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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



FedEx won't ship milling machine that makes untraceable guns

Defense Distributed sells a $1500 digital mill called the Ghost Gunner. Among other things, it can carve an aluminum AR-15 rifle body without a serial number. FedEx refuses to ship it.

“This device is capable of manufacturing firearms, and potentially by private individuals,” FedEx spokesperson Scott Fiedler wrote in a statement. “We are uncertain at this time whether this device is a regulated commodity by local, state or federal governments. As such, to ensure we comply with the applicable law and regulations, FedEx declined to ship this device until we know more about how it will be regulated.”

But buying, selling, or using the Ghost Gunner isn’t illegal, nor is owning an AR-15 without a serial number, says Adam Winkler, a law professor at UCLA and the author of Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America. “This is not that problematic,” he says. “Federal law does not prohibit individuals from making their own firearms at home, and that includes AR-15s.”

How to make a golf ball bounce 8 times higher than where you dropped it

Physics Girl demonstrates a neat trick with a stack of balls. [via]

Turn your old iPhone into a Dieter Rams style desktop radio

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I have one or two old and unused iPhones. The iReadyO radio (US$85) Kickstarter project looks like a cool way to make use of a deactivated iPhone 4/4s/5/5s.

It’s essentially a big, dumb iPhone case, with a white body inspired by Dieter Rams’s midcentury designs for Braun (most specifically, the Braun TP1). But slip in your iPhone, and it becomes a cloud-connected music player with physical controls, an extra battery, and a decent speaker.

Chinese property developer has $160 million gambling debt

A Chinese property development executive, known as the "Red King of Gambling" owes $160 million in gambling debts to casinos in Macau.

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Thrilling first person account of being busted by bumbling DEA agents

Duane Jackson flew from London to Atlanta and was busted at airport customs with 6500 ecstasy tablets he'd hidden in a bottle of talcum powder. In this thrilling first-person account he describes the surreal hours he spent immediately afterwords with a hilariously inept team of DEA agents who tried to use him to set up a sting.

At the end of this story Jackson promises that he will continue to tell this fascinating tale. I really hope he does. I looked at his website and found a spoiler: "Duane grew up in childrens’ homes in the East End of London, left school with no qualifications and ended up serving a 5 year prison sentence for drug trafficking. He served time in US and UK prisons." My Night with the DEA and 6,500 Ecstasy Tablets

Life coach tips from Hunter S. Thompson

6300435017_9b1d6e66ae_o"Let’s assume that you think you have a choice of eight paths to follow (all pre-defined paths, of course). And let’s assume that you can’t see any real purpose in any of the eight. THEN— and here is the essence of all I’ve said— you MUST FIND A NINTH PATH."

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Have fun skinning garlic cloves with this rubber tube

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Many people, including the delightful Alton Brown, dislike unitasker gadgets. I'm not one of them. What's wrong with a unitasker if it is a joy to use, and you find yourself using it frequently? Take for instance, this garlic skinner ($5).

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Cannabis 114 times less deadly than alcohol

Research published in the journal Scientific Reports finds that alcohol is the deadliest recreational drug, followed by heroin, cocaine, and tobacco. Cannabis, at the bottom of the list, is 114 times less deadly than alcohol.

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History of the great sex.com feud

In 1994 Gary Kremen (who would later found Match.com) registered a bunch of domain names: jobs.com, housing.com, and, most famously, sex.com. Soon after, a "brilliant con man" named Stephen Cohen gained control of sex.com and sold ads that brought in about a half million dollars a day.

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Watch: Slow moving sea creatures time-lapse is a trip to another planet

Sandro Bocci's video of sea creatures, magnified and time-lapsed, is like encountering alien life forms.

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WATCH: An extremely dumbed down history of getting ripped off

"While smart people have many sources of wealth, their favorite is renewable and highly abundant: idiots like you." This 2:40 video shows the ways people foolishly throw their money away (and enrich predatory smart people): banks, advertising, and the lottery.

Blind daters wear eyeglass videocams on new Guardian series

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What could be more awkward than meeting a blind date? How about having to wear a video camera on your face (and your date doing the same) so everyone can see how awkward you are feeling meeting your blind date?

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Water transfer painting is mesmerizing

It would be fun to have a small one of these water painting machine for Easter eggs. (Thanks, Matt!)

Tokyo club kids photographed in their bathtubs

You've been asking, "Where are my photos of Tokyo club kids in their bathtubs?" Tokyo-based Photographer Hal is here to help.

Looking for a good genre novel? This giant chart could help

fictionThis poster is a reader's guide to various fiction genres. By following a path from genre to sub-genre to sub-sub-genre, you will arrive at a recommended book. For example, you can go travel along Empirical > Occupational Fiction > Music to get High Fidelity or Pink Cadillac. The image above is a detail from the poster.

