Cory Doctorow

I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.

Nerdy shirts, skirts and dresses from Frockasaurus


Etsy's Frockasaurus makes great, pop-culture-inspired clothes for men and women, such as the Men's Star Trek Book shirt and Men's Batman Comics shirt; Hobbit Cover skirt; Legend of Zelda dress; and the Lord of the Rings skirt.

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Gory zombie hoodie with zipover face-mask


Thinkgeek's Zombie Hoodie zips right over your face to form a frightmask -- $50, made of machine washable polyester and awesomely grody.

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Blogging History: Things Cut in Half; Ham radio trollfight; RNC-NYC protests

One year
Things Cut in Half: Digging this twitter account: HalfPics. Above, a hand grenade.

Five years
Random ham radio trollfight audio (explicit): Two trolls on ham radio, one identified as "G-K," the other as "Robert" or "R-J" overheard accidentally on August 29, 2009, while surfing first responder frequencies during the August 2009 Los Angeles wildfires.

Ten years
RNC-NYC: daily geek protest roundup:

Blogging History: Washington's $52.6 billion black budget; US copyright lobby attacks Canadian MPs; DoJ censors Supreme Court ruling

One year
Washington's $52.6 billion "black budget" exposed: Among the notable revelations in the budget summary: Spending by the CIA has surged past that of every other spy agency, with $14.7 billion in requested funding for 2013. The figure vastly exceeds outside estimates and is nearly 50 percent above that of the National Security Agency, which conducts eavesdropping operations and has long been considered the behemoth of the community.

Five years
American copyright lobby attacks Canadian politicians for supporting balanced copyright: A copyright lobbyist with the American federation of Musicians is circulating an online e-mail demanding the NDP apologize for our "disgusting" position on balanced copyright.

Ten years
Justice Dept censors Supreme Court ruling: The Justice Dept. blacked out (censored) the part of a Supreme Court decision that calls into question the willy-nilly use of the vague notion of 'domestic security' to suppress dissent. Oy.

US Patent Office awards patent to herbal snakeoil that "kills cancer"

The USPTO awarded Patent 8,609,158 last December for a mix of "evening primrose oil, rice, sesame seeds, green beans, coffee, meat, cheese, milk, green tea extract, evening primrose seeds, and wine" that "rebukes cancer, cancer cells, and kills cancer" -- the accompanying extract states, "it works." Sounds legit.

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Astronomical bedclothes


Chinese Etsy seller Cbedroom makes digitally printed, two-sided, long-wearing satin bedsets bearing astronomical images, with a variety of tints and colors to match different decor, $148 for duvet cover, two pillowcases, and a sheet (top- or fitted). (via IO9)

Internet Archive uploads more than 14 million public domain images to Flickr


Kalev Leetaru programatically recovered all the images that were discarded by the OCR program that digitizes the millions of public domain books scanned by the Archive; these were cropped, cleaned up, and uploaded to Flickr with the text that appears before and after them, and links to see their whole scanned page.

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TSA: "please verify that your used cane is not a sword before flying"

Kevin Underhill nails it: "Anyone who does not know their cane conceals a sword or dagger (almost certainly an elderly or disabled person with a second-hand cane) poses no threat, while anyone who does know it will not need, want, or follow this advice."

Bodypainted models blend perfectly into New York City

Triny Merry's bodypainting camouflage is incredible, like a CGI effect, but carried out with paint. The (pricey!) limited edition prints are for sale here.

New York City Camouflage

(via Asylum Art)

Lamps made from old game consoles, controllers and accessories


Woody from Oshkosh, WI, makes amazing lamps out of old gaming gear: there's lamps made from NES lightguns, ROB the Robot and Powergloves; stacks of obsolete Nintendo controllers; stacks of obsolete Playstation controllers; NES and controllers; and a PS1 and controllers.

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Birth control cupcakes


Redditor Recycledpaper baked and frosted these delicious-looking birth control cupcakes: can you name all the different methods they illustrate?

I Made Birth Control Cupcakes!

Kickstarting a life-sized, cardboard fighter-jet cockpit

It's pretty amazing looking, 1.6m x 1.86m, 0.95m, and accommodates a standard office chair, and works with VR headsets, projectors, or your imagination. Designed for easy breakdown and reassembly, and comes as a PDF (£50) or hardcopy (£300), with lots of customization options, and a kid-sized mini.

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Rubber DSLR camera necklace/USB drive


This adorable camera necklace is also a 4GB flash drive. It comes in Canon, Nikon, and Sony, and is made from lightweight rubber by Etsy seller Tuesdays and Fridays, who charges $28 for it (the 8GB version is $33). (via Geekymerch)

Vintage-look industrial lighting


The Manhattan Project's Delancey Lamp ($56.25) is part of a whole line of industrial-looking, vintage-y lamps with safety cages and beautiful cords; they also sell the cords separately. (via Canopy)

XKCD vs hand-wringing about what texting does to kids' literacy


It's great, and the tooltip's even better: "I'd like to find a corpus of writing writing from children in a non-self-selected sample (eg handwritten letters to the president from everyone in the same teacher's 7th grade class every year)--and score the kids today versus the kids 20 years ago on various objective measures of writing quality.

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