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OK: Now explain midichlorians.

With growing fascination for the large land vertebratomorphs that are so startlingly diverse on Tatooine, I secured Imperial funding for an expedition to Tatooine, to survey the exotic megafauna and search for fossils of Tyrannodraconis that might further illuminate their evolution. My ensuing report summarizes my trilogy of investigations and discoveries from this “holiday in the suns." [more inside]
posted by ChuraChura on Jul 22, 2014 - 5 comments

prioritize and continue to strengthen friendship with Joe and Dennis

MetaFilter is well acquainted with numbers stations (previously with previouslies inside of that). Well, they may just have migrated to YouTube. [more inside]
posted by theartandsound on Apr 25, 2014 - 46 comments

Christ, I hate Blackboard

"I will return to all of you then to bear witness, in a rapturous tornado of filth, to my contempt for that unholy system of course mismanagement software." [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Jan 27, 2014 - 83 comments

On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog

Cartoonist Peter Steiner created The New Yorker's most popular gag panel. What happened after that?
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Oct 27, 2013 - 26 comments

Radio, Radio

SNL 1977 - Lorne Michaels "raised his middle finger at [Elvis] Costello and kept it up until the unapproved song was over."
From wikipedia: Costello wanted to play "Radio Radio" on SNL. Columbia Records, however, was interested in having an already-established song performed on SNL, to increase interest in the band before the American release of My Aim Is True and This Year's Model. In the event, Costello began the SNL performance by playing "Less than Zero." However, after a few bars, he turned to the Attractions, waving his hand and yelling "Stop! Stop!," then said to the audience, "I'm sorry, ladies and gentlemen, there's no reason to do this song here," possibly referring to the fact "Less than Zero" was written as a reply to British fascist politician Oswald Mosley. However, SNL music director Howard Shore attributes the move to Costello's bucking pressure by his music company to play "Less than Zero" on the show.[1] He then led the band in a performance of "Radio Radio." Obligatory Weird Al cover. ViaBoingBoing
posted by FiveNines on Sep 27, 2013 - 62 comments

"Please state where and when this card was found and then put it in the nearest Post Office."

Oldest message in a bottle found. The bottle was released as part of a research project tracking deep ocean currents. (Via socimages, via boingboing.)
posted by NoraReed on Oct 15, 2012 - 25 comments

China Mieville's Railsea - an interview

We are so steeped in the tradition of railways as a single line cutting through the wilderness. But [...] there is a tradition you can tap into that completely inverts what has become the cliché, and focuses instead on branching lines, on sidings, on reversibility and on the breaching of timetables—and you end up with a notion of rails that can be an ineffable symbol of potentiality. I liked the idea of trying to honour that alternative tradition.
But that's all post-facto to the basic gag—and it is a gag—of someone shouting "there she blows!" and it's a mole, not a whale.
BoingBoing interviews China Mieville on his new book, Railsea. [more inside]
posted by rebent on Aug 9, 2012 - 53 comments

(Para|O)lympian

South Africa has named Oscar Pistorius and his running blades (Previously Previouslier Previousliest) to their 2012 Olympic track and field team in the 400 and 4x400 relay. He needed to run a 45.30 or better twice this year to qualify on his own merits, but he has done this only once this year (and at least once last year). The New York Times Magazine profiled him earlier this year. However, he will not be the first competitor to be named to both the olympics and paralympics in the same year: [more inside]
posted by persona on Jul 4, 2012 - 103 comments

Can You Jam With The Console Cowboys In Cyberspace?

Around 1992 Mondo 2000 magazine asked: "R.U A Cyperpunk?"
posted by The Whelk on May 24, 2012 - 123 comments

What is the meaning of malady?

