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“The kilometre-long spacerock named after the Greek mythological character that flew too close to the sun…”

from The Independent

Asteroid Icarus to skim past the Earth in rare ‘distant pass’

by Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith

Icarus will not make a closer approach to the Earth until 2090

Asteroid Icarus, the kilometre-long spacerock named after the Greek mythological character that flew too close to the sun, will skim past the Earth on Tuesday night making a rare “distant pass” of five million miles.

According to Nasa, the asteroid 1566 Icarus will safely pass by the Earth at more than 21 lunar distances, which is 21 times the distance between form the Earth to the moon.

The next time the rock is set to approach the Earth at this kind of close distance will not be until 2090, when it will skim past marginally closer at 17 lunar distances.

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Posted on June 16, 2015 by Editor

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ENDGAME: ‘Sky Key’ Cover Revealed

from The Hollywood Reporter

Cover for James Frey’s ‘Endgame’ Sequel Revealed (Exclusive Image)

The second book follows the group of teens on their worldwide search for three ancient keys that will save not only their bloodlines but the world.Courtesy of Harper Collins

The second book follows the group of teens on their worldwide search for three ancient keys that will save not only their bloodlines but the world.

When James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton‘s novel Endgame hit shelves in October 2014, readers were introduced to the 12 teenagers who, after a series of catastrophic events, set out on a worldwide search for three ancient keys that will save not only their bloodlines but the world.

The next book in the planned trilogy, Sky Key: An Endgame Novel, will hit stores on Oct. 6. Here, The Hollywood Reporter exclusively debuts the cover for the second installment. In the second book, nine players remain, and they’re on the hunt for two more keys. Their search will take them to New York, Ethiopia and England as they hunt out the Sky Key.

The reveal of the next HarperCollins book cover comes on the same day as the release of the paperback version of the first book.

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Posted on June 15, 2015 by Editor

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A transport contract for confiscated camels…

from THE LOCAL ch

Ancient papyrus texts found in Basel uni library

Ancient papyrus texts found in Basel uni libraryPhoto: University of Basel

A valuable collection of ancient Egyptian papyrus manuscripts has been discovered in the University of Basel’s library after being forgotten for more than a century.

The 2,000-year-old texts, written in Greek, Latin, Coptic Egyptian and hieratic, were acquired by the university 115 years ago but were subsequently overlooked.

Sabine Huebner, professor of ancient history, recently found them in two drawers in the library’s manuscripts section, the university said on its website.

She began searching for them after responding to a request from a papyrologist (a scholar studying ancient papyrus manuscripts) who wanted to know if the Basel university had a papyrus collection.

The 65 manuscripts are “mostly everyday documents”, such as contracts, letters receipts and petitions, Huebner said in an interview published by the university.

But one of the most interesting ones is a private letter written by a Christian that dates from the first half of the third century, she said.

Other manuscripts include a transport contract for confiscated camels, a purchase agreement for a donkey, a loan, tax receipts and invoices, as well as other personal letters.

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Posted on June 14, 2015 by Editor

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Frank Zachary Gone

from Town & Country

Remembering a Meeting with Frank Zachary

A tribute from Town & Country editor in chief Jay Fielden.


Jonathan Becker

A few weeks after I started editing Town & Country, I took a flight down to Florida to see a very important person—Frank Zachary, who edited Town & Country from 1972 to 1991. Under his bowtied command the magazine became a handbook for the way to live it up in America that was chronicled with documentary-like detail by the snapshot virtuoso Slim Aarons. Zachary, 97 and living in a retirement home in Delray Beach, generously shared memories and advice—”Don’t lose your nerve!”—from his two-decade tenure, while we sat on a back porch that overlooked a grassy yard encircled by a chirping mass of Florida jungle.

In the weeks since that visit Frank’s voice sometimes echoed back in the heat of things. One of the most memorable understatements he muttered that afternoon was, “Life’s a little lonely without deadlines.” Whenever I remembered that, the oft-occurring how-will-we-get-it-all-done-in-time chest-tightening moments immediately melted away.

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Posted on June 13, 2015 by Editor

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The Most Prominent Member In King James’ Court Revealed

from VARIETY

ABC Accidentally Shows LeBron James’ Penis During NBA Finals

LeBron James' Penis Accidentally Shown onCourtesy of ABC

ABC got a little too close to LeBron James on Thursday night. Prior to the start of Game 4 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, James adjusted his shorts during a team huddle, briefly exposing his penis on live television.

Viewers quickly took to Twitter to talk about the incident.

Ten years ago, nearly 90 million people watched Justin Timberlake briefly expose Janet Jackson’s breast during a halftime performance. The FCC fined CBS a record $550,000 for the flashing, which was later voided by the Supreme Court in a long and very public indecency battle.

