8 March 2012

Jacked by David Kushner

Jacked: The story of Grand Theft Auto

Writer David Kusher (Wired etc.) who once laid out the story of iD Software’s classic titles in Masters of Doom now takes on Grand Theft Auto and its creators in his latest book Jacked.

“Whenever he passed through London airport, he always got hassled by Hare Krishnas, urging him to be happy. “Gouranga!” they’d say, a Sanskrit expression of good fortune. Baglow hated it. Then a lightbulb went off over his head.”

[via:Longreads]

20 May 2010

Founder of Internet Archive on the Google book scanning lawsuit

He mentions an actually unsettling side effect of Google’s endeavor: the accelerating privatization of library like institutions.

[via:Internet Archive]

17 March 2010

Oprah reviews The American Girl (Den amerikanska flickan) by Monika Fagerholm

…and lists the novel as one American readers should get their hands on this spring. #

[via:Philip Teir]

7 January 2010

UK pensioners burning books to keep warm

[via:William Gibson]

14 October 2009

the damned company by elliott d rosewater and wj galt book cover

The Damned Company

…by Elliott D. Rosewater and W.J. Galt. [Amazon]

“Turning the business fable on its head, the Damned Company is a farcical tour of Corporate Hell. Based loosely on Dante’s Inferno [...]“

[via:Jean]

20 September 2009

The background story of Carl Jung’s new book release

[via:humble.fool]

20 July 2009

Haynes NASA Apollo 11 Owners' Workshop Manual 1969 (including Saturn V, CM-107, SM-107, LM-5)

NASA Apollo 11 Owners’ Workshop Manual: 1969 (including Saturn V, CM-107, SM-107, LM-5)

This is not a joke, btw. Will be available on Amazon as well.

[via:The Joy of Tech]

10 May 2009

80's Pop-up book on personal computers

80′s Pop-up book on personal computers

[via:zzorn]

7 May 2009

Thomas Allen's 40's, 50's pulp book collage art

Thomas Allen’s 40′s, 50′s pulp book collage art

“American photographer Thomas Allen constructs witty and clever dioramas using figures cut from the covers of old pulp paperbacks.”

[via:Boing Boing]

19 February 2009

H. H. Holmes’ “Murder Castle”

“Holmes [opened his hotel] for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893 [...] The ground floor of the Castle contained, aside from Holmes’ own relocated drugstore, various shops [...] while the upper two floors contained his personal office as well as a maze of over one hundred windowless rooms with doorways that would open to brick walls, oddly angled hallways, stairways to nowhere, doors that could only be opened from the outside, and a host of other strange and labyrinthine constructions. [...] Over a period of three years, Holmes selected female victims from among his employees [...], lovers and hotel guests, and would torture and kill them. Some were locked in soundproof bedrooms fitted with gas lines that permitted him to asphyxiate them at any time. Some victims were locked in a huge bank vault near his office; he sat and listened as they screamed, panicked and eventually suffocated. The victims’ bodies went by a secret chute to the basement, where some were meticulously dissected, stripped of flesh, crafted into skeleton models, and then sold to medical schools.”

There’s a book on this.

[via:MacBreak Weekly]

7 February 2009

Left 4 Book (from book covers for video games-thread on Something Awful)

Awesome book covers for games in Something Awful forums.

2 December 2008

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“Come to Finland”: a hard cover book and poster collection of vintage ads for Finnish tourism

A charming book (available in English, Finnish, French, German and Swedish) for culturally oriented hipsters and those longing for simpler times… when Finland was a shitty, underdeveloped agrarian economy.

Some of the ads can be ordered as full-size posters, the format they were designed for. And because I was bored tonight, I stole some print quality tif files from the press kit (requires free registration on the original site) and made them available for download with thumbnails.

EDIT 2008-12-03 16:11 EET: I was asked to remove the files linked to above for legal reasons. The registration required for accessing the pictures is also not freely available to the public or automatically granted; an editor of the site recognized my name and therefore accepted my request swiftly.

9 October 2008

Book version of “I Can Has Cheezburger?”

[via:ICHCB]

18 September 2008

"Doctors, teachers, artists, actors, even mayors and presidents"

It’s Just a Plant, a children’s book about marijuana

A sample of the book is available on the site in a variety of languages.

15 September 2008

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

“Brain Rules by [developmental molecular biologist] John J. Medina is a multimedia project explaining how the brain works. It includes a book, a feature-length documentary film, and a series of interactive tutorials.”

Non-suck Xmas gift or back to school demotivator. The book has a very polite and constructive way of saying that our society is insane and should be considered harmful.

[via:Brain Science Podcast]

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