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Stop-action Carbon Monoxide

from AP via Pioneer Press

IBM makes tiny movie by pushing molecules around

Associated Press

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.—Scientists have taken the idea of a film short down to new levels. Molecular levels.

IBM says it has made the tiniest stop-motion movie ever—a one-minute video of individual carbon monoxide molecules repeatedly rearranged to show a boy dancing, throwing a ball and bouncing on a trampoline.

Each frame measures 45 by 25 nanometers—there are 25 million nanometers in an inch—but hugely magnified, the movie ( ) is reminiscent of early video games, particularly when the boy bounces the ball off the side of the frame accompanied by simple music and sound effects.

The movie is titled “A Boy and His Atom.”

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Posted on April 30, 2013 by Editor

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Lorien Legacies Publication Order @ GoodReads


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Posted on April 29, 2013 by Editor

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When Toby Ate Mice And Men

from BuzzFeed

20 Literary Facts To Impress Your Friends With

8. John Steinbeck’s original manuscript for Of Mice and Men was eaten by a dog.

John Steinbeck's original manuscript for Of Mice and Men was eaten by a dog.

Steinbeck’s puppy, Toby, was left alone one evening and effectively ate some really important homework. Steinbeck wrote of the incident to his agent and said, “I was pretty mad, but the poor little fellow may have been acting critically.”


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Posted on April 28, 2013 by Editor

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West Hollywood Pole Dancing

from The LA Times

Pole art popularity outstrips its origins

By Mikaela Conley

Pole dance as art form

(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times / April 22, 2013)

Sergia Anderson climbed high up a pole as Bjork‘s “Hyperballad” blasted through Circus Disco, a West Hollywood nightclub. Spinning and twirling, legs straight and toes pointed, she hung perpendicular to the ceiling, holding the pole with just her hands. Anderson then dropped quickly, catching herself just inches above the floor.

The crowd gasped, then applauded.

So goes the National Aerial Pole Art championship, in which 10 amateur pole dancers and 11 professionals competed on April 7. The stage included two floor-to-ceiling poles — one that spun and one static — against a glittery backdrop for competitors. Receiving the biggest applause was Greta Pontarelli, a 62-year-old amateur competitor, as she held herself, still and taut, upside down on the static pole.

Anderson, a 30-year-old competitor and owner of the Vertitude pole fitness studio in Woodland Hills, began dancing when she was 4, but it wasn’t until she discovered pole at 27 that she found an art that spoke to her.

What was once a dance that was synonymous with strip clubs, pole art has become an underground community that is finding its way into mainstream dance, fitness, art and culture.

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Posted on April 27, 2013 by Editor

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100 Landmark Cameras

from Pop Chart Lab

A Visual Compendium of Cameras

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A meticulously illustrated catalog of 100 landmark cameras, culled from over a century of photographic history, depicting both professional and consumer models and tracing photography’s history from the first models to today’s digital wonders.

18″ x 24″

Each print is signed by the artists and numbered from a first printing of 500, and comes packaged in a custom Pop Chart Lab Test Tube.

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Posted on April 26, 2013 by Editor

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Bleecker Bob’s Gone

from The Hollywood Reporter

The Record Store Day After: New York’s Iconic Bleecker Bob’s Closes

by Mitch Myers

Bleecker Bob's vinyl L
Paul Familetti

What becomes of the vinyl faithful now that the Greenwich Village mainstay — in business since 1967 — has shut its doors?

File under: just another nail in the coffin.

Downtown New York City’s Bleecker Bob’s Golden Oldies Record Shop closed on Saturday, April 13 — just one week shy of Record Store Day. I didn’t get there before its unceremonious final hours, but I did stop by on Sunday, and, with the door unlocked, there was plenty of activity.

“Are you open?” I asked the guy inside.

“No, we closed yesterday,” he said. “But if you want to come in and browse and buy something, you can. I’m just busy taking care of things.”

As I examined the depleted bins of plasticware, a slow trickle of middle-aged men came into the dilapidated store asking the same thing and getting the same answer.

Bob’s “cleaner,” as it were, is Chris Wiedner, and he helped every person who walked in while struggling to tie up a multitude of loose ends and take care of his own personal business. Chris, along with John DeSalvo, JK Kitzer and a small cadre of others, have kept Bleecker Bob’s going since namesake Bleecker Bob Plotnik suffered a crippling aneurysm in 2001. Bleecker Bob and friend Broadway Al first opened Village Oldies Records in late 1967. They moved a few years later and then again, and by that third time, Broadway Al and Bleecker Bob had parted ways, and Bleecker Bob’s could be found in Greenwich Village on West 3rd Street between MacDougal and Sixth Avenue.

