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In 1991, Brian Eno Predicts YouTube, Reality TV

Venezia 042 Tez - Brian Eno predicts YouTube

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Books: This is Exactly How They Work

This image has been running around Twitter for the last few days. It is beautiful.

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In Afghanistan: Memorial Day 2011

“We reflect on those who have gone before us. We reflect on their service and their sacrifice on behalf of our great nation,” said Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Craparotta, who commands a Marine division in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province. “We should also remember those serving today who embody that same commitment of service and sacrifice. They are committed to something greater than themselves and they muster the physical and moral courage to accomplish extraordinary feats in battle.”


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Good Morning, Edinburgh. King Penguin Sir Nils, Colonel of the Norwegian Royal Guard, will Inspect You Now.

This is Sir Nils, Colonel of the Norwegian Royal Guard. He is a king penguin. He is also a knight.

We are not kidding.

Nils Olav was given the rank of visekorporal (lance corporal) and has been promoted each time the King’s Guard has returned to the Tattoo. In 1982 he was made corporal, and promoted to sergeant in 1987. Nils Olav died shortly after his promotion to sergeant, and his place of honour was taken by Nils Olav II, his two-year-old near-double. He was promoted in 1993 to the rank of regimental sergeant major. On August 18, 2005, he was promoted to Colonel-in-Chief[5] and on 15 August 2008 he was awarded a knighthood. He is the first penguin to receive such an honour in the Norwegian army.

If you are wondering why Sir Nils is a knight and you’re not:

which described Nils as a penguin “in every way qualified to receive the honour and dignity of knighthood”.

There you go.

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Watch: The Great Inception, Charlie Chaplin’s THE GREAT DICTATOR Speech Mixed with Hans Zimmer’s INCEPTION Score

What a lovely mix. If you have not seen Chaplin’s THE GREAT DICTATOR you would do well to get right on that. It’s really a wonderful film. Also, you will see where Mike Myers stole homaged the image of Dr Evil using the world as his plaything for his Austin Powers series.

That chap, Charlie Chaplin, had the idea in 1940.

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Tweet Quotes: Clayton Cubitt Talks About The Future

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Good Morning, Discovery Astronauts. William Shatner Greeted Your Final Day

Yesterday, the Discovery astronauts were awakened by the sultry voice of an old school Star trek icon. No. it wasn’t George Takei. The captain of the 60s and lover of green women, William Shatner, greeted the crew with altered copy from his fame making TV series.

Space, the final frontier. These have been the voyages of the Space Shuttle Discovery,” said Shatner in a specially recorded introduction to the “Theme from Star Trek,” played as wake-up music at 2:23am (0723 GMT).

“Her 30 year mission: To seek out new science. To build new outposts. To bring nations together on the final frontier. To boldly go, and do, what no spacecraft has done before,” said Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the popular television and movie series

The space shuttle Discovery is set for retirement after this voyage. It makes the Space Bastard in us bittersweet.

You can hear and download the raw Air-to-Ground transmissions from the entire STS-133 mission at the NASA audio collection on

Drop below the cut to hear the entire wake-up playlist for STS 133.

Pointy ears should play close attention to track 5 (March 4, 2011).
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Good Morning, Your Barista is Rorshach

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On the Genre-less Life: Alan Moore has a Word for You.

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Davey Jones Relents Lost Treasure, The Sword of Blackbeard the Pirate Found

This man, Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard

…was the master of dramatic presentation. Seriously, he could give Batman lessons.

Blackbeard cultivated a ferocious appearance to seem even more menacing: a long dark beard, numerous knives, swords and pistols strapped to his chest — even lighted fuses in his hair.

Now we have the remnants of his sword.

It’s one of the latest finds aboard the remains of the ship the Queen Anne’s Revenge, known at one time to be the flagship of Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard. The vessel ran aground on a North Carolina sandbar in 1718 and was abandoned; modern archaeologists have been excavating the shipwreck for more than a decade. The design and ornamentation of this newest discovery have led the researchers to believe it likely belonged to the notorious pirate himself.

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