Frank Bruni: College, Poetry and Purpose (NY Times)
Over four decades at two universities, Anne Hall has taught thousands of students, enough to know that they come to college for a variety of reasons, with a variety of attitudes. Many are concerned only with jobs. Some are concerned chiefly with beer.
Ball Pit Door (YouTube)
"Prankster Blake Grigsby (previously at Neatorama) and friends installed a closet at Chicago's Union Station, stuffed with 2,000 plastic balls. Unsuspecting passersby were tempted to open the door, and got a surprise. Some panicked, while others were delighted- especially the kids! I have to wonder how many people rushed out each time to pick up all 2,000 balls to stuff back into the closet." - Neatorama
Anna Marie "Patty" Duke (born December 14, 1946) is an American actress of stage, film and television. She first became famous as a child star, winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress at age 16 for her role in The Miracle Worker, which she had originated on Broadway, and she later starred in the eponymous sitcom, The Patty Duke Show. She progressed to more mature roles upon playing Neely O'Hara in the 1967 film Valley of the Dolls. She was later elected president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985-1988, succeeding her Patty Duke Show co-star William Schallert.
Duke is the author of two books: Her autobiography, Call Me Anna, and Brilliant Madness: Living with Manic Depressive Illness.
Lookalike Lois Of Oregon was first, and correct, with:
Ha! KNOWS THIS I DO! When I think of Patty Duke, I thinks of
three things; John Astin (but then I'm ALWAYS thinking of
John Astin!), a lousy sit-com about identical cousins (wow,
was THAT stupid), one fucked up Oscar speech, and Helen
Keller (FOUR...FOUR THINGS!) and when I think of Helen
Keller I am magically transported back to the fourth grade
(intellectually not a long trip) at Ralph Waldo Emerson
Elementary School and our vast catalog of Helen Keller
Jokes, few of which can now be recalled in my dotage except
for...how did Helen Keller burn her hand? She tried to read
a waffle iron...and What is this? (drum your fingers on
someone's shoulder blade) It's Helen Keller talking about
you behind your back...and why did Helen Keller masturbate
with only one hand? She used the other to moan!
BONUS: Dale's Baby Picture!
Alan J said:
Still remember her crying when she got the Oscar, but to remind one of what a few years can do, recall Valley of the Dolls
The author of "Call Me Anna" is Patty Duke.
I recall enjoying "The Patty Duke Show." I don't remember if it was really any good; I was a kid.
Feel better soon, Marty.
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norspringcali (the birthday boy), answered:
I'm off celebrating #65 today!
DJ Useo responded:
Patty Duke. I know her from her classic sitcom.
I've seen every episode, except the reunion movie with the kids as adults.
I don't know what happened to her twin, lol.
Joe S said:
"Barney, can you tell me who wrote 'Call me Anna?"'
"Why yes Joe, I can. It was Patty Duke."
"Barney, is the book any good?"
"I believe it is Joe, Amazon gives it 4 1/2 stars and Goodreads gives it 4 stars."
"Thank you Barney."
"You're welcome Joe."
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CBS begins the night with a RERUN'Hawaii Five-0', followed by a RERUN'Scorpion', then '48 Hours'.
NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by an hourlong RERUN'SNL'.
'SNL' is a RERUN with Blake Shelton.
ABC starts the night with the FRESH'Countdown To The Oscars: An Insider's Guide', followed by the movie 'The Social Network'.
The CW offers an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men', then an old 'Family Guy', followed by another old 'Family Guy'.
Faux has a RERUN'Backstrom', followed by the FRESH'Daytona 5000 Bash At The Beach'.
MY has an old 'Burn Notice', followed by another old 'Burn Notice'.
A&E has 'Criminal Minds', 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', and still another 'The First 48'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Outlaw Josey Wales', followed by the movie 'Young Guns', then the movie 'Young Guns II'.
[6:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 2 - Giuseppi's
[7:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 5 - J Willy's
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 2 - Classic American
[9:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited US - Season 4 - Ep 2 - Revisited: Spanish Pavilion, Kingston Cafe, Capri, La Frite
[10:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 4 - Luigi's D'Italia
[11:00AM] Million Dollar Critic - Season 1 - Ep 5 - Providence
[12:00PM] Top Gear - Season 12 - Episode 5
[1:00PM] Top Gear - Season 12 - Episode 6
[2:00PM] Top Gear - Season 22 - Episode 4
[3:00PM] Mud, Sweat and Gears - Season 1 - Ep 4 - Truck O'War
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 18 - Identity Crisis
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 19 - The Nth Degree
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 20 - Qpid
[7:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 21 - The Drumhead
[8:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 22 - Half a Life
[9:00PM] The Musketeers - Season 2 - Ep 6 - Through a Glass Darkly...NEW
[10:15PM] The Silence of the Lambs
[12:45AM] The Musketeers - Season 2 - Ep 6 - Through a Glass Darkly...
