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First Digital Image Ever Created Was Of A Hot Chick, Of Course

from The Atlantic

The Never-Before-Told Story of the World’s First Computer Art (It’s a Sexy Dame)

In the late 1950s, an anonymous IBM employee made a lady from the pages of Esquire come to life on the screen of a $238 million military computer.


During a time when computing power was so scarce that it required a government-defense budget to finance it, a young man used a $238 million military computer, the largest such machine ever built, to render an image of a curvy woman on a glowing cathode ray tube screen. The year was 1956, and the creation was a landmark moment in computer graphics and cultural history that has gone unnoticed until now.

Using equipment designed to guard against the apocalypse, a pin-up girl had been drawn.

She was quite probably the first human likeness to ever appear on a computer screen.

She glowed.


[T]he pin-up program likely dates from 1956 to 1958. The upper end of the year range, 1958, can easily be established because multiple eyewitnesses claim that the diagnostic was present when the first non-test SAGE site went live in New Jersey in early 1958. The lower end of the range, 1956, comes from a compelling piece of cultural evidence.

In 1955, famed pin-up artist George Petty resumed a relationship with Esquire magazine just before his retirement. He illustrated two calendars for the publication, one for 1955 and one for 1956. Each month’s page came accompanied by a lushly illustrated and extremely scantily clad Petty pin-up.

Petty had a way of painting a woman by which she almost appeared nude if not for a sheer, skin-hugging fabric that obscured almost nothing. Such is the case in the December 1956 calendar pin-up, which leaves little besides the woman’s mysteriously absent nipples to the imagination.

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Posted on January 31, 2013 by Editor

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Shazam! Private Pyle Relieves Himself of Closet Duty

from AP via The NY Daily News

‘Gomer Pyle’ actor Jim Nabors marries longtime partner, Stan Cadwallader, in Seattle

82-year-old actor had been dating former Honolulu firefighter since 1975


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HONOLULU — Jim Nabors, the actor best known for playing Gomer Pyle on TV in the 1960s, has married his longtime male partner.

Hawaii News Now reports Nabors, 82, and Stan Cadwallader, 64, traveled from their Honolulu home to Seattle to be married Jan. 15. Gay marriage became legal in Washington state last month.

The couple met in 1975 when Cadwallader was a Honolulu firefighter.

“I’m 82 and he’s in his 60s and so we’ve been together for 38 years and I’m not ashamed of people knowing, it’s just that it was such a personal thing, I didn’t tell anybody,” Nabors said. “I’m very happy that I’ve had a partner of 38 years and I feel very blessed. And, what can I tell you, I’m just very happy.”

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Posted on January 30, 2013 by Editor

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Reverse Elder Abuse Applauded

from The Times UK

Nursing home defends prostitutes’ visits

Chaseley Nursing home

The former manager of a nursing home has been forced to defend the level of “holistic care” offered to her patients after East Sussex council suggested that allowing prostitutes to visit her residents was inappropriate.

Residents of Chaseley nursing home, in Eastbourne, referred to them as “special visits”. The home’s care workers would take the visitors to a resident’s room. They then put a “special red sock” on the door and checked on them every 15 minutes.

The home, which mainly cares for disabled ex-servicemen, has long had a policy of facilitating sex workers. However a spokesman for the council said that it was unaware of the practice and was investigating because it “has the potential to place vulnerable … residents at risk of exploitation and abuse.”

[ click to continue reading at The Times ]

Posted on January 29, 2013 by Editor

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“If there’s a great idea, our job is to figure out what to do with it.”

from Publishing Perspectives

How James Frey’s “IP Factory” is Re-imagining Book Packaging

By Rachel Aydt

The multi-media packaging business Full Fathom Five, the brainchild of James Frey — who until Lance Armstrong appears on TV today, was likely Oprah’s most famous confessor  — has refined a business formula that marries talented writers, filmmakers, television producers, video game makers and toy designers, into one big collaborative “IP Factory.”

