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“[T]he human race has been living on borrowed time.”

from The New Yorker

The Age of Asteroids


A view of the asteroid Lutetia from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft.A view of the asteroid Lutetia from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft. CREDITIMAGE FROM THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY

Brian May, the longtime guitarist of the rock band Queen, is also an astrophysicist. He started his career, in 1970, as a Ph.D. student at Imperial College, London, but four years later, after Queen released its second album, he put his studies on hold. In 2008, he finally finished his doctorate, with a thesis on zodiacal light, the faint patch of interstellar radiance that’s sometimes visible on the horizon at night. Last Wednesday, May joined Lord Martin Rees, the U.K.’s Astronomer Royal, at London’s Science Museum to discuss asteroids and the threats they pose to life on Earth.

“The more we learn about asteroid impacts, the clearer it becomes that the human race has been living on borrowed time,” May said. About a million near-Earth asteroids are thought to be on a possible collision course with our planet, but only ten thousand or so have actually been charted. May and Rees were among a hundred scientists, astronauts, artists, and technologists calling for a worldwide campaign to identify, and eventually deflect, these asteroids. “In astronomical terms, this is very down home, very much on our back doorstep,” Rees said. The advocacy campaign is united around what is known as the 100x Declaration, which aims to persuade governments and the private sector to discover and track a hundred thousand asteroids each year over the next decade. The declaration calls for the adoption of a global Asteroid Day on June 30, 2015, the hundred and seventh anniversary of the Tunguska event, in which a small asteroid exploded over Siberia, destroying eight hundred square miles of remote forest and releasing a hundred and eighty-five times as much energy as the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima.

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Posted on December 28, 2014 by Editor

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Netflix Does Nina

from Paste Magazine

Netflix is Producing an Original Nina Simone Documentary

By Christine Campbell

Netflix is Producing an Original Nina Simone Documentary

Netflix has taken on a Liz Garbus documentary detailing the life of iconic songstress and civil rights activist, Nina Simone. The project, to be called What Happened, Miss Simone?, marks the streaming service’s first venture into a documentary at such an early stage of production. Previous Netflix documentaries (such as Oscar-nominated The Square) have all been acquired as finished products.

Garbus’ film, co-produced with Netflix and RadicalMedia, was made in cooperation with Simone’s estate and includes rare concert footage alongside material from diaries, archival interviews and over a hundred hours of never-before-heard audio recordings.

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Posted on December 27, 2014 by Editor

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Cardiac Pulmonary Remonkeytation

from The AP


NEW DELHI (AP) — Onlookers at a train station in northern India watched in awe as a monkey came to the rescue of an injured friend – resuscitating another monkey that had been electrocuted and knocked unconscious.

The injured monkey had fallen between the tracks, apparently after touching high-tension wires at the train station in the north Indian city of Kanpur.

His companion came to the rescue and was captured on camera lifting the friend’s motionless body, shaking it, dipping it into a mud puddle and biting its head and skin – working until the hurt monkey regained consciousness.

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Posted on December 26, 2014 by Editor

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God Is Data

from The Wall Street Journal

Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God

The odds of life existing on another planet grow ever longer. Intelligent design, anyone?


In 1966 Time magazine ran a cover story asking: Is God Dead? Many have accepted the cultural narrative that he’s obsolete—that as science progresses, there is less need for a “God” to explain the universe. Yet it turns out that the rumors of God’s death were premature. More amazing is that the relatively recent case for his existence comes from a surprising place—science itself.

Here’s the story: The same year Time featured the now-famous headline, the astronomer Carl Sagan announced that there were two important criteria for a planet to support life: The right kind of star, and a planet the right distance from that star. Given the roughly octillion—1 followed by 24 zeros—planets in the universe, there should have been about septillion—1 followed by 21 zeros—planets capable of supporting life.

With such spectacular odds, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, a large, expensive collection of private and publicly funded projects launched in the 1960s, was sure to turn up something soon. Scientists listened with a vast radio telescopic network for signals that resembled coded intelligence and were not merely random. But as years passed, the silence from the rest of the universe was deafening. Congress defunded SETI in 1993, but the search continues with private funds. As of 2014, researches have discovered precisely bubkis—0 followed by nothing.

What happened? As our knowledge of the universe increased, it became clear that there were far more factors necessary for life than Sagan supposed. His two parameters grew to 10 and then 20 and then 50, and so the number of potentially life-supporting planets decreased accordingly. The number dropped to a few thousand planets and kept on plummeting.

