San Francisco's influential Noise Pop Festival kicks off on Tuesday (2/25) with a week of amazing indie music, films, panels, and parties. The musical lineup includes Dr. Dog, Real Estate, Bob Mould, Rogue Wave, Throwing Muses, Laydtron, Lord Huron, Mark Kozelek, and dozens more acts at clubs around the city! (Above, Throwing Muses' "Fish" from 1986.) Our pals at Noise Pop gave us a pair of badges (valued at $150 each) to get a Boing Boing reader and a pal into all general admission (non-seated) concerts, films, happy hours, the Noise Pop HQ, and other events during the festival. As is our tradition, we held an acronym contest and asked you to tell us what NOISE POP is an acronym for. Competition was tough but happy mutant Daemonsquire won with this gem:
NOISE POP: Not Only Impeccability Sounds Excellent: Passion Outranks Precision!
Thanks to everyone who entered and we hope to see you at Noise Pop 2014!
Next Tuesday (2/25) marks the start of San Francisco's long-running Noise Pop Festival, a weeklong smorgasbord of fantastic indie bands, arts, films, talks, panel discussions, and parties at venues all around the city. Personally, I'm jazzed to see Bob Mould celebrating 25 years of Workbook (!), Mark Kozelek, Throwing Muses, Com Truise... the list goes on and on. (Above, Bob Mould's video for "See A Little Light.") And I can't wait to finally watch Mistaken For Strangers, the documentary about The National's 2010 tour and the relationship between The National's singer Matt Berninger and his brother Tom who made the film.
Our friends at Noise Pop have kindly given Boing Boing a pair of Noise Pop 2014 Badges that will get you into all general admission (non-seated) concerts, films, happy hours, the Noise Pop HQ, and other events during the festival. The badges are $150 each but you can win a pair of them right here. As is our Noise Pop tradition, all you have to do is pretend that NOISE POP is an acronym and tell us what it's an acronym for. Post your entry in the BBS comment thread before noon PST tomorrow, Thursday February 20. We'll pick our favorite and announce the winner on Friday! (Please only enter if you really would attend.) Good luck and hope to see you at Noise Pop 2013!
I've posted before about Ben "Ben and Jerry's" Cohen's Stamp Stampede project: Cohen is calling on enemies of corruption to stamp messages opposing the Citizens United Supreme Court decision on dollar bills. Citizens United allows for unlimited political spending, on the grounds that money is speech and corporations are people.
Cohen's running a competition to produce the best Stamp Stampede promotional photo: grand prize is a year's supply (52 pints) of Ben and Jerry's ice-cream.
STRFKR (video above) is just one of two dozen artists performing at San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival on October 19 and 20. Also on the bill are Atoms For Peace, Beck, Sleigh Bells, Animal Collectiv, Tricky, Japandroids, Haim, James Blake, and many more talented performers. Our friends at Noise Pop, co-promoters of the event, have supplied a pair of VIP 2-Day Tickets (a $550 value) to give to Boing Boing readers! Last week, we launched our annual Treasure Island Music Festival Haiku contest. The three finalists below all win Boing Boing t-shirts. We'll announce the winner of the VIP passes on Tuesday, October 1. Meanwhile, a limited number of tickets are still available for purchase here. Congratulations to the Haiku masters below! Read the rest
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The sound extravaganza known as the Treasure Island Music Festival will again surface in the San Francisco Bay on October 19 and 20. This year's line-up of two dozen performers features the likes of Atoms For Peace, Beck, Major Lazer, Animal Collectiv, Sleigh Bells, and Tricky. I'm personally jazzed to check out Atoms For Peace ('natch), Phantogram, and STRFKR! Want to attend the festival in style? The good people at Noise Pop, co-promoters of the event, have supplied a pair of VIP 2-Day Tickets (a $550 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 them, 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 Tuesday (9/23). 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 Thursday (9/26), I'll post our three finalists who will each receive a Boing Boing t-shirt! On Tuesday (10/1), I'll announce the winner. Please only one entry per person. Good luck!!!
