Farewell, Sir Terry Pratchett.

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On Friday morning I awoke to the sad news that Sir Terry Pratchett had passed away.  I was heartbroken to hear of the death of one of my all-time favourite authors.  The world seems a little bit duller without the cheeky glint in Sir Terry’s eye.

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Sir Terry’s work has been a part of my life for fifteen years.  I was introduced to his books by a friend at the age of thirteen.  My high school bestie loaned me a well-loved copy of Soul Music to take on holidays.  I quickly fell in love with The Discworld and it’s inhabitants and was eager for more.  I read every Discworld book in the library catalog.  When the film adaptations of several Discworld books were made, I pounced on those and immediately adored seeing my favourite characters come to life on the screen.  In college I discovered two cartoon series based on…

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Fans are petitioning Death to bring back Terry Pratchett

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Terry Pratchett fans have begun petitioning Death to bring back the Discworld author.

Pratchett’s death was announced this afternoon with a message from his official Twitter account, which read: ‘Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.’

His publisher, Penguin Random House, wrote that Pratchett ‘enriched the planet like few before him’.

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As friends and fans alike paid tribute to the 66-year-old, who had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, one fan launched a petition on change.org to ‘reinstate Terry Pratchett’.

In a move that would surely have brought a smile to the late fantasy legend’s face, the petition politely asks Death to bring back the author.

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It cites a quote from Pratchett:…

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The best salute to Spock

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This is a tw**t from astronaut Terry Virts aboard the International Space Station.  What a great tribute to Leonard Nimoy!

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Google’s Ingress augmented reality game is on its way to Android Wear

Ok, that’s it. It will now take 7 hours to go to the shop for some milk.

Confronting Cancer Quackery

I fucking hate pseudoscience

Cancer quackery (along with charlatanism surrounding HIV/AIDs) has to be one of the most noxious of all pseudoscience-based enterprises and, perhaps it’s just my line of work, but I can’t help but feel that it’s on the rise. The reliably high prevalence of cancer represents immensely fertile ground for scammers, and “alternative” treatments for it are sought by millions, supporting a steady cash-flow in the direction of fakes, phoneys, and otherwise ignorant followers of charismatic nasties. As well as fostering a generalised distrust in science and burning holes in wallets, cancer pseudoscience often steers patients away from their one and only shot at survival.

The Internet is abuzz with “natural remedies” and “holistic” measures against cancer, and a quick trawl through some of the websites spouting them reveals that the nature and extent of the errors (and lies) upon which they are based are as varied as they are pernicious. However…

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Google Is Making A New Chromebook Pixel “Soon”

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Were you a fan of Google’s Chromebook Pixel? The Chromebook with the super high-res touch screen built-in, meant largely to show what a Chromebook could be if it cost $1,300 instead of two or three hundred bucks?

Good news! It looks like Google is making a sequel.

There’s no official announcement yet, but Google’s Renee Nieme mentioned the new Pixel in passing at an event this week in San Diego.

While there was video of the mention at some point, Google swept it under the rug pretty quick. Fortunately, the guys over at OMG!CHROME! managed to grab a transcription. Here’s the meat of what was said:

“We do have a new Pixel coming out and it will be coming out soon. We will be selling it but I just have to set your expectations: this is a development platform. This is really a proof of concept. We don’t make very…

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This Taylor Swift / Nine Inch Nails Mash-Up Oddly Makes A Lot Of Sense.

Actually, this isn’t bad.

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It’s not unusual to notice similarities between songs — after all, there’s only so many chord arrangements and melodies in the world. (This is especially true for country music, it seems.) That being said, I don’t know that I’d ever find common ground between smiley pop machine Taylor Swift and brooding industrial rockers Nine Inch Nails. But, lo and behold, this left-field mashup of Swift’s “Shake It Off” and NIN’s “The Perfect Drug” has done just that.

Is it creepy? Yes. Does it all work? Eerily so (even the video, too!). Will hipster babies enjoy it? Probably.

[Via HitFix]

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