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Justin Donnelly
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Today's #GoogleDoodle combines two of my favorite things: Beethoven and video games!

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Love today's #GoogleDoodle

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Best. Nerd. Humor. Ever.

"I discovered that the Tom Bombadil chapters weren’t original to the text at all, but had been inserted by a different author at a later date. They’re written in the Adûni dialect of Bree, not Sûzat, and judging by the sloppy handwriting, whoever wrote them was almost certainly drunk, a child, or both."

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[PHOTO] Liftoff!! Falcon 9 lifts off from LC-40 at Cape Canaveral carrying Dragon to resupply the space station.
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The hate that anonymous cowards spew towards people, and especially women, who dare question the status quo of internet and gaming culture sickens me.  On a depressingly regular basis.

This article by Joseph Bernstein and the linked post by Dan Golding are a welcome ray of hope that perhaps these behaviors are the last gasps of a dying culture.

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+Yonatan Zunger drops some truth.

Also, Marvel is awesome.
This pseudo-thread pretty much summarizes the difference between Marvel and DC's attitude about their audiences: DC considers it far too risky to show shocking, foreign things in their movies, such as "women," "people of color," or "LGBT characters," especially as primary protagonists, whereas Marvel... well, they have decided that they are going to do whatever the fuck they feel like.

So why am I sharing this now, a few weeks after it spread on the Internets? Because +The Verge decided to run the numbers to see just how they're doing: http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/22/6056617/marvels-movie-business-is-crushing-dcs-and-its-not-close

Turns out Marvel has raked in something like double what DC has from its movies.

(Unsurprisingly, because DC's movies have been averaging "tedious and boring." Seriously, Superman is about as interesting as listening to a lecture about Truth, Justice, the American Way, and the Neitzschean Übermensch from the PR office of the Boy Scouts, without even the homoerotic subtext of Batman's three-way relationship with Robin and the Joker to leaven it. And I think that this attitude of DC's is no small part of why.)

(Also, vi is better than EMACS)

In related news, LEGO finally decided to ship a non-pink set with women in it -- their "Research Institute" set (http://shop.lego.com/en-US/Research-Institute-21110). Except good luck getting it, because the entire production run sold out almost instantly. 

And yet, I keep hearing companies explaining why their marketing always slants towards showing a bunch of white men, with scantily clad white women for decoration, and the occasional "exotic" in the background, because it sells so well, they tell us. The coveted demographic of 18-35 white, middle-class men won't buy anything else. There's no market for other things, because people from all the other groups will buy white, middle-class men, but not vice-versa, and there surely isn't enough money that isn't in the hands of white, middle-class men to matter.

You know what I call it when someone comes up with a business plan like that? A chance to make a lot of money at their expense, that's what. 

h/t to +Kimberly Chapman, +Capin Chip, and quite a few others for the pseudo-thread -- I unfortunately can't find any reliable original source for it. 
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Kepuhi Beach, Kauai
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Amazing.  Huge kudos to the Missouri Highway Patrol.

It's almost as if people exercising their constitutional right to free assembly isn't a problem that requires breaking up with tear gas and rubber bullets.

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Best Google Alert on my name ever.

One of the six was "enforcer Justin Donnelly."
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