Even SETI proponents acknowledged the problem. Peter Schenkel wrote in a 2006 piece for Skeptical Inquirer magazine: “In light of new findings and insights, it seems appropriate to put excessive euphoria to rest . . . . We should quietly admit that the early estimates . . . may no longer be tenable.”

As factors continued to be discovered, the number of possible planets hit zero, and kept going. In other words, the odds turned against any planet in the universe supporting life, including this one. Probability said that even we shouldn’t be here.

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Posted on December 25, 2014 by Editor

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from The New York Times

What Accounts for Our Current — or Recurrent — Fascination With Memoir-Novels?

Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. This week, Leslie Jamison and Daniel Mendelsohn discuss our interest in narratives that blur the line between the real and the fabricated.

Leslie Jamison CreditIllustration by R. Kikuo JohnsonBy Leslie Jamison

Why do we like that space of uncertainty in which we don’t know what’s been invented and what hasn’t?

In May of 1856, a traveling panorama called “Arctic Regions!” arrived in Philadelphia, offering “a complete voyage from New York to the North Pole.” Posters bragged that it was “fresh from the hands” of a “great Master of American Artists” and could “transport us to the icy North,” promising a kind of paradox: that you could become aware of its artistic mastery by forgetting it was art at all.

This brings to mind a certain tension in how we read, as well, a dynamic David Shields has described in his relationship to autobiographical writing: “at once desperate for authenticity and in love with artifice.” There’s an electric charge in toggling back and forth between the shimmer of what’s been artfully constructed and the glint of what actually was. The reader is impressed by the panoramic architecture even as she forgets its presence.

This ambiguous territory has a more established place in poetry, a genre never filed into separate “fiction” and “nonfiction” areas on the shelves. But for narrative we’ve long been obsessed with partitioning the actual from the imagined, and the memoir-novel offers, finally, some relief from that Sisyphean taxonomy project. Shields describes the pleasure of “blurring (to the point of invisibility) . . . any distinction between fiction and nonfiction: the lure and blur of the real.”

So what’s the lure of the blur? Why do we like that space of uncertainty in which we don’t know what’s been invented and what hasn’t?

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Posted on December 24, 2014 by Editor

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Joe Cocker Gone

from Fox News

Joe Cocker dead at 70

Joe Cocker, the singer and songwriter whose hits included “You Are So Beautiful” and “Up Where We Belong,” has died of lung cancer, his agent, Barrie Marshall, confirmed to FOX411.

Cocker was 70 years old.

“Joe Cocker is a legendary artist of rock and blues history and yet he was one of the most humble men I’ve ever met,” said Edgar Berger, who signed Joe Cocker to Sony Music Entertainment. “His iconic voice will forever be etched in our memories and our thoughts go out to Joe’s wife Pam and his family at this difficult time. Joe will live on in the hearts of millions of fans around the world.”

One of the most prolific artists of his era, Cocker released 40 albums over his 50 year career. The British-born superstar had his first No. 1 U.K. hit in 1968 with The Beatles’ tune “With a Little Help from My Friends.” He then took his tune to Woodstock in 1969, and it later became the theme song for the beloved family sitcom “The Wonder Years.”

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Posted on December 23, 2014 by Editor

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ENDGAME at New Canaan Library – January 7

from Hamlet Hub

James Frey Presents Endgame: The Calling at New Canaan Library

ENDGAME: THE CALLING by James Frey & Nils Johnson-Shelton is an engrossing novel at the core of a groundbreaking immersive, multi-platform reading experience. The ENDGAME trilogy follows twelve teens as catastrophic events lead them on a global quest in search of three ancient keys that will save not only their bloodlines but the world.

More than an apocalyptic adventure tale, each book in the series will feature an interactive puzzle comprised of clues that will lead to the location of a hidden key. The first eligible reader to solve the puzzle for the first book and find the key will win $500,000 worth of gold. Similar to the characters in the novels, readers will embark on their own hunt for a hidden key.

The subsequent two books in the Endgame series will have progressively larger payouts. For the lucky reader who is the first to solve the puzzle in the second installment, the prize is $1 dollars and a whopping $1.5 for the third book.

Join James Frey as part of the Authors on Stage on Wednesday January 7th, 2015 from 7:00 – 8:00pm in the Lamb Room.

