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Thu February 9, 2012

Rants and Raves: Raiding the Lost Ark

Image by Jamie Benning

By: Beth Accommando

Once again George Lucas cannot leave well enough alone and we shall be assaulted by a 3D version of “The Phantom Menace” in theaters this weekend. But movie geek Jamie Benning has been toiling away on a series of fan-made documentaries that remind us why we fell in love with Lucas’ films in the first place.

Yes. I am a “Star Wars” geek. And I have a love/hate relationship with George Lucas. Take Jar Jar Binks… Please. (Apologies to Rodney Dangerfield and his wife.)

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Wed February 8, 2012

Facebook Initial Offering: Our Great Anti-Wall Street Hope?

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The build up to the most anticipated tech initial public offering (IPO) since Google hit the market has officially begun after years of speculation and hype. On Wedensday, Facebook filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in their documents a lengthy letter to potential investors from founder Mark Zuckerberg that reads in places more like a hacker manifesto from a mildly Disneyfied William Gibson novel than it does from a cut-throat businessman:

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Mon February 6, 2012

A Shadow Of Acceptance: Growing Up Overweight

Derek Williams
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By: Derek Williams

I’m so bowlegged that my older brother says I look like I’ve been riding a bull since the day I was born. I stand five foot seven and weigh 380 pounds.

Some days when my knees are giving me a lot of pain I’ll look over at my shadow doing a slow pigeon toed wobble down the street, and I just think to myself how gross and unhealthy I look.

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Wed February 1, 2012

Greg Niemeyer creates new music for a new problem

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What does the phrase “emotional science” mean to you? For some, it implies psychology. For Greg Niemeyer, a tenured associate professor in UC Berkeley’s department in New Media, “emotional science” means science that stimulates and engages. Niemeyer is also the director of the Data and Democracy Initiative at CITRIS, The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society, which looks to utilize technology and science to help individuals makes democratic and conscious decisions about the world around them.

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Tue January 31, 2012

BreakOut! Fights Mistreatment of LGBT Youth Within The Justice System

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Last week BreakOut!, a New Orleans based LGBTQ organization that focuses specifically on youth impacted by the juvenile justice system, began the first of their anti-discrimination training seminars for the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD). The training comes as a result of an investigation and subsequent consent decree by the United States Department of Justice mandating sweeping reforms and trainings throughout NOPD.

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