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Swamp Chic Goes Mainstream This Summer With Algae Shoes

Get your algae shoes this summer (via Vivobarefoot) Eat your heart out, Adidas: Shoemaker Vivobarefoot is preparing an “ultra-eco” take on footwear. This summer, the London-based firm will launch a new version of its amphibious Ultra III sneaker—made using algae rescued from waterways. Along with partner Bloom—which uses algae biomass to make ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) foams out of non-fossil fuels—Vivobarefoot aims to clean up the global...
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What 40 Years Means to a Star Wars Fans

My first glimpse of the series was not Star Wars itself, but Space Balls. A parody of a film series I had yet to see. It was recorded onto an old VHS tape from a local television station. Where my parents roared at the parody of it all, I fell in love with the unique aesthetic of the characters, ships and distant worlds. It wasn’t until family friends came into town to experience MGM Studios new Star Tours experience. This would be the firs...
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Sega Could be Launching a Subscription Service Called Sega Forever on Mobile

Subscription services seem to be all the rage these days. Even video games are dabbling with this business model with services like EA Access. If a recent report turns out to be true, we may see a subscription-based service from none other than Sega. Recently, YouTuber Shawn Long (of RGT 85 ) posted a video where he talked about something called Sega Forever. He was made aware of this service by a Twitter follower named @BearKiddy who hails...
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Roll For Initiative With This Dungeons & Dragons Gift Guide

Let’s face it. D&D is a super nerdy hobby that not everyone is into. But if you are into it, you’re way into it. Some might even call you hardcore for even venturing down that path. That’s why you’ve got to get other D&D players awesome gifts for special occasions. What if you don’t play, though? What if your knowledge of Dungeons and Dragons is limited to the parodies you see on TV or in other media? No worries. We’ve got your back...
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The Search for a Second Earth Just Got A Bit More Interesting

So, you’ve probably seen tons and tons of new stories about Earth-like planets around nearby stars. That’s mostly because over the past few years we’ve launched powerful new telescopes like Kepler that are just sharp enough to find the tiny (in galactic terms, anyway) planets. We’ll have to wait for the launch of James Webb next year to know for sure, but as scientists refine their models and hone their studies of these exo-Earths, we’re a ...
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Tom Hardy Will Play Venom, Nathan Fillion’s Place in the MCU and More from Marvel Movies

We’ve known for a while that a Venom movie was on the way, but until today, nobody knew who would play him. Sony Pictures announced on Twitter today that Tom Hardy will play Eddie Brock in the upcoming movie. The studio tweeted out the news along with a picture of Hardy wearing a Venom T-Shirt. That’s not a terrible choice at all. Hardy is a great actor who, as we saw in his TV series Taboo earlier this year, plays the antihero very well. O...
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The Best Announcements from Google’s I/O Conference

Every year Google invites hundreds of tech writers and industry insiders for a big conference. It’s where the company announces some of its biggest projects and releases for the coming year, and it gives us insight into what the search giant is thinking. This year’s been a bit mixed. The highlight of the show was Google Lens, a replacement and massive update for the aging Google Goggles. Lens will be the center for the new visual search, pl...
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Saul Goodman Finally Makes His Debut

For two and a half seasons, we’ve been watching Better Call Saul, and we had yet to see the title character. Until this point, the show has been about Albuquerque elder attorney Jimmy McGill, with the occasional glimpse at Cinnabon manager Gene. We were starting to think Jimmy wouldn’t take the name until the very end of the series until last night. Saul Goodman formally introduced himself to the world, not as an ambulance-chasing lawyer, b...
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The Best Comedies Streaming On Netflix

Funny is one of the most subjective things in the world, and we’d be idiots if we guaranteed you’d laugh at every single film on this list. To assemble a list of the best comedies on Netflix out of a pretty staggering selection, we tried to sample from just about every subgenre of funny stuff there is. Everything from dialogue-heavy British political satire to the lowest poop and pee jokes is represented, with flicks from all over the world...
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Official Sailor Moon Phone Won’t Make You a Sailor Guardian, But You Can Call Them

If you’re a die-hard Sailor Moon fan who’s been looking for ways to deck out your phone with a special case or something to that effect that demonstrates how much you love the series, you might want to sit down. Are you sitting? Some lucky Moonies will be able to purchase an official Sailor Moon cell phone soon, and it looks just as perfect as you’ve probably imagined. The phone is from Chinese tech company and mobile app developer Meitu, w...
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Celebrate Girl Power With This Wonder Woman Gift Guide

