What if what Bryan Adams is really singing in "Run to You" is:

But that'd change if she ever found out about "you and I"?

So his wife wouldn't care that he's having a relationship with someone else (in fact, might be aware of it and be supportive), but she's a stickler for grammar and tends towards prescriptivism, and is appalled at the notion of using a subject word like "I" as an object.

Makes total sense to me.
A few weeks ago, I commented on Facebook, I would not be upset in the slightest if Megan Abbott's "You Will Know Me" became the second book in a row to win both a Pulitzer and an Edgar. Easily the best book I've read this year (not counting Nabokov's "Pale Fire," which isn't eligible for either prize). And this continues to be a damned fine year for books.

You Will Know Me is on sale on the Kindle today for $2.99. You should get it if you don't already own it. I stand by that statement above. As a bonus, it's all about what teen gymnasts go through, so if you've been watching the Olympics, it's pretty relevant.
We consumed some media this weekend:

1. Captain America: Civil War. This tiny indy character piece does a nice job of establishing two friends as antagonists (both driven by different forms of grief), without making either into a villain. More importantly, while it's got plot holes aplenty, it's infinitely better than the flaming heap of dog shit that was Mark Millar's comic series. It has at least a couple of truly wonderful moments, and it has the first Spider-Man I've given a shit about since the original Raimi film. There's also a wonderful moment right at the very end in which Black Panther undercuts and takes the piss out of one of my least favorite recent movie and TV villain tropes (not going spoilery yet -- I might make a longer post later).

2. Sisters. Grabbed this from the library, and was genuinely surprised by how funny it was. It's an inversion of the classic party movie (think House Party or Can't Hardly Wait), this time with the party being held by a bunch of forty-somethings, all of whom have kids and stable lives now. The entire cast is brilliant (I mean, when Poehler and Fey are your stars, and you have Maya Rudolph, Diane Wiest, Bobby Moynahan, and James Brolin, you know you'll get some great moments). Moynahan nearly steals the movie in the second half, but pretty much everyone here is wonderful and the chemistry between all the characters is great. If you want a plot, it's this: Fey an Poehler play sisters whose parents are selling their childhood home, and while cleaning out their room, they decide to throw one last party, this time allowing Poehler (the "good" sister who was always sober at parties) to cut loose. All hell eventually breaks loose. Oh, and it has John Cena being surprisingly funny in some scenes. Kind of like the next film.

3. Trainwreck. This was a fun movie that should have been a good half hour shorter, and was frankly probably a little overrated. There were a ton of great comedy bits, but at times, it got so lost in the comedy that the characters just didn't work (specifically, there's just no reason to believe the love story at the center of the film). Yes, it subverts and reverses the male/female romantic comedy roles, but so did Pitch Perfect (which did so much better, and happens to have been directed by the same person who did Sisters). The best roles are almost always given to the athletes here, as not only does Cena do some great stuff early on (there's a sex scene between him and Poehler that's painfully funny), but Lebron James and Amar'e Stoudemire also get some great opportunities to shine. The big issue, as with a lot of comedies, is that it has trouble balancing finding some heart and doing zany stuff, and the decision was made to throw everything into the final edit, which just got overburdened. Still worth a view, but definitely the weakest of the three films we saw.
I'm even more behind on closing tabs than normal, but there's a lot of good stuff online these days:

Books and literature:

As some of you might remember, I wrote for Bookslut a good decade ago. The site, which remained interesting through its entire run, is closing, and Boris Kachka has a good interview with Jessa Crispin at Vulture about the end.

At The Spinoff, freelance editor Stephen Stratford, tells some great (or appalling, but wonderfully-told) stories of his time in the editing trenches.


In An Exegesis on Spanking Fetishists, Jessica Gross interviews Jillian Keenan on a huge range of topics, many of them centered around Keenan's exploration of her fetish, the line between fetish and kink, and lot of other issues. TW both for mention of a specific sexual assault in Keenan's life, and for general discussion of the basic fact that spanking children is abuse (and specifically the fact that it's a form of sexual abuse).