Frey explains that the formula isn’t as Draconian as it’s been made out to be in the press since the company’s inception. In the past, their work for hire contracts were publicly vilified, most extremely by a writer in New York Magazine in 2010 (who had a project in the works with Full Fathom that went sour). The article claimed that Frey’s company was a “Fiction Factory” employing hungry young talent, plucked straight from enviable MFA programs, at the pay rate of (wait for it) $250 per book. “The fact that we work exclusively with graduate students is a myth,” says Frey. “It’s not true. We work with New York Times bestselling writers as well as talented up and comers.” Contractually their pay scale isn’t standardized, he explains — nor could it be — because their products are spread so far across the multimedia map, not just in terms of medium, but also in terms of audience.

“Many book packagers focus on one demographic, like Alloy, who makes books and products exclusively for teenaged girls,” he says. Alloy, of course, is the force behind the adolescent girl phenoms Gossip GirlThe Vampire Diaries, and the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants franchises. “And I have a lot of admiration for what they’ve done. We’ve done some things for that age group, but I like to think that we’re ‘demographic agnostic.’ We’re not working with a specific demographic. If we have a great idea for a new population, we’ll try it out.” The collaborative piece of his business lies in deciding how to best roll out an idea. “If there’s a great idea, our job is to figure out what to do with it.”

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Posted on January 28, 2013 by Editor

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Unreformed SPY Espied At Vanity Fair

from Vanity Fair

THE IMPOSSIBLE INTERVIEW: Nikki Minaj speaks with Thomas L. Friedman

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Posted on January 27, 2013 by Editor

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from spinner

Dean Ween, Les Claypool Shooting Fishing Show With ‘South Park’ Creators

by Cameron Matthews

Since the breakup of weirdo rock group Ween, Melchiondo has been fishing the waters off the Jersey Shore.

He has a charter boat and takes fans and fishing fiends out to grab a catch all the time. But Hurricane Sandy screwed up his fall scheduling, so Dean’s been sailing through the bitter cold of the Northeast winter.

In a recent interview with, the guitarist revealed that he’ll be taping a pilot for a cable fishing show, starring himself and Les Claypool of Primus. The producers? “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

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Posted on January 26, 2013 by Editor

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Hipsterian Marxism

from The New York Times

Young Publisher Takes Marx Into the Mainstream


Erin Baiano for The New York Times

When Bhaskar Sunkara was growing up in Westchester County, he likes to say, he dreamed of being a professional basketball player.

But the height gods, among others, didn’t smile in his favor. So in 2009, during a medical leave from his sophomore year at George Washington University, Mr. Sunkara turned to Plan B: creating a magazine dedicated to bringing jargon-free neo-Marxist thinking to the masses.

“I had no right to start a print publication when I was 21,” he said in an interview in a cafe near his apartment in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. “Looking back, I see it as a moment of creative ignorance. You have to have enough intelligence to execute something like this but be stupid enough to think it could be successful.”

The resulting magazine, Jacobin, whose ninth issue just landed, has certainly been an improbable hit, buoyed by the radical stirrings of the Occupy movement and a bitingly satirical but serious-minded style. Since its debut in September 2010 it has attracted nearly 2,000 print and digital subscribers, some 250,000 Web hits a month, regular name-checks from prominent bloggers, and book deals from two New York publishers.

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Posted on January 25, 2013 by Editor

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Bothersome Burros Blocking Bullhead City Boulevards

from AP via

Arizona motorists warned about burros on roadway

Associated Press

BULLHEAD CITY — Burros trying to cross a roadway in Bullhead City are causing hazardous traffic conditions.

The Mohave Valley Daily News reports ( that there have been more than half a dozen recent calls of burros on or near Bullhead Parkway.

The calls include an accident last month that left a motorcyclist injured and an animal dead and a late-night accident this past week that left one of the stray burros with a leg injury after being struck by a car.