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Posted on December 22, 2014 by Editor

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Gift An e-Book This Holiday – People Love Books –

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Posted on December 21, 2014 by Editor

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Dead’s Rock Scully Gone

from The New York Times

Rock Scully, Grateful Dead’s Manager Who Put the Band on Records, Dies at 73


Rock Scully, front left, in a Grateful Dead “family portrait” in San Francisco in 1966, soon after he became manager, in front of 710a Ashbury Street, the band’s communal home. CreditHerb Greene 

Rock Scully learned his mission in life at an Acid Test, one of the drug-drenched, strobe-lit parties the author Ken Kesey staged in the San Francisco area in the mid-1960s.

Owsley Stanley, the notoriously prodigious maker of LSD, introduced Mr. Scully in 1965 to the scraggly, zonked-out members of a band that had just changed its name from the Warlocks to the Grateful Dead. “Rock’s going to be your manager,” he said.

“Hey, good luck, dude,” said the band’s guitarist and vocalist Bob Weir, according to “Living With the Dead” (1996), the memoir Mr. Scully wrote with David Dalton.

So began a long, strange trip that saw the Dead go from a makeshift sort-of-bluegrass band that played for nothing in San Francisco parks to one of the biggest, most remarkable acts in rock ’n’ roll history. They sold 35 million albums, many

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Posted on December 20, 2014 by Editor

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No mas rimjob, no mas.

from Gawker

Radio Station Apologizes for Letting a DJ Get a Rimjob on the Air

by Jay Hathaway

Radio Station Apologizes for Letting a DJ Get a Rimjob on the Air

Chilean radio station Top 40 held a contest earlier this week, offering tickets to the giant EDM festival Mysteryland, and one lucky winner got hers by giving a DJ a rimjob live on air (here I’m employing an extremely loose definition of “lucky”).

The station asked what listeners would do for tickets to an EDM festival, and the answer turned out be “actual anything, up to and including licking whipped cream out of a human anus.” The human anus in question, DJ Paul Hip, then invited other listeners to make out with the girl who’d just tongued his butt and win tickets of their own.

Top 40 hyped up the contest at first, tweeting out a photo of the on-air rimjob, but soon thought better of it and deleted the tweet.

It was too late, of course. Once a rim has been jobbed, you can’t unjob it.

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Posted on December 19, 2014 by Editor

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Endgame : l’Appel de James Frey, interview Fnac

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ENDGAME: A fascinating project in collective storytelling

from VentureBeat

Google’s Niantic Labs embarks on a giant interactive transmedia project with controversial author James Frey


Endgame boomerang

Endgame is going to be a fascinating project in collective storytelling. The project started as Endgame: The Calling, a novel published in October from best-selling (and controversial) author James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton. It is the first of three books.

Before the second novel comes out, Google’s Niantic Labs division will launch its Endgame mobile game. Much like its predecessor, the geo-location game Ingress, Endgame is an alternate-reality game, set in real-world locations as the battlegrounds that 12 factions will fight over. Fans form their own factions based on the Ancient Societies in the Endgame novel. In the book, societies compete with each other to be the one faction that survives the apocalypse. One of a cast of teen characters leads each, and that individual has received training for the moment when they will face their tests.

But here’s the interesting twist. The real-world players and factions affect the outcome of the story. In fact, Frey and Johnson-Shelton will weave the stories of the most active players into the second and third novels, said Jim Stewartson, a member of the Niantic Labs team, in an interview with GamesBeat. Fox, meanwhile, is working on three movies based on the franchise. It’s one of the ultimate “transmedia” projects, or a single entertainment property that crosses multiple media.

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Posted on December 17, 2014 by Editor

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Queen’s Scientist Says Kill The Killer Asteroids Before They Kill Us

from The Financial Times

Scientists call for killer asteroid hunt

by Richard Waters in San Francisco<

An artist’s impression of the recently discovered rings around the asteroid Chariklo©ESO/L. Calçada/M. Kornmesser/Nick Risinger

An international group of astronauts, scientists and others have called for a rapid expansion of efforts to detect asteroids capable of causing widespread destruction on earth, warning that this is one of the biggest threats to humanity in the coming centuries.

Led by Lord Rees, Britain’s royal astronomer, and Brian May, a PhD in astrophysics as well as guitarist with the rock band Queen, the group said a hundredfold increase in the number of objects detected each year was necessary over the next decade.

Academic projects to detect and track asteroids that might one day collide with earth have been under way for more than 50 years. The work was boosted in 1998 when Nasa was given a decade to identify near-earth objects with a diameter of more than 1km — a size that would turn a collision into a potentially extinction-level event.

