David Pescovitz

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

Vans with The Beatles' Yellow Submarine graphics


Vans released a rad line of sneakers emblazoned with classic psychedelic cartoon artwork from The Beatles' 1969 film "Yellow Submarine." My favorite is the SK8-Hi Reissue above, but the Slip-On "Sea of Monsters" design seen below is pretty great too.

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Archaeology of an atomic test site


Archaeologist Colleen Beck has spent 20 years studying the fake suburban homes, real bunkers, scientific instrumentation, and tunnels at the Nevada Test Site, 1,360 miles of land where more than a dozen atomic bombs were detonated between 1951 and 1962. From Samir S. Patel's feature in Archaeology magazine:


For example, for one shot called Priscilla, a 37-kiloton weapon was detonated from a balloon 690 feet off the ground on June 24, 1954, as part of Operation Plumbbob. A structure that looks suspiciously like a bank vault remains on Frenchman Flat from that test. “Look how thick those walls were,” Beck says, approaching the twisted steel rods—once encased in concrete—radiating from its sides. The interior of the vault, however, survived intact. “Everyone jokes that they were trying to make sure the money would be safe after a nuclear blast,” Beck says. In fact, according to a 1957 government document, the vault was donated by the Mosler Safe Company “out of the concern on the part of banks and insurance companies over protection of records and valuables.”

Surrounding the vault in every direction are other battered and rusting ruins. A twisted train trestle sits atop two concrete blocks—what’s left of a railway bridge that endured two explosions. An airplane hangar has collapsed beyond recognition. An underground parking garage, included in tests to see how such buildings would perform as bomb shelters, is mostly intact. There is also a group of domed shelters made from concrete and rebar. Some are blown apart, others are not. “They were trying to see whether a dome shape would have a better survival rate than, say, a rectangular building” Beck says. Another feature on Frenchman Flat is an aluminum cylinder with two square holes cut into its side, lying horizontally and held upright by three steel plates. In Priscilla and other tests, pigs were used as human proxies. During the years of atmospheric testing, 1,200 pigs lived on the site in pens nicknamed the “Pork Sheraton.” Prior to detonations, some were placed in containers such as this and outfitted in a variety of fabrics to test how materials held up under intense heat.

"Dawn of a Thousand Suns"

Monster Energy drinks are satanic!

"Bottom's up, and the devil laughs." (Haw haw haw!)

Interactive map of social enterprise models

Verynice, the fascinating (and very nice!) design consultancy that does 50% of its work pro bono, created a Models of Impact Interactive Map attempting to "document every business model in social enterprise, ever."

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Yang Yongliang: astonishing dystopian landscape photos


Over at Vantage, Yang Yongliang's breathtaking dystopian landscapes, each composited from hundreds of his own photos and video stills of the region around Shanghai, China.

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Obama's "Plan for a Free and Open Internet"

From President Obama's post at Medium:

obama-supports-net-neutrality.si“'Net neutrality'” has been built into the fabric of the Internet since its creation — but it is also a principle that we cannot take for granted. We cannot allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas. That is why today, I am asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to answer the call of almost 4 million public comments, and implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality."

My Plan for a Free and Open Internet (Medium)

Cut-Ups: William S. Burroughs exhibit in NYC


Boo-Hooray gallery/publisher has installed an exhibition titled Cut-Ups: William S. Burroughs 1914-2014, a collaboration with Emory University celebrating the deeply powerful creative technique leveraged by Burroughs and his best friend Brion Gysin to transform their literary, audio, visual, performance, and magical works.

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The Postal Service: "Nothing Better" live video


Above, a spectacular live performance of "Nothing Better" by The Postal Service -- BB pal Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) and Jimmy Tamborello (Dntel) with Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley) -- who released one phenomenal album in 2003, Give Up, and reunited for a tour last year.

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Suspect dresses the part


Can you guess what Deborah Delane Asher, seen in this mugshot, was arrested for?

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Photos of Studio 54 (1978-1980)


Photographer Tod Papageorge's new book Studio 54 documents the infamous 1970s New York City disco during its coke and boogie-fueled heyday. See a sampling of the photos over at Paper and buy a copy from publisher Stanley/Barker here.

Papageorge writes:

“The 66 photographs in this book were made between 1978-80 in Studio 54, a New York discothèque that, for a handful of years, was the place where celebrities, partygoers, and those crazy for dancing most wanted to be and be seen. Because of this, it was difficult to get into: the imperturbable doormen who doled out access according to rules that only they seemed to know made sure of it. The most evident way of winning them over was to be beautiful, but only the famous or socially connected could assume that they’d be shooed around the flock of hopefuls milling on the street side of the entrance rope and through the door. Once inside, though, everyone there seemed thrilled by the fact, no matter how they managed to accomplish it, a feeling fed by the throbbing music and the brilliantly designed interior, which, from night to night, could suggest anything from Caliban’s cave to a harem.”


History of pop music ads


Over at Cuepoint, a fascinating study of vintage print ads for popular music like this one from the late 1960s, pitching far out avant-classical recordings by Terry Riley, Charles Ives, Edgar Varese, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Walter (now Wendy) Carlos.

“The Establishment’s against adventure,” read the by-then international record company’s accompanying ad copy. “And the arousing experience that comes with today’s music. So What? Let them slam doors. And keep it out of the concert halls.”

"A History of Selling Out"

The military training camp at Stonehenge


During World War I, the largest military training ground on Earth was located at Stonehenge.

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Billy Corgan, cat lover


Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan sure loves cats! (PAWS Chicago Magazine, thanks Gil!)

Incredible "hole punch" cloud


This breathtaking and rare "Fallstreak Hole" (aka "hole punch cloud") was observed and photographed Monday by David Barton in Korumburra, Victoria, Australia.

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Rugs based on satellite imagery


Florian Pucher's "Landcarpets" are limited edition area rugs based on satellite images.

"The stylized fields are of different height and left LANDCARPET appear like a miniaturized landscape."

Above, "Hong Kong - Kowloon West side 1/1." Below, "Africa."

Landcarpets (via CityLab)