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The Greatest Innovation In Fast-food Since Special Sauce

from Fox New York

Hands-free Whopper

By LUKE FUNK, Senior Web Producer


Burger King has introduced a burger holder for people on-the-go.  It’s called the Hands Free Whopper Holder and it’s been introduced in Puerto Rico.

The contraption looks similar to the harmonica holder you might see Bob Dylan wearing but this one is designed to hold a hamburger.

The device is apparently part of the celebration for the company’s 50th anniversary in Puerto Rico.

Burger King has its own site for the holder, complete with a video showing how the holder it made.

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Posted on May 31, 2013 by Editor

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Taco Trucks To Return To Montreal After 60-year Exile

from CBC News

Montreal unveils new locations for food trucks

Street eats to be available at downtown hotspots including Mount Royal Park

Local foodies will be able to satisfy their cravings all summer long, beginning on June 20 and lasting until September 29.

For the first time in over 60 years, food trucks will be popping up in downtown Montreal this summer.

On Tuesday, Mayor Michael Applebaum unveiled the nine locations where pre-approved food trucks will be able to set up shop as a part of a pilot project.

The food trucks will rotate between the nine different downtown locations and will be open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Gaelle Cerf, co-owner of the popular Grumman 78 taco truck, said the locations were chosen in order to avoid competing with restaurants.

“We wanted to make sure there [weren’t] any bricks and mortar restaurants nearby because we wanted to make sure it wasn’t in their faces,” said Cerf, who is also the vice-president of the Association of Street Restaurateurs of Quebec.

For the time being, the vendors will be required to have an established restaurant or catering business in order to qualify for one of the 35 permits available.

But at least one Montrealer thinks that’s not fair.

“It’s a disappointment because it would have been good for people who are great cooks,” said Lillian Boctor.

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Posted on May 30, 2013 by Editor

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The Sanitation Gestapo

from The New York Observer

Court Also Thinks $2,000 Fine for Plucking a Used TV Antenna From the Trash is Ridiculous

By Alyssa Berlin

On Earth Day, San Francisco Expands Recycling To Rigid Plastics (Getty)One man’s simple search for the perfect art project turned into a battle with New York City Courts.

This week, a Manhattan appeals court overturned a $2,000 fine issued in 2011 to a Brooklyn carpenter, Albert Prince, for taking a TV antenna from the side of a curb. Yes, you read that right.

The legal battle began when Mr. Prince, 56, saw the discarded trash and thought the antenna would make a great addition to an art project he was working on. He pulled his van over to the side of the road and began to sift through the trash.

Moments later, he was confronted by two sanitation cops who issued him a fine for “unauthorized removal of residential recyclable material using a motor vehicle,” a violation under title 48 of the New York City Code. The cops also impounded Mr. Prince’s car,  requiring him to pay $500 to get it back.

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Posted on May 29, 2013 by Editor

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Pollination Just Never Gets Old

Posted on May 28, 2013 by Editor

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Snooki v. Christie (posted for the photo alone)

from The New York Daily News

Snooki on awkward meeting with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: ‘He just doesn’t like us’


Snooki (center) posted this picture on Twitter, with the message 'Getting told why we are bad for jersey. Amazing.' The photo was taken during her first-ever meeting with New Jersey Govenor Chris Christie.
Snooki (center) posted this picture on Twitter, with the message, ‘Getting told why we are bad for jersey. Amazing.’ The photo was taken during her first-ever meeting with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

“Jersey Shore’ star Snooki came face to gut with one of her largest critics Friday: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

The awkward encounter occurred — where else? — on the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, where the Jersey icons were filming separate segments for NBC’s “Today” show.

“I just wanted to meet you and just hope you start to like us,” said Snooki, ice-grilling the governor.

“Well, we’ll do our best,” Christie responded in a moment captured on video by the Asbury Park Press.

The loud-mouthed diva also asked the girthy gov, “Why are you standing so close to me?”

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Posted on May 27, 2013 by Editor

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The Hollywood Safety Dance Mash

Posted on May 26, 2013 by Editor

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Irony Abandoned In Latest Go-round For GIRLS

from The LA Times

‘Girls’ creator Lena Dunham unamused by porn parody

By Patrick Kevin Day

“Girls,” HBO’s critically acclaimed and controversial comedy series about the lives of twentysomethings in Brooklyn, tackles a number of issues with brutal frankness and sometimes uncomfortable realism. Sex is one of those issues, and the show has raised eyebrows with a number of graphic sex scenes. So it’s not really surprising that “Girls” is the latest show to get a XXX pornographic parody. And series creator and star Lena Dunham isn’t amused by it.

