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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.

Video: Snowflake melting in reverse

"The Birth of a Snowflake" by Armand9x.

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Mad Max: Fury Road trailer

Mad Max: Beyond Mel Gibson, out next summer.

A young boy plays through video game history

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At The Message, BB pal Andy Baio wrote a fantastic piece about the experiment he is running with his ten-year-old son: What happens when a 21st-century kid plays through video game history in chronological order?

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John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" 50th anniversary

Today marks the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, a masterpiece of hard bop, free jazz, and soulful spirituality. My family celebrated last night with the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church in a rousing service at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral.

Here is a 2012 NPR story about the 1964 recording: "The Story Of 'A Love Supreme'"

Those UFO houses

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In the late 1960s, UFO homes like Finnish architect Matti Suuronen's Futuro Houses were the ultimate in space age cool. Then the 1970s oil shortage happened and the cost of plastic took off, making the Futuro Houses even less practical than they already were. See more of the surviving structures over at Atlas Obscura.

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Mod TV commercial for Kodak Instamatic (1966)

From 1966, this far out mod commercial for the Kodak Instamatic camera with Flash Cubes!

Video: Tribute to space in cinema

Max Shishkin's montage of cinematic depictions of outer space, from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) to Interstallar (2014).

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Device to end airplane armrest battles

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The Soarigami is a plastic divider meant to extend and split the shared airplane armrest.

Company spokesperson Arthur Chang says, "We do anticipate some travelers to have issues with sharing, we feel like this is a great conversation starter."

Welp, you lost me there.

Soarigami (via CNN)

Robots that teach coding to kids

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At Backchannel, Andrew Leonard tells the story of Dash and Dot, two darling robots designed to help kids learn to code.

Dash’s real mission: to give kids a sense of agency in a world that is increasingly mysterious.

“The goal is for a child to look at an iPad not purely as a way to get and consume content, but as a way to make this other device — a robot — do phenomenal things," (says inventor Vikas Gupta). "The moment you do that, your appetite for what this device can do hopefully gets whetted and you want to do more. This is the path of curiosity that we want to take kids on. Where that journey takes them is an open question.”

"And a Child’s Robot Shall Lead Them" (Backchannel)

Edible electronics

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University of Wollongong researchers are developing edible electronics that are 3D printed from materials like gelatin.

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Super Nintendo vs Hip-Hop

Over at Cuepoint, an interview with legendary video game music composer David Wise (Donkey Kong Country, etc.) whose sounds are widely sampled by the likes of Drake, Childish Gambino, and countless hip hop and chiptune musicians.

Sloupek771 When we were working on Donkey Kong Country, we took a trip out to the Twycross Zoo, thinking that we could record some samples for of the monkeys. But they weren’t making much noise, until it was feeding time, and everyone was just going completely berzerk, and we couldn’t isolate the monkeys at all. It was a fun day, but a complete waste of time. We ended up having to get someone in the office make monkey sounds into the microphone.

On Like Donkey Kong: Super Nintendo vs Hip-Hop (Cuepoint)

Imaginary Foundation's incredible psychedelic fly-through

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The Imaginary Foundation's Cosmic Symbolism Fly-Through is far fucking out.

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National Geographic's camera hacker

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Kenji Yamaguchi is National Geographic's in-house camera hacker who mods lenses, builds "camera traps," and customizes gear of all kinds for the magazine's shooters in the field.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer cut from classic footage

The trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens remade using footage from the original trilogy.

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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The Wonder Years hit the Smithsonian

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Cast and crew from TV's The Wonder Years (1988-1993) donated iconic items to the American History Museum, home to such iconic television artifacts as The Fonz's leather jacket and Archie Bunker's chair.

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