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.

Scientists using Bob Dylan references

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“Nitric oxide and inflammation: The answer is blowing in the wind": For almost a decade, researchers from Sweden's Karolinska Institute had a private internal contest around embedding Bob Dylan references in their scientific writings, and now they've opened up the challenge.

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Steven Johnson: the flashbulb and urban poverty

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Over at Medium, Steven Johnson, author of How We Got To Now, writes about how the 19th century invention of flash photography shined a light on poverty.

"Flash Forward: How We Got To Know"

Pre-bent iPhone 6 Plus case

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Download and print Thingiverse user jerid's pre-bent iPhone 6 Plus Case!

Tetris, the, er, movie

“This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page," said production company Threshold’s CEO Larry Kasanoff. "We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes... What you [will] see in ‘Tetris’ is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance."

"A ‘Tetris’ Movie Is in the Works" (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!)

Hertzfeldt's weird future Simpsons couch gag

Esteemed animator Don Hertzfeldt's deeply strange and wonderful take on the Simpsons couch gag.

Stevie Nicks: selfies from the 1970s

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Next month, NYC's Morrison Hotel Gallery will display a series of 1970s Polaroid selfies by Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks.

"Some people don't sleep at night - I am one of those people," Nicks says. "These pictures were taken long after everyone had gone to bed - I would begin after midnight and go until 4 or 5 in the morning. I stopped at sunrise - like a vampire... I never really thought anyone would ever see these pictures, they went into shoeboxes, where they remained. I did everything - I was the stylist, the makeup artist, the furniture mover, the lighting director. It was my joy - I was the model..."

Stevie Nicks: 24 Karat Gold (Morrison Hotel Gallery)

Interview with Morrison Hotel Gallery director Peter Blachley (The Guardian)

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Win free tickets to the Treasure Island Music Festival!

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Want free VIP tickets to Boing Boing's favorite annual music event, San Francisco's Treasure Island Music Festival on October 18-19? This year's stellar line-up includes Massive Attack, Outkast, Alt-J, The New Pornographers, TV On The Radio, Janelle Monáe, Cathedrals, and a dozen other performances. Our pals at Noise Pop, co-promoters of the event, have supplied a pair of VIP 2-Day Tickets (a $590 value) to give to Boing Boing readers! VIP includes a nice viewing area beside the main stage, tented lounge with full bar, access to special VIP food sellers, and private restroom facilities (yay!). To win the passes, we are continuing our now-annual tradition of a Treasure Island Music Festival Haiku Contest!

Here's what to do:

Write a Haiku about your favorite band performing at the festival. Here's the full line-up. The Haiku must consist of three lines, with the first line containing 5 syllables, the second containing 7 syllables, and the third line containing 5 syllables. Then post your Haiku to the Boing Boing BBS forum. You have until 11:59pm PDT on Thursday (10/2). We'll pick our favorite Haikus and email you at the address you used to create your forum account. (Or you can list an alternate address in your entry.) On Friday (10/3), I'll post our three finalists who will each receive a Boing Boing t-shirt! On Tuesday (10/7), I'll announce the winner. Please only one entry per person. Good luck!!!

FAKE: Man digs tunnel from bedroom to pub

UPDATE: IT'S A FAKE! TOO BAD.

Patsy Kerr of Omagh, Ireland reportedly spent 15 years digging a tunnel from under his bed to a nearby pub so he could visit the bar while his wife slept. He was only caught after an investigation into a sewer problem revealed the tunnel. Kerr told the Omagh County Court:

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"The wife has a bad snore on her and after watching the Shawshank Redemption on RTE one night in 1994, I decided to do something about it so I waited til she was in a deep sleep and then set about digging a hole under the bed in the direction of the pub. I used all manner of tools from spoons to a heavy duty tunnel boring machine I managed to sneak down there when she was at the shops. It wasn’t until 2009 that I hit the jackpot and came up through the women’s toilet mop and bucket room.”

(Tyrone Tribulations)

The Police in dub

DUBXANNE: The Police in Dub is a recent collection of spaced-out dub remixes of classic songs by The Police. Those dubs have just been reworked by dubstep/breakbeat producer Rob Smith (aka RSD) and are available now from the Echo Beach label.

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Amazing marching band performance of The Wizard of Oz

On Saturday, Ohio State University's marching band performed this fantastic tribute to The Wizard of Oz.

Analog ASCII portraits of famous writers

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Álvaro Franca uses manual typewriters to create ASCII portraits of famous literary figures like Jack Kerouac (above), Charles Bukowski (below), and Jose Saramago. Here's a time-lapse video of the process.

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Photo of Jesus at the toilet

Freda Murphy of Erdington, England spotted Jesus in her newly-laid cement bathroom floor.

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Psychic Uri Geller explains the bending iPhones

Spoonbender Uri Geller: "Somehow the energy and excitement of the 10 million people who purchased iPhones has awakened their mind powers and caused the phones to bend."

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Video: The stares of Hitchcock

Creepy cool Criterion Collection montage of the "Eyes of Hitchcock" films.

Watch with microscopic sculpture inside

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Tucked inside this $1.5 million watch by Greubel Forsey is a tiny ship sculpture by Willard Wigan who is the master at artworks you can't appreciate without high-powered optics.

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