Build your own Alexander Calder-esque modernist mobile


Thinkgeek's $50 DIY Modern Mobile Kit has all the pieces you need to make your own reconfigurable mid-century modern mobile in the style of Alexander Calder. This would also be an excellent project for your local hackerspace's laser-cutter.




DIY Modern Mobile Kit

Desk lamps, GoPro Hero3, Red Ryder BB Gun (Gadgets 002)

Gadgets is Boing Boing’s newest podcast! In each episode the editors and friends of Boing Boing recommend technology they love and use. This time, we discuss the Satechi LED Desk Lamp, the Alvin Magnifier Lamp, the GoPro HERO3+ video camera, and the Daisy Red Ryder BB Gun.

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Nokia 100 phones: £5

The workhorse Nokia 100 phone is now a mere £5 without contract from Carphone Warehouse. Now, that's a cheap burner -- either manufacturing robots have come way down in price or there's some very unhappy people chained to machines in a factory somewhere. Either way, it's a pretty sad end for a giant whack of conflict minerals like coltan mud. (via Red Ferret)

Book-spine switch-plate


Bas Bleu's book-spine lightswitch plate seems just the thing for your library or other bookish venue. $17, Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Dickens, and Sherwood Anderson. Caveat: one reviewer complains about a "high sheen plastic" that covers it.

Book Spine Lightswitch Cover

Apollo spacesuit replica

The $2250 Deluxe Apollo Astronaut Full Space Suit Replica from Spacetoys is made from nylon-denim twill, and features faithful recreations of the fittings and apparatus. However, unlike Kip's storied suit in Have Spacesuit Will Travel, this one appears unlikely to be spaceworthy no matter how much work you put into it. Not even the $9500 Apollo 11 model fits that bill.

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Cushions that look like classic novels


Thinkgeek's new Olde Book Pillow Classics are pillows that look like classic books: the Sherlock Holmes and Treasure Island are square, closed-book cushions; the Alice in Wonderland is a long, open-book rectangular pillow. All three are $50; the square ones are $18 each and Alice is $25.

Olde Book Pillow Classics

Calamityware: horrifying blue-china plates


With Calamityware, Don Moyer has turned his much-loved grotesque/horror designs for blue-print china plates into reality. The finished articles aren't cheap, but you can get the next one cheaper by supporting it on Kickstarter.

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Cover Blubber: stretchy, reusable airtight food-wrap


Cover Blubber is a reusable, elasticated, food-safe wrap that snaps around your leftovers with an airtight seal. It also works great for sealing paint cans and other crafty/makery use. You can get four of various sizes at Thinkgeek for $20.

Cover Blubber

Upside-down coffin filled with medieval weapons discovered in wooded area


A Deputy Sheriff from De Leon Springs, FL, responded to a report of an upside-down coffee in a wooded area. He arrived on the scene, overturned the coffin, and discovered that it was full of replica medieval weaponry, which News 13 enumerates in eye-watering detail:

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Japanese man arrested for 3D printing and firing guns


Japanese police arrested a 27 year old man called Yoshitomo Imura, alleging that he 3D printed several guns and posted videos to Youtube of himself firing it. They say they seized five guns from Imura's home in Kawasaki City. The videos showed that two of these guns were capable of firing rounds -- what sort isn't specified -- through a stack of ten sheets of plywood, and this caused Japanese police to class them as lethal weapons. A Japanese press account has Imura admitting to printing the guns, but insisting that he "didn't know they were illegal."

As I wrote a year ago when 3D printed guns first appeared on the scene, the regulatory questions raised by them are much more significant than the narrow issue of gun control. But there's a real danger that judges, lawmakers and regulators will be distracted by the inflammatory issue of firearms when considering the wider question of trying to regulate computers.

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Crowdfunding Indie Box, a human-usable personal server to replace big Internet companies


Johannes writes, "Indie Box One is a personal server appliance that allows us to 'bring our data home' from the big Internet companies, and run indie Web applications at home. Many geeks have run their own home servers for a long time, but it's time consuming, and not possible for most people. Although it runs only free/open-source code, Indie Box One is made for humans, not just geeks, and comes with automatic software upgrades, dynamic DNS, an app store and things like that so normal people can own and control their personal data, too." $500 gets you a fully loaded server.

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Gadget to move a USB port to the front of an iMac

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Great idea - I can't stand reaching around my iMac to plug something in.

Bluelounge Jimi - USB Port Extension for iMac

Original 1971 Disney World monorail for sale


The Buy It Now price on this 1971 Mark IV red Walt Disney World monorail cab is a paltry $189K. So far, no takers. LOOK AT THAT CONTROL PANEL. The 1% is wasted on the 1%.

Wooden marshmallow catapaults, arbalests, and trebuchets

I'm at Penguicon -- a science fiction and free software convention in Michigan -- this weekend, and my top dealer's room find were the wooden armaments of Ancient Artillery. These handcrafted wood catapaults, crossbows, arbaleses and trebuchets use taut string and precision-shaped wood to fire mini-marshmallows and nerf darts all over the room. They're quite gorgeous, and work like a charm.

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Miniature Addams Family set


Etsy seller EverydayMiniatures makes beautiful miniature replicas of classic TV show sets out of paper, foam, printed paper and glue. The Addams Family house is my favorite, selling for $345. But I Love Lucy and Ellen are pretty great too.

Addams Family TV Series Scale Model -- 0001 Cemetery Lane (via Neatorama)