Michael Ciccarelli, 45, was charged with assault after he broke into the house of a 15-year-old boy and broke his nose.
The boy was dating a 15-year-old female relative of Ciccarelli, according to Monterey County Sheriff's Office: "Ciccarelli punched John Doe with a closed fist several times in the face, and at one point kicked him in the face while he was on the ground." [via Gawker]
Speaks for itself, doesn't it? NASA:
When the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this image on December 7, 2013, thick haze stretched from Beijing to Shanghai, a distance of about 1,200 kilometers (750 miles). For comparison, that is about the distance between Boston, Massachusetts, and Raleigh, North Carolina. The brightest areas are clouds or fog. Polluted air appears gray. While northeastern China often faces outbreaks of extreme smog, it is less common for pollution to spread so far south.
The Cancer Society of Finland offers an interactive guide to what smoking does to your body. I knew about the lung cancer, halitosis and loss of sperm density, but I didn't realize that smoking caused photoshop to crudely desaturate my entire body!
A year ago, Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Since then, every state has enacted at least one new gun law, writes The New York Times--and most of them loosen, rather than tighten, gun restrictions.
Pope Francis is Time Magazine's Person of the Year
. The magazine's staff also considered Edward Snowden, Barack Obama and several other candidates; the official public poll's choice, Egyptian general Abdul Fattah al-Sisi
, reflects the international appeal of the annual pick. — Rob
Lawmakers in the small South American nation voted Tuesday to legalize and regulate weed
. — Rob
Our friend Glenn Fleishman is crowdfunding a book of non-fiction essays and stories from a couple of dozen writers, along with work from illustrators and photographers. The stories were originally published in the first year of The Magazine, the ad-free electronic publication he edits and publishes. We've published a few of the stories appearing in the collection here at Boing Boing, as we feature a story of theirs every week or so.
You can back the project to get an ebook (in PDF, EPUB, and MOBI, with no DRM encryption at all), or both the hardcover and ebook version as a bundle. The project is past the 50% mark towards its funding goal, but it still needs several hundred more backers to pledge for books.
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A group of goats, frozen before a looming avalanche, hunker down as their packmates flee
. Doomed? Watch and see. [via Gawker
The Guardian not only has a new responsive design
coming, and they've made the source available under an open-source license
. Just in time to learn to code! — Rob
When protestors blocked a private Google shuttle bus in downtown San Francisco—corporate use of public stops and streets being a hot-button issue in the city, tied as it is to rapid gentrification—Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez was there to capture the anger of one Google employee, doomed to find a taxi. I've transcribed the filmed confrontation below; it's so perfectly appalling that some locals are certain it's fake.
UPDATE: Rodriguez writes that the "Google employee" was in fact a union organizer, staging a confrontation.
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Charlie Stross saw Michael Walker's Markov chain-melding of the bible and a classic computer science textbook. So he coded a generic markov chain generator and fed it the KJV and Lovecraft.
14:2. the ghouls, whose utter strangeness and their backsliding, I will love him, and have redeemed them, yet thou never gavest me a people
The perl script is available at his homepage. Adds Stross: "I run it for long enough, will it emit a fully-formed draft of the Necronomicon?"
[Video Link] Heather's breakfast, Saturday, was eaten in the company of an unexpected visitor. Below, a 45-second time lapse version of the full 15-minute feast, to Moment Music's remix of Ravel's Bolero (download).
Rocky Morphology breaks down the critical story components of each movie in the Rocky series: the opening fight, the training, the epic montage, and the final in-the-ring showdown. It's interesting how the massive 1980s-era sequels saw long mid-movie bouts and multiple montages, while the recent (and well-received) Rocky VI structurally resembles the original and its 1979 sequel. The sole 1990s entry, Rocky V, is the worst of the lot—so it's no surprise that it has the most jumbled set of essential boxing-movie scenes. Training immediately after a montage? What were they thinking?