Dan Aykroyd Thinks the New Ghostbusters Cast is ‘Magnificent’

TIME

The new all-female Ghostbusters cast has one important fan already: Dan Aykroyd, one of the original Ghostbusters.

Aykroyd, who also co-wrote the 1984 film, told The Hollywood Reporter, “The Aykroyd family is delighted by this inheritance of the Ghostbusters torch by these most magnificent women in comedy. My great grandfather, Dr. Sam Aykroyd, the original Ghostbuster, was a man who empowered women in his day, and this is a beautiful development in the legacy of our family business.”

Melissa McCarthy will star in the remake, and Sony is currently negotiating with Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

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The Quirky Ways 7 Other Countries Celebrate Christmas

TIME

If you’ve ever considered it odd that U.S. Christmas traditions revolve around indoor trees (real and plastic) and a plump, bearded man sliding down chimneys… you’re not wrong.

In fact, our conception of Santa Claus can largely be attributed to a single 1828 poem, Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” which enshrined the nation’s image of Santa–with his “little round belly” and a beard “as white as the snow–and propagated the idea of him coming through chimneys to deliver gifts in stockings, now common knowledge to children across the country. It’s just one of the ways our Christmas traditions can be traced to quirks of history.

But odd and seemingly arbitrary Christmas traditions are not only the purview of the United States. Around the world, in countries that are majority Christian and countries that are majority not, unique practices emerge as the holiday approaches.

Here’s a look at…

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These Were The Top 10 Most Popular Searches On Google In 2014

TechCrunch

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Each year, Google releases a list of the topics we’ve collectively searched for the most over the past 12 months. Each year, I try and see how many I can guess beforehand.

This year, I got about half. How many can you get? [Pro tip: remember, people generally search for depressing/scary stuff more than pretty much anything else.]

Google released two lists this year — one for US search trends, and one for worldwide search trends. The lists are mostly the same, with just a few differences.

US Trending Searches:

  1. Robin Williams
  2. World Cup
  3. Ebola
  4. Malaysia Airlines
  5. Flappy Bird
  6. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
  7. ISIS
  8. Ferguson
  9. Frozen
  10. Ukraine

Global Trending Searches:

  1. Robin Williams
  2. World Cup
  3. Ebola
  4. Malaysia Airlines
  5. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
  6. Flappy Bird
  7. Conchita Wurst
  8. ISIS
  9. Frozen
  10. Sochi Olympics

The two lists are strikingly similar, save for the global list leaning toward Conchita Wurst and the Sochi Olympics in place…

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Mesosphere’s new data center mother brain will blow your mind

Gigaom

Mesosphere has been making a name for itself in the the world of data centers and cloud computing since 2013 with its distributed-system smarts and various introductions of open-source technologies, each designed to tackle the challenges of running tons of workloads across multiple machines. On Monday, the startup plans to announce that its much-anticipated data center operating system — the culmination of its many technologies — has been released as a private beta and will be available to the public in early 2015.

As part of the new operating system’s launch, [company]Mesosphere[/company] also plans to announce that it has raised a $36 million Series B investment round, which brings its total funding to $50 million. Khosla Ventures, a new investor, drove the financing along with Andreessen Horowitz, Fuel Capital, SV Angel and other unnamed entities.

Mesosphere’s new data center operating system, dubbed DCOS, tackles the complexity behind trying to…

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In God Country

The Sentence is a Lonely Place

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Karl De Mesa’s non-fiction collection, Report from the Abyss, offers plenty of terrifying tales that will make you want to lock yourself up in a fortress or in a brightly lit room. Far from the full-on phantasmagoria of his fiction (the novella collection News of the Shaman, and the short story collection, Damaged People: Tales of the Gothic Punk), De Mesa’s latest tracks down horrors that we encounter every day. These are stories that you’ve heard of in the news magazine shows, ripped from the hazy corner of a yellowing tabloid.

It’s easy to slide into pulp territory given the slippery nature of these incidences (indeed, two of the essays in the book are written in attention-grabbing tabloid vernacular) but De Mesa wraps them all up in crystalline prose while still thrumming with the eerie spirit of the weird and the occult.

For about half of the…

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