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Posted on April 25, 2013 by Editor

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“Walking & Stalking” the Squalid Underbelly

from The New York Observer

A Tour of New York’s Squalid Underbelly, at the Tip of Your Fingers

By Matthew Kassel

image courtesy of the very cool site

On any given block in New York, it’s safe to assume that you are walking past the scene of some former crime–a murder, a beating, a robbery. And if you like knowing about New York’s squalid underbelly, a new app that came to our attention today, called “Walking & Stalking,”may be worth your time.

The app, which costs $1.99, is a geographical and historical guide to the sensational murders and drug deals and other illegal incidents that have gone down in our fair city through the years. Though it’s by no means exhaustive, “Walking & Stalking” has a lot of juicy information crammed into it.

“I tried to make it super thorough, very exact,” said Stephanie Hughes, the writer and photographer who created the app. “It’s for people interested in stories, people who tend to dig around for info and details.”

Now, if you didn’t know already, you can find out when and where, exactly, Norman Mailer drunkenly stabbed his second wife, Adele Morales, with a penknife (November 21, 1960, 5 a.m., 250 West 94th Street). You’re familiar with Frank Serpico from the eponymous Sidney Lumet movie starring Al Pacino, but the app will lead you to the apartment building where Mr. Serpico was shot during a heated narcotics raid in 1971 (778 Driggs Avenue, in Williamsburg).

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Posted on April 24, 2013 by Editor

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Amish Sex Pistols Reality Show of “a pivotal moment that changed everything”

from SPIN

Watch the Sex Pistols’ Most Notorious Interview (Reenacted By the Amish)

by Chris Martins

Comic Kevin Eldon’s remake offers 100 percent more beard

On December 1, 1976, one television host’s career was ruined just as a band’s was being launched. When Queen were suddenly unavailable to visit London’s Today show with Bill Grundy, the Sex Pistols were subbed in. But as band guru Malcolm McLaren later explained, “We all gathered in the green room and drank ourselves stupid [before the appearance].” Seconds into the live, unedited broadcast, Steve Jones dropped the f-bomb. Then Johnny Rotten said “shit.” Grundy wasn’t impressed, so he began to antagonize the band, and at one point hit on Siouxsie Sioux, who was there as a member of their entourage. The host never recovered from the backlash, and the Pistols became a household name — the anti-heroes of the new punk movement.

… English comedian Kevin Eldon and his crew have done such an incredible job recreating the scene that one almost forgets they’re decked out head-to-toe in Amish duds. They nailed the set, the dialog, the quality of the video and the sound — even the movements of the band and their friends.

[Above] you’ll find the source material for Eldon’s short, and a word from McLaren, printed in the Guardian in 2007 three years before his death: “As simple and harmless as it seems today, that interview was a pivotal moment that changed everything. Punk became the most important cultural phenomenon of the late 20th century. Its authenticity stands out against the karaoke ersatz culture of today, where everything and everyone is for sale. Punk’s influence on music, movies, art, design and fashion is no longer in doubt. It is used as the measurement for what is cool. And we all know you cannot sell anything today if it is not cool. The only problem is that punk is not, and never was, for sale.”

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Posted on April 23, 2013 by Editor

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Storm Thorgerson Gone

from AP via The San Jose Mercury News

Storm Thorgerson dies; album artist for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Phish

By Raphael Satter / Associated Press

image courtesy of A&Gallery

LONDON (AP) — English graphic designer Storm Thorgerson, whose eye-popping album art for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin encapsulated the spirit of 1970s psychedelia, died Thursday. He was 69.

Even those who not familiar with Thorgerson’s name will have seen his work gracing vinyl collections and CD racks. He was best known for his surreal Pink Floyd covers, which guitarist David Gilmour said had long been “an inseparable part of our work.”

Some of Thorgerson’s covers — the disturbing image of burning man in a business suit featured on Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” or the stark prism on the band’s “Dark Side of the Moon” — have become icons in their own right.

