Posts Tagged: Boing Boing

Zine Anthologies from Small Presses

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We all love wiling away the workday on our favorite blogs, but don’t you miss the warm, light heft of a freshly photocopied zine?

You may never again make those late-night treks to Kinko’s with folders full of riot-grrrl poetry under both arms, but plenty of small presses have affordable collections of those cool little things we used to read before we had Tumblr.

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The Blame Game

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Scientists have been putting the blame on almost everyone when it comes to climate change and subsequent natural disasters.

In L’Aquila, Italy, however, the tables have turned as six scientists and one government official potentially face six years in prison for charges of manslaughter after “lying” to the public about a deadly earthquake in 2006.

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Yarn-Bombing

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A “mystery knitter” has taken to the streets in Edinburgh, protesting the city’s tram system.

The form of protest is being called “yarn-bombing,” which involves crafty individuals knitting signs of protest, rather than the traditional picket signs or graffiti. Not all yarn-bombing is done in protest, however, some people add their knittings to benches and other public areas to spruce up the local scenery.

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Checking In With The Curiosity Rover

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Using a camera on its arm, the Curiosity rover took a break from its Mars excursion to snap a self-portrait.

Maggie Koerth-Baker documents the picture and explores how time passes on Earth versus how it passes on Mars, for Boing BoingShe explains that the Martian equivalent to an Earth day is a “Sol,” and is titled so because a day on Mars is slightly longer:

“What really stuck out to me, though, was the use of  ’Sol 32′.

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Former Eagle Scouts Fight The Boy Scouts Of America’s Anti-Gay Policy

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Maggie Koerth-Baker documents the ongoing confrontation centered around the Boy Scouts of America’s anti-gay policy.

Many former Eagle Scouts are combating the policy by writing to the Boy Scouts of America and returning their badges, an effort that is being documented on the Eagle Scouts Returning Our Badges tumblr:

“So here’s a point that may be obvious: Fifty years ago, when I was a Scout, hard-core conservatives and segregationists opposed civil rights based on tradition and their constricted views of society.

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A History of Mars Exploration

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Last night, NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on the surface of Mars, beginning its year long exploration of the planet.

The Guardian has compiled a short history of Mars musing, which highlights scientists’ fascination with the planet. Since their first sightings in the 17th century, scientists argued about the planet’s capability for sustaining life:

“Lowell eventually ‘saw’ and published maps of not only canals but also vastly thick lines of cultivated vegetation, oases and cities, standing out against ‘one vast Sahara’.

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Secret Treaty Is Very, Very Scary

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Boing Boing, the EFF and Michael Geist are reporting that a secret treaty that could determine the future of file sharing is being negotiated without any input from the public at an international conference in Seoul.

The treaty, called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, has, of course, leaked, and it goes way beyond counterfeiting.

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