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The Fantastic Four franchise, just like Doc Savage, has a curse. Studios should leave Fantastic Four movies to fan made obsessives, and stop trying unnecessary changes to character designs and backstories.

They should just stop.

Two good points do come to mind. First, at least they have a convincing blonde for the Sue Storm character. The previous movies should not have changed the character's hair and eye colors. Jessica Alba is a brunette, regardless of make-up. Second, I have high hopes for the soundtrack: Macro Beltrami and Philip Glass!
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French Student Sets Internet on Fire with Animation Inspired by Moebius, Syd Mead & Hayao Miyazaki
The internet over in Japan was lit ablaze last month by a student film. Titled “Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux” (“Girls and Guys from the Summits and the Skies”), the short is a gorgeously animated trailer for what looks like an amazing yet-to-be-made feature film.
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Get Sorcery! 3 from the Amazon Appstore. Check it out - http://amzn.to/1HxdWHJ

This is today's free app of the day on Amazon's App Store. Go get it now.
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This should not be too much of a surprise, however: the most famous of the great Japanese woodblock artists died only a few decades before Commodore Perry brought his black boats to Edo bay. Much of their era would disappear in the miraculous changes of the Meiji revolution, but as the prints ...
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Generally not an Andre Norton fan myself, but I read most of her imitators first. They generally did a good job of building on her legacy.
My latest Appendix N post is up: RETROSPECTIVE: Star Man’s Son by Andre Norton Last year I made the point that Edgar Rice Burroughs was a major influence on the creation of Superman, D&D, and S...
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Stories have power, and apparently they might hold the key to mapping human migration using phylogenetics.
New insights into the origins and development of folk tales such as Little Red Riding Hood are being provided by the application of scientific analysis more commonly used by biologists to produce an evolutionary tree of life diagram.
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The site African Fossils.org provides, among other things, 3d models of artifacts, skulls, and the dig site of an excavation in East Africa.

Just the thing to use for props (courtesy of a 3d printing service) in your game.
This virtual lab showcases a spectacular collection of fossils and artifacts found mostly at Lake Turkana in East Africa. The digital collection of animals, human ancestors, as well as ancient stone tools offers a unique tool for scholars and enthusiasts to explore and interact with the ...
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+Rob Heinsoo​ writes in the latest 13th.Age in #Glorantha post:


"And first, a word about the book's organization: I originally had the charming but crazy idea that the chapters would be organized by rune, ORLANTH IS STORM KING getting a chapter of its own, with Air myths and the Air/Storm classes tumbling together, followed by the ERNALDA IS EARTH QUEEN, and so on. Cute idea, but not clear or useful to new players, so we've reorganized as follows. . . "

Nothing stops the editor from making multiple tables of contents, each of which can have a different organizing scheme. Good indexes already do this in most non fiction books. +Rob Heinsoo​ can do this, have his cake and eat it too, all to the advantage of the end readers.

The publisher, +Pelgrane Press Ltd​, no does a better job with bookmarking than they have in the past. Whether or not they take this suggestion, I hope they provide good bookmarks and omit DRM. That way I will have a good starting point when I begin annotating my own copy.

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Good afternoon, Gloranthans and 13th Agers. This project is a like a 7-course meal in which all the courses need to be ready at pretty much the same time! The manuscript has more than doubled in size since our March update. Here's a quick guide to what we have been working on since our last update, chapter by chapter. And first, a word about the book's organization: I originally had the charming but crazy idea that the chapters would be organized...
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+Rob Heinsoo I thank you for the correction about the publisher. My praise for +Pelgrane Press Ltd stands.
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Just the thing for that exotic area of effect in +Kevin Crawford 's #OtherDust , or in any horror RPG's eerie site.
Anomalies are small, discrete areas of reality distortion within a Zone. There appear to be a finite number of stereotyped distortions so similar if not identical types of anomalies have been observed in different Zones. Inspired by the means of anomaly creation in the Stalker rpg, ...
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Generally not an Andre Norton fan myself, but I read most of her imitators first. They generally did a good job of building on her legacy.
My latest Appendix N post is up: RETROSPECTIVE: Star Man’s Son by Andre Norton Last year I made the point that Edgar Rice Burroughs was a major influence on the creation of Superman, D&D, and S...
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Poetry only bores people who read boring poetry.

A glassite axle towers from stem to stem
Containing the machineries of hell
(Where Blake might lead a skeptic angel if
He would impose his vision on that spirit),
Whose function is to suck in through the intake
The planetary gas and comet-dusts
With an electric funnel twelve miles wide,
And, like a ramjet, burn this vaporous fuel
And turn its nuclear substance into light;
Light whose reaction mass indeed is small
But whose velocity, and thus momentum,
Could scarcely be improved on by an angel.
The incandescent torch the vessel wields
Is wing and sword at once, a drive or weapon;
And harnessed to an asteroid or comet
Becomes a miner’s pick or welder’s arc.

--an excerpt from "Genesis," by Frederick Turner.
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