Archive | September 2017

MashReads Podcast: Alan Cumming turned his pet separation anxiety into a charming children’s book

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Everybody deals with separation anxiety from their pets in their own way. Some pet owners give their furry friends treats. Others give their pets more cuddles when they return.

But Alan Cumming? He deals with his pet separation anxiety by writing about it.

In his new children’s book The Adventures of Honey And Leon, illustrated by Cumming’s husband Grant Shaffer, Cumming imagines the secret adventures their dogs embark on while Cumming and Shaffer are on vacation.

“We would travel so much, the two of us, and I’d miss them,” explains Cumming. “And one time we were in Kuala Lumpur, and I said ‘Oh I miss Honey and Leon.’ And Grant said, ‘They’re here. They followed us. There’s Honey behind that palm tree wearing a floppy hat and sunglasses. Leon’s eating guacamole and chips.'” …

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This entry was posted on September 19, 2017, in Mashable.

Indie game perfectly captures today’s identity struggle of what it means to be American

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You may have noticed that America is currently experiencing an identity crisis.

From the neo-Nazi attacks of Charlottesville to the anti-fascist protesters of Antifa — and a leader who believes there are “very fine people on both sides” — the battle for the American soul grows more volatile by the day.

Yet, unlike the last time the country went to war with itself, this American struggle doesn’t center around just one specific moral or political issue. Instead, the modern civil war we find ourselves in is fueled by one ageless question: What does it mean to be American? And who gets to decide? …

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This entry was posted on September 19, 2017, in Mashable.

‘Game of Thrones’ is casting two young characters who could be almost anyone

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As Game of Thrones gears up for its final season, incredibly, it seems there are still new characters to introduce.

According to a casting call uncovered Tuesday by the Thrones blog Watchers on the Wall, the show needs two child actors for important roles in Season 8, which starts filming in November.

The first role is “Northern girl,” for which the producers are looking for an 8 to 10 year old actor with an accent. She’s “a strong-minded young girl with a fighting spirit.” Remind you of anyone?

Lyanna Mormont, Queen of our hearts.

Lyanna Mormont, Queen of our hearts.

Image: hbo …

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This entry was posted on September 19, 2017, in Mashable.

You can now search your library’s e-book collection straight from Google

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You can now keep up with your book club more easily without dropping cash every month, thanks to Google.

The company just added a new search feature that lets you look up book titles in your local library’s e-book system straight from your phone.

In a tweet this week, Google shared the hot tip that searching for e-books is as simple as typing in a book in the search bar on the mobile app or in your desktop web browser.

The book name will bring up the “Get book” tab, which offers options of where to buy or borrow the e-book version. …

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This entry was posted on September 19, 2017, in Mashable.

Nikola and Bosch set to battle Tesla with hydrogen-electric semi trucks

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Nikola, the other automotive company that pays homage to famed inventor Nikola Tesla, just announced plans to team with automotive supplier Bosch to develop next-gen powertrains for two hydrogen-electric semi trucks.

The development partnership aims to produce a line of semis that would blow current trucks off the highway, with double the horsepower of anything currently on the road, while cutting emissions entirely. Rather than depending on batteries alone, like we expect to see when Tesla finally unveils its semi truck …

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This entry was posted on September 19, 2017, in Mashable.

4-second video sums up the horror of being a parent

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Ask a little kid “let me see what you have” when you notice an object in their hand and you never know what you may get.

Just pray it’s not a knife.

Ah, the joys of being a parent.

WATCH: Pikachu looks amazing as a hologram

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This entry was posted on September 19, 2017, in Mashable.