However, astrophysicists warn that asteroids and meteors as small as 50m across could still cause devastation on earth, with a direct hit capable of wiping out a city and killing millions. An undetected meteor estimated to be 20m in diameter entered the atmosphere over Russia last year and exploded at a height of several miles, causing a shockwave that injured 1,500 people (pictured). Even the devastating 1908 impact at Tunguska in Siberia, the largest in human recorded history, was caused by an object of only around 50m, said Lord Rees.

Only around 1 per cent of the 1m asteroids, meteors and comets that could cause massive damage on earth have been detected so far, according to a declaration by the group issued on Wednesday.

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Posted on December 16, 2014 by Editor

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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Purloined

from Fox DC

Residents hope Rudolph thieves caught red-handed

ROLLING HILLS ESTATES, Calif. (AP) — Thieves have made off with a statue of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer that’s been a holiday fixture in a Los Angeles-area neighborhood for half a century.

Residents of Rolling Hills Estates say the 200-pound wooden statue was taken sometime Friday night.

The culprits left Rudolph’s broken antler behind.

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Posted on December 15, 2014 by Editor

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DOROTHY MUST DIE – Best Books of 2014

from KCUR Kansas City Public Media

Best Books Of 2014 For Children And Teens

By  & 

Books have the remarkable ability to enthrall, captivate and inspire. When kids are trapped indoors during the cold winter months books  can transport them into new and fascinating worlds.

On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske and three Johnson County librarians review their top picks in children’s literature.

The Best Children’s Books of 2014:

From Kate McNair, young adult librarian at the Johnson County Library: 

  • Dorothy Must Die by D.M. Paige (Grades 8-12): Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas, has been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to stop Dorothy who has found a way to come back to Oz, seizing a power that has gone to her head — so now no one is safe!

Up to Date Intern Eliza Spertus reads from “Dorothy Must Die” – CLICK TO LISTEN

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Posted on December 14, 2014 by Editor

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They’re Out There


Are Habitable Binary Planets Possible?


As we seek out planets orbiting stars inside their habitable zones, astronomical techniques are becoming so sophisticated that, one day, we may be able to probe the atmosphere of a distant exo-Earth — i.e. a rocky exoplanet possessing liquid water on its surface with potential biosignatures in its atmosphere.

But let’s take this idea one step further.

If there’s one thing we are beginning to realize with exoplanetary studies, it’s that there is a huge variety of alien worlds out there and, of the billions of stars in our galaxy, just about every conceivable configuration of exoplanet size and orbit should be possible.

PHOTOS: How Aliens Can Find Us (and Vice Versa)

In a new study presented at the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Tucson, Ariz., earlier this month, researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) discussed the possibility of habitable binary planets; a configuration that, if the conditions are right, life could take root on both bodies orbiting inside the habitable zone of their star.

Probably the most familiar example of what could be considered to be a binary planet is that of the Pluto-Charon system. Although Charon is officially recognized as the biggest moon of Pluto and not a binary partner, in a recent Discovery News article I argued the case for making dwarf planet Pluto and satellite Charon a binary planet.

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Posted on December 13, 2014 by Editor

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Gimme Books’ Star-studded Pop-up


Upcoming New York City Events with Zady, Coop & Spree, More!

by Rebecca Jennings

LOWER EAST SIDE—All weekend long, Gimme Books will host a literary star-studded pop up at 2 Rivington Street, where they’ll be appearances by authors Amy Sedaris, Meg Wolitzer, Emma Straub, James Frey, Laura Day, and the editors of Cherry Bombe. Meanwhile, peruse literary agents’ favorite books, Garance Doré-designed stationary, and t-shirts and bags by Prinkshop.

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Posted on December 12, 2014 by Editor

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Furries Gassed By Cranimals

from AP via

Criminal probe after gas evacuates ‘furries’ event

By Don Babwin Associated Press

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Dressed as rabbits, foxes and dragons, the costumed delegates to an annual conference chatted and exchanged high-paws as they filed out of a suburban Chicago hotel and across the street to a convention center that was hosting a dog show.

Although some participants at the Midwest FurFest convention thought the mass evacuation was just part of the fun, investigators weren’t laughing. They were probing as a criminal matter the release of a gas that sickened several hotel guests Sunday morning and forced thousands of people — many dressed as cartoon animals — to temporarily leave the building.

Nineteen people who became nauseous or dizzy were treated at local hospitals, and at least 18 were released shortly thereafter. Within hours, emergency workers decontaminated the Hyatt Regency O’Hare and allowed people back inside.

