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‘Digging for Fire’ and Taylor Swift’s Approval: Links You Need to See

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Drinking Buddies director Joe Swanberg — whose forte is slice-of-life filmmaking — has a new film which Flavorwire Film Editor Jason Bailey deemed “a series of keenly observed moments that defy your typical (read: dull) three-act conventions in favor of something messier and, frankly, more interesting” and Variety describes as “a lovely slice of everything and nothing.
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The Most Mind-Bending, Pop Culture-Inspired Deep Dream Art

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Google’s Deep Dream source code has officially been made public. “Two weeks ago we blogged about a visualization tool designed to help us understand how neural networks work and what each layer has learned,” Google writes. “In addition to gaining some insight on how these networks carry out classification tasks, we found that this process also generated some beautiful art.”
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New Abortion Rights Ads Target Young Men via Xbox, Comedy Central — But Aren’t “Family-Friendly” Enough For Google

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Leftist pundits love to ask why younger people are so progressive on gay marriage but haven’t moved very far from their elders on abortion. Some have opined it’s because gay marriage is about extending an inherently conservative institution to include more people, while others say abortion will never seem as innocuous as marriage, even to supporters. “That element of the culture war appears to be here to stay,” one article concluded.
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‘Book of Numbers’: 2015’s Great Novel of Ideas Explained With Animated GIFS

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Joshua Cohen has just been dubbed “a major American writer” by the New York Times and a “great American novelist” by Tablet. At 34, he is the author of eight books, including the 800-page Witz and now the 600-page Book of Numbers.

In Book of Numbers, a failed novelist is, like the author, named Joshua Cohen, but he is about ten years older than the actual Joshua Cohen — he’s paunchy, losing his hair, and in the middle of a protracted divorce. He’s been hired by another Joshua Cohen, referred to in the book as “Principal,” the CEO of Tetration, a fictional company that reads like a merger of Google and Apple. Principal is a Steve Jobs-like figure: in ill health and devoted to the California version of an Eastern religion. The novel retraces the birth and rise of the Internet, as well as the much longer — and, in some important ways, ending — history of print culture. It’s about surveillance and data and the impact of these on all of us now and, as the novel’s long view of history would suggest, in the years ahead.
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15 Internet April Fools’ Jokes John Oliver Would Hate

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April showers bring May flowers, or whatever, but April Fools’ brings a glut of mostly Web-based, absurdist non-humor. As John Oliver so eloquently ranted about the other day, much of April Fools’ is about being a dick, whether it’s simply wrapping your coworker’s desk in aluminum foil or, as so many Internet presences have chosen to do, setting our expectations high for new, bizarre products and then killing our dreams when corporations remind us that business is, in fact, business, and fun is rarely allowed.
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The Streets Are Teeming with Miniatures and Pac-Men: Links You Need To See

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Google often bestows the tiny, uselessly amusing gifts of decorative and sometimes interactive fonts — celebrating a variety of both famous and obscure birthdays, holidays and anniversaries — upon its users. Now, the corporation is letting Pac-Man run loose on the streets of Google Maps for our very mindless entertainment. Similarly on the subject of the Internet’s gifts, here are three mashups of various Muppets performing the hip hop classics. 
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