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19 Jul 15:57

The Queen’s Guard Performed a Regal Cover of the Game of Thrones Theme

by Kelly Conaboy

During Thursday's changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, the Queen's Guard treated tourists (and, naturally, the internet) to a regal performance of the Game of Thrones theme.

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22 Jul 13:55

George Harrison's Memorial Tree Was Killed by Beetles

by Allie Jones

George Harrison's Memorial Tree Was Killed by Beetles

Go ahead and email this one to your dad: the George Harrison Tree was killed by beetles. Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge announced over the weekend that the tree, which lived for 10 years in Griffith Observatory Park, died recently of an infestation.

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19 Jul 20:01

pastel-goth-princess: octopuscrumpets: going for a sea witch...





pastel-goth-princess:

octopuscrumpets:

going for a sea witch look, which got even more accurate when i was drenched in the rain.

thank you weather. 

20 Jul 10:46

"Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as..."

“Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.”

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Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)

OH WAIT LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE.

Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.

Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.

Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).

Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.

Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.

Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.

(via bansheewhale)

21 Jul 12:01

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16 Jul 01:23

chicken-buddha: you ignorant fool



chicken-buddha:

you ignorant fool

16 Jul 14:05

coelasquid: Pigeons are such dusty animals, sometimes Belzy and Coocy take baths and then puff...

coelasquid:

Pigeons are such dusty animals, sometimes Belzy and Coocy take baths and then puff around in sunbeams on the carpet and you can just see the dust floating off them like smoke in the light.

Which makes them look extra infernal considering their names are Beelzedove and Coocifer.

And yes the dust is a normal bird thing, just look at the imprints birds leave when they hit windows

17 Jul 04:24

flowergirlrobichiko: thecatsmustbecrazy: special...



flowergirlrobichiko:

thecatsmustbecrazy:

special delivery

BRING ME SCHRÖDINGER’S HEAD

17 Jul 12:43

yepperoni: there’s still a chance that the reckless silhouette...



yepperoni:

there’s still a chance that the reckless silhouette guy from the wii game startup screen will be in the new smash bros   please do not give up hope 

17 Jul 13:13

videohall: News Anchor in my area loses it over a Fat Cat that...



videohall:

News Anchor in my area loses it over a Fat Cat that likes to swim.

18 Jul 00:13

theswintersoldier: Smash bros fandom: CAPTAIN FALCON CONFIRMED! Marvel comics fandom: CAPTAIN...

theswintersoldier:

Smash bros fandom: CAPTAIN FALCON CONFIRMED!

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Marvel comics fandom: CAPTAIN FALCON CONFIRMED!

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18 Jul 16:36

President Obama: One American Killed in Malaysia Airlines Attack

by Allie Jones
V

Whenever I encounter an example of the effect regionalism has on proportionality, I remember the hypothetical Globe headline, "THREE HUB MEN DIE IN BLAST; New York City Also Destroyed".

President Obama: One American Killed in Malaysia Airlines Attack

At a White House press conference this afternoon, President Obama announced that one American was traveling on Malaysia Airlines flight MH317 when it was shot down by a surface-to-air missile yesterday over eastern Ukraine. The American has been identified as Quinn Lucas Schansman.

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16 Jul 17:16

Watch a Teaser Trailer for Tommy Wiseau's Incoherent New Sitcom

by Kelly Conaboy on Defamer, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker

The Neighbors is a new, fever dream-like sitcom from Tommy Wiseau, director and star of cult classic The Room. He's been working on the series since 2009, and it will finally premiere—on "Comedy TV," which, sure—in September. You can watch the incoherent teaser now!

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15 Jul 19:56

A new CDC survey suggests the U.S.'

by Rich Juzwiak
V

Lines up with anecdotal experience. Out of my high school graduating class of ~190, 3 were gay or lesbian, 1.4 were bi (yo), and 2 were other/uncertain/fuck off.

A new CDC survey suggests the U.S.'s LGB population is smaller than suspected: "96.6% of adults identified as straight, 1.6% identified as gay or lesbian, and 0.7% identified as bisexual. The remaining 1.1% of adults identified as 'something else,' stated 'I don't know the answer,' or refused to provide an answer."

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15 Jul 20:39

More Than 5,000 Microsoft Employees Could Be Laid Off This Week

by Kevin Montgomery on Valleywag, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker

More Than 5,000 Microsoft Employees Could Be Laid Off This Week

Satya Nadella took over as Microsoft's CEO just under six months ago and he's already poised to give thousands of employees a pink slip "as soon as this week." Bloomberg reports that the restructuring "may end up being the biggest in Microsoft history," and could surpass the 5,800 employees laid off in 2009.

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15 Jul 03:55

joehillsthrills: The UK Teaser poster, I believe.



joehillsthrills:

The UK Teaser poster, I believe.