Watch the video (NSFW):

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Posted on June 12, 2015 by Editor

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Christopher Lee Gone

from CNN

Christopher Lee, horror master and renowned film villain, dies at 93

He played Dracula, the bad guy in the James Bond thriller “The Man with the Golden Gun,” the deliciously evil wizard Saruman in the “Lord of the Ring” films, and the dude who fought Yoda with a lightsaber in “Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.”

But Sir Christopher Lee, the man, who died this week at the age of 93? Not an ounce of villain to be found, fans and fellow actors alike said Thursday.

“You were an icon, and a towering human being with stories for days,” “Lord of the Rings” co-star Elijah Wood tweeted Thursday. “We’ll miss you.”

In 2011, Lee said that he always wanted to bring something unexpected to his roles.

“One thing to me is very important, if you’re playing somebody that the audience regards as, let’s say evil, try to do something they don’t expect, something that surprises the audience,” he said.

In his last few years, he did just that for many fans: he turned to a heavy metal career, releasing the holiday albums “A Heavy Metal Christmas” and “A Heavy Metal Christmas Too” in 2012 and 2013 — endearing himself to yet another group of fans, many of whom reacted to the news of his death with an outpouring of celebration and sadness.

“The great, always criminally underrated Sir Christopher Lee has left us,” actor Mark Gatiss wrote on Twitter. “A Titan of Cinema and a huge part of my youth. Farewell.”

[ click to read complete obit at CNN.com ]

Posted on June 11, 2015 by Editor

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By The Bod of Grace Go I

from The Daily Mail

Topless Grace Jones, 67, covers her age-defying figure in tribal body paint and a corset as she puts on a typically unique performance at Parklife festival

By Jenny Awford for MailOnline

A titillating performance: Grace Jones sang topless on stage at Parklife in Manchester on SundayA titillating performance: Grace Jones sang topless on stage at Parklife in Manchester on Sunday

She may have reached retirement age, but Grace Jones clearly has no intention of slowing down.

The 67-year-old flamboyant singer wowed fans when she performed topless and covered in tribal body paint in front of a crowd of thousands at Parklife on Sunday.

Grace leapt energetically around the stage in a revealing black corset and a show-stopping grass skirt as she performed hits including Slave to the Rhythm and Nightclubbing.

The Jamaican-born star smothered her face, chest, arms and legs in white tribal body paint and capped her unusual look with a bright yellow head-piece.

She added to her dramatic look with dark lipstick, bright-red eyeshadow and statement jewellery.

Grace made her entrance on the main stage on the second day of the Manchester festival in a chilling gold skull mask which also featured a black feathered head piece.

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Posted on June 10, 2015 by Editor

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Go to the Spa, Turn into a Monkey

from ASSOCIATED PRESS

Float spa fans say isolation tanks buoy bodies and minds

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Allen Hughes said the concept of floatation therapy took a long time to sink in.

The management consultant, a self-described “high strung” type who’s always looking for new ways to relieve stress, said he didn’t think floating in water could bring him that much relaxation.

“This is something crazy people do,” he recalled thinking.

But after trying it for the first time in March, Hughes has become a regular at East Coast Float Spa in the Philadelphia suburb of West Chester, Pennsylvania. There, immersed in darkness and silence, he floats effortlessly in a private, shallow saltwater pool and just … lets … go.

Floating is enjoying a renaissance after virtually disappearing for decades. Its current popularity stems in part from high-profile enthusiasts like comedian/UFC commentator Joe Rogan and some professional athletes, who tout the practice as a way to clear their minds, relieve muscle aches and temporarily unplug from the world.

“We are at the tipping point,” said Tom Bazis, owner of Float in Marlton, New Jersey. “We’re about to see a landslide, I think, in terms of awareness and openness and acceptance.”

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Posted on June 9, 2015 by Editor

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Artists Really Are Crazy

from  AFP via YAHOO! News India

Creativity and psychosis share a genetic source: study

Artistic creativity may share genetic roots with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, according to a study published on Monday.

The research, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, delves into a well-known genetic database — the deCODE library of DNA codes derived from samples provided by the population of Iceland.

The authors first compared genetic and medical data from 86,000 Icelanders, establishing a DNA signature that pointed to a doubled risk for schizophrenia and an increase of a third for bipolar disorder.

The next step was to look at the genomes of people engaged in artistic work.

“The results of this study should not have come as a surprise because to be creative, you have to think differently from the crowd, and we had previously shown that carriers of genetic factors that predispose to schizophrenia do so,” [Kari Stefansson] said in a news release.

