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  • ICE ON PLUTO: Now frozen water and BLUE SKY found on dwarf planet giving more hope of life

    10/08/2015 11:20:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 62 replies ^ | UBLISHED: 16:40, Thu, Oct 8, 2015 | UPDATED: 18:01, Thu, Oct 8, 2015 | By Jon Austin
    NASA has discovered frozen water and earth-like blue skies on Pluto in another historic development in the search for extraterrestrial life. Just 10 days after confirming that liquid water has been found on Mars, the US space agency revealed the amazing dwarf-planet has both ice and a 'gorgeous' blue sky. A Nasa spokesman said: "New Horizons has detected numerous small, exposed regions of water ice on Pluto. "The discovery was made from data collected by the Ralph spectral composition mapper on New Horizons." There has been repeated speculation Pluto may have a liquid sea under its surface, and confirmation of...
  • iPhone 6s VS Nikon D750 In 4K Video Shootout (with video)

    10/08/2015 10:30:47 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 19 replies
    ÜberGizmo ^ | October 8, 2015 | By Tyler Lee
    Link to video While our smartphones are great camera replacements as far as compact cameras are concerned, we’re not sure if they’re at that point where it could take on a DSLR, especially given how DSLRs have access to a wider range of lenses, different processors, and much bigger sensors.However in a recent YouTube video posted by Lee Morris of Fstoppers, he has compared the new iPhone 6s to the Nikon D750 DSLR which was launched last year. Now in terms of photos we suppose you don’t need to test it to find out who won, however when it comes...
  • Auditions at Brookfield's Wilson Center may take singers to the Met (WI)

    10/08/2015 9:32:14 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Brookfield NOW ^ | 10-8-15 | Andrea Budde
    Music has the ability to take you places; to move you and inspire you. For participants in the Wisconsin District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, it is more than an opportunity to showcase their pipes; it can be an opportunity to gain attention within the ever-competitive singing arena. The Wisconsin District auditions co-director, Kathy Pyeatt, explained that the Wisconsin auditions are just the first step in the nationwide audition process. "The National Council started over 60 years ago as an offshoot of the Metropolitan Opera (in New York) to find talent for them," she said. Shortly thereafter, the council began...
  • Renoir haters picket outside Museum of Fine Arts (Boston)

    10/07/2015 11:05:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 56 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | October 5, 2015 | Mark Shanahan
    It’s nothing personal, says Ben Ewen-Campen, he just doesn’t think French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir is much of a painter. Monday, the Harvard postdoc joined some like-minded aesthetes for a playful protest outside the Museum of Fine Arts. The rally, which mostly bewildered passersby, was organized by Max Geller, creator of the Instagram account Renoir Sucks at Painting, who wants the MFA to take its Renoirs off the walls and replace them with something better.

    10/07/2015 8:39:23 AM PDT · by JoeDetweiler · 7 replies
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | Oct 7, 2015 | Tim Blair
    "Yale University has published 170,000 Library of Congress photos taken in the US between 1935 and 1945. Just click on this map and keep clicking. To Yale’s credit, they’ve used captions written at the time. Some may be jarring to modern sensibilities, but they assist in providing the era’s feel. A quick batch of highlights: " The Map....
  • Raymond Chandler: a Tale of Two Detectives

    10/05/2015 5:07:41 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 18 replies ^ | Sept 19, 2015 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    I went to Manhattan to be a novelist and took the whole project very seriously. You know, in that pretentious way that young writers do. But somebody recommended The Big Sleep to me and I was totally charmed. This is the opposite of highbrow literature. It's a lively crime story told in street-level English, with slang and hyperbolic metaphors. The hero is a tough-guy private investigator, a knight on a white horse as Raymond Chandler himself explained. People come to him with their problems and the PI makes justice prevail. Raymond Chandler wrote a half-dozen outstanding novels starring his famous...
  • The Artists Who Paint Dinosaurs

