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11 May 03:47

Fully-Functional TRON Lightcycle Sold For $77,000

by Chris Mills on Gizmodo, shared by Katharine Trendacosta to io9
Jon.9836

Holy moley!

If you’ve always had your heart set on a TRON Lightcycle — a working one, not a matchbox toy — you’d better start saving. The going rate (as much as there is a going rate for one-off movie-replica collectibles) is $77,000.

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28 Apr 13:47

Watch DARPA's Scary Self-Guided Bullets Swerve to Hit Moving Objects

by Jamie Condliffe on Gizmodo, shared by Ria Misra to io9

Military researchers at DARPA have been developing ammunition which can change its path in mid-air to ensure it always hits its target. Now, it can even correct itself mid-flight to hit a moving target.

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27 Apr 18:00

Alan Moore's Intro To His New Favorite Fantasy Novel Is A Glorious Rant

by Charlie Jane Anders

Alan Moore really, really loves the fantasy novel The Vorrh by B. Catling, which he calls the new century’s first landmark work of fantasy. He’s so spellbound by Catling’s strange vision, he’s written a long, beautifully ranty intro. Read Moore’s intro exclusively at io9 — and listen to him reading it aloud!

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22 Apr 16:00

Stylish Swimmers in Qingdao

by Amy Wolff
© Philipp Engelhorn © Philipp Engelhorn © Philipp Engelhorn © Philipp Engelhorn © Philipp Engelhorn © Philipp Engelhorn © Philipp Engelhorn © Philipp Engelhorn © Philipp Engelhorn

Qingdao, China, north of Shanghai, is a city of over 2.7 million people. Every morning, local swimmers gather at Qingdao’s downtown beach. Philipp Engelhorn brought his camera to the beach every day for a week to document their stylish attire. The homemade “funky” outfits are colorful, patterned and mismatched, but they also serve a purpose. “They are protecting themselves from the sun (as they do not want to get suntan) and from jellyfish stings,” Engelhorn told PDN via email.

Engelhorn used natural light for the series, shooting each portrait between 5:45 am and 8:00 am. “I was trying to shoot this as consistently as possible, without a whole studio set. The Chinese are very shy in front of the camera, and I would have never gotten these relaxed postures and attitudes with a full studio set-up.”

Inspired by a photo of one of the swimmers in a Chinese newspaper, Engelhorn thought this project would be a good way to try something new. Much of the Hong Kong-based photographer’s work is reportage. “Personal projects always work the best, are the most fun, bring the best PR,” he notes. “Working on assignments and jobs for too long can really kill or destroy your creativity. I think it is very important to go out and do projects to find yourself in your own photography once in a while.”

The series recently won Engelhorn second place in the 2015 LensCulture Portrait Awards.

Related: Big Donuts: Jim Mangan and Rally Car Driver Ken Block Put the Landscape in Motion

22 Apr 13:30

Dozens Of Dinosaur Eggs Unearthed By Chinese Road Workers

by George Dvorsky

A construction crew working in Heyuan, China have stumbled upon a remarkable batch of fossilized dinosaur eggs. Of the 43 discovered, 19 remain completely intact.

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21 Apr 20:58

Deadspin Do Not Fuck With Bees | Gizmodo Now You Can Download Your Google History—Or Better Yet, Del

by Jane-Claire Quigley
Jon.9836

Shared for the Gizmodo article, which I think a few of you would like to know if you don't already.

21 Apr 13:45

A New York Judge Has Granted Legal Person Rights To Chimpanzees

by George Dvorsky

For the first time in U.S. history, a supreme court has granted a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of two lab chimpanzees, effectively recognizing them as legal persons. While the future of the chimps has not yet been decided, it’s a huge step forward in establishing personhood status for highly sapient animals.

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20 Apr 16:33

Ant-Sized "Ant-Man" Billboards Pop Up in Marvel Marketing Stunt

Jon.9836

Pretty funny!

As the "Ant-Man" release date approaches, Marvel distributed tiny billboards around Australia to drum up hype for the "Avengers: Age of Ultron" followup.
20 Apr 19:40

Ebola Survivors Are Being Urged To Abstain From Sex

by George Dvorsky
Jon.9836

Interesting.

