Medical 3D printer for inside the human body

Researchers have long been developing 3D bioprinting technology to print cells in structures that can be implanted in the body. Now, bioengineer Tao Xu and colleagues at Tsinghua University in Beijing have built a tiny 3D printing robot mounted on an endoscope that's inserted into the body where it squirts out cell-laden gels. Thus far,…

The Pilot Precise V5 is a great doodling pen

When I met cartoonist Tom Gauld a few years ago, he gave me the pen he uses to draw his amazing cartoons – the Pilot Precise V5. It's probably my favorite sketching pen, or at least tied with Flair pens. It has a fine line, is very black, and doesn't bleed. Tom also told me…

Cheap window film fills my home with trippy light

This multi-colored, static-cling window film beautifies my home for a minimal investment. Renovating a fairly beat down early 1900s Craftsman shotgun shack left me pretty exhausted. After having dealt with everything from the foundation (the house is on sand) and structure (the house has been on fire, several times) to honoring the batshit crazy wallpaper…

Happy birthday to John Coltrane

Born on this day in 1926, the great John Coltrane. Here is Saint John performing his civil rights elegy "Alabama" composed after members of the Ku Klux Klan bombed the 167th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young Black girls and injuring more than a dozen others. "You can play a shoestring if…

Earth's new mini-moon may actually be 1960s space junk

A new mini-moon on its way into Earth's orbit, first thought to be a small asteroid, may turn out to just be large hunk of space junk. Scientists first observed the object, dubbed 2020 SO, last month using the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) at Haleakala Observatory, Hawaii. Further analysis suggests that it…

The Spite License for software

Voynix recently wrote something he calls The Spite License. They say it is, "in essence, a trapdoor — it allows potential licensees to use the software under the terms of the secondary license (as shown here, the standard MIT license) if and only if they do not read the license file itself." Copyright <YEAR> <COPYRIGHT HOLDER> Permission…

Bruce Schneier: "The unrelenting horizonlessness of the Covid world"

At CNN, Boing Boing pal and security researcher Bruce Schneier and Harvard media professor Nick Couldry write about acedia, "a malady that apparently plagued many Medieval monks. It's a sense of no longer caring about caring, not because one had become apathetic, but because somehow the whole structure of care had become jammed up." According…

The Trump administration's attack on "Critical Race Theory" is just HUAC 2.0

Early this month, the US Office of Management and Budget announced a crackdown on diversity trainings and other similar initiatives that acknowledged the existence of racism or privilege. The concept of "Critical Race Theory" was a particular target — despite the fact that, ya know, the First Amendment is supposed to prevent the government from…

The typography of Star Trek

Dave Addey is author of Typeset in the Future: Typography and Design in Science Fiction Movies, a book exploring the typography of films like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, WALL-E, and other classics. In an excerpt on his site, Addey studies the typography of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. From Typeset in the Future:…

Moog book explains how to use synths

The walls of knobs and dials on a classic synthesizer are forbidding to newcomers. Coming from the all-done-on-computers generation, I've never quite gotten into the old-school because of it. Synth-maker Moog's published a new book, Patch & Tweak with Moog, that aims to explain analog synths with detailed charts, glossaries and explanations of what each…

Gallery of jazz album lettering

Designer Reagan Ray isolated the lettering from various jazz album covers for a bunch of artists and made an online gallery of little cards. I love the variety and colors. But the most influential designer was probably Reid Miles, who created over 500 album covers for Blue Note Records. He pioneered the use of creatively-arranged type…