Jabberwocky in Nadsat

John-Lewis translated Jabberwocky into Nadsat, the synthetic Russified English dialect spoken by the protagonist of A Clockwork Orange, starting with "Twas dobby and the chellovecks—" Read the rest

How to decapitate strawberries with the push of a button

It didn't take me long to get the hang of the Stem Gem Strawberry Huller ($8), and once I did, I was able remove the stem and core of strawberries much faster than I could with a knife. Read the rest

NSA has ability to embed spying software in computer hard drives, including yours

The agency can hide software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, reports Kaspersky Labs.

“My pug hates my kisses”

Keegan Osinski's dog doesn't care for her kisses. Read the rest

Watch this robot waiter attend to diners at a Chinese hot pot restaurant

I'm not buying it. I think there's a very tiny person inside. Just like my iPhone.

The best moments from the two-night premiere of Better Call Saul

The task set before Better Call Saul is impossibly daunting. Can it join Breaking Bad in the pantheon of great TV?

CIA bought and destroyed Iraqi chemical weapons during US occupation of Iraq

The New York Times reports that the CIA purchased nerve-agent rockets from a secretive Iraqi seller.

Improved design for Delta Airlines "Disposal Bag"

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Police questioning techniques make it easy to elicit false accusations

Horrified psychologists discontinued a study into how police interrogation tactics can create unshakable false memories of crimes; but it turns out that police questioning tactics are even better at elicting false accusations of crimes that never even occurred. Read the rest

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong loses $10 million fraud dispute

A Dallas arbitration panel today ordered Lance Armstrong and Tailwind Sports Corporation to pay $10 million in a fraud dispute with a promotions company. Read the rest

Shining light on the shadowy, "superhuman" state-level Equation Group hackers

For more than decade, a shadowy, heavily resourced, sophisticated hacker group that Kaspersky Labs calls the Equation Group has committed a string of daring, cutting-edge information attacks, likely at the behest of the NSA. Read the rest

Lesley Gore, singer of "It's My Party," RIP

Lesley Gore, singer of the 1963 hit "It's My Party," died today from cancer at age 68. Read the rest

Watch this Great Dane gently unlock a child barrier gate with his teeth

Silly dog! You could have stepped over it, you're so big. Read the rest

Urban snowscape: frosted wire (a photo from the Boing Boing Flickr pool)

A photo shared by Chkyc in our Boing Boing Flickr Pool.

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Pretty girls and forest creatures: photography by Katerina Plotnikova

A sample of works new and not-as-new by Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova, who is based in Moscow. Read the rest

Underwear is an ineffective disguise

"Two Florence men have been arrested after police say they used camouflage underwear to disguise themselves during a robbery last fall." Read the rest

Homegrown: Austin Music Posters 1967 to 1982

For those of us who do not live in Texas, and even for many who do, Austin is an outpost of progressive weirdness in a state better known for its regressive rectitude. Music has been the key to Austin’s enlightened reputation, and after a brief flirtation with psychedelia in the late 1960s, the posters that were created to promote the state capital’s music scene became as iconoclastic as the city itself, as a new book called Homegrown: Austin Music Posters 1967 to 1982 ably demonstrates.

With essays by noted Texas author Joe Nick Patoski and poster artist and historian Nels Jacobson, Homegrown is mostly organized into thematic sections, including Blues Portraits (Muddy Waters, Mance Lipscomb, Big Joe Williams, Johnny Winter), Traveling Bands (Frank Zappa, Gram Parsons, Bruce Springsteen, the Grateful Dead), and Punk (The Ramones, Iggy Pop, David Johanson). The first section, though, is devoted to the city’s first full-fledged rock hall, Vulcan Gas Company, which produced shows by local bands like Conqueroo, Shiva’s Head Band, and 13th Floor Elevators at 316 Congress Avenue, from the fall of 1967 until the spring of 1970. Gilbert Shelton, who is better known now for his Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers comics, was the venue’s first poster artist, hewing to the psychedelic sensibility being practiced by Wes Wilson and others in San Francisco.

After Shelton and three other Austinites moved to San Francisco to found Rip Off Press in 1969, Jim Franklin took over art-director duties at the Vulcan, bringing a more realistic style to the club’s rock-posters. Read the rest

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