David Pescovitz

David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner and Medium's head of creative services. On Instagram, he's @pesco.

Jordan Kurland: San Francisco's music impresario talks business

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Jordan Kurland and Public Enemy's Chuck D at the Treasure Island Music Festival, 2012.

My friend Jordan Kurland lives at the intersection of music and art, straddling the crossroads of culture and business. He's the co-founder, with music-tech veteran Kevin Arnold and promoter Another Planet Entertainment, of the Treasure Island Music Festival, the annual two-day extravaganza that returns to the middle of the San Francisco Bay this weekend with performances by the likes of Outkast, Alt-J, Massive Attack, and The New Pornographers. Jordan and Kevin are also the forces behind the Noise Pop Festival, a pioneering indie music festival in San Francisco that has hosted hundreds of emerging and cult bands, from The Magnetic Fields to the Gutter Twins, the Flaming Lips to Death Cab for Cutie. In fact, it was Death Cab's experience at the 1999 Noise Pop Festival that ultimately led to the group signing up with Jordan as a cornerstone client of his boutique Zeitgeist Artist Management firm. These days, Zeitgeist's roster includes Best Coast, Bob Mould, The New Pornographers, Rogue Wave, She & Him, and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.

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Video: flying through a pneumatic tube system

A camera flies through a pneumatic tube system like those found in libraries, banks, or in government buildings (such as this one in Norway.) It's fun to imagine that this is what it will be like riding in Elon Musk's Hyperloop. For more on pneumatic tube systems, check out this talk below by Molly Wright Steenson:

Documentary about an artist's relationship with extraterrestrials

Brad Abrahams is making a documentary about a 70-year-old man named David Huggins who has had a lifetime of close encounters with extraterrestrials (including losing his virginity to one) and shares his experiences through oil paintings. Above, the trailer for "Love And Saucers: The Far Out World Of David Huggins"

Bootstrapping an offworld civilization

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Can we "bootstrap" a solar system civilization by making what we need in space from stuff we find in space? BB pal Tom Kalil in the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy, interviewed former NASA research physicist Dr Phillip Metzger about this very idea. From the White House blog:

In a recent article, you and your co-authors called for “affordable, rapid bootstrapping of a solar system civilization.” What do you mean by “bootstrapping” in this context?

If we want to want to create a robust civilization in our solar system, more of the energy, raw materials, and equipment that we use in space has to come from space. Launching everything we need from Earth is too expensive. It would also be too expensive to send all of the factories required to manufacture everything necessary to support a solar system civilization.

Ultimately what we need to do is to evolve a complete supply chain in space, utilizing the energy and resources of space along the way. We are calling this approach “bootstrapping” because of the old saying that you have to pull yourself up by your own bootstraps. Industry in space can start small then pull itself up to more advanced levels through its own productivity, minimizing the cost of launching things from Earth in the meantime. Obviously, this isn’t going to happen overnight, but I think that it is the right long-term goal.

"Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Ralph Steadman does Breaking Bad

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Gonzo artist Ralph Steadman, BFF of HST, drew cover art for the forthcoming limited edition Breaking Bad "Zavvi Exclusive Limited Edition Steelbook" Blu-rays. See 'em all over at Dangerous Minds.

Missing parrot returns speaking Spanish

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When Nigel, an African grey parrot who was missing for four years, was reunited with his caretaker, the bird was chattering in Spanish, not the British accent he had when he disappeared. (The Daily Breeze)

San Francisco: J. Otto Seibold and Mr. Lunch exhibit

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Next month, San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum will open an exhibition celebrating the wonderful work of children's author and illustrator J. Otto Seibold.

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DIY audiotape "scratching" device

Jeremy Bell demos his excellent prototype "ScrubBoard" that enables a scratch-like effect with magnetic audiotape. Here's his Kickstarter to further develop the musical instrument!

Video: fantastic playing card flourishes

Captivating montage of playing card flourishes recorded in Singapore.

Woman sees 100 times more colors than you

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Artist Concetta Antico is a tetrachromat, meaning a genetic mutation in her eyes enables her to see approximately 100 times more colors than an average person.

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LOLy: witty and crass animated emojis

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My pal Gina Pell was disenchanted with the same tired ol' emojis making the rounds so she came up with LOLy, a free app-based collection of oversized animated emojis that are funny, crass, smart, offensive, sexy, cutesie, ironic, insulting, sophisticated, sassy, charming, witty, obnoxious, stylish, and damned addictive.

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USB charger in a knife form factor

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Brunton saw me coming when they came up with their Power Knife Multi Charger integrating a standard USB to Apple Lightning, 30-Pin, and Micro-USB. Sharp, but spendy at $25.

Abu Dhabi: camel carries Google Street View camera

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Google put a camera on a camel to capture a "Street View" of Abu Dhabi's Liwa Dessert.

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Videos: how fake Japanese food is made

In central Japan's Gifu Prefecture, a man demonstrates the making of sampuru, the fantastic fake food seen in many Japanese restaurants.

Learn more in this Tofugu post: "Japanese Food Models, Yesterday And Today"

And another informative clip below, from Wim Wenders' documentary Tokyo Ga (1985):

(via The Kid Should See This)

Video: "Everybody who plays frisbee golf smokes weed," says silly cop

Watch this Ankeny, Iowa police officer try to trick a young man into incriminating himself. The police chief has since apologized for the officer's actions. (13 WHOtv.com)