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"The idea of real names being the thing that leads you — that’s not actually what leads us in the physical space. We lead with our bodies. We adjust how we present our bodies by situation. We dress differently, we sit differently, we emote differently. The thing about having everything linked to this universal identifier as though that’s real is just not real. That’s not how this works."

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I like the sound of French pop songs anyway, but this video is really remarkable. It's video retouching done in real time (well - rendered for the video, no tools can actually do this), but it makes one question the images we consume so often.

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Got to hang out on the actual Weta large-scale prop set of Beorn's house today.
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Got to hang out on the actual Weta large-scale prop set of Beorn's house today.
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Is it just me or is the new Google Maps really slow to load compared the old version?

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Acoustic guitar version of the Game of Thrones theme... as performed by the theme's composer.

https://soundcloud.com/watertowermusic/newtheme/s-Vl4j9

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My condolences to all those hurt, injured, or just scared by the events at the Boston Marathon.

Here's one of the best articles I've seen asking for a good response, by Bruce Schneier, posting in The Atlantic:

"When we react from fear, when we change our laws and policies to make our country less open, the terrorists succeed, even if their attacks fail. But when we refuse to be terrorized, when we're indomitable in the face of terror, the terrorists fail, even if their attacks succeed."

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/04/the-boston-marathon-bombing-keep-calm-and-carry-on/275014/

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"We covet diamonds in America for a simple reason: the company that stands to profit from diamond sales decided that we should. De Beers’ marketing campaign single handedly made diamond rings the measure of one’s success in America. Despite its complete lack of inherent value, the company manufactured an image of diamonds as a status symbol."

From http://blog.priceonomics.com/post/45768546804/diamonds-are-bullshit

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This: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/559914737/the-veronica-mars-movie-project

Yes, please! And one of the awesome-est Kickstarter videos ever.

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This is very well done: Tropes vs. Women in Video Games

Damsel in Distress: Part 1 - Tropes vs Women in Video Games!
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