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Published: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:02:42 GMT

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"Why don't you put her in charge?"

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:02:42 GMT

Bill Paxton, Actor Who Starred in Aliens and Titanic, Dies at 61 [The Guardian] "The actor Bill Paxton has died at the age of 61. The star of films including Aliens, Titanic and Apollo 13 died after complications from heart surgery, according to a statement released by his family. "It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery," the statement said. "A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker. "Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable. We ask to please respect the family's wish for privacy as they mourn the loss of their adored husband and father.""

The richly illustrated scenario of The Andromeda Strain

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:09:06 GMT

The scenario of the '71 movie The Andromeda Strain is marvelously illustrated. It uses sketches, diagrams, animations and multi-screen effects so as to better convey the complexity of the vision of Crichton's novel. The article gives backgroud to the scenario and includes a full copy.

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Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:14:11 GMT

yt-er kaptainkrisitan on Adapting the Unadaptable Watchmen.

Safety Pins and Swastikas

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 03:09:02 GMT

The frameworks of liberal identity politics and "alt-right" white nationalism are proving curiously compatible. Jacobin's Shuja Haider explores the co-opting of progressive methods by the alt right.

High-def, close-up, like you're RIGHT THERE with the nachos

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 01:41:47 GMT

Are you bored staring at a blank wall all day? Stupid landlord won't let you hang pictures? Has life hidden your stud finder? It's okay, you don't need them anyway! Fall asleep beneath the disappointed gaze of this blue-eyed grey kitten. There's no way you *won't* lose weight with this fresh, hot pizza in a box placed strategically above your television. Nachos not for you? Enjoy your refined-palate lifestyle surrounded with locally-grown laughter and Pinterest-worthy paella decals . Still hungry? Not lactose intolerant? Jazz up your Wednesday dinner routine and impress your date with omnipresent cow's milk cheeses. And if that's not enough, you ungrateful monster, ruin your brain with this cloud of programming languages that may actually be used to create The Cloud OMG what is even real anymore.

Call me, Ishmael.

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:31:54 GMT

Station 51000, a buoy, came unmoored in 2013. It's still reporting, and some Eddystone Light-hearted genius has hybridized the data with Moby Dick. ( Or possibly it isn't lost at all? NOAA still lists it with lat-long. )

"It's imperative to make sure that these manuscripts are safe"

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 23:28:15 GMT

The monk who saves manuscripts from ISIS "Rescuing the world's most precious antiquities from destruction is a painstaking project—and a Benedictine monk may seem like an unlikely person to lead the charge. But Father Columba Stewart is determined. Soft-spoken, dressed in flowing black robes, this 59-year-old American has spent the past 13 years roaming from the Balkans to the Middle East in an effort to save Christian and Islamic manuscripts threatened by wars, theft, weather—and, lately, the Islamic State."

Dogs are like kids. Cats are like roommates.

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:17:30 GMT

Enjoy the smile-inducing spectacle of this dog buying his own treats. Now watch this cat trying to help with taxes. [both videos ambient sound only]

When Your Greatest Romance Is a Friendship [SLNYT, will make you cry]

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:07:47 GMT

When Your Greatest Romance Is a Friendship

"Is this your grandson?" people sometimes ask Austin when she's out with me.

I love watching her vanity prick up, the way she serenely tilts her small white head and refurbishes her Southern accent to correct them. "No, honey. He's my friend."

At this point, folks usually smile tightly and turn away, perhaps worried there is more than friendship going on between the old lady and the younger man seated at the bar or strolling through the supermarket, giggling like teenagers.

I Hate eBays

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 22:06:14 GMT

@ebaygarfield is a twitter account that posts eBay Garfields

I accidentally bought a giant pig

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:44:26 GMT

The vet that said if Esther really was six months old, she was possibly a sick runt and would grow to about 200lb, the size of a very large dog. But by her first birthday she had blown past 250lb; she was on track to be at least 500lb.

Well, there never was a hat!

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:19:42 GMT

As Jake Gyllenhaal begins his stint as the lead in Sondheim's Sunday In The Park With George, he's posted on Facebook a video of him singing Finishing The Hat, filmed by Cary Fukunaga. [Ed note: I think he does a pretty good job!]

Doubling the RDA for Fruits and Veggies

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:09:04 GMT

New research indicates we should eat 10, not 5, fruits and veggies a day. Here are some real people who talk about how they manage it.

Do a Pubmed search after talking to your doctor

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:41:16 GMT

When evidence says no, but your doctor says yes

For all the truly wondrous developments of modern medicine—imaging technologies that enable precision surgery, routine organ transplants, care that transforms premature infants into perfectly healthy kids, and remarkable chemotherapy treatments, to name a few—it is distressingly ordinary for patients to get treatments that research has shown are ineffective or even dangerous. Sometimes doctors simply haven't kept up with the science. Other times doctors know the state of play perfectly well but continue to deliver these treatments because it's profitable—or even because they're popular and patients demand them. Some procedures are implemented based on studies that did not prove whether they really worked in the first place. Others were initially supported by evidence but then were contradicted by better evidence, and yet these procedures have remained the standards of care for years, or decades.

That isn't likely to change any time soon. The 21st Century Cures Act—a rare bipartisan bill, pushed by more than 1,400 lobbyists and signed into law in December—lowers evidentiary standards for new uses of drugs and for marketing and approval of some medical devices. Furthermore, last month President Donald Trump scolded the FDA for what he characterized as withholding drugs from dying patients. He promised to slash regulations "big league. ... It could even be up to 80 percent" of current FDA regulations, he said. To that end, one of the president's top candidates to head the FDA, tech investor Jim O'Neill, has openly advocated for drugs to be approved before they're shown to work. "Let people start using them at their own risk," O'Neill has argued.

Turning electronic waste into tiny robot pendants

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:22:42 GMT

Romanian artist 11pixeli (Andreea Strete) turns electronic waste headed for the landfill into tiny robots you can wear around your neck. (You can see all the robots on a single page here.) Artist's Instagram.