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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



Big Hero 6 fabric excludes girl characters because boys think girls are "yuck": manufacturer

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UPDATE (4/10/2015, 3:30pm PT): See comment from Springs Creative below.

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Watch: non-stick yogurt lid

Demonstration of a yoguphobic material. Probably LiquiGlide, or something similar.

Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 tips on how to write a good short story

From Kurt Vonnegut’s introduction to his short story anthology, Bagombo Snuff Box, 8 tips on how to write a good short story.

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Watch an NYPD Detective pocket $2,650 during a loose cigarette sting

At least this NYPD detective didn't kill someone for selling loose cigarettes. Instead, he allegedly stole $2,650, perhaps as a way of rewarding himself for a job well done.

Ian Cyrus, a 12-year veteran of the department, was helping his fellow officers conduct the raid after a store employee allegedly sold loose cigarettes to an undercover officer. They took $593 from the cash register as well as packs of cigarettes as evidence, WABC-TV reported.

But deli owner Ali Abdullah noticed something else was missing — about $2,650 in rent funds hidden in a box under the store's counter. After looking at the security footage, the money appeared to have disappeared into Cyrus's pocket. The moment comes around the 1:20 mark in the video [above].

Ian Cyrus, the detective seen in the video stuffing the wad of cash in his pocket, has been suspended, but not arrested.

How to survive a mega-drought

Ben Phelan of Matter offers advice on living in a Golden State without water.

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Amazon is suing company that sells reviews

Amazon is suing the owner of the website buyazonreviews.com, which sells 4- and 5-star reviews for about $20 per review. I hope we get to see the subpoenaed records so we can find out which authors, publishers, and manufacturers buy shill reviews to boost their products on Amazon.

The home page of the site promises, “Never has it been easier to get multiple 4 and 5 star reviews on your Amazon product page. We provide real reviews from aged accounts with real buying activity. Most products in the Amazon marketplace will never even be seen. The more positive reviews you have the better your chances are.”

Geekwire learned that buyazonreviews changed its FAQ after it ran a story about the lawsuit:

Amazon files first-ever suit over fake product reviews, alleging sites sold fraudulent praise

Bicycle distressed playing cards

The Bicycle Distressed Expert Back deck ($5) looks like its been dipped in espresso, wiped off with a burlap bag, and left in the desert for a couple of years, but it's brand new and handles perfectly. It's based on the Expert Back design introduced by Bicycle in 1895.

Matt Jaffe & The Distractions -- "Put Your Finger In The Socket"

Today, I've been swapping late '70s power pop videos with my old college friends (we were in bands in Ft. Collins, CO and often played together). A few minutes ago, the PR firm for Matt Jaffe & The Distractions sent me a link to this song, which reminds me of the songs I've been listening to all day.

(By the way, here are the YouTube videos we shared today:)

Heathrow airport declares war on Alyssa Milano's freshly-pumped breast milk

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Breast milk is precious stuff so I don't blame actor Alyssa Milano for being miffed about Heathrow officials confiscating the 10 oz she'd pumped out before going through security. She had a baby in September, who was not with her at the time, which is the reason an airport representative told her the milk was a potential terrorist threat.

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How Penn Jillette lost 105 pounds, without magic

Penn, you need to practice that card palm.

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Photos of famous rock bands represented by a single composite of all the band members' faces

rock"By George," said John. "I think Paul's lost his ringo." [via]

Yoko Ono and John Zorn: Improvisation

"About what one can not speak, one must remain silent." – Ludwig Wittgenstein

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How a Colorado family built a home for the world's weirdest, most beautiful bugs

big-beetleBen Marks of Collectors Weekly says: "With mosquito and bed-bug season upon us, Hunter Oatman-Stanford has written an article about the May Natural History Museum in Colorado Springs, where you will find some 7,000 insects, all safely behind behind glass. Hunter spoke to museum president R.J Speer, whose great-grandfather, James May, first started collecting bugs for the British Museum in the 19th century. Many of the museum's weirdest and rarest bugs are from that era."

The museum itself is an artifact from a bygone era, with its antique glass cases and handmade incandescent light fixtures. “It’s a static display style one would expect to see in the 1940s or ’50s,” Steer says. “It’s very old-fashioned. We don’t have any electronic displays or interactive exhibits yet, but we’re working on converting one room into a rotating display.” Inadvertently, the collection documents the history of entomology through its artifacts from the niche world of insect hunters. “We still have some of the original specimen wrappings, things like pieces of local newspapers,” says Steer. “The insect would be carefully folded up inside a small triangular paper football, and that might go inside a little cardboard matchbox, and then a series of those might be placed inside a cigar box.”

What happens to a victim's family after a police shooting.

Daniel Sims, 21, was shot and killed by a police officer in Chester, PA. In this video directed by Justin Maxon, Sims' brother David talks about how the killing has affected him.

Disney developing a live-action version of Pinocchio

In the wake of the successful live-action version of Cinderella, Disney is working on live action versions of its other animated features, including Winnie the Pooh, Mulan, Dumbo, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, and Pinocchio.

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How to make an Apple ][ Watch

Aleator777 wrote complete plans for making your own Apple ][ Watch on Instructables.

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Sally Forrest, RIP (1928 – 2015)

Rest in peace, Sally Forrest.

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