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ENDGAME Helps Ward Off Endgame for Cahokia Mounds

from St. Louis Public Radio

Crowdfunding and an alternate reality game provide a modern boost for ancient mounds

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Monks Mound is the largest prehistoric earthen construction in north or south America.Monks Mound, the largest prehistoric earthen construction in [the Americas]
PHOTO COURTESY CAHOKIA MOUNDS STATE HISTORIC SITE

After word spread that the cash-strapped Cahokia Mounds Museum Society was crowdfunding to raise $7,500 to print brochures for the storied Illinois landmark — the largest prehistoric Indian site north of Mexico — donations poured in from down the road, around the globe and from a mysterious alternate reality.

More than 500 people pledged upward of $8,500 to the campaign on gofundme.com after St. Louis Public Radio’s storyon Feb. 23 made the rounds on social media. Many of the donors are players of Endgame, an alternate reality game created by Google’s Niantic Labs, which adopted the cause because Cahokia Mounds is one of the ancient societies included in the game’s lore.

Lori Belknap, the society’s executive director, said she was surprised and grateful when the Endgame players began driving the contributions upward. They used the hashtag #AncSoc to designate their connection to Ancient Societies, an Endgame website.

Belknap said the campaign touched a nerve.

“It says to me that a lot of people are passionate about our site and are appalled at what’s happening with funding — and how we’re affected by the state’s politics and budget concerns,’’ she said.

Unlikely allies from an alternate reality

The crowdfunding effort by the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society was slow-going until the Endgame players jumped in. The gofundme.com page, which was posted nearly a month ago, had about $550 in contributions when St. Louis Public Radio highlighted the need behind the campaign.

Brian Rose, community manager at Niantic Labs, says a player alerted Endgame to the story after it triggered a Google alert on Cahokia Mounds. Endgame issued a “call to action,” offering to match contributions of $5 or more marked with the #AncSoc hashtag, until the goal was reached. The players were also added to a beta list for a mobile game app that will launch soon.

Rose noted that some of the players live in the St. Louis area, but most of the contributors live across the United States, and some are from Europe and Australia.

“It was really great to see how quickly people leapt to action on this,’’ he said. “Players wanted to contribute because that’s sort of what the game is all about — rediscovering and supporting these ancient societies.”

Niantic matched about $2,100 in donations, and author James Frey, who wrote the Endgame trilogy on which the game is based, donated $1,000.

Rose said the challenge fit with the mission statement for Niantic Labs —  “adventures on foot with others” — which seeks to build real-life experiences into its games.

“We were looking at how people were playing video games and it’s somewhat of a solitary hobby. Usually, people were sitting behind TVs or computer monitors,’’ he said. “We wanted to give people some encouragement or incentive — some reward to explore neighborhoods around them and to travel more and to rediscover their neighborhoods and find the hidden gems in their towns.”

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Posted on March 1, 2015 by Editor

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Ariel Camacho Gone At 22

from The New York Times

Ariel Camacho, Lead Singer of Los Plebes del Rancho, Dies at 22

By PAULINA VILLEGAS

MEXICO CITY — Ariel Camacho, the lead singer of the popular norteño group Los Plebes del Rancho, died in a car accident early Wednesday on a highway near the Mexican state of Sinaloa. He was 22.

Mr. Camacho was returning from a performance at a music festival, Carnaval de Mocorito. He had been on tour with his group, whose name roughly translates as “the ranch’s plebeians,” promoting their album “El Karma.” It was not immediately known what caused the accident or who was driving.

Mr. Camacho, who played guitar and wrote songs as well as singing, was idolized by youngsters in rural Mexicoand had begun amassing a fan base on the other side of the border.

He was known for his original narcocorridos — accordion-driven ballads telling of the violent lives of drug traffickers. But his fans, and the musicians he worked with, argued that his message was broader. He himself referred to his songs as “campirana”: music for farmers.

