Johann Sebastian Bach vs. Riff Raff: "Coffee in tha MayBACH."

Dylan Mitchell-Funk: "BACH x RiFF RAFF -- COFFEE iN THA MAYBACH." [Video Link] Read the rest

Breaking Pulp

Illustrator Jim Rugg drew this cover in the EC Comics style to commemorate the end of "Breaking Bad," and shared it in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

Read our recap of this great television drama's finale here. Read the rest

A lovely Aurora Borealis photo, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr pool

"Time Stops for Nobody," by Boing Boing reader Ben Leshchinsky, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. The Aurora Borealis swirls above an abandoned gold mine, 100 miles south of the Arctic Circle in Canada. Read the rest

'This is what it sounds like when dudes cry,' a monologue by Jeff Simmermon

[Video Link]. My friend Jeff Simmermon, in the video above, explains:

I haven't had a really good cry since 2009 or so, until I got married this June. That changed in a hurry. I told this story at The Moth this summer at Housing Works. I can't tell if I like it or not, it's a work in progress - just like the rest of life, I think. I ran this by my wife and she's cool with it, anyway. If you like stuff like this, you should know that I run a storytelling/standup/burlesque variety show every month at UCB East here in NYC. It's usually the second Thursday of the month at 11PM. We have a good time. For more stories, art, and weirdness, you can visit my blog.

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The artists of Weirdo: where are they now?

Weirdo was one of my favorite magazines of the 1980s. Started by Robert Crumb in 1981, it's where I learned about The Church of the SubGenius, Stanislav Szukalski, and lots of amazing artists. Over at the Last Gasp blog, Janelle has written a "Where are they now" post about the artists of Weirdo.

She writes, "There were about 85 contributors over the course of Weirdo’s 28-issue run. Some of these artists went on to have life-long comics careers (Dan Clowes, Gary Panter, Peter Bagge, etc) while others have faded into the shadows, their work in Weirdo being all the more precious as a result. Although I may prove not to have the fortitude (read: masochism) to track down all 85 Weirdo contributors, I’d like to start by checking in to see what some of my favorite Weirdo artists are doing now…" Read the rest

This Day in Blogging History: Handmade barristers' wigs; Palin thinks men and dinosaurs co-existed; FBI invokes PATRIOT Act on Adrian Lamo

One year ago today

A website for elaborately handmade barrister's wigs: The Hong Kong-based company claims their primary clientele are legal professionals, but Judicial cosplayers and barrister fetishists can also plunk down hundreds to thousands of dollars for handmade wigs stitched from the finest Australian and Mongolian pony hair.

Five years ago today

Palin believes dinosaurs and men once coexisted: Palin told him that "dinosaurs and humans walked the Earth at the same time," Munger said. When he asked her about prehistoric fossils and tracks dating back millions of years, Palin said "she had seen pictures of human footprints inside the tracks," recalled Munger.

Ten years ago today FBI invokes Patriot Act against reporters covering Adrian Lamo case: The FBI is demanding that several reporters retail any notes or communication records pertaining to Adrian Lamo, the "Homeless Hacker" who turned himself in to Federal Authorities earlier this month. Read the rest

Listen to a story told in a 6000-year-old extinct language

English — along with a whole host of languages spoken in Europe, India, and the Middle East — can be traced back to an ancient language that scholars call Proto Indo-European. Now, for all intents and purposes, Proto Indo-European is an imaginary language. Sort of. It's not like Klingon or anything. It is reasonable to believe it once existed. But nobody every wrote it down so we don't know exactly what "it" really was. Instead, what we know is that there are hundreds of languages that share similarities in syntax and vocabulary, suggesting that they all evolved from a common ancestor.

