Cartoonist Ed Piskor visits his decrepit childhood home

Ed Piskor says: "Pittsburgh magazine followed me around for a few weeks and put together a little piece on me and the Hip Hop comic. The highlight is going through my decrepit boyhood home for the first time in like 18 years and seeing artwork on the walls that survived."

I loved seeing Ed in this 8-minute film, which was produced by Dave Cole. Favorite quote: "There's not enough money in comics to listen to anybody. You should just do what the heck you wanna do."

Art Spiegelman: "Despite the rumors, I am not the Jew in charge of all comics media"

In the latest RiYL podcast, Brian Heater interviews Art Spiegelman. (And don't miss Brian's previous interview with John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats.)

Why people believe things you don't believe

Why do Holocaust deniers, young Earth creationists, people who think they’ve lived past lives as famous figures, people who claim they’ve been abducted by aliens, and people who stake their lives on the power of homeopathy believe things that most of us do not? David McRaney investigates.

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Mickthulhu Mouse


A tee from the Neatorama shop: $20.

Thoughts on Design – Paul Rand’s iconic design manifesto back in print

Decades ago, when I was a budding graphic designer, I found a copy of iconic designer Paul Rand’s then out-of-print Thoughts on Design at the annual State Department book sale in DC (a mecca for bookworms). The modest little tome made a big impression on me. Rand’s insistence on the integrity of form and function, his immaculately modern designs, and his brilliant sense of humor (often with cleverly hidden visual puns in his designs) really helped wire my nervous system as a designer.

Sadly, this seminal book has been out of print since the 1970s. But no longer. For the centenary of Rand’s birth (Aug 15, 1914), Chronicle has re-released Thoughts on Design. The new edition remains faithful to the 1970s edition (the one I had), with the addition of a new foreword by designer Michael Bierut.

One impressive thing about Rand’s book to me was always how much he was able to say about the nature of good design in 96 short pages (with the majority of those pages reproductions of his work). He was a master at arriving at designs that boiled down the essence of the intended messages, be it an advertisement or a corporate identity, and he similarly renders out the heart of basic design philosophy in this book. Take passages like:

There are, however, instances when recognizable images are of sufficient plastic expressiveness to make the addition of geometric or “abstract” shapes superfluous.

So, with that principle in mind, he inverts wooden coat hangers to make a flock of birds for a spring apparel poster.

Looking through this book, you realize how many monumental logos he was responsible for: ABC, UPS, Westinghouse, IBM, Ikea, Adobe, the list goes on. As a designer, I always marveled at the Westinghouse logo. Something so absurdly simple, so potently suggestive of electronics and light bulbs, and something that was just so pleasing to look at (and easy to apply in branding/packaging). To me, that logo boiled down the essence of Paul Rand’s genius, and the wisdom and the portfolio of work found in this book.

Thoughts On Design, by Paul Rand ($12)

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Ebola case reported in US; CDC director promises "we are stopping it in its tracks"

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At a press conference today, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Thomas Frieden said that a man was being treated for Ebola in Dallas. He is the first patient diagnosed with the disease in the U.S. since an outbreak began earlier this year in west Africa.

Frieden said that the patient had arrived from Liberia two weeks ago and was "visiting relatives in this country", but did not confirm his citizenship or residency status. He did not display symptoms until September 24, several days after his arrival.

The BBC reported that the unidentified patient is being kept in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, and that he was not an aid worker involved in treating the disease.

Up to twelve other people in the U.S. may have been exposed to the virus since his return, Frieden said. He added that the CDC believes no one on the same flight as the patient was in danger of contracting ebola, and that the CDC had prepared for this eventuality and was "stopping the disease in its tracks."

Patients already diagnosed with Ebola have been taken to the U.S. for treatment, but this marks the first occasion during the current outbreak where the disease was diagnosed outside of Africa.

The Dallas Morning News broke the news earlier today concerning the patient, forcing the CDC to confirm the case.

Ebola has struck regions of Africa, where standards of public sanitation and medical care are relatively poor. The Washington Post explains what Ebola is and what it does to our bodies. More than 3,000 people have died during the outbreak, mostly in Liberia, and several aid workers have received treatment in the U.S. after falling ill.

Scant details were given of the Texas patient, but a single case does not constitute the spread the disease within the developed world.

According to reports, the CDC tried to keep the lid on this today with a news embargo, but that it was broken by those it shared the news with. Good to know for the inevitable zombie apocalypse!

D&D 5th edition Monster Manual review: a deep resource for DMs

What should you expect from the D&D Fifth Edition Monster Manual? Matt M. Casey says depth, texture, and story. “It may be Wizards’ best Monster Manual ever.”

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Hong Kong protest: drone flyover

The throngs of Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators, captured by Nero Chan's drone.

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eBay and PayPal to split into separate companies

The official statement is all business. Jason Del Rey explains what it'll mean for users.

Tetris: The Movie

The abstract puzzle game is to be turned into a blockbuster, writes Michael McWhertor. [Polygon]

Kill women who have abortions, says National Review reporter

Kevin Williams has "hanging more in mind" than letting 'em off with life imprisonment.

Post-Hobby Lobby, corporate religious exemptions set to flourish

A judge excused a member of a fundamentalist LDS offshoot from testifying in a church child labor case after he said his religious beliefs prohibit him from discussing church matters.

Hong Kong protests continue amid increasing police pressure [photo gallery]


A protester sits next to a defaced cut-out of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying while blocking a street outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong September 30, 2014.

Reuters: “Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets on Tuesday, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before Chinese National Day.” [Photos: Reuters.]

Protesters take shelter from the rain under umbrellas as they block the main street to the financial Central district outside of the government headquarters in Hong Kong, September 30, 2014.


Protesters take shelter from the rain under umbrellas as they block the main street to the financial Central district outside of the government headquarters in Hong Kong, September 30, 2014.

A man walks by a barricade as protesters block areas around the government headquarters building in Hong Kong, September 30, 2014.


A man walks by a barricade as protesters block areas around the government headquarters building in Hong Kong, September 30, 2014.



A secondary school student holds up a hand with a yellow ribbon tied around her wrist during a rally against Beijing's election framework for Hong Kong, outside government headquarters in Hong Kong September 26, 2014.

 A man walks along an empty street near the central financial district in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets on Tuesday, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before Chinese National Day.



A man walks along an empty street near the central financial district in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets on Tuesday, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before Chinese National Day.

“Iceland,” a photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool

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A photo shared by reader Richard P. Lambert in our Flickr Pool.

Windows 10 previewed

The next version of Windows will skip a version. With a branding flourish as its primary feature, what need will you have for everything else it does?