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Figure out what that long string of numbers on your credit card is for, a fan's credit sequence for the 'Tintin' movie gets him a job with Steven Spielberg, Sevara Nazarkhan's new CD evokes an ancient sound with spellbinding results, and more.

This April 29 file photo shows Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton, who has been given the title of The Duchess of Cambridge, as they kiss on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, London, following their wedding at Westminster Abbey.

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Move over Toys"R"Us

GeekDad writer Jonathan Liu has written a tongue-in-cheek column about the five best toys of all time ( Tickle Me Elmo? The newest Transformers action figure? Try a box, a stick, and dirt, among others. "Disclosure," he writes. "I have received several samples of Sticks from one manufacturer for review."

Minimalist Tintin

Motion graphics designer James Curran, a huge fan of the comic series behind the new movie The Adventures of Tintin, posted a video to Vimeo ( of an opening credits sequence he'd created for the movie, using colorful, blocky graphics and integrating parts of each of the 24 Tintin comic books. How good are the unofficial credits? Steven Spielberg, the film's director, saw them and hired Curran for his next movie.

Modern monarchy

The Windsors: From George to Kate (Athena), out on Jan. 3, provides a window into the lives and history of the current British royal family. The DVD details the pageantry as well as intimate moments and includes a 16-page viewer's guide, clips from William and Kate's wedding, and archival footage of King George VI – the subject of the critically lauded film "The King's Speech."


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