Posted by James Whitbrook

Traditionally, comics become available at midnight, be it digitally or in the case of big events, through special launch parties. DC’s upcoming Watchmen-infused event Doomsday Clock will arrive slightly earlier than usual... although for a bit of a grim reason.

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Posted by James Whitbrook

Riverdale’s K.J. Apa was involved in a car accident last week after working a 16-hour day filming the show’s second season. Although thankfully the actor escaped with minor injuries, the accident has raised new concerns about about on-set safety at the end of a summer that’s led to some tragic accidents in the film…

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Posted by Shep McAllister on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister to io9

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi was one of the most highly anticipated sci-fi novels of 2017, and it’s currently one of Amazon’s top sellers. Download the audiobook version (narrated by Wil Wheaton!) for just $3 today on Amazon.

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Posted by John Scalzi

And being an “Audible Deal of the Day” means you get to spend very little to get the book — in this case something like $3. The deal as far as I know is limited to the US and maybe Canada, and it’s only for today. So if you want it at this price, you need to jump on it. It’s perfect for the folks who love audiobooks, or for the folks who have never tried audiobooks but would be willing to give them a chance at a low price point, or for the folks who simply want Wil Wheaton to read to them in those dulcet tones of his.

Here’s the link to the audiobook. Enjoy!


Posted by James Whitbrook

Andy Serkis discusses Carrie Fisher and his work on The Last Jedi. Michelle Yeoh reveals her Star Trek: Discovery character’s link to Spock’s dad. Trollhunters recruits some Game of Thrones and Star Wars stars for new villains. Plus, tons of new pictures from the return of Supernatural, Arrow, and more. Huzzah for…

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Posted by Shep McAllister on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister to io9

If you own more than one set of Joy-Con for your Nintendo Switch (and Mario Kart exists, so why wouldn’t you?), it can be a pain to keep the spares charged up. But this $26 stand from Hori can juice up two pairs at once while you play a game with the far superior Pro Controller.

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Posted by Bruce Schneier

The Boston Red Sox admitted to eavesdropping on the communications channel between catcher and pitcher.

Stealing signs is believed to be particularly effective when there is a runner on second base who can both watch what hand signals the catcher is using to communicate with the pitcher and can easily relay to the batter any clues about what type of pitch may be coming. Such tactics are allowed as long as teams do not use any methods beyond their eyes. Binoculars and electronic devices are both prohibited.

In recent years, as cameras have proliferated in major league ballparks, teams have begun using the abundance of video to help them discern opponents' signs, including the catcher's signals to the pitcher. Some clubs have had clubhouse attendants quickly relay information to the dugout from the personnel monitoring video feeds.

But such information has to be rushed to the dugout on foot so it can be relayed to players on the field -- a runner on second, the batter at the plate -- while the information is still relevant. The Red Sox admitted to league investigators that they were able to significantly shorten this communications chain by using electronics. In what mimicked the rhythm of a double play, the information would rapidly go from video personnel to a trainer to the players.

This is ridiculous. The rules about what sorts of sign stealing are allowed and what sorts are not are arbitrary and unenforceable. My guess is that the only reason there aren't more complaints is because everyone does it.

The Red Sox responded in kind on Tuesday, filing a complaint against the Yankees claiming that the team uses a camera from its YES television network exclusively to steal signs during games, an assertion the Yankees denied.

Boston's mistake here was using a very conspicuous Apple Watch as a communications device. They need to learn to be more subtle, like everyone else.

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([personal profile] boxofdelights Sep. 21st, 2017 11:10 pm)
I went to Graphic Novel book group once before, to discuss Bitch Planet, when the group leader, Cameron, happened not to be there. He was there today. I don't think I'll be going back.

Maybe he would be diluted in a larger group? There were only four of us. And neither I nor the other two guys, whom I know from SF book group, are very good at grabbing the talking stick. Still Cameron seemed weirdly controlling. I think more than half the time was just Cameron talking, and he didn't leave spaces where other people could start talking if they wanted to; he'd call on us, like, "What did you think of it? Was there anything else that you liked?" And whenever anyone spoke up without being called on he'd say something like, "Yes, go ahead." He'd actually interrupt a person who was speaking in order to give them permission to speak. When he said he was a history teacher I thought, that explains it.
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Posted by Mike Glyer

(1) CELEBRATE THE RADCH. Ann Leckie’s new book Provenance comes out on September 26, and the Imperial Radch fandom on Tumblr is asking people to create thematic fanworks as part of the celebration. Each day, fans are encouraged to post … Continue reading
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([personal profile] oursin Sep. 22nd, 2017 07:37 am)
Happy birthday, [personal profile] jenett, [personal profile] matociquala and [personal profile] nanila!
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([personal profile] james_davis_nicoll Sep. 21st, 2017 10:53 pm)
Haven't been around long enough for an adult to reference the technology as something around when they were kids. That's just crazy talk -- 16 years ago, you say?

Posted by Cheryl Eddy

There are two decent Amityville Horror movies: the 1979 original starring Margot Kidder and James Brolin, released when some still believed the book it was based on was a true story; and 2016's The Conjuring 2, which features a big scene in the infamous eye-window house, and is technically not part of the 18-film…

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Posted by Cheryl Eddy

In David Holechek’s scifi short Cradle, a man haunted by the worst day of his life frantically tries to figure out a way to time-travel using precise calculations and, ultimately, his mind—think Somewhere in Time, but with a tragedy driving the narrative instead of a corny romance.

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Posted by Ryan F. Mandelbaum on Gizmodo, shared by Cheryl Eddy to io9

Not to scare you, but you’re getting hit with radiation constantly. First, there’s just regular old light (yep, that’s a kind of radiation). Then there are low levels of higher energy radiation like the kind in nuclear reactors, including particles coming out of the soil and off of bananas. But the highest-energy…

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