Not everyone wants a Nobel prize

Sep. 20th, 2014 06:51 pm
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I dreamt that I had wrote the Nobel prize for physics.

It was a horrible dream.  

I didn’t (in my dream) deserve the prize and I kept on trying to explain this to people saying “I’m only a first year student, it was my first year project” and they’d just say “Oh, but you totally explained how the thingumy bamboozled the snoozlers and we’ve been wondering about that for ages” and I just kept on getting more and more anxious about this enormous prize which I just didn’t deserve and how horrible things were going to happen.  A real relief to wake up.

Sometimes, my subconscious is about as subtle as half a brick in the toe of a sock.
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My Imaginary Eye

Sep. 20th, 2014 05:00 pm
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Car | San Diego, CA, USA

(Every week my family has a nice dinner out with my parents. We are driving home with everyone in the car. We are teaching my four- and five-year-old daughters to play ‘I spy.’ It is night and dark so the game is a little more challenging than usual.)

Five-Year-Old: “I spy with my eye something that starts with ‘A’”

(After a few moments.)

Me: “We give up. What do you see that starts with ‘A’?”

Five-Year-Old: *looks around a moment* “Well, you can use your imagination!”

(Cue laughter in the car.)

Grandpa: “What about ‘upholstery’…?”

OTW Fannews: Fandom Business

Sep. 20th, 2014 05:07 pm
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Posted by Janita Burgess

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Banner by Robyn of the post title with $ signs as S's laid over a photo of world currency

  • OTW's ally organization, Public Knowledge, is sponsoring a contest for remixers. In an effort to highlight the problem of consolidation in the U.S. cable industry, they are asking remixers to "[t]ake one or more of the recent highly publicized customer service calls with Comcast (or go to town with one of your own experiences) and let your imagination go to work. We want to see remixes, mashups, autotunes, interpretive dances -- whatever you think of to broadcast these real customer service calls with Comcast." If you win, "Public Knowledge will pay your last Comcast bill, up to $200, and spread the word about your creation." Visit their post for more details.
  • OTW's Legal Committee recently submitted comments to the Australian government, opposing a copyright proposal, which has now been withdrawn. "'Unanimous' opposition to the federal government's proposed copyright law changes will force it back to the drawing board to tackle online piracy, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull says. Representatives from both sides of the online piracy debate - including the telecommunications companies and rights holders - have warned the changes to copyright law outlined in the government's discussion paper on online piracy are too broad and could have negative unintended consequences."
  • A Viacom study of U.S. TV viewers was reported in numerous places. "The most interesting part of the research is what Viacom calls the 'Funnels to Fandom' – the process of becoming a fan, Viacom has found, takes place in five steps: Discovery, Research, Selection, Fandom, and Sharing." Fans have a strong influence since "in-person word of mouth is the #1 source for show discovery at 90%, closely followed by TV promos at 85% and word of mouth online or via social media at 78%." What's more, "[a]mong fans, marathoning is popular across all age groups: 83% of Millennials say this is one of their favorite ways to watch, followed by 72% of Gen Xers and 65% of Digital Natives."
  • Yahoo! Finance reported on the rapid aging of U.S. television viewers and what this could mean for programming. "Programmers will be increasingly willing to experiment with alternative distribution platforms for their content. With less risk of cannibalizing one’s core younger audience by offering shows on Netflix Inc., networks will try to cut deals to reach the mobile, 'time-shifting' viewer, wherever he or she can be found...we might see even more formulaic dramas and sitcoms, more pharmaceutical commercials and more older leading men and women in primetime, to better reflect the core viewing audience, rather than the sleeker, younger people who aren’t paying attention now anyway."

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OTW Fannews: Fandom Business

Sep. 20th, 2014 11:29 am
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Public Knowledge holds a contest for remixers, Australia backs down & data on TV fans: http://bit.ly/1ykl2Nu
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Posted by Becky Chambers

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Hide your wallets, Marvel fans. In November, Groot and Rocket will be invading the covers of a whole mess of Marvel titles: All-New Captain America #1, All-New X-Men #34, Amazing Spider-Man #9, Amazing X-Men #13, Avengers #38, Avengers World #15, Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #2, Captain America & The Mighty Avengers #1, Deadpool #37, Guardians 3000 #2, Guardians of the Galaxy #21, Hulk #8, Legendary Star-Lord #5, New Avengers #26, Rocket Raccoon #5, Spider-Verse #1, Spider-Woman #1, Superior Iron Man #1, Thor #2, and Uncanny X-Men #28. Whew.

The covers will be drawn by a variety of artists, and judging by the few that have been released, it’s going to be an awesome mix. Check out the gallery above to see the covers that have been released thus far. Personally, I like the Thor one best.

