Three issues for the panicked fanboys to consider:
First, Lucas raped our childhoods a long time ago. It is difficult to imagine what Disney could do to the franchise they haven't already done (viz the video below).
Second, Disney has done a good job with its Marvel film adaptations. The choice of Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark may be the single most inspired casting decision ever.
Third, and I don't want to get anyone's hopes up, but Disney is in this for the money, not for George Lucas' herpes and fail artistic vision. They should realize there is an enormous market for a remastered - but unedited - BluRay release of the original Star Wars trilogy.
With luck we might even get the Holiday Special as a special feature.
Girls and women from across Ukraine meet to study history, life skills and an ancient Cossack martial art, Bojovyj Hopak (YouTube link), wielding scythes, pickaxes and Japanese chained nunchucks.
A former PE teacher, Tarnouska is a formidable presence – handsome Slavic bone structure and wheatish skin accented by a tattooed bicep bearing the insignia of the Ukrainian National Movement (a centuries-old resistance movement to Ukraine's many occupiers). Yet her 200 followers clearly dote on her rousing brand of girl power. Between issuing imperious orders she told me that her charges were heirs to the Amazons: the proud warrior women first celebrated by the Ancient Greeks, said to have hailed from Scythia, to the east of modern-day Ukraine.
The article is a couple years old but I expect you will forgive me for drawing your attention to it. We need more women like this.
"A fully developed hurricane releases 50 or more terawatts of heat energy at any given moment, only about 1 percent of which is converted into wind. The heat release, Landsea wrote, "is equivalent to a 10-megaton nuclear bomb exploding every 20 minutes." The entire human race in 2011 used about a third of the energy present in an average hurricane."
Called "Zombie Apocalypse," the exercise follows the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's campaign launched last year that urged Americans to get ready for a zombie apocalypse, as part of a catchy, public health message about the importance of emergency preparedness.
"In 1867, the Norwegian authority on Old Norse literature, Sophus Bugge, dismissed the Raven Charm of Odin as a hoax and decided that it should never again be published as a part of the Poetic Edda. He based his decision on his belief that the Edda poems were representative of simple folklore, a category into which the Raven Charm did not fit. Also, he confessed, as many before him, that it was impossible to decipher this poem.
"All the Edda poems are metaphorical and allusive, giving away just a tip of an enormous narrative iceberg. But at least it is usually possible to recognize a narrative, and thanks to Snorri Sturlusson, who in 1225 wrote an explanation of the metaphors known as The Prose Edda, most of the Edda poems may be understood. Not so with the Raven Charm, and Snorri never even mentioned this poem.
"However, I believe that Snorri consciously left out of his explanation poems and parts of poems that were simply too seething with paganism to be acceptable in his time..."
The pickup halted in Kidal, the far-flung Malian desert town that is home to members of the Grammy award-winning band Tinariwen. Seven AK47-toting militiamen got out and marched to the family home of a local musician. He wasn't home, but the message delivered to his sister was chilling: "If you speak to him, tell him that if he ever shows his face in this town again, we'll cut off all the fingers he uses to play his guitar with."
The gang then removed guitars, amplifiers, speakers, microphones and a drum kit from the house, doused them with petrol, and set them ablaze. In northern Mali, religious war has been declared on music.
Whatever my reservations about her reception of the Star Wars "prequels", Camille Paglia is still a machine gun (hat tip to Mr. Percifield).
Welcome to the inaugural Acculturated-Ricochet podcast on pop-culture! In our debut show, Ben Domenech and I interview art historian and literary critic Camille Paglia about her new book Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art From Egypt to Star Wars, which hits a bookstand near you on October 16.
One of the oldest Mayan tombs ever discovered has been unearthed at Retalhuleu, a temple site in what is now western Guatemala. Archeologists have named the occupant K'utz Chman, "Grandfather Vulture" in Mayan, after a vulture-headed figure found at the site.
An experiment in virtual reality uses video game to treat pain.
