Meet Charles Ramsay, Internet Hero and Gentleman

Charles Ramsey rescued three women in Cleveland Ohio today—women who had been missing for more than a decade. The interview he gave to local news after the rescue is a thing of beauty. Beauty and lulz. I predict he'll be auto-tuned and immortalized as a meme shortly. (via guyism) Read the rest

Wreck it Ralph cosplayers

DeviantArt's TwinFools snapped these photos of a pair of amazing "Wreck it Ralph" cosplayers at Sakura Con 8D. They are absolutely perfect!

The Ballad of Calhoun and Felix (via The Mary Sue) Read the rest

Tim Wu and Cory talk networks, policy and the future

Slate's "Stranger Than Fiction" podcast has just aired its second episode: a discussion between Tim Wu (a cyberlawyer, Internet scholar and good egg) and me (MP3)! Future installments will include talks with Kim Stanley Robinson and Margaret Atwood (as well as others) -- the inaugural episode featured Tim in discussion with Neal Stephenson. Read the rest

Real Stuff: Dennis the Sullen Menace

"A few years ago I got busted for dealing acid and marijuana. The judge gave me three years in the Idaho State Penitentiary." From Real Stuff #1 (Fantagraphics, December 1990).

Watch the latest videos in Boing Boing's video post archives

Among the most recent video posts you will find on our all-new video archive page:

• 2 months on an Antarctic icebreaker • Hannah Peel covers OMD's "Electricity" on an antique music box • DroneShield: crowdfunded, networked drone detectors • Homemade laser pops 100 balloons • Homemade Thor's hammer with an 80,000 volt Tesla coil in it • Running on a long, deep pool of ooblek • Unboxing a mysterious trunk in the attic

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Gweek 094: Director Chris Columbus and writer Ned Vizzini, authors of House of Secrets

In this episode of Gweek, I talked to Ned Vizzini and Chris Columbus about their new book, House of Secrets. Harry Potter creator J. K. Rowling calls House of Secrets “a breakneck, jam-packed, roller-coaster of an adventure about the secret power of books.”

Ned Vizzini is an award-winning author and television writer. He’s the author of the novels Be More Chill and It's Kind of a Funny Story, and he was on Gweek 069 last year when his delightful young adult novel, The Other Normals was published. He’s also written for TV, including MTV’s Teen Wolf.

Chris Columbus is the writer, director, and producer of many award winning movies, including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Goonies, Gremlins, The Help, and Home Alone.

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Thanks to Soundcloud for hosting Gweek! Read the rest

Guatemala: "An attempt to decimate the future," Ixil testimony at genocide trial

Skylight Pictures, the team behind "Granito: How to Nail a Dictator," and "When the Mountains Tremble," have been here in Guatemala observing and documenting the historic genocide trial against former dictator General Jose Efraín Rios Montt.

Here is Episode #10 of their ongoing series of web updates from the trial, "An Attempt to Decimate the Future." In this episode, a Maya Ixil woman testifies before the court about sexual violence she survived. In the audience, women cover their heads in solidarity. The woman displaying this incredible act of courage was one of 98 Ixil survivors, men and women, who testified as criminal witnesses in the trial. Proceedings are due to resume tomorrow after several weeks of legal wrangling between lawyers for the defense and various Guatemalan courts.

View more of Skylight's "Dictator in the Dock" series here.

Below, two additional recent episodes from the series. Read the rest

3D printed gun fires

Yesterday, I wrote about Defense Distributed's 3D printed handgun, and asked whether it would fire, and how many rounds it could fire before experiencing stress fractures, melting, etc. Now, Forbes's Andy Greenberg follows up with a report of the successful firing of the gun -- though not its longevity -- and says that Defense Distributed will publish the CAD files for printing your own gun on its site today, along with videos of the gun in action.

Unlike the original, steel Liberator, though, Wilson’s weapon is almost entirely plastic: Fifteen of its 16 pieces have been created inside an $8,000 second-hand Stratasys Dimension SST 3D printer, a machine that lays down threads of melted polymer that add up to precisely-shaped solid objects just as easily as a traditional printer lays ink on a page. The only non-printed piece is a common hardware store nail used as its firing pin...

Even Wilson himself says he’s not sure exactly how that’s possible. But one important trick may be the group’s added step of treating the gun’s barrel in a jar of acetone vaporized with a pan of water and a camp stove, a process that chemically melts its surface slightly and smooths the bore to avoid friction. The Dimension printer Defense Distributed used also keeps its print chamber heated to 167 degrees Fahrenheit, a method patented by Stratasys that improves the parts’ resiliency.

Meet The 'Liberator': Test-Firing The World's First Fully 3D-Printed Gun [Andy Greenberg/Forbes]

(Thanks, Andy!) Read the rest

Cow is unwelcome visitor

"If the camel once gets his nose in the tent, his body will soon follow." -- U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater

(Via Filled with Chocolate Pudding) Read the rest

Why do US. Congress members get free airport parking?

"Because they’re the ones making the rules." A video followup to Cory's post from last week.

Free airport parking for Congress: a reminder that the rich write the rules Read the rest

"Work & worry. Sickness and debt." -- last entries of F. Scott Fitzgerald's ledger

The last pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ledger (Via World's Best Ever) Read the rest

Man who lost life savings on carnival game gets Taiwanese animation treatment

Brought to you by the fine folks at the hard-hitting Tomo News video site, here's an animated recap of the fellow who lost his life savings in an attempt to win a game console at a carnival bucket toss. Read the rest

Celebrity inventors

Margaret Thatcher invented Soft Scoop Ice Cream [Nope!]. Marlon Brando invented a drum tuner. Jamie Lee Curtis patented a diaper with sealed pockets. Charlie Sheen invented a Chapstick dispenser, which "allows users to apply Chapstick lip balm whilst in cold conditions, without removing their gloves." Learn about other celebrity inventions in Mark Champkins' article at Humans Invent. Read the rest

Fake security cameras

Amazon sells lots of fake security cameras, but this one for $9 is my favorite. It would be fun to install them on telephone poles in neighborhoods, or even better, as Funk Daddy suggests, in inappropriate places like lavatories and pointed at hotel beds. Read the rest

Two months aboard an Antarctic ice breaker, condensed to 5 minutes

Featuring five different kinds of sea ice + penguins on fast forward

The trouble with Wernher

Amy Shira Teitel has a nice essay about how we grapple with (and awkwardly avoid) the full legacy of Wernher Von Braun — father of the American space program and a Nazi whose rockets were once built by prison laborers. Read the rest

Bee deaths and historical context

We've talked before here at BoingBoing about how "Colony Collapse Disorder" is probably more than one thing, with more than one cause. Another important detail to keep in mind as you read media reports on bee deaths — the collection of symptoms that we call Colony Collapse Disorder is also probably a lot older than you think. In a guest post at Bug Girl's blog, bee expert Doug Yanega explains that CCD didn't start in 2006. In fact, periods of mass bee die-offs with the same collection of symptoms have been recorded at least 18 times, dating back to 1869. Read the rest

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