Wie drops out as Pettersen sets pace at windy Turnberry

TURNBERRY, Scotland (Reuters) – Norway’s Suzann Pettersen surged two strokes clear of the field while world number 17 Michelle Wie of the U.S. pulled out with a sore ankle in the Women’s British Open second round on Friday.

Security researcher: Globalstar GPS at risk of hackers

As is the case with seemingly anything that connects to the internet these days, a security researcher has found that GPS devices which connect to the Globalstar satellite network are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle hacking. According to Synack Inc…

Physics Is Totally This Cat’s Meow

If you name your cat after a celebrated scientist, don’t be surprised if it suddenly spurns balls of yarn and decides to chase a deeper itch, one scratched only by the pursuit of knowledge.

For instance, this cat — who happens to be named Hubble, presumably an ode to the celebrated astronomer — is awfully close to discovering the secret to perpetual motion. All it needs is just bit more catnip to really get it going. Sure, it doesn’t count as a closed system when there’s a cat involved, just don’t tell that to Hubble.

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About That Gritty, Dystopian ‘Little Women’ Reboot: It’s Brilliant

“That Dystopic Version of Little Women No One Asked For Is Coming to TV”, announced i09. “Are you ready for a ‘gritty,’ dystopian TV version of Louisa May Alcott’s ‘Little Women’?”, asked the L.A. Times. “CW to Make ‘Little Women’ Adaptation That Sounds Absolutely Nothing Like ‘Little Women,'” snarked IndieWire. 

The dainty little women of Louisa May Alcott’s charming, PG-rated 1868 classic might be rolling over in their graves at the thought of this reboot, which relocates the March sisters to Philadelphia, transforms them into “half-sisters” and sets them up with the task of uncovering a vast conspiracy.

Alcott, on the other hand — I think she’ll be resting quite comfortably.

It’s no longer a secret that the author, long known for her sweet, domestic tales for younger readers, didn’t exactly relish writing such cozy stories. She grew to see her stories of the March sisters as “moral pap for the young,” and the books certainly sand off (partially at the insistence of publishers) some of the darker or less societally acceptable aspects of Alcott’s own youth, on which Little Women was based. Jo, for example, was married off against her wishes — though Alcott rebelled against her publisher by marrying Jo to an old professor rather than jolly Laurie.

The March sisters live in what we might call genteel poverty, with the Civil War as a vague, distant backdrop. Their adored father spends the first part of the story on the front, nobly caring for wounded soldiers. The family is left less than wealthy, but reasonably comfortable.

In the real Alcott household, the picture didn’t appear so rosy. Louisa’s father, Bronson Alcott, a Transcendentalist who rubbed elbows with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, was so relentlessly idealistic that his family often faced significant deprivation. In 1843, he cofounded Fruitlands, a Utopian farm community that quickly proved lacking in the “fruit” department. The land failed to yield much in the way of crops, and Alcott limited their options even more by refusing to allow root vegetables, warm bathwater, leather, meat, coffee, cotton, wool, or, well, basically anything that might lead to human comfort. 

Meanwhile, Louisa May was living a more demanding childhood than Jo of Little Women, whose sacrifices are generally downplayed as minor and part of a fulfilling life. Her family participated in the Underground Railroad. To supplement her household’s income, she and her sisters worked from a young age as seamstresses, while Louisa May also taught and wrote. She briefly worked as a nurse during the Civil War, until she fell very ill, and her Hospital Sketches, based on her time there, helped launch her writing career.

In short, Louisa May Alcott’s life was a bit more gritty than Winona Ryder’s Jo would have us think; in transforming her memories into palatable domestic fables for young readers, she sanitized and sweetened an upbringing that was far from prim.

Plus, remember those shocking potboilers Jo wrote to make quick money in Little Women? Alcott argues, in the book, that these horror tales and pulp thrillers lack artistic and moral fiber. “I do not think that good young girls should see such things,” says Professor Bhaer to Jo, after he reads a sensational story much like the ones she writes. Convinced, “Jo wrote no more sensational stories,” wrote Alcott. “[T]he faults of these poor stories glared at her dreadfully and filled her with dismay.”

