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And So It Begins


What, you thought I was going to say World War II?  That’s so typical, not everything is about the Greatest Generation.

Today marks the beginning of the school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  I know I keep my love of Harry Potter somewhat of a secret compared to many of the other loves I have, but rest assured, it is there, and it is a big part of my life.  I didn’t grow up on it, I didn’t even really get interested in it until the second movie came out, but from that point on I was hooked.  Few things will ever be able to compete with that I don’t think, which is sad, but that is life.

If you’ve never read the books, today would be a perfect day to give them a go.  The first two are quick reads, the 3rd one gets dark, and from the 4th onward they are larger, longer, and more dangerous.  I hope you enjoy them, let me know!


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The Last Bookstore

I’ve gotten tons of slack before for posting what I thought was cool art made of books.  What are the chances that this entire bookstore that makes art, and hallways, and secret rooms out of old books (which you can buy for $1) will go by without a comment?  Well, considering there’s been few comments on the blog recently, it’s not likely anyone from all those years ago will come and bitch, but hey, you never know.

The Last Bookstore is actually the name of this used book shop in downtown Los Angeles California.  It’s in a 22,000 square foot warehouse.  Yes, 22,000 square feet of floor space.  The volume is enough to house the over quarter of a million individual books, new and used, across two (2) different floors.  My favorite part is the arched walkways.  Those just look cool don’t they?


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Halo Ender’s Game

Fans of Ender’s Game have wanted a true recreation of it for decades.  Well, some fans anyway, I’m pretty happy with the books and leaving it as is.  However, I would give this custom map and game-type of Halo 5 a go.  Xbox Live user Aurel1en made it and at first glance, it looks pretty neat:

You can download the custom map and the custom game on Halo Waypoint, but you need some friends.  Here’s hoping that this gets thrown into a rotation of matchmaking one day.  That and Halo Quidditch too.


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DIY Coptic Stitched Photo Album

Finished Book

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Those who have been following this site for at least a year know that I’m going to Alaska this summer.  Those who have been following this site for more then a few years know that I like to make things myself.  Those who have been following this site forever know that I am a crazy person, but that’s for another post.

Any Hootie and the Blowfish, I like to make things.  When I go on these National Park trips, I take a lot of photographs.  I don’t only leave them on my computer and my website for people to view, I make two different albums of them, one a professionally printed and bound album of my best, and most favorite prints, and one a scrap book.  The scrap book has the photos of me, and whoever else I went on the trip with.  I used to put all of my photos into one big scrap book, but, naturally, it got too big to hold itself.  If you remember back to my trip to The Badlands, I made my own album for those photos.  When I went to Yellowstone the next year, I made a better book.  Well both of those were nice, but I wanted something different for Alaska.  Also, both of those books were made after I returned from my trips.  Meaning it took weeks and months from when I returned until I had someplace to put those photos.  For Alaska I decided to be proactive and make an album before I left.

This is it.

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Hit the jump to see how I made it:


The Dark Tower

Is apparently finally going to be turned into a Movie.  Weather or not that’s a good decision is still up for debate, but Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series is getting the Hollywood treatment.  I’ve read the first 4 books, honestly, they are very slow.  I never got into them as much as other book series, there’s just too much going on and it’s too long winded.  I wouldn’t be opposed to getting back into them at some point, but honestly I’d have to read a wiki page or something because I forget most of what happened.

According to the latest, Idris Elba will play The Gunslinger, and Matthew McConaughey will take over as The Man in Black.  I think McConaughey could pull off a very good Man in Black.  He’s got the perfect vibe for it.  Elba I’m not sure if I see him as Roland.  But honestly, I don’t know too much about Elba, I haven’t seen him in enough to make a good decision.  Currently, it’s scheduled for a January 2017 release date, but knowing the history of this project, that will slip at least once, probably 2 or 3 times by then.  And based on the history of Stephen King adaptions, that’s probably a good thing.


