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  • Beyonce's Curves Inspire Elenberg Fraser's Design for Melbourne Tower

    07/07/2015 2:03:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Arch Daily ^ | 7/6/15 | Karissa Rosenfield
    Beyonce's Ghost has inspired plans for a curvaceous, 226-meter-tall in Melbourne. Designed by Elenberg Fraser, the dubbed "Premier Tower" has received planning permission and will be built at 134 Spencer Street, adjacent to the Southern Cross station. According to the architects, the mixed-use project's "complex form" was shaped by climatic restraints and after Beyonce's moving body seen in her recent music video Ghost. It is set to rise 68-stories on a stepped podium in the city's central business district. Once complete, it will house 660 apartments, a 160-room hotel, and retail space. "This project is the culmination of our significant...
  • The most patriotic rock song ever.

    07/04/2015 11:06:50 AM PDT · by Talkwire · 39 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 4, 2015 | fREEX
    The most patriotic rock song ever? Happy Independence Day! http://youtu.be/7DxiluEqB7U By freexband.com
  • Amazing Grace - Condoleezza Rice & Jenny Oaks Baker

    07/03/2015 5:57:40 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    Youtube ^ | 07/02/15 | Family Share
    Download “Amazing Grace” by Condoleezza Rice and Jenny Oaks Baker on iTunes: http://apple.co/1LElsTB All proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project. Music video by Condoleezza Rice and Jenny Oaks Baker “Amazing Grace”. (C) 2015 Shadow Mountain Records.
  • Nikon’s P900 takes the term ‘Super Zoom’ to a new level

    07/03/2015 12:16:54 PM PDT · by texas booster · 32 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 27 June 2015 | Jim Rossman
    The P900 is a bridge camera. I wasn’t familiar with the term until this week, but it makes perfect sense — it’s a bridge between the pocket camera & a full-blown DSLR. The P900 is an all-in-one; it does not have interchangeable lenses. But the lens it has is a doozey. The P900 is in a subcategory of cameras called super zooms.. The Nikkor ED VR (vibration reduction) lens is sharp at the lower end of the range and not too shabby at the high end. The autofocus speed is very fast. I found the shutter lag (the time between...
  • Stairway to heaven: Artist creates stunning 1,650ft ladder in the sky with FIREWORKS

    07/03/2015 6:14:32 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    Daily ^ | 06/17/15 | Edward Chow
    A Chinese artist has found a unique way to express his love to his grandmother: a gigantic staircase in the air. These stunning photographs show the 1,650ft ladder, which was made with fireworks, stretch right up into the sky in Quanzhou, south-eastern China, on Monday. This is the work of Cai Guoqiang, an artist who is originally from the city and now based in New York, reported the People's Daily Online.
  • Victoria and Albert: How a royal love changed culture.

    07/02/2015 11:21:42 AM PDT · by Borges · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/17/2015 | Lucinda Hawksley
    Much we take for granted today – from Christmas trees to birthday gifts – comes from the domestic traditions of the royal couple. When Queen Victoria inherited the British throne just a few weeks after her 18th birthday, there was immediate speculation about who she would marry. Few had foreseen that this little-known princess would become their monarch. But when the country found itself with a young queen after so many dissolute Hanoverian kings, it seemed that exciting new era was dawning.
  • Milwaukee museum to show Pope Benedict portrait made from condoms

    07/02/2015 7:56:13 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 37 replies
    upi ^ | July 1, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    MILWAUKEE, - A Wisconsin art museum is defending the decision to display a controversial portrait of the previous pope composed entirely of condoms. The Milwaukee Art Museum announced "Eggs Benedict," Niki Johnson's condom likeness of Pope Benedict XVI, will go on display starting in November. Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki criticized the museum in a blog post: "Would the art museum accept works that depicted various political leaders of our state in cow dung (a significant animal for Wisconsin)? Would they accept art -- pick your favorite religious or historical figures -- featuring them in various pornographic poses (which has happened...
  • Was the 'Star Wars' Logo Really Based on Fascist Propaganda?

