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Chuck Wendig's Zeroes: a hacker technothriller in the War Games lineage

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Chuck Wendig's new technothriller Zeroes is a hacker misfit tale in the lineage of War Games and Sneakers, true to the spirit (and often, the minutae) of security work, and exciting as hell to boot. Read the rest

What magicians, con-artists, and scammers can teach us about humility and humanity

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Before we had names for them or a science to study their impact, the people who could claim the most expertise on biases, fallacies, heuristics and all the other recently popularized quirks of human reasoning were scam artists, con artists, and magicians. Read the rest

Piracy gave me a future

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Poverty traps its victims in intellectual dead zones. I don't pirate games anymore, but when I needed it, it gave me access to the literature and artistic inspiration of my generation. Read the rest

Gallery: 13 images that helped define the look of the electronic age

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In INSIDE THE MACHINE: Art and Invention in the Electronic Age [W. W. Norton & Company], cultural historian Megan Prelinger guides readers through the history of electronics. Read the rest

How to make a beautiful MoMA-inspired necklace out of paracord

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Brooke Mackin of Signs & Marvels provides a slightly more affordable alternative to the Museum of Modern Art's golden mesh necklace. Read the rest

Hot Rod artist Coop is coming to Weekend of Wonder. Join us, get an exclusive wood print!

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We are thrilled to announce that our friend Coop, famous rock poster illustrator and fine artist, is joining us at our Weekend of Wonder extravaganza, September 18-20 in Riverside, California. Read the rest

Interactive movies make their glorious return

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In the 90s, games grasped at maturity with "real" video and actors. It was a weird but cult-beloved wrong turn—and we found a game that's revived it beautifully. Read the rest

TOM THE DANCING BUG: Nate the Neoconservative Gets It, and You Don't!

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH Nate the Neoconservative is the only Serious Thinker about policy and strategy! "Sigh!" Read the rest

This 1930s how-to on making novelties out of mice heads is perfect for the 21st century Internet

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Maker Mayhem: Low Moments in How-To History, Part 18 Read the rest

Andy Warhol, Virginia Woolf, and a Five Boy "Blow Job"

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Andy Warhol's early silent film and its connection to alcoholism, gossip, and Willard Maas' The Mechanics of Love. Read the rest

Real Stuff: "The Strange Saga of Hoggie and the Blossoms"

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"Like many other jocks in Moscow, Idaho, I did my drinking at Mort's Club." A true story from the 1970s. Originally published in Real Stuff #8, August 1992. Illustrated by Tony Fitzgerald Read the rest

Salt 'N' Pepa's Here...

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Introducing the baddest ladies of rap to the Hip Hop Family Tree in this week's strip. Spinderella comes later. More than one Spinderella, actually. Stay tuned. Read the rest

Felicia Day's "You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)"

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Felicia Day's memoir You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) starts off as a cute, snarky story about how a quirky upbringing turned Day into a nerd superhero; by the end, it's become an illuminating, frank look at the commercial realities, injustices and insecurities that everyone trying to earn a living online must confront. Read the rest

The best 'budget' barbecue grill I've found: Char-Broil Performance TRU Infrared 480

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I don't expect a $200 grill to last a lifetime. But it has to cook meats and veggies evenly, with good temperature control. And I found a pretty affordable grill that does that reliably. Read the rest

No girl wins: three ways women unlearn their love of video games

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My little sister just wants games to be for her exactly what they are for boys and men: easy to love. Why does that have to be so hard? Read the rest

The twisted history of the Happy Birthday song—and the copyright shenanigans that keep it profitable

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I've obtained the 1922 book that demonstrates this classic song should rest in the public domain. Read the rest

The Princess and the Pony, from Kate "Hark a Vagrant" Beaton

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It was a safe bet that Kate "Hark! A Vagrant! Beaton's first kids' picture book would be amazing, but The Princess and the Pony is incredible.

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