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January 2012

  1. Reddit Tries Crowdsourced Legislation With “Free Internet Act”

    When it came to battling SOPA and PIPA, Reddit was on the front lines. Considering Reddit was the first to announce an anti-SOPA blackout and was responsible for calling attention to anti-SOPA and anti-PIPA petitions that the White House was ultimately forced to acknowledge, it's no surprise that Redditors are itching not only to defend the Internet, but also for a new challenge. That's why they're trying their hands at something really ambitious: Crowdsourced legislation.

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  2. Mindy Kaling Is Shooting a Pilot for Fox, Will Leave The Office If It’s Picked Up

    Clever Girl

    NBC may be losing one of its brightest comedy stars -- and it looks like it's their own darn fault, too! Mindy Kaling, author and star of The Office, has been shopping around a script for a sitcom pilot about a "Bridget Jones-type doctor." And NBC wasn't interested. (Really? Um, okay then!) However, Fox thought it would be a good idea to hop on the Kaling train -- probably sensing the success of other comedies featuring quirky female characters, like The New Girl with Zooey Deschanel -- and picked up the pilot. Should it go to series, NBC will have to wave goodbye to Kelly Kapoor. Their loss!

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  3. New LEGO Lord of the Rings Minifigs Unveiled

    Yes, it seems like those official LEGO Lord of the Rings sets are creeping closer and closer toward a reality. The latest announcement from the popular European construction toy features the Minifig population of Middle-Earth, with everyone's favorite hobbits, wizards, dwarves, nazgul, elves, orcs, uruk-hai, and humans. Oh, and somebody else, but I just can't remember his name. Creepy little dude, grey skin, you know the guy (gollum! gollum!). Oh, excuse this (gollum!) horrific wet hacking cough I've developed. Anyway, I'm sure his name will come back to me eventually.

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  4. Jerry Seinfeld Reunites with Soup Nazi in Another Super Bowl Ad Attempting to Tickle Our Nostalgia Bone

    First it was Matthew Broderick reprising the role of Ferris Bueller to promote Honda, now another Super Bowl car commercial features Jerry Seinfeld reuniting with the Soup Nazi in order to promote the new Acura NSX. The video, seen after the break, features Seinfeld following around some guy in order to pry the first Acura NSX off his hands, offering him a wide variety of add services and products in the Acura's place. One of those products is the Soup Nazi, who sternly spouts, "Soup for you," a variant on, well, you know. How do you feel about this year's Super Bowl resurrecting some of your old favorite characters in order to promote cars?

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  5. Sweded Phantom Menace Trailer Reminds Me How Painful It Will Be to See it In 3D

    For A More Civilized Age

    MisterJigs and five friends put this together in one week, based on trailers from The Phantom Menace from almost... fifteen years ago. Also, Han Solo was involved. I think my stance of "pressure my family to go see it so that I don't have to buy a ticket" has just been downgraded to "agree to go see it if my family asks." (via TDW.)

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  6. Chief Rovio Executive: “Piracy May Not Be a Bad Thing: It Can Get Us More Business by the End of the Day”

    One of the first times I actually heard a professional support piracy was back in college at a concert of band I liked. In between songs, the singer implored the crowed to either buy some CDs at the merch table, or go home and download their music: "We don't care how you get it, we just want to be heard." What a novel approach, I thought. The next time I heard professionals not bemoan piracy was in a few interviews with people in the comic book industry: "Most likely, anyone who pirates our comics weren't going to buy them anyway, so we're not losing money, but we're gaining fans." Interesting view, I thought. Now, Mikael Hed, chief executive of Rovio, the company that took over the mobile gaming market with a simple game about suicidal birds, has a similar point of view: "Piracy may not be a bad thing: It can get us more business by the end of the day."

