Weekend of Wonder: last-minute surprise additions you won't want to miss

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Some special elements are coming together in these final days leading up to the event that are just-- well, wonderful. And you should not miss them.

NYC to-do: "Art, Design, and The Future of Privacy," Sept 17

A night of talks and conversations about privacy and tech, centered on humane design and user-experience -- I'm speaking there! Read the rest

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Hackers at San Francisco's DNA Lounge

JWZ, owner of San Francisco's legendary DNA Lounge, writes, "Hey nerds, I think this might be up your alley. It's the 20th anniversary of the movie HACKERS and we're doing a movie screening, dance party, costume contest and Wipeout XL contest down at Ye Olde DNA Lounge." Read the rest

TopatoCon 2015: games, geek music, webcomics, and donuts!

R Stevens (of Diesel Sweeties fame) writes, "A bunch of webcomics, gaming and geek music folks are getting together in Northampton & Easthampton Mass. later this month for Topatocon. There may even be vegan, gluten free donuts!" Read the rest

EFF announces the 2015 Pioneer Award winners

Caspar Bowden, Citizen Lab, Anriette Esterhuysen and the Association for Progressive Communications, and Kathy Sierra will be awarded the EFF's prestigious prize recognizing the leaders who are extending freedom and innovation on the electronic frontier. Read the rest

Platform Cooperativism: a worker-owned Uber for everything

Nathan Schneider writes, "The seeds are being planted for a new kind of online economy. For all the wonders the Internet brings us, it is dominated by an economics of monopoly, extraction, and surveillance." Read the rest

Cory at Reno's Grassroots Books this Friday!

I'm doing a Q&A and signing at Reno's Grassroots Books -- a local, indie store with an emphasis on affordable reading for all -- this Friday, Aug 28 at 6:30PM -- just a quick stop on the way to That Thing in the Desert. I hope you'll come by and say hello! Read the rest

How to help get guitars and instruction into the hands of inner-city and at-risk youth

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MUSACK's goal is simple: get guitars and instruction into the hands of inner-city and at-risk youth. It's not about turning kids into rock stars. If it happens, great... hope they remember us. Our foundation wants to afford kids a platform to say "I exist. I'm here. I have something to say." In a world where school systems are seeing record breaking budgetary shortfalls, we're trying to pick up the slack in a real, feet on the ground, grass roots way. You want to learn how to play? We'll give you what you need.

Oddly, we started in Nantucket, of all places, 5 years ago when our charity founder, Donick Cary (writer on Parks and Recreation, The Simpsons, and Letterman), who was born and raised in Nantucket, noticed an alarming rise in suicide and drug abuse in the year-round community. Nantucket is a great place during the summer months, but in the off season, those that live there, largely an immigrant service population, suffer brutal isolating harsh winters. With little else to do, a large portion of youth on the island resort to drugs and despair. So Donick started MUSACK as a way out. More a community destination than a "school" per se, we made a deal with the kids: Show up regularly and we will give you everything you need to succeed. And it's been pretty amazing. In the 5 years since we've started, we've put some 150+ kids through our Nantucket program and this year marks the opening of four (working on five) locations in the Los Angeles area in inner-city areas that desperately need our help. Read the rest

Gallery: 13 images that helped define the look of the electronic age

In INSIDE THE MACHINE: Art and Invention in the Electronic Age [W. W. Norton & Company], cultural historian Megan Prelinger guides readers through the history of electronics.

Inside the Machine: a visual history of electronics, technology and art

Archivist Rick Prelinger writes, "It's been a long wait, but Inside the Machine, my spouse Megan's visual history of electronics, technology and art is finally out and propagating throughout the world, and we're having a release party in San Francisco at the McRoskey Mattress Factory on Monday, August 24!" Read the rest

Scalzi's latest Old Man's War novel hits shelves today!

It's called The End of All Things, and it's book six in the series (here's my review of book one); he's touring it all over the USA. Read the rest

Come see me at Defcon!

I'm speaking at Defcon this weekend in Las Vegas: my talk, "Fighting Back in the War on General Purpose Computers," is tomorrow (Friday) at 11AM in track 3, followed immediately by a signing at the No Starch Press table in the Champagne Ballroom at the Paris hotel. Read the rest

Going to DEFCON? EFF's got your back

The Electronic Frontier Foundation always has a huge presence at Las Vegas's DEFCON, but this year, we're hosting our first-ever badge-hack contest! Read the rest

Come see me tonight in Seattle!

I'm reading from the novel I just finished (Utopia) and then being interviewed by Geekwire's Frank Catalano. Read the rest

Chicagoans: EFF fundraiser at Cards Against Humanity's club!

EFF's executive director, the wonderful Cindy Cohn, will host a Q&A before a night of outstanding comedy and improv. Read the rest

SF Bay Area: Tonight! #SFPhotobomb at the PianoFight theater

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This Wednesday at the PianoFight theater in San Francisco, Imran G and Red Scott present their new monthly comedy show #PhotobombSF, which combines today's best comics, a theater with San Francisco's best bar, and the stupid and silly fun of a photo booth.

Assembling at one of SF's newest and most exciting venues will be Joe Tobin, who's performed Stand-Up on IFC, Fun Fun Fun Fest's Drew Platt, along with SF Sketchfest's Nicole Calasich.

You can RSVP on Facebook and buy tickets here. Tickets are $15, or $7.99 with code BB715.

PianoFight is located at: 144 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102 Read the rest

My upcoming events in Seattle

I'm teaching the Clarion West writing workshop in Seattle in late July, and you can come see me at two events, one on July 25, the other on July 28. Read the rest

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