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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.

Drones based on birds

Once again, engineers are taking cues from nature to build the next generation of robotics, in this case drones inspired by birds.

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Testing subliminal advertising (again)

As part of a BBC Radio 4 documentary, producer Phil Tinline looks at the controversial and weird history of subliminal advertising, and with social psychologists devises an experiment to test its efficacy.

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Jiz Lee on "Ethical Porn"

"Ethical porn" starts with porn that you pay for, says Jiz Lee.

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Video: How footballs are made

I found this video about how footballs are made, and a woman who worked in the Wilson Sporting Goods factory for 50 years, to be more interesting than most football games I've watched.

Leatherman's new wearable multi-tool

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Available this summer, the Leatherman Tread is a bracelet or wristwatch with steel links that double as box wrenches, screwdrivers, and other tools.

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LEGO Movie soundtrack on vinyl!

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Next month, the LEGO Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack comes to vinyl in a special double LP package including a color booklet with liner notes by soundtrack composer (and DEVO co-founder) Mark Mothersbaugh.

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Music video: retro-'80s hallucination for new Marie Davidson track

A strange, 1980s-esque hallucinatory video, directed for Montréal synth-punk chanteuse Marie Davidson's "Balade aux USA."

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Incredible LEGO Pompeii model

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This incredible LEGO model of Pompeii is on display at Sydney, Australia's Nicholson Museum.

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Ballsy fashion designer's dick move on the runway

At Paris Fashion Week, Rick Owens's menswear line featured flaps and openings strategically-located to reveal his models' penises as they strutted down the runway. NSFW images below.

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"R is for Robots" coloring book

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Our friends at Adafruit have published their delightful coloring book "R Is For Robots!" You can buy a print copy for $9.95 or download the CC-licensed digital file for free!

King Tut's mask crappily repaired with epoxy

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After the beard on King Tutankhamun's iconic burial mask was knocked off during cleaning (or removed because it was loose), it was quickly glued back on with epoxy, resulting in a crappy and permanent fix to the 3,300 year-old artifact.

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Turing's journal on the auction block

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One of Alan Turing's journals, written while he was hacking away on the German Enigma Code, will be up for auction in April.

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History of NYC's drinking fountains

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At Re:form, Makalé Cullen reveals the design history of the drinking fountain in New York City.

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Elliott Smith, animated interview

Elliott Smith, animated, talks depression, freaks, Elvis Costello, and Paul Simon. (Blank on Blank)

Traveling exhibition of original Star Wars costumes

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Later this month, the Smithsonian Institution's new exhibition “Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume" will open at Seattle’s EMP Museum. A collaboration with the Lucas Museum and Lucasfilm, the exhibit includes Jedi robes, Princess Leia’s slave bikini, Chewbacca's pelt, and many other costumes and related art and ephemera.

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Meet an icicle farmer

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Cory Livingood of Stratton, Vermont, is an icicle farmer. He and his team grow and harvest massive numbers of icicles to build magnificent ice constructions at ski resorts. Livingood works for a firm called Ice Castles that constructs ice archways, caves, slides, and other installations.

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From WCAX:

There's an art and science to Livingood's work. He and his team grow more than 5,000 icicles a day, and then carry bags of fragile spears into the castles cementing them in place with slush.

"We use vertical ones to make it taller and horizontal ones to fill in the places between them," said Livingood.

Sprinklers close the gaps coating and strengthening the ice until its supports human weight. Each completed ice castle gives visitors 10,000 tons of ice to explore.

"I just want you to feel like you are in a different place. You know an ice wonderland," said Livingood.

Odd Jobs: Icicle Farmer (WCAX)

Very big thinkers ponder: "What do you think about machines that think?"

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Over at BB pal John Brockman's Edge.org, nearly 200 very smart people, like Daniel C. Dennett, Brian Eno, Alison Gopnik, Nina Jablonski, Peter Norvig, and Rodney Brooks, ponder the EDGE Annual Question of 2015: What do you think about machines that think?

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Video: "How Electric Light Changed The Night"

KQED's Deep Look on "How Electric Light Changed The Night" (for better and perhaps worse).

Moog brings back its famed 1973 modular synthesizers

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Moog Music has reproduced a limited edition of its three iconic 1973 synthesizers including the System 55 (seen above with optional keyboard) that can be yours for just $35,000. Video below.

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Stan Lee on "To Tell The Truth" game show (1970)

Here's Stan Lee on a 1970 episode of To Tell The Truth, a fun game show where a panel of celebrities had to identify an individual with an unusual profession (in this case, comic book creator) among a group of impostors.

