Caturmonday: Caption this

"Segundo," a photograph shared in the Boing Boing Flickr pool by Boing Boing reader Bill of Providence, Rhode Island. It begs for image-macro-fication. Read the rest

Peter Molyneux reloads

Game designer Peter Molyneux—almost as legendary for unfulfilled ambitions as for classics such as Populous and Magic Carpetwas inspired to quit and start over when a twitter doppleganger's merciless parodies of his grandiose plans started to remind him of himself. [Wired] Read the rest

Italian scientists guilty of manslaughter after failing to predict L'Aquila quake; face 6 years in prison (updated)

In Italy, scientists are charged with manslaughter for failing to predict a 2009 quake.

Police officer Edward Krawetz earned a 10-year suspended sentence for beating a woman on the street. But he didn't lose his job, because it's nearly impossible to fire a bad cop. Read the rest

Soon, AOL will "got mail" again

America Online has developed a web-based email service called Alto (, and early reports sure sound promising. Alto is not a new email provider (no email addresses, at least not yet), but an inbox-replacement for your current email address(es). Read your Gmail, Yahoo, Mac, or other accounts; import Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter messages. Nicholas Carlson at Business Insider has a review. Mat Honan at Wired gave it a whirl. Daniel Terdiman at CNET liked it. The service is launching as a private beta, with public availability sometime in Q1 2013. Alto is free for now, but expect ads or a paid "premium" option later on. It's browser-based, and there's an HTML5 version optimized for iPad (and, presumably, other tablets).

(Screengrab from Business Insider's review.) Read the rest

Make a papercraft skeleton

Over at Digitprop, a free PDF to make this delightful papercraft skeleton. Read the rest

Elfquest: the ways of insects

Page 7 of The Final Quest: Prologue is published online-first for the first time here at Boing Boing. First time reader? You're a few issues behind. Read the rest

Man "mistakes" girl for skunk, shoots

"Police say a costumed 9-year-old girl was accidentally shot outside a western Pennsylvania home during a Halloween party by a relative who thought she was a skunk." What, don't you go skunk-shooting at Halloween parties? [ABC News] Read the rest

Kindle user claims Amazon deleted whole library without explanation

When your Kindle is wiped by Amazon without explanation, refund, or appeal, it's time to wake up and realize the truth: ebook readers treat you as a tenant-farmer of your books, not an owner. You have no rights, only a license-agreement that runs to thousands of words, and that you'll never fully satisfy.

Cory in Vancouver and Victoria today, then Seattle, Toronto and Boston

Hey, Vancouver and Victoria! Today I wrap up my Pirate Cinema tour weekend in Van with an appearance for the BC Civil Liberties Association and the Centre for Digital Media at 11AM at the Great Northern Way Campus, then I jump on a sea-plane and head to Victoria for a talk tonight at Bolen Books at 7PM. Tomorrow I'll be flying to Seattle for a pair of appearances there (University Bookstore at 1215h, Elliott Bay Books at 19h). From there, it's on to Toronto for a talk on-stage with China Mieville at the Harbourfront International Festival of Authors, and then I'm in Boston for the Boston Book Festival. Here's the whole tour schedule. Read the rest