Foetus's middle-name naming rights for sale to highest bidder

A Los Angeles couple is selling middle name rights to their adorable foetus: "Our list of hopefuls includes SONY, SAAB, Jet Blue, Converse, Hot Pocket, Gibson, and Ludwig (we're musicians). 5-year renewable contract. $750,000. We'll throw in a tattoo of your company's logo for a million." No idea if they're serious, but whatever floats yer boat. (Thanks, Fipi Lele!) Read the rest

Learn like a kindergartner all your life: play, design and share

Here's MIT Media Lab prof Mitch Resnick talking about "Lifelong Kindergarten," a one-hour talk on "how new technologies can help extend kindergarten-style learning to people of all ages, enabling everyone to learn through designing, playing, and sharing."

Lifelong Kindergarten: Design, Play, Share, Learn (Thanks, Aviso, via Submitterator!) Alex Pang on Tinkering Read the rest

Rolf Potts is traveling around the world with no luggage

In a recent Boing Boing guest post, I talked about Neo-Minimalism and the rise of the Technomads. Both terms describe a wide array of practices relating to reducing the stuff you own and becoming more mobile.

In what is potentially the most minimal "technomadic" experiment ever, Rolf Potts (author of one of my favorite travel/lifestyle books Vagabonding) has set out on 6-week, 12-country, round-the-world trip without a single piece of luggage.

His trip is sponsored by ScotteVest (covered frequently here in the past), and yes, it's kind of a stunt. But it's also a super interesting experiment in travel minimalism. Exactly how much do you need to bring with you to get by on a trip like this?

I've written before about how travel is a great way to help you pare down and figure out what you truly need.

This no-baggage adventure will be more than a stunt to see if such a thing can be done: At a time when intensified travel-stresses and increased luggage fees are grabbing headlines, it will be an experiment to determine how much we really need to bring along to have the trip of a lifetime. What items, if any, are essential to the enjoyment of a journey to other countries? How does traveling light make a trip cheaper, simpler or easier (or more difficult)? What lessons from this no-baggage adventure might apply to day-to-day life—both on the road and at home?
The trip started in New York City, and Rolf has already made his way through Europe. Read the rest

Canadian police concerned about acid candy

CC-licensed photo by Stefan Munder

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in British Columbia have issued a warning about LSD-laced gummi bears . Apparently they found a bag of the psychedelic bears during a drug raid. From CANOE:
"While the police don’t want to create panic, because most persons who would purchase such an item want it for personal use, they do want parents to be aware of the presence of these gummi bears in the Cranbrook area," police said in a release.
"Gummi bears laced with LSD a new trend: RCMP" Read the rest

On the wearing of satchel-bags

Pithy fashion advice from The Guardian on how to wear this year's hot accessory, the satchel-bag: "You are the small child, standing in the parade, pointing at the empress of fashion, Alexa Chung, and crying: 'Look! A bag that crosses a lady's chest is only going to look good on the particularly lithe! On everyone else it's going to smush one's boobs until one points north, one points south, and one's chest resembles a busted compass. Can no one else see this? I feel like I'm eating crazy pills!'"

I wore a messenger bag with my laptop in it for several years, and all I've got to show for it is weirdly disproportionate psoas muscles, mild spinal curvature, and back pain.

How are you supposed to wear a satchel bag? Read the rest

Vintage ads from fictional futures photoshopping contest

Mark Rayner is running another "Vintage Ads of Fictional Futures" photoshopping contest: "find a vintage ad, and then create a product from a created world -- it can be from a book, movie, TV, etc. It doesn't have to be science fiction; you could go with a fantasy world, an alternate reality, whatever. The only proviso is that it has to have been written by someone else, so none of your own bizarre fictional futures."

Here's a great source for raw materials: the LiveJournal Vintage Ads group.

