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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.

Anatomy from candy

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Glasgow University Medical School student Mike McCormick, 27, creates incredible anatomy and biology diagrams from candy. @candyanatomy (Instagram)

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Pool scene from "Fast Times" in the age of scrambled subscription TV

Above, the classic pool scene from Fast Times at Ridgemont High as seen by late night TV viewers in 1984 who didn't subscribe to ABC's convoluted TeleFirst service involving scrambled broadcast TV, home VCRs, and set-top converter boxes. NSFW. Archived by the Museum of Chicago Classic Television.

From The Video Veteran:

(TeleFirst) Subscribers recorded major Hollywood films (many that were available to the home market for the first time anywhere) on their VCRs in a special scrambled form. Recordings were made in the middle of the night while the normal ABC feed was down and (Chicago's) WLS-TV was off the air.

For a price of about $4.00 (considerably cheaper than a tape rented at the local video store), the viewer could watch a first run movie that was being unscrambled by the matching signal code being transmitted by Telefirst through yet another of a long line of set top converters. The tapes were unplayable through a VCR without the converter and after a few days when the master code would change, unplayable on them as well.

(Thanks, Dustin Hostetler!)

NASA chief scientist bullish on ET evidence by 2045

screenshot "I think we're going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we're going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years," NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said during a panel discussion yesterday.

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Jack Off Jill returns for first show in 15 years

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Pioneering post-goth grrrl band Jack Off Jill whom I've adored since their early 1990s feral days in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, are reuniting for their first live show in 15 years to take place July 18 in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Happy 100th birthday, Billie Holiday!

It's Lady Day's centennial. Watch and listen.

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Animated interview with Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth)

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California Sunday created this lovely animated interview with Kim Gordon, bassist for Sonic Youth and author of the excellent Girl in a Band, her new memoir.

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Wonderfully gigantic street art of sleeping man

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Street artists Ella & Pitr painted this amazing massive piece in a Lyon, France rail yard. (Street Art News via Laughing Squid)

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Video of human-powered amusement park in Italy

And hour north of Venice, Italy is Ai Pipoppi, a restaurant whose backyard holds a wonderful array of human-powered rides within a kinetic art playground. Last weekend, Tom Scott made the trek and recorded this video.

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Punk rock takes on the Sunset Strip

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Over at Cuepoint, Greg Renoff tells how Hollywood's iconic 1960s rock club the Whisky a Go Go was revived in the 1970s by punk and New Wave.

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Watch: SNL takes the piss out of Scientology

We are proud to be Neurotology.

Photos of expecting parents, asleep

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Over at Vantage, Russian photographer Jana Romanova shares her striking photo series documenting the calm of expectant parents at rest.

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Video: Skydiver drops his Go-Pro

A skydiver in Kristianstad, Sweden dropped his Go-Pro camera mid-fall. Someone found the lost camera and posted the last recorded video to YouTube.

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Slap this guy in the face. With an eel.

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At eelslap.com, enjoy the oddly satisfying sensation of slapping a fellow in the face with an eel.

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Dog learning to walk with four prosthetic paws

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This is Brutus, a 2-year-old Rottweiler, who has four prosthetic paws.

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Video: Japan's "Cat Heaven Island" with more cats than people

Tashirojima is a small island in Japan with a population of less than 100 people, most of whom are elderly, and hundreds of stray cats. Directed by Landon Donoho. (via Devour)

Watch: Jewelry made from dead people's hair

Pratt jewelry professor Karen Bachman on how in the 18th century "wearing of a loved ones hair, encased in a locket, woven into a chain, or even framed in a wall, was a devotional act which kept the departed both physically and symbolically closer to the wearer." Directed by Ronni Thomas for the Morbid Anatomy Museum.

Amazon's #1 and #2 bestsellers are coloring books

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The top two bestselling books on Amazon right now are Johanna Basford's The Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, both coloring books for adults.

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