Andrew Findlay: Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology
Neil Gaiman wrote a book of Norse mythology. There is perhaps no one more perfect for the job of modernizing this body of myths. The Sandman series that put him on the map is one long love letter to mythology, and American Gods, my favorite novel of his, specifically digs deep into Norse tales, exploring how deities might fit into the rough-and-tumble of today, cutting them up or down based on their merits, and watching how they navigate the world. It is fascinating. He also just loves these myths, ever since they inspired him as a child reading Marvel's Thor comics.
Zorro (Spanish for "fox") is the secret identity of Don Diego de la Vega, a fictional character created in 1919 by pulp writer Johnston McCulley. He is a Californio nobleman living in Los Angeles during the era of Mexican rule (between 1821 and 1846), although some movie adaptations of Zorro's story have placed him during the earlier Spanish rule.
Dave in Tucson was first and correct with:
Don Diego de la Vega's secret identity was Zorro.
Don Diego de la Vega assumed the secret identity of Zorro. One of my
Alan J answeredd:
The foppish and preening son of privilege
Was the cover for the dashing defender of justice, Zorro, played by
Tyrone Power in the movie. His horse, at least on the Disney series
staring Guy Williams, was Toranado.
Sandra in Maine said:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
Out of the night, when the full moon is bright,
Comes the horseman known as Zorro.
This bold renegade carves a Z with his blade,
A Z that stands for Zorro.
Zorro, Zorro, the fox so cunning and free,
Zorro, Zorro, who makes the sign of the Z.
He is polite, but the wicked take flight
When they catch the sight of Zorro.
He's friend of the weak,
And the poor and the meek,
This very unique señor Zorro.
Zorro, Zorro, the fox so cunning and free,
Zorro, Zorro, who makes the sign of the Z.
Zorro, Zorro, Zorro, Zorro, Zorro.
Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:
Don Diego was Zorro!
With a "Z" carved on the bad guy's chest.
David of Moon Valley wrote:
foggy memory banks are saying the Z man...Zorro...but i could be wrong as that fog is pretty thick this morning...
Pretty sure that's Zorro. I watched the TV show as a kid; it was corny but fun. The actor who played Zorro was also the actor who played the dad of the space family Robinson on the show "Lost in Space." I don't remember his name, though.
Very spring-like temperatures. The last few days have been especially pretty.
John I from Hawai`i says,
A fictional character who made his first appearance in a pulp magazine in 1919, and in a number of books not by the original author as well as films. We're talking Zorro here.
That would be Zorro
Dale of Springy Diamond Springs, Norcali wrote:
It's Zorro…I always admired Disney's sanitized version of Old California…the only thing missing was Gepetto…I fucking hate this time change!
George M responded:
I know this, Marty - Don Diego de la Vega's secret identity is that of the masked rider of the Pueblo de Los Angeles, Zorro!
I am especially fond of the Zorro television series from the early nineties, which starred Duncan Regehr as the masked man.
Billy in Cypress said:
Don Diego de la Vega is the mythical Zorro (the fox) in numerous stories, movies, animations and TV series. He is a heroic character set in California in the nineteenth century with a similar set of friends, villains and stories as Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest of medieval England. He has had a remarkably long life from 1919 to the present day, just as his predecessor Robin Hood has had from 1377 to the present day. Main differences are the color of clothing (black vs green), weapons (whip and sword vs long bow and staff) are mainly adaptions to the times and cultures. The "fox" represents the intelligence and cunning of both heroes. I think they would both enjoy tormenting CpPDJT-ID.
Daniel in The City answered:
DJ Useo replied:
That would be Zorro! A fictional character I've been exposed to repeatedly throughout my life.
Who wouldn't like to see Zorro vs The Terminator!? The X-rated Zorro actually makes a lot of sense, given the character.
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Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End
My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.
CBS begins the night with a FRESH'NCIS', followed by a FRESH'NCIS: The Third One', then another FRESH'NCIS: The Third One'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Rick Ross.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Gillian Jacobs, Jerrod Carmichael, and Lea Michelle.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'The Voice', followed by the SEASON FINALE'This Is Us', then a FRESH'Trial & Error', followed by another FRESH'Trial & Error'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Adam Levine, Josh Gad, and Maroon 5.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Ewan McGregor, Zoe Kravitz, Jon Pardi, and Nicko McBrain.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 2/20/17) are Michael Ware, Getter, and Rachel Keller.
ABC opens the night with a FRESH'The Middle', followed by a FRESH'American Housewife', then a FRESH'Fresh Off The Boat', then a FRESH'The Real O'Neals', followed by a FRESH'People Icons'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Dax Shepard, Sofia Black-D'Elia, and Thomas Keller.
The CW offers a FRESH'The Flash', followed by a FRESH'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow'.
Faux has a FRESH'New Girl', followed by a RERUN'The Mick', then a FRESH'Bones'.
MY recycles an old 'The X-Files', followed by another old 'The X-Files'.
A&E has 'Juvenile Lifers', 'Kids Behind Bars: Maximum Security', 'Kids Behind Bars: Lost For Life', and '60 Days In'.
