Rob Beschizza

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Twin Peaks as a 1980s video game

A nice intro from Filthy Frackers, though the lettering is much higher-res than the backg... OK, I'll stop. Someone make the game!

Time-lapse video of giant Smaug Head being assembled

This video shows Weta Workshop's huge glowering Smaug head being assembled at San Diego Comic-Con; the video after the jump, taken by Heather Beschizza, shows it fully-englowered.

Petrichor, the after-rain smell

PBS's Joe Hansen explains the biology of petrichor, the distinctive and pleasant scent that results when decomposed organic material is thrown into the air by rain. [via The Atlantic]

Is Dougiestan the first Piconation?

A micronation is an entity that claims to be, but is not recognized as, a sovereign state. Douglas Leguin has them beat: after shooting at firefighters dousing a dumpster fire and being cornered by cops, he disclosed that he is, in fact, a sovereign state too.

Paul McCartney and Kanye West to record song titled "Piss on My Grave"

"Kanye," writes Alex Young, "is no stranger to collaborations with rock legends..."

Proper margins rule

"Text printed on the best paper with no margins or unbalanced margins is vile," writes Craig Mod.

Bieber takes "warm pot of water" challenge

Celebrities and public figures are pouring buckets of ice water over their heads to help spread the word about ALS. Biebs followed suit--but without the ice. You have to do it again, Justin.

Man stuck in baby chair

Poor decision-making in Manchester, England.

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Brown was shot "at least" six times, twice in the head.

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The New York Times reports that a private autopsy has found that the unarmed teenager killed last weekend by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was shot at least six times.

One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the family’s request to conduct the separate autopsy. It was likely the last of bullets to hit him, he said.

Now you know why Ferguson police will not release the original autospy report.

Dr. Michael C. Baden, former New York City medical examiner, performed the private autopsy, and says that "In my capacity as the forensic examiner for the New York State Police, I would say, ‘You’re not supposed to shoot so many times.'" A family lawyer says that the position of one of the wounds, on the top of Brown's head, is evidence of an "execution-style" killing.

“That points to a higher likelihood, as witnesses corroborate, that he was surrendering to officers when the fatal shot was given,” said Daryl D. Parks, an attorney for Brown’s family. “That pretty much shows that the officer shot him execution style.”

Previously.

Obama's permission slip to kill Americans

The initial memo giving Obama legal cover to carry out an extrajudicial killings was a mere seven pages long, is described as "woefully incomplete ... legal analysis," and earned its author a lifetime federal judgeship.

Full-face masks, the ultimate sunblock, become fashion accessory

Facekini, as seen in this photograph, are "old woman style" in China. But that hasn't stopped them ending up in New York style mag CR Fashion Book.

Tortoise in hot pursuit of toy truck

An unfair race. Tortoise vs. Truck [via Nothing To Do With Arbroath]

Ferguson in pictures

Photos, videos and messages from the St. Louis suburb where police killed unarmed teenager Mike Brown.

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Tips For Being An Unarmed Black Teen

The Onion: "6. Try to see it from a police officer’s point of view: You may be unarmed, but you’re also black."

All beer labels have to be approved by one guy, and he's a nutcase

A man named Kent "Battle" Martin is the "Beer Bottle Dictator", said to be loathed by the business for his capricious and arbitrary decisionmaking.

Reaching the federal official by phone, Dillman called him “Mr. Martin.” A big mistake: Battle’s predilection for being particular apparently extended from beer applications to his name.

“You want to be addressed as ‘Battle?’” a confused Dillman replied, recounting the story. “Can you imagine addressing a senior inspector from the Department of Treasury, and you have to call him ‘Battle?’”

Their tussle over the bottle cap’s approval eventually sucked in California’s senators, a congressman, and the ACLU before it was eventually resolved. The cap stayed only because it referenced Civil War-era California state lawmaker Abner Weed, the namesake of the town.