On Sunday, Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky nailed his scrotum to Red Square. It was an act of protest against what he called the "police state" of today's Russia. According to The Guardian
, "Pavlensky has a history of self-harming art, including sewing his lips together to protest against the jail sentences given to members of Pussy Riot and wrapping himself in barbed wire outside a Russian government building, which he said symbolised 'the existence of a person inside a repressive legal system.'"
La Düsseldorf was a German experimental band formed in 1976 by the late Klaus Dinger, formerly of Kraftwerk and Neu! Their hypnotic, trancy new wave sound influenced everyone from Brian Eno and David Bowie to Stereolab and Sonic Youth. Bowie once described La Düsseldorf as "the soundtrack of the eighties." Above is a video (unofficial) for their stunning track "Time," from their first and self-titled album La Düsseldorf. (via Ben Gibbard)
Bill Flowers, 93, of Nisqually Reservation, Washington, didn't know what to do when his dog Liberty brought home a curious gift last week: a human leg. So he buried it in his backyard. Eventually, his daughter convinced him to call the police. "I was afraid to call," Flowers told KOMO News
. "I'm 93 years-old. I didn't want to have to go to the pen for something I didn't do," Police have since located additional body parts in the woods nearby and are attempting to figure out the who and why behind the dismemberment.
This is a rarely-seen "pink fairy" armadillo that lives in western central Argentina. Chlamyphorus truncatus, the tiniest armadillo species on the planet, spends almost all of its time underground, making it hard for researchers to determine whether it's endangered or just very elusive. Scientists at Mendoza, Argentina's CONICET research center recently had the opportunity to study one in captivity and discovered that the animal doesn't "swim" through sand as previously suspected but rather "digs and then it backs up and compacts the sand with its butt plate.” (Science News)
Amazingly talented and frequently quirky alt.folk act Thao & The Get Down Stay Down orchestrated the first video production on the new East Span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. They were shut down by The Man but not before capturing enough footage to make this vid for "Feeling Kind" from their excellent LP "We The Common."
Over at Accidental Mysteries, John Foster posted several dark and unsettling vintage snapshots of clowns from his personal collection of vernacular photography. A celebration of coulrophobia! "Clowns Are Evil"
Valentin Squirelo and friends at HackerLoop built a miniature model of the flying house from UP! outfitted with a Raspberry Pi computer and floated it above Paris where it posted live photos to Instagram. This was particularly interesting because generally photos can only be uploaded to Instagram via the official iOS or Android app. HackerLoop worked around that limitation. HackerLoop's #Upstagram
Landscape photo? No. Painting? No. CGI? No. This is an astonishing example of Matthew Albanese's tabletop photography of his incredibly detailed miniature scenes. Below is a "behind-the-scenes" shot that will surprise and amaze.
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Star Wars: Episode VII will be released December 18, 2015.
"We're very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture," announced Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn over at StarWars.com.
JJ Abrams is of course directing and also writing the script with Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi.) Importantly, John Williams will score the new film!
"I've set myself the modest task of trying to explain the broad pattern of human history, on all the continents, for the last 13,000 years," says Jared Diamond, author of the deeply provocative books Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997), Collapse (2005), and The World Until Yesterday (2012) that span geography, anthropology, and ecology. I'm honored that tomorrow (Friday, 11/8) I'll have the opportunity to interview Diamond on stage at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco! The event starts at noon and the JCCSF has kindly provided us with the special code BOING that will give you a 50% discount on tickets. I hope to see you there! "Jared Diamond with Boing Boing's David Pescovitz"
You too can turn an old sweater into a comfy pair of swants! West Knits has a "Swants Tutorial." (Thanks, Brad Smith!)
In 1983, fine art photographer Laura Levine shot a Super-8 film in Athens, Georgia with a group of creative friends. It includes a clip of Michael Stipe singing Lou Reed's "Pale Blue Eyes." The film, titled "Just Like A Movie," is unreleased, but after Reed's tragic death last week, Levine decided to post that scene on YouTube. Levine says, "The song itself was recorded earlier that day on a Walkman, with Matthew Sweet on guitar."
Opening tonight at Seattle's Roq La Rue Gallery, Lindsey Carr's "La Petite Singerie," a wonderful collection of aristocratic primate portraits. Also hanging, Marco Mazzoni's "Naturama" sketchbook pages and pen drawings of animals. View the artwork online!
You know that awkward moment when you think you're getting your photo taken but the shooter accidentally has their camera set on video? From the Nottingham Trent Students Union, "here's a super awkward montage of lots of students mistaking our video camera for a stills camera."
The Vessel is a hanging bathtub. Designed by SplinterWorks, it's constructed from carbon fiber and empties out the bottom into a floor drain. Sadly, it does not swing. "The Hammock Bathtub" (Homes & Hues, via Neatorama)