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RIP Michael Jackson

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It's all over the everywhere, but I just felt like it was worth mentioning here, too. Michael Jackson was a supreme talent and dealt with a tremendous amount of pain. He made many critically bad choices over the years, but it's impossible for me to not still respect his talent and imagination. Image: Bijioo Update: This is heartbreaking. And it's apparently a Pepsi commercial. (via Anil Dash)

Everything you need to know about Nintendo's next games

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There aren't any huge surprises from Nintendo: more games in existing franchises, more hardware, but more riffs on existing themes. But we knew that was; it's how they're riffing that is always interesting. To whit: The new "Wii Vitality Sensor" (I titter so you don't have to), a heart rate monitor that clips onto your finger that will let the Wii know when you're really blissed out. Brandon's got everything you need to know about Nintendo's upcoming product lineup, including new titles (New Super Mario Bros. sidescroller! A create-your-own-minigame WarioWare: DIY title?!) and such over at Offworld.

Microsoft "Project Natal" invents a better Wii

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Microsoft had a killer day today, revealing all sorts of updates to the Xbox 360, including full retail game downloads, 1080p live streaming of movies and TVs, and most notably "Project Natal", an attempt to beat the Nintendo Wii at its own game by creating a virtual reality interface that doesn't use control hardware at all, but instead does real-time motion capture using an array of cameras. It actually looks pretty amazing. Brandon's got everything you need to know, including video, over at Offworld.

Offworld gets an exclusive peek at Henry Hatsworth concept art

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Brandon has scored a major coup: Electronic Arts has presented Offworld with access to the concept art for Henry Hatsworth and the Puzzling Adventure, one of the most interesting games to come out this year, both in play and in art direction. Brandon's put together a galley showing the environments, characters, and enemies. It's an awesome peek into the creative act that happens before pixel is ever put to sprite. We hope this will just be the first of many "Concept Albums" on Offworld.

Welcome Lisa Katayama and Steven Leckart to BBG

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Join me in welcoming Lisa Katayama and Steven Leckart to the Boing Boing fold. They'll be coming aboard with Rob and I to work on BBG, although I wouldn't be surprised to see them contributing to Boing Boing and Offworld just every now and again, as well. You'll get to know them through the blog-o-squawk soon enough, but it'd be a shame to waste such bona fides as our two new contributors have collected. Lisa you guys will know as a former guestblogger at Boing Boing, as well as her blogging about Japanese culture and tech at her blog Tokyo Mango. She's also contributed to WIRED, Popular Science, and the The New York Times Magazine. (There's a big feature coming up there, isn't there, Lisa? Can you talk about that yet?) And of course she's the author of Urawaza: Secret Everyday Tips and Tricks from Japan. She has two min-pins named Malcolm and Ruby (no relation to my car), as per the requirements for BBG contributors. She's @tokyomango and will be her first name at boingboing.net once I figure out how we actually do our email forwards here. Steven's work has been seen at WIRED, DVICE, GOOD (and was the founder of ALL CAPS MAGAZINE), as well as the editor of our friend Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools. He also helped Chris Anderson with the books The Long Tail and the upcoming Free as a writing assistant. He has a pug named Gus, as per the requirements for BBG contributors. He's @stevenleckart on Twitter and will be his first name at boingboing.net once I get off my ass and set up that email account. [photo by Jonathan Snyder] Come on over to BBG and slap them around a little! And welcome, you two! I've stoked to have you aboard our undulating tanker ship of bubbling mutant goo.

Driving from Brooklyn to Oregon next week; What weird should I espy?

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I am moving to Eugene, Oregon, because I am in love with a girl. I'm also in love with my dog Porter who, as an English Bulldog, has a not-impossible chance of dying in the cargo hold a jet (even one heated and pressurized; bullies have breathing issues). So I'm gonna lash him in to the passenger seat of a rented minivan, test out my new awkwardly large Pioneer GPS unit, and bop across the country from Brooklyn listening to my first audiobook ever. (Ender's Game, which I've never read. I know.) Along the way, I'll be doing the things one does when hauling ass on the interstates—gulping coffee, then slathering umeboshi plum paste on my teeth to try to counteract the acidity; asking truckers where to find the best chicken-fried steak with cream gravy, America's perfect food; falling asleep in the mountains to die in flames at the bottom of a ravine, my organs shimmering on my outsides like a grotesque Nudie Cohn suit—and I'll be recording them all on the video machines. I have to cut through Kansas City to drop off an old Kustom amp that my buddy Jason had to leave when he moved back home. And I hope to be rolling into Oregon by the weekend. But along the way, I've got a little time to sightsee and visit. What should I see? Want to meet up?

