Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Collection, free Kindle edition

A couple of weeks ago I alerted you to the fact that the complete collection of Conan the Barbarian by Robert E. Howard was available as a free Kindle edition. You have probably read all 853-pages by now and are hungry for more stuff to read. Here you go: The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, weighing in at 1136 pages, is also available as a free Kindle edition. Happy reading! Read the rest

The 20 best anime movies not made by Studio Ghibli

Tofugu (where my wife Carla is exec editor) has a great article about the 20 best anime movies not made by Studio Ghibli (Totoro, Spirited Away).

19. REDLINE

Often times, "anime" is defined by its lack of motion. Redline punches this "limited animation" concept in its motionless face. It's easily the busiest, most overstimulating animated film we've ever seen.

A daredevil speedster named JP enters the Redline, a high-stakes, weaponized space race that nearly took his life. But first, he's gotta get back into racing shape to challenge the best in the universe with pure speed and guts. Along his comeback trail, JP meets Cherry-Boy Hunter, a young female competitor who unearths old memories. Can JP return to form in time for the Redline? Is Cherry-Boy Hunter friend or foe? Can JP survive the intergalactic conspiracy that saturates the race?

Sure, Redline's plot plays like a giant stone soup of anime tropes: space, vehicles, aliens, and giant pompadours. Check, check, and check. The film took seven years and 100,000 hand drawings to create, all that hard work paid off. Down to its pop-art presentation, Redline is anime pulp fiction at its best. What it lacks in depth, it makes up for with an adrenaline-fueled circus of speed and action.

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Nina Simone sings "Mississippi Goddam"

Banned in several Southern states after its release in 1964, Nina Simone's Mississippi Goddam remains relevant in today's United States. Read the rest

Real-life scenes designed to look like raytraced computer graphics

Still File: "a series of 4 photographs recreating computer renderings as physical scenes. The photos' artifacts, surroundings, camera settings and lighting has been shaped intending to resemble 3d graphics of different types."

Skrekkøgle's work is meticulous and required a deep understanding of optics, computer graphics and physical modeling! See the Flickr set too. Read the rest

Front seat and backseat charging with this USB charger

The Belkin Road Rockstar ($(removed) on Amazon) is a useful gadget for long road trips. It has four USB charging ports. Two ports are on the 12-volt adapter for front seat device charging, and two are in a unit attached to a 6-foot cable for backseat charging.

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Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown

From Wikipedia:

Bring Me the Head of Charlie Brown is an animated short directed and animated by Jim Reardon, who would later become director and storyboard consultant for The Simpsons. The cartoon was made in 1986 while he was at CalArts.

Probably apocryphal anecdote from the YouTube comments:

According to someone I know in the animation trade, Charles Schulz was shown this on video at an animation convention. Jim Reardon and friends supposedly managed to talk Schulz into watching the film to get his opinion. He reportedly sat silent and motionless as he watched it. After it was finished he stood up, cleared his throat, and said, "Very clever, very funny, but just don't do it again, okay?" That was it.

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House GOP abandons plans to kill independent ethics office in favor of 1% tax cuts and taking away healthcare

A day after using an unannounced, after-hours, closed-door session to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, the House GOP has abandoned its plans, partly because President-Elect Trump told them that while he believed that the Office should be dismantled, doing so now would distract from the urgent business of slashing taxes for the wealthy and taking away healthcare from 20 million Americans. Read the rest

Eternal Dragon Guardian of Time demands Hot Topic employee's soul

"What do you know of the old ways?" It's a natural question to ask of a Hot Topic employee.

Here's part two:

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Shark bites boy wearing "shark-repelling" magnetic armband

A magnetic shark-repelling armband has failed to repel a shark.

Zack Davis started surfing when he was a kid, and never had problems with sharks in that time. But he’s now recovering from a shark bite, after getting bitten for the first time while wearing his new shark repelling armband which he got for Christmas.

Now his mum wants a refund, after she asked him to wear the green band, which has magnetic technology that supposedly repels sharks.

The product, Sharkbanz, is claimed to cause an "intense" "unpleasant sensation" in sharks a meter from the swimmer, "becoming exponentially greater each inch closer." Once they enter the magnetic field," the Sharkbanz website promises, "they are quickly deterred."

They claim to have tested the bands on many species of shark, but unfortunately there's been some kind of mixup and the "research" page at the underlying tech company, Shark Defense, links to product concepts instead of peer-reviewed papers.

Some horrid cynics on the internet say it's a scam.

In any case, they charge $100 — a one hundred American dollars — for a magnet in a rubber band.

Jaws 2017

By Peter Benchley

PART 1

Chapter 1

The great fish moved silently through the night water, propelled by short sweeps of its crescent tail. The mouth was open just enough to permit a rush of water over the gills. The eyes were sightless in the black, other senses transmitting nothing extraordinary to the small, primitive brain.

The woman backed up a few steps, then ran at the water.

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Amazon Alexa gone wild

[NSFW audio] Amazon Alexa gets saucy, much to the consternation of a toddler's parents. Read the rest

Video explains what GitHub is and how it works

GitHub is service that helps groups of software developers make changes to code without screwing everything up. This is a good video that explains what GitHub is and how it works. Read the rest

Ka pow! Here’s a montage of summer blockbusters

Before you fully settle into 2017, take a moment (or four) to look back on the action-packed, drama-filled summer blockbusters of 2016. Film critic and video editor Amon Warmann put together this sleek montage of summer flicks set to Disturbed’s “Indestructible.”

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Rogue One’s Director Krennic loves his Death Star in this delightful cartoon

In just three panels, Eisner Award winning illustrator and writer Faith Erin Hicks captures the special relationship between Rogue One’s Director Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) and his beloved Death Star:

Hacks writes, "Director Krennic works so hard and no one appreciates him. At least he has his precious Death Star baby."

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Man sells $325 plastic baggies on Craigslist with free pot inside

“I am selling you an empty bag. Marijuana placed In that empty sandwich bag is simply a legal gift,” says a Massachusetts guy on Craigslist. Pot is now legal to possess in Massachusetts. It is not legal to sell it, but people are allowed to gift up to an ounce. An empty bag costs between $20 and $325, depending on the size of the free gift inside.

Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan said the guy is breaking the law. He told NEPR, “To say an empty baggie costs $350 is ridiculous,” he said. “I think it’s a clear fraud on its face.” Read the rest

Is this the best UK comedy sketch of the 1970s?

Dave Allen was an Irish comedian popular in the UK from the 1960s until his death in 2005. His reputation is as a cantankerous irreligious fellow, but this family-friendly moment is widely held to be his best sketch. Someone on YouTube thinks it's the best British TV comedy sketch of the 1970s. There's some pretty stiff competition on that front, if you ask me. (Mastermind, from The Two Ronnies, is the best British comedy sketch of the 1980s. Dead Parrot was 1969.) Read the rest

This purring cat might be the most soothing thing ever

http://wehavecats.tumblr.com/post/112325499178/saturday-morning-purr-sesh-make-sure-to-turn-on

This cat loves her blanket almost as much as I love this cat.

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Children are stupid. Be smart, and secure each room for a stupid person

Brock and Bowdy were doing what toddlers do: being stupid. In the process of trying to climb their dresser via the drawers, they tipped it over, pinning Brock. Luckily Bowdy was able to free his twin brother, but these incidents are common. Ikea recently recalled several dressers for the same problem that led to fatalities. If you know or care for seniors, you need to senior-proof their living spaces, too. Read the rest

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