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<a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/pingpong.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-912" title="pingpong" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/pingpong.jpg" alt="North Korea faces South Korea in ping pong." width="540" height="324" /></a> Source: <em><a href="http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120730001323&cpv=0">Korea Herald</a></em> Airing the Olympics should be a no-brainer. It's like having the Super Bowl. Film the game, air the game. Make sure not to show exposed breasts during your halftime show. As long as you remember these three things, you'll get millions upon millions of viewers and no real backlash.
<a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/abbyfarle.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-894" title="abbyfarle" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/abbyfarle.jpg" alt="" width="249" height="376" /></a> I don't think I've ever seen anyone be so impassioned about kinda-OK chicken sandwiches as I have over the past week. If you haven't heard... first of all, good for you. How do you manage to avoid all these blog fodder stories? Second, here's the summary of the major points:
<a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/110507_mitt_romney_sc_ap_605.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-855" title="110507_mitt_romney_sc_ap_605" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/110507_mitt_romney_sc_ap_605.jpg" alt="Presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R)" width="540" height="292" /></a> At a rally in Virginia, Mitt Romney said that he wanted to make sure that America remains "a place of opportunity," where "everyone has a fair shot" and "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/29/mitt-romney-says-students-should-get-as-much-education-as-they-can-afford_n_1638896.html">get[s] as much education as they can afford</a>."
<a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/uva19_12_1340058421.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-838" title="UVA19_12_1340058421" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/uva19_12_1340058421.jpg" alt="" width="540" height="360" /></a> Image via <em><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/students-protest-university-presidents-ouster/2012/06/18/gJQA3GCNmV_gallery.html">The Washington Post</a>.</em> You might have seen a few headlines here and there over the past few weeks about the University of Virginia. Specifically, about the massive uproar and student protests over the ousting of President Teresa Sullivan.
Last week, legendary science fiction author Ray Bradbury passed away at the age of 91. If you've only read one of his books, it was probably Fahrenheit 451, but if you read more, they'd probably include Something Wicked This Way Comes or a few of the hundreds of short stories he published in his lifetime.
Amazon is launching a film studio. The idea is to make it in the same sort of egalitarian spirit as what they've done for self-publishing. Anyone can submit a script and if something really stands out, Amazon will greenlight it. The writer will make a flat salary of $200K if the film is made, but that number triples if the film is decently profitable.
Author Neal Stephenson has decided that we all need to stop being so negative. He complains that modern science fiction—books, movies, etc.—is overstuffed with the apocalyptic and the dystopian. He thinks that what the world really needs is an optimistic vision of the future, one that can give the world's inventors a little inspiration.
<a href="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/backtoschool.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-798" title="backtoschool" src="http://blogdotbookbytedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/backtoschool.jpg" alt="" width="540" height="303" /></a> <em>This guest post was written by Crystal Hall over at <span style="text-decoration:underline;color:#0000ff;"><a href="http://thebestdegrees.org"><span style="color:#0000ff;text-decoration:underline;">thebestdegress.org</span></a></span>. You can read the<span style="text-decoration:underline;color:#0000ff;"><a href="http://www.thebestdegrees.org/9-worst-cinematic-portrayals-of-college-life/"><span style="color:#0000ff;text-decoration:underline;"> full version here</span></a></span>.</em> Let's start here: you were cooler than you think in college. Although movies often rest on the assumption that their viewers will suspend disbelief for a few hours and fall into their world, some films fare better at this than others. This is not to argue that movies should all be hyper-realistic -- they're pieces of art, and there's real life for that. But there's something to be said for the hyper-ridiculous setting. Enter: the universities portrayed in the movies. And because no one wants to be bored with a list of bad flicks, we've found instead the most ridiculous. While college life may be a time of wild partying, barely making it, and coming of age, these nine movies feature the most unrealistic ("the <em>worst</em>!") cinematic portrayals of the subject. Sit back, relax, and thank your lucky stars that you didn't get your degree in one of these nine worlds.
[vimeo http://vimeo.com/42372767] Neil Gaiman's commencement speech to the graduates of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, embedded above, is, much like his books, charming, enjoyable, and full of lots of legitimately good insight. Listen to the whole thing if you've got the time, but if not, at least read the best part, transcribed below. (In the clip, the below quote begins at 14:06.)
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