Tweet Week continues with scanning and sleeping stuffs to win

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Thought I forgot Tweet Week? Well, I sort of did, but it's because I've been busy today getting ready for my move to Eugene, Oregon. (More on that tomorrow!) But in the meantime, let me give out some more stuffs. Up first is a NeatReceipts, a scanner designed specifically to get your documents, receipts, and business cards in order and slurped into your PC or Mac. (I've actually got one in here for review, but this whole moving thing has got me in the weeds.) Tonight I'll also give away a SleepTracker Pro watch that monitors your night thrashings and wakes you at the most opportune time for restfulness. (I did review that and liked it quite a bit.)
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Haven't put in your entries for Tweet Week yet? Here's how: Follow us on Twitter and you'll be entered to win. Here are our accounts again; Each follow is an entry: • @joeljohnson; @xenijardin; @beschizza; @brandonnn; @doctorow; @johnbattelle; @frauenfelder (By the way, it's been awesome to get to know so many new people over the last few days. I am a very lucky person to be able to get to know so many quick and clever people. The lesson: It's easy to make friends when you give away prizes!)

Tweet Week: Win Dirty Dolls Lingerie, LeapFrog Didj, iVoice headsets today

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We're starting off today's Tweet Week giveaways with a bang: I'm going to pick one of you to win some panties from Dirty Dolls, a just-launched lingerie company that "specializes in catering to the needs of voluptuous women." (Bless them.) Founder Courtney Leigh Newman is giving us two items, the Organic Cha Cha Cheeky Short [pictured] and the Organic Thrilling Thong. (Which, despite first glance, is a technically SFW image. Subtle!) On deck for later today: Five Didj handheld gaming systems for kids from LeapFrog, plus three games for each. (Unintentional awesome: We give away videocameras, then lingerie, then kids' toys. Narrative is a powerful form.) We've also got a couple of Bluetooth headsets from iVoice, the Diamond-X and GX7.
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How do you get a chance to win this stuff? I've explained the details already, but in short: if you follow the Boing Boing editors on Twitter this week, you have a chance to win fabolas prizes. Here are our accounts again; Each follow is an entry: • @joeljohnson; @xenijardin; @beschizza; @brandonnn; @doctorow; @johnbattelle; @frauenfelder

Tweet Week: Follow us on Twitter, win prizes

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Do you like stuff? We like to give you the stuffs. So here's how we're going to do it: Every time you follow one of the Boing Boing editors' Twitter feed, we get an email. We'll select from those emails at random and award a prize. If you've won, I'll let you know by direct message on Twitter. We'll do this all week or until we're out of prizes. (That's how I getcha! So at the least, you should follow us this week before you leave en masse next Monday.) For each editor you follow you'll gain another entry, so if you're already following some of us you can still get a crack at winning by following another editor. (We started collecting entry emails since yesterday and will put all of those in the hat.) That's it. Easy. We get followers to squawk at about our bunions, you get stuff. I'll be putting up a post a day until we have all the prizes distributed. As befits a Boing Boing contest, we've got a bunch of different stuff: a guitar; a videophone; some random iPod and iPhone cases; lingerie (!); and what I'll be starting with today, three of these custom-printed Flip Mino HD camcorders from CafePress. (One per winner, of course.) More on the prizes as we go along. Here are our accounts. Collect them all!: • @joeljohnson (Boing Boing Gadgets) • @xenijardin (Boing Boing/Video) • @beschizza (Boing Boing Gadgets) • @brandonnn (Boing Boing Offworld) • @doctorow (Boing Boing) • @johnbattelle (Boing Boing) • @frauenfelder (Boing Boing) (We always have questions about if these contests are okay for readers outside the U.S. or not. Because most of these prizes are being shipped direct from the companies, I can't always promise that they'll be able to be shipped to everyone, but I'll do my best to work it out if it comes up. Let me know in the comments if you have any other questions.)

Letter Monsters illustrations by Joey Ellis

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Joey Ellis's Letter Monsters are a hoot. He made the entire alphabet to help his son learn his letterin'.