“Nobody uses real fur,” said Frederic Cesbron, a 35-year-old forklift operator who rode a plane to Chicago from his home in France. He attended the convention dressed head-to-toe in a fox outfit that he said cost him about $2,000 four years ago but would go for $3,000 today.

Attendees said they came for fun, but also for the spiritual and artistic aspects of the convention that have them celebrating animal characters from movies, TV shows, comic books and video games. Some also create their own characters and appreciate being in an atmosphere where nobody seems surprised or shocked by an elaborate, bright purple dragon.

“Everyone is from a different background,” said Michael Lynch, a 25-year-old from Madison, Wisconsin, who, like his buddy, McCreedy, dressed as a fox. “Nobody judges anybody. It’s nice to come to a place like that.”

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Posted on December 11, 2014 by Editor

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Frey Rewrite

from The London Free Press

James Frey rewrites his story with ‘Endgame’ trilogy

By Mark Daniell, QMI Agency

When it comes to career reinventions, author James Frey is in a league of his own.

His latest project, Endgame, is a sci-fi series and a real-life puzzle. The prize? $500,000 in gold. It’s in a locked case that’s on display at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. All you have to do is find the place on Earth where the key that will unlock the gold is located.

But first, a little history.

After his famous dustup with Oprah Winfrey following the news that he’d fabricated parts of his 2003 memoir, A Million Little Pieces, and its follow-up, My Friend Leonard, Frey became a pariah in the publishing industry.

He wasn’t fazed.

The writer bounced back with his Los Angeles-set Bright Shiny Morning in 2008. He followed that with his best-selling series of young-adult science-fiction books, The Lorien Legacies.

Frey also found time to reimagine the life of Jesus Christ in his 2011 “fiction” book, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible.

“I don’t ever want to have a career that you can pin down,” Frey says animatedly in a mid-afternoon interview at the head office of his Canadian publisher. “I always admired (the director) Stanley Kubrick because he never did the same thing twice. If you look at his films, they’re completely different from each other. It was just him, doing whatever he wanted. I always thought that was the way to do it, so that’s what I’ve tried to do.”

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Posted on December 10, 2014 by Editor

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Mysterious Galaxy Moves

from the Mysterious Galaxy website

Mysterious Galaxy San Diego

MG Store FrontAbove photo is classic CMB Mysterious Galaxy

Effective December 6, 2014, our new address will be …
5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite #100, San Diego, CA 92111
In May 2013, Mysterious Galaxy San Diego celebrated twenty years in business as an independent specialty genre bookstore. Our tagline, “Books of Martians, Murder, Magic and Mayhem,” encompasses the genres for which we are widely known: science fiction, mystery, fantasy and horror. In recent years, we have expanded our galaxy’s borders by participating in community events, creating events of interest to our customers, and partnering with local non-profit organizations.

Mysterious Galaxy has an active young adult program, providing authors to visit, read, and teach at schools that partner with us. Our MG Junior section reflects this program and our passion for young adult literature … which we all enjoy. Our staff is composed of passionate and knowledgeable booksellers, and we share our enthusiasm for our genres through hand-selling, great customer service, and regular reviews in our print and electronic newsletters, as well as here on our website.

We are dedicated to providing readers and book collectors with a great selection of books, many of them signed first editions. Signed first editions are a byproduct of the author events in our store and books acquired at conventions or directly from publishers and authors.

The owners of Mysterious Galaxy are Terry Gilman, Maryelizabeth Hart, and Jeff Mariotte. They met and began talking about Mysterious Galaxy in late 1992 when they recognized a need for a genre store in San Diego and saw it as a way to share their passion for books, bookselling, and a love of reading with their community. Mysterious Galaxy opened to much fanfare on May 8, 1993. Among the authors who celebrated the opening of the store with hundreds of fans were Ray Bradbury, David Brin, and Robert Crais.

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Posted on December 9, 2014 by Editor

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Ralph Baer Gone

from The New Yorker

Postscript: Ralph Baer, a Video-Game Pioneer


Year: 1972 Manufacturer: Magnavox Original Cost: US $75
Image from Edge-Online’s amazing
History of Video Game Hardware Series

Among the many engineers and inventors who purport to have fathered the video game, Ralph Baer, who died on Saturday at the age of ninety-two, has a stronger paternity claim than most. In August, 1966, while waiting outside a bus terminal in Manhattan, Baer formulated the concept of an interactive device that could be plugged into a standard television set. The following day, he hand-wrote a four-page outline of his “game box.” Within six years, the electronics company Magnavox had licensed his design and begun production on the Odyssey, the world’s first home console. The system’s black-and-white plastic casing evoked Kubrick more than Homer, but the name was apt—Baer’s journey to this invention, which accounted for just one of his more than a hundred and fifty U.S. and foreign patents, was meandering.

