This Week on the Web brings you a chance to win a signed copy of Sire, a sad farewell to Christopher Hitchens, dispatches from the front lines of the eReader wars, the real job creators, a whole bunch of Vampire Diaries news, and more!
So long, and thanks for all the fish
Goodbye to Christopher Hitchens It’s sad to see this man go; he was a goddamn genius, and one of the best orators of our time. And yes, the pun was intentional. I think he’d have wanted it that way.
The beautiful ladies at Paperback Dolls have graced me with a double feature on their web site: a very kind review and an interview … with an attached giveaway. So head on over and check them (me) out and enter to win a signed copy of Sire!
Vampire Diaries and Secret Circle
Vampire Diaries scoops: Klaus tells Tyler to “serve your master”, and my brain goes to a very dirty place.
Secret Circle news: A Faye/Diana “moment”? I think my heart just went into palpitations.
Both of those links are from Carina Adly MacKenzie, who you should be following on the Tiwtters.
Julie Plec talks Elena and Rebekah: “We haven’t seen the last of Rebekah… The fact that Elena killed Rebekah is going to come back to bite her in the butt.” Cue a bajillion fanfics of Rebekah doing naughty things to Elena’s butt in three …
Emma Fraser’s top three moments of TVD Season Three: The continuing series continues.
The top ten Delena scenes of Season Three: I would have put #3 as #1, but so it goes.
Top ten moments from TVD Season Three: A newcomer to the television recap scene.
Holy fucking shit god damn
Expendables 2 trailer: Stallone. Statham. Li. Lundgren. Norris. Crews. Couture. Helmsworth. Van Damme. Willis. Schwarzenegger. Mother fucking mangasm.
We’ve seen The Dark Knight Rises prolog: And Bane’s voice is incomprehensible. Still, I get excited every time I even think about this movie.
Sherlock Holmes: Gayer, steamier, and expodier than ever before: I plan to love this movie hard. Also: there’s a trailer for Dark Knight Rises attached.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter poster: I don’t even know, folks.
GI Joe: Retaliation trailer: What the … this actually looks … watchable? My favorite part is when Snake Eyes takes off his mask, revealing his other mask. Fortunately, neither of these masks has goddamn lips.
Amazing Spider-Man synopsis: It’s about a guy who gets bit by a radioactive spider and becomes a super hero. Also, his parents might have been spies or some crap.
Men in Black 3 trailer: This doesn’t particularly excite me, but it’s got to be better than the second one, right?
Ghost Rider trailer: The sequel nobody but Nicholas Cage asked for, but … it looks kinda good? At least in an over-the-top, we-don’t-take-this-too-seriously way?
It’s basically an Irish Jersey Shore: And that’s all you need to know.
Tae Kwon Do Finger Fighting: OMG this is amazing.
Jedi v Nina: If that phrase doesn’t make you immediately click the link, feel free to leave my blog.
Child’s Play: I’m still pimping my favorite holiday charity.
Godzilla tree: This thing is awesome.
Happy Holidays from Fox News: By way of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
Kitties go up, kitties go down: It’s been a while since I’ve thrown some squee your way, so…
Health and Fitness
Is this the end of cancer? A write-up on a (apparently) effective cancer vaccine, explained with a giant Revolutionary War analogy. Like you do.
New super vaccine could tackle 70% of lethal cancers and is better than ‘wonder drug’ Herceptin: I think this is the same vaccine as above, just with less George Washington.
Miracle drug keeps 70-year old cancer patient running marathons: This is a totally different drug, and it’s a treatment, not a cure. Still awesome, though.
Two low-carb days a week enough to lose weight, improve health: This might be what I do to try and transition back into the way I used to eat. Because the way I eat right now can best be described as “everything fried and covered in cheese and maybe sugar too yeah sugar is good all shoved straight into my gaping maw”.
Get fit in 12 minutes a week: I’ve read about High Intensity Training a dozen or so times before this, but I’ve always kind of assumed it was bullshit. For some reason this article convinced me to give it a go, so I followed this routine in the gym this morning. I was surprised at how spent I was after the workout, but it remains to be seen if this is enough to get me through the entire week.
However: if I can eat right twice a week, go to the gym once, and still get back in shape? That would be fucking gold. I’ll have more on this later in the week.
How technology changed the medical industry: Via The Lady.
Bullshit color theory personality test: This thing called me “Tactful, Cooperative, Generous, Understanding, Insightful, Friendly, and Cheerful”, so we can safely conclude that this is horsecrap. Also: it told me to become a gym teacher. A Gym Teacher.
File This Under Misc
Getting rid of your car’s blind spot: Pro tip: if you do this in a mostly-empty parking lot, you can adjust the mirrors to cover your blind spot without going fifty miles an hour.
Computers and Gadgets
B&N updates Nook Color: Bringing Netflix and Flixter, among other features, and bringing it a little closer to the Nook Tablet’s capabilities.
Kindle Fire: Amazon’s Trojan horse: Amazon is scaring me more and more these days.
Some day your eReader will be usable in the dark: This is way cooler than my “LED in the bevel” idea (that I should have patented).
Science and Technology
Researchers can beam knowledge into your skull: I don’t know whether to be ecstatic that I’m alive right now, or horribly depressed that in fifty years I probably won’t be.
Songbirds caught evolving into separate species: It’s awesome that we can watch this happen in real time. This will also, of course, end the constant torrent of Creationists claiming “we’ve never seen an animal evolve into two species.” Right?
Politics and Religion
Some rich guy: rich guys don’t create jobs, customers do: This is so amazingly obvious that I’m kind of astounded that it needs to be said.
Iceland arrests failed bank CEOs: I can only assume that they wanted them in a well-known location so that they can give them a multi-million dollar bonus.
Rick Perry invents a country: Via The Lady: “The planet might explode if he gets elected.” Indeed, madam, indeed.
2.5 million young people have health insurance due to Obamacare: Remember, folks: 33% of Americans think this is a bad thing.
Justice Department calls out racist sheriff for being racist: God, we’ve been hearing about Joe Arpaio for more than a decade, but at least someone’s (finally) getting around to investigating this shithead.