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

Mark's "Kids Crafts with Maker Dad" video workshop today and tomorrow


I snapped this photo of the CreativeLive stage where Jane and I will be teaching our "Kids Crafts with Maker Dad" class today and tomorrow. There's still time to RSVP for the free live video.

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Fired police officer reinstated after blaming positive cocaine test on 'sexual aid cream'

Miami Beach police Detective Reinaldo Casas was fired last year after a random drug test revealed cocaine in his system. He got his job back with full back pay after he testified that the cocaine had been "unwittingly absorbed into his blood through an erection-enhancing cream he applied to his genitals."

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Give Me Fiction recording in SF on Sunday - with our pals from Boars, Gore, and Swords


This Sunday, August 3rd, at Lost Weekend Video in San Francisco, the soon to be newest member of the Boing Boing Podcast Network will be taping a show. Give Me Fiction is a prose writing series curated by comedian Ivan Hernandez, taking place the first Sunday of every month and featuring some of the Bay Area’s finest minds reading short stories based on a theme. This month’s theme is Sports, and reading will be Red Scott, Joe Tobin, Carey Callahan, Yume Kim, Emily Epstein White, Caitlin Gill and, Casey Childers. Performers on GMF have been featured on The Rumpus, SF Sketchfest, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and more. You can buy tickets on Eventbrite, RSVP here, and follow GMF on Twitter.

Paintball Sentry Gun vs Toddlers - no contest

This week in Gadgets, Fark’s Drew Curtis joins us to share stories about his awesome non-lethal home weapons arsenal. Brought to you by Pluralsight, the world’s largest tech & creative training library

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The rise of @SavedYouAClick

Which clickbait site hates @SavedYouAClick? Buzzfeed.

Pilot Varsity - low cost, smooth writing fountain pen

pilot-pensMy sister is in town and she brought with her a 7-pack of Pilot Varsity fountain pens. Each one is a different color. I tried them out and love them. The ink flows smoothly and looks great in my notebook and even on cheap printer paper. Amazon sells the seven pack for $14, and you can buy 3-packs and single pens there, too. Pilot Varsity fountain pens, 7-Pack

Make 12 cool parent-child projects with me next week


Next week (August 4 and 5) my 11-year-old daughter Jane and I are conducting a free 2-day live video workshop produced by CreativeLive. We'll show you how to make 12 cool projects, ranging from electronic musical instruments to balloon videocameras.

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Scooter that runs on small propane tanks

The ProGo motor scooter promises two hours of riding time per 16.4oz propane canister. It has a 4-stroke engine and doesn't stink or make as much noise as a gasoline-powered scooter. It will soon meet its Kickstarter goal.

Book of funny encounters between librarians and patrons


Gina Sheridan's I Work at a Public Library is a collection of true, weird experiences that public librarians have had with patrons. I read parts of the book out loud to Carla last night and we both chuckled.

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Caucasians T-shirt mocking Cleveland Indians

Available at Shelf Life Clothing

One cop in Seattle issues 80% of city's marijuana tickets

An internal investigation revealed that the officer "flipped a coin when contemplating which subject to cite," and that he called Washington's legal marijuana law "silly."

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The Art of Fred Gambino: Dark Shepherd

Fred Gambino has worked as a diverse illustrator and artist, providing sci-fi book covers for publishing houses and high-profile concept art for a wide array of television programs, films and video games.

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Mimi Pond: "MAD was our communist manifesto"

This episode of Gweek is brought to you by Bombfell, the glorious clothing service for men that sends handpicked outfits to your door. Go to to get $10 off your first purchase. And by — get a $110 sign-up bonus with the offer code GWEEK!

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Turkish deputy prime minister tells a joke that has women howling with laughter

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc. [Reuters]

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc. [Reuters]

Bülent Arinç, deputy prime minister of Turkey, told a good joke on Monday.

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