'Doctor Who' wants to teach British kids how to code

The Doctor is in trouble, and only the Whovians of Britain can help save him in a new online computer game designed to help kids learn to code.

Debuting tomorrow, the BBC’s new web game, The Doctor and the Daleks, will tie in with the current series and feature nifty tips and tricks that can help kids master the basics of html coding. Written by series writer Phil Ford, the game will present kids with a series of puzzles that are actually steps to conquer basic programming skills.

The plot of the game involves the Doctor attempting to save one of his enemies, a Dalek, by working to reboot the Dalek to its full powerful potential. The game will also feature animated depictions of a few alien landscapes that have never been featured in New Who before, including scary-sounding climes like the Clone Chambers of Sontar and the Cyber-tombs of Telos. A preview clip of the game shows the Dalek powering through various landscapes and helping the Doctor to save the world:

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From exposing government corruption to freely disseminating academic research, these men all had different motives and goals. But all of them had one thing in common: their belief in humanity’s right to freedom of information.”

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Busting the 4 biggest myths about McDonald’s

Last week, Grant Imahara (a former host of the Discovery Channel show Mythbusters) decided to lend his busting expertise to McDonald’s, releasing a series of videos as part of the fast food chain’s new media campaign. These videos and accompanying FAQs are supposedly meant to alleviate customers’ important, tough questions about the quality of their products, like: “Is McDonald’s beef real food?”

Gentle PR fluff that it is, the videos are more commercial than debunking, and another video did Imahara’s job better. A recent timelapse video from BuzzFeed revisited the myth of the aging McDonalds burger, finding out that their patties hold up better over 30 days than six competing chains. While others mold, the chain’s food looks exactly the same; this is a fact documentarian Morgan Spurlock testified to in a famous sequence from Super Size Me, in which the company’s fries refuse to mold.

With the food culture war raging on the Internet, I thought it was a good time to revising some of the biggest myths about the company. How did Imahara do in assessing McDonald’s? Let’s find out.

1) Pink Slime is dangerous.

Former Mythbuster that he might be, Imahara’s first video, on whether the much misaligned “pink slime” is found inMcDonald’s beef, is pretty misleading. Taking us through the Cargill production plant, Imahara definitively shows us that no such thing exists in their beef. He doesn’t mention that up until 2012, and for the past decade, it certainly did. 

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This music video made on 14 iPhones and iPads is a work of magic

Take 14 Apple screens, probable multiple failures, and incredible precision and coordination, and you’ve got yourself a miraculous music video.

The Ukrainian band Brunettes Shoot Blondes released a music video for their single “Knock Knock,” and it’s nothing short of stunning. While the storyline itself, in which a suitor chases a woman after it looks like she doesn’t want to speak to him, is fairly creepy, the animation is incredible to watch.

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'Sleepy Hollow' producers promise even more twists this season

There’s even more “batshit craziness” to come in Sleepy Hollow, according to the show’s writers and cast.

The first season of the fan favorite show—which gained a huge following for its major twists, supernatural elements, diverse and fully fledged characters, and fan inclusion—ended in a major twist that had jaws dropping. But during a press roundtable at New York Comic Con, the show’s creators, writers, and stars, promised that things would get even crazier from episode to episode.

“What I can promise you is you have no idea what’s about to happen next,” Orlando Jones, who plays Frank Irving, said. “It’s a crazy season. It really is crazy.”

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The Internet generation didn’t become the “brunch generation” by accident. They were taught about the hipness of brunch from those who came before them, like Shaftel. And sure, maybe he’s right in that they’ve taken it a little too far. But still, whether you hate brunch, or love it, it’s not worth condemning everyone under 30 over. Every generation looks like misbehaving whippersnappers to the generation above it. Maybe by the time they’re Shaftel’s age, millennials will hate brunch, too.
Chris Osterndorf, "In defense of brunch"
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challenger23:

Surfing BMO

There was a disturbing lack of results for “BMO on a surfboard” and I needed to practice with Illustrator. This is the first thing I’ve made with it, and I’m not quite comfortable with the interface yet, which is why the animated part of this is so basic. 

adventuretime is such a great thing to be able to share with my kids, my son and I have even started collecting the comic books. He’s four years old and every issue is in a bag with a sleeve in his short box. I AM SO PROUD. (Though. tbh. Dad here should have done some quick math and realized what the back collection was going to run when we started at issue 20.)

Thanks, Mr. Ward & Co., your show rocks.

Love a good challenger23 gif.