And Charlotte Shane (who may be the best example of folks whose TinyLetters are being turned into books, as Jessa discusses in the Bookslut piece) has a piece railing Against the Cult of Pussy Eaters.


Nicholas Hune-Brown at Slate writes about how AllRecipes represents a much better look at the typical house's eating habits than foodie-obsessed blogs or sites like Epicurious. On the one hand, that's a pretty obvious and hardly new sentiment, but it's a good look at how much people (yours truly included) rely on sites like AR.

I can't imagine anyone hasn't seen it, but just in case, here's Laura Reiley's huge piece at TampaBay.com on the utter lies about the origins of your food at so many "farm to table" restaurants. Do not think for a second that this is a Tampa-specific thing.


This old but fantastic piece by Chris Jones in Esquire is a great account of Teller (of "Penn and" fame) a stolen magic trick, and the impact such theft has on the industry as a whole. I find it even more interesting because of how copyright and patent law applies different here than in other areas (computer programming, for example, where reverse engineering things is often the norm). For folks who want closure on the lawsuit itself, here's a rather dry follow-up.

Rebecca Greenfield and Kim Bhasin at Bloomberg examine how Adore Me and similar clubs are basically replicating Columbia House-style rip-offs. Having seen my daughter taken for three or four months of bogus charges when Big Fish pulled a similar scam, it's definitely something that gets my hackles up.

Buzzfeed has an excellent piece on The Secret History Of The Photo At The Center Of The Black Confederate Myth by Adam Serwer.

And finally, Anna Weiner's Uncanny Valley is simply the best thing I've ever read about working at a Silicon Valley startup, bar none.
I'm reading David Graeber's generally excellent* The Utopia of Rules, and it's reminded me of a pet peeve of mine with much of the publishing industry.

Folks, I do not give a flying fuck what your style guide, your academic advisor, or anyone else says. If you have notes appended to the text that are digressions, additive text, anecdotes, or anything other than basic bibliographic information, they should be fucking footnotes. Period. Maybe, if you've got really short chapters, you can get away with using end-of-chapter notes. But fucking endnotes? Fuck that shit. Your work of pop academia is not a fucking Choose Your Own Adventure, and my reading experience should not include keeping my finger inserted between pages 234-235 so I can flip back and forth every time you want to make an aside.

I realize this is likely a publisher issue as much as anything else (and probably not the author's fault), but it is so fucking annoying. Usability is a concept that applies everywhere, not just in technology (where, incidentally, this is less of an issue generally, since services like Kindle can handle moving between notes and text gracefully).

*Although anyone who writes "ATM Machine" repeatedly deserves a solid whack with an LCD display.
I have tabs. They need closing and sharing.

1. Dan Lyons -- of Fake Steve Jobs fame -- was fired from NewsWeek a couple of years ago, and went to work marketing for glorified spam firm Hubspot, where he realized that all the cliches about startup culture were true. Mind you, I'm a fan of at least one thing he criticizes (walking meetings -- they can be damned useful, and not just when scripted by Aaron Sorkin), but some of the stuff discussed is horrifying (note that this is an excerpt from an upcoming book, so is lighter on details than you might expect). The coda -- that two HubSpot execs were fired (or quit before they could be fired) when they attempted to use possibly-illegal means to stop the book from getting published -- will likely lead to another fascinating read one day.

2. Buzzfeed, which has been on fire lately, especially with their Reader section, manages to make me care about something I'd never thought I'd care about: How Jennifer Garner Went Full “Minivan Majority”, by Anne Helen Petersen.

2.5 Other great things from Buzzfeed lately include a breathtaking story by Helen Oyeyemi, a fascinating by Sarah Weinman on one of the country's first mass-shootings, and a heartbreaking piece by Ian Carlos Crawford on finding a friend (and former lover) dead.

