Boing Boing 

Jason Weisberger

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

Sci-Fest LA is back!

Sci-Fest LA, an incredible one act science fiction play festival held in Los Angeles, is back for 2015! The team needs help with funding this amazing program.

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Music: "From the Cradle," Widespread Panic (2006)

I just saw that Widespread Panic will again be at the Fox Oakland come late March.

I love Kindle Unlimited

If you like self-published fiction or read more than a few books a month, and don’t mind giving books up when you’re done, Amazon’s borrowing service is a great deal.

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Time's Edge (The Chronos Files Book 2)

Time's Edge (The Chronos Files Book 2)

Rarely do I dive right into the second book in a series, but I couldn't wait to start Rysa Walker's second time travel adventure: Time's Edge.

Picking up right where Timebound left off, Time's Edge feels like a seamless extension. Kate is off collecting the time travel enabling medallions from lost CHRONOS agents while Prudence and Saul could not care less. Could it be that Kate doesn't really know whats going on?

Appropriately, Time's Edge reads like the second novel in a series, and occasionally some development does feel forced, but I tore through this novel. With the technology and physics of her universe well set up in the first novel, Walker successfully sets out to develop her characters and the plot. I could have done with a bit more of the present time storyline, but honestly maybe her focus on other events will pay off (alternate time line Trey is a doofus.)

I'm looking forward to the next installment. For the brave souls amongst us: I've been told that there is a metric ton of Chronos Files fan fiction in Kindle Worlds.

Time's Edge (The Chronos Files Book 2)

AlterWorld (Play to Live: Book #1)

AlterWorld (Play to Live: Book #1)

Virtual reality becomes reality for folks afflicted with the Perma Effect. D. Rus' AlterWorld is the story of a terminal cancer patient who transfers his life into an MMO.

This is genre I've meant to explore a bit and Rus sets up a great series in this, his first installment. Humans, NPCs and AI mix to create a vivid world where loot and twinks abound. Max and his friends are permanent fixtures in a video game. While this gives him a new lease on life there is a lot to watch out for.

This is translated from Rus' native Russian. There are a few rough spots but this is an engaging and fast read.

AlterWorld (Play to Live: Book #1)

Timebound (The Chronos Files Book 1)

Timebound (The Chronos Files Book 1)

Timebound by Rysa Walker is an excellent time travel adventure!

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Review: Meta, The Meta Superhero Novel Series Book 1

Meta (The Meta Superhero Novel Series Book 1)

It has been a while since I read a superhero novel. Meta, by Tom Reynolds, was all the fun I expected.

Metas, or superheroes, haven't been seen in 16 years. After the "Big Battle" in which two heroes duked it out and a number of normal people were killed, the Metas simply disappeared. Our protagonist Connor lost his parents that night. Nearly two decades later, Connor does a good deed and wakes up a Meta. He soon finds he is more powerful than any who've come before, and that he is certainly not alone.

Meta is a quick read. Reynolds is just finding his ground and defining his characters, while doing a good job at world-building. I will certainly be picking up the second in this series.

Meta (The Meta Superhero Novel Series Book 1)

Magic Trick: Wonder Bubbles

For around $13 Wonder Bubbles is a great trick. With a simple sleight of hand you can change a soap bubble into a solid clear ball.

Music: "Shake your rump to the funk," The Bar-Kays (1976)

From their Mercury Records album Too Hot To Stop.

The Apocalypse (The Undead World Series Book 1)

The Apocalypse (The Undead World Series Book 1)

I'm back to reading about zombies! Peter Meredith's The Apocalypse is a very different take on the standard zombie story.

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Big Trouble In Little China men's tank top

Big Trouble Little China Fu Manchu White Men's Tank Top

Now you can dress like Jack Burton.

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Fingerboard Theory for Guitar: A Music Theory Text for Guitarists

Mel Bay Fingerboard Theory for Guitar A Music Theory Text for Guitarists

Want to understand how music and your guitar work together? Fingerboard Theory for Guitar taught me that music is as much math and science as it is a kind of magic.

