1. In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, “I see you’re an astrophysicist. What’s that?” I answer, “Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe—the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.” Then he asks, “What do you teach at Princeton?” and I say, “I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.

    A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we’d like to ask the court, and I say, “Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The ‘thousand’ cancels with the ‘milli-’ and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.” Again I’m out on the street.
    Neil deGrasse Tyson  (via wilwheaton)

    Because thinking.

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  2. brianmichaelbendis:

    I will bathe the starways in your blood.

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  3. brianmichaelbendis:

    Misplaced anonymous rage…  it’s not just the name of my college ska band anymore 

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  4. brianmichaelbendis:

Groot and Jean Grey by Dale Keown   words by Bendis

We are Groot.

    brianmichaelbendis:

    Groot and Jean Grey by Dale Keown   words by Bendis

    We are Groot.

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  5. All signs point to the fact that cable companies, and especially these particular cable companies, are among the worst firms Americans deal with, at least in part because local monopolies have no incentive to treat their customers humanely. How, then, could increasing their market power possibly be good for consumers?
     
    Consumer watchdog groups are certain that it would not be.
     
    “When you put two bad companies together, they don’t remain equally bad. They get worse,” said Harold Feld of Public Knowledge, a consumer advocacy group. “And there’s a multiplier effect. Instead of just bad plus bad, you get badness squared.”
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  6. Common Cause and more than 50 other advocacy groups this week called on Google to end its affiliation with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group that has pushed state laws limiting the rights of cities and towns to create community-owned broadband networks. ALEC also opposes network neutrality rules that Google used to be a staunch supporter of and last month urged the FCC to quickly approve Comcast’s purchase of Time Warner Cable without imposing any regulatory conditions on the merger.

    Google silent on support for group opposing net neutrality and muni broadband

    ALEC is so profoundly evil, and so profoundly anti-consumer, it’s so disappointing that Google supports the organization. What ever happened to Don’t Be Evil?

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  7. Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has taken a new job at a Wall Street investment bank. Now he can finally have some influence in Congress.
    Stephen Colbert (via wilwheaton)
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  8. Part of the difficulty with discussing the effects of Internet use is that there are many ways to use the Internet, and there are many ways for it to have an effect – from how we conduct our relationships to how we think, to how our brains are wired up. Despite the fears spread by many commentators, there is actually a good deal of research suggesting positive psychological effects for teenagers from using the Internet. For example, a 2009 study found that online interaction boosted teens’ self-esteem after they’d been made to feel socially excluded. There’s also evidence that moderate Internet use by teens and youth goes hand in hand with participating in more physical activities and sports clubs, not less. There is some limited research on how Internet use may be changing how we think (for example, how we use our memories), but this is not specific to teens, and most research in the field is on the more general topic of “media multi-tasking” (which may have positive as well as negative effects), rather than Internet use specifically.
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  9. whedonesque:

blackwidow-mikasa:

I was at Starbucks getting my pumpkin spice fix when I hear “excuse me but I really like your AoS shirt” and I turn around to say thank you when CLARK GREGG

It IS a nice shirt.

Clark Gregg winning at being a delightful human of which we can always use more.

    whedonesque:

    blackwidow-mikasa:

    I was at Starbucks getting my pumpkin spice fix when I hear “excuse me but I really like your AoS shirt” and I turn around to say thank you when CLARK GREGG

    It IS a nice shirt.

    Clark Gregg winning at being a delightful human of which we can always use more.

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  10. nerdist:

Got off stage at Oddball Fest in Salt Lake City and took this boring picture.

Thor.

    nerdist:

    Got off stage at Oddball Fest in Salt Lake City and took this boring picture.

    Thor.

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