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Barn Owl: Live at Boing Boing Ingenuity, August 18

We are honored that epic experimentalists Barn Owl will bring their dark desert rock to our Boing Boing: Ingenuity live event in San Francisco on August 18. The group will just be returning home from a tour of Australia and preparing for shows in Sweden, Denmark, Poland, and Germany. (Tour dates here.) Their latest LP, V, is available from the good people at Thrill Jockey Records. Above, Barn Owl perform "Void Redux" at a Thrill Jockey 20th Anniversary concert this year. Check Boing Boing next week for a fresh opportunity to see Barn Owl live and the rest of our amazing lineup at Boing Boing: Ingenuity!

Boing Boing: Ingenuity in partnership with Ford C-Max.

Boing Boing Ingenuity: Win free tickets!

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On Sunday, August 18 in San Francisco, Boing Boing: Ingenuity will bring our site to the stage of a former Masonic Lodge for a mind-bending theatrical experience of performances, presentations, curiosities, and wonder! Participants include Adam Savage, Tom Vanderbilt, Barn Owl, Nate DiMeo, Megan Prelinger, Ariel Waldman, and many other brilliant minds. See the full line-up here! I call it vaudeville for Happy Mutants! It's free but tickets are very limited. Want to come?

We have a handful of tickets to give away! Here's how to win them:

1. Follow @boingboing on Twitter.

2. Pick your favorite Boing Boing post about something ingenious and tweet the URL @boingboing with the hashtag #happymutants before 11:59pm PT tonight, Wednesday 7/31.

3. We will select the winners who will then be contacted directly with event registration information.

4. Please only enter if you definitely will attend the San Francisco event, Sunday 8/18, from 10am - 4:30pm!

And if you don't score tickets this round, don't worry! We will give away plenty more in the next two weeks! Stay tuned. Get illuminated.

Boing Boing: Ingenuity in partnership with Ford C-Max.

Boing Boing Ingenuity: Vaudeville for Happy Mutants!

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On August 17-18 in San Francisco, Boing Boing: Ingenuity will bring our site off the screen for a two day celebration of cleverness, curiosity, and wonder. The first day is a marathon hack day while Sunday, August 18, is a mind-bending theatrical experience of presentations, performances, oddities, and wonder taking place at an opulent former Masonic Lodge. We are thrilled to announce our line-up for Boing Boing: Ingenuity's Sunday August 18 program, an experience we've come to think of as vaudeville for Happy Mutants:

Adam Savage, co-host of Mythbusters

Tom Vanderbilt, author of “How We Drive”

Carol Reiley, robotics researcher

Ferdinando Buscema, magic experience designer

Trevor Paglen, experimental geographer, author of “The Last Pictures”

Isaac “Shovelman” Frankle, junkyard beatnik musician

Chris Noessel, interaction designer, co-author of “Make It So”

Eri Gentry, co-founder, BioCurious, research manager, Institute for the Future

Nate DiMeo, host, Memory Palace podcast, contributor, National Public Radio

Barn Owl, experimental desert rock musicians

Ariel Waldman, creator, Spacehack.org

Megan Prelinger, co-founder Prelinger Library, author of “Another Science Fiction”

Seth Shostak, senior astronomer, SETI Institute

The entire Boing Boing: Ingenuity weekend will be heavily documented in video, photos, and text that will be shared on the site during the event and after. Wanna be in the audience on Sunday, August 18? Next week we'll tell you how you might secure a seat.

Boing Boing: Ingenuity... Get illuminated.

Special thank you to Ford for supporting Boing Boing, online and off!

Boing Boing Ingenuity in partnership with Ford C-Max.


image: Charles Wilson Peale's "The Artist in his Museum" (1822)

Boing Boing Ingenuity: Data Driven hack day

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On August 17-18, 2013 in San Francisco, Boing Boing is hosting its first ever large-scale live event, called Boing Boing: Ingenuity. The invitation-only extravaganza starts with a hack day on Saturday (8/17) and will continue on Sunday (8/18) with a mind-bending theatrical experience of presentations, performances, oddities, and wonder! This coming Thursday, we'll announce the stellar line-up for the August 18 stage show, and next week we'll tell you how to score an invite! (Of course, the entire Boing Boing: Ingenuity weekend will be heavily documented in video, photos, and text that will be shared on the site during the event and after.) Meanwhile, a bit about the hack day…

Starting bright and early on Saturday morning August 17, several dozen of our favorite hackers, designers, and developers will gather at TechShop San Francisco. We are thrilled that our pal Ariel Waldman, global instigator of Science Hack Day who was recently named a White House Champion of Change, is orchestrating the hackathon with us. The theme of the day is Ingenuity: Data Driven. In an age of big data, hardware hacking, and open source culture, how can makers bridge the gap between cars and drivers to enhance the driving experience? Of course, any ideas the participants dream up will belong to them, although Boing Boing and Ford, our partner for Ingenuity, would be thrilled if the creations became open source.

The hackers will have an opportunity to use the new OpenXC Platform developed by our partner Ford and Bug Labs. It's a compelling open-source hardware and software toolkit for exploring what can be done with over 300 sets of live vehicle data points. And of course, there's no shortage of other driving-related datasets and APIs, from traffic, weather, and fuel economy to location-based services and environmental impact calculators to play with online.

Already, the hyper-talented hackers are devising ingenious plans, secret projects, and unprecedented uses of driving data. Stay tuned.

Boing Boing: Ingenuity in partnership with Ford C-Max.

(above, Ford X-2000 concept car, 1958)

Boing Boing: Ingenuity, August 17-18, S.F.

Scientists. Artists. Makers. Writers. Designers. Musicians. Eccentrics. On August 17-18, Boing Boing: Ingenuity will bring our site off the screen and into the physical realm for the very first time. The free two-day extravaganza begins on Saturday August 17th with a 12-hour marathon hack day at TechShop San Francisco and continues Sunday, August 18th with fascinating presentations, astounding performances, and living curiosities on the stage of a former Masonic Lodge. It's a celebration of cleverness, curiosity, and wonder. It's vaudeville for Happy Mutants.

Invitation only. More details to come.

Boing Boing: Ingenuity... Get illuminated.

Special thank you to Ford for supporting Boing Boing, online and off!

Boing Boing Ingenuity in partnership with Ford C-Max.