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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.

Loch Ness Monster's Wi-Fi

My niece Amanda Pescovitz spotted this excellent Wi-Fi branding on a Loch Ness Cruise boat to seek out Nessie. Now that is some bandwidth I can believe in.

Elon Musk says no to flying cars


Future-tech/transportation titan Elon Musk crushes our childhood dreams of flying cars (though he is working on space colonies).

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Chelsea Manning in Cosmopolitan

In Cosmo, Chelsea Manning, serving a 35 year sentence for leaking secret government files via Wikileaks, tells of her daily routine in military prison and her fight to live as a woman.

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Watch a robot do rapid-fire gardening

Bob's Market and Greenhouses uses a TTA "pack planter robot" to transplant pansies with utter precision and efficiency. Makes me yearn for the days of Ken Goldberg's Telegarden.

(Bob's Market via DIGG)

Video of sultry, jazzy cover of Radiohead's "Creep"

Postmodern Jukebox, masters of remaking contemporary tunes in vintage 20th century styles, reimagined Radiohead's Creep with gorgeous growling vocals by Haley Reinhart of American Idol fame.

Postmodern Jukebox

Deeply strange black swallower fish and other odd animals


The black swallower (Chiasmodon niger), capable of eating 10 times its weight, is only one of the curious animals introduced to visitors at the American Museum of Natural History's new Life At The Limits exhibition.

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Watch the insanity that is a chameleon tongue attack

"One of nature’s most fascinating tongues in super slow motion." Yes, fascinating.

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Woman knitted entire Captain America costume



Cosplay artist Fangirl Physics knitted an entire Captain America costume!

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Video: An unholy combination of 8-track tape and vinyl record

The Tefifon, sold in Germany during the middle of the last century, was a hi-fi audio player of cartridges containing plastic tape etched with grooves like a record.

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Anatomy from candy


Glasgow University Medical School student Mike McCormick, 27, creates incredible anatomy and biology diagrams from candy. @candyanatomy (Instagram)



Pool scene from "Fast Times" in the age of scrambled subscription TV

Above, the classic pool scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High as seen by late night TV viewers in 1984 who didn't subscribe to ABC's convoluted TeleFirst service involving scrambled broadcast TV, home VCRs, and set-top converter boxes. NSFW. Archived by the Museum of Chicago Classic Television.

From The Video Veteran:

(TeleFirst) Subscribers recorded major Hollywood films (many that were available to the home market for the first time anywhere) on their VCRs in a special scrambled form. Recordings were made in the middle of the night while the normal ABC feed was down and (Chicago's) WLS-TV was off the air.

For a price of about $4.00 (considerably cheaper than a tape rented at the local video store), the viewer could watch a first run movie that was being unscrambled by the matching signal code being transmitted by Telefirst through yet another of a long line of set top converters. The tapes were unplayable through a VCR without the converter and after a few days when the master code would change, unplayable on them as well.

(Thanks, Dustin Hostetler!)

NASA chief scientist bullish on ET evidence by 2045

screenshot "I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said during a panel discussion yesterday.

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Jack Off Jill returns for first show in 15 years


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Pioneering post-goth grrrl band Jack Off Jill whom I've adored since their early 1990s feral days in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are reuniting for their first live show in 15 years to take place July 18 in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Happy 100th birthday, Billie Holiday!

It's Lady Day's centennial. Watch and listen.

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Animated interview with Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth)


California Sunday created this lovely animated interview with Kim Gordon, bassist for Sonic Youth and author of the excellent Girl in a Band, her new memoir.

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Wonderfully gigantic street art of sleeping man


Street artists Ella & Pitr painted this amazing massive piece in a Lyon, France rail yard. (Street Art News via Laughing Squid)

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Video of human-powered amusement park in Italy

And hour north of Venice, Italy is Ai Pipoppi, a restaurant whose backyard holds a wonderful array of human-powered rides within a kinetic art playground. Last weekend, Tom Scott made the trek and recorded this video.

Ai Pioppi