"As a career patient, I’ve learned one thing at least: the importance of clinging to the rag-end of your sense of self, however you define it—intellect, sense of humor, generosity of spirit, a stoicism worthy of Seneca or Mr. Spock, or, in a writer’s case, the mind that makes sense of itself as a reflection in the mirror of language. In the M.A.S.H.-unit chaos of the E.R.; in the nowhere, notime of the hospital room; in the O.R., where the euphoria of oncoming anesthesia and the doting attentions of apparitions in scrubs make you understand, in an instant, the perverse seductions of Munchausen’s Syndrome as you ride into the stage-light radiance on your gurney like the Son of Heaven in his sedan chair, feeling for all the world like a pathological celebrity—in these moments of inescapable embodiment, I’ve learned to float free in my head, a thought balloon untethered from the body on the sickbed or the operating table."
-A Season in Hell by (Mefite) Mark Dery [Previously]
posted by lemuring on Apr 13, 2012 - 10 comments

Party like it's 19A9

Mixtape of the Lost Decade: Phantom Time, Pyramids, and the 19A0s. (Playlist)
posted by dunkadunc on Feb 2, 2012 - 10 comments

hip-hop family tree comix

The Hip-Hop Family Tree: A Look Into the Viral Propagation of a Culture (part two, part three) is a "semi-regular, ongoing feature" currently running in the comic Brain Rot by Ed Piskor. (Ed Piskor and Wizzywig Comics previously on MeFi)
posted by flex on Jan 25, 2012 - 16 comments

5. TAKE BATH

-NEW YEAR'S RULIN'S-
1. WORK MORE AND BETTER
2. WORK BY A SCHEDULE
3. WASH TEETH IF ANY
...
33. WAKE UP AND FIGHT


Woody Guthrie's New Year's Resolutions, 1942
posted by obscurator on Dec 21, 2011 - 40 comments

BoingBoing's Xeni Jardin on her breast cancer diagnosis

I live online as much as I live offline. Often, I move around in the world staring into a device as I walk, sharing bits of one realm with the other. The morning I went in for my first mammogram, I felt nervous. I would tweet this new thing, like I do with lots of new things, and make the unknown and new feel less so. Maybe by doing so, I thought while I was driving, other women like me who'd never done this would also feel like it was less weird, less scary, more normal and worth doing without hesitation. I'd crack some 140-character jokes. I'd make fun of myself and others. I would Instagram my mammogram.
posted by cgc373 on Dec 10, 2011 - 18 comments

Straight Outta Union City

Retrospace (previously) gives us a series of cards from lounge acts that appeared at the Biltmore Motor Hotel in Union City, Tennessee, sometime in the Seventies. [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack on Apr 17, 2011 - 12 comments

CONTINUE? 9 ... 8 ... 7 ... 6 ...

Videogame players die a thousand deaths, complete with appropriately nostalgic soundtrack. [via BB]
posted by bayani on Apr 14, 2011 - 32 comments

Unbelievably-shaped Wooden Gears That Really Work

These Gears Really Work? Strangely soothing video of wooden, non-circular gears lovingly crafted by Clayton Boyer (YouTube Channel), talented designer of Wooden Clocks (YouTube Video, Flickr Photo Set). Via jwz and BoingBoing. [more inside]
posted by stringbean on Oct 27, 2010 - 26 comments

"You people should spend less time in front of a bloody screen and more time ... reading real things."

Nomen Ludi. Rob Beschizza, gadget blogger for Boing Boing and previously for Wired, writes about his quest for the completion of an eight-bit game that no one else remembers, and the lost programmer who wrote it.
posted by Halloween Jack on Jun 1, 2010 - 42 comments

MENSA Members Love Girl Genius, duh.

American Mensa members across the country cast their votes, selecting their Top 50 Web Sites. MetaFilter is NOT on the list, proving what I've been saying for years that IQ is a poor measurement of real intelligence.
posted by oneswellfoop on Apr 6, 2010 - 207 comments

Anonymous Buzzkill

A worrisome set of posts from Princeton University's 'Freedom to Tinker" Blog:
In many situations, it may be far easier to unmask apparently anonymous online speakers than they, I, or many others in the policy community have appreciated. Today, I'll tell a story that helps explain what I mean. Second post: what BoingBoing knows about John Doe. Third, and most concerning post: The traceability of an online anonymous comment. Related post: a well researched review of the privacy concerns around the roll-out of, and push-back against, Google Buzz.
posted by Rumple on Feb 18, 2010 - 41 comments

Ten years of wonderful things

Happy 10th birthday to Boing Boing!
posted by digaman on Jan 21, 2010 - 120 comments

New Worlds and Old

The Readers of Boing Boing interview Michael Moorcock
posted by Artw on Jun 18, 2009 - 42 comments

The unforeseen

On Dec 14, the often-linked Clay Shirky (most recently) ended his guestblogging stint at boingboing with a question for the commenters: What's going to happen in the next five years or so that will catch most of the rest of us by surprise, but not you? [more inside]
posted by finnb on Dec 16, 2008 - 88 comments

Go ahead: diagnose yourself! Are you an Aspie?

