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  • Angels Flight fares double to 50 cents

    03/13/2012 8:30:09 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies · 1+ views
    abcgo ^ | Monday, March 12, 2012
    Starting on Monday, the fare is going up from 25 cents to 50 cents. But Metro pass holders and those who purchase commuter books will receive discounts. The fare increase is needed to help cover the line's operating costs. Until now, Angels Flight has relied on donations to make up the difference.
  • Artifacts Show Sophistication of Ancient Nomads

    03/12/2012 3:50:08 PM PDT · by mojito · 14 replies
    NYT ^ | 3/12/2012 | John Noble Wilford
    Ancient Greeks had a word for the people who lived on the wild, arid Eurasian steppes stretching from the Black Sea to the border of China. They were nomads, which meant “roaming about for pasture.” They were wanderers and, not infrequently, fierce mounted warriors. Essentially, they were “the other” to the agricultural and increasingly urban civilizations that emerged in the first millennium B.C. As the nomads left no writing, no one knows what they called themselves. To their literate neighbors, they were the ubiquitous and mysterious Scythians or the Saka, perhaps one and the same people. In any case, these...
  • Fistfight Stuns Patrons At Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    03/12/2012 10:59:11 AM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 24 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | March 10, 2012 | unattributed
    It gets so quiet during the second movement of the Brahms Symphony No. 2, you could almost hear a pin drop. Or a sneeze. Or a fist hitting a face. Such was the case Thursday night at Orchestra Hall in a ruckus the Chicago Symphony Orchestra officially described as “an incident” between “two patrons.” But shocked concert-goers and police called it a fist fight in one of the boxes — where the elite typically sit and expect a more refined experience. Just as the second movement was drawing to a gentle close — with Music Director Riccardo Muti at the...
  • "My Eyes Have Seen You" (pics of red tailed hawk)

    03/12/2012 8:36:51 AM PDT · by raybbr · 50 replies · 1+ views
    FReerepublic ^ | 3/10/2012 | raybbr
    I was at a birthday party yesterday in Cromwell, CT. This hawk was kind enough to sit and pose for some pictures.Hope you enjoy.
  • Firesign Theater's Peter Bergman passes away

    03/10/2012 5:33:10 AM PST · by sand lake bar · 47 replies · 1+ views
    We are sad to report that Peter Bergman passed away in the early morning hours of Friday March 9, 2012 due to complications from leukemia. We will have more details as they become available.
  • Think the Giottos Rocket Blower Looks Like a Bomb? The TSA Does Too

    03/09/2012 8:14:58 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 19 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Mar. 09, 2012 | swampsniper
    The Giottos Rocket is a popular tool used by photographers to remove dust from cameras and glass, but if you’re in love with yours, you might want to think twice about flying with it. Reddit user gynoceros found out the hard way that some TSA airport screeners aren’t too enthusiastic about the Rocket’s shape. He writes, FYI — If you attempt to fly with a Giottos Rocket Blower (you know, rubber bulb you squeeze to force air down a nozzle to blow dust off your sensor — no metal, no moving parts), the TSA may confiscate it because it “looks...
  • Tonights' Fare

    03/09/2012 7:36:58 PM PST · by Mariner · 10 replies
    Emerging Dementia | March 9th, 2012 | Self
    Black Sabbath's Last Supper DVD, Rolling Stones 40 Licks DVD...and probably finish with Jimi Hendrix and the Band of Gypsys. Loud.Polk Audio towers and PLENTY, PLENTY of watts.
  • Major Sun Storm May Supercharge Northern Lights This Week

    03/07/2012 8:42:20 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    msnbc ^ | 3/7/2012 7:16:43 PM ET 2012-03-08T00:16:43 | Denise Chow
    A massive solar storm may spark an intense northern lights display for skywatchers at high latitudes tonight and Thursday (March 8) as a wave of charged particles reach the planet. Two huge solar flares erupted from the sun late Tuesday (March 6), triggering one of the most powerful solar storms in more than five years. The solar tempest is expected to intensify aurora displays (also known as the northern and southern lights) on Earth, according to space weather scientist Joseph Kunches, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). One of the big sun flares unleashed a cloud of solar...
  • BLUEBIRD #1

    03/07/2012 12:51:45 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 10 replies
    BRIGHTBLUESKY.COM ^ | Mar. 07, 2012 | swampsniper
    The story of the first school bus. Nice video.
  • Edvard Munch's 'Scream' to go under the hammer

    03/07/2012 12:40:52 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    A version of "The Scream", one of the world's most famous paintings and an iconic image of despair, will go on sale this May in New York, where it is expected to fetch at least $80 million, Sotheby's auctioneers said on Tuesday. Norwegian businessman Petter Olsen, whose father was a friend and patron of "Scream" painter Edvard Munch, owns the work, which will go on the block in New York on May 2nd, headlining the Impressionist and Modern Art sales. Sotheby's described "The Scream" as "one of the most instantly recognizable images in both art history and popular culture, perhaps...
  • Life Fest Film Festival-----Be the change you want to see in Hollywood!

