Once, children WANTED to be astronauts

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Alarming headline: Astronauts tinker with urine-to-water machine Even more alarming lede: Astronauts tinkered Sunday with a troublesome piece of equipment designed to help convert urine and sweat into drinkable water, which is vital to allowing the international space station crew to double to six.

Back in the day

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The history of the Internet via John Hodgman and Bruce Campbell

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This weekend, we caught a Halloween evening screening of MY NAME IS BRUCE. For those not following the saga, this Dark Horse-produced film tells the Galaxy Quest-like story of a town — beset by an ancient Chinese demon — that decides to kidnap B-movie icon Bruce Campbell to fight said demon. Now, as many of […]

16 Days of Halloween: Jose Ladronn

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Today’s Halloween art comes from Jose Ladronn and HIP FLASK. Ladronn was born in Mexico and won a 2006 Eisner Award for his work on HIP FLASK: MYSTERY CITY. Keep those cards and letters coming, folks…it’s getting spooky out there.

New superglue may help Spidey come closer to reality…or not

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An incredible new Gecko-like glue is said to be the stickiest yet. Using some fancy-schmancy system of carbon nanotubes enhanced with curly strands of carbon, the new glue is 10 times stickier than a gecko’s feet. The substance’s adhesive qualities can also be measured in a unit we all understand: A 1-inch (2.5-cm) square of […]

These are the voyages…

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For the entire cast, check out UGO.

RIP: Neal Hefti

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He may have worked with Count Basie and Frank Sinatra, but jazz composer Neal Hefti will likely be best remembered for a piece of music: The Batman Theme. Hefti passed away last week at the age of 85. You can find his obit in the Washington Post here. Not only did Hefti create The Batman […]

Earthcrawler pr0n

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Are we the only person who is on some kind of spam list for folks in Dubai selling expensive construction equipment (cranes and bulldozers)? With PICTURES? We are excited as anyone by the idea of looking at pictures of 80-ton cranes, but how on earth did we get on this list? Is this some kind […]

The joy of Ethernet

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Sorry about that media blackout yesterday. The Marriott Inner Harbor in Baltimore is a fine hotel with wonderful bedding and a friendly staff (as well as SHOWER CAPS, a recent bugaboo at SBM), but the Ethernet modem in our room cut out every time out the computer went to sleep — necessitating a 10 minute […]

That special sensibility

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A dark day in the world of fake fighting

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Sad days in the world of pro wrestling, especially if you are a fan of the Lucha Libre style. On tonight’s 75th Anniversary CMLL show in Mexico City, Blue Panther, one of the most accomplished luchadors of the modern era, shockingly lost his mask in the main event against Villano V. If you think comics […]

Maybe Rosario should join the cast of LOVE & ROCKETS movie

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We love the expression on sometime-comics creator Rosario Dawson’s face here. She’s all like “Yup. It’s all real. I DO have a fabulous complexion.”

So, he must be a superhero, right?

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That’s the only explanation, right? Posted by Mark Coale

Help save softball!

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If you’re are like me, you are watching the Olympics, which is shorthand for bouts of gymnastics interrupted by endless play by play, minutely detailed, microscopic examination of women’s beach volleyball. Seriously, how is this even a sport? I mean, we all know the answer to that, but why is it a sport that has […]

“Man Who Poisoned CRACKED Kills Self”

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The anthrax matter – and the timely suicide of its purported mastermind — is crazy enough to keep conspiracy theorists going for the rest of Chris Carter’s natural life. However, could there have been an even MORE sinister scheme behind the goings on at Fort Detrick? Over at the TCJ message board, Mort Todd points […]

Scotty’s rocket breaks apart — for real

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When actor James Doohan — best known for his role as the Enterprise’s beloved and crusty engineer Scotty on STAR TREK — died in 2005, it was announced that his ashes would be rocketed into space. A fitting final resting place for someone who often went into that final frontier. In 2007, a portion of […]