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Solar powered string lights for $11

I bought this string of 100 LEDs with a solar charger a couple of years ago to put on our front gate. I set it to blink and it was a nice way for people to find our house at night. But a couple of months ago we had some work done on the gate and the guy severed the wires. So I bought a new one. The solar panel has a built-in battery and I used Sugru to mount it to the gate. It works really well. Amazon has this on sale right now for $10.99. Read the rest

Foam ear bud tips that really make a difference

Comply foam tips really improve my IEMs!

I've been traveling a lot, again. The B&O H5's I've been enjoying came with some Comply foam tips to try, and I'm hooked. These memory foam tips really make a difference!

I tried the included Comply foam tips when I couldn't get a good fit in my right ear with the rubbery ones B&O offered. I was instantly pretty impressed. Rolled and compressed between my fingers, before I inserted the buds, the memory foam expanded to fill my ear while adding no uncomfortable pressure. I got a fantastic seat, and seal, allowing the ear buds to stay in place, pain free, for a coast-to-coast trip across the US.

I've also been using the ear buds, with foam tips installed, just for noise isolation. Several times I've slept on the plane with the IEMs in, but no music on. They do a wonderful job of taking the edge off ambient noise.

I also suggest the "X" models with the wax filter. I can hear no difference to the buds I have without, but they keep ear wax out of the tiny tube the headphones use to send sound your way. That has to be a good thing. I hate cleaning out headphones.

I usually end up making cheap Sugru custom fit tips for my IEMs, but for now Comply tips actually seem to do the job better and save me the trouble.

Comply has a great compatibility finder, to tell you which model fits your headphones. Read the rest

Plastimake is moldable plastic that can do just about anything

I stumbled across this video for Plastimake, which is a moldable, resuable plastic that can be formed into just about anything, and now I want nothing more than to try it out. (It's a bit like Sugru repair putty, but while that dries into a rubbery material, Plastimake cools into hard, basically unbreakable plastic.) Sadly, the company has been overwhelmed by orders recently and new stock won't be available until May 2015, although the site is currently accepting backorders. In the meantime, potentials fans can browse the impressive galleries of all of the stuff people have created with Plastimake, including practical fixes, costumes, and sculptures. Read the rest

Cold-brew chocolate: advanced topics

Ever since I blew my mind by cold-brewing ground cacao nibs, I've been experimenting with the process, and have discovered some amazing variations on the formula. Read the rest

The Joy of Fix: Fixing and making feels good

"Inspired by the life-changing sex manual of the 1970s, [Sugru] wants to help millions more people experience the true joy that comes from a fulfilling fix life." Read the rest

How to make a Sugru-sealed rainbow gatling water-gun

Sugru's R&D department blew off a little steam by making a Sugru-reinforced gatling water-pistol that fires multicolored streams of dyed water. Read the rest

Cat Paint, Bike GPS, and an Audeze headphones giveaway [Gadgets 006]

In each episode of Gadgets the editors and friends of Boing Boing recommend technology they love and use. This time Xeni, Jason, and Mark talk about Cat Paint for iOS, a GPS device for bikes, ambient sound maker for human babies, a great $14 pocket knife, a wireless home security camera, plus an exclusive giveaway for a pair of Audeze LCD 2 Bamboo ($1,000 value)!

Apex Predator Red Shoes with teeth

Red Shoes is a welcome addition to Fantich & Young's Apex Predator sculptures (previously) in which shoe-soles are studded with false teeth in a wonderfully gross echo of hyperdontia (warning, a bit icky). This seems like the kind of thing you could do yourself with some Sugru and some old dentures. In fact, I may have to give it a go. (via Crazy Abalone) Read the rest

Sugru as a tonic for noisy annoyances

Jane from Sugru sends us an adorable stop-motion video showing ways to use the air-drying polymer to cut down on noisy annoyances: "Life is noisy. If a banging door, clattering plates or a squeaky bike have become the soundtrack to your life - don't ignore it, fix it (...but watch this video first!)" Read the rest

Further thoughts on my Bell Bullitt TT

Back in March, I reviewed my Bell Bullitt TT. This incredible looking helmet is a lot of fun and now I have a couple hundred miles wearing it. My impression is still super positive, but I've learned a few things...

