Posts Tagged ‘function-load’
Mark W Shead uses the terrifying design of this air pistol (you have to point is straight at your face to check the pressure) as a jumping-off point for a short, to the point essay on “domain knowledge” and software design. Why You Need Domain Knowledge (via Making Light)
KILL ACTA: give the EU an earful about secret copyright treaties in Brussels tomorrow at 2PM (and more protests all over the world)
Tomorrow marks a day of global protest against ACTA, the profoundly undemocratic copyright treaty that was negotiated in secret, and which governments are signing up for without democratic review and debate from elected representatives. In Brussels, thousands will mass at the Bourse De Bruxelles at 2PM to give the EU an earful. Update: Germany’s out
Canadians speak out en masse against pro-censorship, pro-DRM copyright proposal; government ignores them
Michael Geist sez, Tens of thousands of Canadians have spoken out against proposed copyright reform in recent days that could combine the US DMCA with SOPA to create restrictive digital lock rules along with targeting of legitimate websites and website blocking. Canadians recognize that the bill will have an impact on the legitimate activities of
The Pirate Bay is making good on its long-announced plan of moving from hosting a torrent-tracker to hosting “magnet links” that allow BitTorrent file-sharing without a centralized tracker. This will vastly reduce the amount of data that TPB needs to store and serve, so much so that the entire TPB index will only be 90MB
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The Pirate Bay will fit on a ZIP cartridge
I thought this week could do with some more “fanboy”, so cobbled together this blast of Every Apple Design Ever (ish) in 30 seconds. I’m a Sony guy, at heart, but even if each of its products were given only a single frame of animation, such a video would not end before the heat death
Every Apple Design Ever in 30 seconds
The sixteenth collected volume in Bill Willingham’s long-running Fables series is Fables Super Team, and Willingham uses the volume to demonstrate his absolutely catholic approach to mythmaking and storytelling. The Fables, faced with an impossible fight, decide to plumb new mythologies to find ways of overcoming the odds, and hit on the idea of creating
From a 2001 issue of Giant Robot magazine, this one-pager by Adrian Tomine has a bid of $500. Adrian Tomine’s cathartic one-page comic strip describes his personal feelings about actor Gedde Watanabe’s portrayal of Long Duk Dong, in the John Hughes film, Sixteen Candles. This strip was used as a tie-in to an NPR All
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On the auction block: Adrian Tomine’s 1-Page Story "The Donger and Me"
Magpie Killjoy sez, “SteamPunk Magazine, the oldest-known journal of steampunk fiction and culture, has returned after a two-year hiatus. This 110-page issue covers everything from the fine art of urban exploration to how to sew a lacy cuff. There are articles discussing the girl gangs of New York City in the 19th century as well
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Steampunk Magazine is back!
Ḅǐŕĉȟ & Ḃåàãǧò is a Danish Institut for Moderne Hudpleje (Modern Huge People) Here’s their list of services (Translated from Danish): Voks af hele benet (folks who are hellishly big) = Kr. 375,- Underben (undersized folks) = Kr. 200,- Ryg (regular folks) Kr. 250,- Bikini linie (belly button lint removal) Kr.
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Leg waxing for giants
Ryan Tronier, producer of The Browser on KSL radio, did a segment about the language game my daughter and her friends speak. He says, I sent the recording of your daughter to the linguistics department at the University of Utah on Monday. One of the PhD students decoded your daughter’s language game.
Furious Pete, a body-builder, shows how with just a few hours’ preparation he can look absolutely ripped or paunchy and out of shape. He starts by doing a brief, intense exercise and cosmetic regime and produces photos that make him look like he’s rippling with muscle and completely devoid of body-fat. Then he eats a
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Bodybuilder can go from ripped to flabby in a few hours
Steve Silberman says: Perry Hall is a born synaesthete who “hears color and light, and created an iPhone/iPad app called Sonified to let his synaesthesia “loose in the wild, as he puts it. I take Hall’s gift as a jumping-off point to talk about Nabokov’s “freakish gift” for seeing letters in color, and several recent
Steve Silberman reports on synaesthesia
[Video Link] This is going to be the most awesome movie ever. In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying
Trailer for Iron Sky, a crowd-sourced sci-fi epic
Apps for Kids is Boing Boing’s podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 8-year-old daughter, Jane Frauenfelder. In episode 008, we review game called Mad Chef. It’s 99 cents iPhone and iPad in the iTunes store
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Apps for Kids podcast 008: Mad Chef
The Guardian’s Jon Henley reviews Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, a popular science/self-help book by Roy F Baumeister, “eminent American social psychology professor” and NYT science writer John Tierney. It sounds like a practical guide combined with a literature review on the lines of such excellent books as Daniel Gilbert’s Stumbling on Happiness. Henley
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Why is it more interesting to spend an evening with this book than a beautiful woman?
Mr Norton also added: “It was a pleasure collaborating with PRADA and LG, both Global brands with impeccable reputations for being the most innovative and respected in their fields.” How nice of Mr Norton to write that sentence for the press release!
I’ve always enjoying studying the original art for comic book pages, because it’s fun to look at the washes, white-out marks, pen lines, blue pencil lines, erased pencil, and brush lines. You can learn a lot from them. IDW’s Artist’s Editions (I’ve not seen a copy in person) print scans of original comic art pages,
The EU’s Eastern European constituents have been under enormous trade pressure to sign onto ACTA, the copyright treaty negotiated in secret at the behest of the US Trade Rep and the entertainment lobby. There’s widespread rebellion in Slovenia, Poland and Bulgaria, and now Romania’s Prime Minister has admitted, “he did not hold any information on
This restored 1957 home movie of a Disneyland visit, from the Disney History Institute, is an absolute treat. I love the rare footage of the Frontierland pack-mules and the Jungle Cruise as it was before the jungle really grew in; I’m likewise captivated by the sight of the (by modern standards) harshly metallic and dangerous-looking
Gweek is a weekly podcast where the editors and friends of Boing Boing talk about comic books, science fiction and fantasy, video games, board games, tools, gadgets, apps, and other neat stuff. My hosts on episode 38 are Dean Putney, Boing Boing’s coding and development wizard, Boing Boing alum Joel Johnson of Animal New York,
Gweek 038: Puzzlejuice Pigs