1973 Turkish action film stars a villainous Spider-Man

I would rather watch 3 Giant Men (AKA: Captain America and Santo vs. Spider-Man) than any modern day superhero movie.

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Drain Weasel: a solution for hair-clogged sinks

I live in a house with three other people, who have long hair. A lot of it ends up going down the bathroom sink and clogging the drain.

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Florida police officer: "Planting evidence and lying in your reports are just part of the game"

Speaking to the D.C. Post, a "confirmed" 15-year veteran of Florida's Palm Beach County Sheriff's department says that planting drugs on innocent people in predominantly black neighborhoods and "lying in your reports are just part of the game.

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Kim Jong Un gets a Babylon 5 Centauri hair-do

I should be the last person in to point out stupid haircuts, but get a load of Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea, first chairman of the National Defense Commission of the DPRK and supreme commander of the Korean People's Army, sporting a trapezoidal haircut.

Time Warner changes customer's name to "C*nt Martinez"

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After finding out that Comcast gives its customers free novelty names like "Asshole Brown" and "Super Bitch," Time Warner has joined in the merriment. Esperanza Martinez learned that Time Warner had given her the moniker "Cunt Martinez" when she received a letter from the cable company.

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Long-lost amusement park clown found in sex offender's home

Louie the organ-playing clown, a 50-year-old ceramic doll, will be returning to the Joyland amusement park in Wichita, after spending ten undoubtedly awful years in the home of an imprisoned sex offender, 39-year-old Damian Mayes.

KSNT reports:

Wichita police say officers found the clown statue Tuesday at a home of 39-year-old Damian Mayes, who is serving a prison sentence for a 2010 conviction for aggravated indecent liberties with a child and aggravated criminal sodomy

Mayes, who worked at Joyland in the 1990s, showed an unusual interest towards the clown, as evidenced in a 1994 article in the Wichita Eagle about Mayes' efforts to rebuild the Louis, when Mayes was a high school student:

“He’ll be scaring the kids even more this summer because he’s a lot more lifelike. He's got new hands, which can rest between the songs instead of keeping on playing, like he used to. They’re made out of plastic, and they’re so real it freaked me out. I think it’s also the pointy style of makeup that he wears. It’s scarier than the more rounded kind of makeup.”

WATCH: Magnetic silly putty eats a magnet

I missed this video when Scott Lawson released it in 2013. It's a 50 second timelapse taken over 1.5 hour period, showing some magnetic silly putty surrounding itself around a neodymium magnet.

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Terrific new beehive design doesn't disturb bees when you harvest honey

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The worst part of being a beekeeper us pulling out the honey-laden frames from the box and tearing them up to get the honey. The bees hate it and so do I. That's why this new hive design, called Flow, is so cool.

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Dad builds a VW microbus bed for his daughter

“DIYDad” built a VW microbus bed as a birthday gift for his three year old daughter. The bed is on top, and a play space is below. It uses real VW parts scored for free on Craigslist, and the headlights are illuminated. [via]

100 years of Iranian women's fashion in one minute

Here's the third episode in the 100 Years of Beauty videos.

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How the photocopier changed the way we worked -- and played

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In 1959 Xerox released the 914 photocopier. It weighed 648 pounds, but it was a huge improvement over previous document copying technologies, which used wet chemicals.

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Money laundering arcade game

The brilliant artist Tim Hunkin has opened a coin-op amusement arcade in London called Novelty Amusments. Here's a video of his money laundering game. The object is to steal money when regulators aren't looking. You can tell it's just a game because in real life the regulators would be wearing blindfolds.

This is the Platonic ideal of Russian YouTube videos

ECards says this video may be the Platonic ideal of Russian YouTube videos.

It has every element necessary:

  • A bear.
  • Someone engaging in reckless behavior around a large animal.
  • People speaking calmly in Russian while faced with certain death.
  • Bleakness.
  • Raw meat.

Watch Adam Savage build a cosmonaut model kit

This is a very enjoyable one-hour video of Adam Savage sharing excellent model-construction tips as he paints and assembles a large cosmonaut model kit.

In this episode of One Day Builds, Adam spends a day at the shop assembling and painting a beautiful 1/6th scale garage kit, based on the fantastical characters of artist Derek Stenning. Adam and Norm each work on their own kit, and Adam teaches us some painting and weathering techniques to bring out the intricate details on this sci-fi cosmonaut figure.

See photos of the completed kit here.

Fish with two mouths caught in Australia

"Other than that, it looks like a normal fish."