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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

In the market for a spork? Try the Toaks


[UPDATE: Here's my review of the other stuff I carry in my little flight case.] When I travel on business, I often buy takeout food from Whole Foods or a similar supermarket and bring it back to my room to eat while I binge watch a show on my iPad. Instead of using plastic cutlery, I use the Toaks titanium spork ($9).

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Be in a Treehouse: design and construction tips for arboreal living

Thanks to his TV show, Treehouse Masters, Pete Nelson is probably the best-known treehouse designer and builder in America.

His book, Be in a Treehouse, has photos of 27 beautiful treehouses from around the world, including many of his own design. He includes sketches, design notes, tips, and general observations useful to anyone contemplating building their own backyard treehouse.

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Will people on the street drink raw eggs like Rocky Balboa?

eggsRob Cockerham says: "I set up a table in Sacramento and challenged people to drink raw eggs like Rocky does in the movie. 60 eggs gone in less than two hours. I could have easily given out 100 more that night.

New Robert Williams art book signing this weekend in Los Angeles


Bob Self says: "Godfather of Lowbrow (although he prefers the term "Feral Art”) and founder of Juxtapoz magazine Robert Williams will be signing a limited number of his forthcoming art book Slang Aesthetics at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery this Saturday, March 28th at 2:00 PM. The gallery is currently exhibiting his epic new collection of paintings and sculpture. It’s well with a trip to Barnsdall Park to see the remarkable work in all of its eye-popping and thought-provoking glory, and the signing this weekend will be the first time the book is available anywhere. Books were flown from the factory specifically for this signing, and won’t be widely available until the end of next month."




I took a bunch of photos from the exhibition, which features work by Williams and dozens of other low brow/pop surrealists: IMG_6164 IMG_6211 IMG_6209 IMG_6206 IMG_6204 IMG_6202 IMG_6203 IMG_6201 IMG_6198 IMG_6196 IMG_6197 IMG_6195 IMG_6194 IMG_6193 IMG_6192 IMG_6191 IMG_6190 IMG_6189 IMG_6188 IMG_6187 IMG_6185 IMG_6184 IMG_6183 IMG_6182 IMG_6181 IMG_6179 IMG_6180 IMG_6178 IMG_6177 IMG_6175 IMG_6176 IMG_6174 IMG_6173 IMG_6172 IMG_6171 IMG_6170 IMG_6168 IMG_6166 IMG_6167 IMG_6165 IMG_6163

Map of all the locations in Tom Waits' songs


The Tom Waits Map.Click on a pindrop to see the Tom Waits lyric associated with the location. (Thanks, Colin!)

Original songs that Blondie covered

I love Blondie, and it was fun to listen to the original versions of songs that Blondie covered: "The Tide is High," "Hanging on the Telephone," and "Denis."

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Inject this substance in your eyes for night vision

night-eyesA group of biohackers is injecting a substance called Chlorin e6 into their eyes to give them temporary night vision.

Did it work? Yes. It started with shapes, hung about 10 meters away. "I'm talking like the size of my hand," Licina says. Before long, they were able to do longer distances, recognizing symbols and identifying moving subjects against different backgrounds.

"The other test, we had people go stand in the woods," he says. "At 50 meters, we could figure out where they were, even if they were standing up against a tree." Each time, Licina had a 100% success rate. The control group, without being dosed with Ce6, only got them right a third of the time.

DEA agents enjoyed sex parties funded by drug cartels

deaHow do you deal with DEA agents who participate in sex parties with prostitutes funded by Colombian drug cartels? By giving some of them suspensions of two to 10 days.

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GOP congresswoman's attempt to badmouth Obamacare backfires

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington) asked her constituents to share their horror stories of Obamacare-caused "lost coverage, lost doctors, increased premiums, and a broken website" on Facebook. But to McMorris Rodgers' horror, most people shared non-horror stories about their Obamacare experiences.

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Easy file transfer to and from iPhone


I use the Leef iBridge 16GB for one thing - to watch magic trick instructional videos on my iPhone.

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Arduino starter kit and course bundle

This Arduino kit ($85) from Seeed Studios includes an Arduino and a bunch of components, plus a 25 hour course on basic Arduino concepts.

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The Fade Out - Anthology of a great Hollywood noir comic book


I reviewed the first issue of The Fade Out last year. Now, Image has released the first four issues in one volume.

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Grandpa Witmer's Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Mixer

I recently started using Grandpa Witmer's Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Mixer to mix peanut butter quickly and without a mess.

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Fun web-based drum machine

drum-machineThe HTML 5 Drum Machine is simple enough not to need instructions. You can record and download your patterns, too.

Pastor says sign comparing gays to Satan "did not mean to offend"

Following complaints, the Knoxville Baptist Tabernacle Church in Tennessee has taken down a sign that read, "Remember Satan was the first to demand equal rights."

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What are your chances of going to prison?


"Back in 1979, African-American men who dropped out of high school had about a 15 percent chance of ending up in prison by age 30-35. These days, it’s nearly 70 percent." [via]

My upcoming Quarterly subscription: quirky kitchen goods is a subscription service for wonderful things. My last Quarterly subscription box was a magic kit.

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Carving a spoon a day

Stian Korntved Ruud has been carving a new wooden spoon once a day. Some of them are wild.

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Promark View Highlighter has clear tip, so you can see what you're highlighting

The Promark View Highlighter from Japan has a clear tip so you can see what you are highlighting.

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Animated gif of March 20, 2015 solar eclipse

From NASA's Solar Eclipse page.

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Snatch: world's liveliest family game

Silly innuendoes aside, this looks like a fun game from 1954. Time for someone to make it again?

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Disney's obsession with doe-eyed, button nosed female animated characters

Images by Disney/GIF via Cartoon Brew

Images by Disney/GIF via Cartoon Brew

A woman who goes by the online name Every Flavored Bean looks at how Disney's animated male characters and females are designed, and concludes that the men's faces come in lots of different shapes, but the women's are all similar.

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San Francisco Catholic church installs watering system to spray on homeless people

Saint Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco installed a sprinkler system to keep homeless people from sleeping in the doorway. [SEE UPDATE BELOW]

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Watch: Setting up a fake gun store in NYC

"States United To Prevent Gun Violence opens a fake gun store in NYC as hidden camera social experiment to debunk safety myths."

A 10000mAh portable USB charger for $13

kmashiIn 2013 I paid $80 for a 6000mAh USB charging unit. Here's a 10000mAh charger for $13.

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Adventure Time's BMO made from Raspberry Pi

From MAKE: this cute BMO replica with a Raspberry Pi brain.

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"Cat eye syndrome" (bilateral colobomas)


Fewer than 1 person in 10,000 are born with bilateral colobomas, known as "cat eye syndrome."

People squeeze though claustrophia-inducing hole in rock

"Test your hip and chest size by trying to squeeze through the alternate entrance to Deep Cave at the Deep and Punkin Nature Preserve in Edwards County, Texas. The rest of the cave is huge and incredibly decorated with crystalline helictites, flowstone, draperies, and various other intensely colorful formations." [via]

100 years of Korean beauty displayed in just one minute

This one splits into two screens in the 1950s to show South Korea and North Korea.

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