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Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy

Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy / Boing Boing Today sees the publication of Bonnie Burton’s (previously) long-awaited new book, Crafting with Feminism: 25 Girl-Powered Projects to Smash the Patriarchy. report this ad It’s an absolutely delightful read: the projects are nicely staged, moving from the very simple to the very ambitious, and always seasoned with clever …

Flying Saucers are Real! Anthology of the lost saucer-craze

Jack Womack is an accomplished science fiction writer and part of the first wave of cyberpunks; he’s also one of the world’s foremost collectors of flying saucer ephemera: the zines, cheap paperbacks, and esoteric material associated with the saucer-craze, a virtually forgotten, decades-long global mania that features livestock mutilations, abductions, messages of intergalactic brotherhood, claims of both divine and satanic origins, and psychic phenomena.  …

The Rocky Horror Picture Show and four decades of queer sci fi punk

2015 was the fortieth consecutive year that The Rocky Horror Picture Show has played in theaters, luring out the misfits and punks and queers and oddballs. We’re now seeing the third generation of misfits coming up in the world and dancing in the aisles to “The Time Warp,” while Fox network readies to premier the made-for-TV remake on October 20th. Rocky Horror is more than …

Phoebe and her unicorn are back in Razzle Dazzle Unicorn!

Phoebe and her unicorn are back in Razzle Dazzle Unicorn! / Boing Boing Since 2015, our family has been in love with Dana Simpson’s Phoebe and Her Unicorn books, a kind of modern take on Calvin and Hobbes, only Calvin is an awesome little girl, Hobbes is a unicorn, and the parental figures can see and interact with the unicorn, but are not freaked out …

Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" – the pop-up book edition

Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven” – the pop-up book edition / Boing Boing Pop-up book veterans David Pelham and Christopher Wormell have collaborated on a just-in-time-for-ween edition of Edgar Allen Poe’s magnificent torch, 1845’s The Raven. report this ad Pelham and Wormell have serious pop-up/illustrated book chops (Pelham was on the 3D Human Body team, while Wormell’s back catalog is more …

Italy on the verge of the stupidest censorship law in European history

After a string of high-profile cyberbullying and revenge-porn incidents, the Italian Chamber of Deputies has put forward a bill that will do nothing to prevent these abuses, and everything to allow for rampant, unaccountable censorship of the Italian internet, without rule of law or penalty for abuse. report this ad Under the proposed law, the “site manager” of Italian media, including bloggers, newspapers …

Parasitic Souls: what if there was a tech bubble, but for magic?

report this ad This novel was inspired indirectly by a book about chemists in the mid-20th century, when someone bold enough and lucky enough could discover a new element and win glory. I then thought about the tech boom of the late nineties and early 21st century. Remember when you could start a website which could become

Welcome to Night Vale: scripts and notes from podcasting's eeriest drama

First, the amazing, creepy, weird and lovable podcast Welcome to Night Vale spawned a wonderful, improbable novel, and now, for book lovers who love Night Vale, there’s two books of scripts and notes from the production team: Mostly Void, Partially Stars: Welcome to Night Vale Episodes, Volume 1 and The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe: Welcome to Night Vale Episodes, Volume 2 (I wrote …

Randomly Generated Catalog of Creepily Nondescript Domestic Surveillance Equipment

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Weapons of Math Destruction: invisible, ubiquitous algorithms are ruining millions of lives

I’ve been writing about the work of Cathy “Mathbabe” O’Neil for years: she’s a radical data-scientist with a Harvard PhD in mathematics, who coined the term “Weapons of Math Destruction” to describe the ways that sloppy statistical modeling is punishing millions of people every day, and in more and more cases, destroying lives. Today, O’Neil brings her argument to print, with a fantastic, plainspoken, call …