I am frequently asked about this beautiful telescope! People think it is a bong! The Edmund Scientific Astroscan sits in the center of my living room coffee table.
I have heard astronomy buffs screech like wounded monkeys at the idea of my actually using this telescope to view the skies. I'm no celestial connoisseur, and this beautiful post-modern masterpiece offers me all I need in an at-home or camping telescope. Screw telling you about the optics, how much magnification it offers (variable based on your eyepiece,) or any other technical data! Here is the important thing:
I love how it looks!
Several years ago, I asked Mark what telescope he'd recommend. He sent me a picture of this one and I bought it immediately. Only later did I find out he just liked how it looked, neither of us did a bit of research on its utility as a functional sky viewing telescope.
Honestly, it is fine. Here is a great video that'll tell you more than you need to know:
Everything in my home is looking at me! You'd be surprised, when you have a bag of 500 googly eyes, what they get glued to!
This is a bargain price for an art supply my daughter loves having around. I doubt I'll ever need a second bag, but if I do $2.99 is really not a problem.
These eyes do not have an adhesive backing! You will need to glue them to things. Glue Stick works well for the 8 year old, and makes it easier to remove them from odd places.
It is a lot of fun sticking eyes in weird places.
I thought it would be impossible for an eBook to inspire me to get me working on a watch. Read the rest
My daughter loves Minions and she loves Star Wars. It is no surprise she insisted on having these figures.
At $33 shipped, this is the cheapest set I could find. It appears there are a bunch of knock-offs available on the interwebs. If you want a collectable set, I am fairly sure these are not they.
Two medical marijuana product companies are offering free weed to folks impacted by the catastrophic Valley fire. Recipients must present a valid medical marijuana prescription at one of 5 dispensaries in San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol or Lake County.
The giveaway has been going on since Thursday and runs through October 7, and the two companies, Care By Design and AbsoluteXtracts, will be giving out the products via five dispensaries in San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, and Lake County, according to a joint statement.Read the rest
As I continue to search for a Halloween costume, I thought the kids might be more familiar with a Minecraft creeper!
A couple years back, Cory shared this DIY creeper costume. I don't have that level of commitment, but for $13 this might be a lot easier to wear than the Stay Puft Marshmallow man I've been considering.
My daughter finds minecraft a bit tough, I'm told its the version she is playing and I/we should try another. I wonder if she'll enjoy this...
Outspoken Genii forum member Brad Henderson has this fascinating public video calling card. Brad reveals, via an "Explaination," the optical illusion behind his business card.
I find this curious as Brad apparently does not like it when others share interesting magical effects with the intent of driving interest in the art. I guess it is ok when it helps you book a gig?
If you are in the Austin area, we encourage you to see Brad perform! If his routine is half as passionate as his trolling, you are in for a great time!
This peppermill is really great. Not something I replace more than once a decade, I wanted a grinder that stood out and was fun. I've had a set of Shaker style ones, purchased in my late 20s, that just needed to go.
This Rocket is looks great. Standing at 14" tall this grinder is certainly part of the conversation. The Rocket feels well made, has adjustable coarseness and grinds pepper.
Potential buyers will be happy to know the fins appear slotted in, and unlikely to break off. They appear to be the weak link in the design. If a tip breaks, you can easily re-level the rocket with a few cuts.
There is a fantastic thread running on Genii about Boing Boing's enthusiasm for magic!
Internet forums are the source of all truth! Genii is an awesome resource for magicians, new and old, and the participants in their forums are incredibly well versed. The conversation they've had, minus the obligatory mention of German National-Socialist leadership, is fantastic and we are paying attention!
My California public school education was filled with romanticized stories of the Spanish Missions. What we were taught was not accurate. The folks already living here were abused and enslaved. It comes as no surprise that people feel a lot of anger over the sainting of Junipero Serra, and that the Carmel Mission, where he is interred, was vandalized. Read the rest
For taking notes, sketches and generally just having paper with me that works well with my fountain pens, I've been using Fabriano's EcoQua notebooks.
The dot-ruled, staple bound sheets of 85gsm off-white paper work fantastically with my my favorite pens and inks. There is nearly zero bleed through or feathering, and ink dries fast. My favorite Noodler's bulletproof black and red-black are both bold and bright, though the red-black becomes distinctively more red.
I really the dot-ruled paper. It is a more subtle version of quad-ruled graphing paper, but helps me sketch and draw out ideas.
There is a lot of marketing hullabaloo over the environmentally friendly nature of these notebooks. I find this ironic, as we start with killing a tree, but appreciate it regardless.
I'm considering this inflatable Stay Puft Marshmallow Man costume for Halloween. Every few years my Ghostbuster costume comes out of storage, but I feel like stepping on a church.
A friend has this costume and it uses a clever battery operated fan to pump air into the suit, keeping it inflated. At $30 it is a bargain.
Peter Egan has written a wonderful tribute to my favorite motorcycle of all time, the legendary BMW R90s.
The R90s was a hail mary play by BMW. Having realized that their stoic, stolid, black-mit-white motorcycles were boring the shit out of everyone who rode them, BMW decided to build a super bike. What the world got was sheer poetry, the R90s is one of the most beautiful mechanical devices of all time.
Under that lovely styling, mechanical details (overseen by engineer Hans-Gunther von der Marwitz) included twin front discs, aluminum-alloy wheels, Dell’Orto pumper carbs, and a five-speed transmission. The boxer twin was punched out to 898cc and rated at 75 bhp at 7,200 rpm. Cycle World’s 1974 testbike did the quarter-mile in 13.05 seconds at 103 mph and recorded a top speed of 123 mph. Cycle magazine reported that its testbike actually pulled away from a 900cc Z1 Kawasaki in highway roll-on contests at any speed, in any gear.
Well then. I ran right down to our local BMW/Norton/Suzuki dealership (where I was about to order a new Norton Commando) to look at the bike and quickly realized that BMW had finally produced a motorcycle I wanted. I looked at the R90S from every angle and immediately decided it was a classic for the ages.
The 1976 Daytona Orange example above is mine, she has a heart of gold. After waiting decades to own one, I found her, largely restored and slightly modified, with the help of Angus at Northeast Sportscar. Read the rest