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

Silicone spoon spatula: essential kitchen tool


When I need to scoop, scrape, or stir, I reach for my silicone spoon spatula. It's got a steel interior to make it rigid (but springy), and is covered in silicone, which can handle 600 degrees F without burning. The surface is slightly textured so it doesn't slip out of my hand when I'm scraping out precious morsels of buttery pressure-cooked sweet potatoes from the cooker.

Also: it's skinny enough to fit in most jars, and cleans up with hot water and a wipedown.

It's the best $10 I've spent equipping my kitchen.

iSi Basics Silicone Spoon Spatula ($10)

Xmas tree: symbol of joy or blazing death torch?


For sheer excitement value I'm going with blazing death torch.

WATCH: Life hacks for kids

Our family friend Sunny is a great ukulele player and project maker. Here's here new web series, Life Hacks for Kids.

What happens when you shoot a ball from a cannon in the back of a moving truck?

"Mythbusters fire a soccer ball at 50mph out of a cannon on a truck driving at 50mph in the opposite direction." [via]

Artist turns the world into a museum


Among other pranksterish activities, Artist Miguel Marquez creates works of art simply by adding signage to things that are already there.

WATCH: Make a cool spinning pencil toy

Arvind Gupta, master of making toys from trash, shows you how.

Blue Estate - a dirty, gritty graphic novel about organized crime

One of my favorite comic book series in recent years is Viktor Kalvachev’s Blue Estate, a hardboiled crime series that takes place in modern day Los Angeles. It’s got a sleazy action hero actor with a passing resemblance to Steven Seagal, the Russian Mafia, the Italian Mafia, a geeky fanboy private eye in his 40s, a B-movie actress, drugs, alcohol, strippers, hookers, and seedy establishments.

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WATCH: What Is Life? Is Death Real?

What Is Life? Is Death Real? Neither of this questions are answered in this video, but the narrator has an appealing authoritave voice, and the animation is fantastic.

WATCH: Dog frightened by pineapple


Cheney insists rectal feeding was for medical reasons, not torture

The former US vice president was on TV this weekend to defend the Bush administration torture program that he oversaw. His argument was that the 9/11 terrorists were the real torturers and therefore how dare anyone say the US's “enhanced interrogation techniques” were wrong?

He swatted away evidence contained in the Senate intelligence committee report into the CIA programme that a suspect later found to be innocent froze to death having been shackled naked to a cell wall, and that detainees were rectally infused with food, refusing to accept a torture definition for either example.

“Torture to me is an American citizen on a cell phone making a last call to his four young daughters shortly before he burns to death on the upper levels of the Trade Center in New York City on 9/11,” Cheney said.

“There’s a notion that there’s moral equivalence between what the terrorists did and what we do, and that’s absolutely not true. We were very careful to stay short of torture.”

Cheney insists 'rectal feeding' was for medical reasons, not torture

Festus Rotgut: Zombie Cowboy -- 6-pack comic book

Presented for your entertainment: a complete zombie comic story, told on beer bottle labels. By Jason Aaron and Walking Dead co-creator Tony Moore.

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Espresso cups that spark joy


I measured the Bialetti 06816 Bicchierini Espresso Cups using Marie Kondo's yardstick.* I'm keeping them.

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WATCH: Dogs who wear clothes and walk on two legs

A country girl

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Beverly Johnson says Bill Cosby gave her drugged espresso

In Vanity Fair, supermodel Beverly Johnson shares her account of being drugged and assaulted by Bill Cosby.

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