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I identify with that feeling of wandering the seashore, looking baleful.

Kate Washington at LA Review of Books discusses her feelings as a caregiver prompted by Anne's House of Dreams, the fifth book of L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series.


Waypoint is's rebranded gaming segment comprising a veritable supergroup of game critics led by EIC Austin Walker (Streamfriends, Friends at the Table & Giant Bomb), and featuring Patrick Klepek (1up, Giant Bomb, Kotaku) and Danielle Riendeau (Idle Thumbs/Weekend, Polygon). They inaugurated their launch on Halloween weekend with a stream of 72 games in 72 hours.

Personal favourites from the 72 games in 72 hours (also available on a per game playlist) include:
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective with Her Story's Sam Barlow (spoilers, as they do a full case)
Dungeon World with one of the game's designers, Adam Koebel, DMing

On the writing side, favourites include:
Austin's argument for why playing and writing about games matters in the wake of Trump's election
Elisabeth de Kleer's piece on Dungeons & Dragons at a Colorado maximum security prison
Cameron Kunzelman's piece on China Miéville's The Last Days of New Paris
Austin & Cameron's piece on what Watch Dogs 2 gets right and wrong about race (spoilers)
Jack de Quidt's piece about procedural space gossiping sim Sol Trader

They also have a podcast, Waypoint Radio.

Last (and maybe least?), Austin is the reigning champion of the video game wrestling League of Heels, while Danielle and Patrick have also been participants.

The camera cannot lie, but it can be an accessory to untruth.

Strange Creatures Appear On Kansas Police Cameras. At least they were clothed, unlike the primate filmed by Virginia Tech.

"One's body is inviolable, subject to one's own will alone."

Satanic Temple Says Texas's New Rules on Fetal Burial Violate Their Religious Freedom

In December, Texas will impose new rules requiring all fetal remains to be buried or cremated, a sneaky way to impede abortion access and make patients feel just a little worse, all at the same time. The Satanic Temple, the nation's best and foremost trolls, declared today that under federal religious freedom laws, their members must be granted immunity from the new rules.


"Tofu was a tough sell"

In what remains a QVC record, Ina Garten — the only guest who Mr. Venable says made him feel like a crazed teenager at a rock concert — sold out of 30,000 copies of her latest book in 25 minutes 4 seconds. And that doesn't take into account what the publishing industry calls the QVC effect. That is, the extra sales and marketing power that rises up through Amazon sales and bookstore orders because QVC has deemed a book worthy. -- QVC's David Venable: The Man Who Helps America Cook by Kim Severson, New York Times

Peepaw's Christmas Party!

Every winter Katie Faflik's Peepaw throws a holiday party, with one guest dressed as Winter Man. Is it Gregg this year [Facebook]? Snaps from Peepaw's Thanksgiving party, with all the trimmings [also Facebook].

I tried to find more information about this, but couldn't, so I can't answer any of your questions.

David Bowie's final three songs

When the Original Cast Album of Lazarus was released, it contained a bit of a bonus: three studio tracks of songs from the show recorded as out-takes from his final album ★. No Plan, Killing A Little Time, and When I Met You.

Original Cast Recordings of the songs:
No Plan - Sophia Anne Caruso
Killing A Little Time - Michael C. Hall
When I Met You - Michael C. Hall, Srystina Alabado

Bonus: Life On Mars - Sophia Anne Caruso

How the Circle Line rogue train was caught with data

The MRT Circle Line was hit by a spate of mysterious disruptions in recent months, causing much confusion and distress to thousands of commuters. Like most of my colleagues, I take a train on the Circle Line to my office at one-north every morning. So on November 5, when my team was given the chance to investigate the cause, I volunteered without hesitation.