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Posted on February 28, 2015 by Editor

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Mr. Spock Gone \:–(

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Editor

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Llama Highway Star

from The New Yorker

The Running of the Llamas

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A mother llama and her baby were recorded live as they fled down a Phoenix highway today after escaping their handlers.A mother llama and her baby were recorded live as they fled down a Phoenix highway today after escaping their handlers. CREDIT PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY ABC15.COM

In 2015, when someone G-chats you to ask, “Watching the llama cam?” you might think little of it. You might even roll your eyes—twenty-four-hour live-streams of puppies or zoo animals are old news, and llamas, you might think, are not especially compelling. They just sort of stand there, chewing their cud and giving onlookers the side eye. The most exciting thing about them is the threat of loogies being hawked if you get too close. But when your G-chat correspondent follows up with “two llamas on the loose,” your interest is piqued. You click on a link to the Web site of an ABC affiliate in Phoenix, Arizona.’

It’s hard to describe the particular thrill of watching, live, the two llamas who were chased down a desert highway today, for the better part of two hours, by law-enforcement officers and concerned citizens. The obvious comparison was to O. J. Simpson in his white Bronco; “Bonnie and Clyde” meets “Homeward Bound” also came to mind. The llamas, a mother and her baby, had been a visiting attraction at an assisted-living facility for seniors in Sun City, outside of Phoenix, earlier in the day. The details are fuzzy, but somehow, as their handlers loaded them into a trailer to head home to the llama farm, they made a break for it. It wasn’t long before they were traversing major thoroughfares, often against traffic, followed closely by a news helicopter above and a gaggle of would-be captors on the ground.

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Posted on February 26, 2015 by Editor

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The Best New Soccer Stadium In America

from The San Jose Mercury News

Is Earthquakes’ new stadium best soccer venue in America?

By Elliott Almond

SAN JOSE — It started almost 2 1/2 years ago when 6,256 soccer fans grabbed blue-bladed shovels to break ground at a long forgotten lot just west of Mineta San Jose International Airport.

The resulting European-style soccer stadium that lurches 75 feet skyward in sight of Interstate 880 and Highway 87 could become the envy of teams around the country — and a mecca for the region’s growing base of futbol aficionados.

On Saturday, the San Jose Earthquakes will christen Avaya Stadium, a privately funded, 18,000-seat venue that club officials hope transforms a once-niche sport into something that rivals baseball, basketball and football.

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Posted on February 25, 2015 by Editor

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Aliens On The Death Star Planet

from The Daily Mail

What is flashing us from mysterious dwarf planet? Riddle of Ceres’ spots deepens as probe finds ANOTHER flashing mark

  • Ceres orbits the sun between Mars and Jupiter, and may have water gushing from its surface

Ceres continues to baffle astronomers as the Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the dwarf planet.

The latest images, taken nearly 29,000 miles (46,000km) from Ceres, reveal that a bright ‘alien’ spot that stands out in previous images lies close to yet another bright area.

While Nasa has not provided an explanation, scientists suggest these spots may be frozen pools of ice at the bottom of a crater that reflect light.

‘Right now, all we can say is that the material reflects 40 per cent or more of the light falling on it,’ UCLA astronomer Chris Russell, the principal investigator for the Dawn mission, told NBC News.

‘This limit is because of the resolution of the camera at this distance from Ceres. If the final answer is that it reflects all the light that falls on it, then the most probable reflector would be ice.’

He added that there may be a volcano-like origin of the spots, but that Nasa will have to wait for better resolution before we can make such geologic interpretations.

Using its ion propulsion system, Dawn will enter orbit around Ceres on March 6.

When it does, it will become the first human-made probe to visit the ‘Death Star’ planet – and scientists hope it will uncover the secrets behind its mysterious white spot.

[ click to continue reading at The Daily Mail ]

Posted on February 24, 2015 by Editor

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1 Million Fireworks Cool

Posted on February 23, 2015 by Editor

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Hey, Dude – It’s corporate. Can you do me a favor and trash the store. Nah, it’s cool, man – go ahead.

from The New York Daily News

Prank caller tricks employees into destroying Circle K convenience store, causing about $30,000 in damage: cops

BY  

At least they’re good at following instructions!

A prank caller fooled two Circle K employees in Globe, Ariz. into destroying the convenience store so severely that it temporarily shut down.

The loyal-to-a-fault workers believed they were abiding by the guidance of a security company — and they caused about $30,000 in damage before figuring out the trick, police said.

“They thought they were acting righteously in terms of following direction from security,” Sgt. A.J. Castaneda told the Daily News.

The call came in around 8 p.m. Wednesday. The prankster posed as Circle K’s corporate security, claiming that a silent fire alarm was going off and giving instructions to contain the crock crisis, KSAZ reported.

