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Posted on April 11, 2014 by Editor

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Cliffs Notes AutoGen

from The Washington Post

Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say

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Claire Handscombe has a commitment problem online. Like a lot of Web surfers, she clicks on links posted on social networks, reads a few sentences, looks for exciting words, and then grows restless, scampering off to the next page she probably won’t commit to.

“I give it a few seconds — not even minutes — and then I’m moving again,” says Handscombe, a 35-year-old graduate student in creative writing at American University.

“It’s like your eyes are passing over the words but you’re not taking in what they say,” she confessed. “When I realize what’s happening, I have to go back and read again and again.”

To cognitive neuroscientists, Handscombe’s experience is the subject of great fascination and growing alarm. Humans, they warn, seem to be developing digital brains with new circuits for skimming through the torrent of information online. This alternative way of reading is competing with traditional deep reading circuitry developed over several millennia.

“I worry that the superficial way we read during the day is affecting us when we have to read with more in-depth processing,” said Maryanne Wolf, a Tufts University cognitive neuroscientist and the author of “Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain.”

[ click to continue reading at The Washington Post ]

Posted on April 10, 2014 by Editor

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Kilian Martin Cool

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Editor

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DOROTHY MUST DIE – Exclusive Trailer

from USA Today

Exclusive trailer: Preview the book ‘Dorothy Must Die’

Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY

Beneath that sweet exterior, Dorothy Gale is a cold, hard witch.

That’s the idea behind a new young-adult book, anyway — and I think it’s one that might prompt teens (and their parents) to take another plunge into the land of Oz.

In her dark new novel, Dorothy Must Die, Danielle Paige re-imagines the fantasy landscape we grew up with. Her world paints the Scarecrow as a character who “conducts inhumane experiments on winged monkeys,” the Tin Man as a trained killer, the Cowardly Lion as a “monster out for blood” and Dorothy as a power-hungry woman who must be stopped.

Today I’m debuting the trailer for the book, which goes on sale next week. Intrigued? A whopping 12 free chapters have been posted on Epic Reads. For $1.99 you also can grab No Place Like Oz, Paige’s prequel e-book.

[ click to continue reading at USAToday.com ]

Posted on April 8, 2014 by Editor

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Yay!

from NBC Bay Area

Vandals Flip Over Smart Cars in San Francisco

By Lisa FernandezBryan Carmody and Christie Smith

Someone’s been vandalizing compact Smart cars in San Francisco, flipping the tiny vehicles on their front and rear ends in the city’s streets.

NBC Bay Area found four of the targeted Smart cars between Sunday night and Monday morning. Two were found in the Bernal Heights neighborhood on Anderson Street, and another was found a bit south on Sweeny and Bowdoin streets, closer to the Portola district. They were either sitting on their headlights, rear bumpers high in the air, or vice versa.

A fourth Smart car – a small white one with a faded “Obama-Biden” bumper sticker – was discovered Monday about 9 a.m. at Coso and Prospect avenues between the Mission District and Bernal Heights. Shelley Gallivan was babysitting her friend’s Smart car after it was left to her by her late father, and was shocked to find it flipped on its right side.

“Whoever is doing this just has misdirected anger,” Gallivan said.

[ click to read full article at NBC Bay Area ]

Posted on April 7, 2014 by Editor

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Can I Have A Sundae – No Toppings Please

Posted on April 6, 2014 by Editor

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F†cklish

from Best Tickets

The Best F*cking Article You’ll Read Today: Profanity in Rap Lyrics Since 1985

By Andrew Powell-Morse

Filthiest Rappers3

Here we see the Geto Boys and Scarface in the top two spots. For those unfamiliar with the group, the Ge

Flashback to the Bronx in 1973. DJ Kool Herc and MC Coke La Rock are busy laying the groundwork for what will become one of the most popular music genres in the world: Hip-Hop. La Rock, the original MC, initially performed his raps out of view of the audience. This peculiar tactic left audiences scratching their heads, curious about the identity of their favorite local performer.

