Do people actually drink Lancers wine?

I have never actually seen anyone drink Lancers. It must be popular, it seems to still be commercially produced!

I remember my parents having two bottles of this in the fridge from the time I was like 5 years old until I moved out of their home. If I go look, it may still be there.

I'm gonna look for a bottle when my kid and I go to the market later. This could be bad. Read the rest

Ridiculous high speed save by Isle of Man TT racer

Watch as James 'Dynamite' Hillier somehow manages to keep a nearly out of control Kawasaki superbike upright, on the road and in the race! Blazing around the Isle of Man's 'Ballagarey Corner’, also known as Balla-Scary, Hillier wills the machine back into line.

Headshake like that would throw me right off my rubber cow. Read the rest

Windshield chip and crack repair can be fun but I'd rather not have to do it

A rock cracked my windshield as I was driving along the 5 freeway. This $11 kit and youtube video patched it nicely!

I did a bunch a looking around and I think this style kit, with its suction/pressure system of injecting the resin into your crack is likely the best. I found this video by Chris Fix super helpful as well. Following his simple directions, I worked on a chip that looked like a 5 point star. I'd say it is now 85% or so invisible and 100% sealed. I am not sure a professional glass repair person could have done much better, but they'd have cost $140 to come out to the house.

Much like the resin I use to repair surfboard dings, if you get this in direct sunlight it cures very, very fast. This kit is easier than making an appointment to have someone else do it.

Permatex 09103 Windshield Repair Kit via Amazon Read the rest

One fantastic motorcycle-powered hair salon

If only I still had hair. Read the rest

Thing 1 and Thing 2 are so cute!

These figures of Thing 1 and Thing 2 are absolutely adorable.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 are available as a set for $16.

I'd love to see Funko models of the Unorthodox Taxidermy collection.

Funko Dorbz Dr. Seuss Thing 1 & Thing 2 (2 Pack) Action Figure via Amazon Read the rest

Sentient animals rise up and defeat humanity in Robert Repino's 'War With No Name'

I absolutely loved Robert Repino's Mort(e), his first installment in the War with No Name series.

The ants are pissed off. Their queen has spent hundreds of years plotting complete victory. Humanity, of course, is totally surprised when giant ants burst forth from the earth and besiege their cities, and totally overwhelmed when the rest of Mammalia suddenly becomes sentient and goes on the attack.

Mort(e), a former house cat once named Sebastian, becomes a hero of the War. His heart, however, is set on finding Sheba, the neighbor's dog who was also his best friend.

This post-apocalyptic future where animals are just as human as humanity is just wonderful! Repino builds an amazing world where the animal characters are vivid and understandable, and the story gripping.

I have not yet read Cul de Sac or D'arc, the second and third books in the series, but will report in short order. Cul de Sac was a wonderful character in the first book, and I enjoyed the small bits we got of his perspective.

Morte (War with No Name) by Robert Repino via Amazon Read the rest

Boing Boing's publisher speaking at WordCamp Orange County

When you're having a conference in an awesome spot like Irvine you can play host to a speaker who refuses to prepare!

I'll be kicking off WordCamp this Saturday morning, someplace in the lovely planned community of Irvine. Get there early if you want to catch me.

Not even I have an idea what I'll say -- I've been asked to regale the folks who attend with tales of my decade-plus working with wonderful things. We can all be surprised!

Most notably, I got taught a lesson about not fucking around when people send you silly interview questions! It appears this bio is the output of my flippant responses.

While we have a lot of fun, don't be looking to Boing Boing for best practices!

WordCamp OC will be held someplace behind the Orange curtain this weekend.

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Democratic Senators get feisty over intel directors' non-answers

During today's briefings with the Director of National Intelligence, and the head of the National Security Agency, Senate Democrats Mark Warner and Kamala Harris started to wear a little thin on the non-answers. Republican McCain got in a zinger too.

Via NPR:

Warner, along with several other senators, kept pressing and ultimately expressed frustration with the intelligence chiefs.

There are "reports, that nobody has laid to rest here, that the president of the United States has intervened directly in an ongoing FBI investigation and we've got no answers from any of you," Warner said.

The hearing was often contentious, particularly when Democratic senators questioned the intelligence officials.

Committee Chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, intervened at one point during a sharp exchange between California Democrat Kamala Harris and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

"The chair is going to exercise its right to allow the witnesses to answer the question, and committee is on notice to provide witnesses the courtesy, which has not been extended all the way across," Burr said.

Republican John McCain of Arizona took a softer approach, drawing chuckles when he asked Coats, "Do you want to tell us any more about the Russian involvement in our election that we don't already know from reading The Washington Post?"

Coats did not offer any details, but said, "Just because it's in The Washington Post doesn't mean it's declassified."

The Senate Intelligence Committee is holding two days of closely watched hearings that might — or might not — shed new light on the state of the Russia investigation.

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A beautiful classic Star Trek Tricorder

I have always wanted a TRI-Function reCORDER. Of all the cool gadgets they had on Star Trek the science Tricorder was my favorite.

