Mark Morford: "Meet the new selfie: Personal drone video" (SF Gate)
How long until we all find ourselves just standing there, pinned to the ground in psychotic wonder, staring up at our drones looking back at us, each recording the other's blank stare, drone meets drone and Void meets Void, no longer able to remember which is which and why it ever mattered, until we die?
Mark Morford: Behold, the future! Battery powered, totally spoiled and vaguely off grid (SF Gate)
Can you sense a trend? A near future which combines amazing new tools and technologies to help you unplug from the institutional grid, defect from the dogma, shrug off the conservative whine, give the sour archbishop a vibrator and flip off the PTB, and still be able to tap an app and have artisan bourbon delivered to your door, organize a killer Burning Man theme camp every year and charge the BMW i8 in your garage? I bet you can.
Andrew Tobias: Billy Bean's Base Hit Is A Home Run Here's the schedule of all 2015 Major League Baseball games. If history's any guide, I won't be at any of them. I'm not a fan. Arguably, it was the intense shame of swinging at and missing the 3-2 pitch with bases loaded in Color War - with Timmy Morse, on the opposing team, shouting, "Choke, batta, choke!" - that turned me gay . . . though I'm pretty sure (given my 14-year-old fantasies about Timmy) the die had been long since cast.
Howard William Cosell (born Howard William Cohen; March 25, 1918 - April 23, 1995) was an American sports journalist who was widely known for his blustery, cocksure personality Cosell said of himself, "Arrogant, pompous, obnoxious, vain, cruel, verbose, a showoff. There's no question that I'm all of those things." In its obituary for Cosell, The New York Times described Cosell's impact on American sports coverage: "He entered sports broadcasting in the mid-1950s, when the predominant style was unabashed adulation, [and] offered a brassy counterpoint that was first ridiculed, then copied until it became the dominant note of sports broadcasting."
In 1993, TV Guide named Howard Cosell The All-Time Best Sportscaster in its issue celebrating 40 years of television.
Cosell was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to accountant Isidore Cohen and his wife Nellie Cohen. The grandson of a rabbi, he was raised in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in English from New York University, where he was a member of Pi Lambda Phi. He then earned a degree at New York University School of Law, where he was a member of the law review.
Randall was first, and correct, with:
Ah, another one I know, because I disliked him so much: Howard Cosell.
I don't watch much pro sports (cycling being the exception) and I can remember hearing his commentary during get-togethers with family & friends. Never could cotton to him.
Meantime, it's a cool, cool May and also Wednesday. I can live with that.
As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by
him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years
left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are
scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other
things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and
provide email lists and groups for those who might put something
together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from
this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to
Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is
overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received.
Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate
button on bartcop.com
But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note
isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost
it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we
figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just
over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So
here's the signup link for this email list.
( mailman.bartcop.com/listinfo/bartnews )
CBS opens the night with a RERUN'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN'The Truly Awful Odd Couple', then a RERUN'Mom', followed by a RERUN'Mike & Molly', then a RERUN'Elementary'.
The programming geniuses at CBS are filling Dave's hour with reruns of 'The Mentalist'.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE (from 5/4/15) are Arnold Schwarzenegger, Whitney Cummings, and Gavin James.
NBC fills the night with the FRESH'Red Nose Day'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Dwayne Johnson, Meghan Trainor, and John Legend.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Heidi Klum, Richard Lewis, and Matt Fraction.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Rosemarie DeWitt, Matt & Kim, an Marah Strauch.
ABC starts the night with a FRESH'500 Questions', followed by a FRESH'Jimmy Kimmel'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Howie Mandel, Ray Liotta, and Zedd.
The CW offers a RERUN'iZombie', followed by a RERUN'The Vampire Diaries'.
Faux has a RERUN'Wayward Pines', followed by a FRESH'Wayward Pines'.
MY recycles an old 'The Mentalist', followed by another old 'The Mentalist'.
A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH'The First 48', and another 'The First 48'.
AMC offers the movie 'Dead Pool', followed by the movie 'Dirty Harry', then the movie 'Magnum Force'.
[6:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 10 - Mill Street Bistro, Part 1
[7:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 11 - Mill Street Bistro, Part 2
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 4 - Ms. Jean's Southern Cuisine
[9:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 8 - Mummy on the Orient Express
[10:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 9 - Flatline
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 10 - In the Forest of the Night
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 15 - Yesterday's Enterprise
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 16 - The Offspring
[2:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited US - Season 3 - Ep 1 - Revisited: Mojito's, The Junction, Bazzini
[3:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 1 - Handlebar
[4:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 1 - Ep 9 - The Olde Stone Mill
[5:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 5 - Ep 1 - Blackberry's
[6:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 1 - La Galleria 33, Part 1
[7:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 2 - La Galleria 33, Part 2
[8:00PM] The Professional
[10:30PM] The Professional
[1:00AM] Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 1
[2:00AM] Top Gear - Season 20 - Episode 2
[3:00AM] Top Gear - Season 4 - Episode 7
[4:00AM] Top Gear - Season 4 - Episode 8
[5:00AM] Top Gear - Season 4 - Episode 9 (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Who Gives A Shit', another 'Real Housewives Of Who Gives A Shit', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Melbourne', and 'Real Housewives Of NYC'.
