New sf story: "Huxleyed into the Full Orwell"

​Huxleyed Into the Full Orwell is a new short story I wrote for Vice Magazine's just-launched science fiction section Terraform, which also has new stories up by Claire Evans, Bruce Sterling, and Adam Rothstein. Read the rest

Uber exec boasts of plans to attack critical journalist

Uber executive Emil Michael boasted privately about plans to harass reporters critical of the company, reports Buzzfeed, revealing a specific intent to attack journalist Sarah Lacy and expose private information about her. Lacy responds with with a follow-up to her earlier warning about the company's attitude to women.

Ruining her life? Manufacturing lies? Going after her family? Apparently it’s all part of what Uber has described as its “political campaign” to build a $30 billion (and counting) tech company. A campaign that David Plouffe was hired to “run,” that’s looking more like a pathetic version of play acting House of Cards than a real campaign run by a real political professional. Because step one of an illegal smear campaign against a woman is: Don’t brag about it to a journalist at a party.

The woman in question? The woman that this Uber executive has vowed to go to nearly any lengths to ruin, to bully into silence? Me. ... And lest you think this was just a rogue actor and not part of the company’s game plan, let me remind you Kalanick telegraphed exactly this sort of thing when he sat on stage at the Code Conference last spring and said he was hiring political operatives whose job would be to “throw mud.” I naively thought he just meant Taxi companies. Let me also remind you: This is a company you trust with your personal safety every single time you use it. Let me also remind you: The executive in question has not been fired.

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Phish's concept concert based on Disney's "Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House"

For Halloween, rock group Phish traditionally creates a 'musical costume' by covering a classic album from music history. This year, the band created a new set of music based around the 1964 Disneyland album Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House. Interesting set of music with a cool stage design, the band uses the original narration and inspiration for the songs."

It makes for quite a concept album, to rival Kilroy Was Here and 2112. Read the rest

Arthur Rankin Jr., 1924–2014

The co-director of legendary stop-motion TV specials Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman—and later of cel-animated hits The Hobbit and Thundercats--died at his Bermuda home in January. Read the rest

Superheroes and sf characters in Dutch Renaissance style

Sacha Goldberger's "Super Flemish" series is a spectacular set of images of superheroes, sf movie characters and other futuristic figures (including some of his notorious aged superheroes) in the garb and affect of Dutch Renaissance portraits. (via Neatorama) Read the rest

Meltdown Comics and Boing Boing present: Hip Hop Family Tree signing and Q&A with cartoonist Ed Piskor 11/18, 3pm

Tuesday in LA, the place to be is at Meltdown Comics. Pittsburgh-based cartoonist Ed Piskor has pop and locked, Heavy D Shaked and prepped his way over to come out and give you one hell of a party along with the crew at Meltdown. A special guest DJ will be spinning the vintage hits from 4-6pm and at 5pm in the NerdMelt Showroom you’ll find Boing Boing founder’s Mark Frauenfelder in conversation with Piskor about the Hip Hop Family Tree series, his Rob Leifeld mini-comic and much much more.

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“Golden,” a beautiful GIF series by Gaks

New works by “vector ninja” Gerrel Saunders, also known as Gaks: “Golden.” Read the rest

The animations, art, and short films of Nicholas Fong

Flash-based animations and gorgeous, weird little GIF dreams.

This browser-based fluid dynamics simulator is blowing our minds

Fire up the fanciest monitor you have, then test-drive this gorgeous fluid simulator by George Corney.

LISTEN: Spring-Heeled Jack -- A Victorian Supervillain

Between 1837 and 1904, rumors spread of a strange bounding devil who haunted southern England, breathing blue flames and menacing his victims with steel talons. In the latest Futility Closet podcast we'll review the career of Spring-Heeled Jack and speculate about his origins.

We'll also recount Alexander Graham Bell's efforts to help the wounded James Garfield before his doctors' treatments could kill him and puzzle over why a police manual gives instructions in a language that none of the officers speak. Read the rest

Driving a legobot with a simulated worm nervous-system

More news from the Openworm project, whose Kickstarter I posted in April: they've sequenced the connectome of all 302 neurons in a C. Elegans worm, simulated them in software, and put them to work driving a Lego robot. Read the rest

Uber is huge in India. Here's why.

Why? Same reasons everyone else digs Uber: it's a frictionless service that delivers a pretty consistent experience. But that may soon change, thanks to a long-running dispute with the Reserve Bank of India.

WATCH: Superman figurine lifted 95,000 feet in balloon and released

Jude Pullen says: "I was part of a team at Design Spark, tasked with sending a Superman figurine to Space in a SpacePod, then have him 'jump out' of the pod and free-fall back to earth. I was responsible for making a SpacePod capable of surviving the assent (-40C, wind, rain, cosmic radiation), and ensuring that the 4K cameras and GPS equipment all survived the 5m/s descent to Earth." Read the rest

“You complete me.”

[via Gareth Branwyn, provenance unknown.] Read the rest

Watch: Squirrel steals bread-encrusted GoPro, carries it up a tree, drops it

“I attached a piece of bread to my GoPro, and a squirrel picked it up and carried it up a tree.”

Creator of “Choose Your Own Adventure” books that influenced games, online culture has died

R.A Montgomery, co-author of children’s book series “Choose Your Own Adventure,” died on Nov. 9 in Vermont. He was 78.

Dismembered man "packaged neatly"

A gentleman in England chopped up his dad, put the parts in storage boxes, then used the boxes as a TV stand, reports the BBC. Read the rest

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