James K. Nelson

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Kakegurui Is That Weird Manga About Gambling You Haven’t Heard Of But Should Read Anyways

Okay, bear with me, this is going to be…a weird one. Some plot spoilers for <i>Kakegurui: Compulsive Gambler,</i> possibly a bit PG-13.<p>Longtime (and probably …

Up in the sky! It's a chance to work at DC Comics!

We've all read a disappointing superhero comic and thought we could do a better job if only given the chance.<p>For those who may have missed it, DC Entertainment announced March 25 that it's created a new Talent Development Workshop for writers and artists hoping to get their feet in the door of the …

This 3D-printed automatic gun is semi-automatic, untraceable, and totally legal

In the case of a YouTube user known simply as Derwood, he'd prefer spending his weekend 3D printing a working semi-automatic weapon; within the boundaries of the law, of course.<p>Shown off via a YouTube video published late last month, Derwood's creation is self-described as a "mostly" 3D-printed …

Guns

The FANTASTIC FOUR Franchise Is Cursed by the Gods

Clean Your Grill, And Other Hot Holiday Tips From Alton Brown

<i>Editor's note: A version of this story was originally published in May 2012.</i><p>If there's one grilling tip to remember this Memorial Day weekend, it should be this: Flame is bad.<p>"Flame does nasty things to food," food historian and science guy Alton Brown tells NPR's Scott Simon.<p>"[Flame] makes soot, …

Anthony Bourdain’s 10 Rules for Grilling Meat

Are you ready for your Labor Day barbecue? After reading this, you will be<p>A hockey puck on a burger bun. That’s the only way I can describe the Crime Against Food I was presented in the guise of a meal at a cookout a few summers back. When the host-chef turned back toward his inferno, I pitched the …

Meet the Meathead Using Science and Sarcasm to Get Grilling Right

Barbecue impresario Meathead Goldwyn can get heated on the topic of beer-can chicken. The proprietor of AmazingRibs.com says the backyard summer dish …

Parents Complained When ‘Fifty Shades’ Played Alongside ‘Sponge Bob’ At A Drive-In Theater

<i>SpongeBob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water</i> movie and <i>Fifty Shades Of Grey</i> played side by side at a drive-in theater in Northern California this weekend, leading naturally, to many outraged parents. Many complained, “wait, there are still drive-in movie theaters? Why wasn’t I told about this?”<p>No …

Here’s Randy Quaid ‘F*cking’ His Rupert Murdoch Mask-Wearing Wife

Things have taken an interesting turn in the saga of Randy Quaid and wife Evi. The couple are currently suing John Kerry over a United States passport issue which actually stems from the fact that they are fugitives from justice. However, the subject of the above video which has surfaced on YouTube …

A world war on American soil: How the Civil War became a global struggle

<b>A detail from "Battle of Spottsylvania" by Thure de Thulstrup (Wikimedia)</b><p>When the Union and the Confederacy charged into battle in 1861, the whole world was watching — and waiting<p>Don H. Doyle<p>January 4, 2015 3:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the …

Political Science

Is Everything Good About 'Minecraft' Gone?

<i>Minecraft</i> may have jumped the shark. It may be passed its prime. The phenomenon may be dwindling. And it has nothing to do with Microsoft purchasing the game. Nor do I think the game mechanics have lost any of their excitement. But from my perspective, as a parent, I’m not as supportive of my …

Chevy Chase’s 4-Step Plan For Getting Your Workplace Staff To Hate You

Chevy Chase is more than just a comedic actor, he’s a misery wizard whose brand of scathing and caustic quips and actions have become the stuff of legend. Once considered to be a personality on the cusp of greatness — on TV and in film — Chase has essentially blackballed himself from the spotlight …

DC Comics Heroes and Villains Get Norman Rockwell Art Treatment

21 Books That Changed Science Fiction And Fantasy Forever

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction …

Nic Pizzolatto, 'True Detective' Creator, Reveals What Season 2 Will Be About

Even though the first season finale just aired last night, we already know what the second season of "True Detective" will cover.<p>The first season featured Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as detectives in Louisiana on the trail of a killer with satanic cult connections. In a new interview …

Retro Movie-Inspired Travel Poster Art Series

The 10 Types of Writers' Block (and How to Overcome Them)

Writer's Block. It sounds like a fearsome condition, a creative blockage. The end of invention. But what is it, really?Read more...

Writer's Block

How the GOP Slowly Went Insane

The current moment in politics came about slowly, not suddenly, but it doesn't make it any less of a national emergency.<p>When I was a kid, all I knew about Michael Jackson was that he was crazy. He had a monkey named Bubbles and some kind of oxygen chamber and he used to be black but he made himself …

Here's what third-century China thought about the Roman Empire

Third-century China got around the ancient world. They even made it to the Roman Empire, and wrote down their thoughts on these strange foreigners in …

Ancient History