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Anna Puma, Ace of Spades • Wed 2018 Jan 24, 12:09pm

…science fiction and fantasy writer Ursula K Le Guin has passed away at the age of 88.…

I remember reading and enjoying Left Hand Of Darkness back in the early 1970s. The official web site of author Ursula K. Le Guin.
Beatles - Help
rammajamma, Ace of Spades • Fri 2017 Nov 17, 2:35pm

Yoko was weird but she did get Lennon off heroin. The Beatles broke up because Mr. Vapid, excuse me McCartney was more interested in silly love songs than continuing to progress the band's music and Lennon and Harrison wouldn't stand for it. Oh and Ringo was there.…

Variation on the punchline, "and Ringo played the drums."
Kate Brown, ArtNet News • Wed 2017 Nov 15, 3:51pm

A Very Fancy Grasshopper Was Found in the Paint of a Van Gogh Masterpiece
The discovery of the critter is a by-product of significant research underway at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.…

Only the finest natural ingredients.
Alfred E Neuman
Red Square, The People's Cube • Thu 2017 Nov 9, 4:20pm

…This sparked a lively discussion on Twitter, with over two thousand commenters asking where they could buy a chainsaw bayonet, or proposing other useful attachments, such as, a pencil sharpener, a pizzawheel, a banana named "apple," and Kevin Spacey's head for converting your firearm into a sexual assault rifle.…

I liked the "Laughingstock" and the "Blame Thrower" especially.
Mark Evanier, • Wed 2017 Nov 1, 8:20pm

…Brazilian animator Ivanildo Soares decided this cartoon should be remade. The soundtrack remained exactly the same but he handed its scenes out to a bevy of South American animators…

Video 6:46. See article for Mark Evanier's extended explanation of the inexplicable.
Captain America's shield
Brian Cronin, CBR • Thu 2017 Jan 5, 2:23pm

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby both appeared as models on comic books.


Meagan Damore, • Thu 2016 Dec 15, 8:25pm

When “Riverdale” arrives on The CW next month, K.J. Apa’s Archie Andrews and his friends will bring life to the beloved cast of Archie Comics characters.…

Innocence not just lost, but deeply buried and cemented over. (See poster.)
Jeff Poor, Breitbart • Mon 2016 Oct 24, 10:04am

Monday on CNN’s “New Day,” Randall Stephenson, the chairman and CEO of AT&T made an appearance with current Time Warner chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes to promote the merger of AT&T and Time Warner.

Stephenson pledged an “independent” CNN, one of Time Warner’s properties, should the merger proceed.…

And we can believe them, because, there's no need to fiddle with the Communist/Clinton News Network anyway.
Tad Friend, The New Yorker • Sun 2016 Oct 23, 10:01pm

…Many people in Silicon Valley have become obsessed with the simulation hypothesis, the argument that what we experience as reality is in fact fabricated in a computer; two tech billionaires have gone so far as to secretly engage scientists to work on breaking us out of the simulation.…

Bluebird of Bitterness • Fri 2016 Oct 21, 9:37pm

…This dance sequence from the 1943 film Stormy Weather has Fayard and Harold doing their unique amalgam of tap, gymnastics, and acrobatics to “Jumpin’ Jive” by Cab Calloway. No less an authority than Fred Astaire called this the greatest movie musical number he had ever seen.…

Ladyfingers • Fri 2016 Oct 21, 11:20am

…There are a number of things that annoy me about the proliferation of tattoos.…

Well-written (warning: adult language) critique. From 2008, still timely.
Christopher Mele, Seattle Times / NY Times • Mon 2016 Oct 3, 9:38am

Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener
That is what I’d truly like to be
’Cause if I were an Oscar Mayer wiener
Everyone would be in love with me.

James Delingpole, Breitbart • Mon 2016 Sep 26, 4:17pm

…join Jo Nova and William Briggs in humiliating the author of this utterly misleading cartoon so as to prick his bubble of pompous, ignorant, self-regarding, passive-aggressive, pontificating greenery.…

I like XKCD, generally, but had to wonder about this one. So, glad to see a response.
Trey Sanchez, Truth Revolt • Mon 2016 Sep 19, 7:07pm

To the 29 people of New York City that were injured in the Islamic terror blast: You were very lucky it was a bomb and not guns, says MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.…

David Ng, LA Times • Sun 2016 Sep 18, 10:15pm

Charmian Carr will always be 16 going on 17 for fans of "The Sound of Music." In the movie… she played the rebellious Liesl von Trapp… Carr died Saturday in Woodland Hills of complications from a rare form of dementia, according to a statement from her family. She was 73.…

Robert Simonson, Playbill • Fri 2016 Sep 16, 8:23pm

Edward Albee, the author of dozens of bitingly funny and scabrously caustic dramas, and one of the most important American playwrights for much of the last fifty years, died September 16 at age 88. He passed away peacefully at his home in Montauk, NY, following a short illness, according to his longtime personal assistant, Jakob Holder.…

Ann Althouse • Fri 2016 Sep 16, 6:45pm

Listen to the oldest melody in the world — 3400 years old.
"The hymn was discovered on a clay tablet in Ugarit, now part of modern-day Syria, and is dedicated the Hurrians’ goddess of the orchards Nikkal...."

