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Solar-powered spinning Mars globe

It's 4.5" in diameter and spins slowly so long as there's light for the solar cells: $140 on Thinkgeek.

Radio Shack bankruptcy update: most customer data will be destroyed, not sold to pay creditors

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When electronics retailer Radio Shack filed for bankruptcy, the chain proposed selling customers' personal data to raise cash and repay creditors. That's not gonna happen, and the news is seen as a win for the right to privacy.

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Shitty Rigs: A tumblr of scary and sketchy DIY filmmaking rigs

So, this is a dolly.  [shittyrigs.com]


So, this is a dolly. [shittyrigs.com]

A tumblog of greatness documenting low-budget and no-budget workarounds on film, television, and web video sets: shittyrigs.com.

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HOWTO make a flaming uke inspired by Max Max's Doof Warrior

Make editor Caleb Kraft shows you how to build an "incredibly dangerous" flame-shooting ukulele for your Mad Max Fury Road LARPing adventures, inspired by the Doof Warrior bungee-lashed flaming guitar-playing character.

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John Henry the samurai racing a tireless killer robot

Yaskawa celebrated its 100th birthday by pitting one of its Motoman-MH24s against a samurai in a sword-swinging contest, proving once and for all that if you need to chop bamboo into small pieces without having to walk around, you need a robot, not a human.

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Deal: MMOVE Stereo Bluetooth Earbuds for $32

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The MMOVE Stereo Bluetooth Earbuds deliver the latest in premium audio technology and superior comfort, at a price point that wows. The wireless connectivity gives you the freedom of unplugging, with quality that’s sure to surpass your expectations. Fuel your next stroll around the neighborhood, bike ride, workout or marathon — with these lightweight, noise-canceling earbuds pumping your soundtrack, anything is possible.

  • Wear them while you workout thanks to the sweatproof, durable design
  • Keep track of the battery status w/ the on-screen indicator
  • Get maximum comfort w/ a choice of sizes & types of hooks
  • Enjoy clear, isolated sound w/ CVC® 6.0 Noise Reduction
  • Listen for up to 6 hours without recharging
  • Control volume & song choice, take or reject calls & more w/ on-ear controls
  • Connect 2 devices simultaneously, like your MP3 player for music & phone to take calls!

Check out all of the items in the Boing Boing store, including gadgets, software, apps, and online courses!

Han Solo in Carbonite mini-fridge


The $150 glowing LED-decorated peltier fridge can heat or cool your desktop comestibles while allowing you to role-play Jabba. (via Geeky Merch)

5-port USB charger comes with 2 AC outlets

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Bring along this 5-port USB charger with 2 AC outlets when you stay at a hotel, and you'll have ready access to AC and USB power. This model doubles as a phone/tablet stand, too.

Zombie-head string lights


Nothing says garden-party like glowing walker heads dangling over the patio -- $25 for a string of ten heads.

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Brief history of the wristwatch

2305FF_watch01_PR[7][1] The ladies' fashion novelty became popular among British soldiers during the Boer War, recounts Uri Friedmen, a practice that spread during World War I.

3D printed precious metal science jewelry that benefits open science curriculum

Luk Cox Idoya Lahortiga, AKA Somersault 18:24, are jewelers who makes 3D printed science objects in gold, brass and silver, like the Darwinian phylogenetic tree necklace pictured above, and invests the profits in freely usable and shareable science education resources.

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If you want a picture of the future, imagine a Roomba leaking pix of your home, forever

The game-plan for future Roombas may fit them with cameras that send images of your home to a remote service that identifies obstacles and lets the little robots clean around them -- what could possibly go wrong?

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Limited-edition 'Code Black' HD-camera drone for 50% Off

This powerful little drone ($99) is the size of your palm, and uses 6-axis gyro technology for an extremely smooth flight. With a flight time of about 10 minutes between charges, it’s a great introductory drone for anyone looking to dominate the sky.

  • Ready-to-fly out of the box
  • Palm-size drone
  • 6-axis flight control system for an extremely stable flight
  • 4-ways flip (left, right, forward, backward)
  • Beginner and expert flight modes
  • USB charging cable for charging w/ a computer

You can also get the drone plus a crash pack, which includes 16 spare blades, replacement motors & more to refresh you drone’s armor for $115.

Guaranteed delivery by Father’s Day!

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 reviewed

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Brett Howse says the ultra-thin model from Lenovo—up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB SSD with a 14" 1440-line display, i7 CPU opion and several USB ports—is "likely the fastest ultrabook yet." At $2000 as tested, it better be.

Man happy after cheap smartphone downgrade

When his fancy, high-end Sony smartphone died, Abhishek Anand decided to replace it with a cheap $75 model. He's much happier, not least because it actually lasts a day on a charge.
If my ₹ 5000 Moto E lasts even for 6 months, it would have a much better ROI than my previous phone. Now that I have used both phones for a bit, with my usage patterns, it is simply not worth it to buy an expensive phone. Also, in pure economic terms, money invested is better than money spent on a depreciating asset ☺, so the gap between the two prices widens even more.

Crowdfunding toys for zoo-rhinos

Bethany writes, "San Francisco Zoo is partnering with an engineering team and a San Francisco startup to crowdfund the building of novel high-tech enrichments for the zoo's male rhinos."

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Dolls with hearing aids, port-wine stains and canes


Makielab, the 3D printed toy company my wife Alice founded, has created a line of toys for the Toy Like Me campaign, which urges toy companies to make toys that all children can see themselves in.

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