Sunday, September 30, 2012

“Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today.” James Dean

James Dean was born in 1931 and raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to New York to pursue his dream of acting. He received rave reviews for his work as the blackmailing Arab boy in the New York production of Gide's "The Immoralist", good enough to earn him a trip to Hollywood. His early film efforts were strictly bit parts: a sailor in the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis overly frantic musical comedy Sailor Beware (1952); a GI in Samuel Fuller's moody study of a platoon in the Korean War, Fixed Bayonets! (1951) and a youth in the Piper Laurie-Rock Hudson comedy Has Anybody Seen My Gal (1952).
 He had major roles in only three movies. In the Elia Kazan production of John Steinbeck's East of Eden (1955) he played Caleb, the "bad" brother who couldn't force affection from his stiff-necked father. His true starring role, the one which fixed his image forever in American culture, was that of the brooding red-jacketed teenager Jim Stark in Nicholas Ray's Rebel Without a Cause (1955). George Stevens' filming of Edna Ferber's Giant (1956), in which he played the non-conforming cowhand Jett Rink who strikes it rich when he discovers oil, was just coming to a close when Dean, driving his Porsche Spyder race car, collided with another car while on the road near Cholame, California on September 30, 1955. He had received a speeding ticket just two hours before. James Dean was killed almost immediately from the impact from a broken neck. He was 24. His very brief career, violent death and highly publicized funeral transformed him into a cult object of apparently timeless fascination.

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Bob Dylan banned from Radio Split

Rock legend Bob Dylan has been banned from Croatian radio after comparing Croats to Ku Klux Klan slave masters and Nazis during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. The singer - talking about the roots of racism - had said black people could sense "Klan blood" and Jews could "sense Nazi blood" adding: "And the Serbs can sense Croatian blood." Now the country's radio station - Radio Split - has removed Dylan's new single 'Duquesne Whistle' from their hit of the week playlist.
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Obama-Romney Debate

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No, you're not

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

But mum, I don't need a bath!

Adorable orphan ape Mr Bernie, two, does all he can to avoid getting his fur wet.

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Husky Party

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Write One-Star Amazon Reviews to Make Yourself Feel Better

If you’re ever feeling bad about yourself, like you don’t “measure up” or you won’t ever achieve greatness, Bob Odenkirk offer you this simple solution. Go online and write negative reviews.

  “Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain One Star,
DIDN’T WORK FOR ME First of all, let it be known that I am a fan of EVERYTHING Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain, has written. I’ve read it all, from “Life on the Mississippi” to “Tom Sawyer” to “Tom Sawyer Abroad” (little tip—the sequel is BETTER than the original!!). But somehow I missed this one. Everyone in my so-called book club at work told me I “had to” read this “awesome” “classic.” So I splurged on a library card and gave it a go. I couldn’t wait to read it, but, I am sorry to report—SPOILER ALERT—it sucks! A complete WASTE OF TIME! AAARGHH! “HUCKLEBERRY FINN”? More like “SUCKleberry SHIT!” What was Mr. Twain thinking? He wasn’t! Huckleberry Finn, a nasty character, takes a freed slave down a river in a raft. They see some things, almost tip over, blah-de-blah… the end. And it’s all written in pitiful child-speak. Was Mr. Twain’s keyboard broken? Sad. What was I thinking when I checked this out? I returned it late and had to PAY A FINE! I ripped up my library card and the receipt for payment. Yeesh—that was an adventure I never want to relive! Mr. Twain, I want my five hours and my twenty-five cents back! more here

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Apple Advises Maps Users Not to Go Anywhere

"Apple C.E.O. Tim Cook apologized for the ongoing problems with its Apple Maps app today, recommending that until it is fixed customers “should try not to go anywhere.”

“Until we get this straightened out, I strongly urge you to stay at home,” Mr. Cook advised iPhone users. “That’s your best bet for not getting lost.”

Even as he apologized, Mr. Cook downplayed the number of Apple customers affected by the Maps glitch: “This only impacts Apple customers who have someplace to go. From what we can tell, most of our customers just go back and forth to the Apple Store and that’s pretty much it.”

The Apple C.E.O. also advised customers whose iPhones consistently drop calls to “try using a land line.”"
The New Yorker

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Cyanide & Happiness

Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic

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The World's Best Father

Titiled The World's Best Father, Dave Engledow, from Tahoma Park, Maryland, can be seen posing alongside adorable two-year-old Alice Bee in a number of unlikely scenarios.

