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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



Rolls Royce announces a $340,000 SUV

There's nothing ostentatious about the Rolls Royce Cullinan, named after the famed 3,000 carat diamond.

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Open Carry T-shirts are an invitation to be shot by cops

The only difference between Open Carry T-Shirts and the Please Kill Me T-shirt that Richard Hell wore is that the Open Carry T-Shirts will really get you killed. Junior sizes available!

Final season of Mad Men will take place in 1976

The final season of Mad Men launches April 5. The episodes will take place in 1976, sixteen years after we first met Don Draper and Peggy Olson. Watch a teaser below.

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Drone Racing, Star Wars pod style

Kevin Kelly says: "Racers wear goggles and drive with a first person view (FPV). This video is in French, but there are now races all over the world, including of course the Bay Area" [via]

This doctor made a blind man see and an autistic boy speak

Psychiatrist Norman Doidge, who is on the faculty of the University of Toronto, uses sensory stimulation "to change the structure and function of brain circuits" in people with chronic pain, autism, and Parkinson's. Manuela Hoelterhoff of Bloomberg Business interviewed him about his work, which Doidge has written about in his new book, The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity.

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Reptilian elite allow human to become US drug czar

The lizard people who control the U.S. Senate confirmed President Obama’s nomination of Michael Botticelli to be the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (aka drug czar). Unlike the zero-tolerance drug warriors who preceded him, Botticelli has a background in public health, and is a proponent of medication-assisted treatment.

In the three years that he has played a leadership role in the drug czar’s office, Botticelli has demonstrated his commitment to advancing more science-based and compassionate drug policies. In public remarks, Botticelli has emphasized the need to expand treatment to people who need it, reduce stigma associated with drug use, and reduce collateral consequences following a conviction.

Advocates have praised Botticelli for supporting improved access to naloxone – a drug that rapidly reverses opiate overdoses - and promoting “Good Samaritan” laws that provide protection from drug possession charges when an overdose witness seeks medical attention.

Advocates also have praised Botticelli for leading an effort by the Obama administration to promote medication-assisted treatment. Last week, Botticelli announced a new policy barring federal funding for drug courts that do not allow participation in medication-assisted treatment programs.

New Drug Czar is Better Than Predecessors

Suction-cup glass markers are a simple way to cut back on dishwashing

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My kids are in the habit of using a new glass every time they get a drink of water. As a result, the top rack of our dishwasher fills up much faster than the bottom rack.

I bought a set of 13 squishy rubber Creepy Creatures suction-cup glass markers ($4) so everyone in the family can claim a water glass for the day. These markers were meant for halloween party wineglasses, but they stick to water glasses any time of the years. We keep them on the tile backsplash under the glass cabinet. markers-2

Need a bong in Mexico? Walmart has you covered

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Weed smokers in Playa del Carmen, Mexico are undoubtedly going to be pleased that the local Walmart sells bongs and pot pipes.

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Man buys $5.99 watch at Goodwill, sells it for $35,000

Zach Norris of Phoenix entered a Goodwill to buy a golf equipment carrier. On his way out, he rummaged through the used watch bin and found a watch with "LeCoultre Deep Sea Alarm" on the dial, priced at $5.99.

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Saul Bass: famous movie title sequences from Preminger to Scorsese

Saul Bass (1920-1996) was the inventor and master of modern movie title designs.

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Coltrane's Blue Train played note-for-note on a recorder

I can't begin to imagine how much practice he put in to nail this.

Jeb Bush motivational posters

The smart one of the family shares his wisdom.

Harvey Kurtzman’s Jungle Book — forgotten 50s classic re-issued in the quality format it deserves

Here’s a very brief history of humorist Harvey Kurtzman’s career: He created the comic book MAD for EC comics in 1952. EC’s publisher, William Gaines, owned MAD outright, and refused to give Kurtzman a percentage. Kurtzman’s new friend, Hugh Hefner (a MAD fan who created Playboy) lured Kurtzman away from MAD by letting Kurtzman launch an expensive color humor magazine for Playboy called Trump. But Hefner shut it down after two issues and Kurtzman was out of a job.

Kurtzman couldn’t go back to MAD, and he never regained his footing. He tried publishing his own magazine, Humbug. It failed. He tried again with a magazine called HELP! It, too, suffered a similar end.

It’s a sad fate for this brilliant humorist and cartoonist, who nurtured the careers of many successful creators, including Robert Crumb, Terry Gilliam, and Art Spiegelman. Crumb, who contributed to Kurtzman’s HELP!, called Kurtzman a “tragic hero.”

Jungle Book was Kurtzman’s attempt to produce an ongoing series of long-form satirical comic stories over which he retained creative control. in 1959 he proposed the idea to paperback publisher Ian Ballantine, who had made a great deal of money publishing MAD paperbacks consisting of reprints of MAD magazine articles (almost all of which were written by Kurtzman). Based on the past success of the MAD paperbacks, Jungle Book would surely be a success, figured Kurtzman and Ballantine. As Denis Kitchen, producer of this new edition of Jungle Book, writes in his essay, “Both men would be very disappointed.”

