Nine Inch Nails video by David Lynch

Earlier this month, I posted about Nine Inch Nails' new single "Came Back Haunted." Here is the new video directed by none other than David Lynch.

  Nine Inch Nails' new single, and all the prior ones too - Boing Boing Mash-up: "Call Me Maybe" vs. "Head Like A Hole" - Boing Boing Read the rest

Digi-Comp II: teaching computing with pachinko balls

I posted in 2011 about the Digi-Comp I, a 1963 mechanical digital computer made of polystyrene and used to teach the fundamentals of boolean logic, binary, and computer programming. I'd just discovered that Evil Mad Scientist Labs sells a wooden version of its successor, the Digi-Comp II, which uses a pachinko-style marble-run to do the same thing (the Evil version is CNC-milled and laser-cut). They call it a "Rolling-Ball Binary Digital Mechanical Computer." It is both beautiful and very clever indeed.

Overall, it is slightly smaller than the original (mid 1960′s) Digi-Comp II, which used half-inch diameter glass marbles. Rather than marbles, we’ve opted for pachinko balls, which are shiny steel balls 11 mm (about 7/16") in diameter. Using the smaller size has allowed us to reduce some of the feature sizes, and reduce the overall size of the machine from 14×28.5″ to 10×24", while retaining all of the original functions and remaining finger-friendly.

The Digi-Comp II: First Edition is CNC carved from rock-solid half-inch hardwood plywood, laser-engraved to provide it with labels, and hand fitted with over 60 laser-cut parts. It comes assembled, tested, and ready to use.

It sells for $279.

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Help name California's pot legalization bill

Peacelove sez, "The good folks at need your help naming the 2014 Cannabis Legalization Act. The Act itself has been open source written (the full text can be seen and modified) and is aiming to be the most tightly-crafted, airtight act possible.

Finding the right name is crucial, too.

I like 'Cannabis & Hemp Freedom Act of 2014," since it contains the correct and underused names for the plant and combines them with 'Freedom,' something for which I think a lot of Americans would like the chance to vote YES." Read the rest

Cheech and Chong podcast interview

The July 27 episode of the WTF podcast has an excellent hour-and-a-half interview with Cheech and Chong. It turns out they had very interesting lives before they got together to form the incredibly successful comedy duo. Tommy Chong was the guitar player in a Motown-label rhythm and blues band, and Cheech Marin was a music journalist and Vietnam war protester. I imagine both of them are close to 70 years old now, but they sound exactly the same as I remember them on their LP records from the early 1970s. This was a delightful interview.

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New Pixies video for "Bagboy"

Only last week, The Pixies announced that bassist Kim Deal had left the band. Now they have a new single that seems to be about bad breath, with some backing vocals that sound a lot like Kim, but apparently are not her. It's a super weird song that is rapidly growing on me, and the video is pretty entertaining too. You can download a free mp3 of "Bagboy"at their website. Read the rest

Big Star documentary and soundtrack

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is the new documentary about the mythic, incredible, and commercially unsuccessful rock band formed in the early 1970s in Memphis by Alex Chilton, Jody Stephens, Chris Bell, and Any Hummel. Their three albums #1 Record, Radio City, and Third/Sister Lovers, influenced everyone from REM and The Replacement to Afghan Whigs and Wilco. The film's companion soundtrack album, out this week, is an excellent compilation of demos, alternate mixes, and rare recordings that will delight both longtime fans and those who are (gasp) new to the overwhelmingly awesome Big Star sound. Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me soundtrack (Amazon) Read the rest

Advanced Useless Machine

Earlier this week, Mark posted a fancy Useless Machine that had all sorts of exciting behaviors when you turned it on. But I think I prefer the Useless machine advanced edition, with its many switches and prodding metal fingers, built from organs harvested from a donor printer. Looking back into the archives, I see we've made quite a habit of posting about the amazing Useless Machine phenomenon.

Useless machine advanced edition

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Second generation Peace Pilgrim makes second attempt to promote world peace

If you missed the greatThis American Life's episode from 2009 about Daryl Watson's short-lived but laudable attempt to "walk across the country in order to promote world peace and bring harmony to all nations" you might wonder from time-to-time what he is up to. This morning, I was telling my daughter about the original Peace Pilgrim, and so I looked up Daryl and learned that he started his second pilgrimage yesterday. Good luck, Daryl!

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Comics Rack: Boing Boing's comics picks for June 2013

It's summertime! Go outside and read a comic! Or stay inside and read a comic. Personally, I like to read comics inside door jambs -- it splits the difference and is the safest place to be during an earthquake! These are the sorts of quality comics-reading tips you can expect from your friends at the Boing Boing Comics Rack.

Drawn to New York By Peter Kuper PM Press

This book is, frankly, just too large to attempt to read on a crowded downtown “6” train on a Saturday night -- the guy leaning off the pole next to you will keep bumping into you as he sways slowly, back and forth. And all of a sudden you’re the asshole, because you’re trying to read some beautiful, hardcover graphic novel on a too hot and sticky early night in June. And then maybe a fight will break out in the next car over, between two women. You can’t hear a word of it, but it’s a sort of delicate dance of hand signals and bobbing heads still visible through pollution-frosted windows. And then a man will apologize to the car before telling the sad story of the family he’s trying to support on an income of change and crumpled dollar bills, and some break dancing teens will flip to Michael Jackson songs, their flying sneakers repeatedly coming far too close to your downward-facing head for comfort.

I don’t know that it was the best way to enjoy such a thing. Peter Kuper packs a million shapes and colors and emotions into a page, and if you look up for a moment at the two young women have a loud conversation about their sex lives, you’ll probably miss a solid 100 thousand. Read the rest

Gentleman may be angriest guitar player of all time

I feel bad for him, because he is obviously in great emotional distress. And yet, I cannot stop watching or laughing. [Video Link, via Robert Popper] Read the rest

Remain with your host

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K-Tel Big Foot Snowshoes on eBay

If Xeni's post sold you, there is a lovely looking pair on Ebay. Read the rest

China's version of the NSA's Prism: Golden Shield

"China’s surveillance system is extremely wild, there are no rules governing it that are worth speaking of,” says a Beijing lawyer named Xie Yanyi, who filed a public information request with the police to reveal how China’s own surveillance operations work. The New York Times reports that "he filed the request as a private citizen, said there were three programs in particular he wanted to know more about: Golden Shield, Great Wall and Green Dam." Read the rest

Why are so many US government documents classified?

Ronan Farrow, who was an official in the first Obama administration, says leakers aren't the US government's greatest security problem. "The real concern: why are so many US government documents classified? By keeping too many secrets, America has created fertile ground for government distrust and more leaks." [Comment is free |, via @miafarrow] Read the rest

On Snowden coverage, and how natsec smears the messengers

Jack Shafer wins the day with this headline for his critique of media attacks following the Snowden leaks: "What an NSA charm offensive looks like." Read the rest

Secret no-fly list blamed for American citizen's nightmare detention in Bangkok

"The shrouded U.S. no-fly list continues to maroon U.S. citizens overseas who are trying to get home," according to this Los Angeles times report. "The 10-night ordeal of a Pomona medical student in a dank airport detention area is called the latest example." Said the innocent traveler in a phone interview, "They treat you like an animal." Read the rest

Two "bold spaces": 1935, 1942

On the Vintage Ads LJ group, NoLuck_Boston posts a pair of ads for "bold spaces," the first from 1948, the second from 1935, a two-frame timelapse. I love the busyness of 1935's Chinoise car-wreck, prefer it to 1942's modernism.

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