Brian Krebs's "Spam Nation"

In Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door, Brian Krebs offers a fascinating look at the mass-scale cybercrime that underpins the spam in your inbox and provides an inside peek at a violent fight among its principle players. Cory Doctorow reviews.

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Fidget ring that's also a city-specific sundial


Glashütte's Nomos rings are clever little fidget-rings that act as sundials: you adjust the little sliding rings to the correct date, turn it to the sun, and the shadow cast by the little ring tells you the time.

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Free shipping for 3D printed Makie dolls


Makies, the award-winning 3D printed custom dolls featured in our gift guide, have just announced free shipping on UK orders, and on overseas orders of more than $115! Get your order in by Dec 15 for Xmas delivery in the UK. Dec 10 for the rest of the world.

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Kickstarting a keyboard-shaped waffle-iron


What started as a viral shoop is now a potential real thing, thanks to a crowdfunding campaign that's looking for $50K to go into production.

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D20-in-clear-bubble necklaces


The D20 pendant is $20, with your choice of chains -- also comes in clear, jade, red, orange, blue, black, and grey from Blue Star Creations. (via Geeky Merch)

Custom literary matchboxes for chasing away poo-gas


From Burlington, VT's Dippy Lulu, Literary Lites are custom-made matchboxes that look like Penguin classics, with punny, poop-oriented titles, intended for use in the bathroom to light after particularly stinky Number Twos. They come in six, color-coded sets of three match-boxes each.

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Cthul-Aid chucks


Beastpop's classic Cthulhu/Kool-Aid Guy mashup now graces a limited run of high-top converse-oid sneakers, for sale at Shoefury.

Retro raygun coffee mug


The 12 oz, dishwasher/microwave safe Retro Raygun Rocket Mug is $9.72 and ships worldwide. (via Geeks Are Sexy)

Nine-movie Best of Miyazaki box-set


It's $275 and includes 2-disc editions of My Neighbor Totoro, Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind, Whisper of The Heart, Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle, The Cat Returns, Porco Rosso, Castle In The Sky and Spirited Away. (via Pipedream Dragon)

Second Avenue Caper: When Goodfellas, Divas, and Dealers Plotted Against the Plague

In Second Avenue Caper: When Goodfellas, Divas, and Dealers Plotted Against the Plague, “Ray” recounts his brave, quixotic, tragicomic adventures as an experimental AIDS drug smuggler who funded his operation by selling weed out of his New York apartment, during the early years of the “gay plague.” It’s a strangely fitting subject for a graphic novel, and Joyce Brabner and Mark Zingarelli graphic novel make it work as a history book that’ll make you laugh and cry. Cory Doctorow reviews.

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Kaiju killer bandanna/mask


The Kaiju Killer Bandana is the latest mask/bandanna from Giant Eye, who made the classic Guy Fawkes OWS bandanna.

Amazing polymer clay Star Wars/Zombie jewelry


From her workshop in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Amy, AKA Rapscallion Design makes wonderful, creepy, whimsical zombie and Star Wars jewelry and suchlike from polymer clay and laser-cut acrylic, like the R2D2 and C3PO Best Friends Necklace Set (above) and the Wicket cufflinks (right) -- and so many more that I couldn't help but include them below.

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Giant Chetrooper bust


Derek "Urbanmedium" Fridman has revived his classic "Che Trooper" mashup (1, 2) with a new, limited edition 18" resin bust version. (Thanks, Urbanmedium!)

Celestial Buddies: plush planets and sun

Celestial Buddies sells huggable plush planets that are pretty danged adorable -- they come with little information booklets to nurture kids' curiosity about space.

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Last-minute gift ideas

Welcome to this year’s Gift Guide, a piling-high of our most loved items from 2014 and beyond. Books, comics, games, gadgets and much else besides!

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