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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

Weekend of Wonder: The incredible animatronic sculptures of Thomas Kuntz

Artist Thomas Kuntz constructs fantastic animatronic mechanisms that recreate scenes from the best nightmares you've ever had.Read the rest

Bizarre illustrations from old men's adventure magazines

Soon after American soldiers returned home from World War II, a new type of magazine was created for them – the man’s adventure magazine. With names like, Peril, Male, Real Men, Men in Conflict, Stag, Man’s Epic, and Man-to-Man, these magazines featured “true” stories about vicious animal encounters, sexually demented Nazis, sadistic communist spies, bloodthirsty headhunters, and whip-cracking women in leather bikinis. The sensationalist articles and outrageously lurid cover art were xenophobic, racist, misogynist, and gratuitously violent. They turned the things readers feared into cartoonish caricatures that could be defeated by a rugged cleft-chinned hero with a torn shirt and a blood-stained bowie knife.

It's A Man's World, edited by Adam Parfrey, is a fascinating coffee table book containing hundreds of covers, depicting everything from Fidel Castro about to snub out his lit cigar on the bosom of a half-clothed damsel in distress, to an absurd weasel attack (cover line: “Weasels Ripped my Flesh”). It includes a history of the magazines showing their origins in “cowboys and Indians” magazines and war propaganda posters, and has profiles and interviews with the journalists and illustrators who cranked out content for the magazines during their heyday of the 1950s - 1970s.

It's A Man's World: Men's Adventure Magazines, The Postwar Pulps

It's A Man's World
by Adam Parfrey (editor)
Feral House
2015, 320 pages, 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
$17 Buy a copy on Amazon

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

People of all ages offer words of wisdom to their younger counterparts

"Being a starving artist only works if you actually make art." This is just one of many excellent life tips offered by people ranging from 6-years-old to 93-years olds in a video made by CBC Radio WireTap, called "How to Age Gracefully."


Man catches a fish from high rise balcony

Vitaly Petrukhin says: "In Taiwan in the downtown Keelung, from the terrace of his apartment, a man managed to catch a fish with a fishing pole while the animal is several tens of meters down in a small river. When he feels that he has made, man rewinds the wire on the reel and seems very happy with his decision."


Watch: runner celebrates before crossing finish line, gives up bronze medal

Molly Huddle was set to win the bronze medal in the 10,000 meter run at the IAAF Track and Field World Championships in Beijing on Monday, but as she approached the finish line she slowed down to savor her achievement and her teammate Emily Infield whipped by her to take third place.

“I just ran through the line,” Infield told Universal Sports. “I feel a little guilty because I feel like Molly let up a little. I don’t think she realized how close I was. I was just trying to run through the line. I’m really thrilled.”

(I don't know much about sports, but it strikes me as unusual that the athletes' names are "Infield" and "Huddle." Are the other teammates named "Dribble" and "Slapshot?")


Photo of a kitchen damaged by a pressure cooker explosion

Here's what happens when the safety features on a pressure cooker fail. It also shows why pressure cookers are used by bad people to make bombs.


Pete Best, the Beatles' original drummer, still doesn't know why he was fired


In 1960 a Liverpool band called the Silver Beatles asked Pete Best to join them as drummer. Best was already in a band called the Blackjacks, but he took the gig and for the next two years he played with the band (which eventually dropped "Silver" from its name). When the band auditioned with Decca, Best played drums on the first recording of "Love Me Do." Things went downhill quickly from there, writes Maggie Malach of Mental Floss:

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Build this brain-teasing golf ball in a block of wood

Gareth Branwyn is blogging for Make, and I've been enjoying his posts. Take a look at this golf ball inside a cage that's hogged out of a single piece of wood.

How to make cool copper wire tiaras with LEDs

The Exploratorium's Tinkering Studio has a nice tutorial on how to make tiaras/copper crowns with copper wire, solder, batteries, and LEDs.

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Campaign to fund movie about the inventor of the game Operation

Tim Walsh says: "As you may have heard, last October my friend Peggy Brown and I created a Crowdfunding campaign to help the inventor of Operation, John Spinello, pay for oral surgery he couldn’t afford. Because of lots of amazing people, John recently had his first oral surgery! John’s spirit and positive attitude are absolutely contagious. Despite the raw deal he struck in 1964, when he sold his patent for $500 and forfeited his right to royalties on Operation – which went onto sell over 45 million copies – he’s not at all bitter. Instead, he focuses on the joy his game has given to so many millions of kids and families.

