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19 Sep 05:57

faster than a speeding bullet

by kris
Jon.9836

For my baby-having friends.

20140919-jorel

“krypton is going to explode in two weeks — ”

“okay he’s all strapped in! i’ll hit the ignition while you see what movies are playing”

17 Sep 07:07

Krispy Kreme 'Ghostbusters'

Krispy Kreme and Sony Pictures Consumer Products announced that Krispy Kreme will offer special Ghostbusters doughnuts from September 29th through October 31st.  
16 Sep 10:00

Teacher Asks Rapper to Give Teenagers Advice, He Delivers Fastest Response … Ever

by Dave Banks

“Dear Mr. Mac Lethal,”

That’s how the letter began to the Kansas City rapper (and dad), Mac Lethal, he of the untwistable and talented tongue. “My name is Mrs. Francine, I’m a 53-year-old high-school music teacher and I love your YouTube videos.” Mac Lethal has been rhyming over beats for more than a decade now, but his notoriety has been rapidly increasing the last few years as he has began pushing his music out over YouTube.

He gained extra attention when his Alphabet Insanity song (some adult language, but it comes so quickly, you might not catch it) hit his channel, showcasing his almost unbelievable style of rapid-fire rapping. The Internet took notice and it wasn’t long before he was featured on the Ellen DeGeneres show.

Mrs. Francine’s letter continued: “The problem is, I can’t play them for my students because they contain too many bad words. Would you consider making a fast rap video for my students, to inspire them to be great? With no bad words? … P.S. Do you like Mozart?”

The rapper read the letter and decided to respond. His effort addressed all of Mrs. Francine’s requests and deals out mostly really decent advice, while spitting out syllables faster than John Moschitta. Too often, rap music is disagreeable or obscene; even though it’s an art form that kids can really identify with. It’s nice to have something for the Mrs. Francines of the world. Good job, Mr. Mac Lethal.

 

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16 Sep 16:50

Marine Biologists Release Incredible Video Of A Borg-Like Sea Creature

by Mark Strauss

"I can't believe that's a living thing!" declares one of the scientists watching this stunning underwater footage of a siphonophore. The creature is not just one organism, but several that collectively serve various functions such as locomotion and even preying for food.

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13 Sep 17:00

These Wasps Built Their Colony On A Window – And The View Is Incredible

by Robbie Gonzalez

These Wasps Built Their Colony On A Window – And The View Is Incredible

Here's something you don't see every day: A glimpse at the internal structure of a rather large (and rather occupied) wasp nest. Put down the flamethrower and check it out. Trust us on this one, you'll want to see this.

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11 Sep 21:20

Alan Moore Just Wrote A Novel So Enormous People Can't Pick It Up

by Rob Bricken

Alan Moore Just Wrote A Novel So Enormous People Can't Pick It Up

The acclaimed author of Watchmen has recently finished his second novel, Jerusalem. Two interesting facts about it: 1) it's not set in Jerusalem, but Northampton, England, and 2) at over one million words, it's almost twice the size of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace. Moore has said he doubts people will even be able to lift it.

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10 Sep 10:00

Top Shelf Massive Graphic Novel Sale

by Jonathan H. Liu

Top Shelf Sale

It’s that time of year again—Top Shelf has a huge selection of comics on sale, with many titles listed at $3 or less. Top Shelf uses this sale each year to help fund the next year’s lineup. This year, they’re also including a digital option: buy a physical copy, and add on a digital for just a couple bucks.

You can get a copy of March: Book One for half price: it’s a fantastic nonfiction title about the civil rights movement that I mentioned in my Serious Comics series. A bunch of kid-friendly titles have been marked down to $5 a book: Owly, Korgi, Johnny Boo, and Dragon Puncher. And if you just want a taste of something to see if you’ll like it, there are a whole lot of single issues for a buck.

Have a look!

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05 Sep 15:00

The Eccentric Polish Count Who Influenced Classic SF's Greatest Writers

by Lee Konstatinou

The Eccentric Polish Count Who Influenced Classic SF's Greatest Writers

You've probably never heard of Alfred Korzybski, but he was famous in the mid-20th century. He didn't just invent a whole new science, he also had a huge influence on Robert A. Heinlein and a ton of other important science fiction authors. Author Lee Konstantinou brings us the strange tale of Count Korzybski.

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04 Sep 10:30

Headbutting Ram Takes Out Drone

by Katharine Trendacosta

Headbutting Ram Takes Out Drone

This ram is very lucky that this was just a quadcopter piloted by a man he could easily defeat when he came looking for it. If it had been the U.S. military, he would have been toast.

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04 Sep 17:30

Test If Your Batteries Are Dead By Dropping Them on a Hard Surface

by Melanie Pinola

Skip the battery tester and use this quick and easy way to test if your batteries are dead: Just drop them.

