Urban druid


From the Secure, Contain, Protect dystopian collaborative fiction project, an image of an "urban druid" from The Victory Society, "believed to be Reverend Michael Hawshore." (Update: it's a crop from Dutch photog Cor Jaring's work)

SCP-1936 (via Bruce Sterling)

Skull facemask/kerchiefs


Florida's Ecologics makes a wide variety of skull-mask face-kerchiefs, some with metallic grills.

Replica bone-blade from Supernatural


Danielle and Kate, in Ridgefield, NJ, make and sell replica game and movie props, like this resin-cast, hand-painted, leather-wrapped bone blade from Supernatural (13.75", $120) -- also noteworthy is the Iron Man EVA Foam Gloves ($50). (via Geeky Merch)

READ: Lev Grossman's "Magicians" story from Dangerous Women 2

Dangerous Women 2, the second part of the paperback adaptation of George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois's fantastic 2013 anthology is now out (a third volume comes out later this month).

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Hulk and Wolverine cushion


From UK Etsy seller This Shop Really Rocks, available with stuffing or without, the Hulk Wolverine Cushion (with art directly printed on the fabric) -- also noteworthy: Princess Bubblegum, Alice finds a TARDIS; Beemo faces. (via Geeky Merch)

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Book of seashell scans bound in a seashell


Lauren Bishop made an "artist's book" of scans of seashells she found in Florida, bound inside a scallop shell. It's beautiful. (via Ellen Kushner)

New Net Neutrality tool connects you directly to the phone of senior White House staffers

Did Obama Break the Net? -- from the good people at Demand Progress and Fight for the Future.

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Geeky game-pixel handbag


Thinkgeek's $50 Pixelle Sprite Bag is a purse decorated with awesome, repeating 8-bit game-sprites. Comes in black with grey trim or white with tan and hot pink trim. (Thanks, Alice!)

Beautiful, easy animations of equations

Max writes, "I made a small 'web-thing' that renders a 100x100 square of colored pixels based on an equation input by the user. You can use it to explore mathematics, or just enjoy the pretty colors. All creations are easily share-able by copying the URL."

Harvard's crowdsourcing a century of astronomical logbook transcription


Simon writes, "I recently got a chance to interview and profile the people behind a collaboration between Smithsonian and the Harvard College Observatory who are crowdsourcing the transcription of logbooks for thousands of photographic plates. It's a massive undertaking that will give scientists access to a hundred years of astronomical data."

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Brianna Wu explains why #gamergate death-threats won't scare her into backing down


Frank Wu writes, "Brianna Wu, game developer behind Revolution 60, has been the epicenter of the #gamergate controversy recently. In this interview, she explains why, despite constant harassment and death threats, she stands up for the rights of women in technology."

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Secret Headquarters swag: esoteric gifts for comics nerds

From Secret Headquarters, east LA's amazing, wonderful comics emporium: "For the past 9 years, we have been making comic related t-shirts and other apparel, and with the holiday season steadily approaching, these would make some killer gifts for niche comic fans."


SHQ Cobra Shirt 100% Cotton - Hand printed in Atwater Village
Imagery inspired the classic World's Deadliest Fighting Secrets mail order "instructional booklet"!


APE SEX Shirt by Jaime Hernandez 100% Cotton - Hand printed in Atwater Village
First printing of Ray's shirt from Jaime Hernandez's ground breaking comic series Love & Rockets.


Hooch & Zines Beanie
The follow up to last year's "Coffee & Comics" beanie. Keep your brain warm while repping your two favorite things!

The Secret Headquarters — Goods!

Retro-computing and grieving


Paul Ford has written a haunting, beautiful essay about his voyage into the emulation of extinct, obsolete computers and the way that this has allowed him to come to grips with the death of an older friend and father figure, who helped him through a very difficult period of adolescence through their shared love of computers.

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Neil Gaiman: How I learned to stop worrying and love the duplicator machines

To celebrate the release of my new book, Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age, I’ve invited some of my favorite creators and thinkers to write about their philosophy on the arts and the Internet. Today, Neil Gaiman, author of the just-published Hansel and Gretel (with Lorenzo Mattotti), has granted kind permission to reproduce his introduction to Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free. -Cory

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