TSA screener assaults airline pilot

A TSA screener threw hot coffee over an airline pilot who asked her to stop using foul language in uniform. He was uninjured; the screener was charged with assault. [Daily Mail]


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Why is Claude Shannon’s Master’s thesis behind a paywall

Hanan sez, “‘A Symbolic Analysis of Relay and Switching Circuits’ by Claude Shannon can be viewed but cannot be printed. It’s behind an MIT paywall. This thesis from 1937 predicted moderns digital circuitry. Why can’t we print and read it at our convenience?”

Update: Lew Pitcher found a different copy, also on MIT’s servers, that is an unencumbered PDF.


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Apps for Kids 016: Plug and the Paddywhacks


Apps for Kids is Boing Boing’s podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 9-year-old daughter, Jane Frauenfelder.

In this week’s episode Jane and I talk about an interactive storybook app for iOS called, Plug and the Paddywhacks. We also mentioned that we reviewed Toca Kitchen in Apps for Kids 004.

Don’t forget to be part of our “Listener Email” segment. If you would like to have us read your favorite game or gadget recommendation on the air, or if you have a question you’d like us to answer on the show, email us at appsforkids@boingboing.net. Include your age, and the city, state, and country you live in.

If you’re an app developer and would like to have Jane and me try one of your apps for possible review, email a redeem code to appsforkids@boingboing.net.

Read about past episodes of Apps for Kids here.

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Apps for Kids 016: Plug and the Paddywhacks


Apps for Kids is Boing Boing’s podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 9-year-old daughter, Jane Frauenfelder.

In this week’s episode Jane and I talk about an interactive storybook app for iOS called, Plug and the Paddywhacks. We also mentioned that we reviewed Toca Kitchen in Apps for Kids 004.

Don’t forget to be part of our “Listener Email” segment. If you would like to have us read your favorite game or gadget recommendation on the air, or if you have a question you’d like us to answer on the show, email us at appsforkids@boingboing.net. Include your age, and the city, state, and country you live in.

If you’re an app developer and would like to have Jane and me try one of your apps for possible review, email a redeem code to appsforkids@boingboing.net.

Read about past episodes of Apps for Kids here.

To get a weekly email to notify you when a new episode of Apps for Kids is up, sign up here.


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Thailand bans ‘Macbeth’ adaptation as too divisive

Thailand’s film censors have banned an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” saying it could inflame political passions in the country where it is taboo to criticize the monarchy.

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Nobel winner Grass: Israel a threat to world peace

German Nobel literature laureate Guenter Grass labeled Israel a threat to “already fragile world peace” in a poem published Wednesday that drew sharp rebukes at home and from Israel.

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Seacrest taking part in NBC’s Olympics coverage

Ryan Seacrest is coming to NBC, but he won’t be overthrowing Matt Lauer on the “Today” show.

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Paramount to add 500 films to YouTube rentals

YouTube and Paramount Pictures have reached a deal to make nearly 500 films available to rent online, even while their parent companies continue to feud over a $1.76 billion lawsuit.

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Even set in wax, UK young royals still fascinate

Waxworks of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are unveiled at Madame Tussauds, London, Wednesday, April 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)Fake versions of Britain’s young royals have prompted a real-life media scrum when they were unveiled at Madame Tussauds.

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Step Gently Out: kid’s poem illustrated with gorgeous macro-photo portraits of backyard bugs

Step Gently Out is children’s picture book in which poet Helen Frost’s verse accompanies the incredible garden insect photographs of artist/photographer Rick Lieder. I’ve written here many times about Rick’s Bugdreams photos, and they never fail to impress and move me. Lieder’s photographic portraits of bugs are all the sweeter for his method, which is to patiently crouch in his Michigan back-yard for hours and hours, waiting for the shot; it’s a wonderful alternative to the traditional dead-bug-on-a-pin photos I grew up with.

Frost’s poem is a sweet accompaniment to Lieder’s pictures, a very light narration for photos that really speak for themselves. We got this book this week, and it’s a real favorite with me and my four-year-old, and has sparked many conversations and bug-watching expeditions on the way home from day-care. To this end, there’s a nice entomological appendix with interesting facts about all the bugs featured in the book.

Stunning close-up photography and a lyrical text invite us to look more closely at the world and prepare to be amazed.

What would happen if you walked very, very quietly and looked ever so carefully at the natural world outside? You might see a cricket leap, a moth spread her wings, or a spider step across a silken web.

In simple, evocative language, Helen Frost offers a hint at the many tiny creatures around us.

And in astonishing photographs, Rick Lieder captures the glint of a katydid’s eye, the glow of a firefly, and many more living wonders just awaiting discovery.

For our Michigander readers, Rick and Helen will have a gallery show at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art featuring the photos, and including a signing on April 6.

Step Gently Out
View the gallery here.


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