WATCH: Kid vs. kite. Spoilers: kite wins


A very talented kite enthusiast at the Huntington Beach Pier had some fun playing tag with a kid. Read the rest

You should try the 1913 Webster's, seriously

James Somers thinks you should switch to the Websters 1913 dictionary, and he cites John McPhee's composition method of looking up synonyms for problematic words as the key to his peerless prose style. Somers makes a great case for the romance of historical dictionaries, but for my money (literally -- I spent a fortune on this one), the hands-down best reference for synonyms and historical language reference is the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary, whose magnificence cannot be overstated. Read the rest


A wonderful photo contributed to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool by Ben Lepley, who explains that this is his cat Yoshimi Minski, "sleeping in the semi-mummy position." Read the rest

Happy cows

A herd of Holstein cows, just released from the winter barn. [YouTube via Metafilter] Previously. Read the rest

SF in SF reading series: Tad Williams & Deborah Beale

This week's installment of San Francisco's brilliant science fiction reading series, SF in SF, features Tad Williams & Deborah Beale. It's this Saturday, Aug 13, and as always, doors open at 6 at The Variety Preview Room Theatre right in the middle of town. Free, but with a $5-10 suggested donation for Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California. Read the rest