Do you have Asperger's Syndrome? Answer these questions and find out. I'm skeptical about this, but I find it fascinating. For years, I've suspected I'm an Aspie, and, as it turns out, I answered the questions exactly the way the researchers predict an Aspie would answer them. My "normal" wife answers them they way "normal" people do. I am almost incapable of understanding the "normal" answer. To me, the Aspie answer is obviously correct. Here is a great discussion about the research. Here is the original research paper (MS Word file). [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Nov 5, 2008 - 179 comments

Boing Boing Finds 21st Century Trotsky?

Without explanation, all of Violet Blue's posts have been removed from Boing Boing, raising serious questions about ethics and revisionism that run contra to the thoughtful declarations of blogging pioneers. Is this hypocritical in light of BB's own public bouts with censorship? Or does this reflect an altogether different loss of control?
posted by ed on Jun 30, 2008 - 2553 comments

Google News from a Better World

Google News from a Better World (via)
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Jun 8, 2008 - 50 comments

Meet your new weblog overlords

The world's 50 most powerful blogs [more inside]
posted by Flashman on Mar 12, 2008 - 73 comments

Hold Please

Joel Johnson of Boing Boing shows up to The Hugh Thompson Show to discuss gadgets but chooses a different topic
Yesterday, I was invited to talk about gadgets onThe Hugh Thompson Show, a television-style talk show sponsored exclusively by AT&T for distribution on the online AT&T Tech Channel. I eventually did talk about gadgets, but in light of AT&T's shocking and baffling announcement of their plans to filter the internet, I thought that a much more interesting and important topic.

posted by device55 on Jan 22, 2008 - 33 comments

Boing Boing Bingo

Boing Boing Bingo! Via Laughing Squid, via Twitter.
posted by mecran01 on Jan 6, 2008 - 65 comments

It is better to be silent, and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.

BoingBoing launched its redesign today and, among other changes, allows comments again. So, if you're tired of anagram maps, steampunk crap, self-promotion, endless and often pointless crying about copyright laws, orgasms about everything Katamari Demacy, or anything else, now is your chance. The folks behind the now abandoned corysucks and the still running xenisucks must be happy.
posted by Muddler on Aug 28, 2007 - 149 comments

DRM strikes again!

If you tried to validate a legitimate copy of XP or Vista today before 2pm, you were in for a nasty suprise. It seems that all Windows Genuine Advantage servers failed at once sometime today. One BoingBoing reader who contacted Microsoft was told to try again on Tuesday, as they expected the servers to be down for a few days. Rob Knop of the ScienceBlog Galactic Interactions responds with an entertaining rant.
posted by [expletive deleted] on Aug 25, 2007 - 28 comments

The Room: Best/Worst/Best Vanity Project Ever

The Room: The Movie. Triple-threat (actor/writer/director) Tommy Wiseau made his cinematic debut in 2003 with the The Room (see trailer and various scenes), "a blend between a softcore porn flick and a Tennessee Williams stageplay." Wiseau ("who's not just one of the most unusual looking and sounding-with an unidentifiable Eastern European accent-leading men ever to grace the screen, but a narcissist nonpareil whose movie makes Vincent Gallo's "The Brown Bunny" seem the apotheosis of cinematic self-restraint...may be something of a first: A movie that prompts most of its viewers to ask for their money back-before even 30 minutes have passed." - Variety), allegedly raised $6 million outside Hollywood to cover production and marketing costs of the self-described "black comedy about love, passion, betrayal and lies" (see various rough dress rehersals). Audience members, including comedian David Cross, have been "marveling at the bizarre editing, bad bluescreen, uncomfortably explicit sex scenes and, of course, the enigma of Wiseau himself" as the film played monthly for years in Los Angeles. Available on DVD, diehard "roomies" swear by the theatrical experience, shout out their own commentary, hurl spoons at the screen and singalong to the soundtrack. Some call it "The Rocky Horror of the New Millenium" and stage "Room" parties. If you look at the marketing campaign or survived a screening you might see The Room as "a seminar on how NOT to make a movie." [Inspired by Boing Boing]
posted by boost ventilator on Jun 1, 2006 - 28 comments