Vintage Ads of Fictional Futures, Mark II (Thanks, Mark!) Vintage Marlboro ads targeted at moms Another nice Texas Instruments Photoshop: Elephant and head ... Vintage ads depicting abused and domesticated women Vintage-style ads for Facebook, Skype and YouTube Vintage ads from a contrafactual history Vintage ads where kids leer demonically at food Demon children want you to eat Creepy vintage print ads Vintage tech commercials 101 Classic Computer Ads Read the rest

The American West: 1890, 1970, 1999

I've come to accept that the closest I will ever get to time travel is matching up modern photos to historic shots of the same place. Usually, that means extensive time travel is restricted to cities, places where lots of people were taking lots of photographs at lots of different points over the years. The Third View project is a notable exception. Starting with geological survey photos from the late 1800s, the project then adds second shots of the same spots taken as part of a Rephotographic Survey in the 1970s. Finally, new images, taken between 1997 and 2000, show how the lonesome west changed over the course of 100 years.

It's not entirely what you might expect. Sure, some places got more populated, but a surprising number of the sites are still as empty and wild as they were in the 19th century.

I'm particularly fond of this trio of images taken at Nevada's Comstock Mines, where you can see the way strip mining changed the landscape, and how nature is reclaiming the now-mostly abandoned site.

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Amelia Beamer and Mark van Name at SF in SF reading series, Sept 11

San Franciscans: the latest installment of the excellent, free science fiction reading series SF in SF is coming this Saturday, Sept 11, featuring Amelia Beamer and Mark Van Name. Free to attend, highly recommended. Read the rest

Jonathan Coulton, Wil Wheaton comedy interviews at PAX

Here's Yeshmin, a YouTube character whose schtick is somewhere between Yakov Smirnov and Andy Kauffman, wandering the halls of the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX: a nerdgasmic gamer/culture convention run by the Penny Arcade webcomic), chatting with the likes of Wil Wheaton and Jonathan Coulton. Funny stuff!

Yeshmin Goes to PAX (with Wil Wheaton, Jonathan Coulton & Paul and Storm) (Thanks, Greg!) Wil Wheaton vs. Authors' Guild vs. Kindle Wil Wheaton teaches his son to slay dragons Wil Wheaton (and his GTA obsession) profiled in GEEK. Wil Wheaton reads Peter and Max, a Fables novel Wil Wheaton: So, ASCAP to *license* podcasts? Readers respond ... Fall TV Shows/Wil Wheaton TV Geek troubador Jonathan Coulton profiled in NYTs Video for Jonathan Coulton's "Future Soon" -- Gadgets ... Unreleased Jonathan Coulton album on a limited edition USB stick ... Ukulele covers of Jonathan Coulton's "Still Alive" from Portal ... Jonathan Coulton on Writing Portal's End Theme Gadgets Video: Jonathan Coulton at SXSWi Gadgets Free Frontalot/JoCo single: "Diseases of Yore:" Read the rest

Death Star/TIE-fighter ear tattoo

Tattoo artist Jacob Walsh got this fabulous bit of space-battle tattooed on his ear: "I have the severed hand of Luke, still clutching to his lightsaber on my right arm. It needs a bit more work but I'd say it's about 90% completed."

Let's Hear It For This Cool Star Wars Ear Tattoo (via Geekologie) Star Wars/Dalí tattoo No Regrets: LEGO Star Wars "Thugs for Life" tattoo ... Darth Vader Hello Kitty tatt 20 Awesome Robot Tattoos Gadgets Read the rest

Missed Connections personal ads from Dragon*Con attendees

Creative Loafing gathers up the best of this year's Craigslist "Missed Encounters" messages from Dragon*Con in Atlanta, the awesome nerdfest that ran last weekend:
You - WOW blond wizard. Me - ancient wizard. You were pressing awfully hard into me during our photo. Just wondering if there was a lingering interest. Put your robe color in Subject Line of first email...

