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Parrot says 'WTF' (video)

16 April, 2014 - 02:15

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The most mindblowing photograph to emerge from the Nevada BLM/white militia standoff

16 April, 2014 - 02:10


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Reuters photog Jim Urquhart captured this surreal photograph of Eric Parker, who lives in central Idaho, aiming his gun from a bridge as pro-states' rights protesters assemble at the Bureau of Land Management base camp in Bunkerville, Nevada. The Atlantic has a good explainer on the case, which involves rancher Cliven Bundy not paying grazing fees to the BLM, and now essentially squatting his "ancestral land" with support from a lot of very angry white people with guns. This is militia culture in the United States.






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The Art of Ian Miller [exclusive excerpt]

16 April, 2014 - 01:30
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Miller is noted for his book and magazine covers and interior illustrations, including SF fiction covers, a host of illustrations for the Realm of Chaos supplement and the first edition of Warhammer 40,000, work for Fighting Fantasy gamebooks and covers for Terror of the Lichmaster, Death on the Reik, andWarhammer City. Featuring over 300 pieces of artwork spanning decades of Ian's work, The Art of Ian Miller is a treat for all lovers of great fantasy art - from Lovecraft novel covers to Tolkien bestiaries to Warhammer 40,000 concept art, through a veritable trove of gothic humour, fantasy battles, dragons, beasts and a world of nightmarish visions.

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Blood Moon Kitten Feast

16 April, 2014 - 01:09

Shoop: XJ






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Beautiful steam-powered mechanical models on auction block

16 April, 2014 - 00:58

Leavitt Pumping Engine. Very finely built and presented vintage exhibition model of a massive American steam powered waterworks pump designed by Erasmus Darwin Leavitt circa 1895. Model has exceptional detail and is expertly finished with complex gearing operated by a central ship's wheel. Presented on wood stand with table base. Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000.

Check out the preview photos for this Heritage auction of magnificent mechanical models. Given the amount of time and skill that went into the construction of these hand-made machines, the estimated value seems ridiculously low. (If craftsmanship isn't your thing, you might be able to pick up a Cy Twombly masterpiece for under $1 million.)

Steam Tractor. Finely built and detailed operational 1.8 scale metal model of a steam tractor built by the Jerome I. Case Threshing Machine Company in Wisconsin circa 1910. Presented in custom oak and glass display case. Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000.

Havester. Finely built, scarce wood and metal 1.6 scale authentic model of the 'Famous' 4 HP hit and miss engine, with mechanical chassis, originally built by International Harvester in Chicago from circa 1906. Presented in wood and glass display case. Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000.

Stanley Steamer. Superbly detailed and engineered approximately 1.4 scale model of a circa 1905 two cylinder 'Stanley Steamer' after the original built by twin brothers Francis and Freelan Stanley in Newton, Massachusetts. The model is authentic in every detail including painted finish, controls, rubber tires and leather upholstery. Presented on wood stand to allow operation in place. Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000.

Ferrari Superbly built in Detroit by Ron Phillips and Jeron Classics, a limited edition exquisitely detailed hand-made 1.4 scale radio control Ferrari fitted with a single cylinder, fan-cooled engine made in Germany by Bernhardt GmbH, putting out 1.5 hp at 15,000 rpm and reputed potential top speed of 100 mph. Features include rear wheel drive through centrifugal clutch and driveshaft, hydraulic disc brakes, working quick action fuel intake, hand made wire wheels each with 36 spokes, semi-pneumatic rubber tires, wood-rim steering wheel and full instrument panel including working tachometer. The removable aluminum body is mounted on stainless steel chassis with full independent suspension from coil springs and tube shocks, perfectly finished in 'rosso corsa' with authentic Scuderia Ferrari decals. The engine cowling lifts to reveal both the engine and signature of Argentine racing legend and Formula 1 Hall of Fame member Juan Manuel Fangio (1911-1995) placed boldly on the underside. Fangio was World Champion with Enzo Ferrari's team in 1956, and beat this car a year later racing with Maserati. Presented in custom wood and glass display case with table base. Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000.






