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Time's Mirror: A CHRONOS Files Novella by Rysa Walker

Time's Mirror: A CHRONOS Files Novella (The CHRONOS Files)

I fell in love with Rysa Walker's time travel stories, the CHRONOS Files. Time's Mirror is a new novella exposing one of her most controversial characters!

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Bicycle Nautic White Playing Cards

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This modern reinterpretation of Bicycle's classic #55 Nautic deck is quite lovely.

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Magic ball and vase

This classic, $5 trick earns amazing reactions.

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The World Burns: a prepper blogger survives the apocalypse

In The World Burns, the folks best suited to surviving an apocalypse will be bloggers? Oy vey.

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The SENSE-ation no-pull dog harness works miracles

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This no-pull dog harness turned my Great Pyrenees into a perfect gentleman! It also may have saved my rotator cuff.

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Review: Skull card deck by Bicycle

Bicycle Skull Playing Cards

As skulls are a beloved design motif at Boing Boing, it is no wonder this deck quickly became a favorite!

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$4 LED bulbs to replace my dead incandescents

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I've been waiting to switch to LED bulbs but didn't want to pay $10-20 a bulb. These are reasonably priced, and look like a normal bulb.

I hate changing bulbs and try to wait until a majority of mine are out before swapping them. The theory is that they'll all go out around the same time and I can just spend an afternoon replacing them all. In practice I spend months stumbling around the most important parts of the house to light, waiting for bulbs I never use to burn out. Not this time! After a mere 3-4 months of waiting I decided to jump the gun, buy a bunch of LED bulbs and get to swapping. Hopefully, when these bulbs start to go, in 20 or so years, I'll have forgotten this silly system.

These TCP bulbs are a great deal. At mere $4 a bulb, compared to the $10-20 I was seeing just a few months ago, they look like a normal bulb. For most lamps and lights in my home, I like these 60W equivalents, and I find the 2700K soft white bulbs perfect for my home. The light is very much like an incandescent and comes with none of the CFL problems. LEDs are warm instantly, do not flicker and appear to throw the color light they advertise. The few CFLs left in my home will likely find themselves replaced shortly.

If you've been waiting for LED replacement bulbs to come down in price, perhaps these will do. I'm happy with them.

TCP LA1027KND6 LED A19 - 60 Watt Equivalent Soft White (2700K) Light Bulb - 6 Pack via Amazon

The Dead Mountaineer's Inn by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky

The Dead Mountaineer's Inn: One More Last Rite for the Detective Genre (Neversink)

From Russia's masters of science fiction comes a manorhouse murder mystery parody that puts Clue to shame. The Dead Mountaineer's Inn is every bit as clever, and queer, a novel as I've come to expect from the brothers Strugatsky.

Visiting a remote ski chalet, Inspector Glebsky just wants to relax and unwind. In the manner of an Agatha Christie novel, the Strugatsky's characters are introduced and shortly events unfurl. Everyone is trapped at the chalet and there is a dead body. Well, it is probably a dead body, and it is probably human, but the more Glebsky investigates the less he really knows.

Roadside Picnic is one of my favorite science fiction novels. It is absolutely wonderful on so many levels, I'd wondered if other works by the Strugatsky's could possibly impress me as much. While The Dead Mountaineer's Inn may not leave you pondering the crushing irrelevance of humanity, is fantastic and will not disappoint.

The Dead Mountaineer's Inn: One More Last Rite for the Detective Genre (Neversink)

Who Censored Roger Rabbit?

Who Censored Roger Rabbit?

I've always enjoyed Gary Wolf's Who Censored Roger Rabbit? far more than the movie adaption. Dark and gritty, this noir fantasy is a thriller!

As usual, the book is much better than the movie. Who Censored Roger Rabbit? is a surreal film noir story, that fans of Chandler and Hammet will appreciate, albeit with toons as major characters. Not written for a Disney audience, and certainly clumsy in spots, (like plot resolution,) this story is far, far more entertaining. You'll see a lot of parallels to the film, but the more adult approach and theme fit the genre so much better. I can no longer view ToonTown in the same light.

Eddie, Roger, Jessica and all your favorite Who Framed Roger Rabbit? characters are here, but darker and more interesting. If you enjoyed the movie, Who Censored Roger Rabbit? is a must read.

Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary Wolf via Amazon

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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