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

Solar energy will soon "undercut even the cheapest fossil fuels in many regions of the planet"

Even without generous tax credits, solar energy is going to become the dominant source of cheap energy. Bloomberg: "The reason solar-power generation will increasingly dominate: it’s a technology, not a fuel."

New book of Star Wars costumes

A new coffee table book features detailed histories and information on costumes for both major and minor characters, from Darth Vader to Tusken Raiders. By Mark Frauenfelder

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New Study Shows Marijuana Does Not Lower IQ, But Alcohol Does

"A new study revealed this week shows that in spite of past claims, marijuana use does not affect IQ. The research, performed by the University College of London, was presented on Tuesday at the European Conference of Neuropsychopharmacology in Berlin." [via]

Uncropped photos of famous album covers

Communication agency Aptitude created uncropped versions of iconic album covers.

The Hemingwrite: retro word processor with cloud backup and google docs integration

Laughing Squid: "The Hemingwrite is a writing device styled after 90s word processors that features built-in syncing to contemporary technology, letting writers back up to the cloud and apps like Google Docs and Evernote."

Dartmouth college paper issues correction


Adding vertical lines to GIFs creates 3D effect

More examples here. [via]

WATCH: How to remove a ring stuck on a finger with dental floss

Everyone should know how to do this.

Circling the globe with the mid-20th century's most brilliant matchbox art

Ben Marks of Collectors Weekly says: "We just posted an interview with matchbox-label collector Jane McDevitt, along with more than 30 examples of mid-20th-century matchbox labels from Russia, Czechoslovakia, Japan, and Germany.

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Putting your foot in your mouth

John Purcell, the writer behind the excellent Why Starbucks Spells Your Name Wrong and the NYC Subway Summer 2014 Service Changes videos made a new video about what it's like to "put your foot in your mouth" when asking out a co-worker.

How to make vibrating alarm clock underwear

randofo says: "The Goodmorning Underwear are a pair of panties that vibrate to wake you up in the morning. This project is a continuation of my ongoing efforts to further the field of electronic underwear... This particular project came about because I finally wanted to make a garment that my girlfriend would actually want to wear. While it may be hard to believe, when I made the Clap Off Bra it was not really for her."

Torin Aluminum Work Platform: Sturdy, foldable work step

I have used this tool for years, most recently in a whole-house renovation. It allows you to reach high places around the house without a ladder and with more flexibility than a simple stool or step ladder. This tool is specifically great for painting high trim like crown molding and ceiling lines. The platform is textured and provides stability, even when reaching into high corners. It also folds flat for compact storage. I couldn’t imagine painting any room without this miniature scaffold. -- Sarah Akers

Torin T55044 Aluminum Work Platform ($61)

Naked and marooned for 60 days on a tiny island

Ed Stafford survived alone, naked and marooned for 60 days on a tiny island. The hard part was when he returned home. Interview by Mark Frauenfelder

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Unsolicited gift from Disabled Veterans National Foundation

A fellow who calls himself Minnesotastan (from the blog Tai-wiki-widbee) received this shoddy "desk set" from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation. The package also included an appeal for a donation.

Minnesotastan looked into the Disabled Veterans National Foundation and learned many bad things about them.

I wonder who runs this foundation and how much they pay themselves to run it?

WATCH: Mittens filled with bullet ants cause intense pain

Is this where Frank Herbert got his idea for the pain box in Dune?

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