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  1. The CW Has Ordered A Witchy Pilot Called Shakespeare’s Sisters And It Might Be Awesome?

    With bonus Charles Darwin! What?

    The CW is developing a new show called Shakespeare's Sisters, about twenty-something-year-old witches during the Renaissance who, I guess, hang out with Shakespeare.

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  2. It’s Episode 35 of The Geekosystem Podcast “Hi, New Friends!”

    Get to know your new Geekosystem pals by listening to our podcast.

    It's our first episode of The Geekosystem Podcast since the big merger that brought us to The Mary Sue. If you're already a listener, it's the same team and format as before. New to the podcast? Expect the four full-time former Geekosystem editors (and occasionally Sam) to talk about current geek news, Editors' Picks, and friendship.

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  3. The Actual Odds of 100 Monkeys With Typewriters Randomly Outputting Hamlet: A Descent Into Madness

    Let's just say don't hold your breath for Monkey Hamlet.

    As the saying goes, "If you put 100 monkeys with typewriters in a room long enough, eventually you'll get Hamlet." But will you though? What are the actual odds of a monkey randomly replicating Hamlet. Let's use reason and my C+ in college statistics to figure this out.

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  4. Scam Victim Gets Revenge By Texting Shakespeare’s Complete Works

    Shall I compare thee to a summer's day, prick?

    A UK man who tried to buy a PlayStation 3 online and was instead scammed out of $133 is wreaking revenge by using his iPhone to systemically text the fraudulent seller The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare. Somewhere in heaven, Steve Jobs and The Bard are staring at each other and smiling.

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  5. Things We Saw Today: A Hoth Dog Bed For Cool Canines

    Things We Saw Today

    Chilling in this dog bed by Tom Spina is the famous (well, Internet famous) Chubbs the Wampug. Note the little Luke hanging from the top, please. (Neatorama)

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  6. British Library Wi-Fi Blocks Access to Shakespeare’s Hamlet Due to Violent Content

    I die, Horatio! The rest is error 404.

    Author Mark Forsyth was writing his latest book in the British Library when he needed to cite a line from Hamlet. Too bad the British Library decided he wasn't allowed to do that because the play is too violent! Kids could get the wrong idea about poisoning their brothers or uncles, you see.

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  7. Shakespeare Quotes, Music, and More Hidden in BioShock Infinite Audio

    Act 3, Scene 2 of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet has a soliloquy by Juliet as she waits for night to fall so she can see Romeo. It's right before she finds out Romeo has been banished. The bit is rather beautiful, but if you want to hear a creepy, terrifying version of it, just go play BioShock Infinite. It's hidden in the game along with some other audio surprises.

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  8. Scientists Code All 154 Shakespeare Sonnets and MP3 Files With DNA

    I recently picked up a 32 gig micro-SD card, and I was impressed by how much data could fit into something so small, but that's nothing compared to the research being done in DNA data storage. Science has been able to code information with DNA, but the amount of data capable of being stored was low, while the error rate was high. New techniques have allowed scientists to encode large amounts of data into DNA, including all 154 Shakespeare sonnets, a photo of their lab, a PDF file, and an MP3 of a portion of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, and to decode the information from the DNA successfully.

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  9. A Million Virtual Monkeys Are About to Produce the Works of Shakespeare

    While many of you are probably familiar with the thought experiment about the infinite number of monkeys chained to an infinite number of typewriters eventually producing the works of Shakespeare, few of you have probably attempted this. Programmer Jesse Anderson, however, is giving it his best shot and his million-strong army of virtual monkeys are 99.990% through reproducing the Bard's corpus. Amazingly, they've only been at it since late August. There are a few middling differences between the thought experiment and Anderson's approach. First and foremost, Anderson's monkeys only exist on a computer in the form of software that produces random nine-character strings. Second, Anderson uses an evolutionary approach which saves only the worthwhile character strings and discards the rest. So instead of waiting for the single impossibly lucky monkey that just happens to bang out every word of Shakespeare, the monkeys are working together; chipping away nine characters at a time.

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  10. Shakespeare Sort of Sounded Like A Pirate

    One of the best classes I ever took in college was The History and Structure of the English Language, where one of the many, many fascinating things our lexiconnoisseur professor revealed to us like an endless buffet of the best intellectual candy was that the English accent in the time of Shakespeare is closest to what we would now, in America, identify with International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Thankfully, some theater productions do occasionally experiment with presenting the Bard's work with the sounds of contemporary speech. This video from the University of Kansas is of a production advised in it's Original Pronuciation efforts by professor Paul Meier. Probably the most exciting thing about this to me is that now all those awkward couplets actually rhyme again. (via Kottke.)

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