[ click to read complete article at YAHOO! News India ]

Posted on June 8, 2015 by Editor

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Sticky Fingers’ Fingers

from The New York Times

Art of the Rolling Stones: Behind That Zipper and That Tongue

Image from Digital Arts

As the Rolling Stones prepared recently to rerelease “Sticky Fingers,” their classic 1971 album featuring hits like “Wild Horses” and “Brown Sugar,” the manufacturing process hit a snag: The functional zipper from Andy Warhol’s bulging blue jean album cover, recreated for some new deluxe editions, was taking longer than expected to produce, Universal Music announced, pushing back the release to Tuesday.

They might have asked Craig Braun for help.

As the owner and creative director of the Sound Packaging Corporation, Mr. Braun became known in the ’60s and ’70s as the go-to inventor of elaborate album covers, making his name with projects like the peelable banana on the cover of 1967’s “The Velvet Underground & Nico,” another over-the-top phallic concept by Mr. Warhol.

Now, with the Stones’ revisiting “Sticky Fingers” on the aptly named “ZIP Code” tour, which takes them across North America through July 15, Mr. Braun is eager to share the story behind what VH1 called the best album cover ever. “Sticky Fingers” also included the debut of the Stones’ iconic lips and tongue logo, another piece of rock history with a tangled origin story — once again involving Mr. Braun.

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Posted on June 7, 2015 by Editor

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The Poet Who Died For Your Phone

from TIME

The Poet Who Died For Your Phone

By Emily Rauhala / Shenzhen and Jieyang

Hundreds of thousands of people travel from China’s countryside to its cities to work in factories, building devices for international consumers and trying to assemble better lives for themselves. Xu Lizhi left behind a haunting record of that life.

He dreamed about it, wrote about it. He rolled it around in the palm of his hand. Working through the “dark night of overtime” in January 2014, the 23-year-old Xu Lizhi imagined himself like a misplaced screw, “plunging vertically, lightly clinking,” lost to the factory floor. “It won’t attract anyone’s attention,” he wrote. “Just like the last time/ On a night like this/ When someone plunged to the ground.”

A village boy with clothes-hanger shoulders and a high school education, Xu moved to the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen in 2011. He was looking for a way out of rural life; he hoped to find a way to use his mind. Like hundreds of thousands before him, he settled, to start, for a spot on the assembly line at Foxconn Technology Group, the Taiwan manufacturing giant linked to just about every other name in electronics, from Apple to Acer and Microsoft. To make sense of what he saw there, he started to write, his evocative work earning him a modest following in the city’s small community of dagong shiren, or migrant poets.

In his 3½ years in Shenzhen, Xu captured life there in brutal, beautiful detail. In the city, the country kid found a voice that roared, publishing poems in company newspaper Foxconn People and sharing his work online. Factory workers are often treated as interchangeable, anonymous. To readers, his words were a reminder that every laborer has a mind and heart; for him, writing was a way out. “Writing poems gives me another way of life,” he told a Chinese journalist in an unpublished interview that TIME has seen. “When you’re writing poems, you’re not confined to the real world.” For the first time, Xu’s brother and close friends shared his story with the foreign press.

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Posted on June 6, 2015 by Editor

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Favela Funk

from National Geographic

A Photographer Infiltrates the Rio Funk Scene

by Edward Benfield

Funk carioca, also called baile funk, is a musical style that’s been around for more than 25 years, but in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, a new culture of funkeiros has emerged. These are people whose identity, lifestyle, fashion, and body language are defined by funk.

Photographer Vincent Rosenblatt spent ten years documenting the funk scene in Rio, and his work was recently featured in the March issue of National Geographic in Brazil.

Here, photo coordinator Edward Benfield interviews Rosenblatt about his project Rio Baile Funk! Favela Rap (2005-2014).

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Posted on June 5, 2015 by Editor

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How Beer Caused Global Climate Change

from NAUTILUS

Beer Domesticated Man

Early man chose pints over pastry. Wouldn’t you?

By Gloria Dawson /  Illustration by Daniel Fishel

The domestication of wild grains has played a major role in human evolution, facilitating the transition from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle to one based on agriculture. You might think that the grains were used for bread, which today represents a basic staple. But some scientists argue that it wasn’t bread that motivated our ancestors to start grain farming. It was beer. Man, they say, chose pints over pastry.

Beer has plenty to recommend it over bread. First, and most obviously, it is pleasant to drink. “Beer had all the same nutrients as bread, and it had one additional advantage,” argues Solomon H. Katz, an anthropology professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Namely, it gave early humans the same pleasant buzz it gives us. Patrick E. McGovern, the director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania, goes even further. Beer, he says, was more nutritious than bread. It contains “more B vitamins and [more of the] essential amino acid lysine,” McGovern writes in his book, Uncorking the Past: the Quest for Wine, Beer, and Other Alcoholic Beverages. It was also safer to drink than water, because the fermentation process killed pathogenic microorganisms. “With a four to five percent alcohol content, beer is a potent mind-altering and medicinal substance,” McGovern says, adding that ancient brewers acted as medicine men.

