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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.

Dumbest cops in America video themselves laughing at and tasing mentally-ill, handcuffed man — Police and paramedics in Millvale, Pa., were recorded on video laughing as they repeatedly stunned a handcuffed and mentally-ill man as he pounded his head against the side of a desk. The video--predictably--ended up on YouTube, and the police officers involved became targets of an FBI investigation and a federal lawsuit.

Ferguson grand jury: no indictment for officer who killed unarmed black teen — A St. Louis County grand jury has decided agains charging Darren Wilson, the Ferguson Police Officer who killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown, with a crime. The fatal shooting sparked weeks of protests in the suburb, some turning into confrontations with authorities, drawing attention to racial divisions both local and national.

Shitsplosion injures 15 — An excrement-filled cesspool exploded in the central Chinese city of Zhangjiaje, injuring 15 people and causing a nearbly building to collapse.

Cringe at Sony's new Playstation Vita ad-and a '90s precursor that made Sega look sleazy — Sony's Playstation advertising used to be clever and weird and manipulative. Now it just makes me think of a ship burning faster than it can sink.

Lego's egalitarian instructions from the 1970s — This is going around the 'net like lightning. But is it real? How likely is it that Lego would have used a proportional Times typeface in the early 1970s? Here it is with TNR:

History of video game graphics — Video game graphics, explained in gruff Estuary English. Part 2 below! [Video links: Part 1 and part 2]

Boy now magnetic after electrical shock — Spoons just magically stick to this youngster. A schoolboy who was almost killed when he was knocked out by a massive electrical shock claims to have developed a superpower.

More accurate Batman logo — He is a person, not a bat. Darren Cullen has improved the legendary logo; pray that he does not improve it further.

Dystopia tends to be dishonest — Whenever Hollywood does get an opportunity to talk about race in one of these movies, it minimizes the subject. Characters of color like Beetee, Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), who mentored Katniss, or Christina, Tris's best friend in Divergent (played by Kravitz's daughter Zoe), certainly play major roles in these stories, but their race is never at issue.

Hitler painting could be yours — A rare Hitler is up for auction and is expected to fetch at least $60,000 when the hammer falls at Nuremberg's Weidler auction house.
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Nov 25, 2014

RT @BoingBoing: Death masks, books bound in human skin, and Joanna Ebenstein of the Morbid Anatomy Museum.…

Nov 25, 2014

RT @brownpau: “So much for global warming!” said the Buffaloan from under 6 ft of snow condensed out of extra water evaporated from an unusually warm lake

Nov 25, 2014

A crowdsourcing campaign to get the remaining cast of The Sopranos to perform a dramatic reading of Facebook’s new privacy policy #walnuts

Nov 24, 2014

Why does Pax Dickinson look like a waterlogged corpse

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