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Watch the long lost pilot for Kraftwerk Sitcom ‘Ralf and Florian’

Watch the long lost pilot for Kraftwerk Sitcom ‘Ralf and Florian’

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TV networks are usually desperate for stories, but apparently never desperate enough for this. This short video, more of a concept video than an actual pilot, was apparently found in a Dusseldorf car boot sale. It was intended to convince someone that Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider (Ralf and Florian) of legendary German techno-pop group Kraftwerk should have a show.

Tara McGinley at Dangerous…

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Anti-social media is finally coming: Apps to help you hid from people

Anti-social media is finally coming: Apps to help you hid from people

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According to Scientific American it’s the “Greatest invention in human history”, apps that use GPS to help you hide from people, or at least avoid certain people:

“The Cloak app, for example, collects location info from Instagram and Foursquare to let you know where your so-called “friends” are—so that you never have to see them. It scans their most recent check-ins, and plots those locations on…

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Religion gets equal time: Watch “Creationist Cosmos”

When Neil deGrasse Tyson rebooted Cosmos creationists, who don’t agree with basically any of it, cried fowl.

Religion gets equal time: Watch “Creationist Cosmos”

When Neil deGrasse Tyson rebooted Cosmos creationists, who don’t agree with basically any of it, cried fowl.

The Muppet version of Jesus Christ Superstar

The Muppet version of Jesus Christ Superstar

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I’m not much of a fan of Christianity. Based on the evidence I’ve seen I don’t even believe that there was ever such a person as “Jesus of Nazereth” – divine or otherwise.

However, I’ve always liked Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar and Muppets. Apparently Christo Graham of Lennoxville, Québec feels the same way. His parody/mash-up of JSC features Kermit as the son of God, Gonzo as…

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The latest source of clean energy is in your bathroom [video]

Between global warming and peak oil, researchers have been frantically looking for alternatives to fossil fuels. The latest of these is, apparently, the very place where we’ve been sitting to try to think of new energy sources.

Your letter from Dumbledore has finally arrived : Free classes at virtual Hogwarts

Your letter from Dumbledore has finally arrived : Free classes at virtual Hogwarts

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Open Culture is a great resource for free online courses. They currently have listings for 900 free online courses from top universities and a few hundred free, or very low cost, online courses offering certificates.

Today might be their best day yet though – Dan Coleman reportsthat a virtual Hogwarts has opened its doors, allowing you to take the courses you’ve always wanted to take – the ones…

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‘Family Circus’ meets ‘True Detective’ in ‘Time is a Flat Circus’

This one requires very little explanation but is much too awesome not to share. The Tumblr…

‘Family Circus’ meets ‘True Detective’ in ‘Time is a Flat Circus’

This one requires very little explanation but is much too awesome not to share. The Tumblr…

Video on the science of caffeine and why it’s so good for you

This short video from Reactions describes what happens when caffeine enters your body and all of the amazing things that it does for you.

Smooth jazz version of Game of Thrones theme from Postmodern Jukebox

I’m loving Scott Bradless and the Postmodern Jukebox more and more all the time. They take popular modern songs and rework them into older styles - (jazz, blues, doo-wop etc.). 

The original Rolling Stone version of ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ is free online

The original Rolling Stone version of ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ is free online

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Hunter S. Thompson was an American original and a man in the right place at the right time. At a time when nothing in U.S. politics and very little in the United States was making any sense, Thompson sidestepped the traditional journalists role. He didn’t try to ‘make sense’ of things, he simply chronicled what he saw and the culture he lived in and did it in spectacular fashion.

If you’ve read…

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One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike—and yet it is the most precious thing we have.

Albert Einstein, letter to Hans Muehsam, 9 July 1951

(via humanoidhistory)

NASA wants your help naming next Saturn Mission

NASA wants your help naming next Saturn Mission

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For 10 years the Cassini spacecraft has been orbiting Saturn, sending back images of the planet, its moons and rings. Earlier this month NASA announced that there is likely a subsurface ocean on Saturn’s moon Enceladus, based on data from Cassini.

Now Cassini is gearing up for its next mission and NASA wants your help finding a cool name for it.

“Starting in late 2016, the Cassini spacecraft…

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1980 Documentary on the Muppet Show ‘Of Muppets & Men’

I was lucky enough to be born in 1970 - which put me at just the right age to enjoy the golden age of Sesame Street and the Muppet Show.

Watch the 75th Anniversary Batman Short ‘Strange Days’

Watch the 75th Anniversary Batman Short ‘Strange Days’

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Artist and writer Bruce Timm, the creator of Batman: the Animated Series, helped create Batman: Strange Days to honor the caped crusader’s 75th anniversary. Described as a “Lost tale from Batman’s past - the Dark Knight tracks a strange giant to the mysterious lair of Dr. Hugo Strange.”

Get more info on the 75th anniversary from DC Comics.

p.s. At the end, when Batman says his only line “For…

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Tom Selleck’s screen test for ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’

Tom Selleck’s screen test for ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’

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Would Raiders have been Raiders without Harrison Ford? I kinda think it wouldn’t have. In 1981 when the film was originally released both Ford and Tom Selleck were relatively ‘new’ stars. Both had done a variety of projects but Ford was really known for Star Wars and Selleck for Magnum PI, which had premiered the year before.

Obviously Star Wars and Magnum PI appealed to very different audiences…

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