1) A random comic generator. NSFW.
3) Was 2014 the Year of the Video Essay? Who knew? How to make a great video essay: Video (naturally)
4) A long run down a concrete luge in New Zealand. Video.
6) Google maps for fantasy spaces. Cute.
6) The relationship between coffee and mesmerism, and the importance of morning rituals. Video.
Chris McGrath is selling prints of the art he did for The Way Into Chaos, and not only is it gorgeous, the prices are beyond reasonable.
Check it out.
Annual tradition: Here’s my favorite version of A Christmas Carol
3) Is everything good about Minecraft gone? This piece echoes my earlier post about buying my son an Xbox, and I agree that Minecraft has changed as third parties set up their own servers. My son plays a game that’s a lot like The Hunger Games, and doesn’t build nearly as much as he used to. He still builds, but there’s a lot of PvP, too.
5) Dutch real estate broker installs mini-rollercoaster into home to give prospective buyers a tour. Video. As stunts go, this one is terrific.
6) Ugly Christmas sweaters are the new thing, so why not turn them into men’s suits? (That’s a rhetorical question.)
7) Ben Edelman, Harvard Business School Professor, Goes to War Over $4 Worth of Chinese Food. You can be very very wrong while being right.
1) World’s Worst Playgrounds h/t @cstross
7) The Zero Stooges (aka The Three Stooges Minus Stooges). Video.
How reintroducing wolves into Yosemite Park changed the course of rivers.
I’m filing this under “Extremely interesting” since it implies a lot about the effects of dragon slaying and other putatively heroic behaviors.
The September Kickstarter update just went out, but you don’t have to click through to see the unveiled cover art by Chris McGrath. Why, just look
There’s a progress update, too, but you’ll have to click through to read it because I don’t want to type all that out again.
Sure you do!
I just sent this out in a Kickstarter update, so now I can share it with you. Chris McGrath’s art work for The Way Into Magic, book two of The Great Way.
I know, right?
I’ve talked before about searching for a cover artist to portray Cazia (a fifteen-year-old girl and the co-protagonist), and how few galleries feature female characters that weren’t sexualized. As much as I love the cover art for book 1, this image makes me really grateful to work with Chris on this.
Book 3 art is still hidden here in my vest pocket, to be unveiled later.