The caller told the employees to discharge fire extinguishers in the store, throw the extinguishers through the windows and destroy merchandise, computers, registers and security televisions, Castaneda said.

In less than five minutes, the employees wrecked most of the store and smashed all but one of its windows. One employee remained on the phone while the other followed the destructive demands, Castaneda said.

All of this happened while two or three customers were shopping.

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Posted on February 22, 2015 by Editor

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Dizzying Hedonism On Film

from The Daily Mail

Glitz, glamour and infamous excess: Dizzying photos from inside Studio 54 reveal the star-studded debauchery of the world’s most famous disco

Nearly 40 years after it opened its doors to a flood of party-hungry movie stars, fashion royalty and debaucherous disco dancers, Studio 54 remains the most famous night club America has ever known.

This month, Swedish-born photojournalist Hasse Persson releases a breathtaking compilation of his first-hand experiences at the New York discotheque, where he routinely captured the dizzying hedonism on film from 1977 to 1980.

Like a booze and drug fueled fever dream, Persson’s ‘Studio 54′ freezes a red-hot moment in disco-era history into 200-plus pages of spellbinding, head-spinning imagery.

Standouts in the vivid, black and white shots are such colorful characters as Andy Warhol, Truman Capote and Bianca Jagger.

But, nearly always sharing the frame with these notables, are the professional level partyers whose presence made Studio 54 the white hot cultural touchstone it was for a brief but memorable 33 months and continues to be in society’s collective memory.

As the tome is billed at artbook.com,  ‘Almost 35 years after the club’s unceremonious and sudden closure, this beautiful hardback volume superbly documents the zeitgeist.’

[ click to continue reading at The Daily Mail ]

Posted on February 21, 2015 by Editor

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Classic Oscar Gag (+ Watch For Howard Stern)

Posted on February 20, 2015 by Editor

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SQUAREPUSHER Damogen Furies Woo-hoo

from Paste Magazine

Squarepusher Announces New Album Damogen Furies, Shares New Track

By Jeff Pearson

Squarepusher Announces New Album <i>Damogen Furies</i>, Shares New Track

Since 2012’s Ufabulum, prolific English producer Squarepusher (Tom Jenkinson) has been relatively quiet. He released the Music for Robots EP last year, a composition written by Jenkinson and performed by three Z-Machine robots, but that didn’t quite sate the die-hard fans in the interim. Squarepusher has announced that he will be returning with a proper LP, titled Damogen Furies, on April 20 via Warp Records.

In addition to the exciting album announcement, Squarepusher has made the lead single “Rayc Fire 2” available as a free download on his website. The song continues in the direction of the Ufabulum material, with utterly mind-bending future sounds moving along at a frenetic and glitchy pace. It’s a jarring trip through technology, and hints that Damogen Furies will be an intense listening experience, to say the least.

You can pre-order Damogen Furies here, and download “Rayc Fire 2” here.

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Posted on February 19, 2015 by Editor

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Poo-Pourri Rules

Posted on February 18, 2015 by Editor

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Meditation Boom

from The LA Times

MEDITATION BOOMS AS PEOPLE SEEK A WAY TO SLOW DOWN

By MARY MACVEAN

MeditationParticipants meditate during a class at Unplug, a new meditation studio in Los Angeles, on April 24, 2014. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)

One hundred fifty people sat in the big meeting room, hands on laps, eyes closed, feet flat on the floor.

“Bring your attention to this moment,” Janice Marturano instructed. “Be open to sensations of warmth or coolness, sensations of fullness from breakfast, or perhaps hunger.” Minutes later, the meditation ended with the traditional strikes of little hand cymbals.

Buddhists? Old hippies? New Agers?

Nope. The room was full of hospital executives and managers in lab coats and scrubs, jeans and sports coats at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. And the teacher was Marturano, once a top executive at General Mills.

The founder of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, Marturano is about as far from woo-woo as the spectrum allows — and a sign that meditation has snaked its way into every sector of our lives. The hospital employees were learning a practice shared by millions these days: college students, parents and prisoners; soldiers, the overweight and the lovelorn; the Seattle Seahawks, public school kids and members of Congress; Oprah, Chopra and Arianna.