Boing Boing on GOOD: Why I Like the Amazon Kindle 2 (or will once I get one)

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I only did a couple of things today, but one of them was paw the Kindle 2. Unlike a lot of other skeptics and their quite reasonable criticisms, I'm actually a pretty big Kindle fan. (I have no problem viewing it purely as a paper book adjunct, a role at which it excels.) I took a crack at explaining why—and why the Kindle 2 is better than the first one—in this article at GOOD. Reviewing the Kindle 2

Boing Boing on GOOD: Digital TV Now!

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My first contribution to our series of essays by Boing Boing editors on GOOD—a fairly high-level explanation of why I wish Congress would just force the switch to digital television broadcasts—is online.
The televisions in 6.5 million American households will stop working when stations are forced to switch to the digital format–and I don’t care. Although it’s been pushed back time and again (yesterday Congress postponed the transition deadline once more, from February 17th to June 12th), the switch from analog to digital television will happen eventually. When it does, valuable radio spectrum will be freed up for new uses, like “white space” wireless networking. (Think Super Wi-Fi.) The Obama administration was behind the latest delay. It asked Congress to postpone the transition again, fearing that the 5.7 percent of American households without the proper digital-to-analog conversion boxes–boxes that can be had for free simply by requesting a voucher from the FCC–would wake up on the 17th, find themselves greeted by only static, and march in the streets.
Digital Television Now! PreviouslyMy Ecologically Correct MoveAll the Web's a StageThe Return of Amateur ScienceA Mayan Village Reacts to Obama

Liz Brown's happy battleship painting

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I like a lot of Liz Brown's paintings, but I think I like this battleship the best. It's cute without actually doing anything anthropomorphic at all. Poot! Link

Blog War! Join Boing Boing Offworld in MMO shooter Planetside

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Offworld has been challenged to a three-way online scrap with fellow gaming sites Rock, Paper, Shotgun and The Escapist. We've got 70 free accounts to use in Sony's Planetside to use to recruit our own army of Happy Super Mutants to destroy the enemy in good-natured virtual massacre. If you want to join us, pop over to Offworld to find out how to get a free key from me. Blog War! [Offworld]

Arcade Mania by Brian Ashcraft and Jean Snow

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Arcades are dead. And rightfully so: American arcades never bothered to change with the times (despite a brief dalliance with the public spectacle of games like Dance Dance Revolution). Not so in Japan, where arcades continue to evolve in surprising ways, in the stereotypical "bigger, crazier" Japanese method, as well as the more pedestrian. Case in point: Yuka Nakajima, queen of "Crane Games", those funny claw machines that are commonly ignored in department store vestibules in the States but big business in Japan. Nakajima is so adept at "UFO Catchers" (the Japanese moniker for all claw machines) that she has an entire room filled with the stuffed bears she has won and is the star of video tutorials included in the games themselves. I learned about Nakajima in the new book Arcade Mania: The Turbo-charged World of Japan's Game Centers by Brian "The Sweetest Man in Games Journalism" Ashcraft and Jean "Pretty Sweet Himself" Snow. Ash is a pal, so I was a bit worried when I first got my copy; how interesting could a book about arcades be? Turns out I had nothing to fret about. There's a whole new set of human experience happening inside Japan's game centers and it's just as varied and weird and surprising as you could hope it would be. I too often have an expectation, a caricature, in mind about Japan and its culture that occludes my perception of the people living and playing there. That's natural, of course, and perhaps even welcome: it makes a reading a book that supplants many of my preconceptions so effectively even more exciting. Arcade Mania: The Turbo-charged World of Japan's Game Centers [Amazon]

Interview: Michael Chertoff on the TSA and "Security Theater"

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Last week Boing Boing was invited along with a small group of political bloggers and analysts to a sit-down Q&A with departing Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. I had a chance to ask Secretary Chertoff a few questions about the TSA screening process. (Although had I more time, there would have been plenty of other questions I would have loved to ask, such as why U.S. Customs confiscates laptops; more on that in another post.) While I will be posting the complete transcript of the interview with everyone's questions (along with the audio recording if anyone is interested), I've excerpted the discussion about the TSA with questions from me and Security Catalyst's Michael Santarcangelo. I've edited the transcript slightly for clarity. "Joel Johnson: What's the number of direct terrorist actions that have been interfered with by TSA screening?" Michael Chertoff interview [BBG]

Fünde Razor for Child's Play in NYC, Denver, and SF tonight!

