"... a very short-lived radio show in 1975 that adapted early Lee/Kirby stories, and is notable for casting a pre-Saturday Night Live Bill Murray as the Human Torch. Also in the cast were Bob Maxwell as Reed Richards, Cynthia Adler as Sue Storm, Jim Pappas as Ben Grimm and Jerry Terheyden as Doctor Doom. Other Marvel characters featured in the series included Ant-Man, Prince Namor, Nick Fury, and the Hulk. Stan Lee narrated the series, and the scripts were taken almost verbatim from the comic books."
The best toy stores in Toronto serve neighbourhoods where the children of Gen Y and late-breeding Gen X are being painstakingly raised by parents who've read the books and websites and strive to fill their nurseries and playrooms with toys that are sturdy, attractive and educational, in varying ratios. It's where the dolls come in every colour, the choking hazards are kept on the high shelves, and toy guns are nowhere to be seen.
"It was actually an accident that brought to light the symbolic 'sight-restoring' ritual. The decoding effort started as a sort of game between two friends that eventually engulfed a team of experts in disciplines ranging from machine translation to intellectual history."
"Artist Jeffrey Beebe's website dedicated to his autobiographical/imaginary world called Refractoria; the website features dozens hand-drawn geopolitical maps, city maps, celestial charts, genealogical charts, etc. profoundly influenced by OD&D/AD&D 1st Edition and various fantasy maps."
"As W.H. Auden, one of the most influential poets of the 20th century, once said, 'One cannot walk through an assembly factory and not feel that one is in Hell.' These days you’re more likely to find the cavernous concrete foundries of a bygone industrial era chock full of Eames chairs and ironic art."
"Jhiri comes under Rajgarh district of Madhya Pradesh. Total population of the village is 976 and all the people including small children, women, elder people, school-going children, literate and illiterate speak fluently in Sanskrit. Samskrit Bharati had started conducting Samskrit Sambhashan camps in the village in 2002 through an activist Vimla Tewari. She had come here only for one year. But in that one year she developed so much interest of the villagers to the divine language that everybody in the village turned to learn Sanskrit."
"Prem Narayan Chauhan pats his oxen, pushing them to go a little faster. Ziighrataram, ziighrataram chalanti, he urges them. The animals respond to their master’s call, picking up pace on the muddy path that leads to his 10-acre cornfield. Chauhan, 35, dropped out of school early, after Class II. He does not consider it remarkable that he speaks what is considered a dying language (or that his oxen respond to it).
"For him, Sanskrit is not a devabhasha, the language of the gods, but one rooted in the commonplace, in the ebb and flow of everyday life in Jhiri, the remote hamlet in Madhya Pradesh, where he lives. Mutterings under banyan trees, chit-chat in verandahs, pleasantries on village paths, disputes in the panchayat — in Jhiri, it’s all in Sanskrit."
Mukhda: It is indeed a good fortune (punyam) to have been born to this land - a land so holy, its sentiment so pure.
Antara 1: To be born to this land is not easily attainable by everyone. Those born here can attain godliness. Without any expectation of returns, those born to this land work righteously and dutifully.
Antara 2: There are no differences amongst us in our being or in our sentiment. We unify all religions and, we walk and speak together as one.
Given that the man did not attend university, and didn't need to, he has excellent advice of general application; perhaps most especially for a room full of enthusiastic young people seeking a career in the arts and managing a small mountain student debt.
"Bayer's work with Kodak left an indelible mark on almost every digital image you see today, both figuratively, and literally. His eponymous color filter, developed in 1976, used a mosaic layout of red green and blue filters that enables light sensors to create full color images. The design imitates the way the human eye perceives color, with twice as much green as red or blue, and the resulting output is then interpreted with "demosaicing" algorithms to produce an accurate, RGB image."
"The US has five times the population of the United Kingdom but 40 times the number in prison. This fact alone ought to invalidate the monstrously inequable extradition treaty between Britain and the States. It is quite obvious that a person we extradite to America cannot expect the level of justice we take for granted here."
"As the modern office gets less formal when it comes to men’s clothing, does it really matter if you struggle to tell the difference between the two styles of men’s shoes, The Derby and Oxford? To the modern gentleman, it matters a great deal."
Pennsylvania's Community College of Allegheny County is slashing the hours of 400 adjunct instructors, support staff, and part-time instructors to avoid paying for Obamacare.