The original Jungle Book paperback was a commercial flop. Kurtzman, who had a wife and three kids (one of them severely autistic) to support, never earned out his puny $1,500 advance. To add insult to injury, the Ballantine edition was poorly printed on cheap pulp paper, making Kurtzman’s delicate line art and sumptuously varied ink washes look crude and blotchy. He never did another Jungle Book again.

This 2014 edition, edited and designed by John Lind, is how Jungle Book should have been presented. Kurtzman’s four satirical stories (lampooning popular TV show genres of the era) are a treat to behold. This edition includes great new material, including the aforementioned article by Kitchen, an introduction by Kurtzman protégé Gilbert Shelton (creator of the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers), another introduction by another protégé, Art Spiegelman, and an interview with cartoonists Peter Poplaski and Robert Crumb about the book. It’s a fitting tribute to a talented, unlucky creative genius.

Jungle Book is the first volume published in the “Essential Kurtzman” series that cartoonist and underground comic book publisher Denis Kitchen launched at Dark Horse.

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Short micro-USB bendy charging cables

These 7-inch bendy micro-USB charging cables come in handy for travel and desktop use. Amazon sells them for $8, but you can get 3 for $14 from StackSocial.

Montana is so afraid of fake nipples they want to jail people who show them in public

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If you want to show your fake nipple in Montana, do it before HB 365 gets passed, or you could face a $500 fine and 6 months in the county jail.

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Woman in minivan beats up driver in high-speed police chase

A fast-driving moron fleeing from the police slammed into a minivan stopped at an intersection in Texas. The woman driving the minivan jumped out and beat him up. She was soon joined by the passenger of the minivan, who threw the driver on the ground just as the police arrived. [via]

WATCH: American kids react to breakfasts from around the world

American kids attempt to eat traditional breakfasts from Korea, Brazil, Finland, Vietnam, Poland, and Netherlands.

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Beckett — a Quinn Martin Production

"A short lived detective drama from 1972. Never caught on with the American public."

Uncertainty over why rabbit prefers to walk on its front legs

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This bunny was one of many purchased by a Chinese zoo as live food for some of the animals it keeps.

No one at the zoo knows why the bunny walks like this, but I do: a little female spider taught the bunny how to walk on its front legs, making it a national sensation and sparing it from the jaws of a giant python. [via]

Man, jailed for 3 months, released after "drugs" turn out to be vitamins

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Minnesota cops pulled over Joseph Burrell for driving out of a grocery store parking lot without turning on his headlights.

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How to decapitate strawberries with the push of a button

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It didn't take me long to get the hang of the Stem Gem Strawberry Huller ($8), and once I did, I was able remove the stem and core of strawberries much faster than I could with a knife.

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Will you play the "Red and Black" card game?

Will you take the bet?

I propose a card game. I’ll shuffle an ordinary deck of cards and turn up the cards in pairs. If both cards in a given pair are black, I’ll give them to you. If both are red, I’ll take them. And if one is black and one red, then we’ll put them aside, belonging to no one.

You pay a dollar for the privilege of playing the game, and then we’ll go through the whole deck. When the game is over, if you have no more cards than I do, you pay nothing. But for every card that you have more than I, I’ll pay you 3 dollars. Should you play this game?

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This jar of peanut butter costs $761 and you aren't supposed to eat it

BB no-prize contest: Write TV commercial jingle lyrics for "Standard Reference Material No. 2387" peanut butter.

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Adhesive bras: a 1949 fashion trend that dropped off quickly

From LIFE magazine archives: a photo gallery of adhesive bra models.

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Kara Swisher interviews Obama about security, gov't spying

Re/code's Kara Swisher interviewed President Obama for 25 minutes, and asked him good questions about online security and government spying.

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LG executive indicted for vandalizing Samsung washing machines

Jo Seong-jin, head of LG's home appliances division, didn't toss a brick into a Samsung washing machine at an appliance trade show in Berlin, but he has been indicted in South Korea on charges of vandalizing $2,700 Samsung washing machines with his bare hands. LG says the problem isn't with Jo; it's with Samsung's machine, which is "particularly weak on the hinges." [via]

Watch what happens when you toss a brick in a washing machine

Category: Entertainment -- Throwing bricks and other heavy objects into washing machines and recording their self-destruction.

A quicker way to do it:

Human vs eight-switch Useless Machine

The Useless Machine Advanced Edition: eight times more useless than the original!

WATCH: Ryan reacts to becoming one of the top finalists to die on Mars

Ryan MacDonald, the intelligent young virgin who volunteered to die on Mars, just found out he made it into round 3 of the Mars One astronaut selection process. He's in the top 100. Watch Ryan learning the good news and sharing it with his grandparents.

Also selected, 24-year-old Maggie Lieu (above), who said, "I’m very open to having a baby on Mars … My baby could be the first ever Martian: we’d be the Adam and Eve of Mars."

A World of Characters: advertising icons from the Warren Dotz collection

Here's a short video about the advertising icons exhibit curated by pop culture historian Warren Dotz.

RELATED: Advertising characters exhibit at the SFO International Terminal