Andrew Tobias: I Want One
This will be the first time I pay more than $50 for a watch in my whole life. (Charles, as you may recall my telling you, had a watch that cost THREE HUNDRED dollars . . . wait for it . . . wait for it . . . wait for it . . . to clean! Which he had to do every year or two. And is why he was the fashion designer and I was the guy telling you to buy cans of tuna in bulk on sale.
M. Asher Cantrell: 6 Songs That Were Decades Ahead of 'Groundbreaking' Music (Cracked)
Most great bands are considered revolutionary in some sense: You wouldn't expect anyone in the 60s to sound like Radiohead or Nine Inch Nails, just like you wouldn't expect anyone in the '30s to sound like The Beatles. That's why the songs on this list are so bizarre to listen to; they were so far ahead of the curve that their genres weren't even invented yet.
CECILIA CAPUZZI SIMON: Why Writers Love to Hate the M.F.A. (NY Times)
"Before," he says, "I had no contacts in the literary world, no sense of the process a book must go through, no ability to discuss the craft of literature, and on a day-to-day basis, no time to dedicate myself to it. At N.Y.U., I got those things." At the same time, he harbors no illusions about the road ahead. "I definitely need employment very soon," he says. "Do you know of anything?"
Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 - March 6, 1888) was an American novelist best known as author of the novel Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys. Raised by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott in New England, she grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau.
Nevertheless, her family suffered severe financial difficulties and Alcott worked to help support the family from an early age. She began to receive critical success for her writing in the 1860s. Early in her career, she sometimes used the pen name A. M. Barnard and under it wrote novels for young adults.
Published in 1868, Little Women is set in the Alcott family home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts and is loosely based on Alcott's childhood experiences with her three sisters. The novel was very well received and is still a popular children's novel today. Alcott was an abolitionist and a feminist. She died in Boston on March 6, 1888.
Randall was first, and correct, with:
Louisa May Alcott
Lost Lois Of Oregon wrote:
I SEE IT ALL NOW! Fuck the DaVinci Code! It's here, like
words on a page! Louisa May Alcott used the pen name A.M.
Barnard! A.M. means "Morning"! Barnard's Star is the closest
to our star Sol at only SIX (666 for those who stutter)
light years away! Morning Star is a pseudonym for Lucifer,
AKA Satan! Holy shit! She wrote about LITTLE WOMEN! WOMEN
ARE THE DEVIL!! Louisa May Alcott IS SATAN!!!
DDAAHHHRRRAAAGGGHHHH. VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!! SAVE AMERIKA!!!!!
Alan J said:
Louisa May Alcott.
Louisa May Alcott
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott wrote under the pen name A.M. Bernard.
Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention - reminds me of Steel Eye Span, another 60's British folk-rock group. Good stuff.
Louisa May Alcott
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
Louisa May Alcott….Pondering her umbilicus .… Here's a few strong words for you…. I never read any of your fucking, banal writings…. It's Friday, Lois and it's time for "The Babes of Game Thrones" with a gratuitous KR!
DJ Useo answered:
Louisa May Alcott is the correct answer.
Both me, & my wife have read many of her books.
She's not around anymore, you know. ;)
MAM , wrote:
Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) ~ She also wrote passionate, fiery novels and sensation stories under the nom de plume A. M. Barnard. A number of "thrillers" were published between 1865 and 1870.
Joe S said:
Louisa May Alcott
This? I have no idea. It came up when I was searching for Louisa May Alcott so I thought I should include it.
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CBS begins the night with a RERUN'NCIS: The Expendable One', followed by a RERUN'Criminal Minds', then '48 Hours'.
NBC fills the night with LIVE'PBC On NBC', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
'SNL' is FRESH, hosted by Taraji P. Henson, music by Mumford & Sons.
ABC starts the night with '20/20', followed by a FRESH'In An Instant'.
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 fills the night with FRESH'NASCAR Sprint Cup', then pads the left coast with local crap.
MY has an old 'Burn Notice', followed by another old 'Burn Notice'.
A&E has the movie 'Tombstone', followed by the movie 'The Italian Job', and 'Married At First Sight'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Godfather', followed by the movie 'The Godfather: Part II'.
