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Cinematic History of the Future

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There lies our future, sprawled out before us. Ready for mindless ingestion. There are redundancies and plot holes, recurring characters and regurgitated plot lines. History, though, does repeat itself, they say. The future of man has already been told on magic celluloid strips. Our destiny, of course, begins with apes. It starts 43 years ago. Charlton Heston is there. Go.

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China Miéville mines the brutalities of miscommunication in Embassytown

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In Embassytown, China Miéville embarks on his first foray into genre science fiction. But instead of battleships and laser arrays, he focuses on the periphery of an empire, on a planet wrapped in a cocoon of volatile interstitial “immer.”

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Profiles in Geek: Kind of Annoying’s Gabe González

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Freddy doesn’t know who he is, and that scares him. In his nightmares, he runs across comic book frames, talks to a bug that claims to be his self-worth, and shoots a beam from his mouth that projects an image of his falling naked self. Freddy deals with his problems like many others would: He […]

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Community Spotlight — Fractal Forums

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Fractal Forums is the type of weirdly creative, intimidatingly specific, and uncommonly friendly community that could only flourish online. The community uses a simple web-forum software called SMF to congregate, brainstorm, and share artwork digitally. This creative and educational explosion is based entirely on those gorgeous geometric shapes that bring us coastlines, mountains, and the […]

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The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

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How many people are sick of vampire books? Here, I imagine vast hordes of people raising their hands, crying, “Please! Save us from Twilight fever!” (No offense to the multitudes of Twilight fans out there…) I know I’m at least overwhelmed by the sheer mass of vampire fiction out there – sure, I love a […]

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The Social Network, Howard Hughes, and Mark Zuckerberg

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Since the beginning of the summer, there have been two books on my nightstand. Ben Mezrich’s “The Accidental Billionaires” and Noah Dietrich’s “Howard The Amazing Mr. Hughes.” Both stories are told from the sidekick’s perspective; men who hitched their wagon’s to the stars of their day, Howard Hughes and Mark Zuckerberg. One sidekick hung on long enough to […]

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Roundtable: Which alien lifeforms inhabit Gliese 581g?

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Aliens are real, and they’re close. The evidence is clear. Just last week, the UN (kinda sorta) appointed Malaysian astrophysicist Mazlan Othman as its official alien ambassador. Then, several members of the US Air Force claimed that UFOs have been spying on our nukes for over half a century. Finally, on Wednesday, scientists announced the […]

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Michael Cera vs. the Ladies

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The rough plot of every Michael Cera film: Cera is a quirky geek who is in love with a beautiful woman. Cera channels all his geek power into wooing the lady through awkward conversations and self-deprecating humor. Boom. The lady can no longer resist his charms. They fall in love. Credits roll.

This week Cera utilizes his powers of attraction in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The Edgar Wright directed film has Cera playing the titular Scott Pilgrim in a quest to romance Ramona Flowers. Cera has to fight the evil ex-boyfriends of Flowers through a blend of karate film stunts and video game effects. Forget Shakespeare, some women just can’t resist the cooing of that romantic prose we all know as the Konami code.

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World of Warcraft addict fights back

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Ryan Van Cleave felt sweaty, antsy, and anxious after not playing World of Warcraft during their 2007 Christmas vacation in Chicago.

After returning home to Washington, D.C., Van Cleave, 38, and his wife returned to their usual argument about his addiction: “Stop playing that freakin’ game,” she pleaded.

“Shut up. I can spend my free time how I choose,” he countered as they began screaming at each other.

Pissed at his wife and suffering from World of Warcraft withdrawal, Van Cleave walked out New Year’s Eve night.

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A brief and incomplete history of sonic terrorism

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Say what you will about her public persona (and this writer could say plenty), but it must be acknowledged that M.I.A. is always pushing the pop music envelope. She takes disparate bits of music and stitches them together into awesomely weird fabrics. Always one to indulge in a fair amount of sirens and gunshot noises, […]

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