Crowdfunded hoverboard project launches!

As your primary source for all hoverboard-related news, it’s our duty—nay, our privilege—to bring you news of this open-source, crowdfunded hoverboard project. With taglines like “Probably impossible—but certainly worth a try!” you can be assured that this is the finest hoverboard-related crowdfunding project that you could donate your hard-earned money to.

The goal of the project is to create a basic platform of hoverboard technology that other companies could build on to create actual working hoverboards. And they’re only seeking the very reasonable sum of $1 million; if you want to be among the first to get your own hoverboard, you’ll be ponying up to the tune of $10,000.

We at Doombot are not your financial advisors, but we can tell you this: There is no better way to invest your money than in the future of the hoverboard.

Except perhaps gold. Or new socks. (Seriously, yours are starting to look at bit threadbare.)

Contextual Ad of the Day

Would you … drape hagfish goo all over your face?

The Year in Numbers

Or, a random assortment of things that I can quantify, though perhaps not 100% accurately.

12 Number of flights taken
411 Number of bylined Macworld articles I wrote
32 Number of [books I read](
3 Number of books I read that were graphic novels
45 Number of movies I watched
37 Number of *new* movies I watched
2 Number of Dungeons & Dragons adventures completed as DM
5 Number of Xbox 360 games purchased
4 Number of above games completed (for reasonable definitions of completed)
50,574 Number of words written [for NaNoWriMo](
84,508 Number of words written in non-NaNoWriMo novel
1,089 Number of [photos taken]( (not including iPhone)
1 Number of [spoof movies]( produced
10 Number of [Doomcast]( episodes released
2:55:17 Length of total Doomcast episodes

Slinging My Hopes Around

Topless Robot directs our attention to a trailer for Slingers, a sci-fi/heist TV show that does not exist.

SLINGERS from Mike Sizemore on Vimeo.

They’re hoping to make a pilot soon.

I think the commenters at Topless Robot sum up the show’s options pretty aptly:

  1. “Fox will buy it, It will be great, it will get cancelled.”
  2. “This show belongs on Sy Fy, at least they’d give it three seasons or so before canceling it at the top of its ratings for being too expensive to make.”
  3. “Just leave Hollywood out of it, I say. Let the Brits make it and we’ll get it a few months later via BBC America.”
  4. “But to be realistic; here’s why it will fail; it looks to be a smart, well-written sci-fi show with cult-like appeal while hitting the right main-stream demographics. And we all know, in a world of injustice (Jon & Kate plus 8, Wife Swap, and every Law & Order spin off) that does not bode well for smart-TV (Arrested Development, Firefly, Futurama).”

This reminds me of the campaign to save Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse before the show even aired. Maybe someone should start a two-pronged campaign to get this made into a show and then not cancel it.

Lawrence Lessig: Getting Our Values Around Copyright

I had the pleasure of being in the third row for this talk Lessig gave on copyright and culture last week. If you’ve read his books you’ll enjoy this, if you haven’t read any of his books yet you probably owe him the 60 minutes:

Someday when I’m free of certain professional entanglements I’ll write my book about my lifelong career in media piracy and how it provided me with key job skills I have today.

Spam of the Day: Poetry edition

From: Alec Justice
Subject: the peace with thy grim castanet! on the bared rocks around me lie,–

the peace with thy grim castanet!
all the time sprung from corruption. & the air was full of them, & seemd

[For what it’s worth, the first line seems to be from a poem about rattlesnakes by an American named Bret Harte. But I still thing there’s something wonderfully lyrical about the whole construction.]

Tony tells you things of questionable accuracy in Arizona

A while back I made this video about my trip to Philadelphia. Folks seemed to enjoy it so I figured I would make another at some point. During the spring I ventured to Phoenix Arizona and shot an assortment of video on my Flip camera. Last night I finally had the chance to piece some of it together, resulting in this video. I hope you enjoy it.

Super Mario: Now With More Creepy

Jordan sent me a neat link of artwork inspired by Super Mario Bros. A lot of it is kind of odd and creepy, which I very much appreciate. Also worth a look are the “nightmarish” Warrior Plumbers t-shirt, a “weird and highly disturbing” Mario Bros. comic, and, just for good measure, a charming and not creepy Super Mario Manga that was actually published. This should take care of my desktop backgrounds for a while.

Short Review: A& W Root beer float (in a bottle)

aandwA “friend” suggested I try this, because, unbeknownst to me, he had previously sampled it and found it revolting. Though I did not find it spectacularly disgusting (to my friend’s disappointment), it is certainly pretty lame compared to how awesome root beer floats actually are. The flavor is off and leaves an unfortunate aftertaste, but the major failure is in the lack of texture you would associate with a root beer float. Effectively the A&W rootbeer float in a bottle is to root beer floats what astronaut ice cream is to real ice cream.

Favorite Lies Promoted by Tony

Vin Diesel is a stage name for actor Vincent Dieselli.

Vin Diesel is actually named Mark Vincent. Rumors that he enjoys Dungeons & Dragons, meanwhile, are actually completely true.

Tony once injured his ankle by attempting to perform a 540° indy nosebone on a skateboard he borrowed from some kids at the Fine Arts Center after he’d been playing too much Tony Hawk.

He actually injured his ankle playing frisbee. When one of our friends belatedly found out the truth, he compared this disappointing revelation to finding out about Santa. Another friend reportedly has not spoken to Tony since discovering the truth of this event.

Octopi are mammals.

A group of jolly computer nerds once created a fake online encyclopedia page to trick a friend who shall remain nameless (unless she decides to identify herself in comments here). This group changed references of “slimy” to “furry” on this faked page, among other adjustments. I’m not even sure what role Tony played in this—perhaps simply chronicler—but in telling others this story, the legend lives on.

Philadelphia was settled in the 1930s by vikings.

Philadelphia was founded in the 17th century and built around a design by William Penn—a Quaker, not a viking. Some of Tony’s other claims about Philadelphia are slightly exaggerated, though perhaps not as patently untrue as this one, such as the claim that Philadelphia is entirely steam-powered (whereas expert estimates place this at approximately 88%).

(This post has been fact-checked by Tony for accuracy in recalling lies.)