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There Is A Batman Hotel Room With Your Name On It

Bat-signal and Batmobile included. Adulthood sold separately.

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Astronomers Discover Black Hole 12 Billion Times Bigger Than Our Sun

Researchers at Peking University have announced the discovery of one of the largest black holes known to science. The black hole, named SDSS J010013.02, is 12 billion times bigger than our sun, and six times bigger than other black holes of equivalent age.

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Man Builds ‘Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon Guitar

Doni from Doni’s Custom Guitars has built two Millennium Falcon guitars, and they are pretty awesome!

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Comic Book Heroes Mixed with Mythology!

Hey everyone! Welcome to the first complete edition of The Drawing Board here on the SourceFed website. Like we said last week, we’re really excited about this format and we hope you are too. This week’s theme was Comic Book Heroes Mixed with Mythology. We had some pretty kick ass designs for this so without further ado, LET’S TAKE A LOOK! These first three all come from Ioannis Hadjikyriakou. The Speedy Messenger Well done. The Flash here is running through Centropolis, which, along with the S.T.A.R. temple, are a great couple of nods toward The Flash’s mythology. The circular stitching

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Turkish Men Take To The Streets In Mini-Skirts For Women’s Rights

The February 11 murder of 20-year-old Turkish woman Ozgecan Aslan has sparked international outrage, with men and women vehemently protesting the brutal strain of violence against women and gender inequality in the country.

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Power Rangers Goes DARK?!

Actors James Van Der Beek and Katee Sackhoff lent their talent to producer/actor Adi Shankar (Dredd, The Grey, Lone Survivor, and fan film The Punisher: Dirty Laundry) for his gritty, violent rework of the Power Rangers franchise. Rest assured, it’s awesome.

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It’s Official: YouTuber Steven Suptic (AKA mlgHwnT) Has Joined The SourceFed Family! Check Out Our Exclusive Interview With Him!

If you haven’t heard, the DeFranco Creative team is officially welcoming the wonderful YouTube gamer and animator Steven Suptic into our arsenal of friends and hosts. Suptic is now a producer and host for Discovery Digital Networks‘ video division, officially joining the network’s comedic entertainment news and information series, SourceFed/SourceFedNERD. Steven’s YouTube channel, where he goes by mlgHwnt has over 545,000 subscribers watching his content. Along with his kick ass gaming skills, he’s also a skilled animator and has animated many projects, including the series To Kill a YouTuber. We’re super excited to have him here, so we sat him

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Simon Pegg Kills People In ‘Kill Me Three Times’ Red-Band Trailer

The Peggster just being awesome and taking names…and lives.

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Aquaman’s Costume Revealed and More DC Comic News!

The first image of the One True King has arrived.

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Fifty Shades Trailer (Parody)

50 Shades of Grey. 50 Shades of Grey. 50 Shades of Grey. You’ve probably heard something about the movie by this point. It hit theaters on February 13th and is still running strong, taking in $237.7 million globally on opening weekend (although that number includes early screenings Wednesday night all the way through Sunday). Domestically, it garnered over $102 million on a $40 million budget. So yeah, it’s pretty popular. What do we do with something so popular? We give it our own spin. Mr. Zaragoza will see you now. If you liked that, don’t forget to check out our

Amazon Barring Authors From Reviewing Books

Amazon Barring Authors From Reviewing Books

Amazon reviews should be taken with a grain of salt. And, for the most part, authors are pretty up front about who they are and where they’re coming from when they’re reviewing other authors. Amazon, however, has been deleting and preventing published authors from reviewing others’ works.

I’ve been around and knowledgable of the inner workings of the publishing industry for a good few years, and this is kind of ridiculous. When an author praises another author’s work, nine times out of ten it’s displayed on the back of the book if it’s in physical form.

It’s a great way for an author you know and love — say, Stephen King — to recommend an up and coming author. Readers become more willing to try out a debut novel when a similar author they love goes “it’s good, read it.”

For example, my friend Craig Clevenger’s first novel, The Contortionist’s Handbook, was overwhelmingly praised by Fight Club’s Chuck Palahniuk. The publisher smartly put it on the front cover, just above the title. Readers who picked up the book at Barnes And Noble (’cause people still went into bookstores back then) would buy the book based on Palahniuk’s recommendation, and the book received critical acclaim with a sizable following.

Now if Chuck were to do that on Amazon, posting his name and being open about who he is and everything, they would delete the review.

When badgered for an explanation, this is all Amazon will give:

We do not allow reviews on behalf of a person or company with a financial interest in the product or a directly competing product. This includes authors, artists, publishers, manufacturers, or third-party merchants selling the product.

When double-badgered for an explanation, they just copy-and-paste this thing to make you read it again as you hope that perhaps they changed a word or something.

Authors across the board are kind of pissed off. They want to support their fellow authors. They have opinions just like anyone else. And — provided they’re up front about who they are — readers of those reviews can walk in knowing what they’re getting into.

Overall, the number of reviews being deleted are very low, but it seems as though a number of strong voices — after all, they’re published authors — are being muscled out for some reason. It might not even be malicious on Amazon’s part, and to be honest, it probably isn’t. But authors write about other authors all the time. It’s as old as writing, and it’s a valuable resource.

Obviously, there are literally thousands of different places where the authors can post their reviews — I’m not crying “censorship.” I just believe that Amazon’s making a mistake by classifying authors as “a competing product.” Sure, they are. Doesn’t mean their reviews lack value or confuse the issue.

If they’re going to hide who they are, the policy in place won’t do anything to stop that. But if they’re going to be up front and honest, readers can see that. They’ll react accordingly. It’s fuckin’ hard enough to get people to read.

Question: Is Amazon reducing the quality of its review system by barring published authors from reviewing other works?

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