The clay tablet text, which was discovered alongside around 30 other tablet fragments, specifies 9 lyre strings and the intervals between those strings – kind of like an ancient guitar tab..... The notation here is essentially a set of instructions for intervals and tuning based around a heptatonic diatonic scale.…

Video: creative*funnel, YouTube, 1:59 - and beautiful, too.
BBC News • Tue 2016 Sep 6, 11:30am

It was 50 years ago, on 5 September 1966, that the cameras rolled for the first time in the Italianate village of Portmeirion as filming got under way for the cult 1960s adventure TV show The Prisoner.…

ghettofunk13, YouTube • Thu 2016 Sep 1, 6:06pm

I wanted to try cleaning an LP with wood glue. It made for quite an improvement - and I've read that multiple cleanings continue to clean up the snaps crackles and pops.…

Not something I would have thought of offhand, but it works
Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs • Thu 2016 Sep 1, 5:59pm

Former Muslim and Muhammad cartoon art contest winner Bosch Fawstin spoke at the AFA conference I spoke at last weekend.

Listen to his powerful presentation. He discusses something few know about: how mainstream, comic books, in particular Marvel and DC Comics, have become propaganda tools for Islam.…

Observer-Dispatch • Fri 2016 Aug 5, 9:40pm

A rare copy of Superman's 1938 comic-book debut sold at auction for almost $1 million.…

Beatles - Help
Colin Fleming, Rolling Stone • Fri 2016 Aug 5, 9:26pm

…Revolver, released August 5th, 1966 – was the band's biggest musical watershed. Never had the Beatles emerged with such a brace of high-quality songs. Never had Paul McCartney written so well. John Lennon wasn't far behind. Never had a band enmeshed itself so thoroughly with studio wizardry. Never, simply, had a musical collective done so much to change the very concept of how sound could be produced, at the level of sheer fun, and the level of full-on art..…

Well, Rubber Soul was pretty good, too.
Jimmy Johnson, Arlo and Janis • Thu 2016 Jul 28, 10:30pm

This is the nerve center of my home, the coffee station. It is where I spend my first conscious moments every day. Above the coffee pot is an original drawing by Jack Davis. Its subject, Alfred E. Newman, and his words are familiar, but this particular rendering has been seen by few. I will tell you its story.…

A nice personal reflection
Hollywood Reporter • Thu 2016 Jul 28, 3:36pm

The Rocketeer is ready to blast off once again.

Walt Disney Studios is developing a reboot of the 1991 action adventure movie, hiring Max Winkler and Matt Spicer to pen the script, which is being titled The Rocketeers.

The project, in the early development stages, is considered a sequel-reboot and, in a modern-day twist, will be headlined by a black female character.…

In serious danger of messing with perfection here.
War News Updates • Thu 2016 Jul 28, 3:35pm

Actor Jerry Doyle, best known for his role in the sci-fi series Babylon 5, has died at the age of 60.

Doyle appeared in all five series of the 1990s show as Chief Warrant Officer Michael Garibaldi.

He also made guest appearances on other popular shows, such as Beverly Hills 90210, NYPD Blue and Martial Law, and was the host of a nationally-syndicated daily radio show in the US.
A spokesman for Doyle's family said the cause of his death was not yet known.…

Links and WNU comment
Jamie Lovett, • Wed 2016 Jul 27, 7:01pm

Revered cartoonist Jack Davis died today at the age of 91. Davis’s art career spanned several mediums, from comics, to movie posters, to advertising. One of his first jobs was drawing a Coco-Cola training manual in 1949.… one of the founding artists of Harvey Kurtzman’s Mad Magazine…

A great and unmatched master of cartooning and caricature.
Mark Savage, BBC • Mon 2016 Jul 25, 11:45am

…The singer appeared, uncredited, on many of the biggest movie musicals of all time - dubbing the voices for Deborah Kerr in The King and I, and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady.

She also sang the high notes for Marilyn Monroe in Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend; and "ghosted" Natalie Wood's vocals on West Side Story.…

Bluebird of Bitterness • Thu 2016 Jul 14, 4:21pm
Maybe print is not dead, it's just in hiding? Humorous posters collected by bluebird
Big Fur Hat, IOTW Report • Tue 2016 Jul 12, 2:15pm

#BlackLivesMatter encounter a group of good ol’ boy counter-protesters. Must see video.

Sun-Herald • Wed 2016 Jun 29, 12:02am

Mack Rice, the composer of '60s hit "Mustang Sally" and co-writer of the Staple Singers' landmark "Respect Yourself" has died in Detroit. He was 82.

Laura Rice told The Associated Press that her husband died at their home Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease.…