Five years of being intimidated by the Harvard Bluebook's copyright policies

Rogue archivist Carl Malamud sez, "For five years, Professor Frank Bennett, a distinguished legal scholar at Nagoya University School of Law, has been trying to add Bluebook Support to Zotero, the open source citation tool used all over the world.

Professor Bennett asked Harvard Law Review for permission. They said no. He asked again. They said no again. He secured Larry Lessig as his lawyer. They said no to Lessig. I pitched in and got a bunch of angry letters from the most expensive law firm in Boston. Even a flaming headline in Boing Boing wasn't enough to get the Harvard Law Review off their $2 million/year revenue stream to permit a little bit of innovation.

Frank Bennett finally said the hell with it after asking nicely for 5 years, and has now released Read the rest

Author: My dad was the Zodiac Killer

Gary Stewart, author of a new memoir The Most Dangerous Animal Of All, is the latest person to claim he has proof of the real, true identity of the infamous Zodiac Killer of 1960s northern California; he says the killer was his late father, Earl Van Best, Jr. Read the rest

A tough second in the markets

A whack of (presumed) fat-fingered orders caused a massive, one-second drop in stock-trading yesterday; the trades fell through the cracks in the anti-flash-crash stuff that's supposed to keep the high-frequency traders from destroying the planet. Read the rest

This Day in Blogging History: Rob Ford smokes crack; danah boyd on kids' net usage; Scalzi's advice to LGBT newlyweds

One year ago today Gawker reporter claims to have seen video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack: Gawker's John Cook was contacted by a tipster who offered to sell him a video of Toronto mayor Rob Ford smoking crack for more than $40K.

Five years ago today How kids use the net now, from danah boyd: They don't use Twitter. When asked, teens always say that they'll use their preferred social network site (or social media service) FOREVER as a sign of their passion for it now. If they expect that they'll "grow out of it", it's a sign that the service is waning among that group at this very moment. So they're not a good predictor of their own future usage.

Ten years ago today

Advice to newlyweds: John Scalzi, a very talented humour writer and novelist (I like to think of him as the "edgy Dave Barry"), has written a bunch of notes for the newly married gays and lesbians of Massachusetts. Read the rest

How advocacy beat ACTA in Europe

James Losey writes, "After the defeat of SOPA and PIPA in the United States attention turned to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in Europe. Like SOPA and PIPA, ACTA raised concerns that excessive measure to enforce copyright online would limit freedom of expression online. And while the approval by European Parliament once seemed inevitable, protests across Europe and advocacy by civil society lead to Parliament rejecting the Agreement in July 2012. But the protest, while highly visible, represented only a portion of the networked advocacy against ACTA in Europe." Read the rest

New footage of FDR walking

A new bit of footage showing President Franklin Delano Roosevelt walking, a rare sight after he was paralyzed by polio, was publicly shown for the first time; the clip was shot in 1937 at Washington, DC's Griffith Stadium by baseball player Jimmie DeShong. Read the rest

Snapshots from an American city square, 1973

A 1973 snapshot from Fountain Square in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I grew up but unfortunately was too young to make the scene documented in the photos below and at Retronaut. (via Dave Rosser)

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Cloud computers are computers you can only use with someone else's permission

As Adobe Creative Suite struggles with its license-server outage, stranding creative professionals around the world without a way of earning their living, a timely reminder: a cloud computer is a computer you're only allowed to use if the phone company and a DRM-peddling giant like Adobe gives you permission, and they can withdraw that permission at any time. Read the rest

The amazing carousel animal art of Tim Racer

The carved work of Tim Racer commemorates beloved dogs in the style of 19th-century carousel animals.

History of Colorforms

Over at Collectors Weekly, our pal Ben Marks talks to the co-inventor of the wonderful classic toy Colorforms, simply a pack of die-cut vinyl shapes and a board to stick them on, invented in 1951 and available to this day: Read the rest

The lie about Edward Snowden that just won't die

The biggest falsehood spread by government advocates about Edward Snowden is that he took 1.7 million documents from the NSA.

Judges read XKCD

Mitchell sez, "On May 14 the California Court of Appeal issued an opinion [PDF] in Digital Music News v. Superior Court, relating to copyright infringement litigation over Grooveshark. The opinion, which held that website owners don't have to turn over the identities of anonymous commenters, drops an XKCD reference near its end: 'We will not lightly lend the subpoena power of the courts to prove, in essence, that Someone Is Wrong On The Internet.'" Read the rest

Swiss buffet restaurant fines patrons who waste food

A restaurant in Switzerland famous for its abundant buffet offerings has imposed a new rule: "No one is allowed to waste food; and if you do so, you will be charged five francs extra." Read the rest

A beautiful bug (Boing Boing Flickr Pool)

Boing Boing reader Jethro Stamps shot some gorgeous macro images of an unidentified insect, and shared them in our BB Flickr pool. Read the rest

Starfish wasting syndrome has spread to Oregon

Scientists still don't know what causes a mysterious disease responsible for widespread sea star die-offs, but they do know it has spread to a new area: the Oregon Coast.

Sea stars infected with the disease physically deteriorate before they die. In some cases, afflicted arms break off from the sea star’s body and walk away before dissolving completely. Scientists suspect a bacteria or virus is causing it, but they don’t know for sure. Until April, there had only been a few cases reported in Oregon.

More: PBS NewsHour. Read the rest

Video: stunning art installation of thread and light

Video of a magical architectural installation of an illuminated web of threads, titled "Line Segments Space" (2013), by Seoul design studio Kimchi and Chips. Read the rest

The Idaho governor's race is very entertaining

The race for governor in Idaho is full of highly entertaining characters. My favorite is Walt Bayes, aka Apocalypse Santa, who said in his opening statement during the recent debates that he has "77 descendants" and is running on a platform of Apocalypse Awareness and opposition to abortion. Read the rest

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