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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

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.

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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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Compression sacks for travel clothes or sleeping bags


A compression sack is a nice way to compress a bunch of clothes or a sleeping bag to a compact size. If you don't mind wrinkles you can compress your clothes into one and save room in your carry-on travel case for other items. Or you can use one to hold your dirty laundry. I like to use a compression bag for my kids' sleeping bags, because they are much stronger and more compact than the carrying bags that come with sleeping bags.

Outdoor Research makes Ultralight Compression Sacks in a variety of sizes.

Duggar parents explain how women defraud by the way they dress


In this page from the 2011 book, A Love That Multiplies: An Up-Close View of How They Make It Work authors Michelle Duggar and Jim Bob Duggar explain how young women who wear clothing that "excites" a "man's physical drives" are defrauders.

Nice bit of slut shaming there.

A history of cups and balls magic


Even when you know how it's done, a well-performed cups-and-balls routine is pure magic. Enjoy this entertaining history of one of the world's oldest (it dates backs to ancient Egypt) and most enduring tricks. My favorite part of this excellent presentation is the video of magic great Dai Vernon's routine (Click on the Performances section).

Obama urges Senate to preserve NSA's illegal, useless phone record program


President Obama is urging the Senate to reauthorize the NSA's illegal and useless spy program that collects millions of Americans' phone records.

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High wind frustrates man's effort to drink water

Iceland should license this to include in a tourism promotion video!


How police punish impoverished victims of car insurance scams


Scumbags posing as car insurance brokers sell fraudulent car insurance policies to poor people. Then the cops tow the poor people's cars and tell them the only way to get their car back is to be the high bidder when the seized car is auctioned.

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Volvo says horrible "self-parking car accident" happened because car didn’t have "pedestrian detection" option

The driver of this car assumed the "self-parking" system would prevent the car from running into people. Sadly, he was wrong.

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Owner of brand-new C7 Corvette Z06 smashes car into tree within 24 hours off the lot

Wow. So here's what $20,000 of damage to a C7 Corvette Z06 looks like.

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