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True Detective ends its first season as it began: with two indelible performances [Recap: season 1, episode 8]

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Kevin McFarland reviews the finale of HBO’s crime drama “True Detective,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. If you’re new to the show, start with our introduction here. This post contains spoilers.

Hannibal's terrifying gaze inward, in "Sakizuki" [s2e2]

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Hannibal’s premiere hit the ground running, but it felt like half of an episode. We barely even met the “artist” behind the giant corpse-eye mural, because there was so much fallout from Will’s incarceration.

The anxiety of unplugging and why we should disconnect to connect

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Clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair, author of The Big Disconnect, studies why it’s so hard for us to disregard the digital disruptions around us. Tanya Schevitz, spokesperson for Reboot’s National Day of Unplugging, talked to Steiner-Adair about our aversion to disconnecting and the power of real presence.

Suspicionless searches at US border: the next battleground for press freedom

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US Customs and Border Patrol agents can detain American citizens for hours and seize laptops and phones without evidence or suspicion of wrongdoing. This has happened to a number of journalists, and press advocates worry that the frequency of these incidents is increasing.

The return of Hannibal Lecter

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Mikkelsen’s civilized serial killer returns in “Kaiseki,” the eye-opening premiere to season two of Hannibal. Theresa DeLucci takes a bite out of the show’s mad metaphors.

'After You’ve Gone' sets everything up for True Detective finale [TV recap: season 1, episode 7]

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Kevin McFarland reviews episode 7 in season 1 of HBO’s crime drama “True Detective,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. If you’re new to the show, start with our introduction here. This post contains spoilers.

Choosing a Secure Password

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As insecure as passwords generally are, they’re not going away anytime soon. Every year you have more and more passwords to deal with, and every year they get easier and easier to break. You need a strategy.

True Detective drops more hints about the possible identity of the Yellow King [Recap: season 1, episode 6]

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Kevin McFarland reviews episode 6 in season 1 of HBO’s crime drama “True Detective,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. If you’re new to the show, start with our introduction here. This post contains spoilers.

Venezuela: 15 Years of Solitude

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“The democratic Venezuela that so often received exiles from neighboring countries and gave asylum to political refugees fleeing military governments is once again alone.” Maruja Tarre, a Venezuelan journalist, reflects on the violent situation in her home country. Previously: “Snowden and Venezuela: My bizarre experience in the surveillance state,” an essay on Boing Boing by her daughter Isabel Lara, about the experience of being spied upon in Venezuela.

Venezuela: 'After being promised paradise we are living in a nightmare.'

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A first-person account of the current chaos in Venezuela from Guido Núñez-Mujica, a Boing Boing reader and biotech entrepreneur who calls the South American country his homeland.

RoboCop in review

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Ethan Gilsdorf watches RoboCop (2014) and remembers RoboCop (1987). The PG-13 remake isn’t without its qualities, but has less to say than the original, and, worse, is not as funny.

True Detective barrels into the darkness of new cross-genre territory. TV recap: 'The Secret Fate of All Life,' S1 Ep. 5

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Kevin McFarland reviews episode 5 in season 1 of HBO’s crime drama “True Detective,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. If you’re new to the show, start with our introduction here. This post contains spoilers.

Why we love man versus nature struggles

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Have you ever wanted to be alone in the woods, drinking your own urine to survive? Probably not, that’d be weird. But you’ve wondered if you could do it, right? An exclusive essay by the author of the new science fiction novel, The Martian.

A masterful long take brings True Detective to its midpoint [Recap: “Who Goes There,” S1 Ep4]

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Kevin McFarland reviews the fourth episode of HBO’s crime drama “True Detective,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Contains spoilers. If you’re new to the show, start with our introduction here.

Here’s what you’ve been missing on HBO’s True Detective

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What separates HBO’s crime drama True Detective from other series that obsessively catalogue dead female bodies or attempt to find the human side of serial killers is the show’s ambition in style and scope.