Around the Web: Hitchcock Barbie, Brandon Sanderson news, and a robotic, fire-breathing robo-motorcycle dog

Hitchcock Barbie – No, you’re not seeing things. That’s a The Birds commemorative collectible Barbie. I love her vacant smile and clutch purse. For more creepy Barbies, try the Mad Hatter doll or Transvestite Tina—I mean, Tarina Tarantino Barbie (not to be confused with the actual Tarina Tarantino, who is way cuter).

Brandon Sanderson’s Big Wheel of Time Interview Retrospective – On the one year anniversary of his involvement with the series, Brandon revisits questions about his approach to finishing Robert Jordan’s epic.

Two cast in Tron sequel – A “siren in the virtual world”? I do hope they’re kidding. Please please please just keep Jeff Bridges. That’s the only thing that would make a sequel worth watching.

The Twilight Before Christmas – “You’re impossibly fat. And merry. Your cheeks are rosy red. I know what you are.” “Say it….out loud. Say it.” “Santa!”

Robotic walking motorcycle dog that breathes flames – Sounds cool, right? But the incredibly slow, lumbering movement sort of kills the intimidation factor. It’s still kind of cute.

Extra-terrestrial ice planets may be the key to finding life – Scientists are now looking beyond the traditional “habitable zone” in the hopes of finding water oceans beneath the surface of icy planets.

Jetpack Dreams trailer – Where’s my jetpack? Where are our jetpacks? One man’s search for the answer.

Timeline of the Planet of the Apes – “Timeline of the Planet of the Apes: The Definitive Chronology…[presents] every recorded event of the Planet of the Apes saga in its proper chronological context—from long before Caesar’s birth to far beyond Earth’s destruction. This book covers every film, television episode, cartoon, novel, comic, short story and audio-tale produced under the Planet of the Apes banner over the past four decades—including a number of rejected or unpublished tales unavailable to fans.” I am kind of speechless.

Dark energy is gravity’s bizarro twin – A new study suggests that dark energy, which gets stronger with distance, keeps galaxy clusters in check.

Some lists:
Best Graphic Novels of 2008 Lists
Best Art Books of 2008 Lists
Top 10 Astronomy pictures of 2008

And finally, a trailer for the indie SF movie, Eden Log. I can’t for the life of me figure out what it’s about, but it definitely looks interesting. Via SciFi Wire.

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