3. Patrick Klepek writes a piece interviewing the people who upload torrents. This one's more a medium than a long read, but is still interesting (although I'd love to get a sense from folks who torrent in other areas than just video games).

4. Sponsored content (content co-produced by an editorial group for advertising purposes) is a longtime thing in journalism, and the results aren't necessarily qualitatively bad (Slate and GE, for example, gave us The Message, a genuinely engrossing science fictions serial podcast). But Jacob Silverman's essay on the process at The Atlantic (which has a bad track record there to begin with, as he notes) definitely makes it sound ugly.

5. I am more terrible at the game of go than I am even at chess, but this article by Melissa Hillman at Quartz analyzing the games Google's AlphaGo played in its famous match earlier this year is fascinating nonetheless.

Bonus: It's not a longread at all, but here's Hannah Keyser at Deadspin on why butter crocks are a crock of bullshit.
With fans clearly craving more, and a renewal imminent, I've managed to get a copy of the TV Guide descriptions the six episodes featured in 2017's Season 11 of The X-Files

S11E1 "Renewals" You liked Lauren Ambrose? We're upping the Six Feet Underness of the show by adding Mathew St. Patrick! You know, Keith, the only black character from that show? Yep, after twenty years, the X-Files finally has black character who isn't an alien. Or do we? Oh, wait, we forgot about Kersh, but don't worry, we totally won't make St. Patrick a one-note character just there to be hated. You have our word! Oh, and we gave this episode a snappy title that could be meta. You like that, right?

S11E2 "Jose Chung's Back to the Well." This one has everything! D&D references, men in black, surprise celebrity cameos (you kids still think Dean Cain's a big deal, right?), metatextual BS, and Mulder masturbating to a Sasquatch. A real live one, not a video.

S11E3 "Cotton-Eyed Joe" Mulder convinces Scully to investigate a series of weddings that are getting called off at the last minute. Scully suggests that this is just fucking normal in the 21st century, but her foolish female skepticism is once again shattered, as they encounter a mysterious being whose "smile was his gun." They eventually solve the case by visiting genius.com and finding the secret messages in a Rednex song.

S11E4 "Chinchilabeast." Chinchillas. One of the few creatures that hasn't been the subject of an episode yet. Also, this will be the episode with the transphobic jokes shoehorned into an otherwise entertaining episode.

S11E5 "Phoning It In" Shit, I don't know. There are some bees, and the Cigarette-Smoking Man working with yet another unexpected traitor (spoiler: Doggett), and maybe someone with with awkward social skills who seems monstrous but turns out to just be protecting something else and it all ends in tragedy?

S11E6 "My Struggle III" Mulder just says "fuck it," rips off his mask, and reveals that he's Adolph Hitler, just like Hate-Monger did decades ago. The remainder of the 42 minutes is just Chris Carter curled up in a ball, sobbing and shouting, "why couldn't I get Vince Gilligan back?" As the show fades to black, we see the words "to be continued." You try to leave your house, but opening the door leads to an impenetrable void. You are trapped, forever, just like Carter.
If you somehow don't have them, Amazon's doing a one-day sale on the complete Buffy for $49.99 (75%off), and the complete Angel for $39.99 (71% off). That's about $7 a season for Buffy and under $8 a season for Angel.
My schedule for Arisia (where I’m thankfully not as over-scheduled as I’ve been in the past) coming up on MLK weekend. As always, I’m hoping to spend plenty of the con in the gaming room, and will hope to see folks throughout the weekend.


5:30PM Supergirl!

Although not (as of yet) connected to the rest of the TV DC Universe, the new Supergirl show is both a hit, and a blast to watch. We’ll talk about the first half-season of the show, what it means to have a positive female hero on the small screen as a headliner, and how the creators are reinterpreting a familiar mythos through an amazing new lens. We’ll also discuss the verve Melissa Benoist brings to the title role, and the dual roles played so well by Laura Benanti.
Gordon Linzner (m), Crystal Huff, Sharon Sbarsky, Adam Lipkin, Cassandra Lease


Wait, That’s Not in the Sci-Fi Section!

