Good clown, real clown, funny clown

from Fox NY

Clowns are not scary

By MAC KING, Fox 5 News Reporter

NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) – Fox 5 continues to receive reports of scary clowns popping up all over New York City: in movies and television shows and at Halloween parties near you. Now, the World Clown Association wants you to know who the real clowns are.

“How we doing? How we doing?” a clown wearing a red hat, baggy yellow paints and a matching vest covered in stars and drama masks said in greeting as we approached his home.

Good clown, real clown, funny clown, call College Point’s Cido the Clown what you like. But when you see his red nose, painted cheeks and over-sized shoes pedaling right for you on a tiny bicycle (which he demonstrated for us), he asks you not run away in terror.

“I can’t possibly be an evil clown!” Cido said, screwing up his face into a grimace. “I try to make my face angry and you’ll still laugh.”

The World Clown Association, for which Cido serves as Mid-Atlantic director, wants the rest of us to distinguish between real clowns like Cido who try to make us laugh and horror clowns like Pennywise from Stephen King’s “It” who try to make their creators some money.

“You walk in a room and people say: ‘It! Here comes It!'” Cido said. “Well, you know what? There are clowns out there that make me scared. I look at them and I’m like: ‘Wow.'”

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Woo-hoo!! Orgy-Chat Is Back!

from siliconbeat

The dream of the ’90s is alive in Facebook Rooms

 by Mike Murphy

The dream of the '90s is alive in Facebook Rooms

Ah, the 1990s: The grunge music, the overabundance of  flannel, the anonymous chat rooms you explored on your 28.8 dial-up modem. Facebook is reviving at least one of those blasts from the past with its new standalone chat app, Rooms.

The app, released Thursday and currently only available for iPhones, lets users create private chat rooms to post text — just like the good ol’ days — along with photos and videos, in a nod to the Instagram generation.

Rooms was developed by Facebook Creative Labs, but you wouldn’t necessarily know it’s a Facebook product just by looking at it — you don’t need a Facebook account to log in, just an anonymous user name and an optional email address.

Users are able to create a room based on the topic of their choosing (but come on, we all know it’ll be used mostly for sex chats); choose a theme, colors and presentation; invite guests; and moderate content.

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U.S. Government Prepares for “Endgame”

from RevolutionRadio.org

U.S. Gov Prepares For “Endgame” Nightmare Scenario?

By Susan Duclos / Allnewspipeline.com

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We have all seen headline after headline about a variety of current events which make it seem like the MSM is reporting what is occurring, but these events are being reported separately without any attempt whatsoever to connect the dots of what we are seeing. The previous reports include the US government purchasing 160,000 specially made Ebola HAZMAT suits; Small towns receiving orders for body bags and HAZMAT suits; and Barack Obama’s presidential executive orders, specifically ones dealing with “quarantines.”

More recent reports include, but are not limited to; The creation of Ebola SWAT teams; The US military begins its Ebola “rapid-response teams; The Veterans Administration setting up Ebola wards in Puerto Rico expecting an influx of Ebola patients, Tampa Bay area VA hospitals training for Ebola cases; Mandatory quarantine measures in New York and New Jersey for high risk travelers from Ebola infected zones; and Chris Christie hinting that mandatory quarantines will soon be nationwide.

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It Is A Great Day For America

from E! Online

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Canceled by TLC

by Chris Harnick

HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO Joey Skladany/TLC

Here Comes cancellation for Honey Boo Boo. E! News can confirm TLC has pulled the plug on the reality series following former kid pageant star AlanaHoney Boo BooThompson and her family. The news comes after reports that Mama June (June Shannon) was dating a convicted child molester.

“TLC has cancelled the series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately,” the network said in a statement. “Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children’s ongoing comfort and well-being.”

MORE: Mama June speaks out about alleged relationship

Mama June posted the above video on Facebook confirming TLC will not produce any more episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and thanking fans for their support. She also reiterates claims that she is not dating Mark McDaniel.

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Summoning The Demon

from The Washington Post

Elon Musk: ‘With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon.’


Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has warned about artificial intelligence before, tweeting that it could be more dangerous than nuclear weapons. Speaking Friday at the MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics department’s Centennial Symposium, Musk called it our biggest existential threat:

I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I were to guess like what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful with the artificial intelligence. Increasingly scientists think there should be some regulatory oversight maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish. With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon. In all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it’s like yeah he’s sure he can control the demon. Didn’t work out. 

Musk was so caught up on artificial intelligence that he missed the audience’s next question. “Sorry can you repeat the question, I was just sort of thinking about the AI thing for a second,” he said.

