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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

Solar-charging battery for USB devices with massive 20000mAh


The ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20000mAh Battery, which sells on Amazon for $80, is on sale for the next five days at Stacksocial for $50. I'm getting it for an upcoming trip with the family.

Take a look at these robots practicing the life changing magic of tidying up.

It's fun to watch robots arrange batteries coming down a conveyor belt.


Ultra high res timelapse video of Rio De Janeiro

Joe Capra's video of amazing time-lapse shots in Rio De Janeiro using a fancy camera is worth watching full screen.

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"Nut rage" airline exec gets a year in prison

A Seoul court has sentenced the former vice president of Korean Air, Cho Hyun-ah (40), to one year in prison for throwing a temper tantrum on a Korean Air jet when macadamia nuts were served improperly on the runway at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.

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Rock your way to crushed garlic


I've yet to find a hinged garlic press that I love. The ones I've tried are inefficient, fragile (especially the hinge, which inevitably fails), and not that easy to clean. I end up having to peel the unused garlic from the inside of the press, and my fingers stink for days. Everyone has their opinion about crushing garlic - my top choice is Joseph Joseph Rocker Garlic Crusher, Press, and Mincer ($14).

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Urban Homestead author Erik Knutzen's favorite tools

This week on the Cool Tools Show, we speak with Erik Knuzten, co-author of Urban Homestead:Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City and Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World.

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iPhone thefts plummet thanks to remote kill switch


Apple added an Activation Lock feature to iOS in late 2013. Since that time, theft of the phones have dropped significantly.

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Make a covert radio pen with bone conduction speaker

My favorite maker of cool stuff is Ben Krasnow. He made an electron scanning microscope from scratch, and makes astronaut ice cream in his backyard laboratory. He's also a great explainer of how he makes he things. In this video, Ben explains how to make a covert radio pen with a bone conduction speaker.

Profile of Other Machine - a desktop CNC milling machine company

I'm very excited about Other Machine's desktop CNC milling machines. Unlike 3D printers, which build parts by adding material (almost always plastic, when it comes to low cost machines), the Othermill cuts away at material (plastic, wood, metal glass, printed circuit boards).

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Mini-documentary about 67-year-old Muscle Beach bodybuilder

Last year I posted a wonderful 15-minute documentary about the Italian magician Silvan. The director, Gabriele Trapani, just posted a new, equally enjoyable, mini-documentary about an interesting bodybuilder named Mr. O.

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What happens when you dip a light bulb in hydrofluoric acid?

"Hydrofluoric acid is probably the most feared chemical compound that there is," says Sir Martyn Poliakoff, a chemistry professor at the University if Nottingham. "The reason it's so feared is that it is very corrosive. It will burn through human skin, even quite a small exposure on your skin can cause a heart attack."

Hydrofluoric acid will also burn through glass. Naturally, the first thing you should do once you obtain some is immerse a lit incandescent bulb into a beaker of it.

Silicone frying pan handle sleeve prevents blisters


For the last couple of years I've been using a silicone handle sleeve on my favorite cast iron frying pan. I make breakfast for the family every morning, and the name of the game is streamlining.

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Alabama judge defies chief justice's illegal order to ban gay marriage licenses


I wonder what Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is going to do about this brave judge who is offering to marry couples for the "low, low officiant fee of 2 hugs" (Nice hand lettered sign, btw!)

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Dolly Parton's song "Jolene" sounds great played at 33 RPM

Dolly Parton's 1973 song "Jolene" is pretty great played at full-speed. It even sounds good when played at 73.333333333333333...% speed!

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People love kicking robotic dogs

The robotic dogs won't forget. When the day comes that they operate silently, the human race is toast.

Ouija Be Mine: build this animated Valentine’s Day card

Over at MAKE, toy designer Bob Knetzger shows how to make this nifty animated Valentine’s Day card that looks like a little Ouija Board.

RELATED: History of the Ouija Board.

Gymnast does amazing one armed handstand routine

Meet the new Potato Salad dancer.

Robot School - an app to teach kids programming concepts

Robot School, a game for kids 7 and up, looks like a fancy version of Light-Bot. The object is to control a robot by giving it commands to go from point A to point B.

As you level up, you'll start using subroutines to get the robot to perform various tasks.

ARTtitude - A portfolio of fresh contemporary illustration from around the world

With an eye for street art and graffiti, Frédéric Claquin has assembled ARTtitude from dozens of young illustrators and photographers from around the world, including Italy, France, Colombia, Germany, Spain, England, Guatemala, Canada, the U.S., and other countries. The overarching theme of the art in this book shows a taste for the bold and bright, with references to popular entertainment, especially comic books. (See also: ARTtitude 2)

See sample pages from the ARTtitude books at Wink.

Tidying guru KonMari declutters a client's bookshelves

The minimalist guru of Japan travels to the United States to separate joy-sparking books from their lackluster brethren

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My favorite battery-powered Bluetooth speaker is the Grain Audio PWS


I've tried at least 10 different battery-powered Bluetooth speakers, and the walnut cased Grain Audio PWS is by far my favorite. At $249, it's also the most expensive. But I think it's worth it, especially since I use it almost every day.

