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Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects



Adrian Tomine's New York Postcards

Our friends at Drawn and Quarterly have published New York Postcards: 30 Illustrations from the Pages of The New Yorker and Beyond, by Adrian Tomine. It's based on his lovely book, New York Drawings, which I excerpted here. See sample postcards

17-year-old plays side two of Abbey Road with various instruments

[Video Link] 17-year-old Dylan Gardner says: "In honor of the Beatles breakup on April 10, 1970, I decided to cover the entire second side of their last album, Abbey Road, with different instruments for 15-second intervals. Abbey Road has always stuck with me as an incredible ending note for a great career that the Beatles have put together. It's just me around the house having a blast covering my heroes!"

I asked Dylan how he made these videos (which will appear on his Instagram feed). He answered: "The Beatles have been such a huge part of my musical upbringing, so I couldn't think of a better afternoon than stealing my parents' new video camera and running around my empty house covering the better side of Abbey Road in Instagram-sized videos. I'd tie a zip tie around the camera to hold angles as I grabbed as many miscellaneous instruments as I could. I made a mess of the house, but the bright side is this isn't the last time I'll do that..."

Dylan's debut album, Adventures in Real Time is set to be released on May 13th.

Staph bacteria thank you for using antimicrobial soap

People who tested positive for triclosan were "twice as likely to have the bug Staphylococcus aureus living in their noses... when bacteria are exposed to sublethal levels of antibiotics, they get stressed, and they attach to surfaces and hunker down, in things we call biofilms." -- Scientific American Mark 5

Breather is like an Airbnb by the hour

If you are in New York or Montreal and need a place to work, chill-out, or engage in an activity you'd like to perform behind closed doors, check out Breather. For $15 - $25 per hour, you can rent a comfortable commercial space and take care of business.

Watch for blind people popular with sighted people

Hyungsoo Kim's wristwatch allows blind people to tell the time by feeling a metal ball in a circular groove. Sighted people want the watch too, because they can check the time without being rude to the person telling them a boring story. It's a handsome watch! (Via Marginal Revolution)

15 excellent but little-known movies

Roger Ebert's number one film of 1987, David Mamet's House of Games is about a psychiatrist coming to the aid of a compulsive gambler and being led by a smooth-talking grifter into the shadowy but compelling world of stings, scams, and con men.

A nice movie list from mgolf on Reddit. I've seen Shattered Glass (2003), The Player (1992), and House of Games (1987) and liked all three, so I've added the other 12 he mentions here on my list of movies to watch.

A video history of Last Gasp comics

[Video Link] Last Gasp comics has posted the first video in a series called "This Moment in Last Gasp History." This one is about publisher Ron Turner's involvement in a scandalous political fundraising party that resulted in the following New York Times headline: "Political 'Party' Goes So Far, Even San Francisco Is Aghast."

In a recent episode of Gweek, Last Gasp marketing director Janelle Hessig told me: "Ron Turner regularly stops by my desk at Last Gasp and tells me crazy stories about Last Gasp history (smuggling comics into the Hanoi Hilton, smuggling comics to Fidel Castro, Last Gasp sponsoring a Formula 1 race car, goats in taxi cabs, weird 70s sex parties, you name it). I don’t have the means to write Ron’s biography so I’m turning some of these stories into short videos."

Sean Lennon's music video “Animals” (NSFW)

[Video Link] I love this trippy new music video from Sean Lennon's band, The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger. It looks like it was shot at the Alta Dena, California ranch of the late Colonel Jirayr Zorthian. David and I attended one of Zorthian's parties years ago and it was exactly like this video. (Side note: Richard Feynman took painting lessons from Zorthian and paid him by giving physics lessons to Zorthian).

The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger (AKA the GOASTT) consists of Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl. Bringing to mind the likes of Tame Impala and the Flaming Lips, who Lennon recently performed with on Letterman, the duo has grown in popularity since we first heard them on “Jardin Du Luxembourg.” This month they release the new album Midnight Sun and today they’re sharing the Rich Ragsdale-directed music video for its song “Animals.”

“It’s a loving spoof of the Source Family, that infamous ’60s cult of polygamous vegetarian hippies. We shot it on 35 millimeter and were inspired by the surrealist aesthetics of Jowdorowsky and Kenneth Anger,” Kemp Muhl tells us. That explanation doesn’t even seem necessary once you see how much the video embraces the playfully strange style of a film like Jowdorowsky’s Holy Mountain (which, incidentally, came to fruition thanks to the support of Lennon’s parents). The whole clip is framed around a massive, cultish sing-along and filled to the brim with surreal special effects, spaceships, and nudity.

