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Universal tablet stand in the Boing Boing Store

The Orbit Flote is designed to hold your tablet just where you want it, so you can go about your business hands-free. Use it in the kitchen to display a recipe, around the house to stream Netflix, or in the office to share a presentation. With its sleek design and durable build, the ORBIT is a reliable accessory for any environment. Named to the Forbes Magazine’s “Gadgets We Love List”

  • Allows for hours of hands-free, discomfort-free ergonomic use of tablets & e-readers
  • Orients your tablet in virtually any position freely & easily w/ magnetic ball joint
  • Includes a round weighted base & reversible clamp
  • Designed cleanly & elegantly to compliment any setting
  • Crafted with all-metal components for durability

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Boing Boing Store: The Surface 3 Giveaway

The Surface 3 offers you the best of both a tablet and a laptop.

While the 10.8-inch screen and thin, light frame make the Surface as easy to toss into your backpack or purse as a tablet, the ability to run full scale desktop software on Windows 8.1 will make you forget that you’re not using a laptop.

Our partners at Stack Social are holding a giveaway in the Boing Boing Store. Enter here!

Keep your parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme fresh in this airtight 1-up Mushroom jar

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In the Boing Boing Store! High Times called this container from 420 Science “the best in herb storage.” It's a large, airtight jar made from machine blown glass, has a durable base, and pops with freshness every time you open it.

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Save 94% on the Complete Learn To Code Bundle

code-bundleLearn to program from scratch in just 6 weeks. This Complete Learn to Code Bundle of 8 courses includes over 74 hours of training for $59, including web development, Python, Ruby on Rails, PHP, and more. The web development course has an average rating of 4.8 stars (out of 5) with 7,684 ratings.

Limited-edition 'Code Black' HD-camera drone for 50% Off

This powerful little drone ($99) is the size of your palm, and uses 6-axis gyro technology for an extremely smooth flight. With a flight time of about 10 minutes between charges, it’s a great introductory drone for anyone looking to dominate the sky.

  • Ready-to-fly out of the box
  • Palm-size drone
  • 6-axis flight control system for an extremely stable flight
  • 4-ways flip (left, right, forward, backward)
  • Beginner and expert flight modes
  • USB charging cable for charging w/ a computer

You can also get the drone plus a crash pack, which includes 16 spare blades, replacement motors & more to refresh you drone’s armor for $115.

Guaranteed delivery by Father’s Day!

Boing Boing's Pick Your Own Apple Toy Giveaway

To get things rolling with our newly launched store, we are holding an Apple Toy Giveaway. One lucky winner will choose any Apple product they want up to $700. Good luck, and be sure to check out the deals we are offering in the store, like the Wireless One 4-Port USB Charging Hub.

Introducing the Boing Boing Store (and a special launch discount)!

Today, we launched the Boing Boing Store! It's packed with great deals on everything from gadgets and gear to software to drones to undercover vaporizers. We even have a bunch of freebies, as well as giveaways for things like iPads, Apple Watches, Android phones, and more.

All the deals Have limited lifespans, and we will be posting new deals all the time. The best way to stay on top of everything we offer is to either create an account and sign up for our newsletter or sign up for our Store RSS Feed.

We would like to offer a special launch discount to our readers! Enter code BB10OFF at checkout to receive 10% off your purchase. (Coupon Code expires 5/25 @11:59 PM PST)

Atoms Under the Floorboards

An excerpt from Chris Woodford's new book, "Atoms Under the Floorboards"Read the rest

Let's compare the backgrounds of science writers for Fox and NPR

fauxGhostofAlyeska says he was "simply curious who Fox News' science reporters are. I wanted to know what kind of scientific backgrounds they might have."

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The Vintage Tea Party Book: complete guide to hosting your perfect party

This whimsical, girly, and very informative book covers two of my favorite topics – vintage style and traditional English tea. Author Angel Adoree (yep that’s her name) owns and operates Vintage Patisserie in London where she hosts adult tea parties with a retro spin. The Vintage Tea Party Book includes Angel’s recipes, beauty tips and decorating ideas for the perfect tea party at home.

The Vintage Tea Party Book is separated into chapters for planning brunch, afternoon and evening events. Included are very British-y and easy recipes such as Lemon Scones with Lavender Cream, Onion and Potato Flowers, Crown of Lamb, and Engraved Earl Grey Truffle Hearts. There are also sample invitations, how-tos on retro make-up and hair styles, like the Victory Roll, and directions on how to make your own Queen Elizabeth stencil for wall decorations (a must for every English party!).

With all these helpful tools at your fingertips, The Vintage Tea Party Book makes planning your next extra special celebration easy and fun.

P.S. Even more old-school tips and treats are included in two other books from the same author – The Vintage Sweet Book and The Vintage Tea Party Year. – Carole Rosner

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Birdscapes: A Pop-Up Celebration of Bird Songs in Stereo Sound

I’m filled with wonder at the engineering and imagination needed to create the magical eye candy of pop-up books. Elaborate scenes come alive as I unfold each page. I’m always surprised the first time I open a pop-up book, but with Birdscapes more than my eyes were opened. There are bird songs and bird calls, tweets and warbles, sounds of nature from the Arctic Tundra to the Great Plains of North America – all in stereo from the back pages of this book!

