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Betrayal at House on the Hill - play if you dare

2 hours 42 min ago

Betrayal at House on the Hill is a board game that takes place in a haunted mansion. You and your friends must explore the mansion to discover its dark secrets. But you should tread carefully as one of you might be a traitor.

The game starts out as cooperative, in which players explore the abandoned mansion to find omens, trigger events and pick up items. This continues until the 'Haunt' phase starts. The Haunt is triggered by the omen cards. Every time an omen card is picked up, the player must roll the dice and try to score more than the collective omens currently on the board. If the player fails the Haunt starts and then, depending on the omen, one player will take on the roll of the Spider-Queen, Witch, Demon, Zombie Lord or Werewolf and the rest will fight for survival.

This is a really fun game for anyone interested in horror. It's interesting, different and will always keep you guessing. Every play through the mansion will be different. Couple this with random card picks, twelve characters to choose from and over 50 scenarios you can play, and this game equals great replay value. However, it isn't perfect. The Haunt will sometimes favor one side or the other, which can make it next to impossible to win, so it can be a little unbalanced.

The quality of the game is great. There are six miniatures (all colored), and each has a character's sheet printed on glossed cardboard. The tiles are solid, strikingly eerie and excellent quality. The sliders, which keep track of your stats, is the only drawback. They're not well-fitted and slide off the card pretty easily. It can play up to 6 players (three being the minimum) and plays about 1-2 hours, depending on the amount of players you have. – Engela Snyman

Betrayal at House on the Hill
by Wizards of the Coast
Ages 12 and up, 3-6 players
$34 Buy a copy on Amazon

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Oliver Sacks, neurologist and author, dies at 82

6 hours 51 min ago

In February, Oliver Sacks announced to the world that an earlier case of melanoma in his eye had spread to his liver, and that he would likely soon die of metastatic melanoma. Dr. Sacks died today, in his New York City home, of cancer. He was 82.

The neurologist and author “explored some of the brain’s strangest pathways in best-selling case histories like 'The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,' using his patients’ disorders as starting points for eloquent meditations on consciousness and the human condition.”

More from the New York Times obituary:

Describing his patients’ struggles and sometimes uncanny gifts, Dr. Sacks helped introduce syndromes like Tourette’s or Asperger’s to a general audience. But he illuminated their characters as much as their conditions; he humanized and demystified them.

In his emphasis on case histories, Dr. Sacks modeled himself after a questing breed of 19th-century physicians, who well understood how little they and their peers knew about the workings of the human animal and who saw medical science as a vast, largely uncharted wilderness to be tamed.

“I had always liked to see myself as a naturalist or explorer,” Dr. Sacks wrote in “A Leg to Stand On” (1984), about his own experiences recovering from muscle surgery. “I had explored many strange, neuropsychological lands — the furthest Arctics and Tropics of neurological disorder.”

Oliver Sacks. Photo: Douglas White.

The photo above is of a young, hot, hot-rodding Oliver Sacks in Manhattan, shot by photographer Douglas White. The image graces the cover of his final book, ”On the Move: A Life.”

Oliver Sacks: His personal website. And his books on Amazon.

Here's an excerpt of Steve Silberman's Neurotribes book, which talks about how Sacks was responsible for helping the world learn about autism. And don't miss this wonderful profile Steve did of the good doctor way back in 2002, for WIRED.

One of the most beautiful and hopeful things @OliverSacks did before he died was come out as gay in his memoir "On the Move" and find love.

— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) August 30, 2015

I love this photo of the tirelessly curious @OliverSacks, taken by his loving and brilliant partner @BillHayesNYC.

— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) August 30, 2015

Lord, one of hardest things about middle age is losing your heroes and mentors. May Oliver's memory be a blessing.

— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) August 30, 2015
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DEAL: LED Helicopter Shooters: 5-Pack ($7.99)

13 hours 26 min ago

Easy to launch and fun to watch, these LED Helicopter Shooters are a surefire crowd pleaser. Simply flip on each helicopter’s light and slingshot your aircraft into the clouds using a rubber band launcher. Upon reaching maximum height, the helicopter’s blades will open up, allowing the aircraft to descend in a mesmerizing swirl of light and color.

