Actress Amanda Bynes pleads not guilty in DUI case

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2009 file photo, Amanda Bynes arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Los Angeles prosecutors charged Bynes on Tuesday June 5, 2012 with driving under the influence in April, when she was arrested after grazing a sheriff's car in West Hollywood. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, file)An attorney for actress Amanda Bynes has entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf in a driving under the influence case.

Elvis Presley joins Tupac in hologram likeness

FILE - In this undated file photo released by NBC-TV, singer Elvis Presley is shown in concert in the later part of his career. On June 6, 2012, Digital Domain Media Group announced it was creating a hologram Presley for shows, film, TV, and other projects worldwide, including appearances. Permission was granted from Elvis Presley Enterprises.(AP Photo/NBC-TV, FILE)Elvis is back in the building — the hologram version, that is.

Moe Pope mashed with Big D and the Kids Table

Mashup virtuoso djBC sez, “Here’s a new mashup album- and it’s legal.
I merged the concious raps of Boston MC Moe Pope with the soulful ‘Fluent In Stroll’ record from Big D and the Kids Table. The result is probably one of my strongest efforts- an organic sounding record that is convincingly live sounding, as if Moe walked into the recording sessions at Camp Street. With the guest talents of Edo G, Dana Colley (formerly of Morphine), Maestro 1-Ton (Agari Crew), The Doped-Up Dollies, Project Move, and Christopher Talken.
Thank you. I am extremely proud of this effort and I hope to get it in some ear holes.”

Holy smokes this is good music.

dj BC presents FLUENT IN MOE

(Thanks, djBC!)

Meredith Monk’s "16 Millimeter Earrings" performance piece (1966/1979)

Here’s a fine piece of downtown NYC avant-garde history. Performance artist Meredith Monk‘s “16 Millimeter Earrings” for voice, guitar, and tapes, first performed in 1966 and recreated for the 1979 video above. Monk’s musical/theatrical/multimedia/film art has influenced everyone from Bruce Nauman to David Byrne to Bjork. “I work in between the cracks, where the voice starts dancing, where the body starts singing, where theater becomes cinema,” Monk once said. (via Toys and Techniques)

HOWTO make hand-grenade guacamole

PES, a very talented animation director, shows how you can make guacamole out of hand grenades, casino dice, and Monopoly houses. Imaginative, well-executed, and genuinely funny stuff.

SHORT stories : “Fresh Guacamole” – PES

(Thanks Fipi Lele!)

Neuroscience of choking under pressure

Over at the New Yorker, Jonah Lehrer looks at recent research on the neuroscience of choking. No, not “cough cough” choking but rather failing when the stakes are high and tension is up. To study what happens in the brain when people choke, neuroscientists at Caltech and University College of London watched subjects in a brain scanner play a simple game in which they could win real cash. In short, and to oversimplify what they observed, thinking too much screws you up. From the New Yorker:

Instead of being excited by their future riches, the subjects were fretting over their possible failure. What’s more, the scientists demonstrated that the most loss-averse individuals showed the biggest drop-off in performance when the stakes were raised. In other words, the fear of failure was making them more likely to fail. They kept on losing because they hated losses.

Such results should probably make us rethink the role of incentives in the workplace. Although we assume that there’s a simple, linear relationship between financial rewards and productivity—that’s why Wall Street gives its best employees huge bonuses—such rewards can backfire, especially when the task is difficult, or requires expertise.

The New Neuroscience of Choking(via Dave Pell’s NextDraft)

Exciting boring video

This video from Herrenknecht AG shows the operation of the enormous tunnel boring machine that will conduct the deep tunnelling for San Francisco’s new subway lines. The machine obviates the necessity of tearing up city streets for subway construction, and somehow manages to be gentle enough to avoid shaking the buildings above it. There’s a much older version of this monster on display at the fabulous London Transport Museum in Covent Garden that is truly awesome to behold.

A TBM consists of a rotating cutterhead within a cylindrical steel shell that is pushed forward along the axis of the tunnel while excavating the ground through the cutterhead. The steel shield supports the excavated ground as required until the final tunnel lining is built in the rear of the shield. The shield is propelled using hydraulic jacks that thrust against the erected tunnel lining system. The TBM is used in conjunction with a prefabricated ground support system, which consists of pre-cast concrete segments that are bolted and gasketed to form a watertight lining.

Pressure-face TBMs that are capable of exerting a balancing pressure against the tunnel face are used to control excavation rates and groundwater inflow, as well as to maintain stability of the tunnel face.

After completion of TBM excavation and installation of the lining, the temporary rail and conveyor system are removed, the invert is cleaned, and a flat invert for the permanent rail fixation and a raised walkway are constructed as reinforced, cast-in-place concrete. The invert contains embedded pipes and inlets for track drainage.

(Thanks, Fipi Lele!)

Feynman’s FBI files

Michael sez,

Loved your piece about the Trinity graphic novel this morning, and
thought you might find this interesting. MuckRock has published the FBI files of noted physicist, esteemed
author and all-around geek Richard Feynman.

Feynman and the FBI had an extended encounter after the Bureau
discovered he had been invited to speak at the USSR, which set off a
flurry of investigations into his loyalty — even as he pestered the
State Department for guidance on whether he should or shouldn’t go,
guidance they only gave belatedly.

Of particular interest to the FBI was his avid devotion to the art of
lock picking, his high school membership in a socialism club (for
social reasons, he swore), and the fact that he was a godless
scientist who loved his bongo drums.

As always, the original FBI files are available free and unencumbered.

Which all puts me in mind of the outstanding Feynman graphic biography.

Apps for Kids 024: Mobbles


Click here to play episode. 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 Mobbles, a game where you capture and take care of little monsters that live in your neighborhood. It’s free in the iTunes store and on Android.

We also talk about a fun voice changing app called Crazy Squirrel.

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 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

Listen to past episodes of Apps for Kids here.

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Napalm girl’s life and times

An anonymous AP story tells the life story of Kim Phuc, the “napalm girl” seen running naked down a village road in Nick Ut’s 40-year-old Pulitzer-winning photo. Phuc went on to medical school, but her education was interrupted when the Vietnamese politburo demanded that she return home to serve as a propaganda mouthpiece, trapped in a grueling round of closely supervised interviews with western journalists. Later, Phuc went to Cuba, and from there made her way to Canada, where she lives today:

The media eventually found Phuc living near Toronto, and she decided she needed to take control of her story. A book was written in 1999 and a documentary came out, at last the way she wanted it told. She was asked to become a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador to help victims of war. She and Ut have since reunited many times to tell their story, even traveling to London to meet the Queen.

“Today, I’m so happy I helped Kim,” said Ut, who still works for AP and recently returned to Trang Bang village. “I call her my daughter.”

After four decades, Phuc, now a mother of two sons, can finally look at the picture of herself running naked and understand why it remains so powerful. It had saved her, tested her and ultimately freed her.

“Most of the people, they know my picture but there’s very few that know about my life,” she said. “I’m so thankful that … I can accept the picture as a powerful gift. Then it is my choice. Then I can work with it for peace.”

Girl from AP’s Vietnam napalm photo finds peace with her role in history

(via Kottke)