Thorgerson also made covers for Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, Phish, Styx, and Muse. His art tended toward the unsettling or the bizarre. One particularly weird CD front for The Cranberries’ “Bury The Hatchet” featured a monstrous, disembodied eye staring at a crouching, naked figure in a desert. Another Pink Floyd album cover — which Thorgerson said had left the record company “completely berserk” — featured nothing more than a picture of a cow staring out from a field.

[ click to read complete obit at The Merc ]

Posted on April 22, 2013 by Editor

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The Power Of Six also for Audi

from The New Indian Express

Audi presents special power of six

By Ammar Alvi

Latest to hit the road is a very special edition of its flagship premium sedan A6 which celebrates the sale of 6,000 cars in India since its launch.

Latest to hit the road is a very special edition of its flagship premium sedan A6 which celebrates the sale of 6,000 cars in India since its launch.

To commemorate the sale of 6,000 A6 models in India, German auto giant Audi has launched a special edition of the car with extra features that make the A6 a special treat for premium sedan lovers.

German auto giant Audi always surprises its loyal customers with new offerings. Latest to hit the road is a very special edition of its flagship premium sedan A6 which celebrates the sale of 6,000 cars in India since its launch. The company has packed it up with features to stand out and maintain its exclusive status.

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Posted on April 21, 2013 by Editor

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Less Than Zero Tolerance – Bret Easton Ellis Banned by GLAAD

from The Hollywood Reporter

Bret Easton Ellis: ‘I’ve Been Banned by GLAAD Media Awards’

by Seth Abramovitch

UPDATED: GLAAD responds to the author’s claims that he was told he couldn’t come to the swanky event honoring Bill Clinton.

There will be stars galore on Saturday evening at the Los Angeles GLAAD Media Awards, a swanky Hollywood event attended by 5,000 guests where PresidentBill Clinton will receive the Advocate for Change Award — but Bret Easton Elliswill not be among them.

The novelist and provocateur took to his medium of choice — Twitter — to announce that the gay rights organization had “banned” him from entering the premises after learning a guest planned on bringing him as a date.

“As a gay man in a domestic partnership who plans to get married I’m sad to hear I’ve been banned byGLAAD from attending tomorrow’s event,” the American Psycho author wrote. “GLAAD is supposedly ‘furious’ about my tweets. And I’m guessing not the ones concerning my boyfriend or how sexy I think Adam Driver is.”

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Posted on April 20, 2013 by Editor

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from Entertainment Weekly

Sneak peek at the next ‘I Am Number Four’ novel ‘The Fall of Five’ — EXCLUSIVE


Get ready to count backwards from 9 to 5.

The Fall of Five is the fourth novel in the best-selling I Am Number Four series by Pittacus Lore. In the upcoming book (Aug. 27), the Garde are finally reunited, but do they have what it takes to win the war against the Mogadorians? John Smith — Number Four — thought that things would change once the Garde found one another. They would stop running. They would fight the Mogadorians. And they would win.

But he was wrong. After facing off with the Mogadorian ruler and almost being annihilated, the Garde know they are drastically unprepared and hopelessly outgunned. Now they’re hiding out in Nine’s Chicago penthouse, trying to figure out their next move.

The six of them are powerful, but they’re not strong enough yet to take on an entire army — even with the return of an old ally. To defeat their enemy, the Garde must master their Legacies and learn to work together as a team. More important, they’ll have to discover the truth about the Elders and their plan for the Loric survivors.

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Posted on April 19, 2013 by Editor

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Ray Bradbury Enters The Digital Age

from Media Bistro’s GalleyCat

Ray Bradbury Classics Finally Coming as eBooks

By Jason Boog

16 classic Ray Bradbury books are coming to digital booksellers for the very first time.

We’ve posted the complete release schedule below, but the list of new eBook releases includes beloved books likeDandelion WineSomething Wicked This Way Comes andThe Illustrated Man.

William Morrow, the longtime publisher of the late, award-winning writer and cultural icon Ray Bradbury, announces the release of 16 of Bradbury’s classic backlist titles in ebook format for the very first time. An additional seven titles will be released in e-book format over the next several months.

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Posted on April 18, 2013 by Editor

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Hunger for The Power Of Six

from Wishing For Chanel

The Power Of Six | HUNGER magazine Spring/Summer Issue

Hunger ss13 header
*all images via FashionGoneRogue, (c) Rankin


When you’re a bi-annual magazine you really need to make a statement when you do put out an issue. HUNGER magazine’s Spring/Summer issue (due to be released this week) has done just that. They haven’t just settled for one big name cover star. Nope. Make that six of the most talked about female artists in the music industry right now (from l-r top-bottom: Rita Ora, Jessie J, Iggy Azalea, Grimes, Gabrielle Aplin and A*M*E). Styled in line with their individual stage persona’s and shot by Rankin, every cover is truly unique.