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Posted on January 24, 2013 by Editor

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7-11 Launches Direct Frontal Assault Against Mayor Bloomberg

from Crain’s New York

Chain pain on Lower East Side

Locals take big gulp over opening of 7-Eleven on Avenue A.

image lifted from weEATny - click to visitLower East Siders have found something they fear and loathe even more than banks and Starbucks—7-Eleven—and they’re not going to take it anymore. The global convenience-store giant, with its garish orange-and-green logo and blinding batteries of fluorescent lights, has already opened four locations in the neighborhood. Another is scheduled to open this spring at Avenue A and East 11th Street.

In response, dozens of community activists and residents gathered last week at Father’s Heart Ministries church just up the street to discuss ways to stop the chain before time runs out.

“It’s a total invasion of the soul snatchers,” warned Bob Holman, proprietor of the recently closed Bowery Poetry Club, who showed up at the meeting sporting yards of heavy steel chains wrapped around his torso. “It’s the blandification of America.”

The world’s largest convenience store operator, franchisor and licensor is in the midst of an aggressive expansion in Manhattan. In the past two years, the Dallas-based chain, famous for its Big Gulps and Slurpees, has quadrupled its store count in the borough to 32, from eight previously. Another 20 are planned for this year.

Locals charge that 7-Eleven is tearing the fabric of the Lower East Side, saying that the stores stick out like visitors from another planet. Others complain that the chain is taking business away from small grocers, newsstands and bodegas, and they are fighting back with a barrage of boycotts, bumper stickers and marches.

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Posted on January 23, 2013 by Editor

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People Are Awesome 2k13

Posted on January 22, 2013 by Editor

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First Twinkies, Now Atari

from Forbes

Atari US Files for Bankruptcy, Sells Assets, Logo

In an effort to untangle itself from its parent company, the France-based Atari SA, Atari US has filed for bankruptcy and will sell all its assets in the next three to four months. They have already locked down a  debtor-in-possession investment of $5.25M from investment advisory Tenor Capital Management and hope the move will land them some fresh business.

What assets are on the auction block? That would be classic franchises like Pong, Centipede, Missile Command and Asteroids, so Hollywood get out your checkbooks for those film rights. Wait, you’re telling me there’s already an Asteroids movie in development? Of course there is.

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Posted on January 21, 2013 by Editor

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“It’s 19-feet long and two guys wearing cheap spandex costumes drove it….”

from CarBuzz

1966 Batmobile Sold for $4.62 Million

Sought after by fans for decades, the owner and builder of the original 1966 Batmobile finally put it up for auction.

1966 Batmobile Sold for $4.62 Million

It’s 19-feet long and two guys wearing cheap spandex costumes drove it in the classic “Batman” live action TV series that ran from 1966-1968. If you haven’t guessed by now, we’re referring to the original Batmobile that was built by Hollywood custom car builder George Barris almost five decades ago. Many replica versions have been built and sold over the years but Barris still clung to the original despite many lucrative offers to buy it. But at age 88 he decided to put it up for auction at this year’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Barris had been the car’s sole owner for all these years but now it belongs to someone else after they paid a shocking $4,620,000. During the auction Barris was on stage as the bids came in for what used to be a 1955 Lincoln Futura concept. Way back when, Barris was given just three weeks by the TV studio to build the Batmobile. Within that time, he managed to fabricate those distinct bat-shaped body pieces and many other bits that made the car a cultural icon.

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Posted on January 20, 2013 by Editor

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Pot Saves The Toothless

from The Atlantic

How Forks Gave Us Overbites and Pots Saved the Toothless

Historical changes in the ways we cook and eat have dramatically altered public health.


Bee Wilson is the author of Consider the Fork, which documents the evolution of cooking and eating technology. In the book, Wilson describes many unintended consequences of new methods of or materials for cooking and eating. Here she talks about some of the health ramifications of such changes.

you write in the “Pots and Pans” chapter how until the 18th century most families had one big pot, a cauldron, that had a sort of palimpsest porridge in it — they just kept adding new things to cook along with whatever was left over from the day before. So a lot of what people ate was soft. Were there dental changes once other ways of cooking became readily available?

