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Coloring Books for Adults

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Only just recently, publishers have caught on that sometimes adults like to color too. They have started publishing books in many different styles to appeal to adults of different styles. Florals, geometric shapes, architecture, organic shapes, themed collections, works of art, and more are represented in these books. Continue reading

When Connected Lighting Meets TV: Oh Hell Maybe.

Syfy Sync + Hue w/ Sharknado
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Does the campy ‘Sharknado’ use the Philips Hue lighting system to signal the first sparks of the integration enhanced environment in daily life? Continue reading

Another Alternative to Inexpensive Minis for Gaming

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Yesterday, Ryan Hiller provided some great tips on finding inexpensive mini figurines for gaming that included offerings on Kickstarter and eBay. There’s no doubt that miniatures are useful to our favorite games, especially RPGs, and it’s nice to know there are options out there for those on a limited budget. While I’m all for saving money, I also would like to toss out two more factors for consideration when investing in minis — storage and durability. Continue reading

Great Big Beautiful Podcast: Episode 20 – Doug Jones

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It’s time to turn off the lights, dig into that bucket of popcorn, and have the bejeezus scared out of you by the modern-day Man of 1,000 Faces, Doug Jones! That’s right! We’re joined this week by the incomparable Doug Jones, who has brought to life characters from ‘Hellboy,’ ‘Pan’s Labyrinth,’ ‘Fantastic Four,’ ‘Hocus Pocus,’ ‘Falling Skies,’ and ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer.’ Continue reading

Otakon Begins and the Otaku Converge on Baltimore

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Otakon is this weekend in Baltimore. It’s a convention for fans of Asian popular culture. It originally began as an event for fans of Japanese animation, but has since expanded to include fans of all Asian culture entertainment. It also happens to be the largest and longest-running Japanese animation convention on the East Coast of the United States. Continue reading

Tasty, Healthy Snacks Delivered Monthly From VeganCuts

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It seems everywhere you turn nowadays, there is a new monthly subscription box to fulfill some niche. Instead of just providing “stuff,” VeganCuts is actually providing something everyone needs–healthy snacks! Continue reading

Meet the Cast of ‘Ant-Man’

"Let's get small." (Obligatory Steve Martin reference.)
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Marvel’s twelfth feature film, ‘Ant-Man,’ opened Friday; the studio held a press conference on Saturday, June 27, at which the cast discussed the film and answered questions from the audience. Paul Rudd also answered somebody’s phone. Continue reading

America’s Last Hope for WWIII? ‘Ghost Fleet’ by Singer and Cole

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I’ve read a lot of Tom Clancy over the years (his actual novels, not those books where his name was just added to the cover to encourage sales), and there are probably hundreds of reasons for his popularity — well researched military hardware, believable heroes and villains, and descriptive battles are just a few I believe led to Clancy’s success in military fiction. His novels are almost unique in their style, but I’ve recently finished a new novel that had me flashing back to Clancy and his style of writing. Continue reading