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Posted on February 17, 2015 by Editor

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Philip Levine Gone

from The New York Times

An Appraisal: The Poet Philip Levine, an Outsider Archiving the Forgotten

By 

Della and Tatum, Sweet Pea and Packy, Ida and Cal. You met a lot of unpretentious people in Philip Levine’s spare, ironic poems of the industrial heartland. Mr. Levine had toiled in auto plants as a young man. “I saw that the people that I was working with,” he told Detroit Magazine, “were voiceless in a way.”

Mr. Levine’s death is a serious blow for American poetry, in part because he so vividly evoked the drudgery and hardships of working-class life in America, and in part because this didn’t pull his poetry down into brackishness.

He was a shrewd and very funny man. I’m not sure another major American poet could give advice quite like the following, from a poem called “Facts,” collected in Mr. Levine’s classic 1991 book “What Work Is”:

If you take a ’37 Packard grill and split it down

the center and reduce the angle by 18° and reweld it,

you’ll have a perfect grill for a Rolls Royce

just in case you ever need a new grill for yours.

Mr. Levine was among those poets, and there are not enough of these, whose words you followed even outside their poetry. His interviews, for example, were feasts for the mind. To get back to Della and Tatum, Sweet Pea and Packy, and Ida and Cal for a moment, here is what he told The Paris Review in 1988 about the unpeopling of American poetry:

[ click to continue reading at NYTimes.com ]

Posted on February 16, 2015 by Editor

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Michele Ferrero, Creator of Nutella Gone

from The New York Times

Michele Ferrero, Tycoon Who Gave the World Nutella, Dies at 89

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Michele Ferrero, widely regarded as the richest man in Italy and — a distinction more notable to lovers of sweets everywhere — the creator of Nutella, died on Saturday at his home in Monte Carlo. He was 89.

Mr. Ferrero presided over a vast international confectionary empire; he was sometimes referred to as a real-life Willy Wonka. He ranked 22nd on the most recent Forbes list of billionaires, with an estimated net worth of $26.5 billion. The magazine stated the source of his wealth simply: “chocolates.”

Actually, it was more than chocolates; Ferrero products include fruity and minty Tic Tacs, as well as Ferrero-Rocher candies and Kinder snacks. The company, which Mr. Ferrero’s father, Pietro, started in a Piedmont pastry shop in the 1940s, grew under the younger Mr. Ferrero’s leadership into a worldwide powerhouse, rivaling Mars, Nestlé and Hershey. Its sales in 2014 totaled about $10 billion.

It was Nutella, a thick spread of chocolate and hazelnut, that truly captivated the world’s taste buds.

“World’s flags should be at half-mast: Nutella owner has died,” read one of the many posts on Twitter after Mr. Ferrero’s death — which poetically enough came on Valentine’s Day — was reported.

[ click to continue reading at NYTimes.com ]

Posted on February 15, 2015 by Editor

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$2.5 Billion Per Annum On Oreos

from EATER

The World Spent $2.5 Billion on Oreos in 2014

by 

The Oreo is going through a bit of a renaissance. Sure the beloved sandwich cookie has been around for over a century, but it’s made headlines recently with its introduction of novelty flavors. Oreos now come in flavors like cookie dough, watermelon, peanut butter, caramel apple, and many more. So far, 2015 has already seen the debut of the Red Velvet Oreo and, if rumors are true, a S’mores flavor is coming soon. According to Quartz, Oreo is currently the most popular cookie in the world, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon. Below, Oreo by the numbers:

1912: The year of Oreo’s birth.

103: Years Oreo has been around.

$1.5 Billion: Amount spent on Oreos 2007.

$2.5 Billion: Amount spent on Oreos 2014.

5: How many times more Oreos sell each year than boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.

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Posted on February 14, 2015 by Editor

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30 Years Of Meat Is Murder

from PASTE Magazine

Meat Is Murder, 30 Years Later

By Mack Hayden
<i>Meat Is Murder</i>, 30 Years Later

Thirty years ago, The Smiths followed up a self-titled debut album which featured songs like “This Charming Man” and “Hand in Glove” with a record called Meat is Murder. It may not have the visceral punch of the debut, the gothic beauty and cohesion of The Queen is Dead or the pop confidence of Strangeways, Here We Come, but it’s still my favorite of their records, the reason for that being that this is the record in which all of the members of the band showed off their chops in equal measure to the best of their abilities. Don’t believe me? Listen to the first 10 seconds of “Barbarism Begins at Home” and we can talk again after. The fact it was their only No. 1 album on the UK Charts is further testament to its greatness.