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01 Sep 21:57

Joss Whedon Show!

by Andrew
Jon.9836

Cool for Andy!


Hello all!  I will be showing at the Joss Whedon show at Gallery 1988!  You can read more about it here: http://nineteeneightyeight.com/

26 Aug 16:45

The 10 Most Gruesome Torture Techniques From Medieval Europe

by George Dvorsky
Jon.9836

Useful info for stories!

The 10 Most Gruesome Torture Techniques From Medieval Europe

During the Middle Ages, torture was considered a legitimate way to extract confessions, punish offenders, and perform executions. Some methods were considerably crueler than others — these 10 being among the most barbaric and brutal.

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26 Aug 05:42

DID IT HURT

by kris

20140826-modolk

WHEN YOU FELL FROM HEAVEN

a reminder! i will be at PAX this weekend in bandland, and all the details on my appearances and panels are in this handy post.

20 Aug 20:48

Quick 5e Character Generation Reference Thingy

by Zak S
I can't be the only one who wished, during character creation, these were all in one place for reference. So here you go, in the approximate order you need them…

All the 5e Races (p17)
Hill Dwarf
Mountain Dwarf
High Elf
Wood Elf
Drow
Lightfoot Halfling
Stout Halfling
Human
Dragonborn
Forest gnome
Rock gnome
Half-elf
Half-orc
Tiefling

All the 5e Backgrounds (p125) (it helps to pick background before class because then when you move to class and pick skills you don't pick skills you already have)
(Variants backgrounds in parenthesis)
Acolyte
Charlatan
Criminal
(Spy)
Entertainer
(Gladiator)
Folk Hero
Guild Artisan
(Guild Merchant)
Hermit
Noble
(Noble Knight)
Outlander
Sage
Sailor
(Pirate)
Soldier
Urchin

All the 5e Classes (p45)
Barbarian
Bard
Cleric
Druid
Fighter
Monk
Paladin
Ranger
Rogue
Sorcerer
Warlock
Wizard

All the 5e skills (p 174)

STRENGTH                WISDOM
Athletics                       Animal Handling
                                     Insight
DEXTERITY              Medicine
Acrobatics                    Perception
Sleight of Hand            Survival
Stealth

INTELLIGENCE       CHARISMA
Arcana                         Deception
History                         Intimidation
Investigation                 Performance
Nature                          Persuasion
Religion

Trinket table: p 159
Starting money: p 143
Armor: p 144
Weapons: p 146
Other gear: p 148
Spells: p 207
XP Table: p15


And here's a Random 5e PC Generator it doesn't roll and crunch the numbers but it does pick race, class, background, etc. The race and class has two versions--one that leaves out bards and gnomes because they suck and one that leaves them in because I am merciful.
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14 Aug 22:00

Why Does This Comic Book Hero Appear On So Many New Guinea War Shields?

by Vincze Miklós

Why Does This Comic Book Hero Appear On So Many New Guinea War Shields?

Lee Falk's hero the Phantom made his comic book debut in February 1936, but he also appears on dozens of traditional war shields made by people from the Central Highlands of Papua New Guinea between the 1960s and 1980s. Why?

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15 Aug 15:00

Five Things I Learned About Self-Promotion (Without Being a Spambot)

by Melanie Pinola

Five Things I Learned About Self-Promotion (Without Being a Spambot)

There's a reason "shameless" and "self-promotion" tend to go together: Few people enjoy promoting themselves or their work. It feels gross and shameful . Self-promotion gives me the heebie-jeebies too, but I've been learning to handle it better.

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04 Aug 14:15

Classic D&D Walkthrough Maps on Sale

by Ken Denmead
Jon.9836

Cool!

White Plume Mountain, by Jason Thompson

White Plume Mountain, by Jason Thompson


Back a few months ago I wrote about these awesome maps based on classic D&D modules. The illustrator, Jason Thompson got in touch to let us know they’re on special sale right now (he’s moving soon, and needs to do some clearing-out), so here’s your chance. Me, that White Plume Mountain is awefully tempting; I don’t know how many times I ran than dungeon. You can find them all here.

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04 Aug 09:13

Mantlo Gets Special 'Guardians' Screening

Marvel made it possible for him to see the film on opening weekend.
01 Aug 18:20

Adventure Time Artist Creates One Of The Weirdest Cartoons We've Seen

by Lauren Davis
Jon.9836

Pretty interesting, actually. I liked it.

Jesse Moynihan is a storyboard artist on Adventure Time and creator of the mythological mashup webcomic Forming. Now with Justin Moynihan, he's created his own animated short, about the disappointing daughter of emperor god of the universe.

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31 Jul 21:45

Michael Keaton's Birdman Movie Is Much Darker Than We Anticipated!

by Meredith Woerner
Jon.9836

Wow. This looks super interesting!

