Brass cuffs decorated with vintage maps, anatomy, science and math


Kate in Dorchester, England makes gorgeous brass wrist-cuffs decorated with vintage literary, cartographic and scientific imagery: there's Poe's Raven; the periodic table; anatomical dentistry drawings; Newton's laws of motion; the human spine; a map of the Thames and the Tower of London; a tape-measure; the human foot's bones; and headlines from Jack the Ripper's killings and much, much more. Read the rest

Oh Joy Sex Toy, the book, volume 2 [NSFW] [YAY!]


My favorite sex toy review/sex ed/reproductive health webcomic has just released its second collection, with 328 pages' worth of comics by Erica Moen and her guest-comics-creators. Read the rest

Cthulhu in a teacup


These Cthulhu teacups are made by Voodoo Delicious, AKA Michael Palmer from Queensland, Australia. Read the rest

Moon glass reveals the phases of the moon as you drink


The curved bottom of the cup peeks through your drink as the level drops down, moving the "moon" from full to a fingernail-paring sliver. Of course, it works better if you drink something cloudy and white -- it's designed some cloudy Korean rice-wines, but would also work with Pernod and water, I'm thinking. Read the rest

Kickstarting a game: "Minecraft, but you're a dog, and everything's beautiful"


Margaret writes, "Esteemed NYC game-maker Kevin Cancienne (part of the team behind highly adored Drop 7) is launching Home Free, an utterly unique dog exploration game. It's Minecraft, but you're a dog, and everything's beautiful." Read the rest

Secret Coders: kids' comic awesomely teaches the fundamentals of computer science

Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes's Secret Coders is volume one in a new series of ingenious graphic novels for young kids that teach the fundamentals of computer science.

Zeroes: it sucks to be a teen, even with powers

Scott Westerfeld's YA canon is huge and varied, from the Uglies books to the excellent vampire parasitology book Peeps to the dieselpunk Clankers trilogy, and the new one, Zeroes, breaks new ground still: it's a collaboration with Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti about teens with powers.

Cool $200 analog Moog synthesizer kit


I just found my Christmas present - the Moog Werkstatt-Ø1! It's about $200. Read the rest

10-foot-long inflatable Jabba lawn decoration


At $170, the 10' long, 6' tall light-up Jabba inflatable isn't a cheap lawn decoration, but he'll certainly make an impression on the neighbors. I think he'd go well with my brand-new custom lawn-flag. Read the rest

Saga Volume 5: proving you can do big SF with crazy aliens and deep politics

Fiona Staples and Brian K Vaughan have been blowing the lid off of comics for nearly five years now with their Image title Saga, a comic about intergalactic war, politics, sex, death, betrayal, true love, parenting, reality TV and alcoholic hack writers.

Grids and Guides – An ideas book for makers, engineers, and creative types of all stripes


See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Grids & Guides is an ideas book as suitable for engineers and makers as it is for visual artists and other artsy types. Rather than the usual lined pages, this notebook – or self-described journal – offers eight different repeating patterns, such as a dotted point grid, a triangular isometric grid, and a diamond pattern grid. Very similar to the first Grids & Guides notebook we reviewed last summer, this latest edition is updated in several ways: 1) Red cover instead of black; 2) Mostly new patterns on the pages; and 3) New interspersed infographics pages, including a unit equivalents table, a knot tying chart, a world map, a lesson on perspective projection, and lots more. This notebook works as both a repository for new ideas as well as a springboard that inspires out-of-the-box thinking. And it makes a great gift for anybody with a creative thought at their fingertips.

Grids & Guides: A Notebook For Visual Thinkers Princeton Architectural Press 2015, 160 pages, 6 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches From $13 Buy one on Amazon Read the rest

Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth, a fantastic middle-grade adventure comic

Daniel Jackson Lim is the youngest kid in a huge family of overachievers, and he hardly surfaces in his family's consciousness -- which is a good thing, because he's just found a kid in silver underwear who can't remember anything before the moment he hurtled through a hole in space and hit the ground so hard he made a crater, but didn't hurt himself.

Godzilla high-heels


They wouldn't be much use if you were running away from a giant killer monster, but Irregular Choice's $250 Roarsum boots are pretty badass nevertheless. (Thanks, Alice!) Read the rest

Ornate Cthulhu stein


Munkstein's forthcoming, $70 Cthulhu mugs are billed as "official" which actually sounds kind of sinister, in that it implies that there's a nest of true Elder Gods cultists who are in a position to grant such a designation. Read the rest

Gallery: Outside the Lines Too, more adult coloring brilliance


Souris "Hustler of Culture" Hong has followed up on her amazing 2013 coloring book Outside the Lines with a second edition: Outside the Lines Too. Read the rest

Name your price for 11 (!) Philip K Dick award-winning novels

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The PKD Award is given for the best paperback original this year, and has been awarded to such classics as Neuromancer. Storybundle's DRM-free collection of name-your-price ebooks includes some of my favorite books of all time: Walter Jon Williams's Knight Moves, Kathe Koja's The Cipher, Lewis Shiner's Frontera, Lisa Mason's Summer of Love, Elizabeth Hand's Aestival Time, and more. Read the rest

The Mad Max game is every bit as brilliant on disability as Fury Road was


Mad Max: Fury Road has attracted praise for its deft handling of some of the themes that Hollywood normally gets very, very wrong. The way that women take charge, for example, the Gamergate crowd had the rare perspicacity to realize that Furiosa was a new, significant stride in the evolution of female action protagonists. Read the rest

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