Justin Hall at XOXO

Justin describes his life as an early Web writer, why it made him happy and how it nearly destroyed him, and who it turned him into. It's a talk that's uplifting and sad and funny and absolutely worth your time. (via Waxy)

Massive, tentacle-covered annotated works of HP Lovecraft


Les Klinger's enormous volume has earned critical praise from Neil Gaiman, Gahan Wilson, Peter Straub and Harlan Ellison; the book is big enough to stun an (eldritch demon) ox, and is introduced by none other than Alan Moore.

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Democratic schools: trusting kids to direct their own learning


Maria writes, "Freedom and responsibility are considered two sides of the same coin at democratic schools, where students direct their own learning. Students are involved in hiring staff, deciding school rules and enforcing them."

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Darkmatter: a secure Paranoid Android version that hides from attackers

Stock Android phones with the Darkmatter OS use encrypted storage, OS-level app controls, and secure messaging by default, but if the phone thinks it's under attack, it dismounts all the encrypted stuff and reboots as a stock Android phone with no obvious hints that its owner has anything hidden on it.

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"Tie the knot" wedding invites that include a self-tying knot


Designer Cristina Moraleja created these clever 2011 wedding invitations for her clients Lois and Cris.

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HOWTO make a "cyber tank girl" Hallowe'en costume

Becky Stern's created a totally awesome "cyber tank girl" costume based on electronics components from Adafruit, centered around a flexible, LED-lit 3D printed bandoleer. I saw much of her costume in person in NYC this week and it looks this good in person.

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Kickstarting Haphead, a science fiction web series about gamer culture

Haphead, the wonderful science fiction webseries about gamer culture that I wrote about in March, is kickstarting a budget for kick-ass post-production. It's from Jim Munroe, who made Ghosts With Shit Jobs.

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WATCH: Comedian Dies: horror-slapstick

George Pfau writes, "Comedian Dies is a video collaboration between comedian Caitlin Gill and me. Inspired by zombies, slapstick, stock jokes, and the vulnerability that a stand-up comic experiences, we made this with the help of comic/sound artist Drennon Davis." (Thanks, George!)

Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Doubt Factory"

From one of science fiction’s most versatile writers comes a caper novel about corporate sleaze and net-savvy guerrilla activists that is as thrilling as it is trenchant. Cory Doctorow reviews Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Doubt Factory.

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Dronecode: Open, community-maintained firmware for UAVs


Dronecode started as 3D Robotics' free/open codebase for UAVs, and it has grown to the point where it has flown off on its own, with a formal, community-run board and an ambitious roadmap for the future.

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Great makerish Hallowe'en projects from Evil Mad Scientist Labs


The nicest mad scientists on the net have collected years' worth of projects into four categories: costumes, pumpkins, decor and food.

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Cory's in Princeton and NYC today

Just a reminder that I'm on tour with In Real Life, the graphic novel Jen Wang and I made -- I'll be in Princeton at Labyrinth Books this afternoon, and at NYC's Strand Bookstore tonight. I'm crisscrossing the globe for the next six weeks: full list here.

Anatomical diagram cushion-covers



These vintage anatomical diagram cushion covers are $25/each from Manchester's My Wife Your Wife: there's the finger cross-section, the hair follicle, and the throat and mouth cavity.

(via Geeky Merch)

"Bengal Boy" conjoined skull gaff


One of the highlights of each New York Comic-Con for me is seeing the latest gaffs and replicas from the Gemini Company (previously) -- this year's highlight was the $400 "Bengal Boy" conjoined skull gaff, shown here.

Prince Robot IV cosplayer spotted again!


Today at New York Comic-Con I ran into David Atkinson, aka our favorite cosplayer from Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples's Saga: Atkinson was out promoting Gathering the Debris, a site of entertainment news and reviews.