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A hard-fought lesson about USB cables

My pal Sean Ragan got a Seek thermal imaging camera add-on for his phone. He was excited to try it out, but the micro-USB jack on his phone is "upside-down," which means the camera faces the same way as the phone's screen. In his effort to correct this problem, he tried a variety of USB cables, and learned quite a bit about the way USB cables are wired. It's a worthwhile read for anyone who wants to make things that use UBS connectors.

About this time I discovered, to my chagrin, that micro-USB extension cables come in various flavors depending on whether they are for charging/syncing the phone or allowing it to serve as a USB host (“OTG”). The hackers and engineers reading this will immediately understand my frustration at this idea—it’s an extension cable, for f*ck’s sake: All the contacts at one end should be connected to the corresponding contacts at the other end, with continuous conductors between them. Is that really too much to ask? Omitting certain conductors just serves to fragment the market and create artificial demand for multiple purchases from individual users. Nonetheless, on a lark, I bought the complementary “charging” cable and discovered that, unsurprisingly, it does not work either.

He finally had to hand-make a connector to get it to work.

The disappearance of a once-famous 1920s child novelist

Barbara Newhall Follett was eight years old when she began writing her novel, The House Without Windows.

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Werner Herzog's brutally honest motivational posters

Who needs life affirming bromides when you can have fatalistic, abyss-plumbing truths straight from the mouth of filmmaker Werner Herzog Stipetić? Here's a sampling from the Herzog Inspirationals Tumblr.

Watch how Brian Williams' accounts of his time in Iraq have changed since 2003

The NY Times has posted this compilation of Brian Williams’ television appearances that show "how his accounts of a 2003 episode on military helicopters in Iraq gradually became more perilous."

Mount Fuji Seen Below a Cookie Monster at Kanagawa

One of Hokusai's lesser known works, but worthy of posting here. [via]

Update: created by photosonny. (Thanks, Local Stain)

Tea party hero Dan Burton willfully ignores facts about vaccines

dan-burtonOn CNN this week, former Indiana Rep. Dan Burton told Anderson Cooper that he believes that mercury-based vaccine preservative caused his grandson's autism.

I'm for vaccinations, but we need to get the mercury out of all of them," Burton told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

"Well, are you against breastfeeding?" Cooper asked?

Burton replied that he is not.

"OK, but you are aware that methylmercury is actually in breast milk that's given to children?" Cooper asked "If the child is only breastfed, they get more methylmercury than they would ever have gotten in any of the vaccines. You're aware of that, right?"

Burton replied that he is not an expert on breastfeeding.

When Cooper pointed out that methylmercury has been either removed or greatly reduced in vaccines, Burton said, "You're a very bright young man, but I don't know where you get your information."

You may remember Dan Burton as the US Congressman who called Clinton a "scumbag," and said of Clinton, "No one, regardless of what party they serve, no one, regardless of what branch of government they serve, should be allowed to get away with these alleged sexual improprieties..." Burton himself finally admitted to fathering a child out of wedlock in 1983, something he indignantly denied for years until an expose revealed that he was a liar.

West Virginia lawmaker on rape: “What is beautiful is the child that could come from this.”


Del. Brian Kurcaba (R) of West Virginia told a hearing that women should be forbidden from getting an abortion after they've been raped. “Obviously rape is awful," he said. “What is beautiful is the child that could come from this.”

Teen artist proposes nude statue of Bill Cosby with Fat Albert in place of his genitals

According to a press release issued by a Florida gallery, teenage artist Rodman Daniel Edwards "has designed a sculpture replace the Dr Cliff Huxtable monument outside the TV Hall of Fame with a bronze nude statue in the likeness of Bill Cosby circa 2015, with Fat Albert, crying, arms outstretched, in place of his genitals."

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Katy Perry's lawyers latch jaws on 3D printed sharks

Katy Perry's lawyers sent a cease-and-desist to Shapeways for selling 3D models of shark costumes similar to the ones used in Katy Perry's 2015 Superbowl halftime performance. In this Make essay, Michael Weinberg of Public Knowledge argues that the cease-and-desist probably wouldn't stand up in court (even though Shapeways complied with the demand).

The problem with this is that courts have generally found that copyright does not protect costumes (even fairly creative ones). Essentially, courts have lumped costumes in with other kinds of clothing and considered them all the kind of “useful article” that is beyond the scope of copyright protection. If you are curious, that use in this articles is things like “preventing you from being naked” and “keeping you warm.”

There are some legal theories that could be put forward to try and get copyright protection for a specific costume, but they mostly come into play when there are elements of a costume that could exist independently of the costume or when the costume is tied to a character developed in a book, movie, or play. It would probably be a stretch to put Left Shark into either of these categories.

An additional note is that even if the Left Shark costume is protected by copyright, that doesn’t automatically make Katy Perry the owner of that copyright. But let’s set that aside for now.