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Posted on April 17, 2013 by Editor

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Jonathan Winters Remembered by Robin Williams

from The New York Times

A Madman, but Angelic


ABC, via Photofest

My father’s laughter introduced me to the comedy of Jonathan Winters. My dad was a sweet man, but not an easy laugh. We were watching Jack Paar on “The Tonight Show” on our black-and-white television, and on came Jonathan in a pith helmet.

“Who are you?” Paar asked.

“I’m a great white hunter,” Jonathan said in an effete voice. “I hunt mainly squirrels.”

“How do you do that?”

“I aim for their little nuts.”

My dad and I lost it. Seeing my father laugh like that made me think, “Who is this guy and what’s he on?”

Jonathan’s improvs on “Mork & Mindy” were legendary. People on the Paramount lot would pack the soundstage on the nights we filmed him. He once did a World War I parody in which he portrayed upper-class English generals, Cockney infantrymen, a Scottish sergeant no one could understand and a Zulu who was in the wrong war. The bit went on so long that all three cameras ran out of film. Sometimes I would join in, but I felt like a kazoo player sitting in with Coltrane.

On one of his first days on the show, a young man asked Jonathan how to get into show business. He said: “You know how movie studios have a front gate? You get a Camaro with a steel grill, drive it through the gate, and once you’re on the lot, you’re in showbiz.”

No audience was too small for Jonathan. I once saw him do a hissing cat for a lone beagle.

His comedy sometimes had an edge. Once, at a gun show, Jon was looking at antique pistols and a man asked if he was a gun proponent. He said: “No, I prefer grenades. They’re more effective.”

If you wanted a visual representation of Jonathan’s mind, you’d have to go to his house. It is awe-inspiring. There are his paintings (a combination of Miró and Navajo); baseball memorabilia; Civil War pistols and swords; model airplanes, trains, and tin trucks from the ’20s; miniature cowboys and Indians; and toys of all kinds.

We shared a love of painted military miniatures. He once sent me four tiny Napoleonic hookers in various states of undress with a note that read, “For zee troops!”

But the toys were a manifestation of a dark time in his life. Jonathan was a Marine who fought in the Pacific in World War II. When he came home from the war, he went to his old bedroom and discovered that his prized tin trucks were gone.

He asked his mother what she did with his stuff.

“I gave them to the mission,” she said.

“Why did you do that?”

“I didn’t think you were coming back,” she replied.

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Posted on April 16, 2013 by Editor

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Bill Cosby Dancing With One Leg Shorter Than The Other

Posted on April 15, 2013 by Editor

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“Writers used to be cool… now they’re just sort of wimps.”

from The Sydney Morning Herald

Badder but wiser

Jane Sullivan

The ever-excessive Hunter S. Thompson.
The ever-excessive Hunter S. Thompson. Photo: Getty Images

I think I’ve finally worked out what’s gone wrong with my brilliant literary career. I need to smoke opium, swig absinthe and keep a pet bat.

It worked for Baudelaire, and it’s a comparatively modest aim. Unlike Lord Byron. Not content with having sex with hundreds of women and men, firing pistols indoors and drinking wine out of a human skull, Byron also kept a menagerie of exotic pets: a bear, a goat, a wolf, horses, an eagle, a cow, a falcon, peacocks, several monkeys and an Egyptian crane.

The poet who was ”mad, bad and dangerous to know”, according to Lady Caroline Lamb, is No.1 on the list of Andrew Shaffer’s famous bad boys and girls of letters, closely followed by Hunter S. Thompson, who once said: ”I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”

They are front-liners in a ragged army of scribblers, from the Marquis de Sade to James Frey, who romp, stagger and crawl through Shaffer’s entertaining book Literary Rogues. The tone is set in an epigraph from T.C. Boyle: ”There was a time when courtesy and winning ways went out of style, when it was good to be bad, when you cultivated decadence like a taste. We struck elaborate poses to show that we didn’t give a shit about anything.”

