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Managing Editor, Boing Boing
As seen in:  Wired
Covers:  culture, games, technology, fiction
Doesn't Cover: social networing, apps that aren't games

Managing Editor of Boing Boing

Why did you become a journalist?

To tell stories.

Even FLORIDA has a revenge porn law now — After years of lobbying, Florida has passed a law that prohibits the posting of "revenge porn" to the internet. On October 1, it will be a first-degree misdemeanor to post a sexually-explicit photo online without the subject's consent, or if it is intended to cause "substantial emotional distress" or contains personally identifying information about the subject such as their address or phone number.

Silk Road's Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life — Despite pleas for lenience, the "Darknet pirate" was sentenced to life imprisonment today in New York. US District Judge Katherine Forrest wasn't buying it. "Silk Road's creation showed that you thought you were better than the law," she said. Ulbricht was found guilty on seven counts including a so-called "drug kingpin" charge that carries a 20-year minimum sentence.

Obesity map of Europe (Update: and America)

How young women are suckered into making "amateur" porn — A new documentary, Hot Girls Wanted, follows young women as they are maneuvered into being "amateur" porn performers, then discarded by the business within a matter of months. Its not an indictment of pornography per se, but an exposé of labor abuse on the fringes of legality -a places were consumers, moreso than the law, are in a position to help make a difference.

Every tautological statement made in The Wire

Apple must keep corporate monitor, says judge — Apple has failed in a bid to rid itself of a court-appointed monitor, imposed on the tech company after it was accused of conspiring to raise the price of e-books. Michael Bromwich's $1000-an-hour job is to ensure Cupertino is compliant with the outcome of the price-fixing case-an imposition that Apple claims is excessively burdensome, given that it must cut his checks.

Will in-car HUDs make the roads hell? — Dashboard-mounted cameras provide a world of youtube schadenfreude-bad drivers and insurance fraudsters getting their public comeuppance-but also come wedded to the promise of safety and security from those things. But what about the guy constantly fiddling with it?

FIFA: Sepp Blatter promises to fix the corrupt organization he's been in charge of for 17 years — There's something wonderful in the sententious pomp of soccer ruling body FIFA's elections, contrasted against a reputation for corruption brought to new grossness by this week's indictment of offi...

Rickrolling is sexist, racist and often transphobic in context

"Everyone respects the gun": cop who shot dead suicidal man — Justin Way, newly jobless, drunk, and lying in bed with a large knife, threatened to kill himself. His worried girlfriend called the local sheriff's department for help. Police, armed with assault rifles, barged in and killed him. "The only person Justin threatened was himself," The Daily Beast, quotes Kaitlyn Christine Lyons, "and I honestly don't think he wanted to die."
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