David Pescovitz

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

Fan-created LEGO model bird set available soon


Gardener and birder Thomas Poulsom's beautiful set of LEGO model birds will go on sale January 1. The set includes a Blue Jay, Hummingbird, and a Robin. LEGO Birds

And here's an interview with Poulsom from last year on Two Birders and Binoculars.

Video: Snowflake melting in reverse

"The Birth of a Snowflake" by Armand9x.

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Mad Max: Fury Road trailer

Mad Max: Beyond Mel Gibson, out next summer.

A young boy plays through video game history


At The Message, BB pal Andy Baio wrote a fantastic piece about the experiment he is running with his ten-year-old son: What happens when a 21st-century kid plays through video game history in chronological order?

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John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" 50th anniversary

Today marks the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, a masterpiece of hard bop, free jazz, and soulful spirituality. My family celebrated last night with the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church in a rousing service at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral.

Here is a 2012 NPR story about the 1964 recording: "The Story Of 'A Love Supreme'"

Those UFO houses


In the late 1960s, UFO homes like Finnish architect Matti Suuronen's Futuro Houses were the ultimate in space age cool. Then the 1970s oil shortage happened and the cost of plastic took off, making the Futuro Houses even less practical than they already were. See more of the surviving structures over at Atlas Obscura.


Mod TV commercial for Kodak Instamatic (1966)

From 1966, this far out mod commercial for the Kodak Instamatic camera with Flash Cubes!

Video: Tribute to space in cinema

Max Shishkin's montage of cinematic depictions of outer space, from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) to Interstallar (2014).

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Device to end airplane armrest battles


The Soarigami is a plastic divider meant to extend and split the shared airplane armrest.

Company spokesperson Arthur Chang says, "We do anticipate some travelers to have issues with sharing, we feel like this is a great conversation starter."

Welp, you lost me there.

Soarigami (via CNN)

Robots that teach coding to kids


At Backchannel, Andrew Leonard tells the story of Dash and Dot, two darling robots designed to help kids learn to code.

Dash’s real mission: to give kids a sense of agency in a world that is increasingly mysterious.

“The goal is for a child to look at an iPad not purely as a way to get and consume content, but as a way to make this other device — a robot — do phenomenal things," (says inventor Vikas Gupta). "The moment you do that, your appetite for what this device can do hopefully gets whetted and you want to do more. This is the path of curiosity that we want to take kids on. Where that journey takes them is an open question.”

"And a Child’s Robot Shall Lead Them" (Backchannel)

Edible electronics


University of Wollongong researchers are developing edible electronics that are 3D printed from materials like gelatin.

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Super Nintendo vs Hip-Hop

Over at Cuepoint, an interview with legendary video game music composer David Wise (Donkey Kong Country, etc.) whose sounds are widely sampled by the likes of Drake, Childish Gambino, and countless hip hop and chiptune musicians.

Sloupek771 When we were working on Donkey Kong Country, we took a trip out to the Twycross Zoo, thinking that we could record some samples for of the monkeys. But they weren’t making much noise, until it was feeding time, and everyone was just going completely berzerk, and we couldn’t isolate the monkeys at all. It was a fun day, but a complete waste of time. We ended up having to get someone in the office make monkey sounds into the microphone.

On Like Donkey Kong: Super Nintendo vs Hip-Hop (Cuepoint)

Imaginary Foundation's incredible psychedelic fly-through


The Imaginary Foundation's Cosmic Symbolism Fly-Through is far fucking out.

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National Geographic's camera hacker


Kenji Yamaguchi is National Geographic's in-house camera hacker who mods lenses, builds "camera traps," and customizes gear of all kinds for the magazine's shooters in the field.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer cut from classic footage

The trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens remade using footage from the original trilogy.