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The Dungeoneers are back!

Jeffery Russell’s The Dungeoneers:Blackfrog Island brings back some of the funniest fantasy I’ve read! When you need someone to fetch a missing prize from a deep, dank, dark dungeon you call the Dungeoneers. The gang of steel nerved dwarves and their odd-ball accompaniment are back, this time headed to Blackfrog Island! Pirates, the high seas, and zombie rats await our team of …

Eneloops are amazing rechargeable batteries

I have just replaced my first set of Envelop AA batteries, ten years after I bought them. Around 10-12 years ago I was I doing a lot of underwater photography. High capacity, low-static-discharge AA batteries were pretty new, but an absolute must for digital strobes. I’d swap 2 sets of 4 in each one of my UW strobes almost every other dive, …

Oxygen absorbing bottle caps for longterm home-brew storage

Oxygen absorbing bottle caps for longterm home-brew storage / Boing Boing Instead of kegging, I wanted to set up a batch of beer that I could more easily share with friends. I decided to bottle a barleywine with these O2 absorbing bottlecaps. The idea is these caps will draw what little oxygen is in your bottle out. This should help preserve the beer …

Powerline ethernet beats WiFi range extenders pants off

Powerline ethernet beats WiFi range extenders pants off / Boing Boing Powerline ethernet adaptors offer far better throughput, in my wacky home, than wifi range extenders. Powerline ethernet is a standard for running data over your in-wall electrical wiring. Earlier versions hardware was flakey, but now I got months and months without ever having to restart these TP-Link adaptors. You simply plug them into …

Down and Out in Purgatory by Tim Powers

Tim Powers has mastered mingling our present with elements of the fantastic, creating stories so immersive and believable I’m always disappointed when they end. Down and Out in Purgatory is a new, incredible example. Shasta DiMaio fell for the wrong guy, and it killed her. Her rejected lover Tom Holbrook still carries a torch, however. If Tom can’t have Shasta he’ll kill …