The Outside Lands music festival is happening in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on August 9-11! Headliners are Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, and Red Hot Chili Peppers with more than 75 other performances as well, including Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Hall & Oates, The Head and the Heart, The National, Jurassic 5, and many more. We held a Twitter haiku contest to give away a pair of 3-Day VIP tickets (a $1090) value, and the stream of entries was terrific! Congratulations to Heather Shaw (@heatherlyshaw) who won with this delightful haiku:
As parents we don't
Get out as much, but that just
Means we'll rock out more
Runners-up Anna MacLachlan (@bananabelle) and Ryan Reyes (@pimplywimp) receive Boing Boing t-shirts! Thanks for entering and we hope to see you at the festival! A very limited number of tickets are still available here: Outside Lands
Video above: Nine Inch Nails' classic "Happiness In Slavery" (1992), directed by Jon Reiss and featuring the late Bob Flanagan, supermasochist.
On August 9-11, San Francisco's Golden Gate Park erupts with the Outside Lands music festival, featuring more than 75 performances by an insanely-eclectic lineup of artists. This year's headliners are Paul McCartney, Nine Inch Nails, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. I'm most excited to see The Head and the Heart, The National, D'Angelo, and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down (video above)!
Want to attend? Our friends at Outside Lands provided us with a pair of 3-Day VIP tickets, a $1090 value, to give away! Two runners-up will receive Boing Boing t-shirts! Here's how to win:
1. Come up with one Tweetable haiku (5/7/5) about why you want to attend Outside Lands! (Single Tweet only.)
2. Tweet your haiku before 11:59pm, Sunday, July 14, @boingboing and @sfoutsidelands.
3. Wait patiently until Monday when we will announce the winner and runners-up here and on Twitter!
Above: Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's "Holy Roller" from their album We The Common.
3D printing is being condemned in the media because of the potential for printing guns. Engineers at Michigan Tech believe there is far more potential for 3D printers to make our lives better rather than killing one another. To encourage thinking about constructive uses of 3D printing technology Michigan Tech Open Sustainability Technology (MOST) Lab and Type A Machines is proud to sponsor the first 3-D Printers for Peace Contest.
A fully assembled Type A Machines Series 1 3D Printer goes to first place and a MOST RepRap 3D printer kit will go to the second prize winner who create designs that enable 3D printers to encourage peace. Winning open-source designs will discourage conflict (e.g. designs for appropriate technology in the developing world to reduce scarcity or designs that improve economic development -- see examples and pictures). Designers are encouraged to consider: If Mother Theresa of Ghandi had access to 3D printing what would they print? What kind of designs could help reduce military spending and conflict while making us all safer and more secure?
Michigan Tech has already saved tens of thousands of dollars using 3D printable scientific and engineering equipment and our labs have developed 3D printable tools to test water quality, recycle waste plastic and found that 3D printing consumer goods is better for the environment than shipping conventional goods from China. Jo
Anyone in the United States may enter and there is no cost to enter. Here's the guidelines. Deadline for submitting entries: September 1, 2013
San Francisco's influential Noise Pop 2013 indie music, arts, and film festival kicks off its 21st year next Tuesday, February 26. The stellar lineup this year includes Califone, Yacht, Toro Y Moi, Grandaddy's Jason Lytle, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, DIIV (video above), and dozens more musical performers, along with documentaries, art shows, panels, and other events. Our pals at Noise Pop gave us a pair of badges (valued at $150 each) to get a Boing Boing reader and a pal into all general admission (non-seated) concerts, films, happy hours, the Culture Club day of workshops and creative sessions, and other events during the festival. Noise Pop's Dawson Ludwig came up with the grand contest idea of asking you to pretend that NOISE POP is an acronym and tell us what the initials stand for. There were a slew of great entries but we managed to pick a favorite! The winning acronym came from Marissa Pike:
NOISE POPMarissa and a friend have scored a pair of Noise Pop 2013 Badges. What fun they will have making the scene next week. Congratulations, Marissa! Thanks to everyone who entered and see you at Noise Pop 2013!
noisemakers overtly inject songs effortlessly.
played out perfectly.
