See the special effects that bring ‘Game of Thrones’ to life

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Game of Thrones didn’t get much love from the Emmys last week — it only won just four technical awards out of 19 nominations — but there’s no denying what an impressive achievement the series is. Its creators have brought a massive, fantastic world to life on TV in a way that only film has in the past, and much of the credit goes to the special effects companies that make it all possible.

Montreal-based visual effects studio Rodeo was among those honored on Monday, and now it’s released a video showing off its work for season four of the show. Its work includes bringing Meereen to life, as well as filling in crowds for some of the more stunning battle scenes in the show, but the way its work transforms serene locales into magnificent…

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Republican governor has plan to help women prepare dinner

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Tom Corbett (R-PA) is not popular among women, or, indeed, anyone: “I think a lot of people want to be able to walk into a grocery store, particularly, a lot of the women want to go and buy a bottle of wine for dinner, go down, buy a six-pack or two six-packs, buy dinner and go home rather than what I described as three stops in Pennsylvania.” Read the rest

The Weekender: Labor Day Weekend edition

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And just like that, summer ended. We hope you had a good one. Welcome back to the Weekender, a place where you can wring out that last few drops of the season before we buckle down for months of iPhones, smartwatches, and conferences as far as the eye can see. Think of it as an oasis before we all head to Thunderdome.

We’re not sure if you’ve been on vacation all this time, but this week was an incredible one in tech news. Scroll down for more. But there’s no rush. There’s plenty of other…

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In Defense Of Square Smartwatches

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All the smartphone hype is currently around round watches. When LG and Samsung announced their first Android Wear smartwatches earlier this year, most pundits had a heard time getting excited about them — in part because everybody was still waiting for the round Moto 360. Since then, we haven’t heard all that much about the square watches from those two manufacturers,… Read More

Blogging History: Things Cut in Half; Ham radio trollfight; RNC-NYC protests

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One year

Things Cut in Half: Digging this twitter account: HalfPics. Above, a hand grenade.

Five years

Random ham radio trollfight audio (explicit): Two trolls on ham radio, one identified as “G-K,” the other as “Robert” or “R-J” overheard accidentally on August 29, 2009, while surfing first responder frequencies during the August 2009 Los Angeles wildfires.

Ten years

RNC-NYC: daily geek protest roundup:

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Online Anonymity Will Soon Be The Only Kind We Have

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guy-fawkes Anonymity: it’s all the rage–Whisper, Secret–and it’s rage-inducing. A Brazilian court has ruled that Secret must be removed from app stores there, and existing installs remotely wiped. The UK’s House of Lords has recommended the end of online anonymity. As usual, judges and politicians don’t understand technology. Anonymity can used for awful things, yes;… Read More

US Patent Office awards patent to herbal snakeoil that “kills cancer”

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The USPTO awarded Patent 8,609,915 last December for a mix of “evening primrose oil, rice, sesame seeds, green beans, coffee, meat, cheese, milk, green tea extract, evening primrose seeds, and wine” that “rebukes cancer, cancer cells, and kills cancer” — the accompanying extract states, “it works.” Sounds legit.
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