In 1938, soon before the Kristallnacht pogroms, the sixteen-year-old Baer and his German-Jewish family fled Cologne for New York City. Baer enrolled in correspondence courses at the National Radio Institute and worked as a technician around New York, fixing home and automobile radios, before returning to Europe, in 1943, to serve in the Second World War. (Baer told the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center in 2008 that, when he returned to the United States, he brought with him eighteen tons of foreign small arms, which he had begun collecting overseas.)

Baer attended the American Television Institute of Technology, in Chicago, on the G.I. Bill, graduating, in 1949, with a B.S. in television engineering. After a two-year stint at a small medical-equipment company, Baer returned to the Bronx, where he and his family had lived as newly arrived immigrants, and began working for Loral Electronics. It was here that Baer and his colleagues were asked to build a television set. A piece of test equipment that was used in the development of the technology allowed Baer to fill the screen with horizontal and vertical lines of various colors, which he could then manipulate. Baer suggested that the test should be built into the set—not as a game, but as something for the owner to do when he grew tired of network television—but the Loral team dismissed the idea. Still, the possibility of adding interaction to the television screen was seeded in Baer’s mind.

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Posted on December 8, 2014 by Editor

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ENDGAME – James Frey || Reseña sin Spoilers

Muchas gracias, Ian Mellark

Posted on December 7, 2014 by Editor

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Shake, Smell & Spritz @ The Cinema

from The New York Times

To Lure Young, Movie Theaters Shake, Smell and Spritz


LOS ANGELES — Having tried 3-D films, earsplitting sound systems and even alcohol sales in pursuit of younger moviegoers, some theater chains are now installing undulating seats, scent machines and 270-degree screens.

For an $8 premium, a Regal theater here even sprays patrons with water and pumps scents (burning rubber, gun powder) into the auditorium. Can’t cope with two hours away from your smartphone? One theater company has found success with instant on-screen messaging — the texted comments pop up next to the action.

“When I step back and think about what will get people off a couch, in a car, down the road and into a theater, the answer is not postage stamp-sized screens and old seats,” said Gerardo I. Lopez, the chief executive of AMC Entertainment, the No. 2 chain in the United States. “Why would they bother? What the hell, stay in the house.”

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Posted on December 6, 2014 by Editor

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ENDGAME Worldwide

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Kim Dotcom’s Internet Party Coming

from engadget

Kim Dotcom will bring the Internet Party to the US in 2015

by Daniel Cooper | @danielwcooper 

If, after declaring that he was broke, you thought that Kim Dotcom would go quietly into the night, then you really don’t know him. After a successful bail hearing, the Megaupload founder is announcing that he will help launch a version of his Internet Party in the US next year. The political party, which failed to gain a seat in New Zealand’s most recent elections, stands on a platform of internet freedom, free university education and the decriminalization of cannabis. According to Dotcom’s Twitter account, the party will be “well funded and run by American citizens,” with the lad himself just helping out with public relations….

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Posted on December 4, 2014 by Editor

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Safe Reads: ENDGAME

from Safe Reads

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The Soon-to-be King At Court

Posted on December 2, 2014 by Editor

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The Finishing Line

from Dangerous Minds

‘The Finishing Line’: The grisly British educational film that scared kids and shocked parents

In 1977, a short film was produced in Britain to discourage children from playing on the railway lines and vandalizing trains—both problems in England at the time. But the documentary-style production did more than that: it scared the knickers off of kids and riled up their parents. The subsequent controversy surrounding this educational short was so great that it was ultimately banned. Even today, watching it is a shocking experience not soon forgotten.

Commissioned by British Transport Films (BTF) to be shown in schools, The Finishing Line (1977) is perhaps the most notorious educational film ever produced. The 20 minute short is akin to a gory episode of The Twilight Zone, or a Rod Serling-directed fake documentary. The atmosphere is so odd and the child body count so high, that it’s a wonder anyone thought this was a good idea to show to kids (the ages of the target audience was eight through twelve). Put simply, it’s a child’s nightmare come to life on the screen.

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