It is quite remarkable how much hip-hop has changed since those early days more than 40 years ago. Today, the best MCs are more than just popular – they are pop culture superstars. For them, there is no hiding from the audience. Everything they do or say is visible to the public. This intense exposure is magnified when it comes to the distribution of their music. Eminem, the best-selling hip-hop artist of all time, has sold more than 100-million albums worldwide. That puts him in the sales realm of classic artists like Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Rod Stewart, Prince and many more. The massive influence wielded by rap mega-stars is undeniable.

As we all know, a common ingredient in many rap lyrics is shameless profanity. No word is off limits. With f-bombs and assorted slurs streaming through popular music, it’s no shock that some people are up in arms against rap. As mentioned before, these artists reach a huge audience. Is it appropriate for them to be spitting profanity-laced lyrics to the world?  This study won’t be answering any questions of morality, but it should give others some fuel to form their own opinions.

[ click to continue reading at BestTickets.com ]

Posted on April 5, 2014 by Editor

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Jarmuschian Vampiricism

from The New York Times

This Time, Jim Jarmusch Is Kissing Vampires

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The filmmaker Jim Jarmusch is old school. He writes all his scripts out by hand and then dictates them to a typist. Ideas are jotted down in small, color-coordinated notebooks and, despite the presence of an iPad and iPhone in his life, he doesn’t have email. “I don’t have enough time as it is to read a book or make music, or see my friends,” he said. “People don’t believe me, too. They think I’m just saying that because I don’t want to give it to them. But no, I do not have email.”

So his interest in vampires, the subject of his latest movie, “Only Lovers Left Alive,” is hardly modish: He hasn’t seen “Twilight” or “True Blood” or read Anne Rice, but can recount the origin of one of the first English vampire stories, which dates to around 1816. His film, opening April 11, stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as Adam and Eve, an ur-cool bloodsucking couple whose love spans centuries and continents — he lives in crumbling Detroit; she in seedy, tangled Tangier. They’re united as much by their creative and literary appetites — he’s a musician, she’s a reader — as by their darker urges. In some ways, Mr. Jarmusch said, it’s quite a personal film.

[ click to continue reading at NYTimes.com ]

Posted on April 4, 2014 by Editor

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Dude Tosses Rock From Skydiving Plane And Calls It A Meteor?

from The Telegraph

Meteorite narrowly misses Norwegian skydiver

A skydiver in Norway captures the first ever footage of a falling meteorite after it has stopped burning

The meteorite narrowly hurtles past the parachute

Norwegian man narrowly avoided being hit by a meteorite while skydiving and has captured the first ever video footage of a meteorite travelling through the air after its flame has gone out.

Anders Helstrup, who belongs to the Oslo Parachute Club said “I got the feeling that there was something, but I didn’t register what was happening,”

“When we stopped the film, we could clearly see something that looked like a stone. At first it crossed my mind that it had been packed into a parachute, but it’s simply too big for that.”

[ click to continue reading at The Telegraph ]

Posted on April 3, 2014 by Editor

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Frankie Knuckles Gone

from The Chicago Tribune

Frankie Knuckles, house music ‘godfather,’ dead at 59

by Greg Kot

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In Chicago, Frankie Knuckles was called the “godfather,” not because of any underworld connections, but because he helped build house – a style of Chicago dance music that revolutionized club culture in the ‘70s and ‘80s and still resonates around the world today.

In addition to developing the sound and culture of house music, Knuckles would go on to mix records by major artists such as Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Depeche Mode.

Knuckles learned his craft as a club DJ in New York City, then moved to Chicago in the late ‘70s and developed a reputation as one of the city’s most influential dance-music tastemakers. He arrived in Chicago just as disco was losing steam. For many, disco literally went up in flames between games of a Chicago White Sox double header at Comiskey Park, when radio deejay Steve Dahl blew up hundreds of disco albums.

“I witnessed that caper that Steve Dahl pulled at Disco Demolition Night and it didn’t mean a thing to me or my crowd,” Knuckles told the Tribune. “But it scared the record companies, so they stopped signing disco artists and making disco records. So we created our own thing in Chicago to fill the gap.”

