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Archive for February 2010

Do not place a photograph of your ­favourite author on your desk, especially if the author is one of the famous ones who committed suicide.

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Inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing, other authors give their own lists of personal dos and don’ts (Part 1, Part 2).

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February 20, 2010 at 12:12 pm

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Classical pianist plays heavy metal

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Motorhead – Ace Of Spades

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February 18, 2010 at 11:35 am

LARP (Live Avatar Role Playing)

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Portrait of The Na’vi People of Hometree Wisconsin

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February 17, 2010 at 2:17 pm

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Ugly Furniture

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Wanna fancify your living room?

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February 9, 2010 at 4:44 pm

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Neil Blomkamp’s TED Talk

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Neil Blomkamp’s TED Talk starts with the question of does he feel his aliens in his film District 9 are a realistic depiction of what extraterrestrial life might actually be like…

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February 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm

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The devil rides out

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There’s a great article on the Satanic horror writer Dennis Wheately on the Fortean Times website

I used to love the hilariously pompous disclaimers at the front of the novels:

The Haunting Of Toby Jugg is a Black Magic story by Dennis Wheatley, who writes: ‘I, personally, have never assisted at, or participated in, any ceremony connected with Magic – Black of White. Should any of my readers incline to a serious study of the subject and come into contact with a man or woman of Power, I feel that it is only right to urge them, most strongly, to refrain from being drawn into any practice of the Secret Art in any way. My own observations have led me to an absolute conviction that to do so would bring them into dangers of a very real and concrete nature.

I remember one of the old comedy program spin-off books (possibly the Not The Nine O’Clock News one) having a spoof version with ‘and make a lot of money and I don’t need the competition’ added to the end.

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February 2, 2010 at 11:24 am

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A kind of living nightmare in the chill out room feel

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Jon Ronson On:

Each week in a series of interviews, short location reports, scripted monologues, phone calls etc, Jon Ronson delves into a world of personal stories surrounding the central theme which all shed light on the human condition. Sometimes Jon goes in search of answers and stories himself, sometimes his team of contributors do it for him. The end result is an original, fascinating, funny, poignant and often philosophical journey through the human experience.

You can download all the episodes here

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February 2, 2010 at 11:20 am

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