To set the scene, let’s talk about music in 1985. In February of that year, two songs held the No. 1 spot: “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner and “Careless Whisper” by Wham! Schmaltz and sax riffs were reigning supreme. The only other album of importance to the latter-day post-punk movement to be released that month was Night Time by Killing Joke. Tears for Fears’ Songs from the Big Chairdropped too, just in case you were wondering what kind of rad pop music was available to consumers during that month. Then in walk The Smiths ready for their round two.

Allow yourself to feel small in the presence of the group’s overwhelming talent. Johnny Marr was 21 when this record was released. This means he’d written “How Soon is Now?” at that point in his life, and all I’m doing is writing about how amazing that is. Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce’s rhythm section never gripes for unnecessary authority over the songs but when they’re in the spotlight, they always shine. Morrissey’s eloquence and command over the English language can be deceptive. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how recently these Manchester masterminds graduated from the institutions they decry. Their music is so fully formed it’s hard to believe it was being written by people in their early to mid twenties.

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Posted on February 13, 2015 by Editor

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Lost Leonardo Found

from The Telegraph

‘Lost’ Leonardo da Vinci painting seized by Italy

“Priceless” painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci discovered in 2013 seized by Italian police from bank vault in Switzerland

A long-lost painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci was confiscated from a bank vault in Switzerland after Italian police said it had been exported illegally and was in danger of being sold for up to £90 million.

Swiss police, acting on a request by their Italian counterparts, seized the portrait of Isabella d’Este, a Renaissance noblewoman, from a private bank vault in Lugano on Tuesday.

After being lost for centuries, the painting was rediscovered in 2013 in a collection of 400 artworks kept in a Swiss vault. The authorities then were alerted to the existence of the painting, but it went missing again.

It turned up again last summer during an investigation into insurance fraud and it later emerged an Italian lawyer was trying to negotiate the sale of the painting for €120 million (£89 million).

[ click to continue reading at The Telegraph ]

Posted on February 12, 2015 by Editor

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Monarch Massacre

from The Washington Post

The monarch massacre: Nearly a billion butterflies have vanished

By Darryl Fears

Threatened animals like elephants, porpoises and lions grab all the headlines, but what’s happening to monarch butterflies is nothing short of a massacre. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service summed it up in just one grim statistic on Monday: Since 1990, about 970 million have vanished.

It happened as farmers and homeowners sprayed herbicides on milkweed plants, which serve as the butterflies’ nursery, food source and home. In an attempt to counter two decades of destruction, the Fish and Wildlife Service launched a partnership with two private conservation groups, the National Wildlife Federation and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, to basically grow milkweed like crazy in the hopes of saving the monarchs.

Monarch butterflies are a keystone species that once fluttered throughout the United States by the billions. They alighted from Mexico to Canada each spring on a trek that required six generations of the insect to complete. Afterward, young monarchs about the quarter of the weight of a dime, that know nothing about the flight pattern through the United States, not to mention Mexico, fly back, resting, birthing and dining on milkweed. Only about 30 million remain.

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Posted on February 11, 2015 by Editor

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Original Les Paul Prototype On The Block

from The New York Times

Les Paul’s Groundbreaking Guitar Prototype Is Headed for Auction


Guitar Player magazine mentioned Eric ClaptonPete Townshend of the Who and Peter Frampton. Arlan Ettinger, the president of Guernsey’s, an auction house on the Upper East Side, mentioned more: Paul McCartney and George Harrison of the Beatles, Jimi HendrixJimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Frank ZappaCarlos SantanaSheryl CrowLenny Kravitz.

None of them would have achieved their fame, Mr. Ettinger said, without Les Paul — and without the guitar that Gibson Guitar began manufacturing in the 1950s to Mr. Paul’s specifications. Bob Marley not only owned one, he was buried with it. (Not to mention a Bible, a soccer ball and some marijuana.)

But before there were all those guitars, there was one, a prototype that came to be known as Black Beauty. Guernsey’s is preparing to auction it on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at Arader Galleries on Madison Avenue. The auction catalog does not list a presale estimate, but Mr. Ettinger said it could sell for over $2 million.

