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The first conspiracy theory wormhole I really remember falling down was the one about Andrew WK being replaced by an actor, either because of contractual disagreements, or the Illuminati, or something more insidious, depending on who you ask. It was the commitment to the verisimilitude of the fiction that really drew me in. I enjoy… READ THE REST
This wonderful Tintin illustration by Hergé sold at auction last week for around $3.84 million, making it the most expensive piece of comic book art in the world. Hergé created the art with ink, gouache, and watercolors as a cover for his 1936 comic The Blue Lotus. From Smithsonian: Per the Associated Press, Hergé's publisher told… READ THE REST
Alan Moore and Frank Miller are perhaps two of the best known comic book creators—or at least, two with the most notable personalities. They've both had their properties—creator-owned, and otherwise—adapted into hit movies (for better, and for worse). And they've both been known for expressing, erm, shall we say, unpleasantries and other controversial opinions. But… READ THE REST
If you live in a home without a fireplace, you probably aren't in the minority anymore. In fact, more and more residents don't have that home feature that used to be a central source of warmth, light, and food preparation for centuries. Just this century, the percentage of new single-family homes built including a fireplace… READ THE REST
By the time you feel the burn coming from the bottom of your dangerously overheated laptop, it might already be too late. Airflow is hugely important in making sure the hard-charging components inside your laptop stay cool so they can keep functioning properly. But, without adequate airflow, your processor and battery can build up tremendous… READ THE REST
Learning to play an instrument like the piano can be amazingly rewarding. However, it just as often turns out to be amazingly frustrating. We all have visions of sitting down to learn, then being able to toss off a note-perfect version of something like Beethoven's Fur Elise or Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody in short order. While… READ THE REST