Boing Boing: zine, blog, and back again
Here's to another twenty-five years of the world's greatest neurozine!
Twenty-five years ago, Boing Boing started out as a print ‘zine, pasted together and published on a photocopier. Now, after more than a decade on the web—and hundreds of thousands of posts, links and comments—we're taking a turn back to the mindset that made us. A love of ‘Zine-style journalism, art, and abject nonsense is in our souls, and you'll be seeing a lot more of it here at Boing Boing in the coming days, weeks and months. With a renewed focus on original features comes a new homepage design, crafted to highlight the fantastic articles, videos, podcasts and comix created by of our cabal of happy mutants.
That kind of work will have more prominence on our home page than before, living in a feature column to the right. And the fast-moving blog river we all know and love stays on the left, still in reverse-chronological order.
Two streams of stuff, two speeds, and a more consistent, easily-scanned layout for all of it.
There are also other tweaks to the homepage, aimed at making everything simpler, faster-loading, and easier to read. Links are now blue instead of red, at the request of our color blind readers. Excerpts are shorter, and bloated video embeds are banished from the homepage. Unnecessary internal links are pruned: Each post will suggest exactly where to go next—and as often as not, it'll be offsite. Enjoy your trip! We hope you’ll come back soon.
This is an ongoing project, with more changes to come, especially for our podcasts and comix. There are even rumblings of print, and other hijinks tied to our 25-year anniversary.
We know you all so love redesigns ... and you can tell us all about it on our BBS, on Twitter, or on our Facebook page. We'd like to hear your feedback, good and bad. We have thick skin and open minds. Mostly, anyway.
Thank you all for sharing 25 years of high weirdness, brain candy, and mischievous fun for higher primates. Boing Boing ... the world’s greatest neurozine. Again. (Still.)
P.S. If you get nostalgic, here’s a traditional reverse-chronological blog version of the homepage.
P.P.S. Special thanks to the talented team of Dean Putney, Ken Snider, Jonathan Schreiber, and Mike Towber who were instrumental in making this redesign a reality.
The Flux chair is a $130, 12lb “origami-style” polypropylene lounge chair designed by Douwe Jacobs; it sets up in minutes and is stable and lovely (there’s also a $65 kids’ version and a whole range of furnishings including a bar, coffee table, countertop, end-table, etc). (via Yanko Design)
The first time Merle Rasmussen played Dungeons & Dragons, he thought it was a Halloween game.
“It was October 1975, and I was an 18-year-old freshman at Iowa State University. My roommate got this game filled with skeletons and undead monsters. I had no idea.” The role-playing bug had bitten him, but fantasy wasn’t his genre. So that same year, he started writing a game set in a modern world, the spy game that would become Top Secret.
Janelle Shane trained a recurrent neural network with a data-set of more than 2000 ancient proverbs and asked it to think up its own: “A fox smells it better than a fool’s for a day.”
If you struggle to get a good night’s rest, consider replacing your pillows before dropping hundreds on a new mattress. You can give your tired neck a break with a 2-pack of memory foam pillows, available now in the Boing Boing Store.Each of these pillows is stuffed with cooling polyurethane foam that molds to your […]
Although flagship smartphones are unlikely to adopt heavy-duty outer casing anytime soon, you can always prepare your device for the outdoors with a beefy case and and an external battery like this Nomad Tile Trackable PowerPack, available in the Boing Boing Store for $119.95.The Nomad Tile can fully recharge an iPhone 7 over three times […]
Even though credit cards now feature an EMV chip for securing transactions, they still have to include the magnetic strip for compatibility with older point of sale systems. Because of this, there’s no way for the chip’s new security capabilities to protect against card skimmers in the wild.How do you protect yourself from legacy-technology-induced fraud? […]