    07/01/2015 2:32:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    Movie Pilot ^ | Mark Newton ⋅ Posted on June 23rd, 2015 | Mark Newton ⋅ Posted on June 23rd, 2015
    Star Wars has always had an association with Nazism. Of course, I do not mean this in a bad way, merely that the storyline has often been seen as allegorical to the events of World War II and the Holocaust. Furthermore, although never confirmed by Lucas and others, it has often claimed that the Empire represents The Third Reich, while Darth Vader and/or Emperor Palpatine is Adolf Hitler. Regardless of the validity of these claims, it is apparently true that Fascist and Nazi iconography and typography was used to develop the iconic look of Star Wars. In fact, in one...
  • Detroit police issue arrest warrant for artist behind Obama ‘Hope’ poster

    06/25/2015 12:33:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 25, 2015
    Detroit police have issued an arrest warrant for the artist who created the famous “Hope” poster in support of President Obama during the 2008 election, it was revealed Wednesday. The Detroit Free Press reported that Shepard Fairey faces two felony counts of malicious destruction of property. The warrant was filed Friday. Police claim that Fairey caused about $9,000 in damage while he was in Detroit to complete a commissioned mural. The charges carry a maximum penalty of up to five years in jail, as well as fines that could exceed $10,000. …
  • Dick Van Patten 'Eight Is Enough' Star Dies at 86

    06/23/2015 3:23:41 PM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 13 replies
    TMZ ^ | 23 June 2015 | TMZ Staff
    Dick Van Patten, best known for playing the dad on the classic TV show "Eight Is Enough," died Tuesday morning in Santa Monica. Van Patten's rep released a statement Tuesday, saying, "I am sorry to report this sad news. His family will not be doing any press at this time." He reportedly died of complications from diabetes. Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2015/06/23/dick-van-patten-dead-eight-is-enough-dies/#ixzz3dvWcoe3z
  • Amazon to pay self-published authors based on pages read

    06/23/2015 7:53:38 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 11 replies
    could soon pay more to write lengthier books, if you are an author self-publishing on Amazon.com Inc's Kindle ebook platform. Starting next month, the e-commerce giant will pay independent authors based on the number of pages read, rather than the number of times their book has been borrowed. The move is aimed at authors enrolled in Kindle Direct Publishing platform – which lets authors set list prices, decide rights and edit the book at any time – and is applicable to ebooks made available via the Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owners' Lending Library programs. Self-publishing has transformed what it means...
  • Ceres Spots Continue to Mystify in Latest Dawn Images

    06/23/2015 6:34:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    NASA-JPL ^ | June 22, 2015 | Staff
    The closer we get to Ceres, the more intriguing the distant dwarf planet becomes. New images of Ceres from NASA's Dawn spacecraft provide more clues about its mysterious bright spots, and also reveal a pyramid-shaped peak towering over a relatively flat landscape. "The surface of Ceres has revealed many interesting and unique features. For example, icy moons in the outer solar system have craters with central pits, but on Ceres central pits in large craters are much more common. These and other features will allow us to understand the inner structure of Ceres that we cannot sense directly," said Carol...
  • Web Catch: Yep, there’s a cat on the wing of that airplane

    06/22/2015 12:36:13 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    bringmethenews.com ^ | June 22, 2015 | By Katherine Bloom
    Pilot Romain Jantot has one more item to add to his pre-flight checklist: always check for cats. The Daily Record reports Jantot was teaching a flying lesson in Kourou, French Guinea, when an unexpected stowaway made an appearance. After a smooth ascent, a cat creeps from its place on the wing toward the cockpit. The feline flyer seemed unfazed by its journey among the clouds, although the pilot chose to cut the trip short. Jantot uploaded the above video to YouTube on Sunday, where it has since been viewed nearly 400,000 times. He notes the carry-on cat is doing well,...
  • So, Just How Good Are You At Puzzles?

