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    Hmm. The one kid doing six lines

    or the six people from all over the world?
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2012
    @JP - sounds like you might have missed reading the fb comments on the right of the photo. Someone mentions that they wouldn't have to go as far they just both went towards each other across the bottom.
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2012

    Are you calling Shakespeare an idiot!?
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    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2012
    I used the word swag today. =(
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    @JP - sounds like you might have missed reading the fb comments on the right of the photo. Someone mentions that they wouldn't have to go as far they just both went towards each other across the bottom.

    I was too scared to read the fb comments. Was worried my brain might be fried by saccharine idiocy, but no...
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2012
    hahaha, I don't blame you, there is always high risk of brain frying via idiocy on fb comments. Almost happened to me today, actually.
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    • CommentAuthorMrMonk
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2012
    @Ben Was that the first Doctor at roughly 0:55?
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2012
    @ MrMonk - probably not - it's David Bradley, best known as Filch in the Harry Potter films, although he does have the hair for it.
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    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeMar 27th 2012
    Ursula K. LeGuin on the rumors of the death of the book being greatly exaggerated:

    How much of anything can you do in the e-world without reading? The use of any computer above the toddler-entertainment level is dependent on at least some literacy in the user. Operations can be learned mechanically, but still, the main element of a keyboard is letters, and icons take you only so far. Texting may have replaced all other forms of verbality for some people, but texting is just a primitive form of writing: you can’t do it unless you no u frm i, lol.

    It looks to me as if people are in fact reading and writing more than they ever did. People who used to work and talk together now work each alone in a cubicle, writing and reading all day long on screen. Communication that used to be oral, face to face or on the telephone, is now written, emailed, and read.

    None of that has much to do with book-reading, true; yet it’s hard for me to see how the death of the book is to result from the overwhelming prevalence of a technology that makes reading a more invaluable skill than it ever was.
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    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2012
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    re: the Itchy and Scratchy video--let's watch 100 simpsons episodes all at the same time!
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2012
    Does anyone else want to have a look at the Blade Runner production art sketchbook?
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    Here's a future we can all be happy about: crowdsourced science. [I just received this text in an email]

    Dear Galaxy Zoo Mergers Participants,

    Thank you for all of your contributions to Galaxy Zoo Mergers
    ( Since we first launched, you've viewed over 3 million simulations of interacting galaxies. Of those, you pointed out about 60,000 that you thought were worthy of additional study.

    Doing the data analysis on this project has been tricky. Initially we thought we knew exactly how to sort through those submissions. However, when we realized how overwhelming the task was, we turned to you again for help, and you provided even more amazing assistance. By judging over 800,000 Merger Wars competitions, you helped us sort
    through the list of 60,000 and identify the top simulations. We've used your feedback to single out the top 290 simulations for the 54 galaxy pairs from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey that we've studied together.

    Going from 3 million simulations to only 290 is incredible, but we still need some final help with three important tasks:

    1) Pick the Best: Find the very best matches to each galaxy by reviewing the top rated simulations

    2) Simulation Showdown: Determine which galaxies have the best models by doing head-to-head competitions of models and target galaxies

    3) Merger Wars - HST: Find the top matches for the last 6 galaxies taken from our HST selections

    Thank you again for all that you've done to date. The results are amazing, and with your help we can get the final results we need for

    Thank you,
    John and Anthony
    The Galaxy Zoo Mergers Team
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    One of my Facebook friends posted that Gotye video and said "I wish I could direct music videos."

    I saw this and thought, "I wish I could direct music videos."

    (edited for slightly wittier commentary)
    • CommentAuthorbadbear
    • CommentTimeMar 28th 2012