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Twelve amused and four left laughing in satirical attack on IS headquarters | NewsBiscuit

Twelve amused and four left laughing in satirical attack on IS headquarters | NewsBiscuit | Novel Ideas | Scoop.it
Twelve members of Islamic State have been left seriously amused after a ruthless gang of satirists forced their way into its headquarters and proceeded to ridicule up the place. Sarcasm, parody and irony are all said to have been used in what many are seeing as a broader attack on everyone's freedom to stone homosexuals or cut babies in half.

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The freedom to make fun of other people's beliefs is a human right regardless of whether they're religious, political, lifestyle or whatever. And those who are offended have a perfect right to be so, they can't however impose their beliefs on others and hurt those who mock.

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, January 8, 2015 10:02 AM

If we cannot laugh at the terrorists, they have won. With that in mind I share this and only add, "Moi ausi, je suis Charlie.

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WWF: Mugs | Ads of the World™

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A few more degrees and polar bears will disappear. Fight global warming: wwf.fr.

Advertising Agency: Publicis Conseil, Paris, France
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Not sure about the message but the tech is cool.

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Can what you do *before* you write improve your actual writing? | Literally Psyched, Scientific American Blog Network

Can what you do *before* you write improve your actual writing? | Literally Psyched, Scientific American Blog Network | Novel Ideas | Scoop.it
Thomas Wolfe liked to masturbate before each of his writing sessions: the activity, he said, helped inspire his imagination and put him in the proper mindset ...
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Infographic: 19 Emotions For Which English Has No Words

Infographic: 19 Emotions For Which English Has No Words | Novel Ideas | Scoop.it
We’ve all heard that the Inuit people have countless words for snow.
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Sharla Shults's curator insight, July 18, 2013 10:51 PM

One might be fluent in only one language but how interesting to ‘grow’ with other languages, especially within the senses of emotion. Love and sadness are far more nuanced than the English language permits.

 

How about the word “Gezelligheid,” which is Dutch for “comfort and coziness of being at home, with friends, with loved ones or general togetherness”?

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Ampers-Fan

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Alistair Sooke traces the history of the ampersand, the character representing 'and'.
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Alistair Sooke traces the history of the ampersand, the little character that has quietly given joy to so many, from a bored medieval scribe to a modern-day digital font designer.

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Exclusive: Life of Pi first look - Telegraph

Exclusive: Life of Pi first look - Telegraph | Novel Ideas | Scoop.it
An exclusive sneak peak behind the scenes of the new adaptation of Yann Martel's novel Life of Pi, directed by Ang Lee.
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Living Worlds - Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development, Inc

Living Worlds - Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development, Inc | Novel Ideas | Scoop.it

"Transmedia — the telling of a story across multiple platforms and formats — is a concept we’ve embraced at Walt Disney Imagineering for decades. As the leader in the themed entertainment industry, we want to encourage the transmedia design community to expand the art of immersive storytelling — and that’s where you come in! Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development wants to work with innovative storytellers willing to push the limits to create fully immersive worlds where guests can explore, play and discover deep narratives."


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The video preview looks great - Skyfall, James Bond, review - Telegraph

The video preview looks great - Skyfall, James Bond, review - Telegraph | Novel Ideas | Scoop.it
Robbie Collin reviews the new James Bond film, Skyfall, starring Daniel Craig and Javier Bardem.
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Congrats to Mo Yang - China's Mo Yan wins Nobel Prize in literature - Telegraph

Congrats to Mo Yang - China's Mo Yan wins Nobel Prize in literature  - Telegraph | Novel Ideas | Scoop.it

Chinese author Mo Yan wins the 2012 Nobel Literature Prize... Now I really must read some of his work. It sounds very interesting.

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The Zen master says..

A nobleman who asked the Zen Master Hakuin, “What happens to the enlightened man at death?”
“Why ask me?” said Hakuin.
“Because you’re a Zen master.”
“Yes, but not a dead one.”

