Jason Weisberger

Jason Weisberger is Boing Boing's publisher. Nemo is Jason's Great Pyrenees. You can find Jason on twitter at @jlw

RFID Blocking Passport Case

Travelon RFID Blocking Passport Case

For years I have been pretending this RFID blocking passport case is protecting me from a phantom menace.

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Used Aliens, The Galactic Pool Comedy Adventures Book 1

Used Aliens: A Novel (The Galactic Pool Comedy Adventures Book 1)

M. Sid Kelly's Used Aliens is a fantastic, hilarious tour of what can go wrong when prospecting planets for admission to the Galactic Pool.

Kelly does a fantastic job of introducing his universe, the varied aliens and wild personalities that populate the Galactic Pool. The history of the Pool is violent, unjust and filled with wacky ironies so it should be no surprise that things go wrong when they begin to observe the planet "Dirt." Some how a beautiful clone from Bounty and an humanoid hating Dnooblian windup helping a human live his dream of hosting a bass fishing tv show.

M. Sid Kelly's Used Aliens reminded me a lot of Red Dwarf or the Hitchhiker's Guide, so this is an extremely high recommendation. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

Used Aliens: A Novel (The Galactic Pool Comedy Adventures Book 1), by M. Sid Kelly

'Misty: The Proud Cloud' by Hugh Howey

Misty: The Proud Cloud (Signed Limited Edition)

Hugh Howey has written a charming and sweet children's book, Misty: The Proud Cloud. This tale about the value of being ones self is beautifully illustrated by Nidhi Chanani.

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Stanford study shows guns promote more crime, not less

"'The totality of the evidence based on educated judgments about the best statistical models suggests that right-to-carry laws are associated with substantially higher rates' of aggravated assault, robbery, rape and murder..."(via)

Incredible street driving in Los Angeles

This video from Hoonigan, featuring Ken Block, is one of the most crazy wonderful tours of Los Angeles I've ever seen. The custom Mustang is also wonderful.

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Speed-Way motorcycle shelter

Speed-Way Shelters Speed-Way Shelter - Standard/Sport MTS-GRY

This sturdy Speed-Way motorcycle shelter protects my bikes from the elements and keeps them a lot dryer than a normal cover. I've been using it for almost a year, both the shelter and bike look as good as new.

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Xbox One wireless controller charging station

Nyko Charge Base - Xbox One

This wireless charging station keeps my Xbox One controllers functional. I hate using disposables in the controllers and swapping batteries is no fun.

I really only play Destiny on the Xbox One at this point, but my controllers were often dead. I think the self power off timer in the units isn't very good as it seems the batteries go dead once every week or two. This base station comes with 2 rechargeable batteries that contact when you set them in its cradle. All my dead battery problems are solved.

Nyko Charge Base for Xbox One

Music: "Son Of A Preacher Man," Dusty Springfield

Being good isn't always easy.

Homemade soft pretzels are easy to bake. Here's how.

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My daughter and I just baked a batch of our favorite, Bavarian-style, soft pretzels. Making them is so quick and easy. Writing this post takes longer than making a batch.

Jason and Hannah's pretzel recipe
    Ingredients:
  1. 2 1/4 cups AP or bread flour
  2. ¾ cup of warm water
  3. 1 tsp bread yeast
  4. 1 Tbs brown sugar
  5. ⅛ tsp salt
  6. Additionally: Baking Soda, and Salt

Pre-heat your oven to 400ºF.

Mix yeast and brown sugar in the ¾ cup of warm water and let proof for 10 minutes.

Put flour and salt in large mixing bowl. Add liquid. Knead until the ball of dough has picked up all the loose flour and is smooth.

Start a 3-5 quart pot of water boiling. Add 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda. Let boil.

Roll out pretzels. I suggest taking golf ball sized balls of dough and rolling them in your hand until the string of dough is about the diameter of a grease pencil or sharpie. Then twist into pretzels.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or your favorite non-stick method. Boil pretzels in the baking soda water mixture for 10-15 seconds each. My rule is to let them sink to the bottom and then retrieve a few seconds after they float to the surface. Place the pretzels on the baking sheet.

Immediately before placing in the oven, sprinkle with salt to your preference. Bake for 18-19 minutes.

I suggest serving with mustard, Hannah thinks putting something so disgusting on a pretzel is craziness.

Makes 6. Feel free to double the recipe.

Music: "They All Ask'd for You," The Meters (1975)

I went on up to the big ol' sky...

The Addams Family - The Complete Series

The Addams Family - The Complete Series

Hoping to develop a well balanced child, this weekend I plan to show my daughter The Addams Family.

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Nevada game poaching ring caught via Facebook

"Game Warden Cameron Waithman said the investigation that led to state and federal charges against several men started in June 2013, with an ill-advised Facebook post showing three men with two dead deer near Hiko, Nev."(via)

Handlebar phone or GPS mount

Handlebar mount

This $15 handlebar mount heroically holds an iPhone to my buzzing old BMW airhead's bars. Finding a mount that does was not a cheap, easy or fun experiment.

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The Shadow Of What Was Lost (The Licanius Trilogy Book 1)

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James Islington's first novel, The Shadow Of What Was Lost is an epic fantasy. I read this slowly to catch all the detail and appreciate the wonderful world building and terrific characters.

Islington introduces us to a world where magic users have been suborned and ostracized. 20 years previous something disrupted the power of the seemingly all-powerful Augurs, and allowed normal folks a chance to upset the balance of power. As the tenuous society they've built begins to unravel, Davian, Wirr and Asha, three students at one of the last schools for Gifted users of Essence are dragged into the middle of a generations long battle against an enemy no one wants to believe exists.

Islington has a wonderful way of revealing detail. I really enjoy it, he seems to be opening each storyline, as well as world building and explaining the magic/lore of Andarra at a perfect pace. It keeps me wanting more and more, I am looking forward to seeing the story continue.

The Shadow Of What Was Lost (The Licanius Trilogy Book 1)