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Fright Night…


Halloween is about a week away– what’s a poor reader to wear?

Mark Rober and his company Digital Dudz offer a line of shirts and corresponding smartphone apps that create animated Halloween costumes…

This year, Mark is back with a new animation for his collection that displays a hand punching through your back and ripping your guts out. The gruesome animation is triggered by a smartphone’s internal motion sensor. When a friend pretends to punch his hand through your back and you arch your back, the gut ripping animation begins. [In the video below] Mark and his undead friend demonstrate how it works. The Digital Dudz apps (Apple and Android) and custom clothes are available to purchase online.

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Via the ever-informative Laughing Squid.


As we don our gay apparel, we might send terrifying birthday greetings to John Michael Crichton; he was born on this date in 1942.  An author, physician, producer, director, and screenwriter, he’s best known as a purveyor of techno-thrillers in the science fiction, medical fiction, and occasionally political thriller genres. The creator of  The Andromeda StrainJurassic ParkCongoSphereRising SunDisclosureThe Lost WorldTimelinePrey, and State off Fear, among many others, his books have sold over 200 million copies worldwide, with many adapted into films.  In 1994 Crichton became the only creative artist ever to have works simultaneously charting at No. 1 in television, film, and book sales (with ERJurassic Park, and Disclosure, respectively).




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October 23, 2013 at 1:01 am

From the writer’s bag of tricks…


from Wikipedia

The “small penis rule” is an informal strategy used by authors to evade libel lawsuits. It was described in a New York Times article in 1998:

“…For a fictional portrait to be actionable, it must be so accurate that a reader of the book would have no problem linking the two,” said Mr. Friedman. Thus, he continued, libel lawyers have what is known as “the small penis rule.” One way authors can protect themselves from libel suits is to say that a character has a small penis, Mr. Friedman said. “Now no male is going to come forward and say, ‘That character with a very small penis, that’s me!’ “

The small penis rule was referenced in a 2006 dispute between Michael Crowley and Michael Crichton. Crowley alleged that after he wrote an unflattering review of Crichton’s novel State of Fear, Crichton libeled him by including a character named “Mick Crowley” in the novel Next. In the novel, Mick Crowley is a child rapist, described as being a Washington-based journalist and Yale graduate with a small penis.

As we settle old scores, we might recall that it was on this date in 1996 that radio titan Howard Stern announced that he would be making the autobiographical comedy film Private Parts.  Produced by Ivan Reitman and directed by Betty Thomas, the picture was released in 1997, and topped the box office chart on its opening weekend.


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February 13, 2012 at 1:03 am

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