“This Ain’t Girls XXX,” produced by Hustler, is part of a recent trend of pornographic parodies that seek to replicate their less dirty inspirations. Other recent porn parodies include “The Office,” “30 Rock” and several superhero movies.

But Dunham isn’t thrilled or excited by the prospect of seeing her show join the ranks of the porn-parodied.

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Posted on May 25, 2013 by Editor

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Girl With A Guitar Is 12 Times Better

Posted on May 24, 2013 by Editor

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Katie Couric Almost Strips For Howard Stern But Doesn’t Really Though That Would Have Been Crazy-Cool and Maybe Even Subscription-worthy

from The NY Daily News

Howard Stern does legwork for Katie Couric’s show, but she doesn’t take the bait


	Legendary music producer Clive Davis is a guest on KATIE, airing TUESDAY, FEB. 19th, distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television.DONNA SVENNEVIK/ABC/GETTY IMAGES; GETTY IMAGES

Take your pants off!

That’s all Howard Stern wanted of host Katie Couric when he was a guest on her talk show “Katie” Wednesday.

“You’re not the CBS anchorwoman anymore. In this format you take your pants off,” the shock jock told the former host of the “CBS Evening News.”

He then demanded to know how she keeps those legs looking so good. He’d raised that topic earlier on his Sirius XM radio show, saying he wanted to know why they looked so greasy and good.

“Basically I just put lotion on them,” Couric told Stern. “That’s my secret.”

But Howard wasn’t finished with the inquiry. He wanted to know why she was wearing leather pants, when her usual talk-show outfit is a skin-baring skirt.

Couric explained that she just did it to match Stern’s leather jacket and to be edgy.

“Taking those pants off would be edgy,” he quipped. Couric replied, “Maybe during the commercial break.”

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Posted on May 23, 2013 by Editor

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Nutella Goes Nuts

from Adweek

Nutella Thanks Its Biggest Fan, Founder of World Nutella Day, by Sending Her a Cease and Desist That’s nuts!

By David Griner

Most brand marketers can only dream of having a superfan who organizes a global holiday dedicated to their product. And then there’s Nutella. The chocolate-hazelnut spread’s parent company, Italy-based Ferrero has sent a cease-and-desist letter to World Nutella Day founder and organizer Sara Rosso. This Saturday, she plans to deactivate and the 7-year-old event’s social-media channels in response to the legal notice from the company. “I’ve seen the event grow from a few hundred food bloggers posting recipes to thousands of people tweeting about it, pinning recipes on Pinterest, and posting their own contributions on Facebook,” Rosso writes in a blog post about the cease and desist. “There have been songs sung about it, short films created for it, poems written for it, recipes tested for it, and photos taken for it. The cease-and-desist letter was a bit of a surprise and a disappointment, as over the years I’ve had contact and positive experiences with several employees of Ferrero, SpA, and with their public relations and brand strategy consultants.”

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Posted on May 22, 2013 by Editor

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Kirkus Star for Bennett Madison’s SEPTEMBER GIRLS

from Kirkus Reviews

Bennett Madison - SeptemberGirls


A meditation on manhood takes a turn into magical realism in this mesmerizing novel.

Sam, his father and his older brother are all coping—with varying degrees of success; Sam’s coping includes whiskey and frozen pizza—with Sam’s mother’s departure for Women’s Land. In an attempt to pull things together, his dad decides they will spend the summer on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Prickly yet lethargic, 17-year-old Sam gradually becomes intrigued by the mysterious, beautiful blonde girls who work at the hotels and restaurants there. Interspersed throughout Sam’s slightly sarcastic first-person narration are short, haunting prose poems from these sisters, who can’t swim though they come from the ocean and whose mother is the Deepness and whose father is the Endlessness. The girls seem to reinvent themselves as needed, much as they reinvent the island where they live, adding to the air of mystery.  The brothers’ parents are vividly portrayed, particularly the once-frumpy mother who left their father in a “swamp of discontent”—which turns into a complete abandonment of his job and their usual life. The heart of the story centers on Sam’s gradual unfurling into a less brittle, kinder and more thoughtful youth. The writing, though realistically laced with the F-word and references to smoking and drinking, has a curiously appealing distance from the ordinary but doesn’t abandon it altogether.

