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


Nerd hero and all-round awesomesauce dispenser Felicia Day has announced a memoir, You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), which will be published in 2015.

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Hand-illuminated edition of The Silmarillion


Benjamin Harff produced a hand-illuminated edition of Tolkien's The Silmarillion (a famously dense set of myths and background for Middle Earth) as a final project at art school; in this interview, he explains his motivation and his process.

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Now I Know More: the revealing stories behind even more of the world's most interesting facts

Last year I reviewed Dan Lewis' book, Now I Know: The Revealing Stories Behind the World's Most Interesting Facts. Dan recently released a followup title, called Now I Know More, and like its predecessor, it's chock full of fascinating true stories about things you thought you already knew about.

In this volume, you'll learn:

  • Why Congress gets free pornographic magazines
  • How to steal the Empire State Building
  • What not to do with a check for a million dollars
  • About the college student who micro-funded his scholarship

And 97 other strange-but-true stories.

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World War 3 – It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I don’t feel fine

Since 1979, World War 3 Illustrated has been a forum for those who chafed at the treacly bromides of Ronald Reagan, who heaved on the endless hypocrisy of religion, who were seriously cheesed at the presumption of male politicians to deny woman their reproductive rights, and who had nothing but contempt for the fearmongering that followed the tragedy of 9/11.

But in the hands of founders Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper, along with an ever-changing roster of new and returning artists—from Eric Drooker, Sabrina Jones, and the late Spain Rodriguez, to Sue Coe, Art Spiegelman, Chuck Sperry, and Tom Tomorrow — World War 3 has been more than a vehicle for artists to vent their anger, although many of them have done that exceedingly well. More importantly, World War 3 has been a place to build a counter narrative to the pablum ladled into the trough we know as the mainstream media, a place where the most unflinching and searing critiques can bud and flower before blasting the corpulent ruling classes to smithereens.

See sample pages from World War 3 at Wink

Lawquake! Judge rules that explaining jailbreaking isn't illegal


A federal judge in New York has ruled that telling people where to get DRM-removal software isn't against the law -- it's a huge shift in the case-law around DRM, and it's an important step in the right direction.

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The creator of those great 1960s kooky car and monster models

If you’re a fan of 1960s lowbrow culture you know his art, but you might not know his name or his story. This large full-color book is crammed with the fabulous Weird-Oh art of Bill Campbell.

Ed “Big Daddy” Roth was probably more famous for his Rat Fink character and wild custom cars, but Bill Campbell had just as big an influence in the kids’ world of models and toys – and according to this book, was actually first! The history of Hawk models is explored from early plane kits to their breakout Weird-Ohs models: “car-icky-tures” of kooky characters in crazy vehicles like Digger, the Way Out Dragster.

Campbell went on to create whole weird worlds of sports figures as well as his spin-offs Silly Surfers and The Frantics. The book features reproductions of sample tooling photos, early sketches, renderings and illustrations, package art, fine art paintings, and sculpted dioramas. Did you know there even was an all-CGI TV show of the Weird-Ohs in 1999? And get a load of the sketches and plans for models that weren’t produced: the Weird-ohs that never were. I also enjoyed reading about Campbell’s adventures in “Mad Men” era advertising (like getting stiffed by the Keebler elves!). Just like with your old Weird-oh models, your mom won’t like this new book, either – but you will!

See sample pages from A Weird-Oh World: The Art of Bill Campbell at Wink

BOOK: Incredible LEGO Technic: Cars, Trucks, Robots & More!

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Pawel "Sariel" Kmiec's Incredible LEGO Technic: Cars, Trucks, Robots & More! is an inspiring gallery of amazing LEGO creations. Using the Technic system, and years of experience, Kmiec's work is stunning.

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The high cost of being poor

An excerpt from Linda Tirado's 2014 book Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America lays out some of the ways that being poor costs more than having a comfortable income -- it's more than having to pay for high daily rents in a motel because you can't afford first-and-last.

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Bill Gates: the best books I read in 2014

Philanthropist Bill Gates recommends five favorite books he read this year.

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High court rules that English/Welsh prisoners should be allowed to read books


Tory justice secretary Chris Grayling enacted a ban on sending reading material for prisoners as a way of throwing red meat to his base, who bay for maximum cruelty to "bad people" -- but a high court judge agreed with English PEN and the John Howard society and struck down the ban.

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Brian Krebs's "Spam Nation"

In Spam Nation: The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door, Brian Krebs offers a fascinating look at the mass-scale cybercrime that underpins the spam in your inbox and provides an inside peek at a violent fight among its principle players. Cory Doctorow reviews.

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The 10 best adventure novels from 1965

Joshua Glenn shows why 1965 was a very good year for science fiction, comic books, and spy novels.

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Custom literary matchboxes for chasing away poo-gas


From Burlington, VT's Dippy Lulu, Literary Lites are custom-made matchboxes that look like Penguin classics, with punny, poop-oriented titles, intended for use in the bathroom to light after particularly stinky Number Twos. They come in six, color-coded sets of three match-boxes each.

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Second Avenue Caper: When Goodfellas, Divas, and Dealers Plotted Against the Plague

In Second Avenue Caper: When Goodfellas, Divas, and Dealers Plotted Against the Plague, “Ray” recounts his brave, quixotic, tragicomic adventures as an experimental AIDS drug smuggler who funded his operation by selling weed out of his New York apartment, during the early years of the “gay plague.” It’s a strangely fitting subject for a graphic novel, and Joyce Brabner and Mark Zingarelli graphic novel make it work as a history book that’ll make you laugh and cry. Cory Doctorow reviews.

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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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