"It's kind of a double whammy for us because we are facing a legal requirement [under the new law] to get health care and if the college is reducing our hours, we don't have the money to pay for it," said adjunct biology professor Adam Davis.
"From the deplorably parochial coverage in the U.S. media, you’d almost get the impression that those iconic American delicacies of Twinkies and Wonder Bread have ceased production. That’s not true. They’ve just ceased production for Americans."
The existence of youth subcultures in the Soviet Union demonstrates two things: On one level, finding punks and metalheads in the Soviet Union - or jazz fans, fedoras and A-line dresses in an earlier era - shows that whatever the political differences of the day, it is culture that matters.
And on another rather more obvious level, it shows that the erstaz rebellion of punk and metal was a matter of perfect indifference to the authorities. For all the posing, youth style tribes are about fashion, looking cool and getting laid, and not about changing anything.
Kasdan's already got some serious credentials under his belt: he previously co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Kasdan's counterpart Kinberg has written titles including X-Men: The Last Stand, Sherlock Holmes, and Jumper.
Terraqueous related: Because this is the only other instance of the word that comes to mind.
From my experience I cannot doubt but that man, when lost to terrestrial consciousness, is indeed sojourning in another and uncorporeal life of far different nature from the life we know, and of which only the slightest and most indistinct memories linger after waking. From those blurred and fragmentary memories we may infer much, yet prove little. We may guess that in dreams life, matter, and vitality, as the earth knows such things, are not necessarily constant; and that time and space do not exist as our waking selves comprehend them. Sometimes I believe that this less material life is our truer life, and that our vain presence on the terraqueous globe is itself the secondary or merely virtual phenomenon.
- H.P. Lovecraft, Beyond the Wall of Sleep (1919)
In a series of experiments, they exposed participants to hundreds of equally mixed smells, some containing as few as one compound and others containing up to 43 components. They first had 56 participants compare mixtures of the same number of compounds with one another. For example, a person might compare a 40-compound mixture with a 40-compound mixture, neither of which had any components in common.
This experiment revealed that the more components in a mixture, the worse participants were at telling them apart. A four-component mixture smells less similar to other four-component mixtures than a 43-component mixture smells to other 43-component mixtures.
"Destino dates from a late 1940s collaboration between Walt Disney and Salvador Dali that was abandoned then resurrected 56 years later. About seven minutes in length and set to a Spanish ballad by Armando Dominguez, Destino is about love lost and rediscovered, full of surreal transformations. Animated by Dominique Monfery at Disney's Paris studio, the short features five original Dali paintings as backgrounds. unlike the other video available on youtube, this one contains the original soundtrack to he movie."
BBC Newsnight - Possession, Jinn and Britain's Backstreet Exorcists
"UK health and social workers and those in the criminal justice system are increasingly having to understand belief in spiritual possession among ethnic minorities, with new research highlighting a particular issue with some sections of the British Asian community blaming mental health problems on the supernatural."
"Siegfried and Kriemhild's Revenge by Fritz Lang finally presented as one complete epic. Revolutionary film-making in its time and regarded as one of the most important silent films to this day.
"The films are presented in their most complete and uncut form (142 & 148 min. respectively), and were restored by the Munich Film Archive featuring the original 1924 orchestral score newly recorded. Part II starts at 2:22:22"
Die Nibelungen is a series of two silent fantasy films created by Austrian director Fritz Lang in 1924: Die Nibelungen: Siegfried and Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge.
Both films were co-written by Lang's then-wife Thea von Harbou, based upon the epic poem Nibelungenlied written around 1200 AD. Siegfried was released in the U.S. on 23 August 1925, premiering at the Century Theatre in New York City in the short-lived Phonofilm sound-on-film process. Kriemhild's Revenge was released in the U.S. in 1928.
"Simple Critical Infrastructure Maps is a Creative Commons licenced mapping and analysis tool for evaluating personal and social resilience. It is intended to be used for planning, and is simple enough to learn during a crisis to facilitate cooperation and effective response."
If you want to know just how broken the patent system is, just look at patent D670,713, filed by Apple and approved this week by the United States Patent Office.
This design patent, titled, “Display screen or portion thereof with animated graphical user interface,” gives Apple the exclusive rights to the page turn in an e-reader application.
