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Open Thread

This OT is Pouring One Out for Robin Williams

Depression is such a lying asshole.

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News

Friday News Bites: Twitter #Fail, Equality Advances, Net Neutrality + More

Greetings, my lovely unicorns, and Happy Friday. We have a variety of newsy bits to cover this week, and more of them to make up for last week’s vacation-posted brevity. Let’s dive right in:

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News

Friday News Bites: Airline Pranks, Gabriel García Márquez, Pulitzers + More

Happy Friday, everyone. Bit of a short roundup this week because I am currently on a whirlwind NW book tour/vacation and am poaching some Wi-Fi. I mean… I’m nicely borrowing it for a few minutes. So let’s get right to it.

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News

Friday News Bites: HIV Treatment Advances, Obituaries + More

This past week, several notable people have passed away, but we’ve also got some bright spots in the world of medicine and music to share. Let’s get to it.

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Life

We’ll Miss You, Philip Seymour Hoffman

“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.” -Philip Seymour Hoffman, as Lester Bangs, in Almost Famous.

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Music

Record Machine: “Sad Song” by Lou Reed

Listen, I’m cheating this week. I don’t own Berlin or any other Lou Reed album on vinyl, only on CD. Because the man loved to be such a contrary bastard in the name of doing what he wanted, breaking my self-imposed rules seems fitting while paying tribute. Let us talk about the rock ‘n’ roll […]

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Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll 10/27/13: We’ll Miss You, Lou Reed

Rock icon and international treasure Lou Reed, former frontman of The Velvet Underground, passed away yesterday. 

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News

Friday News: Surprise Pope Moves, Animal Adorableness, and more

In my news-travels this week, I stumbled across an interesting mix of surprising and not-so-surprising stories happening around the world. Consider it your end-of-the-week sampler platter, in case you missed the following items:

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News

News Appetizers: Now with More Reasons to Leave Work Early

Greetings, Persephoneers! It’s Friday, and perhaps you’re looking for a reason to duck out early. Maybe you have a hot date. Maybe that date is with Netflix and ice cream because you cannot EVEN with this day. News Appetizers don’t judge.

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News

RIP Amy Winehouse

Huffpo is reporting that Amy Winehouse was found dead in her home in North London today, but no cause of death has been determined.  She was 27.  

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News

We’ll Miss You, Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards, undisputed better half of former presidential candidate John Edwards, has passed away after a long struggle with cancer.  Edwards will be greatly missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with her children, family and friends.

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Pop Culture

RIP Leslie Nielson

Legendary comic actor Leslie Nielson died on Sunday at 84, from complications related to pneumonia.  After the cut, a look at some of his most memorable roles and the timeless quotability they provided.