David Howard, McSweeney’s: “Let me tell you, it’s hard out here for an orc. We experience tremendous insecurity, not knowing whether we’ll have a job, or be able to raid peaceful villages, or if our friends will eat us. Sauron appeals to us economically challenged goblins because he offers us the chance of a decent wage, respect for our values, and renewed pride in being the corrupted spawn of Morgoth.” (Image: Guise, CC BY-SA, modified; Chicago Costume Company) (via Bruce Sterling)
Amsterdam’s Bibliotheca Philosophica Hermetica (AKA “The Ritman Library) houses more ths 25,000 occult texts, covering “Hermetics, Rosicrucians, Theosophy, alchemy, mysticism, Gnosis and Western Esotericism, Sufism, Kabbalah, Anthroposophy, Catharism, Freemasonry, Manichaeism, Judaica, the Grail, Esotericism, and comparative religion.”
The queue area at the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland features a row of changing portraits wherein paintings everyday scenes are revealed as sinister and haunted (originally the effect was done with crossfading slide-projectors; now it’s done with an amazing, crisp electroluminiscent effect).
This is my last day at my desk until Labor Day: tomorrow, we’re driving to Burning Man to get our annual dirtrave fix! If you’re heading to the playa, here’s three places and times you can find me:
Just in time for your songs of the summer playlist, we’ve got a roundup of headphones, speakers, and earbuds. The best part? They’re all 15% off the already discounted price. Just use the online code SAVE15SOUND to take the extra savings off the final listed cost. Owlee Scroll Wireless Bluetooth Speaker No matter how big […]
Your home is your castle, but that doesn’t mean it has to be cold and stony. The summer is almost over, and that means the Labor Day sales are nigh. Here are 10 essential home accessories you never knew you needed, and you can take 15% off the final price (including any stated discounts). Just […]
Need to expand your IT know-how? It doesn’t happen overnight – but there are courses out there that can get you there quickly. Big businesses need the security, storage, and flexibility that cloud computing can provide, and they need competent IT professionals that know their way around those systems. Here are three online training packages […]