It was, in fact, the second prototype, said Thomas Doyle, a luthier who worked with Mr. Paul for more than 30 years. Mr. Paul had declared the first unsatisfactory, even unplayable.

But Mr. Paul was a tinkerer — he had made his own solid-body electric guitar in 1940 or 1941 — and he told Gibson what he wanted. Mr. Paul’s godson, Steve Miller, said the result was “literally part of the lexicon and fabric” of music history. “Without this very guitar, no other Les Paul guitars could exist in the form that we have come to know and love,” he wrote recently. “From the mid-50s right up until this moment, every guitar hero and rock star we have all ever listened to that played one of Les’s masterpieces would literally not exist.”

[ click to continue reading at NYTimes.com ]

Posted on February 10, 2015 by Editor

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Spongebob Kicks American Sniper’s Ass

from The LA Times

‘SpongeBob’ cleans up at box office; ‘American Sniper’ slips to No. 2

"The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water"SpongeBob SquarePants with, from left, Squidward Tentacles, Sandy Cheeks and Mr. Krabs in a scene from “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.” (Paramount Pictures)

By 

Sixteen years after SpongeBob SquarePants first appeared on television, the yellow animated character made a splash on the big screen this weekend with the release of “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.”

The film opened to an estimated $56-million gross in the U.S. and Canada over the weekend, exceeding tracking projections and pushing “American Sniper” out of the top spot after its three-week reign there.

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Posted on February 9, 2015 by Editor

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Still The Best Butt In Show Business

from VARIETY

Madonna Wears Sexy Matador Outfit to the Grammys

Madonna stole the spotlight on the Grammys red carpet, when she showed up in this revealing matador outfit, custom-made by Givenchy, that screamed “Ole!”

The 56 year-old singer, known for pushing the fashion envelope, was accompanied by rapper Nas and the DJ Diplo, who worked with her on her upcoming album “Rebel Heart.”

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Posted on February 8, 2015 by Editor

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Brian Williams, Neil deGrasse Tyson, George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, James Frey

from The Las Vegas Review-Journal

Brian Williams isn’t the first big name to ‘misremember’ a story

By MICHAEL MARTINEZ

Call it a false memory. A trick of the mind. Or a “misremembrance.”

Television anchor Brian Williams isn’t the first person to be embarrassed by claiming a remembrance that, well, never really happened.

Recent history shows how several famous figures suffered what one expert labels a false “flashbulb” memory.

NEIL deGRASSE TYSON

Astrophysicist and television host Neil deGrasse Tyson, a protege of the late Carl Sagan, claimed he heard President George W. Bush make a remark intended to highlight divisions between Judeo-Christian Americans and fundamentalist Muslims.

Tyson’s assertion is still published on the webpage of the Hayden Planetarium, which he runs.

“After the 9/11 attacks, when President George W. Bush, in a speech aimed at distinguishing the U.S. from the Muslim fundamentalists, said, ‘Our God is the God who named the stars.’ The problem is two-thirds of all the stars that have names, have Arabic names. I don’t think he knew this. This would confound the point that he was making,” Tyson said in a 2008 speech.

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH

Even President Bush suffered a false memory of what he saw on television the day of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Bush recalled more than once how he saw the first plane hit the north of the World Trade Center before he entered a classroom in Florida, where his reaction to the devastating attacks was forever captured on television cameras.

“In reality, he had been told that a plane had hit the building, but had not seen it — there was no live footage of the plane hitting the tower,” the two professors wrote.

HILLARY CLINTON

In her own campaign for the U.S. presidency in 2008, Hillary Clinton stated she evaded sniper fire when visiting Bosnia as first lady in 1996.

While seeking votes, she provided a dramatic recollection of the event, which occurred on March 25, 1996.

“I remember landing under sniper fire. There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base,” said Clinton, a Democrat.

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Posted on February 7, 2015 by Editor

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Thank You Philippines, Thank You National Book Store

Posted on February 6, 2015 by Editor

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Gauguin @ $300 Million

from The New York Times

Gauguin Painting Is Said to Fetch $300 Million

By  and 

LONDON — A sensuous Paul Gauguin painting of two Tahitian girls has been sold from a Swiss private collection for close to $300 million, one of the highest prices believed to have been paid for an artwork, according to European and American art world insiders with knowledge of the matter.