A not-mermaid story for boys. (Magical realism. 14 & up)

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Posted on May 21, 2013 by Editor

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“Giving the Finger” to Ronald Reagan

from The LA Times Hero Complex

John Carpenter: ‘They Live’ was about ‘giving the finger to Reagan’

The Hero Complex Film Festival kicked off Friday evening with a 25th anniversary screening of “They Live,” a 35th anniversary screening of “Halloween” and an onstage conversation with the filmmaker behind both movies, John Carpenter.

Carpenter discussed his motivation in making “They Live,” a campy but subversive sci-fi flick that starred professional wrestler “Rowdy” Roddy Piper as the film’s blue-collar hero Nada, who discovers an alien conspiracy to mind-control the people of Earth using invisible messages. Carpenter called “They Live” his most political film and said it was his response to consumerism and class disparity in the 1980s.

“By the end of the ’70s there was a backlash against everything in the ’60s, and that’s what the ’80s were, and Ronald Reagan became president, and Reagonomics came in,” Carpenter told the sold-out theater at the Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. “So a lot of the ideals that I grew up with were under assault, and something called a yuppie came into existence, and they just wanted money. And so by the late ’80s, I’d had enough, and I decided I had to make a statement, as stupid and banal as it is, but I made one, and that’s ‘They Live.’ … I just love that it was giving the finger to Reagan when nobody else would.”

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Posted on May 20, 2013 by Editor

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“Who the f†ck’s Lenny?”


Tricky of the trade

by Gabriella Seemann

Photo by Jarka Snajberk

Tricky was trip hop’s anti-poster boy, first making his mark with his moody sprechgesang on Massive Attack’s “Blue Lines” (Virgin) in 1991.

You must still run into celebrity a lot.

I’ve been next to Kanye West – I stood next to him in a club and I looked at him and he looked at me and he thought I was going to talk to him. That’s never going to happen. You know, I was in a club once in New York and a guy I know came up to me and said, “Hey, Lenny wants to meet you.” And I said, “Who the fuck’s Lenny?” And he goes “Lenny Kravitz.” So I said, ‘What, Lenny Kravitz wants to meet me and he thinks I’m going to get up and go over to him?” I’m not a fan of Lenny Kravitz. I don’t want to work with him. So he comes over, says to me “I love your music.” Then there’s a silence, because he’s expecting me to say something nice back to him. Then he says to me “You should come to Miami, I have a studio there.” “Why would I come to Miami? I live in New York, I have a studio here.” He’s like, ‘We could do some recording together.” I say to him “Why? Why would we record together?” He’s got no logical answer. So if he thinks I’m going to do it just because he’s a massive artist, and it would help me with my record sales – never going to happen.

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Posted on May 19, 2013 by Editor

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Lady Godiva was a freedom rider / She didnt’ care if the whole world looked.

from The New York Daily News

Bea Arthur topless portrait sells for nearly $2 million, causes Facebook stir

The ‘Golden Girls’ star gives new meaning to the show’s name as the artist-imagined subject of the painting.



A 1991 painting depicting actress Bea Arthur baring her — um, golden girls — sold for nearly $2 million at an auction in Manhattan Wednesday night.

The John Currin creation, aptly named “Bea Arthur Naked,” captures the beloved sitcom actress nude from the waist up. According to auction house Christie’s, the provocative work was imagined from a photograph of the actress with clothes on.

Notes on the auction house website describe the portrait as both “nostalgic and repelling.”

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Posted on May 18, 2013 by Editor

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9 Circles of Literary Damnation

from Shelf Awareness

Floor Display of the Day: ‘9 Circles of Literary Damnation’

“Fired up by the release of Dan Brown’s Dante-inspired new thriller, Inferno,” the staff at BookPeople, Austin, Tex, “put together a massive display on our first floor honoring all nine circles of Dante’s hell: Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud & Treachery. From Fifty Shades of Grey (Lust) to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Violence) toThe Vanishers (Fraud, Treachery, actually that one covers a few…) to Garfield Weighs His Options (Gluttony) to Slaughterhouse Five (Vonnegut was an atheist–Limbo!), you are invited to gleefully descend into the fiery pits of damnation with us. Come on, you’ll like it. It’s warm down here.”

