3D printed Adventure Time cookie-cutter


Make your own delicious, edible BMO biscuits with this $9 starch-based 3D printed cookie cutter from Star Cookies, who also does Dragonball, Ghostbusters and more. (via Geekymerch)

Gamer Felicia Day on Gamergate

Felicia Day. Photo: Cristina Gandolfo.


Felicia Day. Photo: Cristina Gandolfo.

Gamer and online personality Felicia Day hasn't said much about Gamergate. Today, she opened up on her blog. “Why have I remained mostly silent? Self-protection and fear.”

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XKCD watch-face for Moto 360


Spam writes, "I'm a fan of XKCD and so I decided to put together a watchface for the Moto 360 based on xkcd.com/now because I really like Randall Munroe's concept for a simple world clock."

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Suspended bee: A photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool

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"Bourdon, October 2014."

A photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by reader Bernard d'Astous.

Bunnies vs. Kittens

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Sometimes rabbits are friends with cats. Sometimes, they are not.

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The dirty secret of Google's self-driving cars


They've 700,000 miles, but mostly the same few thousand miles, over and over again -- because the cars only work if every single light, piece of street furniture, and other detail is mapped and verified by armies of human and computer analysts, and when anything changes, the mapping needs to be re-created.

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"Hive" (middle class colony collapse)


Jud Turner writes, "'Hive (middle class colony collapse)' is the latest in my series of sculptures depicting hallucinatory factory scenes, and ponders the loss of bees and an ever-shrinking middle class, both likely results of modern industrial methods and monopoly capitalism."

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TARDIS and Dalek lotion-bars


Etsy seller Wizard at Work makes delightful solid lotion bars in a variety of shapes, most notably this Doctor Who two-pack featuring a Dalek and a TARDIS. Made with only four ingredients (sweet almond oil, beeswax, shea butter and cocoa butter) and $8 per set. (via Geeky Merch)

Sketchy ethics of scientists involved with "brain training"

Jeff sez, 'Scientists consulting with companies that sell brain games "falls in the same kind of category as medical researchers' taking money from drug companies,' says a Harvard educational-neuroscience professor. Or, as other scholars contend, should academics work with a growing industry to make their products better, and make sure their marketing isn't over-hyped. The Chronicle of Higher Ed delves into the science of brain training."

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Florida man, shot in chest by former lover, takes selfie

Priorities. "As he lay bleeding, Noll raised the phone and snapped a selfie."(via)

High-tech carnival with lasers, fire, robots and big games comes to LA 10/22-10/26

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From my friend Brent Bushnell of Two Bit Circus:

A modern take on the traveling circus, STEAM Carnival is a crazy reimagining of the classic carnival using high-tech amusement and amazing inventions. Attractions include a midway loaded with lasers mazes, walls of buttons, huge leisure games, a Fireball Dunk Tank, a robot bartender and other interactive experiences. There are also hands-on workshops, contests, and artisanal carnival food. The inaugural event is in Los Angeles 10/25-10/26. On 10/23 there’s a special Hacker Preview — a free sneak peak of STEAM Carnival aimed specifically at developers, entrepreneurs, and engineers. IBM is sponsoring and has allocated prize money for app demos relating to games, art, music, and learning. They’ll get exposure to a large audience, and could actually win money!

STEAM Carnival Boing Boing readers can use the code BOING for $5 off

Spooky lips


Just one of the many outstanding creations of Eva Senín Pernas, a talented make-up artist. (via Seanan McGuire)

Giant carnivorous kangaroos, and why we dance when we hold our pee

On This Week in Science:

Kiki talked stem cells; not the controversial side of things, but the straight up science of figuring out more about these populations of cells as they exist inside our bodies throughout our lives. It looks like we have a lot to learn. Also, she brought up a story about using filament proteins from nerve cells to produce brush-like coatings for materials. Better living through... biology?

Justin talked about finding the base materials for a potential new family of antibiotics in bacteria found on turkeys. Then he delved into the immune system strengthening powers of estrogen in women, and pills full of poo for people with bowel issues.

Blair's Animal Corner brought collaborative hunting by crocodiles into sharp focus, as well as news about the collapsibility of bird wings, and how geckos climb down.

The second half of the show was hot with talk of western droughts, oil rigs outpacing coral reefs for fish productivity, giant carnivorous kangaroos, a new idea about asymmetry involving the Higgs particle, Ebola updates, and why we dance when we hold our pee.

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Illustrators depictions of gerrymandered maps

"Spawn of Gerrymander" is a series in which some of our favorite illustrators use their talents to help us see the true shape of political mapmaking in the twenty-first century:

Over the course of this week, this series will present graphic visualizations of six gerrymandered U.S. Congressional districts, created by six dynamite illustrators: Joe Alterio, Steve Brodner, Lisa Congdon, Jennifer Daniel, Oliver Munday, and Leif Parsons.

Above and below, Steve Brodner's "Bleeding Liberty" map for Pennsylvania's Seventh Congressional District.

Interview with Delilah S. Dawson! Whimseydark, Vampires and Ikea

We had a lovely time chatting with author Delilah S. Dawson about her struggles with Ikea furniture, brilliance on Twitter and the coining of Whimsydark. There's also a fair amount about blud and humans.

Full show notes at Sword & Laser
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