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No, really. It’s just a test. If you happen to see this, and it works, then we may put up a short clip for your entertainment while we’re working on episode two.

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On our ingagural episode:

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Thanks to the subdued activity of the frontal lobes and the excited visual cortex, we sit in our plush chairs munching on popcorn and confuse the fake with the real. We don’t question the non-sequiturs or complain about the imperfect special effects or the shallow characters. Instead, we just sit back and watch and lose track of the time together.

This article is a fascinating read and puts Inception into a context I hadn’t thought of before.

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen the movie, don’t read this article. It’s full of spoilers.

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There’s a certain frivolousness to all these eloquent arguments over free will. The fact is, we are deeply wired to believe in our freedom. We feel like willful creatures, blessed with elbow room and endowed with the capacity to pick our own breakfast cereal.

Free will, and whether or not it exists, is one of my favorite philosophical topics. This article over at Wired points highlights a take on the discussion I hadn’t thought of before. Very interesting read.

What do you think? Do we have free will, or is it an illusion we create to feel we have control over our lives?

Check it out!

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We asked you last week to help us show BP that when hiring unethical photographers (or photo editors) in the future, they should look for Photoshop proficiency on their resumes.

In response, you put the company’s pathetic photo-doctoring of oil-cleanup press photos to shame. Your work was not only more skilled, it was far more imaginative. Why just remove the ground beneath a parked helicopter when you could put that chopper on the moon instead?

We’ve all heard the stories of BP hiring photo editors for their PR shots and the backlash from that.

In response, Wired sent out a call for submission from their readers to, “lend poor, embattled BP a hand and show them what people who actually know how to use Photoshop can do.”

The results have been release and are AWESOME!


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Key parts of Senate Bill 1070 that will not go into effect Thursday:

•  The portion of the law that requires an officer make a reasonable attempt to determine the immigration status of a person stopped, detained or arrested if there’s reasonable suspicion they’re in the country illegally.

•  The portion that creates a crime of failure to apply for or carry “alien-registration papers.”

•  The portion that makes it a crime for illegal immigrants to solicit, apply for or perform work. (This does not include the section on day laborers.)

•  The portion that allows for a warrantless arrest of a person where there is probable cause to believe they have committed a public offense that makes them removable from the United States.

Surprised? Not surprised? What do you think of this development?

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