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boingboing_net October 21 2014, 00:41

VIDEO: Hallucinatory NARCOSE captures free diving's beauty and danger (NSFW)

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http://boingboing.net/?p=339272

Thalassophobes and NSFW-phobes will want to skip this beautiful short about deepwater free diver Guillaume Néry and the kinds of hypoxia-induced hallucinations he experiences when free diving to depths beyond 100 meters. Thalassophiles who love beautiful underwater cinematography and trippy dream sequences will find the underwater footage hypnotic. Read the rest

boingboing_net October 20 2014, 22:07

Weird SPAM-colored soft robot moves like a zombie hot dog

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http://boingboing.net/?p=339242

Harvard University released video of this unnerving soft robot that can move untethered through punishing conditions, including snow and fire, yet will remain resilient. It looks a bit like reanimated sliced SPAM in the time-lapse crawling footage, and like SPAM, it retains its shape even when its appendages are run over by a car. Read the rest

tordotcom October 20 2014, 21:42

Disney’s Sea Voyage Film Moana Will Come to Theaters in 2016

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Torcom/Frontpage_Partial/~3/cVTBK9nPlp4/disney-moana-2016-release

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/10/disney-moana-2016-release

Disney Moana 2016 Polynesia Maui

The last we had heard of Disney’s forthcoming CG-animated film Moana, it was set to be released in 2018. However, Disney has just announced (via Entertainment Weekly) that Moana will be sailing into theaters in 2016, two years early. The studio has also released a more detailed synopsis about the Polynesian heroine and her journey, including the gods and sea creatures she encounters along the way.

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tordotcom October 20 2014, 21:42

Mistborn Adventure Game Prize Pack Sweepstakes!

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http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/10/mistborn-adventure-game-prize-pack-sweepstakes

Brandon Sanderson fans, we have an excellent prize pack for you today: a chance to win the Mistborn Adventure Game, plus the new Alloy of Law campaign setting and game supplement, both available from Crafty Games! We’ll also include a copy of the Tor Teen edition of Mistborn with new cover art by Sam Weber!

Three lucky winners will win a prize pack, so comment in the post to enter!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States and D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec). To enter, comment on this post beginning at 5:30 PM Eastern Time (ET) on October 20. Sweepstakes ends at 12:00 PM ET on October 24. Void outside the United States and Canada and where prohibited by law. Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Tor.com, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

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tordotcom October 20 2014, 21:12

The YA Roundup: Predicting Con Artists and Road Trips in 2015

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http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/10/the-ya-roundup-october-20-2014

young adult road trips

Welcome to the YA Roundup, the best source of movie news, bookish gossip, new releases and cover reveals from the YA genre!

This week covers predictions for upcoming trends in YA, more casting news for the film adaptation of Paper Towns, the Black Widow YA novel announcement, a new clip from Mockingjay, and more!

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boingboing_net October 20 2014, 21:07

When can the police search your computer/phone?

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has updated its indispensable "Know Your Rights" guide for dealing with police search requests for your phone, computer, and other devices.

Know Your Rights [Hanni Fakhoury and Nadia Kayyali/EFF]

tordotcom October 20 2014, 20:41

Lost’s Mr. Eko Joins Game of Thrones As a Brand New Character

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Torcom/Frontpage_Partial/~3/aXsBKRA6Ddo/adewale-akkinuoye-agbaje-game-of-thrones

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/10/adewale-akkinuoye-agbaje-game-of-thrones

Mr Eko Game of Thrones Lost Adewale Akinnuoye-Abgaje Malko

Buried in a Hollywood Reporter article about a Hollywood biopic is the interesting news that Lost’s Adewale Akkinuoye-Abgaje is joining Game of Thrones season 5 as a character not found in the A Song of Ice and Fire series. The only thing we know right now is his character’s name, “Malko.”

[So... who could he be?]

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tordotcom October 20 2014, 20:11

Enter the Mouse: Once Upon a Time, “The Apprentice”

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Torcom/Frontpage_Partial/~3/PlR-0KpKZ6U/enter-the-mouse-once-upon-a-time-the-apprentice

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/10/enter-the-mouse-once-upon-a-time-the-apprentice

Once Upon a Time The Apprentice

True Love! Magic with a price, if almost never an actual price tag attached to it that would let you know whether it’s a bargain or not! Bad puns! Extremely convoluted family relationships! A sexy pirate and the savior who gives him a cell phone! And now, a reindeer! Yes, it’s another fantastic episode of ABC-Disney’s Once Upon a Time.

Ahem.

[After the cut, the spoilers will no longer be hiding under a hat.]

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tordotcom October 20 2014, 20:11

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Elizabeth Bradley

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http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/10/the-pop-quiz-at-the-end-of-the-universe-elizabeth-bradley

Elizabeth Bradley pop quiz interviewWelcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on Tor.com featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Elizabeth Bradley, a Brooklyn-based historian and journalist who has written widely on the literature and history of New York. She also provides the introduction to a new Penguin Classics edition of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories. Told true to the original, the tale of the Headless Horseman and his effect on Ichabod Crane is enhanced by brooding, fitting folk-art illustrations.

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tordotcom October 20 2014, 19:41

Kuvira Always Gets What She Wants: The Legend of Korra’s “The Coronation”

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http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/10/the-legend-of-korra-book-4-episode-3-the-coronation

Legend of Korra The Coronation

The politics in The Legend of Korra are getting down to brass tacks. It’s hard not to see Kuvira as a net positive. There is no reason whatsoever to support the royal dynasty. Heck, as far as I’m concerned, there was every reason to support its overthrow. An actual caste system, an apartheid of rings that is so culturally ingrained that even the mall in Republic City’s “Little Ba Sing Se” is segregated by class. A powerful secret police, kidnapping and press-gangs. Propaganda and cruel whim and extortion. I’m with Bolin on this one.

I think Kuvira should hold an election—why wouldn’t she, she’s beloved—and then just claim authority thus. President Raiko sets a precedent for it. Then there you go. We should be so lucky: I kind of want to see Bolin succeed at keeping her on the strait and narrow...even as tensions increase.

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mb_galleycat October 20 2014, 19:31

J.K. Rowling to Erect a Summer House Modeled After Hagrid’s Hut

http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/j-k-rowling-to-erect-a-summer-house-modeled-after-hagrids-hut_b92211

http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/?p=92211

HagridHarry Potter series author J.K. Rowling plans to build “Hagrid’s Hut” on the grounds of her estate in Scotland.

Rowling intends to erect a summer house that features a stone bench, a stone structure, and a slate roof. The dwelling will resemble the home of Hogwarts keeper of keys, Rubeus Hagrid.

Here’s more from The Telegraph: “Like the fictional home of Hagrid – the ground-keeper of Hogwarts, played in the Harry Potter films by Robbie Coltrane – the proposed hut will be built on the edge of a forest of the 162-acre estate. Rowling bought the house and grounds for £1.9 million in 2001, and married husband Dr Neil Murray in the library in the December of that year.” (via Entertainment Weekly)

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