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Going Head-First Into Your Innuendo

Sep. 20th, 2014 04:00 pm
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Restaurant | Sydney, NSW, Australia

(My family is having dinner at a restaurant for Mother’s Day. I’m sitting with my brother and sister opposite our grandpa.)

Grandpa: *pouring beer* “Oops, too much head.”

Brother: “Are you practicing your beer-pouring skills so you can be a barman?”

Grandpa: “No, I don’t think I’ll be able to work a bar with this dismal effort.”

Me: *muttering* “It’s got more head than a high school football player.”

Brother & Sister: *laughing so hard they’re crying*

(My stepdad was laughing too hard to tell us off.)

1635 Decima

Sep. 20th, 2014 12:31 pm
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El V's decided how to open his performance tonight with Danny Rivera: with a decima, from La vida es sueño, by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, widely regarded as the greatest playwright of Spain's el siglo de oro.  Decimas are still sung in Puerto Rico. 




He's accompanying his performance by playing his classical Ramírez, the same guitar he bought as a young classical guitar and vihuela student in Spain, with the help of Segovia. 









The guitar was already a recognizable instrument in Spain by this time of the 17th century, via the vihuela and the gittern.

Grumpypants on

Sep. 20th, 2014 11:32 pm
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Haven S3: Show, if you'd only stop making Audrey the one special woman, I might be motivated to watch on. As it is, I don't think I can stand seeing more women being thrown under the bus.

Why, in shounen series, are older brothers usually a pain the ass? Though in Hunter x Hunter it depends on which older brother we're talking about. Let me rephrase that: first-born sons are usually jerks to their younger siblings. There are of course exceptions (Edward Elric, arguably; Kurosaki Ichigo, but what if he has a younger brother?), but sometimes these are not without complications (Uchiha Itachi).
(This particular bit of grumpiness is brought to you by Nurarihyon no Mago 7)

Tokyo Ghoul S1: Not grumpy about the finale. When Pierrot is enthusiastic about certain episodes, they're enthusiastic. Visuals, symbolism, and music are well put together. The last three minutes end the episode in a melancholy, even slightly pessimistic note.

A Pong-Lasting Friendship

Sep. 20th, 2014 04:00 pm
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Posted by Wapping1701

Home | Oxnard, CA, USA

(My friend and I have a weird way of letting each other know how we’re still there when we play together through a game console, sometimes, we just repeat the same word.)

Me: “Meep.”

Friend: “Meep.”

Me: “Meep.”

Friend: “Meep.”

Me: “Meeeeeeeep.”

Friend: “I win!”

Me: “Win what?”

Friend: “We were playing pong, right?”

Eat Real Fest

Sep. 20th, 2014 08:41 am
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R and decided somewhat at the last minute to go to Eat Real Fest for lunch yesterday. It is being held in Jack London Square for the rest of this weekend. We were happy to go near the start when it was less crowded. The set up is that there are a bunch of booths selling small portions of food and that you can wander around and pick what you want. I had a spinach and potato knish, duck taquitos, and small sandwich of miso glazed tofu on a steamed bun. For desert I had the most amazing popsicle: mango and sticky rice.

There Is No Spoon

Sep. 20th, 2014 04:00 pm
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Fast Food | Greenbelt, MD, USA

(I had just bought chili, and was gathering my utensils to sit down and eat.)

Me: “Can you refill the spoons, please?”

Cashier: “We’re out of spoons.”

Me: “So, how am I supposed to eat my chili?”

Cashier: *blank stare, then points at manager*

Manager: “What’s up?”

Me: “How am I supposed to eat my chili if you don’t have any spoons?”

Manager: *blank stare*

Me: “Maybe you shouldn’t sell chili if people can’t eat it.”

Manager: <blank stare>

Me: “Never mind. Give me my money back. I don’t want to eat here anymore.”

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shadowen:

ed-pool:

DEADPOOL MOVIE IS COMING IN 2016!!!!

So.

Test footage leaks, the internet flips its shit, and within months a Deadpool film is announced.

Awesome.

But I do have one question, in light of this news.

I think you know what it is.

WHERE. IS. MY. BLACK. WIDOW. MOVIE?

[ SECRET SUBMISSIONS POST #404 ]

Sep. 20th, 2014 12:17 pm
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[ SECRET SUBMISSIONS POST #404 ]




The first secret from this batch will be posted on September 27th.



RULES:
1. One secret link per comment.
2. 600x600 px or smaller.
3. Link directly to the image.
- Doing it RIGHT: http://i.imgur.com/KuBug.png
- Doing it WRONG: http://imgur.com/KuBug

Optional: If you would like your secret's fandom to be noted in the main post along with the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret. If your secret makes the fandom obvious, there's no need to do this. If your fandom is obscure, you should probably tell me what it is.

Optional #2: If you would like WARNINGS (such as spoilers or common triggers -- list of some common ones here) to be noted in the main post before the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret.

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