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  1. The New York Times Just Discovered Erotic Fanfic, Made This Baby-Boomer-Approved Guide for You

    Hot scoop.

    Welcome to the Internet, New York Times! It's a beautiful, ridiculous cesspool!

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  2. Things We Saw Today: Joffrey That Is Not How You Hold a Sword

    You know what, nevermind. Just do whatever. (WinterisComing.net)

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  3. New York Times Magazine Cover Features Hillary Clinton’s Face Photoshopped Into Flesh-Colored Moon

    what is this I don't even

    David Joachim, editor of the Washington bureau of the New York Times, just tweeted the cover of this week's New York Times Magazine, and it's no moon. It's an inexplicable, not particularly creative, visual metaphor that would be incredibly visually unflattering no matter whose face you did it to. Also, part of a weird trend. But I know what my nerd brain is saying about it. It's saying "MOISTURIZE ME," and wondering if Planet Hillary could hang out with Mogo so he'd be less lonely, defeat Unicron, or negotiate peace with Galactus.

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  4. This Video of a New York City Window Cleaner Is Equal Parts Stressful and Fascinating [Video]

    This footage was taken moments before he fell off a building and Iron Man caught him.

    Window cleaners (they don’t like the term “window washer”) aren’t just the random guys who get saved in the first act of every superhero movie. Some of them do their jobs because they love it — like Brent Weingard, who’s been in the business for 35 years and who was interviewed by The New York […]

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  5. Things We Saw Today: Doctor Who‘s Ten and Eleven, Together at Last

    Things We Saw Today

    Courtesy of Doctor Who's official Twitter account. Bask in the glory.

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  6. Things We Saw Today: Game Of Thrones Dragons Get Revenge On The NY Times

    Things We Saw Today

    Surfing the web today you might have noticed HBO took out huge, site-spanning advertisements for Season 3 of Game of Thrones which featured the shadow of a dragon passing over the page. Well here's the still version of that from today's NY Times. (I'm gonna say it's revenge for this.)We sell ad space here on The Mary Sue but this is one I would have paid to have on the site. (via Co.Create) 

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  7. Elon Musk and New York Times Duke It Out Over Tesla Supercharger Evaluation

    In case you weren't already aware, Tesla Motors' Elon Musk and The New York Times' John M. Broder have been involved in something of a brouhaha ever since Broder published a rather damning evaluation of Tesla's Supercharger network, and therefore their Model S electric vehicles, on the East Coast last Friday. Essentially, Musk and Tesla contend that Broder essentially sabotaged his own review, and Broder argues that everything he did during the review was justified. Musk has since come forward with a whole mess of data on the trip, but the reality of the situation is still rather murky.

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  8. Critic Reviews Melissa McCarthy’s New Film By Calling Her Fat

    Today in things that make us scream incoherently

    Perhaps it's time for some critics to go back to school. Why? Because they're giving other critics a bad name by not understanding the job. The latest perpetrator is New York Observer’s Rex Reed, who decided he might as well comment on Melissa McCarthy's weight in his review of Identity Thief because...because...nope, sorry, can't think of a single reason. 

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  9. New Software Looks to Predict the Future From Newspaper Headlines

    Software that predicts the news of tomorrow by analyzing the headlines of yesterday sounds like the plot of a Nicolas Cage movie, but it's really happening. Researchers at Microsoft and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a system that predicts outbreaks of disease and violence by analyzing newspaper headlines. The system was tested on over two decades of New York Times archives, and accurately predicted outcomes 70 to 90 percent of the time.

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  10. Head in Sand: China Blocks The New York Times Over Article Critical of Leadership

    China's fairly notorious for the stranglehold they keep on their country's ability to browse the Internet. Censorship, in general, is the name of the game, and they apply it liberally. It should come as no surprise then that China's gone and blocked the New York Times over an article critical of Wen Jiabao, their prime minister, and his family. Seems that his relatives have become "mysteriously" wealthy since Mr. Wen's rise to power, and China's not a fan of anyone that points it out.

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  11. NY Times Wakes The Dragon By Insulting Game Of Thrones Viewers

    You know nothing Jon Snow

    See that face Daenerys is making? That's the face I'm making in the general direction of the New York Times today. Why? Because yet again they've trolled us and assigned someone who apparently hates fantasy fiction to review HBO's Game of Thrones Season 2. That makes sense, right? 

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  12. Things We Saw Today: How We’re Celebrating the Venture Bros. 5th Season

    Things We Saw Today

    Because what better way to show a superscientist you care than to get matching speedsuits? In case you thought we might have some news on the upcoming fifth season of The Venture Bros., we apologize if you were misled. But we had to post this. It's practically an advertisement for the show. (via Retronaut)

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  13. NY Times to YA Publishing: Stop Being So Girly

    Essay

    Presumably discontent with having an entertainment industry that is primarily focused on men, the NY Times lashed out at the Young Adult publishing industry Friday for having too many girl books. Yes, you heard that right. In an article entitled "Boys and Reading: Is There Any Hope?" author Robert Lipsyte speaks about the publishing industry's desire to "demystify to the overwhelmingly female audience the testosterone code that would get teenage boys reading," and says that in order to get boys to read, they need to "be approached individually with books about their fears, choices, possibilities and relationships — the kind of reading that will prick their dormant empathy, involve them with fictional characters and lead them into deeper engagement with their own lives. This is what turns boys into readers." Because apparently what turns girls into readers is passing around copies of Twilight in between nail-painting sessions at fifth-grade slumber parties. Or something.