    06/22/2015 12:18:41 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Popular Science ^ | Posted June 19, 2015 | By Chandra Clarke
    Put your jigsaw puzzle skills to the test with this archeological treasure Project: The Pictish Puzzle The Picts were a group of people that lived in Scotland during the Late Iron Age. You're probably familiar with their signature artwork: highly stylized animals, beautiful spirals, and intricate knots, all carved into stone, or worked in metal. And it's one of the most famous and beautiful Pictish stones that National Museums Scotland wants you to put back together. The Hilton of Cadboll Stone was carved between 700 and 800 AD. On one side (shown above) you can see a hunting scene. On...
  • Posing Questions of Photographic Ethics

    06/21/2015 6:32:16 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 6/16/2015 | James Estrin
    Most curators hope to get glowing reviews and popular acclaim when they mount an exhibit. Michael Kamber, on the other hand, is expecting some blowback for his latest show, “Altered Images: 150 Years of Posed and Manipulated Documentary Photography,” which opens this weekend at the Bronx Documentary Center. And he’s perfectly O.K. with that. “I think there will be some unhappy people,” said Mr. Kamber, a photojournalist and founder of the center. “That’s good. If people would stop faking photos, then they wouldn’t have to be worried about being called out.” The exhibit, a selection of well-known images that have...
  • Cockpit cam footage of Aerobatic Display Pilot(Svetlana Kapanina)

    06/21/2015 12:49:21 PM PDT · by BBell · 12 replies
    Svetlana Kapanina performing at Sochi Olympics 2014 with an Extra 330 LC RA-1568 (G)...And the cockpit cam shows how it looks inside while pulling some serious Gs.
  • New York Prison Escapee Paints Eerie Political Portraits

    06/21/2015 2:07:03 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 20 replies
    culturepop.com ^ | june 15, 2015 | Taylor Schlossberg
    So by this point, everyone is well aware that two men have escaped from New York’s maximum security prison, Clinton Correctional Facility. But what you probably don’t know is that Richard Matt is not only a convicted murderer and escapee, but he’s also an artist. The 48-year-old felon painted portraits of political figures such as Barack Obama — featuring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the background, Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton....[snip]
  • Alert: Freedom of Panorama Under Threat in Europe

    06/20/2015 11:43:29 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 3 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | JUNE 20/2015 | Michael Zhang
    Should photographers be able to include copyrighted public building and sculptures in photos without having to worry about payment or permissions? The concept is called “freedom of panorama,” and it’s currently under attack over in Europe.
  • Jaws: The 40th Anniversary of the Movie That Changed Hollywood

    06/20/2015 7:31:28 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 94 replies
    Time ^ | June 20, 2015 | Daniel D’Addario
    Steven Spielberg's breakout film brought on an era of big spectacle Forty years ago Saturday saw the release of Jaws, an adaptation of a beach-read made by a promising but relatively untested young director, Steven Spielberg. Forty years later, Jaws‘ impact can be felt across moviegoing. The shark tale is perhaps most notable for its box-office success; Jaws became the top-grossing film of all time after its release (and did so more quickly than had its predecessors, with a marketing plan based on blanket advertising rather than a slow rollout). Jaws, with its technical mastery and ability to manipulate the...
  • Chameleon - Impressive Creation - Fine Art Bodypainting by Johannes Stötter (Video via You Tube)

    06/20/2015 6:47:15 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 9 replies
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  • Walt Disney’s Little Known Obsession With Salvador Dali Comes To SF, Reveals Mysterious Side...

