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Dawn at Disney World


From the Boing Boing Flickr pool, Dreggs's stunning photo of the sun breaking over Cinderella Castle.

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Man has marble addiction

A 72-year-old gent has been fascinated with marbles for 60 years. Each of the 1500 marbles he owns has a label and a place to keep it.

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(Thanks, Mathhew!)

The $100 Peachy 3D Printer is amazing

peachy$100 buys you a snap-fit 3D printer. Whitney Hipolite of 3DPrint.com says the resin-based Peachy Printer is "amazing."

One of the great things about the Peachy Printer is that since it is only available in kit form, it can can be completely customized to the size you want. The build volume can be modified depending on the size of an object you need printed, and even the color resins can be mixed in order to create new colors. Want a yellow-green color? Then mix the perfect amount of yellow and green. Peachy Printer will offer 8 completely mixable colors.

Here's the one story to read to learn about Silk Road

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Joshuah Bearman wrote an epic story about the rise and fall of the black market commerce site Silk Road. He dug deep to produce a fantastic, enthralling story. Here's what he told me about it:

This was a challenging story to write, because it was an ongoing federal investigation, with a pending trial, but I (rather luckily) managed to get inside both the Silk Road, the various law enforcement agencies trying to bring it down, and people close to Ross, to understand him more. It was always a good story, but as it unfurled just got more layered and exciting. The piece is 20,000 words! Longest thing Wired has ever published. And in two-parts, which they've never done. I wrote this thing like a non-fiction novella, and people seem to be responding to it well, even the cliffhanger and waiting for Part 2.

The Rise and Fall of Silk Road, Part 1

Image: Tomer Hanuka

Learn about the latest self-tracking tech at the 2015 Quantified Self Expo in SF, 6/20/2015

QS15/Activate Expo Trailer from Erica Tanamachi on Vimeo.

In 2007, my friends Gary Wolf and Kevin Kelly founded the Quantified Self. The purpose is to investigate and share technologies and practices to help people understand themselves. This June, QSers from around the world are gathering for a massive show and tell. The one-day expo is just $25 for the full day.

The Quantified Self Exposition will open its doors on June 20, 2015, at Herbst Pavilion in San Francisco, with 30,000 square feet of amazing exposition space highlighting the wearable devices and apps that give you intimate and direct feedback about yourself, from how you sleep, eat, and exercise, to what triggers fear and joy.

The Quantified Self Exposition is for everyone interested in understanding where technology is going and how it's affecting our lives. If you're an inventor, artist, scientist, engineer, doctor, nurse, athlete, entrepreneur, journalist, designer, policy maker or just interested in how sensors, data, and “very personal computing” can be used to understand ourselves and the world around us, please join us for this amazing event. From advanced sports performance to nutrition, emotion, learning, and health, the Quantified Self Exposition is about discovery!

Xeni chats with All In's Chris Hayes about appropriation artist Richard Prince's Instagram screenshot art

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Xeni made some great points about appropriation artist Richard Prince's Instagram screenshot art tonight on All In. Prince's biggest (and perhaps only real) crime, said Xeni, is that his latest show is terribly boring. “[It’s] like watching your dad try to rap”

Alan Matta, cigar box luthier

There should be a name for luthiers that use cigar boxes as their source of wood for bodies. There are people who make cigar box ukuleles, cigar box guitars, and cigar box violins. There was one craftsman who asked Winston Churchill for his empty cigar boxes and made a very fine violin out of them.

In Long Beach, Washington, a town just North of Astoria, Oregon (on the Columbia river), there is a luthier who makes ukuleles as well as three string and four string tenor guitars. His name is Alan Matta, and he uses whatever he can scrounge in cigar boxes and materials. Each instrument is unique. They all come with a piezo pickup so you can plug them into a small amp, or if you want to rock the neighborhood, your Marshall stack. cbg-2

How to get that silver-mouthed Warboy look without dying from paint fumes

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WE WILL RIDE THROUGH THE GATES OF VALHALLA SHINY AND CHROME! WITNESS ME!

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Son of China's richest man thinks two gold Apple Watches is enough for his dog

27-year-old Wang Sicong is the son of Wang Jianlin, worth about $34 billion dollars.

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Compression sacks for travel clothes or sleeping bags

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A compression sack is a nice way to compress a bunch of clothes or a sleeping bag to a compact size. If you don't mind wrinkles you can compress your clothes into one and save room in your carry-on travel case for other items. Or you can use one to hold your dirty laundry. I like to use a compression bag for my kids' sleeping bags, because they are much stronger and more compact than the carrying bags that come with sleeping bags.

Outdoor Research makes Ultralight Compression Sacks in a variety of sizes.

Boing Boing Store: The Surface 3 Giveaway

The Surface 3 offers you the best of both a tablet and a laptop.

While the 10.8-inch screen and thin, light frame make the Surface as easy to toss into your backpack or purse as a tablet, the ability to run full scale desktop software on Windows 8.1 will make you forget that you’re not using a laptop.

Our partners at Stack Social are holding a giveaway in the Boing Boing Store. Enter here!

Swiss cops' dawn raid snags top FIFA officials


Six top executives of international football's (notoriously corrupt) governing body were arrested at the crack of dawn in their Zurich hotel by Swiss police acting on a US criminal corruption warrant.

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NetDragon CEO built headquarters in shape of Star Trek Enterprise

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Liu Dejian, founder of NetDragon, is such a Star Trek fan that he built his corporate headquarters to resemble the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-E.

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Survey of table flipping

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DutchAsHell surveys "the many forms and functions" of table flipping for use "in those moments when words are just not enough."

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Screw the techno-determinists -- give me hope instead


In my latest Guardian Column If one thing gives me hope for the future, it’s the cause of ​internet freedom, I talk about the myth that technology activists are "techno-determinists" -- we fight not because we know we'll win, but because we believe there's a possibility that we might not lose.

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Save 94% on the Complete Learn To Code Bundle

code-bundleLearn to program from scratch in just 6 weeks. This Complete Learn to Code Bundle of 8 courses includes over 74 hours of training for $59, including web development, Python, Ruby on Rails, PHP, and more. The web development course has an average rating of 4.8 stars (out of 5) with 7,684 ratings.

Holdouts who refuse to sell their "nail houses" to developers

Angry with Chinese homeowners who refuse to sell out, the country's eager and rapacious developers call their houses "stubborn nails" that can't be pounded into wood. Read the rest