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Reading Is Cool: Cassette Tape Bookmarks

Cassette Tape Bookmark

Bookmarks don’t get any more adorable than these. The Cassette Tape bookmarks are inspired by their namesake, which used to be all the rage before CDs and MP3s came along. People don’t make mixed tapes anymore; they’re simply mixes now. People don’t even read physical books as much as before, since e-readers have taken center stage.

If you’re one of the few (or shall I say many?) who prefer flipping through actual pages instead of swiping through virtual ones, then what can be a more appropriate bookmark than this? It’s got a vintage feel and you have to admit, it looks awesome.Continue Reading

‘How to Keep Your Electronic Messages Private’ and More on Gobookee


The following article is brought to you by Gobookee. -Ed.

Security is a huge deal these days. There are so many scams floating around these days that attempt to gain access to your personal information by hacking into your email, perhaps in a bid to steal your identity or obtain your bank account details. For example, the Nigerian and “You just won the lottery!” email scams have been extensively reported on for the past few years, but there are still people who fall for it every day. For sure, a resource like the Email Security ebook would be helpful to would-be victims.

This title is just one of the many digital books, manuals, and guides on gadgets and gizmos that you can find on Gobookee. As you would expect from a typical library, the site also offers resources on a variety of topics, including Arts, Business, Family, Food, Health, Law, Medicine, and Sports, among others. Titles are featured regularly You can browse through the books in the different categories if you’re not looking for anything particular. If you are, then simply type in the relevant keywords and hit search to see what Gobookee can find on the topic. You can find out more about the book by clicking on the title. You then have the option to buy the book or find a similar free ebook elsewhere.

DNA Double-Helix Bookcase Speaks To Your Love Of Biology And Books


If you’ve got $1,050 burning a hole in your wallet, here’s a pretty cool bookcase you can buy. Made by Milano Furniture, the DNA bookcase is made entirely of steel, and can hold CDs, books or whatever else you feel like arranging into a double-helix structure. And don’t be in a hurry to get it, since it looks like it takes 12 to 14 weeks to deliver.

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Bookends No More With This Angled Shelf

We like functional design. That’s a design that looks cool, but does more than just look cool, like the Lean Bookshelf above. Featuring a modular set of stackable segments, the bookshelf requires no bookends since the books it holds are stacked at an angle; gravity takes care of keeping them upright, albeit not quite vertical. It’s a quirky design, one that we wouldn’t mind seeing in our living spaces. That’s of course because we still own dead tree books. You know the ones: they require no batteries! Yeah… those.

We don’t have pricing information on account of this being a South Korea design studio, Monocomplex, whose website appears to be down at the moment.

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Prism Glasses Let You Read While You’re Flat on Your Back

Prism Glasses

So you know how sometimes, you feel like reading or watching TV, but you’re just too tired or too lazy to hold your head upright? No? Well, the people behind these Prism Glasses will probably be disappointed to hear that, because they’ve come up with the perfect (and silliest) solution to your non-woes.

People normally prop themselves up with pillows so they can read or watch some telly when they’re in bed. What people normally don’t do is lie flat on their backs while doing so, because that’s probably going to cause a headache of epic proportions. A contraption that allows them to do that minus the eye strain are the prism glasses I mentioned earlier. Basically, the glasses will redirect your line of sight by ninety degrees downward, so you can do whatever it is you want to do and maintain a ‘normal’ view, even when you’re lying down. The glasses will also make you look like your eyes are popping out of their sockets in a very odd angle.

If you think the prism glasses are actually a good idea (and don’t mind how silly they’ll make you look while you’re wearing them), then hit the jump to check out another picture of it and links to where you can get it.

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How To Speak Wookiee

How To Speak Wookiee (Image courtesy ModCloth)
By Andrew Liszewski

There are plenty of incomprehensible languages in the Star Wars universe, and right up there with Huttese and the random bleeps and bloops that astromech droids use to communicate, there’s Wookiee. Spoken by the residents of Kashyyyk, including Chewbacca, it’s probably one of the most impersonated (usually very, very terribly) dialects from the Star Wars films. But until now, impersonation has been the only way to learn and speak their language.

Beating Rosetta Stone to the punch, Chronicle Books has created a handy guide to learning Wookiee that could help avoid having your arms ripped off at the sockets. While it’s far from in-depth, an included sound module, recorded by none other than Chewbacca himself, provides the correct pronunciation of ten key phrases that are sure to help ease intergalactic diplomatic relations.

It’s available directly from Chronicle Books for $16.95, or, you could just find a cupboard door that you can use as a translator like this guy did:

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MAD’s Fold-In Collection Doesn’t Actually Let You Do Any Folding

MAD Fold-In Collection (Images courtesy Chronicle Books)
By Andrew Liszewski

I grew up (secretly) reading my dad’s MAD magazine collection from the late ’70s and early ’80s, and as a kid the best part was always the fold-in on the inside of the back cover. Which is why I’m excited for Chronicle Books’ new 4-volume MAD Fold-In Collection. It features all 410 Al Jaffee MAD fold-ins dating back to 1964, but unfortunately it doesn’t actually let you do any folding! Instead, the before and after images are presented side-by-side on every page. Now I can understand that the book is designed to be a collector’s item and showpiece for all of the artwork, but I think I’d still terribly miss aligning the A & B arrows, or trying to guess what the folded version will look like beforehand. Available now for $125.

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NASA’s ‘Getting A Feel For Lunar Craters’ Book Features Tactile Diagrams Of The Moon For The Visually Impaired

NASA's 'Getting A Feel For Lunar Craters' Book (Image courtesy NASA)
By Andrew Liszewski

After a visually impaired student signed up for one of professor David Hurd’s introductory astronomy courses at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, he started creating tactile astronomy tools so they could partly experience what celestial objects were like. And his latest effort, a new book called Getting A Feel For Lunar Craters, allows the blind and visually impaired to experience the surface of the Earth’s moon with tactile diagrams and braille descriptions that lets readers feel the various craters, crags and other landmarks that dot its surface.

The 17 page book was created by David with assistance from the NASA Lunar Science Institute, and as far as I can tell is available for free from NASA’s website, though you’ll have to wait for the second reprinting of the book which will be ready in a couple of months. In the meantime though, text-only and audio file versions of the book can be downloaded from their site, if you’re curious.

[ NASA - Getting A Feel For Lunar Craters ] VIA [ Medgadget ]

The Jedi Path Manual Doesn’t Come With Midi-chlorians – Makes Up For It With Cool Packaging

Star Wars - The Jedi Path (Images courtesy
By Andrew Liszewski

I don’t care how many times you read and re-read The Jedi Path manual, without even the tiniest sprinkling of Midi-chlorians you’re never going to become a Jedi. But that’s ok. Because as a way to say “we’re sorry for everyone who actually thought this fake Jedi training manual would work”, Lucasfilm has gone and wrapped it in one of the coolest packages I’ve ever seen. Sure, ebooks might be more convenient, but with a push of a button the metal doors on this miniature vault slide open to reveal a copy of The Jedi Path inside. Which then rises up complete with lights and sound effects. Try that with your Kindle. If any of my textbooks in university had come packaged this way, I might have actually read them.

The book has actually been available for almost a year now, and we’re not sure how it slipped past our radar. On the plus side though, it’s given it time to drop from it’s original $99.99 price tag on Amazon, to just $57.31 now.

[ Star Wars - The Jedi Path ] VIA [ GeekAlerts ]