Princess Leia ears for your cat

Mine wears a bow-tie, but I'd bet he's into a Princess Leia halloween!

Look at this poor cat!

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Wooden 3D Owl puzzle

This Owl helped make a recent road trip a lot more fun!

Simple to construct by following the numbers, this is a cute Owl-y way to pass some time.

3D Wooden Owl -- $8 via Amazon Read the rest

Please Destroy My Enemies

I love Michael Sweater's collection of 60 darlingly ironic and awful comics.

It feels like each comic perfectly captures the frustration and fultility of today.

Please Destroy My Enemies by Michael Sweater via Amazon Read the rest

Ducks Breath Mystery Theater's Grand Finale

Grand Finale, a documentary covering legendary comedy troupe Ducks Breath Mystery Theater's final performance, is now available on iTunes!

For 40 years Bill Allard, Dan Coffey, Merle Kessler, Leon Martell, and Jim Turner performed together as Ducks Breath Mystery Theater. From their humble start in Iowa City, to their humble decades on the West Coast, the troupe entertained audiences across the country, on radio and television.

Some of their characters grew to be more popular than the team itself! Merle Kessler's caustic pundit Ian Shoales may have been the inspiration for Bill O'Reilly. Dan Coffey's Dr. Science predicted a nation of climate deniers, and Jim Turner's Randee of the Redwoods would go on to become Generation X's most treasured presidential candidate.

It was always more than a box!

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Drew Hayes' Fred the Vampire Accountant is back in 'The Fangs of Freelance'

Drew Hayes' Fred the Vampire Accountant is one of my favorites in the supernatural-folks-repeatedly-save-the-world genre. He's back in this fourth installment, even more accountant-y than ever.

Just because you are a creature of the dark and imbued with amazing skills doesn't mean you'll be interesting as an individual. Fred is an accountant who became a vampire looking for excitement. He found a whole lot of accounting work. The supernatural community doesn't have anyone who can reliably prepare their taxes, and so Fred. This is a wonderfully twisted view of a supernatural world.

Working for some of the most highly powered creatures in North America, but being a solo vampire left Fred vulnerable to more senior vampires co-opting and controlling both he and his accountancy. So Fred formed his own clan to maintain his independence and things went exactly as he planned, for about five minutes.

While the "I'm a boring vampire" schtick has largely worn out by now, the story and characters are wonderful. I really enjoyed learning more about Arch.

The Fangs of Freelance (Fred, the Vampire Accountant Book 4) via Amazon

Previously on Boing Boing:

The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, The Vampire Accountant

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Beautiful long exposure of a train

This beautiful photograph was shared by Redditor iam4real. Read the rest

Tragedy averted once again by a tempered glass protector

My iPhone 7+ did a faceplant into gravel. There were 3 deep impacts but the screen saver took all the damage.

I'm a big fan of these tempered glass screen savers. I've been replacing iPhone screens with increasing frequency over the years, and these glass overlays are much cheaper.

The tempered glass does break in instances where the screen would not have, however I'm certain the damage it has fended off has saved me lots of time at the Apple store.

I generally prefer a naked phone, in all its sleek minimalist glory, but my daughter insists I take better care of the devices she'll inherit.

OMOTON tempered glass screen protectors via Amazon Read the rest

Evaporative cooling bandanas really work

Human beings are incredible evaporative cooling systems, but that doesn't mean you can't use a little help when things are really hot. These cooling bandanas work wonders.

During a recent heatwave, my daughter and I had to cross the Nevada desert in an AC-less VW Van. This was done to honor my parents 50 years of marriage. Our family shows love with great suffering. The kid and I relied on these Miracool bandanas to help us survive.

Sewn into the lining are absorbent gel crystals of some composition. When soaked in h2o they really expand. Slowly the gel releases water, and its evaporation cools you down.

We found they'd last a full day, but needed to be resoaked after a full day of driving in such a dry climate. Soak them overnight in the fridge for an extra cold start to the day.

You get a pack of 4 for $9.