  • Easily launch into the air
  • Operate w/ simple slingshot design
  • Decorate the night sky w/ colorful lights
  • Entertain yourself & others
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The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and The Game of Thrones

Sat, 2015-08-29 15:23

Like any epic fictional world, the setting of George RR Martin’s massively successful A Song of Ice and Fire series is rife with a labyrinthine backstory and complex history that drives the story’s action and helps explain some of its characters' deeper motivations. At first blush, The World of Ice and Fire is just a lore book meant to set the record straight on historical events and eras preceding the series. However, through the voice of Maester Yandel, the work’s biased narrator and compiler, Martin, Garcia and Antonsson spawn more questions and greater uncertainty, with the Maester himself even admitting at times his ignorance as to crucial details. There are the necessary elements of rich and plentiful artwork, maps that seem torn and affixed to the page, and disconcertingly intertwined family trees that connect this history to the events of the books and television show. Then there is the attention to the small details, like the use of fancifully script-like fonts in titles, the depiction of heraldry with attribution to certain houses, and especially the dedication by Maester Yandel, “To his most esteemed and gracious lord, Tommen,” with the names of “Robert” and “Joffrey” barely distinguishable and faded underneath Tommen’s name.

As a physical object, The World of Ice and Fire also feels like an artifact plucked from the universe that it describes. To hold this book and read through its pages is to inhabit the world of ice and fire and to be presented with the same kind of piecemeal knowledge of that world with which its characters themselves struggle.

The book’s structure fittingly rambles from the series’ mythical prehistory to the more political historical present. A section on The Seven Kingdoms looks in depth at the various realms and sub-geographies of Westeros in terms of their history, culture and geography. A number of subsequent sections describe the increasingly foreign and exotic locales of Essos and Other Lands. From the obscure myths of the past, to the known present and familiar realms, and then back to more legendary lands, the subject matter’s transition into the known and then back out keeps with some of the overall themes of the series: fantasy threatening the periphery while human foibles form the core. The lineages and family trees appended to the end of the book give a succinct visualization of how the series and its myriad history intertwine.

A Song of Ice and Fire’s fandom has recently reached a critical mass. The viral popularity of the TV series has brought an influx of new readership and more voices to debate the final trajectory of the as-yet unfinished series. Martin’s co-authors, Garcia and Antonsson, gained their expertise through managing the online forums that have served as homes to Game of Thrones fans. Perhaps spurred by the endless theorizing of fans and definitely urged by wild popularity, The World of Ice and Fire is a shift back from this digital realm to a physical and printed object.

The World of Ice and Fire is many things. It is a fictional tome seemingly transported from the fictional world itself, a lavishly illustrated art book to gush over for hours, and a dubiously authoritative account of the history that motivates the series. In a world of social reading and communities of readers whose speculations often preempt the intentions of authors themselves, The World of Ice and Fire uses historical uncertainty to undermine even the savviest of theorizers. When you play the Game of Thrones with George RR Martin, you mettle with the author and the authority, and there are no sure bets. This wonderful book is that truth made manifest. – Stephen Webb

The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and The Game of Thrones
by George R. R. Martin, Elio Garcia, and Linda Antonsson
2014, 336 pages, 9.3 x 12.1 x 1.4 inches
$25 Buy one on Amazon

See sample pages from this book at Wink.

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Put Nutella on everything

Sat, 2015-08-29 14:53

Nutella on everything. This shitty but wonderful video never gets old.


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Music: "Rush," Big Audio Dynamite (1991)

Sat, 2015-08-29 14:30

Situation no win.

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What ethnic group is mostly likely to be shot by police in the USA?

Sat, 2015-08-29 14:17

Spoiler: Native Americans.

