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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.

How Stevie Wonder helped create Martin Luther King Day


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"


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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Roswell, New Mexico missile silo for sale


Please note that pending board approval, Boing Boing's new secret headquarters shall be this "decommisioned" underground missile silo pending sale for $300k in Roswell, New Mexico where our space brothers have already established a thriving happy mutant community.

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Nintendo Power Glove as animator's tool

Animator Dillon Markey (Robot Chicken and PES) hacked a Nintendo Power Glove (c.1989) to control his stop-motion animation system. (Thanks, Chris Arkenberg!)

Death Cab for Cutie's new album: "Kintsugi"


Our pals in Death Cab for Cutie revealed the title and cover art for their forthcoming album, to be released March 31.

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Matthew McConaughey's Dazed and Confused audition

Matthew McConaughey's audition for Rickard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused (1993). All right, all right, all right.

Vintage Synthesizer Museum


Lance Hill's new Vintage Synthesizer Museum in Emeryville, California is dedicated to the history of the future of electronic musical instruments. Video news report below.

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Majestic libraries of the world


Above, Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Architecture And Design rounds up "50 Of The Most Majestic Libraries In The World."

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Space Pilot Helmet toy from 1952

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"Sounds like whizzing through space!" says the box. Here are some details. (via Weird Universe)


Rock stars of the 70s, and their parents


In 1971, John Olson photographed rock stars at home with their parents for LIFE Magazine. Above, Zappa and his folks. Below, David Crosby and dad.

"LIFE With Rock Stars . . . and Their Parents"


Video: Montage of Hitchock's staircases, shoes, poisonings, etc.

A montage of familiar themes and sequences used by Alfred Hitchcock across 40 films and 42 years.

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The Afghan Whigs' infectiously fun new music video

The wonderful new video for The Afghan Whigs' "The Lottery" was self-shot by the band's stage monitor engineer Ryan O'Hara, a man who clearly loves his job.

"Every night during the gig he performs a parallel show behind the board and it's phenomenal to watch," says The Afghan Whigs' Greg Dulli. "Occasionally, I'll forget to sing because I'm watching him turn into Bez from Happy Mondays. But that's rock and roll for you. It keeps you young. "

Secrets of sea otter fur

How do sea otters stay lean yet keep warm? (KQED's Deep Look)

Free NASA symposium on futuristic space tech


BB co-conspirator Ariel "Spacehack" Waldman points us to a free NASA conference on future space-tech happening near Kennedy Space Center January 27-29!

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Unexplosive hanging loudspeaker


The sales pitch for this "Unexplosive hanging loudspeaker" is seemingly a masterpiece of machine translation:

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Drawings made from sunlight and magnifying glass

1-Jordan-Mang-osan-600x337 Remember as a kid using a magnifying glass and the sun to kill ants? Filipino artist Jordan Mang-osan employs the same technique to create beautiful "solar drawings."

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Video: Pulp Fiction vs. Happy Days

"Pulpy Days," by Darrin Fullerton. (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!)

Seasons 1 of Friends, simultaneously

The One Where They All Take Ketamine? (via Waxy)

Book of futuristic visions from 1979 starring R2-D2's cousin


Pages from "The Usborne Book of The Future: A Trip In Time To The Year 2000 And Beyond" (1979). That robot looks strangely familiar...

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A landscape of salt


Australian photographer Emma Phillips captured the strange, minimalist landscape of a salt refinery near Western Australia's Nullarbor Plain.

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Ultimate collection of "Do Not Disturb" signs


Edoardo Flores has a collection of nearly 9,000 "Do Not Disturb" signs from almost 200 countries around the world.

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Drive-by identification of energy-leaking homes


MIT researchers developed a compact thermal-imaging rig that mounts to the roof of cars to detect energy leaks in homes and other buildings as they drive by. In 2011, the engineers launched a company, Essess, to commercialize the technology and have since "mapped more than 4 million homes and buildings in cities across the United States for military, commercial, and research purposes," according to MIT News.

Apparently, their software also can help determine who is most likely to fix leaks if they are made aware of them.

From MIT News:


Based on data from across the United States, for example, a household with three children is about 8 percent more likely to seal up leaks than a household with two children, Essess President and CEO Tom Scaramellino says.

“It’s not just figuring out who the worst culprits are — who’s wasting the most energy — because there are customers that can be wasting energy, but they’ll never fix it,” he says. “There’s the actual energy waste and the psychological component to do something about it. Those are two distinct analyses we layer on top of one another.”

Results for utilities companies indicate, for instance, which zip codes have homes with the most leaky attics and, among those, which owners are most likely to install attic installation. Through this process, called the Thermal Analytics Program, utilities can better target customers for energy-efficiency marketing campaigns and other outreach programs, Scaramellino says.

"Drive-by heat mapping"

Everyday people photographed as "Super Athletes"


Photographer Benjamin Von Wong turned ordinary people into Super Athletes fit for energy drink ads and action movie posters using high-end lights, a DIY rain machine, and a great eye (and no Photoshop beyond light, contrast, and color tweaks).

"Ordinary people, Hollywood budgets" (Medium)


RU Sirius: new book on the Singularity


BB pal RU Sirius, prankster godfather of the cyberculture, and Jay Cornell have published a new book deciphering the surreal truths, questionable fictions, and high weirdness of the Singularity. The infotaining, irreverent, and frequent piss-taking paperback, titled Transcendence: The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity, contains nearly 100 A to Z entries on subjects like Biohacking, Grinders, Optogenetics, and The Methuselarity.

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Tippi Hedren, Melanie Griffith, and their lion Neil


In the early 1970s, actress and animal rights activist Tippi Hedren cared for Neil, a lion that sometimes shared a bed with Hedren's then-teenage daughter Melanie Griffith. LIFE photographer Michael Rougier spent a day photographing the family at home.

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Video: Formula One racing intensity

"Art of F1 2014" by Miran Dilberovic

Video: Hypnotist thief robs man

Last month, a hypnotist thief reportedly put London wine seller Aftab Haider into a trance before robbing him. The strange episode was caught on CCTV video later released by Scotland Yard.

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