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  7. Reporter Asks Daniel Radcliffe About Pubes, Gets Answers About Pubes

    Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

    I'm a Jewish man! We have hair down there. It's funny actually, I've just been having a discussion with the guy who's directing my new project. It might have a bit of nudity and he said, 'Just to let you know, if you're getting naked, no landscaping of any kind. This is the '40s and you're playing a Jew'. I was like, 'Pretty much there anyway, mate! Not a huge amount of maintenance going on'. I mean, there's a little bit obviously, for courtesy. This is way too much information, but I don't like girls with nothing down there either. It freaks me out. You have to have something, otherwise it's f**king creepy. - Daniel Radcliffe, when asked about the "fuss" made over his body hair when he performed nude in 2007's Equus. The more you know. (via Digital Spy.) Previously in Daniel Radcliffe

    • Daniel Radcliffe Hosts SNL
    • Daniel Radcliffe on Why Harry Potter Fandom is Better
    • Daniel Radcliffe, et al Say Goodbye to Harry Potter, the World Drowns in Tears

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  8. Hapi Berth Dey Helps You Avoid Copyright [Video]

    Picking on the fact that "Happy Birthday" is not in the public domain is a pretty popular fact on which to poke fun, especially considering its popularity and age, and how deeply embedded into society the song is. Even Aaron Sorkin picks on it. Barats & Bereta, creators of digital shorts put up on the YouTubes, have come up with a solution to the age-old problem of "Happy Birthday" not being public domain. Granted, there are many ways around the issue to begin with, but this is an amusing one that's about "an Egyptian river god who finds a place to sleep atop two sheep and a deer named Harrison, who also happen to be governors of Algiers before the French conquest in 1830." So, you know. Watch it.

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  9. Kermit & Miss Piggy Have Some Choice Words For Fox News

    And All Was Right With the World

    You may remember The Muppets director James Bobin notoriously spoke the words,"No, the Muppets are not communist," in response to a flashy Fox News piece saying the film was part of an anti-corporate message from "liberal Hollywood using class-warfare to brainwash our kids." Well a wonderful video turned up today. Speaking during a UK press conference following the London Premiere of their film, Kermit and Miss Piggy fired back with classic Muppet wit and sarcasm. Game. Set. Match. (via Uproxx)

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  10. Beautiful Time Lapse Film Captures the Very Large Array as It Scans the Skies

    For those unaware, the Very Large Array is a collection of radio telescopes out in the desert near Socorro, New Mexico. With it, scientists are able to probe the edges of the universe, and witness amazing sites invisible to the eye. It was also a critical set piece in the film Contact, and what's more, the sight of all those radio antennas pointing skyward is more than a little iconic. Using time lapse photography and motion graphics, film maker Douglas Koke lets the amazing telescopes take center stage in his short film Signal to Noise. It's a pretty amazing look at an astounding piece of human ingenuity.

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  11. Things We Saw Today: The Triumphant, Geeky Return of the Scrunchie

    Things We Saw Today

    This is just one use for a printed out 3D Hilbert curve. And what better than to resurrect hair accessories of the '80s and '90s by making them geek-friendly? (via Boing Boing)

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  12. Self-Guided Bullet Prototype Can Home in on Laser Targets

    Considering that we have military technology that includes cameras that can be fired out of grenade launchers, drones that have their own drones, and tiny computers that can be used as Wi-Fi hacking grenades, it's kind of surprising that we don't have homing bullets yet. Well, now we do. Sort of. Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories have successfully made a prototype of a self-guided bullet that can home in on a laser designated target at distances of more than a mile.

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  13. Teen Cancer Survivor Suspended For Wanting To Donate Hair

    Today in things that make us scream incoherently

    Yes, it's true, we have rules in our society for a reason but in my mind at least, there's times when rules should be bent for the greater good. This is one of those occasions. J.T. Gaskins was recently suspended from his high school. Why? Because the long hair he was growing to donate to Locks of Love violated school policy. Did we mention he's a cancer survivor himself? Sigh. 

