David Pescovitz

David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner. He's also a research director at Institute for the Future. On Instagram, he's @pesco.

Insurance company pays lawsuit settlement in coins

Adriana's Insurance settled a lawsuit filed by Andres Carrasco of Los Angeles by paying him $21,000, but they delivered it in paint buckets filled with coins.

From the Los Angeles Times:

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Gallo initially thought the coin delivery was a joke, so he tried contacting the company for a check.

But he says the company told him they were not issuing a check.

Photo series: California trailer park

6 Fine art photographer David Waldorf photographed the residents of a trailer park in Sonoma, California.

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Bright golden bat

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Named after King Midas, the Myotis midastactus golden bat that calls Bolivia's tropical savanna home was recently determined to be its own unusual species.

“Apparently it isn’t related to camouflage, because two other species of Myotis that occur in the same area are consistently darker and use similar [daytime] roosts,” Oswaldo Crus Foundation wildlife biologist Ricardo Moratelli told National Geographic.

The bat's curious coloring may be a result of its particular insect diet.

Video: World Yo-Yo Champion

World Yo-Yo Champion Gentry Stein in action.

Amazing Stories: The Giant 35th Anniversary Issue, reprinted

Amazing Stories: The Giant 35th Anniversary Issue is a new reprint of a classic 1961 issue of the highly-influential science fiction magazine started in 1926 by Hugo Gernsback. It's just $4 for Kindle and $9 in paperback!

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Smart Bricks: Giant Lego-like blocks for buildings

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The idea behind Smart Bricks is that giant Lego-like blocks could be used to build houses, building, and bridges. Video below. (via Smithsonian)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's creepy new cover

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The cover art for the forthcoming Penguin Modern Classic edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is deeply freaky.

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If Mad Max rode a moped...

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The Motoped Survival Bikeis a combination mountain bike and moped outfitted with a crossbow, tomahawk, shovel, knives, tools, climbing equipment, and everything else you might desire in a post-apocalyptic two-wheeler.

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Pesco in D.C. 8/22-8/24 at Intervention geek creativity con

The weekend of August 22-24, I'll be in Washington, DC speaking at Intervention, a conference about geek creativity online, from comics, games, and blogs to videos and podcasts! Mark participated last year and had a terrific time, so I'm really looking forward to it. From the conference description:
OwlandcoffeethumbIntervention is different from every other event you have ever been to. Our name is the combination of the words “Internet” and “Convention” but the significance is deeper than that. The entire idea of this event is to Intervene and Inspire everyone to live a more creative, geeky, and fun life within the welcoming scope of a traditional geek convention.
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Microsoft's 1994 home page

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Microsoft has recreated its first home page, from 1994. From Microsoft's The Fire Hose blog:

In 1994, among the reasons Microsoft started a website was to put its growing Knowledge Base online. At the time, the company managed support forums for customers on CompuServe, one of the earliest major Internet dial-up service providers.

“We had started to build up a community there; people would answer questions for each other,” recalls Mark Ingalls, a Microsoft engineer in 1994 who would become Microsoft.com’s first administrator. He was also the only website employee at that time, other than his boss. But the staff doubled early on, when Steve Heaney was hired to offer vacation relief, Ingalls says.

In terms of “Web design,” the notion, much less the phrase, didn’t really exist.

“There wasn’t much for authoring tools,” Ingalls says. “There was this thing called HTML that almost nobody knew.” Information that was submitted for the new Microsoft.com website often came to Ingalls via 3-1/2-inch floppy disks.

“Steve Heaney and I put together PERL scripts that handled a lot of these daily publishing duties for us,” he says. “For a while, we ran the site like a newspaper, where we published content twice a day. And if you missed the cutoff for the publishing deadline, you didn’t get it published until the next running of the presses, or however you want to term it.”

Murderer Patricia Krenwinkel's "Life After Manson"

"My Life After Manson": Patricia Krenwinkel talks from prison about her experience in the Manson Family on the 45th anniversary of the Tate-Labianca Murders.

New IBM chip inspired by human brain

In the journal Science, IBM researchers report on a new computer chip that mimics the way the human brain recognizes patterns by leveraging an architecture they describe as "1 million programmable spiking neurons and 256 million configurable synapses."

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Self-folding origami robot crawls around

MIT and Harvard researchers developed a laser-cut robot that when powered up folds itself into a 3D shape and walks away.

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Science and tech prints ads from the 50s-60s

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Bustbright's Flickr feed contains an inspiring collection of more than 1,500 beautifully-designed ads from 1950s and 1960s science and technology magazines.

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Video: Eric Standley's incredible laser cut paper sculptures

Eric Standley, the artist known for his insanely intricate laser-cut paper sculptures, explains his breathtaking work.

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