The Millennium Falcon makes a great quadcopter

10939cc3-ee6d-46f4-bbaa-d3f91abf2e99.jpg._CB312180970_

The Millennium Falcon is pretty well shaped to fly as an RC quadcopter!

I'm a huge fan of Air Hogs RC toys, and have been destroying their boats in salt water for years and years. I was thrilled to see someone flying this giant 27" Millennium Falcon XL around the beach this weekend, and even happier to find out there is a smaller, 10" version that don't cost an arm and a leg.

The fine person flying the XL model on the beach said the big guy a little rough to control, however the smaller unit is a great indoor flyer. It doesn't surprise me, the XL model is pretty ambitious.

I know which nephew of mine is getting the smaller one for Hanukkah!

Air Hogs - Star Wars Remote Control Millennium Falcon XL Flying Drone 2.4GHz 4-Channel with Gyro via Amazon

Air Hogs Star Wars Remote Control Millennium Falcon Quad via Amazon (10" model)

Read the rest

The Klok: a lovely, concentric, crowdfunded slide-rule-esque watch

klok-01-watch

The 44mm Klok watch started life as a crowdfunding campaign and has now graduated to full-fledged article of commerce, priced between €400-430. Read the rest

Cthulhu ski masks

71skpj7t2tl-_sl1001_

With more than a hundred positive reviews, Amurleopard's $4.23 Cthulhu ski mask seems to represent a kind of triumph in a narrow but important niche. Order now and get it in time to wear to the post-election unrest! (via Interesting Finds) Read the rest

Eleanor & Park: a terrifying YA romance that has rescued its readers and frightened their parents

rowell_ep_us
Last week, the National Coalition Against Censorship honored Rainbow Rowell for her refusal to be back down on the frequent challenges to her multiple-award-winning, bestselling 2013 novel Eleanor & Park. I was there, and got a copy of the novel, and have read nothing since, and now that I've finished it, I find myself profoundly moved.

Kids explain how banned and challenged books helped them and even saved their lives

miseducation-of-cameron-post
Banned Books Week has come and gone but we can be sure of one thing: the coming year will be marked by challenges to the same kinds of books that were controversial this year, and in years past.

Rebecca Solnit's open letter to Trump: You should really visit New York some time

915tsgq0wwl

Rebecca Solnit (previously), one of my favorite writers, has published an open letter to Donald Trump, "New York City Is a Book Conservatives Should Read," which celebrates the city's teeming, messy, multicultural vigor -- something she delves into deeply with Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, a book about the "innumerable unbound experiences of New York City [with] twenty-six imaginative maps and informative essays" (just ordered mine). Read the rest

Lin-Manuel Miranda made a Hamilton mixtape

hamilton-mixtape

...and it drops on Dec 2, with a $14.49 pre-order option: featuring tracks that didn't make the stage play, as well as Busta Rhymes' remix of "My Shot" and other guest appearances from Queen Latifah, Ben Folds, Kelly Clarkson, Jimmy Fallon, Ashanti, Wiz Khalifa, Chance the Rapper, Usher... I ordered this so hard it broke my mouse. (via Kottke) Read the rest

I signed 2,800 copies of Walkaway, my next novel, and you can pre-order now!

050-056c026d-1c66-4d42-9fae-a8

It took most of a week to sign all 2,800 "tip-in" sheets that are being bound into a special, limited-edition version of Walkaway, my first novel for adults since 2009, but it was worth it! You can pre-order one from the good fellows at Barnes and Noble (hey, indie booksellers: there's some left over for you -- talk to your Macmillan rep!) Read the rest

Kickstarting Reflectacles: super-reflective glasses-frames that look amazing

598ad02ffb5848f4ce0ac949be7776
Scott Urban's new Reflectacles glasses are Ray Ban-style frames that are embedded with the kind of retroreflective cat-eye materials used for highway markers, making them reflective at 500 yards at night, and nearly that visible by day. He's kickstarting them at an astoundingly cheap $85/pair, in seven colors.

Teasmade: the classic British bedside tea-brewing alarm-clock, now available in the USA

61-fbjtgzdl-_sl1500_

A decade ago, I made note of the fact that the iconic UK Teasmade alarm-clocks (which automatically brew a cup of tea using an improbable, Wallace-and-Grommity/Heath Robinson set of mechanical actions) were to be reissued, and today I come to find that they now exist and can be purchased in a model that runs on US electrical current. Read the rest

Draw like an artist: go from "I can't draw" to "handmade art for sale"

050-056c026d-1c66-4d42-9fae-a8

Boing Boing-beloved artist Chris Locke (previously) writes, "World-famous artist and middle-school art teacher Christopher Locke has published a new drawing tutorial book, packed with lessons from his own classroom. Whether you're a 10-year-old aspiring artist, or an octogenarian with an art degree, you'll find exercises and activities that will help you build your skill and refine the way you see the world." Read the rest

Amazing new UK covers for William Gibson's Sprawl books

s1

Gollancz have announced a gorgeous set of new editions of William Gibson's seminal Sprawl books, which began with 1984's Hugo, Nebula and Philip K Dick award-winning novel Neuromancer, designed by Daniel Brown (previously), using software that created fractals based on 1970s apartment buildings. Read the rest

Kickstarting awesomely nerdy pie-guides

36a56ce07e446c565e7a562c0b9e17

All through 2016, Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin (aka @ThePieous) has sent us a stream howtos for of amazing, artistic pies -- an HR Giger pie, a James Bond pie, and a Predator pie. Now she's kickstarting a set of pie templates to help you make perfect pop-culture pastry in your own kitchen. Read the rest

Everfair: a diverse, ambitious steampunk novel of Fabian socialists and American Black Zionists in Belgian Congo

cjzvnewugaaky61
Though Everfair is Nisi Shawl's debut novel, it's also been a hotly anticipated book for years, as Shawl is the co-author of Writing the Other, a seminal book about diversity in prose; and is a much-respected critic and teacher. The book was worth the wait.

Steel Star Trek salt and pepper shakers

jkop_star_trek_steel_salt_pepp

The stainless steel shakers are designed to have a lot of heft (the Enterprise is 7oz empty, the Bird of Prey is 5 oz): they're $60 from Thinkgeek. Read the rest

Caped Wonder Woman onesie

jgiv_dawn_of_justice_ww_caped_

Though the Dawn of Justice movie was a disappointment, the $45 Wonder Woman Dawn of Justice onesie (with cape!) (and gold foil tiara on the hood!) is not a bad consolation prize (and the cape zips off). Read the rest

Stormtrooper decanter

screen5_e6461217-a085-4972-949

The Stormtrooper Decanter is on back-order, but you can pre-order one from the next batch for £22 -- it's based on Andrew Ainsworth's original movie helmet moulds from 1976, and will provide endless opportunities to point to lowball glasses and say things like "aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper drink?" (via Bonnie Burton) Read the rest

More posts