Mark Morford: The five kinds of gratitude (SF Gate)
Gratitude is all the rage. It's the new meditation. The new kombucha. Books, studies, experts say cultivating it as a sort of daily offering has all sorts of health benefits, can make you happier, taller, smarter, makes dolphins leap and flowers explode. Is it true? Probably. Sure. With, perhaps, one caveat: Which kind of gratitude are you offering? Does it matter? Let us ponder the five kinds*, and find out:…
Adam Tod Brown: 5 Things No One Tells You About Driving Through the Desert (Cracked)
You know what sucks about doing comedy in Los Angeles? Doing comedy in Los Angeles. Really just kind of a nightmare all around. So when the opportunity to get the hell out of town and tell jokes in a new place presents itself, I usually go for it. And that's the abridged story of how I found myself taking a 24-hour round-trip car ride (in a Ford Focus, the Cadillac of Fords named after something I don't have) to Albuquerque, New Mexico, last week.
Truman Streckfus Persons (September 30, 1924 - August 25, 1984), known as Truman Capote was an American author, screenwriter and playwright, many of whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and the true crime novel In Cold Blood (1966), which he labeled a "nonfiction novel." At least 20 films and television dramas have been produced of Capote novels, stories, and plays.
Charlie was first, and correct, with:
Alan J wrote:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
John I from Hawai'i says,
The first name makes me think this is Truman Capote.
I hope you and yours had ample tryptophan and other ingestible goodies yesterday.
In the spirit of the holiday I'm not shopping for anything but food this weekend. Ignore Black Friday & Cyber Monday - who's with me?
I might have changed my name too
Daleo of Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
Truman Capote….What a miserable little oddball wretch was he…..Loved his Pussy, though….The man sure could write books so diverse as "Breakfast at Tiffany' s and "In Cold Blood. He seemed to be on every TV talk show for numerous years. Didn't understand him at first. Then I realized that he was a relentless self-=promoting machine. He fought great battles with perpetual nemesis Gore Vidal. Weird fact…. Joanne Carson (Johnny's 2nd) got half of his ashes after he went to the big sleep.
Truman Capote ~ Author, screenwriter and playwright, many of whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized literary classics.
... and now I will relate to you just how "In Cold Blood" personally affected me at the age of 13 when the book was released... 1966 had me, an adolescent, living with my family in the small town of Fenton, MI 15 miles south of Flint, then a GM industrial powerhouse. The Baker family, next door, were a young couple with kids who had moved to Fenton from Iowa for job opportunities in that automotive dynamo. Our family was close to theirs and we did many things together. When knowledge of the book became known, Mrs Baker, a sweet animated Mom, became a different person - more reserved and introverted. It didn't take long for me to find out that Mrs Baker's maiden name was Clutter - and she was a first cousin to Herbert Clutter... and I knew the storyline of the book. I remember how it affected her family and as a result, ours as well. Things were never the same afterwards...
So, I was 2 degrees of separation from that awful event which had happened 7 years earlier... I still feel sad for Mrs Baker, a lady I liked very much.
Joe S answered:
Truman Capote, that's about all I have to say about that. I really enjoyed watching him on talk shows back when he was on talk shows. I never read "In Cold Blood." I thought it would be too sad and scary, I'm sure it is.
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CBS begins the night with the chestnut 'The Flight Before Christmas', followed by 'The Story Of Santa Claus', then '48 Hours'.
NBC opens the night with the FRESH'The National Dog Show', followed by an hourlong RERUN'SNL' (from 3/13/04), with Ben Affleck hosting, music by N.E.R.D.
'SNL' is a RERUN (from 11/01/14), with Chris Rock hosting, music by Prince (in one 8-minute set).
ABC fills the night with LIVE'College Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Castle'.
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'Bones', followed by a RERUN'Sleepy Hollow'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Matrix Revolution', followed by the movie 'The Matrix'.
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[12:00PM] Top Gear: Best of Australia-Episode 1
[1:00PM] Top Gear: Best Of 13-14-Episode 1
[2:00PM] Top Gear: Best Of 13-14-Episode 2
[3:00PM] Top Gear: Best Of 13-14-Episode 3
[4:00PM] Weird Science
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 7 - The Enemy
[7:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 8 - The Price
[8:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 9 - The Vengeance Factor
[9:00PM] Atlantis - Season 2 - Ep 3 - Telemon NEW
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[12:00AM] Atlantis - Season 2 - Ep 3 - Telemon
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[4:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 8 - The Price
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Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', followed by the movie 'The Ugly Truth'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Couples Therapy', 'Kevin Hart: I'm A Grown Little Man', 'Amy Schumer: Mostly Sex Stuff', and 'Comedy Central's All-Star Non-Denominational Christmas Special'.
