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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 …

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 …

Mysteries Revealed and The Curios Exposed

The Mysterious Package Company’s (previously) audience is bifurcated into two groups which seem to overlap only slightly. The first group buys one or more of the six (soon to be seven) “experiences” and sends it either to themselves, or more likely to an unsuspecting victim … and then waits for the fun or horror to start. The second group subscribes to a quarterly newspaper called …

Neil Gaiman's nonfiction: what makes everything so great

The View from the Cheap Seats, Neil Gaiman’s mammoth collection of nonfiction essays, introductions, and speeches, is a remarkable explanatory volume in which Gaiman explains not just why he loves the things he loves, but also what makes them great. report this ad This is an important distinction! When I started reading about behavioral economics, one experiment in particular …

Chaos Monkeys is this year’s best non-business book about business

Chaos Monkeys, written by former Facebooker and current houseboater Antonio Garcia Martinez, is a book about the human side of the Valley. Rich in anecdote, detail, and memory, it tells the story of a little startup sailing between the twin tankers of Twitter and Facebook and, in the end, floundering for a moment before being swept up in their wake. It’s a book every founder …

Nightwork: the extraordinary, exuberant history of rulebreaking at MIT

MIT has a complicated relationship with disobedience. On the one hand, the university has spent more than a century cultivating and celebrating a “hacker culture” that involves huge, ambitious, thoughtful and delightful pranks undertaken with the tacit approval of the university. On the other hand — well, on the other hand: Star Simpson, Bunnie Huang, and Aaron Swartz. In Nightwork, first published in 2003 and …

Review: Leica T serves its purpose as a great artisan tool

I n reality, there are few reasons why you or I would want to have a Leica camera. After all, it’s not a necessity: fast-shooting, high-megapixel and wide-aperture touting cameras all exist from the likes of Sony, Nikon and Canon — all with unique traits that make them suited for different photography styles. But Leica’s style is unique, and rightly so. Price as reviewed: $5,385; $1,095 …