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  1. Will Hollywood Follow GOG.com Into DRM-Free Movie Downloads?

    Thus leaving us agog.

    Music services like iTunes brought digital distribution into the spotlight long ago, but in the years since, concern over the ease of copying files have led to Digital Rights Management (DRM) issues and a slew of different solutions. Launched back in 2008 under the name Good Old Games, GOG.com has made a name for itself in DRM-free video games, and they just launched an initiative to bring the same freedom to movies and TV. But will Hollywood go along for the ride?

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  2. Do Mermaids Get Periods? or, Explaining The Menstrual Cycles of Various Mythological Creatures

    That is menarche! Er, sorry, malarky. Either or.

    The amount of erotic fiction written about vampires, elves, and mermaids could probably fill up every library in the world, but has anyone ever thought to offer one of these poor souls a tampon? Because I did. Come, speculate wildly with me!

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  3. Recaps From the Brightest Timeline: Community Season 6 Episode 6 “Advanced Exit Strategy”

    Today the brightest timeline gets a little less bright.

    Greetings, alternate universe friends! We're taking a break from our time in the office Dreamatorium to bring you another recap of Community's sixth season from the brightest timeline, where the show was never canceled. Enjoy! Even here in the brightest timeline things can get a little sad sometimes. This episode hit us right in the feels, you guys.

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  4. Mo’ Neopoints, Mo’ Problems: How That Website We Liked As Kids Became An Economist’s Nightmare

    or, A Brief Overview of Neopets's Economic Woes.

    If you're an early twenty-something Internet user with a fair grasp of HTML and an unusual penchant for omelets, odds are you picked up both of those traits from playing Neopets at some point in your life. First launched in 1999, the site was kind of like a beefed up version of Pokémon: you got your own virtual pets and an entire world to explore with them. Fifteen years later, the game is still chugging along—and it's become a lot more complicated than any ten year old could imagine.

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  5. This Is How IQ Scores Work and Why That Online Test Your Friends Keep Sharing on Facebook Is Nonsense

    And why we're all dumber for having taken it. May God have mercy on our souls.

    I'm going to assume that most people, what with their IQs ranging anywhere from 125-134, have figured out that the IQ test that's been going around on Facebook lately isn't more accurate than the "What Disney Character Are You?" or "Which Friends Character Should You Marry?" quizzes they've found on the ol' social network. Since we're not all actually undiscovered geniuses, here's the difference between your online quickie IQ test and a real one and how IQ scores actually work.

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  6. In Defense of Reboots and Remakes, Those Red-Headed Stepchildren of Film

    Droppin' some knowledge.

    A friend told me a story the other day. He was discussing reboots with his wife, explaining how he doesn't like them on principle. Until his wife had the gall to point out: "Wait, honey... you love Battlestar Galactica."

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  7. How and Why I’m Donating My Body to Science

    I don't plan on ever dying, but it's good to have a backup plan.

    I might die some day. I know. I'm bummed too. Hopefully not anytime soon, but I started thinking about my post-death options recently after a relative's funeral. While "never die ever" is still at the top of my list, I've decided that donating my body to science should be my alternative. It's not like I'm going to be doing anything with it after I'm dead. I might as well help science.

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  8. My Hate Watch Begins: On Angel, Hate-Watching, and the Irresistible Lure of Terrible Television

    Why am I so compelled to watch this terrible show?

    For the last two months, I've been kind of stuck in my house due to a stress fracture. While I'm nursing the broken foot that's kept me from doing a whole host of things I would rather be doing with my summer, I am playing Xbox and watching a lot of Netflix. This has brought me to a rare first in my long TV-watching career: I'm hate-watching my first show, and I kind of love it.

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  9. Review: Super Mario Bros. 3: Brick by Brick Reminds Me of Why I Love Video Games

    Why wasn't this a thing sooner?

    Books are rarely written about a single video game. There have been many written about fictional video games, or takes on gaming culture in general, but texts devoted to one particular game are few and far between. Bob Chipman, or MovieBob, is known on the Internet for his critical analyses on films and games alike. So it’s only fitting that he attempted this very thing with his new book, Super Mario Bros. 3: Brick by Brick. But does it work?

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  10. It’s All Connected, People! Our Theory on the Pronunciation Book Mystery

    Don't worry, it's not about Half-Life 3.

    The Internet has been following a YouTube series that started out as a pronunciation guide, became a slightly weirder pronunciation guide, and went off the rails two weeks ago and started a portentous countdown. Theories have been springing up, but any evidence you derive from interpreting Bob Dylan lyrics isn't exactly reliable. What if they're entirely off the mark?

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