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Hey, psst, ihr werdet nicht glauben, was die Verleger ...

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Hey, psst, ihr werdet nicht glauben, was die Verleger in Spanien gerade gemerkt haben.

Kommt ihr NIE drauf!

Ohne die Links von Google News brechen ihre Leserzahlen ein. NA SOWAS! Also das war ja völlig unvorhersehbar! Hätte sie doch nur jemand warnen können!1!!

Und jetzt betteln sie die Regierung an, das Google-Gesetz zurückzunehmen.

Schade, dass ich den 30c3-Facepalm schon für Apple ausgegeben hatte. Das hier wäre auch ein schöner Kandidat gewesen.

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yashimii
1824 days ago
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Lol
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Interstellar

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I am quite happy to have looked up the length of this film prior to scheduling a trip to the cinema. Per Twitter:

This one didn't clear the Threshold of Awesome, but it worked well in spite of the way it shamelessly luxuriated in those 169 minutes. Unlike a lot of genre films, Interstellar gives the viewer time to process what's going on, and to feel what the characters are feeling. It's good art.

Still long, though.

I have two major quibbles with the film: it is deeply pessimistic (or at least it strikes that tone in order to present a cautionary tale) and it deploys the dreaded deus ex machina. Sure, it's a great story, and there is plenty of human heroism in it, but those two elements dampen my excitement about science, and I'm pretty sure that's almost exactly the opposite of the reaction the film makers had in mind for me.

In context of those two issues the bad astronomy and crazy astrogeography were only mildly annoying. I know why the film makers did what they did, and those decisions made for a much more powerful human story, but now I want a space travel hard SF movie that doesn't invoke magic. But if you're going to invoke magic, you can't do it much more beautifully than Interstellar did.  

(cross-posted from howardtayler.com)

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yashimii
1825 days ago
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Just what I thought.
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This Baby Dressed As Groot Is The Cutest Damn Thing In The Galaxy

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This Baby Dressed As Groot Is The Cutest Damn Thing In The Galaxy

Sorry, Ben McKenzie. Your Commissioner Gordon costume seemed to win Halloween 2014, but that award has been retroactively rescinded in order to give it to the true winner: this baby. I can't even stand how adorable this picture is. I think I may be ovulating.

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yashimii
1859 days ago
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Sweeet
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louloupix
1860 days ago
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Awww

50 cultural icons and their favorite books

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Flavorwire collected a list of the favorite books of 50 well-known people, including Bill Murray, Amy Poehler, Ayn Rand, and Caroline Kennedy. Here are some of the picks:

Bill Murray: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
Dolly Parton: The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper.
Joan Didion: Victory by Joseph Conrad.
Robin Williams: The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov.
Michelle Obama: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison.
Nikola Tesla: Faust by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.

(via @davidgrann)

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yashimii
1887 days ago
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great list
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nelletorres
1888 days ago
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Book Lists. I love them, is good to read them when looking for something to read next.
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Horse

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Officer suspended from horse.
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yashimii
1917 days ago
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Das Leben ist kein Ponyhof!
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fxer
1919 days ago
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We can't penetrate their horsefields
Bend, Oregon
fancycwabs
1919 days ago
Horse IS equal to mass times acceleration, after all.
summerofjay
1920 days ago
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Legal contracts will include clauses regarding Horse Majeure.
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0utis
1920 days ago
May the horse be with you.
chrisamico
1920 days ago
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I assume this browser extension will be released this afternoon.
Boston, MA
bronzehedwick
1920 days ago
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Alt text: "Officer suspended from horse."
Astoria NY

The Quickest Way To Pick Cherries Is With a Giant Vibrator

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The Quickest Way To Pick Cherries Is With a Giant Vibrator

Want to know the easy way to harvest cherries? It's simple – just shake the tree.

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yashimii
1931 days ago
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Iiii Kirschen!
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