Knuckles was mentored by the renowned DJ Larry Levan in the early ‘70s while in New York. “We would spend entire afternoons working up ideas on how to present a record so that people would hear it in a new way and fall in love with it,” Knuckles said. “To us it was an art form.”

[ click to read full article at The Chicago Tribune ]

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Editor

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Spec Script Alive

from The LA Times

Hollywood ‘spec script’ is making a comeback

By Daniel Miller

image acquired at The Writer's Store - click to visitIndependent producer Lawrence Grey sold the screenplay for “Section 6″ for $1 million after setting off a bidding war between the major studios.

Six months later, in March, he sold the screenplay for “Winter’s Knight” the same way, for the same price.

The sales of the speculatively written properties, both of which Grey will produce, put Hollywood on notice that the “spec script” was on the rebound and reminded some executives of the 1990s, when $1-million-plus spec sales were common.

Movie studios, then flush with money, were pumping out more than 20 films a year and constantly in search of new material. Specs were coveted because they enabled studios to circumvent the often costly and time-consuming development process.

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Big sales such as the $3-million purchase of Joe Eszterhas’ “Basic Instinct” and the $1.75-million acquisition of Shane Black’s “The Last Boy Scout” touched off a decade-plus of freewheeling spending.

But as studios stockpiled material, says J.C. Spink, a veteran manager and producer who has worked in the spec market for years, “they were buying so much material that they didn’t make that they began to think, why are we doing this?”

[ click to read full article at LATimes.com ]

Posted on April 1, 2014 by Editor

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Hobie (Cat) Alter Gone

from The NY Times

Hobie Alter, Innovator of Sailing and Surfing, Dies at 80

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Mr. Alter created the Hobie Cat sailboat, which skims the water like a surfboard.CreditAbdullah Doma/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Hobie Alter, who was known as the Henry Ford of the surfboard industry for his manufacturing innovations and who used his idle time to create the Hobie Cat, the lightweight, double-hulled sailboat that achieved worldwide popularity, died on Saturday at his home in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 80.

By the time Mr. Alter, a surfer himself, developed the Hobie Cat in the 1960s, he had had great success in developing manufacturing techniques and using breakthrough materials in the production of surfboards. He worked out of a small factory along the Southern California coast, not far from where the famous Killer Dana wave roared.

Only minutes from the beach, Mr. Alter was a familiar figure there, surfboard in tow. But like other surfers, he was frustrated when strong offshore winds were blowing, flattening the majestic wave tubes they so cherish. So he decided to use the time to work on his idea for a downsize version of a catamaran: a small, twin-hulled sailing craft that would skim the waves, not unlike a surfboard. It would give surfers something to do when they could not ride their boards to full exhilaration.

[ click to read full article at NYTimes.com ]

Posted on March 31, 2014 by Editor

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Fahrenheit 1984

from BuzzFeed

9 Video Games Based On Classic Literature

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2. Fahrenheit 451 (1984)

Fahrenheit 451 (1984)Via en.wikipedia.org

Mostly text and a few graphics, and set five years after the novel concludes, protagonist Guy Montag is now an agent for the Literary Underground, whose sentries speak to one another in quotes from great books. His mission: break into the New York Public Library where illegal books have been transferred to micro cassette (Hey, it was 1984!) and upload them to the Undergrounds’ Information Network.

Ray Bradbury collaborated with the game’s designers on the script. Carisse McClellan is back as Montag’s partner in crime. There’s also a super intelligent computer named (what else?) RAY.

Enemies: Fireman, 451 Patrols, Electric Hounds.

Weaponry: A lighter called “The Flame of Knowledge.”

Can I Play It? You can download it here, then find a Commodore 64 or make your computer impersonate one.

[ click to read more at BuzzFeed.com ]

Posted on March 30, 2014 by Editor

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You’ve Got Mail In Cleveland

from Silicon Beat

You’ve Got The “You’ve Got Mail!” Guy

Oh, what semi-sweet memories are pouring in this morning.

How many of you have been around long enough to remember not just the 1998 Nora Ephron movie “You’ve got mail” but the upbeat male voice behind the recorded greeting that informed millions of AOL users each morning that someone cared enough about them to send an email? That message has surely been implanted deep in your brain after hearing it ad nauseam for years, right?