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Hey, folks. I'm getting ready to head into Manhattan to get ready for Fünde Razor, our yearly fund raising event for the Child's Play Charity. If you like to drink beer, play Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and win prizes to raise money to keep kids entertained when they're at hospital, please stop on by. Unless you hate children/to rock. And it's not just New York: there are sister events happening in Denver and San Francisco. But if you can make it to the New York event (now in our fourth year!) please come say and tell me hello! And as always, if you can't make it, you should toss a few bucks in the box for the kids. Times, locations, information, and more (not that much more, really) [FundeRazor.com]

Fünde Razor: Charity night for Child's Play in NYC, Denver, and SF

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A few years ago I held an event each year to raise money for the Child's Play Charity that puts videogames into the hands of kids staying at children's hospitals. We called it, in proper rock style, Fünde Razor. We're now in our fourth year, and thanks to help from friends in the industry — Kotaku, Game|Life, Rock Gamer, Gizmodo, not to mention tons of game and gadget manufacturers — we've raised thousands of dollars that we give over in its entirety to Child's Play. We've even moved beyond our original New York event to add a Denver and San Francisco event, all next Wednesday evening. (Location and times over on FundeRazor.com. [There's a similar event on Tuesday in Chicago.]) Prizes will vary a little bit from event to event (a lot of what we bring in are review items and such that all we bloggers have in our closets) but here's a partial list of what you can expect to win in the raffle or as door prizes at all three cities' events. It really is a blast. If you make it to the NYC event, come tell me hi! And if you can't make it out to any of the nights (or even if you can), please consider donating to Child's Play anyway. They're amazing. All the prizes that you could maybe possible win but if not you can still drink beer and play Rock Band [Offworld!]

Get a sneak peek at Metaplace MMO with Boing Boing Offworld

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Raph Koster's Metaplace is offering the first 250 Offworld readers a chance to play around with the company's web-embeddable virtual meta-world. Brandon has more:
Metaplace is also jumping ahead of the pack in modeling the software's Terms of Service around his 2000 manifesto “Declaring the Rights of Players", which gives creators "freedom of expression, ownership, including earning money & running their own world, privacy," and the ability to develop their own individual terms of service. Users, too, get "freedom of speech & assembly, privacy, rule of 'law' and due process," and full ownership of their own IP.
Bop over and get your invite key. You'll never guess what it is. (Translation: You probably will.) Only on Offworld: Be one of the first to join virtual world Metaplace [Offworld]

Glass molecule reproductions from Erowid.org

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Above is a picture of the hand-blown recreation of the LSD molecule that I received for making a donation to the Erowid Center, the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization behind Erowid.org. Erowid has been a measured, sane repository for chemical and counterculture information online for twelve years and relies on donations to continue its operation. Nearly anyone who has looked up drug and entheogenic plant information online has stumbled across — and subsequently been edified by — Erowid. For a subject as politically and personally charged as ingesting chemicals, Erowid remains one of the few rational sources of real-world experience reports, safety warnings, and advocacy of safe but individually accountable drug use available online or elsewhere. If you're like me, your recreational and experimental drug use has tailed off over the years, but even so, I still use the site as a reference and source of entertainment. (I probably shouldn't laugh, but some of the negative experience reports can be hilarious. Hang on, lil' cowboy!) Moreover, "check out Erowid" is the first advice I offer to a young head. Kids are going to experiment — better they get unbiased information about the risks and rewards of their drug use than rely exclusively on well-meaning but often ignorant peers. I am proud to give Erowid my money. Throw 'em a buck! Art Glass Molecules incentives [Erowid.org]

Freehands, gloves for cold weather gadget twiddling

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My friend Josh Rubin has gone from hunting cool things to making them: he's launched a new set of gloves called the "Freehands" with flip-back fingers that make it possible to use your gadgets without taking off your gloves. Magnets in the fingertips match to others above the knuckles to keep the fingertips back out of the way. This may seem a bit superfluous to those of you who drive cars to work, but for city folk it solves a common problem. It's a pain in the ass to have to strip off your gloves and hold them in your teeth or pocket just to dial a phone number or change a song. There are three different versions: a leather set for $40; a stretchy nylon and micro-fleece set for $30; and a basic fleece pair for $20. Freehands gadget gloves product page [Freehands.com]

