Luc Sante: Burroughs, That Proud American Name (Criterion)
"Anyone who makes an impression on you is a vampire," William S. Burroughs once wrote, and by that measure he sank his incisors into the necks of at least two, maybe three generations of readers, including assorted teenage miscreants who otherwise didn't read many books. It happened to your reporter at the virginal age of thirteen, when …
Pico Iyer: Ikiru Many Autumns Later (Criterion) Ikiru was the first film I saw after I moved to Japan in 1987. A Zen-trained painter from San Francisco, who'd spent fifteen years around Kyoto mastering its classical arts and the graces they stand for, pushed a videotape into his creaking machine the day we met, during my first week in the ancient capital, and urged me to sit still. He'd already spent all day showing me the sights of my new adopted home, and now he might have been sharing with me a guidebook to its heart.
An argyle (occasionally argyll) pattern is made of diamonds or lozenges. The word is sometimes used to refer to an individual diamond in the design but more commonly refers to the overall pattern. Most argyle layouts contain layers of overlapping motifs, adding a sense of three-dimensionality, movement, and texture. Typically, there is an overlay of intercrossing diagonal lines on solid diamonds.
The argyle pattern is derived from the tartan of Clan Campbell, of Argyll in western Scotland, used for kilts and plaids, and from the patterned socks worn by Scottish Highlanders since at least the 17th century.
I loves me a plaid, and argyle is my favorite. The Clan Campbell featured argyle plaid in their kilts.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
The argyle pattern is derived from the tartan of Clan Campbell, of Argyll in western Scotland
Joe S replied:
Oh-oh, I hear Fox News is looking for me.
Lois Of The Lassies answered:
The Campbell clan ran the show in Argyle territory. They were all Dukes and whatnot, so when you think of the distinctive diamond pattern which adorns sweater vests and socks of the unavoidably nerdy, you can thank them guys for it.
Randall took the day off.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.
Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End
My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.
CBS fills the night with LIVE'58th Annual Grammy Awards'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Craig Ferguson, Sen. Cory Booker, and Scott Waites.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Chelsea Handler and Jason Schwartzman.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'Superstore', followed by a FRESH'Telenovela', then a FRESH'The Biggest Loser'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Will Ferrell and Christina Aguilera.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Jason Sudeikis, Kelly Rohrbach, and Matthew Heineman.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Dominic Monaghan, the Soft Moon, and Nikki Glaser.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'The Bachelor', followed by a FRESH'Castle'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are David Spade, Derek Hough, and Mash-up Monday with Panic! at the Sisqo (Panic! at the Disco and Sisqo).
The CW offers a FRESH'Mortal Kombat X: Machinima's Chasing The Cup', followed by a RERUN'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow'.
Faux has a FRESH'The X-Files', followed by a FRESH'Lucifer'.
MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by a 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.
AMC offers 3 hours of old 'Better Call Saul', followed by a FRESH'Better Call Saul'.
[6:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Fish
[7:00AM] PLANET EARTH: LIFE - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Birds
[8:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 14-Chappy's
[9:00AM] RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 7-Kingston Cafe
[10:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-Norway: Edge of Survival
[11:00AM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-Arizona
[12:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-Borneo Jungle
[1:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 3-Malaysian Archipelago
[2:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 5-New Zealand South Island
[3:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 6-Land of the Maori
[4:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 8-Iceland Fire and Ice
[5:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-Red Rock Country
[6:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Baja Desert
[7:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-The Deep South
[8:00PM] MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 3-Ireland
[9:00PM] TOP GEAR: RACES - SEASON 1 - Episode 5
[10:00PM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 18 - Episode 19
[11:00PM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 18 - Episode 10
[12:00AM] ADELE: LIVE IN LONDON
[1:30AM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 17 - Episode 10
[2:30AM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 16 - Episode 21
[3:30AM] THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 16 - Episode 22
[4:30AM] ADELE: LIVE IN LONDON (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by a FRESH'Vanderpump Rules Social', then a FRESH'Vanderpump Rules', followed by another FRESH'Vanderpump Rules'.
