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Watch freaky oarfish frolic in the Sea of Cortez

11 April, 2014 - 21:57

Oarfish are freaky sea dragons. You might remember them from the beaching incidents last fall, when two oarfish turned up on the coast of California within a week. That's a big deal, because the fish usually live far down in the ocean — at depths up to 3000 feet. It's relatively rare to catch them at a depth where humans have easy access. In this video, you can see tourists with a Shedd Aquarium travel program interacting with a couple of 15-feet-long oarfish in the Sea of Cortez. Definitely stick around to about 1:40 in the video, where you get some stunning underwater close ups of the oarfish.

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Awesomely bad Bollywood musical number and Kraftwerk ripoff: 'Yoga' (1983)

11 April, 2014 - 21:50

Where to begin. This is my kind of yoga. Video Link. From the 1983 film HAADSAA. [HT: Carl Hamm]






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LA sheriffs shoot, kill Tosh.0 production assistant who was helping friends attacked by man with knife

11 April, 2014 - 21:48


At left, John Winkler, who was shot to death by a Sheriff's Deputy in West Hollywood on Monday. At right, Alexander McDonald, the suspect charged in the case with holding Winkler's friends against their will and attacking them with a knife.

In West Hollywood on Monday, 30 year old aspiring television production worker John Winkler was mistaken for a stabbing suspect, and shot to death by a deputy as he fled an apartment where friends were being held against their will and attacked by a knife-wielding man. From the Los Angeles Times, on Winkler's death: In fact, he was one of three hostages being held inside an apartment by a man with a knife. Winkler was shot in the chest when he rushed out of the apartment with one of the other victims, sheriff's officials said in a statement.

“The apartment door suddenly opened and a male victim came rushing out,” the statement said. “He was covered in blood and bleeding profusely from the neck. Simultaneously, Winkler ran out of the door, lunging at the back of the fleeing victim. Both ran directly at the deputies.”

Three deputies fired at Winkler. He was shot once and died at a local hospital. The other victim was also shot in the leg, officials said.

"Winkler moved to West Hollywood from Washington state six months ago to pursue a career in entertainment," reports the Times. He had recently landed a temporary contract gig as aproduction assistant on the Comedy Central web-clip show Tosh.0.

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Steve Jurvetson scores a Mercury spacesuit at auction

11 April, 2014 - 21:37

"Whoa, I just won a Mercury space suit," says Steve Jurvetson, VC, photographer, and space history collector. "The iconic silver wardrobe of our dreams and the first American astronauts. Still a bit in speechless awe."

Our Pesco wrote about this very auction, here on Boing Boing earlier this week.






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EFF seeks student activists for campus network

11 April, 2014 - 09:00


The Electronic Frontier Foundation is launching a major campus organizing initiative and is looking to build a network of trusted campus activists to work with. They're sending staffers on a road-trip to speak at universities and colleges and want to hear from you. They've released a set of community organizing tools to help you get started.

There are plenty of ways to take part, no matter how much organizing experience you have.

* Start a group: Talk to friends and community members to gauge who else in your network is interested in digital freedom. Form a group that can discuss the issues and plan ways of advocating for your rights. For some tips on getting started, check out our guide on how to build a coalition on campus and in your community.

* Bring digital rights to an existing group: These issues are everybody's issues, no matter where on the political spectrum you lie. You can work with existing political, civil liberties, activist, and computer-related groups and urge members to take on a digital rights campaign.

* Organize an event: We have plenty of suggestions for events you can throw, from film screenings to rallies, parties to speaker series.

* Let your voice be heard: We are all part of the digital rights movement together, and your voice is as important as ours. Learn how to coordinate with local and national campaigns, and amplify your message by reading our tips on engaging with the press.

While many student groups and local community organizations are working on surveillance reform in light of the recent disclosures about massive government spying, it’s not only the NSA that we’re fighting: we’re demanding open access to publicly funded research; we’re fighting to protect the future of innovation from patent trolls; we’re urging companies and institutions to deploy encryption; we're defending the rights of coders and protecting the free speech rights of bloggers worldwide—the list goes on.

EFF is Expanding into Student and Community Organizing, and We Need Your Help






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RIP, Sue Townsend

11 April, 2014 - 08:07

Sue Townsend has died. Ms Townsend wrote (among other things) the marvellous Adrian Mole books that have been a touchstone for me since I was 14 years old (I'm the same age as Adrian Mole, and grew up with him through Townsend's fictionalised diaries). Townsend has been legally blind due to complications from diabetes for some time, and had been writing her books by dictation. The BBC says that she died at home "after a short illness." I am so sad about this. She was one of the great comic writers, with all that implies: wisdom, wit, compassion and ruthless honesty. She was 68.






