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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 09:00

Every Backyard Was Sorely Lacking in the Fires of Mount Doom. Until Now.

There was only one and now it's gone. One firepit to rule them all, now in the hands of some lucky etsy customer. I really hope it was Sauron, decorating Mordor with things found on Pinterest.

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Author: "Katharine Trendacosta" Tags: "decoration, sauron, goofballery, tolkien..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 07:11

Outlander Delivers a Giant Cliffhanger Before Leaving Us for 6 Months

Well, that was a cliffhanger. Outlander's been all about the slow-burn all season, and the midseason finale followed in that tradition handily.

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Author: "Katharine Trendacosta" Tags: "television, tv recap, outlander recaps, ..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 04:39

Scientists Compete to Hide Bob Dylan Lyrics In Their Research Papers

A group of Swedish scientists with a lot of time on their hands have spent the last 17 years competing to see who can sneak the most Bob Dylan lyrics into their research papers.

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Author: "Gabrielle Bluestone on Gawker, shared by Katharine Trendacosta to io9" Tags: "bob dylan, sweden"
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 04:00

Neil Gaiman's Account of Terry Pratchett's Quiet Rage Is a Must-Read

A while back, Neil Gaiman heard someone said of Terry Pratchett, "What a jolly old elf Sir Terry is." And that struck his long-time friend and sometime collaborator as absolutely wrong. So Gaiman took pen to paper to explain why.

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Author: "Katharine Trendacosta" Tags: "terry pratchett, writing, discworld, nei..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 03:30

The Orion Spacecraft Is Almost Ready For Testing!

Today the prototype Orion spacecraft made its final move before heading to the launch pad for testing in December. The monster machine was carefully shuffled around the Kennedy Space Center, leaving its fuelling station and heading to the installation of the Launch Abort System.

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Author: "Mika McKinnon on Space, shared by Katharine Trendacosta to io9" Tags: "orion, monster machines, test flight, pr..."
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Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 00:00

This Woman Made A Death Star Dress. All Other Dresses Are Inferior.

I mean. Her purse, you guys. Her purse is a Star Destroyer.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "photography, undiscovered photography, e..."
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Date: Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 20:40

Vacuums! They're not just for keeping your house clean or passive aggressively leaving in front of your roommates door hoping that one day he or she will take the goddamn hint. They're also for helping cats be even more self indulgent!

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Author: "Isha Aran on Jezebel, shared by Katharine Trendacosta to io9" Tags: "cats, vacuums, squee"
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Date: Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 20:00

The Marathon World Record Has Been Broken – What Comes Next?

Kenyan runner Dennis Kimetto set a world record at the Berlin Marathon today, covering a distance of 42.195 km (26.2 miles) a whopping 26 seconds faster than the previous record-holder.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "sports, biology, health, running, world ..."
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Date: Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 19:50

NPR Pulls The Plug On Krulwich Wonders

Krulwich Wonders, the superlative science blog maintained for the last four years by Robert Krulwich (of NPR and Radiolab fame), will soon be no more.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "writing, krulwich wonders, robert krulwi..."
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Date: Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 17:00

Batman is getting his own, surprisingly not-black Burger in Hong Kong

It's been a weird week for Asian hamburgers that have been dyed black - but now Batman's joining in on the fun in Hong Kong. But wait, what!? His burger's not black! I feel disappointed, Batman.

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Author: "James Whitbrook on Toybox, shared by Robbie Gonzalez to io9" Tags: "holy crap wtf, burgers, food, batman"
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Date: Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 16:40

Chris Pratt Helps SNL Unveil Marvel's Next Superhero Blockbusters

What kind of superhero movies will Marvel be releasing over the next few years? You could believe the studio's official announcement – or, you could believe Chris Pratt and the cast of Saturday Night Live.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "snl, marvel, goofballery, movies, guardi..."
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Date: Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 15:30

Have Astronomers Spotted A Forming Planet In Action For The First Time?

Huge disks of dust and gas encircle many young stars. Some contain circular gaps — likely the result of forming planets carving out cavities along their orbital paths — that make the disks look more like ripples in a pond than flat pancakes.

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Author: "Shannon Hall – Universe Today" Tags: "astronomy, beta pictoris, hd 169142, may..."
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Date: Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 15:00

This is just too adorable.

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Author: "Ron Miller" Tags: "josef hais tynecky, books, the moon and ..."
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Date: Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 15:00

The Sound And Fury Of 251 Angry Pokémon

The first venture into full 3D for the second generation of pocket monsters, Pokémon Stadium 2 gave fighting poses and battle cries to all 251 Pokémon from the first and second generations. Now they're all in one video.

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Author: "Mike Fahey on Pocket Monster, shared by Robbie Gonzalez to io9" Tags: "pokemon, pokemon stadium 2 battle cries,..."
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Date: Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 14:30

Epic Batman Film Score Mashup Is The Perfect Weekend Soundtrack

The supremely talented Piano Guys have combined the look, sound, and feel from three eras of Batman films to create "Batman Evolution," a rousing mashup of classical composition that unifies nearly half a century of musical and cinematic history.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "music, batman evolution, movies, the pia..."
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Date: Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 13:00

When the Twelfth Doctor meets Jo Grant, adorableness happens

Former companion Katy Manning visited filming for Doctor Who's upcoming Christmas Special recently, and shared her encounter with Peter Capaldi on Twitter - and it might just be the most adorable thing to happen this weekend. D'aaw!

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Author: "James Whitbrook on Toybox, shared by Robbie Gonzalez to io9" Tags: "doctor who, katy manning, daaaw, peter c..."
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Date: Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 02:00

With This Episode, Doctor Who Season 8 Starts To Pay Off, Big Time

"The Caretaker" is my favorite episode of the Peter Capaldi era of Doctor Who thus far. And it's also probably going to turn out to be the episode where this season really "clicks" for me. Really great stuff, that puts the Doctor on the spot in a way we've never seen before. Spoilers ahead...

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Author: "Charlie Jane Anders" Tags: "doctor who, doctor who recap, steven mof..."
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Date: Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 22:30

And Now, Big Cats Tasting Marmite

This video is perfect. I have nothing to add.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "cats, goofballery, biology, caturday, an..."
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Date: Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 22:00

What If Ayn Rand Had Written Buffy The Vampire Slayer?

Over at The Toast, Mallory Ortberg adds to her ongoing alt-history series of movies, books and TV shows penned by Objectivist Ayn Rand (previously ). The results are characteristically superb.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "ayn rand, goofballery, buffy the vampire..."
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Date: Saturday, 27 Sep 2014 21:01

Is This Our First Look At Wayne Manor In Batman v. Superman?

It's not official yet, but a lot of compelling evidence suggests this derelict mansion in Detroit, Michigan is Batman v. Superman's take on Wayne Manor.

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Author: "Robbie Gonzalez" Tags: "batman v superman dawn of justice, movie..."
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