    10/05/2015 6:42:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 5, 2015 | Ross Anderson
    I have a theory about why kids love dinosaurs. You might think it’s their size, their ferocity, the number and sharpness of their teeth. It is all of these things, but it is something else, too. Dinosaurs are remote from us in time. They belong to an alien realm. They ruled this planet for more than 150 million years, the longest such reign ever achieved by Earth’s megafauna. We know this because their bones froze into stone, and became fossils. But the dinosaurs left only a few of these remains, and they are, after all, mostly skeletal.
  • What people in 1900 thought the year 2000 would look like

    10/04/2015 10:29:43 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 54 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 4, 2015 | Ana Swanson
    There are few things as fascinating as seeing what people in the past dreamed about the future. "France in the Year 2000" is one example. The series of paintings, made by Jean-Marc Côté and other French artists in 1899, 1900, 1901 and 1910, shows artist depictions of what life might look like in the year 2000. The first series of images were printed and enclosed in cigarette and cigar boxes around the time of the 1900 World Exhibition in Paris, according to the Public Domain Review, then later turned into postcards.

    10/04/2015 3:25:54 AM PDT · by knarf · 57 replies
    e-mail. various | October 4, 2015 | knarf
    In the early twentieth century, a farmer decided that he needed to improve the agriculture on his ranch in Nevada. He figured that a well needed to be dug to bring water and nutrients to the soil above. He lived in a barren desert and the water stored deep beneath the Earth’s crust would have provided a more sustainable crop for this harsh and dry area. He knew that a well with ample water was needed to supply bountiful crops. What he didn’t know was what was waiting for him deep below the soil. He began to dig a deep...
  • Spiral Galaxy

    These painted planets look as good as Nasa's photographs. I can't draw a stickman alien. Freaking amazing artists.
  • Asian Movie Weekend

    10/03/2015 2:54:41 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 7 replies
    You Tube | 2010 | Various
    You may find previous editions by searching "Asian Movies" in FR This week is not a movie but a TV Series! Yes this is Kung Fu Soap Opera! The subtitles are good and this series is just non stop action with good production values. The Three KingdomsEnjoy
  • Video captures owl trying to snatch fisherman's bait

    10/03/2015 3:16:56 AM PDT · by eastforker · 15 replies
    click2houston ^ | 10/01/2015 | NBC News Affiliate
    Garry Olson Jr., the man who recorded the video was fishing at Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas early Saturday morning when the owl swooped down and snatched his lure out of the water, which then caught on to its talon causing it to fall into the water.
  • Mom? Dad? I'm Dead ... Here Are My Tattoos: This takes "leaving your mark" to a whole new level.

    10/02/2015 2:51:38 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 58 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | September 30, 2015 | Jenna Amatulli
    When you think "family heirloom," it's natural to think of Grandpa's pocket watch or Grandma's engagement ring, but what about Uncle Jim's Bugs Bunny tattoo? Sure, it was once on ole-Jim's calf, but now it can be framed, mounted and proudly displayed above your fireplace, for when you remember him on Christmas Eve. NAPSA -- the National Association for the Preservation of Skin Art -- launched earlier this month with the aim of helping you pass down your tattoos to your kids, grandkids, and loved ones. It's no longer a morbid dream. You can have your tattoos removed, preserved and...
  • The Cult of Le Corbusier

    10/02/2015 7:44:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Quadrant ^ | September 27, 2015 | Anthony Daniels
    French fascism is alive and well, and its current headquarters (as I write this) are not in the offices of the Front National but, appropriately enough, in the ugliest building in the world in the most beautiful capital city in the world, the Centre Pompidou in Paris. It is here that has been held the completely uncritical exhibition to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Le Corbusier, the fascist architect, under the title Le Corbusier, Mesures de l’homme.
  • Banksy to Send Timbers From Dismaland to Refugees

    09/29/2015 11:38:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Sep 28, 2015
    Street artist Banksy has said he will send the material from his closed amusement park in England to France to help shelter refugees who are camped out there. Banksy said on his Dismaland website Monday that all of the timbers and fixtures from the park are being sent to a refugee camp outside the northwest French port of Calais for the construction of shelters. Thousands of refugees are in the Calais area seeking entry into Britain. "Coming soon ... Dismaland Calais," the artist said on his posting. The unusual amusement park that closed Sunday after five weeks poked fun at...
  • Art showing Isil menacing Sylvanian Families removed from exhibition