A look at the NYT bestseller list clearly shows a lot of genre work that isn’t being marketed as science fiction of fantasy. David Mitchell has never been called an SF writer; Ben Winters has won the Edgar Award for his SF, yet we don’t hear about him in genre circles. The lack of labels can help these authors find mainstream success, but how can we find out about genre work that’s not marketed as such?
Walt Williams, Mark W. Richards, David G. Shaw, Adam Lipkin (m)



DC Comics 1985 to 1995: A Decade of Epic Change
For ten years at DC Comics decisions were made and books were published that would redefine what mainstream comics were capable of. Crisis on Infinite Earths brought us the reboot. Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns gave us the “grim and gritty” aesthetic. The debuts of Swamp Thing, Hellblazer and Sandman helped establish the Vertigo line. Our panelists will discuss this decade and how it could affect comics in the future.
Glenn Hauman, Ken Gale, Adam Lipkin (m), Alisa Kwitney Sheckley, Joey Peters


Arisia Curmudgeon Panel 2: Curmudgeon Harder!
Last year, we told you why things that “everyone” loves, from Middle Earth to Star Wars, from Gaiman to Whedon, suck. But one panel wasn’t enough time for all the loathing we feel. This year, expect more vitriol, snark, and actual media criticism at this wide-ranging panel.
Pablo Miguel Alberto Vazquez, Mark Oshiro (m), Shira Lipkin, Adam Lipkin
1. Kingdom of Loathing: Since I took my hiatus, KOL started doing yearly rewards for standard ascensions (with limited access to old content while in Ronin, similar to the way M:TG runs things). So I've now completed my first standard (as in, not hardcore or a challenge path) ascension since maybe 2010? It's fascinating, because things like pulling items from Hangks are so not on my radar, it's harder than HC is. But I'm enjoying it, and will be doing all six standard paths (and then doing each in HC, since there are separate yearly rewards there).

2. Marvel Puzzle Quest: They just introduced a Champions mechanic for maxed-out characters, and I'm liking it so far (even if its cost me all my spare ISO-8). Once a character's a champion, you can rejigger their powers at any time (which means that for Black Panther, for example, I was able to finally get him to five levels in his best power without waiting for that last cover), and each cover you use to level them once they're a champion gets you a prize. I snagged Legendary tokens that in turn got me Nick Fury, Jean Grey, and Professor X covers today, and my Fury is finally strong enough that he was able to win the Legendary mission today (which then got me a 4* Deadpool). So yeah, really enjoying it, and now I have a lot more incentive to scrap for ISO again.

3. Neko Atsume: I have pictures of every cat but Sassy Fran. Dammit.

4. Plants vs Zombies 2. I'm at level 27 on Vasebreaker Endless. Woohoo! I basically just play Vasebreaker and the daily challenge. I still haven't won the actual "game." If they ever offer I, Zombie for PvZ2, though, I'm totally there.

5. Lara Croft Go. I beat both the original levels and the expansion, which means I could delete it from my iPad. As with The Room 3, this is an amazing puzzle game, but at over a gig of space, took up too much room to keep on the device permanently. But I highly recommend it if you've got some spare iTunes credit.

6. Disgaea 5: Haven't had a chance to play on the PS4 in ages, alas, but I'm about 3/5 of the way through the main game, and loving it.
Not surprisingly, I continue to have thoughts on the MLB Hall of Fame:

1. Griffey was a lock, and his election is well-deserved.

2. The fact that it took four years for Mike Piazza to get elected is a fucking crime. Full stop.

3. As long as Ty Cobb remains in the Hall, the fact that Curt Schilling is, well, Curt Schilling should not be a reason for him to be on the outside looking in. He's worthy.

