DMZ comic t-shirt

LA's Secret Headquarters (best comic shop in town!) has a limited supply of t-shirts based on Brian Wood's wonderful DMZ comics. They bear a sterling Wood illustration on the outside, but can be reversed to reveal the word "PRESS" screened in white on the inside, for those moments when you want to be identified as a non-combatant. — Read the rest

HP covers printer's USB port with warning sticker to make sure you don't go right ahead and use it

HP wants you to print things through its cloud service, wherein you pay a subscription fee for ink and your usage is routed through its servers. To encourage you to do this, it covers the USB port on one model with a sticker with a No Smoking-style "No USB" logo on it–lest you simply plug in your printer and start printing things with it before you've endured the hard sell via network setup. — Read the rest

Train to nowhere and dead-eyed stares: my visit to the Korean demilitarized zone

(Photos by ©Mark Cerulli, all rights reserved)

US Army Private Travis King's apparent defection to North Korea earlier this month during a routine DMZ (demilitarized zone) Tour immediately brought back memories of my 2016 visit to the highly fortified border.  Although my tour was calm, even tranquil, it was easy to see how someone could rush the border if they wanted. — Read the rest

Celebrating the 35th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation with mixed-media meme art

Andrew Wodzianski is a DC-area artist whose work often riffs off of nerdy pop cultural touchstones and ephemera. His pieces make references to comic books, 8-bit video games, monster movies, and tabletop gaming.

To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation, September 28, 1987, he created pieces of meme-styled art that draw inspiration from the Star Trek coloring books and ship blueprints of his youth. — Read the rest

Black Friday is dropping by early this year for huge savings on 30 great items

For the Black Friday lovers out there, we understand this year is going to be hard for you. All the old rules about scouting doorbuster deals, camping out, and planning your post-Thanksgiving shopping tactics are no more this year. 

But don't worry – just because there's no physical doorbusting going on this year doesn't mean you can't be digitally doorbusting with the same gusto. — Read the rest

Calexit: a fractured California, where militias and the DHS battle the resistance in Trump's future America

The first time I encountered Matteo Pizzolo, Amancay Nahuelpan and Tyler Boss's comic Calexit, I was skeptical: California separating from the USA is an incredibly stupid idea, predicated on innumerable misconceptions (including the idea that the state that gave us Nixon, Reagan, and Schwarzenegger is uniformly progressive, and also the idea that "the world's sixth largest economy" wouldn't radically contract the instant it lost access to the rest of the country, including the Atlantic Ocean). — Read the rest

What inspired the Hamilton stage "turntables"

If you've seen Hamilton (and I haven't, not live anyway… I've only seen a bootleg on YouTube of it), you've probably marveled at its incredible stage and how they used it to propel the story. I was particularly impressed with the staging in the "Satisfied" scene when the floor's "turntables" started rotating — in coordination with the actors and music — to relay that the character's are "rewinding" to another place and time. — Read the rest

Little Brother in the New York Times

Austin "Soon I Will Be Invincible" Grossman's written a fantastic review of my young adult novel Little Brother for this weekend's New York Times book review section. Incidentally, the book went into a fifth hardcover printing last week, and is going back for a sixth printing next week because so many orders came in between the fifth printing being set up and it being delivered! — Read the rest