AMC offers the movie 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows', followed by the movie 'Inception'.
[6:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 9-Flatline
[7:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 10-In the Forest of the Night
[8:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 11-Dark Water
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 12-Death in Heaven
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 1-The Magician's Apprentice-Part 1.
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 2-The Witch's Familiar-Part 2.
[12:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 16-L.A.
[1:00PM] CSI: MIAMI -SEASON 8 - EPISODE 17-Getting Axed
[2:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 18-Dishonor
[3:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 19-Spring Breakdown
[4:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 20-Backfire
[5:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 21-Meltdown
[6:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 22-Mommie Dearest
[7:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 23-Time Bomb
[8:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 24-All Fall Down
[9:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 16-L.A.
[10:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 17-Getting Axed
[11:00PM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 18-Dishonor
[12:00AM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 19-Spring Breakdown
[1:00AM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 20-Backfire
[2:00AM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 21-Meltdown
[3:00AM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 22-Mommie Dearest
[4:00AM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 23-Time Bomb
[5:00AM] CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 24-All Fall Down (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH'BH Social', then a FRESH'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH'Imposters', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH'Tosh.0', then a FRESH'Detroiters'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show is Valerie Jarrett.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Janet Varney, Johnathan Fernandez, and Gabriel Diani.
FX has the movie 'Jack Reacher', followed by a FRESH'The Americans'.
History has 2 hours of old 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH'Counting Cars: Supercharged', then a FRESH'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper'.
[6:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Pilot
[8:45AM] THE WORLD'S END
[11:15AM] THE 41-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN WHO KNOCKED UP SARAH MARSHALL AND FELT SUPERBAD ABOUT IT
[3:30PM] THE WORLD'S END
[6:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Keep Yourself Alive
[6:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-My Fairy King
[7:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Crazy Little Thing Called Love
[7:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-We Will Rock You
[8:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Sheer Heart Attack
[8:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Leaving Home Ain't Easy
[9:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Love of My Life
[9:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Finale
[10:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Pilot
[10:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Birthday
[11:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Keep Yourself Alive
[11:30PM] THAT '70S SHOW-My Fairy King
[12:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Crazy Little Thing Called Love
[12:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-We Will Rock You
[1:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Sheer Heart Attack
[1:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Leaving Home Ain't Easy
[2:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Love of My Life
[2:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Finale
[3:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Birthday
[3:30AM] KINGPIN (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] All in the Family-Stephanie and the Crime Wave
[6:35AM] All in the Family-Barney the Gold Digger
[7:10AM] All in the Family-The Return of Archie's Brother
[7:45AM] All in the Family-Stephanie's Conversion
[8:20AM] All in the Family-Edith Gets Fired
[8:55AM] All in the Family-The Family Next Door
[9:30AM] All in the Family-The Return of Stephanie's Father
[10:05AM] Donnie Brasco
[1:04PM] The Mask of Zorro
[4:03PM] Lethal Weapon
[6:30PM] Lethal Weapon 2
[9:00PM] Lethal Weapon 3
[11:30PM] Lethal Weapon 4
[2:30AM] The Beach
[5:00AM] Hap and Leonard-Eskimos (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Zombieland', followed by a FRESH'Face Off', then the movie 'The Legend Of Hercules'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Aubrey Plaza, Darren Criss, and Old 97's.
Demonstrators, one dressed in a Theresa May puppet head pose near parliament in London, Monday, March 13, 2017. The action represented their concern that the Prime Minister is whipping MPs to endorse a 'blank cheque Brexit', as MPs vote on the Lords amendment of Article 50.
Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth
CBS announced on Monday it has given the green light to "Young Sheldon," a prequel of its award-winning ratings smash comedy, "The Big Bang Theory."
Created by "Big Bang" executive producers Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, the half-hour single-camera comedy series will premiere later this year, although the number of episodes has not been announced.
It will star Iain Armitage as a nine-year-old version of nerdy genius Sheldon Cooper -- one of the main "Big Bang" characters played by Jim Parsons, who narrates the new show as the adult Sheldon.
Jon Favreau ("Iron Man," "The Jungle Book") will direct and executive produce the first episode from a script written by Molaro, while Zoe Perry takes on the role of Sheldon's mother Mary Cooper, played by the actress' real-life mother Laurie Metcalf in "Big Bang."
(L to R) Kevin Hill of Canada, Hagen Kearney of the US and Regino Hernandez of Spain in action during the big final at the FIS Snowboarding and Freestyle Skiing World Championships - Men's Team Snowboard Cross in Sierra Nevada, Spain on March 13, 2017.
Photo by Albert Gea
Canadians with cystic fibrosis, an inherited disease which attacks the lungs, tend to live a decade longer than Americans suffering from it, likely due to diet, medical insurance and the availability of transplants, researchers said Monday.
The median -- or midpoint -- age of survival for people with cystic fibrosis in Canada is 50.9 years compared to 40.6 years in the United States, said the report in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Furthermore, people in Canada with CF faced a 34 percent lower risk of dying than their US counterparts, when researchers took account of factors such as age and the severity of the disease.