A video game may sound silly, but this particular game, SnowWorld, is a groundbreaking experiment in virtual reality. In SnowWorld, Brown could concentrate on throwing snowballs at penguins and mastodons to the music of Paul Simon, instead of focusing on the painful wound care happening at the same time.
Dr. Maani explained that SnowWorld uses the age old trick of distraction.
"Apple's emphasis on its icon and the company's policy of not live-streaming its launch events are just a couple ways that Apple product launches resemble religious revival meetings, according to one anthropologist."
As an undergraduate in art history, I met Russell Means on his visit to The Spirit Sings, a controversial exhibit of Native Canadian arts staged in conjunction with the Calgary Olympics. He addressed the controversy, naturally, but it was an observation about the settlement of the West which stuck with me.
American Indian identity had persisted in the United States, he argued, and had had an earlier and stronger resurgence, because warfare had underlined the importance of that identity. Canada's relatively peaceful* conquest, by contrast, was not the accomplishment it is commonly made out to be. Instead of gold prospectors and railroad barons, it was the Hudson's Bay Company and North-West Mounted Police (later the RCMP). In Canada, peace, order and good government arrived before European settlement, like "a great grey sludge rolling west across the Prairie."
Comprehensively jumps the shark. Camille Paglia on George Lucas. I can barely copy and paste these words.
It was never my intention to include George Lucas in Glittering Images. I had planned to end the book on some strong examples of contemporary art. But I couldn’t find any! Everything seemed derivative, reminding me of ten other prior works over the past 200 years. As I was channel surfing during the five years of writing the book, I kept stumbling on the Star Wars films being shown on cable TV. Slowly, step by step, I fell under the spell of the long finale of Revenge of the Sith (2005), which was the last film Lucas directed in the series. It is absolutely spectacular — combining apocalyptic nature with a devastation of industry and the destruction of politics, all interwoven with a passionate light-saber duel (filmed in Australia) and climaxing with a tortured parallel birth and death. Nothing even remotely as powerful has been produced by any of the fine arts — including literature — in the past 30 years.
"In linguistics or usage, hypercorrection is a non-standard usage that results from the over-application of a perceived rule of grammar or a usage prescription. A speaker or writer who produces a hypercorrection generally believes that the form is correct through misunderstanding of these rules, often combined with a desire to seem formal or educated."
I have mixed feelings about posting this. On the one hand, it's an invasion of privacy (of a sort) and timed to undermine the candidacy of Mitt Romney. On the other hand, it's kind of cool; Freemasonry meets Victorian Scientology.
Related: The complete Mormon temple endowment ceremony (until the LDS's lawyers get it pulled from YouTube).
The Disney-esque soundtrack is classic.
This is the entire Mormon Temple Endowment Ceremony (with movie) that is in every temple in the world except the Manti, Utah and Salt Lake City, Utah temples. (Those two temples have temple workers act out the endowment ceremony instead of showing a movie in those two temples.)
"A 96-year-old Samuel J. Seymour appeared on the TV game show I've Got A Secret in 1956 with a doozy of a secret. At age five, he witnessed the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and still managed to stay away from cigarettes"
Gentle Mother, font of mercy,
Save our sons from war, we pray.
Stay the swords and stay the arrows,
Let them know a better day.
Gentle Mother, strength of women,
Help our daughters through this fray.
Soothe the wrath and tame the fury,
Teach us all a kinder way.
Gentle Mother, font of mercy,
Save our sons from war, we pray.
Stay the swords and stay the arrows,
Let them know a better day.
"Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBX) is a floating, self-propelled, mobile radar station designed to operate in high winds and heavy seas. It is part of the U.S. Defense Department Ballistic Missile Defense System."
Chris Donlan plays through L.A. Noire with his dad, who grew up in the city in the 1940s.
In the publicity pictures, the Richfield Tower looks like a cross between Liberace's refrigerator and an over-engineered art deco tombstone, in fact. It was torn down in 1969, and my dad hadn't seen it since 1961 when he left L.A. to become a priest. I wasn't expecting to see it in the game, because I'd never heard anyone but him ever talking about it. I told dad we'd look for it, but I wasn't optimistic.
