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Great Moments In Journalism Corrections

Correction: July 16, 2015
An article on Wednesday about NASA’s New Horizons mission to explore Pluto and the icy region of space beyond it misspelled the name of the H.P. Lovecraft deity for which a splotchy feature on Pluto that resembles a whale was named. It is Cthulhu, not Cthulu.
After a long day celebrating the arrival of the spacecraft at Pluto, mission controllers finally received confirmation that the craft had performed its scientific tasks.
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Working in technology is definitely weird but I think BusinessTown does a good job of making it accessible to those outside the bubble.
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Really enjoyed this and I think it captures so much about what made the game special.

I also strongly identified with the part about meeting a new friend and immediately wanting to explore what games that had, played, and liked. Other kids probably thought I was weird for that.
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It's Tearjerking Tuesday!

Half of my ancestry comes from Poland if one looks back about one hundred and fifty years.
Poland is an ancient country whose history is deeply intertwined with that of the western civilization. In its glory days, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth sprawled across vast expanses of land in central Europe, from Black Sea to Baltic Sea. But over the past two centuries, it suffered a ...
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It's Oscar weekend; let's talk films!

Wild and The Lego Movie are both great films but something that they have in common but do differently really caught me.

The Lego Movie is totally on-brand, but it never struck me as commercial. I never felt while watching it that I was being invited to buy any specific product or toy. The products are all there, and they're all recognizably Lego, and those other brands of Lego-compatible assembly blocks that do exist are of course not present, but it's all environmental.

In Wild, however, the protagonist gets all her gear at REI, and when REI's customer support figures into the story in a significant way it comes off feeling really product-placement-y. But Wild is a true story! All the great stories I heard from my friends during the nineties about REI's customer support were on the level of what's depicted in the film so I have no doubts that events really did happen that way.

Should WIld's creators have lowered REI's brand placement to make for a better film even at the cost of the truth of the story?
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+Nathaniel Manista​ Fair enough. I was never a Lego user, so mine is, at best, the outsider's view.
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Taco Bell's marketing has for so long focused so much on their being open late at night that I now have no idea at what time in the morning they open.
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One of the great first world disappointments of my recent memory is from last year when I was driving home from the airport after a business trip. It's perhaps 11:00 p.m. after some delays, and everything in my sleepy suburb is closed, but there is a Taco Bell on my way home, and their marketing has reassured me that they will be some small salvation at the end of that trying day.

I pull through the drive-through, wait perhaps a minute for a response, and then I realize that the sign says that that location closes at 10 p.m. Taco Bell. Was closed. At 10.

My perception of reality and my place within it has barely recovered since.
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Whoa, enhancement of old images actually does solve mysteries! Go science!

http://phys.org/news/2014-11-clues-revealed-hidden-interior-uranus.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vxq9yj2pVWk
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I guess the story really starts last night, at the San Francisco International Film Festival’s showing of Når Dyrene Drømmer. I wanted a little something to eat during the film and picked the bourbon-infused chocolate chip cookies, but when I got to the counter the staff member told me that they were all gone! With the film soon to start I panicked, cracked under pressure, and got a medium popcorn. Når Dyrene Drømmer was a good film and during it I ate all the popcorn.

So you can imagine how I felt when I woke this morning with a midsection feeling still encumbered by stale kernels and a halo of salt and seasoning guiltily radiating. I didn’t want to run. I really didn’t want to run. But it had been three days, and the Bay To Breakers is just a week and a half away, and somehow I felt like if I kept making excuses I’d turn into a person who isn’t bothered to wake with a belly full of shame and movie popcorn. I had to run.

At least I had to run after twenty minutes spent recording last weekend’s runs in my run diary and adding the last week and a half’s worth of films in my film diary. But then, no more excuses. I had to run.

The climb up to Portola and Burnett was bad, but not as bad as it is when I’m out of training. Weekday morning rush hour makes crossing Portola a more serious affair than it is on the weekend, but serendipitously a platoon (about fifty) of officer candidates from the police academy in the neighborhood was out for a run and making the same crossing and had a cruiser escort with which to close the intersection, so I took advantage of that. When they turned left I could see that we’d be running together at least as far as where I turn off onto Twin Peaks, so I brought myself within earshot to hear what was going on with them. Call-and-response pacekeeping chants with bawdy lyrics, just as I’d hoped!

When they turned right at Twin Peaks I realized that we were going to be together for a while. About halfway to the summit I started feeling very proud of myself for being able to keep pace with them. At the fork in the road near the summit I felt very proud of myself for leading them. My route takes me on a figure-eight around the two summits before climbing the south peak for a few minutes’ rest and stretching, and while I did that they climbed the north peak for what looked like a similar break as a group. I started back down the road away from the summits before they did, but they closed the gap (I’m probably doing something mechanically inefficient on my descent and could be both faster and more restful if I made a change) and at the bottom of Twin Peaks Boulevard morning rush hour again didn’t offer me a chance to cross Portola until their cruiser escort came and closed that intersection.

So we were together again on the way back to Diamond Heights. One of their leaders joined me for some pleasant conversation, and I learned that today was their graduation day. Around Portola and Diamond Heights Boulevard I was invited to appear in their class picture. Starting at Duncan we sprinted the rest of the way to the academy.

“Everybody line up against that wall for a picture with Nathaniel!” one of the leaders called out, and then, sotto voce, “since he beat most of you”. After the picture came threats of a haircut, a great many high-fives, and very stylish black police t-shirt.

The officer who had been in the escort cruiser offered me a ride home. I thanked her, explained that I wasn’t yet done running, and then ran off to finish my route and start my work day.

I’m seeing another picture at the film festival tonight; I really hope the cookies don’t run out again.
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Double Jeopardy? Gender Bias Against Women Of Color In Science is something that for months I kept open in a browser tab and am now very glad I got around to reading, as difficult and damning as it is.

[...] a microbiologist who, earlier in her career, suffered a traumatic brain injury. When some White males who worked for her came to visit “I asked them the questions that a boss would ask, like ‘Where are we with the project? Did you take care of this and that and that?.’” The hospital staff thought she was “unnecessarily brusque, undeferential” and that she “needed to stay in rehabilitation longer until I started acting like a woman.” One of her colleagues suggested she act the “Southern belle” so “I dropped my IQ by several points and started looking for little things to decorate myself with.” She raised the pitch of her voice and chose pink hospital gowns. “All the sudden, they let me out.”
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Some bugs are deep.
One keyboard bug three decades in the making
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When you don't just need a sequence of animated gifs, but you also need every person depicted in those animated gifs to be white, accept no purveyor of sequences of animated gifs less than the United States' Republican Party.
Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice. The Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice shall have jurisdiction over the following subject matters: constitutional amendments, constitutional rights, Federal civil rights, claims against the United States, non-immigration private ...
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The only gifs you need are cat gifs. Republicans, your argument is invalid. 
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I think I'm really glad that I didn't watch this year.
Sunday’s Super Bowl was the perfect example of why fans cannot seem to end their addiction to this violent sport.
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