Jason Weisberger

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

Give Me Fiction #006: Ivan Hernandez

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Give Me Fiction is a prose reading series hosted by Ivan Hernandez. On this episode, your host reflects on the demise of the Star Wars Expanded Universe in "To Destroy All Worlds."

The first Sunday of every month at Lost Weekend Video, a group of comedians, writers, and artists read pieces based on a theme. For the podcast, we release one of those stories a week to you, the listening public. On this sixth episode, Ivan journeys into the mindsets of a bunch of nerds in mourning for their beloved franchise, in "To Destroy All Worlds."

GMF is produced by Will Scovill and presented by Boing Boing. You can check out GMF on the iTunes Store, Soundcloud, RSS, Stitcher, Twitter, and Facebook, and buy tickets for the live show on October 5th.

California abalone poacher gets 32 months in prison

California fish and wildlife regulations have helped the abalone population recover from near extinction. "A repeat abalone poacher pleaded guilty to new charges this month, and this time, Wildlife Officer Pat Foy said, he faces landmark penalties."

Handy Insta-Bed Queen sized with built-in pump

Insta-Bed Queen Raised Sure Grip Bottom with Built-In Pump

Once again this inflatable bed saved my bacon. If you need an inflatable mattress this one has been serving me well for years.

After the last weekend, both Mark and Rob can vouch for the near comfort of the Insta-Bed, tho they did not co-occupy it. Whenever a crowd of folks descends on my house this savior comes out of hiding. The built-in pump both fills, and deflates, the mattress in minutes. The mattress itself is fairly firm and certainly better than a futon or a Corbursier LC4, as Rob will attest (he moved around the house a bit.)

Insta-Bed Queen Raised Sure Grip Bottom with Built-In Pump

NYC Wednesday: Artist Tim Hutchings' Jack Vance inspired art show

Binary Sunset

Long time BB friend Tim Hutchings has a gallery show this Wednesday, October 1st in NYC. Many of his abstract paintings, like the above titled Binary Sunset, are inspired by the work of the legendary Jack Vance.

If you are on the Island of Manhattan, I high recommend stopping in.

The show is being held October 1st, from 5-8pm at Gallery Rene Mele, on 226 East 83rd Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Congrats, Tim!

Last Castle

The Loneliness and the Scream, Frightened Rabbit

"All I need is your hand to drag me out again."

Xtreme Charge XP100 12V desulfating battery charger

XTREME CHARGE BATTERY CHARGER

Dead car and motorcycle batteries really drive me crazy. The Xtreme Charge XP100 keeps my batteries healthy.

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Vilified, Even Rude

Growing up in SoCal exposed me to wonderful music.

Funky Kingston by Toots and the Maytals

"I want you to believe every word I say"

Vicious by VE Schwab

Vicious

Last night, I read Vicious. This is a fantastic story about college age relationships and how the addition of super powers really doesn't help.

Victor is a nice enough guy but seems pretty jealous of his college roommate, Eli. Eli has good looks, intelligence and got the girl Victor was too shy to make a move on. When Eli 'invents' the premise behind the movie Flatliners, it doesn't take Victor long to convince Eli they should both die and return, with a random super power! Accidents and immature world views collide, leading the two to an epic showdown.

Schwab does a wonderful job of building characters you care about and really filling them out with little background or exposition. Vicious is certainly worth the read!

Vicious by VE Schwab

Give Me Fiction Podcast #005: “Complications”

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Give Me Fiction is a prose reading series hosted by Ivan Hernandez. On this episode, writer Casey Childers describes the conflict between student, teacher, and timepiece in “Complications.”

The first Sunday of every month at Lost Weekend Video, a group of comedians, writers, and artists read pieces based on a theme. For the podcast, we release one of those stories a week to you, the listening public. On this fifth episode, Casey Childers, writer and one of the producers of Bay Area literary show Write Club SF, reads a piece entitled "Complications."

GMF is produced by Will Scovill and presented by Boing Boing. You can check out GMF on the iTunes Store, Soundcloud, RSS, Twitter, and Facebook, and buy tickets for the live show.

The Girl With All The Gifts

The Girl With All The Gifts

MR Carey's The Girl With All The Gifts became an instant favorite. This creepy tale of the zombie apocalypse turns the entire genre on its side.

Melanie appears to be a fairly bright and above average child. From the stories she hears at school and conversations she's been able to eavesdrop on she knows something isn't right but can't quite discern what it is. Do all kids need to be immobilized for class? Melanie learns more about who and what she is, but it come too late even to save her friends, let alone humanity.

Carey paints a picture of a world teetering on the edge, but perhaps able to hang on. His zombie future is pretty amazing and the characters strong, I was tempted to read the entire book in one sitting. While it gets a bit repetitive and sometimes bangs you about the head with clues as to what is to come, I really enjoyed The Girl With All The Gifts.

The Girl With All The Gifts by MR Carey

Gluing stuff to a motorcycle

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Has anyone used this 3M "super" weather striping and gasket adhesive? I am about to glue the BMW roundels and knee pads onto a mid-70s touring tank for my old Airhead; this stuff comes highly recommended but I thought I'd ask for your help.

This represents the SECOND time I am attempting to affix these things, as the Gorilla Glue a friend recommended the first time resulted in a complete repainting of my freshly painted tank. Yes, after spending months and months of waiting we slathered the wrong glue on it and ruined the paint job.

If I can get these parts to stick, the tank on, and the fuel lines not leaking (a miracle,) I'll share some photos and document the disaster that was this project.

Man stabbed with spear while robbing medieval weapons enthusiast

Valiant SCA member Jimmy Morgan Jr. fended off burglar Thomas McGowan with the spear he keeps by his bed. (VIA)

Watching words lose their origin

I wonder if my 7 year old will think Motley Crue is singing about fundraising.

Computer Jay's Binary Fix - free download

Here is a song from long time BB pal Computer Jay about the 21st century's addiction to technology titled "Binary Fix." The track is off his album 'Savage Planet Discotheque Vol. 2'. You can download it for free here.