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    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2011
    Stephen King planning a sequel to The Shining.

    ...not sure how I feel about that.
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2011
    @RenThing: I think that was is the only way to make it work. If they went back into the hotel, it wouldn't work, but this at least sounds like something that you can read on it's own merit.

    I don't know if this counts or not, but I thought it was interesting:

    The latest Reason-Rupe poll asked respondents to use their own words to identify what the government spends the most money on. The following graphic depicts their responses with word size corresponding to frequency. The bigger the word, the more people who mentioned that particular kind of spending.

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    Knowing Stephen King, it'll be a completely new book that just happens to feature a character from The Shining. He's pretty consistent, and I've always found him to have a pretty good grasp on his ideas. Stephen King is one my guilty pleasures, but I'm starting to think it shouldn't be so guilty. The guy knows what he's doing, and does it well, with very few outright misses of the mark. I'll put my faith in him.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2011
      CommentAuthorJay Kay
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2011
    @magnusisasillyname: Definitely. It's not high literature, but the man is a solid writer. His On Writing book is basically my writing bible and I try to reread it at least once a year.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2011
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    Scene on bank of Marikina river east of Manilla, Philippines during Typhoon Nesat, Sept 27, Noel Celis, AFP/Getty

    Scene on shore in Navatos, Philippines after Typhoon Nesat, Sept 28, Aaron Favila, Associated Press
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2011
    Remember the robotic pack-mule Big Dog, the creepy four-legged robot that could run and jump over difficult terrain and take a kick to the side, restabilize and keep moving while running at full speed?

    They've made one bigger and capable of doing everything that Big Dog could while carrying four hundred pounds.

    They've named it Alpha Dog.

    I'd be interested to see if it can operate as smoothly with an uneven weight load but this is good/scary. I for one welcome the coming of our robot-horse overlords.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2011
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    Single magic mushroom 'can change personality' says purple scientist riding unicorn.

    Yes, this discovery confirms my own findings.
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2011
    Am I very gullible or is this serious?
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    Looks legit.

    Whale experts admit they do not know why there has been an upsurge in sightings and strandings.

    Some believe it could be due to changes in ocean currents bringing colder streams of Arctic water into the shallow North Sea.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2011
    I assume that is an expanse of that shitty marsh grass that grows in tidal estuaries, rather than the whale being beached inland.
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    • CommentTimeOct 2nd 2011 edited
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2011
    Is your school-aged kid banned from playing conkers at school due to "health and safety concerns"?

    Well it's nothing to do with the Health and Safety Executive:

    "Our view is firmly that schoolchildren learn to deal with risk through play and adventure, and that bumps and scrapes are part of learning to deal with hazards in life - whether that is being rapped on the knuckles by a misguided conker or otherwise."
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2011
    @sneak - yeah, there were a whole bunch of stories like that that the H&S chaps have said 'no idea where you got that idea from' recently.

    There was a bit of a culture in the UK for a while of fear of litigation, but it does seem to have died down a bit. The tipping point seems to have been people too afraid to clear snow from the pavement outside their property during the recent heavy winters we've had, in fear that someone falling over on a cleared bit would sue them for not clearing it properly.

    Common sense does seem to making a comeback. I even bought a communal shovel for the flats I live in so we could each do a bit at a time...
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2011 edited
    Apparently some people post cataract surgery are able to see the ultraviolet spectrum and are trying to figure out how to exploit it.
    With Crystalens

    And the BBC reports that cities may soon be getting their own Operating Systems.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd 2011