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WTF Evolution?: My favorite Tumblr is a book now

WTF Evolution?: My favorite Tumblr is a book now

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Truth be told, I don’t spend a whole lot of time on Tumblr but there are a few masterpieces that are worth keeping an eye on. One of my favorites is Mara Grunbaum’s “WTF Evolution?” which takes a regular look at some of evolution’s strangest and most perplexing creations. Now, in plenty of time for Xmas, Gunbaum’s evolutionary freak show is a book.

In one of Robin Williams best known stand up…

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Helix Season 2 teaser promo raises more questions than it answers

Helix Season 2 teaser promo raises more questions than it answers


SyFy posted the first real trailer for season 2 of Helix today. It’s clear that this one isn’t in the Arctic but we knew that from the end of season 1. The troubling bit is what, or who, isn’t in the trailer for season 2 – namely, the best characters from season 1.

It’s a pretty safe bet that the new season will have Helix zombies and in a more heavily populated setting which is awesome. If you…

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Relaxation & meditation recordings for nerds

Relaxation & meditation recordings for nerds

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BBC 6’s Peter Serafinowicz created the Dalek Relaxation Tape for Humans (see below) as a bit of a joke, but somehow it fits. For most of my life I’ve seen the new-agey meditation and relaxation tapes and CDs. Things like “Songs up the Humpback Whale”, “Mountain Stream”, “Bird Songs”, “Thunderstorm” etc.

At one point in the 1980s, someone came out with a relaxation tape for yuppies who moved to…

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The 100 Most Iconic Shots of All Time

The 100 Most Iconic Shots of All Time


This quick, 5 minute, video from CineFix crams together a ton of great cinema. It also establishes the value of the defining shot. These shots, many of which are only a few seconds long, don’t tell the story of the films they are from. However, for people who have seen the film, they define what makes it great and conjure up the feelings that you got from seeing it.

Some of the films included…

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Amazing, fan-made 1960s style Game of Thrones intro

Amazing, fan-made 1960s style Game of Thrones intro

1960s Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones imagined in other eras and other genres is almost a meme unto itself. There’s a 1980s style theme, the 1990s style intro, the Game of Thrones as Seinfeld video and a general Game of Thrones as sitcom video etc. I’ve included a selection of these below.

However, the best of these so far has to be this 1960s style intro made by Milan Vuckovic. In particular, it is done in the style…

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It’s time to give celebrities back their privacy

It’s time to give celebrities back their privacy


A great deal of ink has been devoted over the last few days to the leaked nude photos of young female celebrities. I’m not going to devote a great deal of time here to discussing how the leak is related to rape culture. That has been covered very well elsewhere.

Suffice it to say, for now, that intimate photos or video of anyone, published without their consent should be illegal and treated in…

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Doctor Who needs a show runner with a bit more imagination

Doctor Who needs a show runner with a bit more imagination


Peter Capaldi may be the best pure actor to ever take on the role of Doctor Who. I cannot think of a single film where I couldn’t find a role for him somewhere. He has shown a remarkable ability to take on a wide variety of roles and own them all.

Stephen Moffat however is, and has always been, a problem. Despite the remarkable job he has done with Sherlock and the brilliant scripts he wrote in…

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Taking away the hardware would be easy, demilitarizing the police would take some work

Taking away the hardware would be easy, demilitarizing the police would take some work


This week has been filled with headlines about the events in Ferguson, Missouri. I’m not going to focus here on that event specifically, there are ongoing investigations and debates among the local population and millions of words will be written before it’s all done.

Instead, I’m going to focus on the deeper problem and how to prevent incidents like it from happening in the future. Sadly, the…

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Can an arachnid reverse climate change?

Can an arachnid reverse climate change?


It has been incredibly difficult to do anything about climate change, in large part because no one wants to give anything up or pay more for anything. However, Americans may soon not have a choice in the matter thanks to a disease carrying tick.

Most of efforts to reduce greenhouse gasses has, for obvious reasons, focused on fossil fuels. Agriculture, specifically livestock, is another major…

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Growing up with Robin Williams

Growing up with Robin Williams


Normally, when someone famous dies I have a tendency to go dark and simply let the wave of Tweets and Facebook posts pass. After all, whether I was a fan of the person or not, I didn’t really know them and feel that I should leave the eulogies to those who did. This time it’s a little different though.

No, I didn’t know Robin Williams personally but at the same time I did.

Robin Williams was…

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What you should know about Ebola (+video)

What you should know about Ebola (+video)


Viruses are scary things. Some of them are deadly but they are very small and invisible to the naked eye. The only defenses against them, even in states where you can openly carry firearms, are good hygiene, vaccines and your body’s natural defenses. That means that there is no way to be 100% sure that you’ve successfully defended yourself.

This natural fear can be used to drum up hysteria and…

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Douglas Adams’ ‘Dirk Gently’ coming to US television

Douglas Adams’ ‘Dirk Gently’ coming to US television

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I am simultaneously excited and skeptical. Douglas Adams is one of my favorite writers. For anyone who is unaware the late Mr. Adams, novelist and TV writer, wrote The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, as well as episodes of Doctor Who and Monty Python’s Flying Circus. I’m always happy when I hear that one of his novels is being brought to the screen in one form or another.

At the same…

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A single video with all 135 Space Shuttle launches

Sure, the stuff NASA is working on now is cooler but from 1981 until 2011 the Space Shuttle was the whole show.

An interview with the stars of BBC’s “Intruders”

An interview with the stars of BBC’s “Intruders”


Intruders is one of the more intriguing new series this year, not least because it stars John Simm (Doctor Who, Life on Mars). It is based on Michael Marshall Smith’s novel of the same name and tells the story of a secret society devoted to, essentially, keeping people alive by putting them into other, existing people. Below you’ll find a trailer, and a Nerd Machineinterview with Simm, Mira…

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I have a largish gallery of Failed Children’s Books on Pinterest

I have a largish gallery of Failed Children’s Books on Pinterest