Cersei got what was coming to her on ‘Game of Thrones’

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Game of Thrones season 5 hasn't been the show's strongest — one might argue it's been the worst by far — but at least Episode 7, "The Gift," had a couple of fun scenes. Unsurprisingly, the best was the moment when Cersei finally got what was coming to her as the High Sparrow played his hand. He had her dragged off to a cell that will soon have as much shit and bitterness inside it as Margaery's, and that's something at least. See also: 'Game of Thrones' will not stop doing horrible things to Sansa Stark It's worth revisiting that scene one more time just to watch the look on her face. But it raises a question, as well: was this the High Sparrow's plan all along? You have to assume that Lancel Lannister told the religious leader long ago about his role in King Robert's murder-by-wine. Read more »

Hundreds of people slaughtered by Islamic State in Syrian city: report

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The Syrian army is deploying troops in areas near the ancient town of Palmyra in apparent preparation for a counterattack to retake it from the Islamic State group, an official said. Gov. Talal Barazi of the central province of Homs, which includes Palmyra, told The Associated Press Sunday that IS members have "committed mass massacres in the city of Palmyra" since they captured it on Wednesday. He said IS fighters took many civilians, including women, to unknown destinations. See also: The heartbreaking effects that humans have on our planet Activists in the town have said that IS fighters have hunted down President Bashar Assad's loyalist since taking the town, killing some 280 people. Read more... More about Syria , Us World , and Islamic State Read more »

Photos of deadly flooding across Texas and Oklahoma

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Recent flooding in Texas and Oklahoma has resulted in evacuations, property damage and one death. Residents throughout both states have had to be rescued from the roofs and attics of their homes. More heavy rainfall is expected throughout the three-day weekend, and some flood warnings will be in effect through at least Memorial Day. See also: Texas and Oklahoma hit by severe flooding, killing 2 Here's a look at what some residents have been enduring during these destructive floods: Read more... More about Texas , Flood , Emergency , Us World , and Us Read more »

Baseball fan catches flying bat — and still manages to hold on to his beer

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Sometimes, baseball can be a very hands-on sport — even if you aren't one of the players At a St. Paul Saints game on Thursday, a baseball bat went flying into the crowd — where it was caught, one-handed, by a fan with ridiculously good reflexes. The best part? The spectator still managed to hold on to his beer while making the impressive catch Was there ever a more American moment? Absolutely not. A super-buff kangaroo has been stalking an Australian suburb iOS developer weighs in on how Apple HomeKit tools work, what lies ahead Cat shuts baby in cabinet because cats are jerks French bulldog doesn't hide his guilt very well Read more.. Read more »

Lockstep Salaries Are Making A Comeback

 With the closing of the Mad Men era, what is old is popular once again. Silicon Valley may be known for its colorful workplaces and free catered lunches, but its true innovation in compensation was exchanging the rigid tenure-based salary systems of East Coast professional firms for the meritocracy of the pure labor market. Everyone must discover their own competitive wage and equity level in… Read More Read more »

6 ‘Game of Thrones’ buddy film posters to celebrate Westerosi odd couples

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While it may not seem like it week to week, HBO's Game of Thrones is as much a show about odd couples as it is about agonizing pain and murder. It's these relationships — between two opposing characters who learn how to not kill each other — that give GoT the little heart it has. See also: Westeros gets political in 'Game of Thrones' attack ads As fans of both buddy movies and Westeros, we felt it fitting to create some spinoff films that George R.R. Martin can work on once he's done writing the last books of his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more.. Read more »

17 majestic mountains that will have you packing your bags

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As the refrain goes, there are two types of people in the world: those who like mountains and those who prefer beaches. Beach people are extroverts, while mountain people tend to be introverts, one study found . But whichever you are, there's no denying the beauty of these amazing mountains, as photographed by travelers. See also: 20 photos that show the exquisite beauty of America's National Parks For its April photography contest, Intrepid Travel asked travelers to submit photos of the wilderness, including national parks, jungles and mountains. The mountain shots they received, in particular, look amazing (check them out, below). Read more... Read more »

Watching 3D movies is good for your brain, study says

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Regardless of where you stand on the Hollywood's 3D trend, the option has added an artistic expansion to big budget films, as well as a welcome box office boost. The results of the 3D process vary, and there is still a moviegoing faction that just isn't buying what studios are selling. However, one British study could give the industry a new narrative advocating for watching films in 3D: increased brain power. According to a report in The Guardian , Neuroscientists Patrick Fagan of Goldsmith University and Professor Brendan Walker of Thrill Laboratory were curious about the qualified experience of watching films in 3D as opposed to traditional 2D. Collecting information from cognition tests and brain-reading real-time data from sample groups watching films projected in each format, their findings seem to suggest that watching 3D movies does provide a boost to the brain's cognitive functions. In fact, in some cases, they nearly double the levels Read more »

Bethenny Frankel will get you tipsy with hashtag-inspired cocktails

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While cocktails including the margarita and martini have been around for decades, there's nothing like putting a modern twist on the classics. Leave it to reality star and entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel to liven things up with a little spice and sass. We're talking hashtag-inspired drinks, such as the #Blessed Bellini and #IWokeUpLikeThis Sexy Russian. See also: Reality star Bethenny Frankel tells woman it's okay to cry in business Sure, Frankel built her Skinnygirl empire of cocktails and snacks on the success of a signature drink — the low-calorie Skinnygirl margarita — but she can whip up other concoctions, too. Read more... More about Video , Watercooler , Videos , Conversations , and Bethenny Frankel Read more »

Snapchat invests in shopping app Spring

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Would you buy clothes on Snapchat ? The social media startup seems to think so — or at least, it is investing an unspecified amount into a shopping app called Spring, according to a Re/code report which cites sources familiar with the matter See also: Snapchat's CEO on the question he's asked the most: 'Why didn't you sell?' Spring , which launched last year for iOS and Android, recommends menswear and womenswear via a slick photo-friendly feed somewhat resembling Instagram. Spring's parent company Jello Labs already raised $25 million in April, but it has the option to raise another $5.7 million in this round — which is where Snapchat might come in Read more... More about E Commerce , Startups , Tech , Apps Software , and Dev Design Read more »