To do in Toronto: Create a Rey doll hackathon

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Many people have noticed that the female lead character Rey is notably underrepresented in the tsunami of Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys. Read the rest

Laura Poitras's Astro Noise: indispensable book and gallery show about mass surveillance

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Laura Poitras is the Macarthur-winning, Oscar-winning documentarian who made Citizenfour. Her life has been dogged by government surveillance and harassment, and she has had to become a paranoid OPSEC ninja just to survive. Read the rest

Lineup for London's "The Story" conference

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Matt Locke from London's "The Story" conference writes, "We've just announced the final lineup for The Story 2016, including poet Musa Okwonga, CEO of Canongate Jamie Byng, games designer Hannah Nicklin, founder of Iron Circus Comics Spike Trotman, Wolfgang Wild (@retronaut) and Dallas Campbell, who will be talking about the history of the spacesuit." Read the rest

San Franciscans: see Kim Stanley Robinson and Cecelia Holland on Jan 17

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The SF in SF reading series is back with a fantastic pair of readers: Kim Stanley Robinson (author of Aurora and interstellar colony skeptic) and historical novelist Cecelia Holland. Read the rest

San Franciscans: come to the DNA Lounge for Cyberdelia, see Tank Girl, use the Linux Payphone

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JWZ of San Francisco's DNA Lounge writes, "First, I reverse engineered an old payphone and turned it into a Linux computer. This was a ridiculous thing to do and my build log is ridiculous. Second: The reason I did this was to use it as a prop at our next HACKERS party." Read the rest

Free talk on surveillance, copyright and DRM tomorrow in Berlin: "PINEAPPLE!"

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I'm in Berlin to speak at OEB, a conference on technology and education. It costs a hefty sum to attend the whole event, but my talk tomorrow at 1200h, "No Matter who's Winning the War on General Purpose Computing, You're Losing " is free. Just show up at the Hotel Intercontinental on Budapester Strasse and check in at the OEB desk with the password "PINEAPPLE" for a voucher that will get you into my talk. Read the rest

Comic Arts LA: a wonderful indie comics show, Dec 5/6

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Once again, Jen Wang (my co-creator on In Real Life and author of the amazing Koko Be Good) is convening a don't-miss "convention of independent comics artists," Dec 5/6, at the Think Tank Gallery, with Noelle Stevenson and Jaime Hernandez heading the bill. Read the rest

50 free tickets to visit HQs of Google, Funny or Die, Twitter, and 80 more companies at NewCoLA, 11/9-10

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Get inside Google, Twitter, Tastemade and 80+ of LA's most inspirational companies during NewCo Los Angeles. NewCo turns business conferences inside out. Instead of gathering in boring ballrooms, NewCo participants get inside the headquarters of a city’s most inspiring companies. For two days at NewCoLA, you’ll engage in behind-the-scene tours of cutting-edge work environments, learning from the city’s best entrepreneurs and getting a peek into new product developments and innovations.

All company sessions have limited capacity and are already filling up. Sign up and choose your favorites now. Use the code BBoingNewCo50Free for a 100% discount on "Unlimited Passes." Once those passes disappear -- and they will -- get 30% off tickets with the code BBoingNewCo30off. Read the rest

Come see Cory at Santa Monica's Diesel Books on Thursday

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We're launching the new paperback edition of "Information Doesn't Want to Be Free, my book of practical advice and theory for artists trying to make sense of the net (it features intros by Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer, too!) at Santa Monica's Diesel Books. Read the rest

Call for papers: We Robot, a conference on robots, ethics, philosophy and regulation

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Michael Froomkin writes, "We Robot is a cool conference that brings together lawyers, engineers, philosophers, robot builders, ethicists, and regulators who are on the front lines of robot theory, design, or development. The 2016 editioni will be in Coral Gables, Florida on April 1-2, 2016 at the University of Miami School of Law. The main conference will be preceded by a day of special workshops on March 31. Full details at Read the rest

You can't get tickets for an LA theater screening of old Disneyland home movies

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"Hollywood Home Movies: Disneyland" screens tomorrow night at the Linwood Dunn Theater in LA and it's sold out. It sounds amazing. Read the rest

Baby Tatooville No. 9: The Grand Finale

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Recently, a merry gang of happy mutants gathered for the ninth and final time to revel in Bob Self's incredible Baby Tattooville event.

Over the past nine years, artists, entertainers, creative minds and enthusiasts have been gathering together at Baby Tattooville to create art, and to celebrate one another while spending 72 hours in a reality where everyone is a kindred spirit. I have never been fortunate enough to be able to attend, and now I may never have a chance: Bob decided this installment will be their last. Boing Boing has been following these events since 2007, and I should have paid attention sooner.

This year Baby Tattooville featured Anthony Ausgang, Sas Christian, Olivia De Berardinis, Ron English, Camille Rose Garcia, Bosko Hrnjak, Marion Peck, KRK Ryden, Mark Ryden, and Isabel Samaras. I am certain you'll recognize a lot of familiar faces in these photos. Some of my favorite performers were there, too! Musician Marquis Howell II, and the fabulous contortionist Bonnie Morgan were among them.

As you can see from these brilliant photographs by Mark Berry, Baby Tattooville No. 9 was amazing.

Congratulations to Bob and his entire team! What an amazing run! Bob is still planning events and you can participate in the magic.

In fact, if magic is what you want I suggest you join us at Beyond Brookledge. I've already bought my ticket! This time I don't want to miss out.

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See Cory in Utah, Boston, Toronto and Waterloo!

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This/next week, I'm speaking in events in Park City, Utah (Future in Review); Boston (The Freedom to Innovate Summit, the Berkman Center and Suffolk University); Toronto (Seneca College); Markham (In Conversation and Storytellers); and the University of Waterloo! Come say hi! (Image: Terri Oda, CC-BY) Read the rest

Arse Elektronika San Francisco 2015: SHOOT YOUR WORKLOAD

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The annual "Sex, work and tech" show comes back to San Francisco, Oct 2-4, at the Center for Sex and Culture, featuring "talks, performances, games, workshops, machines and systems." Read the rest

Jen Wang author visit at LA Public Library, Oct 7

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Jen is the incredible artist who adapted my short story "Anda's Game" for last year's middle-grades graphic novel In Real Life. Read the rest

Randall "XKCD" Munroe's Thing Explainer book-tour

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The XKCD Thing Explainer book -- which explains technical subjects using the thousand most common English words, in the style of Up Goer Five -- is due out in November, and Randall Munroe is going out on tour ("book trip") in November! Read the rest

MIT and EFF's Freedom to Innovate Summit: defending students' and hackers' right to tinker

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The Oct 10/11 event is run jointly by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Center for Civic Media at MIT and will be hosted at the MIT Media Lab. Read the rest

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