The big dental change that was seen with pots happened with the initial adoption of pottery for cooking around 10, 000 years ago. Until the cooking pot was invented, no one who had lost all their teeth would survive into adulthood. There are no traces of edentulous — toothless — skeletons in any population without pottery. Pots made it possible for the first time to cook nourishing stew-like meals that required no chewing but could, rather, be drunk. So having teeth was no longer necessary for survival. This is another clear example of how utensils have acted as a kind of robotic extension of the human body.

[ click to eat the entire word feast at The Atlantic ]

Posted on January 19, 2013 by Editor

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from The Guardian

Kim Dotcom: the internet cult hero spoiling for a fight with US authorities

German-born former hacker says his eyes have been opened to US tactics after his Megaupload site was shut down last year

by  in Auckland

[VIDEO: Kim on Mega, Hollywood, the internet and copyright enforcement]

In massive, swaggering capital letters, “Mega” stretches across the grassy slope in front of Dotcom Mansion. A huddle of electricians and carpenters are removing the wooden stencils and wiring in the fluorescent tubes. They are up to G. All around the vast grounds of Kim Dotcom‘s luxury home just north of Auckland, New Zealand, gardeners and technicians are busy, like Oompa-Loompas at the Chocolate Factory, setting up for the big night, overlooked by life-size inflatable giraffes and hippos.

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Posted on January 18, 2013 by Editor

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Uranus Is Built On A Funny Tilt

Thanks Interplanet Janet & Schoolhouse Rock for 40 years of  Informative Fun

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Posted on January 17, 2013 by Editor

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Lit Graffit’


Literary Graffiti From All Over the World

By Emily Temple
Photo Credit: Emily Babb

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

[ click to view full slideshow at FLAVORWIRE ]

Posted on January 16, 2013 by Editor

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Bedding a [robot] nurse [will be?] the number one fantasy among men.


Robots Will Soon Fulfill All Your Sexy Nurse Fantasies

By Jessica Roy

(Photo: Batdoc)Ah, the medical professional fantasy: pretty mundane fodder for a generation reared on porn, but still immensely popular. Bedding a nurse is the number one fantasy among men, in case you haven’t been to a Halloween party in the past 25 years.

Now, some futurists are predicting that robots will have a dual function in our impending utopian society: not only will they care for us when we’re sick, but they’ll also satisfy our sexual fantasies in the process. predicts that medical robots will eventually come equipped with a program that allows them to use sex as a perk to help them stand out in the crowded marketplace. Why hire a doctor robot when you can hire a doctor robot with BOOBS?

Imagine this, dudes. Your doctor who attends to your rectal health is a curvy she’bot who straps you face down with your legs spread for a prostrate exam and colonoscopy. After freshening the air with lime spray from her nipples, she divinely massages you, before gliding her slippery 18-inch techno-tongue into your anus.

The nurse would eventually bring the patient to orgasm–mostly for medical reasons, of course!

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Posted on January 15, 2013 by Editor

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“I’ve got a whole shelf full of ‘fuck you’ over there.”

Michael Keaton’s Books on WTF w/Marc Maron

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Posted on January 14, 2013 by Editor

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Skulduggery, Claim and Counterclaim – Foosball

from Smithsonian

The Murky History of Foosball

How did the tabletop game get from parlor halls in 19th-century Europe to the basements of American homes?
By Derek Workman
A group of young Parisians playing foosball at a cafe in 1958.
A group of young Parisians playing foosball at a cafe in 1958. (Rue des Archives / The Granger Collection, New York)

In the best tradition of skulduggery, claim and counterclaim, foosball (or table football), that simple game of bouncing little wooden soccer players back and forth on springy metal bars across something that looks like a mini pool table, has the roots of its conception mired in confusion.

Some say that in a sort of spontaneous combustion of ideas, the game erupted in various parts of Europe simultaneously sometime during the 1880s or ’90s as a parlor game. Others say that it was the brainchild of Lucien Rosengart, a dabbler in the inventive and engineering arts who had various patents, including ones for railway parts, bicycle parts, the seat belt and a rocket that allowed artillery shells to be exploded while airborne. Rosengart claimed to have come up with the game toward the end of the 1930s to keep his grandchildren entertained during the winter. Eventually his children’s pastime appeared in cafés throughout France, where the miniature players wore red, white and blue to remind everyone that this was the result of the inventiveness of the superior French mind.

