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Passion for Novels: Holes – Louis Sachar

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And so, Stanley Yelnats seems set to serve an easy sentence, which is only fair because he is as innocent as you or me. But Stanley is not going where he thinks he is. Camp Green Lake is like no other camp anywhere. It is a bizarre, almost otherworldly place that has no lake and nothing that is green. Nor is it a camp, at least not the kind of camp kids look forward to in the summertime. It is a place that once held “the largest lake in Texas,” but today it is only a scorching desert wasteland, dotted with countless holes dug by the boys who live at the camp.

The trouble started when Stanley was accused of stealing a pair of shoes donated by basketball great Clyde “Sweetfeet” Livingston to a celebrity auction. In court, the judge doesn’t believe Stanley’s claim that the shoes fell from the sky onto his head. And yet, that’s exactly what happened. Oddly, though, Stanley doesn’t blame the judge for falsely convicting him. Instead, he blames the whole misadventure on his “no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather.” Thanks to this benighted distant relative, the Yelnats family had been cursed for generations. For Stanley, his current troubles are just a natural part of being a Yelnats.Source: Passion for Novels: Holes – Louis Sachar

 

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Duct Tape Holds the Universe Together! – Cheezburger

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Bill Murray has an incredible answer to Reddit’s ‘horse-sized duck’ question

“I’d act like I were trying to ride it, and then I would strangle it from behind.”

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The True Version of Herself. Christy Birmingham, poet. | Poetic Parfait

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Vin Diesel’s The Last Witch Hunter Is as Good as It Sounds | WIRED

LOOK ALIVE EVERYONE, because we’ve got a lunchtime poll. Do you like: A) Vin Diesel B) Elemental Magic C) Flaming Swords or D) Ygritte from Game of Thrones? If your answer is “All of the Above” then have we got a movie for you.If you’ve watched a trailer for The Last Witch Hunter the movie is exactly what you think it is. The story follows a man named Kaulder—played by Diesel—who has been, yes, hunting witches ever since he was cursed with immortality by their queen. That was about 800 years ago, and if you couldn’t tell from the title, he is now an army of one.Kaulder, known among witches as The Weapon, has spent centuries seeking out those who would use magic on humans—the ultimate sin. Now in the present day and the presumed-dead Witch Queen who is trying to come back and kill everyone. Kaulder has to stop her, and with help from Elijah “Frodo” Wood and Rose “You know nothing Jon Snow” Leslie, he stands a fighting chance.

Source: Vin Diesel’s The Last Witch Hunter Is as Good as It Sounds | WIRED

Prison phone companies fight for right to charge inmates $14 a minute | Ars Technica

Jason FarrarThe Federal Communications Commission is about to face another lawsuit, this time over a vote to cap the prices prisoners pay for phone calls.Yesterday’s vote came after complaints that inmate-calling companies are overcharging prisoners, their families, and attorneys. Saying the price of calls sometimes hits $14 per minute, the FCC has now capped rates at 11¢ per minute.FURTHER READINGPRISON PHONE COMPANIES CHARGING “ENDLESS” FEES TO FAMILIES OF INMATESFCC says it will put a stop to price gouging.”None of us would consider ever paying $500 a month for a voice-only service where calls are dropped for seemingly no reason, where fees and commissions could be as high at 60 percent per call and, if we are not careful, where a four-minute call could cost us a whopping $54,” FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said before yesterday’s vote.Those are the kinds of prices that the two major inmate calling companies, Global Tel*Link (GTL) and Securus Technologies, want to keep charging. Both vowed to take the FCC to court over the decision.The FCC’s decision “create[s] significant financial instability in the industry and will pose a threat to service at many of the nation’s smaller jails,” GTL said. “Consequently, GTL is left with no choice but to seek judicial review of the FCC’

Source: Prison phone companies fight for right to charge inmates $14 a minute | Ars Technica

Fallout Beer is a real thing

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Miss out on the special edition of Fallout 4? You know, the one that comes with a real-life, smartphone-enabled Pip-Boy? Never mind, you can always drown your sorrows with some Fallout Beer instead. That is, if you live in the UK anyway. Developer Bethesda has teamed up with Carlsberg for the promotional beverage, which it says is inspired by Vault-Tec Industries and the rest of the post-apocalyptic game franchise. A 12-pack will set you back £29.99 on Amazon, with delivery expected around November 5th. Fallout 4 arrives five days later, meaning you should have the perfect brew ready for your inaugural adventure in Boston. Bethesda describes it as a “pilsner lager, with a refreshing zesty hoppy taste and a floral aroma” — we’ll let you decide if that’s better than an ice-cold Nuka-Cola.

Zen and the Art of Being a Motorcycle Courier

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Zen and the Art of Being a Motorcycle Courier

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“His face twisted slightly with irritation. The courier should have been dead – records destroyed, history altered, the past ended. It should have been easy. Just as easy as all the other lives, so many other souls erased from the world in the years since that hot July day.”

A former Vietnam veteran, CIA operative and self-proclaimed “Restorer of Silence” has gone rogue. Killing people associated with a piece of information that has the potential to hinder foreign relations, but more importantly has the ability to send America into a national frenzy. The man with many names is knocking people off one-by-one until a piece of invaluable information is obtained or everyone around him is dead, which ever comes first. Because in the end, you know, I know, and he knows that once you know something, there really is no way to make it unknown.

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