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  1. Behold! The 2014 Hugo Award Nominees!

    May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

    Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Orphan Black, Gravity, Frozen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Pacific Rim, Iron Man 3, Saga, and more high-quality SF/F than you can shake a stick at. That certainly covers a whole bunch of our post tags. The Hugo Awards honor both pros and fans alike, and as usual, the 2014 nominees provide a superb checklist of things to read, watch, and enjoy. The winners will be announced on Sunday, August 17 at Loncon 3 (aka the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention). The full list of nominees is available below. And should you need to gush about your favorites, mention absent works you feel are deserving (*cough* Janelle Monae's The Electric Lady for Best Related Work *cough*), or...ah...have a measured discussion about nominees you may object to, the comments are here for your disposal.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: A Dragon Egg Cake Fit For A Khaleesi

    What happens if you leave it in the oven too long? (via Cake Wrecks)

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  3. XKCD’s Randall Munroe Finally Getting a Book Deal for “What If?”

    Jesus, what took you guys so long?

    Do you enjoy the irreverent and thought provoking XKCD web comic, but wish you didn't have to get on a big scary computer to get more content from creator Randall Munroe? Well you're in luck, luddites! Also, we appreciate you getting over your technophobia to read these words. It must be so hard for you.

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  4. Best-Dad-Ever Made His Baby Daughter an Adorable LED Halloween Costume [Video]

    This may unintentionally be the first XKCD Halloween costume we've ever seen. It's also the best.

    If you ever wanted to watch an incredibly cute, glowing stick figure run around and talk baby-talk, this is the video for you. Seriously, we could watch it all day. As a bonus, it really reminds us of the stick figures from the webcomic XKCD.

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  5. 40 Webcomics You Need to Read

    Power Grid

    Comics are wonderful, visual ways of getting a story across, and it goes without saying that we at The Mary Sue love them. But as wonderful as they are, grabbing issue after issue can add up. And yet the desire for more comics persists. Luckily there are plenty of creative, engaging, funny, complex—and free!—stories and gag strips out there for those of us who need our dose of sequential art. You just have to know where to look. Enter the Internet.

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  6. Randall Munroe Finally Finishes His 3,099 Panel xkcd Magnum Opus “Time”

    Dang, yo. That's a lot of panels.

    Webcomics typically adhere to the classic newspaper funny pages formats of a either a single frame, or a few panels laid out in sequence, but they don't have to.  Online comics can have a limitless number of panels, or just be comprised of one big "Infinite Canvas." xkcd creator Randall Munroe finished a single massive story of the strip comprised of 3,099 panels, and Geekwagon put it all together in an easy to view slideshow/animation that's worth checking out.

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  7. Female Scientists Describe Their Jobs Using Only the 10,000 Most Common English Words

    she blinded me with science

    A little while ago there was an XKCD picture that explained the Up-Goer Five, "the only flying space car that's taken anyone to another world," using only the ten hundred most used words in the very large group of words that I'm using right now. The Up-Goer Five is not easy to explain, so this was pretty funny, but also pretty interesting. Now on Tumblr, Theo Sanderson, Anne Jefferson, and Chris Rowan have a world wide computer place where men and women like the men and women who made the Up-Goer Five can explain how their jobs work, using only those same ten hundred words. They even made a world wide computer place that shows you what words to pick! We think women who do things like making Up-Goer Fives are very cool, so we want to show you some of the things they do here on our world wide computer place! There are lots more at Sanderson, Jefferson, and Rowan's world wide computer place. And in case you haven't guessed already, these words were also written using their word-picking computer place.

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  8. xkcd Comic “Click and Drag” Turned Into an MMO

    The other day, web comic genius Randall Munroe of xkcd unleashed a comic that was a different sort of amazing from his usual dose of amazing. Called "Click and Drag," the comic was able to be explored manually using the titular action of clicking and dragging, and hid many jokes, fun references, and emotional moments. The Internet quickly took to the comic, creating various maps and methods of interaction, so users could more freely explore and see everything Munroe shoved into the enormous, sliding panel. Now, with the help of GitHub user n01se, "Click and Drag" has been turned into an MMO.

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  9. Everything You Need to Know About Today’s xkcd Comic, “Click and Drag”

    If you're a regular reader of the brilliant xkcd, then you probably got lost in today's comic, "Click and Drag." It features three short panels sitting above a seemingly larger, finite panel. However, when you perform the comic's titular action, click and drag, the larger, bottom panels seems to sprawl on forever in various directions, revealing amusing quips, sad stories, and what is essentially an entire world. There are many impressive facets about "Click and Drag," such as the panel measuring in at 1.3 terapixels, as well as small community of coders creating applets to help readers better navigate the behemoth. Head on past the break for some stellar info, and maybe set aside some time later today to explore the enormous comic.

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  10. So What Would Happen If Everyone on Earth Jumped At the Same Time?

    Questions! Questions That Need Answering

    It's a question that's been asked many times before: What would happen if everyone in the world (and we mean everyone) got together in one tightly-packed--and presumably pretty sweaty--place and, all at once, everyone jumped up and landed at the exact same time. What would happen to the Earth? You know, aside from the incredible inconveniences of getting everyone home. Michael Stevens of Vsauce has thought a lot about this, and presents his findings in this really informative, fun video. (via Laughing Squid)

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