O'Reilly Releases A+, Network+, Security+ Exams in a Nutshell

Accelerate Your IT Career

Sebastopol, CA—IT professionals who are preparing for the new CompTIA 2006 certification in A+ or the current Network+ and Security+ certifications will find the latest In a Nutshell certification exam reference invaluable. A+, Network+, Security+ Exams in a Nutshell by Pawan K. Bhardwaj provides all the information needed to get ready for these exams, including the four new A+ exams—the required Essentials exam and three elective exams that pertain to particular areas of specialization.

As with other O'Reilly Nutshell books for certification exams, A+, Network+, Security + in a Nutshell follows a proven style and approach. It reviews all of the topics needed to master each exam in a remarkably concise format, with required knowledge boiled down to the core. Instead of plowing through 500 to 700 pages to prepare for each exam, this book covers each one in approximately 150 pages. And because the objectives for the three elective A+ exams are redundant, the book covers them in one section.

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By |April 2nd, 2007|O'Reilly, Press Releases|0 Comments

Nadine Jarvis: Pencils From Cremation

Nadine Jarvis is an artist who can make pencils out of your cremated remains. Well, not yours specifically, you understand--but somebody's. 240 pencils is what the website states she can get out of a person.

Of course, in the future, when we are all cyborgs, some of the pencils will be mechanical.

Found via Boing Boing.

By |April 2nd, 2007|Stimuli|0 Comments

Vincent Price and "The Raven": Only This, And Nothing More

Why would we post Price performing Poe first thing on Monday morning? Because not only is it National Poetry Month, it's Price performing Poe.

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Bill Bailey: Bafflingly Philosophical About the Whole Thing

Bill Bailey. Because we're coming to the end of the weekend and only he can protect us from Monday.

Direct link for the feedreaders.

Another bit after the jump.

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By |April 1st, 2007|Stimuli|0 Comments

The Hunters Become the Hunted in BPRD: Killing Ground!

The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense will be forever altered in Killing Ground, and not all the changes are for the better.

Abe's encounter in Indonesia has brought a new member to the Bureau, and Johann finds himself in possession of a very valuable commodity. The B.P.R.D. will need all of its resources to handle the sinister forces that have wormed their way into the heart of the Bureau itself, blurring the lines between the hunters and their prey!

B.P.R.D.: Killing Ground features story by B.P.R.D. and Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and John Arcudi, with art by acclaimed series artist Guy Davis. The series arrives on sale August 1.

By |April 1st, 2007|Dark Horse, Press Releases|0 Comments

De: Tales makes the (Book)list!

Dark Horse Books is proud to announce the inclusion of De: Tales: Stories from Urban Brazil in the Booklist Top Ten Graphic Novels 2007. The Booklist list features the graphic novels reviewed most favorably in the March 15, 2006, through January 1 & 15, 2007, issues. Compiled by respected literary reviewer Ray Olson, this list spotlights the best of the best in an ever-expanding medium.

De: Tales, written by Brazilian twins Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá, is a collection of short stories that features the pair working together, in tandem, or separately—trading off on those roles, or flying solo. Brimming with all the details of human life, their charming tales move from the urban reality of their home in São Paulo to the magical realism of their Latin American background, living up to the twins' critical acclaim and proving that they are a talented pair to watch out for.

"Considering how many great books were published last year, and the growing acceptance of graphic novels on the general public's eye, it's very inspiring to have our work recognized like that. Makes us believe we're doing something right, and makes us want to do more," said Moon and Bá, in regards to the recognition from Booklist.

De: Tales (ISBN-10: 1-59307-485-9) was originally published in June 2006, and retails for $14.95.

Praise for the work of Moon and Bá:

"Deeply satisfying realist and magic-realist comics about middle-class, urban students and professionals, such as young writer-artist twins [...]

By |April 1st, 2007|Dark Horse, Press Releases|0 Comments

New York Finally Has an Anime Festival of its Own!

New Event to Debut in December 2007

Norwalk, CT, April 1, 2007: Fans of anime and manga may now look forward to a brand new annual festival celebrating the very best of Japanese popular culture launching later this year in New York City. Reed Exhibitions, the organizer of New York Comic Con, has today announced the creation of the New York Anime Festival (NYAF) which will take place December 7-9, 2007 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in midtown Manhattan. "New York finally has an anime event of its own!" proclaims John McGeary, Show Manager for NYAF. Show planners note that the new event will be an extravaganza featuring the latest in anime, manga, Japanese cinema, music, and games, and the best of anime-influenced comics, animation, and film from around the world. Show staff also note that by being in New York City, NYAF will allow exhibitors to interact with one of the largest anime fan bases in the country and at the same time garner tremendous exposure by being in the media capital of the world.

"We are using our experience at New York Comic Con as our springboard," McGeary states. "We will continue to have strong anime programming at NYCC, but at the same time, we want to serve the anime community directly by giving them their own show. Anime has taken the nation by storm, and the professional and fan community in New York is looking for more. We want to give them as much as possible." By bringing professionals together with fans, convention organizers seek to create a productive and energized atmosphere that is modeled on NYCC. The professional element at NYAF will include book buyers, video retailers, libraries, booksellers, and other assorted industry professionals.

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Surge Stix: Kinda Like Pixy Stix, But Totally Different

You know, this April Fools business is all well and good, but when you go and post something like Surge Stix. Now you're just being mean teasing bastards.

By |April 1st, 2007|Stimuli|0 Comments

Hakugei: Legend of Moby Dick, Vol. 1: Ahab Awaits (1997) - DVD Review


Based upon the manga by Osamu Desaki and Akio Sugino
Directed by Osamu Desaki
Music by Masahiro Ando and Hirotaka Izumi


  • Clean opening and closing animation
  • Lexicon
  • Production artwork
  • Character bios
  • Character sketches
  • Text interview on liner notes

Dindrane's Anime Warnings:

  • Scary clown
  • Crazy people
  • Young girl with the voice of a 70-year-old New York smoker
  • Whale-shaped battleships

Released by: ADV
Region: 1
Rating: PG
Anamorphic: N/A; appears in its original 1.33:1 format.

My Advice: Get it.

In this science-fiction anime version of Moby Dick, it's the year 4699, and a young researcher named Dew is collecting daily data on an icy planet known as Windmill. Dew is told that his duties are complete, and he is due to be reassigned to a new mission, which is downloaded directly into his cybernetic parts. Just as he's receiving the information, however, the frozen peace of the ice world is broken, as a giant white shape, apparently some kind of massive robotic ship, blasts up through the ice, and abducts Dew. The next time we see him, his cyborg-like human structure is being rebuilt by strange machines he does not seem to recognize: he is apparently inside the giant white ship, and a voice announces to him that he is now joined to them. But how? And why? And what can Our Hero do to rescue himself from… whatever awaits him at the hands of the strange aliens? Meanwhile, we meet Lucky, a stowaway out of Nantucket, traveling to find the mad Captain Ahab who is needed on Lucky's home planet. Ahab and his men are "whale hunters," scavengers who recycle finds from derelict ships.

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By |April 1st, 2007|DVD, Reviews|0 Comments

300 Photoshopping: This IS Madness!

The Photoshop bits on here are some of the funniest damn things I have seen in a long time. The animated gif about halfway down just about killed me.

By |April 1st, 2007|Movies|2 Comments