Of course, there’s a sad side to all this literary badness. Careers were cut short, lives were ruined, deaths were sordid and painful. Edgar Allan Poe drank not to raise hell but to stave off depression. And, in the end, maybe excess and abuse didn’t have much to do with literary genius. As Shaffer points out, wayward authors appear more human and less remarkable when you get up close. ”It wasn’t because of their shocking behaviour that they left behind anything of value – it was in spite of it.”

And yet there’s still this curious elegiac tone to Literary Rogues, a lament for the good old days, even though they probably weren’t that good. ”Writers used to be cool,” says the last of Shaffer’s rogues, James Frey – a writer notorious not just for hellraising but for fabricating stories for his tell-the-truth memoir. ”Now they’re just sort of wimps.”

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Posted on April 14, 2013 by Editor

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Room 237 pshaww

Posted on April 13, 2013 by Editor

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Giant guffaws at a pompous art world

from The New York Times

Dark Roots of a Pop Master’s Sunshine


Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Paying a visit to Claes Oldenburg, one of the last surviving giants of Pop Art, you’d be forgiven for expecting a wacky guy living in chaos. His crowd-pleasing masterworks — a canvas hamburger the size of a couch, a rusting clothespin as big as a house, a lipstick tall as a tree — can easily be read as giant guffaws at a pompous art world. His gorgeous sketches for those projects are as wild and woolly as could be. So yes, you’d be forgiven for expecting a scene from a shaggy New Yorker cartoon by Ed Koren — forgiven, and mistaken.

Mr. Oldenburg’s five-story studio, on the western edge of SoHo, is utterly tidy, its classic loft spaces furnished with rigorous Bauhaus classics and hard-edge Minimal pieces by Donald Judd. Mr. Oldenburg, who is 84, wears stylish round tortoiseshell glasses and receives his guest with more Old World gentility than New York pushiness. (He was born in Sweden, into a diplomat’s household.) He reveals a sense of humor, joking about how a big newspaper ad for his forthcoming show at the Museum of Modern Art, opening Sunday, has been upstaged by one for a show about whales. But there’s no trace of the clown, and there’s plenty of orderly retrospection.

“If you really want to be an artist, you search yourself, and you find a lot of it comes from earlier times,” he said. “I have pretty much built the work around my experiences. When I’ve moved from one place to another, the work has changed.” He came to New York in 1956 from Chicago, where he was mostly raised, and settled on the Lower East Side, which he describes as New York’s “most creative and stimulating part.”

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Posted on April 12, 2013 by Editor

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When you get that little red beaver right up there in front of ya…

from Sky News

Beaver Bites Man To Death In Belarus Attack

The beaver pounced as a man went to take its photograph after spotting the animal on the side of a road during a fishing trip.\

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A fisherman has been bitten to death by a beaver after trying to take its photograph.

The man was on a fishing trip at Lake Shestakov in Belarus with two friends when they spotted the animal on the side of the road.

He stopped so that he could take a picture but as he approached the beaver it pounced on him, biting him in the thigh.

His friends attempted to stem the flow of blood from the wound but the animal’s bite had severed a main artery and the man, who came from Brest, bled to death.

Beaver attacks are rare and according to experts those animals that do go for humans are usually rabid.

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Posted on April 11, 2013 by Editor

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Ars gratis armes

from The Arizona Republic

Gun culture gains popularity in art, fashion and decor

As nation debates mass shootings and gun restrictions, weapon motifs spread

By Megan Finnerty | The Republic |

Even though Phoenix craftsman Brandon Gore already owned an AK-47, he had to buy a new assault rifle when it came time to make the piece of wall art he had in mind.

He wanted to make a life-size composite concrete casting of the gun, but the process of creating the mold would destroy the weapon.

“So I bought a plastic one on eBay,” said Gore.

Now, the glass fiber-reinforced concrete tile titled “AK All Day” sells for $295 in his central Phoenix shop, Hard Goods. It sits near tiny concrete cactuses and a concrete bench that Gore makes by hand. The tile is one of about 100 he’s made and sold since 2006.

In the 14 years since Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., mass shootings have become commonplace enough that they can be discussed using shorthand: Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Tucson, Aurora, Newtown. All of it — but most notably the deaths of 20 first-graders in their Newtown, Conn., classrooms on Dec. 14 at the hand of a man carrying a .223 Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle — has turned up the volume on the gun conversation at dinner tables and on Capitol Hill.

