Auction of amazing, rare castoffs from Disney theme parks


Having raised $1.7M from an auction of Disneyland memorabilia and rarities earlier this year, Van Eaton Galleries are holding a second auction of cast-offs from the Disney themeparks. Read the rest

Ta-Nehisi Coates's "Between the World and Me" is the next book you should read

Between the World and Me is the memoir of Ta-Nehisi Coates -- certified genius and author of many seminal essays on race in America. It is a work of rage and beauty, and it should be the very next thing you read.

Kickstarting a tough, flexible first responder axe carved from AR400 armor plate

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Peter writes, "We spent the summer doing user-centered design (researching, designing, prototyping and building) around fire-fighting - specifically rural and volunteer first-responder fire fighters." Read the rest

Fable Comics: anthology of great comics artists telling fables from around the world

Firstsecond's new Fable Comics is the third knockout anthology in which amazing, hugely varied comics creators recreate some of the world's best loved stories. As with Nursery Rhyme Comics and Fairy Tale Comics, Fable Comics draws from diverse source material and presents it in varied, fresh ways that have something for everyone.

Brabantia Classic Corkscrew Bottle Opener


I'm not much of a drinker. I like to have an occasional sip of my wife's wine when she has a glass. I do enjoy opening wine bottles, though, and this opener by Brabantia is my favorite. It's easy to use, and pretty fool-proof. You just place it over the neck of the bottle and turn the knob. The teflon-coated screw grabs the cork and pulls it out. The plastic model is $11 and the stainless steel model (the one I use) is $18 on Amazon. Read the rest

The Welcome to Night Vale novel dances a tightrope between weird humor and real pathos

Welcome to Night Vale is the spookiest, funniest podcast on the net and now it's a book that manages the near impossible: balancing precisely on the single-molecule-thick line separating weird humor and real pathos.

Kenu Airframe+ Leather Edition car mount for smart phones and phablets


I've been using my Montar smart phone mount when I drive, but it has been so blistering hot in Los Angeles lately that the sun's rays coming through the windshield are overheating the phone, causing it to shut itself down.

I was given a Kenu Airframe+ Leather Edition car mount ($40 on Amazon) to try out. It clips onto a car's heating/aircon vent. Because I have the air conditioner blasting at all times, it keeps the phone cool. The phone feels a bit more wobbly than the Montar, but it has not yet bounced out of the Kenu's spring-loaded grip, so it's not a big deal. If the temperature ever drops below 90 degrees F again, I will probably switch back to the Montair, but for now, the Kenu is what I need. Read the rest

Star Trek hand-towels


Elizabeth Dean's Etsy store has these great, $12 Star Trek: TOS hand-towels in Science Blue, Command Yellow and, of course, Expendable Security Red (also available in TNG). Read the rest

50 years of incredible James Bond movie art


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EON Productions was founded in 1961 by Albert R. "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman for the express purpose of turning Ian Fleming’s novels about a ruthless, womanizing Secret Intelligence Service officer named James Bond into movies. EON has produced 24 Bond movies to date (quite a feat, since Fleming himself wrote a total of twelve Bond novels and two short story collections).

These two books are a deep dive into EON’s James Bond archives. Bond by Design was written by Meg Simmonds, EON’s archivist, and is a breathtaking collection of location sketches, plans for villains’ lairs, outrageous vehicles, exotic costumes, and, my favorite, the dual-purpose gadgets used by agent 007, such as a thermos/grenade, a briefcase/sniper rifle, and the fantastic gadget-filled Aston Martin D85 from Goldfinger.

James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters is loaded with movie posters from all over the world. Paging through the book, it becomes clear that James Bond was and is as globally famous as Mickey Mouse (and a heck of a lot more sauve). It also contains many never-before-seen concept sketches for posters, making it a must-have for any serious Bondophile.

After going through these books, I’m ready to watch the Bond oeuvre again. If you are new to Bond I recommend starting with Dr. No, From Russia with Love, and Goldfinger. (Skip the 1967 version of Casino Royale, Octopussy, and the Man with the Golden Gun – they stink!)