Well, as A.C. Club reports today in a post,  the man behind the message is still kicking it in Cleveland:

[ click to continue reading at SiliconBeat.com ]

Posted on March 29, 2014 by Editor

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Atalanta’s Up For Sale

from The Sierra Vista Herald

Bisbee landmark Atalanta’s up for sale

Owner wants to move to Israel

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BISBEE — After 38 years in the business, Old Bisbee business owner Joan Werner is putting Atalanta’s Music and Books up for sale.

Atalanta’s in the old J.C.Penney’s building has been a jumping off point for many local writers and a favorite place to come for book signings by well-known authors like J.A. Jance since Werner opened the doors 18 years ago.

After Werner first bought the building, she has slowly been making changes, renovating it with eco-friendly materials and converting it to solar-power. It is the first business operation in Bisbee to be powered completely by the sun.

She moved to Bisbee on New Year’s Eve in 1974 and went to work for the old chili sauce cannery in Elfrida. Then she started working for Circles Robinson who owned the Red, Black and Green Record Store in the old Woolworth building that had been turned into a mini-mall. She began buying up used books, records and tapes and they split the profit from the sales.

Werner does have a person interested in buying the shop, but nothing concrete yet. She hopes to get $80,000 for it, which includes the first year’s rent and utilities. The space would then be leased year-to-year. Whoever gets it also gets a 7,000-member list of loyal customers.

For more information on Atalanta’s, check out the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/AtalantasBisbee or contact Werner at (520) 432-9976.

[ click to read full at article at SVHerald.com ]

Posted on March 28, 2014 by Editor

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South Park Does Monty Python

Posted on March 27, 2014 by Editor

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Male Twerking Ain’t Working

from The Washington Post

Which dance moves impress women most?

By Christopher Ingraham

A group of evolutionary biologists looked at the science of bump and grind, and they say they figured out exactly which dance movements catch a woman’s eye.

Researchers at Northumbria University and the University of Gottingen wanted to know what women look for in a dance partner, since “dancing ability, particularly that of men, may serve as a signal of mate quality.” But isolating specific dance moves is difficult — facial attractiveness, body shape and even perceived socioeconomic status play a role in how people judge the dancing ability of their peers.

So the researchers set up an experiment: They recruited 30 men to dance to a drumbeat for 30 seconds. The men were given no specific instructions on how to dance, and their movements were recorded via a sophisticated motion-capture system. Each dancer’s 30-second routine was then used to animate a “featureless, gender-neutral” computer-generated avatar. Researchers asked 37 women to view each of the dancing avatars and rate their performance on a seven-point scale.

They found that women rated dancers higher when they showed larger and more variable movements of the head, neck and torso. Speed of leg movements mattered, too, particularly bending and twisting of the right knee.

[ click to read full article at WaPo ]

Posted on March 26, 2014 by Editor

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Happy Instro

Posted on March 25, 2014 by Editor

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Oderus Urungus Gone

from SPIN

GWAR Frontman Dave Brockie Dead at 50

Richmond, Virginia band’s manager confirmed death of singer, known as Oderus Urungus

Oderus Urungus, David Brockie, GWAR, dead, 50David Brockie performs as Oderus Urungus in 2009 PHOTO BY SPIN

Oderus Urungus, a.k.a. Dave Brockie, the founder and frontman for Richmond, Virginia metal band GWAR, has died at age 50. The Richmond police department confirmed on Twitter that Brockie was found dead in his home. GWAR’s manager, Jack Flanagan, has since corroborated the news.

The cause of Brockie’s death is still unclear. Richmond police told hometown publication Style Weekly they didn’t currently suspect foul play.

“Dave was one of the funniest, smartest, most creative and energetic persons I’ve known,” former Gwar bassist Mike Bishop told Style. “He was brash sometimes, always crass, irreverent, he was hilarious in every way. But he was also deeply intelligent and interested in life, history, politics and art.”