    06/17/2015 7:41:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | June 16, 2015
    Walt Disney’s Little Known Obsession With Salvador Dali Comes To SF, Reveals Mysterious Side Of Disneyland’s CreatorIt turns out the man behind Mickey Mouse liked quirky cats. Besides his love of wholesome entertainment, Walt Disney also had an appreciation for the eccentric that led to a short-lived partnership and decades-long friendship with surrealistic artist Salvador Dali. Although their styles and personalities were dramatically different, Disney and Dali shared a fascination with the fantastic. They brought their vivid imaginations together shortly after World War II to work on an animated feature called “Destino,” which wasn’t completed until long after their deaths.
  • FIRST AEROBATIC FLIGHT LEA (Fun Video)

    06/17/2015 1:46:49 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 26 replies
    Vimeo via Aviation RL (ARL) ^ | June 16, 2015 | Aviation RL (ARL)
    "My 4 years old daughter, Léa, come with me any time we have an opportunity to fly together. Today, she ask me to make some aerobatic figure. Let's have fun!!"
  • The B-Unstoppable is the World’s First Camera Tank Quadcopter Drone VIDEOS

    06/16/2015 11:27:37 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 10 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | JUNE 16, 2015 | Michael Archambault
    If quadcopters haven’t yet caught your interest then maybe the B-Unstoppable hybrid drone will be the first. A Kickstarter project created by a company named ‘B’ aims to introduce the first commercially available hybrid tank-quadcopter to market. With the flip of a switch, your drone can transform from a dirt-barreling tank into a sky-flying aircraft while capturing footage the entire time via an optional 720p HD camera.
  • Orange is the NEW BLack

    06/16/2015 7:08:47 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 12 replies
    6-16-15
  • Arkansas Cops Caught on Video Assaulting Blind Man Before Lying on Arrest Report

    06/15/2015 11:33:06 AM PDT · by redreno · 47 replies
    http://photographyisnotacrime.com ^ | 06/14/2015 | Cassandra Fairbanks
    A blind man in Arkansas sustained a back injury after being assaulted by Little Rock police who failed to identify themselves before lying about the incident. After missing the bus from his job at Lighthouse for the Blind on June 1, Eric Wilson was walking home when he was approached by police and ordered to walk over to them. Wilson is legally blind and says that he can only see shadows. He complied, despite not knowing if he was about to be robbed or about to be confronted with actual police officers as they did not identify themselves.
  • Israeli Students Barred from Louvre

    06/15/2015 8:46:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    INN ^ | 6/15/2015, 4:47 PM | Tova Dvorin
    The District Governor of Ile De France has contacted the State Attorney’s Office on Monday, after the French newspaper Liberation reported that two prominent historical sites turned away a group of students from the Tel Aviv University (TAU) Art History program last month. According to the report, both the Louvre art museum and the Sainte-Chapelle church rejected tour requests from the group on the basis of their nationality. …
  • [Space] Station Astronaut Snaps Super Sharp View of the Great Pyramids from Space

    06/14/2015 11:46:21 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 39 replies
    Universe Today ^ | 13 June 2015 | Ken Kremer
    On his last full day in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS), NASA astronaut Terry Virts at last captured a truly iconic shot of one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” – the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Virts snapped the exquisitely sharp view of the Egyptian pyramids at Giza on June 10 looking out from the stations windows, just hours before entering the Soyuz return spaceship and closing the hatches behind him for his planned plummet back to Earth. He proudly posted the spectacular photo on his twitter social media account from space while serving as...
  • Station Astronaut Snaps Super Sharp View of the Great Pyramids from Space

    06/13/2015 5:25:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    universetoday.com/ ^ | on June 13, 2015 | Ken Kremer
    On his last full day in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS), NASA astronaut Terry Virts at last captured a truly iconic shot of one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” – the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt. Virts snapped the exquisitely sharp view of the Egyptian pyramids at Giza on June 10 looking out from the stations windows, just hours before entering the Soyuz return spaceship and closing the hatches behind him for his planned plummet back to Earth. He proudly posted the spectacular photo on his twitter social media account from space while serving as...
  • Friday Night Music Break -- Lone Justice SNL 1986

    06/12/2015 6:25:46 PM PDT · by Skooz · 17 replies
    Daily Motion ^ | December 1986 | Lone Justice
    Hows about we take a little break from the seriousness of the day and enjoy a few minutes of musical awesomeness. The 1980s suffered more than its share of insufferable musical bilge. Hair band excess, witless Madonnas and wannabees, and on and on. But, there were some bright spots. This is one of the brightest. Two songs here, "Shelter," and an amazing version of "I Found Love." Little of the music of that decade came close to this. Maria McKee is a national treasure.
  • Can the manager of a local public pool ban citizens from taking photographs at the pool?

