Wigle Whiskey, a new distillery a short walk from home here in Pittsburgh, is a symbol of the city's comeback. But it's not just hip, even if, with its contemporary sans-serif branding, it is certainly that. It makes great liquor, too, and is now producing a range of tasty year-old whiskies, an unusual gin, honey rum and bitters. I took a tour of the city's first legal still in decades--and bought a few bottles to take home.
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Alexis Madrigal, confused by an oddly expensive "Black Friday Special", found a clause in Macy's pricing policy stating that the discount may have been in effect for months
. — Rob
"Go back. Go waaaaay back," writes John Walker. "What’s the very first thing you remember about gaming?
My father and I on a walk along the beachside promenade in Worthing, England, on a sunny day. They were refurbishing the town's pier, a huge but decrepit pile of firewood that by the 1980s housed little more than an arcade. Instead of putting the cabinets in storage, they had them out on the asphalt under awnings and parasols, a startling and strangely British scene. I played Sega's Turbo. And that was that.
A retired British sportsman recently used the term "rotter
" to describe a thief, the word carrying a certain delicious combination of archaism, unusualness and irony
. — Rob
A woman in business suit and boxing gloves is the sunday magazine cliché; also keep an eye out for cliffs, ladders, construction attire and equipment, and general career-success iconography. [22 Words via Metafilter]
Welcome to this year’s Boing Boing Gift Guide, a piling-high of our most loved stuff from 2013 and beyond. There are books, gadgets, toys, music and much else besides: click the categories at the top to filter what you’re most interested in—and offer your own suggestions and links!
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This insightful Donna Barstow comic strip perfectly illustrates the depth and breadth of her humor.
In 2012, cartoonist Donna Barstow tried to get criticism of her numbingly unfunny strips taken off the net. Her weapon of choice? An ill-informed belief that copyright not only trumps well-established fair use defenses, but acts as a kind of magic "shut up" button to silence critics. In spite of the embarrassing public results, it seems she has not learned her lesson.
Now, nearly 18 months on, Barstow apparently used Google's takedown tool to request that it remove links to former federal prosecutor Ken "Popehat" White's stern critique of her legal ignorance—a page that now ranks #2 on search results for Barstow's name.
The request claims that Popehat published her "private information", but the only private information concerned is her own signature, as found on her cartoon strips, as published very widely—and not just by her critics.
"I've written back to Google," writes Ken White. "I presume they won't fall for what I can only characterize as a dishonest — and even fraudulent — attempt to de-list criticism."
Barstow may be egged-on by Charles Carreon, a lawyer whose own censorious efforts--and a resulting run-in with more competent legal minds--cost him dearly.
GoldieBlox, which used a Beastie Boys song on fair-use grounds and sued for declaratory judgment upon the band's objection, backed down today.
Dear Adam and Mike,
We don’t want to fight with you. We love you and we are actually huge fans.
When we made our parody version of your song, ‘Girls’, we did it with the best of intentions. We wanted to take a song we weren’t too proud of, and transform it into a powerful anthem for girls. Over the past week, parents have sent us pictures and videos of their kids singing the new lyrics with pride, building their own Rube Goldberg machines in their living rooms and declaring an interest in engineering. It’s been incredible to watch.
Our hearts sank last week when your lawyers called us with threats that we took very seriously. As a small company, we had no choice but to stand up for ourselves. We did so sincerely hoping we could come to a peaceful settlement with you.
We want you to know that when we posted the video, we were completely unaware that the late, great Adam Yauch had requested in his will that the Beastie Boys songs never be used in advertising. Although we believe our parody video falls under fair use, we would like to respect his wishes and yours.
Since actions speak louder than words, we have already removed the song from our video. In addition, we are ready to stop the lawsuit as long as this means we will no longer be under threat from your legal team.
We don’t want to spend our time fighting legal battles. We want to inspire the next generation. We want to be good role models. And we want to be your friends.
Debbie + Team GoldieBlox
And then GoldieBlox woke up. It was all a dream!
*slams book shut*
*toes trashcan pedal*
Boeing publishes a price list for its commercial airliners
right there on its website. 737-700s are going cheap at $76m! I love that the 767-2C has a star by it and "Call for pricing." [via
] — Rob
Southland is a new blog about urbanism and history in Los Angeles, a collaboration between Gizmodo and the USC Libraries. Editor Nathan Masters:
Why Los Angeles? Because L.A. is a place of lost landscapes and forgotten infrastructures. Because historical Los Angeles does not always equal the Los Angeles of Hollywood. Because L.A. as Subject represents a unique source of understanding the past, present, and future of Los Angeles and its influence on other world metropolises.
Police and paramedics in Millvale, Pa., were recorded on video laughing as they repeatedly stunned a handcuffed and mentally-ill man as he pounded his head against the side of a desk. The video--predictably--ended up on YouTube, and the police officers involved became targets of an FBI investigation and a federal lawsuit.
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Just One Book
is a new site where you can do just one thing: recommend a book
Google turned in a man who copied child pornography to his cellphone using Picasa. Raul Gonzales, 40, was charged with possessing more than 3,000 pornographic pictures of children on the phone.
The FBI says the investigation began in March when Google’s hashing technology found two child porn pictures in his Picasa library. Picasa is a cloud-sharing platform for images owned by Google. From there, the company notified the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which says it found more images on a Tumblr account owned by Gonzalez. That’s when the feds took over. Agents say they also found pictures of a 9-year-old who is close to the family, and that Gonzales admitted to sexually assaulting the child.
"When an image is found," Google assured CBS, "an employee will inspect it to make sure it’s actual abuse and not just a picture of a child at bathtime."
It's good to know that an alleged sexual predator was identified and dealt with, and it's good to know that Google assigns individual humans to inspect our naked children for the authorities' consideration.
I'll just go ahead and paste the official marketing blurb right here.
The lifesize talking reindeer is a realistic accurately sized plush reindeer that talks, sings, annoys, moves it's head around like some creepy robot at Chucky Cheese, and is sure to sexually confuse wild deer, and hunters.
Lifesize Animated Talking Reindeer [OddityMall]