My teenage daughter and I have been playing a computer game from 1981 called Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord. I'll have more to say about it later, but it is even more fun playing it this time than when I played it in the early 80s. One of the best parts is drawing the tricky maps as you crawl through a dungeon rendered as wireframe hallways. The dungeon has a lot of portals, hidden one-way doors, traps, and other hazards, so we have to do a lot of erasing and redrawing. We've been using the Japanese made Zebra DelGuard 0.5mm Lead Mechanical Pencil, which has an ingenious mechanism to reduce tip breakage. I just looked on Amazon and it's $5.47 and includes a bonus tube of lead. Such a deal!
Available as an add-on item on Amazon, this Kuru Toga pencil has a cool feature that rotates the lead incrementally every time you press it down on paper. That way, the tip stays nicely rounded. Here’s a video of the spring-loaded clutch mechanism in action: The pencil also has a metal sleeve that protects the […]
I already have a metal plate on the back of my phone case because I use it with my magnetic car mount, so this magnetic desk mount looks like a good way to hold my phone on my desk. If your phone doesn’t come with a plate, this mount includes one. It’s regularly $15, but […]
I’ve owned these safety glasses for a long time. They’re like regular safety glasses, but they have magnifiers at the bottom. I’ve found them to be useful when I use a rotary tool, bandsaw, or drill press. I can look down and see the details, and when I back up to see the big picture, […]
The workday is long, and inevitably, you’re going to find yourself needing to take a break from the daily grind. With Mini Materials Miniature Cinder Blocks, you can take some time for yourself and decompress by turning your desk into a miniature construction site. They’re available today in the Boing Boing Store for $22.49. Handmade […]
Handheld radios might seem a bit archaic, but in an emergency situation, few things will keep you as reliably connected to the outside world. This Emergency Multi-Function Radio & Flashlight takes the utility of the tried-and-true radio and combines it with a powerful flashlight and self-sufficient energy system. It’s available in the Boing Boing Store for […]
Few programming languages boast the versatility and user-friendliness of Python, which is why it’s the first language of choice for many aspiring programmers. Regardless of your experience level, you can take the first step to becoming Python-savvy with the Python 3 Bootcamp Bundle, available in the Boing Boing Store for $35 this week. Featuring more than […]