    09/26/2015 5:16:34 PM PDT · by windcliff · 5 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 9-26-15 | Telegraph writers
    The Passion for Freedom exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London was intended to highlight the work of "courageous artists" fighting censorship and highlighting oppression around the world. But one group of works, showing animals from the Sylvanian Families range of toys being menaced by other figurines dressed in the clothes of Isil fighters, has been removed from the show on the advice of the police. 'MICE-IS', a collection of seven tableaux by an artist known as Mimsy, was selected to appear in the six-day exhibition, which closes today. Speaking to The Telegraph in March, Mimsy explained that she had...
  • Selfie-related deaths outnumber shark attack deaths in 2015

    09/23/2015 6:06:15 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 25 replies
    upi ^ | Sept. 22, 2015 | Ben Hooper
    WASHINGTON, - A tally of selfie-related incidents leading to deaths this year comes with a startling revelation -- selfie deaths in 2015 outnumber deaths from shark attacks. The number of shark attack deaths compiled by website Shark Attack Survivors thus far in 2015 stands at eight, while the number of selfie-related deaths compiled by reached 12 this month after a Japanese tourist fell down the stairs at India's Taj Mahal while attempting to take a selfie. The leading cause of deaths from selfie-related incidents was falling, while the next leading cause was train-related accidents while attempting to take self-portrait...
  • New York's Egyptian artefacts triumph over Paris's Mona Lisa as TripAdvisor reviewers name the [tr]

    09/22/2015 8:43:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 22, 2015 | Chris Kitching
    A massive art museum that is home to an Egyptian stone temple, King Henry VIII’s field armour and a fascinating medieval sculpture hall has been named the best museum in the world by tourists. New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art – the largest art museum in the US – edged top attractions in Paris and London for top spot in TripAdvisor’s travellers’ choice awards. Home to some of the greatest artefacts, sculptures or paintings, these are the 10 most popular museums in the world based on TripAdvisor reviews from the last year.
  • What are your favorite quotes?

    09/21/2015 7:25:36 PM PDT · by Auntie Mame · 307 replies
    brilliant minds | September 21, 2015 | None
    What are some of your favorite quotes? Here are a few of mine: To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize. – Voltaire The usefulness of a cup is its emptiness. - Bruce Lee Any fool can commit a murder; a suicide requires a real professional. – Genrikh Yagoda Chief of the NKVD during the early 1930s Socialists can provide you shelter, fill your belly with bacon and beans, treat you when you're ill, all the things guaranteed to a prisoner or a slave.
  • Philly clothing company launches 'Black Lives Matter' line

    09/19/2015 1:57:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Philadelphia Sun Times ^ | September 19, 2015 | Jack Cassidy
    A Philadelphia-based clothing company Cult Classic has launched a clothing line inspired by Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson last year and the Black Lives Matter movement that followed, according to NBC Philadelphia. PHL Business Journal ‎@PHLBizJournal Philly's @cultclassicUSA clothing brand launches #BlackLivesMatter-inspired line 9:04 PM - 17 Sep 2015 Per the report, the co-owner of the company aimed at channeling his, and the country’s, confusion over the matter into his work. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit after-school programs in North Philadelphia....
  • Cool Trump Rally Pics (Dallas 9/14)

    09/14/2015 8:33:20 PM PDT · by I Hired Craig Livingstone · 114 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 9/14/2015 | Daily Mail
  • Oil, watercolor, or pixels? Why artists will flock to Apple’s Pencil

