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

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

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

Happy Mutants travel happy with this travel bidet

Don't you just hate finding that the toilet paper in your exotic luxury hotel is like sandpaper? Now you can travel with the comforts of a Happy Mutant home by bringing along your travel bidet!

It literally chaps my ass to find the TP in a really expensive luxury place is going to make a lot of walking unpleasant. To make matters worse, I've been following Mark's advice regarding personal hygiene and I no longer like to wipe my hiney, I prefer to spray it clean! Luckily, I found this amazing, hand pumped bidet! Now I can feel my best regardless the torturous papel supplied in most Central American bathrooms.

Remember, fill this with warm but not blazing hot water! You'll know via the temperature of the squeeze bulb if the h2o is too hot. You may also want to get a hand exerciser, to help up your power.

Portable Bidet Travel Cleaner with Collapsible Nozzle for use Anywhere-At Home, Hotel, Vacation, or Office! via Amazon Read the rest

I keep my Amazon Echo Dot in an owl

I liked this owl and wanted it on my kitchen counter, so I purchased an Echo dot. Read the rest

Who will wear this Star Trek tank top in public?

This has to be one of the most impossible shirts I've ever considered wearing!

Scotty looks worried.

Star Trek Men's Original Crew Mens Tank White via Amazon Read the rest

Theory11 'Archangels' are the prettiest playing cards

I still love these Archangels. 90% of the time, this is the deck of cards I have in my pocket.

I buy a lot of decks of cards, and this remains my go-to favorite. The beautiful black on white back design is mesmerizing to watch go by as I practice flourishes, and I think helps distract people from clumsy sleights. The Ace of Spades and Joker designs are some of the best I've seen, and the gold foil used on the face cards adds a touch of class.

No blank card or double backer is included. There is one Theory11 advertisement card that can be used for "write on this card" tricks and still preserve the decks 52 card integrity.

Bicycle Archangels Playing Cards via Amazon Read the rest

A butts-on review of Boing Boing's favorite bargain bidet

Is a dirt cheap bidet really the way to go? Our publisher risks his nethers to find out! Read the rest

Beautiful retro keycap mechanical keyboard

When I saw this keyboard on sale for $95 I had to order one.

This is a solidly made, lovely to look at, mechanical keyboard. It types very well and looks tremendous -- sadly my desk is 3" deep with scattered paperwork and the style is lost on me. I like it anyways.

KrBn Retro Circle Keycap Mechanical Keyboard LED Backlit with Aluminum Body Blue Switch Full Size (104 Key) via Amazon Read the rest

Twisty glass replacements, cause I broke my blunt

The Twisty Glass Blunt is powerful. If you are anything like me, you'll likely need some replacement glass tubes for when you've gotten too twisty, but want to keep on twisting.

I broke my TGB on day one. I was so "overwhelmed,' I dropped it 2-3 hours into Twisty Glass Blunt ownership. I was heartbroken. The TGB and I had just been introduced, but luckily Amazon was there to deliver two replacement tubes lickety split! These tubes fit, come with extra o-ring, cleaning tools, and rubber end caps! Huzzah!

The Twisty Glass Blunt is an amazing smoking device. A fully loaded TGB should more than last all day at a rock festival, or company off-site. You pack an awful lot of weed into the glass tube, and use the corkscrew to remove the ash and advance good weed to the fore. Not only does it eliminate the need to constantly pack bowls, or roll joints, the TGB makes sure every hit is fresh, green weed.

The Twisty Glass Blunt also fits most bong bowls perfectly.

Twisty Glass Blunt via the Boing Boing Store

Twisty Glass Replacement 2 pack via Amazon Read the rest

Some folks may refer to him as Hobo

Visual, recording and generally some-kinda artist Tim Barrett has just released a titular new track entitled They Call Me Hobo. I call him Tim.

The Hobo also shares a wonderful series of images juxaposing historic figures and pussy hats, created in the name of resistance. Just look at Melania glower!

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Black-on-black Day of the Dead playing cards

These beautiful Day of the Dead playing cards could be none more black.

Poker sized and made of PVC plastic to allow for the throwing, these cards are absolutely beautiful.

Black Playing Cards - Day of the Dead Edition by Gent Supply Co via Amazon Read the rest

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