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Showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have finally confirmed what a lot of fans have feared. The show will spoil the books. Benioff told Vanity Fair:

Luckily, we’ve been talking about this with George for a long time, ever since we saw this could happen, and we know where things are heading. And so we’ll eventually, basically, meet up at pretty much the same place where George is going; there might be a few deviations along the route, but we’re heading towards the same destination. I kind of wish that there were some things we didn’t have to spoil, but we’re kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place. The show must go on… and that’s what we’re going to do.

See Also: GRRM Warns About Surprising Deaths On The Show That Will Anger Book Readers

So the show will likely take different paths here and there but arrive at the same outcome. But there are still plenty of reasons to read the books:

I think the thing that’s kind of fun for George is the idea that he can still have surprises for people even once they’ve watched the show through to the conclusion. There are certain things that are going to happen in the books that are different in the show, and I think people who love the show and want more—want to know more about the characters, want to know more about the different characters who might not have made the cut for the show—will be able to turn to the books.

In our opinion, this strategy is for the best. With the delays on Winds Of Winter it was becoming increasingly obvious that the show would need to commit to finishing the story on its own.

So does this mean we can stop bugging GRRM to write faster?

(via io9)

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FX’s Archer follows the adventures of secret agent Sterling Archer and now you can join in the fun through a fantastic online scavenger hunt. It was uncovered when Imgur user shittititti decided to investigate the hexadecimal code displayed in a freeze frame of Conway Stern’s profile. Turns out it was a real code it led to a series of “tiny.cc” links. As Nerdist points out:

Through the use of spectograms to find codes inside of sound clips, deciphering fake Craig’s List ads, and some knowledge about the characters in the show, it seems the man behind the hunt is none other than Dr. Krieger. The hunt offers up some fun tid-bits like linking to the video for Rush’s “YYZ,” as well as Krieger’s own website full of pictures and other goodies for Archer fans.

Check out the progress thus far in the gallery after the break…

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This home in Singapore is done up as a tribute to the Avengers with every room featuring its own theme. The living room features the S.H.I.E.L.D. emblem behind the television while character art decorates the walls. The bedroom is designed after Iron Man and the kitchen belongs to Hulk. It was designed by Absolook Interior Designs.

See more pictures after the break.

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Japanese teenager Rena Rena drew a beautiful version of Frozen‘s Elsa on the chalkboard at school and it went viral in Japan. It’s been several months since a photo of her work made the rounds and now she is a paid professional. She just made the cover to the latest book by fantasy author Miyuki Miyabe.

The new book, The Castle of Kingdom Gone, is about to be released and it has a gorgeous drawing created by Rena Rena as the jacket art. It features a beautiful castle in the same style as the chalkboard art she drew at school.

See more pictures, including the jacket cover, after the break.

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Spongebob is all about that bass.

He sits there all calm and lifeless until two car subwoofers kick in and the vibration sets him to dancing on his skinny, little legs. Who knew he had such killer dance moves?

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is getting his own late night talk show based on his StarTalk podcast and it’s set to premiere on April 20th. The show is being produced by National Geographic and will be similar to the podcast with Tyson hosting assorted guests.

On that note, there’s an impressive lineup so far that includes former US president Jimmy Carter, biologist Richard Dawkins, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, Norman Lear, Christopher Nolan, and Star Trek actor George Takei. Bill Nye will also have a regular one-minute segment on the show. Taping will be at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium in New York City in front of a live studio audience.

The first episode will be followed by a one-hour special titled Hubble’s Cosmic Journey so it will be an extra science-y night!

(Variety via The Verge)

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If you saw Big Hero 6 and wished you could have a Baymax of your very own then you’ll love this adorable little lamp. It’s USB powered with five different modes that you can control with a remote. His features include:

Fade Mode
Smooth Breathing Mode
Flash Mode
Multi Effects mode
Soothing Sleep Mode: starts at 80% brightness, gradually decreases to 10% after 12 minutes
Manual control of 4 brightness settings (25% / 50% / 75% / 100%)

In addition to all those settings, he is an officially licensed Disney product and you can move his arms and head. Order now for delivery in April.

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When Marco den Besten set out to make a Lego castle, he wasn’t messing around. He calls it Armortug and it took 3-4 months to finish. There are multiple towers and walls, hidden chambers, a seaport, and even a marketplace. Also, look closely and you’ll see a familiar little blue box that has found its way into the scene.

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Filmmaker Ruairi Robinson has been working on a sci-fi film called The Leviathan and the proof of concept trailer looks amazing. It features a giant, whale-like beast flying through the air with a crew on a spaceship fighting it off. A brief description reads:

By the early 22nd century mankind had colonized many worlds. Faster than light travel was made possible by harvesting exotic matter from the eggs of the largest species mankind has ever seen. Those that take part in the hunt are mostly involuntary labor.

Robinson was attached to the Akira remake at one point, so this isn”t the work of an amateur. This is definitely going to be worth your time to watch.

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Now you can estimate how long you’ll have if a zombie outbreak happens near you. The Zombietown, USA map lets you click on a town and then shows how fast the plague would likely spread from that starting point.

The project is the work of two Cornell physics grad students, Alex Alemi and Matt Bierbaum. They used 2010 US Census data and Gillespie dynamics to create their maps of zombie destruction. Users can adjust the kill-to-bite ratio and zombie speed to see how it affects the outbreak.

They’ve even authored a paper with professors Christopher R. Myers and James P. Sethna where they explain:

After 28 days, it is not the largest metropolitan areas that suffer the greatest risk, but the regions located between large metropolitan areas. For instance, in California it is the region near Bakersfield in the San Joaquin Valley that is at the greatest risk as this area will be overrun by zombies whether they originate in the San Francisco area or the Los Angeles / San Diego area. The area with the greatest one month zombie risk is north eastern Pennsylvania, itself being susceptible to outbreaks originating in any of the large metropolitan areas on the east coast.

Plan where you live accordingly.

(Boing Boing via io9)