As Americans stock up on guns, mourn those killed by guns and debate how best to regulate the buying and selling of guns, they are also buying gun soaps, gun lamps and gun ice-cube trays.

These are not the kinds of recognizable products that have been popular for decades, the six-shooter lampshades, Wild West footie pajamas or hunting-rifle welcome mats.

These are, rather, machine-gun-print tights, AK-47 bullet-shaped ice-cube trays promising “a killer drink,” and glittering handgun necklaces and earrings. There are AK-47 wooden hangers, 9mm ceramic wall sconces, sleeveless dresses printed with guns, and a handgun table lamp. You can buy chocolate guns and ammo or soap handguns that “blow the stench away,” packaged in “a real, hard-shell, foam-lined gun case.”

There are even T-shirts printed with a Hello Kitty lookalike holding an AR-15, the gun that saw a spike in sales after Adam Lanza used a version of it in the Newtown shootings.

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Posted on April 10, 2013 by Editor

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The Percentified World

Posted on April 9, 2013 by Editor

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Murderer Spills The Memes

from The Daily Mail

The first ever ‘murder confession’ by MEME?

Reddit user is reported to the FBI after he ‘admits killing his sister’s abusive meth-addict boyfriend with his own drugs’ using a picture of a bear

Heavy: The user, named Naratto, posted a thread to the meme, pictured, with the title 'Finally have the guts to say it' late on Saturday night

A Reddit user has been reported to the FBI after he used a popular cuddly bear meme to seemingly confess to murdering his sister’s abusive boyfriend.

The user, named Naratto, posted a thread with the title ‘Finally have the guts to say it’ to Reddit’s AdviceAnimals subforum late on Saturday night.

The thread linked to the meme known as Confession Bear, and Naratto’s startling admission, which read: ‘My sister had an abusive meth addict boyfriend. I killed him with his own drugs while he was unconscious and they ruled it as an overdose.’

The meme is usually reserved for innocuous confessions so, within minutes, stunned Reddit users began commenting on the photo, asking if the disclosure was true and if so when it happened.

[ click to read full article at The Daily Mail ]

Posted on April 8, 2013 by Editor

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BILL HAYES: A Year In Trees

from The New York Times

A Year in Trees


Rebecca Mock

SOMEONE asked me the other day how I had gotten over the sudden death of someone I loved. What I wanted to say but found myself unable to explain (for it would have sounded too strange) was that I learned a good deal about moving through grief from some trees I once knew. They were not my trees. I didn’t plant them. I lived in an apartment surrounded by them. The only tending done was to give them my full attention over the course of four seasons.

When I moved in it was April, still cold, and the branches were bare. Facing northeast, my view of Manhattan was unobstructed, seen through a latticework veil. There were five trees, each distinct. They were not beautiful. My next-door neighbor, a landscape designer, told me that the species, Ailanthus altissima, is an urban weed. But I never expected beauty. That they were tall and strong and present was enough. I found that Ailanthus derives from an Indonesian word meaning “tree of heaven.”

I didn’t cover the windows with shades or curtains. I would wake with the sun and lie in bed and watch the tree limbs for a minute. Some mornings, the branches looked as if they were floating on wind drafts, as light as leaves. With a stormy sky, they turned black and spindly, like shot nerve endings.

Two years had passed since my longtime partner’s death, and though I had largely adjusted to his absence, I still experienced intense pangs of grief — painful unpleasure, in Freud’s exquisite phrase. At times, I’d be tempted to take out old photos, just to look, just one picture, just for a minute, like a junkie on the verge of relapsing. But I resisted. I had seen the trees stand up to strong winds and hold their own against the elements.

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Posted on April 7, 2013 by Editor

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Willy Out The Window

from Johnson City, TN News Channel 11

Witnesses: Man drove 90 mph with genitals hanging out the window

By Kylie McGivern, Weekend Anchor / Producer / Reporter – email

WJHL-TV: News: Weather, and Sports for Johnson City, TN


Three women testified against former Mount Carmel Vice-Mayor William Blakely, graphically recounting times he exposed himself while driving. News Channel 11 had the only reporter in court for Thursday’s preliminary hearing in Kingsport.

“I was scared that I was gonna wreck, he was gonna cause me to wreck,” witness Deborah Sturgill said.

“It seems that every victim would tell the same story. But I knew all the victims did not know each other,” Kingsport Police Detective Terry Christian said.

“He was taking his hand, wetting his mouth, and masturbating,” Sturgill said.