    03/05/2012 9:26:00 PM PST · by restorecivilsociety · 2 replies
    Do you love films? Are you passionately pro-life? Then Life Fest Film Festival is just for you! Life Fest is the film festival dedicated to showcasing films that reinforce the intrinsic worth of innocent human life and the profound significance of each life. We are not just limited to abortion. This is our second annual festival, which will be held the weekend of May 5 at the LA Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. Last year, we had well-known pro-life actors and actresses like Charlie Holliday, Clint Howard, Mell Flynn, Deborah Flora, Johnathan Flora, and AlfonZo Rachel in attendance. This...
  • An Absurdly Cool Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Jurassic Park Dinosaur Puppets

    03/05/2012 6:24:58 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 12 replies
    IO9 ^ | Mar 5, 2012 | Cyriaque Lamar
    An Absurdly Cool Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Jurassic Park Dinosaur Puppets The late great Stan Winston was one of the undisputed masters of cinematic effects. With his team of make-up artists and puppeteers, Winston gave such films as Aliens and Predator an otherworldly sheen that's been seared into the collective memory of moviegoers for decades. And on the Stan Winston School's YouTube account, there are tons of behind-the-scenes reels of the dinosaurs from the Jurassic Park films. Behold amazing footage of the velociraptors and Tyrannosaurus hanging out casually with their human puppet masters.
  • Ah, but Can Photoshop Do This?

    03/05/2012 11:23:47 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 28, 2012 | William Meyers
    It really isn't fair: Jerry Uelsmann, who was born in 1934, had to devise ingenious darkroom techniques to create surrealistic images that nowadays anyone competent with Photoshop can produce with ease. But being able to reverse positive and negative versions of a photograph and to merge two or more photographs into a single composition are only the mechanical aspects of Mr. Uelsmann's art. The indispensable element of his work is his ability to envision images that are totally impossible, but absolutely right. It takes more than the most complex computer program to do that. "The Mind's Eye," a retrospective of...
  • Live Out Your Walking Dead Fantasies In This Abandoned Tennessee Prison - Modern Ruins

    03/04/2012 12:08:26 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    IO9 ^ | Mar 3, 2012 | Lauren Davis
    Live Out Your Walking Dead Fantasies In This Abandoned Tennessee Prison - Modern Ruins We're going to have to wait until season three of The Walking Dead TV show to see the zombie-filled prison. But if you're near Nashville, you can visit the Tennessee State Prison, an abandoned penitentiary. It looks like the zombies got to it first. Even before it fell into decay, this prison suffered plenty of woes at the hands of its prisoners. In 1902, a group of prisoners blew out a wing of the facility, killing one prisoner and allowing others to escape (two were never...
  • [Original "Star Wars" Concept Artist] Ralph McQuarrie Has Died

    03/04/2012 5:12:20 AM PST · by Future Snake Eater · 10 replies
    Empire Magazine ^ | 04MAR12 | James White
    The world of science fiction and fantasy art and design has lost one of its true legends as Ralph McQuarrie died today at the age of 82. McQuarrie began his design career after moving to California from Indiana in the early 1960s. While he started out working as a technical illustrator for Boeing, he also found jobs designing film posters and providing animation elements for CBS News coverage of the Apollo space program. An offer to work on concept art for a film project followed, and his designs caught the eye of director George Lucas, who had an ideal for...
  • Is life any better than a squirrel's life

    03/03/2012 10:21:59 PM PST · by jwsea55 · 10 replies
    Does life get any better than this? Ah, I only wish there was more sun.
  • (Nerd Alert!) Rare Star Trek Photos Show Green Orion Slavegirls Like You’ve Never Seen Them

    03/03/2012 12:28:47 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 78 replies · 1+ views
    IO9 ^ | Mar 2, 2012 | Charlie Jane Anders
    Rare Star Trek Photos Show Green Orion Slavegirls Like You’ve Never Seen Them The original Star Trek pilot, "The Cage," included a lot more of the scenes where Vina is turned into a green Orion slavegirl who dances for Captain Pike — but they were cut because they were too saucy for prime time television. Now, some rare Trek behind-the-scenes pictures include a brand new look at the unshown parts of Vina's dance sequence. Including a part where the poor slavegirl gets whipped. Turns out being an Orion slavegirl isn't all dancing and quoting poetry. Tom Redlaw, aka Bird of...
  • NEW TOY

    03/03/2012 11:32:39 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 25 replies
    self | Mar. 03, 2012 | swampsniper
    It's a given in bird and critter photography that closer is always better but a big lens will work too.This is a Sigma 400mm f5.6 in Minolta A mount. In this pic it's on my Minolta Maxxum XTsi but it also fits my Sony. On the Sony it is equivalent to 600mm.This lens was made in the mid 80s but can pass for new, not a blemish on it anywhere.
  • Kodak Kills Off Its Color Reversal Films

    03/01/2012 5:40:05 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 16 replies · 5+ views
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Mar. 01, 2012 | swampsniper
    Kodak announced today that it has decided to discontinue its color reversal (AKA slide) films due to a steady decrease in sales and usage. The films discontinued are Ektachrome E100G/E100VS and Elite Chrome Extra Color 100. The company estimates that based on current sales pace, you’ll still be able to purchase the discontinued films for about six to nine months. If you were a loyal Kodak slide film shooter, it’ll soon be time to switch over to negative film or to Fujifilm color reversal films.
  • Kodak to Kill Off Its Camera Business

    03/01/2012 5:37:59 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 10 replies · 9+ views
    PETAPIXEL ^ | Mar. 01, 2012 | swampsniper
    Kodak, the company that invented the first digital camera back in 1975, announced today that it is pulling out of the camera market entirely. The phasing out of digital cameras, pocket video cameras, and digital picture frames will likely happen by the end of June. Instead, the company will be focusing on licensing out its patents and brand name (much like Polaroid does), and on inkjet photo printing. Although Kodak wasn’t a big player in the digital camera space, it was once a dominant camera maker in the days of film. The original Kodak Brownie helped popularize consumer photography and...