Cory Doctorow by gamelaner on Flickr.

Cory Doctorow by gamelaner on Flickr.

Google releases set of beautiful, freely usable icons

They’re licensed CC-BY-SA and designed for use in mobile apps and other interactive stuff — there’s 750 in all! It’s part of Google’s Material Design project.

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WATCH: alleged top Scientologists heaping abuse on apostate

The video sorely lacks for detail, but features three alleged Scientology “top managers” showering abuse on a former Scientologist at LAX. Why were the there? Why was he there? Why did he leave the church? We may never know. (Thanks, Melted_Crayons!)

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mitchwagner:

"Putin’s Coup": "Fear has returned to Moscow.""European leaders and diplomats believe…. Vladimir Putin and his security establishment have used the fog of war in Ukraine to shroud the final establishment of his brittle imperialist dictatorship in Moscow."Says one Russian banker: “We are no longer going to grow like an emerging market. We are going to be living in a country a lot more like Iran than China.”Also: “The Myth of Russian Humiliation:” We didn’t humiliate Russia after the end of the Cold War. We were too easy on them. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/anne-applebaum-nato-pays-a-heavy-price-for-giving-russia-too-much-credita-true-achievement-under-threat/2014/10/17/5b3a6f2a-5617-11e4-809b-8cc0a295c773_story.html

mitchwagner:

"Putin’s Coup": "Fear has returned to Moscow."

"European leaders and diplomats believe…. Vladimir Putin and his security establishment have used the fog of war in Ukraine to shroud the final establishment of his brittle imperialist dictatorship in Moscow."

Says one Russian banker: “We are no longer going to grow like an emerging market. We are going to be living in a country a lot more like Iran than China.”

Also: “The Myth of Russian Humiliation:” We didn’t humiliate Russia after the end of the Cold War. We were too easy on them. 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/anne-applebaum-nato-pays-a-heavy-price-for-giving-russia-too-much-credita-true-achievement-under-threat/2014/10/17/5b3a6f2a-5617-11e4-809b-8cc0a295c773_story.html

When can the police search your computer/phone?

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has updated its indispensable “Know Your Rights” guide for dealing with police search requests for your phone, computer, and other devices.

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torbooks:

On Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow shares why he’s been reading Steven Brust’s Vlad Taltos series for more than 30 years.
gravesandghouls:

Luis Ricardo Falero- The Witches Sabbath, 1880

gravesandghouls:

Luis Ricardo Falero- The Witches Sabbath, 1880

Pretty surprised to learn that the middle school I’m visiting for a book event wants to scan my ID but has no readily available policy regarding the handling, retention, and storage of my personal, sensitive information.

gravesandghouls:

31 Days of Halloween pin-ups 20/31 —> Illustration by Alberto Vargas, 1962

gravesandghouls:

31 Days of Halloween pin-ups 20/31 —> Illustration by Alberto Vargas, 1962

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diversityinya:

This week’s diverse new releases are:

The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

“In this provocative thriller, Bacigalupi (The Drowned Cities) traces the awakening of a smart, compassionate, and privileged girl named Alix Banks to ugly realities of contemporary life, while seeking to open readers’ eyes, as well. Alix’s life is thrown into disarray when an activist group targets her family, its eyes on her father’s powerful public relations business. Moses is a charismatic black teen living off the money from a settlement with a pharmaceutical company after one of its medications killed his parents. Along with four other brilliant teens who have lost family to this sort of legal/medical maleficence, Moses hopes to enlist Alix’s help to release incriminating data from her father’s files, à la Edward Snowden.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw (Roaring Brook Press)

“In this no-holds-barred autobiography, 21-year-old Burcaw sheds light on what it has been like to grow up with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a deadly disease that has left him confined to a wheelchair and dependent on others. … His honesty, tempered by mordant humor and a defiant acceptance, is refreshing, even as he thumbs his nose at the disease that is slowly stripping him of the basics.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina by Michaela DePrince with Elaine DePrince (Knopf)

“A compelling narrative of the journey of an African orphan whose hard work, emotional strength, and supportive adoptive American parents helped her build a life as a professional dancer, 19-year-old Michaela DePrince’s memoir, coauthored by her mother, holds many stories. … There is plenty of ballet detail for dance lovers to revel in, and the authors achieve a believable, distinctive teenage voice with a nice touch of lyrical description.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang (First Second)

“Online gaming and real life collide when a teen discovers the hidden economies and injustices that hide among seemingly innocent pixels … Through Wong’s captivating illustrations and Doctorow’s heady prose, readers are left with a story that’s both wholly satisfying as a work of fiction and series food for thought about the real-life ramifications of playing in an intangible world. Thought-provoking, as always from Doctorow.” — Kirkus

Bottled Up Secret by Brian McNamara (Bold Strokes Books)

Book Description: Brendan Madden is in the midst of his senior year of high school and couldn’t be happier. He has a great group of friends, his pick of colleges, and he has recently come to terms with his sexuality. One night, he meets Mark Galovic, a gorgeous, younger classmate of his. In a matter of minutes, Brendan is hooked. As the friendship between them grows, Brendan reaches his breaking point when he spontaneously confesses his feelings to him. Brendan is shocked and elated to find out that Mark feels the same way about him. The two begin to date, but because Mark is not out, it must remain a secret. As their friends and family become suspicious, openly gay Brendan becomes increasingly frustrated with their discreet relationship, while Mark becomes more and more paranoid that they’re going to be found out.