Wonder Woman is a veritable feminist icon, and one of the greatest heroes out there. So it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that there’s a whole gaggle of merchandise out there you can buy to represent this amazing lady. Now she’s got her own movie coming out, and to celebrate you should definitely take a friend to see it. What better way to celebrate the Wonder Woman movie than by buying your friend a gift? Here’...
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‘Doctor Who: Ghost Stories’ Part 2 Introduces New Dangers

Last we left them , Lucy, Grant (a.k.a. superhero The Ghost), Jennifer, and the Doctor were in mortal danger at the smoldering hands of The Smoke. Of course, our champion isn’t going to die in the first of a four-part series. But that cliffhanger no doubt left some readers with a lump in their throat. On Christmas Eve 1992, then-eight-year-old Grant Gordon mistakenly swallowed a wish-granting gemstone, gaining superpowers like those in his ...
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There Are Four Game of Thrones Spinoffs in the Works at HBO

Nathalie Emmanuel, Peter Dinklage, Conleth Hill, Emilia Clarke, Jacob Anderson (Credit: Macall B. Polay/HBO) Game of Thrones is coming to an end, with its shortened final season airing in 2018. That doesn’t mean HBO is leaving Westeros for good though.  Variety reports that the network has deals with four different writers to create new shows set in George R.R. Martin’s universe. Talks of a possible spinoff series began last year at the Tel...
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George Lucas is Cooler Than Star Wars

How’s this for May the Fourth? A short, short time ago George Lucas got up on stage at Star Wars Celebration , a massive festival celebrating the 40th anniversary his space opera magnum opus, and said this: “It’s a film for 12-year-olds,” and this “You know… dogs flying space ships,” and spent more time talking about making deals then making myths. It was at that moment when the clouds parted and the truth I had always known finally reveale...
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The Best Batman Funko Pops!

1. Batman (Batman: The Animated Series) Objectively the best Batman is the one from Batman: The Animated Series. Currently $10.94 at Amazon. Buy It Here. 2. Robin (DC Universe) Every Batman (even Funko ones) needs a Robin, and this is a great one. Currently $7.03 at Amazon. Buy It Here. 3. Batman (DC Universe) The DC Universe Batman seems to be a little tanner than usual, but he's still a badass. Currently $10.88 at Amazon. Buy It Here. 4. ...
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Mitsubishi Celebrates 100 Years Of Automaking By Electrifying Its First Car

Way back in 1917, the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Company built its first — and only — car: the Mitsubishi Model A. Now, 100 years later, Mitsubishi Motors is paying homage to the vehicle that got its wheels turning. How? By building a brand new Model A with a decidedly modern twist. Mitsubishi’s 2017 Model A will be a plug-in hybrid, though a Mitsubishi spokesperson pointed out that the car will “will feature all the distinctive aspects of the...
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‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Lake Ghosts

You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all? Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad. I just hope you can swim. The eerie, hollow-eyed, homicidal ghost of Prentis (via BBC) LAKE GHOSTS First appearance: “Under the Lake”/”Before the Flood” (2015)—se...
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McDonald’s Happy Meals Will Come With Mario Toys For a Limited Time

With Nintendo being on everyone’s mind these days, McDonald’s has wisely partnered with the world’s most famous game company to include Mario Toys inside of Happy Meals. Happy Meals purchased from now until May 22 will come with one of eight different Mario toys. These Mario toys look a lot like Amiibos. Though the toys do not have the same functionality of Amiibos, they do have “special functions.” For example, the transparent Mario can li...
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Portable LightCube Reinvents Home Lighting

You can still buy The Clapper sound-activated electrical switch online for about $26 (plus shipping). But why revert to a ’90s relic (often triggered by coughing, a dog barking, laughter, or the TV) when you can upgrade your home lighting instead? LightCube, as its name suggests, is a small battery-powered box capable of illuminating any room in the house. The original and extended models plug directly into the wall, while two portable vers...
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No One Cares That Quill Kissed a Robot in ‘Class’

This article contains spoilers for “The Coach with the Dragon Tattoo,” episode two of Class season one. It’s been a week since Coal Hill Academy was attacked on prom night by shadowy fire monsters. And no one seems to mind. “Do you think they purposely forget? Is that a human thing?” Charlie, Prince of Rhodia (and cluelessness), asks while coolly eating lunch on the steps like Blair Waldorf and her minions. “This world was partially invaded...
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How to Celebrate ‘Doctor Who’ Comics Day