There again, though, Alexandre de Finesterre has many followers, who claim that he came up with the idea , being bored in a hospital in the Basque region of Spain with injuries sustained from a bombing raid during the Spanish Civil War.

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Posted on January 13, 2013 by Editor

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“‘War crimes’ are defined by the winners. I’m a winner. So I can make my own definition.”

[ visit THE ACT OF KILLING Official Website ]

Posted on January 12, 2013 by Editor

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“Do you like Barack Obama?” I asked Richard Marx.

from The Morning News

Right Here Waiting

by Edward McClelland

After frequenting a local haunt where nobody knows his name, a Chicago writer makes new friends, rips on Richard Marx online, and then suddenly lands a real live celebrity musician at their door.

“Wow,” I told my sister. “Richard Marx is blowing up my inbox.”

I called my editor.

“I’ve been getting emails from some guy who says he’s Richard Marx,” I said. “I think it’s an impostor. The only thing that makes me think it might really be Richard Marx is that it’s from an AOL account.”

The next day, my editor told me he’d traced the emails to a MySpace account with the same tag.

Except the emails hadn’t been coming from a guy with a MySpace account. They were actually from Richard Marx. How do I know? Because I received this tweet from Richard Marx’s verified Twitter account[.]

“Richard Marx is totally calling me out on Twitter,” I told my editor.

“Just ignore it,” he said. “It’ll blow over.”

“I’m not going to ignore it. I’m not going to look wimpier than the guy who wrote ‘Right Here Waiting.’ He says he’ll meet me anywhere in the city.”

So I emailed Richard Marx, inviting him to meet me at seven the next evening at the Lighthouse. Then I went down to the bar to prepare the boys for Richard Marx’s arrival. I wanted a posse behind me when he walked in the door. Vinko and Paddy, our token Irishman, were sitting at the end of the bar, next to the beer cooler. We looked up Richard Marx on Billy the bartender’s laptop and starting slagging him.

“You should send him an email and tell him you’ll be right here waiting for him,” Paddy suggested.

I got to the Lighthouse an hour early. By 6:45, I had half a dozen guys behind me: Vinko, Paddy, Billy, Aquaman, Brian, and Mike. Nobody wanted to miss Richard Marx. By 7:15, Billy had left the bar, convinced Richard Marx wasn’t going to show.

Then someone spotted a black Jaguar rolling down Chase Ave. I looked out the window. Billy was walking back up the street, alongside Richard Marx. I had steeled myself for this confrontation by drinking an entire pint of light beer. Richard Marx didn’t get two steps past the door before a guy at the bar stuck out his hand and said, “Hey Richard, good to see you.” I waved to let Richard Marx know I was the guy who had called him shameless.

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Posted on January 12, 2013 by Editor

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Zorb Of Death

This is awful…

Posted on January 10, 2013 by Editor

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Collapsed Genius


Secret Memo Regarding Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’ Reissue Leaked

Nirvana - In Utero sleeve

By the Collapse Board editors

The following document was obtained by Collapse Board from an unnamed source. It is currently being distributed to all major music publications and websites. Despite the threat of lawsuit, we have decided to publish this document verbatim. The author of the document is unknown.


This memo is being sent out to prepare everyone for the major musical event of 2013. I am speaking, of course, about the 20th anniversary reissue of In Utero by Nirvana…. To understand why this is the case we must look once more to The Beatles. The sheer amount of Beatles literature (and its continued market success) should tell us all one very important fact: people not only like to read the same story over and over again, they demand it. Our job is to retell the story, to reinforce the legends, to emphasise the inflexibility of the narrative. So, given these facts I’ve prepared some bulletin points that focus on what each review should highlight:

1. Give some brief background details. This is called SETTING THE SCENE. The Nirvana/Kurt Cobain legend must reinforce again and again the idea of the reluctant star, the uncomfortable voice of a generation. I recommend the use of the term “thrust into the limelight”. It functions beautifully for our purposes…..

