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Kurt Vonnegut’s Letters

Shaun Usher is delighted to have a copy of the new book Kurt Vonnegut: Letters, which is available for purchase today. He has published two of the letters at Letters of Note, in which the author’s fatherly side is evident. One concerns his son Mark, who received his draft notice in 1967. Here’s the first [...]

13 Little-Known Punctuation Marks We Should Be Using

Because sometimes periods, commas, colons, semi-colons, dashes, hyphens, apostrophes, question marks, exclamation points, quotation marks, brackets, parentheses, braces, and ellipses won’t do. 1. Interrobang You probably already know the interrobang, thanks to its excellent moniker and increasing popularity. Though the combination exclamation point and question mark can be replaced by using one of each (You did what!? [...]

7 Swordfighting Movies to See Before You Die

(Video Link)  If you’d ask me for a movie with great swordfights, I’d immediately respond, “The Princess Bride.” But James Rummel, a connoisseur of the genre, has others that you may not be aware of. The above scene is from The Mark of Zorro, a 1940 film with excellent theatrical combat. I especially like the final [...]

The End of the "Silent Letter"

Combining the ease of telephonic communication with the awesome speed of mail, the maker of typewriters Smith-Corona (count just how many cutting edge technologies are represented here, Neatoramanauts!) introduced the Mail Call back in 1967: Announcing: The end of the silent letter Now you can really “hear” from those you miss the most. A son in service. A [...]

Abandoned Section Of Detroit May Become Zombie Theme Park

Parts of Detroit already seem like a scary place to visit, but add a zombie theme park and you’ve got a nightmare in the making. Entrepreneur Mark Siwak feels that a zombie themed adventure might be just the thing to revitalize abandoned sections of Detroit, but to me it just sounds like a bad idea leading [...]

Invade All of the Humans!

(YouTube link) The world has been conquered by an army of giant robots! Well, two giant robots. Um, actually they’re kinda small. But they’ve taken over the world! Or, maybe just the park. Actually, the area near the park bench. But they’ve taken over! This video by Tom and Mark features “two malfunctioning robotic educational toys” [...]

10 James Joyce Facts in Honor of Bloomsday

Happy Bloomsday!! If you’re not a James Joyce aficionado (or if you don’t celebrate obscure holidays), June 16 is the day all of the events in Joyce’s Ulysses take place. The name comes from Leopold Bloom, the main character in the novel. To honor Bloomsday and James Joyce, here are a few [...]

Mark Malkoff’s Netflix Challenge

(YouTube link) Since you pay for Netflix by the month, how low can you bring the price-per-movie down by watching as many as you can? Mark Malkoff tried to find out, by devoting a month to the experiment. I don’t see how he did it, because I couldn’t find anywhere near that many movies I’d care [...]

Heavy Bombers: Fearsome Angels of the Cold War

“QUANTUM SHOT” #766 Link – article by Avi Abrams It was a warfare of intimidation and a game of fear: and so it bred monstrous planes, pregnant with the load of ominous bombs For all who lived through Cold War, or have heard the stories and seen the movies, the most [...]

The Platonic Fairy

Just got friend-zoned? Here’s the culprit: the Platonic Fairy, as visualized by cartoonist Mark Anderson.  View lots more really neat cartoons over at Mark’s website | Valentine’s Day [...]