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The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Center

The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Center (The Year's Work: Studies in Fan Culture and Cultural Theory)

The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Center is a hilarious collection of short essays and stories about Zombie cultural significance.

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Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain

Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain

A humorous take on the YA superhero novel! Penelope wants to become a superhero, just like Mom and Dad, but things don't quite go according to plan in Please Don't Tell My Parents I'm a Supervillain.

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30-Day Guitar Workout

30-Day Guitar Workout

In addition to the oddest cover design ever, 30-Day Guitar Workout offers great exercises and has improved my playing.

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Apocalypticon, a hilarious post-apocalyptic novel

Apocalypticon

Who says post-apocalyptic fiction has to be dreary? In Apocalypticon the end of the world is absolutely hilarious.

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Star Trek communicator and dog waste bag dispenser

Star Trek Communicator Dog Bag Dispenser

This $8 Star Trek bag dispenser is dangling off Nemo's leash, ensuring I am ready to clean up after he has boldly gone.

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Ghosts and Snow: Longest Night Lost Constellation

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Want to spend an hour doing something rad? Cool. I have a game for you, called Longest Night Lost Constellation

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Better Call Saul explores survival instinct in "Nacho"

Jimmy and Mike find common ground in "Nacho", episode 3 of the Breaking Bad spinoff.Read the rest

The best moments from the two-night premiere of Better Call Saul

The task set before Better Call Saul is impossibly daunting. Can it join Breaking Bad in the pantheon of great TV?Read the rest

Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin: Art, Sex, and Magick in the Weimar Republic

Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin: Art, Sex, and Magick in the Weimar Republic

There is a lot to be obsessed with in the life of Aleister Crowley, the relatively infamous occultist, poet, painter, spy and ceremonial magician. The Beast in Berlin covers a period of his life that has, until now, been largely unexamined.

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How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain

How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain

A scientist, his dog and an MRI machine. In How Dogs Love Us, Gregory Berns tells the story of how he is seeking to decode the canine brain.

Neuroscientist Gregory Burns, and his off-beat team of researchers, came up with the idea of putting a dog on an MRI. If military trained dogs could help eliminate Osama bin Laden as a terrorist threat, why couldn't they be taught to lay still for an MRI? If Burns and team could just capture that data, they might be able tell us what dogs are really thinking.

Berns loves dogs and he loves his dogs. He does an amazing job of communicating what is special about our relationships with our canine companions and why we should be curious as to how dogs view that bond. This book is more the story of how they got to start collecting data, rather than one that presents hard truths about canine mentation. It is still a wonderful read. I did have a hard time, however, as one of Burns dogs is named Callie. I recently lost a Callie of my own.

I'll be looking forward to the second book, where Berns share more research. This edition was available "free" via Kindle Unlimited.

How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain

Free ebook: "Marriage" by HG Wells

Marriage

Marriage is a surprising story about relationships and people by science fiction legend, HG Wells.

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The best can opener I've owned

OXO Good Grips Locking Can Opener

Fighting with a can opener is zero fun. This OXO locking can opener is my absolute favorite!

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"WE," a dystopian future from 1921 by Yevgeny Zamyatin

WE (Timeless Wisdom Collection Book 1076)

An early take on the dystopian future, Yevgeny Zamyatin's WE shares the joy and horror of a life without individuality.

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Young Moons (Water Worlds book 1) by HSSt Ours

Young Moon (Water Worlds Book 1)

While I was on vacation Harry sent me Young Moon. This fantastic dystopian future is told from the point of view of a young Chinese/Korean girl, growing up in a communist society!

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The Way Into Chaos: Book One of the Great Way

The Way Into Chaos: Book One of the Great Way

Harry Connolly set out to write an epic fantasy with no dull parts. In The Way into Chaos he over delivers.

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Mary and Vincent Price's incredible recipe book

A Treasury of Great Recipes

Wandering through a used book store yesterday, I came across a book with an unremarkable title: A Treasury of Great Recipes. Normally this would not catch my attention, but the book's co-authors were Vincent and Mary Price.

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Gordy's leather lug-mount camera wrist strap

Gordys Lug Mount Wrist Strap

Over the past decade I've been annoyed with traditional camera straps that go around your neck or diagonally across the body. I've tried retro looking 70s camera straps, sling straps, and eventually just carried my camera in a bag and didn't use anything to secure the camera. I found this to be a surprisingly good solution, but I still wanted some safety measure in case the camera got knocked out of my hand.

I got the Gordy Lug-Mount Wrist Strap for Christmas as a gift along with the optional wrist pad, and it's proven extremely secure, non-restrictive, and also doesn't look like a disposable nylon cargo strap. This camera strap is guaranteed to increase sexual potency by 7%. Also it will most likely keep your camera on your wrist and off the ground.

Gordy's Wrist Strap ($18, $31 with optional Wrist pad)