FX has the movie 'Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters', followed by the movie 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl'.
History has 'Swamp People', 'Swamp People: Blood & Guts', followed by a FRESH'Swamp People', then a FRESH'Billion Dollar Wreck'.
[6:00AM] GHOSTBUSTERS II
[10:45AM] GHOSTBUSTERS II
[3:30PM] GHOSTBUSTERS II
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's False Alarm
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Everybody Loves Casey
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Love, Wisconsin Style
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Going to California
[8:30PM] 70S SHOW-The Crunge
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Your Time Is Gonna Come
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-When the Levee Breaks
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-You Shook Me
[11:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Kids Are Alright
[11:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's False Alarm
[12:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Everybody Loves Casey
[12:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Love, Wisconsin Style
[1:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Going to California
[1:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Crunge
[2:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Your Time Is Gonna Come
[2:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You
[3:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-When the Levee Breaks
[5:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Joel McHale (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] American Psycho II: All American Girl
[8:00AM] The Final Cut
[1:00PM] Killer Elite
[3:30PM] Once Upon a Time in Mexico
[8:00PM] Rocky II
[10:30PM] Rocky III
[4:00AM] Once Upon a Time in Mexico (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'The Mummy Returns', followed by a FRESH'The Magicians', then a FRESH'Lost Girl', followed by a FRESH'Bitten'.
On a RERUNConan (from 1/25/16) is "Mission CONAN".
US singers Stevie Wonder (L) and Lenny Kravitz (R) arrive for the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year benefit gala dinner and concert in Los Angeles, California, USA, 13 February 2016. The award is presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences during GRAMMY Week in support of the MusiCares Foundation non-profit organization.
Photo by Paul Buck
Writers for the films "Spotlight" and "The Big Short" won top Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, boosting the films' chances in the run-up to the Academy Awards, Hollywood's biggest honors.
Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy won for their original screenplay for "Spotlight," a drama based on Boston Globe reporters' investigation into the Catholic Church's handling of priest sex abuse.
Charles Randolph and Adam McKay took the Writers Guild of America's prize for adapted screenplay for "The Big Short," based on Michael Lewis' book about the U.S. housing and credit bubble and subsequent collapse in the mid-2000s.
"Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief" won for best documentary screenplay.
Among television honors, "Mad Men," which aired its final season, won the Writers Guild award for drama series, while "Veep" took the prize for comedy programs. The group chose "Mr. Robot" as best new series.
Walter Yakoboski scraped together nearly every penny he made as short-order cook in 1979 to begin buying a small collection of rare comic books for $10,000, hoping his boyhood passion could one day pay off as an investment.
Yakoboski's copy of "Amazing Fantasy" No. 15 from 1962 - which introduced the world to Spider-Man - could fetch $400,000 or more when it goes up for auction later this month.
"This is the first time I really sold anything," said the 60-year-old Yakoboski, who wants to use the proceeds to buy his late father's 17-acre vegetable farm in Calverton on eastern Long Island.
He insisted that the fact that he was recently laid off as a supermarket baker after more than 27 years is not the reason he's selling now.
"I have had it for 36 years and it's just time," said Yakoboski, who is also is selling a 1963 Spider-Man, as well as two "Fantastic Four" editions and a "Justice League of America," which combined could bring an additional $75,000.
Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd admitted on Monday it was struggling to find Japanese whaling vessels in the vast Southern Ocean and urged the Australian government to help.
Its flagship Steve Irwin left Western Australia for the remote area on January 18 to chase and disrupt the annual hunt, which resumed in December after a one-year pause despite a worldwide moratorium and widespread condemnation.
After a decade of harassment by Sea Shepherd, Japan was forced to abandon its 2014-15 hunt after the International Court of Justice said the expedition was a commercial activity masquerading as research.
