Empress of the Sun: return to Ian McDonald's wonderful Everness

Ian McDonald’s Everness young adult books are everything you want in YA: adventure, romance, wild ideas and tense victories that make you pump your fist at the sky. In Empress of the Sun, McDonald takes the series up about four notches and show’s the sky’s the limit. Cory Doctorow raves about Empress of the Sun.

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Meet the ninja who protects First Look from the crooked spies it reports on


First Look Media was founded to report on sensitive, adversarial stories about the world's spy agencies. Imagine being the sysadmin in charge of ensuring that the spies being busted in the site's articles didn't hack the site itself.

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Hand-stitched Calvin and Hobbes embroidery


This amazing Calvin and Hobbes embroidery (embiggen) was a birthday gift from Laura Hatrich to her son; Hatrich sells on Etsy under the name Tiny Scissors and there are some tremendous pieces there. (via IO9)

Gradient fill tights


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BZR's Gradient Tights ($30) are a striking variation on the patterned tights trend, with beautiful shading that is like a photoshop filter for your legs.

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3D printable version of Marcel Duchamp's rare Art Deco chess-set


Marcel Duchamp's rare chess-set has been recreated as freely downloadable 3D print-files on Thingiverse, where the community is actively remixing them.

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What "open learning" looks like when it's for kids who need it most

It takes more than videos on the Internet to get kids engaged in learning to code, writes Mimi Ito.

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Batman bow-tie/hair-bow


The Leather Bat Bow from Dulcecalaveritas can work as a hair-bow or a bow-tie, if that's how you swing. (via Oh Gizmo)

Zombie eyeball flask


The Zombie Nation, a fabulous webcomic, has its own Etsy store, full of great zombie crafts (the zombie family decals are a steal at $1 each). But my favorite is this zombie eyeball flask -- I bought one from the Zombie Nationals in person yesterday in the Westercon dealers' room.

Crocheted Fourth Doctor dress


Tom Baker's Doctor Who scarf has inspired many textile projects, but Rebel AT's crocheted Fourth Doctor dress is a literal prize-winner.

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Painted "bookbenches" spring up across London


The National Literacy Trust has dotted London with painted benches that celebrate classic works of literature from Paddington to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy.

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Space Shuttle console ties


Even though I wear neckties about as often as I pilot spacecraft, I'm rather taken by Etsy seller Cyberoptix's Space Shuttle Console silk tie.

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Magnificent contraption: vacuum-cleaner/foam-ball particle accelerator

Niklas Roy's DIY particle accelerator contraption is based on vacuum-cleaner-powered pneumatic tube technology, installed in a beautiful glass pavilion located in the middle of a roundabout in Groningen, The Netherlands.

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Pomplamoose covers "Come Together"

Pomplamoose is heading out on tour, and they've celebrated with this wonderful cover of the Beatles' "Come Together."

Kickstarting a Lovecraftian game where the object is to stay sane and alive

Labratory's kickstarting a new game: "Shadows of Arkham," which is pure Lovecraftian Ameri-trash for people who know that you can't fight the Elder Gods, but you might be able to avoid mind-death if you're quick enough.

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