    06/12/2015 5:47:17 PM PDT · by redreno · 35 replies
    VanityQuestion | 06/11/15 | vanity question by Redreno
    A local pool manager has decided that taking video or photographs at the public pool is banned. Is this allowed?
  • Hidden secrets of 1491 world map revealed via multispectral imaging

    06/12/2015 10:43:35 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 65 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 06-12-2015 | Mike Cummings
    Henricus Martellus, a German cartographer working in Florence in the late 15th century, produced a highly detailed map of the known world. According to experts, there is strong evidence that Christopher Columbus studied this map and that it influenced his thinking before his fateful voyage. Martellus' map arrived at Yale in 1962, the gift of an anonymous donor. Scholars at the time hailed the map's importance and argued that it could provide a missing link to the cartographic record at the dawn of the Age of Discovery. However, five centuries of fading and scuffing had rendered much of the map's...
  • Carolina Herrera Is Baffled by the "Almost Naked" Dresses Worn by Kardashian, Beyonce,

    06/11/2015 1:25:27 PM PDT · by EBH · 61 replies
    USMagazine ^ | 6/10/2015 | Esther Lee
    She finds the nearly nude sort-of rude! Designer Carolina Herrera, best known for her beautiful silhouettes and classic white shirts, ripped the "almost naked" look worn by so many celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, Beyonce, and Jennifer Lopez, recently at red carpet events. Herrera, 76, spoke to the Washington Post about how some of her fellow designers believe "it's so modern to be naked or almost naked" when, in fact, it's counterproductive. "They think it's going to attract younger people if they do those dresses," she reasoned. "No! The almost naked! Oh God!" According to Herrera, stars are doing it for...
  • Husband catches ‘upskirting’ suspect red-handed in Walmart

    06/11/2015 9:41:30 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 33 replies
    WTVR ^ | 06/10/2015 | Joe St. George
    HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A photo obtained by WTVR CBS 6 News allegedly showed John Wiggins, 55,  using a cellphone camera to snap photos up a woman’s dress at the Walmart in Short Pump. That picture was taken by the husband of another woman who claimed she was also one of Wiggins’s victims.Henrico Police arrested Wiggins after he allegedly violated two women by using his smart phone to snap pictures under their skirts on Sunday, May 31. Officers said one victim became very uneasy when he  bumped into her in the middle of the store and pretended to drop something in the store.Caught...
  • This Beautiful Tribute To A Dog And His Man Will Have You In Tears

    06/09/2015 9:13:49 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 19 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 6/9/15 | Ryan Grenoble Email
    Warning: Don't watch this unless you're OK with openly weeping in your current location. If you have a dog, clear your schedule as you're liable to spend the next half hour hugging it out.
  • On World Oceans Day, Naked Celebs Pose With Fish (did these gropers consent to being manhandled?)

    06/08/2015 5:04:53 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 58 replies
    ABC News via Good Morning America ^ | Jun 8, 2015, 2:57 PM ET | JOANNA PRISCOJOANNA PRISCO
    ...As part of an annual photo project coordinated by Fishlove -- a U.K. nonprofit group devoted to protecting the Earth's marine ecosystems and promoting sustainable fishing practices -- stars ranging from Dame Judi Dench to Sir Richard Branson to Helena Bonham Carter were photographed in the buff alongside various sea creatures... ...Today, the images have taken on special significance across the Internet due to World Oceans Day, an international effort to raise awareness regarding sea life.
  • 2500-Year-Old 'Wonder Woman' Found on Vase

