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David Pescovitz

David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor. On Instagram, he's @pesco.

City commissioners approve shooting range/restaurant that serves booze

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Daytona Beach, Florida commissioners approved a combination 12-lane indoor gun range and restaurant, that serves alcohol, to open in the city.

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Watch this mind-blowing spintop demonstration

Takeshi Kamisato is a master of the spintop, accurately described by this book as a "universal toy, enduring pastime."

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Magnificent photo of severely endangered rhino

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My pal John Curley, the multitalented bassist in the Afghan Whigs and Plastic Ants, took this incredible photo of Harapan the Sumatran rhinoceros at the excellent Cincinnati Zoo. Sadly, Sumatran rhinos are one of the world's most endangered animals with around 100 left on Earth. John says:

Harry is friendly, good-natured and adored by everyone at the zoo. He loves bananas and quiet walks on the beach at sunset (I'm kidding about that last part). Thanks to @mdcurley my amazing wife, for the unique opportunity to see this rare and beautiful creature up close.

Sumatran Rhino Project (Cincinnati Zoo)

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Father builds glowing life-sized Minecraft block for son's birthday

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Nathan Pryor (HaHaBird) made this fantastic life-sized illuminated Minecraft block for his son's birthday. It's lit with RGB LEDs so the color can be changed via remote control.

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Video of Flimmer, the US Navy's new drone that flies and swims

"Common across the services, autonomous vehicles are being seen as an effective projection of force, both above and below the water’s surface," according to the US Naval Research Laboratory.

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Yvonne Craig (Batgirl and the green alien girl on Star Trek) RIP

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Yvonne Craig, the first and best Batgirl on television who also played the green-skinned alien Marta on the original Star Trek episode "Whom Gods Destroy," has died of breast cancer. She was 78. Before becoming an actor, Craig was a professional ballet dancer. On Batman, she performed all her own stunts. She also dated Elvis Presley who was her co-star in two 1960s films.

(Hollywood Reporter)

FBI seeking better automatic tattoo recognition tech

Police photograph and manually tag suspects' tattoos as part of the booking process, but the FBI says computers could classify them much better, leading to more "hits" when trying to identify criminals and also corpses.

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Influential post-punk dance albums by Liquid Liquid reissued on vinyl!

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In 1983, Downtown NYC post-punk dance band Liquid Liquid released this Michael Sporn Animation Studios video for "Cavern," a killer track whose bassline became the foundation of Grandmaster Melle Mel's pioneering hip hop track "White Lines (Don't Do It)." The excellent Superior Viaduct label has just reissued Liquid Liquid's classic records including Optimo, the EP containing "Cavern."

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Woman's obituary includes witty jab at Clinton

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As she requested before her death, Elaine Fydrych of Gloucester Township, New Jersey had the following line included in her obituary: “In lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Hillary Clinton."

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Idaho mile marker 420 replaced with 419.9

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The Idaho Transportation Department installed this sign on US Highway 95 instead of the frequently stolen 420 milepost.

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Cute hamster in hammock enjoying a sweet treat

That's the life.

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British intelligence's use of persuasion psychology

The documents leaked by Edward Snowden revealed a division of British intelligence focused on the use of psychological science to influence, deceive, and infiltrate suspected terrorist cells, hostile states, criminal gangs, and activist groups. Vaughan "Mind Hacks" Bell investigates, and notes that some of their techniques draw heavily from the work of Robert Cialdini, author of Influence, an absolute must-read classic book about techniques of persuasion.

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Fantastic video of Pluto fly-by made from still images

Astronomical artist Björn Jónsson stitched together still images captured by the New Horizons spacecraft as it flew past the dwarf planet Pluto last month.

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Watch a seal narrowly escape a great white shark's jaws of death

...for the moment anyway.

Failed predation attempt off Monomoy, Cape Cod (8/17/15)- filmed by Dr. Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries working with Atlantic White Shark Conservancy.

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Scientists remote control a mouse with a wireless LED brain implant

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Stanford scientists made mice walk in circles via remote control of a wireless LED implanted in the rodents' brains. Switching the LED on and off controls neurons that have been previously genetically engineered to be light-sensitive.

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Gentleman attempts to use rattlesnake as weapon

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Nathaniel Buck Harrison of Oracle, Arizona sought vengeance against a foe by hitting him on the head with a board and then attempting to sic a rattlesnake on him. Apparently, the snake declined to participate.

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Addicted to sugar and addicted to opium

From the BBC's excellent "Addicted to Pleasure" documentary series, learn about how some of us became sugar freaks and opium fiends.

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