15 Jul 14:20

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16 Jul 00:18

pandavalkyrie: DASHCON IS OUT SELL SELL SELL POKEMON SHAMING IS HOLDING STEADY STAY TUNED WEIRD AL...

pandavalkyrie:

DASHCON IS OUT SELL SELL SELL

POKEMON SHAMING IS HOLDING STEADY STAY TUNED

WEIRD AL IS COMING UP OFF THE HORIZON BUY BUY BUY

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16 Jul 00:25

kixxinq: THE BRAZILLIAN SOCCER TEAM BE LIKE



kixxinq:

THE BRAZILLIAN SOCCER TEAM BE LIKE

16 Jul 00:32

stylinfcuk: laughing so hard because this is so accurate









stylinfcuk:

laughing so hard because this is so accurate

16 Jul 00:33

givemethebritelights: Hey kid in the blue shirt…I think you’re...





















givemethebritelights:

Hey kid in the blue shirt…I think you’re a piece of junk

15 Jul 19:00

Scottish Mayor Resigns After Being Banned From Each of Town's 36 Pubs

by Andy Cush

Scottish Mayor Resigns After Being Banned From Each of Town's 36 Pubs

That stately looking fellow above is Wayne Ronayne, former mayor of Gosport, Scotland. Yesterday, he stepped down from the position after he and his wife were banned from every single one of the town's 36 pubs. Ronayne held the mayoralty for just 40 days before his resignation.

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15 Jul 16:05

You Know You Want Weird Al's Robin Thicke Parody About Grammar

by Jay Hathaway

Robin Thicke has tried to move on from the controversy over "Blurred Lines," releasing a smash-hit plea for his wife to take him back (54 copies sold in Australia!), but Thicke's biggest hit is still right in the sweet spot for a Weird Al parody. Replace the naked models with sexy punctuation and the possessiveness with possessives, and you've got "Word Crimes."

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15 Jul 03:26

Archie Dies Saving His Gay Best Friend in a Shopping Mall Shooting

by Aleksander Chan
V

Of interest purely out of how uninteresting this is.

Archie Dies Saving His Gay Best Friend in a Shopping Mall Shooting

Archie Andrews, star of a comic you read sometimes and perpetually caught in a love triangle with Betty and Veronica, will die in the issue of Life With Archie hitting stands Wednesday.

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14 Jul 21:55

Google in 2007: Super Afraid of That Little Company Called Facebook

by Sam Biddle on Valleywag, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker

Google in 2007: Super Afraid of That Little Company Called Facebook

The pending Silicon Valley wage-fixing settlement is a dud, but the upshot is a trove of private executive emails put into the public record. New court documents show the leadership at Google in a fit over a very new rival.

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15 Jul 14:17

"No Illeagles Here" Anti-Immigrant Graffiti Is Sublimely Terrible Art

by Andy Cush
V

Maybe they just don't stock Ill Eagle brand fireworks. But as a consistently Dem-voting registered Independent, I'm staying away from Maryland for one additional reason now.

"No Illeagles Here" Anti-Immigrant Graffiti Is Sublimely Terrible Art

As the national debate rages over what to do with the tens of thousands of Central American children who have flooded the U.S. border in recent months, one Marylander was brave enough to take a stand.

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14 Jul 15:06

"The video game industry was quick to industrialise. Where literature, music and cinema had chance to..."

The video game industry was quick to industrialise. Where literature, music and cinema had chance to explore their artistic potential away from monetary preoccupations, video games were born into the arcade where, Cinderella-like they had to earn their keep on the bar floor, minute by minute, credit by credit. Atari, one of the earliest video game companies, would playtest its games in select American bars for a fortnight. If the game failed to earn enough money, it would be figuratively thrown out onto the street. In this way video games and money were yoked from an early age. Thereafter, the cultural conversation has always been secondary to the industrial question: how do we monetise this?

But this is only one kind of success story. Video games, like photography, music, cinema and literature, have tremendous value aside from any consideration of financial gain. If the incentive that we present to young people for making games is predominantly a financial one, then we are all the poorer. Video games allow people to express themselves and present the ways in which they experience and interact with the world and its systems in a unique way to others. Games are, predominantly, a way for self-expression and enrichment and yet the conversation is primarily focused on the “how” of making a living than the “what” of what might be possible within the medium’s bounds.



- Simon Parkin is probably the best writer on videogames working today, maybe ever. Here he is over at New Statesman, talking all things this. (via kierongillen)
14 Jul 23:29

So I just found out Bruce Coville is bisexual!!!

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Bisexual author: "I write books about people who look normal, but are secretly a thing people are afraid of, but are double-secretly friendly people who become normalized in the end." Where did he get his ideas!

So I just found out Bruce Coville is bisexual!!!:

bisexual-books:

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So I was reading The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves and I came across an essay by Bruce Coville where he says:

"I mean, seriously, you already know you don’t quite fit in. You’re just not aware, yet, how fully that is true. So, let’s get it…

14 Jul 03:25

trueinfintycore: lancecharleson: spacemarinescum: speedrun Ap...











trueinfintycore:

lancecharleson:

spacemarinescum:

speedrun

Apparently, the worlds most emptiest con is enough to inspire someone to make a wad out of it.

i require a download link immediately

13 Jul 11:57

HAPPENING NOW AT DASHCON

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80% worthwhile

HAPPENING NOW AT DASHCON:

facts-i-just-made-up:

facts-i-just-made-up:

facts-i-just-made-up:

Reports are still coming in but here are the facts we’ve verified at FIJMU:

  • Welcome to Nightvale has cancelled.
  • The game room only has one video game system and one television.
  • The two are not connected.