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New Disruptors 70: Puzzle Maker Chris Yates

11 April, 2014 - 07:32

Chris Yates is a polymath. A sculptor, artist, woodworker, cartoonist, entrepreneur, dog-kennel assembler, musician, and more. He's best known now for his handmade jigsaw puzzles. He's on the show to talk about his zigzag path to making a niche for himself.

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Things we mention in this episode:

Chris displayed with Topatoco at Emerald City Comicon recently; he works a lot of conventions. He created 50 Comic-Con Questions as a tongue-in-response to what people ask. Chris is almost sui generis.

The "Quilt of No Return" has a difficult rating of 9.3 out of 10. Chris's cartoon, Reprographics, ran from about 2004 to 2013.

Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics is possibly the nicest guy in the world, based on his reputation. David Lynch did Angriest Dog in the World for quite a while. xkcd by Randall Munroe turned not being able to draw into an asset. Chris worked early on with David Malki, interviewed on New Disruptors in September 2013. Ceaco sells mass-produced versions of Chris's invention.

The New Disruptors is a podcast about people who make art, things, or connections finding new ways to reach an audience and build a community. Glenn Fleishman is the host, and he talks with new guests every week. Find older episodes at the podcast's home.

Support The New Disruptors directly as a patron at Patreon starting at $1 per month, with on-air thanks, premiums, and more at higher levels of support. We do this show with your help. Thanks this episode to patrons GravityFish, Garry Pugh, and Abraham Finberg!








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Dropping Dropbox - what's a replacement?

11 April, 2014 - 07:18

I loved Dropbox and Mailbox. I was paying for a 200GB account. But after learning that Iraq war starter, torture promotor, and warrantless wiretapper Condoleezza Rice will be joining Dropbox's Board of Directors I deleted my account (Dropbox doesn't issue refunds, so I lost about $100. They can keep it.). I also deleted the Mailbox app from my phone.

Now I want a Dropbox replacement. Something that offers cloud syncing. The website Drop Dropbox has a few suggestions: Box.com, Microsoft OneDrive, SpiderOak, and Google Drive. I'd like to hear from Boing Boing readers who've had experience with alternatives to Dropbox. Please post your comments in the BBS!






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This Day in Blogging History: Brand on Thatcher; Vicodin ring; Bavarian Wild West themeparks

11 April, 2014 - 03:00

One year ago today
Russell Brand on Margaret Thatcher: When I was a kid, Thatcher was the headmistress of our country. Her voice, a bellicose yawn, somehow both boring and boring – I could ignore the content but the intent drilled its way in.

Five years ago today
Vicodin Ring: Crafter Becky Stern says: "To go along with my Vicodin earrings, I made this Vicodin ring from sterling silver.

Ten years ago today
Wild west themeparks kicking ass in Bavaria: Main Street features covered plank sidewalks, double-decker railings and cutout clapboard facades. Outside the sheriff's office, the town marshal, Big Joe - a Turkish-born character actor little more than three feet tall - obligingly poses for photos, pointing his six-gun at guests and ordering "Hände hoch!" ("Hands up!")...







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CBS: Stephen Colbert Will Take Over Letterman’s ‘Late Show’

11 April, 2014 - 01:02


Comedian Stephen Colbert greets a reporter as he arrives for the State Dinner being held for French President Francois Hollande at the White House in Washington on February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Looks like that #CancelColbert campaign worked: The Colbert Show's Stephen Colbert will replace a retiring David Letterman as host of the CBS Late Show. Colbert's tenure will begin in 2015, according to an announcement today from CBS' CEO Les Moonves. The Comedy Central star has signed a five-year agreement with CBS, and the show's location is yet to be determined.






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Owner of John Lennon's tooth would like to clone the musician

11 April, 2014 - 00:57

Back in 2011, I posted that one of John Lennon's teeth was up for auction. Canadian dentist Michael Zuk bought the molar for approximately $34,000 and says he would eventually like to use it to clone Lennon and raise him as his own son.

"He would still be his exact duplicate but you know, hopefully keep him away from drugs and cigarettes, that kind of thing," Zuk said.

Zuk has all kinds of other plans involving the tooth, including a DNA pendant, fine art photos, a documentary film, charity fundraising... It goes on and on over at JohnLennonTooth.com. (NME)






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PETA unable to make cannibal Dahmer's home a vegan restaurant

11 April, 2014 - 00:19

Unfortunately, PETA is not able to turn noted cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer's childhood home in Bath, Ohio into a vegan restaurant. The plan was to call the restaurant "Eat for Life: Home Cooking" but zoning laws stood in their way.

