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Gawker releases Donald Trump's phone number.
Via: Gawker
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Gawker wants to give Donald Trump a taste of his own medicine.

Not a month ago, Trump thought it would be a cute campaign idea to release the number of his competitor, Senator Lindsey Graham. The personal attack was only one in a string of outlandish stunts performed by Trump on his fiery campaign trail, but it resulted in an equally weird response from the senator.

Gawker decided to enter the ring in this bout of numbers Aug. 3. Somehow, presumably through their secure informant portal, they got a hold of Trump's digit and publicly shared them.

Since Trump, in his considered political judgment, has decided that opening up a direct, personal channel of communications between his supporters and his primary opponents is a noble campaign tactic, we think it's only fair and right that Republican primary voters be able to reach out to Trump himself. If it is the case—as Trump's release of Graham's number implicitly argues—that our political discourse improves when voters can ring up candidates on their private cell phones, then we are happy to add Trump's cell phone number to the body of public knowledge. You can reach Donald Trump at 917-756-8000.



So, you can with that what you will. You can tell him how you dress your cat up to look like him. Or you can thank him for the gift of his Twitter account.

To the democratic process!



Imgur user raggedrabbit collected a few examples of just how many f*cks Mark Hamill gives when signing autographs.

Luke Skywalker obviously has a pretty big sense of humor when it comes to his fans.

And it's not like anyone would be upset by these imaginative signatures, right? Surely it would only increase the worth many times over.

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Warner Bros. might make a Dungeons and Dragons movie
Via: Mashable
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Warner Bros. wants to take the imagination out of the game.

The studio announced Aug. 3 that it has a script and producers lined up to make a new Dungeons & Dragons movie.

Mashable has the story:

The announcement signals the resolution of a rights-holders lawsuit between Hasbro and Wizards of the Coast LLC and Sweetpea Entertainment, each of which will be involved in the project. What it does not signal: any sort of guarantee that a Dungeons & Dragons movie will actually get made.

Warner Bros. has had enormous success with the fantasy genre, through franchises like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings — but those were literary adaptations with rabid, built in followings and established characters. Dungeons & Dragons, first published in 1974, went on to become the world's most popular role-playing game — but the cultural relevance of real-world RPGs went into staggering decline with the rise of video- and massively multiplayer online games.



You might remember that they tried this back in 2000 with a weird, lame movie of a thing with Thora Birch, Jeremy Irons and Marlon Wayans. It only has 10 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and dragged in a scant $7.3 million on its opening weekend.

That won't detract from the enthusiasm.

Warner Bros. president of creative development and worldwide production Greg Silverman talked some marketing talk in the circulated press release.

"We are so excited about bringing the world of Dungeons & Dragons to life on the big screen. This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film followings. D&D has endless creative possibilities, giving our filmmakers immense opportunities to delight and thrill both fans and moviegoers new to the property."



We should also not ever let you forget about the 1982 film Mazes and Monsters. Born out of the cultural panic that D&D would turn your children into murdering psychopaths, this gem stars Tom Hanks in his first leading role.

Oh, and it's available on YouTube if you have the inclination.



Konami is turning into a crazy Orwellian place to work.
Via: Kotaku
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Even if you hate where you work, count your lucky stars that you don't work for Konami.

A report from the Japanese outlet Nikkei recently found out some terrible employment practices from the legacy video game company behind some enormous titles like the Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill franchises. Kotaku kindly translated it for our English consumption.

Nikkei's report alleges that the culture at the corporation's video game division, famous for its console games, worsened in around 2010 when a mobile title called Dragon Collection became a smash hit. As a social game for phones, development costs were low and profit returns were huge. Not long after, the report says, Konami's corporate bosses shifted the company's focus away from traditional, hardcore games and towards cheaper, and potentially more lucrative social titles.



The allegations from the report cover some of the following crazy details:

  • The studio behind the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V use computers allegedly not connected to the internet and are only able to send internal messages.


  • Employees are monitored during their lunch break with time cards and if they take too long, their names are announced to the whole company.


  • There are cameras in the office not for security, but rather to monitor the movements of the company's employees.


  • Most Konami employees don't have their own permanent company email addresses, instead are given a randomized one that changes every few months.


  • If game developers aren't thought to be useful at that time, they are reassigned to jobs as security guards, cleaners or in pachinko machine factories.


  • The report describes one former employee who announced leaving the company on Facebook and then all the fellow employees who "liked" the status were reassigned into new jobs within the company.



CRAZY, right?

And it sounds like it's at least partly true from game journalists in the know.



