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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

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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

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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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$10 silicone oven mitts

Silicone oven mitts

I grab hot stuff with these $10 silicone oven mitts. They offer more grip and better dexterity than pot holders.

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The importance of glass, artificial cold and more

fqwfqwfwqfIf you're looking for a comprehensive explanation for modern life is how it is, there are probably other books to read. But if you're looking for something light, informative and fun, HOW WE GOT TO NOW is just the thing. There's also a PBS TV show that goes along with it.

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Grasshopper Jungle takes angst to its allegorical limit

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Not all young adult novels are for adults1, But this one is.

Grasshopper Jungle isn't Andrew Smith's first novel, but it is the one that's thrust him forward as one of the best voices in the genre

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I read Crime and Punishment so that you don't have to

Crime and PunishmentCrime and Punishment. Perhaps you're thinking, "maybe I should read that canonical novel!" I'm going to stop you right there.

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Understanding American football helps us understand America

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Radiolab can always be depended on for an interesting take on questions you never even knew you had. Their story on American Football is no exception.

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Ayn Rand's Harry Potter

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Fanfic can take you down some peculiar roads. But in Mallory Ortberg's imagined Ayn Rand fanfic of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the the tenets of ruthless self-interest are shouted to hilarious effect.

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The Babadook - the horrror flick that's on iTunes and in your nightmares

The Babadook is a forthcoming Australian horror movie that avoids the usual production clichés in favor of a literary sense of dread.

There's no gore, no loud, startling soundtrack, and there's no serial killers hiding in the corners of this horror flick. There's just an exhausted single mother living with her difficult son. Which is why this movie is so scary.

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Why we love Kumail Nanjiani's “The X-Files Files” podcast

This podcast is entertaining and awesome, but the episode featuring Darin Morgan is especially so. Don't miss, X-Files fans. xfiles

Kumail Nanjiani's The X-Files Files podcast is ubiquitously entertaining and awesome, but the episode featuring screenwriter Darin Morgan is especially so.

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Ghosts and Snow: Longest Night Lost Constellation

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Want to spend an hour doing something rad? Cool. I have a game for you, called Longest Night Lost Constellation

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Crayons shaped like Minifigs

48 Minifig Crayons by MinifigFansTM - Birthday Party Favors - 12 Sets of 4 Crayons

These Minifig/Crayons are fantastic party favors!