David Pescovitz

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

Music video made from melting photos

Director Chritsophe Thockler used 8,500 printed photos, 400 of which he set on fire, to create this excellent stop-motion music video for Victoria+Jean's track "Why Won't You."

Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins play Crisco Twister

"In which Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic strips down to briefs and gets a full body Crisco massage from Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl, before playing slippery Twister with Smashing Pumpkins." (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!)

Interview with Queen

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Over at Cuepoint, Alan Light talks to Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen about their signature operatic rock sound, the band's chemistry, and the final days of Freddie Mercury.

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Electric eel are like living TASERs

Vanderbilt University biologists studied how electric eels can zap their prey with 600 volts from even a few meters away. Turns out, the fish are like living TASERs. Professor Kenneth Catania and his colleagues published their work in the journal Science.

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To conduct the new study, Kenneth Catania, a biologist at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, recorded electric eel (Electrophorus electricus) attacks on smaller fish, such as koi, in a large tank with a high-speed video camera, capturing 1000 frames per second. At the same time, he recorded the pulses emitted by the eel and the muscle contractions of the fish. When an eel senses the movements of a nearby fish, he showed, the eel releases a high-voltage volley of electric pulses that not only shock the fish as it’s trying to swim by, but also cause a massive, involuntary contraction of the animal’s muscles, freezing it in place. If Catania injected the fish with a drug that blocks communication between nerves and muscles, however, its muscles weren’t frozen. That experiment showed that the eel’s shock immobilizes its prey’s muscles by stimulating the fish’s motor neurons. It’s the first time a fish’s electricity has been shown to have such a specific biological effect in prey. “The eel is a swimming Taser,” Catania says. “The mechanism is the same.”

"Electric eels zap other fish via 'remote control'"

Hour documentary about the nature of reality

From BBC One, an episode of Horizon exploring that good ol' mindfucking question "What is reality?"

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Terminator Genisys trailer

He'll be back.

Animation: Robin Williams on masks and humanity

Robin Williams, 1991: "“Comedy is there to basically show us we fart, we laugh. To make us realize we still are part animal.... So you don't take yourself seriously and destroy the species.” (Blank on Blank)

The weird phenomenon of Terminal Lucidity

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Terminal Lucidity is a phenomenon where someone who is completely out of it mentally (coma, dementia, schizophrenia, etc.) becomes briefly clearheaded just before they die.

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Holograms you can touch, via sound waves

University of Bristol researchers used sound waves to create a hologram you can "touch."

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Magnificent Mosque photos

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At Vantage, Iranian photographer Mohammad Rezi's mesmerizing Mosque photography. Gazing at these photos feels like looking into a kaleidoscope.

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Incredible embroidered portraits

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Cayce Zavaglia hand-embroiders astonishingly hyperrealistic portraits from cotton and silk thread and crewel embroidery wool.

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Goodbye Cat Fancy, hello Catster!

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Dog Fancy and Cat Fancy magazines, publications that are nearly 50 years old, are shutting down, to be replaced by print versions of the Web sites Dogster and Catster.

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Video: That photo has probably been taken already

From the delightfully-named Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a video depicting what they call "vemödalen" defined as "the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist."

Interview with an undertaker

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Meet Caleb Wilde, a sixth-generation mortician and the blogger behind Confessions of a Funeral Director.

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