A man’s hunt for ‘girl of his dreams’ in supermarket causes controversy

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An Australian man who spotted "the girl of his dreams" in a supermarket is on an Internet hunt to find her, in spite of the fact people are finding it creepy.

Brok Neilson, from the Gold Coast in Queensland, thought he had experienced love at first sight when he spotted a mystery brunette from afar in the fruit and vegetable section of Woolworths on Monday. What began as a Facebook post, soon spiralled into an online campaign to reunite the pair.

Although some find the gesture romantic, the ordeal has faced heavy backlash from people who don’t see the rosy side of capturing and sharing a photograph online of a woman who didn’t give her consent. Read more…

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“Love Is a Skill That Needs to Be Learned”

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When you start a new job, you’re not expected to know everything on your first day. You’re trained. You get a handbook. After a while, you catch on. With this in mind, The School of Life makes an interesting point: we should approach our romantic relationships similarly.

As they point out, love as an aspiration is almost impossible. We’re expected to “get” the other person right away and feel some deep, magical connection even if we haven’t known them very long. Even if the first few weeks or months of your relationship feels this way, reality eventually sets in. Then, we get hurt when our partner doesn’t automatically understand or empathize with us.

Here’s how The School of Life puts it:

In the romantic ideology, love is understood to be an enthusiasm, rather than what it really is: a skill that needs to be learned….work culture knows that people don’t improve if they’re feeling threatened and humiliated. Home life finds us far less able to be competent teachers…We think we need to be loved just for being who we are. Though we all are, of course, terribly flawed, we imagine love has nothing to do with education, and therefore, the lover who is trying to point something out to us is being nasty, rather than doing what all lovers should in fact do, which is their utmost to improve those they care about through their love.

At work, we’re given performance reviews and feedback. With love, it’s just supposed to work. Of course, this isn’t to say you should stick with a relationship that’s abusive or otherwise harmful. At some point, you do have to call it quits, but that’s a different story altogether.

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The point here is, making a relationship work might not be an instinctive thing. As unromantic as it might seem to compare love to our jobs, approaching it this way seems to lend itself better to actually caring for another human being. Check out the full video above or at the link below.

Why Work is Easier Than Love | The School of Life (YouTube)

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A Psychotic Rant About Going to the Cinema

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Going to the movies is a punch in the dick.

Snot-nosed crying kids, $6 bottles of water, talkers, texters, and that one couple who keeps taking flash selfies during the emotional climax of The Force Awakens.

During the Amy Winehouse documentary, in an almost empty theater, an open-mouthed eater sat right behind me and somehow stretched his box of popcorn over two hours. At the end of it, I wasn’t ruminating on the perils of drug abuse, fame, and a natural-born talent’s tragic demise. I was thinking about how much I hated popcorn guy. How I hated his stupid face, his clothes, his friends, his co-workers, his family members who didn’t teach him better.

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Popcorn, man.

And coughing.

When I went to watch Birdman at the Sunshine Landmark Cinemas in Manhattan, Keanu Reeves happened to walk in and sit right next to me. He was by himself, and at first I was like “No shit, that’s Neo” (In my head).

Then he coughed through Birdman. All. The Way. Through It. Did I like Birdman? Don’t know. Couldn’t hear it. Sad Keanu.

Take a deep breath.

This was all before yesterday, when AMC Entertainment’s CEO said the chain would consider allowing texting in cinemas to attract more young people.

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A room full of tiny glowing screens is exactly the opposite of what the dickery of modern movie-going needs. And AMC Entertainment’s CEO is too late anyway. We’re already at the dawn of the post-cinema-going world.

Which is why we should all be genuinely excited about ideas like Screening Room, which would charge $50 to let you watch new movies at home the same day they’re released in theaters.

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You’re hard-pressed getting out of a movie theater for under $50 these days, what with the ticket, drink, snacks, and if you’re treating someone else. For the same price, you can skip traffic or public transit, lines at the box office, scrambling for a seat, and putting up with mouth-breathers.

You can pause the movie to go to the bathroom. Microwave and eat popcorn until you explode. Pop a cheap soda from the 12 pack in your fridge. Hell, sit naked with your cat for all anyone cares.

But what about the big screen?

I bought this $373 projector on Wirecutter’s recommendation years before I worked here (we have a partnership with Wirecutter). It’s cheap, reliable, has good picture, and has never let me down. Mad Max looked sick on this thing.

What about the social part of going to the movies and getting out of the house?

Go to dinner. Go bowling. Paint some ceramics. Go do literally anything else that doesn’t rely on trusting people in a confined space to be quiet and considerate.

What about the sweet sound?

I’m not a sound nerd, but how about this?

What about the atmosphere of being in a theater where everyone is laughing/scared?

Not worth it.

Why are you such a neurotic snob asshole about other people?

I don’t think I am. I just love movies and don’t want to be distracted. 🙁

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Someone worked out how much Darth Vader’s suit would cost and it’s ridiculously expensive

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LONDON — Darth Vader’s outfit might look simple enough — and you could probably find a not-too-bad imitation of it in most fancy dress shops — but actually he’s got a hell of a lot of technology stashed beneath that black cloak. 

There’s the breathing mechanism, obviously, but then you’ve also got the prosthetics, the voice modification, and that’s before you even get started on the whole augmented reality thing.

By analysing costs based on real-life items like a NASA space suit and an f-35 helmet, Shade Station have calculated how much money Vader’s outfit might cost in real life… Read more…

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