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Neal Stephenson and Cory speaking at Seattle's Town Hall, Oct 26


We're getting together to talk about Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future , a project that Stephenson kicked off -- I've got a story in it called "The Man Who Sold the Moon."

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Clarion West 2015 science fiction/fantasy workshop instructor list

I'm teaching, as are Andy Duncan, Eileen Gunn, Tobias Buckell, Connie Willis and Nalo Hopkinson.

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Cory's London Worldcon schedule

I'll be joining thousands of fans and hundreds of presenters at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, later this week. I hope to see you there!

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Wurthering Bytes: UK tech festival in the Pennines


It's family-friendly, only £10/day, including lunch, and features an outstanding and fascinating array of speakers, as well as live music and a hardware-hacking bag for attendees.

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Give Me Fiction recording in SF on Sunday - with our pals from Boars, Gore, and Swords

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This Sunday, August 3rd, at Lost Weekend Video in San Francisco, the soon to be newest member of the Boing Boing Podcast Network will be taping a show. Give Me Fiction is a prose writing series curated by comedian Ivan Hernandez, taking place the first Sunday of every month and featuring some of the Bay Area’s finest minds reading short stories based on a theme. This month’s theme is Sports, and reading will be Red Scott, Joe Tobin, Carey Callahan, Yume Kim, Emily Epstein White, Caitlin Gill and, Casey Childers. Performers on GMF have been featured on The Rumpus, SF Sketchfest, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and more. You can buy tickets on Eventbrite, RSVP here, and follow GMF on Twitter.

Die Gstettensaga coming to LA

Johannes from Monochrom writes, "Award-winning post-apocalyptic hackploitation comedy 'Die Gstettensaga' is coming to a couple North American hacker conventions, film festivals and other cool locations."

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Tour schedule for XKCD "What If?" book


Randall Munroe will take his hotly anticipated book, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, on the road in September: Boston, NYC, SEA, SFO, Berkeley and LA!

EFF's guide to San Diego Comic-Con


Dave from EFF sez, "Scorpion, Person of Interest and transformative art are among the highlights we're looking forward to most at San Diego Comic-Con this year. You can also meet up with me (Dave Maass) at the Alaska Robotics table 2 - 3 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday."

The EFF Guide to San Diego Comic-Con 2014

Maker Camp: an online summer camp for maker kids


Make and Google have teamed up to offer six weeks' worth of online workshops and programs to help kids 13-18 find and realize their inner makers.

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Tim and Eric and Dr. Steve Brule are going on tour

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Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are known for live performances as weird as their television show, "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!." This Fall, Tim and Eric are going on a North American tour with Dr. Steve Brule (John C. Reilly) of "Check It Out," and the experience promises to be unmissable.

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Wikipedia's redesign prototype

Ed writes, "You know how every now and then a design studio releases a proposal for a redesign of Wikipedia? (there's a Wikipedia page listing them, of course)"

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Gilbert Hernandez's limited-edition Harbringer cover, to benefit CBLDF (#SDCC)


Going to San Diego Comic Con? Be sure and drop by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's booth (#1920) to pick up this special Harbringer issue with a Gilbert Hernandez cover (see the full art here, exclusive to Boing Boing!), with proceeds to support the CBLDF's excellent anti-censorship work.

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Terry Pratchett can't attend Discworld convention


For the first time in his long and storied career, Terry Pratchett has canceled a UK appearance, due to his failing health.

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Edward Snowden to speak at HOPE X NYC


As if there weren't enough reasons to attend HOPE X in NYC this month, now there's a series of killer whistleblower presentations.

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Cory coming to SLC and PDX


I'm heading to Salt Lake City this week for Westercon, followed by an appearance at the SLC Library on Monday. Next week, I'll be in PDX for three library gigs: Beaverton, Tigard, and Hillsboro. See you there!

Steampunk spring-heeled jack stiltwalker


Spotted yesterday at the Swecon Steampunkfestival in Gavle, Sweden: a magnificent steampunk spring-heeled jack cosplayer whose stilts were the hit of the show.