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Traveling with silly expensive headphones, the Westone 3 and Bowers & Wilkins P5

On a recent trip packed with long flights, I remembered that music had once been my best defense when traveling around the globe for prior jobs. I packed my Westone 3 IEMs along with a beloved pair of Bowers & Wilkins P5s with a TotalBitHead DAC/Amp and merrily went off to the airport. What I learned on this trip surprised me.

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Gweek podcast 136: Zombie Jughead

In each episode of Gweek, I invite a guest or two to join me in a discussion about recommended media, apps, and gadgets. This time my guests were:

Michael Goodwin, a freelance writer and the author of the comic book Economix: How the Economy Works (and Doesn’t Work) in Words and Pictures. Like many freelance writers, he lives in New York City with cats.

New York Times best-selling novelist Scott Sigler, author of Ancestor, Nocturnal, and the Infected Trilogy (consisting of the books Infected, Contagious and Pandemic).

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Show Notes:

Michael's pick:

Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Works, a comic book by Jonathan Gruber and Nathan Schreiber

Scott's pick

The First Law, Joe Abercrombie

Mark's pick:

Sugru Magnet Kit

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Turn your earbuds into custom fits with Sugru

In this video, an extremely calm Irish man explains how to attain custom-fit earbuds by wedging a small sausage of Sugru (an air-drying polymer clay) beneath your cheap off-the-shelf earbuds' silicone sleeve, fitting them to your ears to get the right fit, removing them, and leaving them to dry. Looks easy and efficient!

[How to video] Quite possibly the neatest and best DIY custom-fit earbuds ever... (via Red Ferret) Read the rest

Apps for Kids 053: Plants vs. Zombies graphic novel

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Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 10-year-old daughter, Jane.

In this episode, we set down our smartphones to talk about the Plants vs. Zombies graphic novel, in which two kids team up with Crazy Dave, the deranged zombie prepper, to rid Neighborville of the invading horde of undead humans. Jane also grabs my staple remover that I was repairing with Sugru and messes it up.

And, we present a new "Would you rather?" question: JavaScript is disabled!

If you're an app developer and would like to have Jane and me try one of your apps for possible review, email a redeem code to appsforkids@boingboing.net.

Jane and I love to get your emails with questions about game, gear, and tech. What's your question?

Listen to past episodes of Apps for Kids here. Read the rest

Our top video posts, hand-picked by Boing Boing editors

"Alien Atmospheres," a video from NASA Goddard.

Check out some of the great videos we've blogged lately, which you can watch in our video archives:

• Scary tire commercial from Japan • Blues Brothers mall car-chase recreated in Lego • Sugru + magnets = anything stuck to anything • Kaki King shreds • Cookie Monster in The Hungry Games: Catching Fur • Reverse Racism • Glitchy A/V art installation about "space-time compression"

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Sugru + magnets = anything stuck to anything

Jane from Sugru writes, "We've just announced Sugru's first ever kit - Make Things Magnetic. Magnets are f***ing awesome! and Sugru's new best friend - sorry LEGO, it's not you, it's us. Once you attach something you love with Sugru and these magnets - you'll never want to go back. Attach anything to anything with Sugru + magnets!"

I love Sugru, and now carry a couple pouches of it with me all the time. I can't even count the number of things I've fixed or improved with the long-lasting, super-adhesive, versatile air-drying polymer (most recently, a dashboard mount for my phone while I was in LA for a couple weeks). I have often combined Sugru with small rare-earth magnets in just this way, but the kit looks very handy.

Attach anything to anything with Sugru + magnets! Read the rest

Skooba Laptop Weekender Travel Bag - a carry-on bag for gadget lovers

I go somewhere on a plane at least twice a month. For over ten years I’ve used a Briggs & Riley roller carry-on, and I’ve been fairly happy with it. It’s heavy for its small size and the zipper pulls all broke off (I made replacements from binder clips and Sugru) so I’ve been keeping my eye out for a replacement. After hearing great things about the accessibility and capacity of the Skooba Weekender duffle, I decided to give it a try. It turned out the be the most convenient carry-on I’ve ever used. Read the rest

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