The study, funded by the US Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, compared records on more than 45,000 US patients to nearly 6,000 Canadian patients.
The lifespan findings focus on the last five years of data available, from 2009 to 2013.
Cities from Oslo to Sydney are setting goals to curb climate change that exceed national targets, causing tensions with central governments about who controls policy over green energy and transport and construction.
More than 2,500 cities have issued plans to cut carbon emissions to the United Nations since late 2014, setting an example to almost 200 nations that reached a Paris Agreement in December 2015 to fight global warming.
Although there are no officially collated statistics available, many city targets are more ambitious than those set by governments under the Paris accord, which imposes no obligations on cities, regions or companies to define goals.
Just over half the world's population lives in urban areas, meaning municipalities will help to determine whether the historic shift from fossil fuels to cleaner energy agreed in Paris succeeds or fails.
But as many cities become more assertive, governments are reluctant to cede control.
Two Native American tribes who are suing to stop the Dakota Access pipeline have asked a judge to head off the imminent flow of oil while they appeal his decision allowing the pipeline's construction to be completed.
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg last week rejected the request of the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes to stop construction of the final segment of the pipeline under Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota from which the tribes get their water. The pipeline's developer, Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, expects to have the work done and the pipeline filled with oil as early as this week.
The tribes maintain that an oil pipeline under the lake they consider sacred violates their right to practice their religion, which relies on clean water. In his decision last week, Boasberg said the tribes didn't raise the religion argument in a timely fashion and he questioned its merits.
Cheyenne River attorney Nicole Ducheneaux on Friday appealed the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She also asked Boasberg to "prevent the flow of oil through the Dakota Access pipeline" until the appeal is resolved.
Boasberg on Monday gave ETP and the Army Corps of Engineers until Tuesday to file their responses to the request. The Corps is a defendant in the lawsuit because it manages the Missouri River system and authorized the Lake Oahe work last month at the urging of President Donald Trump.
Supporters of the Civil Initiative for United Macedonia hold masks to demand a 'Masks down' during a protest in front of the Government building in Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 13 March 2017. Macedonians organized by the 'Civil Initiative for United Macedonia' were mobilized for protests against a possible government between the oppositional Social Democrats and the main Albanian party, Democratic Union for Integration, claiming that their coalition deal, that includes Albanian becoming an official language, will break up the country.
Photo by Georgi Licovski
Natural changes in the environment are responsible for about 40 percent of Arctic sea ice loss, while humans are to blame for the rest, a climate study said Monday.
The paper, based on model simulations of different climate conditions, was a rare attempt to quantify the relative contributions of humans and Nature to the dramatic decline and could have a major impact on future research.
Understanding all causes of the sea ice retreat is crucial for accurately projecting the rate of future loss, and trying to slow it.
Scientists have long accepted that natural changes in the environment, such as atmospheric air circulation, were at least partly responsible.
The new study concluded that up to 60 percent of sea ice decline since 1979 was caused by summertime changes in atmospheric circulation.
There were startling colors here just a year ago, a dazzling array of life beneath the waves. Now this Maldivian reef is dead, killed by the stress of rising ocean temperatures. What's left is a haunting expanse of gray, a scene repeated in reefs across the globe in what has fast become a full-blown ecological catastrophe.
The world has lost roughly half its coral reefs in the last 30 years. Scientists are now scrambling to ensure that at least a fraction of these unique ecosystems survives beyond the next three decades. The health of the planet depends on it: Coral reefs support a quarter of all marine species, as well as half a billion people around the world.
"This isn't something that's going to happen 100 years from now. We're losing them right now," said marine biologist Julia Baum of Canada's University of Victoria. "We're losing them really quickly, much more quickly than I think any of us ever could have imagined."
Even if the world could halt global warming now, scientists still expect that more than 90 percent of corals will die by 2050. Without drastic intervention, we risk losing them all.
Coral reefs produce some of the oxygen we breathe. Often described as underwater rainforests, they populate a tiny fraction of the ocean but provide habitats for one in four marine species. Reefs also form crucial barriers protecting coastlines from the full force of storms.
A woman demonstrates AquaCAVE, a system that augments swimming environment with immersive surrounded-screen virtual reality to enhance the swimming experience, during an demonstration event organized by Sony Corp.'s human augmentation research project with the University of Tokyo, in Tokyo, Japan March 13, 2017.
Photo by Issei Kato
An album containing never-before-seen candid photos of German Nazi party leader Adolf Hitler and party members will be auctioned on Wednesday, according to the auction house.
The photo album found in April 1945 in the bedroom of Hitler's longtime companion Eva Braun could fetch up to more than more than 15 thousand pounds sterling (roughly $18,340 dollars), said C&T Auctions consultant Tim Harper.
"The pictures are very personal," said Harper, who noted the item is currently owned by an unnamed collector.
The auction will take place at Royal Tunbridge Wells, a town in Kent, England.
The photo album includes images of Hitler alongside other leading members of the Nazi party such as Joseph Goebbels, Hermann Goering and Heinrich Himmler.
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