Cat Paint, Bike GPS, and an Audeze headphones giveaway [Gadgets 006]

In each episode of Gadgets the editors and friends of Boing Boing recommend technology they love and use. This time Xeni, Jason, and Mark talk about Cat Paint for iOS, a GPS device for bikes, ambient sound maker for human babies, a great $14 pocket knife, a wireless home security camera, plus an exclusive giveaway for a pair of Audeze LCD 2 Bamboo ($1,000 value)!

Blogging History: By His Things Will You Know Him; Crashed botnet prices; State of Wireless London

One year ago today

By His Things Will You Know Him: A sad story about the Internet of Things, written for the Institute for the Future's "Coming Age of Networked Matter" (podcast, too!)

Five years ago today Have botnet prices crashed? John Gilmore told me he thought accounts of the spread of botnets (massive networks of virus-compromised machines that can be used in concert to send spam, attack servers, etc) were overblown, because if botnets were really all-pervasive, then the price of using them should have crashed.

Ten years ago today

State of Wireless London: Julian Priest has written an excellent report on the state of "Wireless London" -- the wheres and hows of WiFi in the city. Read the rest

Kickstarting a documentary about Moondog, the blind, homeless father of minimalist music

Michael sez, "One of my all-time favourite composers was a blind street musician, Louis T Hardin, who went by the stage name Moondog and who performed on the streets of Manhattan from the 1940s through to 1974. Philip Glass, Charlie Parker, Benny Goodman and Steve Reich were all apparently fans; Janis Joplin and the Kronos Quartet have covered his songs; and he's admired by modern musicians from Jarvis Cocker to John Zorn to Mr Scruff (and I reckon I can hear his influence on Stereolab, too, as well as on a whole host of loop-based electronic music)." Read the rest

Boilermaker-ready bomb shotglasses

Thinkgeek's Bombs Away Shot Glasses ($15/4) are perfect for boilermakers but would also make nice bar glass for general shots. The bases are weighted metal, while the tops are plastic.

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James Bond Gunbarrel Sequences 1962-2012

[Video Link] Andy Ihnatko can come up with interesting things to say about anything you put in front of him. (That's why I love Andy's podcast.)

Call it The McDonalds Syndrome. I have long held that a Big Mac Meal is one of the tastiest things on the planet, provided you haven’t had it in at least a month. It’s junk, but it targets our pleasure centers with a certain amount of precision and flair.

If you last had a Big Mac a week ago, it’s just okay. If you ate McDonalds yesterday, you’ll probably end up wondering why the hell you keep doing this to yourself.

And so it goes with the Bond movies. If you haven’t seen a Bond film in a couple of years, it’s one of the most entertaining nights you can spend at the movies. If Netflix recommends “Diamonds Are Forever” because it knows you watched “Thunderball” last week…it’s just okay. A James Bond marathon on cable will put you off of talking moving pictures entirely.

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Rare 'Honey Moon' tonight. Turn away from the internet long enough to enjoy it.

Friday the 13th, 2014: A rare "honey moon" in the sky. June’s full moon is known by that name because of all the full moons each year, it is most likely to give off an amber glow. Read the rest

California baby is said to be first to be born with genome fully sequenced

In MIT Technology review, a feature about how an infant delivered last week in California is believed to be the first healthy human born in the USA "with his entire genetic makeup deciphered in advance." Read the rest

American, Delta, and United just reduced size limits for carry-on bags. Will yours fit?

If you're planning to fly on American, Delta, or United, and carry a piece of luggage on board, better check the size. All three airlines have announced plans to reduce the acceptable maximum size to 22 inches long, 14 inches wide, 9 inches high. Read the rest

Psychology of risk

The Economist interviewed cognitive scientist professor Gerd Gigerenzer of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, author of a new book called Risk Savvy: How To Make Good Decisions, about how we frequently make terrible choices based on misinterpreted information: Read the rest

Redditor's discovery leads to white supremacist investigation at Army base

Officials at an Army base in Colorado are investigating white supremacist flyers found on the base and posted to Reddit.

Bot alerts you every time the Supreme Court silently alters its rulings

As the New York Times recently reported, the Supreme Court has a habit of silently altering its rulings on its websites. Now, the @SCOTUS_servo feed will alert you when this happens, with links to the diffs and interpretation by David Zvenyach, general counsel to the Council of the District of Columbia. Read the rest

Maker Mayhem: Low Moments in How-To History, Part 5

Home Target Range! What could possibly go wrong? asks Matt Maranian.

Explosive reaction of sodium in a pond

These young folks have a lot of fun throwing a big hunk of sodium into a pond. If you're impatient, forward to the boom at :53. Read the rest

Mountain Simulator

is a new game where "you get to do all of the things that a mountain does, which I’m sure appeals to all of your darkest and most disgusting fantasies." Previously: Goat Simulator. Read the rest

Monsters of Grok: 'band t-shirts' honoring intellectual greats

"Fake band t-shirts for history's greatest minds." Read the rest

Fashion in Westeros

The Hairpin's Nadia Connor on women's attire in the seven kingdoms: "As in all regimes which deny civic and personal agency to women, costumery and textiles offer an indirect expressive register unavailable elsewhere, a textural iconography of self." Read the rest

Kickstarting a Breaking Bad fan fest in Albuquerque

Boing Boing reader Miguel Jaramillo sends word of a crowdfunding campaign with which I am fully on board: A Breaking Bad fan-fest. Read the rest

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