In fact, McGovern has found that the ancients used beer as medicine. Working with the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, McGovern discovered traces of sage and thyme in ancient Egyptian jars. Luteolin, which is in sage, and ursolic acid, which is in thyme, both have anti-cancer properties. Similarly, artemisinin and isoscopolein from wormwood fight cancer, and were found in ancient Chinese rice wine. “The ancient fermented beverages constituted the universal medicine of humankind before the advent of synthetic medicines,” McGovern says.

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Posted on June 4, 2015 by Editor

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Full Fathom Five Digital’s Samantha Streger on “Getting Past Genre in Digital Acquisitions”

from Digital Book World

Getting Past Genre in Digital Acquisitions

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SSF3The growth of ebook publishing has heralded the growth of genre publishing—and it’s no wonder: Readers gravitate toward online communities that mirror their interests. By publishing genre-oriented ebooks, publishers and authors can cater to established communities of readers.

And since ebooks can often be produced inexpensively and sold at lower prices than many of their print counterparts, they’re perfect for those communities of voracious readers. At the height of the ebook boom, a low-priced, commercial genre title could find amazing traction. The author Amanda Hocking is one famous example of this type of success. Between 2010 and 2011, her self-published, $2.99 paranormal romance ebooks sold over a million units.

But the boom years are over, and many of the hit-making formulas acquiring editors and indie authors developed just a few years ago are bringing diminishing returns. Facing a much more competitive market than ever before, digital fiction publishers need to rethink their acquisition strategies.

Today, a paranormal romance ebook priced at $2.99 is just one of many thousands of paranormal romance ebooks priced at $2.99 or less. And that’s to say nothing of the huge number of ebooks that are available for free. Many publishers have found that the value of giving away free ebooks in order to build up reviews has all but disappeared.

Genre fiction in particular risks becoming a victim of its own success. Because it’s become an established winner in the digital space, the marketplace is now so over-saturated that digital publishers can’t afford not to think more creatively about how they acquire new content.

That was our guiding principle in October 2014 when we launched Full Fathom Five Digital. We planned to release commercial fantasy, romance, horror and thriller ebooks—but how to stand out in a sea of these genres? The experiment is still in its early days, but we’ve already learned a lot about what seems to work and what doesn’t when it comes to digital acquisitions. Here are five of them:

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Posted on June 3, 2015 by Editor

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Thank you Thank you iKrimson

from Deviant Art

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Posted on June 2, 2015 by Editor

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The Ultimate Science Fiction Game

from WIRED

Fans Have Dropped $77M on This Guy’s Buggy, Half-Built Game

ff_crowdcommander_fStar Citizen creator Chris Roberts. photo by Zachary Scott

The United Empire of Earth Navy caused quite a stir last November when it announced that it would be putting 200 decommissioned Javelin Destroyers up for sale. Each 1,132-foot-long spaceship has the sort of amenities that your average interstellar mercenary finds hard to resist: four primary thrusters, 12 maneuvering thrusters, a heavily armored bridge, private quarters for a captain and an executive officer, six cargo rooms, general quarters for a minimum of 23 crew members, and a hangar big enough to accommodate a gunship. There’s even a lifetime insurance policy.

The document that announced the Javelins’ impending sale took pains to stress that these warships were fixer-uppers. “They are battle-hardened and somewhat worse for wear,” it read, “and have been stripped of the weapons systems.” Thus, any would-be buyer would eventually have to shell out extra to equip the 20 gun turrets and the two torpedo launchers. The asking price for each ship: $2,500. And that wasn’t some form of fictional futuristic space bucks; it was 2,500 real dollars. Actual, real, present-day American Earth dollars.

Despite those caveats, all 200 Javelins sold out. In less than a minute.

The sale brought in half a million dollars for Cloud Imperium Games, the company behind the space-exploration and combat videogame Star Citizen. Cloud Imperium has hit upon a truly futuristic business model. There’s nothing new about inviting players to spend real money for virtual goods—a vehicle or weapon or article of clothing that can only be used inside a virtual gameworld. What’s new about Star Citizen is that most of its goods are doubly virtual—they can only be used inside the gameworld, and the gameworld doesn’t actually exist yet. In fact, its massively multiplayer universe may not be up and running for several more months. Or several more years. Or … longer.

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Posted on June 1, 2015 by Editor

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‘Please give me another book.’

from Bend, Oregon’s The Bulletin

Best-selling author to launch imprint for children’s books

By Alexandra Alter / New York Times News Service

Novelist James Patterson is so prolific, his annual output rivals that of many small publishing houses. Last year, with help from his stable of co-authors, he published 16 novels and sold around 20 million copies of his books.

