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Laika – a graphic novel about Laika the Soviet space dog, who was launched into the cosmos on November 3, 1957.
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Artist Ryan Sheffield captures Ray Bradbury’s poignant, timeless words. More Bradbury wisdom here and here. His most memorable quotes here.
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The New Yorker

Just… brilliant.
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100 years of film, in a single chart.
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Moar Hobbit posters!
(via The Hobbit San Diego Comic-Con Poster)
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Say What Now of the Day: IMDb user (and possible troll?) brian__007 posted a comment yesterday in the message boards for Peter Jackson’s upcoming prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey that accused Lord of the Rings of ripping off Harry Potter. Brian’s rant quickly racked up more than 100 comments and was deleted, but not before the Internets captured a screencap.
Here’s the manifesto in full:

Overall, I like Lord of the Rings. However, I do feel that Tolkien kind of rips off Harry Potter in many ways. There are several parallels, such as elves, dwarfs, wizards, goblins, trolls, magic (especially invisibility), etc. Sauron is referred to as “Dark Lord” just like Voldemort is. There is also the elder white-haired bearded wizard who serves as a mentor, Gandalf, who is reminiscent of Dumbledore. Some of the character names are similar, such as Wormtongue as opposed to Wormtail, too. There is even a gigantic spider (Shelob) at the end of “The Two Towers” that reminds one of Aragog from Chamber of Secrets. I even noticed that the plots of both series begin with the protagonists’ birthday. Now I see that Tolkien, this unoriginal bastard, is coming out with The Hobbit in December. This would be fine, but why didn’t he just write this book first to begin with? I still like Lord of the Rings, though–don’t get me wrong–but I wonder if Tolkien has ever said in interviews whether he borrowed elements from Harry Potter. I’ll be watching the extended DVDs later this week and I think he’s featured on the commentary track, so I look forward to that.

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This is awesome. But honestly, I’ve always been curious why more people don’t accuse Harry Potter of being a Lord of the Rings rip. Don’t get me wrong, I like Harry Potter just fine and the later books get better and do diverge, but come on…

Genius
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We love a challenge, and we think you do, too.
We’re celebrating the life, work and legacy of mathematician Alan Turing this week on Wired.co.uk, and part of that legacy is inspiring people to work in cryptography and codebreaking — so we’ve partnered with the Cyber Security Challenge UK to set you a challenge.
Turing’s career spanned both science and technology, but it was his work in deciphering the German Enigma code that Churchill called the single biggest contribution to Allied victory in the Second World War.
So in honour of that work, we’d like you to crack the code above! For more info, pop over to Threat Level for the official rules.
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The Social Business: Social media is fueling big data

cnet:

Here’s how much data we generate every minute:

  • Email users send more than 204 million messages;
  • Mobile Web receives 217 new users;
  • Google receives over 2 million search queries;
  • YouTube users upload 48 hours of new video;
  • Facebook users share 684,000 bits of content;
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The Social Business: Social media is fueling big data

cnet:

Here’s how much data we generate every minute:

  • Email users send more than 204 million messages;
  • Mobile Web receives 217 new users;
  • Google receives over 2 million search queries;
  • YouTube users upload 48 hours of new video;
  • Facebook users share 684,000 bits of content;