Get a good, long look at Michael Keaton's Birdman and behold the majesty that is this movie's insanity. We were already pretty excited about Alejandro González Iñárritu's dark comedy, but this trailer just upped the bar quite a bit. Damn, this looks good.

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28 Jul 21:00

All The Best 2014 Comic-Con Cosplay We Haven't Shown You (Yet)

by Rob Bricken
Jon.9836

Wow.

All The Best 2014 Comic-Con Cosplay We Haven't Shown You (Yet)

You didn't think we were done, did you? Sorry, Days One , Two , Three and Four barely scratched the surface of the awesome, brilliant, hilarious and otherwise amazing cosplay we saw at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Here's our final pics for the best of the con — feel free to add your favorites in the comments!

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25 Jul 18:40

Everything You Need To Know About The Amazing Batman '66 Blu-Ray/DVDs

by Rob Bricken
Jon.9836

Very cool. Great design.

Everything You Need To Know About The Amazing Batman '66 Blu-Ray/DVDs

Holy long-awaited cult-favorite show that until recently was stuck in a legal nightmare! The campy, outstanding 1966 Batman TV series will finally be released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 11th, and we've got the details on all the extra features and the goodies included in the complete series set.

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25 Jul 14:10

generalelectric: Pictured above is the world’s largest indoor...

Jon.9836

That's pretty amazing!







generalelectric:

Pictured above is the world’s largest indoor farm illuminated by LEDs, which opened this month in Japan. Inside, 18 cultivation racks reach 15 levels high, and are outfitted with 17,500 GE LED light fixtures developed specifically for this facility. The indoor farm can grow lettuce two-and-a-half times faster than an outdoor farm, and is already producing 10,000 heads of it per day. Read more about this breakthrough in modern farming at GE Reports.   

Can you imagine showing this to a farmer who was alive and planting just 50 years ago? They’d think we were space aliens.

22 Jul 21:20

Dear God In Heaven, Will Ferrell Is Making A Manimal Movie

by Rob Bricken
Jon.9836

YES!

Dear God In Heaven, Will Ferrell Is Making A Manimal Movie

I don't know if this news proves we live the in the best of all possible nerd worlds or the end times, but I know it proves something: Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions will turn the 1983 barely-cult non-hit TV show Manimal into a movie.

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22 Jul 14:30

China Seals Off City Of 30,000 People After Man Dies Of Bubonic Plague

by George Dvorsky
Jon.9836

Uhhh...

China Seals Off City Of 30,000 People After Man Dies Of Bubonic Plague

The Chinese city of Yumen in the northwestern province of Gansu has been sealed off and 151 people placed in quarantine after a man died of the bubonic plague — the bacterium responsible for some of the worst blights in human history.

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22 Jul 16:45

This Tree Is Growing 40 Different Kinds Of Fruit At Once

by Ria Misra
Jon.9836

That's a pretty tree!

This Tree Is Growing 40 Different Kinds Of Fruit At Once

This single (and quite colorfully blossoming) tree grows 40 different varieties of peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and even almonds — but just how does it do it?

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17 Jul 18:40

The Rosetta Spacecraft Is Headed for This Giant, Whirling Rubber Ducky

by George Dvorsky
Jon.9836

I heard about this on the radio this morning. Very cool.

The Rosetta Spacecraft Is Headed for This Giant, Whirling Rubber Ducky

Well this is...unexpected. You know that comet the Rosetta spacecraft is headed towards ? Turns out it's a two-fold comet — one that looks like a two-mile-wide rubber ducky tumbling through the depths of space. Landing the probe on this thing is going to be difficult, to say the least.

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17 Jul 15:40

Discovery Of 'Electric Bacteria' Hints At The Potential For Alien Life

by George Dvorsky

Discovery Of 'Electric Bacteria' Hints At The Potential For Alien Life

Microbiologists have learned that certain strains of bacteria are capable of using energy in its purest form by eating and breathing electrons. It's a discovery that demonstrates an entirely new mode of life on Earth — and possibly beyond.

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11 Jul 18:28

EXCLUSIVE: First Look at Covers for "Zenith" Collected Editions

Jon.9836

I want these soooo badly!

Rebellion's four-volume collection of Morrison and Yeowell's "Zenith" debuts in October; ROBOT 6 has an exclusive first look at the interlocking covers.
11 Jul 16:30

The Hubble Just Spotted This Odd "Star Bridge" Connecting Two Galaxies

by Ria Misra
Jon.9836

Cool space stuff!

The Hubble Just Spotted This Odd "Star Bridge" Connecting Two Galaxies

Using the Hubble telescope (along with the natural "zoom lens" of gravitational lensing ) researchers over at NASA spotted this odd star structure, which they're describing as similar to both a spiral bridge and a corkscrew-shaped string of pearls. Close-ups after the jump.

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