Comedy Central has 'Inside Amy Schumer', 'Tosh.0', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', yet another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', and yet another 'South Park'.
On a RERUNJon Stewart (from 4/21/15) is Jeff Garlin.
On a RERUN@Midnight (from 5/11/15) are Kathryn Hahn, Adam Pally, and Brett Gelman.
FX has the movie 'American Reunion', followed by the movie 'Friends With Benefits', then a FRESH'The Comedians', followed by a FRESH'Louie'.
History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', still another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH'Pawn Stars', then another FRESH'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH'Lost In Transmission'.
[6:00AM] WHITEST KIDS U'KNOW
[6:15AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-RASHIDA JONES WEARS A BLACK BLAZER & FLOWERED PANTS
[6:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-ZACH GALIFIANAKIS WEARS A SANTA SUIT
[7:15AM] I SPY
[9:30AM] GHOST WORLD
[12:00PM] CLERKS II
[2:15PM] I SPY
[4:30PM] BAD BOYS
[7:15PM] BAD BOYS
[10:00PM] MARON-THE REQUEST
[10:30PM] PORTLANDIA-THE FIANCEE
[11:00PM] JEEPERS CREEPERS
[1:00AM] MARON-THE REQUEST
[1:30AM] LEATHERFACE: THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE III
[3:15AM] JEEPERS CREEPERS
[5:15AM] MARON-THE REQUEST
[5:45AM] WHITEST KIDS U'KNOW (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] The Shipping News
[8:30AM] The Sentinel
[12:30PM] The Hunting Party
[2:45PM] The Game
[5:30PM] Top Gun
[7:45PM] Top Gun
[10:00PM] Starship Troopers
[12:45AM] Starship Troopers
[3:30AM] We Don't Live Here Anymore
[5:45AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & Holiday Feasts (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'Sinister', followed by a FRESH'WWE Steroid SmackDown', then a FRESH'Lost Girl'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Cobie Smulders, Jay Larson, and Jenny Zigrino.
From left, actors Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, Harvey Keitel and director Paolo Sorrentino pose for photographers for the screening of the film Youth at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 20, 2015.
Photo by Lionel Cironneau
Japanese movie studio Toho Co. said Wednesday it is suing Voltage Pictures and a director in a lawsuit complaining that promotions of an upcoming film infringe on its copyright to Godzilla.
Toho spokesman Makoto Hanari said a lawsuit was filed Tuesday in a California court, but declined to discuss details. Voltage Pictures President Jonathan Deckter declined to comment.
Toho created Godzilla with its 1954 classic film, owns the rights to the character and licenses it for figures and video games, as well as Hollywood remakes, such as last year's "Godzilla" movie directed by Gareth Edwards.
The current complaint is over buzz that Los Angeles-based Voltage is trying to create for director Nacho Vigalondo's upcoming film "Colossal" that Toho says uses Godzilla images without permission or payment.
In this photo provided by CBS, actor Bill Murray, left, talks with host David Letterman after emerging from a cake to say good-bye, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, on the set of the "Late Show with David Letterman," in New York. Letterman's final show airs Wednesday, May 20.
Photo by John Paul Filo
"Fresh Prince of Bel Air" alum and "Dancing with the Stars" champion Alfonso Ribeiro will replace Tom Bergeron as the host of ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos," Bergeron announced Tuesday during the season finale of "DWTS."
"After receiving hundreds of inquiries, stacks of video submissions and a very close audition race, one smile, one funny and sincere delivery became our standout favorite - Alfonso Riberio," said executive producer Vin Di Bona. "We look forward to Alfonso leading 'AFV' into the next generation of family friendly viewership."
ABC's longest-running primetime entertainment show, "America's Funniest Home Videos" returns for its 26th season this fall with the same mission - to give families something genuinely funny to enjoy together on Sunday nights. Along with a new host, the upcoming season will welcome an abundant supply of fresh clips to keep families laughing from coast to coast.
In its 25 seasons to date, "America's Funniest Home Videos" has given away over $14 million in prize money and evaluated more than a million video clips from home viewers. "AFV" has become an iconic part of American pop culture, as evidenced by its entry into the Smithsonian's permanent entertainment collection.
By taking a wrong turn in a dry riverbed in Kenya, scientists discovered a trove of stone tools far older than any ever found before. Nobody knows who made them - or why.
At 3.3 million years old, they push back the record of stone tools by about 700,000 years. More significantly, they are half-a-million years older than any known trace of our own branch of the evolutionary tree.
Scientists have long thought that sharp-edged stone tools were made only by members of our branch, whose members are designated "Homo," like our own species, Homo sapiens. That idea has been questioned, and the new finding is a big boost to the argument that tool-making may have begun with smaller-brained forerunners instead.
