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Life Outside the Box #1 – David Pescovitz

– Carl Bidleman

Doug and I are TV guys who started working in this web world over two years ago and I’m amazed at how much of my life I now spend in front of a computer. 10-11 hours a day, six days a week. It seems way out of whack and I got to wondering how others who make their living in the virtual world get reconnected to the real one. So today we’re launching a new video blog series we call Life Outside the Box. In the coming days and weeks we’ll post conversations with Rhett Butler of Mongabay.com, David Allen Ibsen of 5 Blogs Before Lunch, Mindy Roberts of The Mommy Blog, Scott Beale of Laughing Squid and Natalie Zee Drieu of craftzine.com about places where they love to spend their precious time. But we’re very pleased to inaugurate the series with a guy we’ve come to like very much, David Pescovitz. David is an editor of Boing Boing, one of the most popular blogs on the internet that bills itself “a directory of wonderful things.” The editors report on internet esoterica, anomalies, and curiosities across an insanely wide range of topics, from innovative technology and contemporary art to culture and weird science. The only filter is “interestingness.” And interestingness is exactly what David shared with Doug at one of his favorite off-line places, the Musee Mecanique on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, home of the legendary Laughing Sal. Have a look.

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4 Responses to “Life Outside the Box #1 – David Pescovitz”

  1. Bonnie Says:

    Excellent segment! I love Musee! And David Pescovitz (and BoingBoing in general) is awesome. So thanks! ;-)

  2. Bill Buchanan Says:

    Doug is at it again, leading us into the nooks and crannies, both urban and wild we otherwise would miss. My office is a few miles from Musee Mecanique and I never knew it was there. A week ago, I read a comment by a forest ranger regarding declining visits by kids to our natural wonders: Yosemite, Death Valley, Lassen, Shasta, the High Sierra. Have they all been seduced by iPods and Blackberries? Keep us seeking the far horizon, Doug.

    Bill Buchanan

  3. Doug Says:

    Thanks Bonnie. I agree, David and BoingBoing really are terrific. We had a lot of fun with him and Dan Zelinsky at the Musee. Both are ready to take over this OpenRoad work whenever they want…..or at least join me. I’m having too much fun to quit yet. And Bill, I really appreciate the comment and the sentiment. Nothing wrong with technology….as long as we also get ourselves and our kids into nature’s universe, too, whether it’s far away or in our own neighborhoods and backyards. We look forward to passing along what we find out….and hearing what others have to share. Dogs included. We are an equal species publisher.

  4. Jim Thorpe Says:

    My wife and I have visited San Francisco a number of times in recent years and each time we find our way to Fisherman’s Wharf and Musee Mecanique. This entry revived many great memories of these visits. A wonderful place which reminds us of times past and the ingenuity of our forebears!

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