Great treatment of trans characters in Dragon Age Inquisition

The newly released Dragon Age Inquisition has just about the best handling of transgender issues of any mainstream video-game title, handled with grace through character creation, cut-scenes, and play:

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The Savage Boy, Nick Cole's sequel to Old Man and the Wasteland

The Savage Boy

I read through Nick Cole's The Savage Boy in one sitting. This follow up to Old Man and the Wasteland is a great addition to the story.

Cole brings us back to his ruined, post-apocalyptic America in The Savage Boy. Much like the prior novel, we're introduced to a nameless character, this time "Boy" instead of "Old Man," who talks to an imaginary character in his head while wandering the wastelands. Boy was adopted by a former US Army sergeant, who largely tutored him in survival skills and common sense. Attempting to use those skills to complete the sergeants 28 year old mission and report back to I Corps in mysterious 'Oakland,' teaches Boy about good, bad and love.

It has been long enough since I read Old Man and the Wasteland, however and quickly the story came back to me at first. I was a bit surprised to see the story continued at all, the ending of the prior book seemed final to me, but this story slots in before the events at the end of Old Man and the Wasteland and helps it make a bit more sense. I have already started the third book, I believe it is the final in the series, The Road is a River.

The Savage Boy by Nick Cole

How famous artists would plate their Thanksgiving meals

Jackson+Pollock+Thanksgiving As imagined by Hannah Rothstein. The vomitastic splatter above is, of course, Jackson Pollock. [h/t Heather]

William S. Burroughs: "A Thanksgiving Prayer" (1986)

Uncle Bill, it's time for A Thanksgiving Prayer.

Tiny, transforming apartment made huge with massive wheeled storage-compartments

Yolanda Pila's tiny Madrid apartment is now a transforming, five-room space, thanks to the addition of novel, rolling, track-mounted storage units that hold all her possessions as well as a murphy bed, and can be rolled around to rearrange the space as needed.

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Found planetscapes: macro photos of dried up single-malt whiskey


Photographer Ernie Button noticed that the sediment from dried up single-malt at the bottom of his glasses was extraordinarily beautiful and set about creating a set of gorgeous, interstellar-looking photos documenting the residue from different whiskies.

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The Shibboleth, the sequel to The Twelve Fingered Boy

John Hornor Jacobs’s 2013 debut YA/horror novel The Twelve Fingered Boy established him as one of the scariest, most lyrical new writers for young people; with the 2014 sequel, The Shibboleth, Jacobs shows that he’s got lots more tricks up his sleeve, and each one is scarier and more thrilling than the last. Cory Doctorow just read it and now he’s sleeping with the lights on.

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Help Spider Robinson's daughter pay her cancer bills


Writer Spider Robinson writes, "My daughter Terri Luanna da Silva, a Stage IV breast cancer patient since 2011, is now in hospice in the Palliative Care wing of Middlesex Hospital, 28 Crescent St, Middletown CT 06457-36454. She is not expected to recover. (No visitors, please. But cards and flowers are welcome.)"

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The Expeditioners and the Secret of King Triton's Lair

SS Taylor and Katherine Roy’s adventurous YA series continues in a second volume that gets everything right: it’s a steampunked alternate history story that’s full of intrigue and light-touch, thoughtful critique of imperialism and colonialism, a story that lets you love your pith helmet while still questioning all that it stands for. Cory Doctorow (who loved book one) reviews the second Expeditioners book.

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For sale: every 8-bit Nintendo game


Shane writes, "@n8duke is selling his complete collection of every 8-bit Nintendo game (and some other NES things) for $25k.

Fundraiser tee: #000000 {lives:matter;}


$12: 1/3 of profits go to Ferguson Public Library, 1/3 to This Week In Blackness Media and 1/3 to Feed the Children of Ferguson. (Thanks, Clive!)

Solar system drinking glasses


The Planetary Glass Set comprises ten glasses (one for each planet, plus one each for Pluto and Sol) representing the bodies of our solar system, very very very loosely sized to express their relative dimensions.

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Global Net Neutrality Coalition


The Electronic Frontier Foundation has teamed up with organizations around the world to fight for net neutrality everywhere, because this isn't an issue that just affects Americans. You can help by finding a group in your country and joining in.

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KKK leader claims to have spoken to Ferguson law enforcement “off the record”

On a recent episode of Chris Hayes' MSNBC show, the host speaks with Frank Ancona, Imperialist Wizard of the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK.

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What happens when you pour 1200ºF molten aluminum into an anthill?

This. It's an archival clip from CBS Sunday Morning on the work of Florida State University biology professor Walter Tschinkel.

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