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]
MetaFilter is well acquainted with numbers stations
with previouslies inside of that). Well, they may just have migrated to YouTube
. [more inside]
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. He then led the band in a performance of "Radio Radio."
Obligatory Weird Al cover.
Oldest message in a bottle found.
The bottle was released as part of a research project tracking deep ocean currents. (Via socimages, via boingboing.)
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]
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
in the same year: [more inside]
Around 1992 Mondo 2000 magazine asked: "R.U A Cyperpunk?"
"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
) Mark Dery
The Hip-Hop Family Tree: A Look Into the Viral Propagation of a Culture
, 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)
-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
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.
) 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]
Videogame players die a thousand deaths
, complete with appropriately nostalgic soundtrack
. [via BB
. 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.
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.
A worrisome set of posts from Princeton University's 'Freedom to Tinker"
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.
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]
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
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.
Boing Boing Bingo!
Via Laughing Squid, via Twitter.
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.
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.
The Room: The Movie.
Triple-threat (actor/writer/director) Tommy Wiseau
made his cinematic debut in 2003 with the The Room
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
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"
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
, 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
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"
. 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."
Corysucks.com is an index of Cory Doctorow’s posts to Boing Boing ranked according to how much they suck.
[not via boing boing]
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
Mickey Mouse Meets the Air Pirates Funnies.
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
Laser-controlled headless zombie flies.
I, for one, welcome our remote-controlled headless zombie fly overlords.
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
supported by the facts.
wow..and it can fly a flight sim
using only the power of its mind.....via boing boing
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
has its wicked way with Cory Doctorow
. Any more horror stories involving them, or is he just unlucky?
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
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.
William James Sidis:
Collector of streetcar transfers and child genius. More in depth information here. (via a discussion on Boing-boing)