A new mobile app called Monkeyparking allows people in San Francisco with good parking spots to auction them off when they're ready to leave, permitting circling rich people to engage in excitingly dangerous class warfare by bidding on spaces with their phones while they drive. The app's creators defend it as providing an "incentive" to leave your space for others to use. Read the rest
The respected Crimes Against Children Research Center reports that one in seven children is sexually exploited online. This figure is both credible and alarming. But the context is vital: as danah boyd writes, the average predator isn't a twisted older man trawling for kids; rather, "most children are sexually solicited by their classmates, peers, or young adults just a few years older than they are."
Now, it's absolutely possible for a child to sexually exploit another child, so this isn't to minimize the potential harm to kids. But for so long as we model the threat to kids as being weird, strange grownups, rather than the young people they know and see every day, we will fail to prepare them to comport themselves wisely and safely. Read the rest
French photographer Franck Bohbot's portfolio is filled with gorgeous, heartbreaking shots of ambitious movie palaces of yesteryear, as well as huge, vaulted swimming pools and other architectural marvels. He sells limited edition large-scale prints, but there's no sign of any art-books, which is a pity. Read the rest
I like Glen Mullaly's photo of these 1950s-era rocket ship toothbrush holders. Read the rest
Florida state senator Dwight Bullard thought that a proposed bill to legalize carrying concealed firearms during disaster evacuations was an incredibly stupid idea. So he proposed an amendment to rename the bill "An act relating to the zombie apocalypse." Both the bill and the amendment failed to pass the state legislature.
If you're serious about killing zombies, you don't want a gun, anyway. You want one of these. Read the rest
Back in March, I reviewed my Bell Bullitt TT. This incredible looking helmet is a lot of fun and now I have a couple hundred miles wearing it. My impression is still super positive, but I've learned a few things...
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Michael from Muckrock writes, "STFU: That's one of the license plates Virginia won't let its citizens register. In fact, Read the rest
It’s now been over a month since the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to force the Obama administration to declassify parts of the Committee’s landmark report on CIA torture, and the public still has not seen a word of the 6,000 page investigation. Read the rest
Jon says: "Corporate Avoidance is a free program we designed to unshackle you by taking advantage of the necessary evils of life as an editor.
Corporate Avoidance works by loading screenshots and animated gifs to make your computer look like it’s busy rendering, so you can set a predetermined amount of time to take a walk in the sun to that place that makes the good sandwiches, or pull the plug on a client who insists on sitting-in until the cows come home. You’ll be back at your desk just as your project finishes rendering, and people will think you can predict the weather.
It’s great for students, too — make your reserved lab computer look busy "rendering" so that no one uses it while you run downstairs for a Snapple!"
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Obviously, many things are better now than they were in the 50s and 60s, but clearly science fiction movie posters have fallen from glory. Here's Dark Roasted Blend's gallery of amazing and gorgeous sf movie posters and lobby cards from the great, lost heroic age. Read the rest
Sara from O'Reilly writes, "Can we stop DRM here, 'fight tooth and nail to keep DRM out of web browsers '[as] a quarantine measure?' as Jeremy Keith suggests? Can we hit the pause button on efforts to lock down everything that might ever be for sale? Or will we find out just how toxic DRM can be when it's far too late?
While we continue to remind folks of the ineffectiveness of DRM, it's ultimately up to you to take a stand. Together, we can take back those keys.
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In Celebration of *Day Against DRM*
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Skillshare is a online learning community that costs $10 a month. Subscribers get access to hundreds of video classes on a wide variety of topics. I have two classes on Skillshare that were released today. One is called Introduction to Arduino: Creating Interactive Projects, and the other is called Introduction to DIY: Becoming a Maker. I'm excited to have discussions with the folks who take my classes! Read the rest
How did a modern human skull and orangutan jawbone get successfully passed off as the ancient remains of a human ancestor? Let's explore the strange story of Piltdown Man. Read the rest
A great piece of anti-mammal propaganda, created by artist Benjamin Dewey. You can buy a copy of the print on Etsy. Read the rest
Slate's Sarah Richardson has a really interesting post about a recent study of genes found on human sex chromosomes. The study concluded that these genes are very similar, whether you're looking at a Y chromosome or an X. But the news stories were all about speculation on how those genes might make men and women different. Read the rest
[Video Link] My new book came out today. It's called Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects.
The books is focused on teaching girls lifelong skills -- like computer programming, musicality, and how to use basic hand tools -- as well as how to be creative problem solvers. The book’s twenty-four projects include:
• Drawbot, a lively contraption that draws abstract patterns all by itself
• Ice Cream Sandwich Necklace
• Antigravity Jar
• Silkscreened T-Shirt
• Retro Arcade Video Game
• Host a Podcast
• Lunchbox Guitar
• Kite Video Camera
Above, a video about the Friendstrument, an electronic musical instrument girls can play with friends. Tomorrow, I'll run the complete step-by-step instructions for building it here on Boing Boing. If you can't wait that long, you may purchase the entire Maker Dad book with all 24 projects as a Kindle ebook right now for $5.99.
Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects
(Thanks to Eric Mittleman for directing and editing the video!) Read the rest
One year ago today
Stormtrooper on a unicycle: Something something a little short something something.
Five years ago today
Groundbreaking Kansas rep netroots candidate takes another run at election with a new XKCD-style toon: Sean Tevis is the "candidate from the Internet" who caused an enormous stir when he financed a run at Kansas State Rep by soliciting micro-donations from people around the Internet who were inspired by an XKCD-style comic about his vision for the state.
Ten years ago today
Profile of Iraqi torture woman: Her name is Lynndie England, she's 21, and she comes from a "backwoods world" West Virginia. Read the rest