    09/13/2015 9:55:35 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | September 11, 2015 | By Malarie Gokey
    The iPad Pro is huge. No one will argue you on that point. It may only weigh 1.6 lbs and be as thin as other iPads, but this is a massive tablet that you probably won’t want to carry with you everywhere. And yes, large tablets have failed in the past — Just look at Samsung’s Galaxy Note Pro tablet, which even came with a stylus. It was not a rip roaring success. Microsoft’s Surface tablets are also large, and most people haven’t been enamored with those either, even though Microsoft’s stylus is pretty bad ass. The most exciting thing about...
  • My "Antidepressant"

    09/13/2015 4:18:29 PM PDT · by NYAmerican · 27 replies
    Thought I'd share my self prescribed "Antidepressant", in these extremely depressing times. This website publishes some amazing, high resolution (Large & Medium Format Film) from years ago, mostly early to mid 20th Century Americana. Thousands of great images here, just click on any "preview" sized image to go to the full sized image. Easy to get lost in the past here.
  • TIFF: Dan Rather Chokes Up at 'Truth' Premiere, Praises Film for Accuracy

    09/13/2015 4:32:58 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 73 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | 12 SEP 2015 | Etan Vlessing
    "A film called 'Truth' should be accurate," the iconic CBS news anchor said of director James Vanderbilt’s movie about his 2006 exit and the events leading to it. Iconic CBS news anchor Dan Rather on Saturday praised the Robert Redford-starring Rathergate movie Truth for its accuracy and performances ahead of its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. "Naturally I was pleased, and pleasantly surprised. This film is very accurate. A film called Truth should be accurate," Rather told the Hollywood Reporter during a pre-screening party. James Vanderbilt's movie centers on Rather's 2006 exit from CBS after a 60 Minutes...
  • Hands on: iPad Pro with Apple Pencil (with video demos)

    09/13/2015 3:35:48 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 37 replies
    AppleInsider ^ | September 10, 2015 | Daniel Eran Dilger
    Apple new big screen iPad Pro has been anticipated for some time, and bears some similarities to existing products on the market. However, Apple's implementation of a large tablet—along with its new "Apple Pencil" for precision drawing input—incorporate a series of unique features, too. iPad Pro: a MacBook-sized iPad The most obvious characteristic of the new iPad Pro is its 12.9 inch (32.8 cm) diagonal Retina display, featuring a 2732x2048 resolution at 264 pixels per inch. That's just 0.4 inches (1 cm) smaller than Apple's 13 inch Retina MacBook Pro, but it packs a million and a half more pixels...
  • Artists cheer the new Apple Pencil stylus

    09/13/2015 12:39:28 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 91 replies
    CNN Money ^ | September 10, 2015 | by Jose Pagliery
    Apple unveiled a new iPad Pro and stylus on Wednesday, and professional artists are ecstatic. The Apple Pencil is pressure sensitive. Press lightly, and the stroke gets thinner. Tilt the pencil, and the stroke gets thicker. Pair it with an iPad Pro, and there's finally an Apple (AAPL, Tech30) device to replace paper sketchbooks. College students can balance this on a knee when doing sketches at an art museum. Comic book artists can finally work from the couch. Sure, electronic drawing pads already exist. But the best ones are bulky and stay at the desk. And until now, artists using...
  • Lost weather balloon turns up two years later with stunning views of Grand Canyon

    09/12/2015 5:42:44 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 23 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Sept 11, 2015 | Cox Media Group National Content Desk
    In June 2013, a group of friends launched a weather balloon a few miles from Tuba City, Arizona. Enjoy the video of our launch preparations, video footage, and some data analysis of the flight," Bryan Chan writes in the description section of the video sharing site. --- snip --- The balloon soars thousands of feet in minutes and keeps going. It eventually captures breathtaking views of the earth and Grand Canyon from space. The group used a "GoPro Hero3, Sony Camcorder, Samsung Galaxy Note II phone," Chan writes. "The GoPro and camcorder were recording video footage, while the phone was...
  • Asian Movie Weekend #6

    09/11/2015 6:59:44 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 15 replies
    You Tube, Golden Harvest ^ | 1997 | Stephrn Chow
    You can find previous installments of this series by searching using the key word phrase "Asian Movies" This is Stephen Chow at his weirdest. Lots of local humor and Hong Kong specific stuff. The movie is worth seeing just got Maggie Cheung's (Miss Turkey) makeup. This movies is really, really funny The God of Cookery
  • Stunning Rainbow Emerges From the World Trade Center on the Eve of the 14th Anniversary of the 9/11

