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James Plafke — Managing Editor

When he's not playing video games, James Plafke is usually working or attending the gym, two activities that aren't widely associated with someone who has video game tattoos. Ancient scrolls uncovered decades ago suggest that his writing style is reminiscent of Mark Twain and a bit of Danielle Steel, but a chosen few know the truth -- he actually employs a sophisticated writingbot that writes for him while he sits back and wonders if anyone will find out he does that.

  1. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 11/5

    1. 11 movie chess scenes where the board is set up wrong (Mental Floss)
    2. Have some space in your apps (GeekSugar)
    3. Instagram just had one of its biggest moments (The Daily Dot)
    4. Aladdin skateboarding on a magic carpet, IRL (HyperVocal)
    5. 12 well-designed bicycles for urban dwellers (Flavorwire)
    6. Do you need a nap capsule? (The Week)
    7. 8 election myths you probably believe (Cracked)
    (title pic via Daily Picks and Flicks)

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  2. Editors' Picks

    Editors’ Picks 11/2: The Origin of Power of Horror

    This week in Editors' Picks: James reminds you it's okay to like things your peers don't, Rollin is in awe of basic electricity, and Ian is secretly terrified.

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  3. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 11/2

    1. How to send Sandy victims digital donations (GeekSugar)
    2. How far can you drive on empty? (Mental Floss)
    3. New York City's newest neighborhood is a depressing one (HyperVocal)
    4. Unraveling one of the Internet's oldest mysteries (The Daily Dot)
    5. Bizarre myths behind birthmarks (Environmental Graffiti)
    6. 4 reasons you should be thrilled about the Disney Star Wars acquisition (Cracked)
    7. Sometimes PETA is weird instead of awful (Flavorwire)
    (title pic via reddit)

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  4. Weird

    Want to Rule the World? Man Attempts to Auction Off Earth

    Much more valuable than your Crayola collector's tin, a Japanese man is attempting to auction off the Earth on Yahoo Auctions. Even weirder, at the time of this writing, the auction has 2,772 bids, with the current price sitting at 9,912,356,678 yen, or about 123,472,279 bucks, with four days remaining.

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  5. Entertainment

    Now That Disney Owns Star Wars, This is What They Did With Darth Vader

    For those of you worried about Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm, they didn't ruin comics when they bought Marvel, right? They certainly didn't ruin sports by owning ESPN either, so if you're worried that they'll turn Star Wars into some kind of Kingdom Hearts-style mashup where Mickey can't stop feeling disturbances in the Force, I'd recommend a wait-and-see approach first. On the other hand, all of those animatronic kids in It's a Small World getting Force-choked until they can't sing anymore would be just fine. However you feel about the purchase, this is how Disney celebrated, playing on the old stereotype of where athletes say they're going to go after they win some kind of bowl or finals or world-spanning series. At any rate, don't forget: Many people would say Disney is a more terrifying cult than the Sith anyway.

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  6. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 11/1

    1. Your guide to cable TV apps for iOS and Android (GeekSugar)
    2. 15 offbeat holidays you can celebrate in November (Mental Floss)
    3. The wild tweets of a hobo taxi driver (The Daily Dot)
    4. 8 GIFs to kick off Movember (HyperVocal)
    5. Kim Dotcom announces Me.ga (The Next Web)
    6. 6 recklessly extreme versions of already extreme sports (Cracked)
    7. Who should direct Star Wars: Episode VII? (The Week)
    (title pic via Daily Picks and Flicks)

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  7. Entertainment

    The Papercraft Biology Art of Julie Dodd

    Papercraft is always a mainstay here at Geekosystem, and when we came across the environmental and biological papercraft artwork of Julie Dodd, we were mightily impressed. From illegal logging papercraft to blood cells, Dodd is a master of her, uh, craft. Check out some of her work below, and give her site a visit right away.

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  8. Science

    Striking Image of Virus Wreaking Havoc

    The striking image above, captured by University of Sydney researchers, shows the vaccinia virus -- the vaccine used to beat smallpox -- spreading from one cell to a whole layer of cells in a monkey's kidney.

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  9. Entertainment

    George Lucas to Use $4 Billion From Disney Sale Toward Funding Education

    Just two days ago, The Walt Disney Company announced they acquired Lucasfilm, and that the next Star Wars trilogy would begin in 2015 with Episode 7. The deal was said to cost $4.05 billion, a staggering sum of money that George Lucas plans to put toward funding education.

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  10. Science

    E=mc2 is Incomplete [Video]

    What is perhaps the most famous equation in the world, e=mc2 (sorry, Pythagorean theorem), also happens to be incomplete. MinutePhysics is here to show you the missing pieces, which, much to the Pythagorean theorem's joy, actually employs a little a2+b2=c2, and explains the utter importance of the underrepresented p times c part of the equation. Happy learning.

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  11. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 10/31

    1. Geeky pumpkin templates your jack-o'-lantern needs (GeekSugar)
    2. Psychology behind riding out the storm (Mental Floss)
    3. We're totally fine with dogs surviving in disaster movies (Flavorwire)
    4. 10 classic GIFs from horror movies (The Daily Dot)
    5. 5 epic ways to destroy pumpkins (Environmental Graffiti)
    6. Community has a return date (TDW Geek)
    7. 8 of the creepiest places on Earth (Cracked)
    (title pic via Daily Picks and Flicks)

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  12. Tech

    Picade, an Arcade Cabinet for the Raspberry Pi

    The Raspberry Pi continues to be a fun, extremely inexpensive hobby. Even if you can't quite figure out what to do with one, the high-end model only costs $35, so that's well worth the investment of having a toy you aren't quite sure how to play with just yet. A Kickstarter project from Pimoroni, the team that brought us the awesome Pibow Raspberry Pi case, looks to bring us all an arcade cabinet for the Raspberry Pi.

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  13. Science

    Researchers on Track to Prevent Sperm From Swimming, Male Contraceptive Pill Closer

    A male birth control pill has been the subject of scientific curiosity for a while, and a new study has found that rather than killing the sperm or preventing their existence, a male contraceptive pill might be the product of preventing the sperm from swimming.

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  14. Weird

    Hurricane Sandy Causes Massive Explosion at Con Edison Plant in NYC [VIDEO]

    As Hurricane Sandy hit the northeastern United States last night, large swathes of New York and New Jersey lost power. This video, which captured an explosion at a Con Edison plant, would most likely explain why. If you wait through the middle, another explosion happens at the end. It was probably terrifying for the people that didn't have power since they couldn't quickly hop on the Internet and look up what just happened. Thankfully, the storm is gone, and now we all just have to wait for the clean-up.

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  15. Geekolinks

    Geekolinks: 10/30

    1. What Hurricane Sandy did to the NYC subway system (HyperVocal)
    2. 5 books dictated from beyond the grave (Mental Floss)
    3. Baby seahorses are adorable (Environmental Graffiti)
    4. Newspaper pins sex offenders to Pinterest for Halloween (The Daily Dot)
    5. Archer group costume is better than your group costume (TDW Geek)
    6. Steve Jobs' mysterious iMac-controlled yacht (The Week)
    7. 10 most confusing things about football to an outsider (Cracked)
    (title pic via Daily Picks and Flicks)

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