Kurt Cobain: Reluctant star. Pressure. Compromise. Depression. Heroin. Death. It’s that simple. Don’t feel like you are selling yourself short by sticking to these guidelines. Instead know that you are performing a public service. You are providing comfort and certitude in a world of confusion. You are giving people something to believe in. You are helping to make the art of Kurt Cobain immortal. Expect more high profile media events along the lines of the Nirvana/McCartney collaboration before long and, with any luck, we can anticipate a lucrative last quarter in 2013. One last thing: is 2014 too early for a 15th anniversary of the first White Stripes album, or should we wait for the 20th anniversary? I look forward to your feedback. Let’s make the myths.

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Posted on January 10, 2013 by Editor

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Reverse Fireworks

Posted on January 9, 2013 by Editor

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Sol Yurick Gone

from The Guardian

Sol Yurick obituary

American novelist best known for The Warriors, a tale of gangs and street violence in New York


The film of The Warriors, 1979

Cast members of The Warriors, the film of Yurick’s novel, which became a cult classic. Photograph: Moviestore Collection/Rex Features

The American novelist Sol Yurick, who has died aged 87, was too radical, too extreme and too violent for the respectable literary establishment of New York, yet no writer more fully embodied the city’s anguished spirit in the 1960s. His novels The Warriors (1965), Fertig (1966) and The Bag (1968) constitute a trilogy of vibrant energy, biting satire and high, though irreverent, artistic seriousness.

The Warriors, a tale of gangs and street violence, was rejected by 27 publishers before it finally appeared. With its carefully crafted parallels with Xenophon’s Anabasis, it was more literary than Hubert Selby Jr‘s Last Exit to Brooklyn (1964), but shared its gritty feel for the city’s underclass. In 1979 it was made into a stylish film by Walter Hill. Vincent Canby in the New York Times considered the film “a mish-mash of romantic cliches, moods and visual effects”.

Yurick, who thought it trashy and sentimentalised, agreed. After the New York premiere, his daughter, Susanna, said: “It’s all right, daddy, the kids will love it.” And they did. The Warriors became a cult classic, later embraced by hip-hop acts including the Wu-Tang Clan, spoofed in a Nike commercial and adapted as a PlayStation 2 game.

Hill’s movie drew upon comic-book characterisation but Yurick, who came out of the proletarian belly of New York, knew better. His parents, Sam and Flo, immigrants from eastern Europe, were communists and trade-union activists. Marx and Lenin, strikes and demonstrations, were regular topics of dinner-table conversation. His earliest political memory was, at the age of 14, the anguish he felt at the Stalin-Hitler pact.

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Posted on January 8, 2013 by Editor

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Tweets From Rofihe

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Posted on January 7, 2013 by Editor

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Goddess Mother Of The Dead


Dead bodies abound on Mount Everest


It is estimated that over 200 people have died in their attempt to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The causes of their death vary as widely as the weather at Mount Everest’s peak. At the summit, winds can reach hurricane strength literally blowing the climber off the mountain. Oxygen levels leave the climbers gasping for breath and their oxygen deprived brains leave them unable to make rational decisions. Some climbers stop for a brief rest only to slowly drift into sleep, never to wake up. All dangers aside, ask any climber who has beaten the mountain and reached the 29,000 foot summit and they will tell you the most memorable, and disturbing, part of their climb were the many perfectly preserved bodies that they passed on their way to the top.

[In the photo above,] the body of David Sharp still sits in a cave at the top of Mount Everest.  David attempted the climb in 2005 and near the top, stopped in this cave to rest.  His body eventually froze in place rendering him unable to move.  Over 30 climbers passed by him as he sat freezing to death.  Some heard faint moans and realized he was still alive.  They stopped and spoke with him.  He was able to identify himself but was unable to move.  Brave climbers moved him into the Sun in an attempt to thaw him but eventually, realizing David would be unable to move, were forced to leave him to die.  His body still sits in the cave and is used as a guide point for other climbers nearing the summit.

