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Todd Berman's incredible sketches from Boing Boing: Ingenuity

Boing Boing: Ingenuity, our extravaganza of hacking, making, and weirdness, was a huge success, and special thanks to you who made it so special in the room and online. We'll be posting video soon, but in the meantime a fun way to feel the vibe of Boing Boing: Ingenuity's theatrical experience Sunday is this set of sketches that Todd Berman created live at the event. We were entirely surprised to see his posts about these online during the day and delighted to meet him afterwards. Hopefully we can hire Todd to sketch our next live event!

Check out the paintings Todd has on offer at his website.

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

Adam Savage's Ten Rules for Success

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The truly wonderful Adam Savage, co-host of Mythbusters, co-founder of Tested, and BB contributor, closed our Boing Boing: Ingenuity theatrical experience yesterday with an energizing and inspiring talk about why he is a maker. Adam shared ten rules for success that we would all do well to follow:

1. Get good at something.
Really good. Get good at as many things as you can. Being good at one thing makes it easier to get good at other things.

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Boing Boing Ingenuity: Thank you!

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A Happy Mutant thank you to everyone who celebrated with us, in person and online, at Boing Boing: Ingenuity, our two day real world extravaganza that started with Saturday's Ingenuity: Data Driven hack day and continued Sunday with a magical and inspiring theatrical performance in the magnificent former Masonic Lodge. Over the next several weeks, we will share a series of videos documenting the experience that embodied the things that fuel all of us who make and read this site: curiosity, wonder, and respect for unbridled ingenuity.

Thank you to all of the hackers, speakers, and performers who came to play with us. We feel fortunate to know you and privileged to have this opportunity to share your work with the world.

Special thank you to Ford and Team Detroit for partnering with us to really bring Boing Boing into the physical realm for the very first time after 25 years in existence. Thank you to Federated Media Publishing. Thank you to Stacey Foreman who orchestrated the event production. Thank you to Ariel Waldman for her wisdom on hack day hosting.

And, of course, thanks to all of you for taking this trip with us. And it is a trip.

Above, from left to right: Dean Putney, Adam Savage, David Pescovitz, Rob Beschizza, Jason Weisberger, Xeni Jardin, John Law, and Mark Frauenfelder outside of the Masonic Lodge. Thank you to John who kindly brought along our special guest stars, the Doggie Diner Heads, icons of San Francisco history and the counterculture. For more on the Doggie Diner Heads, check out the fantastic new book that John co-authored, titled Tales of the San Francisco Cacophony Society.

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Boing Boing Ingenuity in partnership with Ford C-Max.

10 cool things so far at Boing Boing: Ingenuity

Our first-ever stage event is going great today, bringing this site into the material plane for the very first time. All day Sunday, we've got all sorts of fascinating presentations, astounding performances, and living curiosities on show at a former Masonic Lodge in San Francisco.

Since not everyone could be there, here are just a few of the cool things so far today — for more, check out #bbingenuity at Twitter and our Facebook page. And of course, we will posting plenty of photos and videos on this site in the next week or two.

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Data Driven hackathon kicks off Boing Boing: Ingenuity

A unique dataset, strong coffee and a soundtrack provided by a gigantic robotic gamelan. What more could anyone want at a hackathon?

Our first-ever hack party kicked off this morning at TechShop San Francisco, marking the beginning of Boing Boing: Ingenuity, a two-day extravaganza of art, science and creativity.

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Boing Boing: Ingenuity is this weekend!

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Boing Boing: Ingenuity, our two day real world extravaganza, is upon us. Scientists. Artists. Makers. Writers. Designers. Musicians. Eccentrics. Boing Boing: Ingenuity brings our site off the screen and into the physical realm for the very first time. The experience 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. You can see the line-up here. It's vaudeville for Happy Mutants! For those who won't be there in person, don't fret. We will be documenting the entire weekend to share here in the coming weeks. Of course, if you yearn for a real-time window onto this unprecedented celebration of cleverness, curiosity, and wonder, we urge you to tune in (and turn on) to our social media channels -- @boingboing on Twitter and @boingboing on Instagram -- for on-the-scene snaps, videos, quotes, and links galore. The hashtag is #bbingenuity. Get illuminated.

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

Boing Boing Ingenuity in partnership with Ford C-Max.

Ariel Waldman on hacking science

Ariel Waldman is an open science pioneer, and we are delighted she will speak at our Boing Boing: Ingenuity theatrical experience on Sunday, August 18, in San Francisco! Not only that, but Ariel has been tirelessly working with us to orchestrate the Boing Boing Ingenuity: Data Driven hack day taking place the day before the live show.

As creator of Spacehack, lead instigator of the global Science Hack Day, and a "Future for Good" Fellow at Institute for the Future, Ariel is dedicated to instilling a sense of wonder, curiosity, and passion about science, and empowering everyone to get involved in scientific research. Ariel was recently honored by the White House as a "Champion of Change" dedicated to "increasing public engagement in science and science literacy." Above, watch Ariel talk open science in a recent interview for the Syfy channel.