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Can Octopuses Help Us Make Better Kindles? | Octopus Chronicles, Scientific American Blog Network

Can Octopuses Help Us Make Better Kindles? | Octopus Chronicles, Scientific American Blog Network | Novel Ideas | Scoop.it
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Kurt Vonnegut's Shapes of Stories in infographic form

Kurt Vonnegut's Shapes of Stories in infographic form | Novel Ideas | Scoop.it

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Fotis Begklis's curator insight, February 26, 2014 3:32 AM

Nice

Debbie Elicksen 's curator insight, February 28, 2014 12:00 PM

How would you shape your story?

Andrew Raimist's curator insight, March 1, 2014 1:06 AM

Kurt Vonnegut's rejected anthropology thesis proposed that the shapes of a culture's stories was at least as important as the shapes of their pots and spearheads.


I've been interested about the potential relationship of literary form to visual form, how we understand them logically, intellectually and emotively. How could a drawing, painting or work of architecture express the ideas contained in a work of literature through the use of form?


You can see Vonnegut discuss his ideas on the shapes of stories in this clip on YouTube:


http://youtu.be/oP3c1h8v2ZQ

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IgNobels 2013: The Tearless Onion | The Scicurious Brain, Scientific American Blog Network

IgNobels 2013: The Tearless Onion | The Scicurious Brain, Scientific American Blog Network | Novel Ideas | Scoop.it
I don't know about you, but onions make me MISERABLE. I love them, and I cook with them probably 5-6 days a week, but the chopping, ...
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Future Wireless Devices Won’t Need Batteries - AppNewser

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Future Wireless Devices Won’t Need Batteries
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Print journalism

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GEORGE BUTLER is an illustrator of current events, taking time to draw and paint what others might photograph in Indian slums, Syrian battlegrounds and English...
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Really interesting

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, July 25, 2013 12:18 PM

All of George Butler's print material has a story behind it...more often inspirational than not.

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Projects - euthanasia-coaster - Julijonas Urbonas

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I'm in favor of euthanasia but this scare me

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Some thoughts and musings about making things for the web - The Oatmeal

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America’s Slippery Slope Into Britishisms

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Snippets of British vernacular — “cheers” as a greeting — that were until recently as rare as steak and kidney pie on these shores are cropping up in the daily speech of Americans (particularly, New Yorkers).


Via Bryan Murphy, Rosemary J. Adkins
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Bryan Murphy's comment, October 11, 2012 10:51 AM
Being of the generation in thrall to American blues singers, I'd always assumed it was one way traffic eastwards across the pond. Still, I'm dead chuffed.
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Ian McEwan is lucky to be allowed to publish novellas - Telegraph

Ian McEwan is lucky to be allowed to publish novellas - Telegraph | Novel Ideas | Scoop.it
Many novelists would love to write novellas like Ian McEwan, says Toby Clements, but publishers are only interested in the shorter form if it has the name of a bestselling author attached to it...
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30 great one-liners - Telegraph - which is your favorite?

30 great one-liners - Telegraph - which is your favorite? | Novel Ideas | Scoop.it
From Groucho Marx to Homer Simpson, Martin Chilton's picture special on some memorable one-liners.
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Red Bull Rampage 2012: extreme freestyle mountain bike competition - Telegraph

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Red Bull Rampage 2012: extreme freestyle mountain bike competition.
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Haruki Murakami favourite to win Nobel Prize in Literature as Bob Dylan lands odds of 10/1 - Telegraph

Haruki Murakami favourite to win Nobel Prize in Literature as Bob Dylan lands odds of 10/1 - Telegraph | Novel Ideas | Scoop.it
Haruki Murakami will approach the Nobel Prize in Literature result as one of the shortest odds favourites in history according to Ladbrokes.
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Shock news! Man hallucinates!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151245226086101&set=a.10150872095581101.464534.18343191100&type=1&theater

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