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  14. NYTimes Paywall Goes Up at 2PM Today

    The New York Times' paid subscription scheme is scheduled to go live today at 2 p.m. ET, and to ease the transition the Times is offering initial steep discounts on all tiers of its service. Originally announced 11 days ago, the service has been operational in Canada since March 17 as sort of a beta test for the global launch which begins today. For complete access to the Times' digital content, users will have to pay for access at four-week intervals. The system is also tiered, granting access to web browsers at all levels, smartphones on the $15 tier, tablets on the $20 tier, and a $35 all-access level. Perhaps in an effort to ease the transition, or build up a paying user-base, the New York Times is offering all levels of the service for $0.99 for four weeks of use. At the top-level all-access tier, this would save the user $34. For those that need a refresher, the new pay wall will limit non-paying users to 20 articles per month, a limited number of free discoveries through search engines, and an unlimited number of articles which are tweeted or emailed. Current smartphone and tablet app users will continue to have access to the Top Stories tab. So, for all you freeloaders out there, enjoy these last few hours of unfettered access and get ready to start rationing your 20 articles. (Yes, there are plenty of well-documented ways to get around the paywall, but you are a person of honor, right?) (NYTimes via Mashable)

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  15. Lost Wallet Returned After 40 Years

    Rudolph R. Resta, 77, lost his wallet way back in 1971 at the old lair of The New York Times. Luckily for Triple R (as he'd be known if he were ever to enter a cage match), current building (now known as the Times Square Building) security guard José Cisneros found the wallet when he explored a void between an unused window and the masonry seal behind it. The wallet still contained identification, which is how it was linked back to Resta. The wallet contained old pictures of his sons, wife, credit card, business cards, and even a eulogy for Robert F. Kennedy. Check out more pictures of the wallet's contents over at The New York Times.

    (The New York Times via Laughing Squid)

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  16. Google Tests Cars That Drive Themselves: Not Content to Just Give Directions Any More

    The reveal, yesterday, that Google has been secretly testing autonomous cars brings an immediate vision of a world where cars are lighter (because they get in less accidents), consume less gas, can be summoned to your location without the need to find a local parking space; where freight trucks are empty of human life, cities are less congested, nobody drives drunk, and you can text behind the wheel to your heart's content. Unfortunately, even optimistic estimates expect that the technology will be ready for the regular market no earlier than 2019 or so. And that's without factoring in the legal ramifications of autonomous driving.

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  17. Neal Stephenson Launches Own Futuristic Startup: Uncrackable Internet Currency Far Behind?

    It's hard to say what, if any, effect Neal Stephenson's new start up will have on the future of communication, nanotechnology, or Nazi war gold, seeing as how it doesn't really have anything to do with those things and its first project is more about the future of publishing and copyright. From The New York Times:
    The company [called Subutai], based in Seattle and San Francisco, has developed what it calls the PULP platform for creating digital novels. The core of the experience is still a text novel, but authors can add additional material like background articles, images, music, and video. There are also social features that allow readers to create their own profiles, earn badges for activity on the site or in the application, and interact with other readers.
    Their aforementioned first project launches today, a serialized novel called The Mongoliad, co-written by Stephenson, Greg Bear, and other people.

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  18. A Reminder: Technology Doesn’t Make You Any Smarter

    This is the unfortunate experience of the American National Park Service, who say that advances in GPS and emergency technologies are great for experienced campers and hikers, but that they also give inexperienced, impulsive, or outright idiotic park visitors new and exciting ways to make nuisances of themselves. From the New York Times:
    "Because of having that electronic device, people have an expectation that they can do something stupid and be rescued,” said Jackie Skaggs, spokeswoman for Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. “Every once in a while we get a call from someone who has gone to the top of a peak, the weather has turned and they are confused about how to get down and they want someone to personally escort them,” Ms. Skaggs said. “The answer is that you are up there for the night.”

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  19. Facebook Movie Mostly Fake …Book

    If you're anything like us, you've watched the trailers for The Social Network, the founding-of-Facebook movie, and wondered if the beginning stages of a website's construction could possibly be as fraught with dramatic looks, musical kicks, and Real World-style explosive friendships as Columbia Pictures would like us to believe. Turns out we were right.

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  20. Elton John’s Animal Farm Musical

    What is the connection between spontaneous musical numbers and Orwellian dystopia? Talking animals, it seems. The Daily Mail is reporting on Elton John and Lee Hall's attempts to adapt Animal Farm into, yes, a stage musical.
    Mr. Hall, who also wrote the screenplay for the film version of “Billy Elliot,” told The Daily Mail that it took about two years to secure the rights for the project, and that he is now “deep into it, writing songs for pigs and other four-legged friends.”

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