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Austin Grossman's CROOKED: the awful, cthulhoid truth about Richard Nixon

Austin Grossman's first-person secret memoir of Richard Nixon sounds like a Lovecraftian gag, but Crooked is a brooding, bitter Cold War novel that gets deep into the psyche of "the funniest president that ever lived." Read the rest

Tales of the Gold Monkey, another lost tv treasure

Join a former flying tiger, his awesome dog and a Grumman G-21 Goose as he explores the south Pacific, fights Nazis, and has a broken relationship with a pretty singer/spy. This should have been my life, not a one season tv show you've never heard of!

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Soda Pop Soldier, a novel of what is far too likely to come, by Nick Cole

Soda Pop Soldier

I remember the Cola Wars, I lost so many friends. Nick Cole offers a fantastic look at the future of advertising.

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Using magician's thread to make a dancing cane

I wanted to make my own dancing cane. All you need is a drill, some magicians thread, and a far lighter cane than mine.

Making a dancing cane is pretty simple. As the video above says, just drill a tiny hole about 1/2" above the balance point of your cane and tie on a piece of high strength, nearly invisible magician's thread. Make a loop on the other end of the thread for your thumb, and let the fun begin.

I tried this on a regular walking cane. It is far too heavy to manipulate without lots of practice, and will bruise or break things when mistakes are made. I suggest making your own from doweling, as suggested in the video.

Making the loop slightly over-sized makes changing hands easier.

The wax that comes with this magician's thread is useful for making other, very light objects dance. Like a dollar bill!

Magic Makers Magician's Wax and Invisible Thread via Amazon

The Pop Up Art Book

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The Pop Up Art book mixes street, comics and fine art with insane paper craft! Amazing artists works are re-imagined in 3D, and explode off the page!

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The best 'budget' barbecue grill I've found: Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 480

I don't expect a $200 grill to last a lifetime. But it has to cook meats and veggies evenly, with good temperature control. And I found a pretty affordable grill that does that reliably.Read the rest

Baa Baa Black Sheep (Black Sheep Squadron) vol. 1

Baa Baa Black Sheep - Volume 1

"We are poor little lambs, who have lost our way. Baa. Baa. Baa." I loved this show so much as a kid, the opening credits give me chills.

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AboveTEK's crazy useful smart phone stand

AboveTEK

A Gumby-style bendable cable mated to an iPhone grip, and a clip that can affix nearly anywhere, make this stand super useful!

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Blue Plague: The Fall, a prepper fantasy

Blue Plague

Preppers vs zombies is a genre sure to keep me laughing. Blue Plague: The Fall, by Thomas A. Watson, is ridiculous and brutal.

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Sena's low-profile bluetooth motorcycle helmet headset

I recently installed Sena's SMH10R bluetooth audio system in one of my motorcycle helmets. Now, it is hard to ride without it!

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Cheap set of jeweler's precision screwdrivers

Jeweler's tools

When I need to tighten my glasses, or put batteries in a children's toy, I can never find a tiny screwdriver. This $2 set is a steal!

With No.1 and 0 phillips heads, 3mm, 2.4mm, 1.8mm and 1.4mm flat head screwdrivers this kit has me covered. I actually ordered two, one I keep on my desk and the other in my tool bag.

If I make sure to put them back in the plastic case, I may not lose them.

Darice Precision Screwdriver Set via Amazon

The World Burns: a prepper blogger survives the apocalypse

In The World Burns, the folks best suited to surviving an apocalypse will be bloggers? Oy vey.

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Armada, by Ernest Cline: a joyous, rollicking read

A sponsored review of Ernest Cline's much anticipated ArmadaRead the rest

Who Censored Roger Rabbit?

Who Censored Roger Rabbit?

I've always enjoyed Gary Wolf's Who Censored Roger Rabbit? far more than the movie adaption. Dark and gritty, this noir fantasy is a thriller!

As usual, the book is much better than the movie. Who Censored Roger Rabbit? is a surreal film noir story, that fans of Chandler and Hammet will appreciate, albeit with toons as major characters. Not written for a Disney audience, and certainly clumsy in spots, (like plot resolution,) this story is far, far more entertaining. You'll see a lot of parallels to the film, but the more adult approach and theme fit the genre so much better. I can no longer view ToonTown in the same light.

Eddie, Roger, Jessica and all your favorite Who Framed Roger Rabbit? characters are here, but darker and more interesting. If you enjoyed the movie, Who Censored Roger Rabbit? is a must read.

Who Censored Roger Rabbit? by Gary Wolf via Amazon

Zeiss lens cleaning wipes, like I used to steal from work

Zeiss Pre-Moistened Lens Cleaning Wipes, 200 Count

Quite literally splattered with everything from seal poop to motor oil, my eyeglasses are frequently filthy. These packets help.

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Book review: Wizard Defiant, a fun blend of tech and fantasy

Wizard Defiant (Intergalactic Wizard Scout Chronicles Book 1)

In Rodney Hartman's Wizard Defiant, space cadet boot camp meets elves and wizards.

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Assault Troopers by Vaughn Heppner

Assault Troopers

Humanity is nearly extinct, what few survivors that remain are enslaved to murderous aliens and used as cannon fodder. Can humanity possibly outwit the aliens and win its freedom? Duh.

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