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This is it, my friends.  This is the episode that will take the Peter Capaldi naysayers and do one of two things: shut them up, or prove that they are clinically insane if they continue to grouse about how not-great he is.  “The Zygon Inversion” is the best episode of the season so far, and should reaffirm for viewers what Doctor Who is all about: challenging perceptions, championing kindness and tolerance, and breaking the mold of what a “silly little science fiction show” is supposed to be.

 

WARNING: What you’re about to read contains spoilers about this episode and possibly other episodes/seasons of Doctor Who.  Proceed at your own risk/reward!

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We’re almost a month away from the release of Joss Whedon‘s  The Avengers – the epic superhero team-up starring Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson. With fanboys and fangirls counting down the days until the summer blockbuster crashes into theaters, Walt Disney Pictures has released a series of  “fun facts” surrounding the year long production.

This “Spoiler Free” fact sheet is filled with all sorts of goodies and  behind-the-scenes details. Check it out below:
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(article by nerdbastards contributor Sarah Moran @SarahThisIs)

Would You Like to Play a Game?

The rise of the machines is here! Starting Monday, Jeopardy is debuting their first robotic contestant, the IBM Watson Supercomputer. First we taught robots how to deceive, now we’re teaching them to understand our everyday language. Humanity’s chances of winning trivia-based game shows are doomed.

In order to compete on Jeopardy Watson needs to understand, “questions posed in everyday English, including all the riddles, irony and word play typical of a Jeopardy game.” Thanks to some brainy IBM programmers with a knack for analytics Watson is, “a computer system that can understand natural language and deliver a single, precise answer.”

It will be facing off against Jeopardy legends Ken Jennings, known for his record setting 74 game winning streak, and Brad Rutter, the Jeopardy winner who scored the most cash ever, $3,255,102. And how will this computer fair against two of Jeopardy’s top competitors? Watson’s already proven itself during its 50 training games by beating two thirds of Tournament of Champions contestants, and it has Jennings a little concerned,

“I think, would I win two thirds of all games against Tournament of Champions players? I don’t know if I would, that’s not something I’ve ever had to do. I don’t think I’ve ever been the underdog on Jeopardy, but I think I am this time.”

Check out the video below for what to expect from Watson and the upcoming Jeopardy tournament or visit ibmwatson.com to learn the secrets of its creation. And be ready to bend the knee to our new leader, all hail Watson, heir to the WOPR, and supercomputer of the age!

thingsknowaboutstarwars

There are certain movie franchises that enthrall almost everyone, and Star Wars is one of those. It is a movie that you can watch over and over again (as I have), and no other movie trilogy has quotes and characters so deeply ingrained in the public psyche.

If you go up to anyone and say, “May the Force be with you,” most people will know exactly what you mean.

The movies elicit such a strong fan following that most of the Easter eggs within each of the movies have been identified (such as the tennis shoe asteroid), but there are a few that have managed to stay hidden.

But, thanks to the internet, after the jump are 19 things you may not have known about Star Wars.

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