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  1.  (9827.61)
    And now for Scandinavia.

    First up, Norwegian cartoonist Mads Eriksen envisions The Force Unleashed 3.

    Next, a program that destroyed the minds of my parents in Norway. The subbing is a bit creative when one guy starts rhyming... Nobody actually says "Pubic hair" there.

    And finally, what's destroying young minds in Finland these days.
    • CommentAuthormanglr
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011
    Any Whitechapelers in the Boston area this weekend?

    International Steampunk City hits Waltham
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011
    Superhero Movies by the Numbers (too big to post directly, sorry)
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011
    Project to group fund a mini-movie adaptation of "Troll Bridge" by Terry Pratchett, featuring the best of all barbarians, COHEN!

    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011
    If only all eBay listings were this entertaining. (check out the other items on sale, too.)
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011
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    an exhilarating, inspiring little article here
    Brosius did more research. He read Diane Ackerman’s A Natural History of the Sensesand realized just how powerful the nose is. He learned that gazillions of years ago, when primitive ancestors of man were living in the ocean, scent was used to detect an enemy or find a mate. The sense ultimately became so powerful that a heap of tissue on top of the nerve cord evolved into the brain. “Our cerebral hemispheres were originally buds from the olfactory stalks,” Ackerman writes. “We think because we smelled.”
    Invisible perfume has almost been perfected. After two years, Brosius realized the missing ingredient was sex. He added natural amber to the mix. “Of the God-knows-how-many molecules that have been found in the chemical composition of amber, several of them are uncannily similar to human hormones,” he says. “I’m fairly certain that’s why it’s been so popularly used in perfume throughout history. It smells like us. It smells human.”
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    • CommentTimeMay 4th 2011
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    I live there. There are good things. But there are also bad things.
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    Seemed like an inappropriate thing to sue about. Justice for rape isn't going to come in the form of making a school sports program take a moral stand. Every school sports program in this country has proved that always ever. There is no such thing as justice in public schools and they aren't going to pay you for the favor of pointing out that that is wrong. Cut to sparkly star over "The More You Know" label.

    Battles over fairness can be fought and won, but fairness is not justice.
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2011
    Er...isn't attempting to force someone to debase themselves something you can sue over? On top of that, there's no reason to force her to pay for the legal expenses of the school district. This is something that may force her to move schools or drop out. Being kicked off the squad indicates that there's a level of social castigation already going on...for being raped. I can see how you would look at it as "she shouldn't have done it," but the court's message is, effectively, "you shouldn't have sued AND you were wrong for feeling the way you did about the matter." It's telling her that she was so wrong that she must make amends to the other party. When she wasn't really wrong at all, she just focused her efforts on an arguably inappropriate means to achieve her goal (repaired moral standing in the community, I would assume. Possibly fast cash, but I'd like to not believe that about a young person so horribly victimized).

    Also, the "justice is fairness" argument is not so cut and dried. There are a lot of people who would argue that's exactly what it is.
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    I think she should have taken something heavy to the boy's knee caps instead.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2011
    @Fookwit : I knew I'd seen that "castle on a tall rock" picture before but it took me while to remember where : it's a photo manipulation by dutch artist Jan Oliehoek :
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2011
    @ Wood: They're very good.

    [Tries not to fall into default I-hate-talented-people funk mode]
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2011
    I think this one was my favorite. Pokes me in a very interesting brain-spot.

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    Pop history #13.

    David Letterman in 1987, interviewing a completely shitfaced Oliver Reed

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    Classic clip. I always wished Reed got more big-name work. The first time I ever saw him was in Black Arrow when I was growing up and I developed a sort of man-crush.
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    Reed was a brilliant actor, but he pretty much lived on alcohol.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2011
    Remember that tool who called Gaiman a "pencil-necked geek" and a thief?

    He's apparently apologized....

    after being chewed out by his mother.