4. Also, Clemens and Bond belong in the Hall.

5. Jeff Kent most certainly does not, and any writer who'd only vote for Kent and Griffey shows incredibly incompetence.

6. Tim Raines not making it next year would be so sad. He belongs, but has only one more shot. If he had two years, he'd be a lock.

7. Jeff Bagwell will clearly make it in next year. As he should.

8. The bias against recent players continues to be an issue, although purging the nearly 100 voters who hadn't covered MLB in years was a huge start. But limiting folks to ten votes is also a problem. There a lot of legit HOF-worthy candidates this year (Junior, Piazza, Schilling, Clemens, Bond, Raines, Bagwell, Alan Trammell (who, like Jack Morris before him, is now done on this ballot), Edgar Martinez), with others (Mike Mussina, Lee Smith, Trevor Hoffman, Billy Wagner) being worth having a conversation about.

9. OTOH, voters who had ten slots and wasted any of them on David Eckstein or Mike Sweeney are grossly unqualified for their jobs.

10. Looking ahead, only Pudge Rodriguez, of the folks joining the ballot, would get my vote. I'm tempted to say he should wait five years out of spite for how the voters treated Piazza, but that's hardly his fault.
I've failed once again to actually record everything I read in 2015. Yay, consistency!

That said, a quick glance at my library history, PW records, and my memory suggests that I probably read about 150-200 books, and about another 200 graphic novels.

A few notes:

1. I've been really lax on reading nonfiction this year. Maybe no more than ten books (most of them frontloaded at the beginning of the year, like the literary equivalent of joining a gym in January and not going after March)? I do read a lot of my nonfiction online, but good long articles (and yes, there are great ones out there) and personal essays are not the same as actual books. I want to change that in 2016. I've also fallen down on short fiction (maybe about fifteen collections?), but honestly, don't feel as bad about that. I do read some short fiction online, but I find that I prefer not reading fiction on the web (see more on that later). The fact that, to be frank, most of the online publications are generally less than compelling (excluding Clarkesworld and Apex and a handful of good crime zines) doesn't help, but it's more an issue of format than content, first and foremost.

2. I went really into mystery and crime this year, even more than in previous years, although it was generally a grazing approach. I only downed one entire series (Lauren Henderson's Sam Jones books, which required using both university and Minuteman ILL, because the first two books are REALLY hard to find), but otherwise read books by a bunch of folks both familiar (any year a new Quinn Colson or Kinsey Millhone book comes out, I read it), and new-to-me (with the exception of Patricia Highsmith, all of the folks in Sarah Weinman's awesome Women Crime Writers collection were new to me, even though I clearly should have read Laura ages ago, since I adore the movie; it's embarrassing, as well, that I'd never read Amanda Cross or John Dickson Carr before 2015). I also went for some international works here -- there's great stuff being translated from French, Norwegian, and Japanese -- and expect to continue that trend in 2016 (and contra my point in #1 above about being lax on short fiction, I just took the anthology Passports to Crime out of the library, and the first story, which I read on by bus ride home, is fantastic). I have a lot of thoughts on crime/mystery tropes, subgenres, etc that might lead to a few blog posts.

3. I read about 35 books this year for PW, mostly SF/F/H and some romance (all romance was "romantic suspense," which is romantic shorthand for "mystery.") Some of them were really good, some of them were insultingly terrible.

4. I re-read no books this year. I don't think I've re-read anything that wasn't by Pratchett or Zelazny in a decade. If I want a comfort re-read before bed, I'm more likely to opt for graphic novels or comic strip collections (and even then, that's rare). I find that there's too much good stuff to spend what little time I have reading something again, although I do recognize that certain works might benefit from my being in a different place in life (while others might suffer). And yes, I know that some works are really so brilliant that they need multiple reads. I'm not disavowing the habit, just saying I don't see myself doing much of it.