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  14. Geekolinks: 1/30

    Julian Assange will appear on The Simpsons, but recorded the segment under house arrest (Mashable) Computer glitch could delay flights of over 150 airlines (The Next Web) This bunny is herding sheep (The Daily What) Listening to Mozart won't make you smarter (Gizmodo) Sexpocalypse (io9) 6 injuries of the modern era (Mental Floss) Vi Hart ruins SpongeBob (Vi Hart) (title pic via your worst nightmare)

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  15. What Batman Would Look Like Fighting In Stilettos

    We Can Cause More Damage That Way

    Sometimes my mind goes on tangents, I can't help it. More often than not, my mind goes on tangents about Batman. Thanks to a conversation on Twitter last week (that began by discussing the spiked heel choice for Anne Hathaway's Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises) I issued a challenge to my artist friends: Batman fighting in stilettos. Because well, if she were trained to fight in them, and Batman notoriously prepared for any scenario, that means he should be able to fight in them too. Here now, for your viewing pleasure, are a few select illustrations I received. 

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  16. EverQuest Finally Goes Free-To-Play

    After its big brother, EverQuest II, went free-to-play (which we mentioned here), the original EverQuest will follow the trend of the current MMO market and finally become free-to-play. EverQuest released way back in 1999, and though it wasn't the first graphical MMO, or even the first graphical MMO to enjoy some sort of popularity, it certainly pioneered the genre's popularity. Now, finally, if you've been wondering how the game is still going strong since 1999, but never wanted to pay to find out, you can just hop into the world of Norrath come March for no extra charge, and familiarize yourself with your favorite genre's roots.

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  17. The Arrested Development Series and Movie Are Still Definitely Happening and Everyone Is on Board

    And All Was Right With the World

    We know, we know. We keep covering the Arrested Development movie as if we don't know it's definitely going to happen, even though we know that it is, along with a new series that will be streamed exclusively on Netflix. (It is Definitely Happening in 2013.) However, we like to make sure that all of our ducks are in a row. In this case, the cast and original writing staff. Good news: all those ducks have signed on to write the new series and screenplay. They even have an office and parking spaces!

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  18. This Massive Cocktail Chart is Maddeningly Complex in Its Alcoholic Beauty [Infographic]

    Speaking as Geekosystem's resident booze snob, I love a good cocktail. However, I have a really hard time keeping recipes straight which is why this enormous chart from Pop Chart Labs would really come in handy. On it, you can find just about everything you need to know in order to make 68 drinks, all coming from 40 kinds of booze, a collection of mixers and garnishes. It even tells you the preferred glass to serve it in. The only thing this chart won't do for you is provide the mysterious alchemical talent needed to transmogrify a good drink into a great one, but might justify the purchase of some arcane items. All the better.

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  19. GPS Shoes Do Exactly What You’d Think They Do

    If you want to track someone's whereabouts, you can do something sneaky like put a bug on their car, or hack their cellphone, or just stalk them. On the other hand, you could take the easy route and just give them a stylish pair of Aetrex GPS tracking shoes. Before you get too confused, these shoes were designed with a very specific purpose in mind, keeping tabs on those individuals suffering from Alzheimer disease or dementia. They aren't for spying; they are not nearly suave enough for that.

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  20. Hobbit Extras Casting Shut Down by Police After Horde Appeared (Not Uruk-Hai)

    There And Back Again

    Let's just say it: there were a lot of extras in The Lord of the Rings. (Oddly, there probably weren't that many in the above screen cap.) The army of Rohan was almost entirely populated by extras casting calls for anyone who could bring their own horse, meaning that quite a few of those Rohirrim men were ladies in false beards. And thanks to standard setting DVD extras covering every aspect of cast, crew, and production, a lot of LotR fans managed to absorb just how fun it was to be on set, and fantasize about how easy it would be to get the job. So it comes as absolutely no surprise today that an extras casting call for The Hobbit got so out of hand that the police had to be called.

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