals and organizations to Sign the Petition before March 18. Under federal law, the agency is required to respond to public petitions." Read the rest

Machine of Death: the game -- blazing Kickstarter success looking working toward awesome stretch goals

David Wondermark" Malki ! sez, "We've taken the Machine of Death concept [ed: a wildly successful independent anthology of stories about a world where a machine can accurately forecast your date of death] and adapted it into a pretty wacky party game. You play assassins who know their target's death prediction in advance, and have to come up with creative ways of making it come true. It's a storytelling game that's kind of like Rube Goldberg meets a Roadrunner cartoon meets MURDER. We've already blown past our Kickstarter goal and are now fundraising to add more and more cool stretch goal cards by webcomics artists! We also have some handmade laser-cut deluxe game boxes that'll only be available during the Kickstarter. We've been thrilled by the response to the game so far and are really excited to see it become a reality!"

Machine of Death: The Game of Creative Assassination (Thanks, David!)  Machine of Death goes Creative Commons - Boing Boing Machine of Death Amazon campaign infuriates Glenn Beck - Boing ... Read the rest

Gweek 084: Carrie Brownstein

This morning David and I spoke with with Carrie Brownstein: musician, writer, actor. She's a founding member of the bands Sleater-Kinney and Wild Flag, and the co-creator, co-writer, and co-star of Portlandia, the hit sketch comedy series on IFC, currently in its 3rd season.


Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors

Portlandia: Artisanal popcorn

Portlandia just keeps getting better

Portlandia holiday preview video: "Vagina Pillows"

SPOILER ALERT: New Portlandia preview clip is called "Spoiler Alert"

(Image of Carrie Brownstein: Wildflag - SXSW Music 2011 - Austin, TX, a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike (2.0) image from kk's photostream)

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Patter for magicians: 1945

A few excerpts from Harry Stanley's 1945 book The Gag Bag, which features suggested patter for would-be magicians:

Of course, I never dare let my people know I was a magician. It would shock them. They think I'm still in prison.

I used to be a wallflower, until I took up magic. Now everybody asks me out. The other night at a show, I had only done one trick, and I was asked out.

There are only two kinds of conjurer you can't trust – the ones with moustaches and the clean-shaven ones.

He is a magician. His brother doesn't work either.

[Spoonerist patter] – 'my next disaster piece' (masterpiece) 'my next misery' (mystery) 'I will now utter the tragic words' (magic words.)

Public house catches fire... 50 magicians homeless.

Will someone call out any number between 16 and 60? Thank you I only wanted to find out if anyone was still awake.

Magician's 'Patter' (Thanks, Nigel!) Read the rest

Rapefruit: it's "good for every meal"

From the Mankato Free Press, of Minnesota. Oops. [Romenesko] Read the rest

A boast

My latest novel Homeland just hit the New York Times bestseller list for the fourth week running. That is all. Read the rest

Holder: US may use drones to kill US citizens on US soil but only bad people so don't worry

Attorney General Eric Holder won't rule out a scenario in which a drone strike could be ordered against American citizens on domestic soil, but says it has never been done previously and he could only see it being considered in an extraordinary circumstance, reports CNN, so guys, don't worry about it, everything's gonna be fine. [] Read the rest

Readings from Mauna Loa show increased greenhouse gas emissions

Bad news for all inhabitants of the planet from which you're reading this blog post: data gathered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at Mauna Loa, Hawaii, show that the amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air spiked in 2012, "making it very unlikely that global warming can be limited to another 2 degrees as many global leaders have hoped." The CO2 increase "reflects the world's economy revving up and burning more fossil fuels, especially in China." [Honolulu Star-Advertiser] Read the rest

Paleobiologists unearth camel remains in Canadian Arctic

When Canadian Museum of Nature paleobiologist Natalia Rybczynski dug up what turned out to be camel bones in a High Arctic ridge in Canada, she recalls thinking: “This is something kind of off the charts.” She was right. Those bones belonged to the first camel ever found in the High Arctic. "The humped creatures once roamed in forests that extended as far north as Ellesmere Island 3.5 million years ago during a global warm spell that the scientists say holds important lessons for the modern world." [National Post] Read the rest

Pentagon's link to Iraqi torture centers revealed in new Guardian report

A major piece at the Guardian out today: recently-disgraced General David Petraeus and veterans of America's dirty wars in Central America are revealed to be behind Iraq commando units implicated in detainee abuse. Read the rest

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