Roca Labs threatens suit against customers who helped website it is also suing


Roca makes a dubious weight-loss product whose fine-print makes you promise not to complain, and the customers were cited by Pissedconsumer.com, whom Roca is suing for providing a place where dissatisfied customers could air their grievances.

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Win free tickets to the Treasure Island Music Festival!

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Want free VIP tickets to Boing Boing's favorite annual music event, San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival on October 18-19? This year's stellar line-up includes Massive Attack, Outkast, Alt-J, The New Pornographers, TV On The Radio, Janelle Monáe, Cathedrals, and a dozen other performances. Our pals at Noise Pop, co-promoters of the event, have supplied a pair of VIP 2-Day Tickets (a $590 value) to give to Boing Boing readers! VIP includes a nice viewing area beside the main stage, tented lounge with full bar, access to special VIP food sellers, and private restroom facilities (yay!). To win the passes, we are continuing our now-annual tradition of a Treasure Island Music Festival Haiku Contest!

Here's what to do:

Write a Haiku about your favorite band performing at the festival. Here's the full line-up. The Haiku must consist of three lines, with the first line containing 5 syllables, the second containing 7 syllables, and the third line containing 5 syllables. Then post your Haiku to the Boing Boing BBS forum. You have until 11:59pm PDT on Thursday (10/2). We'll pick our favorite Haikus and email you at the address you used to create your forum account. (Or you can list an alternate address in your entry.) On Friday (10/3), I'll post our three finalists who will each receive a Boing Boing t-shirt! On Tuesday (10/7), I'll announce the winner. Please only one entry per person. Good luck!!!

Faced with network surveillance, Hong Kong student demonstrators go P2P


The makers of Firechat, a wireless P2P chat app that works phone-to-phone over Bluetooth and wifi, say they've seen a surge of new users from Hong Kong's student demonstrators, who are locked in pitched battle with the territory's police as they fight for the right to choose HK's leaders without interference with Beijing, against a backdrop of growing wealth inequality.

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Analog ASCII portraits of famous writers

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Álvaro Franca uses manual typewriters to create ASCII portraits of famous literary figures like Jack Kerouac (above), Charles Bukowski (below), and Jose Saramago. Here's a time-lapse video of the process.

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NYC Wednesday: Artist Tim Hutchings' Jack Vance inspired art show

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Long time BB friend Tim Hutchings has a gallery show this Wednesday, October 1st in NYC. Many of his abstract paintings, like the above titled Binary Sunset, are inspired by the work of the legendary Jack Vance.

If you are on the Island of Manhattan, I high recommend stopping in.

The show is being held October 1st, from 5-8pm at Gallery Rene Mele, on 226 East 83rd Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Congrats, Tim!

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Kickstarting a prismatic, hat-brim mounted heads-up display for your phone


The Hattrickwear is an improbable ball-cap designed to mount your phone horizontally along your eyeline with a mirror and prism that keeps your screen in your field of vision all the time.

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Third Eye Sees All

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Vicious crackdown on Hong Kong's pro-democracy students and Occupy movement


The rallying cry of the students who staged a mass walkout and the Occupy Central demonstrators is the right to choose an administrator for HK without Beijing's oversight; but underlying it all is rage about growing wealth disparity.

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Cash-strapped Kansas auctions huge lot of seized sex-toys


GOP governor Sam Brownback's "experiment" in tax/spending cuts produced a $300M budget deficit; they're selling off a massive lot of sex toys and porn seized from a company that wouldn't pay its tax-bills.

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Saturday morning TV cartoon schedules from the 1980s


If you spent the 80s eating sugarbombs and watching badly animated 22-minute toy ads disguised as cartoons, here is your Proustian madeline.

(Today is the last day that Saturday morning cartoons aired on US broadcast TV).

(via @foxxyhooves)

Kickstarting fine jewelry made by scanning animal skulls

Fire and Bone's repeating its previous Kickstarter success with a new collection of 3D scanned skulls (including velociraptors!) that are turned into lost-wax molds through 3D printing, available in finished form as yellow/white bronze and silver.

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Surprise marriage proposal via Magic: The Gathering


Lindsey Loree proposed to her boyfriend by challenging him to a game of Magic: The Gathering into which she inserted a homemade "Proposal" card (she had to sneak a card into her lap to make it work); once he said yes, she gave him a ringpop to seal the deal!

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Skateletor or Die


He-Man meets skater culture with Pedro Josue Carvajal Ramirez's Skateletor or Die from the Boing Boing Flickr Pool (it's also in contention for a Threadless tee).

Watch with microscopic sculpture inside

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Tucked inside this $1.5 million watch by Greubel Forsey is a tiny ship sculpture by Willard Wigan who is the master at artworks you can't appreciate without high-powered optics.

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What's inside the President's "Nuclear Football"

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Hint: It isn't goldfish crackers, a Tom Clancy novel, or clean underwear.

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