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

My Maker Dad book is $2 on Kindle

My book, Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects is just $2 as a Kindle right now.

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Patricia Highsmith's "Desert Island Discs"

The great suspense novelist Patricia Highsmith (The Talented Mr Ripley, Strangers on a Train, The Price of Salt) was interviewed in 1979 for the BBC's Desert Island Discs radio program. She talks about writing for comic books, her childhood, her interest in snails, her favorite music, and more.

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Easy to Make Solenoid Engine

I want to make one of these.

Gadgets 018: Stovetop espresso maker, Seinfeld trick calendar generator, speed reading and more

This week, Mark is joined by Dean Putney to discuss the Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker and Coleman Water Carrier, as well as share their favorite gadgets to inspire productivity.

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LISTEN: Dr. Monkey's Retro Scans

Our guest this week is Steve Denton, AKA Dr. Monkey. Steve is an internet scourge, sometime writer, full time smart aleck, and an unrepentant gadfly in the ointment of life.

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Elvie - pelvic floor kegel exercise tracker

Elvie is a kegel exercise tracker for woman. The company is taking pre-orders for $95.

The pelvic floor is a powerful little set of muscles that sits like a hammock between your tailbone and pubic bone. Kind of hidden, but very important, they lift and hold your core. Like any muscle, with a bit of exercise and effort, you'll feel the benefits. Better core stability, control and even better sex. Elvie's unique technology helps women of all ages and fitness levels achieve their goals.

Space Buckets: DIY indoor gardening units

A "space bucket" enthusiast named Agustin let me know about a DIY community that grows chives, basil, dill, peppers, cherry tomatoes, and cannabis in stacked 5 gallon plastic buckets equipped with lighting and ventilation systems. The photo gallery of builds is impressive.

WATCH: 1980 interview with John Lydon and Keith Levene

"The Sex Pistols was going to be the absolute end of rock and roll, which I thought it was. Unfortunately the majority of the public, being the senile animals that they are, got that wrong."

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LISTEN: demo versions from Clash's London Calling

The Clash will always be my favorite band. So it is nice to listen to these early drafts of the songs on London Calling. Open Culture has a bunch of them, including songs that never made it on the double LP, like "Heart and Mind" (above).

Woman arrested on drug charges

"A woman was arrested in Ocala, Florida, on Saturday after police say they found marijuana and prescription drugs in her car. "

Restaurant wine priced at "thirty-seven fifty" = $3,750

"A New Jersey businessman ordered a bottle of wine [Screaming Eagle Oakville] he was told cost "thirty-seven fifty" for the table, and wound up learning a valuable lesson in sales when he found out that the actual cost was $3,750."

Image: @DistrictWino

WATCH: suspicious roadblock

This video reminds me of the time I was driving with my friends from Boulder to Las Vegas. I was 18 years old. It was about 3am and we were in the desert, a couple of hours from Vegas.

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WATCH: very polite robber

"The owner of a south Seattle convenience store says a man pulled a gun and asked him for a favor -- to empty the till."

How to speed up airplane boarding by a factor of five


Jason Steffen, an astrophysicist at Northwestern University, came up with a boarding method that greatly speeds up the traditional back-to-front boarding method used by most airlines. But the airlines aren't interested.

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Mexican jumping beans create bomb scare

A mailman in Carlsbad, CA was alarmed by a ticking package and reported it to the authorities. Police evacuated several homes in the area and when they opened the box, they discovered it contained Mexican jumping beans.

“It was a little funny and made a serious situation humorous, but it is sad that police had to waste their time on a toy,” a neighbor said.

Now is a great time to read the Useful Information sheet given away with box of jumping beans.