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Markus Christopher
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Talk about an extremophile. This bug lives in one heck of a rare and specialized environment: NASA clean rooms.

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One of the best SF shows ever is in its second season and has been picked up for a third, but really deserves to finish its story.

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For those GMs interested: Charlie Hoover, the guy who does the podcast I sometimes help out with, is starting a new one. Here, GMs can tell their favorite stories from their games. For example, when some players tortured another player in an agony booth. 😁

https://geekquestioner.com/cafe/

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As +Dan Thompson​ said, #NotTheOnion
Reality show set in wilderness canceled, but no one tells contestants for months

The contestants of a British reality show that marooned them in the wilderness for a year as a social experiment have returned to civilization - only to discover the series was canceled several months ago and no one bothered to tell them.


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Fascinating article.
The dynamics of disinformation, propaganda, "fake news," and conspiracy theories can be studied by watching how they spread. This is a summary of a scientific study (by one of its authors, who links the full paper) into this, and it's chock-full of fascinating results. They focused on responses to mass shootings in particular, as these are a favorite target of conspiracy theories. Conspiracy stories, it turns out, spread with a very different pattern than other types of story - and botnets, quasi-replication of stories between sites, and similar patterns of signal manipulation are key to them. This (as well as other interesting commonalities between the sites which propagate these) suggests that there is something systematic and intentional behind these theories: they aren't emerging organically, they're being curated. 

Currently watching the Reno Air Race on TV. I didn't know they still had air races. While the jets are cool, the T6 Texan trainers, 80-year old planes they used to train military pilots on, are magnificent.

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Playing Bora Bora with +*****​ and others.
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A quick post because I don't have time to write a full piece right now: Seth Abramson has done a very serious job of connecting the dots, and a picture of direct Russian influence and/or control over key aspects of the Trump campaign and its policies is starting to emerge. In particular, we're starting to get names, dates, places, and subjects of meetings.

For those of you old enough to remember, this is reminding me a lot of what happened with Iran-Contra around the middle of 1987, when the big chunks of information started to come out. Suddenly it was going from conjectures to concrete timelines, graphs of people and who knew what and when. But unlike Iran-Contra, here the top-level principal – in this case, Donald Trump – was clearly directly in the room from the get-go.

I'd expect this to start to develop very seriously in news articles in the next few days. Questions of Congressional investigation, FBI investigation, and so on will obviously be highly politicized, and the Congressional situation in the near future will depend heavily on the aftermath of the AHCA vote later today. However, this may soon reach the scales where even reluctant members of Congress feel forced to act. I've never seen anything like this – not Iran-Contra, and not Watergate. We're heading into uncharted territory.
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