Doctor Who ‘s 10th season is here, and already we’re looking forward to September. Titan Comics has announced its fourth annual Doctor Who Comics Day global celebration will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2. Inspired by the publisher’s line of Who books, the event is set to be “bigger than ever before,” with new comics and collections, merchandise, variant covers, signings, and affairs at retailers and libraries around the world. Last year’s fe...
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An Old Coal Mine May Become The Largest Solar Farm In Kentucky

The U.S., particularly the Appalachian region, still gets a lot of its power from coal. Today, however, the shift from coal to renewables is well under way… even in the heart of coal country. Take Kentucky, for example, which ranks fourth among U.S. states when it comes to total coal production. Solar has been making steady gains there in recent years, and now plans are underway to bring a massive, new solar farm to Pike County. It could ha...
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Buy This Comic! Batman #21

Today is Wednesday, better known as New Comic Book Day, the best day of the week. A lot of great comics came out today, but this column is meant to focus on the best of the best, the must have books that should be in everyone’s stack for the week. This week, that comic is Batman #21  from writer Tom King, artist Jason Fabok, and DC Comics. Batman #21 (W) Tom King (A) Jason Fabok “THE BUTTON” part one! The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: ...
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James Gunn Will Direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and More From the Ever-Expanding Marvel Universe

We all knew there was going to be a third Guardians of the Galaxy movie. The second one won’t be out until May, but come on. You’re going to see it, I’m going to see it, everyone you know is going to see it, and we’re all going to buy the soundtrack. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is going to happen. Fortunately for us, director James Gunn is sticking around for it. The director shared the announcement on his Facebook page , going into deta...
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The Best Original Shows On Netflix Streaming

It took Netflix quite a while to get into the original programming game, but unlike some competitors (ahem, Yahoo), they’re in it to win it. Starting off with new episodes of Arrested Development and creating an award-winning slate of shows, the streaming service has made a name for itself with high-quality, uncompromising content. Not all Netflix original series are great – we’ll have a tough time saying nice things about Fuller House – bu...
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No One Dies Well in ‘Doctor Who’ Spin-Off ‘Class’

The Whoniverse is no stranger to spin-offs: Some failed (did anyone watch the K-9 and Company pilot?), some succeeded ( The Sarah Jane Adventures lasted five seasons before star Elisabeth Sladen’s death; Torchwood lives on in audio tales). The fate of new offshoot Class , however, remains to be seen. Helmed by YA author Patrick Ness, the eight-episode series aired in the UK late last year, but only just made its US debut this weekend—follow...
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MovieBob Reviews: THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

At this point, the Fast & Furious franchise represents something like the longest ironic joke ever told to global movie audiences. At some point in the white noise between sequels, a series initially dedicated to showing off expensively-outfitted cars, the almost determinedly anti-charismatic presence of Vin Diesel (who we at one point thought was going to be a much bigger star) and pretty much nothing else morphed into an over-the-top ...
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PAX East 2017: Hand’s On With DRAGON QUEST HEROES II

The term “fanservice” tends to get thrown at just about any installment of any gaming franchise with at least one eye on nostalgia or fan-appreciation, but Koei-Tecmo may have discovered the purest distillation of the form with its Dynasty Warriors spin-offs. As it turns out, the famously simple gameplay is essentially: “Go to X spot on the map, throttle a dozen enemies with satisfying/visually-spectacular one-button attacks, repeat” of the...
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PAXEast 2017 Hand’s On With ToeJam & Earl

The original 1991 ToeJam & Earl is today considered one of the all-time classics of the Sega Genesis, a wacky collect-a-thon with an offbeat sense of humor and a unique sound and art design inspired by then-current 90s hip-hop and graffiti art culture that routinely appears near the top of 16-bit era “best of” lists. But the game was only a modest success upon its initial release, and Sega insisted that the sequel (“ToeJam & Earl in...
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Happy Birthday, Companions Alex Kingston, John Barrowman!

Happy birthday to two of the most considerable companions in the Whoniverse: Alex Kingston and John Barrowman. Professor River Song and Captain Jack Harkness go to-to-toe with the Doctor (in his various manifestations), bringing heart, sass, and a bit of romance to the TARDIS. A dashing Time Agent and con man from the 51st century, Captain Jack (one of his many aliases) meets the Ninth Doctor and Rose Tyler above a blazing London. (I rememb...
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