[2:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 19 - The Nth Degree
[3:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 20 - Qpid
[4:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 21 - The Drumhead
[5:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 22 - Half a Life (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has all old 'Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce' all night.
Comedy Central has the movie 'A Haunted House''Kevin Hart: I'm A Grown Little Man', then 'Kevin Hart: Laugh At My Pain'.
FX has the movie 'Zero Dark Thirty', followed by a crapper load of 'Mike & Molly'.
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[11:00AM] PORTLANDIA-DOUG BECOMES A FEMINIST
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[12:00PM] PORTLANDIA-THE FIANCEE
[1:00PM] PORTLANDIA-SEA WORLD
[1:30PM] PORTLANDIA-4TH OF JULY
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[2:45PM] DAZED AND CONFUSED
[5:00PM] 30TH FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS
[7:30PM] BOYHOOD: 12 YEARS ON FILM
[8:00PM] THE TRANSPORTER
[10:00PM] 30TH FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS
[12:30AM] BOYHOOD: 12 YEARS ON FILM
[1:00AM] BOOGIE NIGHTS
[4:30AM] THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-HELPFUL TIPS
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[6:00AM] Dream School-Jeff Corwin, Soledad O'Brien, David Arquette & Doriana Sanchez
[7:00AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & Chocolate
[7:15AM] Everything Must Go
[9:15AM] The River Wild
[1:45PM] The Next Three Days
[4:30PM] The Terminator
[6:45PM] The Terminator
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SyFy has the movie 'The Scorpion King', followed by the movie 'Solomon Kane'.
French President Francois Hollande (R) talks with actor Sean Penn, Ambassador-at-Large, Republic of Haiti and Founder of the J/P Haitian Relief Organization, after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, February 19, 2015.
Photo by Christian Hartmann
On Lake Tanganyika, a century-old relic of World War I that became the stuff of Hollywood legend still plies the slate-grey waters -- but it is not clear for how much longer.
Once a feared gunship defending the African lake for Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, the legendary vessel -- which inspired the 1951 classic "The African Queen" -- has been sunk and refloated twice, renamed and repurposed as a ferry.
As it marks 100 years of service, the MV Liemba, originally a symbol of colonial power, is now an essential lifeline for the people who live along the lakeshore.
The tale of the warship and the battle for lake Tanganyika inspired British novelist C.S. Forester to write his 1935 novel "The African Queen", later adapted by Hollywood in the movie of the same name starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn.
A statue of the legendary musician Lead Belly stands on Texas Street in Shreveport, La., Thursday Feb. 19, 2015. Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter never had a hit record before he died of Lou Gehrig's disease in 1949. But the folksinging legend, who is being celebrated next week as part of Black History Month by the Smithsonian with a TV documentary and 5-CD box set, left behind a treasure trove of recordings that yielded many hits for those who followed him.
Photo by Henrietta Wildsmith
If "Seinfeld" sounds funnier to you than normal, you're right.
TBS is one of the cable networks that are speeding up their content in order to squeeze more commercials inside their ad breaks, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The strategy has been noted on TBS' repeats of "Seinfeld," as well as its airing last fall of "The Wizard of Oz."
The technique has emerged after a steep ratings decline for many cable networks, thanks to millions of consumers migrating to Internet video services such as Hulu. But the networks' solution to fixing a revenue shortfall could have an unintended consequence: By packing in even more ads, their remaining viewers could get fed up with the clutter and ditch cable in favor of video services that cut out the ads, such as Netflix (NFLX ) and Amazon (AMZN ) Prime.
The networks that are using compression technology to speed up their shows include Time Warner's TBS, which sped up "The Wizard of Oz" last November and used the technology on repeats of "Seinfeld," according to the Journal (To see a comparison of two "Seinfeld" clips, one normal speed and the other at the faster rate, click here.) Viacom's TV Land has also used the same strategy with "Friends" repeats.
Cable networks are also using strategies such as cutting down opening credits to make more time for ads.
"American Horror Story" actor Ben Woolf is still in critical condition after he was hit by a car in Hollywood Thursday night.
