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



Amazing helicopter rescue of hiker stuck on cliff

On the evening of 6/30/14 we received an assistance request from the King County Sheriff for a hiker who had become cliffed out above Melakwa Lake near Snoqualmie Pass. The hiker was notified that ground teams from Seattle Mountain Rescue and King Co. Explorer Search and Rescue were en route but that it would be several hours before they reached his position. The hiker was concerned that he would not be able to hold onto the ledge until then. Our crew spotted the stranded hiker at the 5000' level on the west side of Chair Peak in vertical terrain and discussed how to best access his position. We landed at the upper Alpental ski area parking lot to offload gear/personnel and then flew back to the hiker's location to attempt a hoist rescue. The team was able to successfully use the Strop extraction technique to bring the hiker to safety around 8:30pm.

(via Arbroath)

Make a PiGRRL - Raspberry Pi Gameboy

From our friends at adafruit: "Celebrate the 20th anniversary of that classic gaming device by building your own with 3D printing and DIY electronics from adafruit. The 3D printed enclosure (files here) will house all the components and you can print it in your favorite color. Find out how to assemble and program this project by checking out the guide on the adafruit learning system.

I couldn't figure out this optical illusion painting until the very end

"Found at Gallery at Ice in Windsor, UK painted by Brian Weavers."

Chinese factory worker is very quick

The video almost looks speeded up.

Spanish government says no to testicles for lion statue

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Daoíz and Velarde are 142-year-old bronze make lions that sit in front of the Spanish Parliament in Madrid. Velarde has testicles, but Daoíz does not. A campaign to endow Daoíz with testicles has met resistance from José Ignacio Wert, the Minister for Education and Culture.

Genitalia made from a different metal could have 'harmful effects' on the statue. 'This can be a particularly serious problem for metal sculptures as adding a different material can cause galvanic corrosion,' Wert said.

The tools Tim Jenison used to make Tim's Vermeer


Tim Jenison, Founder of NewTek and star of Tim's Vermeer, a critically acclaimed documentary about his discovery of a possible tool used by hyper-realist painters throughout history, takes Kevin Kelly and me behind the curtain to see what tools made this investigation possible.

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How to shoot a target 500 yards away using Android goggles wirelessly connected to a rifle

Would you like to shoot a plastic soda bottle, filled with explosives, from a distance of 500 yards without looking at the bottle? These guys have you covered.

Mitch O'Connell and Dr. Monkey’s Retro Scans

In his vast photo collection are old Chicago movie theaters, delightfully dirty old Times Square, and his backyard tower of impaled baby dolls. Brought to you by Random House Audio (click here for free downloads!)
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Man videotapes Salt Lake City police after officer shot his dog

"Sean Kendall shot this video of his interaction with Salt Lake City police after learning an officer had shot his dog in his backyard."

The officers on the scene explained that a police officer was looking for a lost child, went into Kendall's backyard, and shot the dog when it threatened the officer.

The end of a company with a very dumb idea

Washboard, a subscription service that that sold US quarters for 37.5 cents, called it quits after being in business for two weeks.

Washboard founder Caleb Brown wrote:

Nearly 100% of the internet thought Washboard was an absolutely absurd concept. I had a very difficult time convincing people the service was even real but we did have customers that were excited for it. I apologize to those folks but we have decided to shut down Washboard.

(Via Weird Universe)

Excellent garage punk podcast: You Got Good Taste

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Bill Kelly's Teenage Wasteland on WFMU is my favorite radio show. I love 1960s garage rock, surf music, and psychedelia, and Kelly has plenty of it on his show. Here's another similar show that I just came across: You Got Good Taste, a "monthly podcast show that’ll corrupt your soul with the kind of music your parents warned you about. Raunchy rock’n’roll’, sleazy r’n’b, greasy garagepunk."

Sculptures of condiment containers


Artist Robin Antar makes stone sculptures of everyday objects.

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Mystery cube-in-a-cube puzzle woodworking project

All you need to make this floating cube-in-a-cube is a cube of solid wood, a drill press, a forstner bit, and a sharp knife. I want to try this!

Why people have the urge to squeeze cute animals to death


When I was a kid my friend and I caught some little frogs. My friend liked his frog so much he smothered it to death in his hand. Lenny, the mentally challenged giant in Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, squeezed living creatures to death because he loved them so much. Why do people do this? Two Yale graduate students, Oriana Aragon and Rebecca Dyer, are conducting experiments to find out.

Dyer's hypothesis:

Some things are so cute that we just can't stand them. We think it’s about high positive-affect, an approach orientation and almost a sense of lost control. It’s so adorable, it drives you crazy. It might be that how we deal with high positive-emotion is to sort of give it a negative pitch somehow. That sort of regulates, keeps us level and releases that energy.

"This aggression may be the brain’s response to the overwhelming joy incurred by such creatures (similar to how some people cry when intensely happy)."

Why Do We Smother Cute Things?

Flying concrete chunk startles crowd watching demolition

Judging by the half-hearted "ow" uttered by the unseen victim, it was probably just a glancing blow.