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Slate: All About Eve Stage Adaptation Will Feature Gillian Anderson, Lily James and Score By PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey is great. Mostly great. I mean, I can’t say I’ve followed every step in her musical journey, but I loved a bunch of it.

 

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Corny as Kansas in August

KRON4: Northern California corn maze ranks among 25 best in US

The fact that there are at least 25 corn mazes in the US is… well, not too unexpected I guess. The fact that we have one in Northern California is… also not that surprising. Look, anyone who’s traveled the I-80 corridor between Sacramento and San Francisco can tell you we’ve got farms — mile after mile of boring, mind-numbing, tedious faaaaaaarrrmmmsss, People who think of California as “urban” make me laugh.

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Corny as Kansas in August

Severe punishment!

“Credit rating giant Equifax has been issued with the maximum possible penalty by the UK’s data protection agency for last year’s massive data breach.” From: Equifax slapped with UK’s maximum penalty over 2017 data breach | TechCrunch | Via Slashdot

The fine is £500,000. As of this writing, that’s equivalent to $663,435, US. Just so you know, Equifax’s revenue for 2017 was around $3,360,000,000, US. I’m sure this harsh, harsh punishment will teach them a valuable lesson.

Severe punishment!

Big, as-yet-unruined planets deserve better

Slashdot: Scientists Find ‘Super-Earth’ In Star System From ‘Star Trek’

I like space and Star Trek and stuff, but that’s not why I’m posting this. I am using this as an opportunity to register my disapproval of the term “Super-Earth“.

It’s a loaded term, with a ton of emotional baggage associated with it, and because of that I don’t think it conveys the idea of a massive, solid planet very well. To be more specific: The Earth is a bad place that shouldn’t exist — basically, it fucking sucks. So then, “Super-Earth” implies a place that super fucking sucks. And I don’t think that’s a fair term to apply to any planet that doesn’t have humans on it.

Big, as-yet-unruined planets deserve better