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Man goes skinning dipping in shark tank, and he’s lucky his ween didn’t get bit off

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Some would call this stunt … Adult Swim. 

A man decided to jump into the expansive 2.9 million liter tank at Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto, in the nude. The massive tank is the largest exhibit at the Canadian aquarium, and allows visitors to view stunning close-up views of sea turtles, sharks, and most recently, a human genitalia. 

To the surprise and horror of aquarium guests, the underwater tank allowed a full frontal view of the man’s junk. As he lazily backstroked among the marine life, a man in the background yelled, “Guy’s really naked!”  Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/article/toronto-ripley-aquarium-skinny-dip-swimmer/

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Peter Dinklage sure makes it sound like Tyrion will die in ‘Game of Thrones’

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Fellow watchers on the wall, we must now add one more beloved Game of Thrones character to the endless list of potential and devastating deaths in the upcoming final season.

And while just about every character should be on that list, the Emmy-award winning Peter Dinklage just added fuel to the fire in support of Tyrion Lannister not making the much shorter list of survivors from the battles to come.

In a recent and rare interview with Vulture to promote his starring role in the new HBO film My Dinner with Hervé, Dinklage did what his character does best: delivered some foreboding yet wise words on the bleak future that lies ahead. Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/article/peter-dinklage-tyrion-death-game-of-thrones-season-8/

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Before-and-after satellite photos reveal devastation left by Hurricane Michael

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Hurricane Michael — the fourth Category 4 storm to pummel the United States in 14 months — snapped pine trees like toothpicks, washed neighborhoods into the sea, and shredded the hangars off an Air Force base. 

Before the storm’s 155 mph winds struck the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10, storm scientists predicted Michael would be an extremely intense storm, in large part because it passed through ocean waters that were 3.5 degrees Fahrenheit above normal — and hurricanes thrive on warm water.

The devastation, seen by satellites orbiting hundreds of miles above, is ghastly. 

Some of the images of destruction from #HurricaneMichael have been devastating, but I wasn’t prepared for these before/after aerial shots provided by @NOAA‘s post storm survey of #MexicoBeach

Most buildings in this area are completely gone.

Link:https://t.co/VEM6x3fEQK pic.twitter.com/cQwdzSbY1b

— Philippe Papin (@pppapin) October 12, 2018 Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/article/hurricane-michael-satellite-photos-devastation/

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Same-sex penguin couple is madly in love and has adopted an egg

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Love is in the air as penguin breeding season begins at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium in Australia, and one adorable penguin couple is stealing the show.

Two male gentoo penguins, Sphen and Magic, became inseparable in the Macquarie Island exhibit, the aquarium explained in a blog post. They were so successful at building a nest together and taking care of a dummy egg that the love birds were given a real penguin egg to incubate.

Here’s a quick look at Sphen and Magic and their nest:

The duo has been spending a lot of time together, waddling around the exhibit and going for swims, but the clearest sign of their love was their nest. Gentoo penguins build nests with pebbles when they couple up, and Sphen and Magic gathered more pebbles than any other couple there, according to the aquarium. Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/article/same-sex-penguin-couple/

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11 of Seth Rogen’s funniest moments

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Seth Rogen is a gift from above.

The hilarious actor has been working hard to make us laugh since he was just a teen, and he’s now become one of the top comedic icons in the industry.

Take a look at Seth Rogen’s funniest moments on the internet. They’re guaranteed to make you laugh just as hard as one of his movies.

1. Seductive Seth

This GIF of Rogen looking super seductive became an iconic meme that left supermodels all over the world shook. It comes from a parody of Kanye West’s “Bound 2” that Rogan  and James Franco filmed together called “Bound 3.” 

In “Bound 3,” Seth parodies Kim Kardashian played in the original video, and every time he looks at the camera you can’t help but crack up. Kim K beware, Rogen just might come for your spot next. Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/article/best-seth-rogen-memes/

#Cars, #Headlines, #ScienceTech, #TheNewz

Ford will keep GT supercar from catching fire with a software update

dims?crop=1000%2C666%2C0%2C0&quality=85&If you’re driving in your fancy Ford GT supercar on Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca you definitely don’t want to see is fire erupting from the engine behind you. Turns out, neither does Ford, especially after one burst into flames earlier this year in Germ…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/11/ford-will-keep-gt-supercar-from-catching-fire/

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Copyright compromise: Music Modernization Act signed into law

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Musicians are celebrating as the Music Modernization Act, an attempt to drag copyright and royalty rules into the 21st century, is signed into law after unanimous passage through Congress. The act aims to centralize and simplify the process by which artists are tracked and paid on digital services like Spotify and Pandora, and also extends the royalty treatment to songs recorded before 1972.

The problems in this space have affected pretty much every party. Copyright law and music industry practices were, as you might remember, totally unprepared for the music piracy wave at the turn of the century, and also for the shift to streaming over the last few years. Predictably, it isn’t the labels, distributors or new services that got hosed — it’s artists, who often saw comically small royalty payments from streams if they saw anything at all.

Even so, the MMA has enjoyed rather across-the-board support from all parties, because existing law is so obscure and inadequate. And it will remain that way to a certain extent — this isn’t layman territory and things will remain obscure. But the act will address some of the glaring issues current in the media landscape.

The biggest change is probably the creation of the Mechanical Licensing Collective. This new organization centralizes the bookkeeping and royalty payment process, replacing a patchwork of agreements that required lots of paperwork from all sides (and as usual, artists were often the ones left out in the cold as a result). The MLC will be funded by companies like Pandora or Google that want to enter into digital licensing agreements, meaning there will be no additional commission or fee for the MLC, but the entity will actually be run by music creators and publishers.

Previously digital services and music publishers would enter into separately negotiated agreements, a complex and costly process if you want to offer a comprehensive library of music — one that stifled new entrants to the market. Nothing in the new law prevents companies from making these agreements now, as some companies will surely prefer to do, but the MLC offers a simple, straightforward solution and also a blanket license option where you can just pay for all the music in its registry. This could in theory nurture new services that can’t spare the cash for the hundred lawyers required for other methods.

There’s one other benefit to using the MLC: you’re shielded from liability for statutory damages. Assuming a company uses it correctly and pays their dues, they’re no longer vulnerable to lawsuits that allege underpayment or other shenanigans — the kind of thing streaming providers have been weathering in the courts for years, with potentially massive settlements.

The law also improves payouts for producers and engineers, who have historically been under-recognized and certainly under-compensated for their roles in music creation. Writers and performers are critical, of course, but they’re not the only components to a great song or album, and it’s important to recognize this formally.

The last component of the MMA, the CLASSICS Act, is its most controversial, though even its critics seem to admit that it’s better than what we had before. CLASSICS essentially extends standard copyright rules to works created before 1972, during which year copyright law changed considerably and left pre-1972 works largely out of the bargain.

What’s the problem? Well, it turns out that many works that would otherwise enter the public domain would be copyright-protected (or something like it — there are some technical differences) until 2067, giving them an abnormally long term of protection. And what’s more, these works would be put under this new protection automatically, with no need for the artists to register them. That may sound convenient, but it also means that thousands of old works would be essentially copyrighted even though their creators, if they’re even alive, have asserted no intention of seeking that status.

A simple registry for those works was proposed by a group of data freedom advocates, but their cries were not heard by those crafting and re-crafting the law. Admittedly it’s something of an idealistic objection, and the harm to users is largely theoretical. The bill proceeded more or less as written.

At all events the Music Modernization Act is now law; its unanimous passage is something of an achievement these days, though God knows both sides need as many wins as they can get.

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