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Movie Review: The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies'

And so it comes to an end - again. Some might argue that, having taken the dense Lord of the Rings trilogy and condensed it into three monumental films, Peter Jackson should have had no trouble turning The Hobbit into an equally enjoyable and involving one-off. Guess again. The slimmest of J.R.R. Show More Summary

The Elf On The Shelf Is Turning Kids Into Privacy-Hating Followers

32 minutes agoLifestyle / Parenting : Mommyish

According to Laura Pinto, a Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, that precious little elf you love to pose doing wacky things actually "teaches the child to accept an external form of non-familial surveillance...Show More Summary

Six Pawn Endings

1 hour agoHobbies / Chess : Chess Skills

Lesson of the Week Thinking that my top students had already mastered these elementary endings, I put them before a couple of students this week as a quick review. It turns out to have been a good thing to review because not every student quickly knew the correct answers. Show More Summary

What’s On Jeb’s Agenda?

by Dish Staff Ambinder sees an opening: Bush’s biggest opportunity corresponds to the biggest hole in the GOP platform: its radio silence on practical economic solutions for the middle class, which, it turns out, corresponds to the biggest bread-and-butter concern that Americans repeatedly chastise Washington for not addressing. If he can move beyond supply-side economics […]

You'll Be Able to Share Your Levels With Others in Mario Maker

How similar is Mario Maker to the creative process that went into Super Mario Bros.? Turns out, quite a lot.

Texas plumber reports phone threats after truck spotted in Syrian war photo

1 hour agoNews : The Raw Story

A Houston-area plumbing company owner has been getting threatening phone calls after one of his former work trucks turned up in a photograph on a Twitter feed that appears to show a militant group fighting in Syria’s civil war. Jeff Oberholtzer traded in a Ford F-250 more than a year ago that...

ASHE SCHOW: Defining nearly all sex as rape. “California’s ‘yes means yes’ law turns the idea of…

ASHE SCHOW: Defining nearly all sex as rape. “California’s ‘yes means yes’ law turns the idea of sexual consent upside down. Suddenly, nearly all sex is rape, unless no person involved reports it as such.”

‘Another Wall falls’: Europe hails US-Cuba breakthrough

1 hour agoNews : The Raw Story

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall reunited Europe, the European Union hailed a “historic turning point” in the Caribbean with the renewal of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States. “Today another Wall has started to fall,” EU foreign policy...

Detroit 2015: Toyota Teases New Tacoma Again

You saw part of its backside. Now, behold the façade that is the 2016 Toyota Tacoma. Just like before, Toyota didn’t say anything about the third-gen pickup, other than when it would turn up at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show: January 12, 12:50 p.m. Show More Summary

When U Turn Your Frown Upside Down…

….you get this little guy! (Arbroath.)Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: bebeh goatsters

Simien Trek Ethiopia – day 2

3 hours agoFitness / Hiking :

trip report by site editor Rick McCharles Day 2: Sankaber-Gich (3600 m), 5-6 hrs walking I couldn’t sleep. Tossing. Turning. My stomach, not perfect on arrival for this adventure, was getting worse. At midnight I rushed to the filthy toilet … Continue reading ?

Rudolph’s Revenge

3 hours agoOdd : Neatorama

They say that living well is the best revenge. However, when you suddenly have power over those who tormented you in your youth, it’s hard to resist the temptation for a little payback. Unfortunately, it turned out to be difficult to get all those toys delivered by Christmas morning that year. This is the latest comic from John McNamee at Pie Comic.

Gamasutra's Best of 2014: Alex Wawro's Top 5 Games

As the temperature drops and the game industry continues its sleepy shuffle through the holiday season, many of us turn to reflect on a simple question: what the hell was this year in games all about?...

Designer Postcards Turn Santa Into Fashion Whore

British ad agency Joint London made these postcards swapping the traditional Santa claus in Coca-Cola’s iconic Christmas illustration for real top fashion designers’ clothes. If you feel fashionably stupid or stupidly fashionable these holidays, you can download the postcards here. More »      

Guess Who This Bowed Little Beauty Turned Into!

Before this gifting little girl was a prepackaged pop star she was just another cute little kid getting into the Christmas spirit. Can you guess who she is?!

Michael Pettis: Is China Really Turning Away from the Dollar?

Yves here. This important post by Michael Pettis addresses whether the efforts of the Chinese to diversify their foreign investments away from the dollar will be a negative for the US. Pettis is skeptical of that thesis, and some of his reasons are intriguing. Show More Summary

Ascension Night Three Watch: The More Things Change, The More People Die

Ascension came to a close tonight with Night Three. Is there enough fuel to keep this ship going into another season, or should the crew turn around and head back to Earth? Read on, and see for yourself.Click To Continue Reading

California November home sales slowest since November 2007: Year-over-year sales are down 8 percent and market grinds to low volume as year closes.

Apparently home buyers didn’t get the memo about buying California real estate.  November home sales tumbled to their lowest November showing dating back to 2007.  When real estate markets turn, you will always see sales volume dry up first before any price changes.  We are already seeing marginal areas throwing out some properties with lower […]

New Concept Art Shows the Dark Beauty of the Marvel Universe

6 hours agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

From concept artist Andrew Kim we have new looks into the concept art of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, and Guardians of the Galaxy. It turns out that Peter Quill had his pick of weird rat creatures to use as a microphone. Read more...

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