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August 2010

  1. OMG Full-On Double Batmans! What Does It Mean!?

    Today, DC Comics allowed the New York Post to break some surprise news: as of this fall there will be two Batmans. If you can call it a surprise, since the covers of DC's November comics were released about two weeks ago and feature two different Batman costumes. Fan speculation was already off and speculating that this would mean that instead of Dick Grayson giving up the cowl when Bruce Wayne gets back, there might be some sort of timeshare agreement. So. Keeping up with Batman continuity is the reason I started buying monthly comics, and now it looks like it's going to be the reason I severely cut back on my monthly comics. I'm going to elaborate below, and I'm going to try to keep it down to a conversational level of nerdrage. I'm also going to try to keep from getting really depressed. So. Lets talk about continuity. (Yes, the plural of Batman is Batmans. Because it is a name. If you knew a family whose last name was Wolf you wouldn't call them the Wolves, would you?)

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  2. Homer Simpson vs. Army of Darkness

    This is as excellent as a 21st century boomstick. By DeviantARTist quadrophobia as part of a charity fund-raising art marathon project. Hit the jump for the whole poster.

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  3. Microsoft to Raise Xbox Live Subscription Fee

    Without explanation, Microsoft's Major Nelson has announced that they are planning to raise their Xbox Live Gold subscription fees beginning November 1st, 2010. In the United States, a one month Gold membership will increase from $7.99 to $9.99, a three month gold membership will increase from $19.99 to $24.99 and the one year membership will increase from $49.99 to $59.99. The price increase affects other territories as well, including Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

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  4. This Beer Is Also a Musical Instrument

    Chris Mufalli and Matt Braun have devised an instrument that you can drink in the form of Tuned Pale Ale. It's not that the brew itself has any magical properties: Rather, the beer's label is covered with a musical scale that lets you track what note will play when you blow over the bottle's mouth.

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  5. Acclaim Circling the Drain

    As of August 26th, 2010, anyone who visited Acclaim's website was greeted with a fairly solemn message stating all of their games will no longer be in service.

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  6. What Happens When You Take a Cellphone Video of a Plane’s Propellers?

    You get this: It looks like the plane is shedding propeller blade after propeller blade. (Hopefully, it isn't.) The rolling shutter effect in action.

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  7. Paper Rings Made from Books

    It might not look it, but the ring above is literally made from the pages of Oliver Twist. Artist Jeremy May has devised a process for transforming books into jewelry using a "unique laminating process."

    Littlefly jewellery is made by laminating hundreds sheets of paper together, then carefully finishing to a high gloss. The paper is selected and carefully removed from a book, and the jewellery re-inserted in the excavated space. Each piece is impossible to replicate, and is unique to the wearer. The beauty of the jewels extends within the piece: text and images pass all the way though the object, only exposed at the surfaces – giving a tantalising glimpse of the book within.

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  8. Pirates of Dark Water Finally Coming to DVD Tomorrow

    Chunga lunga! Seventeen years after the premature cancelation of the dark, weird, and wonderful Pirates of Dark Water, all 21 episodes from the show's original run will be coming to DVD as of tomorrow. We may not know what happened to the last five Treasures of Rule, but this is a decent consolation prize. TV Shows on DVD:

    Warner Brothers is releasing Pirates of Darkwater - The Complete Series on ... August 31st. Cost is $29.95 for a 4-disc set, which runs 462 minutes long for all 21 episodes of the show's run in the early '90s. Pirates of Darkwater - The Complete Series will not be available in local stores, but instead is found exclusively at Warner's online outlet, The WB Shop (, and is available to pre-order right now (when you land at the site, just use the "search" field in the upper right and start typing in "Pirates"; it will auto-fill in with the title for you to click on). You can pre-order your copy this minute, and it will ship out beginning next Tuesday.

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  9. Hipster Dinosaurs

    Musician Molly Lewis has gone through a bunch of old coloring books and exposed dinosaurs for the tweed-wearing, PBR-sipping hipsters that we always knew they were.

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  10. The Rebellion Against Digg v4

    If the comments on almost every Digg frontpage article are to be believed, today marks the day that many Digg users plan to jump ship, if they haven't already done so. "Make RIPP DIGG your profile image Monday is Abandon Digg Day," reads one often copy-pasted comment. Many commenters extol the newfound virtues of Digg's sorta-rival in the social bookmarking business, Reddit, which recently struck a rebellious, pro-user pose by defying its corporate masters at Condé Nast and running free advertisements in support of Proposition 19 when Condé forbid it to "benefit financially"off of the issue of relaxing anti-marijuana laws. Since last Wednesday, when Digg underwent a major overhaul and became Digg v4, the grievance against the site has been that it's sold its user base out to big publishers and advertisers. Whereas Digg content used to be driven by user submissions, now, publishers automatically submit articles via RSS feed, from whence they get Diggs up -- the unit of social currency that determines what content makes it to the site's front page -- primarily from their "followers," the users who subscribe to their feeds. The new Digg looks, therefore, like a mix of Facebook, Twitter, and RSS. Is the new Digg as broken as its detractors are saying? The front page, for its part, does not make the new Digg look like a site that anyone would want to read.

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  11. People Reading Comics In Public

    We hope you read some comics yesterday? Perhaps somewhere where you could be seen by strangers? Perhaps you also put some pictures in the International Read Comics In Public Day Flickr feed? If not, there's always next year. Or today. Or tomorrow. We read ours on the train on Friday mornings. The creme of the crop, below.