5. Speaking of Pratchett, I still haven't read The Shepherd's Crown. Denial is a powerful tool, even when you're aware of it.

6. I'm strongly contemplating getting a Kindle (probably a Paperwhite). About 2/3 of my review books are ebooks, and a bunch of others are also available easily electronically. The iPad really does create eye strain, and now that the Paperwhite is up to 300dpi, I think I might need to bite the bullet. Most reviews say that using Calibre to convert ePubs is relatively painless these days. I also know there are options for using Instapaper and Pocket with the Kindle, which may make me more likely to read both fiction and longread articles there.

7. Oh, genre stuff? Eh. I'm generally unimpressed by the state of the genre, but there are really good exceptions. Books I'd recommend from this past year: SevenEves, The Traitor Baru Cormorant, The Fifth Season, The Mechanical, Last First Snow, Signal to Noise, The Rabbit Back Literature Society (the last is not technically from this year, but the English translation is). There's surely other good stuff out there, but I'm generally pickier now than I used to be. With a very small list of exceptions, I'm less inclined to seek out older works (outside of the last couple of decades) in genre that weren't already on my radar.

8. While I read a ton of graphic novels, I'm generally only a fan of a few current series: Morning Glories, Saga, Phonogram, Wicked + the Divine, No Mercy, Chew, a handful of others. I bounced hard off one hugely overhyped series (and will just point to a perfect review of it by Sarah Horrocks), enjoyed a handful from the Big Two (Squirrel Girl, Ms Marvel, Injustice: Gods Among Us), but none enough to convince me that management at the Big Two need to go, and soon. Frankly, the collection I probably enjoyed the most was Archie vs Predator.

9. Best book I read this year that wasn't a 2015 release (or translation) The New York Trilogy, by Paul Auster. It's literary fiction in a detective's outfit, and quite brilliant, even if you're not from NYC.

10. Consider this my annual pledge to actually record all of my reading. Like all resolutions, expect it to be worth the paper it's printed on.
Two Daily Deals worth noting:

How I Met Your Mother: The Complete Series is on sale for $54.99 (66% off). That's just a few pennies more than $6 a season, which is pretty awesome. You can also nab a bundle with the two "Barney Stinson" books for $64.99.

And there's a huge Kindle sale on Calvin and Hobbes, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Oatmeal, Peanuts, and Big Nate books for $1.99 a piece.

(And yes, I know how "solder" is pronounced. Still couldn't resist.)
A bunch of Daily Deals worth highlighting:

Destiny: The Taken King - Legendary Edition for the PS4 is $29.99 (50% off).

The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy on Blu-Ray is $27.99 (77% off), if you're somehow the one fan of those movies who doesn't already own all of these.

There's a huge one-day sale on Hasbro Toys, with up to 50% off Nerf, My Little Pony, PlaySkool, Play-Doh, and other big brands. There are over 40 items in this sale.

There's a 40% off sale on assorted Asics shoes and sportswear.

And there's a big Dark Horse Star Wars Graphic Novel sale on the Kindle, with a bunch of books at $3.99.

In non-daily deals, the DVD Sale of the Week includes box sets like Clint Eastwood: 35 Films 35 Years at Warner Bros, Saw: The Complete Movie Collection, Dead Like Me: The Complete Series PLUS Bonus Movies White Lightning & The End, The Philo Vance Mysteries, and about twenty more.

In kitchen goods, the Black & Decker Family Size Griddle is $24 (40% off, about $15 below other deals).

The Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer is $7.99 (26% off, but about $8 below other deals).

The Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 3-Piece Cookie Pan Value Set is $10.06 (66% off, about $10 off other deals).

In board games, RoboRally is $28.99 (42% off, about $10 below other sellers).

In video games, Wasteland 2: Director's Cut is $19.99 for the PS4 or Xbox One (50% off).

