Froma Harrop: "The Slave Wears Prada: Confusion on the Red Carpet" (Creators Syndicate)
Lupita Nyong'o picked up an Oscar last year for her searing portrayal of a scarred captive in "12 Years a Slave." But many in the Academy Awards audience - just reminded of the misery depicted in a film clip - must have felt a bit mixed up when the woman they associated with a tormented slave floated up the stage stairs in a sumptuous sky-blue Prada gown, holding up the pleated skirt lest she trip on the yards of luxury.
A cordwainer is a shoemaker who makes fine soft leather shoes and other luxury footwear articles. The word is derived from "cordwain", or "cordovan", the leather produced in Córdoba, Spain. The term cordwainer (also "Corviser") was used as early as 1100 in England. Historically, there was a distinction between a cordwainer, who made luxury shoes and boots out of the finest leathers, and a cobbler, who repaired them. This distinction gradually weakened, particularly during the twentieth century, when there was a predominance of shoe retailers who neither made nor repaired shoes.
Alan J was first, and correct, with:
A cordwainer makes fine, soft leather shoes, but a Cordwainer Smith produces amazing Science Fiction.
Shoes, generally fancy ones.
A cordwainer makes shoes
specifically, "fine, soft-leather shoes and other luxury footwear"
as opposed to a cobbler - who repairs them.
I know that
Cordwainer-smith produced some fine science fiction, but a cordwainer
alone makes comfy foot ware.
Leathery Lois Of Oregon replied:
At first me thunk a cordwainer produced bondage pornography,
but after much research discovered they are actually a step
above (get it?) a cobbler and are making shoes and such,
just like the little fairy dudes (who, judging by these
pictures were way light in the loafers, if you get my drift)
in the old story The Elves And The Shoemaker, which taught
children of all ages who were born wealthy that if you just
wish hard enough somebody else will do your work for you,
and that's how you get rich kids! As for me, I'm just
waiting for my lottery ticket to hit. Fuck you, elves.
P.S. To Dale, Happy 65th old dude! To Marty, PLEASE GET
WELL, we NEED you!
a shoemaker who makes fine soft leather shoes and other luxury footwear articles.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
A cordwainer is a shoemaker who makes fine soft leather shoes and other luxury footwear articles.
I didn't know, so I looked it up: "A cordwainer is a shoemaker who makes fine soft leather shoes and other luxury footwear articles. The word is derived from "cordwain", or "cordovan", the leather produced in Córdoba, Spain. The term cordwainer (also "Corviser") was used as early as 1100 in England. Historically, there was a distinction between a cordwainer, who made luxury shoes and boots out of the finest leathers, and a cobbler, who repaired them. This distinction gradually weakened, particularly during the twentieth century, when there was a predominance of shoe retailers who neither made nor repaired shoes."
Foggy and relentlessly dry.
Hand crafted leather shoes
Joe S answered:
A cordwainer is a shoemaker who makes fine soft leather shoes and other luxury footwear articles. The word is derived from "cordwain", or "cordovan", the leather produced in Córdoba, Spain. The term cordwainer (also "Corviser") was used as early as 1100 in England.
Doesn't make stakes of wood? Hmmm.
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CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by the movie 'Act Of Valor'.
NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by a RERUN'Chicago Fire', followed by a RERUN'L&O: SVU', then a RERUN'Chicago PD'.
ABC fills the night with LIVE'The Oscars', followed by a FRESH'Jimmy Kimmel Live'.
The CW offers a RERUN'Celebrity Name Game', followed by another RERUN'Celebrity Name Game', then an old 'Friends', followed by another old 'Friends', then 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux has a RERUN'Bob's Burgers', followed by a RERUN'The Simpsons', then another RERUN'The Simpsons', followed by a RERUN'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', then a RERUN'Family Guy', followed by a RERUN'Bob's Burgers'.
MY has an old 'How I Met Your Mother', followed by another old 'How I Met Your Mother', then an old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by another old 'Big Bang Theory', then still another old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by yet another old 'Big Bang Theory'.
A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', 'Nightwatch', and another 'Nightwatch'.
AMC offers 'The Walking Dead', another 'The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'The Walking Dead' (runs 62 minutes), then a FRESH'Talking Dead'.
