Transmetropolitan, the utterly brilliant sf comic created by Darick Robinson and Warren Ellis, has published its penultimate issue, closing the story-arc that's run since 1997 (1996?).
This is one of the best works of science fiction I've ever read, real big ideas stuff with a pathologically gritty perspective. There's loads of humor, stories that are touching and human, even when they're about transhumans.
Ellis wrote the story as a series of three-comic short stories -- every three issues closed a little story arc and advanced the overall plot. Even though the story came in these little bites, there was always a sense that the story was going somewhere. This wasn't the story of Peter Parker's twenty years in costume -- this was a story with a beginning, a middle and an end.
When I finished number 59 yesterday, I wanted to leap to my feet and applaud. Ellis is closing out the story with confidence and vigor, bringing together loose ends from the earliest books in the series, doing justice to a plot that I've been utterly engrossed in for five years.
There are six Transmet collections for sale today, each collecting six comics. I really hope that DC puts out an omnibus collection with all sixty books in it; this is the most engrossing comic I've read since The Watchmen.
This gadget does exactly as promised: it looks like a thumbdrive (sort of) and fries the circuitry of any computer it’s plugged into. It’s made from camera flash parts, is charged with a standard AA battery, and delivers a 300V zap of DC destruction to the port for all your USB-murdering needs. Note that this […]
The Cobham catalog, exposed by The Intercept, features countless pages of surveillance gadgets sold to U.S. police to spy on American citizens: tiny black boxes with a big interest in you. In the creepily bland feature lists and nerdy product names is a whisper of a dark future; perhaps darker than anyone can imagine.
This image depicts the most commonly-found stylesheet colors on the web’s top sites—Paul Hebert did an amazing amount of analysis and this is just one of the intriguing visualizations he came up with. Most of these are obvious staples, especially HTML red and blue, though it’s interesting how far the blue “cluster” is from the […]
Loot Crate is a totally different kind of subscription service that mails subscribers monthly boxes filled with curated geek, pop culture, and gamer paraphernalia. Its cult following awaits a box every month filled with everything from bobble heads to T-shirts to special edition collectibles. But nothing gets Loot Crate fans as excited as the limited […]
The ARMOR-X Mini Flexible Phone Tripod is a smartphone tripod that is designed with flexible legs to rest on virtually any type of surface. Other tripods have proved useless unless I conveniently have a flat surface in front of me, which is why this particular tripod was appealing enough to try out. The ARMOR-X is compact and easy […]
You don’t need to get an advanced degree and take out massive loans to become a coder. This bundle of 10 courses was designed to teach anyone to code at home for less than it costs to go out for dinner. I was particularly impressed with this new 2017 bundle because it includes courses on […]