George R.R. Martin Says To Expect A New Book (Or Two) In 2018

In a post on his LiveJournal, where all the best ideas are publicized, Martin said to expect the Song of Ice and Fire series next written installment in 2018. Regarding the forthcoming book, The Winds of Winter, Martin had this to say: Initially meant for publication after the Song of Ice and Fire series was done, Fire and Blood is Martins history of House Targaryen, a bloodline that is supposed to end with Iron Throne seeker Daenerys. But who are we kidding? You know well wait for you, George.Game of Thrones will likely conclude its final season airing in 2018 …

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‘Game of Thrones’ premiere recap: the world won’t look the same after ‘Dragonstone’

[Spoiler Alert: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 1, Dragonstone.] After being away for far too long, HBOs smash hit Game of Thrones returned for Season 7 and wasted no time getting things going. With gruesome deaths, half-hearted marriage proposals and a lot of character crossover, the premiere episode managed to cover a lot of ground right out of the box. Things started off with a bang at the home of Walder Frey. Fans may remember that the head of one of the nastiest houses in Westeros met a bloody end at the hands of …

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Nepali ‘menstruation hut’ ritual claims life of teenage girl

New Delhi (CNN)A teenage girl in Nepal has died after she was bitten by a snake while banished to a cowshed during a menstruation ritual that sees young women separated from their families and made to sleep alone. It’s a ritual that Shahi had likely endured many times before, but on Thursday night, alone on the floor of her uncle’s cowshed, the teenager was bitten by a poisonous snake. “Twice, on her head and leg,” the local district mayor Surya Bahadur Shahi told CNN.

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Invisible unicorns: 35 big companies that started with little or no money

Joe Flaherty is director of Content & Community at Founder Collective. More posts by this contributor: Theres no shame in a $100M startup Overdosing on VC: Lessons from 71 IPOs Venture capital is a hell of a drug, and its possible tooverdose on VC, but for most founders that is a champagne problem. More often the question investors hear is how do I get a VC to back my startup? These founders arent worried about how overcapitalization will make their IPO prospects trickier theyre scrambling to get someone, anyone, to sign their first term sheet. Theres a widespread belief among founders that …

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Taking his own path: The world’s leading maze designer – BBC News

And there seems to be no job too small, or too outlandish, as his work ranges from tiny finger mazes that you can trace with a single digit, to an entire side of the 210m (689ft) tall Al Rostamani Maze Tower that was completed in Dubai in 2011. But how do you ever become a maze designer? For Mr Fisher it was a lucky turn in the maze we all walk through in life. Image copyright Adrian Fischer Image caption He designs everything from finger mazes to giant cornfield mazes Over the past decade he says that modern technology and …

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Blockchains are the new Linux, not the new Internet

Cryptocurrencies are booming beyond belief. Bitcoin is up sevenfold, to $2,500, in the last year. Three weeks ago the redoubtable Vinay Gupta, who led Ethereums initial release, published an essay entitled What Does Ether At $100 Mean? Since then it has doubled. Too many altcoins to name have skyrocketed in value along with the Big Two. ICOs are raking in money hand over fist over bicep. What the hell is going on? (eta: in the whopping 48 hours since I first wrote that, those prices have tumbled considerably, but are still way, way up for the year.) A certain seductive …

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The boss who lives as a medieval knight – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe boss in shining armour. By video journalist Greg Brosnan Jason Kingsley seems far too relaxed about the fatal dangers inherent in his daredevil hobby. “There have been some deaths in jousting,” he says. “But it is usually through inexperience, the wrong safety equipment, and a lot of bad luck combined.” Putting on an exact replica of a medieval suit of armour, the 53-year-old jousts a dozen or so weekends every year. Holding a 12ft (3.7m) long steel-tipped wooden lance in front of him, he rides a stallion full pelt towards another …

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The hospital errors leaving new parents devastated – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘Our baby son died due to NHS error’ More than 1,400 mistakes are being recorded by maternity staff in hospitals in England each week on average. For some families, those errors can have life-changing consequences. “Every single day we have to live with the fact that we’re a victim of the NHS,” Adam Asquith tells the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. Adam and his fiancee, Sarah Ellis, were expecting their first child in 2014. “When I first fell pregnant, everything was amazing. We were over the Moon,” Sarah says. When she went into …

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