Tag: happy mutants

Sloth very clear on importance of chewing food slowly

“Tell tha chef it’s excellent.” Definitely thought this was just a looped clip, but hold on. Nope. This slow eating sloth is very serious about eating slowly. Tell tha chef it’s excellent [via] <!– xeni jardin Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing’s in-flight TV channel on Virgin […]

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Los Angeles! I’m launching my new book Radicalized with Lexi Alexander tonight (next: San Diego, NYC, Toronto…)

Tonight is the launch for my latest book of science fiction for adults, Radicalized: I’ll be at the Barnes and Novel at The Grove in Los Angeles, in conversation with director/activist/stuntwoman/champion kickboxer Lexi Alexander, starting at 7PM. From there, the tour takes me to San Diego tomorrow (Mysterious Galaxy, 7:30 PM; then NYC on Wednesday […]

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To do in San Francisco: Future Perfect: A Postcapitalist Adventure from Free Machine on March 24

[Editor’s note: I’m on the advisory board for Free Machine, a nonprofit that describes itself as an “LA-based collective of UX designers, artists, urban planners, and policy wonks. By using the tools of culture to shift the conversation around tech and society, we aim to shape a hi-tech future that is equitable, sustainable, and abundant.” […]

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BATHDOOM: A Doom level based on a terrible bathroom remodel

For years, Something Awful forum members have reveled in user bEatmstrJ’s blow-by-blow account of a terrible bathroom remodel, in which he sought to transform his bathroom “with a woman in mind” with an eye to a future home-sale (“woman play an unfair role in the home-buying process”); bEatmstrJ’s saga combines terrible ideas about how […]

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Make: high-end eyeball props, from humans to monsters to gore

Fourth Seal Studios has everything you could possibly want from high-end prop eyeballs, including $40 “camera-ready” eyes (“Gray cores darken the the ‘white’ of the eye and can add a more realistic sense to the overall piece the eyes are being featured in”); $22-40 sculptural eyeballs in a variety of scales; “Undead and Creature” […]

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Kickstarter Challenge: make an RPG-themed zine!

Inspired by the success of Judges’ Guild, Kickstarter has launched Zine Quest, a challenge to crowdfund an RPG-themed zine (“must either contain an RPG or feature RPG-related content like maps, adventures, monsters, comics, articles, interviews, etc.”); there’s an impressive array of entrants already. <!– Cory Doctorow I write books. My […]

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“London Cries”: the merchants’ patter of 19th Century London

One genre of 19th Cen illustrated pamphlet was the “Cries of London” (previously), which celebrated the market traders’ characteristic sales patter, which were catalogued as a kind of urban birdsong. Aunt Busy Bee’s New London Cries (1852) is a lovely example of the genre, both for its lively illustrations and the wonderful pitches […]

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Magic Lantern: a feature-rich replacement operating system for Canon EOS cameras

Magic Lantern is a replacement OS for your Canon EOS camera that you load via a SD card; in addition to a suite of video-recording tools, Magic Lantern allows fine-grained gain adjustments, selection of input sources, wind filters, audio monitoring, and better tools for everything from white-balance to exposure presets to overlays to help […]

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Tracking down Dick Davy, a mysterious “lost” comedian who once championed civil rights and antiracism

Jason from the Comedy on Vinyl podcast writes, “I’ve spent the last eight years interviewing people from Rachel Bloom to Harry Shearer about their favorite vinyl comedy albums on my podcast, ‘Comedy on Vinyl.’ A few weeks ago, inspired by the brilliant podcast ‘Mystery Show,’ I decided to do something new, as I attempted […]

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Reflections on letterhead collecting, with accompanying (gorgeous) samples

Steven Heller calls himself a “letterhead” — that is, someone who collects letterhead (compare with “Deadhead”); his brief reflections on his passion for Design Observer and interesting and well-observed, but they’re not a patch on the actual samples of beautiful, bygone letterhead from his collection. Letterhead collectors are not a monolithic cult. […]

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An audacious design for a sysadmin-centered subnotebook computer where function is everything

Sukhe’s plan for an “adminbook” is an audacious, well-developed plan for a laptop tailored to the needs of network administrators: small, intended for use in dark, cramped places, convertible into an external drive or display for headless systems or those needing their ROMs flashed, multilingual, with many options for I/O and power. […]

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Women weren’t excluded from early science fiction: they were erased

Science fiction scholar Lisa Yaszek’s recent book The Future Is Female! 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories by Women, from Pulp Pioneers to Ursula K. Le Guin, is a secret history of women in science fiction, reframing the story of exclusion (“women weren’t welcome in early sf writing circles”) as one of erasure (“women made […]

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Simone “Shitty Robots” Giertz has big, makerish plans for her brain tumor

[embedded content] John Cog writes, “Inventor extraordinaire Simone Giertz (YouTube’s ‘Queen of Shitty Robots’) (previously) is already planning funny new experiments for that ‘weird radiation mask’ that ‘looks like something from like a low-budget sci-fi’ that she’ll be wearing for her next six weeks of new radiation therapy for a non-cancerous (but scary) brain […]

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A free book of science fiction from around the world about climate change, introduced by Kim Stanley Robinson

[Editor’s note: I’m a volunteer advisor to Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination, and Joey Eschrich is a colleague of mine there; I invited him to write up his latest project, an anthology of science fiction about climate change.] Joey Eschrich: Today, the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at […]

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Photographing computers to show the art inside the black box

[Editor’s note: I was utterly taken with the gorgeous photos in the new edition of Core Memory, photographer Mark Richards’s lavish survey of the vintage computing hardware in Silicon Valley’s gem, the Computer History Museum; below is senior curator Dag Spicer’s introduction to the book, along with some photos, which the publisher was kind […]

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Fundraising to save Burbank’s horror bookstore Dark Delicacies

Burbank’s amazing quarter-century institution Dark Delicacies is a horror book-, memoribilia- and clothing-store that is a community hub for genre creators, hosting a wonderful stream of events, signings, and even an annual chance to get your photo took with Krampus at a Christmas open-house. It’s also a potential casualty of the skyrocketing rents […]

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Visual Disturbances: what eye-tracking and 187 unlicensed clips reveal about change blindness and our perception of films

My most recent essay film, Visual Disturbances, premiered in the open access journal [in]Transition yesterday. This open access journal features peer reviewed academic video essays and showcases a wide variety of film and media analysis. Visual Disturbances uses some cutting-edge eye tracking visualizations to explore how film audiences both perceive and mis-perceive movies. […]

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Swedes! Poles! Germans! Luxembourgers! The world is depending on you to save the internet from the EU!

The European Parliament is meeting this week, and the committee that will decide the future of the controversial new Copyright Directive will meet next, and depending on what they do, it might be the end of the road for the internet as we know it. The new Copyright Directive contains two deal-breaking clauses: […]

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Hannu Rajaniemi’s Summerland: a midcentury spy thriller, with the afterlife

Hannu Rajaniemi is the Finnish-Scottish mathematician and science fiction writer whose debut, 2012’s Quantum Thief was widely celebrated; now, in Summerland, Rajaniemi delivers new kind of supernatural historical spy procedural, set in a 1938 where the afterlife has been discovered, colonized and militarized. Rachel White is a spy who is trying to help […]

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