Cool Tee: Size Matters Not

Judge him by his size? I think not – he’s a Jedi Master dammit…

[Get it @ Epic Embrace – $11 (Available this weekend only!)]

Middle-Earth Males Outnumber Middle-Earth Ladies 4:1 [Chart]

I have a feeling there was a dark underbelly to Middle-Earth…

[Via Geekologie]

Batman Death of the Family Arc Brings Life Back to an Old Foe and DC Comics

It’s been a long time since I have enjoyed a Batman title. One of the few series from DC Comics that I would consistantly throw money at every month, it about stopped during Batman’s RIP and subsequent resurrection arc, where we learn he was his own great-great-great grand father and possibly the first human to evolve from a Neanderthal. After that, I just gave up. This week, when picking up my horde of post-AvX tie-ins, I looked over and saw the cover of Catwoman #13. An eerie half-mask of Joker’s face, complete with eye cut out and a twisted smile on his face. Okay DC, I thought, you got my interest.

I grabbed Catwoman, and the Batman issue that came out the week before, picked up more Marvel titles than I should have, and went on my way.

That was the best purchase I have made in months. Batman: Death of the Family begins a twisted new tale for my favorite Clown Prince of Crime. He’s been oddly absent from the  reboot, but DC couldn’t have picked a better time to launch this story. Marvel is gaining a lot of attention for their NOW not-reboot, but DC has returned to what makes them a company that can tell a great story over many different titles.

Joker is back. His face, more twisted and his mind further gone than ever before. We see him revisit crimes of his past with a gut wrenching new way that goes from slapstick to just pure terror. Harley even makes a cameo, in a scene that nearly broke my heart. She’s been a favorite of mine since I watched the Batman Animated Series as a child, and to see her brought out and used in the manner which the Joker does, and to finally see her start to crack under his madness, is some of the best writing I’ve ever seen with her character. In fact, a lot of Death of the Family reminds me of Dini’s run on Detective Comics, but more gritty, dark and a sense of  madness in all of it.

Without giving away too much, Joker visits Jim Gordon and we are treated to some of the best (worst) moments from their shared history. Batman’s desire to save his family from being shattered by the madman may come too late, as the last panel revealed what could be the greatest blow to the Caped Crusader.

If you’ve been shying away from DC since their relaunch, this is the time to come back into the fold. Even the tie-ins, which I’m never keen on having mulch-reaching arcs, are solid and worth the $2.99. I can’t wait to get my hands on the Batgirl title now. If anyone, Babs deserves a reckoning with good ol’ Mistah J.

REI Jumps Into the Zombie Preparedness Ring [Chart]

According to outdoor outfitters REI, all Rick & Co. need on ‘The Walking Dead’ is some of their versatile equipment to weather the zombies…and weather the weather.

(Maybe if they had spent more time shopping and less time talking last season…)

[Via REI]

Piano That Looks Futuristic is Actually from the Past! [Pic]

No, this isn’t some modern piano — this is how it ACTUALLY looked waaaaay back in 1931!

It was designed by Poul Henningsen, after Danish jazz pianist Leo Mathiesen complained he could not see his some of his band members during performances, due to the open lid of his piano.

Henningsen also made the legs curved “to provide more room for percussion instruments.”

[Via Gizmodo]

Muscular Geek Does One-Handed Push Ups While Solving Rubik’s Cube

This is one of my first times trying one armed push ups so forgive me if the form is off. I haven’t done a standard push up in as long as I can remember. I just lift weights. My quad actually isn’t touching the ground, it might look that way b/c of the loose shorts. Also, sorry for the little pause between push ups 3 and 4, I messed up a part of the solve.

This vid combines my 2 main hobbies. (lifting and cubing)

[Latissimus65]

Can Playing Dungeons & Dragons Make You A Confident & Successful Person? [Video]

There are some deeply ingrained stereotypes about Dungeons & Dragons, and those stereotypes usually begin and end with people shouting “NERD!!!” But the reality of the D&D universe is a whole lot more complex. Rather than being an escape from reality, D&D is actually a way to enhance some important real life skills! It’s a chance to learn problem solving, visualization, interaction, organization, people management… the list could go on and on. Plus, there are some very famous non-nerds who have declared an affinity for D&D, so best stop criticizing and join in if you want to be a successful at the game of life.

So what do you guys think? Can playing D&D actually make you a better and more successful person? Let us know in the comments section below!

[pbsideachannel]

Super Creepy: Giant Spider Projection [Video]

This videoinstallation took place in Saarbruecken, Germany. Two small spiders were filmed in a small model of the building that later was projected on.

[Friedrich van Schoor]

Stretching Workout for Gamers [Video]

Getting people who sit on their booty all day long to exercise? A worthy goal indeed.

Fitness guru and author of The Booty Bible ALICIA MARIE (AKA ‘The Cardio Girl’) brings you GAMERFIT — simple stretching, toning and cardiovascular fitness moves in YouTube videos that you can do ANYWHERE, ANYTIME.

[CardioWorldSeries | Via Neatorama]

Literary Nerds Alert: Twitter Fiction Festival

Ok fellow writing nerds – time to put those creative writing degrees to work. Many geeks will shun you for your arts degree with a major in creative writing and tell you you’re not a real geek.

Here’s time to prove them wrong.

The Twitter Fiction Festival is about using technology to change the way we read literature. Twitter has already changed the way we communicate, the way we absorb information and, arguably, how long we are able to pay attention to anything.

I attended a “Digital Storytelling” workshop once where we discussed how fiction writers who are searching for the cutting edge should have their eyes on the digital world. Audio stories on Broadcastr, iPad enhanced stories that make use of iDevice capabilities (this is an awesome TED talk about one such story), and stories being told through Twitter are just some of the ways to fuse creative writing and technology.

Well now Twitter wants to focus on this new advent – and is searching for ideas for new ways to do it.

Twitter is asking for requests as to how to experiment with Twitter and use it to create new ways of writing fiction.

If you’ve got a killer idea for how to use Twitter to write something awesome, submit it here. The Twitter Fiction Festival (#twitterfiction) is going to be held (online) at the end of November. Submissions are due November 15th.

Happy twriting.

[Via Wired]