Of course, that very quickly leads to attempts to reconstruct what said ancestral language might have sounded like. In the track above, you can listen to University of Kentucky linguist Andrew Byrd recite a fable in reconstructed Proto Indo-European. Archaeology magazine helpfully provides a translation: Read the rest

Coins painted as fictional characters

Andre Levy, a designer in Frankfurt, likes to paint coins. It looks like fun! Read the rest

A rather horrible accounting of what happens if an astronaut floats off into space

The good news: There's a contingency plan for this sort of thing, involving the use an emergency jetpack that can (hopefully) stabilize you and help you maneuver back to the ISS. The bad news: If the jetpack fails, you're pretty much screwed. And you've got 7.5 hours of breathable air to consume while you think about that fact. Read the rest

Live-stream two days of public lectures on physics and cosmology

The Nobel Conference is an annual event at Minnesota's Gustavus Adolphus College that brings in scientists from around the world to talk to the general public about a given theme. This year, the conference is focusing on physics and cosmology, from tiny particles to massive features of the Universe outside our own solar system. The conference runs all day tomorrow and Wednesday and you can watch the whole thing on a live stream. Lawrence Krauss will be speaking Wednesday at 1:00 central. Read the rest

Video: How to make chocolate out of nothing

In this video, Mariano Tomatis shows how to create chocolate out of nothing. Here is his explanation of this wonderful phenomenon, known as a missing square or vanishing area puzzle. (Thanks, Ferdinando Buscema!) Read the rest

The science of to-do lists

Research says "to-do" lists don't work, writes Daniel Markovitz at Harvard Business Review. That's not exactly what he means, though. Instead of condemning the very idea of "to-do" lists, Markovitz piece makes an interesting case for re-thinking how you use those lists. If you're throwing a jumble of stuff to be done onto a page, that's probably not going to be terribly effective. A better solution involves breaking down how various tasks fit into allotted spaces of time on specific days, and setting up that more realistic list as a part of your routine, rather than just magnetizing it to the refrigerator. Basically, it's not that "to-do" lists suck. It's that some people probably aren't using them effectively. Read the rest

NASA publishes first Curiosity research papers behind a paywall; Michael Eisen sets them free

Want to read the first research published from NASA's Mars Curiosity expedition? That'll be $20, per paper, for a one-day pass. Or, at least, that's how much it would cost you to read those reports through Science, the journal that published them. Last Thursday, Michael Eisen, a biologist who founded the open-access journal Public Library of Science, put up a blog post in which he released free pdfs for all five of NASA's Curiosity papers. Meanwhile, Mother Jones has a profile on Eisen, which goes more in-depth into his campaign to make taxpayer-funded research more easily available to the taxpayers, themselves. Read the rest

Mazzy Star's first LP in 17 years

The stunning sound of Mazzy Star has returned with Seasons Of Your Day, the first LP from the duo of Hope Sandoval and David Roback in 17 years. It's gorgeous, pulling the thread of their earlier work through an acoustic twilight experienced in the Hollywood Hills back when Fleetwood Mac, Joni Mitchell, and Gram Parsons were making the scene. Mazzy Star: Seasons Of Your Day Read the rest

Twitter party game/Prisoners' Dilemma: "I Eat Poo"

Jeremy Bornstein proposes a party game/Prisoners' Dilemma variant called "I Eat Poo," in which the players pass their phones to their left and invite the player there to type (but not send) an embarrassing message into their own Twitter account. Phones are handed back and each player gets to decide whether to allow the message to be posted, or to forfeit $20 to the message-writer; the phones are handed back to the message-writer, and the hand-over may also include a covert $20 payoff. The climax comes when the final accounting is made: if everyone has paid $20, or no one has paid $20, then nothing happens (the messages aren't posted). Otherwise, the paid-up don't get posted, the unpaid do, and the pot is split among the message-writers. Read the rest

IKEA selling solar panels

IKEA has now started selling solar panels in the UK. According the Associated Press, "a standard, all-black 3.36 kilowatt system for a semi-detached home will cost 5,700 British pounds ($9,200) and will include an in-store consultation and design service as well as installation, maintenance and energy monitoring service." Feel free to suggest funny faux-Swedish product names in the comments. Read the rest

'Breaking Bad,' Season 5, Episode 16, 'Felina': review

Kevin McFarland on the final, magnificent episode of Breaking Bad, which by any calculation was a 100% pure, crystal-blue cook. Spoilers.

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