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WWII slang from the front

As seen in War Slang: American Fighting Words & Phrases Since the Civil War: "Royal Order of Whale Bangers. An 'exclusive' club open only to airmen who have mistakenly dropped depth charges on whales, supposing them to be enemy submarines."

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Happy Sysadmin Day, Ken!

Thank you -- as always and forever -- to Ken Snider, Boing Boing's astounding sysadmin. We celebrate you every day, but especially today: Sysadmin Appreciation Day.

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!

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The strange stories behind country-code top-level domains


James Bridle writes, "A couple of months ago I released a browser extension - Citizen Ex - which tracks your browsing (entirely privately) in order to show you your "Algorithmic Citizenship" - where your browsing actually goes, and what this means for your rights."

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Giant bookshelf mural


315 x 232cm, £65, comes in four pieces from Present Indicative (via Bookshelf).

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.

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Man born with "virtually no brain" has advanced math degree


The subject of this paper grew up with a normal cognitive and social life, and didn't discover his hydrocephalus -- which had all but obliterated his brain -- until he went to the doctor for an unrelated complaint.

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Kickstarting an omnibus of seminal punk zine BLT


It's been 25 years since the zine BLT started, the early intersection of punk and and desktop publishing.

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1950s fashion from the cover of Life Magazine, 1914


In 1914, nudity was easy to imagine, but not gentlemen in public without hats.

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Darth Vibrader: a Vader mannequin made from sex toys

Adult film star Kayla-Jane Danger, SFX guy Todd Devlin and porn producer Seth Beard skinned a mannequin with sex toys, hooker boots and other stuff from a sex shop to create the 7' tall Darth Vibrader, which will adorn the offices of Wood Rocket, an LA-based porn studio.

Kickstarting a volume of feminist bicycle zombie science fiction


Elly writes, "We're running a Kickstarter to try to give the feminist-bicycle-scifi-about-zombies genre a big leg up."

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The People vs Disneyland: tracing the impact of lawsuits on themepark design

The People V. Disneyland: How Lawsuits & Lawyers Transformed the Magic is the latest from David Koenig, who wrote the excellent Mouse Tales books of true confessions from Disneyland staffers.

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Kickstarting new music from Sassafrass, who created the insanely great Icelandic saga opera

I wrote about sf writer and historian Ada Palmer's music before -- heart-stoppingly beautiful music about space and Icelandic gods -- and now's your chance to help bring more of it to life.

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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.

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After a rush, aviation stopped "progressing" -- the Web might be next


Maciej Cegłowski's "Web Design: The First 100 Years" is a characteristically provocative riff on the past and future of "progress" that asks the question, if aviation stopped producing faster, more powerful aircraft in the 1970s, will the IT industry do the same?

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R2D2 Rollaboard


This would be way better as a 4-wheel spinner, but it's still a sweet piece of kids' luggage with handle sized for small people and flashing lights and beeps -- a worthy successor to the hardcase version.

Astounding card magic from Penn and Teller's Fool Us

Magicpeacelove writes, "I've been in magic over 40 years and I can count on one hand (maybe with fingers left over) the number of times an act has completely blown me away. This is one of them."

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