Today on Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today on Boing Boing Gadgets we discovered Toastabags, designed to make grilled cheese in the toaster; a handy online calculator to help you determine your roof's solar energy harvesting potential; a clip-together lamp that looks like a T-Rex; a strappy underwater case for your iPhone or other MP3 players; Yet Another Netbook, the ECS G10IL; an iPhone/Touch dock that flips on its side for movie watching; a Corona typewriter bent into a waffle iron; and Lenovo's garguantuan W700 laptop that includes not only a quad-core processor but a built-in Wacom tablet. It gives me the vapors. Then, bastards: states wanting to tax digital downloads; donating to the EFF as an AT&T sin tax; Apple's refusal to refund App Store purchases/a> that they kill. The Olympics were pirated heavily. Two industrial robots were locked in a pantomimed melee. Bell Canada got a new logo. (It's nice.) Someone hides a flat-panel TV behind a two-way mirror. (Also nice!) Lifehacker's Adam Pash explains how easy it is to set up a multiroom music system using Apple gear. Someone invented a device that blocks the C-word. (Well, not really.) A forest-clearing stimpank tank carved spokes in the Tunguska impact. Deals were sorted. And most of all, Stephan Hawking was memorialized on black velvet.

Today on Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today on Boing Boing Gadgets we saw these good-lookin' helmets from Jérôme Coste (which sadly do not include a face mask); an austere camper made from a Unimog; tape that makes perfect garden rows more simple; a Bioshock Big Daddy from scrap metal; the clever hacks of German prisoners; a single drawer which no one else thought was handy but me, apparently; a pocket watch with a gun inside; and a robot that was not a robot. We got a little preoccupied with videogaming, as is our wont: EA harshing on the iPhone's accelerometer hardware (they're wrong, in my opinion); Sony claiming the PSP is dying because of piracy (here comes the PSPhone!); and a Wired blogger got a little too presumptuous in his Fallout 3 preview for some, although I think he's getting hung out to dry a bit. John took umbrage with the claim that the mouse is dying and noticed that quad-core laptop chips are coming. Rob noted that a judge isn't having ATI and Nvidia's nonsense about trade secrets and that French women like to use their phones in the bath. The Japanese did something weird/awesome. (Surprise!) That ripped cord flash drive is now for sale. The saga of an iPhone clone maker continues to be full of pathos. Nerds attacked. Someone put a USB hub in a VHS tape. And I — oh I — I dealed everything that you want me to. Ooh ooh.

Today on Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today on Boing Boing Gadgets — a site which we suspect you'll enjoy reading even if you often find gadgets tire- and irksome (so do we!) — we spotted these top-notch crank-powered greeting cards from Hallmark, of all people; hacked sunglasses that block CCTV cameras; a book about making LEGO weapons; a human-powered party bike, complete with lights and sound system; and the Venture Bros. era-appropriate love of fancy chairs. A team of Israeli art students made a wooden coffee grinder shaped like a cuddly tumor; a crappy newspaper made a crime spree by stupid kids the fault of Grand Theft Auto; ICANN unveiled a new plan for top level domains, putting me only $100k away from owning http://cluster.fuck. Rob documented BBG's first word coinage; John exposed a traumatic misunderstanding of the nature of lumberjack hibernation; I got off my ass and started rounding up deals again. One of Pixar's own made a cute Wall•E in LEGO. (And I'm going to see it tonight. I'm pumped!) AT&T may actually be adding MMS to iPhone, which for the first time allowed people on the internet to express their opinion about Apple. Nokia released some new phones, which for the second time allowed people on the internet to express their opinion about Apple. Then there were the sexy stormtrooper boots, our enthusiasm over which only slighted muted by the acknowledgement that every stormtrooper was a clone, then brought back into vibrant excitement when reader Rob Cockerham invented the term "Fett footish." There was a Steampunk sonic rifle. Despite indications to the contrary, use of the term did not cause the internet to implode. Yet. Helio, a company that thought it could build a business by buying expensive phones and selling them to poor teens has — surprisingly — been sold for scrap. Perhaps they'd have been better selling buckets for making dogsicles. Once again, someone made a dot-matrix toaster, but only in their mind. (Hey, MAKE:RS! You can do this!) World of Warcraft added a real-world security dongle to protect you from gold farmers stealing your account. Yahoo hiked domain prices in a fairly scummy manner. And someone made a lamp from dishes which looks an awful like the stuff I used to make on the lathe when I was sequestered in wood shop for seventh-grade homeroom.

Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets... Danger! Excitement! An SD Card that turns into a USB dongle! An LED Chess Set! Rocketmen! Nazis! The Phantom Lapboard! An artifact of awesome power that reduces noise on your PC... but only if you have faith! A futuristic city made of dreams! Babes! Floozies! Electric women on drugs bouncing around their immoral soirees, listening to LEGO synths played by devil DJs. Passion! Drama! Romance! Caulk Singles! Monsters! Griphons! Starving, vicious Snow Leopards! Cell-phone touting monkeys, "aping" presidential candidates! War! Carnage! Bloodshed! A more defensible unimog! A toaster that can blow your brains out! And video games! What will happen in our next exciting installment? Stay tuned! Link

Today at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today at Boing Boing Gadgets, we looked at a magic dongle that promised to boost a cellphone signal and a phone that looks like a Lamborghini. An absurd hooded scooter was examined, and oh! how we laughed and laughed and laughed at the Amazon.com Denon cable reviews. Beschizza got incensed about Atari suing a website that had published a review of a game without their permission, then had a three hour angry nap on a pair of Dig Dug pillows, cramming pig-shaped ear buds in his aural cavities and playing whale songs to soothe his spirit. Meanwhile, we read a UMPC manifesto and looked at some zany retro-futuristic products of yesteryear. A decapitated Gene Simmons head made Brownlee want to french kiss, before he was distracted by torture porn for bicycles. He also learned how to love through the conduit of a USB Killbot thumb drive. There was a KITT GPS Unit. There were sketchy Mac clones. An artificial twister promised energy to the future. A tiny little computer promised every grandma web browsing. We wondered about the ramifications of leaving our Wi-Fi open. We looked at a touchscreen dredged up from the primordial goop of the 80's. And we all thought this Ultraman statue was pretty groovy. Link

Today at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Today at Boing Boing Gadgets, Joel wished he was part of the greatest NERF office war in history, and Brownlee wtfed over a Texas Instruments ad featuring an evil floating elephant and a girl with her head exploding, while Rob got pissed about a psychic accusing an autitstic girl's parents of child abuse... and how they only cleared their name because of a GPS recording gadget. We also looked at a scale for professional bodybuilders and this year's Tokyo Toy Show. Joel slummed inside the insidious bowels of some Chinese gadget sweatshops, scheduled a voyage on the world's largest cruise liner and looked at some faux skylights capable of programmable lighting. John looked at a gorgeous $400k watch, a geiger counter case mod and a piggy bank with a built-in RPG. Rob lusted after a prosthetic foot, then locked himself inside a robot vault. And we couldn't end the week without flipping the double deuce at the pissloafers who convinced Congress to give carte blanche to the government spying on us. Good one, jackwads. Link

Yesterday at Boing Boing Gadgets

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Yesterday on Boing Boing Gadgets, we looked at a stabby knife that lets you inflate your victim with rapidly expanding gaseous pain, considered an easily understood diagram for building a marijuana grow room and lusted after a solar-powered theremin in an Altoids tin. There was also a mind-reading chair bristling with solenoids, some justification for Apple turning .mac into MobileMe and Shannonia, LEGO city in microscale, as well as the world's most luxurious cubicle. Beschizza pointed out a leather keyboard with a surprising dual-use function. Brownlee liked a binaural mic with human ears attached and also a tagged AT-AT. Joel wondered if Spore's creature creator (and specifically, the way it hid creature information in PNG images) could be used to email cute monsters that turned into Goatse.cx when clicked. And we all bummed when Hollywood monster maker Stan Winston died. Link

Brendan I. Koerner 'Now the Hell Will Start' chat transcript

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We'll be talking with Brendan at 11 Eastern in #boingboing. Click here to join the conversation or join #boingboing on chat.freenode.net in your client of choice. We'll post the transcript here after we're done. Update: Edited transcript after the jump.

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Chat with Brendan I. Koerner, author of 'Now the Hell Will Start' in #boingboing tomorrow

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Brendan I. Koerner, author of "Now the Hell Will Start," will be joining us in the #boingboing IRC channel tomorrow at 11AM Eastern time to discuss his book and the story of Herman Perry. We'll put up a post about an hour before we get cooking tomorrow reminding you of how to access IRC. Here's the details about connecting to the chat. There's a web-based Java client if you don't want to fire up a whole separate IRC client, but you won't be able to private message without registering your nickname on Freenode. Start thinking up those questions and we hope to see you there! PreviouslyReview: "Now the Hell Will Start" by Brendan I. Koerner