James Bond: 50 Years of Movie Posters by Alastair Dougall DK 2015, 328 pages, 9.9 x 13.4 x 1.2 inches (paperback) $18 Buy one on Amazon

Bond by Design: The Art of the James Bond Films by Meg Simmonds DK 2015, 320 pages, 14.2 x 10.4 x 1.5 inches (hardcover) $18 Buy one on Amazon Read the rest

Beeswax candles cast from a human spine


Wisconsin's Gravedigger Candles makes beeswax candles cast from a real human spine, where each vertabra burns for about three hours. Comes in large ($36.80), medium ($25.30) and small ($13.80). Read the rest

Kickstarting a new edition of Kill Doctor Lucky, the very first Cheapass Game


Carol writes, "The first Cheapass Game ever was Kill Doctor Lucky, back in late 1996. After multiple editions, and being licensed out for a number of years, it has come back home to Cheapass Games, and we're sprucing it up, just in time for its 19.5th Anniversary. It's now available for pre-order through Kickstarter, with some nice extras, until Friday, November 13th. 'Someone is going to kill Doctor Lucky... it might as well be you!'" Read the rest

Chtulhu Yahtzee and Monopoly


They're available for pre-order from the Big Bad Toy Store, with delivery estimated for Christmas 2015. They Yahtzee ($35) features a Cthulhu figure dice cup; while the Monopoly ($45) has a selection of Cthulhu player-tokens, Cthulhu money; and Lovecraftian properties. Read the rest

Listen: Movits! Swedish dancehall/swing/hiphop jazz


Sweden's MOVITS! (presently touring the USA) plays music they call Äppelknyckarjazz ("Apple swiper jazz") that combines big-band swing with hip-hop that's infused with dancehall reggae-style rapping and declaiming (in Swedish). Read the rest

Read: Austin Grossman's moving text-adventure story "The Fresh Prince of Gamma World"


Press Start to Play is an anthology of video-game-related science fiction, edited by John Joseph Adams and Daniel "Robopocalypse" Wilson, with stories by some of Boing Boing's favorite SF writers: Ernie Ready Player One Cline, Charlie Jane Anders, Rhianna Pratchett, Catherynne Deathless" Valente, Hugh "Wool" Howey, Austin "Crooked" Grossman,! (the anthology reprints my story Anda's Game, which was adapted into last year's bestselling graphic novel In Real Life). Read the rest

Star Wars and Avengers collar clips


Collar Clips from Migardian Treasure in Gravesend, England makes collar clips in a variety of pop-culture motifs, some obvious and some very subtle indeed: Captain America shields, Captain America stars, Hawkeye and Hydra vs SHIELD; Boba Fett, Vader and Stormtroopers (also available as brooches and earrings). Read the rest

T-shirt: Bugs and Gossamer as Han and Chewy

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Deep Fried Art's t-shirt "Scoundrels" ($20 with shipping) depicts Gossamer (the Looney Toons monster) and Bugs as Han and Chewbacca: "I wonder what their ship would look like? The Millenium Carrot??" Read the rest

Katamino - a simple and quick, yet challenging puzzle board game


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Katamino is a wooden puzzle and board game that can be played solo (puzzle) or with two players (puzzle game). As a two-person game, players must arrange the twelve different shaped blocks – pentaminos [same as pentomino, but this is how Katamino spells it] – so that they fit and completely cover the grid on the board, which can be adjusted in length before the game starts. Players take turns fitting the pentaminos over the squares until one player can no longer fit a piece. The game is simple, quick and challenging. The wooden pieces are high quality and beautiful enough to keep out on display. I am not much of a window shopper myself, but was amazed by this puzzle game from the moment I saw it. I spent quite a while working the puzzle in the store before I went ahead and purchased it. With over thousands of possible combinations and a handful of variations to play the game, I'd say Katamino satisfies the requisite for a must-have puzzle game for anyone who's up for a challenge. – Joseph Nicholas

Katamino Deluxe by Gigamic Ages 5-100, 1-2 players $38 Buy a copy on Amazon Read the rest

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