Konami has run into a swath of recent fan turmoil. First by systematically removing Metal Gear Solid mastermind Hideo Kojima from having anything to do with the company. And second, by ending the Guillermo Del Toro revamp of the Silent Hill series after the well-received P.T.demo.

Many speculate that Kojima is trying to focus on its less costly business endeavors like it's chain of fitness centers and its many pachinko machines.

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Vulture did it again. After letting Miss Piggy sing b*tch Better Have My Money and melding True Detective with Starsky and Hutch, the good people at New York Magazine decided to let Doug sing the drug-making, love ballad Trap Queen.

It's another great mash up as Doug lays out how much he loves Patti and the way she works the pole. He chronicles their drug-cooking romance with the help of the mysterious Quail Man. Skeeter watches the whole thing unfold, presumably tweaking out of his little blue mind.

Fetty Wap's great song has proven to have equally great legs. The single was released early last winter but has continued swirling around the cultural zeitgeist like the prosthetic eye of a storm.

And this is far from the first riff on Trap Queen. One of our personal favorites is Ed Sheeran and The Roots' soft-souled cover.

The cutest spider has been found, we can all rest now.
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Maratus personatus. Remember that name. For that is the name of the cutest spider science has yet to find, maybe probably will ever find.

This tiny, striped, huge-eyed spider may just change the way we thing about the eight-legged crawlers. Just about everything from its appearance to its mating habits gives you more and more reasons to love it and love Jürgen Otto, the man who took the pictures.



Hi!

Newscientist.com gives you all the information you need to jump on this bandwagon.

Officially named Maratus personatus (the species name derives from the Latin for masked), blueface belongs to the growing family of peacock spiders – dazzling little Australian natives that are just 3 to 5 millimetres long. As the name suggests, the males use vivid colours to attract females. But unlike other peacock spiders, the male M. personatus does not have a fan-like abdomen that it extends while trying to court females. Instead, it relies on its blue mask and the characteristic white banding around it to lure lady spiders.





It's mating ritual involves scurrying back and forth with two of its legs in the air, hoping to attract attention from females its bright blue Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mask.



Do you want a video? What a silly question.

Via: webak1
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One man died and several more remain injured after a crane collapsed into a car show Aug. 1.

The pedestrian-lifting crane hurt more than 20 people, seven of them children, and caused the death of a 48-year-old man. There's still very little known about what caused the collapse.

According to CNN's story on the structural disaster:

The crane had been one of the main attractions at the festival for classic car aficionados in Oosertwolde, having been used to elevate a platform so visitors could enjoy the view, a press officer with the national police in east Netherlands region explained.

Authorities are still trying to figure out exactly what happened. What they do know is that 10 people were taken to a nearby hospital after the collapse, two of them in serious condition, police said.



CNN claims that only 10 were injured, but Pulse.ng has the number at 20.

The annual event takes place in Oosertwolde, about 55 miles east of Amsterdam.

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Step aside Cara Delevingne and take your bad interview with you. We've not a new contender for atrocious press junket of the summer.

Atlanta's Rock 100.5 Morning Show radio host Steven J. Rickman and interviewer Jason Bailey either aren't really into interviewing or are way too into making their guests uncomfortable. In this video, they spend most of the time asking some cringe-worthy questions of Kate Mara, who will play Sue Storm in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, and Michael B. Jordan, who will play Johnny Storm.

The two shock jocks launch into questions about race — always a good ice breaker for summer blockbuster actors. They could not understand how Mara and Jordan were to play siblings since one is black and the other is white.

Then, they laid into Mara about why she cut her hair short, because she it was so attractive before.This is a class move, which women appreciate. That was sarcasm.

Luckily, Rickman found a way to smooth the whole thing over by saying he's a "toe-man" and that Mara has great feet.

Enjoy your morning trainwreck!

And if you're curious, we've got the Fantastic Four trailer for you over at Geek Universe.



It was another beautiful summer weekend, which means you had lots of plans out in the sun (or plans to get away from the sun).

This also means you probably missed out on a few of the culture happenings.

Don't worry, we've got you covered.

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Bill Nye Mean Tweets from David Anthony Alvarado on Vimeo.

BACK us on KICKSTARTER at bit.ly/billnyefilm

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In aid of a Kickstarter looking to make a documentary about him, Bill Nye stared into the eye of a troll storm and read mean tweets about himself.

It seems a little strange to help promote a movie made by someone else that will document your life, but it's another chance to see the unflappable and entertaining Nye in action.

He's been all over new(er) communication technology lately, mostly seen in a string of explainer videos that use emojis to illustrate the specifics of scientific phenomena.

Keep doing what you're doing Bill Nye and don't let those mean tweets get you down.

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