FX has the movie 'Grown Ups', followed by the movie 'Horrible Bosses', 'Mike & Molly', and another 'Mike & Molly'.
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[5:30AM] The Writers' Room-Pretty Little Liars (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day', followed by the movie 'Blade: Trinity'.
A handout image provided by the German government shows (L-R) US director Steven Spielberg, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US actor/cast member Tom Hanks on the set of Spielberg's new spy thriller 'St. James Place' (working title) at Glienicker Bridge in Potsdam, Germany, 28 November 2014. The bridge between the former communist East German part of Berlin and the western allies' zones was dubbed the 'Bridge of Spies' due to American and Soviet prisioner exchanges on it in the Cold War years between 1962 and 1986.
Photo by Guido Bergmann
One of Daniel Barenboim's focuses after leaving the role of music director for Milanese opera house La Scala next month will be opening an academy for the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra of Israeli and Palestinian musicians in Berlin.
The Argentine-born Israeli conductor said Friday that besides training the next generation of young musicians from the region, he hopes the academy can form human connections that can one day help stanch the worsening Middle East conflict.
"I am convinced, and this is why I make so much effort, that the only thing we can do is to find ways to create contacts between human beings, without politics," Barenboim told reporters. "Politics doesn't work, because this is a human conflict. There are two peoples who don't want to live on the same ground."
The academy will open in Berlin in 2016, in a building designed by Frank Gehry, which is being constructed next to the Staatsoper, where Barenboim is music director.
Fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood speaks to protesters outside the Environment Agency in central London Friday Nov. 28, 2014, during a demonstration calling for an inquiry into the death of seven-year-old Zane Gbangbola, feared to have been poisoned by contaminated water from a landfill site during heavy flooding in February. Parents Kye Gbangbola, seated left, and Nicole Lawler believe their son Zane was killed by cyanide released from "toxic" floodwater in their home.
Photo by Lauren Hurley
Nestled next to the late Lewins, Blums and Levys in a spooky old cemetery in New York City lies the final resting place of America's most legendary magician, interred under a granite monument that bears his stage name in bold letters: Houdini.
It is an impressive tribute to the man who grew up as Ehrich Weiss and died on Halloween of 1926 of complications from appendicitis. Over the years, the site has been venerated, vandalized, thieved and forsaken, but a group of magicians now wants to officially end the mystery of who will care for the grave.
"Houdini was a visionary. He was an inventor, an escape artist, and he gave back to society in so many ways," said Dorothy Dietrich, a magician who runs a Houdini museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania. "It's the least we can do to give back in some small way for all he's given to us."
Dietrich serves on a national Society of American Magicians committee working to raise money to restore Houdini's gravesite and allow for the permanent care of the monument at Machpelah Cemetery in Queens. It will cost about $1,200 annually to maintain the grounds, plus thousands more for restoration.
Kirk Cameron is determined to save Christmas, but can he save his movie from the Tomatometer? The Christian film star noticed last week that the website Rotten Tomatoes, which collates critic and audience ratings of films, was showing a "rotten" score for his new movie Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas. In an effort to get Saving Christmas into the "fresh" zone, he instructed his followers on Facebook to rate the movie themselves and "send the message to all the critics that WE decide what movies we want our families to see!" (h/t to Uproxx for the story.) As Uproxx points out, Cameron's directive to "storm the gates of Rotten Tomatoes" was a little disingenuous, considering that audience ratings are open to anyone who signs up for a free account.
If you've spent any time online, you can guess what happened next. Cameron's Facebook followers dutifully gave Saving Christmas five-star ratings, boosting its audience score to 94 percent. Within a day, internet users outside of Kirk Cameron's network started noticing what was happening, and began submitting their own votes. "The haters and atheists are coming out of the woodwork, attempting to hammer your good work (they rallied to drop your rating super low)," Cameron wrote in a follow-up post. Because when Kirk Cameron's Facebook friends vote up the movie, they're doing God's work, but when other people voice their own opinions, it's a "rally" of "haters?" Either way, it's a violation of what sites like Rotten Tomatoes are trying to do, which is to inform movie audiences by compiling people's honest reactions to movies. After all the noise, the audience rating for Saving Christmas is currently hovering around 30 percent.