Bishop continued: “His penchant for scatological humors belied a lucid wit. He was a criminally underrated lyricist and hard rock vocalist, one of the best, ever! A great frontman, a great painter, writer, he was also a hell of a bass guitarist. I loved him. He was capable of great empathy and had a real sense of justice.”

[ click to read full obit at SPIN.com ]

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Editor

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Da Plane! Da Plane!

Posted on March 23, 2014 by Editor

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Dorothy Must Peek!

from MTV

‘Dorothy Must Die’ Will Change How You Feel About Oz — Get A Sneak Peek Now

Read three chapters of the upcoming YA book now.

By Brenna Ehrlich

Was the Wicked Witch of the West really that bad, or did she just get a bad rap? Was Dorothy really just a sweet-faced girl from Kansas, or a ruthless dictator? YA author Danielle Paige tackles those questions and more in her upcoming novel, “Dorothy Must Die,” a Oz revival story that makes “Return To Oz” look like a Disney-fied dream.

MTV News is exclusively premiering chapters four through six of the novel today. You can check out chapters one to three on Epic Reads, and the next couple excerpts later this week on Just Jared Jr and Hypable.

“Dorothy Must Die” — which comes just in time for the 75th anniversary of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” — tells the tale of trailer park resident Amy Gumm, who gets swept away from her dreary life during, you guessed it, a tornado.

Landing in the familiar — albeit fictional — land of Oz, Gumm is surprised to find that it’s not all gumdrops and friendly (and cowardly) lions. Dorothy, along with Glinda, has grown mad with power, and it’s up to Gumm, and The Revolutionary Order of the Wicked, to bring Oz back to its former glory. Oh, yeah, and to off the pig-tailed one once and for all.

“Dorothy Must Die” will hit shelves on April 1 — and the CW soon enough — but you can check out a good chunk below right now-abouts. Read up!

[ click to read "Dorothy Must Die" now ]

Posted on March 22, 2014 by Editor

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Sleepify Genius

from Billboard

Inside Vulfpeck’s Brilliant Spotify Stunt

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If you happen to notice your Spotify activity window flooded with plays of Vulfpeck’s latest album “Sleepify,” it is not because of how good the songs are — as a matter of fact, the 10-song set is absolutely silent. The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based funk troupe is using Spotify’s royalty-payment system to fund (and even plot the course of) its upcoming Sleepify Tour.

As band leader Jack Stratton explains in the promo video announcing the crowd-sourced scheme, Vulfpeck plans to go on a tour where every show will be free to the public. To achieve that goal, they are asking fans to stream the silent “Sleepify” album on repeat while they sleep in order to multiply the less-than-a-cent average royalty rate Spotify pays per song play exponentially. Understanding that a song needs to be listened to for at least 30 seconds to register as a play, the tracks on “Sleepify” — cleverly titled “Z” through “Zzzzzzzzzz” — are all 31 or 32 seconds long.

[ click to continue reading at Billboard ]

Posted on March 21, 2014 by Editor

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When Hockey Goalies Didn’t Wear Masks

from imgur

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Posted on March 20, 2014 by Editor

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$33 million Faberge Egg Found… just sitting there on the fence!

from UPI

$33 million Faberge Egg discovered by scrap metal dealer

CREDIT: Wartski.com

LONDON, March 19 (UPI) – A U.S. scrap metal dealer intending to melt down an ornament for its gold was shocked to discover it was a $33 million Faberge egg, a British expert said.Kieran McCarthy of London jeweler Wartski said the scrap metal dealer, who wished to remain anonymous, bought the gold egg for $13,302 from an antiques dealer about a decade ago and had planned to melt it down and sell the metal, but the project was put on hold when he was unable to find a buyer, the Telegraph reported Wednesday.

McCarthy said the egg stayed in the man’s home until a night in 2012 when he decided to Google “egg” and “Vacheron Constantin,” the name etched on the timepiece inside the egg.

The man discovered a Telegraph article from earlier that year that included an interview with McCarthy and a picture of the egg in his possession.

“He saw the article and recognized his egg in the picture. He flew straight over to London — the first time he had ever been to Europe — and came to see us. He hadn’t slept for days,” McCarthy said. “He brought pictures of the egg and I knew instantaneously that was it. I was flabbergasted — it was like being Indiana Jones and finding the Lost Ark.”

