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

Convert online prices to "hours worked"

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The Time Is Money Chrome extension converts prices on online shopping sites to the number of hours you'll have to work to pay for them. [via]

LISTEN: The Ramones’ demo recordings for their debut album (1975)

Listen to the "truly hypnotic, pounding, buzzsaw drone [The Ramones] made as complete amateur unknowns" in this collection of demo recordings.

“[The early demo recordings] offer a fascinating alternative insight into how the eventual debut album might have otherwise sounded. Their dense, primal sound reveals the surprising amount of dilution that the first record’s somewhat conceptual mix wrought upon the quartet’s fundamental power.”

WATCH: Man in hardware store hides chainsaw in his shorts

"In this surveillance video from Treasure Coast Lawn Equipment a man is seen allegedly stealing a chainsaw by putting it in his pants."

Stunning photos along road between Tokyo and Kyoto

Kevin Kelly says: "The Nakasendo is an old road in Japan that connects Kyoto to Tokyo. It was once a major foot highway, but today small sections retain some of its historical feel. In October I walked along 5 short sections of it, staying at traditional inns along the way. The Nakasendo is full of history and many artists and poets over the centuries have travelled along it, including Basho, the haiku genius. We met a lot of characters, too, and thoroughly enjoyed the exquisite details that make up this country."

See all 83 of Kevin's photos here (If you like these, check out Kevin's book, Asia Grace)

Scary examples of women who lost their civil rights for being pregnant


State anti-abortion laws are being used to strip pregnant women of their civil rights and, in some cases, kill them. Lynn M Paltrow and Jeanne Flavin of National Advocates for Pregnant Women offer some scary examples in their piece for the New York Times.

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Chick-fil-A manager's list of forbidden words

Eric, a manager at a Chick-fil-A restaurant, made a list of words that he forbade his staff from uttering while at work. When someone crossed out "bae" he added it back on the list and wrote, "scratch it our & you lose your employee meals!"

Lavish retrospective of grotesque, occult, and erotic images by forgotten photographer William Mortensen

With an eye for the occult, the grotesque, the melodramatic, and the erotic, William Mortensen was the target of scorn by famous photographers, including Ansel Adams, who called Mortensen “the Devil,” and “the Antichrist.” His work is reexamined in American Grotesque: The Life and Art of William Mortensen.

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Dennis Worden's whimsical-yet-menacing wooden sculptures

Cartoonist Dennis Worden has been making some great wooden sculptures lately. This one looks like a nightmarish Cootie Bug game mutant.

A guide to Serial: the best podcast in the world

Serial is a podcast about a murder that happened in 1999. It's produced by This American Life and it's the best podcast series I've listened to.

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WATCH: Young tattoo artist at work

A talented youngster tattoos a customer.

How to avoid Uber's surge pricing

On Halloween night Gabrielle Wathen paid $362.57 for a 20-minute Uber ride, thanks to Uber's "surge pricing." You can avoid Wathen's fate with SurgeProtector, a free app that finds locations nearby with cheaper Uber prices and sends a car to that spot. [via]

Gallery of poor design choices

Sauces that look like car polish. Windshield cleaner that looks like blue soda. Atrocious architecture. Unintentionally sexual signage. Confusing instructions. Enjoy this gallery of lousy design.

WATCH: Musician plays eerie sounding instrument

Görkem Şen of Istanbul designed this large musical instrument he calls the Yaybahar. He really starts playing it around the 2 minute mark. The music is beautiful and I love the room he's in, too!

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How poker players’ language gives them away

Verbal Poker Tells reveals how players use words to bluff, intimidate, and probe the minds of their opponents.

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Telly Savalas talk-sings to a giant head

Telly Savalas's stirring rendition of "If" made it to the top spot on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in 1975. [via]