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Review: Boredom

People like to cite the cliche that only boring people get bored, but at some point or another, we all get bored. No one is really sure what causes boredom or what we can do about it, but Albert Nerenberg underwent an exploration of boredom and its scientific (and sometimes not so scientific) causes in the documentary Boredom.

Breather

Office space is at a premium in cities like New York City, where it seems like new coworking spaces are popping up daily to fill the office needs of startups, but sometimes a desk isn’t needed for that long. Bringing it down to a more hourly level to host a meeting, find a private office, or just a quiet place to be alone is Breather.

Review: The LEGO Adventure Book Volume 2

Megan Rothrock is a former LEGO designer, and current freelance toy designer, who obviously knows her way around the ABS brick. She returns to write a second volume of The LEGO Adventure Book, which brings back her advanced building techniques for younger readers. The second volume of The LEGO Adventure Book again uses a comic book layout [...]

Review: The Art Of LEGO Design

As LEGO has advanced, so has the artistry in the building techniques of its fans. As The LEGO Group has introduced smaller and more versatile parts to work with, LEGO builders have established new and more interesting techniques for building with these new parts. Unfortunately for newer builders, it can be daunting to figure out these techniques, but The Art of LEGO Design by Jordan Schwartz is here to show builders how to make the most out of their LEGO parts.

Special Edition NYC

Comic book conventions have become big, bloated masses of multimedia entertainment. Movies, books, television, video games and every other form of mass media entertainment overshadow the comic books for which the conventions are named. This past weekend, the folks at Reedpop, who run the New York Comic Con in October, put on Special Edition NYC, a stripped down show that was exclusively about comic books.

Review: Snuggbuds Fusion

When I saw the fine folks at Snuggbuds at the expo for the NYC Half Marathon, we talked about their different products, and the different headphones I have reviewed in the past and their different products. At the end of our conversation, they gave me a pair of their Snuggbuds Fusion headphones to check out and try running with.

Review: The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Laboratory

I’ve recently started working with LEGO Mindstorms EV3, the latest iteration of the LEGO robotics system. Receiving a copy of The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Laboratory by Daniele Benedettelli was well timed, since I was learning to use the robotics kit as I began reading the book.

Review: How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity

Nothing is as popular on the internet as cat pictures and videos. Everyone loves Lil Bub, Grumpy Cat, and Maru, so why wouldn’t they love your cat too? That’s why Quirk Books released the tongue in cheek book How to Make Your Cat an Internet Celebrity, which claims on the cover to be “a guide to financial freedom.”

Review: Knights of Badassdom

Role playing gamers tend to take their games seriously and seriously immerse themselves in the fictional worlds they are involved in. When it comes to Live Action Role Playing (LARPing), the players act out their parts fully and get even further invested when they attend gatherings with other likeminded players. But what would happen if [...]

Review: LEGO Space: Building the Future

LEGO builders tend to favor certain themes to build in. One of the most popular themes is Space, which encompasses moonbases, spaceships, mech suits, and other science fiction type builds. With the popularity of Space, it only makes sense that No Starch Press would put out a book focusing on Space building with LEGO Space: Building the Future by Peter Reid and Tim Goddard.

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