Posts Tagged ‘comic’
This is episode 9 of Boing Boing’s Tell Me Something I Don’t Know podcast. It’s an interview show featuring artists, writers, filmmakers, and other creative people discussing their work, ideas, and the reality/business side of how they do what they do.
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Tell Me Something I Don’t Know 009: John Porcellino
Looking for a sciencey article to email your sleep-deprived loved ones, to remind them why they need sleep?
This New York Times WELL column should do the trick. Probably why it’s currently the most-shared item on nytimes.com. It’s about a thousand words of sciencey science stuff, but the tl;dr is: go the fuck to sleep.
John Schwartz has a colorful profile of Bill Nye the Science Guy in the New York Times, exploring his evolution from science-lesson-explainer for kids, to a defender of fact-based reality against pundits on TV who say climate change, evolution, and, you know, evidence-based reasoning and science in general is a bunch of hooey.
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Bill Nye, "Firebrand for Science," profiled in NYT
Walking Dead artist Tony Moore says : “Knowing how long it took me to draw this damn thing in pen and ink, I’m particularly honored and impressed by this painstaking Walking Dead cross-stitch!” ion: A page from The Walking Dead incredibly recreated in cross-stitch
Cross stitch recreation of a page from the Walking Dead comic book
Everyone’s going bananas for the “Get Lucky cover for every decade ” medley, but nothing in it matches the languid splendor of Deep Lounge .
Richard Satran at US News has a scary little piece out about how The Internal Revenue Service collects more than your taxes: “It’s also acquiring a huge volume of personal information on taxpayers’ digital activities, from eBay auctions to Facebook posts and, for the first time ever, credit card and e-payment transaction records, as it expands its search for tax cheats to places it’s never gone before.”
Sociologist Kieran Healy does a nice job of explaining how even a data system that doesn’t contain the actual content of conversations can be part of a very powerful surveillance state . Part parody and part demonstration, he uses information about organization membership roles in 18th-century Boston to pinpoint Paul Revere as a key player in a network of “traitors”.
Matt Alt shot this fun video and wrote this blog post about how you can buy Rhinoceros Beetle larvae for only 98 yen each in Japanese shops. The roughly thumb-sized larva grow into big beetles that are popular pets in Japan.
Two years ago at the Treasure Island Music Festival, I was dazzled by the sight of glowing, otherworldly jellyfish floating above the crowd during the evening performances. I recently learned that those beautiful jellyfish are an art project called OMG Jellyfish by Patti Lord, Rob Lord (of Winamp fame), and their collaborators.
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Kickstarter: otherworldly glowing "jellyfish" for the sky
At The New York Times, John Leland has a moving portrait of people who accepted their own inevitable deaths two decades ago … and then those deaths didn’t happen . Kept alive by HIV-fighting medications, they’ve watched the disease go from death sentence to little-discussed chronic illness — all while dealing with the not-inconsiderable side effects of both the virus, itself, and the medications used to treat it.
In Moscow, people rushed to try out the Russian capital’s first bicycle sharing program today . The program launched with hopes to cut the number of cars clogging streets in epically awful Moscow traffic. The service is similar to similar bike-share programs in cities like Paris, London and most recently New York.
Moscow launches bikeshare service: In Soviet Russia, bike shares you!
After producing too many copies of its infamously terrible E.T. game, Atari dumped the unsold inventory in a remote New Mexico landfill . Thirty years on, the local authorities have greenlighted an excavation to see exactly what’s down there. [John Bear at The Alamogordo Daily News ]
Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot’s “Bonnie and Clyde” from 1968. The lyrics (in French) are based on Bonnie Parker’s poem “The Trail’s End” that she wrote several weeks before she was killed. You can find the song on several releases, including Gainsbourg and Bardot’s fantastic collaborative album ” Bonnie and Clyde ” and also on multiple Gainsbourg compilations, including Monsieur Gainsbourg: The Originals .
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Gainsbourg and Bardot’s "Bonnie and Clyde" (1968)
BB contributor Mark Dery points us to a lovely video and article on “Subway Ballet” in the New York Times. Mark says: Like breakdancing, parkour, urban climbing, and Philippe Petit’s tightrope walk between the World Trade Towers, this is my idea of the inspired wedding of art, sport, and what Hakim Bey called “temporary autonomous zones”—brief-lived pockets of anarcho-carnivalesque resistance to…call it what you will: the daily grind, the status quo, the “unitary urbanism” imposed on city life by capitalism.
Awesome Tapes from Africa is just that. They also issue some of their finds on vinyl, CD (and, duh, tape), including the fantastic sounds of Ethiopia’s Hailu Mergia posted above. Hailu made his name in Walias Band and later went on to do some visionary solo recordings.
Awesome Tapes from Africa
Gawker hit its target with hours to spare , but have already warned readers that the ne’er-do-wells in possession of the alleged evidence might not be willing or able to do business More . In that case, the funds will go to charity.
German railway operator Deutche Bahn is to target graffiti artists with surveillance drones : “The idea is to use airborne infra-red cameras to collect evidence, which could then be used to prosecute vandals who deface property at night.”
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Germany tests anti-graffiti drones
Hairstylist Janet Stephens was unable to replicate a Roman statue’s complex bun in the salon, leading her to solve the ancient mystery of how it worked : “I got deeper and deeper into it … it took about seven years, and my article was published in the Journal of Roman Archeology .” [PDF]
Hairstyle archeologist proves crazy Roman ‘dos were possible
We all know about mugshot and ” revenge porn ” sites, which publish compromising photos and target the victims for “removal fees”. Here’s a new twist: mining the public record for less sympathetic victims, threatening to publicize sex offenders’ personal info if they don’t cough up cash .
Last Thursday, Doc Sisnett of Barbados died at 113, leaving Japan’s Jiroemon Kimura as t he last living man to have been born in the 19th century . Twenty-one living women share the honor. [Sydney Morning Herald]
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The last man born in the 19th century
A U.S. district court today ruled that Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s department violated the rights of brown drivers in the state by racially profiling them… , and issued an injunction to halt the practice. It’s the first time the Maricopa
Trevor Timm at a Freedom of the Press Foundation writes: “Last night, the Washington Post reported on a little known leak case involving former State Department official Stephen Kim. In an alarming new extreme, the Justice Department and FBI finger argue there’s “probable cause to believe” Fox News reporter James Rosen “has committed or is