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UPDATE: Smokeless, 2nd Edition

Smokeless 2nd Edition Cover


It gives me great pleasure to announce to you today that Smokeless, 2nd Edition, is now live for Kindle devices and apps for the price of $4.99. And, just as with the groundbreaking 1st Edition, it will soon appear in print, as well! Grab your copy today!

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Six Months Later… The Second Edition Of Smokeless Is Coming

Smokeless 2nd Edition


It’s been an amazing six months since Smokeless was released. In that time, I’ve written extensively for Spinfuel eMagazine, met some really wonderful people in the vaping community, and tried some really great products (and some really far from great products, too.) I’ve also learned a lot more about the products, technologies, and trends alive in the vaping industry and the community that has leaped to embrace it.

The 2nd Edition will be chock full of changes and updates, from the subtle (I may have gotten the names of a few things muddled up the first time around) to the very obvious — a complete rewrite and massive expansion of the recommendations section.

Work is well and truly underway on the 2nd Edition. To let you see how close that work is to being finished, you’re looking at the cover right up there, fresh and piping-hot from the oven.

Expect the 2nd Edition to arrive on the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook reading platforms for $4.99, while the 1st Edition goes for $3.99.

Because the Reccomendations portion of the book is being completely rewritten from the foundation up, the 2013 Recommendations Roundup supplement will be retired. But look for a semiannual Recommendations Roundup supplement to appear at the end of June!

Thanks for reading, and until next time, please remember to support this blog; do good work, and be good to yourselves and each other.

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Top 10 Reasons Libertarians Aren’t Nice To You | Christopher Cantwell

Top 10 Reasons Libertarians Aren’t Nice To You | Christopher Cantwell: “”

One of the best commentaries I’ve ever read designed to explain this.

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The Great E-book Pricing Question

John Castle:

Excellent post every indie author should read.

Originally posted on David Gaughran:

soulsale There’s more guff written about pricing than almost anything else, resulting in an extremely confusing situation for new self-publishers. I often see them pricing too low or too high, and the decision is rarely made the right way, i.e. ascertaining their goals and pricing accordingly.

Price/value confusion

Before we get to the nuts-and-bolts, it’s time to slay a zombie meme. Much of the noise on this issue springs from conflating two concepts, namely price and value.

Authors often say something like, “My book is worth more than a coffee.” Or publishers might say, “A movie costs $10 and provides two hours of entertainment. Novels provide several times that and should cost more than $9.99.”

Price and value are two different things. From Wikipedia:

Economic value is not the same as market price. If a consumer is willing to buy a good, it implies that the customer places a higher value…

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Rune Vapor: Five Rings & Salty Dog

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Today, we return to the realm of Rune Vapor to give the critical but fond eye to two more of their offerings: Five Rings (Not Yet Available) and Salty Dog.

Between these two liquids, one is just new to me, while the other is new to the world. Salty Dog is the one that’s already available, and it’s one interesting puppy, while Five Rings is just a babe in a manger to all and sundry and is still, to my knowledge, not even available for order yet.

I’ve already covered many of the Rune Vapor lineup’s common characteristics, including the presentation, in my previous review of three of their liquids. I’m not going to go over old ground in this review, I’m just going to get right down ’n’ intimate with the new liquids and their unique characteristics here, so this review will be somewhat more brief than the last one.

With that said — let’s get right in to it:


Five Rings:


Rune Vapor Says… nothin’. Not yet, anyway, because Five Rings is so new that it isn’t even up on the site yet. But after speaking with Bhakti Iyata, Rune Vapors’ lovely co-founder, I am told that Five Rings is built from the essences of Banana, Coconut, Bavarian Creme, Butterscotch, and Caramel.

The hue of Five Rings is platinum, only a bare inch away from entirely clear. The rotational test shows me just what I saw with my previous specimens from this eliquid house. Let me take a moment to dispense with the notes about throat hit, visual vapor output, and vapor flavor carriage, as well, since those are likewise identical to the attributes of their siblings on Rune Vapor’s lineup.

One thing I do want to harp on again when it comes to the vapor, though, really briefly: the clouds. Holy plaid-wearing pinch-hitting god, the clouds. If you’re a cloud-chaser, you can take your pick of Rune Vapor’s offerings and it is going to be your ever-loving wet dream.

Let’s move on to the nose: What you’ll get when you crack the bottle for the first time and take a good, deep sniff is the banana and the coconut. Big and brassy banana and coconut sweetness right up front, and then that caramel, butterscotch and Bavarian creme sitting underneath like sidewalk under a deep July heat shimmer.

Those notes speak up louder in the flavor, though on the inhale it’s still all banana and coconut. It’s on the exhale that you get the caramel, cream, and butterscotch, but oh, boy do those show up clear and strong in that exhale.

Five Rings makes me feel like I need to come up with some kind of award to give to really, really stellar local vapes, so for the first time, I’m going to do exactly that:


Five Rings, for its sweet, creamy flavor, its astounding vapor production, and its overall satisfaction, gets a Sentinel Angel.


