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

Professor lives in a 36-square-foor dumpster

Check out all the photos in this Atlantic article. Cozy!

WATCH: Rabid bat attacks guitarist

"The bat ended up being rabid, something [Derrick Skou, from Gresham, Oregon] only found out after taking it to Multnomah County health officials. He had first tried to take it to the Clackamas County Environmental Health Department, but he says they declined to test the bat."

Rabid bat bit man jamming on guitar

NoPhone is a black piece of plastic shaped like an iPhone

From the Kickstarter page: "The NoPhone acts as a surrogate to any smart mobile device, enabling you to always have a rectangle of smooth, cold plastic to clutch without forgoing any potential engagement with your direct environment."

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Favorite tools of You Are Not So Smart author David McRaney

On the Cool Tools Show, blogger and author David McRaney introduces us to some lesser known creative solutions to life's tiny nuisances that will help you untangle your wad of keys, opt for a better YouTube experience, and explore the future of musical experimentation.

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LAPD handcuffs black actress for kissing white boyfriend

My wife has kissed me in front of Studio Police, CA and she wasn't handcuffed. So why did they handcuff and detain Daniele Watts for kissing her boyfriend?

Watts' husband, Brian Lucas, who is white, answered the question on Facebook:

Today, Daniele Watts & I were accosted by police officers after showing our affection publicly.

From the questions that he asked me as D was already on her phone with her dad, I could tell that whoever called on us (including the officers), saw a tatted RAWKer white boy and a hot bootie shorted black girl and thought we were a HO (prostitute) & a TRICK (client). This is something that happened to her and her father when she was 16. What an assumption to make!!!

Because of my past experience with the law, I gave him my ID knowing we did nothing wrong and when they asked D for hers, she refused to give it because they had no right to do so. So they handcuffed her and threw her roughly into the back of the cop car until they could figure out who she was. In the process of handcuffing her, they cut her wrist, which was truly NOT COOL!!!

Sorry LAPD, anti-miscegenation laws are no longer on the books.

LAPD Confuses Black Actress Kissing White Husband for Prostitute

This Week In Science with Dr. Kiki: Science Like Jagger

Here's episode 480 of Kiki Sanford's kickass science podcast, TWIS.

A solar flare erupted from the sun that was aimed directly toward Earth. Thankfully, it wasn't an extremely large flare, but northern latitudes should expect more intense aurora activity.

Researchers published evidence that nerve impulses might travel as a physical wave rather than the well accepted electrical action potential. Dr. Kiki thinks it's fringe science, and warns people not to be taken in by new age scams involving our sound transmitting nerves.

Blair goes to watery depths in the Animal Corner with a story about baby frogs rushing their development in order to hatch earlier when their siblings get eaten. Her second story involved jumping mosquito fish leading researchers to think our sense of balance was with us before we stepped on land. And, finally, she found a fascinating story about a conversation between a trout and eel... fishy friends for sure.

Birds and migration come into focus with two stories introduced by Dr. Kiki. First, migratory insectivorous birds follow green vegetation in the spring rather than the migratory path they followed in the fall. This behavior leads to a looped migratory path. Second, neo-tropical birds most likely diversified as a result of traveling over geological features that influenced isolation and speciation. Justin, however, brings up the good point that no one really needs to migrate in the tropics since the weather is the same all the time.

Justin brought up a study about how hard working our brains are, even after we fall asleep. Then talked about the importance of vitamin B1 to avoid brain damage, and how the bacteria on and in our bodies could someday be used to produce drugs for us.

The end of the show brought a lot of fun with a story about how scientists discovered the whale pelvis is really purposeful (porpoiseful?) after all, and not vestigial as previously believed. And, we closed with a story about Mick Jagger-loving scientists who named a fossilized swamp-dwelling hippo-pig-horse after the famous rock star.

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Sound It Out - new music discovery site

I was just telling Xeni last night (waiting for the doors to open to see John Hodgman and David Rees perform at Largo in West Hollywood - great show!) that my only source for finding out about new music is Pesco and my 17-year-old daughter. That's why I was happy to learn about Sound It Out, a new website co-founded by my friend (and fellow beekeeper) Amy Seidenwurm. It's got new music, overlooked chestnuts, and free MP3s.

My pick from the stuff I've listened to so far, the "fuzzy psychedelia" of Toronto's Wish:

Mind reading magic effect - The Code by Andy Nyman

Jane and I have been having a great time with The Code, a magic effect created by actor and magician Andy Nyman. It's made by Theory 11 and consists of a deck of playing cards and a one-hour instructional DVD that includes several excellent mind-reading routines you can perform with the deck.

There's no memorization, forces, or slight-of-hand required to use the deck, which means you can focus on the routine. Nyman is a great teacher (and an interesting person - he's the co-creator and co-writer of the TV shows Derren Brown – Mind Control and Trick of the Mind) and the included DVD is very well-produced. The deck and DVD come in a cool-looking box, too, which is indicative of the high-level of quality I've come to except from everything Theory 11 does.

The Code by Andy Nyman ($25)

Documentary about Brazil's Tropicalia movement in the 1960s

Tropicalia is a documentary about the 1960s music scene in Brazil, featuring Boing Boing patron saints Os Mutantes (formed in 1966 and still doing their thing!).

Tropicália tells the story of the rich artistic and cultural movement born in the late 1960s in Brazil. From a collective of like-minded souls, ‘tropicália’ used music, poetry, theatre, and avant-garde visual art to confront the political establishment. The film highlights the struggle ‘tropicália’ artists endured to protect their right to freely express revolutionary thought at a time of political turbulence in Brazil.

For folks who live in Los Angeles, there's a screening on September 28 at the Velaslavasay Panorama.

Mysterious Satan statue removed from pedestal


Vancouver, Canada officials were quick to remove a statue of Satan that had been mysteriously erected on a pedestal that once supported a statue of a similarly diabolical being, Christoper Columbus.

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?