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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

White police officer pulls over black driver for making eye contact

John Felton, a black man, was driving to his mother's house in Dayton, Ohio to celebrate her birthday when he was pulled over by a white police officer. Felton recorded the interaction on his phone:

Felton: No disrespect, I don’t have nothing against police officers, but all the shit that’s going on, that’s some scary shit. To have a police officer just trail you..

Officer: Well…

Felton: And then you just pull me to re-, because you said I didn’t signal? What? Do you know how it looks?

Officer: I..

Felton: You drive without being in a cop car, right? You know how it is when a police pull you over. It’s like “I’m not doing nothing, why is he? Every move I make, why is he making it? I’m not doing nothing.” Because I have a Michigan plate? Other than that, why was you trailing me?

Officer: Because you made direct eye contact with me and held onto it while I was passing you on Salem.

Listening to the recording, I was impressed by Felton's refusal to be cowed by the officer, and for standing up for what it right.

Fusion reports:

After expressing incredulousness, the officer tells Felton that they can keep arguing and the officer can give Felton a citation and take it to court—or Felton can have his license back and have a safe day.

After remaining silent for a day, the Dayton Police department issued the following statement:

From August 14-16, Dayton Police Department along with Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol conducted Safe Communities Through Aggressive Traffic Enforcement or (SCATE) an initiative that is aimed at decreasing OVI related fatalities and injuries in the city of Dayton. Traffic fatalities and injuries have increased significantly since 2014. Thirteen (13) have occurred in West Patrol Operations Division since January 2015, a 25% increase from the previous year. Additionally, gun crimes with injuries have increased by 73% since May 2015.

During this weekend, a Dayton Police Officer pulled John Felton over on August 15 for not signaling within 100 feet of a turn. During the stop the Officer additionally acknowledged that Mr. Felton made sustained direct eye contact prior to being stopped. The traffic infraction was verified by the video; however making direct eye contact with an officer is not a basis for a traffic stop.

The Dayton Police Department is a true partner in the community and enjoys a positive community-police relationship. The Dayton Police Department is in contact with Mr. Felton. He has agreed to a conversation with the officer, facilitated by the Dayton Mediation Center. This will allow Mr. Felton and the Officer to discuss the specifics of the incident.

Interview with man picked by Kennedy administration to be the first black man in space

President Kennedy wanted a white man, a black man, and an Asian man to be the first men on the moon. Obviously, it didn't happen.

In this episode of The Memory Palace podcast, Nate DiMeo interviews Captain Edward Dwight, the first African American to be trained as an astronaut. Dwight was a United States Air Force test pilot in the 1950s, and in 1962 the Kennedy administration selected Dwight to join the astronaut program. He faced horrible discrimination from other white astronauts, but stayed in the program. When Kennedy was assassinated, racist government officials zoomed in and bullied Dwight until he retired in 1966. He never went into space.

Watch: guy compares effects of booze vs LSD on everyday tasks

A psychedelic substance advocate who goes by the handle Psychedsubstance makes videos of himself under the effects of different mind-altering drugs. In this video he takes 15 shots of hard liquor and tries to do things like catch a ball, do squats (holding his girlfriend on his shoulders), and take an IQ test. Then, on a different day, he takes LSD and tries the same things.


Trailer: “Deep Web,” new film on Silk Road, Ross William Ulbricht, and the hunt for 'Dread Pirate Roberts'


Deep Web, Alex Winter’s new documentary about Silk Road founder Ross William Ulbricht is out on video-on-demand today at Vimeo.

Here's the trailer.

From Vimeo:

51745_310x459Deep Web gives the inside story of one of the most important and riveting digital crime sagas of the century -- the arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, the 31-year-old entrepreneur convicted of being 'Dread Pirate Roberts,' creator and operator of online black market Silk Road. As the only film with exclusive access to the Ulbricht family, Deep Web explores how the brightest minds and thought leaders behind the Deep Web and Bitcoin are now caught in the crosshairs of the battle for control of a future inextricably linked to technology, with our digital rights hanging in the balance.

Weekend of Wonder: Attendees will get a signed, limited-edition Coop print!

