Glenn Greenwald's keynote at Freedom to Connect 2013

Joly sez, "On March 4-5 2013 the Internet Society's North America Bureau webcast the Freedom to Connect 2013 conference in Washington DC. One keynote speaker was Glenn Greenwald, who has recently come to international attention as the journalist who broke the NSA surveillance story. In his hour long speech, he talks about Aaron Swartz, the imbalance of justice, the growth of the surveillance state, the nature of power in the digital age, and its implications for Internet freedom. There are a couple of small glitches in the recording, for which we apologize."

VIDEO: Glenn Greenwald keynote at Freedom to Connect 2013 #f2c #netfreedom #prism

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Durian McFlurry at McDonald's Singapore

McDonald's Singapore is selling a "Durian Crunch McFlurry" that combines soft-serve ice-cream with everyone's favorite stinkily delicious T-Rex-testicle-looking fruit. It sells for S$2.80 or about USD2.23. Singapore sports many spectacular shave-ice dessert places that combine durian with things like kidney beans, sweet corn and candied fruit (serving durian cold suppresses some of the eye-watering perfume), and I'd have one of those over anything McHorrible's produces any day.

Our newest McFlurry from McDonald's

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Watch 2013 Obama debate 2006 Biden on NSA surveillance

Watch then-Senator Joe Biden from 2006 directly refute each point made by his now-boss, President Barack Obama, about the NSA surveillance program at a news conference last week.

Dave Maass and Trevor Timm at the Electronic Frontier Foundation write:

After a leaked FISA court document revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) is vacuuming up private data on millions of innocent Americans by collecting all the phone records of Verizon customers, President Obama responded by saying "let's have a debate" about the scope of US surveillance powers.

At EFF, we couldn't agree more. It turns out, President Obama's most formative debate partner over the invasiveness of NSA domestic surveillance could his Vice President Joe Biden.

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Bookstore porthole

This wonderful porthole-made-of-books is part of the design for the John W. Doull Bookseller store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and warrants a side-trip all on its own.

John W. Doull Bookseller

(via That Book Smell)

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"Guccifer" hacks email, Facebook accounts of Obama appointee who leads U.S. Nuclear Security Agency

Neile Miller, the Obama administration official who heads the agency responsible for maintaining America's nuclear stockpile and for tracking down “loose nukes” worldwide is the latest victim of “Guccifer.” Her Facebook account was recently breached by the hacker, who is also said to have illegally accessed one of Miller’s personal e-mail accounts. [The Smoking Gun] Read the rest

"My Dad Was in a Band," blog archiving vintage bands and the Dads in them

Just in time for Father's Day:

At Dangerous Minds, Richard Metzger explains the insane story that led to the blog's launch.

Was your dad in a band? Well, they're accepting submissions. Read the rest

Watch and listen live to your favorite bands playing Bonnaroo

If you're too old, broke, tied to your job, or crowd-phobic to have made it to Bonnaroo in person but still want to hear all the bands, no sweat bro! Just tune in on Ustream.

A noteworthy Reddit AMA: "I am James Bamford, one of the journalists investigating the NSA"

Keith Alexander, head of the National Security Administration. Illustration for WIRED by Mark Weaver

Journalist James Bamford did a Reddit AMA today.

He's been covering the NSA's hijinx for three decades, and has written a number of books and magazine articles about the agency. He's also the author of a WIRED cover story about new NSA chief Keith Alexander, which we blogged here.

"Spying on people’s phone calls, emails, web searches, and social media streams is just one element of Alexander’s job," says Bamford on Reddit. "It goes so much deeper." Read the rest

The first things ever posted at famous websites

Thiswasafirst collects the first postings ever published at some of the web's most well-known sites. Behold Jack Dorsey's first tweet, Yakov Lapitsky's first YouTube upload, and Brad Fitzpatrick's first Livejournal entry. We're honored to be featured among the greats: they also showcased Mark's first linkpost at Boing Boing, posted January 2000. Streettech's still live, too! Read the rest

What we're reading—"Gather," a food-centric journal of culture

Gather Journal, Spring/Summer 2013 issue.

