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



Dick Cavett & Al Jaffee talk cartooning in a limo

Jeff Newelt says: "Here's a video of a deep sublime conversation between Dick Cavett and Al Jaffee about cartooning... in a limo!"

Jeff wrote about the meeting in Heeb

Favorite self-tracking apps and the best mushroom book

In this week’s episode of the Cool Tools Show, Gary Wolf, Co-founder of Quantified Self, shows us how his favorite Quantified Self inspired apps help him stay consistent, motivated and aware about his most important daily routines. If you’re struggling to keep your healthy habits in check, this week’s episode may help you diagnose where those dips in motivation are coming from.

Kit that lets you build a "chaos machine"

My friend William Gurstelle told me: "Remember when you assigned me the Make magazine story about the Chaotic Double Pendulum? Well, I always thought that was one of my very best projects. About two years ago, I invented a toy based on that project and called it the Chaos Machine. I've been working with Fat Brain Toys on the project for quite a while and lo and behold, as of today, we're ready to go.

Chaos Machine ($40)

This is a painted wood sculpture

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Amazing carved and painted wood sculptures from artist Tom Eckert.

My sculptures are formed entirely of wood and then painted. I use traditional processes to carve, construct, laminate and paint my pieces. The woods I prefer working with are basswood, linden and limewood (all very similar) chosen because they carve and paint well and are very stable. Coming from a painting and drawing background, I am still interested in applying some of those techniques to my sculptures... “Cloth” carved of wood has much different structural qualities than real cloth. When this idea is applied to my compositions (floating book, floating cards, floating rock) a sense of the impossible happens - for me, magic.

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The check engine light is the single stupidest warning light in existence

Doug DeMuro of Jalopnik explains the problem with the check engine light. (Experienced drivers solve it with a strip of electrical tape.)

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Fun with guns: the art of the arcade target

targetBen Marks says of Collector's Weekly says: "Did you know that in the good old days, when you paid a quarter for five shots in a shooting gallery, the guy behind the counter would hand you a .22 rifle loaded with real bullets? Neither did I. We just interviewed Richard and Valerie Tucker, who have written a book called Step Right Up! on the cast-iron targets people would shoot at, which have become quite collectible."

Points were tallied when a target was struck, knocked over, or sent spinning in place when shot on one side or the other. From the shooter’s point of view, the arcade was a game of skill. From the standpoint of the carny who was pocketing quarters from the great unwashed, not so much. A horse carrying a rider wouldn’t just move from right to left, it would rock, making it more difficult to hit the rider. But the most deceptive targets were some of the spinners, some of which featured extra-thick bases compared to the ones they might be placed next to, making them all but impossible to turn from the impact of a .22 alone. “On some of those,” says Richard, “you’d almost need a bazooka to make it spin. When you see these things head on, you really don’t realize how thick they are, and how difficult it would be to create a winner.”

Fun with guns: the art of the arcade target

A smart way to make even stitches when hand sewing

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Novelty ukuleles

Celentano Woodworks makes novelty ukuleles and sells them on Etsy. The Atom Uke is sold out, but check out the apple, pickle jar, and cupcake ukes.

Infographic about kinds of TV shows

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I hope cartoonist John Atkinson does more of these spot-on TV show timelines.

HBO to air "bombshell" Scientology documentary

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How many lawyers does it take make a documentary about the Church of Scientology?

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The best elevator in Russia

"To call the elevator, connect the two wires." [via]

Hot Spice live at the Ramada Inn

Boing Boing favorites Hot Spice will be kicking out the jams at the Ramada Inn's "In Spot" on Highway 34 and S. Locust. I can feel my temperature rising already.

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The new Kindle Voyage and the best portable scanner

This week, Mark, Xeni and Jason talk about their new gadgets for archival scanning and e-reading.

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Flowers, fetishism, felines, and females of Nobuyoshi Araki

Araki by Araki is a massively thick book that bares the soul of an artist who has no agenda other than to share his eclectic obsessions. As he states in the interview that runs in the book, “I don’t have anything to say. There is no special message in my photos.”

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Emoji for sexting

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 12.11.52 PMFlirtmoji. I don't understand what some of these are.