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How to force a patina on carbon steel

16 April, 2014 - 00:43

Last week I offered a quick review recommending my favorite, dirt cheap pocket knife: the Opinel No. 8. Examining one of my carbon steel blades I was disappointed to find it had not yet formed a protective patina. I decided to change that.

A big complaint about carbon steel is that it rusts quickly, while stainless steel does not. Carbon blades can be sharpened finer and will hold their edge longer than stainless. Adding a patina, or acquiring one via use, on carbon steel will slow bad rust. I say bad rust because patina on carbon steel is rust, it is just a good, stable black rust (Fe3O4,) as opposed to the evil, pitting red stuff (Fe2O3.)

How do you get a nice patina on your carbon steel? Treating it with a light acid seems to be the answer. Forums suggest everything from dunking your blade in heated apple cider vinegar to coating it with mustard. I stuck mine in a lemon. The photo above is the result.

After letting the knives sit in the lemon for 24 hrs, I wiped them off. The lemon had turned black where it was in contact with the steel. The steel began to develop a nice grey/black film. Wiping the blade smears the patina and helped coat more evenly. I then returned the blades back to said lemon and left them for a few more hours. I repeated until I was happy with how each looked. One knife took fewer applications than the other.

To get a more even, less random application you may try the apple cider method above, or submerging the blade in a solution of 50% water and 50% vinegar for 4 to 24 hours. Forums have hundreds of recommendations for the brave or bored.

If you'd like to try forcing a patina on carbon steel and need a knife, I suggest the Opinel No. 8 Carbon.






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A century of earthquakes in one map

15 April, 2014 - 22:31
Earthquakes with a magnitude of at least 5 are enough to damage buildings, and there were at least 72,000 such events in the last century, writes Nathan Yau at Flowing Data, who created a plainly-readable world map depicting all of them. He provides the code to reproduce his work using USGS data, too, and it's surprisingly short and straightforward: "the dataset linked in the code is just a small sample of what's available."






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Famous album covers, reimagined from the other side

15 April, 2014 - 22:22

Harvezt recreates famous album covers to depict the subjects from opposite or alternative viewpoints. Some are subtle masterpieces, others gloriously cheeky, but my favorite is this ingeniously reversed version of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures.






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Bears on Stairs, an animation made from 50 3D-printed frames

15 April, 2014 - 22:16

This isn't a CGI bear: it's a stop-motion animation created by Blue Zoo, for London design outfit DBLG. Fifty frames were painstakingly modeled, printed out and filmed over four weeks, just to create two seconds of perfectly-looping footage.






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Universal subway map design rules

15 April, 2014 - 22:06

Designer Jug Cerovic proposes a standardized approach to subway mapping, encompassed by 7 simple rules:

1. The city center sits at the center (because, duh).
2. The center is a basic shape, like a circle or square (for visual simplicity).
3. The center is zoomed in (because that area is always congested with lines).
4. All lines must run vertical, horizontal, or at 45-degree angles (again, for visual simplicity).
5. Their angles should be smooth (to feel more familiar, city to city).
6. Their colors and connection iconography are standardized (duh again).
7. All text must be listed in local and Latin lettering (for the tourists, aka all of us).

The subtext to subway remapping projects is often "London basically got this right 80 years ago, deal with it."— so his version of The Underground, above, is interesting food for thought.

Previously.






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Texting driver on cyclist she struck: "I just don't care"

15 April, 2014 - 21:48

A woman in Australia was fined $4500 and lost her driver's license for 9 months after pleading guilty to dangerous driving Monday. According to The Standard, she struck the cyclist at 7:20 p.m. near Koroit, Victoria, having used her phone 44 times during the short drive from Warrnambool. Most striking, though, is what Kimberly Davis told investigators. “I just don’t care because I’ve already been through a lot of bullshit and my car is like pretty expensive and now I have to fix it,” she told a police officer. “I’m kind of pissed off that the cyclist has hit the side of my car. I don’t agree that people texting and driving could hit a cyclist.”

