Friday, 28 March 2014

Android KitKat Crashes Way Less Than iOS 7.1, Study Claims


No matter which mobile operating system you use it’s bound to crash every once and a while, but as smartphones and their software continue to improve crashes have become less frequent.

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11 Essential Stephen King Books


Stephen King is one of the most prolific authors in the world, with more than 50 books in print, and more coming out every year. He also happens to be one of my favorite storytellers, an author I’ve read more than any other.

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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Upcoming Genre Movies That Aren't Sequels, Remakes or Reboots


Sometimes it seems like every movie is either a sequel or a reboot. They remade Robocop and Godzilla. They're releasing sequels to the reboots of Spider-Man and Planet of the Apes. But there are still tons of original films in the pipeline.

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The Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can't Afford to Miss in March


Your reading list isn't long enough! You can always use another stack of science fiction and fantasy books — and luckily, March is full of exciting reads. Including new Terry Pratchett and Brandon Sanderson, but also loads of magic, time travel, apocalypses and fun.

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30 Cult Movies That Absolutely Everybody Must See


A great cult movie is like a weird underground discovery, that feels so strange and wonderful, you suspect that you're the first person ever to appreciate it properly. But certain cult films have acquired fame and influence to rival any blockbuster, and have become part of our shared vocabulary.

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Monday, 24 March 2014

A Very Rare Book Opens 6 Different Ways, Reveals 6 Different Books


Book binding has seen many variations, from the iconic Penguin paperbacks to highly unusual examples like this from late 16th century Germany. It’s a variation on the dos-à-dos binding format (from the French meaning “back-to-back”).

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So much has changed in libraries...


The Boston Public Library, founded in 1848, is breaking out of its granite shell, reports the Times, to become a more open and welcoming space, with a retail area, new teens section and a high-stool bar for laptop users.

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Why is Hellboy Cool?


March 2014 marks 20 years of Hellboy comics. For a non-Marvel/DC book, that is no small feat. For a book about a wise-cracking demon from Hell and his friends, it's downright amazing.

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[Interview] Scott Allie Talks 'Hellboy: Weird Tales' And Celebrating Hellboy Day


Tomorrow, Hellboy turns 20, a benchmark that not many characters reach. Scott Allie, Editor In Chief at Dark Horse Comics, has had his hand in the Mignola world for over a decade, working closely with the Hellboy creator to bring the series to life.

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Mignola looks back at 20 years of 'Hellboy'


Hellboy has been around for 20 years, and in a way he's not yet a grownup for his comic-book creator Mike Mignola.

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Mike Mignola on Hellboy’s 20th Anniversary


Once in a while I’m reminded of an anniversary — whether it’s for an awesome movie, TV show, book, or even a product — and immediately think, “Damn…now I feel really old. Because that awesome thing is so fresh in my mind, and so dear to my heart, that I just can’t wrap my brain around the fact that it’s been a part of my life for that long.
Hearing the words “20th Anniversary of Hellboy” elicited one of those moments. It completely floored me, because I can clearly remember the moment when I pulled a new comic from the stands featuring a blunt horned, red-hued creature, and instantly fell in love with the art and words of Mike Mignola.

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Mike Mignola: As Hellboy turns 20, creator celebrates having been at ‘exact right place at the exact right time’


WHEN MIKE MIGNOLA sketched a young demon back in the early ’90s, he had no idea he was about to make a major contribution to comic-book culture — or that the demon himself would be celebrated upon reaching its 20th anniversary.

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Big guns and cigars: Celebrating the depths of Hellboy at 20 years


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It's been two decades since Mike Mignola created a horned, red-hued devilish beast with a penchant for cigars and a big gun.
Since that first appearance in the pages of Dark Horse Comics' “San Diego Comic-Con Comics” No. 2, Hellboy has become a top-seller for the publisher, transformed into animation and spawned a pair of films starring Ron Perlman as Hellboy.

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Viking Night: Hellboy


I can’t believe I haven’t written about Hellboy yet. Sure, 900 words from now it won’t matter anymore, but at the exact moment I’m writing this, I can’t believe I haven’t written about Hellboy yet.

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'Hellboy Day' Gets Anniversary Comic Sampler (Exclusive Preview)


This Saturday, March 22, is Hellboy Day, with Dark Horse Comics celebrating the 20th anniversary of Mike Mignola’s surprisingly everyman demon with a number of events across the country (and, indeed, the world) and a special 20th anniversary sampler featuring new work by Mignola and other creator

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Top 20 Hellboy Comic Book Covers


You may recognize Hellboy from his movies by director Guillermo Del Toro, but did you know that he is one of the most beloved characters in the comic book community? His first comic book was published 20 years ago by creator Mike Mignola, and Big Red has been charming us with his over-sized fist and love of pancakes ever since.

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What better way to savor Hellboy Day than with chocolates?


Pop Candy has the details about the limited-edition series of Hellboy chocolates, designed by renowned chocolatier Richard Ruskell, and featuring wrapper art by Mignola and names like Abe Sapien Sea Salt Bar, “Taste the Justice” Lobster Johnson Bar and Hellboy Inferno.

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Things To Do All Over The World This Week If You Like Hellboy And His Universe


March 22nd marks the 20th Anniversary of Hellboy in his first dedicated comic, Hellboy: Seeds of Destruction #1, and Dark Horse are officially naming it Hellboy Day with events all over the place, wherever Hellboy creators and enthusiastic retailers can be found.

