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A $5 magnetic ring for magicians

Strong Magnetic Ring

For $5 this simple ring, with some elvish-style script, is a pretty strong magnet!

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Now I carry an in-line spark plug tester

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I was too harried, when my classic BMW motorcycle died on the side of a busy highway, 150 miles from home, to visually test both the plugs. This simple tester would have saved me from my own laziness.

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A lovely sampler of Tea Forte's herbal tea

Tea Forte

This cute sampler box of Tea Forte's herbal collection makes a lovely gift.

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Book review: Wizard Defiant, a fun blend of tech and fantasy

Wizard Defiant (Intergalactic Wizard Scout Chronicles Book 1)

In Rodney Hartman's Wizard Defiant, space cadet boot camp meets elves and wizards.

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Assault Troopers by Vaughn Heppner

Assault Troopers

Humanity is nearly extinct, what few survivors that remain are enslaved to murderous aliens and used as cannon fodder. Can humanity possibly outwit the aliens and win its freedom? Duh.

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Bicycle's Tragic Royalty playing cards

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The delightfully expressive, quasi-macabre faces on Bicycle's Tragic Royalty deck also glow under blacklight.

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Noodler's Heart of Darkness, super-black ink

Noodlers Ink 4.5Oz Heart Of Darkness W/Pen

I've become a fan of Noodler's Heart of Darkness. This ink is blacker than black.

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Bullitt: How many times can I watch this Steve McQueen movie?

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I'm sick. One of the things that makes me feel better is to watch Bullitt, a movie starring a 1968 Ford Mustang GT, and Steve McQueen.

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Smooth writing $15 Huashilai fountain pen

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Fountain pens have always been my favorite. This Huashilai reminds me an awful lot of my Parker Duofold, and writes just as nice!

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Otter Wax, for reproofing your waxed cotton

Otter Wax

Waxed cotton is beautiful and functional, but you've got to maintain it. Otter Wax is the brand I've relied on to keep my jacket happy.

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One monopod to rule them: the Manfrotto 680B

Manfrotto 680B Monopod 4-SCTN Replaces 680 (Black)

I wanted one monopod for all my adventures. The Manfrotto 680B has done a damn good job.

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Omega 1 Exile, free for Kindle

OMEGA Exile

Stephen Arseneault's Omega 1 Exile is a free for Kindle, detective novel set in space.

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Save your guitar with Schaller Strap Locks

Schaller Guitar Strap Locks and Buttons (Pair) Nickel

Strap related malfunctions have damaged more of my guitars than I'd like to admit. Sturdy and attractive Schaller Strap Locks are the answer!

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My Life as a White Trash Zombie

wtzIn My Life as a White Trash Zombie, by Diana Rowland, Angel Crawford wakes up in the hospital with no memory of what happened the night before. The nurse tells her that she'd been found passed out and naked on the side of the road. Angel is not surprised. She’s a beer-drinking, pill-popping, teenage delinquent with a rap sheet and a reputation for causing trouble. Passing out from booze and drugs isn’t anything new. She is surprised, however, by a package that’s been left for her in the hospital by a mysterious stranger. It includes a note telling her that she has a job waiting for her at the county morgue, and a few glass beverage bottles of odd-looking liquid. The note instructs her to drink a bottle every other day and report to work the next day, with a warning that if she doesn’t, the consequences will be dire. She has no idea who gave her the note and bottles, but she reluctantly heeds the stranger’s instructions.

Her new job entails driving bodies to the morgue and helping the coroner open up the bodies to determine the cause of death. It’s around this time that Angel discovers, much to her self-disgust, that she is tremendously hungry for the cadavers’ brains. In the days that follow, she learns that she is a zombie. Eventually, she meets up with other zombies, both good and bad, and tries to learn how she became a zombie, tries to keep herself well-fed with brains without actually killing anyone, tries to avoid getting beat-up by her alcoholic father, tries to rid herself of her heartless boyfriend, and tries to avoid getting decapitated by an unknown zombie hunter who has been picking off the town’s ghouls, one-by-one.

Zombies operate differently in Rowland’s universe. If they have eaten enough brains, they are indistinguishable from ordinary people. But when they go too long without feeding, they start to smell like rotting flesh, their appendages fall off, and they lose higher order brain functions. They become George Romero style zombies. Eating brains will return their personalities and regenerate their missing fingers and toes.

My Life as a White Trash Zombie is lighter fare than most zombie books and movies I’ve consumed, but I thoroughly enjoyed following Angel around as she learned to handle old and new challenges. It was published in 2001, and since then, Rowland has written three other White Trash Zombies books, all highly-rated on Amazon.

Can non-Newtonian fluids help make a better iPhone case?

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Broken phones are a constant topic of discussion at Boing Boing. When I saw that Tech21 made iPhone cases out of D30, a non-Newtonian an impact armor, I had to try one immediately.

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Enter the dull world of vintage corporate boardgames

Do you like forklift trucks and saving money for minor industrial groups of the midcentury midwest? We have the game for you!Read the rest

The Astounding Antagonists by Rafael Chandler

The Astounding Antagonists

In a world led by stereotypical, capitalism loving super heroes it seems only natural that the baddest of villains should team up. They've formed The Astounding Antagonists and if they can keep it together they might just save the world!?

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