Until scientists learn more about the virus and how long it stays in the body, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking Ebola survivors to either abstain from sex or use condoms 100% of the time.

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20 Apr 15:13

"Weird Al" Yankovic Talks His "MAD Magazine" Dream Come True

"Weird Al" Yankovic guest-edited this month's issue of "MAD," and CBR News talked to the parody icon and "MAD" E-i-C John Ficarra about it.
17 Apr 04:13

Took less than one round of combat for Jon to kill my character. That's a new record.

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Took less than one round of combat for Jon to kill my character. That's a new record.

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16 Apr 00:30

World's Oldest Stone Tools Found, Predate Homo Genus By 500,000 Years

by Robbie Gonzalez


Researchers working in Kenya's archaeologically prolific Lake Turkana region claim to have uncovered a set of 3.3-million-year-old stone tools. That's 700,000 years older than the previous record, and predates evidence for the evolutionary origins of the genus Homo by half a million years.

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14 Apr 23:10

Welcome to Lankhmar: City of Thieves!

by Joel Kinstle
Jon.9836

Love this setting and I need to get the book and PDF of this. I'm curious how well the very cinematic SW system works for gritty Lankhmar.

Lankhmar_City_of_Thieves_Cover5inDanger lurks in every dark alley of the City of Sevenscore Thousand Smokes. Can your merry* band of misfits survive sinister sorcerers, treacherous rogues, mysterious assasins, and—most questionably—each other in your pursuit of money, happiness, and power? Are they really even three different things?

Your wait is ended, and Lankhmar: City of Thieves is now available for immediate PDF purchase and print preorder from the Pinnacle Web Store. Come to Fritz Leiber’s world of swords and sorcery, action and bravado! This all-new book contains details on the world of Nehwon and the City of Lankhmar, including Setting Rules, Savage Tales, monsters and foes, and persons of wide renown—including Fafhrd, the Gray Mouser, and their sorcerous sponsors.

You shouldn’t be caught dead in the Smokes without this book. Then again, you should probably avoid being caught dead anywhere. Knowing where you are and what’s around would probably go a long way to that end—consider grabbing the Lankhmar/Nehwon Poster Maps. One side details Lankhmar itself, center of the world of Nehwon, from the Plaza of Dark Delights to the dankest of docks. The other side brings you the whole world, from the lands of the East to the Steppes of the Mingols, from the Inner Sea to the Parched Mountains, and far more! Not only is the map ready to handle your adventures, but it’s wet, dry, and permanent marker erasable—”leave no trace behind” would be my motto if you could remember I was here…

* Merry is definitely optional. “Surly” and “lethal” are perfectly acceptable choices, among many others.

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13 Apr 00:00

Spice Girl

Haha, you'll see!
12 Apr 02:50

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12 Apr 03:54

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09 Apr 23:00

Learn How to Conduct Your Own Patent Search with This Infographic

by Patrick Allan

If you think you have an idea for an invention that’s never been done before, you might want to double check with a patent search before you work too hard on it. No need to hire a patent attorney yet, though, because you can check on your own.

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09 Apr 13:20

What Happens When You Get The Wrong Blood Type?

by Esther Inglis-Arkell

Being transfused with the wrong type of blood is incredibly rare, but it has occasionally happened. What does it feel like to have the wrong type of blood coursing through your veins? It feels like being doomed. Literally.

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08 Apr 10:30

How and did we start using "no" to mean "yes" — as "No, totally" or "No, exactly"?

by Katharine Trendacosta

How and did we start using "no" to mean "yes" — as "No, totally" or "No, exactly"? Kathryn Schultz at The New Yorker takes a deep dive into the linguistics of "Yes" and "No" and how English kept them and ditched their more precise brethren. [The New Yorker]

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08 Apr 15:40

An Extraordinary Photo Of A Bobcat Fishing For Sharks

by George Dvorsky

Earlier this week, a Florida resident was taking a stroll along Vero Beach in Florida's Sebastian Inlet State Park when he saw a bobcat staring at a shark that was feeding on smaller fish. But suddenly, the hunter became the hunted.

