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This 1990s Guide To Using The Web Is Delightful

Once upon a time you didn’t just use the internet, you were a “nethead” who “surfed the web” and “sailed data streams.” This is how we talked about the internet.



Get A Sneak Peek At XKCD Creator Randall Munroe's New Book

We’re big fans of xkcd here at Gizmodo (who isn’t?), and also of learnin’ about things, so we’re pretty excited for Randall Munroe’s


A Sketchbook Full Of Synthetic Skin Lets Tattoo Artists Safely Doodle

Not every artistic creation is an instant masterpiece, that’s why there are Moleskine sketchbooks. But where perfection really counts is with tattoos, so a magazine dedicated to the craft created a sketchbook made of artificial skin that lets amateur tattoo artists hone their skills. It’s like an unholy grimoire for artists.


Behind The Sordid World Of Online Assassination Betting

I have heard rumours about this website, but I still cannot quite believe that it exists. I am looking at what I think is a hit list.


Ride Along On A Four-Mile-Long Rollercoaster For Library Books

A few weeks ago we showed you images of incredible robotic library logistics, including the Telelift system of the National Széchényi Library in Budapest, Hungary. Last week I had a special opportunity to visit that library and take a look at its automated book transportation system — basically a roller coaster for books.


A Programming Languages Alphabet Book Could Spark An Interest In Coding

You have no idea what your kids will grow up to be while they’re still toddlers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t gently nudge them towards one vocation or another. And since those fancy computers aren’t going away any time soon, perhaps a career in coding might be worthwhile, inspired by this alphabet book featuring popular programming languages.


A New Book Looks At The Packaging Design Of The Original Star Wars Toys

George Lucas isn’t rich beyond a Hutt’s dreams because he was a great director or writer. His vast fortune is a result of his shrewd decision to hold onto the merchandising rights to his space opera many years ago. A new book called A New Proof takes a look at what was involved in bringing the first official Star Wars toys to the film’s rabid fans back in the late 1970s, and how it helped change movie marketing forever.


Graph: Which Game Of Thrones Episode Corresponds To Which Book Chapter

This is the work of a Grand Maester. Joeltronics made this very useful graph that shows which episode of Game of Thrones the TV show corresponds to which chapter and which book in the A Song of Ice and Fire books (aka the Game of Thrones books). That way you know what’s been shown when and what’s been omitted in the story. Warning, potential spoilers!


Watch The Unbelievable Restoration Process Of Making An Old Book New

There is honour in having a worn down book with creases on its spine and dogeared corners and highlighter marks on its pages and a cover that barely resembles anything anymore. But, sometimes, a book gets a little too roughed up and is on the brink of falling apart and needs fixing. You can fix it! Or, well, this magician of a man can. He restores old books with the utmost care.


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