[6:00AM] Planet Earth-Ep 1 - From Pole To Pole
[7:00AM] Planet Earth-Ep 2 - Mountains
[8:00AM] Planet Earth-Ep 3 - Fresh Water
[9:00AM] Planet Earth-Ep 4 - Caves
[10:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares UK - Season 2 - Ep 1 - Lanterna
[11:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 3 - Mike & Nellie's
[12:00PM] QI - Season 11 - Ep 1 - Jack and Jill
[12:40PM] QI - Season 11 - Ep 2 - Journeys
[1:20PM] QI - Season 11 - Ep 3 - Jeopardy
[2:00PM] Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 5
[3:00PM] Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 6
[4:00PM] Top Gear: Season 15 Special
[5:30PM] Kill Bill: Volume 1
[8:00PM] Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
[11:00PM] Kill Bill: Volume 1
[1:30AM] Top Gear: Season 15 Special
[3:00AM] Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 5
[4:00AM] Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 6
[5:00AM] Top Gear - Season 14 - Episode 7 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Bravo's First Looks', and 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta'.
Comedy Central has 'Chappelle's Show', another 'Chappelle's Show', still another 'Chappelle's Show', yet another 'Chappelle's Show', 'Dave Chappelle: Killin' Them Softly', and 'Chris Rock: Bring The Pain'.
FX has the movie 'The Bourne Legacy', followed by the movie 'Taken 2'.
History has 'American Pickers', 'Ax Men', followed by a FRESH'Ax Men', then a FRESH'Legend Of The Superstition Mountains'.
[6:00AM] GARFUNKEL AND OATES-EGGS
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[11:30PM] GARFUNKEL AND OATES-THIRD MEMBER
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[2:15AM] THE RUM DIARY
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[6:30PM] Scent of a Woman
[10:00PM] Children of Men
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SyFy has the movie '100 Below Zero', followed by the movie '10,000 Days'.
U.S. actor Sean Penn gestures on stage after his received a Cesar award of honor from French actress Marion Cotillard during the ceremony of 40th Cesar Film Awards at Theatre du Chatelet in Paris Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. This annual ceremony is presented by the French Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques.
Photo by Jacques Brinon
At the U.S.-Ireland Alliance's Oscar Wilde Awards on Thursday night, Stephen Colbert relayed how excited he'd been to hear about the honor he was to receive from J.J. Abrams at Bad Robot. "I thought it was from the Rebel Alliance," Colbert joked, referring to Abrams' "Star Wars" connection.
Still, the U.S.-Ireland Alliance was pretty impressive, too. Since it was formed in the 1990s, Colbert noted how the euro has been introduced and Osama bin Laden eliminated. "You can't say the Alliance had nothing to do with it," he said.
The former host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" had the attendees in stitches as he said, "When you think of Ireland, you think L.A., where the grass is brown, the sheep have implants and the people starve on purpose. The potato famine was the original Atkins diet," he said, before adding, "Too soon?"
Fisher, who received her award from Stephen Fry, offered up Irish trivia. "The Irish are known for many things: the potato famine, drinking, avoidance of birth control, drinking songs."
She too referred to her "Star Wars" history, calling herself a "biking-wearing, bun- and gun-totting legend," and dubbed Yoda's "do or do not, there is no try" philosophy as "B.S."
French actor Jean Paul Belmondo attends the WBA-WBC-IBO Middleweight World Championship between World champion Gennadiy Golovkin of Kazakhstan and Martin Murray of England in Monte Carlo, early February 22, 2015.
Photo by Eric Gaillard
More than 1000 Muslims formed a human shield around Oslo's synagogue on Saturday, offering symbolic protection for the city's Jewish community and condemning an attack on a synagogue in neighboring Denmark last weekend.
Norway's Jewish community is one of Europe's smallest, numbering around 1000, and the Muslim population, which has been growing steadily through immigration, is 150,000 to 200,000. Norway has a population of about 5.2 million.
The debate over immigration in the country came to the forefront in 2011 when Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people and accused the government and the then-ruling Labour party of facilitating Muslim immigration and adulterating pure Norwegian blood.
Support for immigration has been rising steadily since those attacks, however, and an opinion poll late last year found that 77 percent of people thought immigrants made an important contribution to Norwegian society.
