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I have a larger than necessary interest in the transformation of Michael Jackson. I was 2 when the Pepsi commercial happened, so that means that start of the transformation on a public level happened roughly when I started developing memories. So for me the darker and lighter Michael Jacksons appeared simultaneously in my pop culture consumption, and it became really easy to reconcile after that because that's just how things were. Whatever he looked like, he was still a great performer. Too bad no one told him that when he was younger. It could have spared him some procedures.
The world watched Michael Jackson's appearance morph through the years, and there's been a lot of speculation about the surgeries he may have had. Now, we could have some answers. And those answers are in a document that's played a key role in the case against Dr. Conrad Murray -- the autopsy report. Prosecutors have focused on the autopsy conclusion that Jackson’s death was a homicide due to propofol intoxication, but the report shows far more a...
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I'm interested in seeing how this case goes. The creation of fansubs, as in the literal files people can attach to other files to generate subtitles during TV/movies, is questionable given that timing is also coded into them. That would imply that they're meant to be attached to illegal files. But then there's a question about the transcription process itself. If someone were to watch a show and copy down the script so that hearing impaired individuals could watch the show, is it an illegal act to simply put the text file of the transcribed script online? And if that is indeed illegal, does that mean that transcribing music lyrics and putting them online is illegal as well?

The implications of this case are intriguing.
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+Adam Day You are absolutely right! Here's what I found: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyrics#Copyright_and_royalties
So it's likely that the sites that exist out there are paying royalties. I doubt the above lawsuit will go well for the transcribers then.
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Dammit Reddit... Someone linked two of the pages from Marvel's Ultimate Fallout that always, always get me.

"Do you need a hug right now?"

Yes! I really do little girl...
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Castles of Burgundy is one of my favorite games that I don't get to play nearly often enough. (Not playing games often enough is becoming my catchphrase.) I think having a card version, or the dice version that is also in the works, would significantly increase the chances of getting the game to the table. Except I don't want it. The gameplay is sufficiently similar, but one of the things I love about the game is growing the estate on your personal game board. There's that physical component that just makes the game click. Just like I have no interest in the Ticket to Ride card game because the only thing I like about the board game is the line of trains with which you cover the board.

Watching this video was painful. Explaining games to people can be difficult enough. I can't imagine the difficulty of explaining a game to a person in a language that is not my native tongue.
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I don't have problems with most ice creams (lactose issues don't usually come up), but having a tasty alternative is never a bad thing. I'm on board with this offering from a company that keeps making me like them more and more.
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Ex Machina. Oh hell yes is it a good film! There's something about a solid, stripped down (meaning overall inexpensive) science fiction film that really hits the spot. Top notch performances supported by fantastic writing. With the development of the AI in Ava, what exactly is being tested and how? The exploration of that was incredibly intriguing. The ending was surprising and disappointing. But not disappointing from a story standpoint - it was perfect! This is a film I recommend to all science fiction fans who want a good science fiction story and don't require explosions and whatnot.
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Or see if your local library has it to check out for free, and keep it longer than a rental.
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When the actual ratings aren't the factor for canceling a show, you know you're going to get an interesting story out of it. Out of all of them, I feel inclined to mention Longmire because I have a slight connection to it. I used to hang out a lot with one of the writers on the show only a couple of years before she was hired on the show. It was a show that largely appealed to older people but featured young science fiction fan favorite Katee Sackhoff and included writers in their mid-to-late 20's. Even though it's a show that doesn't appeal to me, it's a rare thing that probably shouldn't have been threatened. At least it's one three shows in the article that actually has a happy ending. (Number 5 - successful movie series, number 4 - still being mourned, number 3 - excellent comic book follow-up but still a huge disappointment through rights being lost and other stupidity, number 2 - continuing on Netflix, and number 1 - rightfully resuscitated by a Kickstarter campaign.)
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+Kaz McNellie You said it! Such a fantastic show. And I don't think there's any way at all to revive it. Not even by increasing the sales of the DVDs or a massive write-in campaign...
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There's a part of me that wants capes to make a comeback. Capes for all seasons! I may have the best winter coat ever (http://www.alphaindustries.com/mens-parkas/alpha-industries-n-3b-parka.htm), but I would be so down with wearing a heavy winter cape.
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I doubt I could pull it off, but I really want to give it a go anyway!
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The writing isn't to my liking, but the message is loud and clear. As a father, I'm actually tired of people being surprised or excited for any sort of active participation in my daughter's life. It's not a big deal, and it shouldn't be treated like a big deal. She's a living, breathing (well, currently the breathing is rough...with all the snot) human being whom I had direct impact in bringing into this world. Not being a part of her life and focusing just on myself would be too self-centered.
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In the general sense hate the meme but I still find some amusement in it because I do know those panicked helpless dads.  However of the few I know they are well in the minority.  
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It is now confirmed that the new Berserk animation will be a television series airing in July, and it will be about Guts as the Black Swordsman. Things are finally going to be dark and creepy!
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I've seen the films. Overall, I like them. The CG stands out a bit much, but I'm more forgiving of that than most. It still gets the job done. Truth be told, I think the one thing I disliked most about the films was the sex scene in...I think the third film. It was a little long and a little too graphic for my liking.
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Spoilers for Evangelion if you haven't seen it or are somehow opposed to seeing it. (Trust me, the picture doesn't spoil it. I mean it didn't actually happen. Or did it?!)

Zac Bertschy's description of Eva's villain is so perfect that I'm just going to quote it. You cannot do better than this:

“I hate my dad” is a cliché, but Gendo is basically all bad dad behaviors wrapped up into the ultimate bad dad. All I really have to do is describe what Neon Genesis Evangelion is about.

Neon Genesis Evangelion is about a dad so crappy he builds an avatar of barely-controlled rage-filled strength that can only be tamed by the soul of his dead wife and can only be piloted by their son. The idea is to use this giant symbol of impotent anger at the concept of death to piledrive his way back into his wife's arms, sacrificing his son in the process. He has to literally force his son to do this, who hates himself so much he can't lift his head to frown. The only time Gendo encourages his child is to manipulate him into doing his bidding. He keeps a teenage clone of his dead wife around – she can't express any feelings he didn't explain to her and doesn't express anything unless he orders her to, and she STILL tells him he should be a better father to his son.
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So, what do you suppose is the purpose of Burger King's notice that the sides of the bag are advertising? Is it really for the kids?
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But +Casey Harmon, how else would I know how to spend my money?
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I'm a general hobbyist. Board games, video games, books, comic books, TV, and movies. I like talking about these things, but I talk about them from my personal point of view. My biases, my politics, etc. If you don't want to hear from a dreaming idealist with a pro-person (and pro-living things in general) progressive standpoint, then you're better off heading elsewhere.
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Kid, cats, post-graduate degree, and more board and electronic games than necessary
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Chicago - Ann Arbor - Detroit - Southfield - Redondo Beach - Hawthorne
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Jack-of-many-trades. Wish I could say I have a "certain" set of skills, but they're really quite all over the place. Very few are useful together.
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