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Original Liberace Korla Pandit

Before there was Liberace, there was Korla Pandit (literally). Korla Pandit had a daily afternoon music TV show in LA back in the 1950s where he played his unique percussive style of Hammond organ while mystical cloud projections passed in the background and the camera focused in on his dreamy hypnotic eyes.

So dreamy & hypnotic, in fact, that wealthy women started sending him really expensive gifts, like grand pianos. Rumors began to circulate that Pandit was actually hypnotizing women thru the TV & the concern got so great that the station cancelled him & he was replaced by an up & coming pianist – Liberace.

Taking The Tri-State Down The Rabbit Hole

from WTVW

Author James Frey Talks About His Latest Project

ENDGAME is the interactive project led by international bestselling author James Frey who is the creator of the ENDGAME novels. Together with Google’s Niantic Labs and Twentieth Century Fox, ENDGAME will be a real-world mobile adventure game, creating a unified, immersive world that moves seamlessly from books to games to movies, with an accompanying real-world, multimillion-dollar treasure hunt to bring people in even closer. In the ENDGAME book is an interactive puzzle comprised of clues that will lead to the location of a hidden key. The first eligible reader to solve the puzzle for the first book and find the key will win $500,000 dollars’ worth of gold.

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Aluminum Crotch Cool

from The New York Post

Men’s boxers promise to block ‘harmful’ cellphone rays

You wanna know what comes between you and your Calvins? Radiation!

Belly Armor — which claims its products protect pregnant women from harmful rays emitted by laptops and other gadgets — is pitching a product to men concerned about the effects of cellphone radiation on their fertility.

The Manhattan company branched into the menswear department this month with RadiaShield boxer briefs, which promise “to protect men’s reproductive organs and maintain fertility health.”

The high-tech skivvies, which go on sale Thursday, come with a thin layer of aluminum-like silver in the crotch area to shield little swimmers, the company claims on its site.

[ click to continue reading at NYPost.com ]

Girl With A Pearl Banksy

from TIME

Banksy Parodies Girl With a Pearl Earring in New Painting

@NolanFeeney

Recent reports of the artist’s arrest are a hoax

The famous and elusive street artist Banksy has parodied Johannes Vermeer’s famous Girl with a Pearl Earring in a new painting in the English city of Bristol. The artist posted a picture of the work, reportedly titled Girl with a Pierced Eardrum, to his website.

The painting, photographed from different angles on the site, features an outdoor alarm box as the woman’s earring, the BBC reports. Banksy previously graced Bristol with the painting Mobile Lovers earlier this year.

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Help Save These Dogs, Please.

from Adrienne S.

San Simon, AZ rescue relief effort

554405_4372618315983_1070036605_n_thumb By Nadine | October 11, 2014 | Comments (2)

On 9/28 I visited a man and his wife who have spent the past several years picking up stray dogs and dogs needing homes. This man is a disabled veteran who does not receive enough income to support the situation he has now found himself in. He is unable to afford proper vet care, (spaying/neutering, vaccinations or general medical) or food. Because of this, and despite his efforts to keep them separated by chaining them, they have been breeding and increasing in numbers. After speaking to this man, I’ve come to realize this is a situation of him not being able to turn his back on dogs that have been dumped at the local truck stop or stray. He is more than willing to let the dogs go to a BETTER situation.

He had 51 dogs of which I removed 10 that day and 9 more have since also gone to rescue. Boxer Luv Rescue, Cruz’s Crusaders and AZ Care have taken in dogs but I believe they said there are still 22 outside on chains and most he is willing to part with. There are also 8 (possibly more) inside the house. He has tried to create shaded areas for all of them and they appear to be healthy aside from one with a growth under his left ear who is in need of vet care. I did not enter the home but many of the ones indoors have never been outside or have not been outdoors in many years.

I DESPERATELY need help from rescue groups given the severity of this situation. Please PM me on Facebook “A Voice For Arizona Shelter Dogs” if you are able to help these dogs. Thank you

[ click to see pics of these pooches at DogHeirs.com ]

What do you get when you cross two writers, Google, and three MIT Ph.D graduates?

from BUSTLE

James Frey’s ‘Endgame: The Calling’ Puzzle And 6 Experimental YA Novels That Twist How We Think of Books

What do you get when you cross two writers, Google, and three MIT Ph.D graduates? A YA book that is about to start a real-life treasure hunt. James Frey, in conjunction with his co-author Nils Johnson-Shelton, created Endgame: The Calling (HarperCollins) as an armchair treasure hunt, a novel that would include secret codes and clues to the location of — wait for it — a key that will unlock a bulletproof glass case filled with $500,000 worth of gold coins.