The discovery was reported by Sonia Harmand and Jason Lewis of Stony Brook University in New York and co-authors in a paper released Wednesday by the journal Nature. The find drew rave reviews from experts unconnected to the work.
Concert pianist James Rhodes, right, and actor Benedict Cumberbatch leave the Supreme Court in London, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Britain's Supreme Court has ruled that a pianist may publish a memoir detailing sexual abuse he suffered as a child, despite his ex-wife's privacy concerns. His ex-wife had argued that their 12-year-old son suffers from a number of health issues and could be caused serious harm by the publication. Supported by his friend, the actor Benedict Cumberbatch, outside the court, he called the ruling "a victory for freedom of speech."
Photo by Stefan Rousseau
Leon Redbone, the quixotic, nasally singer known for idiosyncratically performing ragtime and Tin Pan Alley-style songs, has announced his retirement from both recording and making public performances. A rep explained that the singer's health "has been a matter of concern for some time" and that "it has become too challenging for him to continue the full range of professional activities."
Jack White's Third Man Records will issue A Long Way Home, a double-album collection of Redbone's live and studio solo recordings, "in the near future." The selections included on the release will date back to 1972, three years before his debut album.
With his wide-brim hats and big sunglasses, Redbone was a man of mystery from the start. He rose to fame in the mid-Seventies after Bob Dylan spotted him at a folk festival and told Rolling Stone how curious Redbone was. "Leon interests me," Dylan said in 1974. "I've heard he's anywhere from 25 to 60, I've been [a foot and a half from him] and I can't tell, but you gotta see him. He does old Jimmie Rodgers, then turns around and does a Robert Johnson."
Rolling Stone profiled Redbone a couple of months after Dylan's recommendation and found him to be just as intriguing. When the writer asked the singer if his parents were musicians, he said, "My father was Paganini and my mother was Jenny Lind. Wunnerful, wunnerful." And he followed that up by saying - in a W.C. Fields voice - that the first place he ever played publicly was, "in a pool hall, but I wasn't playing guitar, you see. I was playing pool."
A drag queen in traditional ethnic Miao minority costume dances at a rehearsal before the "Divas in Paradise" themed party organized by Beijing LGBT Center at the W Hotel Chang'an in Beijing, China, May 20, 2015. The local LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community put on a drag show on Wednesday aiming to raise fund for the Beijing LGBT Center's mental health counselling program and raise awareness to the LGBT communities in China.
Photo by Barry Huang
Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive.
The program is meant to help the state raise more revenue to pay for road and bridge projects at a time when money generated from gasoline taxes are declining across the country, in part, because of greater fuel efficiency and the increasing popularity of fuel-efficient, hybrid and electric cars.
Starting July 1, up to 5,000 volunteers in Oregon can sign up to drive with devices that collect data on how much they have driven and where. The volunteers will agree to pay 1.5 cents for each mile traveled on public roads within Oregon, instead of the tax now added when filling up at the pump.
The current program, called OreGo, will be the largest yet and will be open to all car types. Of these, no more than 1,500 participating vehicles can get less than 17 miles per gallon, and no more than 1,500 must get at least 17 miles per gallon and less than 22 miles per gallon.
Volunteers will still be paying the fuel tax if they stop for gas. But at the end of the month, depending on the type of car they drive, they will receive either a credit or a bill for the difference in gas taxes paid at the pump.
The running shoes worn by Britain's Roger Bannister, the first man to run a sub 4 minute mile, on display during a media viewing at Christie's auction house in London, Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Bannister, who ran a time of 3 mins 59.4 seconds on May 6, 1954, wore theses lightweight shoes in the race. They will be sold at auction on Sept. 10, with an estimated sale price of 30-50,000 pounds sterling (US$ 46,600-77,600).
Photo by Alastair Grant
A gray wolf who signaled the comeback of his species in Oregon and California might be welcoming some new pups to his pack, wildlife biologists said on Wednesday.
The wolf, known as OR-7 because he was the seventh of his species ever collared in Oregon with a tracking device, is showing signs he may have more offspring after siring three pups last year, two of which officials know to have survived.
"We think they're denning again. Just the behavior we're seeing," said John Stephenson, wolf coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services in Oregon. "OR-7 is returning to a same area repeatedly."
OR-7 made headlines in late 2011 when he turned up in northern California, becoming the first wild specimen confirmed in the Golden state for 87 years.
The work 'Anas Animatus', a comic-strip Donald Duck character, is on display as skeleton during the press preview of the exhibition 'Animatus' by South Korean artist Hyungkoo Lee in Moscow, Russia, May 20, 2015.
Photo by Yuri Kochetkov
You have reached the Home page of BartCop Entertainment.
Do you have something to say?
Anything that increased your blood pressure, or, even better, amused or entertained?
Do you have a great album no one's heard?
How about a favorite TV show, movie, book, play, cartoon, or legal amusement?
A popular artist that just plain pisses you off?
A box set the whole world should own?
Vile, filthy rumors about Republican hypocrites?