The critics' rating, meanwhile, remains unaffected by the kerfuffle, and has stayed consistent at 8 percent. Despite Cameron's us-versus-them rhetoric, most critics have reacted to Saving Christmas with a resounding "eh," saying that the film is poorly made and lacks broad appeal. "As a movie, Saving Christmas is not good," writes The Austin Chronicle's Kimberley Jones. "But as a teaching aid for congregants about having their fruitcake and eating it, too? Sure, why not. Go nuts, guys."
Wood carver Hans Schwabl (26) poses with a traditional wooden Perchten mask in his factory in Inzell, southern Germany, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. The masks are made for the upcoming Saint Nicolas Buttnmandl and Perchten parades in November and December around the Alp regions, in southern Germany and Austria. During the Buttnmandl parades, unmarried men, known as Buttnmandl and Krampusse, are dressed in straw or skins with wooden masks or skins over their heads and large cow-bells tied around their hips to make loud noises. They follow Saint Nicholas from house to house on December 5 and 6 every year to bring luck to the good ones and punish the idles. The Perchten parades take place after Christmas.
Photo by Matthias Schrader
A wintry William Kurelek painting that the artist gave to a Toronto woman as thanks for her homemade apple strudel and jam has sold for more than double its presale auction estimate.
"Ukrainian Proverb" sold Friday for $41,400 at Consignor Canadian Fine Art's fall online sale. The presale estimate was $15,000 to $20,000.
Measuring 25 by 11 centimetres (not including the frame), the piece depicts a child sprawled on his stomach in the snow, holding a net while a white rabbit scurries away in the foreground and another runs towards the horizon. The child is wearing green snowpants and mittens and a bright orange jacket - a colour that's also on the frame and appears often in the work of the artist, who died in 1977.
Inscribed in the lower part of the composition is a Ukrainian proverb, written in English and Ukrainian (Kurelek had Ukrainian roots): "He who chases two rabbits at the same time catches neither." Kurelek also wrote on the back of the intricately carved wooden frame, which he made himself: "Value, $400, mixed media, 1974."
Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring Friday at the age of 62, defeating a fighter less than half his age in an exhibition bout.
Rourke sent 29-year-old Pasadena native Elliot Seymour to the canvas twice in the second round before the referee stopped the fight.
The bout at a Moscow concert hall was Rourke's first fight in 20 years. He took a break from acting in the early 1990s, finishing a three-year pro boxing career with six wins and two draws.
He has said he plans to hold another four fights in Russia.
Rourke, who had said he lost 35 lbs (16 kilograms) to prepare to the fight, was much thinner than in his best-known cinematic fighting persona, when he bulked up to play the title character in 2008's "The Wrestler." His shorts bore his ring nickname from the 1990s, Marielito, with a Spanish-language message reading "always handsome."
Ethnic minority Dong girls in traditional costumes have breakfast before attending a Kam Grand Choir competition in Congjiang county, Guizhou province November 28, 2014. About 100 choirs made up of Dong residents in Guizhou, Guangxi and Hunan provinces gathered in Congjiang on Friday for a two-day singing competition, local media reported.
Photo by Sheng Li
Sword-wielding Hindu devotees in Nepal began slaughtering thousands of animals and birds in a ritual sacrifice on Friday, ignoring calls by animal rights activists to halt what they described as the world's largest such exercise.
More than 80 percent of Nepal's 27 million people are Hindus, but unlike most of their counterparts in neighboring India, they frequently sacrifice animals to appease deities during festivals.
Authorities deployed hundreds of police personnel to make sure there were no clashes between activists and the devotees.
Tens of thousands of people flocked to the ceremony, which is held every five years at the Gandhimai temple near the border with India. About 500,000 animals are killed during the event, rights group Humane Society International estimates.
This undated photo provided by the New York Botanical Garden, a 1940 painting entitled "Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird," by Frida Kahlo is shown. The painting will join more than a dozen works by the artist at an exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx borough of New York. The exhibition runs from May 16 to Nov. 1, 2015.
