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8 Wallet-Friendly Getaways

A roundup of affordable vacation destinations around the world<p>We've rounded up more affordable alternatives to pricey vacation destinations around the world, from the new European Riviera to the fashion set's Mexican beach spot

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See Your Favorite Pop Culture Characters As “Simpsons”

Illustrator Adrien Noterdaem loves The Simpsons more than you do. He also enjoys many other colorful characters and turning them into yellow Springfield dwellers.<p>Joffrey Baratheon is too tall. In an illustration that made the Internet rounds recently, the cruel, young king you love to hate on <i>Game</i> …

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Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

A sizable number of history's most unforgettable images were photographed in black and white. Now, through the digital process of colorization, we …

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Why Stephen King Spends 'Months and Even Years' Writing Opening Sentences

The author of horror classics like The Shining and its 2013 sequel Doctor Sleep says the best writers hook their readers with voice, not just action.<p>Doug McLean<p>Stephen King brings us two new novels in 2013 -- one on shelves already, and the other forthcoming. In June, <i>Joyland</i> was published by Hard …

Gearbox candidly shares story of Homeworld's acquisition

Gearbox Software, the developers of the Borderlands series and <i>Aliens: Colonial Marine</i>s, shared the drive behind wanting Relic Entertainment's real-time strategy Homeworld IP and the tight bidding process involved to snatch it away from two publishers<p>"One of the brands in the THQ stable that they …

Gun Monkeys dev talks price drop, frustrations of multiplayer creation

<i>Gun Monkeys,</i> a procedurally generated online deathmatch game, is now available at half its price and includes two copies with every purchase — a move to make it "a bit less of a gamble for people" to try, Dan Marshall of Size Five Games told Polygon.<p>Marshall detailed the changes earlier today on …

Disney Research Develops Algorithm to Build 3D Scenes from Regular 2D Photographs

Disney researchers have developed a computer algorithm that can analyze patterns of light and darkness in regular photographs and use them to create …