I’ll pause while you run to go buy the book.

OK, now that your Goonies-style treasure mapping supplies are in stock, there’s more. It’s not going to be easy. Those three MIT Ph.Ds? They are the ones that designed the puzzle and hid the key, so I hope your math skills are top-notch. And Google Niantic built the accompanying mobile game. This is no nonsense.

And, yes, I have read the book, but no, I am not already halfway around the world digging in abandoned wells, because my copy did not have the final puzzle. No hints. No spoilers. It’s up to you.

The story within Endgame: The Calling follows 12 teenagers who are all fighting to save their line of the human race in a game against each other. They’re solving riddles, as well, and the one who finds the key will survive. The other 11 and the rest of their heritage lines will be extinct. So, yes, their stakes are higher than yours are.

The teenagers’ story is a page-turner in itself, so just make sure you don’t pass by those clues too quickly.

Frey isn’t the first writer to test the bounds of what readers consider a novel. In the adult world, we have loads of experimental fiction from people like Shaun Tan, Italo Calvino, Ali Smith, and others. In YA, it may be more rare, but these six authors are stepping up to the plate with some novel (I had to) takes on creating books.

[ click to continue reading at BUSTLE ]

Birdman

from The Daily Mail

Is it a bird, is it a plane? No – it’s a mystery man flying past an Airbus full of passengers as it flew over Macclesfield at 3,500ft

By Thomas Burrows for MailOnline

The man whizzed within 100 metres of the plane over Macclesfield and left pilots baffled (stock image)

Pilots on a holiday jet were left stunned when a ‘flying man’ whizzed past their aircraft at 3,500 feet.

The mystery man flew within 100 metres of the plane and left the pilots baffled as to how he was moving through the air, as neither could see a canopy suspending him.

There was also no sign of him on the radar and further checks failed to reveal any paragliders, parachutists or balloonists in the area at the time.

He appeared from nowhere as the Airbus 320 passed Macclesfield while it was coming in to land at Manchester Airport and has been dubbed the ‘Superman of Macclesfield’.

The Airprox Board, which looks in to near misses, said: ‘They first sighted the object a few hundred metres in the 11 o’clock position 200 to 300ft above.

‘It passed down the left-hand side of the aircraft at 100 to 200m.

‘The crew only saw it fleetingly, there was no time to take avoiding action and they based their assumptions on it being a person under a canopy. But neither can remember seeing a canopy.’

[ click to continue reading at The Daily Mail ]

Endgame Gold

from The Las Vegas Sun

Strip Scribbles: $500K in gold at Caesars for James Frey’s ‘Endgame’; Eric Trump; Burlesque Festival

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A $500,000 gold coin display will be unveiled at Caesars Palace on Friday by international bestselling author James Frey. His new book Endgame is more than an adventure tale in an engrossing, high-stakes and apocalyptic trilogy.

It features an interactive puzzle comprised of clues that will lead to the location of a hidden key. The first reader who solves Endgame: The Calling and then finds the key can unlock the $500,000 and win the haul. The second book will have a $1 million prize and the third and final book even larger.

The gold will remain on display at the resort until the prize is won. “Endgame” follows the storylines of 12 characters as catastrophic events lead them on a global quest in search of three ancient keys that will save their own bloodlines and the world.

Twentieth Century Fox already has the movie option, and Google is creating a reality game. The puzzles will be solved using technology and social media. The gold haul will be kept in a secure case under security guard.

[ click to continue reading at The Las Vegas Sun ]

The First 21st Century Book

from Terry Ambrose

Is the first 21st Century book here?

Endgame by James FreyInternational bestselling author James Frey was in San Diego on October 15 to promote his new project, “Endgame: The Calling.” For this interview, Frey said that what he’s trying to accomplish in this new project is to marry technology with traditional storytelling to create “the first 21st Century book.”

“First and foremost,” said Frey, “Endgame is a book that tells a story like any other book. Hopefully, people will read it and love it and get excited by it. The book has a puzzle written into it and readers can just read the book and love the book or they can choose to engage the puzzle and try to solve it. The first person to solve the puzzle will receive a key that opens a case at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas with $500,000 of gold in it.”

Frey said this project was inspired by “Masquerade,” which was written by Kit Williams. Frey read “Masquerade” when he was ten-years-old and, like many others, holds fond memories of that experience. He said, “It was a book that I loved that I thought was awesome and that somehow became more than a book to me. It made me go back and read it over and over again. It got me excited about it, and it was fun and cool and weird and thrilling.”

[ click to continue reading at TerryAmbrose.com ]