Australia, which has led global efforts to persuade Japan to halt whaling, has previously floated the idea of sending a customs vessel to monitor the hunt in the Southern Ocean, but it appears not to have followed through.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (L) and Leonardo DiCaprio (R) pose in the press room after winning the Best Director and Best Actor respectively for 'The Revenant' during the 69th annual British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London, Britain, 14 February 2016. The ceremony is hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
Photo by Andy Rain
Rich in history as well as rugged West Texas landscapes and big sky, the Cibolo Creek Ranch where Supreme Court Justice Antonin "Fat Tony" Scalia passed away has long been a secluded retreat for celebrities from business leaders to rock stars and actors.
Scalia, 79, was found dead on Saturday morning when he did not appear for breakfast, the U.S. Marshals Service in Washington said. A Catholic priest, the Rev. Mike Alcuino, was hurriedly summoned from 30 miles away in Presidio to administer last rites over the body of Scalia, a staunch Catholic and defender of religious freedom on the high court, according to Diocese of El Paso spokeswoman Elizabeth O'Hara.
The resort sits in the middle of the Chihuahua Desert, 15 miles from Mexico, at the foot of the jagged Chinati Mountains and 150 miles southeast of El Paso. The nearest town is Shafter, Texas, population 11.
The storied night sky is full of stars. Over the wide expanse of desert grasslands roam buffalo, wild pigs, mountain lions, Barbary sheep, elk and white-tailed deer. Bird hunts at the base of a bluff on the property include pheasant and chukar shoots, white-tailed dove and blue quail. The hotel's weapons room provides an "array of rifles, pistols and shotguns, including fine-quality Spanish side-by-sides, and plenty of ammunition," according to the ranch website.
The resort is 32 miles from Marfa, an artist mecca of about 2,000 made famous as the setting for the movie "Giant."
Former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca told three lies to federal authorities who were investigating corruption at the jails he ran, according to a newspaper report.
The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that recorded interviews reveal Baca denied knowing about efforts to stifle the probe into abuse at the jails by hiding an inmate who was working as an FBI informant, or that two of his deputies intimidated an FBI agent at her home.
Baca, who headed the nation's largest sheriff's departments for more than 15 years, had largely been out of sight since leaving office in January 2014. He consistently dodged questions about any connection to the corruption even as former underlings pleaded guilty or were convicted.
During his four-hour interview with a federal prosecutor, Baca portrayed himself as a hands-off manager who knew nothing about attempts to keep the informant away from FBI agents. He also denied knowing that deputies had interrupted and ended a jailhouse interview between FBI agents and the informant, or knowing that deputies went to the lead FBI agent's house and threatened to arrest her.
According to the plea agreement, Baca ordered that the informant be isolated and instructed deputies to approach the FBI agent and "do everything but put handcuffs on her."
Armed forces from around 20 countries were gathering in northern Saudi Arabia Sunday for "the most important" military manoeuvre ever staged in the region, the official news agency SPA reported.
The "Thunder of the North" exercise involving ground, air, and naval forces sends a "clear message" that Riyadh and its allies "stand united in confronting all challenges and preserving peace and stability in the region", SPA said.
Among them are Saudi Arabia's five partners in the Gulf Cooperation Council, as well as Chad, Egypt, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, Pakistan, Senegal and Tunisia, it added.
Riyadh has said the alliance would share intelligence, combat violent ideology and deploy troops if necessary.
Domhnall Gleeson (L) and Carrie Fisher (R) pose in the press room after presenting an award during the 69th annual British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London, Britain, 14 February 2016. The ceremony is hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
Photo by Andy Rain
A mysterious brain disorder can be confused with early Alzheimer's disease although it isn't robbing patients of their memories but of the words to talk about them.
It's called primary progressive aphasia, and researchers said Sunday they're finding better ways to diagnose the little-known syndrome. That will help people whose thoughts are lucid but who are verbally locked in to get the right kind of care.
