Launching the UK edition of Rapture of the Nerds TODAY at Forbidden Planet London

Hey, Londoners! I'll be launching the UK edition of Rapture of the Nerds today at 1PM at Forbidden Planet. Although the book is available across the country at finer stores, this will be your only chance to stroke the marvellous 3D printed Space Marine Stross and have your picture taken with it. Read the rest

Crocheted skeleton with organs

Artist Shanell Papp has a project called "Bawdy," which is about bodies and textiles. The centerpiece is "Lab," a yarn skeleton with a complete set of organs.

Lab (skeleton) (via Making Light) Read the rest

Beautiful booze-trailer for sale

From the Neiman-Marcus gift catalog, a trailer that converts into an elaborate, beautiful bar, and comes with a year's supply of Bulleit bourbon and rye. There are two for sale at $150K each, with 10 percent going to an HIV/AIDS charity.

A chorus of cheers rings out the minute you pull up. Tailgating will never be the same now that your Bulleit Frontier Whiskey Woody-Tailgate Trailer is on the scene. Designed by interior designer Brad Ford, it's impressive on the outside, but what's on the inside truly astounds: sleek leather furnishings and details from Moore & Giles, rich wood finishings (handcrafted from reclaimed Bulleit Bourbon casks), elegant glassware, and a top-notch entertainment system, including a flat-screen TV, Blu-ray Disc™ player, and a state-of-the-art sound system, plus a one-year supply of Bulleit Bourbon and Bulleit Rye*. You park, open the hatch, and slide out the bar—cocktails anyone?

Bulleit is delicious bourbon, but I recently bought a bottle of Elmer T Lee Single Barrel and holy cats, is that stuff astounding.

BEST GIFT, BAR NONE! & BULLEIT TO GO (via Neatorama) Read the rest

Phone wars

Mat Honan has a request: Please Stop Fighting About Your Smartphone. "The phone wars, the platform wars, should be left to people who work for Apple and Samsung and Google and Microsoft and Nokia and BlackBerry. Do you work for Apple? Do you work for Samsung? No? Then shut up." [Wired] Read the rest

The art and science of beer: a video feature on the "Pope of Foam"

"How Beer Saved The World," "Why I Tease Those Wine Guys," and "How Bird Poop Makes A More Aromatic Belgian Beer" are but a few tidbits.

A cybersecurity lobbying boom in DC, as congress considers new laws

Recent actions by Congress and the Obama administration to "protect networks of critical U.S. industries from hackers and cyberspies" have led to an explosive growth opportunity...for lobbyists. Bloomberg reports that there were "513 filings by consultants and companies to press Congress on cybersecurity by the end of 2012, up 85 percent from 2011 and almost three times as many as in 2010." Read the rest

Shepard Fairey talks about some of his favorite YouTube videos

Shepard Fairey selects some of his favorite clips from YouTube, and talks about videos that have inspired him.

National Conference for Media Reform coming to Denver, CO, April 5-7 2013

Josh Stearns writes,

Denver is about to become the epicenter of awesome, when the National Conference for Media Reform comes to town bringing 2,500 coders, journalists, media makers, artists and comedians together to hack the future of tech, media and democracy.

• What other event brings together 3D printers and wearable computers with policy debates about CISPA and slam poetry?

• Where else can you see Kimya Dawson of the Moldy Peaches and Evangeline Lilly from Lost hanging out with Democracy Now's Amy Goodman and Former White House Tech Advisor Susan Crawford?

• Why in the world would the heads of Upworthy, NARAL, Common Cause and be going to Denver?

• What if you could see Brian Stelter of the New York Times talking with founder Anna Holmes about digital media?

• What if you learned how to code from Catherine Bracy of Code for America and Kimberly Bryant of Black Girls Code?

The fight for civil liberties, for Internet Freedom, for digital rights is coming to Denver, April 5-7 -- are you?

More links: Latino Tech and Media Activism at the conference, and the Arts, Comedy and Music events taking place there. Read the rest

Huffington Post reporter "seeks people who have had sex with aliens"

What's of note in this media gossip item is that "15 have responded". If the reporter was filing for Boing Boing, one can assume he'd have a much higher total by now, as many of us have had romantic encounters with extraterrestrials, and it's really not a big deal around here. [romenesko] Read the rest

NY judge says running a search engine for news is a copyright violation

A NY federal judge handed down a terrible ruling in AP vs Meltwater, which turned on whether providing a search-engine for newswire articles that showed the first sentence or two of the article was fair use. The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Corynne McSherry sums up many of the ways in which this judge got it wrong. We can only hope for an appeal and a better ruling.

Second, the court implicitly adopted AP’s dangerous “heart of the work” theory. AP contended that sharing excerpts of a news article must weigh against fair use if those excerpts contain the lede. The court stressed that the lede is “consistently important” and takes “significant journalistic skill to craft.” But that is beside the point – there is no extra protection because something is extra difficult. More important to the fair use analysis is the fact that (1) is primarily factual; and (2) contains precisely the information the user wishes to make known to others. As we explained in our amicus brief, this case illustrates why the heart of the work doctrine does not mesh well with highly factual, published, news articles. When it comes to news articles, an excerpt that is shared will very often be the most “important” aspect of the work – but that importance will derive from the uncopyrightable factual content, not the expression. It is not the “heart of the work,” but a piece of the factual skeleton upon which the expression hangs.

AP v. Meltwater: Disappointing Ruling for News Search Read the rest

The $500 Million Gardner Museum Heist, an epic art caper infographic

Hilary "chartgirl" Sargent has created another epic infographic, explaining something complicated and interesting: this time, it's the Gardner Museum Heist (background here).

Here's the PDF in full-rez glory. Read the rest

Check out the latest videos on our Boing Boing Video page

We've gathered fresh video for you to surf and enjoy on the Boing Boing video page. The latest finds for your viewing pleasure include:

• Slow motion study reveals the shocking effects of gravity upon our body. • Astounding Beetlejuice roller-coaster made in Minecraft. • Internet-of-Things answering machine from 1992, with marbles. • Supercut of all the alternate endings to the Animaniacs theme. • Kenna gender swapped Link and Zelda sprites on a Zelda ROM. • Electroluminescent paint: like EL wire you apply with a brush. • Clueless Texas Congressman can't get how Gmail ads work through his thick, thick skull.

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Guatemala: In 1982, ex-dictator Rios Montt told this documentary filmmaker, "I Control the Army"

An outtake from "Granito:How to Nail a Dictator" which disproves claims by the defense for Guatemalan ex-dictator Rios Montt that he had no control over the Army.

Prosecutors call for inaccurate groundhog's death

After an unexpectedly cold start to March, authorities in Ohio have called for the indictment and execution of the groundhog whose report promised an early end to winter.

"Punxsutawney Phil did purposely, and with prior calculation and design, cause the people to believe that spring would come early," Mike Gmoser, the prosecutor in southwestern Ohio's Butler County, wrote in an official-looking indictment.

Funny! But only because he's not in Italy. Read the rest

Neil DeGrasse Tyson in votive candle form

I can't figure out if this Neil DeGrasse Tyson science-themed votive candle is an article of commerce or not, but man, it should be, oh yes, it should.

I Heart Chaos — Hail St. Neil. (via IO9) Update: Buy 'em on Etsy Read the rest

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