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If only the whole world could attend the Gender Odyssey conference.  It would make my daughter’s life so much easier, not to mention mine.  And it would make the rest of the world happier and smarter and kinder, too – I’m sure of it.

In August, I attended this annual conference for the third time, along with about a thousand other lucky souls – including a couple hundred families with kids like mine.  While our kids played in the free day camp, us parents gathered in conference rooms to swap stories, laugh, cry, rage, and learn.  If only everyone could be there and see what I’ve seen, hear the stories I’ve heard.  You’d be so inspired by the devotion of the parents, the smiles on the faces of the wee ones who are making their first friendships with other trans kids, the courage of the ass-kicking transgender teens (they…

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This Asteroid Will Come Eerily Close to Earth on Halloween

Concept image of a large asteroid passing by Earth and the MoonA recently-discovered asteroid named 2015 TB145 will come within 1.3 lunar distances of Earth on Oct. 31, 2015. (Illustration by J. Major.)

Yes, it’s true: a rather not-so-tiny near-Earth asteroid 2015 TB145 will make a relatively close pass by our dear planet Earth on October 31, aka Halloween — the day when certain beliefs profess that the veil separating the worlds of the living and the dead is at its thinnest, allowing spiritual and even physical interaction to occur between both.

Of course there is no scientific evidence that the latter is at all true but it makes for good scary stories around the light of a campfire. And as the first-world campfires of today are the stark lights of computer monitors and smartphone screens, some are trying to weave scary stories about the passing of this asteroid as well. Should you be afraid? Certainly not. (But there is a cautionary tale to be told.)

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Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Review

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Reviewed by: Anita Sarkeesian

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is the latest entry in Ubisoft’s long-running open-world franchise, and although the gameplay is exactly what you’d expect from an Assassin’s Creed game, Syndicate distinguishes itself from its predecessors. It stands apart not because of improved mechanics or visual design but because its developers have made noticeable attempts to portray a more inclusive cast of characters.

Syndicate follows twin assassins Jacob and Evie Frye on their quest to liberate the oppressed working class of 19th century London from ruling class thug Crawford Starrick and free the city from the Templars’ control. It’s clear that Starrick is a monster from the first moment we see him because of his evil mustache and his penchant for punching desks.

Preceding the release of last year’s Unity, Ubisoft came under intense public criticism for its repeated lack of playable female characters in…

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A J.R.R. Tolkien-Annotated Map of Middle Earth Has Been Discovered

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In news that requires a bigger celebration than Bilbo’s eleventy-first birthday, a map of Middle Earth annotated by J.R.R. Tolkien himself was recently discovered. The rare document was found in an old copy of The Lord of the Rings in Blackwell’s Rare Books in Oxford. According to TheGuardian, the copy belonged to renowned illustrator Pauline Baynes, who collaborated with Tolkien on a color map of Middle-earth that was published in 1970. Blackwell’s, which is selling the map for £60,000 ($92,118), said the document is “perhaps the finest piece of Tolkien ephemera to emerge in the last 20 years at least.”

Heavily annotated, the map demonstrates how painstakingly particular Tolkien was about the details of his imagined world, and offers new insight into the background of Middle Earth. “The map shows how completely obsessed he was with the details. Anyone else interfered at their peril,” Sian Wainwright at Blackwell’s…

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Review: The Uncanny Inhumans #1

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UncannyInhumansIt would appear that The Inhumans are the newest group of characters that Marvel wants to put out front and center; they are a huge element to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I would bet we will be seeing a movie somewhere down the line in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So now we have a new number one, a perfect time for new readers to jump in and get to know these characters, but also for long time fans to get back to the characters they know and love. Overall, Uncanny Inhumans #1 is successful on both fronts, but it does suffer from one minor down point.

We start of with Black Bolt, Triton and Reader having arrived in the past, to the early days of the Inhumans and Attilan, but Black Bolt has come on a mission; to retrieve his son from Kang the Conqueror, a story line that…

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