Now Patterson is seeking to extend his brand further, by creating his own publishing imprint, Jimmy Patterson.

The imprint, which will be part of Little, Brown & Co., will release eight to 12 children’s books a year, with a focus on middle grade and young adult fiction.

Patterson will oversee it all, choosing manuscripts and shaping the marketing plan for each title. He will publish four to six of his own children’s books a year under the new imprint and will acquire books by other writers.

“We’re not going to buy a lot of books, but if we buy them, we’re going to publish them with gusto,” said Patterson, who announced the initiative during BookExpo America, the publishing industry’s annual trade convention.

A handful of other writers have moved into publishing roles and created their own imprints and book packaging businesses. Author Lizzie Skurnick started a young adult imprint, Lizzie Skurnick Books, which publishes new editions of classic young adult novels dating from the 1930s to the 1980s. Novelists Lauren Oliver and James Frey both created their own book packaging companies, allowing them to acquire and commission works by other writers and sell them to publishers.

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Posted on May 31, 2015 by Editor

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Here’s a tasty one to end the week.

from Deadline Hollywood

James Frey Sci-Fi Book Proposal Has Fox 2000 & Publishers In Launch Mode

by 

EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a tasty one to end the week. I’m hearing that James Frey has hatched a proposal for an untitled science fiction space franchise: book publishers are hot and bothered, and Fox 2000 is in talks to set it up as a feature with Marisa Paiva overseeing for the studio. The working title is Space Runners, but I don’t have any more specific information than that. This would be produced by Joe and Anthony Russo, who’d be producing with Frey and Mike Larocca. from the Russo’s Getaway Productions banner. They are already plenty busy as directors, with Captain America: Civil War, the next two Avengers installments, and the Ghostbustersspinoff that has Channing Tatum attached.

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Posted on May 30, 2015 by Editor

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I Am Xevious

from SlashGear

GameStop to become a retro gaming destination

by Lindsey Caldwell

Gamestop isn’t just accepting the old consoles for trade-ins, the company aims to be a new destination for retro gamers everywhere. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to find priceless, old E.T. game cartridges in stores because GameStop will be selling its retro games through an online shop after each game goes through its Texas-based refurbishment center.

You can start trading in retro games, consoles, and accessories as soon as April 25th, but they won’t be available for purchase until about eight weeks after that. We received word of GameStop’s retro gaming pilot program last week, and now we’ve found new details about how the program will work. According to John Haes, who is the head of the division, Gamestop will accept games, consoles and first-party accessories for Nintendo 64, Super Nintendo, NES, first generation Playstation, Sega Dreamcast, and Sega Genesis; but, they won’t be taking any aftermarket controls, like these by Mad Catz.

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Posted on May 29, 2015 by Editor

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Ignore the critics because what do they know?

from The Telegraph

10 rules for making it as a writer, by Dennis Lehane

By , Arts and Entertainment Editor

Dennis Lehane at Hay Festival 2015Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River, at the 2015 Hay Festival Photo: Warren Allott

Dennis Lehane is the author of a dozen novels including Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island. His television credits include seasons of The Wire and Boardwalk Empire. His latest book, World Gone By, is out now.

Read whatever you can lay your hands on

We were working class. There were no books. There were some encyclopaedias – I always say it was the day my father didn’t see the salesman coming. And there was a Bible. I read the Bible from cover to cover when I was a kid. The Bible is an amazing piece of narrative storytelling. Then my mother heard from the nuns – probably the only nice thing a nun ever said about me – that I liked to read. So my mother took me to the library. To this day, I’m a big benefactor of libraries. Without libraries I couldn’t be sitting here.

Write out of necessity

I started writing when I was too poor to go out and entertain myself. I was living in an over-55s community in Florida where my parents had a little house. I was broke and staying at their house. I was 25 and had no money. I said, ‘I’m going to write to entertain myself.’

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Posted on May 28, 2015 by Editor

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No More Dark Arts

from The LA Times

Once a dark art, opposition research comes out of the shadows for 2016 campaigns

By

TrackerA man attempts to block a political operative’s video camera as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker meets in Washington with members of Congress, K Street representatives and GOP donors. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

Joe Biden was not the only one who found himself in crisis when a videotape emerged during the 1988 presidential primary exposing him as a plagiarist.The political operatives who had secretly distributed footage of Sen. Biden passing off the words of a British politician as his own also had a big problem on their hands.

Their disclosure nearly derailed the candidacy of the rival the operatives worked for, Michael S. Dukakis. He fired them and issued a major mea culpa.

Don’t expect any such apologies in this year’s presidential race.

Political opposition research, once a mostly unmentioned dark art, has turned into a garish, multimillion-dollar enterprise complete with logos, marketing strategies and indiscriminate, real-time streaming of the work product onto social media.

