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Reto Steffen
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Nothing is more winning and charming... and despair-worthy... than this image of Mark Hamill riding the back of a doughty and strong and fiercely impressive (!) Daisy Ridley, in a pose reminiscent of Luke Skywalker's tutelage under that vile green gnome, Yoda.  Why despair-worthy? Because it is emblematic of the stunning lack of imaginative verve not only of the creators of the third trilogy, but its zealous fans. 

Oh sure, I kinda liked The Force Wakens for its characterizations (JJ Abrams is brilliant at that vital element) and color and lack of evil lucasian messages.  But everyone instantly saw that its plot was a tiresomely slavish and unnecessary utter remake of Ep IV A New Hope. Yet, instead of merely enjoying it, but with a polite-apropos yawn, people actually kvelled! Why?

Now? All signs suggest that Episode VIII will slavishly remake the excellent Empire Strikes Back.  Truly. Making me ask: Is no one furious that they wrote a story arc in which Luke Skywalker - instead of learning from the horrific blunders of his "masters" - deliberately and knowingly repeats every single blunder committed by both Yoda and Obiwan, down to every last detail?  

Oh, sure, dear sweet Luke was always a dim bulb, like falling for it when Yoda fakes his "death" (to avoid answering Luke's questions.) But THAT dim? To recreate an isolated Jedi Order that puts all its eggs in one basket, then lets an emotionally ditzy "apprentice" kill all the children. Followed by the master throwing up his hands and going into exile, instead of facing his duty to clean up the mess he made? If this is what Jedi masters do, EVERY single time? Then make the order extinct!
 
 
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So it’s been a tough week for climate science. We’re not sure about you, but we could use a laugh - and this is still one of our favourites.
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I'm weeping I'm laughing so hard.

Now it just needs some Deep Dream art, amirite?
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Happy Pi Day — or Pie Day — from #googleforwork. #PiDay
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I am in too many meetings related to digital marketing and analytics, that should not surprise you. What might surprise you is how frequently I'll see the below Dilbert come to life. 

The internet has not been a boon to truth, now we just have more data to confuse people with. And what's heart-breaking is how we all seem to have lost our ability to use our natural skepticism of crap and common sense in these situations.

Just because there is a number on a pretty slide does not make it true. Even if it is being presented by an authoritative person. Even if the slide has copious footnotes, with references to authoritative sources. (That last one is perhaps an even better reason to be doubtful!).  

People: Be, a tiny bit skeptical (without being rude). And, never lose sight of your common sense!
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Astrophotographer Dave Lane captured this photo of the Milky Way as it framed the 1,267-foot-tall Devil's Tower in Wyoming, USA: http://bit.ly/1rVyk0s
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