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



Anonymous portable library that constantly receives free data from space

Lantern is an Indiegogo funded project that receives data transmitted by satellite. You can pre-order one for $100.

Lantern continuously receives radio waves broadcast by Outernet from space. Lantern turns the signal into digital files, like webpages, news articles, ebooks, videos, and music. Lantern can receive and store any type of digital file on its internal drive. To view the content stored in Lantern, turn on the Wi-Fi hotspot and connect to Lantern with any Wi-Fi enabled device. All you need is a browser.

The Dislike Club - a new weekly miniseries podcast

The Dislike Club is an ambitious program that will feature luminaries talking about where we are in 2014 when it comes to internet culture and internet and society. Guests include Ethan Zuckerman, Gabriella Coleman, Paul Ford, and Astra Taylor, as well as a group of people who never joined Facebook, coming together to debate what they should do about what they feel is an invasion of their privacy by the big social media sites.

Street Angel print by Jim Rugg

When a jr. varsity street gang corners a stray dog in a dead-end alley, Street Angel springs into action!

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Gadgets Giveaway: DaVinci Ascent Vaporizer!

This week, Mark and Xeni discuss their dueling carry-on bag picks and other travel faves, as well as this week’s gadget giveaway — the Ascent Vaporizer by DaVinci. Enter to win by Nov. 17!

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Mophie Space Pack - phone case with battery and extra storage

Lately I’ve been buying card magic instructional DVDs (I recommend the Royal Road To Card Magic by R. Paul Wilson 5-DVD Boxed Set in conjunction with the classic book of the same name). I wanted to watch these DVDs on my iPhone while on a plane, so I used Handbrake, a free open source video transcoder, to rip the DVDs into MP4 files.

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Trucks spray manure on government buildings

GIFs of French farmers "protesting government agricultural policies by covering government buildings in manure and pelting police with apples."

WATCH: Darth Vader quotes cruel passages from the Bible

Darth Vader is showing less mercy than usual here. [via]

Robert E. McGinnis - the king of paperback cover art

Today, people buy books on Amazon based on recommendations and reviews. But before that, people browsed in bookstores, airport kiosks, drug stores, and newsstands with precious little information to go on (unless the author was famous). That’s why cover art was so important – shoppers judged books by their cover. And the best cover artist of the mid-20th century was Robert E McGinnis. A new book, The Art of Robert E McGinnis, showcases this major talent.

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A writer spends forty years looking for his bully. Why?

In this week's New Yorker, Allen Kurzweil details his forty-year-long hunt for his childhood boarding-school tormentor, and his discovery that the former twelve-year-old bully had grown up to be a convicted felon. He has also written a book about it, called Whipping Boy.

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Movie poster for imaginary sequel to They Live

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Matt Haley, you are cruel. This is his poster for an imaginary sequel to John Carpenter's 1988 social satire classic, They Live. If it were only so.

See Haley's poster along with many other fake movie posters at the 8-Bit Gallery in Los Angeles. The show is called SEQUEL: Artists Imagine Movie Sequels That Were Never Made and it opens tonight.

How to recycle old milk jugs and bottle caps into colorful plastic bricks

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Peter Brown grinds up plastic jugs and bottle caps in a blender, then melts them into bricks. He uses the bricks as stock to turn on his lathe. I want to make one just to admire it.

Disturbing image hidden in a toy purchased at dollar store

A mother who purchased an "Evil Stick" for her 3-year-old was unhappy when she found it contained a disturbing image. She wants the store to remove the item from its shelves.

It looks like a magic fairy princess wand but when you push the button it laughs manically and a light flashes behind the foil star top, revealing a picture of a demonic woman cutting herself with a knife.

America is crazy when it comes to drugs

Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, delivered this TED Talk at TEDGlobal 2014 about the insanity of the drug war.

The reason some drugs are legal and others are not has nothing to do with science or health or the risk of drugs, and everything to do with who uses, and is perceived to use, certain drugs. If the principal smokers of cocaine were affluent older white men and the principal users of Viagra were young black men, using Viagra would land you time behind bars.

Veronica Belmont recommends some of her favorite tools

This week on the Cool Tools show Veronica Belmont shared some of the tools that make her life as a professional podcaster for the show Sword & Laser a little easier: Patreon and Levelator. She also recommends Rootcup and Ello.

Reed Crandall original comic art

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Cartoonist Reed Crandall was one of EC Comics' many superstars in the 1950s, drawing stories for Crime SuspenStories, Shock SuspenStories, Tales from the Crypt, Two-Fisted Tales, The Vault of Horror, Extra!, Impact, Piracy, Weird Fantasy, and Weird Science-Fantasy. As a freelancer, he drew stories for various publishers. His splash page from “Hot Spell” in Warren's Creepy #7 (1966) shows why Crandall was one of the greats. (Full-size page)