    06/08/2015 2:22:47 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies
    news.discovery.com ^ | Jun 5, 2015 11:24 AM ET | by Rossella Lorenzi
    A 2,500-year-old predecessor of DC Comics’ Wonder Woman super heroine has emerged on a vase painting kept at a small American museum. Drawn on a white-ground pyxis (a lidded cylindrical box that was used for cosmetics, jewelry, or ointments) the image shows an Amazon on horseback in a battle against a Greek warrior. Much like the fictional warrior princess of the Amazons, the horsewoman is twirling a lasso. “It is the only ancient artistic image of an Amazon using a lariat in battle,” Adrienne Mayor, a research scholar at Stanford University’s departments of classics and history of science, told Discovery...
  • I'm REALLY enjoying this

    06/08/2015 2:08:11 PM PDT · by knarf · 36 replies
    youtube ^ | June 8, 2015 | knarf
    I'm always looking for pleasant, un-interfering background/research music
  • This Website Can Identify the Bird Species in a Photo

    06/08/2015 12:51:35 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 26 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | JUNE 07, 2015 | Michael Zhang
    If you’re interested at all in bird watching and photography, Merlin Bird Photo ID is a website you should add to your bookmarks. It’s a new website that can help you identify the species of the bird in your photograph.
  • The Angel of the North

    06/05/2015 3:39:20 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 8 replies
    The Angel of the North is a contemporary sculpture, designed by Antony Gormley, which is located in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England. Completed in 1998, it is a steel sculpture of an angel, 20 metres (66 ft) tall, with wings measuring 54 metres (177 ft) across.[1] The wings do not stand straight sideways, but are angled 3.5 degrees forward; Gormley did this to create "a sense of embrace". It stands on a hill on the southern edge of Low Fell English Lake District , overlooking the A1 and A167 roads into Tyneside, and the East Coast Main Line rail route,...
  • British artist's statue of 'a queen's sex organs' put on display in the Versailles Palace [tr]

    06/05/2015 12:31:22 PM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 5, 2015 | Hannah Parry
    A giant sculpture of 'a queen's private parts' has sparked fury as it goes on display in the famous gardens of Versailles Palace. Following on from the controversy of Paul McCarthy's 'butt-plug' sculpture in Paris, which was vandalised last year, comes artist Anish Kapoor's Dirty Corner monument. The 60-metre long rusty metal funnel, surrounded by rocks, sits across from the stunning 17th century palace which was once home to the last French king, Louis XVI. British contemporary sculptor Kapoor claims the impressive structure represents 'a queen's vagina' taking power.
  • Clint Eastwood To Make Film about Capt. Sully Sullenberger

    06/05/2015 12:11:41 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 51 replies
    Flying Magazine ^ | Jun 04, 2015 | Stephen Pope
    Clint Eastwood To Make Film about Capt. Sully Sullenberger By Stephen Pope / Published: Jun 04, 2015 Warner Bros. Pictures announced on Tuesday that the life story of Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger is coming to the big screen in a yet-to-be named motion picture that will be directed by none other than Clint Eastwood. The film will be adapted from Sully's book, "Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters," co-written with Jeffery Zaslow.
  • Look What Happened to this FORMER Abortion Mill!

    06/04/2015 4:49:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    operationrescue.org ^ | May 27, 2015 | operation rescue/Cheryl Sullenger
    Kansas City, KS — A Kansas City abortion clinic that once fought a legal battle to prevent abortionists from being required to report child sex abuse is no more. After Central Family Medical (also known as Aid for Women) closed for good on July 26, 2014, it didn’t take long for the property to sell. But the ramshackle, outdated abortion building located on the corner of 7th and Central in Kansas City, Kansas, did not fit in with the new owner’s plans. On May 18, a demolition crew arrived on the scene and began to bulldoze the former abortion facility...
  • Pedal Tavern helps in duckling rescue of operactic proportions

