Around the Web: Star Trek Barbies, 1000 novels everyone must read, and a knitted brain

Star Trek Barbie Dolls – “Does this dress uniform make me look fat?” “Let’s have a replicator pizza party!” “Warp-speed calculations are tough!” But before you get too up in arms, remember that this has all happened before.

Imagined Worlds – Susanna Clarke:  “In wild, empty landscapes we look for dragons to embody all the fierce, soaring emotions the place inspires; in Middle-earth and Earthsea we find them.” This is part of the 1000 novels everyone must read series. The introduction to the SF portion is here, and all of the pieces are worth reading. Also via JD.

“Tolkien: The Lord of The Mines – Or A Comparative Study Between Mining During the Third Age of Middle-Earth by Dwarves and Mining During Our Age by Men (or Big-People)” – Most bizarre essay ever based on the works of Tolkien. Scary part? Tolkien probably fully explored this subject himself. Via Ben Peek.

Psychiatrist knits anatomically correct wooly brain – See more pictures there. She must’ve been working on this in between patients. Via Jenny Davidson.

John Scalzi and Mary Robinette Kowal improv – What’s with the terrifying, baconless villain cat?

We’ve found our place in the world – A map of the publishing industry and its relationship to technology. En Español.

Fanboys release date announced – The date is set: February 6th.

More Coraline features – There are some nice featurettes up here, and a lovely poster and bookmark encouraging reading.

Razzies announced – Guess who is receiving the Worst Career Achievement Razzie?

The T-1000 is here! – Nitinol wire, a shape memory alloy, can reform when exposed to heat.

NBS Nightly News with Ted Phillips, March 11, 1970 – I told you these promos weren’t over!


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