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Salty Dog:

Rune Vapor Says: “The initial contact is Captain Black tobacco, but don’t let that deter you, this is a statement of fact more than a description. The sweet exhale is a combination of six additional flavors and some of them include hints of cinnamon-milk, graham cracker, coconut, banana and butterscotch. None of these flavors being detectable from one another; all combining to make a smooth, unique and noticeably rare taste that you will fall in love with. But you make up you’re own mind. We hope you fall in a love with our Salty Dog and have a passionate affair with our edgy, sweet vaping flavor.”


With a description like that, it’s hard to not get excited about Salty Dog. We’ve already been over throat hit, vapor production and the vapor’s flavor carriage, so let’s skip right to the differences:


On the nose and in the flavor alike, what I get from Salty Dog is saltwater taffy. Now, that’s not a bad thing, but it is an unexpected thing. Does it vape well? Actually, hell yeah, it does. I get the saltwater taffy, but what I don’t get, I’m disappointed to report, is that Captain Black tobacco the description tells me about.

I definitely get the cinnamon milk, the graham cracker, and the butterscotch on the inhale, with the banana and coconut coming through on the exhale. But overall, what I get is so strongly speaking of saltwater taffy that I have a hard time coming out of a drag of Salty Dog with any real impression of anything else.


So now we come to the end of the adventure, and my recommendation. And here it is: If you love a savory vape — a break from the overload of sweetness you may find yourself dealing with after a day of vaping “cookies and cream” this, or “vanilla tsunami” that, or “chocolate quake” the other thing — Salty Dog will put your sweet tooth in its place with a powerful saltwater taffy spank.

On the other hand, if what you crave is smooth, buttery smooth banana, coconut, butterscotch and cream luxury, you owe it to yourself to get a hold of a bottle of Five Rings — just the very day that becomes available — and fire up that bad boy.

And while you’re at it, don’t deny yourself the pleasure of Lilith, Nether Gloom, or Viking Tobacco, either. Rune Vapor does liquid right, ol’ son, and you’ll do right to yourself to get you some.

Thanks for reading, and until next time, please remember to support this blog; do good work, and be good to yourselves and each other.

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F.U.B.A.R. Fugazi “Black Joe”

Black Joe


Today, I’ll be reviewing another snuff from F.U.B.A.R. (an American-focused branding from Dholakia.) This one will be F.U.B.A.R. Fugazi “Black Joe”, a coffee-themed offering. It’s one of the more unusual specimens in my (admittedly small) collection, and by the time we arrive at the wrap-up, I think you’ll understand why.





The packaging of Black Joe is the more traditional tin, 30g in this case. One issue I have with the tin is that it isn’t threaded, but instead the top sort of “pops off” the tin when you want to open it. That makes it a bit of a pain in the ass and, frankly, because of that top, I don’t take it out on the town with me.



The nose on Black Joe is what I would call “coffee-like.” That is to say that, while it’s clearly intended to be a coffee flavor, it falls far short of achieving anything more than a distantly passing resemblance.

What I get much more of here is a mix of about 20% wet coffee grounds and a 80% sugar. While this will do in a pinch (pardon the phrase), it’s not particularly exciting.



What I see when I look into the tin is a medium brown gros-grain. There’s a lot of moisture here, and the feel of the pinch is firm but soft and thick. Rolling this between thumb and forefinger pills the snuff easily, making it very easy to take the pinch.



This is where Black Joe begins to more strongly resemble its sibling, Toasted. The burn is strong and quick in arriving, though it fades quite quickly. It does catalyze strong mucus production which is equally as brief as the burn, so this one is a snuff you’ll want to have a handkerchief on hand for.



As with the burn, the rush of Black Joe is typical F.U.B.A.R., strong and quick but brief. The rush is more akin to a flash than a sunrise. It honestly leaves me somewhat underwhelmed because of that short duration.



The flavor doesn’t deliver much of anything beyond what the nose suggests. And that’s a shame, because I really wanted to like this one when I ordered it. A good snuff can really complement the flavor of food and drink, and a good coffee flavored snuff would have been something marvelous at breakfast.

Sadly, what Black Joe delivers falls a long mile short of being a good coffee flavor. What I get is that same weak coffee with a ton of sugar, with tobacco laying somewhere far beneath all those sugary drifts.


Recommendation & Conclusion

Would I recommend Fugazi Black Joe? No, I wouldn’t. This is a snuff I’ll finish, but I won’t be finishing it soon. If someone offered me a pinch at a party and I hadn’t brought my PV or a tin of better snuff with me, I could still take it or leave it.

That doesn’t mean I’ve given up on coffee flavored snuffs; it just means I’m not thrilled with this one. Hopefully in the near future, Mr. Snuff will have Abraxas Cafe 11 back in stock. I hear good things about that one, and if/when I get ahold of that, I’ll give you my thoughts about it.

Thanks for reading, and until next time, please remember to support this blog; do good work, and be good to yourselves and each other.

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Smokeless Comes To The Barnes & Noble Nook Reader

Smokeless cover final preview


After nearly six months of being featured exclusively on Amazon’s Kindle reader and apps, Smokeless has come to the Barnes & Noble Nook platform.

You can get it for Nook here for only $4.49, or in print for $18.29! 


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