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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

Profile of Minecraft creator's life as a billionaire: "a dog chasing cars"


Forbes profiles Markus "Notch" Persson, the creator of Minecraft.

So with well over half his life ahead of him, the man who created an entire universe, whose persona was synonymous with it and who received the wrath of his community for abandoning it, must now figure out exactly who he is.

The results so far are unimpressive, as he’s mostly acted like a dog chasing cars. When Persson decided to buy a house in Beverly Hills, he went for a $70 million, 23,000-square-foot megamansion, the most expensive home ever in an enclave known for them. He’s become known for spending upwards of $180,000 a night at Las Vegas nightclubs. He and Mojang cofounder Jakob Porsér have started a company called Rubberbrain in case they think of a new game idea – but right now he can’t focus much on any.

Young Republicans demand legal weed

63% of Millennial age Republicans support legal weed, according to the latest PewResearch poll. 58% favor same-sex marriage, too. Most of the older members of their party are in disagreement.

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Woman who abused servant loses appeal to keep mansion

Annie George, who was convicted in 2013 of harboring an illegal immigrant, has lost her appeal to keep her 34-room, 30,000-square-foot home, called Llenroc mansion.

Mathai cared for George's five kids and took care of the house from generally 5:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. seven days a week with no time off, according to documents.

George never paid Mathai her promised $1,000 per month wage over five years. Instead, Matha received around $26,000 total, court papers charge. Mathai said she slept in a closet and was forbidden from leaving the 20,000-square-foot mansion overlooking the Mohawk River.

George's appeals attorney, Mark Baker, is working on a way allow her to keep the property.

Man may have purchased 3,000-year-old seal of Pharaoh Ramesses II for $19

Archaeologist James Balme purchased a seal inscribed with hieroglyphics for £12 (US$19) on a charity website.

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10 more optical illusions better than The Dress

Pull out your eyedropper tool -- the brown square on the top of the cube is the same as the orange square on the front.

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Of the many veggie peelers I owned, this is my favorite


I've used this Zyliss vegetable peeler ($9) for years, and I've not yet had to sharpen it.

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For cats, catnip = weed. Toothbrush = DMT

Jump rope shows your stats using persistence of vision

The Smart Rope has 23 LEDs in the rope, so your jump data appears in front of your eyes.

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Dude gets a tattoo of The Dress

"I keep up with social memes and I see all of this stuff going around," Daniel Howland told the Daily News. "This is the one thing that I couldn’t wrap my brain around."

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Erotica author says Amazon is hurting her $10 million yearly sales

Jaid Black, a 43 year old writer of self-published erotica ebooks, says Amazon is needling into her market: hardcore erotica for women.

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Anarchist Cookbook author's decades-long struggle to bury his book


In 1971 William Powell, then 19 years old, wrote a how-to guide to making explosives, weapons, and drugs called The Anarchist Cookbook. A few years later a hijacker made a bomb from a recipe in the book that killed a police officer and injured three others.

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Why auction winners are losers

The winner’s curse: "The winner of an auction tends to be one of those who form the highest estimate of an item’s value — and hence one of those most at risk of overpaying."

Parents upset over child's toy that says "Fuck you"

A defective Peppa Pig toy has taught a three-year-old to say "Fuck you." It appears Peppa has taught the boy's father to say the forbidden word in front of his child, as well. [via]

Unpersuasive 1955 US propaganda film about the draft

Jesse Walker of Reason has kindly watched this ripe-for-taunting 1955 propaganda film about the draft and provided highlights.

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20,000mAh USB external battery for $29

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External batteries keep getting cheaper. Amazon is selling a Limefuel 20,000mAh battery for $29. The 15,000mAh sells for $25. Both models have 1A and 2.1A output ports.

How to turn your mobile display orange for better sleep


I've been using f.lux on my computers for years. Now I've come up with a way to make my iPhone and Kindle have orange displays, too.

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Man demonstrates respectable tea-pouring skills

Is he pouring tea (or some other beverage), or is he stretching putty? [via]

Faucet dispenses water in pleasing patterns

faucetNeat faucet. They need work on their marketing copy.

The Swirl Faucet focuses its attention on the flow of the water. It features beautiful flow with intricate swirls, giving you the kind of hand wash that makes you feel like the rich and famous, even if you’re not!


Gentleman throws brick at a car, brick bounces back and knocks him out

"Now fair play to him, he gives it a right go." [via]

Man gets life in prison for selling $20 worth of weed to undercover cop

Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast.

Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast.

A homeless and hungry man agreed to purchase $20 worth of weed for a stranger in exchange for a $5 finder's fee. After the man received his $5 (marked by the police) he was arrested and jailed.

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Selfie-taking naked Russian guy in the snow blocks traffic

Another exemplary Russian video: dashcam, bad tempers, likely vodka abuse, and an abrupt ending leaving you wanting more.

16 optical illusions more fun than that damn dress

Mashable has collected a gallery of 16 optical illusions more interesting than the dress photo that caused celebrities to argue with one another last night.

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Turn zucchini into noodles with a veggie peeler


I use a Natizo julienne / vegetable peeler to turn zucchini into flat "noodles" and spaghetti noodles. I like them more than pasta.


This excellent peeler is not a unitasker - it's a duotasker! One side slices vegetables into a bunch of thin strips with every stroke. Flip it over and it shaves off wide layers. I made thin noodles the other night. I put all the zucchini noodles in a bowl, added about a tablespoon of salt (to draw out the excess water) and let them sit for 30 minutes. I rinsed the noodles off and dunked them in boiling water for a minute, and topped it with tomato sauce and ground grass-fed beef.

The above photo is a dish my wife made for lunch. She put the strips in a bowl, mixed in a bit of olive oil and crushed garlic, then sautéed for a minute or two. Topped with tomato sauce, we scarfed it down and wish we'd made more.

Watch Adam Savage build a model of the maze from The Shining

Adam Savage has been having a lot of fun making models lately (like this cosmonaut model). In this video, we get to see the large scale model of the Overlook Hotel's maze that he built.

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Angry Youth Comix - like Beavis and Butthead, only stupider

Angry Youth Comix is a beautifully designed and produced hardcover book containing the complete run of an infantile, ridiculous comic book called Angry Youth (published from 2000–2008).

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Agitated cockatoo speaks out

Translation: "Stop recording me in portrait mode!"

Poll: 54% of Republicans believe, “deep down,” Obama is a Muslim

Alex Theodoridis of the University of California at Merced asked Republicans, Democrats, and Independents "Which of these do you think most likely describes what Obama believes deep down?"

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New component adds cellular networking to DIY projects


The Spark Electron is a small component that enables devices to connect to the Internet where there is no WiFi or Bluetooth.

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Giant cat or hyper-detailed model cars?

Headquake claims this a scratch-built RC car. I'm not buying it. He's been breeding giant housecats.

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