Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the founding editor-in-chief of MAKE. He is editor-in-chief of Cool Tools and co-founder of Wink Books. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects



World’s oldest African penguin gets cancer surgery

Tess, a 40 year old African penguin who lives at the Pueblo Zoo in Colorado, has an aggressive skin cancer on her face. She was taken to Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where she was zapped with radiation. She seems to be recovering nicely, and is back at the zoo, swimming with her friends.

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Oklahoma and Nebraska ask Supreme Court to return legal weed to the black market

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Too many Oklahomans and Nebraskans are buying weed in Colorado and bringing it back home, and it has made the attorney generals in those states sad. They want Uncle Sam to take Colorado's legal weed away and give it back to the black market so that the drug cartels, corrupt government officials, and the prison industry can go back to business as usual.

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Minecraft creator buys $70 million house in Beverly Hills

In September Markus "Notch" Persson, the 35-year-old creator of Minecraft, sold his game company to Microsoft for $2.5 billion. This month, he spent 3% of it on a $70 million house in Beverly Hills.

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Mystery over square-shaped fire that started on sofa inside closed shop

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No one can explain how this square-shaped fire started on a sofa in a closed shop in London. A passer by noticed it and called it on.

Clyde Johnson, from the shop, said: “We’re very thankful to Mrs Patel for phoning the fire brigade but we still have no idea how it started. It’s a fire resistant sofa luckily so it minimised the fire but we don’t know if it was caused by a laser pointer or maybe a magnifying glass or just the sun shining in oddly. The police can’t figure it out either.”

Story an video here. [via]

WATCH: Man allegedly faked heart attack so friend could allegedly steal toys

Two men in Florida were arrested after police examined a surveillance video that showed one of the men leaving a Walmart with a shopping cart loaded with toys while another man laid on the floor near the exit clutching his chest. After the man with the shopping cart left the store, the other got up from the floor and walked out.

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Kevin Kelly's gift guide of cool toys

At Cool Tools Kevin Kelly presents 7 or 8 cool toy gift ideas. I'm excited to learn that there are a few new Perplexuses: the Rookie, the Twist, and the Epic.

Advertising characters exhibit at the SFO International Terminal

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Warren Dotz is the author of several excellent books about graphic design and advertising art. The SFO International Terminal is holding an exhibit of his collection of advertising characters. The show is called A World Of Characters and it runs until January 4.

WATCH: Funny videos about weird apartment neighbors

Jackie Jennings makes and stars in these videos about nutty apartment neighbors who come by to bug her.

Minecraft: The Complete Handbook Collection

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The beautiful packaging for Minecraft: The Complete Handbook Collection isn't the only wonderful thing about this box set.

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Lifehacks for sociopaths

"Unethical hacks are life hacks that will help you advance through life by taking advantage of loopholes in society." I'm thinking these could somehow be used to create a game in the vein of Cards Against Humanity.

A lawyer debunks five myths about beating traffic tickets

If a cop doesn't show up for court, your ticket will be dismissed: false. If you overpay your ticket by one penny the ticket will not go on your record: false. If your ticket has a mistake it is invalid: false. If you get a ticket in another state you can ignore it: false.

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A gallery of Adventure Time tattoos

See them all here.

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Congress ends federal ban on medical marijuana

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The federal spending measure passed this weekend, and one of the provisions in it "effectively ends the federal government's prohibition on medical marijuana and signals a major shift in drug policy," reports the LA Times. The provision forbids federal drug agents from raiding retail operations.

I asked Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, if this was as big of a deal as it seems to be. He said, “It’s an historic vote in the annals of marijuana law reform. The disconnect between Congress and the vast majority of Americans regarding federal interference with state medical marijuana laws at last is over.”

Image: Shutterstock

Watch: If Tim Burton directed a porn video

Edward Skimmerhands. Fairly safe for work.

A-Z illustrated list of CIA's torture program

Oscar Rickett and ​Krent Able created The A-Z of Torture for Vice.