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Posted on May 17, 2013 by Editor

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The Flaming Lips On Fallon

Posted on May 16, 2013 by Editor

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Moroder’s Revenge


Giorgio Moroder “Racer”

Giorgio Moroder - "Racer"

By Brock ThiessenGiorgio Moroder has received a fair bit of welcomed attention as of late, mainly in thanks to his touching contribution to Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories. But now the disco innovator is heading out on his own again, crafting the soundtrack to the new mobile game Racer.

The game is part of Google’s Chrome Experiment, and the pulsing electro score comes as part classic Moroder, part modern dancefloor epic.

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Posted on May 15, 2013 by Editor

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Posted on May 14, 2013 by Editor

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Small Town Cinema Gone

from The LA Times

Small-town movie theaters threatened by shift to digital cinema

By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times

Small theaters turn to the public to raise funds

Robert Neir and Sage O’Connell dance to bluegrass music in front of the Rio Theater in Monte Rio, Calif., as musicians practice before their concert to raise funds for new digital projection equipment. (Peter DaSilva, For the Los Angeles Times/ April 28, 2013)

MONTE RIO, Calif. — On the redwood-lined banks of the Russian River, dozens of local residents and tourists gathered in a grassy field on a hot Sunday afternoon, lining up to buy raffle tickets and $10 plates of barbecued chicken as a bluegrass group rehearsed a number for a Ramble at the Rio concert.

It might have been a church social or a school fundraising picnic. But this event was to raise money to save a centerpiece of the community: the Rio Theater.

Built from a World War II Quonset hut and adorned with murals from local artists, the Rio has been screening films in this town of about 1,200 people since 1950. Located in the wine country north of San Francisco off the Bohemian Highway, a few miles away from the Bodega Bay filming location of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “The Birds,” the Rio has survived fires, floods and multiple owners.

But it may not survive the latest threat — the digitization of the film industry. By the end of this year, Hollywood’s major studios will stop delivering film prints to movie theaters, replacing them with cheaper digital hard drives.

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Posted on May 13, 2013 by Editor

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The Mega-rrection


Inside Mega: The Second Coming Of Kim Dotcom

(Photo: Brendon O’Hagan for FORBES)

Kim Dotcom, a.k.a. Kim Tim Jim Vestor, a.k.a. Kim Schmitz, doesn’t act much like a man with a net worth in the negative.

At 11 a.m. on a Tuesday he’s driving me around on a golf cart “safari” of his 60-acre estate outside of Auckland, New Zealand. He weaves among a grove of olive trees with alarming speed–he’s removed the speed regulator in his fleet of electric buggies, and they can clock up to 19 miles per hour. We swing past his 2,000-bottle-a-year vineyard and barrel down a hill toward his $30 million mansion, complete with a hedge maze, a five-flatscreen Xbox room and a 75-foot cascading water display.

Given that he owes millions of dollars to defense lawyers and now has to raise his five children on a $20,000-a-month government allowance meted out from his frozen bank accounts, wouldn’t it be wise to live a slightly simpler life?

“No way,” he says, leaning his massive 6-foot-7, 300-plus-pound body onto the cart’s steering wheel. “That would be allowing them to get away with this stunt. I won’t accept that. By staying here I’m saying, ‘Eff you! You can’t defeat me!’”

The “stunt” Dotcom refers to is the police helicopter raid on his compound that made global headlines 15 months ago, timed to coincide with the U.S. indictment that shut down his ultrapopular constellation of Mega-branded websites under charges of hosting half a billion dollars’ worth of pirated movies and music. Overnight Dotcom went from an underground entrepreneur to one of the most public and controversial figures on the Internet. His site domains, including the flagship, are now the property of the U.S. government. His servers have been ripped out of data centers around the world and sit in evidence warehouses. He’s had to let go of 44 of his 52 house staff as well as Megaupload’s hundreds of employees. All but 2 of his 18 cars have been seized or sold.

But today Kim Dotcom is putting all of that in his souped-up golf cart’s rearview mirror. His new storage startup, called simply Mega, launched Jan. 20, defiantly a year to the day after the sudden destruction of Megaupload. It’s already exploded to exceed 3 million registered users. His engineers tell me it’s moving 52 gigabits of data per second–that’s nearly half the entire bandwidth of New Zealand–and growing at 30% a week.