The Jewish Claims Conference said Friday it has already identified a painting stolen by the Nazis among a newly published inventory of hundreds of works that belonged to late German collector Cornelius Gurlitt, and pushed for more time to investigate others.
Executive vice president Greg Schneider said in an email to The Associated Press that a Pissaro among about 250 artworks found in Gurlitt's Salzburg property matched one on a looted-art list.
Switzerland's Kunstmuseum Bern, which inherited the collection, posted lists of the Salzburg works and some of the 1,280 others found in Gurlitt's Munich apartment online Thursday.
While some of the Munich works were already known, it was the first look for many at the art Gurlitt kept in the house he owned in Austria. It includes works by Breughel, Monet, Renoir and Picasso.
Teresa Treuheit, impersonating the Christ Child, appears on the balcony of the Church of Our Lady during the traditional opening of the world-famous 'Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt' Christmas market at the Old Town in Nuremberg, southern Germany, Friday Nov 28, 2014.
Photo by Daniel Karmann
The combination photo shows traditional wooden Perchten masks in the factory of wood carver Hansi Schwabl in Inzell, southern Germany, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. The masks are made for the upcoming Saint Nicolas Buttnmandl and Perchten parades in November and December around the Alp regions, in southern Germany and Austria. During the Buttnmandl parades, unmarried men, known as Buttnmandl and Krampusse, are dressed in straw or skins with wooden masks or skins over their heads and large cow-bells tied around their hips to make loud noises. They follow Saint Nicholas from house to house on December 5 and 6 every year to bring luck to the good ones and punish the idles. The Perchten parades take place after Christmas.
Photo by Matthias Schrader
Bob Baker, the founder of one of America's oldest puppet theatres, died Friday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 90.
The cause of death was kidney failure, his biographer, Gregory Williams, said.
The Bob Baker Marionette Theater captivated children and adults with its ornate wooden puppets and props. The theatre was a vestige of the days when marionettes were widely used on stage and television and playhouses dotted the streets of downtown Los Angeles.
Baker discovered puppetry as a child and described being immediately transformed. "He couldn't talk about anything else when he came home to his mother and he knew what he wanted to do," Williams said.
At an early age, he began constructing his own puppets and performed. He worked in animation for Walt Disney and others before starting his own theatre company with his partner, Alton Wood.
Baker's credits included orchestrating marionette work on more than 250 films, such as "GI Blues" and "Escape from Witch Mountain."
He performed until he was 86 and began having physical difficulties.
Williams said Baker lost both his family home and his theatre to a mortgage lending company and that there were ongoing issues to be settled with his estate. The company has a lease on the theatre house until March, at which point it will be extended month to month.
Mexican actor and screenwriter Roberto Gomez Bolanos, one of Latin America's most beloved comedians, whose slapstick acts charmed fans from Spain to Argentina for over four decades, died on Friday at the age 85.
Broadcaster Televisa, for whom Gomez Bolanos worked for much of his career, said he died at home in the seaside resort of Cancun. Known as "Chespirito," a word play on 'Little Shakespeare' for his diminutive stature and his prolific scripts, Gomez Bolanos created some of the region's most enduring comic characters.
His show "El Chavo del Ocho," about a naive kid from a poor neighborhood who hid inside a barrel, is widely viewed as the catalyst that helped transform Televisa into a major international company.
Gomez Bolanos was also known for his character "El Chapulin Colorado" (The Red Grasshopper), a clumsy hero in a red overall and yellow trunks which inspired Bumblebee Man, the Spanish-speaking character from the American animated sitcom The Simpsons.
The comedian stopped recording material in the 1980s, but his shows are still aired regularly today.
As a young man, Gomez Bolanos dreamed of being an engineer, and fell into comic acting by accident. He was writing show scripts for Televisa, and had to stand in when the actor playing one of the characters he had written did not show, he once told Reuters.
Coining catchphrases that made their way into the lexicon of many countries across Latin America, Chespirito's shows were exported to 90 countries and translated into dozens of languages, from Japanese to Portuguese. Critics panned Chespirito, saying his sketches were repetitive, promoted the misuse of language and encouraged bullying - the obese child in one of his shows was constantly taunted and harassed for his girth.
Chespirito, an avid soccer enthusiast, also made several movies and acted in a number of plays. His live shows filled stadiums.
Despite his age, Chespirito kept in contact with his fans. In May 2011 he joined Twitter, becoming an instant hit. He had 6.61 million followers by the time of his death.
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