Huge patriotic statues, crowdsourced from 3D printer owners across America

We the Builders creates massive, 3D printed busts of the likes of George Washington by asking 3D printer owners to print out small pieces of the overall statue and then gloms them together in large, collaged pieces. Read the rest

How Gary Gygax lost control over D&D and TSR

Jon Peterson, author of Playing at the World, tells the gripping tale of how Gary Gygax lost control over TSR and Dungeons and Dragons, ousted by his business partners after a series of miscalculations and mistakes. Read the rest

$35 electrochemical analyzer

Aaron writes, "The good folks of the George Whitesides Laboratory have been dedicated to making cheap medical tests and analytical gadgets for quite some time. Now, they've really outdone themselves with this beautiful $35 electrochemical analyzer that can do everything from glucose tests to environmental analysis." Read the rest

Berlin artists claim responsibility for Brooklyn Bridge flag swap stunt

If reports are to be believed, the NYPD's massive surveillance dragnet, Twitter subpoenas, and DNA manhunt aren't what outed the identity of the Brooklyn Bridge flag pranksters. Read the rest

19 Pulitzer winners call on US Justice Dept. to end its pursuit of NYT reporter James Risen

Today, a total of 19 Pulitzer Prize winners have issued statements in support of journalist James Risen and in protest of the Justice Department's attempt to force Risen to testify against his sources. Read the rest

Lauren Bacall, cinema icon of Hollywood's golden age, 1924-2014

Lauren Bacall, the great actor who became best known as Humphrey Bogart's on and offscreen partner, has died. She was 89, and died Tuesday morning of a stroke at her longtime home at the Dakota, a famous building in New York City overlooking Central Park.

The Bogart Estate first tweeted the news. Obituaries: THR, Variety, NYT.

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Groucho Marx on comics and depression

"I'm sure most of you have heard the story of the man who, desperately ill, goes to an analyst and tells the doctor that he has lost his desire to live and that he is seriously considering suicide. Read the rest

Remembering Robin Williams, cinema's Rorschach test

Kevin McFarland on what remains.

Former NSA spook resigns from Naval War College in dick-pic scandal

John Schindler was a prof at the College; he slammed Snowden as a traitor and compared Greenwald to Hitler, and was generally dismissive about concerns about network surveillance; he also sent pictures of his dick to a woman who wasn't his wife. He also co-wrote the report that stated that Sadam Hussein had WMDs, and helped send America to war. That was a lot worse than dick pics. Read the rest

Kidd Video and the Flipside

Pesco's panel on vinyl left me wondering when (10 years ago?) words like "flipside" or "groovy" would no longer make sense to kids. I also remembered this mid-80s tv series, but for weeks I could not remember the title. Today I share KIDD VIDEO! Read the rest

Profile of Flickr and Slack founder Stewart Butterfield

The long and affectionate piece from Wired's Mat Honan details Butterfield's pattern of founding unsuccessful whimsical games companies (Game Neverending, Glitch) that spawn innovative, beautifully functional tech startups (Flickr, Slack). Read the rest


This powerful photograph was captured by Whitney Curtis for The New York Times. "In another day of demonstrations, protesters chanting 'Don’t shoot!' marched in front of the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office on Tuesday, demanding the arrest of a police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager." Read the rest

Los Angeles: Boing Boing and The Village Twilight Sessions, Aug 16

We're thrilled to offer 5 pairs of VIP, all-access passes for the August 16th installment of the Twilight Series, a music event held at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles.

In addition to meeting some of the performers, including the Dead Ships and In the Valley Below, you'll get a private tour of the historic studios, join the crew in the control room during the live recording, and have access to the VIP lounge.

The Village Studios are truly historic. Built in the 1920s as a Masonic Temple, in the early 1960s it became home to the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Center for Transcendental Meditation. In the late sixties, the building was transformed into a recording studio where hundreds of artists made music--among them, Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers, The Beach Boys, Mariah Carey, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Alice Cooper, Elvis Costello, The Doors, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, George Harrison, Weezer, Elton John, Tom Jones, B.B. King, John Lennon, Little Richard, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Ringo Starr.

What I find so special about The Village is not just the beautiful building, but the community and generally great feeling I get by simply being there. Jeff Greenberg, the studio CEO, is truly an amazing and inspirational person. His deep love of music, musicians and their community is the energy the entire organization seems to run on. His stories about the studio and his struggles to make it work are wonderful.

If you'd like to attend on August 16, send an email to and the first 5 people to respond will get the passes. Read the rest

Meet the newborn 'miracle baby' panda triplets

These are the first publicly available photographs of newborn giant panda triplets born to giant panda Juxiao inside an incubator at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. Read the rest

Cool Tools Show 008: Geek Squad founder Robert Stephens

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Crowdfunding a Nuclear Poker mega-hexa-yurt at Burning Man

Vinay Gupta, creator the Hexayurt, is selling decks of the Nuclear Poker card game to raise money for materials for the Nuclear Poker Hexayurt Quaddome at EMF Camp 2014. Read the rest

Blogging History: Banks stole $trillions worth of houses; MPAA wants your house kicked offline; Olympic brand-whoring low

One year

Unsealed court-settlement documents reveal banks stole $trillions' worth of houses: Back in 2012, the major US banks settled a federal mortgage-fraud lawsuit for $95,000,000. The suit was filed by Lynn Szymoniak, a white-collar fraud specialist, whose own house had been fraudulently foreclosed-upon. When the feds settled with the banks, the evidence detailing the scope of their fraud was sealed, but as of last week, those docs are unsealed, and Szymoniak is shouting them from the hills. The banks precipitated the subprime crash by "securitizing" mortgages -- turning mortgages into bonds that could be sold to people looking for investment income -- and the securitization process involved transferring title for homes several times over. This title-transfer has a formal legal procedure, and in the absence of that procedure, no sale had taken place. See where this is going?

Five years Movie industry wants the right to take your house off the net without full judicial review: The motion-picture industry has spoken out against a New Zealand proposal to allow them to disconnect entire households from the Internet if one member is accused of copyright infringement; they want to be able to disconnect your Internet connection without giving you a chance to defend yourself in front of a judge because that would be "time consuming." Instead, they would like to be lord high executioner for your network connection, with the power to shut you out of the benefits of the network (freedom of speech, assembly and the press; access to school, health, family, work and government) without having to prove it in a real court of law. Read the rest

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