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Wooden Books

I’ve gotten flack before for posting mutilated books, do you think that would have stopped me?  You’d be wrong.  Here’s another example of people using books in an alternative format that I think is awesome, but other people are getting all upset over.

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reddit user bisnicks shared this table, which is apparently at a restaurant in Cleveland Ohio called Choolaah.

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At first I didn’t like it, but now seeing this top view of the whole thing, I think it’s awesome.  I really like the different sizes, and colors of the paper.  I’m not sure if they dyed the pages, or if they were just naturally those colors.  I like how they notched out the edges around the hard covers of the books, that’s a nice touch.  I bet this table took quite some time to make though, lining up all the books, and then making the individual cuts on either side.  Probably cost more then you’d expect.

Some people don’t really like books hanging down, I do, it gives it a more real look as opposed to something that was painted on.

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The Stumble Gun

Stumble Time 1234.  It’s been some time, but then again, I always say that, and still, here we are.  This month’s addition has quite alot of videos.  Be it in .gif format, or webm format, either way, there are a high proportion of moving photos, I have warned you.  Now, onto the funness:

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Book Tower

reddit user normaldesign came up with a novel way to re-use damaged, un-sellable books, and spice up his office environment.

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He cut a template out of the book to make it just an “L”, then he glued them to the pillar behind his desk.  It makes the office alittle more chill.  It helps that the company he works for is a publishing house, so they often get books back from stores that arrived damaged.  Now, the definition of “damaged” is stretched in many cases, but unfortunately, this is the world we live in.  Unable to sell these books, the are destined to be destroyed some way, might as well spice up the office in the process.  Also, before you go and complain that this is misuse of books, or destruction of perfectly good books, remember, these books were going to be destroyed anyway.

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Check out the entire imgur album here, he goes over the process, and takes some before and after pictures.  It’s quite nice, and not very long either.

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The Money Pit

Riptide was an interesting book, it engaged you and kept you guessing, I won’t spoil the book’s ending for you,  but below you can listen to a podcast about the actual pit that inspired the book.  Yes, the story I’m about to tell you is based on true events, but Futility Closet seems to take some of the magic away from it.

Oak Island is located in Nova Scotia, on it is a pit that dozens of people have sunk money into over the years looking for buried treasure.  What makes this pit special is that at periodic intervals, wooden planks were found.  On top of that, at certain depths, water rushed in seemingly from nowhere.  It all goes back to legends of pirates and buried treasure.

The history of the island is pretty interesting, but as I said before, the podcast below kind of takes away some of the charm of it.  There’s also a television show on The History Channel called The Curse of Oak Island.  I haven’t seen it yet, but it seems like two brothers have conned The History Channel into being the latest people to sunk money into the pit.

{Futility Closet}

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Alternate History Thursdays – A Novel Idea

Let’s take a break from our usually scheduled alternate history or Nazis, and Commies, and Elite Super Powers, to bring you something alittle less far-fetched, the future according to various Sci-Fi novelists including the greats Isaac Asimov and H.G. Wells, but also those of the modern era, Orson Scott Card, and Phillip K. Dick.

You’ll want to view the this image LARGE:

Novel Timeline


The above is an English translation (with additional classifications) of a work by Italian design team Accurat.  At first it looks alittle complicated to read, but once you wrap your head around it, it’s pretty easy, and ingenious.

The x-axis is the timeline, starting at 2012.  Each bar represents a book, and the main (or first  year mentioned) year that the book takes place in.  The height of each bar, y-axis, shows the year that each book was published.  (I think this is a wasted metric, but that’s me).  The color of the bars is kept limited to 3, which the authors have decided to categorize each event into; a positive, negative, or neutral event.  This takes alittle more understanding of the chart, and should include the type icon that accompanies each bar.

All in all, I’d say that this is a pretty good chart.  No way it could ever encompass all of Sci-fi, or even a tiny sliver of it.

{Brain Pickings}