[6:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 1 - Ep 3 - Walnut Tree
[7:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 4 - Luigi's D'Italia
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 5 - The Mixing Bowl
[9:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 11 - Fleming
[10:00AM] Top Gear: Top 41-Episode 5
[11:00AM] Top Gear: Top 41-Episode 6
[12:00PM] Top Gear: Top 41-Episode 7
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 23 - I, Borg
[2:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 24 - The Next Phase
[3:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 25 - The Inner Light
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 26 - Time's Arrow (Part 1)
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 1 - Time's Arrow (Part 2)
[6:00PM] Battlestar Galactica - Miniseries-Night 1
[8:00PM] Battlestar Galactica - Miniseries-Night 2
[10:00PM] The Graham Norton Show - Season 16 - Episode 17 NEW
[11:00PM] The Graham Norton Show - Season 16 - Episode 22
[12:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 24 - The Next Phase
[1:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 25 - The Inner Light
[2:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 26 - Time's Arrow (Part 1)
[3:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 6 - Ep 1 - Time's Arrow (Part 2)
[4:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 22 - Imaginary Friend
[5:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 23 - I, Borg (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has the movie 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall', followed by the movie 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall', again.
Comedy Central has 'South Park', another 'South Park', 'Kevin Hart: I'm A Grown Little Man', and 'The Comedy Central Roast Of Justin Bieber'.
FX has the movie 'The Call', followed by the movie 'Battleship'.
History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', still another 'Pawn Stars', yet another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH'Modern Marvels', then a FRESH'Engineering Disasters'.
[6:00AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-HUMILITHON
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[8:00AM] MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE-FORWARDS BACKWARDS
[8:30AM] BATMAN-THE BIRD'S LAST JEST
[9:03AM] BATMAN-THE CAT'S MEOW
[9:36AM] BATMAN-THE BATS KOW TOW
[10:09AM] BATMAN-THE PUZZLES ARE COMING
[10:42AM] BATMAN-THE DUO IS SLUMMING
[11:15AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-JACK BLACK WEARS AN EMBROIDERED COWBOY SHIRT AND OX BLOOD SNEAKERS
[11:45AM] BURKE & HARE
[6:00PM] SHOOT 'EM UP
[8:00PM] THE TRANSPORTER
[10:00PM] TRANSPORTER 3
[12:15AM] SHOOT 'EM UP
[2:15AM] TRANSPORTER 3
[4:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-JACK BLACK WEARS AN EMBROIDERED COWBOY SHIRT AND OX BLOOD SNEAKERS
[5:00AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-ROB CORDDRY WEARS TAN DRESS SHOES & RED SOCKS
[5:30AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-ERIC ANDRE WEARS A CAT COLLAGE SHIRT & SNEAKERS (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Iconoclasts-Seth McFarlane & Norah Jones
[9:00AM] Behind The Story With The Paley Center-Parks and Recreation
[10:00AM] Jackie Brown
[1:15PM] The Edge
[3:45PM] The American President
[6:00PM] Love Actually
[9:00PM] Slumdog Millionaire
[11:45PM] 127 Hours
[1:45AM] The Beach
[4:15AM] Permanent Midnight (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day', followed by the movie 'Fantastic Four'.
Actor Steve Buscemi poses for photographs during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the New York Knicks and the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, April 10, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Frank Franklin II
Over 20 years after the comedy came out, the Oscar winner wants his accountants to take a look at the studio's books to see what he could be owed - and he's taking the House of Mouse to court over their refusal. What About Bob co-star Richard Dreyfuss today sued Walt Disney Pictures for breach of contract and other claims over the defendants not letting the firm of Robinson & Company do an audit for him and the widow of Turner & Hooch producer Raymond Wagner, who also wants a look at Disney's ledgers.
"Based on information and belief, Disney refused to let Robinson Inc. perform these audits on behalf of Christine Wagner and Richard Dreyfuss because Robinson Inc. is a particularly effective and aggressive auditor who is usually able to achieve large recoveries for its clients," says the jury-seeking filing (read it here) over why they think Disney won't let the auditors see their ledgers on the 1991 and 1989 pics.
Dreyfuss, Wagner and Robinson & Company are also very blunt about how studios try to push "talent," as the lawsuit says, to handle things in private arbitration and not lawsuits like theirs. Some don't even dare go that route to pursue potential funds for fear of "the implied threat of a blackball," the complaint says. "It's a one-sided world where corporations assert their control over talent who do not have the leverage to otherwise protect themselves," Dreyfuss, Wagner and Robinson & Company say. Obviously the Jaws star has decided he does have the leverage to try to chew into what's his. Though it's a long wait - remarkably, today's filing claims that there is a 3-year waiting list to do an audit on Disney properties.
