Red Shoes is a welcome addition to Fantich & Young's Apex Predator sculptures (previously) in which shoe-soles are studded with false teeth in a wonderfully gross echo of hyperdontia (warning, a bit icky). This seems like the kind of thing you could do yourself with some Sugru and some old dentures. In fact, I may have to give it a go.
Jane from Sugru sends us an adorable stop-motion video showing ways to use the air-drying polymer to cut down on noisy annoyances: "Life is noisy. If a banging door, clattering plates or a squeaky bike have become the soundtrack to your life - don't ignore it, fix it (...but watch this video first!)" Read the rest
On a recent trip packed with long flights, I remembered that music had once been my best defense when traveling around the globe for prior jobs. I packed my Westone 3 IEMs along with a beloved pair of Bowers & Wilkins P5s with a TotalBitHead DAC/Amp and merrily went off to the airport. What I learned on this trip surprised me. Read the rest
In each episode of Gweek, I invite a guest or two to join me in a discussion about recommended media, apps, and gadgets. This time my guests were:
Michael Goodwin, a freelance writer and the author of the comic book Economix: How the Economy Works (and Doesn’t Work) in Words and Pictures. Like many freelance writers, he lives in New York City with cats.
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Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Works, a comic book by Jonathan Gruber and Nathan Schreiber
The First Law, Joe Abercrombie
And much more! Read the rest
In this video, an extremely calm Irish man explains how to attain custom-fit earbuds by wedging a small sausage of Sugru (an air-drying polymer clay) beneath your cheap off-the-shelf earbuds' silicone sleeve, fitting them to your ears to get the right fit, removing them, and leaving them to dry. Looks easy and efficient!
Apps for Kids is sponsored by Little Blueprint: Personalized and ready-made children's books based on brain science, empowering kids to thrive through life's challenges and celebrations.
Apps for Kids is Boing Boing's podcast about cool smartphone apps for kids and parents. My co-host is my 10-year-old daughter, Jane.
In this episode, we set down our smartphones to talk about the Plants vs. Zombies graphic novel, in which two kids team up with Crazy Dave, the deranged zombie prepper, to rid Neighborville of the invading horde of undead humans. Jane also grabs my staple remover that I was repairing with Sugru and messes it up.
And, we present a new "Would you rather?" question:
If you're an app developer and would like to have Jane and me try one of your apps for possible review, email a redeem code to email@example.com.
Jane and I love to get your emails with questions about game, gear, and tech. What's your question?
Check out some of the great videos we've blogged lately, which you can watch in our video archives:
• Scary tire commercial from Japan
Blues Brothers mall car-chase recreated in Lego
Sugru + magnets = anything stuck to anything
• Kaki King shreds
Cookie Monster in The Hungry Games: Catching Fur
• Glitchy A/V art installation about "space-time compression"
Jane from Sugru writes, "We've just announced Sugru's first ever kit - Make Things Magnetic.
Magnets are f***ing awesome! and Sugru's new best friend - sorry LEGO, it's not you, it's us. Once you attach something you love with Sugru and these magnets - you'll never want to go back.
Attach anything to anything with Sugru + magnets!"
I love Sugru, and now carry a couple pouches of it with me all the time. I can't even count the number of things I've fixed or improved with the long-lasting, super-adhesive, versatile air-drying polymer (most recently, a dashboard mount for my phone while I was in LA for a couple weeks). I have often combined Sugru with small rare-earth magnets in just this way, but the kit looks very handy.
Sean Williams sez, "Best-sellers and award-winners Isobelle Carmody, Robert Shearman, Marianne De Pierres, Kim Wilkins, Mark Leslie, Mindy Klasky, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and many, many others, including me, have signed up to write choose-your-own-adventure stories that will play out in real life, in real cities via smartphones and QR codes. Rewards include guided tours, printed versions, tuckerizations, author-led adventures in their cities, and even the chance to have a CYOA written in a town of your choice, in person."
They're trying to raise AUD26,000. At AUD10, you get a pair of the adventures as PDFs. Read the rest
I go somewhere on a plane at least twice a month. For over ten years I’ve used a Briggs & Riley roller carry-on, and I’ve been fairly happy with it. It’s heavy for its small size and the zipper pulls all broke off (I made replacements from binder clips and Sugru) so I’ve been keeping my eye out for a replacement. After hearing great things about the accessibility and capacity of the Skooba Weekender duffle, I decided to give it a try. It turned out the be the most convenient carry-on I’ve ever used. Read the rest
Andrew Sleigh of MAKE profiled inventor Jane ni Dhulchaointigh (I call her "Jane") about one of my favorite things, Sugru. I just used some of this versatile air-cure rubber to reinforce the corners of my iPad.
Sugru, the self-setting rubber that can be used to hack, mod or fix almost anything, can be found in many a maker’s toolbox. Jane ni Dhulchaointigh, who invented it, is well-known to makers in the UK and further afield. The story she tells of Sugru’s development over the last 10 years is an inspiring one of struggle and perseverance. So when she offered me a tour of their factory in Hackney, I jumped at the chance to find out more about how it’s made, and where it came from.