Yes, that’s right. Apple now owns the page turn. You know, as when you turn a page with your hand. An “interface” that has been around for hundreds of years in physical form. I swear I’ve seen similar animation in Disney or Warner Brothers cartoons.
"Inspired by geometry, mathematic formulas, and more than likely a childhood adoration of tangrams, UK designers David Ben Grünberg and Daniel Woolfsonat of the firm D*Haus have dreamed up some crazy renderings of a home that folds up, and not in the way tiny New York apartments do, either."
“And maybe if I had a camel-portable solar array, I could...”
"THAT guy is part of the .01%. A crazy. An outlier. A brother. A dreamer of dreams."
Now if you're Bedouin who thinks to himself: “If I could only turn my camel dung into methanol, then I could power a generator and get 420 channels of cable way out in the Negev. Then I could stop working in an orange grove, being kept awake at night by my neighbor's constant fighting, and having to pay ridiculous gas prices for my moped. I could get back to the business of living how a Bedouin ought to live. Only better, because I would have the Food Network.”
"Tosca (Italian pronunciation: [ˈtɔska]) is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. It premiered at the Teatro Costanzi in Rome on 14 January 1900. The work, based on Victorien Sardou's 1887 French-language dramatic play, La Tosca, is a melodramatic piece set in Rome in June 1800, with the Kingdom of Naples's control of Rome threatened by Napoleon's invasion of Italy. It contains depictions of torture, murder and suicide, yet also includes some of Puccini's best-known lyrical arias, and has inspired memorable performances from many of opera's leading singers."
Pagan gods who were associated with water, like Neptune, often had long-flowing hair that merged with the water itself in statues and paintings. Ancient cities built at the confluence of waterways had their own local river gods who were similarly depicted. Jesus, too, had a relationship with water. He walked on water, he turned water into wine, and, in early paintings, he’s often shown above the four rivers of paradise. Early Christians might have favored the long-haired Jesus because they identified that hairstyle with water gods.
A Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences (1750)
Sovereigns always see with pleasure a taste for the arts of amusement and superfluity, which do not result in the exportation of bullion, increase among their subjects. They very well know that, besides nourishing that littleness of mind which is proper to slavery, the increase of artificial wants only binds so many more chains upon the people. Alexander, wishing to keep the Ichthyophages in a state of dependence, compelled them to give up fishing, and subsist on the customary food of civilised nations. The American savages, who go naked, and live entirely on the products of the chase, have been always impossible to subdue. What yoke, indeed, can be imposed on men who stand in need of nothing?
- Jean Jacques Rousseau. A Discourse on the Moral Effects of the Arts and Sciences - The First Part, Note 1
2012 Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year
"The coveted first place title went to Canadian Paul Nicklen for his photo of emperor penguins swimming near a frozen area of the Ross Sea, Antarctica. To capture the image, Paul had to lower himself into the water through the only exit hole, remaining motionless as he breathed through a snorkel careful not to scare away any penguins that arrived."
Harrison Ford would like to reprise his role as Han Solo. So, no matter how everything else turns out today, good news.
“Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are,” said one highly placed source, referring to Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher, the trio that made a hyper-speed jump to global fame on May 25, 1977, the opening night for George Lucas’s original Star Wars film.
Imagine that the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem – the traditional site of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus – has been taken over by Cromwellian Puritans. The new owners of the shrine plan to send bulldozers in, replacing the old church with a monstrous building resembling a concrete spaceship. This is so pilgrims can pray without being distracted by “superstitious” icons. Also, the Old City will be buried under hotels that make Vegas look like Venice.
Directly related: The bin Laden family at work. And we are meant to think they are joking when they talk about demolishing the pyramids.
The tomb of a an Egyptian princess has been discovered near Cairo after resting undisturbed for 4500 years. Just in time for it and its contents to be hammered into oblivion by Puritan crazies. Congratulations, archaeology!
"The Avedis Zildjian Company is a cymbal manufacturer founded in Istanbul by Armenian Avedis Zildjian in the 17th century during the Ottoman Empire. At nearly 400 years old, Zildjian is one of the oldest companies in the world."
... here’s the first step I’d like you to take before we go any further: banish from your head any assumption that George Lucas even likes Star Wars. Assume, for the sake of argument, that he doesn’t like it at all.