Ms. Davis will be back on Victoria's roads in the New Year.






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Anti-vaccine campaigner Jenny McCarthy says "I'm not anti-vaccine"

15 April, 2014 - 21:37
"Jenny McCarthy is claiming she is not anti-vaccine," writes Phil Plait. "Here’s the problem with that claim: Yes, she is. That’s patently obvious due to essentially everything she’s been saying about vaccines for years. Yet in an op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times on April 12, 2014, she tries to ignore all that, and wipe the record clean."

The context of this change of heart? A lot of human suffering.






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Mysterious black ring seen floating over England (Update: never mind, it was just a fireball-shooting trebuchet)

15 April, 2014 - 21:30
"It was just floating there like a cloud" [Mirror.co.uk]

Fission Chipz has the most convincing explanation so far: transformer explosions.

Update: The BBC reports that it was in fact nearby Warwick Castle testing its fireball-shooting trebuchet, which is basically as badass as this story could have gotten short of a full-scale alien invasion.






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Push, the devious puzzle game that will eat your next half hour

15 April, 2014 - 21:12

Arrow keys to move, and you can push one block one space. That's pretty much it for this perfectly absorbing browser game!

It comes in two flavors: the more elaborate original by Patacorow, and the ultrasimplified Puzzlescript demake by rmmh. (Source code.)

Previously: Ghost Ship, free pirate-themed browser game






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Boars, Gore, and Swords: Game of Thrones recap: 4x02:

15 April, 2014 - 08:47

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Boars, Gore, and Swords is hosted by stand-up comedians Ivan Hernandez and Red Scott. In each episode they break down HBO's Game of Thrones and George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. They also talk about movies, TV, science fiction, fantasy, and lots of other things. NSFW.

Season 4 Episode 2 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” takes the fourth season to an entirely different level. Ivan and Red are joined by comedian and Business-man Sean Keane to discuss an episode that is certain to be a classic in this realm. We cover the most disturbing tv scene in television history, Joffrey’s dream woman, a refocusing on Bronn’s storyline, the insufficient bastard naming system, Theon going to Barber school, Skyler vs Shae, the lineage of Dragonstone, Joffrey’s wonderfully short wedding ceremony, new Tommen, Ser Loras vs Ser Jaime, Brienne vs Cersei, the indignity of the little person acting troupe, and reams and reams of comeuppance.

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Read Boing Boing's other GoT S04E02 recap here.

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Monkey teaches man to crush leaves

15 April, 2014 - 07:10

[Video Link] Hopefully the monkey will teach him how to shoot video in landscape mode, too.






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'Blood moon' lunar eclipse may or may not signal end times; watch it online with NASA tonight

15 April, 2014 - 07:07


Image: mreclipse.com, via NASA.gov

Stay up tonight online to watch an awesome lunar eclipse with our astronomer pals at NASA: Spring is here and ready to capture the world's attention with a total lunar eclipse. The eclipse will begin early on the morning of April 15 at approximately 2 a.m. EDT. If you have questions about the eclipse, this will be your chance! NASA astronomer Mitzi Adams and astrophysicist Alphonse Sterling will also answer questions in a live web chat, beginning on April 15 at 1 a.m. EDT and continuing through the end of the eclipse (approximately 5 a.m. EDT). The chat module will go live on this page at approximately 12:45 a.m. EDT. Convert to your local time here. A live Ustream view of the lunar eclipse will be streamed on this page on the night of the event, courtesy of Marshall Space Flight Center. The feed will feature a variety of lunar eclipse views from telescopes around the United States.






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Colorful keyboard how-to

15 April, 2014 - 06:44

The process shots for Chica and Joe's colorful keyboard how-to are like photos from a candy factory.

DIY Colorful Computer Keyboard






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