"I'm using a speech device to talk to you," Robert Voogt of Virginia Beach, Virginia, said by playing a recording from a phone-sized assistive device at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. "I have trouble speaking, but I can understand you."
Even many doctors know little about this rare kind of aphasia, abbreviated PPA, but raising awareness is key to improve care - and because a new study is underway to try to slow the disease by electrically stimulating the affected brain region.
PPA wasn't identified as a separate disorder until the 1980s, and while specialists estimate thousands of Americans may have it, there's no good count. Families may not even seek care because they assume a loved one's increasingly garbled attempts to communicate are because of age-related dementia, said Dr. Argye Elizabeth Hillis of Johns Hopkins University. Often, it's when those people reach neurologists who realize they aren't repeating questions or forgetting instructions that the diagnosis emerges.
US singer David Crosby arrives for the 2016 MusiCares Person of the Year benefit gala dinner and concert in Los Angeles, California, USA, 13 February 2016. The award is presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences during GRAMMY Week in support of the MusiCares Foundation non-profit organization.
Photo by Paul Buck
Britain's Foreign Office said five men, which Swedish media reported were the four members and manager of the rock band Viola Beach, were killed when their car crashed in Sweden early on Saturday morning.
Police confirmed the men found dead in a canal in Sodertalje near Stockholm were aged between 20 and 35 and were from Britain. Their car plunged 26 meters from the motorway into the canal when a bridge was open.
The band, which came from Warrington, in northern England, was in the Friday night line-up at the 'Where's the Music' festival in Norrkoping, south of Stockholm.
Viola Beach recently recorded a session for broadcaster BBC and was due to play at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas, next month, according to their Facebook page.
The R-rated "Deadpool" has taken the box office by storm, annihilating records with an eye-popping $135 million from its first three days in U.S. theaters, according to comScore estimates Sunday.
The Fox film, which stars Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouthed superhero, easily trounced last year's record-setting $85.2 million February debut of the erotic drama "Fifty Shades of Grey." It also became the biggest R-rated opening ever, surpassing "The Matrix Reloaded," which opened to $91.8 million in May of 2003.
Coming in a distant second was last weekend's No. 1 film "Kung Fu Panda 3" with $19.7 million, which fell only 7 percent. The DreamWorks Animation film has earned $93.9 million in just three weeks in theaters.
In third place, the R-rated Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson rom-com "How to Be Single" didn't make any big waves with its $18.8 million out of the gates. The Warner Bros. film cost $38 million to produce and provided some counter programming to the hyper violent "Deadpool."
The dismally reviewed Ben Stiller comedy "Zoolander 2," meanwhile, debuted in fourth place to only $15.7 million. The Paramount film, which Stiller directed, cost around $50 million to make. The first film, "Zoolander," opened in 2001, just weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, to a meek $15.5 million and went on to gross only $45.2 million in North America. It found a second life on home video, though and has become a quotable cultural staple. Audiences seem less enthusiastic this time around, though.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1."Deadpool," $135 million ($125 million international).
2."Kung Fu Panda 3," $19.7 million ($14.6 million international).
3."How to Be Single," $18.8 million ($8.1 million international).
4."Zoolander 2," $15.7 million ($8.5 million international).
5."The Revenant," $6.9 million ($14 million international).
6."Hail, Caesar!," $6.6 million.
7."Star Wars: The Force Awakens," $6.2 million ($4.3 million international).
8."The Choice," $5.3 million ($600,000 international).
9."Ride Along 2," $4.1 million ($1.5 million international).
10."The Boy," $2.9 million ($1.3 million international).
Migrating cranes stand as others fly over the Hula Lake Ornithology and Nature Park in northern Israel February 14, 2016. The Hula Valley is a stopping point for hundreds of species of birds along their migration route between the northern and southern hemispheres and during the cold season it becomes one of the largest concentrations of cranes in the world, a spokeperson for the Jewish National Fund said.
Photo by Baz Ratner
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