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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

Chicago cops deleted footage from Burger King security camera, says manager


On October 20, 2014 a Chicago police officer fired his gun 16 times into 17-year old Laquan McDonald, killing him (no weapons were found on McDonald). Jay Darshane, a Burger King district manager, says that later that evening four or five police officers came into a nearby Burger King restaurant and asked to see the footage from a security camera. When they left, 86 minutes of the recording had been erased.

"We had no idea they were going to sit there and delete files," Darshane said.

"I mean we were just trying to help the police officers."

The missing video, all sides agree, would not have shown the actual shooting but attorney’s for McDonald’s family contend it could have shown events leading up to the shooting.

"Our first time down at the Burger King restaurant when we started talking to employees, watching the Burger King video, when we realized video had been deleted, or is missing, absolutely we knew something was up," said [McDonald family attorney] Jeff Neslund.

Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority acknowledges that the 86 minutes are missing but a spokesman for the Independent Police Review Authority said: "We have no credible evidence at this time that would cause us to believe the Chicago Police Department purged or erased any surveillance video." (The Independent Police Review Authority is a joke, according to Locke Bowman, director of the Roderick MacArthur Justice Center.)

Image: Photo collage based on image from Anthony92931 CC BY-SA 3.0

Man has marble addiction

A 72-year-old gent has been fascinated with marbles for 60 years. Each of the 1500 marbles he owns has a label and a place to keep it.

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The $100 Peachy 3D Printer is amazing

peachy$100 buys you a snap-fit 3D printer. Whitney Hipolite of says the resin-based Peachy Printer is "amazing."

One of the great things about the Peachy Printer is that since it is only available in kit form, it can can be completely customized to the size you want. The build volume can be modified depending on the size of an object you need printed, and even the color resins can be mixed in order to create new colors. Want a yellow-green color? Then mix the perfect amount of yellow and green. Peachy Printer will offer 8 completely mixable colors.

How to make a tiny BBQ grill from an Altoids tin

Instructables contributor vmspionage posted instructions for making this tiny grill. It uses a single charcoal briquette. Fire it up, keep it in your pocket, and pull it out whenever you find a marshmallow!

"Oops!" U.S. military mistakenly ships live anthrax to nine state labs and South Korea


"Oh, yeah -- remember that jar o' anthrax we mailed you last week? We forgotted to deactivate it. Don't use it, OK?" -- U.S. military warns nine U.S. states and a U.S. air base in South Korea that the anthrax they sent them for testing was live and very deadly.

Chicago prankster makes awesome flyers comparing artists to rats

artistsrats A Chicago based artist/rat spotted this excellent prank flyer on a phone pole in Chicago. He has so far managed to avoid eating any of the artist bait that's been left out for him and his kind.

Here's the one story to read to learn about Silk Road


Joshuah Bearman wrote an epic story about the rise and fall of the black market commerce site Silk Road. He dug deep to produce a fantastic, enthralling story. Here's what he told me about it:

This was a challenging story to write, because it was an ongoing federal investigation, with a pending trial, but I (rather luckily) managed to get inside both the Silk Road, the various law enforcement agencies trying to bring it down, and people close to Ross, to understand him more. It was always a good story, but as it unfurled just got more layered and exciting. The piece is 20,000 words! Longest thing Wired has ever published. And in two-parts, which they've never done. I wrote this thing like a non-fiction novella, and people seem to be responding to it well, even the cliffhanger and waiting for Part 2.

The Rise and Fall of Silk Road, Part 1

Image: Tomer Hanuka

Learn about the latest self-tracking tech at the 2015 Quantified Self Expo in SF, 6/20/2015

QS15/Activate Expo Trailer from Erica Tanamachi on Vimeo.

In 2007, my friends Gary Wolf and Kevin Kelly founded the Quantified Self. The purpose is to investigate and share technologies and practices to help people understand themselves. This June, QSers from around the world are gathering for a massive show and tell. The one-day expo is just $25 for the full day.

The Quantified Self Exposition will open its doors on June 20, 2015, at Herbst Pavilion in San Francisco, with 30,000 square feet of amazing exposition space highlighting the wearable devices and apps that give you intimate and direct feedback about yourself, from how you sleep, eat, and exercise, to what triggers fear and joy.

The Quantified Self Exposition is for everyone interested in understanding where technology is going and how it's affecting our lives. If you're an inventor, artist, scientist, engineer, doctor, nurse, athlete, entrepreneur, journalist, designer, policy maker or just interested in how sensors, data, and “very personal computing” can be used to understand ourselves and the world around us, please join us for this amazing event. From advanced sports performance to nutrition, emotion, learning, and health, the Quantified Self Exposition is about discovery!

Bring your 3D printers to Meltdown comics for a Dan Clowes toy-printing event

clowes-1Professional toy designer Ryan Whearty has come up with several cool 3D designs featuring the Meltdown Comics mascot, which was designed by cartoonist Daniel Clowes. To celebrate the Daniel Clowes book launch event at Meltdown in Los Angeles on June 5th, the store is inviting owners of 3D printers to bring their machines to the store and participate in a group toy-printing session.

If you'd like to participate, send email to





5-port USB charger comes with 2 AC outlets


Bring along this 5-port USB charger with 2 AC outlets when you stay at a hotel, and you'll have ready access to AC and USB power. This model doubles as a phone/tablet stand, too.

Xeni chats with All In's Chris Hayes about appropriation artist Richard Prince's Instagram screenshot art


Xeni made some great points about appropriation artist Richard Prince's Instagram screenshot art tonight on All In. Prince's biggest (and perhaps only real) crime, said Xeni, is that his latest show is terribly boring. “[It’s] like watching your dad try to rap”

How to get that silver-mouthed Warboy look without dying from paint fumes



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Son of China's richest man thinks two gold Apple Watches is enough for his dog

27-year-old Wang Sicong is the son of Wang Jianlin, worth about $34 billion dollars.

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The Kindle finally gets typography that doesn't suck

Bookerly is much more bookerly than the old Kindle typefaces.

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Porn actors must wear protective goggles during shoots: California safety standard


California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health has issued a set of safety standards for all California porn production sets. The 21-page standards presentation (PDF) goes into graphic detail about the safety precautions that are to be undertaken when adult video actors perform various acts.

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What it's like to take a brain-enhancing drug every day for a week in Colombia


"Within about 20 minutes, and after a cup of coffee, I could feel it. A coursing through my veins, like my blood was pumping at full blast, but being kept under control by some external monitoring force. Throughout the day, I found myself picking up conversational cues in the Spanish being spoken around me—I speak very little of it—and sort of felt like my eyesight had gotten one of those rear-view mirror side extenders you see in cabs and on the Buicks of the elderly. Nothing overwhelming, just... there. In every way." -- Dan McCarthy of the Daily Beast visits Colombia, where the nootropics flow more freely than cocaine.

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Putin foe's grave sudden illness: "spoiled yogurt" or "something else" to blame


Vladimir Kara-Murza of the anti-Putin, pro-democracy Open Russia movement is in a Moscow hospital after he suddenly fell unconscious.

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