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  1. Can You Survive the Office Culture? Analyzing the Pros and Cons of 6 Fictional Companies from Sci-Fi

    As many science fiction fans do, I often imagine how well I would fare in the future. These hypotheticals usually focus on post-apocalyptic scenarios in which the common lifestyle is crossbowing aliens and outrunning nuclear explosions. But I’d like to imagine another scenario with you: How would you fare as a pencil-pusher in corporate dystopia?

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  2. Late To The Game: Puzzling Through Portal 2 For The First Time

    So much Sassy Wheatley!

    Next up on my shameful, shameful catch up of games I didn’t play is Portal 2, chosen by you, dear readers and best of friends – and can I just say you have not disappointed me so far. But I have very much disappointed myself – what honestly took me so long?!

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  3. Things We Saw Today: A TARDIS Tortoise!

    Try saying that ten times fast.

    Headcanon: this is actually Sherlock's pet tortoise, Clyde, who has run off to be with an even more eccentric British gentleman.

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  4. The Mary Sue Exclusive Interview: Dancing with Eternity‘s John Patrick Lowrie and Ellen McLain Talk Audiobooks, Sexuality, and Living Forever

    SPAAACE. I'm in space.

    Liz Suess met with voice actors John Patrick Lowrie and Ellen McLain to discuss John's book Dancing with Eternity, which was recently released as an audiobook.

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  5. Portal Games Get an Honest Trailer, and a 3-Year-Old Girl Plays Portal 2 Like a Boss

    In an honest trailer, is the cake still a lie?

    The Portal games are great, but they're also pretty short (and fairly similar), so this Honest Trailer team up from Smosh Games and Screen Junkies takes a look at both of them. And, in keeping with the theme of things in pairs and honest reactions, there's a bonus video of a 3-year-old girl playing Portal 2 better than a lot of full grown adults I know after the jump.

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  6. Things We Saw Today: A 100% Real Dothraki Language Course

    Things We Saw Today

    Course designer David J. Peterson is a fictional language creator, which sounds like the coolest job in the world. As for the course itself, it begins in October. There's a flashcard app and everything. (via Blastr)

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  7. Giving A 3-Year-Old A Real, Functioning Portal Gun Is Maybe The Worst Plan [VIDEO]

    Well done. Here come the test results: "You are a horrible parent."

    Portal physics is a tricky thing, one that test subjects need to master to complete the tasks set for them. But typically test subjects are not three years old, nor do they have negligent parental figures videotaping them. I bet this poor kid doesn't even get cake after his ordeal.

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  8. The Valve-Themed Super Smash Bros. Of Our Dreams

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    Know this going in: It's not real. This is a fan-made video by YouTube user crazyhalo, and it exists only in our fondest imaginings. That's for the best. If this game were a thing, I would never get anything done. Dibs on Chell.

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  9. Geek Chic Headphones & Sunglasses Will Make You The Envy Of All Nerds

    eye candy

    Ketchupize is a design studio based in Athens, Greece.  Their work immediately caught my eye while surfing Etsy recently and since I'm both a nerd and have a sunglasses obsession, I basically want them all. Items range from about $40-85 depending on the style of headphones or glasses/sunglasses and feature designs from Doctor Who, Adventure Time, The Walking Dead, My Little Pony, and more!

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  10. Study Examines Human Acceptance of Orders From Robots, Assume the Party Escort Submission Position

    It depends largely on how much cake they promise us.

    Would you take orders from a robot? With lasers and deadly neurotoxin, they've got plenty of ways to make you, but a research team examined whether or not people would do it willingly. Armed with incredibly boring tasks and adorable tininess, a robot pushed people to see just how long they'd take its GLaDOS-style nonsense.

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  11. Things We Saw Today: Lego Movie Nail Art

    Things We Saw Today

    Okay, the mini-fig faces are cool, but the thumb and pinky take the cake. (via When Geeks Wed)

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  12. Things We Saw Today: As The Crow Flies Game Of Thrones Poster

    Things We Saw Today

    CORN! Check out the character posters here. (via Game Of Thrones Twitter)

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  13. Watch As Portal’s GLaDOS Explains Nuclear Fusion For NASA [VIDEO]


    Part of me can't even believe I wrote that headline. But it's true. The voice of Portal's maniacal GLaDOS, Ellen McLain helped with this video fro the education and public outreach department of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, focusing on STEM education. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  14. Check Out “Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game,” Or In Other Words, A Portal Board Game

    The uncooperative cake is a lie.

    A board game based on Valve's Portal franchise sounds really interesting and this fall, Cryptozoic Entertainment plans to release the game, which they have named "Portal: Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game."

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  15. Pillow Castle’s Crazy First-Person Puzzle Game Tech Demo Is like Portal All over Again in the Best Possible Way

    Not to be confused with "pillow fort," which is also a great game.

    The concept of the Museum of Simulation Technology demo is simple; it's like those wacky vacation photos you took that looked like you were squashing buildings (and your friends' heads) with your fingers. The game really gives you the power to make those tricks of perspective into a reality to solve puzzles.

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  16. Awesome One Year Old Dominates in Video Games

    Meddling Kids

    Game developer Ben Stirling has a one year old and he decided to celebrate like any game developer would - by inserting his kid into some popular games including Little Big Planet and Mass Effect. The results are adorable and occasionally terrifying (SOMEONE SAVE THAT BABY FROM ZOMBIES). Extra points for the nerdy dad.

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  17. The Cubli Is a Real Life Companion Cube That Balances, Jumps, and Spins on Its Corners

    We are required to remind you that the Cubli cannot talk. In the event that it does talk, we ask you to ignore its advice.

    We're not saying they're evil, but ETH Zurich's Institute for Dynamic System is basically Aperture Science. They've built the "Cubli," which is essentially a Companion Cube that can walk, jump, and balance on its edges and corners. We already love it and want to help it get through test chambers.

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  18. Nerdy Backpacks And Purses For All Your Adventuring Needs

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    Etsy user Ivana von Pepolina has created some nerdy bags for when you're traveling - through Hyrule, a portal, or even time and space.

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  19. Ghost Hunters Take A Portal Reference On a Wall Way Too Seriously, Assume It’s A Ghost [Video]

    It's hard to overstate our satisfaction.

    Jim Pace and his paranormal hunting team, SPOOK (Sooner Paranormal Of Oklahoma), love to wander around searching for ghosts in an old abandoned building in Tulsa -- so much so that they decided to show off their findings to a local news station. Too bad nobody thought to google the phrase they found written on the chalk board prior to airing.

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  20. We Have Another Entry Into the Pantheon of Excellent Portal Fanvids

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    Colin and Connor McGuire are the latest filmmakers to bring an excellent Portal fanvid to your computer screens. This one, called Portal: Survive!, is based on both the game and the tie-in comic Portal 2: Lab Rat. (via: Kotaku) Previously in Portal Fanvids

    • Portal 2: Animated
    • Chell and Gordon Freeman Fight Bad Guys, Physics Quits In a Huff
    • Comedic Aperture Science Lab Web Series Looks Promising Indeed
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