According to a Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice analysis of Centers for Disease Control data, between 1999 and 2011 Native Americans were killed by police at a higher rate than any other racial group in the country. In other words, if the Seattle metro area — home to just over 4 million people — were made up entirely of American Indians, around 10 people would have been shot and killed by police every year between 1999 and 2011.

From Al Jazeera's coverage of the police shooting death of Paul Castaway, a Lakhota man who suffered from mental illness and alcoholism, and didn't deserve to be murdered by someone who probably won't be held accountable for it.

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900 dog poop bags for $15

Sat, 2015-08-29 13:45

I used to reuse grocery bags for picking up after my dogs, and cleaning the cat box. Now that grocery bags are evil, I'm buying these bags in bulk.

Cleaning up after your dog is just part of responsible life with your pets. I'm surprised at how many people are lazy about it. Maybe it is because bags are harder to come by, as bags are being regulated all over California. I used plastic shopping bags for most of my life when cleaning up after my team. I've also noticed the trail-side "Need a bag, take a bag" dispensers are always empty. I've been leaving some of these bags in them when I walk past. They were once filled with shopping bags.

These bags work perfectly. They are cheap. They are black. They come with a dispenser, and its always handy to have another. You do not need to leave poop all over the place.

AmazonBasics Dog Waste Bags with Dispenser and Leash Clip - 900 Pack via Amazon

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Egypt sentences 3 Al Jazeera reporters to 3 years in prison

Sat, 2015-08-29 13:43

Baher Mohamed, a journalist with Al Jazeera English, in the court room on Saturday in Cairo. Credit Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

A judge in Egypt today delivered a verdict in the trial of three news reporters from Al Jazeera English. They are sentenced to three years in prison, on charges widely believed to be politically motivated and otherwise baseless.

From the New York Times account:

The verdict on Saturday was especially stunning because Egyptian officials had repeatedly signaled that they viewed the trial as a nuisance that had brought unwanted scrutiny of the government. The families of the journalists, Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste, said they had expected that the men would either be exonerated on Saturday or sentenced to time already served.

But instead, the judge, Hassan Farid, upheld what human rights advocates said was among many baseless accusations leveled during the journalists’ long legal odyssey: that they had “broadcast false news” about Egypt on Al Jazeera.

Al Jazeera Journalists Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison in Egypt” [nyt]

Outrage at the verdict is widespread, and sparked a flood of social media condemnation.

Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney (who is also the wife of actor George Clooney) represented Canadian national Mohammed Fahmy, one of the three jailed reporters. The men were first charged in 2013 for allegedly being a part of the Muslim Brotherhood, and airing faked footage with the intent of harming national security.

"The verdict today sends a very dangerous message in Egypt," said Clooney after the ruling. "It sends a message that journalists can be locked up for simply doing their job, for telling the truth and reporting the news."

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Russian software security firm Kaspersky threatened to 'rub out' rival, email reveals

Sat, 2015-08-29 13:32

Eugene Kaspersky, chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, listens to a question during an interview in New York March 10, 2015. REUTERS

A tech intrigue story from Joe Menn at Reuters on alleged dirty-doings between the software security firm Kaspersky and its rivals.

In 2009, Eugene Kaspersky, co-founder of one of the world's top security companies, told some of his lieutenants that they should attack rival antivirus software maker AVG Technologies N.V. (AVG.N) by "rubbing them out in the outhouse," one of several previously undisclosed emails shows.

He was quoting from Vladimir Putin's famous threat a decade earlier to pursue Chechen rebels wherever they were: "If we catch them in the toilet, then we will rub them out in the outhouse."

Former employees say that the reprisal Kaspersky was pushing for was to trick AVG's antivirus software into producing false positives - that is, misclassifying clean computer files as infected. As previously reported by Reuters, the plan involved creating fake virus samples and malware identifications to fool competitors into disabling or deleting important files, thereby creating problems for their customers.

Exclusive: Russia's Kaspersky threatened to 'rub out' rival, email shows” [reuters]

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Little girl not really sure why she covered baby brother in peanut butter

Sat, 2015-08-29 13:20

Sometimes these things just happen and no one is sure why.

