Paul Arthur: "Night and the City: In the Labyrinth" (The Guardian)
On film noir's unparalleled roster of resonant titles-Kiss of Death, Out of the Past, and Where Danger Lives, to name three-none is more emblematic or iconographically cogent than Night and the City. Juxtaposing two of noir's essential, virtually ontological qualities, the title of Jules Dassin's underrated 1950 elegy for a self-annihilating hustler reminds us…
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Some art isn't just "bad" like a carton of sour milk is bad; it's curiously bad like the smell of a mosh pit of bank-tellers' attempted small talk. Its badness is its defining quality, and it becomes like a force of nature, inspiring other people to pursue their own strange creations that end up actually being pretty damn good. What the balls am I talking about? These balls, dear reader.
Grading the normal color range refers to a grading scale for diamonds in the normal color range used by internationally recognized laboratories (GIA & IGI for example). The scale ranges from D which is totally colorless to Z which is a pale yellow or brown color. Brown diamonds darker than K color are usually described using their letter grade, and a descriptive phrase, for example M Faint Brown. Diamonds with more depth of color than Z color fall into the fancy color diamond range.
Randall was first, and correct, with:
The diamond grading scale goes from D to Z
with "D" being perfectly colorless and Z being "somewhat the color of a squirrel turd that has been in the sun for a long time"
Alan J wrote:
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
The scale ranges from D which is totally colorless to Z which is a pale yellow or brown color.
Is it C? I think that's the answer from a trivia session with friends a couple decades ago.
Sending good thoughts to DJ for a safe, successful procedure today. Hope it goes well for him.
Lois Of Oregon said:
Had a mild stroke yesterday after reading about the play "Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire" and actually forgot to send my response. Oh well. Today, learned diamonds go from D to Z. Would write a song about that, but ran out of beer. Was really looking forward to seeing the meteor show tonight, but they chem trailed the sky and we have a really thick cloud cover, so now will not see the mother ship coming!
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali replied:
DJ Useo answered:
I do not possess that knowledge of diamonds. Well played, Marty.
I had the spine procedure a few hours ago, & all is great. Thanks everyone.
A Facebook friend posted this Star Trek funny.
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 starts the night with a FRESH'Big Brother', followed by a FRESH'Extant', then a RERUN'Criminal Minds'.
The programming geniuses at CBS are filling Stephen Colbert's hour with reruns of 'NCIS: The Expendable One'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJames Corden, OBE, are Neil Patrick Harris and Craig Robinson.
NBC opens the night with a FRESH'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH'Mr. Robinson', then another FRESH'Mr. Robinson', followed by a FRESH, and totally unrigged (cough, cough), 'Last Comic Standing'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Ben Kingsley, Henry Cavill, and Reba McEntire.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Connie Britton, Rita Ora, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 3/24/15) are Kurt Braunohler, the Budos Band, and Haaz Sleiman.
ABC begins the night with a RERUN'The Middle', followed by a RERUN'The Goldbergs', then a RERUN'Modern Family', followed by a RERUN'black-ish', then a FRESH'Celebrity Wife Swap'.
On a RERUNJimmy Kimmel (from 07/21/15) are Denis Leary and Alex Morgan.
The CW offers a FRESH'America's Next Top Model', followed by a FRESH'A Wicked Offer'.
Faux has a FRESH'MasterChef', followed by a FRESH'Home Free'.
MY has an old 'The Walking Dead', followed by another old 'The Walking Dead'.
A&E has 2 hours of old 'Duck Dynasty', followed by a FRESH'Duck Dynasty', then a FRESH'Wahlburgers', followed by a FRESH'Donnie Loves The Anti-Vaxxer', then a FRESH'Lachey's Bar'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Dark Knight', followed by the movie '300', then the movie '300', again.
[6:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 21 - Curry
[7:00AM] Cash in the Attic - Season 18 - Ep 22 - Taylor
[8:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 6 - Cafe Tavolini
[9:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited US - Season 4 - Ep 1 - Revisited: Down City, Classic American, Davide
[10:00AM] Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride
[11:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 3 - Ep 1 - Smith and Jones
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 19 - The Nth Degree
[1:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 4 - Ep 20 - Qpid
[2:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 6 - Booby Trap
[3:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 7 - The Enemy
[4:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 8 - The Price
[5:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 9 - The Vengeance Factor
[6:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 10 - The Defector
[7:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 11 - The Hunted
[8:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 12 - The High Ground
[9:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 13 - Deja Q
[10:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 14 - A Matter of Perspective
[11:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 15 - Yesterday's Enterprise
[12:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 9 - The Vengeance Factor
[1:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 10 - The Defector
[2:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 11 - The Hunted
[3:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 12 - The High Ground
[4:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 13 - Deja Q
[5:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 3 - Ep 14 - A Matter of Perspective (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of OC', 'Flipping Out', followed by a FRESH'Flipping Out', then a FRESH'Million Dollar Listing SF'.
Comedy Central has 'Why? With Hannibal Buress', 'Key & Peele', 2 hours of old 'South Park', followed by a FRESH'Key & Peele', then a FRESH'Why? With Hannibal Buress'.
On a RERUNJon Stewart (from 8/4/15) is Denis Leary.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Doug Benson, Michelle Buteau, and Moshe Kasher.
FX has the movie 'Taken 2', followed by the movie 'Oblivion'.
History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH'American Pickers'.