US actor Jeffrey Tambor (R), his wife Kasia (L) and the singer Conchita Wurst (C) arrive for the German premiere of the US TV series 'Transparent' in Munich, Germany, 10 April 2015.
Photo by Tobias Hase
Chess champion Garry Kasparov outplayed nearly everyone in the world for 22 years. Today the Russian grandmaster is taking on his most formidable opponent, President Vladimir Putin.
"Putin's Russia is a virus. You don't engage the virus, you have to contain it," he told me.
Kasparov is one of four debaters Friday night in Toronto questioning the West's response to Russia: 'engage or isolate?'
He's been fiercely critical of the west's "failure" to effectively take on Putin. He likens the Russian leader's political tactics and power to Adolf Hitler's in the years leading up to the Second World War.
"Putin has his finger tip on a nuclear button," says Kasparov. "The only thing he cares about today is staying in power, and staying in power for him means he must demonstrate himself as the only saviour of Russia."
Jean-Marie Chauvet noticed air whistling out from a crack on a plateau in southern France, so he and fellow cave enthusiasts went to investigate. What they found that Sunday in 1994 still fills Chauvet's voice with wonder: an immense cave covered with prehistoric paintings of horses, mammoths and rhinos - paintings so vivid, he says, it felt like the Stone Age artists had just moments ago put down their ochre and walked away.
The discovery of the long-hidden artwork created a sensation, but the site was quickly closed to the public. Just by breathing, tourists could erode the images.
Since most modern humans will never get to see the masterpieces in what is widely known as the Chauvet Cave, scientists, artists and the French government have spent 56 million euros (about $60 million) and several years creating the next best thing: a near-exact replica of the cave about two kilometers (1.2 miles) away, including more than 400 paintings of horses, bears, rhinoceros and mammoths, hand prints and carvings. Experts even recreated stalactites and stalagmites from the original site, as well as the cool temperatures and thick smell of humidity.
French President Francois Hollande unveiled the site Friday, and it opens to the public later this month.
Flamboyant Bosnian Serb singer Bozo Vreco performs during a concert in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Friday April, 3, 2015. The 31 year-old cross-dressing singer is one of Bosnia's most beloved stars, his voice described by fans as "mesmerizing" and "magical", and his performances on stage described as courageous in breaking down prejudices.
Photo by Amel Emric
A play called "Double Falsehood" published in 1728 by a man who claimed it was based on a lost Shakespeare play but has long been dismissed as a forgery may indeed be the real deal.
University of Texas researchers have unveiled a sophisticated new study of "Double Falsehood" that used text-analyzing software that helped create a "psychological signature" of the playwright.
"I am quite confident that Shakespeare had a direct hand in writing 'Double Falsehood.' Put me down for 97 percent confident," University of Texas social psychologist James Pennebaker, co-author of the study published in the journal Psychological Science, said on Friday.
"Double Falsehood" was published by Shakespeare expert Lewis Theobald, who said it was based on Shakespearean manuscripts later destroyed in a fire. Many experts considered it an original work by Theobald that he sought to pass off as Shakespearean. The lost play is thought to be "The History of Cardenio."
Recent scholarship has reopened the debate. In 2010, Nottingham University literary expert Brean Hammond said he was convinced the play was Shakespearean.
A Texas billionaire who moved his residence to Puerto Rico after its island government carved out a lucrative new tax haven for wealthy U.S. investors is a prime fundraiser for a network of super-PACs backing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for president, according to sources close to Cruz's campaign.
Toby Neugebauer, the co-founder of Quantum Energy Partners, a Houston-based private equity firm, and the son of a Texas congressman, is playing a key role as donor and fundraiser for an unusual super-PAC arrangement that grabbed attention in political circles this week for raking in $31 million within a few days of being formed - an unprecedented haul for a new presidential candidate, the sources said.
In papers filed with the Federal Election Commission early this week, and first reported by Bloomberg, four separate super-PACs - all with variations on the name "Keep the Promise" - were registered to back Cruz's candidacy. "The PACs will operate as a single team with one ultimate goal," Dathan Voelter, an Austin lawyer who registered three of the committees and listed himself as their treasurer, told Yahoo News in an email.
So far, little is known about who is behind the super-PACs, and Voelter declined to discuss the identities of any donors, noting that the committees are not required to make any disclosures until mid-July.
But sources familiar with the arrangement identified two key players, both with close ties to Cruz. One is David Panton, an Atlanta-based private equity manager who was Cruz's college roommate at Princeton, his classmate at Harvard Law School and later his business partner in a Caribbean holding company registered in the British Virgin Islands and operating out of Kingston, Jamaica.