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Mike Mignola's Favorite Artwork From Hellboy's Last 20 Years


On Saturday, March 22nd, Mike Mignola's Hellboy will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of his first comic with celebratory events in comic stores around the world and a massive collection of Mignola's artwork, titled Hellboy: The First 20 Years.

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Hellboy Wiki


The Hellboy Wiki is a collaborative database for everything related to Hellboy characters, comic book series, films, novels, and more. Because of the wiki format, anyone can create and edit any page on the site, so we can all work together to create a comprehensive database.

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Sunday, 16 March 2014

15 super unique libraries around the world [Pictures]


It’s been over a year and a half since Matador contributing editor Sarah Park curated the wildly popular gallery Amazing libraries around the world. Time for a sequel.

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Amazing libraries around the world [Pictures]


15 photos of extraordinary library design.

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Library Technology Forecast for 2014 and Beyond

Libraries continue to face enormous challenges as they continue to deal with woefully inadequate budgets at the same time that almost every aspect of their work has become more complex. In these times when search engines, social networks, and ecommerce sites set an almost unreachable bar for user experience and breadth of content, libraries have to make extraordinary efforts to impress their patrons with the information resources and services that they offer on the web while remaining true to core library values. Thus, the stage is set. I’ll discuss some of the trends that I see playing out on the library technology front as we look ahead for the next couple of years.

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What Are Librarians In The Digital Age?


With a Kindle in one hand, a MacBook Air in the other, and an iPhone shoved in my pocket, I have nearly any information I could possibly want at my fingertips. Needless to say, I visit libraries much less often than I used to.

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Walden Media Will Adapt Supernatural Librarian Comic 'Rex Libris'


Walden Media, the company behind the Chronicles of Narnia franchise adaptation, is looking to capitalize on both the supernatural and comic book trend Hollywood loves so damn much now with an adaptation of Rex Libris.

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Comics You Should Own – Rex Libris : Comics Should Be Good! @ Comic Book Resources


Yes, it’s weird. That’s partly why you should love it! Rex Libris by James Turner (writer/artist).

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The truth about geeks and cats


Cats have ruled the internet since its earliest days, just the way they already ruled musty bookstores and comic book shops. It's true that many people love cats, but there are a few basic reasons why these small, furry mammals are especially relevant to geek interests.

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Hiddleston, Swinton, Jarmusch Talk Vampires in Must-See Romance 'Only Lovers Left Alive'


Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive" is the New York director's best film in a long time. When he's good, he's very very good, but some of his work can feel indulgent and thin (see "Limits of Control"). But this super-cool vampire romance hits on all cylinders.

Read the full article: Hiddleston, Swinton, Jarmusch Talk Vampires in Must-See Romance 'Only Lovers Left Alive' (PRESS CONFERENCE VIDEO, TRAILER)

Intel Touts 800Gbps Optical Cables For Data Centres


Intel and its partners are readying new optical networking capabilities for the data centre, after years of development and testing. The new technology promises to send data between servers and other systems at significantly higher speeds than copper cables currently do.

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Sunday, 9 March 2014

Biblioracle: Libraries a haven on earth


"Water is wet." There's as much news in that statement as there is in a recent Pew Internet survey that revealed that people value their public libraries.

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On the identity and origins of the Nazgûl


TORN’s latest library piece tries to uncover the origins of the Ringwraiths. Some of Tolkien’s most mysterious and alluring characters in Middle-earth, the Nazgûl have remained in the shadows (no pun intended) ever since their appearance in The Lord of the Rings.

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A Naked Singularity and the Folio Prize

The Folio Prize is the first major English-language book prize open to writers from around the world—an alternative to the Booker Prize (UK) and the National Book Award (US), featuring an international cast of nominees, that aspires, “to celebrate the best fiction of our time, regardless of or genre, and to bring it to the attention of as many readers as possible.”
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Ten facts only Rings ‘super fans’ know


Ten facts you probably know about Middle-earth. I’m not entirely sure they make one a “super fan” (which is, frankly, the sort of exclusionary title wielded to make others feel that they’re not a real fans).

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Why Does Lotus' First Motorbike Look Like A Tron Lightcycle?


If you feel riding a motorbike is one of the more terrifying road-bound activities one can engage in, then the lightcycle battles from Tron probably didn’t do much to calm those fears. Not much at all.

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Saturday, 8 March 2014

19 Quotes That Will Make You Fall in Love With Books All Over Again


Bust out those e-readers, dust off your bookshelves, or head to your local library -- Monday, March 3 marks the 17th annual Read Across America Day. Hosted by the National Education Association and held in conjunction with Dr. Seuss' birthday (March 2), Read Across America Day applies the football pep rally mentality to books, aiming to get children just as excited about cracking open a book as they are about scoring a touchdown.
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Are elevated bicycle highways the future of transportation?


Bicycles are an amazing form of transportation — they get you from A to B quickly, without harming the environment, and they're terrific exercise. But biking in a city or on a highway can also be dangerous.
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You Could Soon Read An Entire Harry Potter Book In Under 90 Minutes With This App


Soon you could read all 309 pages of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in under 77 minutes. Yes, you. To get through it that quickly (a pace of 1,000 words a minute) you'll have to use an about-to-be released app and forgo the idea of reading page by page.
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