The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger – “Animals” Video (NSFW)

Blood alcohol level guessing game

Rob Cockerham says: "This past St. Patrick's Day I set up a table on the streets of Sacramento asking people to guess their own Blood Alcohol Level. After they guessed, I tested them with a breathalyzer. People loved it! Of 92 drinkers, 13 were able to guess their blood alcohol correctly. It was pretty obvious that most drinkers don't actually know what .08 feels like."

Guess your blood alcohol level booth

Enormous collection of '50s-'70s counterculture books, comix, and ephemera up for auction

Yippie: Festival of Life announcement, Aug. 25-30, [1968]. The first page of text is authored by Jerry Rubin: "American is carnivorous. She eats the world for dessert... What's needed is a generation of people who are freaky, crazy, irrational, sexy, angry, irreligious, childish and mad: people who burn draft cards, burn high school and college degrees: people who say: 'To hell with your goals!'; people who lure the youth with music, pot and acid: people who re-define reality, who re-define the normal; People who break with the status-is-role-title-consumer game..."

Ben Marks of Collectors Weekly says:

The last of three PBA Galleries auctions featuring books from Rick Synchef's encyclopedic collection of counter/drug-culture literature will be held this Thursday, April 10, 2014, at 11am. The crown jewel is a complete set of all 17 volumes of Crumb Comics, published as signed, limited editions by Fantagraphics. Also included is a signed, first edition hardcover of Timothy Leary's "The Politics of Ecstasy," and a signed Yippie Festival of Life announcement, which encouraged people to attend the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in 1968 (included in the 5-page pamphlet are instructions on how to make a fire bomb and homemade DMT).

Here's the link to the entire catalog

Remix "The Fifth Beatle" - win a signed limited edition!

I recently reviewed The Fifth Beatle: The Brain Epstein Story, written by Vivek J. Tiwary and illustrated by Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker. It is one of the great graphic novels, destined to be a classic. Here's what I wrote in my review on Wink:

The Fifth Beatle is Vivek J. Tiwary’s fascinating, cinematic account of Beatles manager Brian Epstein’s determination to ignore the chorus of rejections and take The Beatles far beyond where any musical group had gone before — to a place occupied by a handful of religious figures and charismatic world leaders. And Epstein accomplished it, despite the fact that he was Jewish in a culture of strong anti-semitism, and gay when being gay was a felony. That he was able to do what he did in six years (he died of an accidental drug overdose when he was 32 years old) is astounding.

Wink is holding a giveaway of the rare signed, numbered, slipcased "Limited Edition" of The Fifth Beatle, which is limited to 1500 copies, signed by all three creators and comes with an exclusive tip-in page of art. To win, all you have to do is write your own text for the word balloons in the panel above. (Clockwise L-R John Lennon, George Harrison, Brian Epstein, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney. NOTE: John has 2 balloons.) The entries will be judged by Vivek J. Tiwary himself, and he will select the winner. The contest ends at noon Pacific time on April 10, 2014, the day Brian Epstein is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Good luck!

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There are more ways to arrange a deck of cards than atoms on Earth

[Video Link]There are roughly 80,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 unique ways to order 52 playing cards. “Any time you pick up a well shuffled deck, you are almost certainly holding an arrangement of cards that has never before existed and might not exist again.” (Via Adafruit Industries)

Tenzi: fast dice game with simple rules

My friend, Kent Barnes, told me about Tenzi, a simple dice game. The object of the game is to end up with all of your dice showing the same number.

Here's how to play: Each player gets 10 dice. When one of the players says "go!" everyone rolls their dice. After the first roll, you set the dice with the most matches, and roll the remaining dice to try to match the ones you've set aside. You don't take turns; you just roll as quickly as you can. It usually takes less than a minute for someone to win. It seems idiotically simple. It's more fun than it sounds.

We play a variation: the winner of the previous round gets to choose the point number (between 1 and 6), and everyone has to try to match their dice to that number.

Tenzi $14

1930 stop-motion movie of a metal-eating bird

[Video Link] "Excerpt from a bizarre early stop-motion animation piece featuring Charley Bowers and a metal-eating bird. The creature devours junk from an auto scrapyard, then lays an egg that hatches and grows into a brand new car! Very impressive FX and way before CGI. Directed by Harold L. Muller." (Via Magic Transistor)

Groovy 1970s song: "Sort of Soul" by Birds 'N Brass

"The brainchild of Keith Roberts, Birds 'N Brass derived their unique sound from conventional brass, guitar, etc and fused this with the wonderful voice of Barbara Moore (an album from her coming over the weekend) and with the Trivox, a weird electronic accordion."

Birds 'N Brass - Soundsational (1970)

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