[ click to continue reading at UPI ]

Posted on March 19, 2014 by Editor

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Nobody In Los Angeles Wears Panties

from The Star Tribune

‘Hee Haw’ honeys bared too much for the camera

Article by: C.J. , Star Tribune

Misty Rowe

If there are developments more astonishing than media reports of, gulp, “Hee Haw the Musical,” being, gulp again, Broadway-bound, it is that Harold Crump’s brain has not been picked for story lines.

Over lunch a long time ago when Crump was GM of KSTP-TV, he mentioned working on “Hee Haw,” the CBS country music variety show that ran for 20 years in local syndication.

“The folks from ‘Hee Haw’ would come in twice a year and tape all these segments that we would edit and then package after they left that would turn into the different shows, putting them together with various music acts that came in and performed on the show. They would bring in some technical people from Los Angeles and of course, all the other folks they wanted outside the country music type folks we had in Nashville,” Crump said.

“Mainly this was all the young women, that you saw on there. You remember they had these girls dressed in next to nothing in all the skits and that sort of stuff?” he asked.

“The funny thing is that each time the girls came in I’d have to have a meeting with them on the second day and explain to them that we were having problems getting everything shot as it should be because our cameramen were so distracted by the apparel,” said Crump. “Maybe the lack of apparel,” he corrected himself.

“I explained that while they were in Nashville and while they were at the station, that on the air they had to wear panties. And they kept telling me that nobody in Los Angeles wore panties. I told them, ‘Well, I don’t care about that. In Nashville you have to wear them.’

“They’d be jumping up and down and putting their legs up on props and all sorts of stuff. It’s not that the cameramen had to be so low,” Crump said. “They were being exposed. I thought it was funny that we had to do this every time.”

[ click to read complete article at StarTribune.com ]

Posted on March 18, 2014 by Editor

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A variation on the dos-à-dos binding format

from VISUAL NEWS

A Very Rare Book Opens 6 Different Ways, Reveals 6 Different Books

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Book binding has seen many variations, from the iconic Penguin paperbacks to highly unusual examples like this from late 16th century Germany. It’s a variation on the dos-à-dos binding format (from the French meaning “back-to-back”). Here however, the book opens six different directions, each way revealing a different book. It seems that everyone has a tablet or a Kindle tucked away in their bag (even my 90 year old grandma), and so it sometimes comes as a surprise to remember the craftsmanship that once went along with reading.

SEE ALSO HOME SWEET TOME: A HOUSE CUT INTO A BOOK

The book, which comes from the Rogge Library in Strängnäs, features devotional texts printed in Germany during the 1550s and 1570s (including Martin Luther’s Der kleine Catechismus). Each of the books is held closed with its own ornate metal clasp, and was probably far more decorative than useful. Just imagine finding where you left off! See more images of this book and other rare examples on the National Library of Sweden’s Flickr page.

[ click to continue reading at VisualNews.com ]

Posted on March 17, 2014 by Editor

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The Most Beautiful Storage Building In The World

from Curbed LA

LA’s Most Beautiful Storage Building Was Also a Speakeasy

by Bianca Barragan

The work of Los Angeles architect Arthur E. Harvey includes some of the city’s most recognizable and storied buildings (the Scientology Celebrity Centre [originally the Château Élysée], the Villa Carlotta), but he’s also behind what was supposedly hailed on its opening as the most beautiful storage building in the world: the American Storage Company Building. Yes, if you’ve been wondering what awesome purpose the 14-story-tall, Deco/Spanish Revival beauty at Beverly and Virgil was designed for, we’ve got news for you: It was built in 1928 as a glamorous repository for people’s overflow belongings. But it does have some excitement in its past; during prohibition, its top floor housed multiple speakeasies, as Eastsider LA wrote about recently. According to a long-ago Curbed tipster, the freight elevators were used to bring guests secretly to the top floor, and there are some remains of what might have been the bandstand still up there. Here’s a brief roundup of the building’s debaucherous past….

