Unbreakable eyeglasses easily broken

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Ray J: “They’re unbreakable.”

Speedy: “Unbreakable?”

Ray J: “They’re unbreakable. Break ’em.”

Speedy: “Step on ’em.”

Ray J: “No, you step on ’em.”

Speedy: “It’s your product.”

Ray J: “You step on ’em. Speedy, step on ’em.”

Speedy: “I can’t do that.”

Ray J: “You can.”

Speedy: “I bet you I can break these.”

Ray J: “They’re unbreakable.”

Speedy: “They’re not unbreakable. Don’t tell me they’re unbreakable. Don’t tell me.”

Ray J: “Listen…”

Speedy: “Don’t tell me they’re unbreakable. I’m gonna break ’em.”

Ray J: “They’re unbreakable. They cannot break. It’s impossible.”

(Speedy snaps eyeglasses in two)

Ray J: “I don’t care. But it’s fine. Don’t worry, there’s more.”

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Sweet stocking-stuffer: an LED flashlight that clips onto a 9V battery

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The Lixada LED Handheld Flashlight is a $9 stocking-stuffer ($29 for 4): a six-LED/36 lumen flashlight that clips directly over the terminals of a 9V battery, forming an easy flashlight rated for up to 10,000 hours (battery life depends on whether you’re switched to 6, 4 or 2 LEDs). One reviewer uses 9V batteries swapped out of smoke detectors as power-sources for these. (via Kottke)

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These Handmade Custom Bobbleheads Could Be The Best Gift You Give This Year

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Walk through any office, and you will likely spot a few bobbleheads. These wobbly figurines are great fun to have around, although most celebrate people we will never meet. 

For something a little more personal, try Handmade Custom Bobbleheads. These mini caricatures are sculpted and painted by skilled artisans, based on any photo you provide. They make a great gift for family and friends, and a nice addition to your desk.

There is nothing wrong with owning figurines of your favorite athletes and movie characters. However, having an artist create a bobblehead from your likeness is infinitely cooler. 

The process is pretty straightforward. You simply upload a photo of the person you want to see with a big, wobbly head, and choose a pose. This could be sitting behind a desk, standing proudly in superhero attire, or dressed ready for the catwalk.

The image is then passed to a skilled model maker, who crafts a 3D caricature. The likeness is usually spot on, albeit with a clay complexion. You should receive your bobblehead around 4 to 6 weeks after placing an order.

The Custom Bobbleheads make really nice gifts, and are an amusing way to mark your territory (think Dwight from The Office). They are normally priced at $105 each, but you can order now for just $42.49 with the festive discount code MerrySave15. Read the rest

A touch of The Dark Tower in Red Dead Redemption 2

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Warning, Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass spoiler ahead.

It’s fascinating to follow explorers discovering the bizarre out of bounds landscapes of Red Dead Redemption 2, like the mysterious pyramids, and seams where the land meets unfinished low-res geography.

Although Mexico is seemingly not part of the game, dataminers say they have found models for familiar Mexico locations hidden in the PS4 version. Gamers have also discovered a hidden path into Mexico. As this video shows, you have to ride your horse into a canyon and then press through the strange barrier at the end. If successful, you emerge in Mexico. The land is almost entirely barren, aside for an abandoned fortress:

Ahh, seems so simple to create an entire Wizard and Glass campaign for the game.

Speaking of, the apparent Big Coffin Hunters in Amazon’s upcoming series look great:

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Listen to the sound of one screw falling into a turbine engine

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This is super neat.

It was originally uploaded in 2010, but became newly viral again this week and the source is so much better than the crapped-out clip that went meme.

Enjoy, unmute, turn up the volume.

From the original video description by AgentJayZ on YouTube:

Rare opportunity to demonstrate a sound that no turbine tech wants to hear… ever!

… because it means you have to get that thing you dropped in there back out. Jet engines are heavy and sensitive, so it’s a big deal to lift one up and turn it over, just to hopefully drop out a small piece that some dumbass dropped in there.
If that does not work, the engine must be disassembled to the point where the item can be retrieved. This will be an expensive process.
… that’s why it’s a bad sound.