"A funny thing happened on the way to helping out our fellow inventor and friend: We fell in love with the guy! And we weren’t the only ones. Our campaign invited people to write to John and share their stories with him. He received over 2,500 notes of thanks and encouragement. Some of the email came from nurses, doctors and surgeons. They wrote to thank John for inventing a game that inspired them to enter the medical field. John’s story of validation and recognition after a 50 year wait is amazing. He learned that the game he invented has touched many more people, in many more ways, than he could have ever imagined. This is our film: Buzz Heard ‘Round the World: The Inventor of Operation and the Power of Play! We’re halfway through filming. Peggy and I have $25,000 of our own money into the production."

Watch profile of Alan Adler, inventor of the Aeropress coffee maker

I use my beloved Aeropress coffee maker every day when I'm at home. Cory actually travels with his! Filmmaker and photographer David Friedman profiled the inventor of the Aeropress, Alan Adler. He is also the inventor of the Aeorobie Flying Ring.

Some inventions are just a better way to do something that’s already being done – an improvement on a product. Other inventions are pretty new and I would say that the Aeropress Coffee Maker is quite new. …When you look at the coffee brewing process, it’s interesting that it’s really just a succession of of shorter and shorter processes. A hundred years ago, people used to throw some grounds of coffee into a pot and boil it for as long as an hour. Whereas in 1950, there was quite a leap forward in coffee making called the “automatic drip machine” and it took about 5 minutes. The Aeropress cuts that time of 5 minutes down to about one minute.

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Man explains why he likes using Ashley Madison


David, a 43-year-old Californian, told Kristen V. Brown of Fusion why he has been a happy Ashley Madison member for nearly a decade. He signed up, he says, because his wife wasn't interested in having sex with him.

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Trump supporters in Alabama give reasons why they'll vote for him


“Hopefully, he’s going to sit there and say, ‘When I become elected president, what we’re going to do is we’re going to make the border a vacation spot, it’s going to cost you $25 for a permit, and then you get $50 for every confirmed kill. That’d be one nice thing.” -- 53-year-old Jim Sherota, one of 30,000 people who attended the Donald Trump rally in Mobile, Alabama, explaining why he supports Trump for president.

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Why does coconut oil solidify into a hexagonal pattern

"This coconut oil melted during a heat wave and later re-solidified. Why did it form this honeycomb structure?" asked pensive badger on the askscience subreddit. Many answers have been given, using science-y words like "Voronoi diagram," "dissipative structure," "Bénard cells," "Rayleigh number," and "crystal nucleation." What is the answer?

Man dies after being run over by WWII tank on Jelly Belly chairman's property

The LA Times reports that on Saturday "the husband of Jelly Belly’s chief executive accidentally crushed a man to death with a World War II-era tank during a reunion on the family’s property in Fairfield, Calif."

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Satanic Temple of Detroit celebrates unveiling of Baphomet statue

Members of the Satanic Temple of Detroit celebrated the unveiling of a $100,000, one-ton bronze Baphomet statue on Joseph Campau Avenue, while protestors show their disapproval by standing in the rain and holding up wordy banners. (They had earlier tried to block the doors to prevent people from exercising their freedom of religion but were moved away by authorities.)

Meanwhile, a warm and dry Satanist gave TV reporters a theatrical extemporaneous sermon:

"I’m so excited to see my Lord and Savior represented in such glorious Italian stone do hope his eyes gaze upon me and my allegiance is recognized. …The statue is a symbol for what they advocated the separation of church and state. You can’t have one without the other you know, like a mule carts God and the devil. A cloak of shame covers this man and only supreme light wash my body clean but how could that might possibly reach me with a thick clouds of indecency surrounding my poor soul so I carry my wrongdoings on my back like some kind of tormented hiker lost in the hills of misfortune looking desperately for that peak to rescue him from the valley of depraved habitual self pleasuring but again I find nothing except for sweaty devastated loneliness and a thousand judging eyes staring back at me from the cover of a stolen Victoria’s Secret catalog. I didn’t take your mail Mrs. Pemberton, stop asking me that. Satan's pretty cool!"