Because railroads are just so awesome…

(via Eschaton and Balloon Juice)

A shitty novel almost nobody has actually read gets made into what is likely a shitty movie nobody will watch:

Watching the 2 1/2 minute trailer feels like watching a 2 hour movie…

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

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