    09/11/2015 9:37:42 AM PDT · by Aquamarine · 27 replies ^ | September 11, 2015 | Regina F. Graham
    On the eve of the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, stunning photos show a rainbow appearing to originate from the World Trade Center in New York City on Thursday. Ben Sturner, the CEO of sports marketing company Leverage Agency, has an unobstructed view of the Manhattan skyline including the World Trade Center, from across the East River. On Thursday morning, Sturner stepped outside of his apartment in Long Island City, Queens and onto the terrace to check the weather as part of his daily routine. The sight that he saw while standing outside just after 7:00am was...
  • Theater Renames ‘Snow White’ Because the Word ‘Dwarf’ Is Too Offensive [Seven "Friends"!]

    09/08/2015 5:53:57 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 44 replies
    National Review ^ | September 8, 2015 | KATHERINE TIMPF
    Theater Renames ‘Snow White’ Because the Word ‘Dwarf’ Is Too Offensive by KATHERINE TIMPF September 8, 2015 The production will be called “Snow White and her Seven Friends” instead. De Monfort Hall in Leicester, England, has announced that there will be no dwarves in its Snow White Christmas pantomime because the word “dwarf” is too offensive. The production will be called “Snow White and her Seven Friends” and feature child actors as the “friends,” according to an article in the Leicester Mercury. Despite the fact that that Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs has been around for approximately 9 million...
  • Shooting star seen on 7-Sep-2015 (YouTube video @30 seconds in)

    09/07/2015 5:23:38 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies
    YouTube ^ | 9/7/15 | Porjai Jaturongkhakun
    Middle of the day, somebody's dashcam, very bright and clear. Meteor appears at the 30 second mark. Amazing how good cameras are today. Video at source
  • St. Patrick's Cathedral (NYC) restored in time for pope's visit

    09/07/2015 7:57:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    AP ^ | September 7, 2015 | Deepti Hajela
    A three-year restoration project at St. Patrick's Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York and one of the country's most well-known churches, is coming to an end just in time for a late September visit from Pope Francis. Most of the scaffolding has already been taken down and officials are steadfast in saying it will be done in time. The project was officially announced on St. Patrick's Day 2012 and got started soon after. It was a huge undertaking — the entire exterior was covered in scaffolding, all the way to the top of the two...
  • Asian Movie Weekend #4

    09/04/2015 7:28:32 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 4 replies
    This week is a cool movie. No summary needed it speaks for itself Some strong language A World without Thieves Enjoy
  • Caption Time

    09/04/2015 6:35:01 AM PDT · by don-o · 35 replies
    September 4, 2015
  • Neurotics Are More Creative -- Research

    09/03/2015 7:28:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Science Times ^ | Sep 01, 2015 | Darlene Tverdohleb
    Many famous neurotics like the film-maker Woody Allen, artist Vincent van Gogh, or scientist Sir Isaac Newton had suffered for their art. A new study has found what such individuals tend to have in common. Their brain is more sensitive to perceived threats compared to those of other people. Exactly that "panic button" tendency is what makes them not only overactive, but also more creative and imaginative, according to psychologists. The personality expert Dr Adam Perkins, from King's College London, declared that science is still a long way off from fully explaining neuroticism, however, he added, he hopes that his...
  • Air Force Veteran Finds Iconic 'Katrina Kid' After a Decade of Heartfelt Searching

    09/03/2015 6:00:51 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 4 replies
    Accuweather ^ | September 3 | Kevin Byrne
    In the wake of Hurricane Katrina's calamitous effects, an image of U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mike Maroney locked in a heartwarming embrace with a young girl he encountered during rescue operations became a symbol of hope and optimism. For the last decade, Maroney has been determined to meet the child he hugged in the iconic photo. In March, the Air Force Times launched the "Find Katrina Kid" campaign to help Maroney reconnect with the little girl.
  • Own a historic NASA manual featuring 'the worm'

