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Linkdump for 8 July 2011

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    A report commissioned by the National Science Foundation and made public today speculates that by the end of this century electronic information technology will have transformed American home, business, manufacturing, school, family and political life. The report suggests that one-way and two-way home information systems, called teletext and videotex, will penetrate deeply into daily life, with an effect on society as profound as those of the automobile and commercial television earlier in this century. It conjured a vision, at once appealing and threatening, of a style of life defined and controlled by videotex terminals throughout the house. As a consequence, the report envisioned this kind of American home by the year 1998: “Family life is not limited to meals, weekend outings, and oncea-year vacations. Instead of being the glue that holds things together so that family members can do all those other things they’re expected to do - like work, school, and community gatherings -the family is the unit that does those other things, and the home is the place where they get done. Like the term ‘cottage industry,’ this view might seem to reflect a previous era when family trades were passed down from generation to generation, and children apprenticed to their parents. In the ‘electronic cottage,’ however, one electronic ‘tool kit’ can support many information production trades.”
  • Google carries out account cull on Google+ | thinq_

    Google may still be throttling sign-ups to its social networking service Google+, but it’s also thinning out the ranks of its current members as it struggles to meet demand.

    Businesses were the first to go, and they’ve now been joined by those who value their privacy or have other reasons to use a pseudonym.

  • Hipster Game Of Thrones
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    It was only a matter of time …
    I liked Game of Thrones before it went mainstream, you know?
  • What Would Don Draper Do? - The Oatmeal
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  • Gwendoline Christie is Brienne
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    I dunno about this casting. With or without makeup, Ms. Christie is gorgeous, and Brienne is really, really not.

    Gwendoline ChristieThe casting clues are back, and so is the fans’ ability to quickly solve them. This first round of casting clues for season two has been confirmed by George R. R. Martin to reveal Gwendoline Christie has been cast as Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones. Kudos to Starkgirl for being the first one to solve it.

    The character of Brienne is a freakishly tall and strong girl who is more comfortable adorned in armor and with a sword in her hand than dressed up in flowers and silks. In A Clash of Kings, she joins up with Renly Baratheon in his attempt to seize the Iron Throne.

    Christie is a 6’3? British actress with primarily stage credits to her name. Interestingly, it is possible readers had a hand in her getting the role. Her name was first mentioned back in March 2010 as a possible Brienne by commenter Mauberly. Paul Gude then took the initiative and alerted her agent to the role. And now, almost a year and a half later, she has been cast.

    Winter Is Coming: Love this casting! I was a fan of Christie back when her name was first mentioned (as you can see in the comments at the time). And I had her as my top choice when we did our Brienne casting speculation post. She definitely has the size, the talent, and, with the right makeup (or lack thereof), the looks, to play Brienne.

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    On one hand, you'll never be able to convince your parents to switch. On the other hand, you'll never be able to convince your parents to switch!
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