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



Make a toothbrush bot -- fun and easy project for kids

The bristlebot is one of over a dozen how-to projects my daughter Jane and I taught people how to do. You can check out the rest of the parent-kid project videos here!

Read the rest

Pamphlet set of 1940s mail-order religious/child abuse booklets


How do you teach your child not to hit dolls or stamp chicks to death? Why, by beating them senseless, of course!

The Tantrums of Lil' Bess

Laurie Lipton on her peculiar art technique: "It's an insane way to draw"

We've featured Laurie Lipton's meticulous, darkly funny art on Boing Boing before. Here's a video profile of her.

Lipton was inspired by the religious paintings of the Flemish School. Unfortunately she went to university when Conceptual Art was all the rage & no one could teach her how to paint like an early Renaissance Master. She tried to teach herself from books and failed. While traveling around Europe in her 20's, she began developing her very own peculiar drawing technique building up tone with thousands of fine cross-hatching lines like an egg tempera painting. "It's an insane way to draw", she says, "but the resulting detail and luminosity is worth the amount of effort."

(Thanks, Colin!)

Civil forfeiture turns cops into robbers

Philadelphia authorities enjoy robbing its innocent citizens and spending the money on fancy stuff for their own use.

Read the rest

Robotic scarecrow wields a 25,000-volt stun gun

It's designed to encourage bears to go elsewhere.

Giveaway! Nomiku Sous Vide Immersion Circulator

In this episode we are giving away one of Jason’s favorite kitchen appliances: the Nomiku Sous Vide Immersion Circulator. See the full post for details. We also review the G-Buzz portable alarm clock and the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor.

Read the rest

Eerie photos of nearly abandoned housing developments in Ireland

Ghost estates are the consequences of the recent housing boom-and-bust. Valérie Anex traveled around Ireland to photograph them.

Read the rest

Dog wants ball

Tries, gives up, cries. (via Arbroath)

WATCH: rise of the super drug tunnels: California's losing fight against smugglers

Joe Garcia is a deputy special agent with the Department of Homeland Security and head of the San Diego Tunnel Task Force. His task force has found over 200 tunnels under the California-Mexico border since 1990. But every time they close a tunnel, smugglers build a new, better tunnel. "You can't fight markets," says David Shirk, associate professor of international relations and director of the Justice in Mexico project at the University of San Diego.

Rise of the Super Drug Tunnels: California's Losing Fight Against Smugglers

My genius friend Rick Rosner went to high school for 10 years

Rick Rosner is my unfathomably weird and wonderful high school friend. I knew he was smart, but it turns out he is the second smartest person in the world, according to a bunch of IQ testing he’s taken. He is so unusual that Errol Morris made a documentary about him.

Read the rest

Why nerdy white guys who love the blues are obsessed with a Wisconsin chair factory

Ben Marks of Collectors Weekly says: "Our resident shellac-record expert, Lisa Hix, has just finished a lengthy interview with Amanda Petrusich, whose Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records was published last month by Scribner.

Read the rest

Bonsai chickens

"Hen Thrives in Bottle."

Editing TV commercials for fun

The folks at r/CommercialCuts are masters at improving TV commercials. Digg has a nice selection.

Shortest-known abstract for a serious scientific paper: only 2 words

(via Clifford Pickover)

How to beat airlines' excess baggage weight fee

Redditor stou says: "These two guys were flying to Singapore from Sydney and their carryon was over the 'free' weight limit so the airline, Scoot, wanted to charge them $130. Apparently when they started putting on the clothes the airline agent told them something along the lines of 'I am going to come to the gate and make sure you are still wearing everything.'"