“This video was taken in 2004,” explains Gina Gardner Brown. “Emily was 3 and Ethan was 18 months at the time.” Here is a mirror.

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Power outage shuts down San Francisco freeway. Roving mariachi band appears.

Sat, 2015-08-29 11:54

Nope. Not one bit surprised that this happened in San Francisco. A live mariachi band appears as if from nowhere to entertain drivers stuck on US Highway 101, after a power outage caused shutdowns throughout the city. God I fucking love California.

[Steve Weiss via Reddit]

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Pope Pong

Sat, 2015-08-29 11:33

Just two dudes (actually probably bishops?) playing Pong.

[By queridoantinio]

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Pay What You Want: UX to UI Designer Toolbox Bundle

Sat, 2015-08-29 04:00

The ultimate UX to UI Pay What You Want bundle, curated specially for designers, has finally arrived! From mockups to vectors to webpage templates, this complete collection of assets is equal parts wide-ranging and top quality.

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Sarah Palin to interview Donald Trump

Fri, 2015-08-28 16:35

I can't understand a single thing Sarah Palin wrote in the Facebook post below, but Mother Jones has interpreted it to mean that Palin is going to interview Donald Trump on One America News. I'm clearing my calendar to watch the Sarahtrumpocalypse.

WTH, LAMESTREAM MEDIA! STAY OUT OF MY BIBLE WTH? Lamestream media asks GOP personal, spiritual "gotchas" that they'd NEVER ask Hillary, or they'd feed the question to her and/or liberal cohorts before they asked it on-air (we know how these things work, lapdog media... the public's on to you), so good on Trump for screwing with the reporter. By the way, even with my reading scripture everyday I wouldn't want to answer the guy's question either... it's none of his business; it IS personal; what the heck does it have to do with serving as commander-in-chief; and these reporters trying to trip up conservatives can go pound sand until they ask the same things of their favored liberal pals. I'll cover this in my interview with Donald Trump and other candidates tonight on the One America News Network show "On Point." The more the media does this, the more they empower America to reject them and their bias as voters run to the anti-status quo candidates daring to Go Rogue. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

WTH, LAMESTREAM MEDIA! STAY OUT OF MY BIBLEWTH? Lamestream media asks GOP personal, spiritual "gotchas" that they'd...

Posted by Sarah Palin on Friday, August 28, 2015

Images: Wikipedia/Gage Skidmore/Flickr/Gage Skidmore

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More excellent $2 ebooks on Amazon

Fri, 2015-08-28 15:42

Amazon has been offering great deals on ebooks lately. Here are some books I've read and recommend, priced at $1.99:

The follwing books are good deals, but a bit more than $1.99:

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Cat disapproves of dog's zebra mask

Fri, 2015-08-28 15:01

This happy dog doesn't mind wearing a zebra mask, but its feline friend dislikes it so much that her head has become astonishingly flat.

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Great book covers as animated GIFs

Fri, 2015-08-28 14:51

Wonderful literary GIFs by Javier Jensen of Santiago, Chile.

More here.


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GIF of greatness: Pug escapes Mexican blanket

Fri, 2015-08-28 14:46
[HT: Vinebox]
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Oregon wedding has weed bar with budtender

Fri, 2015-08-28 14:04

A bride and groom who had a wedding in Portland, Oregon had a weed bar at their reception. They stayed within the eight-ounce legal limit and offered 13 different cannabis strains to appreciative guests. "Even an 81-year-old woman who hadn't smoked weed since the '60s came into the tent at our wedding," said the groom, John Elledge. "Though skeptical at first she ended up loving it."

New first for us...a "Weed Bar!" Can't get the late night treats out fast enough! #keepportlandweird #bridalblissnw #weedbar #marijuanabar

A photo posted by Bridal Bliss (@bridalblissnw) on Aug 8, 2015 at 9:20pm PDT

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