I can't figure out why I left without getting your contact information. I know your name is Dan, and you make leather jackets. You were the best Wolverine I've ever seen. We talked for a while, just standing in the crowd. I wish I could find a picture of us. Hopefully, I'll see you at another convention soon. :)

I was dressed up as Eddie Riggs and saw you in the Marriott Saturday night. You invited me over and we talked about our costumes with your boyfriend (?). He was dressed as Eddie as well but I was getting the feeling that he didnt want me around. My friend took some pictures of the three of us together and I got a couple of pics of you and your Eddie. I'd like to get the chance to talk with you some more if you're interested. If nothing else I'd like to send you copies of the photos we got. Hope to hear from you soon.

Alien vs Predator Interstellar Swinger Party (Dragon Con - Sheraton). Full Alien or Predator costume required. All single women and couples will be accepted. There will be limited spots for single men.

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Atlanta appeals court: It's "nonracial" to call an adult black employee "boy"

A black man who worked for a Tyson chicken plant in Alabama sued his employer for discrimination, after being passed up for promotion in favor of white workers from another plant—and after being referred to regularly and derogatorily as "boy" by his supervisor, as were other black co-workers. An appeals court in Atlanta, GA ruled that calling an adult black man "boy" in this context was "nonracial." Notably, the NYT article skips the euphemisms. Core values, anyone? (via David Carr) Read the rest

Login screens from Penn and Teller BBS, 1987

HappySmurfday has dug up and scanned some printouts of the login screen from Penn and Teller's circa-1987 BBS, Mofo Ex-Machina. They are nerdgasmic and glorious.

Mofo Ex-Machina (Thanks, HappySmurfday, via Submitterator) Penn and Teller make thousands of bees appear out of "nothing ... Penn & Teller's Invisible Thread: lost comedy magic special ... Teller and the neuroscience of magic A tour of magician Teller's house Penn Jillette's video rant show Penn Jillette on artistic satisfaction and magic Long-lost Penn and Teller videogame for download Read the rest

Ukrainian salt mine therapy for asthmatics

From Wired's Raw File, a gallery of a creepy Ukrainian salt mine that has been converted into a convalescent home for recovering asthmatics. It's something called Speleotherapy: breathing in salt-saturated air as a means of soothing respiratory problems: "Kuletski describes the atmosphere among patients as 'calm and relaxed' despite the 'appallingly unsafe conditions. ... The presence of kids wearing safety helmets and cheap plastic sheets to protect them from dripping water from the ceiling makes being there even more surreal,' says Kuletski."

Eerie Ukrainian Salt Mines House Convalescing Asthmatics

(Image: Kirill Kuletski/Wired) Read the rest

Print and fold envelopes lined with Google satellite maps

Here's a service that takes Google maps satellite views and converts them into print-and-fold envelopes you can use for your correspondence, creating a kind of handsome, 21st-century stationery.

MapEnvelope (via Make) Civil War mail art: envelope illustrations from mid-1800s - Boing ... Paper and envelopes that look like icons Peri Peri keychain emulates envelope tear-off strips ... Read the rest

Steampunk horror-show walk-through

Here's a first-person walk-through of "Machine," a steampunk horror show built by hobbyists in their garage. It's jaw-dropping awesomesauceular -- "real horrorshow," as Little Alex might say.

Homemade steampunk walkthrough: Fangoria 2010 (Thanks, George!) Read the rest

Physics lecturer demonstrating by unicycling across class with juggling student on shoulders

Here's University of Auckland engineering lecturer, Peter Bier riding a unicycle across his classroom with a juggling student on his shoulders, memorably demonstrating some key principles of physics.

University lecturer on unicycle with student on his shoulders - juggling!!! (Thanks, Tim!) Blind juggling robot High-speed Dance Dance Revolution kid juggling three pins Juggling monkey makes ape out of AACS The Self-Balancing Unicycle Gadgets Fast food table with unicycle wheels Steampunk Segway: the Legway Read the rest

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