BladesUSA offers this 14.5" "fantasy knife" that really has it all: a skull with fangs, pincers, scorpionoid body-segments, a lethal-looking stinger (perfect for inadvertent self-blinding while scratching your nose), the whole package. It comes with a wall-mounted display, though why you'd ever take it off is beyond me.
The Beastie Boys, as photographed in their early days by photographer Glen E. Friedman.
In the New York Times today, Dave Itzkoff reports on the latest wrinkle in the copyright battle between SF tech-toy company GoldieBlox and beloved hip-hop band The Beastie Boys. As reported here on Boing Boing in previous weeks, GoldieBlox used the Beasties' song "Girls" in a viral video that was an ad for its toys. The Beasties objected, though they claim they didn't threaten per se--and GoldieBlox pre-emptively sued the band. Then GoldieBlox kind of backed down. Now, the Beasties have filed a counterclaim.
In court papers filed on Tuesday, lawyers for the Beastie Boys said that a popular online video that was created by the toy company, GoldieBlox, and contained an alternate version of the band’s song “Girls,” constituted “copyright infringement and is not fair use,” turning the band’s music into “a ‘jingle’ to sell GoldieBlox’s products.”
Designer and artist Jed Berk created Its-A-Bob, a fun balloon toy with a retractable leash. He's very close to funding his Kickstarter
Brook sez, "My cousin Max made this amazing replica out of walnut of a Campagnolo bicycle derailleur."
Anthill Art fills ant colonies with molten aluminum, creating massive, intricate castings of the architecture of the ants' nests. They're for sale on Ebay (surprisingly cheap, too), and they're spectacular.
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One year ago today
76 things banned in the Bible, most of which are punishable by death: Tumblr listing things banned in Leviticus, the banny-est of all scriptures.
Five years ago today
R.I.P. Bettie Page: 2008 has been a brutal year for some of the icons of my Southern California adolescence.
Ten years ago today
Epidemiology meets Six Degrees: Use informal surveys to identify the highly connected individuals who are likely to be super-spreaders of illness, then vaccinate them.
Richard from the Electronic Frontier Foundation sez, "EFF's Power Up Your Donation matching campaign starts today.
Anyone who donates to the campaign in the next week will have their gift matched from a pool of challenge grants. If you've appreciated EFF's legal challenges to NSA surveillance, battling patent and copyright trolls, opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and fighting for fair use, now's a great time to become a EFF member!"
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Kembrew writes, "I saw your post in Boing Boing today about Pee-Wee, and coincidentally, I just published a piece on Pee-wee's Christmas Special. I think it's the first time Paul Reubens has been interviewed about the upcoming remastered Pee-wee's Playhouse DVDs that will come out next year."
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I use the ad-supported version of the Spotify digital music service on my desktop computer. The mobile app cost $10 a month, which isn't bad, but between Pandora and WFMU's app, I am able to live without it and save a bit of money.
Today, Spotify announced a free mobile service that allows you to shuffle play your playlists, other playlists, or any artist in Spotify's large catalog. You are limited to 6 skip forwards per hour (I think Pandora has the same limit). In any case, I'm in!
Spotify: App Store and Google Play.
Reasons My Son Is Crying declared the
CTA Digital 2-in-1 iPotty with Activity Seat for iPad
to be the worst toy of 2013. Mark called it last February, proving that he is, always, ahead of the curve on toilet-related mobile device technology!
Under normal circumstances, I'd object to this claim -- after all, I haven't had opportunity to review all the toys introduced in 2013. But in this case, it's hard to believe that there could really be anything worse. But if the introduction of this abomination was necessary to cause the fabulous reviews on Amazon to spring forth, it was all worth it.
I'm a huge fan of the Uncle Mark Gift Guide and Almanac, published yearly by Mark Hurst, the founder of Creative Good. Every year (since 2003) Mark has assembled his guide to recommended books, apps, tools, events, and gadgets in the form of an attractive PDF file. Chances are good that you'll find several things in the guide that you will want to have or give to others.
DragonBox Algebra is a $6 iPad game that teaches kids a few simple patterns for manipulating colorful,
friendly icons between two panels. The twist? Without knowing
it, the kid is learning algebra. It’s brilliant. I recommend
DragonBox and look forward to seeing more games that quietly
teach skills and knowledge that kids can apply in the real world.
2014 Uncle Mark Gift Guide and Almanac
Esquire's profile of Glenn Greenwald, the American-born, Brazilian-based journalist at the center of the Snowden leaks, is a terrific, insightful piece that lets Greenwald's own reflections on power, bravery, secrecy and justice speak for themselves: "I think the real Obama reveres institutional authority. He believes that it might need to be a little more efficient, but he has zero interest in undermining the powerful, permanent factions that have run Washington."
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My guests are author Peter Bebergal and cartoonist Jim Woodring. We talked about the eccentric genius Polish artist Stanislav Szukalski, Jim's oeuvre of incredible wordless graphic novels about "The Unifactor" including his latest book, Fran (and the beautiful Spanish edition of Fran), the Brand Library in Glendale, CA, Peter Bebergal's favorite albums of 2013 (records by The Sons of Kemet, Fuzz, Teeth of the Sea), Boing Boing's upcoming feature film The Immortal Augustus Gladstone, the book God is Disappointed in You (the Bible as told by a know-it-all teenager), and lots more!
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This episode of Gweek is sponsored by Rick and Morty the new Adult Swim animated comedy from Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, the creator of Community.
It’s a very dragon-filled episode, as Veronica and Tom kick off their December pick, A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent, actually by Marie Brennan.
Sword and Laser is not just a podcast; we’ve also been a book club since 2007! Each month we select a science fiction or fantasy book, discuss it during kick-off and wrap-up episodes of the podcast, and continue that discussion with our listeners over on our Goodreads forums. So come read along with us, and even get a chance to ask your questions to the authors themselves!
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Two New York Times reporters are suing the DHS
, because the agency stopped them and questioned them extensively at the border, typing their answers into a computer, and then later insisted first that they weren't required to search for records, and then that they had no records at all on the men.