“At over 90 miles per hour, he had his penis out [the window]… he was masturbating… and that’s when it got really, really bad. I wouldn’t look over any more, and I wrote his tag number down on my hand, which I believe he noticed, and he exited very quickly,” Street said.

Detective Terry Christian says it’s Street’s writing down of the license tag number that served as a catalyst for William Blakely’s charges.

“It went on for so long an nobody’s addressed it,” Christian said, referring to the dozens of phone calls the department has received over the course of three or four years – she said, related to Blakely’s behavior. Ages of the alleged victims range from 16-65.

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Posted on April 6, 2013 by Editor

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Terry’s POPwater

Posted on April 5, 2013 by Editor

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Roger Ebert Gone

Thank you (and Gene Siskel, too) for helping so many know, love and understand film.


Posted on April 4, 2013 by Editor

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Nurse Ratched Slept Here

from The New York Times

Once a ‘Cuckoo’s Nest,’ Now a Museum


Thomas Patterson for The New York Times

The movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was filmed at the Oregon State Hospital in Salem. The new  Museum of Mental Health  honors the experiences of the patients who have lived there over the decades. More Photos »

SALEM, Ore. — Nurse Ratched slept here.

The punctiliously cruel psychiatric ward tyrant in the book and movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” was brought to cinematic life by the actress Louise Fletcher during filming here at the Oregon State Hospital in the 1970s.

But the melding of real life and art went far beyond the film set. Take the character of John Spivey, a doctor who ministers to Jack Nicholson’s doomed insurrectionist character, Randle McMurphy. Dr. Spivey was played by Dr. Dean Brooks, the real hospital’s superintendent at the time.

Dr. Brooks read for the role, he said, and threw the script to the floor, calling it unrealistic — a tirade that apparently impressed the director, Milos Forman. Mr. Forman ultimately offered him the part, Dr. Brooks said, and told the doctor-turned-actor to rewrite his lines to make them medically correct. Other hospital staff members and patients had walk-on roles.

Now jump cut to the present: the office and treatment rooms of the hospital, which opened in 1883, have been turned into a Museum of Mental Health — one of only a few around the world that are part of a still-functioning hospital, which sprawls behind the old brick structure.

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Posted on April 3, 2013 by Editor

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Big Daddy Gates Bankrolling Development of Next-generation Condom

from International Business Times

A Brief History Of The Condom, From Tortoise Shells To Bill Gates


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Bill Gates has already put some of his money toward building a better toilet, and now he’s turning his attention to another kind of bodily function. The Microsoft billionaire is putting up money through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in hopes of spurring enterprising inventors to make a better condom.

Though condoms are cheap to make and fairly reliable both for contraception and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, many men do not use them due to a perceived trade-off between protection and pleasure.

“Is it possible to develop a product without this stigma, or better, one that is felt to enhance pleasure?” the Gates-backed organization Grand Challenges asks. “If so, would such a product lead to substantial benefits for global health, both in terms of reducing the incidence of unplanned pregnancies and in prevention of infection with HIV or other STIs?”

Until May 7, Grand Challenges is accepting proposals for next-generation condoms. For winners of an initial $100,000 grant, there’s the possibility for an additional $1 million in funding later on.

“Condoms have been in use for about 400 years yet they have undergone very little technological improvement in the past 50 years,” Grand Challenges says.

Actually, the history of the condom may go back even further than four centuries.

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Posted on April 2, 2013 by Editor

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Drag King Di In A Bar Full Of Hairy Gay Men

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Freddie Mercury dressed Princess Diana as man for gay bar?

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Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury once dressed Princess Diana as a man and smuggled her into a gay bar, it has been claimed.

The late Queen rocker and comedian Kenny Everett reportedly gave the British royal – who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 – an army jacket, cap and sunglasses to wear for a night out in South London homosexual haunt the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in the 1980s, according to comedienne Cleo Rocos.

A piece in Cleo’s new memoir ‘The Power of Positive Drinking’ – which is serialized in the Sunday Times newspaper – explains: ”Freddie told her we were going to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, a notorious gay bar in London. Diana said she had never heard of it and said she’d like to come.

”Now this was not a good idea. ‘It’s not for you,’ said Kenny, ‘It’s full of hairy gay men. Sometimes there are fights outside.’ This didn’t put her off in the slightest.”

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Posted on April 1, 2013 by Editor

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