Disney Princesses Are My (Imperfect) Feminist Role Models

With the recent success of Frozen and the anticipation of Moana, Caroline Siede examines the power of the Disney princess.

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Twitpic to vanish, taking 800 million images with it

Imagine you live in a big town, in the pre-internet era. For years, a local newspaper has provided a neat service: it'll process your photos, so long as you let it publish them and keep the prints in its permanent archive.

Of course, most people throw away the negatives. But that's OK: the archive is right there.

Now, say you wake up one day and find that the newspaper's shutting down and has been keeping this fact pretty quiet. The archives will be destroyed. You're lucky to have found out at all! The proprietor ignores pleas to change course, and especially any offers to take possession of the set: to the furnace it will go. You call, and are assured they'll send you your prints, at least. But all that arrives in your mailbox is an empty envelope--or perhaps one containing a rag soaked in cat piss.

This is what's about to happen with twitpic, for years the go-to service for posting photos to Twitter, and the people in charge appear to be doing what they can to prevent the Internet Archive preserving the database and to deny users functional archive access to their own uploads.

"For this group of digital librarians," writes Pierre Chauvin, "saving a bunch of stranger’s pictures is about keeping alive a key piece of our digital culture."

WATCH: Burmese cats return from brink of extinction in Myanmar

One of the casualties of Myanmar's 1962 coup was the Burmese cat, which had to be repatriated from from foreign pedigreed stock about ten years ago. Wong How Man of China Exploration and Research Society describes how he reintroduced them.

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UK Tories propose life sentences for using a computer to "damage the economy"

Under a proposed "computer crime bill," if you use a computer in the commission of an offense that damages "national security, human welfare, the economy or the environment" you could face a life sentence.

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WATCH: Sugar in liquid nitrogen glows when exposed to UV light

Mikhail Svarichevsky demonstrates an interesting phenomenon: supercooled sugarcubes briefly glow green when exposed to UV light. Don't tell Insane Clown Posse about this baffling miracle.

WATCH: Sharks' shoreline feeding frenzy on school of fish

Fisherman Donnie Griggs captured the scene at North Carolina's Cape Lookout National Seashore. Below is a similar frenzy in the Bahamas.

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Interactive map: World population by latitude and longitude

population-latitude-longitude André Christoffer Andersen created this nifty interactive map that estimates world population at any coordinate.

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U.S. senator to Internet providers: promise me you'll commit to Net Neutrality

 Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont speaks to reporters in Havana February 20, 2013. [REUTERS]


Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont speaks to reporters in Havana February 20, 2013. [REUTERS]

The short version of why Net Neutrality matters: Paid prioritization of internet traffic could create "fast lanes" for some content, and block or slow access to other content.

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“Kitty help,” a photo shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool

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Nicholas Longtin shares this photo of “A dirty farm cat reaching for help while in the clutches of a small child” in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

Portraits + introduced organisms = "Impermanence" by Seung-Hwan Oh

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South Korean artist Seung-Hwan Oh's "Impermanence" depicts "the visual result of the symbiosis between film matter and organic matter."

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Brad Pitt, Louis C.K., and Zach Galifianakis on a most awesome episode of Between Two Ferns

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Wait for the part where Brad Pitt spits gum at Zach Galifianakis.

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Dark drawings by Kristofer Porter

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Kristofer Porter: the artist's website, and a Tumblr with wonderful, dark sketches and drawings.

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Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century, in 20 minutes

Piketty's bestselling economics book is seismic, a vital infusion of data into the ideological debate over economics -- but it's also 700 pages long.

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60-ton underwater sculpture to become reef home for tropical fish

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Eco-sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor's latest work, "Ocean Atlas" is inspired by the ancient Greek myth of Titan Atlas who supported the weight of the heavens on his back.

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Gareth Branwyn interviewed by Leo Laporte

Great fun to watch our pal Gareth Branwyn (senior editor of bOING bOING when it was a zine) interviewed by Leo Laporte on the most recent episode of Triangulation. Gar says it's the best interview he's ever done. He talks about how he self-published his new book, Borg Like Me, and his long amazing career as a writer, artist, and editor.