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  12. Geekolinks: 8/29

    No Half-Life Movie Unless Valve Makes It (1Up) Fallout: New Vegas Has Robot Sex (GameInformer) Yoda's Head is a Cake, Your Argument is Invalid (instructables) This is a $10,000 Game of Pinball (Tilt Warning) Timelapse Photography of the Day (Geeks Are Sexy) The 10 Greatest Fictional Inventors (Gizmodo) Mission: Impossible IV Casting (Bleeding Cool) (image via Toycutter.)

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  13. The 2010 Harvey Award Winners

    The Harvey Awards, the American comics industry's in-house awards show, was last night. For the second time, the MC was the internet's own Scott Kurtz, writer and artist behind PVP, occasionally known as the granddaddy of webcomics. There was even a bit of controversy, after Mark Waid's "impassioned speech about copyright and what its intent truly is" which contained a reminder to the comics industry to "not make the mistakes of the RIAA and the movie industry." According to Bleeding Cool,
    Sergio Aragonés was later to counter Waid’s theme face-to-face which led to a rather loud contre temps between the two and a bit of a storm off on Waid’s part, with Aragones acclaiming that you don’t just give your work away.
    Aragonés, if you're looking for a contextual touchstone, is a veteran of Mad Magazine and the creator of Groo the Wanderer, while Waid wrote The Flash for eight years, and was the writer behind Kingdom Come. But enough of that! See the award winners and their competition below:

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  14. How Star Trek (2009) Should Have Ended

    Story time! The best Renaissance fair costumes I've ever heard of was a bunch of people who showed up to a Ren fair dressed as an away team from Star Trek. According to the person who told me this, the fair's performers played right along with the Federation crew members fervently trying to adhere to the Prime Directive. Thank you for participating in this particular story time. Click below to watch How It Should Have Ended's take on the 2009 Star Trek movie.

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  15. The Norse Hollywood Dining Vikings Eat Pirates and Shit Ninjas

    The Norse Hollywood Dining Vikings (Facebook page here, natch) have made a pasttime of dressing up like vikings and carousing their way over to wherever vikings shouldn't be. Like... a laser lights show, the Red Bull Flugtag Races, a chain of gay bars, or IKEA (although Jonathan Coulton would probably disagree). The group started with professional blacksmith and prop-maker, "occasional viking," and "the reigning 'Pirate of the Year' for Pirates Magazine," Tony Swatton; who told AOL News:
    "At some point, [a friend] and I decided it would be fun to dress up like vikings and go to restaurants and do reviews," Swatton said. "The next night, we went to Griffith Park Observatory where they were doing a laser show about the northern lights. There were 15 of us and we all had our weapons -- axes, spears, everything -- and we heckled everything."

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  16. Sylvester McCoy to Play Radagast the Brown? Wait… Radagast in The Hobbit?

    The buzz about Sylvester McCoy, veteran of British television (including a stint playing the Doctor), lately has been that he is in talks to play a certain part in The Hobbit, though definitely "not the Bilbo role." (In other interesting facts: he also once played the part of the Fool in King Lear, against, yes, Ian McKellen as the titular monarch.) Bleeding Cool, however, has a "trustworthy source" that has pegged his negotiations as revolving around a much more obscure character: Radagast the Brown. Why do we care about negotiations for a bit part in The Hobbit? Because we're obssesed? Well, yes. Of course. But also because Radagast doesn't actually appear in The Hobbit, but if he does, it gives us a big hint on one of the movies' big spectacles. This is one of those prime examples of how Tolkien was an incredible historian and linguist but perhaps a bad novelist.

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  17. Beautiful Batman: Arkham City Wallpapers

    For your Saturday eyecandy, you could do worse than these two wallpaper-sized pieces of artwork from the makers of Batman: Arkham City, the sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum.

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  18. Geekolinks: 8/28

    Final Fantasy XIV Beta Starts Tuesday (Joystiq) StarCraft II Will Get Patched Next Month (Kotaku) True Blood's Stephen Moyer as Dr. Doom? (ScreenRant) Gummy Bear Art (FlavorWire) Questionable Predator Shirt (Fashionably Geek) Walk Like The Batman (Neatorama) Walk Like the Submariner (Bleeding Cool) (image via Topless Robot.)

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  19. Wii Balance Board Use #357: Making Disabled Babies Mobile

    Four researchers at Ithaca College have addressed the problem of disabled infant mobility in a unique way. Unlike older disabled individuals, babies "lack the subtle grasp of grasping things" as Kotaku puts it. Things like the joysticks of electronic wheelchairs. How do babies instinctively move, however? By leaning towards what they want. Well, you know what relatively cheap and common electronic device can tell where you are leaning? A Wii Balance Board.

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  20. Futurama Hits 100th Episode This Thursday

    It's been a rocky road for everyone's favorite soon-to-be-retro-futuristic prime-time cartoon show, what with the cancellation, the network changes, the semi-return, and then the full return. But Futurama is finally coming up on its 100th glorious episode, and, as you can see, someone's planning a party. (The rest of this post contains plot spoilers for this week's upcoming Futurama episode. On the other hand, if you click through, you'll be able to grab a desktop-sized version of the image above. Choose wisely.)

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