An Argentine judge has issued an arrest warrant for Justin Bieber on Friday, saying the singer failed to respond to summons related to allegations he ordered bodyguards to attack a photographer in 2013.
Judge Alberto Julio Banos ordered the "immediate detention" of Bieber and bodyguards Hugo Alcides Hesny and Terrence Reche Smalls.
Bieber is accused of sending the bodyguards to attack photographer Diego Pesoa outside a Buenos Aires nightclub. Bieber never returned to Argentina to respond to questions about the incident.
Under Argentine law, Bieber would face from one month to six years in prison if convicted on a charge of causing injuries.
Nepalese devotees participate in Bisket Jatra Festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Friday, April 10, 2015. During the festival, also regarded as Nepalese New Year, images of the Hindu God Bhairava and his female counterpart Bhadrakali are enshrined in two large chariots and pulled to an open square after which rituals and festivities are performed.
Photo by Niranjan Shrestha
A judge has sentenced the sons of rock star John Mellencamp after they both pleaded guilty to misdemeanour battery charges stemming from a July 2013 altercation.
The Herald-Times reports 19-year-old Speck Mellencamp was sentenced to four days in jail and 20-year-old Hud Mellencamp must serve 50 hours community service. They entered the pleas Friday after the charges were reduced from felonies. They allegedly punched and kicked a 19-year-old man in Bloomington who they believed had hit Speck Mellencamp.
Both also were sentenced to one year of probation.
Monroe County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Bob Miller said the charges were downgraded because medical records did not substantiate "serious bodily injury" as charged in the felony cases.
The Mellencamps' mother, model Elaine Irwin, attended the hearing, but their father did not.
Levels of cancer-causing radon have reportedly been on the rise in Pennsylvania ever since fracking picked up in the state.
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health say there is an alarming correlation between the unusually high levels of the colorless, odorless radioactive gas indoors and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.
While pursuing her PhD, environmental health scientist Joan Casey and her colleagues at Bloomberg wanted to determine the sources of radon in Pennsylvania homes.
"We decided to do the study because historically Pennsylvania has had this big radon problem. We were doing house studies in the state for about the past decade. When the unconventional natural gas industry moved into the state, people were concerned," Casey said in an interview with Yahoo News.
The Simpsons, which debuted in 1990, is the longest-running scripted show in TV history.
But seasonal DVDs of the animated sitcom are being discontinued as Fox Home Entertainment instead shifts distribution of The Simpsons to digital platforms.
Series showrunner Al Jean on Wednesday told fans on his Twitter account that Fox Home Entertainment is ending production of DVDs for the series. "I personally am [very] sorry to see DVDs discontinued. We did them purely for the love of hearing ourselves talk," Jean tweeted.
A distribution source close to the series confirmed seasons of The Simpsons will no longer be released on DVD now that nearly every episode of the animated sitcom is available online at the touch of a button. "There's so much happening in the digital space, it made more sense to focus on that," the source said.
It may look like nothing more than a small ball of metal, but the shape-shifting and self-propulsion abilities of a liquid metal alloy discovered by scientists at China's Tsinghua University has captured the imaginations of scientists and science-fiction fans across the world.
Professor Liu Jing and his team have created what they believe could prove the first step toward developing a robot similar to the infamous T-1000 shape-shifting, liquid metal assassin from the Terminator movies.
The device is made from a drop of metal alloy consisting mostly of gallium, which is a liquid at just under 30 degrees Celsius. Last year they discovered that an applied electrical current causes the gallium alloy to drastically alter its shape. Changing the voltage applied to the metal allowed it to 'shape-shift' into different formations. When the current was switched off, the metal returned to its original drop shape.
But the team made their biggest breakthrough when they realized that bringing it into contact with a flake of aluminium caused a reaction creating hydrogen bubbles that allowed it to move of its own accord. Liu said it was able to 'fuel' itself for about an hour.
A rare black flamingo, fly in sharp contrast among the other flamingos, is seen at a salt lake at the Akrotiri area near costal city of Limassol, Cyprus, Thursday April 9, 2015. Flamingos taking a break on this east Mediterranean island from their trek back to summer breeding grounds are welcome sight to bird enthusiasts and ordinary folks alike. Martin Hellicar, with the conservation group BirdLife Cyprus said that although black flamingos aren't all that unusual around the world, it's the first time that one has been spotted in Cyprus in recent memory.
Photo by Pavlos Vrionides
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