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Posted on May 27, 2015 by Editor

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No More Meat-paste

from AP

Taco Bell, Pizza Hut: Artificial ingredients getting booted

By CANDICE CHOI

NEW YORK (AP) — Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they’re getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing.

Instead of “black pepper flavor,” for instance, Taco Bell will start using actual black pepper in its seasoned beef, says Liz Matthews, the chain’s chief food innovation officer.

The Mexican-style chain also says the artificial dye Yellow No. 6 will be removed from its nacho cheese, Blue No. 1 will be removed from its avocado ranch dressing and carmine, a bright pigment, will be removed from its red tortilla strips.

Matthews said some of the new recipes are being tested in select markets and should be in stores nationally by the end of the year.

The country’s biggest food makers are facing pressure from smaller rivals that position themselves as more wholesome alternatives. Chipotle in particular has found success in marketing itself as an antidote to traditional fast food. In April, Chipotle announced it had removed genetically modified organisms from its food, even though the Food and Drug Administration says GMOs are safe.

Critics say the purging of chemicals is a response to unfounded fears over ingredients, but companies are nevertheless rushing to ensure their recipes don’t become disadvantages. In recent months, restaurant chains including Panera, McDonald’s and Subway have said they’re switching recipes for one or more products to use ingredients people can more easily recognize.

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Posted on May 26, 2015 by Editor

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ENDGAME Ancient Societies Who’s Who

from FEV GAMES

Endgame Ancient Societies: Who’s Who and What Are They Up to – May 25, 2015

by JoJo Stratton

mrbunny

WARNING – This Guide has SPOILERSSo, you have decided to try to get the beta invite for the Endgame: Proving Grounds mobile App.  As you start to work on challenges and find a way to get that golden ticket to play, you begin to encounter all these names and story pieces. How will you ever figure out who is whom and what is what?  Well, that’s where this quick sheet guide can be a help.  I’ve collected many of the names here and tried to provide a brief (very brief) update of where these characters are right now.  If you really are into the story, there are weekly recaps you can review, Stella’s My Story, which lists all of her blogs, and a few communities and hangouts that are devoted to discussing the story.  Feel free to jump into story and explore even further.
Overview:  Stella V is searching for something called The Truth (The Ancient Truth). She spent most of her life kept in seclusion by Wayland Vyctory. Recently she ran away from Wayland as she began to learn that Wayland had been hiding things from her. As she tries to find who she is, she is learning about something called Endgame.

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Posted on May 25, 2015 by Editor

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San Francisco Police Searching for Residents’ Eyeball

from Yahoo! News / Reuters

San Francisco police keep eye out for missing ‘Eyeball’ mask

SEATTLE (Reuters) – San Francisco police have asked people to be on the lookout for a valuable mask depicting an eyeball wearing a top hat, an artifact made famous by an avant garde rock band, saying the artwork was stolen during shipment from a Seattle museum.

The “Eyeball with Hat,” worth $100,000, was one of four original masks worn by the group The Residents, police said.

The mask was also worn in a photo of the band taken in front of the Golden Gate Bridge and used on the back cover of the 1979 “Subterranean Modern” album. The original photo, worth $20,000, was also reported stolen, police said.

[ click to continue reading at Yahoo! News ]

Posted on May 24, 2015 by Editor

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Saturn Incomparably Opposed

from TIME Magazine

See a Rare View of Saturn’s Rings

by Dan Kedmey

It’s the best time of year to view Saturn’s rings

Saturn will come closer to earth this weekend than at any other time of the year, giving us earthbound creatures an incomparable view of its rings. For a closer look, “community observatory” Slooh trained Internet-connected telescopes on the planet during peak viewing hours. The images are shown in the video above, which includes expert commentary from Slooh astronomer Will Gater and Cornell University planetary scientist Dr. Jonathan Lunine.

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Posted on May 23, 2015 by Editor

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Space Rocks For Sale

from The Washington Post

The House just passed a bill about space mining. The future is here.

Artist concept of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) 70-metric-ton configuration launching to space. (NASA/MSFC)

For as long as we’ve existed, humans have looked up at the stars — and wondered. What is up there? Who is out there?

Now, to that list of questions we can add: And CAN I HAVE IT?

The United States has already shown its penchant for claiming ownership of space-based things. There are not one, not two, but six U.S. flags on the moon, in case any of you other nations start getting ideas. (Never mind that the flags have all faded to a stateless white by now.)

So it only makes sense that American lawmakers would seek to guarantee property rights for U.S. space corporations. Under the SPACE Act, which just passed the House, businesses that do asteroid mining will be able to keep whatever they dig up:

Any asteroid resources obtained in outer space are the property of the entity that obtained such resources, which shall be entitled to all property rights thereto, consistent with applicable provisions of Federal law.