Next Tuesday, February 26, marks the start of Noise Pop 2013, the 21-year-old San Francisco festival celebrating indie music, arts, and film across more than a dozen venues in the city. Wanna go? The musical lineup alone is marvelous, including the likes of Body/Head (Kim Gordon's new noise duo), The Fresh & Onlys, Toro Y Moi, Starfucker, Amon Tobin, Califone (video above), Yacht, Sonny & The Sunsets, Caspian, and many, many more. There are also excellent movies -- like "See A Little Light" about Bob Mould, "Punk in Africa," "Bad Brains: A Band in DC," -- art shows, talks, and panel discussions over the course of the festival, which runs until March 3.
Our pals at Noise Pop have kindly given us a pair of Noise Pop 2013 Badges that will get you into all general admission (non-seated) concerts, films, happy hours, the Culture Club day of workshops and creative sessions, and other events during the festival. The badges are $150 each but you can win a pair of them right here. All you have to do is pretend that NOISE POP is an acronym and tell us what it's an acronym for. Post your entry in the comments below before 11:00 AM PST tomorrow, Thursday February 21. We'll pick our favorite and announce the winner tomorrow! (Please only enter if you really would attend.) Good luck and hope to see you at Noise Pop 2013!
There were a slew of amazing entries in our Treasure Island Music Festival ticket contest! We asked you to post a Haiku about your favorite band performing at this year's festival, October 13-14, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The amazing line-up includes The XX, M83, Grimes, Best Coast, Ty Segall, SBTRKT, Youth Lagoon, The Presets, and more than a dozen more eclectic artists. The finalists below each receive a Boing Boing t-shirt! The winner, to be announced tomorrow (Friday), will score a pair of VIP 2-Day Tickets, a $479 value, courtesy of our pals at co-promoters Noise Pop. Here are the three finalist Haikus:
mrambulancedriver:Treasure Island Music Festival 2012
How to describe Grimes:
Canadian Space Mermaid,
A Cyborg Banshee!
the youth lagoon song
used in that skype commercial
saved me in prison
Love the Double X
He says, staring at her shirt.
Man, she hates liars.
The always-fantastic Treasure Island Music Festival returns to the San Francisco Bay Area on October 13 and 14. The exquisitely-curated line-up includes the likes of Girl Talk, The XX, M83, Joanna Newsom, Public Enemy, Youth Lagoon, Grimes, War On Drugs, and more than a dozen other acts. Our pals at Noise Pop, co-promoters of the event, have provided us a pair of VIP 2-Day Tickets (a $479 value) to give to Boing Boing readers. VIP includes preferred viewing area next to main stage, tented lounge with access to full liquor bar, private restroom facilities (yay!) and access to special VIP food concessions. Here's how to win 'em:
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 in the comments of this thread. You have until 11:59pm tomorrow (Tuesday, 9/25). On Thursday (9/27), I'll post our three favorites. Those finalists will each receive a Boing Boing t-shirt! On Friday (9/28), I'll announce the winner. Please only one entry per person. Good luck!!!
Yesterday, I reviewed the new David Byrne book, How Music Works and mentioned that I'd be interviewing Byrne about it live on stage in Toronto on Sept 19, as part of the Harbourfront International Festival of Authors.
The IFA folks have made a pair of tickets for the event available to Boing Boing readers. To win, answer the following question:
What is David Byrne's favourite mode of transportation?
And send us your answer by midnight eastern on September 16 to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "BYRNE TIX." One winner will be notified September 17.
The event is called "David Byrne and Cory Doctorow: Wassup Internet?!—Music in the Digital Landscape," and it'll be held at 7:30pm on Sept 19 at the Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West.