The sale of the 1892 oil painting, “Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?),” was confirmed by the seller, Rudolf Staechelin, 62, a retired Sotheby’s executive living in Basel, Switzerland, who through a family trust owns more than 20 works in a valuable collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, including the Gauguin, which has been on loan to the Kunstmuseum Basel for nearly a half-century.

Guy Morin, the mayor of Basel, acknowledged news of the sale of the Gauguin and bemoaned its loss. On Tuesday, The Baer Faxt, an art world insiders’ newsletter, said Qatar was rumored to be the buyer of the Gauguin at $300 million, which would exceed the more than $250 million that Qatar reportedly paid for Paul Cézanne’s “The Card Players” in 2011.

Todd Levin, a New York art adviser, said of the Gauguin, “I heard that this painting was in play late last year.” He added, “The price quoted to me at that time was in the high $200 millions, close to $300 million.”

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Posted on February 5, 2015 by Editor

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Bureaucracy Lands On The Moon

from Reuters

Exclusive – The FAA: regulating business on the moon

BY IRENE KLOTZ

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is displayed during a media briefing where it was announced that the BEAM expandable space habitat technology will be tested on the International Space Station, in Las Vegas in this January 16, 2013 picture provided by NASA.  REUTERS/NASA/Bill Ingalls/Handout via Reuters

(Reuters) – The United States government has taken a new, though preliminary, step to encourage commercial development of the moon.

According to documents obtained by Reuters, U.S. companies can stake claims to lunar territory through an existing licensing process for space launches.

The Federal Aviation Administration, in a previously undisclosed late-December letter to Bigelow Aerospace, said the agency intends to “leverage the FAA’s existing launch licensing authority to encourage private sector investments in space systems by ensuring that commercial activities can be conducted on a non-interference basis.”

In other words, experts said, Bigelow could set up one of its proposed inflatable habitats on the moon, and expect to have exclusive rights to that territory – as well as related areas that might be tapped for mining, exploration and other activities.

However, the FAA letter noted a concern flagged by the U.S. State Department that “the national regulatory framework, in its present form, is ill-equipped to enable the U.S. government to fulfill its obligations” under a 1967 United Nations treaty, which, in part, governs activities on the moon.

The United Nations Outer Space treaty, in part, requires countries to authorize and supervise activities of non-government entities that are operating in space, including the moon. It also bans nuclear weapons in space, prohibits national claims to celestial bodies and stipulates that space exploration and development should benefit all countries.

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Posted on February 4, 2015 by Editor

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Madame Tussaud’s Up For Sale

from The Financial Times

London site of Madame Tussauds up for sale

Madame Tussauds Merlin exterior building

The landlord of Madame Tussauds hopes to raise more than £300m by selling the building that has housed the waxworks since 1884, in a further sign of London’s booming commercial property market.

Property entrepreneur Nick Leslau has instructed agent CBRE to market the freehold of the central London premises in Marylebone and is seeking offers in excess of £300m, according to people familiar with the situation.

Ranked as one of London’s top 10 tourist attractions by visitor numbers, Merlin has tapped the rise of “selfie culture”, removing barriers around celebrity waxworks to allow easier access. The company runs 20 Tussauds attractions including in Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore.

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Posted on February 3, 2015 by Editor

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Fist Bump In The Philippines

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Fistbump with James Frey

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Last Saturday James Frey went to National Bookstore, Ayala Cebu. It was for his book signing of the his book Endgame:The Calling. I’m a big fan of his I Am Number Four Series, and when he revealed Last January 25 that he was Pittacus Lore I immediately thought “Sh*t I HAVE TO MEET HIM!” So with my fellow Lorics, we walked from our University to Ayala.

He was really amazing, I was lost for words. He read a part of his new book and gave tips on how to become a writer.

“Write a book that you want to read,” James Frey said. And I can’t help but nod in agreement eventhough I knew he wouldn’t see me in the see of fellow fans.

When it was my turn to get my book signed, my hands were really shaking and Iwas close to tears.

To be a writer, as great and known as him would be unattainable. But to be a writer with the same principles, and the same work ethic as him, will be one of my life goals.

Books make me happy, and someday (hopefully) I’ll make other people happy by writing books just like James Frey

Thank You! National Bookstore for making this event Possible!

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And many many thanks to all the other readers fans writers who covered the Philippines tour, here’s just a few….