[ click to continue reading at Curbed ]

Posted on March 16, 2014 by Editor

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Keith Richards’ “Gus & Me”

from paste magazine

Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards is Writing a Book for Kids

By Chelsea Conte
Rolling Stones' Keith Richards is Writing a Book for Kids

It looks like Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards is back to writing, but not lyrics to songs. He’s penning a children’s book called Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar. The book is about Richards’ grandfather Theodore Augustus Dupree, who was in a jazz band and introduced the renowned talent to music at a young age.

“The bond, the special bond, between kids and grandparents is unique and should be treasured,” Richards said in an interview with the Guardian.

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Posted on March 15, 2014 by Editor

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World’s Most Stunning Libraries

from Fodor’s Travel

BIBLIOTHEQUE NATIONALE DE FRANCE, SITE RICHELIEU

Where: Paris

Originally built in the 18th century, French architect Henri Labrouste renovated the Bibliothèque Nationale’s Richelieu site from 1854 to 1875, after he completed the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève. The Labrouste reading room now bears his name. The library’s collection includes rare books, illuminated manuscripts, prints, photographs, musical scores, and coins and medals that once belonged to French kings. Since the construction of the Bibliothèque Nationale François-Mitterand, the Richelieu library—undergoing a massive renovation through 2017—now hosts temporary exhibits, often culled from its impressive collections.

[ click to continue reading at Fodor's ]

Posted on March 14, 2014 by Editor

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Pops’ Sissy Pop

Posted on March 13, 2014 by Editor

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The Scawy Web

from CNN Money

The Deep Web you don’t know about

By Jose Pagliery

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney)

What we commonly call the Web is really just the surface. Beneath that is a vast, mostly uncharted ocean called the Deep Web.

By its very nature, the size of the Deep Web is difficult to calculate. But top university researchers say the Web you know – Facebook (FBFortune 500), Wikipedia, news — makes up less than 1% of the entire World Wide Web.

When you surf the Web, you really are just floating at the surface. Dive below and there are tens of trillions of pages — an unfathomable number — that most people have never seen. They include everything from boring statistics to human body parts for sale (illegally).

Related story: Shodan, the scariest search engine on the Internet

Though the Deep Web is little understood, the concept is quite simple. Think about it in terms of search engines. To give you results, Google (GOOGFortune 500), Yahoo (YHOOFortune 500) and Microsoft’s (MSFTFortune 500) Bing constantly index pages. They do that by following the links between sites, crawling the Web’s threads like a spider. But that only lets them gather static pages, like the one you’re on right now.

What they don’t capture are dynamic pages, like the ones that get generated when you ask an online database a question. Consider the results from a query on the Census Bureau site.

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Posted on March 12, 2014 by Editor

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“A frenzied mustang stampede”

from The LA Times

Rebirth of Jackson Pollock’s ‘Mural’

The landmark painting stands magnificently, no less so after the debunking of a myth regarding its creation

Jackson Pollock's  “Mural,” regarded by some as the most important modern American painting ever made, is the focus of a Getty exhibition opening TuesdayJackson Pollock’s “Mural,” regarded by some as the most important modern American painting ever made, is the focus of a Getty exhibition opening Tuesday. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / March 7, 2014)

By Christopher Knight

Myths die hard. Especially creation myths. Messing with the symbolic origins of a world isn’t something to be undertaken lightly.

Jackson Pollock‘s mammoth 1943 painting “Mural” — nearly 8 feet high, 20 feet wide and covered edge-to-edge with rhythmic, Matisse-like linear arabesques, muscular abstract shapes and piercing voids, all of which he likened to a frenzied mustang stampede — was something entirely new for American art. The great painting represents an early, galvanizing leap toward the emergence of the New York School of Abstract Expressionist art in the aftermath of World War II.

The pivotal painting, owned by the University of Iowa’s Museum of Art, goes on public view at the J. Paul Getty Museum on Tuesday — minus a chunk of its myth. It has been undone by science.

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Posted on March 11, 2014 by Editor

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Dum Dum Girls – “Are You Okay” (By Bret Easton Ellis)

Posted on March 10, 2014 by Editor

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