Latest stories - David Pescovitz

17 Hours Ago   I hope Dustin gets a job at Spencer Gifts.

17 Hours Ago   Kareem Waris Olamilekan is a Nigerian artist who paints astounding hyperreal portraits. He's 11. From his Instagram @waspa_art: I am waspa the bitty artist Art is my calling It's in me I draw, paint and design.

18 Hours Ago   Mattress company Casper opened The Dreamery in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood. For $25, you get a 45 minute session in one of the nap pods. You can even borrow a pair of pajamas for your snooze.

18 Hours Ago   For centuries, many fine books have held a magical secret not within their pages but on the edges. Stunning fore-edge paintings are only visible when the book's pages are slightly fanned.

18 Hours Ago   For 25 years, my friend Kal Spelletich of Seemen and Survival Research Labs has lived and worked in a San Francisco warehouse studio where he's built myriad robots, fire machines, and sculptures, hosted music, art, and political action events, and provided support for more than 100 other artists, activists, and fringe characters.

3 Days Ago   Four men snatched $27,000 in laptops and iPhones from a busy Apple Store in Fresno, California. They were going through people and just grabbing stuff," Beckwith said Sunday.

3 Days Ago   There are only three Blockbuster video rental stores left in the United States and two of them, both in Alaska, will be shuttered next month. The lone Blockbuster will be the one in Bend, Oregon.

3 Days Ago   Spanish film director and cinematographer Segundo Chomón (1871-1929) was a pioneer of movie special effects, camera tricks, and optical illusions at the intersection of technology, art, and magic.

3 Days Ago   Above, the soundtrack for today, composed by Harry Manfredini in 1980 and covered by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross below. Here's another special bonus:

4 Days Ago   The US Drug Enforcement Agency has released its latest edition of "Slang Terms and Code Words: A Reference for Law Enforcement Personnel." Predictably, some of the terms are rather questionable.

4 Days Ago   Over at MAKE:, Bob Knetzger shows how to build your own miniature bagatelle with a clicking ballpoint pen providing the parts for the ball launcher. They’re ubiquitous: those clicking ballpoint pens.

4 Days Ago   Kicking off their joint tour, Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie offer this growling cover of The Beatles' "Helter Skelter." Over at Billboard, Gil Kaufman writes: A few months ago Zombie and Manson got together in Los Angeles to talk about the tour and hang out and Zombie suggested they should record something to celebrate the reunion.

6 Days Ago   "I swore to myself that if I ever got to walk around the room as manager, people would laugh when they saw me coming, and would applaud as I walked away."

6 Days Ago   Watch below as a stumbling man falls on the train tracks at Sydney's Berala station. Fortunately, a passer-by acted quickly. Very quickly. From 9News: Sydney Trains boss Howard Collins, a former driver, told 9NEWS that incidents like those “stop the hearts” of train operators who are unable to avoid a collision.

7 Days Ago   Matt Davies, a foley artist and sound designer for Studio Unknown, is a master of the slurping, squishy, groaning, gross sounds of horror movies. Zombies are his specialty.

7 Days Ago   In 2001, the Scottish Natural Heritage drew up a plan of action if the Loch Ness Monster were ever to be found. The code-of-practice is in the news again due to a a recent big effort to collect skin and scale samples from Loch Ness and compare those DNA sequences against known animals.

7 Days Ago   "Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.” - Roald Dahl (via DIGG)

10 Days Ago   Steve Ditko, the pioneering comic artist who co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, has died. He was 90 years old. From The Hollywood Reporter: In 1961, Ditko and Lee created Spider-Man.

10 Days Ago   In 1994, Brazilian singer Vânia Bastos released this scorching cover of Sade's "Sweetest Taboo" sung in Portuguese. Most recently, the track is included on the new compilation "Onda De Amor: Synthesized Brazilian Hits That Never Were (1984-94)" from Soundway records.

10 Days Ago   From Cartoon Research: Brilliance, a 30-second commercial for canned food... was first shown during the January 1984 Super Bowl. Brilliance was sponsored by the Canned Food Information Council through Ketchum Advertising, which commissioned the Hollywood special effects company Robert Abel & Associates to produce it.

10 Days Ago   Tommy Lee Deep plays a lovely solo bass cover of The Cranberries' “Zombie." And as a bonus, Deep's version of Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box": (via Laughing Squid)

11 Days Ago   Lions ate at least two rhinoceros poachers trespassing on a game preserve in Kenton-on-Sea, South Africa. Along with the poachers' remains, rangers found a high-powered rifle and axe.

11 Days Ago   The Overlook Hotel is a deeply creepy and strange "sequel" to The Shining made entirely from clips from myriad horror films. Directed by Antonio Maria Da Silva who is best known for the excellent edit Hell's Club (2015).

11 Days Ago   Oregon State Representative Janelle Bynum, who is running for reelection, was canvassing in Clackamas County when one of her constituents called the police. Why? According to Bynum's Facebook post, the resident thought she was acting suspiciously "going door to door and spending a lot of time typing on (her) cell phone after each house." She praised the deputy who responded for being professional, and said she asked him if she could meet the woman who made the call, but she was not available.

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