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Brilliant ad from Salvation Army uses “The Dress” in domestic violence PSA

“Why is it so hard to see black and blue?” reads the headline in a public service announcement advertisement from the Salvation Army. The ad uses the popularity of last week’s viral dress illusion with copy that reads “The only illusion is if you think it was her choice. One in 6 women are victims of abuse. Stop abuse against women.” Brilliant!
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Music artists’ (e.g. Taylor Swift) power moves over streaming services leaves consumers in uncomfortable three-way

I can’t think of a more uncomfortable three-way than the contradictory relationship between music artists, streaming services, and the music listeners who pay everyone's bills. Between streaming services trying in vain to keep costs down, listeners trembling at the thought of increasing prices, and the music industry’s million-dollar music artists dreaming that the value their work justifies multi-million dollar payouts per music project, it’s no wonder torrent downloads are starting to shoot through the roof again.
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Insanity on the streets of Ethiopia – video shows bizarre traffic in Addis Ababa

For a foreigner to drive in Ethiopia, you need to get a temporary Ethiopian license, get your own license authenticated by your country's embassy in Ethiopia, complete a certificate with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and provide two photos. As it turns out, this is not to ensure some crazy foreigner doesn’t kill innocent Ethiopian drivers but rather – to protect the foreign driver from the insanity that occurs on Ethiopian roadways!
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Climactic closing scene from HBO’s True Detective S01E04 – dare we call it a cinematic masterpiece?

There’s a lot of buzz going around about the climactic scene from Episode 4 of HBO’s new series True Detective. The complicated, single 6-minute tracking shot follows Rust Cohle (played by Matthew McConaughey) fleeing the scene through two homes and the streets of a ghetto in an attempt to make it to the safety of his partner’s (Martin Hart played by Woody Harrelson) car. To film the scene was no small feat – it required detailed mapping, well-planned traffic control, minute-by-minute placement of nearly a hundred extras, timed special effects, on-the-fly setup of camera tracks, and expert choreography to pull off.
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AOL’s kiss of death touches another – Winamp to shut down after 15 years

Started in 1997 by two college students, Winamp gained popularity as the MP3 player of choice for many geeks. Today, thanks to online competition and AOL's inherent ability to ruin anything it touches, Winamp will be closing down on December 20, 2013. At that time, Winamp web services and website (including Winamp downloads) will cease to exist. No longer will we hear the Winamp battle cry, "Winamp, it really whips the llama's ass".
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What’s up with all the bogus Nook book reviews? It’s a kids’ play-by-post role-playing game!

Regular Barnes and Noble customers have certainly run across this “issue” before – bogus book reviews with bizarre book summaries in the comments section that leave you scratching your head - and we're not talking about sock puppet reviews! Spam such as this is common on many websites but Barnes and Noble’s book reviews take the cake and seem to be favorite fodder for these bizarre book reviews
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Gravity movie is even more fun when we spot, and explain, the scientific inaccuracies portrayed in the movie

I loved the movie Gravity! The photography was beautiful and the 3D imagery phenomenal to experience. George Clooney was great (while he lasted) and Sandra bullock a pleasant wonder to watch (as always). Still, I couldn’t help but wonder how accurate the portrayal of the space environment really was. As it turns out, the physics were fairly accurate where it mattered and the few inaccuracies in Gravity are just as much fun as the movie itself.

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