Michael Paul Blanton

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Does Klingon belong to everyone? “It’s a language — the whole point is to use it!”

<b>Michael Dorn and Brian Bonsall in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (CBS)</b><p>Salon speaks to the inventor of “Game of Thrones”‘ Dothraki language about a lawsuit over a Star Trek tongue<p>Scott Timberg<p>May 4, 2016 9:07pm (UTC)<p>Who owns a made-up language? It sounds like a joke, but the question has become …

Language

Learn How to Identify Any Language at a Glance With This Handy Guide

Smartphones, search engines, and translators can break language barriers easy enough, but what if you wanted to know how to do things yourself? This …

4 Compelling 'Game of Thrones' Fan Theories You Should Know

Spoilers? You better believe it.<p><i>Game of Thrones</i> comes back to HBO this Sunday with its superfans in uncharted territory, as season 6 will forge ahead of the narrative currently laid out in the book series <i>A Song of Ice and Fire.</i> No more can your nerdy roommates lord over you the fact that they know …

TV Series

Lip Sync Battle: Hayley Atwell performs Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)

Everything Clark Gregg lacks, he makes up for in denial.<p>At least, that’s according to Hayley Atwell, who channels The Offspring on this week’s <i>Lip</i> …

6 Bizarrely R-Rated Easter Eggs In Wildly Unsexy Video Games

Humanity has always been blessed with an amazing gift: Whether it's on a cave wall or the latest digital media, we always find a way to draw dicks …

5 exercises to improve your storytelling skills

<i>This article was previously published on PR Daily in April 2016.</i> <br>Football players practice ballet. Pianists repeat small sections of music until it's …

The Perils Of A Comic Book 'Boob Window'

Marvel's <i>Cloak and Dagger</i> has been one of the studio's more successful comic book series over the decades. But that shouldn't stop us laughing at …

Patrick Stewart Dressed In Drag, And The Internet Loved It

The pink nails and dress are EVERYTHING.<p>Put Sir Patrick Stewart on the best-dressed list!<p>The 75-year-old actor got all glammed up Monday night in Los Angeles to promote his show, "Blunt Talk."<p>For the appearance, Stewart wore a pink dress, black heels, glamorous jewels and carried a diamond clutch. …

Los Angeles

2. George R.R. Martin €“ €˜Wild Cards'

This isn€™t exactly a cheat, as Martin isn€™t the sole writer of the long-running Wild Cards superhero series. They represent collaborative fiction …

George R. R. Martin€™s €˜A Song Of Ice And Fire€™ sequence of fantasy novels were one of literature€™s best kept secrets for nearly fifteen years€ …

14 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Became a YA Author

You might need to get a second job.<p><b>1. You will get rejected hundreds of times.</b> I have a spreadsheet of all the times I've been rejected — by editors, agents, publishers — and it's hundreds of lines long. It took me three or four years to get my first short stories published, and longer until I sold …

The Online D&D 5e Character Sheet

DM Royale is an online character sheet and campaign manager for Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition.<p>It has been designed to be fast and flexible, allowing …

Interview with a designer of the new Dungeons & Dragons

On the always excellent Expanding Mind podcast, we hear from Jeremy Crawford, one of the designers of the new 5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons.<p>"We …

Revisit the Very 1980s Moral Panic Over Dungeons & Dragons

Twenty-sided dice are corrupting our children.<p>Today, it's franchises like <i>Grand Theft Auto</i> and <i>Call of Duty</i> that have parents, evangelical groups, and the media claiming that gory games lead to real-world acts of violence. But, as a new <i>Retro Report</i> video from the <i>New York Times</i> reminds us, things …

Dungeons and Dragons

10 Grammar Mistakes People Love To Correct (That Aren't Actually Wrong)

Are you the sort of person who just loves correcting other people's grammar? Are you sure that you're doing it right? Some things that people have …

Linguistics

The Star Wars Comic's New Stormtroopers Look Absurdly Awesome

The very best of what <i>Star Wars</i> can be often comes with <i>Star Wars</i> at its silliest. Like the Dark side and the Light, there must be a balance between …

This Web Bot Can Automatically Design Hundreds of Logos for You

Is this the beginning of the end for the creative industry?<p>It’s hard to deny that technological breakthroughs have benefited modern designers, but it …

How the Internet is changing the English language

People from the midwestern United States say “pop,” while people from the coasts say “soda.” Southerners might say “y’all” instead of “you guys.” And …

Watch the trailer for a Russian superhero movie featuring a machine-gun-wielding bear

The combined gross of Marvel's superhero movies is in the billions of dollars. The Russian film industry wants to replicate that success, but money isn't the only goal of such a film. A Russian superhero film has the power to speak to its nation's values and history, the way Marvel superheroes have …

Marvel Super Heroes

The top 30 What If... comics available on Marvel Unlimited

<i>All April long, we'll be highlighting the wonderful world of comics, from interviews with creators and a look at the way the industry works to deep</i> …

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse Coming Summer 2016, Atlus Explains Localization and Name Change

<i>Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final</i> has been officially announced for North America by Atlus USA today for Summer 2016, with the localized name being <i>Shin</i> …

The secret connection between Cervantes and Shakespeare

As if neither man wanted to live in a world without the other, Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare died on the same date in 1616.<p>Or not exactly. They didn't actually succumb on the same <i>day</i>. Shakespeare and Cervantes probably died or were buried almost a fortnight apart, mostly because …

Literature

Captain America: Civil War: 5 things to know about one of Marvel's best movies yet

This is so much more than an Avengers side quest.<p><i>Captain America: Civil War</i> won't open in the US until May 6 (though it will open in many other countries on April 28, a common tactic for studios trying to combat the effect of piracy in foreign territories), but Disney lifted the review embargo …

New Star Trek TV Series Rumored to Be Set Before The Next Generation

Well, Season 1 is anyway. But beyond that, the sky’s the limit...<p>Next year’s return of Star Trek to TV has been shrouded in secrecy so far, but a new …

27 Cat Pictures That Are Never Not Funny

Cats are proof the internet loves us and wants us to be happy.

How to design the most popular card game in the world

"We were breaking a rule we had never broken before, but this was something good for the game."<p>Mark Rosewater<p>"A card is -- it's just millimetres. About half of those millimetres are artwork."<p>Jeremy Jarvis

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 …

12 comic book series you can binge-read this week

Who needs Netflix when you have a good graphic novel?<p>There are plenty of long reads in the literary world — but comic book lovers often find …

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 FES: Part 1 – The Intro

There are all kinds of gamers out there, with all kinds of game passions. There are many people who play video games, who want more knowledge of …