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David Pescovitz

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

Motown 25: rebroadcast tomorrow of unforgettable 1983 TV special

Do you remember when Michael Jackson debuted his moonwalk on the absolutely fantastic 1983 TV special Motown 25 - Yesterday, Today, Forever? That program hasn't rebroadcast since, but on Saturday night, PBS will air it in its entirety.

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Fingers with feet and other abnormal anatomical artworks

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Sculptor Alessandro Boezio recombines and reforms human body parts into strange monstrosities that you'd imagine crawling around a David Cronenberg movie set.

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The sad reality of "Pimp My Ride"

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Many of the mods seen on Pimp My Ride were faked or crap that fell apart weeks after filming. And that wasn't the worst of it.

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Street sign: "Heads up! Cross the street, then update Facebook"

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The City of Hayward, California posted a new series of snarky signs, including this one. (Laughing Squid)

What it's like to see 100 times the colors you see

New York Magazine interviewed Concetta Antico, the artist who is a tetrachromat, meaning a genetic difference in her eyes enables her to see approximately 100 times more colors than an average person.

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Catwoman is bisexual

In the new issue of the comic, Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) kisses a woman.

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Climate change denying senator throws snowball on Senate floor

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Climate change denier Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) tossed a snowball on the Senate floor yesterday to illustrate his "point."

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Video: The Making of a Beer Can

Specifically, cans that will be filled with Wellington, New Zealand's Garage Project Hops on Pointe brew.

A deaf sound artist

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Christine Sun Kim, deaf from birth, creates art at the intersection of sound, language, and music.

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Everyday people as superheroes hanging off skyscrapers (really)

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Benjamin Von Wong, the man behind "everyday people photographed as 'Super Athletes,'" has since photographed everyday people dressed as superheroes actually on the edge of skyscrapers. Behind-the-scenes video below.

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Marquis de Sade, his entrepreneurial descendant, and, er, Victoria's Secret

Fifty Shades has got nothing on the Marquis de Sade. In Smithsonian, Tony Perrottet profiles the 18th century libertine and meets his descendant Hugues de Sade who apparently is in talks with "Victoria’s Secret for a line of Sade lingerie."

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Own this 16th century castle near Paris

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This castle, built in 1504 about an hour outside of Paris, could be your new home for around US$5.6 million.

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Beautiful minimalist scissors from Japan

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These Craft Design Technology Scissors, made in Japan, are minimalist shears of beauty. They're $65 and ship free from Okinawa. (Amazon)

Why your local record store employee became an asshole

“Ya’ll got that Michael Jordan - Dangerous, Live in Buddharest?” At Dangerous Minds, record store employee Christopher Bickel shares selections from his notebook of customer comments, documented between 2002 and 2014. There are many, but here are a few of my favorites:

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Your chance to become RadioShack

RadioShack, now bankrupt, is selling its name with the opening bid set at $20 million. I bet you could get "The Shack" for less. A lot less.

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Video of Indian martial artists using insanely dangerous weapons

These gentlemen seem to be having a ball practicing the Indian martial art of Kalaripayattu while wielding urumi, whiplike flexible swords.

Chemistry professor's cabinet of curiosities

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Boston University science professor T. Ross Kelly has amassed an impressive collection of strange and wonderful scientific instruments and gadgets, from radiometers to thermobiles to MOVA Globes that he and two students have kindly documented online in "A Scientist's Curiosity Cabinet."

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Rats weren't behind the Black Death

Don't blame rats for the Black Death. Scientists now think it was Asian giant gerbils that carried the fleas that spread the plague.

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Tiny models of vintage synthesizers

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Artist Dan McPharlin's "Analogue Miniatures" series are tiny models of mostly-imagined electronic musical instruments "hand-made from framing matt-boards, paper, plastic sheeting, string and rubber bands."

More here and here. (via Juxtapoz)

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Want to own some of Winston Churchill's blood? Now's your chance.

On March 12, you can bid on a vial of Winston Churchill's blood.

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Birdman score is coming soon on vinyl

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I am thrilled that jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez's mindblowing original score for Birdman will see a vinyl release on April 7!

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High school lacks French teacher, uses Rosetta Stone software instead

For three months, Howard S. Billings high school in Chateauguay, Quebec has lacked a French teacher so the students are using Rosetta Stone language education software instead.

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Video: snake eats whole egg

Probably would taste better with a dollop of sriracha.

GAMAGO t-shirt: Kaiju vs. a Google-esque Bus

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After four years of a t-shirt hiatus, our old pals at GAMAGO teamed up with Headline Shirts to reissue four classic designs and one new one: "Kaiju Bus," depicting a great beast in San Francisco devouring a familiar-looking shuttle bus. GAMAGO at Headline Shirts

Medium's new bloggy publishing tools

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Think Medium is just a place for you to post longform, high-production value stories? Think again. I'm excited that today, we rolled out a bloggier Medium in the form of a fantastic super-simple inline editor, new reading streams for easier scanning, and tags.

One of the primary reasons I joined Medium six months ago to lead the creative studio is because Ev Williams is at the helm of the company. I first met Ev in 2000 when Boing Boing began using the Blogger tool that he and his friends had made at Pyra Labs. Ever since, Ev has been relentless in his efforts to remove friction from writing and sharing stories and ideas on the Web. DIY publishing is what excited me about desktop computers in the 1980s, it's what delighted me when I first saw the Web back in 1994, and it's what makes me optimistic about the future today. And to me, that's exactly what Medium is -- a place to express yourself, read things that matter to you, and connect with other people and ideas. From Ev's post, "A Less Long, More Connected Medium:"

We know that length is not a measure of thoughtfulness. The quality of an idea is not determined by the polish of the writing. And production value does not determine worthiness of time investment on the web any more than it does at the movie theater.

We also know that sometimes you need to get a thought out in an incomplete form in order for it to grow — by bumping into other brains and breathing in fresh air.

Try it!

"New ways to Write and read on Medium"

Best Coast: first video from new album

IMG_1122California darlings Best Coast released their first single and video, "California Nights," from their new album of the same name. It's a real freak out! I spent yesterday with Best Coast recording a very special Boing Boing Video live session and interview that will premiere on May 5, the day of the album's release.

I was honored to be working again with the talented director Scott Compton and the dream team from Remedy Editorial and beyond. (Our last video joint was this fine piece with Mr. Bob Mould!)

Below, behind the scenes with Best Coast and some of the killer crew of Scott Compton, Chris Valente, Bart Nagel, Cliff Grodin, Darrell Flowers, Norman Bonney, John Chater, Phil Perkins, Tahni Smith, Mike Lowe, Joel White, and Nora Murphy!

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Scan of 1,000-year-old statue with mummy hidden inside

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A CT scan of a 1,000-year-old statue of Chinese Buddhist master master Liuquan revealed the mummy inside.

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Bruder Spaghettus and his German Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

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This is Rüdiger Weida, 63, aka Bruder Spaghettus, founder of a Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster congregation in the town of Templin, Germany. Public Radio International profiled Spaghettus and his push for legal recognition of the church. Ramen!

Red Pandas merrily frolicking in the snow

These Red Pandas at the Cincinnati Zoo enjoy the snow much more than I did when I lived in that city.

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Manchester, 1976: The birth of post-punk

At Cuepoint, Frank Owen (seen here) recounts the riotous punk scene of 1970s Manchester that spawned Joy Division, the Buzzcocks, and one Steven Morissey.

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