Not going to be at Boing Boing: Ingenuity in person? We'll be sharing both days of the Boing Boing: Ingenuity experience through video and other media on the site starting this weekend and continuing over the coming weeks!

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

Adam Savage on simple ideas and big discoveries

Adam Savage is a happy mutant hero, a master maker with ethics, personality, warmth, and wit. We are honored that Adam, co-host of Mythbusters, co-founder of Tested, and BB contributor, will speak at our Boing Boing: Ingenuity theatrical experience on Sunday, August 18, in San Francisco! Won't be there in person? Don't fret! We'll be documenting the whole shebang on video for sharing on the site in the coming weeks! Meanwhile, here's Adam's take on "How Simple Ideas Lead To Scientific Discoveries."

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

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Boing Boing Ingenuity: A look at Ford's OpenXC real-time data platform

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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, in partnership with Ford C-Max. 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! (Read David's post about the hack day here.)

On Saturday, the hacker teams will be given the opportunity to use OpenXC, Ford's open-source platform that connects smart phones and tablets to real-time vehicle data, in their projects. Indeed, the theme of the hack day is "Data Driven." To learn more about OpenXC, we spoke to Ford Research Lab Leader TJ Giuli.

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Shovelman to play live at Boing Boing: Ingenuity

Isaac Frankle is a junkyard beatnik blues player who goes by the nickname Shovelman. Why? Check out his DIY geetar! Above, the video for his tune "Moonshine." Shovelman will play live at our Boing Boing: Ingenuity theatrical experience on Sunday, August 18, in San Francisco! Vaudeville for Happy Mutants, indeed.

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

Boing Boing Ingenuity: The Memory Palace live

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Nate DiMeo's The Memory Palace is one of my favorite podcasts ever. Each episode, less than 5 minutes in length, tells the story of an outré, surprising, forgotten, or secret bit of history. Nate is curious, witty, and an engaging presenter. We're delighted that Nate will be presenting The Memory Palace live at our Boing Boing: Ingenuity theatrical experience on Sunday, August 18, in San Francisco! To give you a taste of The Memory Palace, here are two recent episodes. Episode 55 is about the birth of dance marathons, and Episode 53 tells the story of scientific guinea pigs, starting with fruit fly astronauts.

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

Free tickets to Boing Boing: Ingenuity, August 18 in San Francisco

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On Sunday, August 18, Boing Boing: Ingenuity will transform a former Masonic Lodge into a living cabinet of curiosities featuring the likes of Adam Savage, Barn Owl, Seth Shostak, Tom Vanderbilt, Shovelman, Chris Noessel, and many other happy mutants! See the full line-up here! Would you like to be a guest at our mind-bending event celebrating creativity, and wonder?

We have a very limited number of tickets to give away! To enter, please post to the Boing Boing BBS forum about the most ingenious thing you've encountered this week, online or off. Please only enter if you definitely will attend the San Francisco event, Sunday 8/18, from 10am - 4:30pm! We'll pick our favorite posts and email details to the address you used to create your forum account. (Or you can list an alternate address in your entry.) You have until 11:59pm PDT tonight, Thursday 8/8. Good luck. Get illuminated.

Post here to enter to win a ticket!

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

Boing Boing Ingenuity: Seth Shostak and the search for ET

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"The aliens are in touch. Whenever I use my computer, they underline certain strange words on the screen ... It's a message."

That's an email received by Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the SETI Institute, a scientific organization seeking evidence of life beyond Earth. I'm thrilled that Seth will be speaking at Boing Boing: Ingenuity, our live theatrical experience taking place in San Francisco on August 18! (You'll have another chance to win tickets tomorrow, Thursday 8/8!) The SETI Institute are the ones listening for a phone call from ET. Seth is a delightful happy mutant, keeping an open mind and sense of humor about what it means to search for extraterrestrial intelligence, in the hope of better understanding the origin of life in the universe and our place in it. The email above is just one example of the inquiries he responds to daily. Seth's humility, patience, and warmth, even when presented with the deeply strange, is inspiring to me.

"I try to answer every one of these mails and phone calls because, after all, it's not a violation of physics to travel from one star system to another," he writes in a new essay. "Difficult as it is, I resist the temptation to become so hardened in my skepticism that I erect a shield against considering possible new evidence… Indeed, an inflexible mind-set is one of the two principal arguments made by the UFO community to explain why mainstream scientists are doubtful of their claims: They lament that pointy-headed scientists just won't look at the evidence. So I take that as a caution."

Don't miss Seth's essay, including an FAQ "for those who would call or write with extraordinary claims."

"Contact With Aliens? Think Before You Call." (HuffPo)

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

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)