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Kickstarting jigsaw puzzles made from Wondermark's fake Victorian charts

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David ! from Wondermark and Machine of Death sez, "I'm hoping to turn some of my fake Victorian charts and diagrams (such as the venerable Hierarchy of Beards, or the newer Zoological Times Table of chimerae) into 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles -- my pitch video also features a cameo from my adorable kittycat!"

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Interpol's "Twice As Hard," video premiere

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Four years since their last release, New York City's favorite post-punk revivalists Interpol are finally back in the ring with El Pintor, a stunning LP that brings the group back to the minimalist grayscale magnificence of Antics (2004) and Turn On The Bright Lights (2002). Boing Boing is pleased to premiere Interpol's new video for their track "Twice as Hard," directed by Paul Banks.

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Panoramic drone-flight over Prague

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Jeffrey Martin sez, "I've spentthe summer getting up to speed with quadcopters, floating above the rooftops in the early, early morning in one of Europe's most beautiful cities: here is the result."

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Video: High-fiving people hailing cabs

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This fellow (mostly) delights New Yorkers by high-fiving them as they hail taxis.

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Pep band covers "Killing In The Name"

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George Mason University’s Green Machine pep band rages against the machine. (via Devour)

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Timelapse assembly of giant, crowdsourced, 3D printed Ben Franklin

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Todd from We the Builders writes, "100 people worldwide 3D printed pieces for this three foot tall sculpture of the Houdon bust of Benjamin Franklin.; all 200 pieces were mailed to Baltimore where they were assembled at the Baltimore Node Hackerspace."

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Features

Do animals cry?

Maria Konnikova on the appearance and the authenticity of emotion in the animal kingdom--and how we can use science to explore it. Read the rest

Radical Librarianship: how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons' electronic privacy

Librarians in Massachusetts are working to give their patrons a chance to opt-out of pervasive surveillance. Partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts, area librarians have been teaching and taking workshops on how freedom of speech and the right to privacy are compromised by the surveillance of online and digital communications -- and what new privacy-protecting services they can offer patrons to shield them from unwanted spying of their library activity. Read the rest

What's right with Hermione

14-year-old Naomi Horn says the heroine of JK Rowling's Harry Potter series remains a depressingly rare example of a fictional female respected for her education and intelligence. In Hermione’s world, being smart is what makes her important. Read the rest

John Scalzi's Lock-In

John Scalzi's new novel Lock In is already rocketing up the bestseller charts, and with good reason -- it's a book with everything Scalzi's fans have come to love and expect from his books, and more -- a parable about disability, big business, and technological change, wrapped in a tense police-procedural that grabs you and won't let go. Cory Doctorow reviews Lock In. Read the rest

Cannabis Pharmacy: the practical guide to medical marijuana

Written by Michael Backes, a respected expert in the field, Cannabis Pharmacy is the most comprehensive, easy-to-use book available on understanding and using medical marijuana, with evidence-based information on using cannabis for ailments and conditions, plus a comprehensive guide to the most popular varieties. Read the rest