Ben Marks of Collectors Weekly says: "Our resident shellac-record expert, Lisa Hix, has just finished a lengthy interview with Amanda Petrusich, whose Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records was published last month by Scribner. Read the rest
Rockets fire in this short video captured by the test vehicle for NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project. The rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle's flight occurred in late June from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii.
The goal of this experimental flight test, the first of three planned for the project, was to determine if the balloon-launched, rocket-powered, saucer-shaped, design could reach the altitudes and airspeeds needed to test two new breakthrough technologies destined for future Mars missions.
More about the test flight at NASA's website.
The 2013 median salary for people graduating with bachelor's degrees in journalism graduates is $32,000 in most of the US. Read the rest
The cover art for the forthcoming Penguin Modern Classic edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is deeply freaky. Read the rest
Admit it, you've eaten them too. Read the rest
Parents in Fremont, California are alarmed and demanding the removal of a health textbook that talks about masturbation, foreplay, vibrators, oral sex, and erotic touch, as well as other sexual education topics such as bondage.
Teri Topham, whose daughter is going into ninth grade in Fremont and who teaches high school at a Fremont charter school, said she would throw the book, titled Your Health Today out. "I flipped through it and saw sections that mentioned bondage with ropes and handcuffs," Topham said. "Not only does it have material that is too explicit and inappropriate, it doesn't meet their need for their ages. I am astounded the health teachers and school board said, 'yes, this is the best book we could find.'"
The school is planning to keep the book. Read the rest
The weekend of August 22-24, I'll be in Washington, DC speaking at Intervention, a conference about geek creativity online, from comics, games, and blogs to videos and podcasts! Mark participated last year and had a terrific time, so I'm really looking forward to it. From the conference description:
Intervention is different from every other event you have ever been to. Our name is the combination of the words “Internet” and “Convention” but the significance is deeper than that. The entire idea of this event is to Intervene and Inspire everyone to live a more creative, geeky, and fun life within the welcoming scope of a traditional geek convention.