"It was also suggested that we consider converting it into a vegan bed and breakfast, but we're not optimistic that many people would want to make the trip to spend a night in the house.," PETA Media Director Moira Colley said.

Of course, the whole idea could easily have just been a PETA publicity stunt. In any case, the home is still up for sale. (WKYC, thanks Gil Kaufman!)






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Men's coiffures from the 1960s and 1970s

11 April, 2014 - 00:05

Yesterday's bad haircuts are tomorrow's (or today's) cool haircuts in San Francisco's Mission or Brooklyn. (via Devour)






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SF in SF: Daniel Suarez and Andy Weir in San Francisco this Saturday

11 April, 2014 - 00:00
Rina writes, "Join SF in SF on Sat., April 12 for our author event! Authors Daniel Suarez (Influx) and Andy Weir (The Martian) will each read a selection from their work, followed by Q&A moderated by author Terry Bisson. Booksigning and schmoozing follows, with books for sale courtesy of Borderlands Books. The event will be podcasted by the Sword & Laser Podcast."






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A different band shirt for 1000+ days

10 April, 2014 - 23:58

Isaac wore a different band t-shirt every day in a row for 1000+ days. And I thought I had a lot of rock shirts in the archive! Minor Thread (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!)






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A Canticle for Leibowitz, venerated science fiction masterpiece

10 April, 2014 - 23:53

I recent read Walter M. Miller Jr's. deeply loved and admired A Canticle for Leibowitz. Sci-fi reviews so often reference this published in 1959 story of post-apolcalyptic mankind's struggles, that when an old tattered copy was handed to me I had no choice but to dig in. I quickly became a fan.

Miller does an amazing job of telling three tales that give you a fairly clear picture of the origins and 1200+ year history of the Albertian Order of St. Leibowitz. The first occurs as the world still struggles, several hundred years after a nuclear holocaust has left the planet a wreck and humanity stupid. A small order of monks, founded by a guy named Leibowitz, works to preserve what few books and memorabilia they can preserve from the wrecked culture and hope to see long dead Leibowitz canonized for his efforts to save the books. The second shows us a medieval-ish time, several generations later, as science and culture of the prior world start to be interesting again... Welcome back politics! The third shows humanity having surpassed our current level of technology, but still unable to stop war and conflict. Through these three stories Miller shows us both the beauty and futility of humanity.

Books one and two were an engrossing read. Book 3 brings the story to solid finish but feels a bit like Miller was just not good at writing highly technologized cultures. While I was deeply engaged with he first two stories, I struggled not to breeze through some longwinded, apparently going no place streams in the third.

I really enjoyed it and can certainly see how this book helped shaped much of the science fiction I love!

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr.

(Thanks, Mouse!)






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Early Polaroid SX-70 photos from LIFE

10 April, 2014 - 23:51

In 1972, Polaroid introduced its iconic SX-70 camera. It was an evolutionary leap from the groundbreaking "Land Camera" invented in 1947 by Polaroid co-founder Edwin H. Land (image right). LIFE has posted a gorgeous gallery of SX-70 photos from a time when instant photography was still in the realm of magic. The shots were taken by LIFE photographer Co Rentmeester who had a chance to put the SX-70 through its paces before it was available for purchase. #nofilter






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A biologist trying to go to Mars

10 April, 2014 - 22:37
Biologist Chris Patil is one of the 1058 people chosen (from more than 200,000 initial applicants) to participate in the second round of Mars One astronaut selection. That is, to say, he is one of 1058 people who are angling for a chance to go to Mars and never come back. He's keeping a blog about the experience and you can read it.






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This is the system Apple used to test iPhone software in 2006

10 April, 2014 - 22:32

The Wall Street Journal has a story about the birth of the iPhone (which I am still a little startled to realize is only seven years old ... I think my memory is merging iPhones and iPods into a sense of the presence of a single iThing). In an accompanying blog post, they shared this photo taken by Apple engineers, showing the system that was used to test out prototypes of iPhone software before its release. According to the blog post, the system "tethered a plastic touch-screen device – code-named “Wallaby” – to an outdated Mac to simulate the slower speeds of a phone hardware."








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The side-effects of surviving HIV

10 April, 2014 - 22:09
There are side-effects to being an HIV controller — a person whose body naturally suppresses the virus without medication. They have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and more ... all linked to an over-active immune system. Now, researchers think they may have a solution that can keep those patients more healthy.






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