Hump Day Links for June 6

Wow, a hump day and it’s cold, raining and thundery.  You might need these links more than ever…

– Frodo had The One Ring; I have this.  My birthday is coming up, that’s all I’m saying…

– In addition to stairs, Daleks were apparently stymied by buses.

– Would you believe Wright, Pegg and Frost are getting together again to make an apocalypse movie? Excellent, your credulence calibration is complete…

– An ode to every gamer’s friend, the Natural 20.

– For Game of Thrones fans: I think they should hand out a copy of that book to so many characters

– If the zombie-proof homes I posted last week didn’t suit you, maybe this evil villain starter home will.  I’d want it for the submarine port alone…

– This is so awesome I don’t even have a clever thing to say:  The Last Unicorn is getting another theatrical release.  And Peter S. Beagle will be at each of the screenings.  @britl, keep your calendar open…

– Ever wonder if freelancing is for you?  Here’s a check-list to see if you’re right.

– For those that spend some time in Photoshop, here is a handy graphic of keyboard short cuts.  You’re welcome.

– Andrew Peregrine would like to dispel some myths about the gaming industry.

– Another one for Game of Thrones fans: look, if 300 of us just chipped in $100 each

– If you like modding Nerf guns (and why wouldn’t you?), here’s a list of the best ones to get you started.

– I’m excited to see Prometheus.  But I’d also watch the paper version

– I’d want to be reeeeeally sure of the navigational software before I’d fully trust a robotic lawnmower.  “Huh, who keeps bumping against the front dooaaAHHHHHHHH-”

– If you follow nothing else on Tumblr, you need to follow Text from my Dog.  Some of the few laugh out loud moments I have on the ‘net.

Okay folks, go splash in some puddles and then run back inside for hot cocoa; repeat as necessary.  Why yes, I do have the rest of my morning planned, why do you ask?

Humpday Links for May 2

May already!  If, like me, you are not only trying to get to the weekend but anticipating celebrating Cinco de Mayo, you deserve this extra large helping of links to occupy your mind.  I’m a giver.  You’re welcome.

– Anyone who knows me knows about my thralldom to the Dark Mistress Coffee.  I want one of these, so I can make my coffee with science!

Planetary Resources plans to mine asteroids.  I’d dismiss this as another pie-in-the-sky tech story, except that Phil Plait thinks they can do it.  Good enough for me!

– We need a word in English to describe something simultaneously cool and sweet.  Because that word would describe Tweenbots.

– I can be a bit of a grammar nut, I’ll admit.  But I love this article, if for no other reason than I can maybe let some stuff slide…

Fox is set to turn Axe Cop into an animated series.  Fox has a better track record with animated content, so I am more hopeful than I probably should be.

– In a bold and welcome step, Tor/Forge are going DRM free for their digital content.  This right here, this is what I was waiting for before getting an e-reader.

– While we are on the topic of trends I’d like to see, Valve is looking at ways to charge people based on how fun they are to play with.  I’m not sure how they’d pull it off, but if it happens it would get me gaming online more often.  Which may not be a good thing…

– And on that topic, here is an excellent Extra Credits episode about harassment. They reference an incident during the episode; this is that incident.

– Last week Monte Cook announced he was no longer working on the new D&D.  I’d be lying if I said this takes away some of the hope I had for the new version; a lot of what I heard and liked came from Monte.  But I’m staying positive, and can’t wait to see what he comes out with next.

– Speaking of D&D, here is a pretty intricate flow chart of the effects of early D&D exposure.  Or lack thereof…

– On Earth 2, this is the movie they are anticipating instead of The Avengers…

– Good news for Fringe fans, Fox has green-lit a 13-episode final season so they can wrap things up.  SyFy could learn a thing or two

– Courtesy of sonofamortician and Deviant Art, I present a Cthonian Elephant:

– In case you missed it when it came out this past weekend, I give you the international trailer for Prometheus.  I have chills, people.  Chills!

– If I had any artistic talent, this is the sort of stuff I’d be doing.  But I don’t, so I’ll settle for buying one at the earliest opportunity.

– And finally, in a bold move to time warp their users back to the 1990s, Hulu will require their users to have cable.  Let me explain progress, Hulu…no, it will take too long.  Let me sum up…

That’s it until next week!  Enjoy your festivities and remember: friends don’t let friends drink Romulan Ale and pilot a starship.