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Posted on May 12, 2013 by Editor

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THE NUDIE FOODIE by Lauren Sloss

from The Bold Italic


The first time I went to a strip club, I was so nervous I spiked my morning coffee with a pour of Baileys. I was anxious because I didn’t know what to expect: Would the clientele be trench-coat-wearing men with slack jaws and red eyes? Would the surfaces be sticky? It was 10 a.m. on a Friday, and I had to go to work. The plan was to hit up the Gold Club for its $5 Friday lunch buffet around noon, which had seemed like a good idea, thanks to its affordability and the obvious street-cred appeal.

Turns out I had nothing to be nervous about. The Gold Club dancers were awesomely talented. My friends and I kept looking at each other, eyes wide, as we mouthed, “How can we learn to do that?!” watching Scarlett or Sierra hang upside down at the top of the pole – toned abs and, yes, boobs, stretched in our direction. And the food… well, the menu had its ups and downs, but $5 for an all-you-can-eat buffet and some skillful pole dancing was a freaking good deal. We emerged from the darkened club into the glare of a SOMA afternoon, deeming the experience one of our better work-time lunches ever.

A few years have passed since my first foray into San Francisco’s tit scene. Since then, I’ve taken a pole dancing class (I bruise too easy to be a pole-star, sadly) and launched into food writing. With a heightened palate and a critic’s sensibility, it seemed like the perfect time to return to the Gold Club and give its Friday lunch deal a once-over. But what’s a good review without context? San Francisco has no shortage of strip clubs, though relatively few serve more than flesh – something I learned as I called about 10 of them, asking after their food menus (I’m guessing it’s a question they don’t often get).

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Posted on May 11, 2013 by Editor

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Fresno Pentameter

from The New York Times

Recognition Grows for Poets of Streets, Main or Otherwise


Jim Wilson/The New York Times

FRESNO, Calif. — This city has long been an object of ridicule. Even seemingly innocuous details like the flatness of the land, reinforced by the sea of ranch-style houses, take on a pejorative hue. Midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the western gateway on Highway 99 to Yosemite National Park, Fresno is not a destination but “a bathroom stop,” in the words of its poet laureate.

Yes, Fresno inaugurated its first poet laureate on April 22, formally embracing a rich poetic history that, though widely acclaimed in literary circles, had received little recognition here.

Fresno joins a rapidly growing list of cities and towns across the nation with their own official bards; in just the past few months, not only have Houston and Los Angeles established poet laureateships but so have Boise, Idaho; Key West, Fla.; McAllen, Tex.; and San Mateo County, near San Francisco.

Ashley Swearengin, the city’s mayor, said Fresno realized that there was “a missing piece” in its ability to express itself. So the city decided on a poet laureate “to express what it’s like to be in Fresno, what life is like on the ground here, and to really capture the essence of our community, to bind us as a community and help to represent to the outside world what our community is like.”

Fresno, which is providing a $2,000 stipend for a two-year term, chose James Tyner, 37, an award-winning poet, a full-time librarian and the author of a chapbook of poetry, “The Ghetto Exorcist.” At his inauguration, Mr. Tyner read from a poem he had composed for the occasion, “Fresno, California. 2013,” which began:

I am Fresno.

I am the high school kid that can’t wait to get out of this town,

there’s nothing to do here, nothing ever happens, waiting

for that last summer, before heading out of town.

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Posted on May 10, 2013 by Editor

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11,000-square Feet Of Fame

from SPIN

Skrillex Is Building a Warhol-Inspired Bass Factory in Los Angeles’ Chinatown

by Philip Sherburne

11,000-square-foot OWSLA nest will give “in-the-box” producers their wings

After living in hotels for the past decade, Skrillex seems to be settling into his newfound digs in Los Angeles quite nicely. He recently posted a Vine video documenting his recently completed home studio, but that’s just the beginning. In a conversation with Summit Series’ Jeff Rosenthal at last month’s IMS Engage conference in Los Angeles, Sonny Moore revealed that he recently purchased an 11,000-square-foot building in Chinatown where he is building a studio for “in-the-box producers” like himself — that is, traveling laptoppers who could benefit from a high-tech home base for plugging in and jamming out.