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Music: "By The Time I Get To Arizona," Public Enemy (1991)

"Why want a holiday Fuck it 'cause I wanna."

BOOK: 100 Years of Magic Posters (The Poster Art Library)

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Years ago, a friend gifted me this wonderful collection of magic posters!

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FOX affiliate considers saving $816 over 65 years news

An 81 year old man saved $816 in pennies over 6 decades. Congrats to the thrifty guy, I hope he also had a 401k!

Music: "Every 1's a winner," Hot Chocolate (1978)

Everyone's a winner baby, that's the truth!

Seiko Quartz Metronome

Seiko SQ50-V Quartz Metronome

This digital metronome is the only way I can keep a beat.

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WATCH: People caught illegally abusing handicapped parking placards

ABC News and the California DMV identify a number of people abusing handicapped placards in Los Angeles. (Thanks, Carey!)

Electric Mayhem t-shirt

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Instantly classic. Why are so many of my favorite bands comprised of puppets or cartoons?

Mercy Watson: Adventures of a Porcine Wonder

Mercy Watson Boxed Set: Adventures of a Porcine Wonder

This collection of Mercy Watson books is all my seven-year-old daughter wants to read. They are cute stories with thoughtfully challenging vocabulary.

Mercy Watson is a pig who lives with her adopted human family. She loves toast with a great deal of butter and has wonderful adventures. The stories are entertaining enough that as an adult listener I chuckle quite often. The vocabulary and character names are well chosen, requiring a bit of effort but expanding her grasp of our language.

We had a hard time finding books that Hannah wanted to read. Now she reads me bedtime stories.

Mercy Watson Boxed Set: Adventures of a Porcine Wonder

Music: "Wild World," Maxi Priest (1988)

I've always loved this Cat Stevens cover by Maxi Priest.

Defensive gun ownership is a farce

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The story that gun owners defend themselves in numbers large enough to justify the tragic number of accidental gun deaths is pure fantasy.

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A fantastic standing (or sitting) desk

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I love my government surplus Hamilton drafting table. I found it for $175 on Craigslist.

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Antigravity Batteries XP1 Micro-start jumpstart battery

Antigravity Batteries Micro-Start Jump Starter/Personal Power Supply XP-1 XP-1

I finally had a chance to try this tiny lithium-ion jumpstart battery.

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Charges dismissed against Lakota tribe member arrested for singing

A Federal judge has tossed out the charges against Greg Grey Cloud, arrested for singing a song, in the US Capitol building, honoring the Senators who voted against Keystone XL.

Indian Country Today:

Grey Cloud, an enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux tribe and a Native American activist who sang an honor song for the 41 Senators who voted against the Keystone XL Pipeline, had his final court hearing January 12 regarding his case where he was charged with disruption of Congress and disorderly conduct for his actions.

Escape from New York, again

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"Snake Plissken is back! Fox has emerged from competitive bidding and closed a deal to remake the 1981 John Carpenter-directed cult classic Escape From New York." It might be fun if they set it in 1997 again.

Music: "Sunshine," Jonathan Edwards (1971)

The latest song I'm working on learning for guitar.

If you bake, you ALSO need a silicone pastry mat

ZNU Large Massive Pastry Fondant Silicone Work Rolling Baking Mat with Measurements

Whenever I bake I use a silicone pastry mat to roll out my dough, shape my loaves or size a pie crust.

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Men who want naked pictures, of themselves (nudity)

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Oakland based photographer Mariah Carle takes fantastic portraits of men who want naked photos of themselves.

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Test riding a "new" BMW R90S motorcycle

MaxBMW, fantastic online source of vintage BMW parts, built up an R90S from all factory new parts last year. This video shows off the bike on a 'test ride' by some guy with an Evel Knievel-looking helmet.

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