The actor was at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Gramercy Place when he was struck by a vehicle's side mirror.
Fans of the FX series will remember Woolf - who was diagnosed with pituitary dwarfism as a child - was an attraction in Fräulein Elsa's Cabinet of Curiosities. In the show, Woolf was known for saying, "Meep!" and biting off heads of small animals.
He was originally cast as a Infantata, a creation pieced together by the remains of Charles and Nora Montgomery's child, during the first season of "AHS," according to IMDB.
For more than a century he sat in a meditative pose in remote western Mongolia before being thrust into the spotlight by an unscrupulous thief.
The discovery of the near perfectly preserved mummy of a Buddhist monk born almost 200 years ago may have baffled many but it is also shining a light on how the religion venerates relics of holy figures.
The corpse, still sitting in the lotus position, was recovered in the Central Asian country's capital of Ulan Bator after being stolen from its provincial resting place by a man who aimed to sell it, Mongolian media reported last month.
The remains are believed to those of a monk named Sanjjab who lived from 1822 to 1905, according to G. Purevbat, a noted Mongolian Buddhist artist and lama -- spiritual teacher -- involved in the investigation into the identity of the recovered mummy, as well as its long term preservation.
Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly is contesting allegations that he embellished his past as a war correspondent.
An article in Mother Jones magazine calls into question O'Reilly's accounts of his experiences as a CBS News correspondent covering the 1982 Falklands War between Great Britain and Argentina.
The Mother Jones article focuses on O'Reilly's use of the word "war zone," citing his 2001 book, "The No Spin Zone: Confrontations With the Powerful and Famous in America," in which he wrote, "I've reported on the ground in active war zones from El Salvador to the Falklands."
It also points to his Fox News show, "The O'Reilly Factor," when on a 2013 broadcast O'Reilly recalled rescuing his photographer "in a war zone in Argentina, in the Falkland Islands, where my photographer got run down and then hit his head and was bleeding from the ear on the concrete." That took place in Buenos Aires during a violent demonstration following the 10-week Falklands War that killed more than 900 people.
Artist Nick Reynolds poses next to his work 'For Pete's Sake', a life size sculpture of a musician Pete Doherty crucified, which is hanging from the ceiling at St Marylebone Parish church in London, February 19, 2015.
Photo by Neil Hall
A Fort Worth jury has decided that a Texas woman was defrauded out of royalty rights to the tantalizing best-selling novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" and stands to earn a large award, her lawyer said on Friday.
Court papers showed that Jennifer Lynn Pedroza of Arlington was victorious in her lawsuit against former business partner Amanda Hayward of Australia, who the jury determined cut Pedroza out of rights to the lucrative book deal.
Pedroza was part of The Writers Coffee Shop, a small independent publisher of ebooks, that originally published the "Fifty Shades" trilogy in 2011 as an e-book and print-on-demand book.
The right to the books written by British author E.L. James were sold to Random House and the deal led to the sale of more than 100 million copies worldwide. A blockbuster film based on the first book, "Fifty Shades of Grey," earned $81.7 million (53 million pounds) during its Valentine's Day opening weekend in the United States and Canada.
The sun rises above Lake Michigan as ice forms along the shore, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015, in Chicago. Temperatures have dipped to as low as -13 in parts of Illinois with wind chills forecast to fall to between 20 and 30 degrees below zero.
Photo by Kiichiro Sato
The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.
1. Fleetwood Mac; $1,832,238; $132.53.
2. Justin Timberlake; $1,582,776; $120.14.
3. Michael Buble; $1,231,913; $105.74.
4. Linkin Park; $993,090; $72.48.
5. Usher; $826,967; $88.62.
6. Andre Rieu; $778,697; $109.36.
7. Motley Crue; $751,313; $69.73.
8. Trans-Siberian Orchestra; $733,006; $56.17.
9. Bryan Adams; $637,669; $67.19.
10. Eric Church; $552,774; $47.79.
11. James Taylor; $522,677; $79.32.
12. Ed Sheeran; $522,085; $41.26.
13. Kasabian; $506,035; $58.48.
14. John Legend; $494,272; $53.91.
15. The Black Keys; $445,295; $59.24.
16. Slipknot; $437,526; $53.71.
17. Jason Mraz; $353,596; $73.74.
18. Sam Smith; $320,883; $51.31.
19. Jeff Dunham; $319,945; $65.21.
20. John Fogerty; $317,857; $59.47.
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