But, rather than constructing an industry hit factory, his vision sounds a lot more like Warhol’s Factory — a multi-disciplinary creative hub where collision and collaboration are at the root of everything. “There’s nothing in L.A. that’s like that for our generation,” said Skrillex. “We have our own team and our label’s going to be in there, building an actual physical infrastructure. Up until a couple months ago my team was all over the world, and everything was by email, but I think people tend to forget that when everyone’s in the same room, everything goes 50 times faster. Ideas keep pouring out, and you get a lot more done. So [I’m] building a home for our culture and our scene and a place to even document it and show people what it is. Because it’s more than what most media thinks of electronic music — there’s so much more behind why it’s there, why it came out of nowhere.”

Early in the conversation, the full video of which was posted to the IMS website last week, Moore talks about his years spent navigating the vagaries of major-label contracts, first with From First to Last and then as Sonny Moore; he attributes much of Skrillex’ success to a DIY-inspired philosophy you might call “DIO” — Do It Ourselves

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Posted on May 9, 2013 by Editor

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Ray Harryhausen Gone

from USA Today

Hollywood effects wizard Ray Harryhausen dies at 92

The legendary filmmaker was best known for using stop-motion model animation in movies such as ‘Jason and the Argonauts’ and ‘Clash of the Titans.’

Way before movies like Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings inspired the imagination of film lovers everywhere, audiences were enraptured by the sword-wielding skeletons of Jason and the Argonauts, the great ape of Mighty Joe Young and the dinosaurs opposite Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C.

The man responsible for all those and much more, Hollywood special-effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen, died Tuesday in London at the age of 92. His family announced his death via The Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation Facebook page.

The legendary effects wizard’s influence was felt both in his sci-fi and fantasy movies as well as in the works of later filmmakers such as George Lucas and Peter Jackson. Beginning his career in the 1940s, Harryhausen became well known for using stop-motion model animation and having them interact with actors in a live-action world.

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Posted on May 8, 2013 by Editor

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Mario Machado Gone

from KSWT

Newsman and “Rocky III” and “Scarface” actor dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A Los Angeles television news anchor in the 1960s and 1970s who also appeared in movies such as “Rocky III” has died. Mario Machado was 78.

KCBS-TV ( ) says Machado was of Chinese and Portuguese descent and was LA’s first Asian-American newscaster. Over a decades-long career, he was a newsman, producer, TV show host and soccer commentator. He worked at KCBS-TV, its predecessor and at what is now KCAL-TV.

He also played a newsman in TV shows and movies, including the “Robocop” films, “Oh, God!” and “Scarface.”

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Posted on May 7, 2013 by Editor

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“[The clitoris has] been ignored, vilified, made taboo, and considered sinful and shameful for centuries because of patriarchal religious values”

from CBS Las Vegas

Human Rights Organization Debuts ‘International Clitoris Awareness Week’

Clitoris Cosmica by HANS DOLLER

LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas) – A group formed to protest and combat female genital mutilation declared the time between May 6 and May 12 of this year to be the first-ever International Clitoris Awareness Week.

The organization, Clitoraid, released a statement Friday about the awareness campaign.

“[The clitoris has] been ignored, vilified, made taboo, and considered sinful and shameful for centuries because of patriarchal religious values,” Gary said. “It’s time to give this beautiful organ the attention it deserves. It’s the only human organ with an exclusive sexual pleasure function!”

According to their official website, Clitoraid endeavors to “celebrat[e] sexual freedom and pleasure for all women in the world.” Since its inception in 2006, the organization has aimed to train doctors in clitoral repair surgery techniques.

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Posted on May 6, 2013 by Editor

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“The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved” Infographic

from Paste

Infographic: Hunter S. Thompson’s Kentucky Derby



Infographic by Kentucky for Kentucky and Rachael Sinclair

In Hunter S. Thompson’s 1970 article, “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved,” Thompson described the people and events surrounding the Kentucky Derby in a frenzied first-person account unlike traditional news reports.

In honor of tomorrow’s Kentucky Derby, Kentucky for Kentucky teamed up with artist Rachael Sinclair to create an infographic, with each jockey vest symbolizing descriptions out of Thompson’s famed article—Colonel Quick, Nekkid Horses, Whiskey Gentry, Dust Commander, Old Fitz, Chemical Billy and Inbred Horses—to name a few.