This is how we know commercial space exploration is serious. The opportunity here is so vast that businesses are demanding federal protections for huge, floating objects they haven’t even surveyed yet.

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Posted on May 22, 2015 by Editor

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Some People Should Be Mauled And Have Their Faces Torn Off

from CBS Atlanta

Pit Bull Found Hanged From Metal Chain On Bridge

Police Sirens

DEKALB COUNTY, Georgia (CBS Atlanta) — DeKalb County police come across a disturbing scene after finding a pit bull hanged from a bridge.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the dog was found Wednesday morning tied to a metal chain and hanging from a bridge on Kelly Lake Road.

“Detective are looking to identify a possible owner of the dog and any information about who may be responsible,” DeKalb County police spokeswoman Mekka Parish told the Journal-Constitution. “They believe this was an intentional act.”

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Posted on May 21, 2015 by Editor

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Go New Canaan Go

from New Canaan News

New Canaan grads team up on film project

Nicola Scandiffio, left, is the producer, and Abigail Schwarz, the writer and director of ëThose Who Wander,í a dark comedy about a college spring break road trip. Scandiffio and Schwarz, both graduates of New Canaan High School, are seen here at a recent screening of the film in Ridgefield. Photo: Contributed Photo / New Canaan News
Nicola Scandiffio, left, is the producer, and Abigail Schwarz, the writer and director of “Those Who Wander” a dark comedy about a college spring break road trip. Scandiffio and Schwarz, both graduates of New Canaan High School, are seen here at a recent screening of the film in Ridgefield. Photo: Contributed Photo

Sometime in 2011, at the suggestion of mutual acquaintances, New Canaan High School graduate Abigail Schwarz met up after her first year at New York Film Academy with another New Canaan grad, Nicola Scandiffio. Both, it seemed, shared a passion for movies and the film industry.

The two hit it off and ended up working together on a project, and the result was “Those Who Wander,” a coming-of-age film involving a spring break road trip. It was written and directed by Schwarz and produced by Scandiffio.

The duo recently premiered the film, which was shot mostly in New Canaan and other Fairfield County towns, at the Ridgefield Playhouse. The house was packed heavily with local financial backers, both small and large, including best selling novelist James Frey, Schwarz said. Altogether, more than 400 people backed the film with online contributions, with another $130,000 being kicked in by others, including Frey, Schwarz said.

“Almost all of our investors were local within the Fairfield County area, so that was something that was really important to us,” Schwarz said of the screening. “It was a night to show the film and say thank you for making it a reality.”

Frey got behind the project in 2013, after reading about the fledgling filmmaker’s efforts in a local news story publicizing their fundraising efforts, Schwarz said.

“Most of the people who came aboard this project actually found us,” Schwarz said. “James found us through local press, and he’s from New Canaan. He called and ask me for the script, read it, and decided he liked it and gave us a substantial investment. We’re very fortunate.”

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Posted on May 20, 2015 by Editor

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Spotibucks

from ADWEEK

Starbucks and Spotify Link Up to Bring Digital Music Into Stores

By Lauren Johnson

Starbucks picks Spotify to power in-store music.

After ditching CDs earlier this year, Starbucks is not giving up on providing music to its customers thanks to a new partnership with Spotify.

This fall, the two companies are teaming up to equip all employees in Starbucks’ 7,000 domestic stores with free Spotify Premium subscriptions that normally cost $10 a month—the subscriptions will ultimately power the in-store music. The coffee chain’s 10 million My Starbucks Rewards loyalty members will be able to stream the playlists baristas concoct and vote for what kind of music they would like to listen to, location by location. What’s more, the listening and voting features can be done on either the Spotify or Starbucks app.

Spotify users will also receive points—or stars, in this loyalty program’s vernacular—they can put toward earning free coffee and food.

It’s the first time Starbucks is extending its loyalty program to reward its members for doing more than just buying coffee, but it’s also the latest step in building the chain’s app into the go-to app for other brands.

For the past year, rumors have swirled that Starbucks is building a mobile platform that it will sell to brands looking to break into mobile payments. In September, the brand inked a deal with Uber to include a button on its app that lets users book rides. In March, mobile accounted for 18 percent of Starbucks’ U.S. revenue.

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Posted on May 19, 2015 by Editor

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Eighteen-quintillion Full-featured Planets

from The New Yorker

World Without End – Creating a full-scale digital cosmos.

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No Man’s Sky will let virtual travellers explore eighteen quintillion full-featured planets. No Man’s Sky will let virtual travellers explore eighteen quintillion full-featured planets.