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06 Apr 16:40

A Chart Of The Most Common Colors In Paintings Over The Last 200 Years

by Ria Misra

Next time you're strolling through a museum, pay attention to just the colors of the paintings and the years. Notice anything? Paintings have been getting progressively bluer.

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04 Apr 22:43

New Monsters for D&D 5th Ed: Choker, Blazing and Decrepit Skeleton

by Jon
I had some time last night and today to do some fun things after finishing off a deadline earlier in the week, so I set about writing up some monsters from previous editions of D&D that I like, but haven't appeared in 5th edition yet.

As usual, these are my first passes at these critters, so if you have feedback or advice, I'd love to hear it. I think they're fairly balanced and correct, but I haven't yet run them in a game (thought I may soon!).

I wish I had some kind of graphic design program, so I could make a pretty PDF, but I don't, so instead you'll have to take this text-only PDF, if you want one.

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Choker                           

Chokers are small, cruel, and hate-filled monsters created long ago in the laboratory of some mad wizard or otherworldly being. They live underground or in heavily-shadowed areas that allow them to easily conceal themselves—both to keep them safe from predators and so they can attack from surprise. They are most often found in caves, tunnels, or the Underdark, but they’ve learned to live in large cities, specifically in sewers, crawl spaces, or other nooks and crannies that are easy to find in a city. Constantly on the lookout for food, chokers are nasty, evil creatures who prefer to work together to take down larger creatures before consuming them. Chokers have long, boneless arms and legs, more like tentacles than anything else, and walk with a strange, long, loping gait. While no taller than halflings, they look nothing like that race otherwise, instead they are gray skinned creatures with oversized hands lined with sharp spines, a hairless head with no nose, dark pits for eyes, and jagged teeth, and stunted feet with only a few long-nailed toes.

Nighttime Stalkers.During the daylight hours, chokers prefer to hide away, emerging from hiding only at night to hunt and inflict pain on others. Their preferred method of attack for a choker is to strike from surprise and wrap its pliable arms around its target’s neck, then slowly choke the victim to death. If attacking with others of its kind, one choker strangles the target while the others slash at it with their spiny tentacle-like arms.

Bauble Fascination.While not very bright, chokers are intelligent enough to understand that some things are valuable or important. Sometimes, this leads them to fixate on stealing a certain item from a person, like a brooch or shiny dagger, while other times a choker might become desirous of a fancy hat or cloak. As such, it’s entirely possible to find chokers bedecked in odd bits or clothing or secreting away odds and ends of uncertain value.
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Choker

Small monstrosity, chaotic evil

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AC 15 (natural armor)

HP 18 (4d6 + 4)

Speed 20 ft., climb 10 ft.

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Str16 (+3)   Dex 14 (+2)     Con 13 (+1)

Int4 (-3)       Wis 13 (+1)     Cha 7 (-2)

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Skills Stealth +6

Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 11

Languages Undercommon

Challenge 1/2 (100 XP)

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Quickness.The choker can take the Disengage or Move action as a bonus actions on each of its turns.

Actions                                  

Multiattack. The choker makes two tentacle attacks.

Strangle.Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 8 (2d4 + 3) bludgeoning damage, and a Medium or smaller target is grappled (escape DC 13). Until this grapple ends, the target is restrained and takes 5 (2d4) bludgeoning damage at the start of each of its turns, and the choker can’t strangle or use a tentacle attack against another target.

Tentacle. Melee Weapon Attack: +5 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d4 + 3) piercing damage.


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Blazing Skeleton                   

A blazing skeleton is the result of someone dying in a fire intense enough to reduce their body to smoldering black bones. The blazing skeleton is granted unlife due to the strong emotions it felt as it died or due to the presence of necromantic energy or evil linked in some way to fire or the hells.
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Blazing Skeleton

Medium undead, lawful evil

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AC 13 (armor scraps)

HP 26 (4d8 + 8)

Speed 30 ft.

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Str10 (+0)   Dex 14 (+2)     Con 15 (+2)

Int6 (-2)       Wis 8 (-1)        Cha 5 (-3)

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Damage Vulnerabilities bludgeoning, cold

Damage Immunities poison, fire

Condition Immunities exhaustion, poisoned

Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 9

Languages understands all languages it knew in life but can’t speak

Challenge 1 (200 XP)

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Explosive Destruction.The blazing skeleton explodes in a fiery blast when it dies, and each creature within 10 feet of it must make a DC 13 Dexterity saving throw, taking 7 (2d6) fire damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one. The explosion ignites flammable objects in that area that aren’t being worn or carried.