This lovely Diamond Select model is well made, comes completely with all the sound effects and lights up quite nicely. I also like the smaller medical tricorder, which was just a salt shaker during filming of TOS.

Diamond Select Toys Star Trek: The Original Series Tricorder via Amazon Read the rest

Some new music I've been enjoying

I've really been enjoying In Cold Blood by alt-J. When I heard it, I first assumed this was a mid-90s goth theme I'd missed, back in the days when I didn't like the gothy-ness.

Feel It Still by Portugal. The Man is a wonderful feel good song for driving around on a sunny day! It'll be a mash-up hit too.

Finally, while this is around a year old, I like just about anything by Juniore but Marabout is really wonderful. Read the rest

Looks like Eric Trump steals from kids with cancer

Eric Trump, embodying Orange Julius' love of self-dealing, has kept monies he publicly stated were donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis.

Young Eric claimed he was able to raise oodles of money for cancer research as he was donating the resources of the local Trump golf course. Said Trump golf course was paid well over $1MM for its services.

Via Forbes:

The real star of the day is Eric Trump, the president's second son and now the co-head of the Trump Organization, who has hosted this event for ten years on behalf of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. He's done a ton of good: To date, he's directed more than $11 million there, the vast majority of it via this annual golf event. He has also helped raise another $5 million through events with other organizations.

The best part about all this, according to Eric Trump, is the charity's efficiency: Because he can get his family's golf course for free and have most of the other costs donated, virtually all the money contributed will go toward helping kids with cancer. "We get to use our assets 100% free of charge," Trump tells Forbes.

That's not the case. In reviewing filings from the Eric Trump Foundation and other charities, it's clear that the course wasn't free--that the Trump Organization received payments for its use, part of more than $1.2 million that has no documented recipients past the Trump Organization. Golf charity experts say the listed expenses defy any reasonable cost justification for a one-day golf tournament.

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The Conjuring Arts Research Center: Manhattan's hidden library of magic

Atlas Obscura discloses a secret library, The Conjuring Arts Research Center, established to preserve the secrets of magic!

The not-for-profit organization was established in 2003, “dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of magic and its allied arts.” It was started by William Kalush, who developed a love of magic from the card tricks shown to him by his father, a Marine wounded in World War II. This love of card magic turned to a love of collecting magic books, which now form a wondrous collection of over 15,000 books—some dating to over 600 years old—housed in this hidden location.

“I like early books that no one else has ever seen”, Kalush says, sitting in a high-backed, ornately carved wooden chair that wouldn’t look out of place with a wizard sitting on it. “Books of performances pieces, card secrets, many that are unique.”

Browsing through the shelves stacked with all things conjuring, you will find obscure books on sleight-of-hand techniques, mentalism, deceptive gambling, the history of magic, and the mysterious secrets of card tricks. One book is the seminal The Expert At the Card Table, which appeared in 1902, written by an S. W. Erdnase. It’s one of the most detailed collections of sleight-of-hand techniques and card sharping, a book so iconic and well-studied within magic circles it is known as “the Bible.” Appropriately enough, S. W. Erdnase was a pseudonym. The real identity of the writer has remained a century-old mystery.

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Starship Troopers may finally be getting the sequel we wanted

Starship Troopers, the 1997 disasterpiece, is one of the most fun bad Science Fiction films of all time! Until now, all the sequels were set up to fail.. behold Starship Troopers: Traitor of Mars.

Original Johnny Rico, Casper Van Dien is voicing the character again in this animated adventure. If you have seen the Starship Troopers animated series, it was clearly the best adaptation of Heinlein's books and far more fun than any of the sequel motion pictures. Also returning is Dina Meyer as Dizzy Flores.

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7-pack of erasable, multi-colored gel ink pens

Somehow having a 10-year-old around makes pens evaporate! These erasable gel ink pens are favorites.

We seem to lose a lot of pens. These fine point Pilot gel pens have become the ones to order for replacement. The ink really does erase, even after a trip through the washing machine. Very cool for anyone who folks who make mistakes.

Trust me, mistakes are made.

Pilot FriXion Clicker Retractable Erasable Gel Pens, Fine Point, Assorted Color Inks, 7-Pack (31472) via Amazon Read the rest

Re-introduced 'Hai Karate' smells almost as good as never

In 2014 Hai Karate was re-introduced. Perhaps my social life will pick back up!

While not Oriental Lime, or any of the other odd scents I seem to misremember, this classic Hai Karate is ready to let you smell like cheap cologne.

HAI KARATE AFTERSHAVE by Hai Karate via Amazon Read the rest

Penn State's Joe Paterno would have gone to prison

Three surviving Penn State administrators involved in the cover-up of convicted sexual predator Jerry Sandusky will now be convicted felons themselves.

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Lovely rosewood gripped $9 fountain pen

For $9 this is a really nice pen.

I'm surprised at how nice this EastVita fountain pen is! I expected very little. The seems well made, hasn't leaked, and puts ink on the page when so applied!

Yes, the wood is real.

EastVita 8812 Fountain Pen Rose Wood Barrel Vintage Style via Amazon Read the rest

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