Our Weekend of Wonder extravaganza in Riverside, CA is a just couple of weeks away! Attendees are going to be treated to all kinds of cool stuff, one of which is a signed, limited-edition print by the artist Coop.

Coop's art will be printed on panels of wood at Prints on Wood, where we will all get to see this unique printing process first hand when we have dinner there. Coop will be with us, signing prints as they come off the press.

We'd love to have you join us for Weekend of Wonder. Here's how to register.

Gerber Shard - nifty $5 keychain tool


This little blade-less multitool called the Shard is TSA safe (depending on the mood of the TSA behavior detection officer who is inspecting your baggage and scanning your brainwaves). It's got a pry bar (for opening paint cans and the like), a wire stripper, two flat blade screwdrivers, and one Phillips head screwdriver. And it's only $5, so if the TSA behavior detection officer determines you plan to use it to pry open the airplane window, crawl out, and unscrew the engines from the wing while the plane is aloft, he can take it from you without much damage to your net worth.

Man arrested for single Viagra pill sues Brooklyn police officer for humiliation

Viagra is not a controlled substance but that didn't stop Brooklyn police offficer David Esparragoza from arresting Earl McLeod, 33, for possession of a single Viagra pill.

McLeod’s lawyer, Nicholas Mindicino, told the Daily News that the entire encounter appeared to be illegal — that there was no basis for the car stop, and there was no basis for the search, not to mention the bogus charge.

The passengers in the vehicle were not arrested.

“A police officer’s job is to arrest people who commit crimes, and they can’t do their job if they don’t know what is a crime and what is not,” Mindicino said.

“It’s absolutely a case of police officer incompetence.”

McLeod went to Brooklyn Criminal Court to appeal and the charges were dropped. He is suing “emotional trauma, embarrassment, and humiliation.”

The NYPD declined to comment.

“Meru,” a new film on the quest to scale an “unclimbable“ mountain in India

For decades, the Shark’s Fin on Mount Meru in Northern India was thought by most elite climbers to to unclimbable.

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"Play nug-a-nug" and 30 other terms for sex from the last 600 years

swingersMental Floss has a list of the 31 "most adorable" terms for sexual intercourse from the last 600 years, complied from the massive Green’s Dictionary of Slang. Some make sense, others are cryptic, at least to me. "Give someone a green gown." Huh?

[UPDATE: In the comments, PGT explains the "green gown" term: "'Give someone a green gown' is actually one of the better known ones -- it refers to acquiring grass stains on one's undergarments from vigorous exercise while lying in the grass. 'She has a green petticoat' was Victorian for 'she's a slut,' and even into the 20th century green woman's underwear remained unpopular."]

1. Give someone a green gown (1351)

2. Play nug-a-nug (1505)

3. Play the pyrdewy (1512)

4. Play at couch quail (1521)

5. Ride below the crupper (1578)

6. Board a land carrack (1604)

7. Fadoodling (1611)

8. Put the devil into hell (1616)

9. Night physic (1621)

10. Princum-prancum (1630)

11. Culbatizing exercise (1653)

12. Join paunches (1656)

13. Dance the Paphian jig (1656)

14. Play at tray trip of a die (1660)

15. Dance Barnaby (1664)

16. Shot twixt wind and water (1665)

17. Play at rantum-scantum (1667)

18. Blow off the groundsills (1674)

19. Play hey gammer cook (1674)

20. Join giblets (1680)

21. Play at rumpscuttle and clapperdepouch (1684)

22. Lerricompoop (1694)

23. Ride a dragon upon St. George (1698)

24. Houghmagandy (1700)

25. Pogue the hone (1719)

26. Make feet for children’s stockings (1785)

27. Dance the kipples (1796)

28. Have one’s corn ground (1800)

29. Horizontal refreshment (1863)

30. Arrive at the end of the sentimental journey (1896)

31. Get one’s ashes hauled (1910)

31 Adorable Slang Terms for Sexual Intercourse from the Last 600 Years

Chris Christie: The USA should track immigrants like FedEx packages


Chris Christie hopes to win the Republican nomination by being the biggest plain-speaking asshole of the pack. It's not working, though, because the absentee New Jersey governor can't rise above Mini Me status next to Donald Trump. In a desperate attempt to crawl out of his abysmal approval rating hole, the Bridgegate-tainted blowhard said as President he will hire FedEx to develop a system to track immigrants:

I’m going to have Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx, come work for the government for three months. Just come for three months to Immigration and Customs Enforcement and show these people... You go online and at any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. Yet we let people come into this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them.

