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



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.

LISTEN: The Secret Dad Society

Mike Evans was a founding member of the touring neo-swing band, Big Tubba Mista, and runs the family fun website, Secret Dad Society. He built a remote control seagull to see what real seagulls thought of it. See the video below!

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Google Contributor lets public pay to remove ads from select websites

Google is rolling out a patronage service for websites called Contributor. Readers of sites like The Onion, Mashable, and wikiHow can pay a buck or two per month and will be rewarded with "Thank You" tile where they would normally see an ad. [via]

If you have a medical weed card from any state you can buy weed in Nevada

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Beginning in 2015 medical marijuana cardholders throughout the US will be legally allowed to buy weed from Nevada dispensaries.

When you consider that Nevada has fewer than 7,000 medical marijuana patients, it’s not a very large base. But when you factor in MMJ patients from other states who might take advantage of Nevada’s system — another 110,000 from Colorado, 570,000 from California and 100,000 from Washington — suddenly those numbers are looking a lot better.

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Photo of a monstrous hole swallowing a neighborhood

This giant hole is the result of water flowing into a salt mine in Russia. When the soil started shifting in 2005, the government shut off power to the area to encourage residents to leave.

On Tuesday, the mines were evacuated due to shifting earth, and the hole opened up on Tuesday evening. Russian authorities are studying the scene and performing air quality tests to determine whether noxious gasses are being released.

There Goes the Neighborhood

Woman impersonates celebrities stuck in traffic

She's funny even when she is impersonating celebrities I've never heard of!

Something big exploded in Russia

And it was probably not a meteor. The videos and photos collected here and here suggest the explosion occurred on the ground.

The weird, wild world of Twitter bots

The NY Times' Nick Bilton took a deep dive into the world of Twitter bots, and even created his own army of Twitter bots (which the Twitter overlords murdered as soon as th article went live).

My Twitter bots resemble real people, with photos for avatars and bios. Meet Fabiola Shaffer: She is pretty, has long brown hair, is a writer and researcher in New York and loves chocolate. Karri B. Segal is a sophisticated woman in her mid-50s, works in advertising in New York and likes Etsy. Rick Engbarg is a tuxedo-wearing rocket scientist who freelances at SpaceX and lives in San Francisco.

Never mind that they don’t exist (and their accounts have since been suspended), figments of a few lines of computer code. I can command them to retweet certain topics (like chocolate or Ebola), favorite a tweet or follow anyone who follows them. Compared with most bot collections, which number in the tens of thousands and are often called bot farms, my enclave of 20 bots is more like a bot petting zoo.

Social Media Bots Offer Phony Friends and Real Profit

Growing movement against Mafia extortion

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Not long ago, 80 percent of shops in Palermo, Sicily were paying pizzo, or protection money, to the Mafia. But a growing movement is putting a serious dent in the pizzo racket. A group of activists is encouraging business to resist Mafia shakedowns, and it seems to be working. It's called Addiopizzo -- Italian for "Goodbye, protection money."

The turning point came when the owner of a rural pub decided not to pay pizzo and as a result started to lose fearful customers. Addiopizzo started organizing outings to his bar every Saturday night, both to show their support and to keep cash flowing his way. The villagers started returning to the pub, and the mob, faced with mass defiance, decided to leave the place alone.

This evolved into a formal strategy: a reverse boycott of businesses that publicly promised not to pay protection money. Addiopizzo assembled a list of 3,500 people who had agreed to patronize places that rejected pizzo. With that in hand, the group was able to convince several enterprises to take a no-pizzo pledge and to put up an orange sticker advertising their stance. (Addiopizzo then found itself developing an investigatory arm, to make sure the owners were keeping their promises.) With time, the lists of both the anti-pizzo companies and the anti-pizzo customers grew longer. When the mafia retaliated by burning down a warehouse belonging to a business that had taken the pledge, Addiopizzo organized public support for the victims: collecting funds for unemployed workers, holding demonstrations against the assault, and using Italy's anti-mafia compensation laws to secure a new warehouse from the government. By refusing to pay for protection, the company had acquired a different sort of protection.

Image: BJS

Productive Habits: an interview with Carla Sinclair

Terrie Schweitzer interviewed my wife, Boing Boing co-founder and Wink editor Carla Sinclair, about her daily work and fitness routine.

Are there any habits you’re trying to develop now? What motivated you to work on them?

Yes! I’ve had chronic insomnia for a couple of years now, and after trying everything from acupuncture and herbs to hormones and prescription meds, I decided to create something I call the 30-day Sleep Challenge. I made a list of habits I had to stick to for 30 days, which included the 10 minutes of sun and meditation I mentioned above, 30 minutes of exercise every day, no caffeine after breakfast (I used to drink it in the afternoon), no aspartame, no “screens” (TV, computer…) after 6:00 unless I’m wearing orange “blue light blocking” glasses, and most importantly, keep the iPhone out of my bedroom when I go to sleep (I was so tempted to read email, news, Facebook, etc whenever I woke up in the middle of the night). I just finished this challenge a few days ago, but it was so successful—my sleep isn’t perfect yet but it greatly improved—that I’m continuing it. I’m making these habits part of my regular lifestyle.

Gallery of 3D tattoos

The drop shadows, details, and shading on these tattoos make them look 3D.

WATCH: Grandmas smoking weed for the first time

Three seniors in Washington do bong rips and play Jenga. Then they vape and play Cards Against Humanity. Then it's snack time.

Previously on Boing Boing:

• “Everything you need to know about marijuana edibles
• “How I use medical marijuana: vaporizers, science, weed, and cancer

WATCH: Inside the gay wing of LA Men's Central Jail

Ani Ucar of LA Weekly visits the gay wing of LA Men's Central Jail. It's no fun to be in jail, but the gay wing looks better than being in the general population. "Straight inmates fake being gay to live in the less menacing gay wing. Classification officers use a gay-dar test to keep the straight guys out."

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