Mtomsky's laser-cut art runs a gamut, from sweet, modest brooches like the $20.70 woodland squirrel to larger, more ambitious sculptural pieces from the wonderful mounted fish ($290); to massive spectacular pieces like the Warm Welcome ($580) and the hugely ambitious Deep Slumber ($4041). Read the rest
There were 800 convictions in the S&L crisis, but the DOJ hasn't prosecuted a single banker involved in the financial crisis; as Matt Taibbi points out in the brilliant, essential book The Divide, if shutting down a huge bank would impose too many costs on society, then why don't prosecutors insist that the banks be split up as a condition of not dropping the entire C-suite into the deepest dungeon in the nation? Read the rest
The Salt Lake Tribune reports on gun-toting teacher Michelle Ferguson-Montgomery, who is taking the week off. Read the rest
The San Diego Unified School District police recently acquired a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, or MRAP, through the federal government's surplus military equipment program. Read the rest
Federal agents view Los Angeles as the new Miami: an important center of drug cartel cashflow.
The creator of Watchmen, From Hell, V for Vendetta; zinester; defender of libraries; wizard; battler of Big Comics and pornographer has finished the first draft of a novel set loosely in Northampton, a kind of fictionalized memoir of Moore's family -- no publication date yet, and it's likely to come out in three volumes. CAN'T WAIT.
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How do many migrant women prepare for the likelihood of being raped? They take birth control as their journey begins.
A gorgeous, hi-rez photo mosaic by Trey Ratcliff. "Thumbnails from 2,000 instagram photos taken and shared at Burning Man 2014. View full-size.
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The two halves of the bowl snap together to make a giant D20 (saving throw up, of course), and then snap apart to form a pair of dishwasher/ microwave-safe serving bowls -- $13 from Thinkgeek. Read the rest
Over at Salon, punk legend Bob Mould talks to Rick Moody about rocking out in your 50s, deejaying big gay dance parties, and playing the Minnesota State Fair. I love Bob Mould. Read the rest
Jane and I have been having a great time with The Code, a magic effect created by actor and magician Andy Nyman. It's made by Theory 11 and consists of a deck of playing cards and a one-hour instructional DVD that includes several excellent mind-reading routines you can perform with the deck.
There's no memorization, forces, or slight-of-hand required to use the deck, which means you can focus on the routine. Nyman is a great teacher (and an interesting person - he's the co-creator and co-writer of the TV shows Derren Brown – Mind Control and Trick of the Mind) and the included DVD is very well-produced. The deck and DVD come in a cool-looking box, too, which is indicative of the high-level of quality I've come to except from everything Theory 11 does.
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Tropicalia is a documentary about the 1960s music scene in Brazil, featuring Boing Boing patron saints Os Mutantes (formed in 1966 and still doing their thing!).
Tropicália tells the story of the rich artistic and cultural movement born in the late 1960s in Brazil. From a collective of like-minded souls, ‘tropicália’ used music, poetry, theatre, and avant-garde visual art to confront the political establishment. The film highlights the struggle ‘tropicália’ artists endured to protect their right to freely express revolutionary thought at a time of political turbulence in Brazil.
For folks who live in Los Angeles, there's a screening on September 28 at the Velaslavasay Panorama. Read the rest
A fabulous photoshop series by Bag of Delights. Read the rest
YouTuber Pastek pasted Super Mario into a bunch of FAIL videos. Video above, GIF below. Read the rest
A 2014 series by Eliash Strongowski, an artist based in Zhytomyr, Ukraine: "Collages." Read the rest
It’s impossible to review the Dark Horse Comics collections of Creepy and Eerie without a few fond recollections. In the ’60s and ’70s, my father owned a men’s tailored clothing shop on Moody Street in Waltham, Massachusetts. It was a fine place to hang around as a kid. My dad knew all the other business people in the area and I would spend part of the day visiting nearby stores. It was in Mr. Big’s toy store where I first discovered Aurora models. Their “snap-tite” collection was perfect for the budding model builder, but it was the types of sets that really set my imagination on fire — dinosaurs, Universal Film monsters, and most importantly, the bizarre and sadistic sets that were part of their Monster Scenes line. There was Dr. Deadly and his lab, The Pendulum, and The Hanging Cage. Then there was Vampirella, a fairly X-rated kit, that was really special, because she had her own magazine, Vampirella, which was part of the Warren publications that also included Creepy and Eerie. These magazines became the foundation of my childhood love of fantasy and horror, but somewhere along the way my collection was lost. Rediscovering these magazines in the Dark Horse collections reminds me not only of the ghastly fun these stories were, but just how weird the 1970s really were.
Now up to volume 19 for Creepy (collecting up to issue #93) and volume 16 for Eerie (collecting up to issue #80), Dark Horse has done an outstanding job with these collections, capturing all that was vibrant and exciting of these magazines. Read the rest