    09/02/2015 7:27:54 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    CNET ^ | Michael Franco
    The manual is definitely something for hard-core space buffs and lovers of graphic design, rather than a casual read for anyone interested in space exploration generally. It consists of lots of drawings and instructions on how to place type on things like planes, cars, arm patches and stationery. What makes it a particularly interesting piece of history is that -- according to an article about the reissue in Wired -- in May 1992, NASA's new administrator, Dan Goldin, switched the agency back to using the previous logo, which was nicknamed "the meatball." (It's the logo NASA is still using today,...
  • One veteran's forgotten photos of Vietnam (trun)

    08/30/2015 7:00:48 AM PDT · by virgil283 · 13 replies
    dailymail ^ | , 29 August 2015 | Kieran Corcoran
    "These candid images show life on the front lines of the Vietnam war through the eyes of a young soldier, who rediscovered the collection decades after the conflict ended. In the images by former artillery officer Christopher Gaynor, helicopters swoop down in high-risk troop deployments, convoys rumble through the booby-trapped countryside and infantrymen make tense dawn patrols....."
  • How a Volcanic Eruption in 1815 Darkened the World but Colored the Arts

    08/25/2015 11:30:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 24, 2015 | William J. Broad
    In April 1815, the most powerful volcanic blast in recorded history shook the planet in a catastrophe so vast that 200 years later, investigators are still struggling to grasp its repercussions. It played a role, they now understand, in icy weather, agricultural collapse and global pandemics — and even gave rise to celebrated monsters. Around the lush isles of the Dutch East Indies — modern-day Indonesia — the eruption of Mount Tambora killed tens of thousands of people. They were burned alive or killed by flying rocks, or they died later of starvation because the heavy ash smothered crops.
  • Watch: What Palmyra looked like in the 1800s, and how the Islamic State is destroying it

    08/25/2015 10:31:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 25 at 12:40 PM | Ishaan Tharoor
    Before the 20th century, the ruins of Palmyra, once a key crossroads of classical civilizations, existed on the dusty margins of the Ottoman Empire. European travelers, though, took a special interest in the city. The images sequenced above — photographs by the 19th-century French photographer Félix Bonfils and drawings by the 18th-century British traveler Robert Wood — were formative documents in the Western imagination and inspired the architecture of the industrial age's emerging powers. Wood's rendering of an ancient Roman eagle seen in Palmyra, for example, would later become the model for the Seal of the United States. The archaeological...
  • 2015 Hugo Awards

    08/23/2015 3:17:23 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    The Hugo Awards ^ | August 22, 2015
    2015 Hugo Awards Presented at: Sasquan, Spokane, Washington, USA, August 22, 2015Hosts: David Gerrold and Tananarive DueBase design: Matthew DockreyAwards Administration: John Lorentz, Ruth Sachter, Linda Deneroff, Ron Oakes, Dave McCarty and Glenn Glazer
  • Hotel California - Cubanos Acapella (Outstanding!)

    08/22/2015 8:53:07 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 28 replies
    Youtube ^ | December 2014 | Cubanos Acapella
    Acapella version of Hotel California. Bass and Drums are incredible.
  • 1913 hometown photo [vanity]

    08/20/2015 2:35:25 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 82 replies
    free republic ^ | 8/20/15 | cripplecreek
    Photo of my hometown of Hanover Michigan taken by my great grandfather in 1913.
  • How to make a movie with an iPhone: An interview with Tangerine director Sean Baker

    08/18/2015 10:33:55 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies ^ | August 18, 2015 | By Caitlin McGarry
    Plus the five tools you need to make your iPhone footage look cinematic. Shih-Ching TsouTangerine is a movie so vivid and real that you feel like you’re walking the streets of Los Angeles with its main characters. The film takes place on Christmas Eve, which in Hollywood is just another warm day, and the cinematography radiates that heat. But as you trail behind best friends Sin-Dee and Alexandra as they search for Sin-Dee’s cheating boyfriend, you’d never realize that with an iPhone, you too could create that scene. Tangerine director Sean Baker used his iPhone 5s to direct the movie,...
  • 82 Percent of Americans Agree: Photographers Have Right to Say No to Gay Weddings

