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

Blackwing Slate journal - notebook with pencil holster

slateI like my new Blackwing Slate journal, which our friends at sent me to review. The paper has the perfect tooth for a Blackwing pencil, and comes lined or unlined. Best of all, it has a holster for the pencil, which solves the vexing problem of where to stash my pencil.

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Documentary of over fifty prolific artists

    Bob Self of Baby Tattoo says: "Photographer Allan Amato has spent the past two years photographing renowned artists then asking them to transform the images into a self-portraits of-a-sort. The hybrid imagery is intriguing and insightful, and the creation of this "visual dialog" between photographer and fine artists is the subject of a documentary currently raising funding on Kickstarter. The finished pieces will be published by Baby Tattoo as an art book (which is one of the Kickstarter rewards), but there a a number of other nice rewards as well."

Dark Dungeons: Seduced by the exotic and sinister world of role playing games

Dark Dungeons is a crowd-funded movie based on a Jack Chick religious tract of the same name. Cory posted about the Kickstarter earlier, and now it's finished. Here's the first 8-minutes. You can buy the full movie for $5. (Thanks, CN!)

10 facts about the SWATification of the US

SWAT team raids in the US have gone up 25-fold since 1980. Time's recent article about the militarization of the police reports that "the federal government has funneled $4.3 billion of military property to law enforcement agencies since the late 1990s."

End of the American Dream has assembled 10 facts about SWAT teams:

  1. In 1980, there were approximately 3,000 SWAT raids in the United States. Now, there are more than 80,000 SWAT raids per year in this country.
  2. 79 percent of the time, SWAT teams are deployed to private homes.
  3. 50 percent of the victims of SWAT raids are either black or Latino.
  4. In 65 percent of SWAT deployments, “a battering ram, boot, or some sort of explosive device” is used to gain forced entry to a home.
  5. 62 percent of all SWAT raids involve a search for drugs.
  6. In at least 36 percent of all SWAT raids, “no contraband of any kind” is found by the police.
  7. In cases where it is suspected that there is a weapon in the home, police only find a weapon 35 percent of the time.
  8. More than 100 American families have their homes raided by SWAT teams every single day.
  9. Only 7 percent of all SWAT deployments are for “hostage, barricade or active-shooter scenarios”.
  10. Even small towns are getting SWAT teams now. 30 years ago, only 25.6 percent of communities with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 people had a SWAT team. Now, that number has increased to 80 percent.

A TV that works only when you smile

Royal College of Art design graduate David Hedberg created a TV set that operates only when you are smiling.

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Witzend - groundbreaking 1960s indy comic with art by Wallace Wood, Art Spiegelman, and Frank Frazetta

Wally Wood (1927–1981) is regarded as one of the world’s best comic book artists, and I agree. His science fiction stories for Weird Science and Weird Fantasy, which featured complex spaceship interiors, ruggedly handsome male astronauts, curvy female astronauts, repugnant monsters, and richly detailed alien landscapes, made him an instant and enduring hit with comic book readers in the 1950s.

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Wear a giant papier-mache head and eliminate your social anxiety

In the 1980s author Jon Ronson played in a band with Frank Sidebottom, a man who wore a large fake head onstage (and often, offstage). We talked to Jon about the book and movie (called Frank and which opens in NY on Friday) he wrote based on his experience.

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WATCH: 10-year-old blind kid from Quebec is a self-taught blues guitarist


Princeton economists: democratic presidents are just "lucky"

Screen Shot 2014-08-13 at 10.19.04 AMIt's well established that the US economy fares better when a democrat is president. Why is this?

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Cool Tools Show 008: Geek Squad founder Robert Stephens

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Make a toothbrush bot -- fun and easy project for kids

The bristlebot is one of over a dozen how-to projects my daughter Jane and I taught people how to do. You can check out the rest of the parent-kid project videos here!

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Pamphlet set of 1940s mail-order religious/child abuse booklets

How do you teach your child not to hit dolls or stamp chicks to death? Why, by beating them senseless, of course!

The Tantrums of Lil' Bess

Laurie Lipton on her peculiar art technique: "It's an insane way to draw"

We've featured Laurie Lipton's meticulous, darkly funny art on Boing Boing before. Here's a video profile of her.

Lipton was inspired by the religious paintings of the Flemish School. Unfortunately she went to university when Conceptual Art was all the rage & no one could teach her how to paint like an early Renaissance Master. She tried to teach herself from books and failed. While traveling around Europe in her 20's, she began developing her very own peculiar drawing technique building up tone with thousands of fine cross-hatching lines like an egg tempera painting. "It's an insane way to draw", she says, "but the resulting detail and luminosity is worth the amount of effort."

(Thanks, Colin!)

Civil forfeiture turns cops into robbers

Philadelphia authorities enjoy robbing its innocent citizens and spending the money on fancy stuff for their own use.

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