Panoramic drone-flight over Prague

Jeffrey Martin sez, "I've spentthe summer getting up to speed with quadcopters, floating above the rooftops in the early, early morning in one of Europe's most beautiful cities: here is the result." Read the rest

Goodnight, Moon

Moon Imaging,” a photo by Bryan Jones shot on the Fuji X-Pro1, and shared in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. Read the rest

Black Rock Desert Galaxy

Black Rock Desert Galaxy,” a photo shared by Wolfram Burner in the Boing Boing Flickr Pool. Read the rest

Blogging History: History of RPG combat; 3D printed handcuff keys; Earthlink's P2P manifesto

One year Critical Hits: a history of a the battle between gamers and game-designers for nuance in combat systems: The early history of role-playing games seems like a constant battle between the creators of Dungeons & Dragons and its fans. Sometimes, like with critical hits, the fans wanted the game to be one way, but Gary Gygax and the folks at TSR just wouldn't have it. The case of critical hits shows that the fans have the real power, and that even if it takes decades, eventually D&D will implement critical hits, damn it. The history of critical hits was written by Jon Peterson, author of the fantastic-looking Playing at the World, a history of wargames and RPGs. Looks like an excellent companion to David Ewalt's Of Dice and Men.

Five years Working handcuff keys printed on a 3D printer: German hacker Ray has shown that he can print working Dutch police handcuff keys from plastic on his 3D printers, and has released the 3D files so you can print your own.

Ten years Earthlink posts P2P app, manifesto: Earthlink has released a new file-sharing tool based on SIP, the protocol underlying Voice Over IP and other systems for peer-to-peer connectivity. What's coolest about this is the manifesto they posted along with it. Read the rest

Captain America roll-up scarf

The Captain America Roll Up Scarf unrolls to a generous 6'5" scarf; you can also get other heroes to order, as well as sushi rolls. (via Geeky Merch) Read the rest

Willpower as a rechargeable battery

In this episode of You Are Not So Smart David McRaney explores ego depletion and all the things that can cause it, from feeling rejection to holding back tears to avoiding the temptation of cookies.

A man named Bunny Boots Ink makes "First Amendment Test" videos

"Ever wonder what would happen when you get confronted by MP's and military investigation unit outside of the base and don't say much to them?"—Bunny Boots Ink. Read the rest

Give Me Fiction Podcast #004: Margaret's Change

Give Me Fiction is a prose reading series hosted by Ivan Hernandez. On this episode, comedian Kyle Mizono tells a story of adolescent development and Mortal Kombat.

The first Sunday of every month at Lost Weekend Video, a group of comedians, writers, and artists read pieces based on a theme. For the podcast, we release one of those stories a week to you, the listening public. On this fourth episode, the weird and hilarious Kyle Mizono reads a piece entitled "Margaret's Change."

GMF is produced by Will Scovill and presented by Boing Boing. You can check out GMF on the iTunes Store, Soundcloud, RSS, Twitter, and Facebook, and buy tickets for the live show. Read the rest

Oh hey guys we might be sending ground troops to Iraq after all

General Martin Dempsey, the military's top officer who chairs the Joint Chiefs, told the Senate Armed Services Committee he would recommend sending U.S. ground troops to assist Iraqi and Kurdish forces if he believes it necessary. Read the rest

The Freedom to Be Foolish

Colin Marshall came to my house and interviewed me for his excellent Notebook on Cities and Culture podcast. Listen to it here.

Colin Marshall sits down in Studio City with Mark Frauenfelder, founder of the popular zine-turned-blog Boing Boing, founding co-editor of Make magazine, and author of Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects. They discuss whether he still thinks about Los Angeles dingbat apartments, and the extent to which their owners have customized them today; all barriers falling for the modern maker except for the one asking who’s interested; how his daughters’ fascination with card tricks preceded their interest in making things; what kind of project kids can complete under their own steam; Los Angeles as a place for makers, the current state of its maker spaces, and the making heritage offered by its historical hot-rod culture as described in Tom Wolfe’s The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby; his history with this city, which goes back to 1987, albeit one interrupted by periods in Japan, on a South Pacific island, and elsewhere; the semi-agricultural life- and making style Los Angeles affords him; how growing your own food allows you to think more clearly about food, and making your own media allows you to think more clearly about media; how his grasp of media improved as he engaged in every stage of the D.I.Y. publishing revolution; learning through mistakes, as opposed to school’s pressure not to make mistakes in the first place; the debilitating world of the “smart kid”; the “freedom to be foolish” offered in Los Angeles; the dueling temptations of broadminded generalism and singleminded obsession; his role in the cyberpunk culture of the 80s and 90s, and to what extent we live in the utopian and/or dystopian future it envisioned today; his hope for an increasingly tech-focused San Francisco to continue exporting progressive ideas; the rise of meta-making, and the promise of large-scale decentralized making of solving some of “the world’s problems”; how he deals with the firehose of amazing stuff to feature on Boing Boing and in Make; and what his daughters have taught him about making while he’s taught them about making.

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Dead Inside: Do Not Enter — Notes from the Zombie Apocalypse

Some of my favorite things about zombie movies are the details of the changed world. The dead grass, broken windows, toppled telephone poles, abandoned cars with missing wheels and trunks left open, boarded-up buildings, spent ammo shells, and other signs of struggle and desperation serve to create a fascinatingly creepy environment. Read the rest

NASA announces Boeing and SpaceX will help return “human spaceflight launches to U.S.”

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other senior officials gathered today at Kennedy Space Center in Florida to announce that NASA will resume human space flight in the United States-- Boeing and SpaceX will be the commercial partners to help transport astronauts to the International Space Station, and they will launch from Cape Canaveral. Read the rest

Classic skateboard tricks, illustrated

French illustrator John Rebaud's “Skateographie” series transforms classic skateboard tricks into poster art. Read the rest

My Little Pony vinyl soundtrack

SPACELAB9 and Hasbro Studios are releasing two picture disc vinyl editions of "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic," availably only from Hot Topic. Read the rest

WATCH: authorities obsessed with inspecting people's anuses

The case of Timothy Young made national headlines in 2012 when New Mexico police anally probed him in search of drugs (no contraband was found). His ordeal was the result of a false positive alert by a drug-sniffing police dog. Incredibly, the same dog was involved in a case involving another New Mexico resident that resulted in forced rectal exams that uncovered no drugs. That case ended with authorities paying a $1.6 million settlement (Young's case is still pending).

Although presented as impartial and infallible, it turns out that such dogs are not only often poorly trained, they are frequently wrong.

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How your smartphone betrays you all day long

Ton Siedsma, a lawyer for the Dutch civil liberties group Bits of Freedom, volunteered to have a week's worth of his phone's metadata collected and analyzed by researchers from Ghent University and by Mike Moolenaar. Read the rest

The lovely miniature paintings of Lorraine Loots

Tiny, delicate, and precious without being--well, precious.

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