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David Pescovitz

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

How to explain graphic design to four-year-olds

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Dean Vipond was asked to explain his job as a graphic designer to a class of four- and five-year-olds.

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Huge bear eats bag of dog food and naps on someone's lawn

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This black bear ate a 20-pound bag of dog food out of a garage in Seminole County, Florida and fell into a food coma right on the homeowner's lawn.

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For sale: massive ranch larger than NYC and Los Angeles combined

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The Waggoner ranch, covering six counties in Texas, is the largest ranch within a single fence in the United States. For $175 million, it can be yours.

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TV documentary about MKUltra (1979)

Freak out on this classic 1970s exposé about the CIA's Project MKUltra 1950s LSD mind control experiments: "Mission Mind Control (ABC Closeup 1979)"

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WATCH: Neil deGrasse Tyson give us a a brief history of everything

Neil deGrasse Tyson tell us how it is.

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How neurotech will transform the way we work

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Over at Backchannel, I wrote about how brain tech could transform how we work in the future, from displays that react to our mental state to offices that respond to our brainwaves.

Stanford and University of California neuroscientist Melina Uncapher is currently leading a pilot study with a large technology company to use mobile EEG tracking to study how the office environment — from lighting to natural views to noise levels — impacts the brain, cognition, productivity, and wellness of workers. Prepping a room for a big brainstorm? Maybe it’s time to change the light color.

“If you want to encourage abstract thinking and creative ideas, do you pump in more oxygen or less?” says Uncapher, a fellow at Institute for the Future. “Do you raise the ceiling height? Do you make sure you have a view of the natural environment, simulated or real? And if you want people to be more heads-down, is it better for them to be in a room with a lower ceiling?”

The goal, she explains, would be to develop a “quantified environment” that you could precisely tune to different types of working modes.

"Our Highest Selves?" (Backchannel)


(Illustration by Anna Vignet)

Scientists create new strain of algae that tastes like bacon

Oregon State University researchers created and patented a new strain of the protein-rich red marine algae known as Dulse. When cooked, this new stuff really tastes like bacon. The engineered strain is high in protein, and purportedly offers twice the nutritional value of everyone's favorite vegetable-du-jour, kale.

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Watch every one of Kramer's entrances from Seinfeld, in order

Six minutes, 172 episodes.

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Watch this incredible recorder/beatbox performance

My War "Freestyle" by Medhat Mamdouh. Amazing. (YouTube)

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Enigma encryption machine from World War II sells for $233,000

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A rare Enigma machine, the proto-computer used by the Nazis to send codes during World War II, just sold at auction for $233,000 to an unnamed buyer. Of course, the Enigma code was cracked by Alan Turing and the other cypherpunks at Bletchley Park.

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Comic about the woman who invented the coffee filter

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Over at Backchannel, comic artist Andy Warner's illustrated the story of Melitta Bentz, a German housewife who in 1908 invented the coffee filter.

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Antique toy museum, racist warts and all

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Frank Kidd, 83, is the proprietor of Kidd's Toy Museum, a private collection of 20,000 antique toys, from cars and trucks to figurines to, Kidd's favorite genre, mechanical banks like the one above. Some of the toys reveal a lot about the era they're from.

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Somebody stole the skull of Nosferatu director FW Murnau

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The skull of FW Murnau, the director of the classic vampire film Nosferatu (1922), has been stolen from his grave in Stahnsdorf, Germany.

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Nano Bible no bigger than the tip of a pen

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Israeli researchers created a "Nano Bible," all 1.2 million letters of the Old Testament engraved on a gold-plated silicon disk the size of a sugar grain.

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Analyzing the "Goodnight Moon" bedroom

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The Ugly Volvo deconstructs the spatial, safety, and existential problems with the baby bunny's bedroom in the iconic children's book "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown with pictures by Clement Hurd.

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Airbnb CEO shares VC rejection emails from 2008


Airbnb's Brian Chesky posted the rejection letters he received from investors in June 2008 when he was trying to raise $150,000 at a $1.5M valuation, meaning someone could have owned 10% of Airbnb for $150,000. The company is currently valued at $20 billion.

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