Boing Boing 

Cory Doctorow

I write books. My latest are: a YA graphic novel called In Real Life (with Jen Wang); a nonfiction book about the arts and the Internet called Information Doesn't Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age (with introductions by Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer) and a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.

US Customs and Border Protection: America's largest, most corrupt police force


The force is the largest in America, with a starved and ineffectual Internal Affairs department, which has been powerless to check the Border Patrol's slide into collusion with drug-runners, shootings of protesters, and extreme violence in border areas.

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Secret court will let NSA do mass surveillance for another six months


Congress allowed Section 215 of the Patriot Act to sunset in June, terminating one of the absurd legal justifications for one of the NSA's domestic mass surveillance programs.

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Scalia insult-generator


Justice Antonin Scalia's intemperate dissenting opinion in the Supreme Court's landmark marriage equality case included some epic old dude grumpery, including the phrases "pure applesauce" and "jiggery-pokery."

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IRS finally agrees to do something about its $1.5 trillion nonprofit database

Radical archivist Carl Malamud writes, "Since 2008, Public.Resource.Org has been trying to get the IRS to release the database of the annual reports of nonprofits in a better way. The nonprofit sector in the U.S. represents $1.5 trillion in economic activity and over 9% of jobs."

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Kickstarting a 6-lens spherical 60fps VR camera


Jeffrey Martin writes, "I have been working for the last couple of years on this camera, and we have launched today on Kickstarter. It is a beautiful, small device (the size of a tennis ball) with six cameras that make a 4K-resolution, 60fps, spherical video."

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Star Trek TOS Captain's gold blankie


It's 45" x 60", made of cuddly fleece, and costs $25, for when the pressures of command demand a duvet day.

Shadowshaper: outstanding supernatural YA contemporary fantasy

Daniel José Older's debut novel Shadowshaper is a thrilling supernatural YA novel with a diverse, likable cast of characters whose peril can only be averted through acceptance, true friendship and an embrace of their identity.Read the rest

Do we really need this call?


Jessamyn West is a freelancer, and that means that she has to talk on the phone to earn her crust. This sucks.

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On Big Data's shrinking returns


In my new Guardian column, I point out that the big-data-driven surveillance business model is on the rocks.

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Brian Wood's Starve: get to your comic shop now!


Brian "DMZ" Wood's new comic from IMAGE is Starve, and issue one, which just hit shelves at your local comic shop is the strongest start since Warren Ellis's Transmetropolitan.

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Why I'm leaving London

My family is moving to Los Angeles in two weeks. Many Londoners understand intuitively why we're going.Read the rest

Cross-sectioned brain sample drink coasters


Thinkgeek's Brain Specimen Coasters come in a set of ten, stacking to form a 3D brain. (via Geeky Merch)

Neal Stephenson on the story behind Seveneves

Rick Kleffel sends his latest Bookotron podcast: "Neal Stephenson discusses (MP3) the challenges of turning orbital dynamics into pulse-pounding fiction ... and his latest novel Seveneves." (Image: Bob Lee, CC-BY)

Crowdfunding Mayday.US developer's tuition for code camp

As a volunteer, Brian Boyko developed the Mayday.US site that helped Lawrence Lessig's Mayday.US anti-PAC raise $11M to fight campaign finance corruption, and now he wants to go to code camp.

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BBC's list of pages de-indexed through Europe's "right to be forgotten"

Under a crazy, ineffectual EU court ruling, people can petition Google and its rivals to de-index news articles from their European search-results.

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Funky librarians

The librarians of Vernon, Illinois want you for their summer reading program, and they're not shy about it! (Thanks, Sharpchair64!)

Roll-up floating pool-pad that supports up to 1300lbs

The largest-sized Aqua Lily Pad weighs 57lbs and unrolls to 20' long, and will support up to 1300lbs of sun-loungers, coolers, and people.

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