Fiery Aura.At the start of each of the blazing skeleton’s turns, each creature within 5 feet of it takes 3 (1d6) fire damage, and flammable objects in the aura that aren’t being worn or carried ignite. A creature that touches the blazing skeleton or hits it with a melee attack while within 5 feet of it takes 3 (1d6) fire damage.

Blazing Weapons.When the blazing skeleton hits with a melee weapon, it deals an extra 3 (1d6) fire damage (included in the attack).

Illumination.The blazing skeleton sheds bright light in a 10-foot radius and dim light for an additional 10 feet.

Actions                                  

Claw.Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 4 (1d4 + 2) slashing damage, plus 3 (1d6) fire damage.

Shortsword.Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit:5 (1d6 + 2) piercing damage, plus 3 (1d6) fire damage.


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Decrepit Skeleton                  

At one time the decrepit skeleton was a normal skeleton, but that was a long time ago. Now, so much time has passed that the necromantic energies keeping the skeleton animated have weakened and its bones have started to rot and fall apart. A decrepit skeleton creaks and bone dust falls from it with every motion. While they can still fight, they are weaker than other skeletons and shatter with almost any blow or crumble to dust when affected by the power of the gods.
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Decrepit Skeleton

Medium undead, lawful evil

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AC 12 (armor scraps)

HP 5 (1d8 + 1)

Speed 30 ft.

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Str10 (+0)   Dex 12 (+1)     Con 13 (+1)

Int4 (-3)       Wis 6 (-2)        Cha 3 (-4)

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Damage Vulnerabilities bludgeoning, radiant

Damage Immunities poison

Condition Immunities exhaustion, poisoned

Senses darkvision 60 ft., passive Perception 8

Languages understands all languages it knew in life but can’t speak

Challenge 1/8 (25 XP)

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Actions                                  

Claw.Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 3 (1d4 + 1) slashing damage.

Shortsword.Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit:4 (1d6 + 1) piercing damage.

Shortbow.Ranged Weapon Attack: +3 to hit, range 80/320 ft., one target. Hit:4 (1d6 + 1) piercing damage.

I hope you get some good use out of these!

26 Mar 23:00

The Most Essential Piece Of Writing Advice Ever, From Brian K. Vaughan

by Cheryl Eddy

Author Brian K. Vaughan took over the Panel Syndicate Twitter feed yesterday to answer questions. He shared info on his past and upcoming projects (including a "Y for yes" on whether there's been movement on that Y: The Last Man adaptation!!), but he also dispensed a wise bit of writing advice.

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03 Apr 22:31

Figures Toy Company to Release Reproduction of Mego Batcave

In addition to the Batcave, Figures Toy Company will sell an Aquaman vs. The Great White Shark set.
03 Apr 19:39

Here's A Map That Shows All The Future Megacities From Science Fiction

by Charlie Jane Anders

The cities of the future are massive, sprawling, beautiful monsters, covering entire coastlines — and in some cases, entire continents. Whether it's Judge Dredd's Mega-Cities or William Gibson's "Sprawl," future cities always devour land. Here's a map of future megalopolises.

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03 Apr 16:30

The Salary Required to Be “Middle Class" in Every State

by Kristin Wong

“Middle class” doesn’t have a definite, official definition. But the Pew Charitable Trust defines it as households that earn between 67 and 200 percent of a state’s median income. Based on this metric and some statistics, Business Insider came up with a list of how much you have to earn to be considered middle class, depending on your state.

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03 Apr 03:24

Finally trying Tragedy Looper. #gamenight

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03 Apr 14:49

Office Workers Brighten Drab Walls with Post-It Superhero Murals

Who hasn't wanted to cover their office with life-size pixel art of superheroes from Marvel and DC Comics?
03 Apr 16:29

ABC Eyes "Muppet Show" Revival

If all goes well, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the gang will return in a new variety series, co-written by "The Big Bang Theory's" Bill Prady.