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School bus has "Satanic" brake lights

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Some Memphis, Tennessee parents are outraged at what they perceive to be Satanic symbols in the brake lights of a public school bus. From WMC:

(One) parent snapped a photo when she noticed the shape of an upside down, five-pointed star outlined in the brake lights of a school bus that was stopped in Cordova.

"Anyone who fears a God, if not God and Jesus Christ, should be outraged," she said...

On social media, parents are arguing both sides of the debate. Some say the brake lights are a subliminal pagan message, while others say it's just an unintentional design.

Neither Durham School Services nor the school district would answer any questions about the bus' brake lights.

"Parent outraged over possible pentagram symbol on Mid-South bus"

Video: To the Batstroller!

"Batmobile Baby Stroller" (Super-Fan Builds)

Marky Ramone's new memoir

A teaser from Marky Ramone's new memoir Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As a Ramone:

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We were back at Los Angeles International Airport waiting for our baggage to slide down the ramp and swing around the carousel. I knew what everyone's stuff looked like more or less, and the Ramones' luggage wasn't on the first cart unloaded. A situation like this one required patience, and Dee Dee didn't have any. He edged up to the carousel and eyed a particular red American Tourister suitcase that had already circled around once, unclaimed.

The suitcase looked like it had taken a beating over the plains states. The handle was busted and the zipper was broken. Clothing was sticking out. As the bag swung around for lap two, Dee Dee positioned himself to intercept it. He yanked it off the belt using the broken handle and began rifling through. A white silk blouse caught his eye. So did a gray cashmere sweater. Dee Dee had excellent taste in stolen women's clothing at the airport. He slipped the items under his jacket and continued the treasure hunt.

I smiled and looked at Marion in disbelief. She smiled back and rolled her eyes. There were a hundred and fifty witnesses and basic rules of civilization, and none of them seemed to mean anything to our bassist. But the middle-aged white lady now yelling in Dee Dee's face caught his attention.

"Excuse me! What are you doing with my clothes?"

"Oh, this yours? Sorry."

He didn't seem sorry at all other than that he was caught. He pulled the blouse and sweater out from under his jacket and sheepishly handed them over to the lady.

"What is wrong with you?"

We were all still trying to figure that out and really didn't expect a breakthrough here in baggage claim at LAX.

Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life As a Ramone by Marky Ramone (Amazon)

"Marky Ramone Exclusive: Read an Excerpt From 'Punk Rock Blitzkrieg'" (Rolling Stone)

See Copernicus's scientific instruments from his school days

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Visitors to the Collegium Maius at what is now the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, can see the very scientific gear used by esteemed alum Nicolaus Copernicus whose famed astronomical model of 1543 put the sun at the center of the solar system.

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How Stevie Wonder helped create Martin Luther King Day

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Did you know Stevie Wonder was instrumental in the creation of Martin Luther King Day? I didn't. Cuepoint has the inspiring story.

...In 1979, President Jimmy Carter, who had been elected with the support of the unions, endorsed the bill to create the holiday. Carter made an emotional appearance at King’s old church, Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. But Congress refused to budge, led by conservative Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina, who denounced King as a lawbreaker who had been manipulated by Communists. The situation looked bleak.

By then, Wonder had matured from a young harmonica-playing sensation to a chart-topping music genius lauded for his complex rhythms and socially-conscious lyrics about racism, black liberation, love and unity. He had kept in touch with Coretta Scott King, regularly performing at rallies to push for the holiday. He told a cheering crowd in Atlanta in the summer of 1979, “If we cannot celebrate a man who died for love, then how can we say we believe in it? It is up to me and you.”

"How Stevie Wonder Helped Create Martin Luther King Day" (Cuepoint)

Deep House track with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speech (1989)

Fingers Inc.: "Can You Feel It (Spoken Word: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)"

Video: Tiny Queenstown

Nathan Kaso tilt-shifts Queenstown, New Zealand.

Visitors: extraterrestrial psych-prog-jazz from 1974

Freak out with this prog/psych/jazz dark weirdness from French composer Jean-Pierre Massiera's band Visitors whose 1974 self-titled LP, Visitors, has just been reissued on vinyl for the first time.

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Rug "typo" at Sheriff's Office: "In Dog We Trust"

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A new $500 emblem rug sat in the entrance of the Pinellas County, Florida Sheriff's Office for two months before a deputy finally noticed that it said "In Dog We Trust."

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