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.

Honorable spies anonymously leak NSA/GHCQ-discovered flaws in Tor

Andrew Lewman, head of operations for The Onion Router (TOR), an anonymity and privacy tool that is particularly loathed by the spy agencies' capos, credits Tor's anonymous bug-reporting system for giving spies a safe way to report bugs in Tor that would otherwise be weaponized to attack Tor's users.

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First-ever Disneyland ticket


Mikayakatnt posted this image of the first Disneyland gate-ticket ever sold, from opening day, July 17, 1955.

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Frozen/Haunted Mansion stretch-gallery mashup

Its creator, DJ Clulow, promises to start selling prints of it in his Etsy store ASAP.

Frozen Haunted Mansion [Instagram/DJ Clulow]

(via Walt and Mickey)

Just look at these boneless bananas.


Just look at them.

Headboard made from books


Kassandra bought the books at thrift shops and nailed them in place, double-sided taping the top pages to keep them in place.

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Ikea may not kill Ikeahackers fan-site after all


Ikeahackers -- a venerable fan-site that competed with Ikea's newly launched, empty "online community" -- were previously threatened by Ikea and looked to face extinction.

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Newspapers are, pretty much, dead.


Clay Shirky has some some truths: "Maybe 25 year olds will start demanding news from yesterday, delivered in an unshareable format once a day. Perhaps advertisers will decide 'Click to buy' is for wimps. Mobile phones: could be a fad. After all, anything could happen with print. Hard to tell, really."

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Save the net, break up the NSA

Bruce Schneier nails it: "efficiency is not the most important goal here; security and liberty are."

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Canadian government caught secretly smearing scientist who published research on tar-sands


The Harper petro-Tory government's money comes from the people who got rich from the tar-sands, the dirtiest oil on the planet, and they've done everything they could to suppress science critical of Alberta crude; finally a scientist who wasn't under their thumb published his work and they started maneuvering behind the scenes to discredit him.

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Henry Kuttner: long-lost works of a Lovecraft acolyte

Kuttner met his wife, the writer CL Moore, through a mutual correspondence with HP Lovecraft; when he died, she became his literary executor, then married a non-writer who ordered her to stop writing, and insisted that she suppress future publication of Kuttner's work -- but now you can get 14 of his books as ebooks.

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Harpercollins Humble Ebook Bundle with Gaiman, Bujold, Coelho, Williams, and more

Name your price for more than 12 DRM-free books from Harpercollins, support charity, and strike a blow for freedom!

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Ralph Wiggum: an appreciation of the only child on the Simpsons

In a beautiful essay on The Toast, Mallory Ortberg argues that while Bart, Lisa and Millhouse are kids, Ralph Wiggum is the only child on the Simpsons, full of childishness that's endearing and true.

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Blogging History: Manning sentenced to 25 years; Alternative Big Mac Index; 1920 Japanese kids' books

One year
Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison: In a courtroom at Fort Meade today, Judge Army. Col. Denise Lind delivered the sentence in the trial of Bradley Manning: 35 years in a military prison, less 1,294 days for time served, and a 112-day credit for enduring "unlawful pretrial punishment," when he was held for 9 months at a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, VA. During that stay, Manning was confined alone for more than 23 hours each day in an 8-by-6 foot cell.

Five years
How many minutes do people in your city have to work to buy a Big Mac? From The Economist, a chart showing "how long it takes a worker on the average net wage to earn the price of a Big Mac in 73 cities."

Ten years
Japanese children's books from 1920s: Browsing through this beautiful gallery of children's book illos from the '20s, I keep thinking about the fact that these were all created during a period just before Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and a period of dramatic cultural change.

Ferguson's "free speech zone" is a padlocked no-man's-land


Man arrested for briefly failing to keep moving #Ferguson/Jon Swaine/@jonswaine

The ACLU was denied an emergency injunction against Ferguson's cops' illegal "no standing on the sidewalk" rule because Ferguson promised to erect a "free speech zone," but the only thing on that site is a fenced-off, locked-up pen that no one is allowed to use.

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Marvel Comics skirt


The knee-length Marvel Comics skirt is $34.11 from Interrobangirl, who also takes custom orders.