Life-sized nude sculpture made from typewriter parts

Typewriter assemblage scluptor Jeremy Mayer writes, "I just finished my latest big sculpture. Titled Nude VI (Theia), it stands over 7 feet, 4 inches (224cm) tall, and will be suspended on thin cables high above the offices of Oculusvr in Los Angeles. She took a little over a year and about 1100 hours of work. Made in Oakland."

I've featured a lot of Jeremy's work in the past and even own one of his pieces (I wish I could afford more!).

Nude VI (Theia) - Jeremy Mayer

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The world's most valuable comic is now on eBay

The most valuable comic book in the world, a fine copy of Action Comics #1 (June 1938) with the debut of Superman, is up for auction on eBay in a benefit for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Here's the story of its provenance:

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Animated, candid Bukowski interviews

David sends us this video featuring "Candid conversations between writer Charles Bukowski, his wife, and his producer took place in Bukowski's home during the recording session for his classic Run With the Hunted in 1993.

Here the outtakes are brought to life."

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Amazing ways to improve your fruit-preparation technique

Hull strawberries with a straw, cube a watermelon in the rind, easy-peel oranges, de-seed a pomegranate, extract a mango with a drinking glass (best in show) and peel a kiwi with a spoon.

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Essential gadgets while reporting on civil unrest

We are giving away a Nomiku Sous Vide Immersion Circulator to a lucky Gadgets listener! To enter, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes then send an email to to let us know that you did. Deadline is August 20 at Noon PT. (If you've already subscribed to iTunes and emailed us about it, you are already in the running for this giveaway and subsequent giveaways.)

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In this episode, we talk to journalist Quinn Norton, who writes about digital rights, hacker culture, copyright, and the strangeness of the world and the complexity of the people who inhabit it for Medium and other outlets. She has covered the Occupy Wall Street movement and civil unrest around the world for Wired and other publications.

Mark's pick:

StarTech Portable Wi-Fi Router ($(removed)) Portable travel router fits over iPad charger and works as a repeater or as an access point. Hotels are starting to charge per device, and this is a way to fight back.

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Image: "Policeman in riot control gear checking the equipment of another policeman. Lausanne" by Rama. licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 France license. Read the rest

Starstruck – over a decade’s worth of celebrity snapshots by an obsessive fan

I don’t know what is more fascinating, the images or the accompanying anecdotes included in this collection of amateur snapshots taken from 1966-1980. Photographed with a paparazzi’s determination and a fan’s adoration, these portraits are intimate, touching, hilarious, and sometimes out of focus.

Gary Lee Boas’ obsession with celebrities, which began at age 15, led him to wait for hours in front of stage doors, hotels and nightclubs to capture everyone from actors to musicians to astronauts to politicians, including the famous, the future-famous, and the once-famous. The juxtaposition of the photographs (sometimes absurd) adds to the pleasure of leafing through this colorful book: Henry Kissinger coupled with Lee Majors, John Wayne with Billy Barty, Marilyn Chambers with Nelson Rockefeller. The frequent inclusion of non-celebrity onlookers in the pics (proto-photobombers?) adds to the fun – especially in the photograph of Miss Universe.

Starstruck: Photographs From a Fan, by Gary Lee Boas

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Red panda with his tongue out (a photo from the Boing Boing Flickr Pool)

A photograph by Derek (Kiwi) Clarke, shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. Caption this, please. Read the rest

Texas governor Rick Perry indicted for abuse of power

A grand jury has indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a former presidential candidate, for abusing the powers of his office.

A Map of the Introvert’s Heart By an Introvert

We missed this wonderful illlustration when it hit the internet last month, but how timeless is Gemma Correll's map of an introvert's heart? Read the rest

Teeny-tiny food sculpture that will make you squeal with delight

Shay Aaron is a miniaturist based in Tel Aviv who specializes in teeny-tiny adorable food--collectibles, and wearables. Read the rest

Instagramming the Playa: SFslim's photos from Burning Man setup in the Black Rock desert

Longtime Boing Boing pal SFslim, aka Aaron Muszalski, is out in the Black Rock desert of Nevada as he is every year around this time. Read the rest

Sweet portraits of pitbulls: 'Flower Power,' Sophie Gamand

Flower Power is about challenging myself to approach pit bulls with a fresh perspective and an open heart. I invite the viewer to do the same."—Sophie Gamand. Read the rest

Wall made of jello bricks

It was a 2013 installation called "Bruise," installed at the Seattle Center by Lisa Hein and Robert Seng Read the rest

Jay Adams, skating legend and original Zephyr skate team member, 1961-2014

American skateboarder Jay Adams, one of the original members of the Zephyr skateboarding team, has died.

Crowdfunding Lantern, a P2P anti-censorship tool

Scout writes, "Billions of people experience a severely-censored version of the Internet -- most famously in countries like China and Iran. Now there's something you can do about it." Read the rest

The Fade Out - Great new Hollywood noir comic book series

It's 1948. Charlie Parish, a screenwriter and "part-time reprobate," wakes up with a hangover in a bathtub he doesn't recognize. As flashes of the previous night's bacchanalia go through his dulled mind, Parish wanders through the abandoned bungalow, trying to piece together the bits into a coherent timeline. But he gives up when he spots the body of starlet Valeria Sommers sprawled across the floor. She'd been the star of the movie he wrote, the one currently being shot at Victory Street Pictures. The bruise marks on her neck make it clear she was strangled. In shock, Parish realizes he can't call the police (why not?). He wipes his prints off everything he's touched in the bungalow and slips away inconspicuously.

This happens in the first few pages of The Fade Out, a new comic book series by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, the duo behind the fantastic hardboiled-crime-meets-Lovecraft comic series called Fatale. To capture the look of 1940s Los Angeles, Baker and Phillips hired a research assistant, Amy Condit, who runs the LA Police Museum and curated the recent exhibit of the Black Dahlia case. She is worth whatever they paid her - the look and mood of The Fade Out is like a trip in a time machine to a Los Angeles built by Chandler, Fante, Hammett, and Nathanael West.

In addition to the murder mystery, it looks like this series is going to explore the endemic corruption of movie studios of the era, anti-Semitism, racism, and the effects of the House Un-American Activities Committee on screenwriters. Read the rest

Binder-clip sphere

Made by redditor Eduardoballestero, a man of great skill and patience.

130 binder-clips in all, and it's heavy. Instructions are forthcoming. Read the rest

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