Strong condemnation — especially coming from Alcott, who herself secretly wrote pulpy thrillers much like the ones she laments as immoral in Little Women. Under the nom de plume A.M Barnard, she wrote shocking tales of revenge and suspense aimed at a far more adult audience than Little Women.

Why did she also write such moralistic tales as Little Women and An Old-Fashioned Girl? Perhaps the clue is in the very scene where Jo is tempted to sell racy pulp fiction: “‘People want to be amused, not preached at, you know,’” Jo’s editor tells her. “‘Morals don’t sell nowadays.’ Which was not quite a correct statement, by the way.”

Cheekily, Alcott alluded to how well morals have sold for her — this scene occurs in the second part of Little Women, Good Wives, written after the immense success of the original volume. “She said, ‘Money is the means and the ends of my mercenary existence,'” scholar Harriet Reisen told NPR. “She wrote what she called ‘moral pap for the young’ because it pays well.” To maintain this moralistic brand, Reisen added, “She suppressed the fact that she had written pulp fiction that included stories about spies and transvestites and drug takers.”

So before we write off this odd reboot of the cherished, oft-adapted children’s book, let’s remember what Louisa May Alcott was really all about. We may fondly remember Little Women as a soft-focus image of a perfect childhood, but it was never as gritty as Alcott probably wanted it to be. Sure, a dystopian thriller set in futuristic Philly is a far cry from Civil War-era Massachusetts, but judging by the author’s well-kept secret career as a pulp fiction writer and her tough-as-nails childhood, it might be as close to the spirit of her work as the original children’s book. 

Besides: It sounds kind of amazing.

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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: Drake & Meek Mill Beef Is ‘All Good Fun For Hip-Hop’

The beef between Drake and Meek Mill has officially hit its peak, and the men of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony are watching the drama play out like the rest of us.

The battle, which the Philly rapper ignited when he accused Drake of having a ghostwriter pen his raps, set the internet ablaze and has since spawned two diss tracks from Drake — “Charged Up” and “Back-to-Back” – and a poorly-received response from Meek Mill.

When Bone Thugs-n-Harmony sat down with HuffPost Live on Thursday, Krayzie Bone said that beef between rappers has an important legacy in the hip-hop world.

“To me, certain beefs is good for hip-hop. It’s always been a part of hip-hop. You always had emcees going against each other,” he told host Julee Wilson

While the friction between the rappers has clearly burned bridges, Krayzie Bone said that beef can be a positive force for hip-hop culture, pointing to the long-squashed feud between two of the biggest artists to come out of NYC — Jay Z and Nas.

“As long as it don’t turn into nothing like the East Coast-West Coast thing, I think it’s all good fun for hip hop. … I say the perfect example of a hip-hop beef is Jay Z and Nas,” Krayzie Bone said. “They battled, then they put it to rest then they came and did a song together. That’s how its supposed to go. Nobody’s supposed to lose their life. None of that’s supposed to happen. This is music. You’re supposed to enjoy it.”

As for the ghostwriting allegations against Drake, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony didn’t take an issue with the idea of rappers using an anonymous writer, but he made it known that his own group did not take part in the practice.

“Some people are more entertainers than they are actual writers. … Us personally, we all write our own stuff. We have never had ghostwriters or no shit like that,” Wish Bone said.

“It opens up the doors for somebody else to earn a little bit of money. Ain’t nothing wrong with that. Let the ghostwriter write if that’s the case,” Flesh-N-Bone said.

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Correction: This article has been updated to reflect that Jay Z was born in Brooklyn, whereas Nas was not: he was born in Queens.

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Mets land Cuban slugger Cespedes at trade deadline

(Reuters) – A flurry of deals got in under the wire of Friday’s Major League Baseball trade deadline, crowned by the New York Mets acquiring Cuban slugger Yoenis Cespedes from the re-tooling Detroit Tigers.

Facebook’s Terms Of Service Agreement Now That Mark Zuckerberg Is Having A Baby

It was announced Friday that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, will be having a baby girl.

HuffPost Comedy has learned that with this new child also comes a new Facebook Terms of Service agreement, one that will reflect Zuckerberg’s new role as a dad.

Here are some of the things to expect by agreeing to use Facebook.


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Music Artists Take On the Business, Calling for Change

As their attitudes toward the online economy shift, more artists are speaking out for an overhaul of the industry and how they are compensated.