Xeni sucks

I'm positive one of you people did this. Predated by Cory sucking and as foretold by prophecy.
posted by boo_radley on Mar 27, 2006 - 112 comments

Mashup bites back

Corysucks.com is an index of Cory Doctorow’s posts to Boing Boing ranked according to how much they suck. [not via boing boing]
posted by srboisvert on Mar 5, 2006 - 135 comments

Vintage High-Tech

Oooh, I want one. Or all of them. Vintage high-tech, from the good folks at Worth1000. (Great idea, but I feel like even more could be done with this meme. Pointers?) [Via BoingBoing.]
posted by digaman on Feb 22, 2006 - 21 comments

Air Pirates On Line

Mickey Mouse Meets the Air Pirates Funnies. The book on the ensuing legal fracas was previously discussed on Metafilter here, but now you can read the whole first issue as Dan O'Neill intended it. See also the Communique. Via BoingBoing
posted by Eothele on Aug 5, 2005 - 8 comments

Behold the power of the Fly!

Laser-controlled headless zombie flies.
I, for one, welcome our remote-controlled headless zombie fly overlords.
posted by crankydoodle on Apr 14, 2005 - 17 comments

Yeah, yeah. Filter-filter.

North Korea sets BoingBoing up the bomb. All their base are belong to BoingBoing. via joi ito.
posted by loquacious on Mar 7, 2005 - 43 comments

Widgets Widgets Everywhere

Sony will copy-protect most of its new releases by the end of the year. Sony VP Jordan Katz cites a consumer study when claiming the market is ready for this development. Closer analysis of said study shows that the facts do not support this. Some interpretations of that analysis are also not supported by the facts.
posted by Captaintripps on Mar 1, 2005 - 35 comments

rat brain in a jar

wow..and it can fly a flight sim using only the power of its mind.....via boing boing
posted by ShawnString on Oct 22, 2004 - 7 comments

Pirates and Emperors

Pirates and Emperors is the story of America's funding of terrorists (freedom fighters) put to music and animation, ala Schoolhouse Rock. It's a simple civics lesson that even elementary school kids, and our nation's highest leader, can understand. (link via BoingBoing)
posted by fleener on Oct 15, 2004 - 34 comments

HeroinLollipopsAndOpiumStarch

Where not to hide your drugs. Tips from the DEA. [via boingboing]
posted by srboisvert on Oct 14, 2004 - 24 comments

Rock n' Roll

This is Rock and Roll [3mb wmv via boingboing]
posted by cmicali on Sep 17, 2004 - 15 comments

Crap Service for Crap Hound

Dotster has its wicked way with Cory Doctorow. Any more horror stories involving them, or is he just unlucky?
posted by PinkStainlessTail on Aug 12, 2004 - 31 comments

Theory fun

Social theory trading cards, action figures and legos! [Via Boing Boing.]
posted by homunculus on Mar 16, 2004 - 5 comments

Data collection is easy, analysis is hard

That U.S. intelligence agencies confuse terrorists with children on passenger jets is a reminder that data collection is easy, but data analysis is hard. That must be why the six-year-old daughter of one of Boing Boing's co-founders is on the CAPPS list as a security risk. All this is also a reminder that we need privacy safeguards for these data mining programs.
posted by homunculus on Jan 11, 2004 - 34 comments

HillCrosses

Hill of Crosses, Siauliai, Lithuania [via boingboing]
posted by srboisvert on Nov 10, 2003 - 10 comments

Where is Boing Boing?

Where is Boing Boing?
posted by coudal on Oct 30, 2003 - 58 comments

Michael Moore tells it how it is

Michael Moore's comprehensive response to criticisms of Bowling for Columbine. An interesting read, should make up for some interesting comments. Unfortunately, I do not have one of my own, yet. I wish Michael Moore himself would post here. [via BoingBoing]
posted by zerofoks on Sep 25, 2003 - 126 comments

The prodigy

William James Sidis: Collector of streetcar transfers and child genius. More in depth information here. (via a discussion on Boing-boing)
posted by sharksandwich on Sep 4, 2003 - 6 comments

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