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The Legends Of Tomorrow filmed a disco music video in their spare time

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One benefit of starring in a show about time travel is that you get to try out looks from a whole bunch of different eras. And while decked out in their 1970s best for the recent third season episode “Here I Go Again,” Legends Of Tomorrow stars Caity Lotz, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Brandon Routh, and Nick Zano decided to put their outfits to good use in a disco-inspired music video set to the Bee Gee’s “Stayin’ Alive.” Lotz uploaded the hilarious and perfectly choreographed disco tribute on her Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BfLi92GBnfh/?hl=en

[Photo: DC's Legends Of Tomorrow; Robert Falconer/The CW]

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Watch Bill Gates play “How much does the world suck?”

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YouTuber Ingrid Nilsen sat down with Bill Gates to play “How much does the world suck?” and discuss some surprisingly optimistic facts about humanity. The video is a tie-in with Bill and Melinda Gates’ recently released 10th Annual Letter, which this year centers on optimism. You can read the full letter on Gates’ website, but here’s an excerpt of its opening paragraphs:

We are outspoken about our optimism. These days, though, optimism seems to be in short supply.

The headlines are filled with awful news. Every day brings a different story of political division, violence, or natural disaster.

Despite the headlines, we see a world that’s getting better.

Compare today to the way things were a decade or a century ago. The world is healthier and safer than ever. The number of children who die every year has been cut in half since 1990 and keeps going down. The number of mothers who die has also dropped dramatically. So has extreme poverty—declining by nearly half in just 20 years. More children are attending school. The list goes on and on.

But being an optimist isn’t about knowing that life used to be worse. It’s about knowing how life can get better. And that’s what really fuels our optimism. Although we see a lot of disease and poverty in our work—and many other big problems that need to be solved—we also see the best of humanity. We spend our time learning from scientists who are inventing cutting-edge tools to cure disease. We talk to dedicated government leaders who are being creative about prioritizing the health and well-being of people around the world. And we meet brave and brilliant individuals all over the world who are imagining new ways to transform their communities.

Read the full letter on Gates Notes.

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One-star ratings have worse grammar and spelling than five-star ones

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The folks at Priceonomics crunched some data and found that one-star product reviews online are more likely to have incorrect spelling and grammar than five-star ones. As they note:

According to our data, negative reviews have a higher rate of misspelled words and a higher rate of incorrectly used apostrophes. They tend to be longer and have more details as well. Five-star reviews typically are shorter and often don’t include punctuation. Across the board, reviewers make a lot of spelling and grammar mistakes – only 61% of reviews passed all our quality checks.

From our findings, we can say that when people are writing negative reviews, they create longer and more error-filled prose than those who are sharing positive reviews.

One could, of course, shake one's head and conclude that trolls who like to tear things down are more incoherent than people who are trying to praise something. And that's probably not entirely wrong, given the bimodal review-wars online. But the data here are actually kind of intriguing, because it turns out that the reviews with the highest incidence of spelling errors are actually the three-star reviews ...

... and when it comes to using apostrophes, it's the four-star reviews that have the most errors, followed by three-star; here, the one-star reviews are quite good, quite close to the precision-rate of the five-star reviews:

So it looks as though the less-well-appointed grammar is coming out the middle of the review-pack, not the bimodal head and tail.

But! As the Priceonomics folks point out, spelling and grammar aren't necessarily always the best index of coherence. Artful writers -- and idiomatic ones -- violate the rules of spelling and grammar all the time, for aesthetic reasons. As Ben Crair pointed out a while ago, people have begun leaving out periods at the end of sentences so frequently (specifically to create an air of casual breeziness) that ending a sentence with a period can seem aggressive. And Gretchen McCulloch, my favorite Internet-age linguist, has tons of fun essays musing on the way language is morphing in our intertubal age.

(CC-licensed image above from Pixabay)

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Jessica Jones season two gets a kickass trailer

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After a stellar first season (and an appearance in the so-so Defenders crossover series), Marvel’s Netflix series Jessica Jones is set to return for a second season on March 8th. The show’s brand new trailer digs into Jessica’s traumatic past while offering a glimpse into her anger-fueled future.

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Watch director Ryan Coogler break down one of Black Panther’s best fight scenes

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In addition to breaking box office records, Black Panther has quickly established itself as one of the best and most unique films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And the credit for that belongs largely to director and co-writer Ryan Coogler. In this fascinating “Notes on a Scene” video for Vanity Fair, Coogler talks through the production design, costuming, fight choreography, color story, themes, and character-building that went into creating one of the film’s best fight scenes—an undercover mission in which T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), and Okoye (Danai Gurira) set out to capture Andy Serkis’ villainous Ulysses Klaue at an underground Korean casino.

And if you enjoyed that video, you can also watch Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi break down an action scene from his movie right here:

https://youtu.be/7WahFlp7LKI
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2018 CVE List

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CVE-2018-?????: It turns out Bruce Schneier is just two mischevious kids in a trenchcoat.
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Lythimus
2 days ago
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alt_text_bot got scooped.
chrisamico
2 days ago
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TFW people you know show up in XKCD.
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reconbot
2 days ago
You know Bruce Schneier?
GreenChange
2 days ago
Nah, he knows the guy who writes comments on public-facing web pages.
chrisamico
2 days ago
Schneier and my wife were Berkman fellows together. Doubt he'd remember me.
Fidtz
2 days ago
https://www.schneier.com/blog/ one of the best blogs over the years
ice0032
15 hours ago
hey I found this name on the ground. think you dropped it
alt_text_at_your_service
3 days ago
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CVE-2018-?????: It turns out Bruce Schneier is just two mischevious kids in a trenchcoat.
alt_text_bot
3 days ago
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CVE-2018-?????: It turns out Bruce Schneier is just two mischevious kids in a trenchcoat.
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