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

Gweek 162 - Jason Snell & Joshua Glenn

Guests for this episode of Boing Boing's pop culture podcast are IDG editorial director Jason Snell and Joshua Glenn, publisher of HiLoBrow.

We discuss the following:

Jason's podcasts: The Incomparable and TeeVee

The new season of Doctor Who

Book three of The Expanse Series: Abbadon’s Gate

Robert Kirkman’s long-running superhero series: Invincible

Kern Your Enthusiasm: a series of posts at about 25 typefaces, by 25 contributors

Save the Adventure: Singularity & Co.’s digital book club, dedicated to rescuing great adventure novels from obscurity

Deceptive Practice: A documentary about Ricky Jay’s career as a magician.

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Cat jumps on wall to catch reflection

Zelda likes to chase a dot of sunlight reflected off the face of my wristwatch. We will both be sad when the sun runs out of hydrogen in 5 billion years and we won't be able to play this game any longer.

Surreal photo collages by Matthieu Bourel

See more of Matthieu Bourel's work.

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$20 multicopter and other cool tool picks

On the latest Cool Tools Show podcast, Robot Turtles creator Dan Shapiro recommends inventions and innovations that offer a surprisingly valuable experience for their price.

How to spot mail written by a robot

Clive Thompson looks into the business of robot handwriting, which is increasingly being used by junk mail companies to trick recipients into thinking someone cares about them.

How to tell when a robot has written you a letter

It's pretty easy to bend an iPhone 6 Plus with your hands

The aluminum case of the iPhone 6+ was already a little bent when he started. When he repeats the bend test with a Galaxy Note 3, it bends but flexes back. He tries again, using as much force as possible, and the Note 3 gets a slight warp but doesn't break.

Kit to study Venus Fly Traps

Our friends at Backyard Brains (makers of the Spikerbox and the Remote Control Cockroach kits) have been studying Venus Fly Traps lately. They have developed a new product called the Plant SpikerShield Bundle to measure the action potentials generated by plant cells.


Experiment: Yes, Electricity in Plants

Airport parking lot says you might die if you don't use their service

Boing Boing reader Bryce says: "Check out this apology I received from a crappy outdoor parking lot I use at Burbank Airport. I was confused when I saw the 'We are sincerely sorry' subject, so I checked to see what the offending email was."

First, the ad:

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Last week a 55 year old man was found dead at a Chicago O’Hare parking lot. He was found lying on the ground unresponsive at around 7:15 am. The Chicago police did not find any signs of a homicide and an autopsy is to follow.

There could be many reasons for the cause of this man’s death, but based on the story one possible reason could be stress. The process of arriving to the airport, getting through security, and boarding the plane can be very stressful.

Many airlines and travel industries have implemented technology to make traveling easier such as through buying airfare online, booking hotels and renting cars, and even reserving off-airport parking through an app.

Don’t be late and end up in a crate. Save stress and possibly anything worse by utilizing technology and reserving all your travel needs in advance.

And here is the apology:

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The Art of Greg Spalenka: Visions from the Mind's Eye


Greg Spalenka has been producing fine and commercial art for over 30 years. As well as numerous gallery shows, he has produced art for clients including Warner Bros, New Line, Time, Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and numerous book publishers. Enjoy this galley excerpt from his new book, The Art of Greg Spalenka.

Voyage of the Dawn Treader 6 (© Fox 2000 Pictures)

The Ant Bully 2 (© Warner Bros)

Klaus Kinski


Golden Compass - Concept 5 (© New Line Cinema)

Facade - LAT Mag

Escape From Planet Earth 2 (© Rainmaker Entertainment)

Mysteries of the Unknown: Inside the world of the strange and unexplained

As a kid, I devoured cheap paperback books about “strange but true” phenomena. The short stories were anthologized from men’s adventure magazines of the 40s-60s and recounted mysteries such as: Who made the eerie statues on Easter Island? What happened on Amelia Earhart’s final flight? How do rocks in the desert move by themselves and leave trails in the mud? How do people spontaneously combust? Why did hundreds and hundreds of fish rain from the sky onto the heads of astonished residents of a small town in Australia? These stories set my imagination on fire.

Unfortunately, as I learned years later by going online, most of the stories turned out to be poorly researched or outright bogus. Mysteries of the Unknown is like these old books, but the stories are backed by solid research and a healthy amount of skepticism that does not detract from the fun. In fact, it makes the stories more fun. As an added bonus, the ample photos and illustrations bring the mysteries to life, making them even more mysterious. Mysteries of the Unknown by Time-Life Books Time Life 2014, 272 pages, 9.8 x 8 x 0.8 inches, Softcover

Take a look at other beautiful paper books at Wink. And sign up for the Wink newsletter to get all the reviews and photos delivered once a week.

Rubber band ball

badballI know this rubber band ball is durable because my wife ran over the box with her car without damaging the rubber bands. The manufacturer claims it has at least 270 rubber bands in it.

Rubber band ball ($5)

Freaky baby clothes and accessories by Mitch O'Connell


Artist Mitch O'Connell recently had a baby. After making a pipe pacifier for his infant, he started a line of baby clothing featuring sideshow characters!

Step right up! The Fair has come to town!

From "The Prince of Pop Art," artist Mitch O'Connell introduces "Lil' Sideshow," a tent full of adorable carnival cutie characters ready adorn all your baby wear needs!

Have your wee one look fashionable on the midway as they turn over a prize winning plastic duck or ride high on the Ferris Wheel!

A circus parade of choices, including the cute "Lil' Mermaid" to mighty "Lil' Strongman" or the even spookier "Lil' Spidora" and mischievous "Lil' Devil Child" on everything from diaper bags to onesies!

Alive! Real!

If your heart can take it, see them all by clicking on the link

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Men determined to kill Bigfoot

Gulf Coast Bigfoot Research Organization looks like your average grumpy white guy paramilitary organization, but they are actually a well-oiled team of devoted Bigfoot hunters on a mission to "protect the public and harvest a specimen to prove it's real."

The TV show Killing Bigfoot from Gryphon Productions premieres Friday, October 17th on Destination America.

The Blue Shed, by Amy Crehore

Artist Amy Crehore's latest painting is called The Blue Shed.

Bizarre panorama photo stitch

panoCoke Zero hired David Cronenberg and Tod Browning to take panorama photos of worshippers at a recent prolate-spheroid chasing ritual. The result was awesome.