Rob Beschizza

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Teen attack on park ranger makes top cop think of police brutality, for some reason

A skateboarder attacked and repeatedly kicked a park ranger, was arrested and charged, and will face the courts for his crime. The ranger was reportedly unharmed, despite the attack's brutality. To Philadephia police commissioner Charles Ramsey, though, this isn't an example of the justice system successfully identifying and prosecuting a suspect; it isn't even an issue of the crime at hand.

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Court okays squeaky sex sling eviction

A German court ruled a landlady was within her rights to evict a man who "regularly disturbed his neighbors with 'sexual, athletic and squeaking noises' late into the night." [AP]

Christians sue Satanists

Catholic archbishop Paul Coakley has sued a satanist group over stolen wafers that represent the transubstantiated body of Christ. A promise by the satanists that their forthcoming "sacrifice" would comply with public urination laws appears not to have mollified him.

British landlord rented room "that could only be entered on all fours"

Already banned from leasing a room accessible only via a staircase with 27 inches of headroom, Yaakov Marom rented it out anyway for $700 a month, because the British economy is evidently now just a weird housing scam/deathtrap.

Poll: most Americans want to make it a crime for children to play without supervision

"A whopping 68 percent of Americans think there should be a law that prohibits kids 9 and under from playing at the park unsupervised, despite the fact that most of them no doubt grew up doing just that."

"Naked Dating" contestant suing show for showing her crotch

On the TV show "Naked Dating", young men and women date in the buff to entertain viewers. One contestant, Jessie Nizewitz, is suing the producers after it failed to blur out a scene.

Best Dune Tumblrs

Omni Reboot's Esther Kim counts ten of the best [Omni Reboot]

No-one pays attention during conference calls

A study proves what we all knew: people on conference calls do anything but participate, be it sending email (63%), eating (55%), shitting (47%), fooling around on twitter and facebook (43%), playing video games (25%), or taking proper phone calls (6%).

U.S. Copyright Office says it won't register works by animals, plants or supernatural beings

The draft of its official practices, third edition contains a requirement of human authorship:

The U.S. Copyright Office will register an original work of authorship, provided that the work was created by a human being. The copyright law only protects “the fruits of intellectual labor” that “are founded in the creative powers of the mind.” Trade-Mark Cases, 100 U.S. 82, 94 (1879). Because copyright law is limited to “original intellectual conceptions of the author,” the Office will refuse to register a claim if it determines that a human being did not create the work. Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony, 111 U.S. 53, 58 (1884). The Office will not register works produced by nature, animals, or plants. Likewise, the Office cannot register a work purportedly created by divine or supernatural beings, although the Office may register a work where the application or the deposit copy(ies) state that the work was inspired by a divine spirit.

The first example given of something the U.S. Copyright Office will not register is, of course, "a photograph taken by a monkey". The others are:

• A mural painted by an elephant.
• A claim based on the appearance of actual animal skin.
• A claim based on driftwood that has been shaped and smoothed by the ocean.
• A claim based on cut marks, defects, and other qualities found in natural stone.

Registration with the U.S. Copyright Office is not required for copyright protection, which takes effect when a work is created. However, registration provides significant legal advantages, such as the ability to receive statutory damages in lawsuits.

Police in Ferguson ordered Amnesty International observers to kneel

Amnesty International says its delegation will remain in Missouri "until we have a clear picture of what is taking place on the ground, and we are able to work effectively with local activists on how to defend human rights at home."

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World of consumer debt collection "dark, labyrinthine, and extremely lucrative"

When a credit card bill goes unpaid for a few months, the bank sells the debt. To whom? These guys.

Glitch Dungeon

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A free puzzle platform game where, in any given room, certain code might not work, leaving you able to fall without dying, float without falling, etc. Frustrating fun! [via]

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Lego wishes it invented Minecraft

"Minecraft is digital Lego," says Lego marketing director David Gram. "We only wish we had invented it." This is mentioned in about the same breath as the phrase "core brand beliefs," a concise reminder why they didn't.

Time-lapse video turns airplanes into shooting stars

Milton Tan: "Ever wondered what it's like in one of the busiest airports in the world?...Shoot a timelapse of that, and you get transported to a sci-fi world with shooting stars breaking into the atmosphere."

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Huge grouper fish gobbles four-foot shark in single bite

Gimbb14, fishing off the coast of Florida near Bonita Springs, caught a black tip shark at least four feet long. As he tried to reel it in, however, a grouper emerges from the deep to claim his prize.