I'll never forget the moment we found it. Dad could just about remember the cross-streets - 6th and Flower - and I had a little trouble fiddling round in the game's map to set a waypoint. Then we were off. On the drive, dad kept up a low-level muttering trail of recollections and fiercely specific critiques: the lamps on this bridge were right, but the large dumpsters in alleyways weren't like anything he remembered seeing; a gas station's Coke machine was just perfect, but little skirtings of exposed brickwork around the low walls of vacant lots 'didn't seem very Californian'; this was meant to be 1947? Why was that a 1950 Chevy, then? When we finally turned onto 6th, though, he suddenly stopped talking.
An ear for the difference between Saxon and Norman-French based words remains important even in popular literature. In the Harry Potter books, the good characters often have trustworthy Saxon or Celtic surnames (Weasley, Dumbledore) while you can tell the bad guys by their evil French names like Malfoy (bad faith) and Voldemort (flight of death). "Muggles" is about as Anglo-Saxon as an invented word can get, and to English ears it sounds like a word that ought to exist even if you have never heard it before.
This is one of the few serious rhetorical missteps of George R.R. Martin's Ice and Fire stories; thanks to the English exporting their revolution to America, he doesn't have the ear for these all too persistent markers of class and privilege.
It didn't take long to discover that this was no ordinary department store. It was filled with thousands of people, going up and down the escalators, standing at the corners, going in and out of the front entrance in a constant stream both ways - yet nothing was being bought or sold. I checked this by standing at the entrance for half an hour. The people coming out were carrying no more than the people entering.
And then: The Third Commodity Exhibition at Department Store No. 1.
And then: Shopping at the paradise store, where the customer is always wrong.
HBO decided to split the third book into two separate seasons
"More or less the third season will talk about the first half of the third book and the fourth season will be about the other half and perhaps will also appear the first chapters of Feast for Crows and Dance with Dragons, because its action will be told chronologically."
Vice Magazine asks why the dancehall girls of Kingston, Jamaica "cause the local men so many problems" and explores an "illegal and dangerous" skin bleaching trend. Questions best posed by a tall, slender bottle blonde British model with plunked eyebrows and a public school accent.
Sony, Panasonic and Sharp - and, by extension, Japan - facing difficulties.
The companies still have famous brand names, and tech analysts say they still produce some of the world’s highest-quality hardware devices. But they face a fundamental problem: It’s been years since they’ve turned out products that people feel they need to have.
Anabasis (Ἀνάβασις – Greek for "going up") is the most famous work, in seven books, of the Greek professional soldier and writer Xenophon. The journey it narrates is his best known accomplishment and "one of the great adventures in human history."
Themes from the Anabasis were used in Sol Yurick's novel The Warriors, which was later adapted into a 1979 cult movie of the same name, and finally a Rockstar Games video game in 2005.
"Called the eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF, the photo was assembled by combining 10 years of NASA Hubble Space Telescope photographs taken of a patch of sky at the center of the original Hubble Ultra Deep Field. The XDF is a small fraction of the angular diameter of the full moon."
In Star Wars, the Empire is presented as a monolith. Storm Troopers, TIE Fighters and even Star Destroyers are supposedly just indistinguishable cogs in a massive military machine, single-mindedly pursuing a common goal. This is, of course, a façade – like all humans, the soldiers and Officers of the Imperial Military will each have their own interests and loyalties.
All the spinning wheels in the kingdom are burned, which causes massive social and economic upheaval. Laborers form unions and protest that the king’s edict has taken their livelihood and driven them to drink and debt.
It hurtses news: I can live with it if we get to hear Seth MacFarlane say "khaleesi."
The "Family Guy" creator, 38, has been spotted on a number of dates with 24-year-old "Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke. Clake, who plays the very blonde Daenerys "Dany" Targaryen on the show, was seen hugging MacFarlane around the waist after a lunch date yesterday in L.A. -- and the couple was even seen smooching inside his car.