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The Art of Neil Gaiman

You can learn a lot by peering into an artist’s process. In The Art of Neil Gaiman, Gaiman friend and fan Hayley Campbell is given generous access to Gaiman’s notebooks, sketches, archives, and even the details on some of his failed projects.

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This minimalist Nixie tube clock design is a thing of beauty

Photo: blub.com.au


Photo: blub.com.au

The Blub Uno is a Kickstarted single-Nixie-tube desk clock designed by Duncan Hellmers.

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Lego slippers


They're $12.50/pair from Thinkgeek: one size, red or blue, 3X2 only, and have thick enough soles to cushion even the most violent Lego/bare-foot impact. (via Geeky Merch)

Horrifying knit goods


Brooklyn's Knitrocious creates nightmarish knit goods, such as the goat balaclava and the horror clown balaclava.

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Padded messenger bag disguised as a huge leatherbound hardcover


It's from Thinkgeek, and includes a removable internal pad/divider/organizer, fits 15" laptops, and has an internal zippered compartment, $50.

Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep

David K Randall's Dreamland is a review of the best scientific thinking that illuminates and important subject: namely, why do we spend a third of our lives paralyzed, eyes closed, having vivid hallucinations?Read the rest

Adventure Time Docs


These Adventure Time Docs sell for $130-$150. (via Super Punch)

Kickstarting a next-gen steampunk nixie clock


Kyle writes, "The first clock in my series of Steampunk Nixie timepieces was successfully funded on Kickstarter last year, and I've just released the next design! Sleeker, smaller, and at a lower price point, the clock is available in black walnut or purpleheart. 700+ backlight colours, and a ton of other features, each unit is handmade by me."

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R2D2 handbags


These embroidered felt R2D2 handbags ($185, 17" high) are made to order in Moscow by Krukrustudio. (via Bonnie Burton)

Rock your way to crushed garlic

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I've yet to find a hinged garlic press that I love. The ones I've tried are inefficient, fragile (especially the hinge, which inevitably fails), and not that easy to clean. I end up having to peel the unused garlic from the inside of the press, and my fingers stink for days. Everyone has their opinion about crushing garlic - my top choice is Joseph Joseph Rocker Garlic Crusher, Press, and Mincer ($14).

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You autocomplete me


A letterpress Valentine from Paperwheel ($6.75). (via Dan Hon)

Giant Ron English art-book: Status Factory

Whether putting up his own US/Mexican border-crossing signs or appearing on the Simpsons, street artist Ron English is a versatile, trenchant, eyeball-kicking master of the form. Read the rest

Toast handwarmers


Helps soothe your RSI and fights off cold offices: the soft "toast" heaters charge via USB.

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Dancing papercraft Valentine


Siberian-born, Philippines-based paper artist Maria Dubrovskaya makes beautiful articulated paper dolls and sculptures, including this timely dancing Valentine's Day heart ($15).

Rebel Bass: Star Wars guitars with Millennium Falcon bodies


Doni Guitars of Coventry, England, has created a pair of amazing, Star-Wars-themed guitars based around vintage model Millennium Falcons, with new blue LED lights: a six-string Strat and a "Rebel Bass -- they also make custom flight cases for them.

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My favorite battery-powered Bluetooth speaker is the Grain Audio PWS

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I've tried at least 10 different battery-powered Bluetooth speakers, and the walnut cased Grain Audio PWS is by far my favorite. At $249, it's also the most expensive. But I think it's worth it, especially since I use it almost every day.

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I like big books and I cannot lie embroidery


NiamhyStitches sells a variety of decorative embroidery, including this I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie hoop, which sells for $23.48. (via Geeky Merch)

A great leather case for the iPhone 6 plus

verus-closed My friend Allen (co-founder of the delicious cashew cheese company Nary Dairy) got this Verus leather case ($22) for his iPhone 6 Plus, and I liked it so much I bought one for my 6 Plus.

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Handmade Captain Marvel hoodie


This $60 handmade Captain Marvel hoodie (which has no hood!) is just one of many great superhero hoodies from Poland's Hoodie Dsz. (via The Mary Sue)

The Sculptor: Scott McCloud's magnum opus (about magnum opuses)

Scott McCloud is best known as comics' most accessible, smartest theorist, thanks to his 1994 classic Understanding Comics. But the other McCloud, of superhero comics like ZOT! is equally beloved by the cognoscenti. With The Sculptor, McCloud reminds us that he is one of the field's great storytellers, with a story of love, art, madness and death that wrenches, delights and confounds. Read the rest

Kickstarting Facets, a cool granddad's magnetic, geometric wooden building blocks


Ron Worley's nearly fully funded in his Kickstarter for Facets -- wooden, geometrical blocks with small magnets that easily lock/unlock and build amazing, gemlike geometrical forms.

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Heavenly Nostrils: If Hobbes was a snarky unicorn and Calvin was an awesome little girl

Phoebe and Her Unicorn is the first collection of Dana Simpson's syndicated Heavenly Nostrils cartoons -- it's a book that I insisted on reading to my kid, because I didn't want to miss a single strip.Read the rest

Flashing LED-equipped dice that light up on critical hits


Thinkgeek's $25 critical hit dice are a set of D10, D12, and D20 that light up when you roll their maximum values (they're all correctly weighted for fair throws).

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Disembodied facial-feature candles


London-based Uncanny Art Shop makes realistic-looking candles containing disembodied facial features, some contorted in agonized rictii: there's a male mouth, two female mouths and a pair of ears on a featureless head.

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D20 and 20,000 Leagues ties


These gorgeous 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and D20 ties are $24 from San Francisco's Binary Winter

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Custom "Feminist Killjoy" glitter banner


If you don't need this banner, you're probably doing it wrong: $36 from Unicorn Parade of Vancouver. (via Mary Sue)

Overclocked is now a DRM-free audiobook


My multi-award-winning short story collection Overclocked is now a DRM-free audiobook, courtesy of Downpour.com

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Tardis tea-infuser



Made from stainless steel, possibly larger on the inside than the outside, and $20 from Thinkgeek. (via Geeky Merch)

Eat your cereal out of a zombie's rotting brainpan


Or better yet, some kind of greyish custard: $13 from Thinkgeek, dishwasher/microwave safe. (via Geeky Merch)

History of the World in 1,000 Objects

History of the World in 1000 Objects opens up with a simple stone handax for cutting and digging made around 1.65-million years ago and ends, 999 artifacts later, with satellites and smart phones.

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