July 24, 2014
thisistheverge:

'Lucy' review: dissecting Scarlett Johansson's perfect brain
Given people’s desire to dump money on all sorts of self-improving pills, superfoods, fitness trackers, and life hacks, it’s no wonder that Hollywood has taken to neuroscience’s most persistent myth — the idea that humans only use one-fifth of their brains. Way back in 1996, John Travolta gained access to the rest of his and learned to levitate things in Phenomenon; a few years ago Limitless’ Bradley Cooper took a “smart pill” and used his new brain power to get super-rich playing the stock market. Now, with Lucy, France’s most blockbuster-ready director Luc Besson takes a stab at the 100 percent human.

Speaking of the 10% brain Myth…

thisistheverge:

'Lucy' review: dissecting Scarlett Johansson's perfect brain
Given people’s desire to dump money on all sorts of self-improving pills, superfoods, fitness trackers, and life hacks, it’s no wonder that Hollywood has taken to neuroscience’s most persistent myth — the idea that humans only use one-fifth of their brains. Way back in 1996, John Travolta gained access to the rest of his and learned to levitate things in Phenomenon; a few years ago Limitless’ Bradley Cooper took a “smart pill” and used his new brain power to get super-rich playing the stock market. Now, with Lucy, France’s most blockbuster-ready director Luc Besson takes a stab at the 100 percent human.

Speaking of the 10% brain Myth…

July 24, 2014
All You Need To Know About the 10% Brain Myth, in 60 Seconds | Science Blogs | WIRED

Christian Jarrett:

However, we need to be realistic and recognize that, for many people, the 10 percent myth sounds both feasible and appealing because they see it in terms of human potential. Many of us believe that we could achieve so much more – learning languages, musical instruments, sporting skills – if only we applied ourselves. It’s easy to see how this morphs into the short-hand idea that we use just 10 percent of our brain’s capacity or potential.

When I saw the trailer for Lucy I thought “Here we go again.” Don’t get me wrong, the movie might be great (I loved Limitless), but the premiss is not based on science.

July 23, 2014
thisistheverge:

Mac OS X Yosemite preview
It’s easy to say that Yosemite does to the Mac what iOS 7 did to the iPhone, but that’s not quite right. The design principles in iOS 7 and many of the ideas that make iOS 8 so exciting are lurking behind the semi-translucent interfaces on Yosemite. But they’re not simple copies; this is Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite — emphasis on the Mac.

thisistheverge:

Mac OS X Yosemite preview
It’s easy to say that Yosemite does to the Mac what iOS 7 did to the iPhone, but that’s not quite right. The design principles in iOS 7 and many of the ideas that make iOS 8 so exciting are lurking behind the semi-translucent interfaces on Yosemite. But they’re not simple copies; this is Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite — emphasis on the Mac.

July 23, 2014
Blizzard releases first Hearthstone expansion | Cult of Mac

Cult of Mac:

An astonishingly addictive collectible card game, Hearthstone‘s only failing, if you could call it that, is it was for all intents and purposes multiplayer-only. But today, Blizzard has rectified that by releasing its highly anticipated Curse of Naxxramas expansion for the game on both Mac and iPad.

Best of all? It’s free. Or, at least, the first taste is.

July 22, 2014
Count to ten when a plane goes down...

johncbeck:

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Just a little under 31 years ago, I played a key role in a conspiracy theory that grew up around a passenger plane downed by a Russian missile. Trust me, I did not mean to be involved.

On September 1, 1983, Korean Airlines flight 007, a Boeing 747 with 269 passengers, was shot down over the…

June 8, 2014
atlantabraves:

The final out & history is rewritten. #Kimbrel155

atlantabraves:

The final out & history is rewritten. #Kimbrel155

(via mlb)

June 8, 2014
atlantabraves:

Tonight, history was made. Craig Kimbrel is the new Atlanta Braves all-time saves leader!

atlantabraves:

Tonight, history was made. Craig Kimbrel is the new Atlanta Braves all-time saves leader!

(via mlb)

June 1, 2014
parislemon:

meme-meme:

stabilized star trek shot


Pretty awesome dance party.

parislemon:

meme-meme:

stabilized star trek shot

Pretty awesome dance party.

May 24, 2014
How YouTube and Internet Journalism Destroyed Tom Cruise, Our Last Real Movie Star

longform:

Tom Cruise did not, in fact, jump up and down on Oprah’s couch.

May 24, 2014
parislemon:

wilwheaton:

via reddit

I forget, are there one or two more films based on the single book?

When they they first announced the possibility of a Hobbit film, it was uncertain if Peter Jackson was going to be involved. At the time I threw a fit, demanding (from random people with no control over these things) that Jackson be the man to lead the project.The moral of the story: Be careful what you wish for.

parislemon:

wilwheaton:

via reddit

I forget, are there one or two more films based on the single book?

When they they first announced the possibility of a Hobbit film, it was uncertain if Peter Jackson was going to be involved. At the time I threw a fit, demanding (from random people with no control over these things) that Jackson be the man to lead the project.

The moral of the story: Be careful what you wish for.

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