Prints of the infographic are available this week only for $30.

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Posted on May 5, 2013 by Editor

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Jeff Hanneman Gone

from Terry’s Diary


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Posted on May 4, 2013 by Editor

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Eggs Derby with Sweetbreads

from AZCentral

Eggs Derby with Sweetbreads

From chef Lee Hillson

2 large sweetbreads
1 1/4 teaspoons salt, divided use
1 cup sweetbread stock (from cooking the sweetbreads)
1 cup plus 1 to 3 tablespoons heavy cream
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
8 ounces fresh morels
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons finely chopped country ham
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
4 to 6 tablespoons bourbon
6 poached eggs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup sharp Cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup slivered almonds

Place sweetbreads in small saucepan and cover with cold water. Stir in 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until sweetbreads are plump and feel slightly firmer to the touch, about 3 minutes. Transfer sweetbreads with slotted spoon to a bowl of ice water and set aside until cool enough to handle. Discard all but 1 cup of cooking liquid to use as stock.

Drain sweetbreads. Cut away any fat and pull away as much of membranes and connective tissue as possible without breaking them up. Cut sweetbreads into thumb-size pieces. Place in a bowl, add 1 cup of cream and set aside.

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Posted on May 3, 2013 by Editor

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Inventor Of The Second Coolest Instrument Ever Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

from The Los Angeles Times

Robert Moog, EDM pioneer, inducted into Inventors Hall of Fame

By Randall Roberts \ Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic

An early invention of Robert Moog, the Moog synthesizer

If you’ve listened to any music in the last 48 years, chances are you’re familiar with the Moog Ladder Filter, whether you know it or not. Idiot savants might know the invention by its government identifier: Patent No. 3475623.

But to the majority of Americans, the Moog Ladder Filter is known for the electronic tones it generates — warm, humming, quivering sounds that have been ubiquitous in rock, pop, disco, hip-hop, electronic dance music and more since the invention was introduced to the public in 1965.

Invented by the late electronics pioneer Robert Moog and used in both his Moog Synthesizer and its compact follow-up, the Minimoog, the filter and its creator were inducted into the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office National Inventors Hall of Fame on Wednesday. The honor is bestowed upon “men and women whose work has changed society and improved the quality of life,” and anyone who’s ever sweated and danced to Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” can testify that the invention has done so.

Artists ranging from Diana Ross to Deadmau5 have harnessed its power, and EDM especially has relied on its cosmic tones to launch tracks and dance floors into orbit. Techno and house couldn’t have existed without the filter. If you’ve ever lost it to Stevie Wonder’s “Boogie on Reggae Woman,” the Gap Band’s “You Dropped a Bomb on Me,” Christina Aguilera’s “Genie in a Bottle” or various Daft Punk, Kraftwerk or Stereolab jams, you’ve climbed on or around the Moog Filter Ladder.

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Posted on May 2, 2013 by Editor

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Dainty Drone Detector Warns When To Put Down The Bong, Stop Putzing Around In The Buff – and Draw Your Blinds

from US News & World Report

Tiny Device Will Detect Domestic Drones

Worried about an unmanned plane looking into your window? This small detector could alert you when robot planes buzz past


The company's founder says he thinks people will attach the Drone Shield to their fences or roofs to protect their home from surveillance.

The company’s founder says he thinks people will attach the Drone Shield to their fences or roofs to protect their home from surveillance.

Worried about drones spying on you? Soon, a device might be able to send you text and email alerts that let you know when a drone is nearby.

[ALSO: Domestic Drone Arrest Database Being Built by Defense Lawyers Group]

A Washington, D.C.-based engineer is working on the “Drone Shield,” a small, Wi-Fi-connected device that uses a microphone to detect a drone’s “acoustic signatures” (sound frequency and spectrum) when it’s within range.

The company’s founder, John Franklin, who has been working in aerospace engineering for seven years, says he hopes to start selling the device sometime this year. He is using the Kickstarter-like Indiegogo to finance the project.

The device will cost $69 and will be about the size of a USB thumb drive. It will use Raspberry Pi – a tiny, $25 computer – and commercially available microphones to detect drones. He says he imagines that people will attach the Drone Shield to their fences or roofs to protect their home from surveillance.

“People will get the alert and then close their blinds,” Franklin says.

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Posted on May 1, 2013 by Editor

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