Guide to raising smartass kids

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Lucy Walinchus's How to Raise a Smartass is a great, funny, irreverent memoir/guidebook about Walinchus's own experiences, proudly raising a passel of smartass kids. Speaking as the father of a self-declared "sassy" eight year old, I could certainly relate -- I laughed, I winced, I laughed again. Read the rest

Bell-jars with white, underlighting LED bases

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There is literally nothing in the world that isn't made cooler by being displayed in a bell-jar, and the addition of a diffused white LED base to the traditional jar in the Suck UK jar is a genius move that is obvious in retrospect. Read the rest

"Anger Release Machine": a coin-op for shattering fine breakables

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In 2008, the Swiss/Danish design team Yarisal & Kublitz created their "Anger Release Machine," a vending machine stocked with "crystal glasses, plates, porcelain, various items" (the catalog helpfully adds "70 x 77 x 182 cm") -- insert coin, shatter breakables, feel better. Read the rest

Steven Levy profiles Carl Malamud, Boing Boing's favorite rogue archivist

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Steven Levy, author of Hackers and one of the best tech writers in the field (previously), has profiled Carl Malamud (previously), the prolific, tireless freedom fighter who has risked everything to publish the world's laws on the internet, even those claimed to be owned by "nonprofit" standards organizations whose million-dollar execs say that you should have to pay to read the law. Read the rest

Improv Eveywhere's "Surprise Press Conference" - a scrum for everyone

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Charlie Todd from Improv Everywhere (previously) writes, "We set up a fake press conference set on the steps of the New York Public Library. When random tourists approached it to pose for photos, a mob of reporters ran up and surprised them with an impromptu press conference." Read the rest

Kickstarting a new edition of Villains & Vigilantes, a superhero RPG

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I discovered Villains and Vigilantes in 1982, with the publication of the game's second edition, and 11-year-old me played it like a fiend; I still remember long hours of designing costumes on the super-cool character sheets that came with the game (we'd sneak into the school office and run off more of these from blanks; ditto for hex-ruled paper for Car Wars and all the best stories from that month's Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine). Read the rest

XKCD's massive, vertical climate change infographic

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Randall Munroe once again shows that he's one of the web's most talented storytellers, inventing ways of conveying information that use the web's affordances to novel and sharp effect (there's a reason he won a Hugo award). Read the rest

Adafruit's new subscription boxes for makers and hackers

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Phil from Adafruit sez, "Adafruit released and shipped one of the only maker/hacker subscription boxes." Read the rest

Documentary on the past, present and future of typewriters

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Typewriter sculptor Jeremy Meyer sez, "I just got back from Telluride where the feature-length documentary by Doug Nichol called 'California Typewriter' premiered." Read the rest

Clean old records with wood glue

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Ghettofunk13 demonstrates the old vinyl-lover's trick of deep-cleaning your wax pancakes by spreading the grooves with Titebond II wood glue, waiting for it to dry, and then peeling off the glue-skin and taking all the gunk with it (presumably there is some way of actually playing the music from the intact glue-skin, given sufficiently advanced apparatus). Read the rest

These are some of the coolest corny nerd sidewalk chalk drawing signs we've ever seen

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“So I've been drawing sidewalk signs for my friend's bar for almost a year,” says IMGURian Ollie Wolff Pruitt aka littlewolff4h. Read the rest

Mascots, a new mockumentary from Christopher "Best in Show" Guest

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After the astounding success of Spinal Tap, Christopher Guest directed a string of brilliant mockumentaries in the same style, like "Best in Show" and "Waiting for Guffman"; now he's created "Mascots" for Netflix, about "the ultra-competitive world of sports mascots." Read the rest

Octopus George backpack

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Belarusian crafter Orange Cat created the Octopus George felted backpack for "crazy octopus lovers" and "sailor man who loves the sea and marine creatures." Read the rest

The women held a vote, and you're not allowed to talk to anyone ever again

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Ursula Vernon's amazing, wry poem, "This Vote Is Legally Binding," is a double-barreled, remorselessly funny blast at the mansplainers, man-babies, and political correctness whiners of the world, written "In response to all those articles about talking to women with headphones." Read the rest

Scorched Star Trek:TOS redshirts

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These full-sublimation Star Trek redshirts allow you to LARP an expendable security team-member who's met a horrible end, or a character in an existential John Scalzi comedy: they're $33.88 at Stylin Online (via Wil Wheaton) Read the rest

The Mutant Vehicles of Burning Man

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Scott London, a longtime burner and photographer (see his 2014 photo book, Burning Man: Art on Fire), produced an amazing set of portraits of art cars -- "mutant vehicles" -- from this year's event, including Maria Del Camino (previously), a flying El Camino/tank hybrid that lives in Liminal Labs, where I camp with its creator, the amazing Bruce Tomb. Read the rest

Revolution 60 is live! Brianna Wu's all-female action game

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Frank Wu writes, "The long-awaited Special Edition of our videogame 'Revolution 60' has just been released for iOS and PC!" Read the rest

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