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Friday Things: 11/30

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[Hey -- I'm back! Yay!

So, unfortunately I didn't have much time for blogging or working or anything while I was on vacation. Most of the time it had to do with being tired by the time I made it to the hotel room at the end of the day. I did tweet while I was out and such, but that's kind of it. Well, so much for that...

While I was out, I did read a few things, which I've already started writing about. I also played some iOS games which I'll write about soon as well. For now though, let's get to the linking.]

On Disney and Theirs:

This has been making the blog rounds since yesterday -- listen to Christopher Lee narrate Tim Burton's original poem which inspired The Nightmare Before Christmas. The linked video also has music and animation that follow along. Let's just say that Lee is awesome.

The recently released Robots 3 and Classic Collection Vinylmation sets are preeeeetty rad. You can buy them in regular Disney Stores or online by the blind box, and if you're like me you won't be disappointed in any of the figures you'd get. This is a real high point in Vinylmation design -- truly awesome. The above images are of the Robots 3 Queen of Hearts and Goofy (which is the mystery chase figure) and the Classic Collection Horace Horsecollar.

Another good thing about the Classic Collection is the timing is perfect -- for older folks, they might remember these characters from older cartoons and the like. Younger collectors would know them from Epic Mickey or the new Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. I love it.

I am disappointed to learn that Iron Man 3 will feature no other Avengers. I was hoping that Hulk would make some kind of appearance, but it appears the film will be 100% RDJ and that's it. The Mary Sue has the rundown. They seem to be as disappointed as I am, too.

On Japan:

Living Japan isn't exactly a picnic for us foreigners. I'm going into it already knowing a lot of this, or having experienced it, but Cracked has a great list of things you'd have to deal with if you lived there.

This Japanese dude has been married for 11 years, and he wanted to plan something extra special for his wife on their anniversary. Nissan had this big surprise thing going on, and they teamed up to have all of her friends and family meet at one place to do this big special thing. It's rad, give it a watch.

On Writing and Language:

Joss Whedon has some tips on writing. 10 of them, actually.

I'm not sure how many of my readers are fellow linguists, but if you have any interest in language whatsoever, you might want to check out a new language magazine called Babel.

The first issue is out and free to download, so you've got nothing to lose but a few bytes to check it out.

Other:

I love to hear about it when celebrities give back. Russell Brand has been practicing yoga in an effort to keep sober/clean. Since it has helped him so much, he's decided to open up his own yoga studio just for addicts and the needy at Los Angeles. The studio will be free and offered for people in need and the homeless, and he even plans on training to become an instructor himself. Read more about that here.

Humble Bundle

made some waves with their newest deal, the Humble THQ Bundle

. There has been some controversy over it given the Windows-only, non-indie and DRM'd nature of the games, but overall I'm not one way or another about it. At the end of the day, there's something to be said on both sides.

Ben Kuchera has a good article on it, though he's definitely in the camp that the bundle is a bad move.

[Alright, that's all I've got this week! Keep an eye out for more outstanding book reviews and finally, my

Chaos on Deponia

review and guide! I'm almost done playing the game, so it should be up before ya know it.]