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Leonard Nimoy passed away. I grew up watching re-runs of Star Trek, so he's just always been there. Then he was awesome later in his life on Fringe. Not to mention how awesome he was as Galvatron in the only Transformers film that matters to me.

He'll be greatly missed. I'm sure he has impacted other lives greater than he has mine. As chief science officer on the Enterprise, I'm sure he inspired many to go into the hard sciences in a attempt to better understand the world or boldly go to others. I'd say he leaves a pretty solid legacy behind him.
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"You will be unusually successful in business."
Now that's an actual fortune, cookie.
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Agreed, but I like to think that I'm pulling that off anyway. I've failed to be successfully normal in my day-to-day life, so I shouldn't expect it at work either.
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Like the link says, this provides a glimpse behind the scenes of the excellent SNL 40th show, all from the perspective of a very humble Norm MacDonald.
Last night's Twitter saga was about as entertainaing as the medium gets.
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It wasn't until I read about his tweets on Eddie Murphy that I remembered the stand up special, I think it was Raw where Eddie did an impersonation of Bill Cosby (and not in the brightest light).
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Finished reading House of Leaves over lunch. It's a dense book. I'm not saying it's a deep or meaningful book. I'm not even saying it's particularly good. But it's an experience. Definitely worth reading once.
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Yeah, fun read. Probably impossible to experience as an e-book, too.
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Interesting statistics. Truth be told, though, I haven't really taken an interest in popular music for quite some time. Maybe it's just my age, but the stuff on the radio just sounds more and more bland to me. Doesn't matter who creates it. It's all dull. (Currently, I've been listening to old Yellow Magic Orchestra stuff. I can't believe I missed these guys before.)
Kanye was right. According to historical data, racial diversity at the Grammys—and on the Billboard charts—has been sliding for 10 years
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My favorite comic book character is going to rightfully be involved in the universe of my favorite comic book films. This should not be a big deal because Spider-Man is a Marvel character. You just wouldn't think it because of the control Sony's had until now.

Now we just need the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. Here's to hoping for a fantastic flop and an astonishing atrocity.
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You're a lot more hopeful than I. But it does make me remember that there were discussions of having OsCorp in The Avengers. I forgot if they went as far as rendering the building, just as a contingency. Disney/Marvel is weird, so they could spend money on possibilities that may never happen.
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As a palate cleanser to follow House of Leaves, I decided to read Felix Salten's Bambi, a Life in the Woods. I didn't expect anything of this book aside from the cold fact that Bambi's mother dies, just like in the movie. That moment was very well done in the novel, simply ending on, "Bambi never saw his mother again." Sad. Not like the other deaths, which were brutal. The word "entrails" was not one I associated with Bambi, but I suppose that's going to happen when hunters use guns.

The novel is apparently considered the first environmental novel, which is an interesting thought. It seemed more anti-hunting than environmental, but I suppose they could be similar concepts. Given that, I half expected that the novel would end with Bambi saving the creature of the forest by killing a hunter. That would have been just a tad too much for me, and I would have ended up hating the novel forever. As it stands, I just dislike the ending of the novel for very poorly leading Bambi to conclude that there's a god. It just didn't work.

Meanwhile, I've read that in the sequel novel, Bambi's Children, Bambi does end up killing a hunter. The Wikipedia entry describes the hunter as a boy...so I'm curious but may just avoid that one completely.
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I don't know why Peter David asked a question to which he already knew the answer. Comic fans bitch about _every_thing because at conventions and on the internet they are finally allowed to give voice to the narcissism that drives them. (This is directed at the outspoken minority who do this. A large portion of comic book fans are lovely people, or could be if they came out of their shells a bit more.) We know this. Many of us used to be these fans until we got ourselves in check or, y'know, grew out of the adolescent phase of our emotional development.

Meanwhile, this should have been titled, "Fans need to shut the hell up about EVERYthing." Can't we all just wait and see? Batman v Superman, Fant4stic, Deadpool, etc. Just shut up and judge things based on an actual experience.
So now I'm reading comments from fans widely decrying the photo of Aquaman that Zack Snyder put up on Twitter. Apparently oblivious to the fact that it's
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Here's an interesting response to +Last Week Tonight with John Oliver's critique of the pharmaceutical industry. It primarily looks at how difficult it is for even the most ethical doctors to shy away from pharm rep handouts.
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I'm not a big fan of winter, but I'm not complaining about it as much as last year. Lansing, MI makes for much more beautiful winters than Chicago, IL. Probably not fair since snow on trees is gorgeous while snow on buildings just tends to be ugly and potentially dangerous.
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This is a lengthy read, in part due to a writing style that I'm not incredibly fond of, but it's interesting. It's like being let in on more casual conversations with Men's Rights Activists. It humanizes them in a way that you don't usually get when they comment online.

I've come away from this piece thinking likening MRA's to the guys attracted to the club in the film Fight Club. They've reached a certain existential crisis and realize that after following the path that you're supposed to in growing up, the world is not an open oyster. You worked hard but you're not entitled to anything over anyone else. Your life is kind of meaningless. There's this sullen rage that they use to not go inward but instead turn outward. Women are a target because men feel impotent in the fact that we don't know what it means to be masculine anymore. One thing that masculine used to mean was powerful, so what better way to feel powerful than to try to take power from someone else?
I wanted to know what these men were like, not on Reddit or on Twitter or on any other forum where they are actively engaged in their cause, but in ordinary life — relaxed, after having a few, and without a keyboard to take it out on.
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Some great lines delivered by the men's rights activist group Male Men on Parks and Recreation this week.

"Men have had a very rough go of it just recently”
"Can we have one conversation about feminism in which men are in charge?”

The sad thing is that these lines get the gist of those types of people but fail to be shitty enough to be realistic.
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