2012's Free! Music! Contest has opened it's gates at july first. It is the fourth time, that this event is being organized by Musikpiraten, a german society that promotes free art and espacially free music. Bands from all over the world participate in it to win a publication on CD, the so called "Free! Music! Sampler" and prizes worth more than 1.000 Euros.
This year's motto "Freedom and Free Beer" reflects the very basic choice, every artist has to challenge: Shall my art be "free" as in "freedom" or "free" as in "free beer"? So unlike last year, where only cc-by and cc-by-sa licenses where allowed, this year music licensed under and creative commons license can be submitted.
The contest is officially supported by Creative Commons and the remixing portal ccMixter. The latter even announced a project featuring the contest, titled "Free Music & Free Beer. Background is, that Musikpiraten e.V., the foundation behind the contest, is being sued by the german royalty collection society GEMA for having published a creative commons licensed song last year without unrevealing the civil name of the artists. GEMA claims, they cannot verify that the artists are really allowed to publish their songs for free in the internet.
Quinn DuPont writes in with "A cracking challenge to cryptanalyse a William Gibson poem ('Agrippa', written in 1992). The winner will receive a copy of every William Gibson book published. Project is academic (non-commercial)."
Gibson's poem is a beautiful work, and it came on a floppy disk that erased itself after displaying the poem's text a single time. Of course, it was cracked almost immediately (..f. all DRM, ever) but that wasn't really the point. The challenge site includes a System 7 emulator, an image of the floppy, some of the sourcecode for the app (which was apparently written in Lisp?!), and more.
Based on the pioneering work of Alan Liu and his team at The Agrippa Files, working in collaboration with Matthew Kirschenbaum at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities and the Digital Forensics Lab, a a bit-for-bit copy of this application has been recovered, along with numerous archival documents.
The first person to successfully crack the code will win a copy of every William Gibson book ever published (except Agrippa). Every runner-up will have their name (if provided) posted on this website. To win you must submit a technical description of your cryptanalysis below, under Creative Commons usage rights (the results of which will be used to further research on Agrippa). The technical description should explain what kind of encryption is used (if any), how it functions, and how it was reversed or cracked (and what the key is, if there is one). Should there be no encryption at all (a possibility), or should the application merely “scramble” or “destroy” the data, this must be technically demonstrated or proved. Since the plain text is known, the cryptanalysis is purely for fun and academic curiosity, and thus the description should provide technical details.
Liberated Pixel Cup: Creative Commons and Free Software Foundation contest to produce free-as-in-freedom games and game elements
Rob sez, "Do you like classic game graphics? Do you support free culture and free software? Can you see where this is going? Creative Commons, the Free Software Foundation, and OpenGameArt have launched a free-as-in-freedom game design competition, the Liberated Pixel Cup:"
Liberated Pixel Cup is a two-part competition: make a bunch of awesome free culture licensed artwork, and program a bunch of free software games that use it. Hopefully many cool projects can come out of this… but that will only happen if people like you get involved! Liberated Pixel Cup is a great opportunity for the commons in many ways! Right now it’s hard to find free culture content to bootstrap games that match a consistent style and hard for artists to collaborate on such. We’re also very interested in areas where free software and free culture directly intersect, which we don’t always see enough of (and which sometimes can even get a bit complex, so it’s good to have opportunities to think about them when we can), and games are a great example of this overlap. We hope you’ll participate!
(Image: Liberated Pixel Cup example outdoor artwork / Lanea Zimmerman / CC BY-SA 3.0)
The paperback for Welcome to Bordertown is out, this being the most excellent, long-awaited volume of short stories set in the Bordertown shared world, where Faerie has returned to Earth, and the Bordertown is the place where magic and technology meet and mix. To celebrate, the editors are holding a contest:
So you've already found your way to Bordertown. It wasn't easy, but you did it. You've found a place to live, and maybe a friend or two. Maybe you're in a band, or selling your sketches on the street, or just looking for work.... And now you'd like your friend (from the World or from the Realm, depending on your own origins) to come and join you.
Write them a letter, or send them a postcard (a photo or a drawing + a short note) telling them why they should come.
