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daily 06/08/2013

    • “Palantir has a software package called ‘Prism’: ‘Prism is a software component that lets you quickly integrate external databases into Palantir,'” wrote an anonymous source. “That sounds like exactly the tool you’d want if you were trying to find patterns in data from multiple companies.”
    • New York would never stoop to recording its own jingle about its beaches, but this massive rebuilding project does communicate something unique about the changing face of the city. Robert Moses, when he oversaw the construction of the Rockaway beaches, was adamant that hotels and stores be kept away from the shoreline. Unsurprisingly, the money to support the beaches eventually ran out, giving way to the trash-and-crime-plagued shore of the 1970s and 80s.
    • Moses probably would’ve hated this new $300 million investment in the Rockaways, since it’s not just about public betterment—it’s about developing this particular stretch of beach as a commercially viable entity to attract the kind of business that comes from surfing competitions and wealthy New Yorkers. Sandy, in a way, simply cleared the way for an undertaking that was decades in the making. Urban planning, in hyperdrive.
    • Apart from Daenerys, all of Martin’s characters are together in his first book, and they all split into groups, which eventually split up as well. Adds Martin: “The intent was to fan out, then curve and come back together.
    • Martin told Time Magazine that writing for network TV (including Beauty and the Beast) taught him the importance of the “act break.” This means going to a commercial on a moment of “revelation, a twist, or a cliff-hanger.”
    • Wars of the Roses from 1455 to 1485
    • And in fact, Martin freely admits reading this series “was one of the things that inspired me” to write A Game of Thrones. Fantasy had gotten “a bad rep for being very formulaic and ritual,” said Martin. “And I read The Dragonbone Chair and said, ‘My god, they can do something with this form,’ and it’s Tad doing it. It’s one of my favorite fantasy series.”
    • He felt that Tolkien’s imitators had created a sort of “Disneyland Middle Ages,” and he wanted to bring some realism back to the fantasy genre.
    • 9) World Religions


      Martin invented a few religions for his book series, but they have their roots in real-life faiths. For example, the Faith of the Seven, based on seven aspects of one god, is derived from the Christian Holy Trinity and the Mother, Maiden, and Crone come from Pagan views. Or in Greek mythology, it’s the Fates who embody this aspect, while the Father, Smith and Warrior come from “abrahamic” masculine elements. Meanwhile, the Lord of Light, R’hllor, is roughly based on Zoroastrianism and the Cathars (who were destroyed in the Albigensian Crusade.)

    • And finally, the Red Wedding is inspired by two events in Scottish history: the Black Dinner and the Glencoe Massacre
    • As for the rules of hospitality, which say a host cannot harm a guest, Martin says those are directly “stolen from history.”
    • Have you read the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series by Tad Williams mentioned in the article? I was shocked by how much I loved it. Today
    • If this the year that Texas finally breaks through and pulls out their first victory against the Wildcats since the 2003 season? Texas fans certainly hope so and Vegas believes that it’s possible after Purple Merlin
      • Purple Merlin. Awesome.
    • Saturday, October 26


      TEXAS -3




      Other than Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, this is the season-defining game for Texas.

    • Thursday, November 28




      TEXAS -16


      The first Thanksgiving match up between the two teams comes at home for the Longhorns this season against a Red Raider team adjusting to a new coaching staff, a new quarterback, and a new defensive coordinator once again, who will seek to improve the unit’s playmaking ability after some major issues forcing turnovers last season.

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