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.
- 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Committee recently submitted comments to the Australian government, opposing a copyright proposal, which has now been withdrawn.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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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.
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.
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.
(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.)
Friend: “I win!”
Me: “Win what?”
Friend: “We were playing pong, right?”
(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.”
The first secret from this batch will be posted on September 27th.
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.