Jason Weisberger

Jason Weisberger is Boing Boing's publisher. Nemo is Jason's Great Pyrenees. You can find Jason on twitter at @jlw

Man stabbed with spear while robbing medieval weapons enthusiast

Valiant SCA member Jimmy Morgan Jr. fended off burglar Thomas McGowan with the spear he keeps by his bed. (VIA)

Watching words lose their origin

I wonder if my 7 year old will think Motley Crue is singing about fundraising.

Computer Jay's Binary Fix - free download

Here is a song from long time BB pal Computer Jay about the 21st century's addiction to technology titled "Binary Fix." The track is off his album 'Savage Planet Discotheque Vol. 2'. You can download it for free here.

Anti-semite will lose without jewish help

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Write-in Kentucky senate candidate, and deplorable human, Robert Ransdell placed his anti-semitic campaign signs in lawns without permission. Unsurprisingly the residents removed them. Apparently he is enthusiastic about this strategy.

“Online we have had a lot of positive feedback,” Ransdell told WLWT, a TV news station in Cincinnati. “Like I said, we’re going to find out what kind of feedback we get once we go out and take it to the people here in the state of Kentucky.”

(Thanks, Susan!)

The Academy - Book 1, Chad Leito

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Chad Leito's The Academy is yet another fantastic world where teens are imbued with super powers and must save society. The standard themes and devices of this genre are pushed to the very limit of believability, I loved it!

Lieto sets up Asa Palmer as an apparently luckless and beat down teen, just looking to get by in a world teetering on the edge of collapse. Nearly everyone Asa knows has been killed by the Wolf Virus and it is unclear how long society can hang on. An impossible chain of events occurs bringing Asa to The Academy, where he is forcibly genetically mutated, grows wings and doesn't shake his apathy. The Academy claims to be a humanitarian aid organization, but clearly it is not.

Lieto's world building is fast and furious, new discoveries pepper Asa and his fellow abducted 15 year old trainees nearly as fast as they die. Seemingly completely average and not belonging in this group of genius kids being trained to either save, or destroy, the world, will Asa's parentage be enough to carry him through?

I'm addicted and well into the second book of this series.

The Academy: Book 1 by Chad Lieto

Florida schools open their doors to Satan

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To ensure Florida's stupid laws allowing religion to be taught in public schools do not expose kids to just one idea the Satanic Temple is stepping up to provide alternate reading materials.

The Satanic Temple’s spokesperson, Lucien Greaves, explains, “We would never seek to establish a precedent of disseminating our religious materials in public schools because we believe our constitutional values are better served by respecting a strong separation of Church and State. However, if a public school board is going to allow religious pamphlets and full Bibles to be distributed to students -- as is the case in Orange County, Florida -- we think the responsible thing to do is to ensure that these students are given access to a variety of differing religious opinions, as opposed to standing idly by while one religious voice dominates the discourse and delivers propaganda to youth.”

I always love it when Satan turns out to be the good guy.

Anker's 2nd gen 'Astro E4' 13000 mAh external battery

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Anker's 2nd gen Astro E4 is fantastic as a short road trip battery. I love its size and shape for packing on a motorcycle.

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Going up the country, Canned Heat

This is frequently played in my Vanagon Westy.

Give Me Fiction Podcast #004: Margaret's Change

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Give Me Fiction is a prose reading series hosted by Ivan Hernandez. On this episode, comedian Kyle Mizono tells a story of adolescent development and Mortal Kombat.

The first Sunday of every month at Lost Weekend Video, a group of comedians, writers, and artists read pieces based on a theme. For the podcast, we release one of those stories a week to you, the listening public. On this fourth episode, the weird and hilarious Kyle Mizono reads a piece entitled "Margaret's Change."

GMF is produced by Will Scovill and presented by Boing Boing. You can check out GMF on the iTunes Store, Soundcloud, RSS, Twitter, and Facebook, and buy tickets for the live show.

How to lace up your Vans

My 7 year old and I just had fantastic debate about the proper way to lace Vans.

Give Me Fiction: the Podcast

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We are proud to share Give Me Fiction, a prose reading series hosted by stand-up comic Ivan Hernandez. The first Sunday of every month at Lost Weekend Video, a group of comedians, writers, and artists read pieces based on a theme.

For the podcast, we release one of those stories a week to the listening public. We begin with three selections from the first GMF, “Sheila of Christ” by Anna Seregina, “The Diorama” by Scott Simpson, and “Breathe unto the Tender Sky” by your erstwhile host.

GMF is produced by Will Scovill and presented by Boing Boing. You can check out GMF on the iTunes Store, Soundcloud, RSS, Twitter, and Facebook, and buy tickets for the live show.

Couldn't get it right, Climax Blues Band

Lost, to me anyways, but found again.

Muerdete la lengua, Francisca Valenzuela

Bite your tongue.

SF Bay Area: Sunday September 7th, Give Me Fiction

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This Sunday, September 7th, Lost Weekend Video in San Francisco plays venue to another performance of Give Me Fiction, the prose reading series hosted by comedian and writer Ivan Hernandez. The first Sunday of every month, some of the finest minds in comedy, literature, and the arts converge to present pieces based on a theme.

This month the theme is Technology, and reading their work will be Sarah Griffin, Wonder Dave, Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Kelly Anneken, Damon Blake, and Boing Boing's own Jason Weisberger. Performers on GMF have been featured on The Rumpus, SF Sketchfest, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and more. Each edition of the show is recorded for eventual release so this is your chance to achieve digital audio immortality, way before the singularity hits.

You can buy tickets on Eventbrite, RSVP on Facebook, follow GMF on Twitter, and check out the podcast on Soundcloud.

Temptation, Diana Krall

Diana Krall's incredible cover of Tom Waits' Temptation is without compare.