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



NFL launches softball probe into its handling of Ray Rice case

goodellA law enforcement official says he sent the infamous elevator video of football player Ray Rice delivering a knockout punch to his fiancee's face back in April. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has previously insisted that no one in the NFL was aware of the video until TMZ posted it on Monday.

Two get to the bottom of things commissioner Goodell has hired two of his most ardent yes-men cronies to conduct an "independent" investigation into its handling of the Rice case.

The probe will be overseen by owners John Mara of the New York Giants and Art Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers, two of Goodell's strongest supporters. Both are members of key NFL committees and have closely advised Goodell throughout his tenure.

Former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III will lead the probe.

The law firm where Mueller is now a partner, WilmerHale, has connections to the NFL. The firm has represented Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, and several former members of the firm have taken positions with NFL teams.

The forthcoming probe will surely uncover an appropriately disposal "rogue actor" amongst the NFL's low-level staff to blame.

Drop of snake venom turns bowl of blood into Jell-O

I don't want a job as a Russell's viper milker.

Making a cotton candy flower

It's always fun to watch a craftsman at work.

Tim Ferriss interviews Kevin Kelly

kevinkellysfI have frequent bouts of insomnia, the kind where I fall asleep easily but wake up at 2am and have trouble falling back asleep. One of the best ways for me to go back to sleep is listening to a podcast. I tried that last week with Tim Ferriss' 3-part podcast interview Kevin Kelly, but I was so interested that I couldn't fall asleep. I've know Kevin since the late 1980s when he was editor of the Whole Earth Review and I traded him a subscription to the magazine for a subscription to bOING bOING, but he is still full of surprises!

What's in the podcast:

  • Kevin Kelly’s biggest regret
  • His lesson in finding contentment in minimalism and “volunteer simplicity”
  • How he realized that writing actually creates ideas
  • Why he promised himself that he would never resort to teaching English while traveling abroad
  • The “creator’s dilemma,” or how you have to go lower to get higher
  • Why you don’t want to be a billionaire
  • His realizations after doing a “6 months until death” challenge
  • His Kickstarter-funded project linking angels and robots
  • Why a self-proclaimed ex-hippie waited until his 50th birthday to try LSD for the first time
  • Why a population implosion is probable in the next 100 years
  • The greatest gift you can give to your child
  • The criteria for Amish technology assimilation
  • What technology-free sabbaticals can do for you
  • Long Now Foundation’s vision of a better civilization
  • The graphic novel for young people on how to become indispensable
  • His favorite fiction book
  • The great resource Kevin compiled for documentary lovers
  • How he accumulated enough books to fill a two-story library
  • Mythbuster’s Adam Savage’s organizational method, which transformed Kevin’s life
  • The project that everyone should undertake at least once in life
  • The advice he would give to his younger self

The Tim Ferriss Show: Interview of Kevin Kelly, Co-Founder of WIRED, Polymath, Most Interesting Man In The World?

Ethan Nadelmann on Democracy Now : Pot Decriminalization Advances in the U.S

Ethan Nadelmann, founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance speaks with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now about the growing movement for drug decriminalization that is moving ahead in the United States.

On Monday, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said he would sign a bill that would make Philadelphia the largest city in the country to decriminalize marijuana possession. Just two weeks ago, the City Council in Santa Fe voted to decriminalize marijuana. Earlier this year, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray signed a bill to decriminalize possession of up to an ounce of marijuana in the U.S. capital.

Ballot initiatives on legalization of marijuana will go before voters in Oregon, Florida and Alaska in November. This comes two years after voter initiatives in Colorado and Washington state legalized recreational marijuana.

The full segment which also includes the Global Commission and its release of their new report "Taking Control: Pathways to Drug Polices the Work" can be seen here.

Anna Wintour answers 73 questions

annaVogue’s Editor in Chief provides brief answers to 73 questions. She doesn't stop to think for a second before answering them. If you have not seen the documentary about Wintour, The September Issue, I recommend it!

Zak Ebrahim: "I am the son of a terrorist"

Zak Ebrahim, son of the man who helped plan the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, gave this moving TED talk (Watch the full video here). He also has a new book out, called The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice

Cannabis Pharmacy: the practical guide to medical marijuana

Written by Michael Backes, a respected expert in the field, Cannabis Pharmacy is the most comprehensive, easy-to-use book available on understanding and using medical marijuana, with evidence-based information on using cannabis for ailments and conditions, plus a comprehensive guide to the most popular varieties.

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The true story of Iron Eyes Cody, America's favorite crying Indian

Every time I watch this "crying Indian" PSA from 1971 I get emotional. It stars Iron Eyes Cody, and Pricenomics tells his story.

Iron Eyes Cody, or “Espera Oscar de Corti,” was born in a rural southwestern Louisiana town on April 3, 1904, the second of four children. His parents, Antonio de Corti and Francesca Salpietra had both emigrated from Sicily, Italy just a few years prior.

Even after his history was revealed, Iron Eyes Cody refused to admit the truth behind it. He continued to wear his braided wig, headdress, and moccasins, and was unrelenting in supporting the Native American community.

The True Story of 'The Crying Indian'

Fantastic photos from 1969 Life book, Drugs

Nothing screams DRUGS! as much as middle-aged dudes posing next to pop art paper collages.

From DRUGS, a volume in the Life Science Library. This version 1969, originally published 1967. Background artwork by Donald Miller and Yale Joel, collaged (ie photos added) by David Gordon and Nancy Genet.

(Via Found Objects)

The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics

The astonishingly prolific author/scientist Clifford Pickover (see the review of his Book of Black for a list of some of his other books) is a math enthusiast with a talent for ferreting out fascinating anecdotes about math, and writing them in a way that inspires wonder.

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Card tricks with Willie Nelson

We agree with The World's Best Ever's statement about Willie Nelson: "Without a doubt, one of the top 3 people we’d want to hang out with on earth."

Philips LED light bulb is comically flattened

I replaced all the bulbs in my house with fluorescent bulbs a few years ago, and now I'm replacing the fluorescents with LED bulbs. The best I've tried so far is the Philips 10.5-watt Slim Style Dimmable A19 LED Light Bulb ($10), which has 26 LEDs in it. One of my favorite things about it is the shape -- it looks like a light bulb with the air let out. I made a quick video so you can see what it looks like.

Despite the odd shape, the light it gives off is even and steady. It does a poor job with a dimmer, though -- it strobes annoyingly. Anyone know of an LED bulb that you can dim without strobing?

Yahoo's Apple Rumor Scoreboard

The clock -- or should I say wrist-based digital life-enhancement technology, for Apple's product roll-out show is ticking and Yahoo Tech has a rumor scoreboard that offers up-to-the-second updates on products rumored to be announced tomorrow.