Then post it on your blog, Tumblr, Facebook notes, DeviantArt account... anywhere your friends* can read it. And then, to enter it in the contest (and make sure we know it's there!), put the URL for your post in the Comments on this page. The contest runs from now through Tuesday, April 17th at 11:59 p.m. EST (U.S.A. Eastern Time).
My story Shannon's Law appears in the collection.
Would you like a signed copy of Before the Lights Go Out, my new book about the future of energy?
The book comes out on April 10th and pre-orders have already started shipping. Between now and the end of April, you can earn a fun prize for telling other people about my book.
1) Tell people on your social networks that you're reading Before the Lights Go Out. This applies to Facebook, G+, or Twitter. When you talk about it, be sure to tag me in the post—@maggiekb1 on Twitter, Maggie Koerth-Baker on Facebook and G+—so I know that you mentioned the book.
In return, I'll send you a sticker with my signature and personal thank-you. You can put it in your printed book and create an instant signed copy. Or, if you're an e-book reader, you can put the sticker on ... something else. Maybe your e-book reader. Maybe your pet/baby. Either way, it's yours!
UPDATE: I had another part to this, offering cookies to people who would write reviews of the book. It was meant to be fun. But, talking to a few people, I think that cuts too close to bribery. So I'm canceling that part of the contest.
What is a flame?
If you can explain that, on a level that an 11-year-old can understand, then you could win a VIP pass to the World Science Festival, May 30 to June 3 in New York City.
This is one of those questions that is harder to answer than it first appears. Alan Alda, the man behind this contest, asked his teacher that question when he was 11. Her answer, "It’s oxidation," meant nothing to him. So this contest isn't just about accuracy, it's about communication.
I often hear people complain about journalists and science popularizers "dumbing down" the science. And I suppose that's something reasonable to complain about, if what you mean is that those people are getting the science grossly wrong.
But that's not usually what "dumbing down" means. In fact, most of the time, when somebody is complaining about a dumbing down of anything, I've found that what they mean is that the topic has been made accessible and entertaining to a broad audience. Dumbing down means taking the information beyond the experts and enthusiasts, and convincing people that this is a topic they should be interested in. That's not a bad thing. It just means that there are different ways to reach different people with the same information.
To me, that's what this contest is about. Explain a flame—without using jargon—and make the science behind it capture a kid's imagination. That's not easy. It will take some dumbing down. But I think some of you can do this. And I'm excited to see the results.
Entries can be turned in as text, video, audio, or graphics. But they're due by April 2, so get to work!
Via Lauren Wolf
Jaroslaw Lipszyc sez, "Modern Poland Foundation organizes crowdfunded contest for the best work on the Future of Copyright. Idea is simple: the bigger the prize, the more attention contest will get and more participants will be attracted. All works participating need to be published on the web under free license, so we can all use them as we wish. Independent jury under head of prof. Michael Geist (well known copyright scholar from Canada) and Piotr Czerski (of We, the Web Kids manifesto fame) will decide, who gets the money. All supporters will receive e-book consisting of best works created for the contest, with personalized 'Thank you!' note on the first page - and much more if they pledge more than minimum $5 to the prize. Together we will help society to get more creative ideas on the Future of Copyright. Now it's your turn to show your support and make this contest bigger than Nobel."
This is simple. If you want to take part in the contest, publish the work on the Internet and mail us at email@example.com. Just follow these general rules:
1. On topic
The work may be of any kind (text, video, audio), and of any genre (i.e. legal analisys, dystopian or utopian story, educational video – sky is the limit here), but it must address the general subject of the Future of Copyright. Your work has to be in English or you need to provide an English translation.
2. Limited size
The size of the work is limited to 20,000 characters for text or 15 minutes for audio and video. Small print: we will accept only first 500 works. Sorry, but we are unable to process more.
3. New and original
We accept only original works prepared specially for this contest. You must have all the rights to the work. Team work is acceptable. If your work is a remix, you need to provide the source for the works you re-used.