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How science can help you survive scary movies — My mother's favorite story to tell in October features me as a three year old, sitting down to breakfast at a local diner. The restaurant's walls and windows were bedecked with Halloween cutouts - think cartoonish ghosts, goblins, and, of course, vampires.
Oct 31, 2014

How science can help you survive scary movies via @TheWeek & my brave movie companion, @eberspacher

Oct 31, 2014

RT @eberspacher: I don't always write, but when I do, I write about Dracula's toes. The science behind fear & anxiety, via @TheWeek: http:/…

How the South's ugly racial history is haunting ObamaCare — Mississippi, considered the sickest state in the U.S., is suffering terribly under ObamaCare. Not because of the law itself, though the state's officials would have you believe that it is destroying freedom in America.
Oct 31, 2014

A tour de force from @ryanlcooper: How the South's ugly racial history is haunting ObamaCare: via @TheWeek

Girls on Film: 4 female filmmakers who pioneered horror movies — If you're looking for a good new horror movie, there are plenty of directors whose works fit the bill. Leigh Janiak kicked things off last month with a limited release of her film Honeymoon. "Twisted Twins" Jen and Sylvia Soska debuted their latest feature, See No Evil 2, on DVD last week.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @Lexialex: "One of cinema's most rampant fallacies is the idea that women and horror don't mix."… via @TheWeek

Fall movie guide: All the films you should see in November — What it is: Christopher Nolan's latest ambitious blockbuster is set in a world ravaged by climate change, with an astronaut (Matthew McConaughey) who leads a team on a journey to the far edges of outer space.

Here's what happens when a strip mall cafe impersonates a fancy hipster restaurant for Halloween — Real Kitchen, a casual Chicago cafe, is spending its second Halloween doing its best Portlandiaimpression, and the result is a well-produced and hilarious video that anyone who's spent any time at a gastropub or dabbling in foodiedom will appreciate. "Our name wasn't inane enough, so we pored through the thesaurus until we came up with 'Veritable Scullery," the video's narrator says.

The 7 best Halloween-themed editorial cartoons — Artists use the trick-or-treating holiday to poke fun at the midterm elections, Obama's ISIS strategy, and more

Stephen Colbert and George Takei want you to care about the looming midterms — The 2014 midterms are the most expensive yet, costing $4 billion, and few people are paying attention. "It's like the Lone Rangers of elections," said Stephen Colbert on Thursday night's Colbert Report. While watching CNN coverage of the midterms, he said - "I ran out of Ambien" - he flipped over to a rerun of Star Trek, and inspiration struck.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @SpeedReads: Stephen Colbert & George Takei want you to care about the midterms (or at least vote). Watch: http:/…

What if Leo Strauss was right? — Maybe it was Irving Kristol's fault. When the intellectual godfather of neoconservatism pointed to Leo Strauss as a seminal influence on his thinking, the stage was set for a seemingly endless season of journalistic silliness. I can just imagine how it started. "Why are the neocons in and around the Bush administration so intent on overthrowing Saddam Hussein?"
Oct 31, 2014

If you want to read something fascinating: @DamonLinker on the secret history of Western thought via @TheWeek

If Democrats abandon immigration reform after Tuesday's likely loss, they will turn 2016 into a debacle — If the latest polls and predictions are to be believed, the real question on November 4 is not whether Republicans will win the Senate, but by how much. Democrats really do have Obama to blame for this.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @shikhadalmia: If Democrats abandon immigration reform after Tuesday's likely loss, they will turn 2016 into a debacle… via @TheWeek

The pure fun of John Carpenter's Halloween — "There is nothing scary about shooting a film," Kim Gottlieb-Walker muses. "The entire process of making a horror film is pure fun!" Jamie Lee Curtis goofs around on the set of Halloween. | ( © 2014 Kim Gottlieb-Walker. Halloween and Halloween II © 1978 Falcon International Productions, Inc., and © 2014 Compass International Pictures, Inc.

The Daily Show discovers what keeps Austin weird: Republicans — For its last show in Austin, The Daily Show took a stab at just what makes the blue capital of red Texas so "weird," as the city's unofficial motto proclaims. Samantha Bee found an unexpected culprit: Among all the lefty counterculture, silly couture, and trendy food trucks, five out of the six congressmen who represent Austin in the U.S.

Watch animated alpacas Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Sarah Silverman explain income inequality — They probably wouldn't call economics the "dismal science" if it had more brightly animated alpacas. And talking lollipops to explain it all. Funny or Die has a new animated short on income inequality from Anchorman director Adam McKay, featuring the voice talents of "unbelievably sweet alpacas" Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, and Sarah Silverman, plus heartless middle manager Andy Richter and know-it-all lollipop Billy Eichner.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @SpeedReads: Animated alpacas Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Sarah Silverman explain income inequality. Watch:

Scott Brown gets tripped up on local New Hampshire geography — At the final debate in the New Hampshire Senate race, Republican candidate Scott Brown got into a bit of trouble on local knowledge. Moderator James Pindell noted that both Brown - a former senator from neighboring Massachusetts - and incumbent Democratic Sen.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @SpeedReads: Scott Brown gets tripped up over NH geography in final debate against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen:

6 simple steps for making millions on a crappy horror movie — Scott Meslow is the entertainment editor and film and television critic for He has written about film and television at publications including The Atlantic, POLITICO Magazine, and Vulture.

Sorry, we will not all be having sex with robots in the future — David Levy, recently the subject of an admiring profile in Newsweek , is an expert in artificial intelligence. He has twice won the Loebner Prize for programming the most life-like chat partners. He has also written many books about computers that play chess.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @michaelbd: My latest: No, the future is not parents arguing about which sex robots will minister to their children.…

Oct 30, 2014

My latest: No, the future is not parents arguing about which sex robots will minister to their children.…

Oct 30, 2014

Speak for yourself, mate RT @TheWeek: Sorry, we will not all be having sex with robots in the future, says @michaelbd

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This is what it looks like when a voting machine changes your vote — Early voters in Maryland and Illinois this year have reported faulty or rigged voting machines that changed votes for Republicans to support Democrats instead. Now, two voters from Moline, Ill. have captured the problem on video: The short clip, taken with a camera phone inside the voting booth, shows the voter touching the screen in the Republican candidate's area, only to have the box by the Democrat's name checked.
Oct 30, 2014

Voter fraud/glitches are real - This is what it looks like when voting machine changes your vote… via @SpeedReads

Is 3-D sound the future of audio? — Is it possible to close your eyes and trick your mind into thinking you're in a completely different place? 3-D sound hopes to provide that kind of immersive experience, putting you right in the middle of a crowded street or an opera house - all without leaving your living room.

Workplace wellness programs: do they work? — These programs, where employers institute financial incentives for their workers to improve their health, with the idea that they will thus require less healthcare spending, are now a $6 billion industry. Pay your workers not to smoke, for example, and perhaps they'll require fewer trips to the doctor. Do these work?

The secret advantages of great penmanship — When was the last time you actually wrote a letter by hand? Or practiced your cursive? It's probably been awhile. For most of us, writing by hand has taken a backseat to typing on a keyboard or tapping on a pocket-sized screen. And our schools are adopting these revised priorities, too.