Index of all videos: http://members.iinet.net.au/~tgard/

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Every tech brand should be using a .tech domain

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In the early days of the web, everyone wanted a .com domain for their site. As a result, all the good ones got snapped up. But .com no longer has the cachet it once did. In fact, many new businesses and individuals are opting for other top-level domain extensions. One of the most memorable is the .tech extension. It’s short, it’s memorable, and most importantly, it resonates very well with the field of technology. For example, a website on .tech clearly calls out that the website is about technology There are tons of great names on .tech available now, and you owe it to your company to at least check for your dream brand. Right now, you can save on your next domain for your next big idea with $7.99 for 1 year (down from $49.99), $24.99 for 3 years (down from $149.97) and $39.99 for 5 years (down from $249.95).

Start searching for the perfect domain extension here and get your .tech site online today.

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Kickstarting a new edition of Steve Jackson Games’s Car Wars

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I grew up on RPGs, not tabletop strategy games, but the one exception was Car Wars, a dystopian science fiction game where you kit out vehicles with weapons and then fight them in giant duelling pits or in freeway battles. I loved Car Wars and played it like crazy.

Now, Steve Jackson Games (previously) is kickstarting a sixth edition of Car Wars, set in a fallen USA in 2069, dominated by “wilderness lawlessness, banditry, regional dictators, and of the men and women who combat them.” The sixth edition includes rules, detailed miniature plastic model cars, player dashboards, and card-decks for internal damage. Stretch goals include custom six sided dice (a set of 20!), extra tokens, a new collision system and a 36″x36″ playspace — at higher levels, they’re going to add more minis and extra rules.

$75 gets you the game, $140 gets you the game plus various expansion elements, $400 gets you the current game as well as reissues of the original pocket-box sets. It’s Steve Jackson Games, so I’m totally sanguine about their ability to fulfill this, though of course crowdfunders are never guaranteed.

After six years of design, development, playtesting, and constant refinement and improvement, we’ve completed the core of the new Car Wars Sixth Edition game and we’re now ready for your support.

The new core game includes:

* 24-page rulebook, covering everything from building your car to movement and combat. All of the rules you need to start playing the game within moments of opening the box!

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Good deal on Kindle Unlimited

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The Kindle Unlimited program is $10 a month, and it gives you access to over a million books and comics on Amazon. Amazon is currently offering a deal: 3 months for 99 cents a month. The program includes a lot of popular books: the Harry Potter series, The Handmaid’s Tale, the Hunger Games trilogy, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and even comics, like Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. Read the rest

Boing Boing’s 28 favorite books in 2019

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Here’s 28 of our favorites from the last year – not all of them published in the last year, mind you – from fairy-tales to furious politics and everything in between, including the furious fairy-tale politics getting between everything. The links here include Amazon Affiliate codes; this helps us make ends meet at Boing Boing, the world’s greatest neurozine.

1: Arcade Game Typography

Toshi Omagari and Leo Field’s book offers a definitive view in print of the clean, colorful pixelated fonts of arcade games from the 1970s to the 1990s. It’s full of gorgeous-looking full-color spreads (with grids!) — both a beautiful item and a formal tour of a distinctive artform. Hit games (such as Super Sprint, Pac-Man, After Burner, Marble Madness and Shinobi) are represented, but the best part is the technology of pixel type, whose colorful details make sure this is unlike any other typography book. — Rob

Arcade Game Typography [Read Only Memory]

Arcade Game Typography [Amazon]

2: The Testaments

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results. “A story of hope, resistance, complicity and rage, it’s been worth the wait.” — Cory

The Testaments [Amazon]

3: Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms

John Hodgman’s book-length memoir of his dwindling privilege after his TV career petered out is both hilarious and deadly serious, as much an indictment of elitism as it is a frank hymn to the pleasures of it — Cory

Medallion Status: True Stories from Secret Rooms [Amazon]

4: The Comic Book Story of Video Games goes deep

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Los Angeles: Dr. Zaius hosts ‘Christmas with a Z’

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Supporting Swing Left-Los Feliz and Field Team 6, Dana Gould will be hosting a fantastic night of entertainment as the loveable ape Dr. Zaius!

Come see Christmas with a Z!

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List of popular books people started reading and then abandoned

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When I was younger, I would feel so badly about abandoning a book that didn’t grab me, I’d force myself to slog through it until the bitter end. Then I realized that there are only so many books I’ll have time to read in my lifetime so it’s better to make each one count. If I’m not consistently pulled into the pages, I drop the book and crack another one. Of course there are exceptions, but it mostly means that I’ve enjoyed nearly all the books I’ve finished reading in recent years. Related, here is Goodreads’ list of the most popular books users of the service have abandoned.

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