    06/03/2015 10:40:37 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 6-3-15 | Jim Stingl
    A dozen ducklings were hauled from a sewer in a rescue that involved the Pedal Tavern, the Florentine Opera and, luckily, three guys who do rock climbing for fun and didn't mind being lowered by their ankles headfirst into a sewer. After the ducklings were freed from a deep storm sewer, you can imagine the conversation that took place when they were reunited with their frantic mother:
  • The Knack - My Sharona live

    05/31/2015 10:36:16 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 49 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1979 | The Knack
    Link to music video also Here The song was written by Berton Averre and Doug Fieger, and released as part of their debut album (Get the Knack) in 1979. The song was based on a real person, named Sharona Alperin. She was 17 when she met Fieger, who was 25 when he met her. Sharon Alperin has been a very succesful real estate agent for many years. The guitar solo and the song's rift have been cited by many bands as pure classic rock. In fact, the song was on President G.W. Bush's nano when he was in office and...
  • Dog captures images that grab his attention

    05/28/2015 5:44:16 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 26 replies
    mnn.com ^ | May 27, 2015 | unknown
    When a dog uses a camera connected to a heart rate monitor, this is what you get. PHOTOS AT LINK
  • A reminder that your Instagram photos aren’t really yours: Someone else can sell them for $90,000

    05/27/2015 8:53:39 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 25, 2015 | Jessica Contrera
    ...This month, painter and photographer Richard Prince reminded us that what you post is public, and given the flexibility of copyright laws, can be shared — and sold — for anyone to see. As a part of the Frieze Art Fair in New York, Prince displayed giant screenshots of other people’s Instagram photos without warning or permission. The collection, “New Portraits,” is primarily made up of pictures of women, many in sexually charged poses. They are not paintings, but screenshots that have been enlarged to 6-foot-tall inkjet prints. According to Vulture, nearly every piece sold for $90,000 each. How is...
  • Photo of eagle on Fort Snelling gravestone touches hearts, goes viral

    05/26/2015 7:40:34 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 5-26-15 | Jon Tevlin
    Talk to anyone in my business and they'll all say the same thing: No matter how long you write stories and put them in the newspaper, you are never really sure which ones are going to strike a nerve. What you think might be a Pulitzer-quality epic might draw only a nice call from Mom, while a simple tale tossed off on deadline causes an uproar, or an avalanche of praise. One legendary former investigative reporter at this paper wrote scores of stories that changed laws and saved lives, yet never did he get more mail than when he wrote...
  • Michael B. Jordan: Why I’m Torching the Color Line (note:Portrays F4's Human Torch)

    05/22/2015 3:59:35 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 32 replies
    EW ^ | May 22, 2015 | Michael B Jordan
    You’re not supposed to go on the Internet when you’re cast as a superhero. But after taking on Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four—a character originally written with blond hair and blue eyes—I wanted to check the pulse out there. I didn’t want to be ignorant about what people were saying. Turns out this is what they were saying: “A black guy? I don’t like it. They must be doing it because Obama’s president” and “It’s not true to the comic.” Or even, “They’ve destroyed it!”
  • Background music

    05/18/2015 3:41:46 AM PDT · by knarf · 3 replies
    youtube ^ | May 18, 2015 | knarf, variious
    Always lookin' for chill while surfin'
  • CBS To Air 2 Newly Colorized ‘I Love Lucy’ Episodes Sunday

    05/17/2015 3:38:20 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 43 replies
    Inquisitir ^ | May 17, 2015
    Here’s your chance to see the Ricardo’s and the Mertzes like never before. Fans of I Love Lucy will be treated to another colorized presentation of two classic episodes on CBS tonight. The I Love Lucy Superstar Special may just be an elaborate repackaging of two 60-year-old black-and-white sitcom episodes, now meticulously colorized and shown back-to-back without a pause. But anything Lucy related remains a gold mine for CBS, even six decades later, and the May 17 special will probably not be an exception as reported by Movie Fone. Both episodes will be the debut of their colorized versions. At...