Birdscapes presents seven intricate, delicate and very realistic pop-up bird habitats along with the sweet melodies of the birds that live there. Each soundscape is pared with text about ecosystems and bird species that’s easy to follow for the novice and specific enough for the expert. Spotted Owl, Western Meadowlark, Ruffed Grouse and even a Woodpecker are seen and heard. This is definitely one book filled with lots of oooh and aah moments.

Batteries are included in the book for long lasting listening pleasure. – Carole Rosner

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Great Battles covers 30 important battles of the western world

Great Battles is a selection of 30 of the most important battles of the western world, from the ancient Greeks to more contemporary conflicts, organized chronologically into three sections (Age of Sword, Age of Gunpowder and Age of the Rifle). Each battle spreads across eight pages, the first six including an account of the battle, illustrations and some side texts. The last two pages covering each battle are always the most interesting, depicting a two-page colorful map of the battlefield showing the troops’ positions, directions of movements and important terrain features. – Alessandro Nicoli de Mattos

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Preview of Henni, by Miss Lasko-Gross

In a fantastical world where old traditions and religion dominate every aspect of life, lives a girl named Henni. Unlike most in her village, Henni questions and wonders what the world is like as she comes of age.Read the rest

SF Bay Area on Sunday: Give Me Fiction short story reading show

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This Sunday at Lost Weekend Video in San Francisco, a group of comedians and writers read original short fiction at Give Me Fiction, the literary series hosted by Ivan Hernandez. The theme for this month's show is Masculinity, so join us as we explore chromosomes and the patriarchy and similar dude stuff.

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The Silver Age of Comic Book Art manifests the magic and majesty of the Marvel and DC classics from 1956-1970

The Silver Age of Comic Book Art is a sparkly remastered new version of the long-out-of-print coffee table book that first came out ahead of its time in 2003, before all the beautiful Chip Kidd-designed superhero books, before many do-gooders depicted in these pages – Captain America, The Flash, Thor, Green Lantern, The Avengers, Dr. Strange, Green Arrow, Nick Fury and more – made it to the big & little screens. IMHO, more so than any other book on the subject, and more even than the bombastic blockbusters, this book manifests the magic and majesty of the Marvel and DC classic comics and characters from The Silver Age (1956-1970) and does so by focusing due attention on eight artists responsible for their creation: Carmine Infantino, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, Gil Kane, Joe Kubert, Gene Colan, Jim Steranko, and Neal Adams.

By way of uberdynamic spreads chockfulla judiciously juxtoposed images, ouvre-compressing cosmic collages, and the hubris-if-it-wasn’t-done-right method of replacing words in original comic balloons with choice quotes from the artists themselves, Schumer achieves the fantastic feat of making the reader experience the awe a kid in 1964 must have felt upon first gazing upon an earth-shattering Jack Kirby spread in Fantastic Four, or having Neal Adams’ art in Green Lantern / Green Arrow punch you in the face with its wrenchingly emotional realism, or being thrown off-kilter by the angular other-dimensionality of Steve Ditko’s Dr. Strange.

Appropriately, two of comics’ most influential writers wax testimoniacal, in their signature styles, about this sublime celebration of super artists:

Alan Moore: “A lovingly crafted tribute to the superhero comic of the 1960s, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art recaptures the four-color visionary surge of the era, its jet-age psychedelic rush of imagination and the titanic, luminous figures, both real and imaginary, that glittered in its firmament. For a brief moment in the late 20th century, it seemed as if the spirit of the age wore a vivid leotard, a chest emblem, and traveled in a strobing blur of speed lines. For anyone with any interest in or affection for that moment, this beautiful volume is indispensible.”

Stan Lee: “Not only is Arlen Schumer’s The Silver Age of Comic Book Art a spellbinding book about a magnificent art form, but it’s one of the publishing world’s great rarities – a book about art which is itself as much a resplendent work of art as the subject it so beautifully depicts. Every page of The Silver Age of Comic Book Art is a visual feast for the eyes. In honoring those artists whom the author considers the best of the best, Schumer, by virtue of his stunning layouts, incredible use of color and brilliant selection of awesome artwork, has proven himself one of the most exciting designers of all.”

The book ends with a bonus section that covers five more artists in hyperspeed, and leaves you rarin’ to dig back into the original comics, with a more appreciative set of peepers.Jeff Newelt

See sample pages of The Silver Age of Comic Book Art at Wink.

Visual Aid - a book of charts that explain how the world works

Visual Aid and Visual Aid 2 are collections of colorful images and diagrams explaining, depicting and comparing elements from a wide range of topics.

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At the Gate of the Center [Short Story]

Tara Marsden tells the story of a corporation exploiting the newest renewable energy source: pain.Read the rest