The universe is being built in an old two-story building, in the town of Guildford, half an hour by train from London. About a dozen people are working on it. They sit at computer terminals in three rows on the building’s first floor and, primarily by manipulating lines of code, they make mathematical rules that will determine the age and arrangement of virtual stars, the clustering of asteroid belts and moons and planets, the physics of gravity, the arc of orbits, the density and composition of atmospheres—rain, clear skies, overcast. Planets in the universe will be the size of real planets, and they will be separated from one another by light-years of digital space. A small fraction of them will support complex life. Because the designers are building their universe by establishing its laws of nature, rather than by hand-crafting its details, much about it remains unknown, even to them. They are scheduled to finish at the end of this year; at that time, they will invite millions of people to explore their creation, as a video game, packaged under the title No Man’s Sky.

The game’s chief architect is a thirty-four-year-old computer programmer named Sean Murray. He is tall and thin, with a beard and hair that he allows to wander beyond the boundaries of a trim; his uniform is a pair of bluejeans and a plaid shirt. In 2006, frustrated by the impersonal quality of corporate game development, Murray left a successful career with Electronic Arts, one of the largest manufacturers of video games in the world. He believes in small teams and in the idea that creativity emerges from constraint, and so, in 2008, he and three friends founded a tiny company called Hello Games, using money he raised by selling his home. Since then, its sole product has been a game called Joe Danger, about a down-and-out stuntman whose primary skill is jumping over stuff with a motorcycle. Joe Danger, released in several iterations, earned a reputation for playability and humor. (In one version, it is possible to perform stunts as a cupcake riding a bike.) But it was hardly the obvious predecessor to a fully formed digital cosmos. No Man’s Sky will, for all practical purposes, be infinite. Players will begin at the outer edges of a galaxy containing 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 unique planets. By comparison, the game space of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas appears to be about fourteen square miles.

From the moment Murray unveiled a hastily built trailer for No Man’s Sky, in late 2013, on the Spike TV network, anticipation for the game has taken on an aspect of delirium.

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Posted on May 18, 2015 by Editor

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Amazon Picks Up Alex Morgan and Full Fathom Five’s Kid Series THE KICKS

from The Hollywood Reporter

Amazon Greenlights Six Kids Pilots

Amazon Prime members will be able to watch and vote on the four animated episodes and two live-action episodes during the company's next kids pilot season this summer. Amazon’s new live-action kids pilot, ‘The Kicks,’ is based on a book series by U.S. soccer star Alex Morgan.

Amazon Prime members will be able to watch and vote on the four animated episodes and two live-action episodes during the company’s next kids pilot season this summer.

Amazon Studios has greenlit six kids pilots, which will debut during its next kids pilot season this summer.

The order includes four animated pilots — The Adventures of Knickerbock Teetertop, Lost In Oz, Lily the Unicorn and Bear in Underwear — and two live-action pilots — A History of Radness and The Kicks.

Amazon Prime members will be able to watch and provide feedback on which pilots they want turned into Amazon original series.

“These new pilots will bring sophisticated stories and unique points of view that we hope will resonate well with kids and families,” Amazon Studios’ head of kids programming, Tara Sorensen, said in a statement. “We’re very excited to be working with such passionate creative teams and look forward to sharing these projects with our customers later this year.”

Amazon’s latest pilots feature an accomplished roster of creative talent.

The Kicks, about a star soccer player who switches schools and has to rally her new team, is based on a book series by U.S. women’s soccer player, and Olympic gold medalist, Alex Morgan. The series was adapted for the pilot by David Babcock, whose credits include Brothers & Sisters and Gilmore Girls. The project’s executive producers include novelist James Frey and his company Full Fathom Five. The pilot was directed by Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum, whose credits include Ramona & Beezus and Aquamarine.

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VARIETY – Amazon Studios Greenlights 6 Pilots in Next Wave of Kids’ Programming

 

Posted on May 17, 2015 by Editor

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Bret Easton Ellis’ ORPHEUS

Orpheus :: A Film by Bret Easton Ellis from Persol on Vimeo.

Posted on May 16, 2015 by Editor

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King James Buys The Bulls

from The Washington Post

LeBron James owns the Bulls, and the team’s Wikipedia page briefly proved it

LeBron James showed again that he owns the Bulls. Don’t believe it? Check the team’s Wikipedia page.

Okay, you won’t see that there now (and it’s yet another reminder to not to take anything you read on Wikipedia as gospel). But the short-lived edit, made after Game 6 of the Cavaliers-Bulls playoff series, reflected the fact that James is the Human Season-Ender for Chicago.

By helping his Cavs advance to the Eastern Conference finals — his fifth straight appearance in that round, after four in a row with the Heat — James improved his personal postseason record in series against the Bulls to 4-0, including a 16-5 mark in all games played. Some people look at LeBron James and see an unprecedented blend of size, strength and talent. The Bulls look at him and see tee times next week.

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Posted on May 15, 2015 by Editor

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