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Cool canes, hot probes, RFID blocking wallets, and double-stuff smartphone chargers

This week in Gadgets, Drew Curtis of Fark joins Xeni, Jason, and Mark to discuss a laser temperature probe, an app for wine enthusiasts, an RFID blocking wallet, a Wifi scale, the best online walking cane store, and a two-piece smartphone charger.

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The story behind Ghost Variant, secretly-produced alternative editions of popular comics

Jim Rugg interviews Andrew Neal, who devised a plan to create a dozen variant-edition comic covers for popular series.

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Join Boing Boing and Noise Pop at the Oakland Museum of California on July 18

Explore the art and allure of vinyl records with Death Cab for Cutie bassist Nick Harmer, Wilco and Miles Davis album designer Lawrence Azerrad, and Dead Kennedys/Alternative Tentacles artist Winston Smith. Panel moderated by Boing Boing’s David Pescovitz.

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How to recreate the sounds of "Forbidden Planet"

In each episode of the Gadgets podcast we recommend technology we love and use. Xeni, Jason, and Mark check out a pro-quality food dehydrator, a camera lens and eyeglass cleaning brush, a cool synthesizer kit, and more!

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Our favorite smart phone gadgets [Gadgets 007]

The editors of Boing Boing recommend technology they love and use. Xeni, Jason, and Mark check out a Bluetooth speaker, an earphone cord manager, a compact phone recharger, snap-on earpod clips, an app for insomniacs, and more.

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Modern-day US civil war depicted in "A Better World"

Here's an exclusive excerpt from Marcus Sakey's A Better World, the second book in the Brilliance saga.

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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)!

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Koko Takes a Holiday

Five hundred years from now, ex-corporate mercenary Koko Martstellar is swaggering through an easy early retirement as a brothel owner on The Sixty Islands, a manufactured tropical resort archipelago known for its sex and simulated violence. Surrounded by slang-drooling boywhores and synthetic komodo dragons, Koko finds the most challenging part of her day might be deciding on her next drink. That is, until her old comrade Portia Delacompte sends a squad of security personnel to murder her. An exclusive excerpt from Kieran Shea’s new novel, Koko Takes a Holiday.

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Fake drugs and the plague that never lifts

To pharmaceutical firms, legitimate replicas and outright fakes are much the same: neither make them money. But to sufferers in the developing world, the difference is life and death. Charles Ebikeme on the big business of counterfeit medicine in the developing world.

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Guide To Wire Strippers

Steve Hoefer explains how to use your teeth to… wait, that’s what he says not to do.

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Boing Boing Happy Mutant Mobile, unveiled!

This post is brought to you by Ford.

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Boing Boing's Happy Mutant Mobile delighted onlookers at its unveiling during the recent Maker Faire Bay Area 2014! As we've posted, our sponsors at Ford agreed to support the customization, modification, and transformation of a 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon into what we (and you) imagined for a Boing Boing road machine. (Original announcement here and check out all the posts here!)

Theresa Contreras and her talented team at L&G Enterprises in San Dimas, California were the real magicians behind the mods, ranging from a cabinet of curiosities in the back to a lush videoblogging studio inside to a roof-mounted pop-up movie screen!

Thanks to all of you who stopped by to say hi! More photos to come...

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Pizza stone, magic trick, game timer, hotel outlet adapter [Gadgets 004]

In each episode of Gadgets the editors and friends of Boing Boing recommend technology they love and use. This time Jason and Mark talk about the best chess timer for Scrabble players, a fantastic pizza stone, a compact 3-outlet adapter for hotel use, and a great magic trick for under $5. Plus, a website that converts PDFs to Kindle format.

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My 20-year-obsession with DragonStrike's instructional videotape

“Not only have I watched the instructional VHS that came with the DragonStrike board game at least once a month since I was ten,” says Don Jolly, “I’ve pulled this tape out at parties. I’ve inflicting this tape on friends. God help me, I’ve shown this thing to girls. Then, I met the video’s creator.”

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Sponsor shout-out: American Apparel big sale!

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Special thanks to our longtime sponsor American Apparel, creators of a fantastic array of fashions, all made in the USA and sweatshop-free! Need some summer essentials? Buy now during the AMERICAN APPAREL 20% OFF FLASH SALE, starting at noon PDT today (Tuesday)! The sale runs until 11:59pm PDT tomorrow (Wednesday). Click here and use the discount code: SUMMERBASICS