    08/16/2015 6:58:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 14, 2015 | 10:32 AM EDT | Travis Weber
    A recently released poll shows significant public support for the protection of religious liberty—especially when special rights based on sexual orientation are being advanced at its expense. The results reveal hope for the classical liberal vision of America: they indicate that most Americans still appear to want maximum freedom and individual rights protection. […] Support for religious freedom jumps even higher in the context of wedding vendors. 82 percent said “yes” when asked whether a Christian wedding photographer with “deeply held religious beliefs opposing same sex marriage” has “the right to say no” to a same-sex couple asking him or...
  • This week in history: Mozart completes his last symphony - No. 41 ("Jupiter")

    08/15/2015 7:29:49 AM PDT · by nwrep · 6 replies
    Various ^ | August 15, 2015 | nwrep
    Mozart finished his last symphony, no. 41 on August 10, 1788. It was nicknamed "Jupiter" after his death. Certainly it is the loftiest and most magisterial of Mozart's symphonies, with a formal and ceremonial quality in keeping with its key of C major. Although today we think of C major as the plainest and most basic of keys — all white notes on the piano — in the late 18th century it was usually associated with court and high-church pomp since it was well suited to the valveless trumpets of the period. And we find two of them adding brilliance...
  • See the 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise in 271 357 photos

    08/14/2015 7:08:41 PM PDT · by cripplecreek · 17 replies
    Autoweek ^ | 8/14/15 | Andrew Stoy
    Our man on Woodward Avenue is shooting everything, and we'll be updating all weekend In past years, we've broken our Woodward Dream Cruise photos into chunks, showing you imports, Fords, Chevys, Mopars and just plain weird stuff in individual galleries. This year, we're covering the "world's largest one-day car show" a little differently: Call it the "shotgun approach." We'll put up as many huge galleries as our servers will handle, and you can sort through the insanity any way you like. As for captions that specifically identify each car ... maybe we'll get to that after the event. There's also...
  • Winner in the Scary Cow Film Festival! — Grandmama Tlzédeczkanü Comes to America

    08/12/2015 9:20:46 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    Vimeo ^ | August 9, 2015 | Tony Jonick — from Kingfisher Talking Pictures
    Winner in the Scary Cow Film Festival! Before she passed away, my Great-Grandmama recorded a cassette tape of a story she said must be told. I found the tape, had it translated from Geshemshaskcili, and using photos from our family archives assembled it into this movie. Some of the photos are from current family, but others are original. People who know my clan might notice some family resemblances. This is a delightfully twisted fairy tale of coming to America. . .
  • Iconic Whistler's Mother On Display At The Clark [MA]

    08/12/2015 10:00:57 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 23 replies
    WAMC ^ | Jul 3, 2015 | Jim Levulis
    An iconic 19th century American painting that remains one of art’s most famous works will be on view July 4th at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. James McNeill Whistler’s most famous painting known today as Whistler’s Mother is an 1871 portrait of the woman born as Anna Matilda McNeill. Curator Jay Clarke says the image became an American icon while on a cross-country tour during the 1930s.
  • 'haunted puppet' said to have choked its previous owner starts moving on its own (tr)

    08/12/2015 9:49:30 AM PDT · by dware · 65 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 08.12.2015 | Euan McLelland
    FULL TITLE: Creepy moment 'haunted puppet' said to have choked its previous owner starts moving on its own inside a sealed glass container in the middle of the night A creepy puppet said to have choked its former owner has been filmed moving inside a sealed glass container in the dead of night. Paranormal Investigator Jayne Harris, 32, from Stourbridge, West Midlands, recorded the puppet every night for three months - after its previous owner claimed it tried to choke him to death. And last month she was left dumbfounded, when her cameras caught the chilling moment the wooden doll...