New Agatha H novel out today, capturing the action from Girl Genius webcomic


Carol writes, "The next installment in the Girl Genius prose novel series is out! Agatha H. and Voice of the Castle brings Agatha to her family's ancestral home, a sentient castle whose intelligence has become fragmented."

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Phish's concept concert based on Disney's "Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House"

For Halloween, rock group Phish traditionally creates a 'musical costume' by covering a classic album from music history. This year, the band created a new set of music based around the 1964 Disneyland album Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House. Interesting set of music with a cool stage design, the band uses the original narration and inspiration for the songs."

It makes for quite a concept album, to rival Kilroy Was Here and 2112.

Superheroes and sf characters in Dutch Renaissance style


Sacha Goldberger's "Super Flemish" series is a spectacular set of images of superheroes, sf movie characters and other futuristic figures (including some of his notorious aged superheroes) in the garb and affect of Dutch Renaissance portraits. (via Neatorama)

Driving a legobot with a simulated worm nervous-system

More news from the Openworm project, whose Kickstarter I posted in April: they've sequenced the connectome of all 302 neurons in a C. Elegans worm, simulated them in software, and put them to work driving a Lego robot.

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Sailor Moon hip-flask


The 8 oz stainless steel flasks are $27.50 and sport an etched Sailor Moon logo -- they come with a free funnel that the seller will etch with your name (or, presumably, any other pithy thing) at no added charge.

Rudy Rucker and Terry Bisson's "Where the Lost Things Are"


It's a hell of an sf story, about the advent of a life-extension drug and the ensuing ghettos of "geezers" who live on the margins of society, marching towards 100 and higher, avoiding armed teen vigilantes -- and the parallel world they discover.

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R2D2 measuring cup set (legs become measuring spoons!)


The $20 R2D2 measuring cup set decomposes into four measuring cups and his legs turn into four measuring spoons.

This set of R2-D2 Measuring Cups disassembles into 4 measuring cups plus 4 measuring spoons and reassembles in a snap (fortunately, it's not as complicated as C-3PO). Each has its measurement written inside so you can't forget what they are and handles on the back that don't distract from R2's aesthetic. The only problem we can foresee with these is that if you show somebody else your R2-D2 Measuring Cups, you may have to install a restraining bolt to keep them from wandering off.

R2D2 measuring cup set

(via Bonnie Burton)

What "the worst ride in Disney World" teaches us about media strategy


Foxxfurr's latest article on Disney theme park history is yet another amazing and insightful read that uses the tenth anniversary of Stitch's Great Escape ("the worst ride in Disney World") as a jumping-off point to show how the history of theme-parks, animation, the elusive 5-12 year old boy market, and the entertainment business all influenced one another.

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Mesmerizing rebuild of a mechanical Fourier calculator

Albert Michelson's harmonic analyzer -- a 19th century mechanical calculator that can do Fourier analysis with just gears, springs and levers -- was found at the University of Illinois, and then lovingly restored by a trio of makers who lavishly documented it in a book (free PDF/paperback/hardcover) and a mesmerizing video series.

Albert Michelson's Harmonic Analyzer: A Visual Tour of a Nineteenth Century Machine that Performs Fourier Analysis [Book]

Albert Michelson's Harmonic Analyzer [Youtube]

Albert Michelson's Harmonic Analyzer (book details) [Free PDF]

(via JWZ)

Doctor Who 10th Doctor kigurumi/romper suit


Looking for a stylish, science fictional romper-suit/kigurumi to lounge in this winter? Thinkgeek's $40 tenth Doctor lounger is just the thing.

Crowdfunding Blood and Snow: indie zombie movie

Thom sends us an "Indiegogo flexible funding page for BLOOD & SNOW, a horror thriller creature feature film set in Alaska at a lonely ex-military research station, where 5 scientists discover something beneath the ice that is alien in origin."

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X-Wing Fighter knife-block


Thinkgeek's $100 X-Wing Fighter knife-block comes with five kitchen knives of unknown quality (my guess is fair-to-middling, but they sure are shiny) and is a striking (if potenitally dangerous) way to display your kitchenware.

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Zombie book-ends


Thinkgeek's $20 Zombie Bookends are reminiscent of the Knob Creek Metal Arts line, but are less than one third of the price (though Knob Creek has much better sight-gags).

Handmade Dishonored masks


You've got until Dec 7 to pre-order one of Rob De Maio's handmade, incredibly detailed masks from the game Dishonored. (via Geeky Merch)