Maxine Wore Black by Nora Olsen (Bold Strokes Books)

Maxine is the girl of Jayla’s dreams: she’s charming, magnetic, and loves Jayla for her transgender self. There’s only one problem with Maxine—she already has a girlfriend, perfect Becky. Jayla quickly falls under Maxine’s spell, and she’s willing to do anything to win her. But when Becky turns up dead, Jayla is pulled into a tangle of deceit, lies, and murder. Now Jayla is forced to choose between love and the truth. Jayla will need all the strength she has to escape the darkness that threatens to take her very life.

The Gospel Truth by Caroline Pignat (Red Deer Press)

Book Description: Award-winning author Caroline Pignat’s new historical novel recreates the world of a Virginia tobacco plantation in 1858. Through the different points of view of slaves, their masters and a visiting bird-watcher the world of the plantation comes to live in this verse novel. Phoebe belongs to Master Duncan and works in the plantation kitchen. She sees how the other slaves are treated — the beatings and whippings, the disappearances. She hasn’t seen her mother since Master Duncan sold her ten years ago. But Pheobe is trying to learn words and how to read and when she is asked to show the master’s Canadian visitor, Doctor Bergman, where he can find warblers and chickadees she starts to see things differently. And Doctor Bergman has more in mind that just drawing the local birds. Pheobe’s friend Shad works on the plantation as well — but mostly he worries about his brother Will. His brother is the last member of his family and he is determined to escape from the master and the tobacco plantation. He has already been caught and beaten more than once. And the stories about life in Canada can’t be true, can they? How does a man survive without the master there taking care of everything?

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero (Cinco Puntos)

“Struggles with body image, teen pregnancy, drug addiction, rape, coming out, first love and death are all experiences that touch Gabi’s life in some way during her senior year, and she processes her raw and honest feelings in her journal as these events unfold. … Readers won’t soon forget Gabi, a young woman coming into her own in the face of intense pressure from her family, culture and society to fit someone else’s idea of what it means to be a ”good“ girl. A fresh, authentic and honest exploration of contemporary Latina identity.” — Kirkus, starred review

UnDivided by Neal Shusterman (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

“In the final book of the ”Unwind Dystology,“ everything comes full circle. Shusterman expertly reminds readers about the characters and their current situations without distracting from the current plot. Teens gain information on all of the key players, and each well-crafted narrative moves at a refreshing pace. … Characters old and new are integrated into the story line, providing insight and closure. Shusterman generates a lot of thought-provoking topics for discussion. The story is intriguing: a wonderful end to a unique and noteworthy series.” — School Library Journal

We’re proud to be included in this list!

Kickstarting another season of the outstanding Relatively Prime math podcast

Samuel Hansen’s fantastic math podcast is everything a technical program should be deep but accessible, thoughtful but funny, and free for all; the new season is on Kickstarter for a few more hours! I put in $35.

Series one of Relatively Prime was released in 2012 and had stories about checkers, survival housing, swine flu, juggling, a Spanish basilica, and an alien civilization in England. Now the creator, Samuel Hansen, wants to produce a brand new series of 8 episodes that will feature yet more amazing mathematical stories. Stories like these:

* Can the complexity of cities be measured, and is it possible that a computer game is the secret?

* Why is modular arithmetic a clock? Can we really not compare apples and oranges? A study of mathematical metaphors.

* Is it possible to know all things in mathematics?

* If you can’t, just what are mathematicians doing all day?

* Where do you end up if you start with a single mathematical paper and follow it to the end of the line?

* How can mathematics help you make better everyday decisions and do your chores with more ease?

Relatively Prime is a small show with huge ambitions, and as good as the first series was the second one will be exponentially better. Please help us tell these wonderful mathematical stories.

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Anti-corporatist protesters seize town hall, citing Magna Carta

Joly sez, “On October 10 2014 UK activists, concerned about EU-US TTIP and EU-Canada CETA agreements that could make it possible for corporations to sue governments for banning fracking, invoked Article 61 of the Magna Carta to temporarily seize control of Glastonbury Town Hall. They claim that the 1215 Magna Carta’s Article 61 - the Lawful Rebellion clause, which some say was later was later revoked in 1297, was validated by 25 Barons in 2001. A full video, including negotiations with the police, is posted on Youtube.”

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James Kochalka’s “The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza”

I have never heard my daughter laugh as loud or as long as she did when I read her James Kochalka new kids’ graphic novel, The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza. My six year old literally howled with laughter as I read this to her at bedtime, and kicked her legs in the air, and thumped the pillow — tears of laughter rolled down her cheeks. After reading this to her twice at bedtime, I had to declare a moratorium on further bedtime reads because it wound her up too much to sleep.

I loved it too. The Glorkian Warrior is a dopey, destiny-seeking superhero who finds himself on a quest when he intercepts a wrong-number pizza-order and decides to deliver the leftover pizza in his fridge. His straight-man is his wisecracking, laser-zapping sentient backpack, which helps him fight off a giant mecha-suited doofus named Gonk, a mysterious pizza-snatching saucer-craft, and a magic robot in an impenetrable fortress.

It’s pretty much perfect slapstick, with Don-Martinesque onomatopoeia that’s a pure delight to read aloud, as well as hilarious characters drawn with charming style.

James Kochalka is one of those polymaths whose work you may have encountered in webcomic form, as music, or in bizarro adult comics. There’s also a kickstarted Glorkian Warrior game that’s now available.

This is the first time I’ve read him as a kids’ creator, and I think it’s his best work to date. But maybe not at bedtime.

The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza