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



Mid Century rocking chair project

Mid-Century Rocking ChairOliver Frantelle, from Paris, built this Mid Century rocking chair from the instructions in my book, Maker Dad. He says: "We had so much fun that I wanted to report. First, it looks real cool. Second, it’s comfortable and cozy. Third, it makes my neighbors jealous!" Im jealous, too, Oliver -- yours looks a lot better than the ones I built!

Is moth wing pattern a sign from God or Satan?

puzzling-mothWhen Yvonne Esquilin of Georgetown, Texas found a moth in her house, she interpreted its wing pattern as a sign from God.

"At first it looked like Jesus and I still think it looks like Jesus," she told KXAN news.

After her family shared photos of the moth on social media networks, some people said the image resembles Satan.

“People also saw an image of the Devil which is kind of creepy but after staring at it for so long it almost looks like it,” said Esquilin.

Who is right???

(Via CN)

Frank Sinatra’s 1963 Playboy interview

I like Frank Sinatra's music. I didn't know he was so articulate and well-read, though. Go get 'em, Blue Eyes!

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Adafruit's pink vinyl record

Our friends at Adafriuit, makers of cool electronic kits and components, have announced their first vinyl record: Frequency by Bartlebeets. They say it's the "soundtrack to your soldering." They are giving away the digital version at the link above.

WATCH: trailer for documentary about Batman star Adam West

Starring Adam West is a profile of the actor who portrayed Batman in the 1966 television series, became instantly world famous, and then hit a brick wall with his career. Adam Mangels says: "This documentary is currently available for streaming on Encore Play and on Encore On Demand on most cable and satellite systems. Same bat-time, same bat-channel!)

LISTEN: A conversation with cartoonists Gabrielle Bell and Ruben Bolling

Mark caught up with two of his favorite cartoonists, Gabrielle Bell, who has a new autobiographical book out, called Truth is Fragmentary, and Ruben Bolling, who announced his upcoming series of illustrated kids’ books, called Emu Club Adventures.

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Friday fun: make a paradox card

paradox-cardThe amusement I get from looking at this weird-looking card is worth more than the 60 seconds it took me to make it. No tape, glue, or hidden cuts are needed. If you can't figure out how to make one, someone in the comments will show you how to do it.

WATCH: Profile of a porn video sound effects creator

In this short mockumentary, we meet foley artist Grant Meyers, who uses raw meat, toilet plungers, junk food, and his own voice to make sound effects for porn videos.

Cover for new edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: "creepy, sexualized, inappropriate garbage”

Commenters on Penguin’s Facebook page have called the cover for new edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ‘creepy,’ ‘sexualized’ and ‘inappropriate garbage.'”

In the New Yorker, Margaret Talbot says pretty much the same thing:

You can imagine what the designers were getting at. Dahl is darker and edgier than most beloved children’s authors. In “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” the obnoxious children suffer ignominious comeuppances—one falls into a filthy garbage chute; another blows up like a giant blueberry—and these are observed with sadistic glee by Willy Wonka and the author alike. The trouble is that the designers went for the wrong sort of darkness. One thing that Dahl’s books for children are not is sexually perverse, or indeed sexual at all. (His macabre stories for adults, which sometimes feature sexual cruelty, are another matter.) And if the Stepford daughter on the cover is meant to remind us of Veruca Salt or Violet Beauregarde, she doesn’t: those badly behaved squirts are bubbling over with rude life.

This will always be the only cover for me:

Previously: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's creepy new cover

Adorable cluster of fungus gnat larvae crossing the sidewalk

Cute overload!

Hysteria - new psychological thriller from Shaun Cassidy starring Mena Suvari

The pilot for the new Amazon series Hysteria looks good and creepy. It's about an epidemic that seems to be transmitted via social media.

Hysteria takes viewers to Austin, Texas where social connection has become contagious. In the pilot, members of a girls’ competitive dance team are stricken with a strange, psycho-physiological illness that manifests itself in violent fits and spasms and then begins spreading in the community through technology. Neurologist Logan Harlen (played by Mena Suvari) returns to her hometown to investigate the cause.

Fighting her own demons and the growing manipulation of a brother on death row, Logan develops an uneasy suspicion that the hysteria surrounding the girls might actually be linked to social media and her own tragic past.

Hysteria is written by Shaun Cassidy, who is known for genre thrillers such as Invasion and American Gothic, and directed by Otto Bathurst, who won the BAFTA Award for his work on the critically-acclaimed U.K. mini-series Peaky Blinders.

The show also stars James McDaniel (Orange Is The New Black) as “Carl Sapsi,” Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises) as “Ray Ratajeck,” Adan Canto (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as “Matt Sanchez,” Laura San Giacomo (Saving Grace) as “Grace Pelayo” and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy) as “Carter Harlen.” The show is written by Cassidy, who is also Executive Producer alongside Adam Schroeder, Sharon Hall, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Bryan Zuriff, and Bathurst.

Simple cigar box guitar kit

C.B. Gitty's "Pure & Simple" cigar box kit sounds and looks great. It's easy to make, and uses a unique bridge that goes around the neck to press against the cigar box to make it nice and loud. Only $60!

Per capita consumption of margarine linked to divorce rate in Maine


Divorce rate in Maine correlates with per capita consumption of margarine (US) (Via Pickover)

Medical marijuana linked to reduction in drug overdose rates

Science News: "Death rates from overdoses on prescription painkillers or heroin and other illicit drugs appear to be an average of 24.8 percent lower in states with medical marijuana laws than in states without the laws."

WATCH: Speed bump overdose

My daughter's British friend told me speed bumps are called "sleeping policemen" in the UK.