David Pescovitz

David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner. He's also a research director at Institute for the Future. On Instagram, he's @pesco.

Generous criminal monkey distributes stolen cash

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In the northern Indian city of Shimla, a monkey burgled 10,000 rupees from a home, climbed a tree, and threw the bills down one-by-one on passers-by. This isn't the first such incident either.

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Why archeologists hate Indiana Jones

Inspired by Indiana Jones, I was an archeology major for about 10 minutes at the start of my freshman year in college. Of course, many real archeologists can't stand Indiana Jones, according to science journalist Erik Vance:

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Every archeology site in the world is littered with rugged people in wide-brimmed hats talking about long dead civilizations. Tulane archeologist Marcello Canuto, for instance, prefers the khaki, floppy variety. Walking back to camp with after a long day at one Northern Guatemalan site, I can’t help but make the obvious comparison.

“Oh God,” he groans, “Don’t even go there. Indiana Jones is not an archeologist...."

“That first scene, where he’s in the temple and he’s replacing that statue with a bag of sand – that’s what looters do,” Canuto says, grinning. “[The temple builders] are using these amazing mechanisms of engineering and all he wants to do is steal the stupid gold statue.”

"Why Archeologists Hate Indiana Jones"

Averaging thousands of images into one

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UC Berkeley researchers demonstrated software that averages thousands of similar photo to create a single representative image, like this wedding shot. Users can also refine and weight specific features within the source pool of photos to refine the average image.

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Richard "Jaws" Kiel, RIP

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Richard Kiel who played the steel-toothed Jaws in the James Bond films The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979) has died; he was 74 and 7-foot-2.

Star Wars sans music

Watch this Auralnauts video to see the importance of John Williams' bombastic score to Star Wars. (Thanks, Gil Kaufman!)

1974 young adult novel that forecasted the politics of drones

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Over at Medium's The List, Clive Thompson argues that a 1974 science fiction novel for teens called Danny Dunn, Invisible Boy "nailed everything we’re arguing today about personal drones, privacy, and the danger of government overreach." I can't wait to read the book!

This American Life: "I Believe I Can Fly"

51DTgYuPCwL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ On This American Life, Jonathan Goldstein explores the shocking (and hilarious) reality behind a weird guidebook to 1970s paranormal and occult superpowers that utterly gripped him when he was 11 years old: Ultra-Psychonics: How to Work Miracles with the Limitless Power of Psycho-Atomic Energy.

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Video: Seven Seinfeld bits of trivia and easter eggs

For example, util the real Kramer consented to the use of his name on TV, Kramer was briefly named Kessler and Jerry called him that in the pilot that aired. (via Laughing Squid)

Ask yourself this

10Q is a fascinating effort from BB contributor Tanya Schevitz and my pals at Reboot where you sign up to receive one provocative "big" life question each day via email for ten days. The project was inspired by the Jewish High Holidays, a traditional period of personal reflection, but 10Q is not just for Jewish people and the questions aren't about religion.

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History of mountain biking

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Collectors Weekly looks at the birth of mountain biking and the legendary 1976 Repack race in Marin, California:

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"99 Red Balloons" played on balloons

Andrew Huang plays Nena's 1983 jam "99 Red Balloons" on actual red balloons. But not 99 of them.

Mel Brooks cement prank at the Chinese Theater

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Mel Brooks put his eleven fingers in cement yesterday at Hollywood's famed Chinese Theater. (Today)

Video: "Most Epic Nerf War in History!"

Australian filmmaker Danny Philippou brings a Nerf gun battle with your friends to a new cinematic level. (via Laughing Squid)

Video: "How Ballet Shoes Get Made"

I'm proud of my wife and daughter who are both beginning ballet students. They'll enjoy this documentary about the making of ballet shoes! (via Digg)

National Geographic's first wildlife photos

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The July 1906 issue of National Geographic featured the magazine's first wildlife photos, night shots by George Shiras III. Two of the National Geographic Society board members were infuriated, arguing that the magazine was becoming a "picture book."

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