Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Birthday Message to Sir Isaac Newton Makes Big Bang on Twitter

I really need to get up and start the day! But I keep finding interesting posts!
Why do people get so upset about this stuff? Seems perfectly reasonable to me to mention the birthday of Sir Isaac Newton (I didn’t realise his birthday was Dec 25th).
I’m a Christian and celebrate Christmas (obvs!) but in no way am I offended…

TIME

As Christians celebrated the birth of Jesus Christ on Thursday, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson noted the birth of another notable man: Sir Isaac Newton.

Tyson’s tweet was met with some praise and some ire—many felt the tweet was disrespectful to those observing Christmas on Dec. 25. But many cheered Tyson’s wit.

The anti-Christian furor was stoked by Tyson’s follow-up tweet, which read:

Late Friday, Tyson wrote a Facebook message explaining his tweet, which he says is his most retweeted ever.

“Everybody knows that Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus…

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Facebook Apologizes for Pain Caused by ‘Year in Review’ Posts

This is interesting. I’ve personally not taken up the ‘offer’ from my Facebook page to do the ‘Year in Review’ because I’m just not a fan of this type of FB app. However, to assume that ‘It’s been great year’ is clearly not applicable to everyone!

TIME

So far, Facebook has directly apologized to at least one person for whom the Year-in-Review post brought back painful memories from 2014.

Years can be full of ups and downs, but the algorithm Facebook used to highlight accounts’ most-liked photos didn’t allow users to choose which photos they want to highlight–eliminating the chance to leave out pictures people may not have wanted to be reminded were there.

Writer and web design consultant Eric Meyer wrote in a blog post that because he lost his six-year-old daughter to brain cancer in 2014, his year hadn’t been “great,” as the uniform Facebook post declared.

“For those of us who lived through the death of loved ones, or spent extended time in the hospital, or were hit by divorce or losing a job or any one of a hundred crises, we might not want another look at this past year,” Meyer wrote

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See Ewan McGregor as Jesus in Sundance Exclusive

Interesting. I’ll be interested to see how this looks. It’s a tricky area for film makers I always think, but I like Ewan McGregor and think he’s always a reliable actor…

TIME

When the trades announced last February that Albert Nobbs director Rodrigo García was making a small indie starring Ewan McGregor in dual roles, his characters were described as a “holy man and a demon.” But unveiled in yesterday’s announcement of Premieres for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were the more specific details for Last Days in the Desert that said holy man and demon are actually Jesus and the Devil, “in an imagined chapter from his 40 days of fasting and praying in the desert.”

In the film, Yeshua—Hebrew for Jesus—is tempted by evil while alone in the wilderness. “You can see the demon as the Devil,” says McGregor. “Or you can see him as another side of Yeshua perhaps, an embodiment of his doubt. He’s there testing him into trying to suggest that his father doesn’t love him, that his father’s not interested in his struggle.”

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