About their wonderful publication launched just about a year ago, Michele Outland and Fiorella Valdesolo say: "We started Gather because of a shared love of food and cooking, and a desire to create a magazine with staying power on your bookshelf; one that you could return to again and again for inspiration. If we can, with our recipes, words, and images, inspire a great meal and maybe a smile, then we are satisfied."

Janet Leigh's legendary shower scene in "Psycho," inspiration for the pie above.

I'm satisfied. After seeing a mention in the Instagram feed of a favorite LA chef, I picked up the latest issue: a film-inspired “Rough Cut” edition.

The cover photo is a pie recipe tableau inspired by the shower scene in Hitchcock's "Psycho." Read the rest

Tank Girl cosplay

KayLynn-Syrin's Tank Girl cosplay is just about the greatest bringing-to-life of one of my fave comic characters I've ever seen.

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Book-lined staircase

A mysterious and magnificent book-lined staircase, provenance unknown. Do you know where this is?

Update: Thanks to sleuthy commenters, who suggest that the photo depicts this staircase, at Australia's Deakin University Library, possibly taken by RuthC and for sale here.

29 October, 2012

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Watch the latest hand-picked videos in Boing Boing's video archives

Among the most recent video posts you will find on our video archive page:

• Superheroes help kids fight cancer

• Neil Young loves model trains

• Art of Punk videos

• Faces deformed by rubber bands

• Long-lost Nazi diary from Hitler confidant found

• Beautiful video of a supercell thunderstorm

• How do Russians pee in space?

• Letterman: "Are those your drums?"

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Leaked memo details NSA talking points on Prism

A leaked memo apparently sets out the NSA's "talking points" to its defenders in government who are discussing the situation with the press and critics. Mike Masnick at TechDirt has a point-by-point rebuttal of what is, overall, a very weak document. It's almost as though the NSA has grown accustomed to getting its own way by sneaking around behind America's back and doing whatever it wants, rather than by setting out its case with compelling logic:

The news articles have been discussing what purports to be a classified, lawfully-authorized order that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA Court) issued under an Act of Congress – the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Under this Act, the FISA Court authorized a collection of business records. There is no secret program involved here – it is strictly authorized by a U.S. statute.

"There is no secret program here"? Bullshit. Why, then, have so many people, both in the Congress and the public been shocked at the extent to which the NSA is snarfing up data? This is a secret program, enabled by a secret interpretation of the FISA Amendments Act, by the FISA Court, which the DOJ and the NSA insist the public is not allowed to know. Yes, it's a secret program. Saying otherwise is simply lying.

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If the NSA's Prism is no big deal, why was Yahoo in court fighting it?

Top lawyers for Yahoo argued in a secret court in Washington that the company should not be forced to assist the government in spying on "certain foreign users, without a warrant," which Yahoo had refused on the grounds that such broad requests were unconstitutional."The judges disagreed. That left Yahoo two choices: Hand over the data or break the law. So Yahoo became part of the National Security Agency’s secret Internet surveillance program, Prism, according to leaked N.S.A. documents, as did seven other Internet companies." [NYT] Read the rest

Superformula against cancer: Superhero chemotherapy for child cancer patients in Brazil

Ad agency JWT Brazil created a "Superformula" to fight cancer. Here's a video explaining the project. They worked with the A.C. Camargo Cancer Center in Brazil and another agency client, Warner Bros., to transform chemotherapy into "superformula" with hopes of changing child patients' negative perception of the treatment.

As someone who has gone through the hell that is chemotherapy as an adult, I love this idea and wish I'd had some myself. Read the rest

Buzz Aldrin speaks out against Tang

According to Buzz Aldrin though, "Tang sucks." (NBC News) Read the rest

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