On Blu-Ray, the remastered Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (with digital copy and a book along with the movie) is $6.99 (65% off, and cheaper than the DVD version).

And finally, in case you missed it last time, the Blu-Ray version of The Princess Bride is back down to $5.99 (70% off).
One of the daily deals is on the Amazon-exclusive The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki on Blu-Ray, normally $249, now on sale for $165 (34% off)! This is ten different Miyazaki films, all of which everyone should own.

There's also a daily deal on robotic toys, with a bunch of them on sale for 40% off.

Non daily deals:

The Kindle edition of Daniel O'Malley's The Rook, which is a damned fun mix of contemporary fantasy, mystery, and espionage, is $2.99 (and the sequel has finally been announced!).

And finally, M*A*S*H: The Complete Series + Movie is $79.99 (76% off) on DVD.
Games taking up my time recently:

1. For some inexplicable reason, Monument Valley is free for iOS right now. Download it! It's a gorgeous puzzle game that's a lot of fun. If you like it, buy the expansion.

2. I'm as hooked as everyone else on Neko Astume. It's a silly game where you set up toys and food in your yard, and cute cats come and visit. That's it. It's adorable and simple.

3. I'm addicted to a word game called Monkey Wrench. It's a combination of a word search and a crossword. Assuming you play on Hard mode (the only way, imho), you get the categories (like "scientists" or "soups"), and you see where words start in the hex-grid, but that's it. It's fun and comes with fifty free puzzles, but also gives a free daily puzzle if you don't want to download the entire pack. Well worth grabbing.

4. And, of course, I remain hooked on Marvel Puzzle Quest. Match 3 meets Marvel, with lots of deep cuts throughout. Likewise, the base set of Ascension is free, and is one of my all-time favorite games (and one I love playing multiplayer, if anyone else is hooked).
In yesterday's post, most of the non-daily deals, including Kindle ebooks by Max Gladstone, Chuck Wendig, Paul Cornell, and Ferrett Steinmetz, cheap TV on DVD (including Star Trek: The Animated Series), toys, and more are still active.

One of the daily deals is on Police Drama DVD sets, with 57-70% off complete runs of CSI: Miami, the original Hawaii Five-0, and Flashpoint, as well as a twelve-season pack of NCIS.

Another one nets you a Scotch Thermal Laminator for $16.99 (79% off, and a good $40 below other sellers).

And a third one gets you Assassin's Creed Syndicate for any platform for 50% off (unless you want the Gold editions, which are only 33% off).

In non-daily deals, the KitchenAid K5GB 5-Qt. Tilt-Head Glass Bowl with Measurement Markings & Lid is $52.50 (about $17 off other deals). This is full large measuring bowl that can be use directly with a KitchenAid mixer, and is really nifty, as stuff can then go straight into covered storage, and later into the microwave.

The 12-inch Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet is $26.95 ($7 off other deals).

I've never really used T-Fal stuff, but the 12-inch T-fal Professional Total Nonstick Oven Safe Thermo-Spot Heat Indicator Fry Pan/Saute Pan is $26 (57% off and about $11 off other deals), and that's really tempting, especially since it's also dishwasher safe. The 5-Quart Specialty Nonstick Dishwasher Safe Oven Safe Jumbo Cooker Saute Pan with Glass Lidfor $18.86 (62% off, about $12 below other deals after shipping) is also tempting.

In movies, Alfred Hitchcock: The Essentials Collection is $42.49 (47% off) on Blu-Ray, while the Coen Brothers Collection (with Blood Simple/Fargo/Miller's Crossing/Raising Arizona) is $24.99 (64% off).

And on DVD, the Ford At Fox set -- featuring a whopping 24 John Ford movies -- is $67.80 (77% off), and is fantastic.


Dec. 8th, 2015 08:39 am
So Disturbed has a new cover of "The Sound of Silence."

Damn, is it good, and nothing like what I expected.

Just listen: