Don’t Miss The DOCTOR WHO Advent Calendar

Hey, we’re just a bunch’a fanboys here, you know? And when it comes to warming fanboy, um, cockles, this is it:

Doctor Who Advent Calendar

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Been Rejected Lately? Awesome! You’re Even More Creative Now

For some reason we find this very disturbing:

How is a pencil like a rejection? @#$!ed if we know.

News: How Getting Rejected Fuels Creativity  by Laura Newcome

The Study

Researchers conducted a series of three studies in which students at a university were made to believe they’d been either “accepted” or “rejected” by a group. Participants were then told in person that they’d complete additional creative tasks as individuals (if they’d been “rejected”) or would join their group after completing some tasks (if they’d been “accepted”).
In Study 1, participants were given seven minutes to complete word problems designed to assess creativity. In Studies 2 and 3, the researchers repeated the same procedures but accounted for variables like positive feelings and verbal reasoning. They found that these variables weren’t responsible for individual differences in creativity (meaning rejection likely was the cause). In the third study, participants were asked to draw fantastical creatures. These drawings were used as a barometer of creativity if they looked unlike pre-existing animals on Earth.
Ultimately, social rejection didn’t always return negative results, it all depended if the person identified more as independent or interdependent. Researchers speculate that because more independent people already feel “different,” they’re more willing to explore unusual ideas and abandon traditional ways of thinking post-rejection.
In contrast, interdependent people are more motivated to fit in and maintain harmony within a group, making them more likely to respond to rejection with efforts to repair and strengthen friendships. For these folks, rejection can have some pretty pronounced negative consequences. But for individuals whose need to be independent is stronger than the need to belong, being rejected might end up boosting creativity. read article

How the Copyright Bots Kept Us From Seeing Neil Gaiman Receive His Hugo for DOCTOR WHO!

What? There’s “copyright bots?” WTF?

How copyright enforcement robots killed the Hugo Awards – by  Annalee Newitz

Last night, robots shut down the live broadcast of one of science fiction’s most prestigious award ceremonies. No, you’re not reading a science fiction story. In the middle of the annual Hugo Awards event at Worldcon, which thousands of people tuned into via video streaming service UStream, the feed cut off — just as Neil Gaiman was giving an acceptance speech for his Doctor Who script, “The Doctor’s Wife.” Where Gaiman’s face had been were the words, “Worldcon banned due to copyright infringement.” What the hell? read article