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When women decide to have a short haircut...

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Free thinking

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Curiosity snaps signs of vigorous stream on Mars

(Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)

 Shots of rocky outcrops in Gale Crater show rounded gravel that mission scientists say provides concrete evidence of an ancient stream bed. The sizes of the stones suggest the water was moving at about a metre per second, and was somewhere between ankle and hip deep.

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Chicken's Lifestyle

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Priceless Tibetan Buddha statue looted by Nazis was carved from meteorite

A priceless Buddha statue looted by Nazis in Tibet in the 1930s was carved from a meteorite which crashed to the Earth 15,000 years ago, according to new research. The relic bears a Buddhist swastika on its belly – an ancient symbol of luck that was later co-opted by the Nazis in Germany. Analysis has shown the statue is made from an incredibly rare form of nickel-rich iron present in falling stars. The 1,000-year-old carving, which is 24cm high and weighs 10kg, depicts the god Vaisravana, the Buddhist King of the North, and is known as the Iron Man statue. It was stolen before the second world war during a pillage of Tibet by Hitler's SS, who were searching for the origins of the Aryan race.
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

H.P. Lovecraft's The Tomb (For Beginning Readers)

Richard J. Ivankovic or DrFaustusAU as he's known on deviantART has been busy with his latest creation: H.P. Lovecraft's The Tomb (For Beginning Readers), a 60-page masterpiece that will surely be the choice reading material for today's Lovecraftian youth.
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Street Art by Slinkachu

 "For the last few years, the London-based artist who goes by the name Slinkachu has been crafting and photographing remarkably detailed, trippy and sometimes quite moving miniature tableaux on the streets of cities all over the world. Using plastic train-set figures — some of them cut up and glued back together in specific poses, or accented with modeling clay and then painted — Slinkachu creates tiny scenarios that, seen from afar, are almost unrecognizable, but when viewed up-close unveil an almost-hidden alternate reality.
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Security question

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AKA Peace exhibition

A visitor looks at Nancy Fouts's "Don't Touch

 "Artists such as Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley and Jake and Dinos Chapman have customised AK47 assault rifles for the AKA Peace exhibition being staged at London's ICA to highlight a global ceasefire movement."

AK47 assault rifles customised by artists at London's ICA - Telegraph / more
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John Waters relationship advice

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Tiny seahorse spotted in underwater Google Street View

 "As Street View takes the plunge underwater, you will not see a man with a horse's head but you might be able to spot this tiny Denise's pygmy seahorse, Hippocampus denise. The species was confirmed in Australian waters for the first time during the underwater Catlin Seaview Survey, which is mapping the world's reefs to create a watery Google Street View. The seahorse was found at the Great Barrier Reef, off Heron Island, at a depth of 92 metres."
Short Sharp Science

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Julian Assange: Obama is exploiting Arab spring for political gain

 "The WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has accused President Obama of seeking to exploit the Arab spring revolutions for political gain, claiming Obama's vocal support for freedom of expression had not been translated into action.

Assange was speaking to a gathering of diplomats at the UN general assembly through a satellite videolink from the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he sought refuge three months ago from extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning on allegations of sex offences.

The meeting was hosted by the Ecuadorean foreign minister, Ricardo PatiƱo, who said he would once more demand the UK grant Assange safe passage to Ecuador when he meets his British counterpart, William Hague, later on Thursday. He accused the British government of violating Assange's human rights, saying he could be stuck in the embassy in London for 10 years, which would have a severe impact on his health."
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Google View lands Croat mayor in trouble

 "A local mayor was left red-faced and out of pocket after Google View caught him on camera parking his car illegally.
Zvonimir Novosel who is mayor of Jastrebarsko was ordered to pay 300 kuna after photos of him parking his car on a pedestrian pavement were published on news site Jaska.eu."
Croatian Times Online News
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Poke Einstein's brain with a genius iPad app

The screenshot above is from a new iPad app developed by the National Museum of Health and Medicine Chicago that lets users examine digitised versions of nearly 350 slides made from slices of Albert Einstein's brain after his death in 1955.

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Basta !

An injured woman lies on the street during a demonstration organized by Spain's Indignant protesters in Madrid. Picture

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Fox pushing Goose


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