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

Minecraft Creeper apron

The Wild Bunny made this excellent Minecraft Creeper apron.

Teller's latest video about living in a zombie world

Since 2008 Teller (Penn's partner) has been making a video show about living in a zombie infested world. His latest episode, the fifth in the series, was posted today.

Anti-violence activists charged in violent attack

ardeno"Two 'Stop the Violence' organizers allegedly beat one of their colleagues so severely that he vomited blood and was left unconscious in critical condition." -- AP

Cat grooming bag doubles as feline gimp suit

Fortunately, my three cats are happy to sit in my lap while I trim their nails, so I don't have to put them in this miniature gimp suit.

History of spirit communication devices

Ben Marks of Collectors Weekly says: "Just in time for Halloween, my colleague Lisa Hix has written a lengthy history of Spiritualism, séances, planchettes, and Ouija boards. One of the many people she interviewed was Brandon Hodge, who collects planchettes and other "spirit-communication" devices."

Séance sitters, while they might be very religious, would also arrive expecting a certain amount of titillation. “The intimacy of the séance is one thing that drives not only the popularity of mediums—particularly when they’re attractive young women like Florence Cook, or Kate or Maggie Fox—but also the popularity of the planchette and, later, the talking boards,” Hodge says. “Everyone’s seated around a table. The lights are dimmed. You place your fingers on the table, and everyone overlaps pinkies. You’ve got a woman prancing around the room in a glow-in-the-dark muslin sheet and nothing else on underneath. And they would say, ‘No, really, reach out and touch the ghost. You can feel her.’ How many people got to feel up a woman in the 1870s in public with permission—with their neighbors watching?”

Ted Cruz admits "love" for electronic vibrating device

“Those are his personal choices. I’ll tell you, I love my iPhone,” Cruz said about Tim Cook's announcement that he is gay.

"Cat in a Cardboard Box" by Hine

catinboxHine Mizushima is an illustrator, slow crafter, and puppet stop-motion video artist. We've shown her work on Boing Boing many times. I love her Flickr feed, where she shows her latest creations, like "Cat in a Cardboard Box."

Easily find top rated movies on Netflix

What Is On Netflix? ranks movies based on ratings from Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB and presents a simple list. This will come in handy.

Neighbors unhappy about mothball-covered driveway

A Florida woman covered her driveway with at least 400 mothballs in the hope that it will prevent dogs from crapping in her yard. Neighbors are upset.

"It started off with just a few and now it's got over 400 or more," Dana Nicol said. "She drives back and forth and crushes them up with her car to make them stink even more." Neighbour Kim Bristol said she filed a complaint with the city, accusing the neighbour of causing a health hazard.


The Joy of Fix: Fixing and making feels good

"Inspired by the life-changing sex manual of the 1970s, [Sugru] wants to help millions more people experience the true joy that comes from a fulfilling fix life."

Catnip joints for cats

Of course! They're $10 for five. [via]

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WATCH: Japanese doll maker at work

Many thanks to Andreas for sharing this lovely video of a doll maker in Japan.

Big Magic for Little Hands - new magic trick book for kids

Written by magician Joshua Jay, Big Magic for Little Hands is a pleasingly giant-sized book of 25 tricks for kids ages 7 and up. Jay is also the author of Magic: The Complete Course, which I bought a few months ago and have learned quite a bit from.

These are tricks that require little prep time and dexterity yet are guaranteed to deliver a big payoff. The large format, oversized text, and black-and-white vintage-style illustrations make Big Magic particularly easy to follow and kid-friendly. Here’s how to levitate your sibling several feet off a bed. Escape Houdini-like from tightly bound ropes. There are also impromptu effects that can be performed anytime, anywhere, like Spook-Key, in which an antique key mysteriously rotates in your hand. Each easy-to-perform feat is clearly illustrated with step-by-step drawings and accompanied by insider tips.

Big Magic for Little Hands: 25 Astounding Illusions for Young Magicians

TSA supervisor confiscates raygun belt buckle -- because terrorism!

A TSA supervisor confiscated Sean Malone's toy ray gun belt buckle at the airport. Malone described the encounter:

"You understand that this is a belt buckle, right? It is not a danger to the safety of anyone nor is it against the law to carry. I have also traveled with this belt buckle all over the country and it's never been a problem. So please explain to me how exactly you would justify taking it."

Her response was to suggest a hypothetical scenario. "What if", she postulated, "you take this object out of your bag and point it - like a gun - at a police officer? He would have no choice to assume that it was a gun, and take action against you."

Now... Let's leave aside for a second that the entire premise behind this argument is that police officers are too dumb and hopped up on their own power that they can't recognize a dangerous weapon from a belt buckle in the shape of a 1950's toy ray gun. I'm glad she recognized this reality, but I don't think she really processed what it says about law enforcement in America. But leaving that aside... Why in the hell would I ever take my belt buckle and point it at a police officer?

To this, she had no answer.

Malone stood his ground, and after insisting that the supervisor talk to *her* supervisor, his belt buckle was returned.

Investigator in Secret Service prostitution scandal resigns after being caught in a prostitution scandal of his own

The Department of Homeland Security revealed that David Nieland, an "investigator leading the internal review of the Secret Service’s 2012 prostitution scandal quit in August — because he was caught in a prostitution scandal of his own."

Sheriff’s deputies in Broward County, Fla., saw David Nieland, the investigator, entering and leaving a building they had under surveillance as part of a prostitution investigation, according to officials briefed on the investigation. They later interviewed a prostitute who identified Mr. Nieland in a photograph and said he had paid her for sex.

Mr. Nieland resigned after he refused to answer a series of questions from the Department of Homeland Security inspector general about the incident, the officials said.

Investigator in Secret Service Prostitution Scandal Resigns