Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Black Books is... it's... it is simply the best thing.
All the lead actors are amazing. I find myself trying to talk like Dylan Moran after watching it, which is great (for me). Cheeky, sottish, and existential. It just doesn't give a... well, you know.
She has a classic voice, perfect for rainy days, tea, books, and cushions.
"Non, je ne regrette rien" was popularized by Inception, but you've gotta hear her other stuff too! "Vie en Rose" was her main famous one before the movie, and "Mon Manège à Moi" is a great upbeat contrast.
Sal Khan presents a broad variety of material in short, meaty, easily-digestible chunks. There are exercises to help you out, or you can just watch the videos, which are illustrated as he talks to engage all types of learners. Great for reviewing high school math and science, as well as learning new concepts.
Fun, quaint, immersive, addictive. Cool sound effects, great animation, engrossing puzzles. This game has no language boundary and no obvious solutions; it's neither too easy nor too hard.
I believe this game is now part of one of the Humble Indie Bundles. Go for it!
One of my first sci-fi reads as a kid, and still a favorite. Bradbury is incredibly inventive, and this collection of interlinked short stories showcases his talent for sculpting beautiful worlds. A gun that shoots bees, a children's playroom/"holodeck", a ship that sails on sand... this book is filled with delight and violence.
A cross between a board game and an RPG. Players are assigned identities, and one may be a traitor, who secretly hinders you as you collectively make your way through the game's quests. We had about a 50/50 chance of winning or losing - as a group - so beware if you don't like those odds.
A collection of Harlan Ellison's visceral sci-fi short stories (although he prefers the term "speculative fiction"). My favorites are "Asleep: With Still Hands", "Run for the Stars", and "Worlds to Kill".
If you like "I Have No Mouth (And I Must Scream)", you'll love reading more from him!
A really fast read centered around psychedelic drugs - part dream, part video game - and the protagonist's quest to find one rare variety, a hallucination within a hallucination. He must do so in order to save someone he loves.
Lean, exciting prose and beautiful imagery.
I use a Petit1 and a Varsity daily. This one surprises everyone with its comfort for a compact pen. It even outperforms other cartridge pens - I like to refill cartridges with other inks, and while most cartridges tend to be loose after one use, these ones snap into place, preventing leaks. And both pens can be found for only $3!
Avoid Wine Red, though; it's more of a garish magenta.
This pen is incredibly hardy. I have a bad history of screwing up fancy pens, so I like refilling disposables. They take a lot of hard knocks and come out unfazed.
This pen comes with rich black ink, and you can refill it with whatever you prefer by simply grasping the nib assembly with pliers (gently but firmly) and removing it. Rinse, drop the ink into the barrel, replace nib, and you're done!