MiraCool Cooling Bandanas. Pack of 4 via Amazon Read the rest

Latch hooking helps my child forget how long we've been in the car

My daughter erupted in smiles when I told her I'd gotten her a few latch hook kits for our upcoming roadtrip.

While I'm sure a Smartphone isn't enough to help my kid stay sane for hours, I'd have given my brother for one. While Angry Birds and Plants vs Zombies won't be enough to entertain her, latch hook surprisingly will!

Buy your own hook! Frequently the kits don't come with them!

I am looking forward to having this 70s style shag heart for our VW Camper, as we go visit some National Parks. WORK FASTER CHILD!

Wonderart Shaggy From The Heart Latch Hook Kit, 12" X 12" via Amazon

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Use these handy bits to drill out stripped screws and bolts

When a bolt or screw is stripped, I drill it out with this extractor set.

When working on old motorcycles, or just my old VW bus, I encounter a lot of stuck screws and bolts. Frequently prior mechanics have left fastners completely rounded off. When these things happen, I grab my drill.

These extractor bits both burnish the stripped head, and then screw into it and extract it. They are not simple to use, and it takes a very steady hand -- something I don't always have -- but slow and patient work generally produces good results.

Speed Out Extractor HSS Broken Bolt and Damaged Screw Extractor via Amazon Read the rest

This butcher's twine dispenser helps keep things in place

This stand stops my spool of kitchen twine from rolling off the counter.

Years ago I bought a loose spool of kitchen twine. My cat constantly knocks it off the counter. I finally finished that spool, and replaced it with this spool on a stand!

Seriously a spool of thread lasts so long that I want a stand for it. I like to keep it on the counter, and not in a drawer. I do not like it on the floor. I don't like it rolling around.

Thoughtfully, this stand even has a string cutter on top!

Regency Cooking Butcher's Twine on Handy Dispenser with Cutter for Meat Prep and Trussing Turkey via Amazon Read the rest

Is Amazon's water-resisting plastic bag for your phone better than a plain ol' Ziploc?

Amazon offers this heavy plastic bag with a locking seal to let you use your phone in the water. Ziploc has long been my favorite beach case for my phone and kindle, wonder how they compare?

This less than $3.00 plastic bag does a great job of keeping the sand and sea water off (or out) of my iPhone 7+. You can easily use the touch screen through the clear rubber surface, and take photos through the material.

Alternatively, there is another better-known brand of plastic, well sealing bag that has served me well for years: the Ziploc Freezer Bag! I use them for sous vide, kids lunches, throwing crap in the freezer, and reading my kindle in a hot tub.

Comparatively, the AmazonBasics is purpose built and will take more impact and abrasion than a Ziploc. The Amazon also has a handy lanyard, the only way I know of affixing the Ziploc to me is duct tape (duct people, duct.) I think the Ziploc freezer bag more reliably activates the button-less haptic button on my iPhone 7+, however.

The price seems to float around on the Amazon bag. For $3 it is worth having around if you are going to spend a lot of time at the pool or beach.

AmazonBasics Universal Waterproof Smartphone Pouch

Ziploc Freezer Bag, Gallon, 28 Count via Amazon Read the rest

Sometimes a cheap plastic drain snake will save the day

My daughter has long hair. This cheap drain snake has cleared a number of plugged bathroom sinks, and our tub. The snake drags out a lot of hair. Perhaps because it is so "supple."

When it is the kitchen sink, and dishwasher, that aren't clearing however, you may need to call a plumber. :(

Vastar 3 Pack 19.6 Inch Drain Snake Hair Drain Clog Remover Cleaning Tool via Amazon Read the rest

Easy to use bicycle chain tool

Guess how I'm spending Saturday morning? This bicycle chain tool works for both my road bike and my mountain bike that loves to break its chain.

Oumers Universal Bike Chain Tool With Chain Hook via Amazon Read the rest

ChefSteps new all-white Joule is $20 cheaper

Next to my trusted Wagner #9 skillet no other single kitchen tool gets as much use as my ChefSteps Joule. Not even my chef's knife. 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

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