April 24, 2014
Opening night of BBC2, 20 April 1964
"As a result of its criticisms of the populism of ITV, the 1962 Pilkington Report recommended that Britain's third television channel should be awarded to the BBC." Sound doesn't kick in for almost three minutes.
The channel was scheduled to begin at 19:20 on 20 April 1964 and show an evening of light entertainment, starting with the comedy show The Alberts, a performance from Soviet comedian Arkady Raikin, and a production of Cole Porter's Kiss Me, Kate, culminating with a fireworks display.
However, at around 18:45 a huge power failure, originating from Battersea Power Station, caused Television Centre to lose all power. BBC1 was able to continue broadcasting via its facilities at Alexandra Palace, but all attempts to show the scheduled programmes on the new channel failed. Associated-Rediffusion, the London ITV franchise-holder, offered to transmit on the BBC's behalf, but their gesture was rejected, presumably for pride's sake.
However, at 22:00 BBC2 had no choice but to concede defeat and postpone programming until the following morning. As the BBC's news centre at Alexandra Palace was unaffected, they did in fact broadcast brief bulletins on BBC2 that evening, beginning with an announcement by the newsreader Gerald Priestland at around 19:25. There was believed to be no recording ever made of this bulletin, but one was discovered in early 2003.
By 11:00 on 21 April, power had been restored to the studios and programming began, thus making Play School the first programme to be shown officially on the channel. The launch schedule, postponed from the night before, was then successfully shown that evening, albeit with minor changes. In reference to the power cut, the transmission opened with a shot of a lit candle which was then sarcastically blown out by presenter Denis Tuohy.
How paperbacks transformed the way Americans read
"Half a century before e-books turned publishing upside down, a different format threatened to destroy the industry.."
But in just one day, Robert de Graff changed that.
Violet Vision - Yeled
April 23, 2014
Milton Friedman on Slavery and Colonization
"How important it is, as it turns out, to let the past collapse at the right time."
Lyapis Trubetskoy - Capital
April 22, 2014
Designers' Worlds: Jean Paul Gaultier and Antoine de Caunes
"Following on from last week's Jennifer Saunders special, today we're delighted to reunite the Eurotrash dream team of Jean Paul Gaultier and Antoine de Caunes; when I was a young boy living in the countryside they taught me everything I know about Parisian chic and sexual perversion!"
(nsfw: subject matter, French humour)
"'Brand' is something on which leading fashion labels, department stores, and specialty retailers are intensely focused. Every piece that’s produced and placed on the racks needs to carry and convey a brand message that’s true to the company’s 'DNA.' But what’s rarely disclosed is how much some of these companies rely on external suppliers to produce — and even design — their collections. In fashion, this is called 'private label' and it happens at every level of the business, from mass to luxury."
Ruben Fleischer - Vogue Original Shorts: Emma Stone stars in 'A Way In' (2014)
Kiesza - Hideaway
Hat tip to Mr. Percifeld.
April 21, 2014
Alan Moore - Comics & The Occult (2007)
Cosmological Natural Selection
"It's tempting to think of the universe as a meaningless repository for celestial objects like planets and stars. But an intriguing theory suggests there's much more to the cosmos than meets the eye — and that black holes play an integral role in what our universe is actually trying to achieve."
London Grammar - Hey Now (Troxy, London - March 2014)
April 19, 2014
Johan Renck - Valentino Uomo, the new fragrance (2014)
Behind the scenes.
Les non-dupes errent
"What a cynic who 'believes only his eyes' misses is the efficiency of the symbolic fiction, the way this fiction structures our experience of reality."
From Slavoj Zizek's "With or without passion: what's wrong with fundamentalism? Part I"
Rebels of sincerity
"David Foster Wallace called for art that redeems rather than simply ridicules."
Hat tip to Mr. Proctor.
School of Seven Bells - Half Asleep
April 18, 2014
Aparición | Juego de Tronos T4
"Soy el fuego que arde contra el frío, la luz que trae el amanecer, el cuerno que despierta a los durmientes, el escudo que protege los Reinos de los Hombres."
There's honey in the hollows
Secret Ostia is bigger than Pompeii.
They said the discovery, which spreads across 70,000 square metres, indicates that Rome was "split in two by the Tiber River in the First Century BC.”
Lacoste - The Big Leap
Faithless - Insomnia (Forever Faithless)
April 16, 2014
FBI - Game of Pawns: The Glenn Duffie Shriver Story (2014)
"The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released a 28-minute video using the conviction of a 29-year-old Michigan man to warn college students about the dangers of being recruited to spy by foreign intelligence services."
Duck and/or cover
"If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do?"
1. The WORST thing for someone to try to do, in the aftermath of a nuclear explosion that they survive, is to get in a car and drive away.
2. Unless you're within about a third to a half a mile radius of ground zero and the shelter options are poor, the BEST thing for someone to do is to find a stable location inside a well-built apartment or office building — the majority of which will remain standing outside that half mile radius — and stay there for 24 hours.