From Apple's iPhone assistant Siri to the mechanized attendants at Japan's first robot-staffed hotel, a seemingly disproportionate percentage of artificial intelligence systems have female personas. Why?
"I think there is a pattern here," said Karl Fredric MacDorman, a computer scientist and expert in human-computer interaction at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. But "I don't know that there's one easy answer," MacDorman told Live Science.
One reason for the glut of female artificial intelligences (AIs) and androids (robots designed to look or act like humans) may be that these machines tend to perform jobs that have traditionally been associated with women. For example, many robots are designed to function as maids, personal assistants or museum guides, MacDorman said.
In addition, many of the engineers who design these machines are men, and "I think men find women attractive, and women are also OK dealing with women," he added.
Actor George Lazenby attends the GREAT British film reception honoring the British nominees of the 87th Annual Academy Awards at The London West Hollywood in West Hollywood, California February 20, 2015.
Photo by Jonathan Alcorn
A sensational German television documentary claims that the Russian President Vladimir Putin regularly used violence against his former wife, Lyudmila, among a series of other extraordinary and bizarre claims.
The documentary, Putin the Man, aired earlier this week on ZDF television. The show's makers apparently obtained access to previously unseen files by an unidentified Western intelligence agency, which provided details of Putin's time as a KGB officer stationed in Dresden in the 1980s. A secretary inside the Dresden KGB office, with the codename "Lehnchen" who was a friend of Putin's ex-wife, reportedly told superiors that he regularly beat Lyudmila, whom he divorced in 2013.
Putin is also portrayed in the programme as a man consumed by vanity. The show alleges that the 62-year-old likes to eat cottage cheese for breakfast in order to stay trim, and has secretly undergone a facelift operation. This is in stark contrast to his time spent in east Germany, when Putin was overweight and a heavy drinker. "He was depressed, fat, lazy and disillusioned," Masha Gessen, an author and activist, told the documentary.
According to the documentary, the Russian president is terrified by his own mortality. That may not be surprising, considering that the show also reveals he has been the target of no less than five assassination plots. He is completely power-obsessed, the show says, and enjoys making people wait for him, once keeping Queen Elizabeth II waiting for half an hour.
Some of the allegations are already quite well known. Ben Judah, who has written extensively about the Russian president for Newsweek , was contacted for the programme. In a Newsweek feature based on a large number of interviews with insiders, Judah explained that Putin likes to rise late and does most of his work in the afternoon, is a fitness fanatic and keeps busy even on the weekend, sometimes has study sessions in the afternoon, mostly in English, while his teacher helps him learn difficult words by singing songs with him. He is thought to pray or make a confession on occasional Sundays.
French actress Marilou Berry (L) and French designer Jean Paul Gaultier (R) stand on stage as they attend the 40th annual Cesar awards ceremony held at the Chatelet Theatre in Paris, France, 20 February 2015.
Photo by Ian Langsdon
Harris Wittels, who worked as a writer and executive producer on the NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation," was found dead Thursday of a possible drug overdose at his Los Angeles home, police said. He was 30.
Wittels' assistant found him at his home in the Los Feliz area around noon, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, police officer Rosario Herrera said. She said the death is being investigated as a possible drug overdose but the Los Angeles County coroner's office will determine the exact cause.
He was a co-executive producer and writer with occasional acting appearances on "Parks and Recreation," and his death comes just a few days before the series finale of the seven-season comedy starring Amy Poehler.
He popularized the term "humblebrag" with his Twitter account of the same name, which eventually became the book "Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty." He used it to mock celebrities and others who masked their braggadocio in self-deprecation.
Japanese men wearing only loin clothes in freezing temperatures strive to grab one of the two sacred sticks thrown by temple priests inside the Saidaiji Temple at the start of the Saidaiji Naked Festival, Okayama city, Okayama Prefecture, Japan, 21 February 2015. The festival climaxes with a heated one-hour struggle among 9,000 men to grab two lucky sticks thrown by priests from above, as clouds of steam rise from the ocean of writhing bodies. The lucky recipients of the sacred sticks are guaranteed happiness for the coming year.
Photo by Everett Kennedy Brown
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