[6:00AM] WHITEST KIDS U'KNOW
[8:15AM] THE ORDER
[10:30AM] RESERVOIR DOGS
[12:45PM] MYSTIC RIVER
[3:45PM] RESERVOIR DOGS
[1:30AM] PUNISHER: WAR ZONE
[3:45AM] STIR OF ECHOES (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:30AM] Being John Malkovich
[9:00AM] Letters From Iwo Jima
[12:00PM] The Professional
[2:15PM] True Crime
[4:45PM] Blood Work
[7:15PM] Absolute Power
[9:45PM] The Devil's Advocate
[12:45AM] Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
[4:15AM] The Cooler (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has the movie 'The Crazies', followed by the movie 'Seven'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Jason Segel, Ruby Rose, and Jason Isbell.
Michael Dorn, and from left, Marina Sirtis, Patrick Stewart, and LeVar Burton arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Blunt Talk" presented by Starz at the DGA Theater on Monday, August 10, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Matt Sayles
St. Louis County declared a state of emergency as prominent civil rights activists were arrested during a Black Lives Matter protest Monday.
Noted academic and activist Cornel West was the most well-known demonstrator taken into custody outside a St. Louis federal courthouse. Civil rights activists DeRay McKesson and Johnetta Elzie of We the Protesters were also among the dozens arrested.
Officers with the Federal Protective Service could be seen surveying the protesters, who had locked their arms together as they sat in solidarity on the steps of the Thomas F. Eagleton federal courthouse.
Before leaving for the protest, Elzie tweeted, "If I'm arrested today please know I'm not suicidal. I have plenty to live for. I did not resist, I'm just black."
Comedienne and actress Sarah Silverman speaks at a rally for democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Los Angeles.
Photo by Ringo H.W. Chiu
A dozen candid and unpublished photos of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's wedding reception are the featured items at a Boston-area auction scheduled for next month.
The photos were taken by Lord Patrick Lichfield, a relative who was the only photographer allowed to take informal photographs of the royal family and their guests when they returned to Buckingham Palace following the July 1981 wedding.
Six of the photos depict Princess Diana in her wedding dress with members of her own family as well as Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Princess Margaret and Prince Andrew. In some, Diana is holding 5-year-old Clementine Hambro, her youngest bridesmaid.
The photos were left out of Charles and Diana's wedding album.
It wasn't a matter of if but when the 60-year-old Riviera casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip would come crashing down. Its new owner voted Tuesday to do it sooner rather than later.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority decided to demolish the structure and pave over the land rather than let it sit vacant for years while the agency seeks the money needed to expand its convention center to the site.
The authority bought the Riviera for $182.5 million plus $8.5 million in transaction costs in February. It expects to spend $2.3 billion to expand the Las Vegas Convention Center to the Las Vegas Strip.
Any demolition wouldn't happen for at least six months. How the building will be demolished hasn't been decided, but the agency's contractor, Terry Miller with Cordell Corp., told the board he expects it will require an implosion as well as tearing it down.
A judge will allow a son of rock star John Mellencamp to serve a four-day jail sentence for battery in 12-hour stints because the 20-year-old suffers from a panic disorder.
Speck Mellencamp will be incarcerated at the Monroe County Jail from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Aug. 10-13 and Aug. 18-21 so a health care professional is on duty while he's behind bars, The Herald-Times reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1UB92ib ).
Mellencamp's attorney, Thomas Farlow, requested the arrangement because the jail has nurses to attend to inmates only from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Having his client incarcerated only within those hours reduces "the risk that he will suffer a debilitating panic attack," Farlow said.
Mellencamp received the four-day sentence after he and older brother Hud pleaded guilty in April to a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a July 2013 altercation. The brothers allegedly punched and kicked a 19-year-old man in Bloomington who they believed had hit Speck Mellencamp.
From left, Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly, and Matt Damon attend The Project Greenlight Season 4 premiere of 'The Leisure Class' at The Theatre At The Ace Hotel on Monday, August 10, 2015 in Los Angeles.
Photo by Paul A. Hebert
Europe's last wild sturgeons got a rare boost this summer when the conservationist group WWF Bulgaria released more than 50,000 babies of these prehistoric fish into the lower Danube, marking the end of a three-year project co-funded by the European Union.
These so-called giant "living fossils" date back to the time of the dinosaurs but are now teetering on the brink of extinction.
Six varieties of sturgeons once lived in the Danube, the expert said. Now only four of these species are left.
The lower part of the river in Bulgaria and neighbouring Romania is home to the EU's last still viable populations of sturgeons, which live mostly in the Black sea but swim upriver to spawn.
Extensive poaching for the sturgeons' tasty meat and expensive caviar has led to their dwindling stocks, though local fisherman Rumen Ivanov insisted he had not heard of anybody catching a sturgeon "in ages".
US actress Vanessa Bayer jokingly lies down in front of US actress Amy Schumer, right, and US director Judd Apatow, left, during a photo call for the movie "Trainwreck" (German title "Dating Queen") in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015.
Photo by Gero Breloer
A replica of the French frigate that transported General Lafayette to America in 1780 to rally US rebels battling for independence arrived back in France on Monday after a four-month Atlantic voyage.
The Hermione and its 80-strong crew made a majestic entrance into the port of Brest in northwestern France, accompanied by a fleet of tall ships and a modern navy frigate, and met by a cheering crowd on the quay.
It took almost two decades and $32 million (25 million euros) to build the exact replica of the 1,200-tonne, three-masted ship, using only 18th century shipbuilding techniques.
The Hermione finally set sail in April, waved off by President Francois Hollande, retracing Lafayette's 3,700-mile (6,000-kilometre) journey across the Atlantic and calling at more than a dozen stops along the eastern coast of the United States and Canada.
A crate of Cognac was also transported onboard -- as on Lafayette's original ship -- and auctioned off for charity at Mount Vernon, once home to the first US president, George Washington.
Producer Berry Gordy (L) and his son Redfoo pose at the premiere of "Straight Outta Compton" in Los Angeles, California August 10, 2015. The movie opens in the U.S. on August 14.
Photo by Mario Anzuoni
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