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Posted on January 6, 2013 by Editor

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The American Freshman Survey

from The Daily Mail

How college students think they are more special than EVER: Study reveals rocketing sense of entitlement on U.S. campuses


Books aside, if you asked a college freshman today who the Greatest Generation is, they might respond by pointing in a mirror.

Young people’s unprecedented level of self-infatuation was revealed in a new analysis of the American Freshman Survey, which has been asking students to rate themselves compared to their peers since 1966. 

Roughly 9 million young people have taken the survey over the last 47 years.

Pyschologist Jean Twenge and her colleagues compiled the data and found that over the last four decades there’s been a dramatic rise in the number of students who describe themselves as being ‘above average’ in the areas of academic ability, drive to achieve, mathematical ability, and self-confidence.

But in appraising the traits that are considered less invidualistic – co-operativeness, understanding others, and spirituality – the numbers either stayed at slightly decreased over the same period.

Researchers also found a disconnect between the student’s opinions of themselves and actual ability.

[ click to continue reading at The Daily Mail ]

Posted on January 5, 2013 by Editor

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Dim Sum For Dummies

from BuzzFeed

The Essential Guide To Dim Sum

by Carolyn Phillips

In the beginning, dim sum was a verb that merely meant “to eat a little something.” Cantonese dim sum culture began in tearooms in the latter half of the nineteenth century in the city of Guangzou, possibly because of the recent ban of opium dens. It spread and gained popularity—especially in nearby Hong Kong.

The sort of dim sum restaurant we’re familiar with today in the West originated in Hong Kong in the mid-1950s. These Hong Kong parlors had areas for banquets and even mah-jongg games, and carts pushed by “aunties” (a’sam).

Know exactly how to order thanks to this breakdown of 24 dishes, including photos and Chinese pronunciation….

[ click to study yummy Dim Sum Field Guide @ BuzzFeed ]

Posted on January 4, 2013 by Editor

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The Importance of The Microchipped Pooch

from CBS New York

American Kennel Club Says Dognapping Cases Are Up By Almost 70 Percent

Experts: Most Important Step To Keeping Pets Safe Is Microchipping

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Dogs are being stolen out of cars, yards, off sidewalks and even out of shelters at an alarming rate, according to the American Kennel Club.

“It only takes a minute for a theft to occur,” American Kennel Club spokeswoman Lisa Peterson told CBS 2′s Dave Carlin on Friday.

Making any pet owner think twice is surveillance video from last week that showed “Marley” the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel being menaced by a stranger, who picked up the frightened dog and walked off with him, leaving 7-year-old Mia Bendrat heartbroken the day before Christmas.

“You knew that was somebody’s dog and it was Christmas Eve. I mean really?” Bendrat said.

Marley was sold to a woman in Greenwich Village, who thought the situation was fishy.

Marley was checked for a microchip and Mia and her best friend were reunited.

[ click to continue reading at CBS New York ]

Posted on January 3, 2013 by Editor

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Rise of The Real Undead

from WIRED

Better Than Human: Why Robots Will — And Must — Take Our Jobs

Photo: Peter Yang

Photo: Peter Yang

Imagine that 7 out of 10 working Americans got fired tomorrow. What would they all do?

It’s hard to believe you’d have an economy at all if you gave pink slips to more than half the labor force. But that—in slow motion—is what the industrial revolution did to the workforce of the early 19th century. Two hundred years ago, 70 percent of American workers lived on the farm. Today automation has eliminated all but 1 percent of their jobs, replacing them (and their work animals) with machines. But the displaced workers did not sit idle. Instead, automation created hundreds of millions of jobs in entirely new fields. Those who once farmed were now manning the legions of factories that churned out farm equipment, cars, and other industrial products. Since then, wave upon wave of new occupations have arrived—appliance repairman, offset printer, food chemist, photographer, web designer—each building on previous automation. Today, the vast majority of us are doing jobs that no farmer from the 1800s could have imagined.

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Posted on January 2, 2013 by Editor

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