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TwentyWonder is a carnival of the mind: 6/28/14 in Los Angeles

20TwentyWonder was forged from the explosive alchemy of the Hodgson Brothers’ (Jim Hodgson-Artist, Joel Hodgson MST 3000) early Superball gatherings which began in 1996. SuperBall was the grand shapeshifting expo of art, music, dance, food, comedy, and humanity that would become a template for modern gatherings like TEDx, Mindshare, Everything Is, and even mashups of music and comedy like Festival Supreme. It was a party that began in the backyard of a rented house in Burbank and became an annual event, a Super-Party, a highly-anticipated creative collaboration that drew gifted, industrious people from all over Los Angeles and far beyond. Five years ago, when Jim Hodgson became the director of DSALA (Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles), SuperBall was re-invented, reimagined, and reborn as TwentyWonder. TwentyWonder’s mission is to celebrate the amazing things that happen when people and ideas from many different cultures and disciplines converge.

There are plenty of ways to contribute to the cause at this amazing event. Boing Boing friend Tim Biskup and Ego Killers are drawing caricatures of TwentyWonder guests throughout the night. $20 for a "mean" portrait and $40 for a "sweet" portrait. And with a nod to Willy Wonka, you can buy chocolate TwentyWonder Bars with golden tickets hidden inside. Prizes include tickets to Mexican Masked wrestling or Nine Inch Nails at the Hollywood Bowl. Also: On the website is an opportunity to donate to the Ambassadors Fund which makes it possible with people with Down Syndrome to attend TwentyWonder who would not be able to attend otherwise.

To get an idea of what this about, go to the TwentyWonder website. All of the proceeds from the evening will benefit Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA).

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Doubleclicks cover TROGDOR

The Doubleclicks, our favorite nerdrocking cello heroes, have released an inspired cover of the Trogdor the Burninator themesong from Homestar Runner. The video features beautiful firespinning, though it's not clear whether they'll be bringing the firespinner with them when they tour the USA (kicks off tonight in PDX and finishes up at Gencon!).

Live hangout today to kick off Banned Books Week announcement


I'm doing a live Google Hangout today at 1PM Eastern/10AM Pacific/6PM UK to kick off the announcement of Banned Books Week, which will focus on comics and graphic novels this year. I'm going to be speaking with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's Charles Brownstein, and other speakers include Nanette Perez (Program Officer of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom(, Dave Gladney (Director of Communications Technology from the Association of American Publishers) and Michael O'Neill (National Coalition Against Censorship).

NYC comics megasigning tonight with Pope, Haspiel, Bertozzi and Miskiewicz


Tonight at Forbidden Planet NYC, a megasigning with Paul Pope, Dean Haspiel, Nick Bertozzi and Chris Miskiewicz. Kicks off at 1830h -- what a lineup!

Interviewing Leila Johnston about Hack Circus


My latest Guardian column is an interview with Leila Johnston about her Hack Circus project, which includes a conference, a podcast and a print magazine, all with a nearly indefinable ethic of independence and art for its own sake.

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Cory coming to SLC, PDX

I'm about to hit the road again, starting in Salt Lake City, where I'll be a Guest of Honor at Westercon (Jul 3-6), and will follow it up with an appearance at the SLC library (Jul 7); then I'm doing a three-day library tour around PDX, with stops in Beaverton (Jul 8), Tigard (Jul 9) and Hillsboro (July 10) (here's a complete list of my scheduled upcoming public events).

FOIA Machine party in San Francisco

Alan sez, "The Center for Investigative Reporting's 'FOIA Machine' is hosting an Open Beta launch event Wednesday, June 25 at Mother Jones's San Francisco office. This was one of the stretch goals from their successful Kickstarter but the event is open to anyone who pre-registers. There will also be a livestreamed roundtable discussion centered on investigative journalism."

NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake to appear at HOPE NYC

2600's Emmanuel Goldstein writes, "This summer's HOPE X conference has added another major whistleblower to its schedule: Thomas Drake, who was charged under the Espionage Act in 2010 after revealing waste, fraud, and abuse at the NSA. The government would later drop these charges, after ruining Drake's career and dragging his name through the mud. Drake was one of the opponents of the NSA's Trailblazer program in 2002, which wound up costing billions of taxpayer dollars and would have been a huge violation of privacy, had it not been cancelled in 2006. It wouldn't be the last such program, and Drake wouldn't be the last whistleblower. HOPE X takes place July 18-20 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. More info at xxx.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx or x.hope.net."

Tomorrow: Berlin sunrise mass whistle-in to commemorate Snowden leaks


A reader writes, "Just after sunrise on June 5, the NK Projekt in Berlin is leading a massive whistle-blowing session to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Edward Snowden's own whistle blowing activities."

(Image: I want you to blow the whistle, Mike, CC-BY-SA)

Call for Speakers: Copycamp Warsaw, with Birgitta Jónsdóttir and Cory

Marta writes, "This is an open call for 10-minute presentations at the 3rd International CopyCamp Conference (November 6-7, 2014 in Warsaw, Poland), devoted to social impacts of copyright. This year, we'll have two special guests: Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a poet and member of the Icelandic parliament, Internet activist, freedom of information and freedom of speech defender and Cory Doctorow, the co-editor of this website."

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Openedjam: 3-day event in San Antonio for free/open education activists

Joey writes, "OpenEdJam is a 3-day international event that brings together activists, developers, educators, engineers, librarians, and makers from all fields. We will provide a hands-on environment where participants can collaborate on innovative creations and uses of free and open education resources. Considering the cultural, ethical and technical implications of free and open education resources, we'll come together to discuss, demonstrate and support the future of free and open education. Mariah Villarreal, an undergraduate in San Antonio, TX and AmeriCorps robotics community organizer has put it together. It's amazing to see young hackers out there making noise and keeping the tradition alive!"

OpenEdJam | The Convergent Media Collective (Thanks, Joey!)

Mat Ricardo playing Dorchester this Sat

Mat Ricardo writes, "After a sold-out London West End run of my one man show 'Showman,' earlier this year, I'm spending most of the rest of 2014 touring around the world; I've managed to squeeze in only one UK date, and its this coming Saturday, at the lovely Dorchester Arts Centre. It's a great intimate venue, exactly the kind of space where my stuff works best, and I'm really looking forward to it.

"I'll be heading to Germany, Italy, Belgium, Australia, Canada and Finland - ridiculous, and obviously I'm very excited that people seem to be really getting into what I do! And if that's not enough, I've also got the hilarious Sarah Benetto as a special guest. It's going to be a hell of a night - Stories! Danger! Stupid tricks! Come!"

Hack Circus, Brighton: fantasy technology and everyday magic

F writes, "The third Hack Circus event will take place in Brighton on June 14th and the theme this time is Access All Areas. The event will feature former social engineer Nick Drage sharing true stories of breaking into computers, banks, offices and even airports. Artist Sinead McDonald will 3D print the audience's brainwaves live, and transport historian Dr Ralph Harrington will talk about the cultural and military impact of the humble bulldozer. Sci-fi author Chris Farnell will question scientist Alexandra Pohl about a laser-deflecting forcefield that she has helped develop, in theory at least, at the University of Leicester. Hack Circus is a magazine and event series founded by Leila Johnston, creator of parody gamebook Enemy of Chaos and popular geek podcast Shift Run Stop. It's being developed during her residency at Lighthouse Arts in Brighton. Arts organisations are embracing the creative in creative technology! The third issue of the magazine will be launched at the event."

Cory coming to SLC

I'm delighted to announced that I'll be the guest of honor at Salt Lake City's Westercon 67 this July -- Westercon being the annual convention for science fiction fandom west of the Mississippi. There's quite a fantastic roster of other guests as well! See you 44 days in SLC!