The only detail left out of Christie's kooky proposal is where the tracking number tattoo will go. Right hand? Forehead?


Scientists promise ice cream that doesn't melt


Scientists at the Universities of Dundee and Edinburgh are toiling in their laboratories to create ice cream that stays firm for a long time even in hot weather. The secret ingredient is a naturally occurring protein produced by a bacteria. This protein sticks to fat droplets and air bubbles, binding them with the water so that the ice cream remains rigid. The Telegraph reports that the protein can also "prevent gritty ice crystals from forming, ensuring a fine, smooth texture more reminiscent of luxury ice creams."

Rude tourists in Kyoto receive politeness lessons

maikoThe stunning temples and gardens of Kyoto are something my family and I will never forget. The rude tourists tugging the kimono sleeves of beautifully dressed and made-up maiko and asking them to pose like Disney World characters for a photo is something we would like to forget. The city of Kyoto hopes that its new brochure aimed at curbing gaijin impoliteness will allow maiko to go about their business in public without being mobbed.

The infographic-style brochure also describes 17 other akimahen ("do not") for tourists to be mindful of. They range from the mildly annoying (giving a tip to a server) to the criminally egregious (riding a bike while drunk, which is punishable by up to five years in prison). With the exception of the no-tipping custom and the automatic taxi doors (I try to close the door every time I ride a taxi in Japan and the cabbies hate it because it probably stresses the mechanism), almost every akimahen on the list is just common sense. akimahen

A bin of rubber ducks sounds like people screaming in anguish


Charlie Murphy of Ireland came across this shopping cart filled with rubber ducks (or maybe geese, or some other kind of waterfowl). Squeezing just one duck produces a toy horn sound, but smooshing down on a bunch of them at once produces a blood-curdling scream you'd expect from the Sixth Trumpet in the Book of Revelation.

Sarah Palin to interview Donald Trump


I can't understand a single thing Sarah Palin wrote in the Facebook post below, but Mother Jones has interpreted it to mean that Palin is going to interview Donald Trump on One America News. I'm clearing my calendar to watch the Sarahtrumpocalypse.

WTH, LAMESTREAM MEDIA! STAY OUT OF MY BIBLE WTH? Lamestream media asks GOP personal, spiritual "gotchas" that they'd NEVER ask Hillary, or they'd feed the question to her and/or liberal cohorts before they asked it on-air (we know how these things work, lapdog media... the public's on to you), so good on Trump for screwing with the reporter. By the way, even with my reading scripture everyday I wouldn't want to answer the guy's question either... it's none of his business; it IS personal; what the heck does it have to do with serving as commander-in-chief; and these reporters trying to trip up conservatives can go pound sand until they ask the same things of their favored liberal pals. I'll cover this in my interview with Donald Trump and other candidates tonight on the One America News Network show "On Point." The more the media does this, the more they empower America to reject them and their bias as voters run to the anti-status quo candidates daring to Go Rogue.

WTH, LAMESTREAM MEDIA! STAY OUT OF MY BIBLEWTH? Lamestream media asks GOP personal, spiritual "gotchas" that they'd...

Posted by Sarah Palin on Friday, August 28, 2015

Images: Wikipedia/Gage Skidmore/Flickr/Gage Skidmore

More excellent $2 ebooks on Amazon


Amazon has been offering great deals on ebooks lately. Here are some books I've read and recommend, priced at $1.99:

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Cat disapproves of dog's zebra mask

This happy dog doesn't mind wearing a zebra mask, but its feline friend dislikes it so much that her head has become astonishingly flat.


Oregon wedding has weed bar with budtender


A bride and groom who had a wedding in Portland, Oregon had a weed bar at their reception. They stayed within the eight-ounce legal limit and offered 13 different cannabis strains to appreciative guests. "Even an 81-year-old woman who hadn't smoked weed since the '60s came into the tent at our wedding," said the groom, John Elledge. "Though skeptical at first she ended up loving it."