David Pescovitz

David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner. He's also a research director at Institute for the Future. On Instagram, he's @pesco.

J. Dilla's Moog in the Smithsonian

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The mother of pioneering hip hop producer J. Dilla, who died in 2006 at 32, donated her son's Moog synthesizer and trusty Akai MPC drum machine to the Smithsonian.

Sex toy in woman's vagina for 10 years

Physicians examining a Scottish woman were surprised (as was she) to discover that a five-inch sex toy had been inside her vagina for a decade.

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Carpenter, Cronenberg, and Landis on horror (1982)

Horror maestros John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, and John Landis discuss "Fear On Film" in 1982. (via Laughing Squid)

History of the Discordian Society

On Erik and Maja's Expanding Mind podcast, "crackpot historian" Adam Gorightly reveals the weird story of the Principia Discordia, the "religion disguised as a joke or the joke disguised as a religion," and his new book, Historia Discordia. Hail Eris!

Untitled The most extensive collection in print documenting the Discordian Society’s wild and wooly legacy, Historia Discordia features the unique worldview and wit of such illuminated iconoclasts as Robert Anton Wilson and Discordian founders Greg Hill and Kerry Thornley. Chronicling Discordianism’s halcyon days, Historia Discordia presents a fun and freewheeling romp through rare photos, holy tracts, art collages, and fnords, many of which appear for the first time in print.

“Like communication-god Thoth with his yammering ape, like the all-important noise that Count Korzybski assures us must accompany our every signal, no harmony is possible without an acknowledgement and understanding of discord. Born from the bowling-alley epiphanies of Greg Hill and Kerry Thornley, its disruptive teachings disseminated through the incendiary writings of Robert Anton Wilson and other Eristic luminaries, the Discordian Society has unexpectedly become a landmark of gleefully aggressive sanity in a chaotic and incoherent world. Through this book, we can all involve ourselves in their gloriously constructive quarrel.” —Alan Moore

Historia Discordia

Mark Hamill on the new Star Wars

Hammil"We are just there to lend our support and grow contractually obligated beards," says Mark Hamill on filming Star Wars: Episode 7. (BBC News)

Mystery solved: creepy dolls on suburban doorsteps

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Residents of Orange County, California were creeped out this week when eight porcelain dolls mysteriously turned up on doorsteps in suburban neighborhoods, leading to a police investigation.

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Video: computer hacking in 1980s movies

"80s Computer Hacking: A Supercut." List of movies below:

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Amazing optical illusion and Spirograph

UntitledPhil "Bad Astronomy" Plait deconstructs Brusspup's "Crazy Circle Illusion" and ties it to the wonderful classic art/science/toy Spirograph.

Apollo 11's Michael Collins on the view from space

From a classic FAQ by Michael Collins, command module pilot for Apollo 11, which splashed down 45 years ago today after carrying the first human beings to the moon:

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Icons of animals in space

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Wonderful illustrations of "Animal Space Travellers" by Budapest designer/artist Norbert Mayer. (via Ariel Waldman)

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Microscope photographs of alcohol drinks

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Smithsonian writes about BevShots, a company that sells microscope photographs of the crystallized form of alcoholic beverages, like tequila, above, and white wine and scotch, seen below.

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Dune author Franker Herbert on mushrooms

The Daily Grail delves into Frank Herbert's passion for mycology and how psilocybin mushrooms helped inspire Dune.

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Duran Duran suing its "fan club"

UntitledDuran Duran is suing its fan club -- not the fans mind you, but the company that runs its fan club, Worldwide Fan Clubs -- for not paying the band its cut of membership fees.