Fragments of Life
amaterasureads
Sab The Book Eater
sumthinblue
G/ST
Philippine News

Posted on February 2, 2015 by Editor

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Two handsome, virile naked men riding triumphantly on ferocious panthers

from The Guardian

Michelangelo’s bronze panther-riders revealed after ‘Renaissance whodunnit’

Sculptures to be displayed at Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, thought to be the only surviving bronzes by the Renaissance artist

Two handsome, virile naked men riding triumphantly on ferocious panthers will on Monday be unveiled as, probably, the only surviving bronze sculptures by the Renaissance giant Michelangelo.

In art history terms, the attribution is sensational. Academics in Cambridge will suggest that a pair of mysterious metre-high sculptures known as the Rothschild Bronzes are by the master himself, made just after he completed David and as he was about to embark on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

If correct, they are the only surviving Michelangelo bronzes in the world.

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Posted on February 1, 2015 by Editor

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Lechon In Cebu

from GMA News

Best-selling YA author enjoys lechon, beaches in Cebu during signing tour

James Frey, also known as “Pittacus Lore” when writing the young adult Lorien Legacies series, is in the Philippines to meet fans of his new YA book “Endgame: The Calling.” And one of his tour stops is in Cebu, where he is currently enjoying some downtime.

Apart from a few photos of a few locals he met and befriended, Frey took some time to sample the famous lechon.

[ click to continue reading at GMA News ]

Posted on January 31, 2015 by Editor

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Rod McKuen Gone

from The New York Times

Rod McKuen, Poet and Lyricist With Vast Following, Dies at 81

Rod McKuen, a ubiquitous poet, lyricist and songwriter whose work met with immense commercial success if little critical esteem, died on Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 81.

Mr. McKuen, whom The St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture described as having been, at his height, “the unofficial poet laureate of America,” was the author of dozens of books of poetry, which together sold millions of copies.

For a generation of Americans at midcentury and afterward, Mr. McKuen’s poetry formed an enduring, solidly constructed bridge between the Beat generation and New Age sensibilities. Ranging over themes of love and loss, the natural world and spirituality, his work was prized by readers for its gentle accessibility while being condemned by many critics as facile, tepid and aphoristic.

Mr. McKuen’s output was as varied as it was vast, spanning song lyrics, including English-language adaptations (“Seasons in the Sun”) of works by his idol, Jacques Brel; music and lyrics, as for “Jean,” from the 1969 film “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” for which he received an Academy Award nomination; and musical scores, including that of the 1973 television film “Lisa, Bright and Dark.” He also appeared as a singer on television, on many recordings and in live performance.

“What McKuen guarantees is that a certain California sexual daydreaming can be yours for the asking even if you do move your lips rapidly as you read,” Louis Cox sniped in The New Republic in 1971.

[ click to read full obit at NYTimes.com ]

Posted on January 30, 2015 by Editor

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Death Valley Bar Fight With Geezer Butler

fr0m The LA Times

Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler arrested in Death Valley bar fight

Geezer ButlerGeezer Butler of Black Sabbath, left, was arrested following a bar fight in Death Valley. (Dan Steinberg / Invision / Associated Press)

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Geezer Butler, the longtime Black Sabbath bassist, allegedly has a knack for bashing listeners offstage as well.

The 65-year-old Terence Michael Butler was arrested Tuesday on charges of misdemeanor assault, intoxication and vandalism at the Corkscrew Saloon in Death Valley National Park.

According to BBC reports, Inyo County police said that an argument at the bar involving Butler quickly escalated into a physical confrontation. Police arrived shortly after midnight and reported a broken window and one person struck during the altercation.

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Posted on January 29, 2015 by Editor

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Asteroid Moon

from Yahoo! News

Big asteroid that skimmed Earth has its own moon: NASA

Miami (AFP) – An unusually large asteroid that just skimmed by Earth had its own moon, NASA said Tuesday as the US space agency released its first radar images of the flyby.

The asteroid known as 2004 BL86 made its closest approach late Monday at a distance about three times further than Earth’s own Moon.

Radar images from NASA’s Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, California show that the asteroid itself was about 500 feet (150 meters) smaller than expected, and measured about 1,100 feet (325 meters) across.

The asteroid’s small moon was approximately 230 feet (70 meters) across.

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Posted on January 28, 2015 by Editor

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