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



Cannabis Pharmacy: the practical guide to medical marijuana

Written by Michael Backes, a respected expert in the field, Cannabis Pharmacy is the most comprehensive, easy-to-use book available on understanding and using medical marijuana, with evidence-based information on using cannabis for ailments and conditions, plus a comprehensive guide to the most popular varieties.

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The true story of Iron Eyes Cody, America's favorite crying Indian

Every time I watch this "crying Indian" PSA from 1971 I get emotional. It stars Iron Eyes Cody, and Pricenomics tells his story.

Iron Eyes Cody, or “Espera Oscar de Corti,” was born in a rural southwestern Louisiana town on April 3, 1904, the second of four children. His parents, Antonio de Corti and Francesca Salpietra had both emigrated from Sicily, Italy just a few years prior.

Even after his history was revealed, Iron Eyes Cody refused to admit the truth behind it. He continued to wear his braided wig, headdress, and moccasins, and was unrelenting in supporting the Native American community.

The True Story of 'The Crying Indian'

Fantastic photos from 1969 Life book, Drugs

Nothing screams DRUGS! as much as middle-aged dudes posing next to pop art paper collages.

From DRUGS, a volume in the Life Science Library. This version 1969, originally published 1967. Background artwork by Donald Miller and Yale Joel, collaged (ie photos added) by David Gordon and Nancy Genet.

(Via Found Objects)

The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics

The astonishingly prolific author/scientist Clifford Pickover (see the review of his Book of Black for a list of some of his other books) is a math enthusiast with a talent for ferreting out fascinating anecdotes about math, and writing them in a way that inspires wonder.

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Card tricks with Willie Nelson

We agree with The World's Best Ever's statement about Willie Nelson: "Without a doubt, one of the top 3 people we’d want to hang out with on earth."

Philips LED light bulb is comically flattened

I replaced all the bulbs in my house with fluorescent bulbs a few years ago, and now I'm replacing the fluorescents with LED bulbs. The best I've tried so far is the Philips 10.5-watt Slim Style Dimmable A19 LED Light Bulb ($10), which has 26 LEDs in it. One of my favorite things about it is the shape -- it looks like a light bulb with the air let out. I made a quick video so you can see what it looks like.

Despite the odd shape, the light it gives off is even and steady. It does a poor job with a dimmer, though -- it strobes annoyingly. Anyone know of an LED bulb that you can dim without strobing?

Yahoo's Apple Rumor Scoreboard

The clock -- or should I say wrist-based digital life-enhancement technology, for Apple's product roll-out show is ticking and Yahoo Tech has a rumor scoreboard that offers up-to-the-second updates on products rumored to be announced tomorrow.

Charles Burns exhibition at SPX, Sept 13 & 14

The great Charles Burns will exhibit his art this weekend at SPX in Maryland, and Pigeon Press will have a signed print for sale there.

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High school forces girl to wear shame suit for dress code violation

A high school girl who recently moved from Seattle to Florida learned that the Sunshine State has a unique way of bringing up its young citizens. When school officials spotted her wearing a skirt that revealed her knees, she was made to wear "an ensemble consisting of yellow tee-shirt with 'Dress Code Violation' on the front, and a pair of red sweatpants with the same words down the leg, just in case anyone missed the big, bold lettering on the shirt." The girl broke out in hives, as shown below.

A Florida teen was forced to wear a "shame suit" because her school said her skirt was too short

Meteorite from asteroid leaves 39-foot crater in Nicaragua

An asteroid that passed by one-tenth of the distance from Earth to the moon is thought to have left a calling card yesterday: a meteorite that "caused an explosion and earth tremor, leaving a crater 12m (39ft) across and 5m deep near the city's airport."

Asteroid 2014 RC, which is 60 feet wide, "is expected to orbit near Earth again."

Police take hundreds of millions of dollars from motorists not charged with crimes

Screen Shot 2014-09-08 at 9.07.03 AMEncouraged by departments of Homeland Security and Justice police around the country make use of a private intelligence network to determine which motorists to rob, a Washington Post investigation found.

Black Asphalt Electronic Networking & Notification System [has] enabled police nationwide to share detailed reports about American motorists — criminals and the innocent alike — including their Social Security numbers, addresses and identifying tattoos, as well as hunches about which drivers to stop.

The article includes a few examples of motorists who have had their money seized as part of the war on terror:

A 55-year-old Chinese American restaurateur from Georgia was pulled over for minor speeding on Interstate 10 in Alabama and detained for nearly two hours. He was carrying $75,000 raised from relatives to buy a Chinese restaurant in Lake Charles, La. He got back his money 10 months later but only after spending thousands of dollars on a lawyer and losing out on the restaurant deal.

A 40-year-old Hispanic carpenter from New Jersey was stopped on Interstate 95 in Virginia for having tinted windows. Police said he appeared nervous and consented to a search. They took $18,000 that he said was meant to buy a used car. He had to hire a lawyer to get back his money.

Mandrel Stuart, a 35-year-old African American owner of a small barbecue restaurant in Staunton, Va., was stunned when police took $17,550 from him during a stop in 2012 for a minor traffic infraction on Interstate 66 in Fairfax. He rejected a settlement with the government for half of his money and demanded a jury trial. He eventually got his money back but lost his business because he didn’t have the cash to pay his overhead.

WaPo: Stop and seize

Graphite speeds up water desalinating

It takes a long time to desalinate water using a traditional solar still. But University of Houston engineer Hadi Ghasemi is using ordinary graphite to speed up the process.

"We took graphite and put it into the microwave for seven seconds," Ghasemi says. The gases in the mineral cause the outer layer to expand and pop. "It's exactly like a popcorn!"

The result is a thin, porous material that looks like a black sponge. It floats on the surface of water, like a sponge. But instead of soaking up liquid, the pores soak up the sun, Ghasemi and his colleagues reported in the journal Nature Communications back in July.

The graphite has holes in it with just the right shape to concentrate solar energy and create tiny hot spots in the graphite. Water creeps into the holes through capillary action (just as water moves up the stem of a plant to its leaves). The droplets then heat up quickly and evaporate.

NPR: Cheap Drinking Water From The Sun, Aided By A Pop Of Pencil Shavings

The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi

Julius Csotonyi is an artist and scientist who creates award-winning depictions of life on Earth millions of years ago.

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Crap Taxidermy

Kat Su, founder of the Crappy Taxidermy blog, and taxidermist Daisy Tainton "spent an afternoon filled with stuffed mice, glue-on eyes, and uncanny creatures -- equal parts how-to, DIY runway show, and cabinet of curiosities."

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Su has a new book out called Crap Taxidermy.

Using real sext message threads as short film scripts

Filmmaker Eileen Yaghoobian, who made an excellent documentary about the underground poster culture in North America called Died Young, Stayed Pretty, has been working a project for the last several months called "Send Me Your Sexts."

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