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David Pescovitz

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

Fantastic aerial video of crowd filling NYC park for free movie

A 40th floor view of the crowd instantly filling NYC's Bryant Park on Sunday night for a free showing of Ghostbusters.

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Kronos Quartet's Terry Riley Festival this weekend in San Francisco!

This year, minimalist music pioneer Terry Riley celebrates his 80th birthday and in his honor, my favorite avant-garde classical group Kronos Quartet are honoring Riley with a three-day festival starting on Friday in San Francisco!

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The best (stop-motion) karate fight you've ever seen

The action starts around 25 seconds in.

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Comic about the invention of The Slinky

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Over at Backchannel, Andy Warner's delightful comic about how a naval engineer invented The Slinky.

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Dick Van Patten, "Eight Is Enough" dad, RIP

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Dick Van Patten who famously played Tom Bradford on TV's "Eight Is Enough" (1977-1981) and also appeared in several Mel Brooks movies, Westworld, Soylent Green, I Remember Mama, and many other movies and TV shows died today at 86.

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Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories' Lenore Edman on women in maker culture

I asked Lenore Edman, the founder of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories, the open source hardware, hobby electronics, and robotics company, to write a Medium post about what it's like being a badass female maker. Her comments are inspired and inspiring. From Medium:

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My hope for young women is that they’ll find meaningful work in an environment where they can flourish. It doesn’t matter to me if they choose a technical field, but it does matter deeply that they know they could choose one. For that to happen, it will take deliberate work on the part of all of us who work in technology to make our communities welcoming. There are many efforts going on toward this, and I think the maker communities have a wealth to share.

"Flourishing in the Maker Community"

And of course, check out Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories

Shark cloud eats other clouds

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Yeah, yeah, pareidolia, but damn that's amazing.

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Fascinating guide to antique space maps (Also, the Earth is square)

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Above, a map of the "Square and Stationary Earth" (1893) by a Professor Orlando Ferguson of Hot Springs, South Dakota.

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AP: photos of Ted Cruz with gun pointed at head not intended to be negative

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Oops.

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Incredible tiny tentacles for microrobots

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This is microrobotic tentacle grabbing an ant. Iowa State University engineers developed the spiraling microrobotic pneumatic tentacles, just 8 millimeters long and less than a hundredth of an inch wide, as a delicate gripper for tiny medical robots that could manipulate tissue or even blood vessels inside our bodies.

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Green plastic army men remade in sterling silver

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Good Art Hlywd remade the classic green army men toy figures in sterling silver.

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How to ship a giant squid from New Zealand to New York City

The American Museum of Natural History sorted it out.

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See early designs for Marty McFly's Back to the Future 2 hoverboard

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In 1986, Industrial Light and Magic artist John Bell designed what would become an icon of Hollywood futurism, Marty McFly's Hoverboard from Back To The Future 2.

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Jean-Luc Picard that you can dance to

Star Trek: TNG's Jean-Luc Picard drops knowledge over Eclectic Method.

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Recursive sidewalk sale sign

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Such a great deal, I should buy ∞ of them!

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How to jump start a car with AA batteries

"Your car battery is dead and you like a boost to jump start? Maybe you can use AA batteries to crank the engine..."

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Check out the world's first drum machine, The Rhythmicon (1931)

The Ryhthmicon was the world's first drum machine, built in the 1930s by Leon Theremin (of Theremin fame) for avant grade composer Henry Cowell.

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