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The Unwanted Blog • Sat 2015 Jul 25, 5:46pm

Capacitance Electronic Disks are one of the great disasters in the history of video storage systems, and are pretty much unknown today… much like traditional vinyl phonograph records, but with the grooves much, much finer. …

Bluebird of Bitterness • Sat 2015 Jul 25, 6:49am

…In 1788, Newton published a pamphlet, Thoughts Upon the Slave Trade, in which he described the horrible conditions on the slave ships, and wrote that “It will always be a subject of humiliating reflection to me, that I was once an active instrument in a business at which my heart now shudders.” He joined in the efforts of William Wilberforce and other abolitionists in Parliament to outlaw the slave trade, and he lived to see the passage of the Slave Trade Act on March 25, 1807. Nine months later, he died in London, the city of his birth.

John Newton is best remembered today as the author of the hymn “Amazing Grace.” In 1982, 175 years after his death, he was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.…

A few days late for his birthday (Jul 24), but worth celebrating.
Star Trek Enterprise
Joe Dan Gorman, Intellectual Froglegs • Fri 2015 Jul 24, 7:38pm

Ted Cruz told the New York Times that he identified with Star Trek’s Captain Kirk more than Captain Picard because he felt that Kirk was more of a conservative and Picard more of a liberal.…

Andrew Steinbeiser, • Thu 2015 Jul 23, 8:32pm

…[CBS] recently invited 400 mothers and their daughters to attend a live screening of Supergirl, but then leaped above everyone’s expectations in a single bound by bringing Supergirl herself, actress Melissa Benoist, out to meet the crowd. … [video]

Andrea Towers, EW • Thu 2015 Jul 23, 8:29pm

“In some ways it has hit me, and in other ways it hasn’t,” the former Glee star said of her new role. “I am fully aware of how much Supergirl means to her fans and how much she has the ability to affect people for the better, but I’m not sure I am quite aware of how large that circle of affectation is — and I might not be until the show begins to air in the fall.”

Steven Zeitchik, LA Times • Sun 2015 Jul 12, 3:44pm

Throughout his long career, the Egyptian star Omar Sharif, who died Friday at the age of 83, was known for both the subtlety and grandeur of his roles. He won acclaim for many of them — multiple Golden Globes, a Cesar award and an Oscar nomination.

And, of course, there’s his signature scene: the one in which he moves across the desert on a camel in "Lawrence of Arabia," now etched into out cinematic consciousness. …

Will S.' Sunny Side Blog • Thu 2015 Jul 9, 7:22am

You can make a tortilla into a 78 RPM record, play it, and then eat it.

If you have a 78 RPM turntable. And a laser tortilla recorder.
Flying Car
Maeve McDermott, Entertain This • Fri 2015 Jul 3, 6:59pm

'Back To The Future' was released 30 years ago today… and we’re still not sick of it.…

Ashley Kringen, KFOR • Mon 2015 Jun 29, 11:03pm

A world-renowned banjo player, who brought joy to thousands of bluegrass fans is in need of your help. John Hickman, is a five string banjo picker who lives in Guthrie. After battling health problems, racking up medical bills and being forced to quit work, the Hickman’s house is falling apart with no funds for repairs. Now the community is coming together to raise the money. …

GoFundMe account (Yeah, GoFundMe, but…)
TheRalphRetort • Thu 2015 Jun 25, 4:36pm

…“I wouldn’t mind, if Peter Parker had originally been black, a Latino, an Indian or anything else, that he stay that way,” he said. “But we originally made him white. I don’t see any reason to change that.”…

Zip, Weasel Zippers • Tue 2015 Jun 23, 7:27pm

AP: The images were not intended to portray Cruz in a negative light.
Zip: True. It was meant to send a message.

The cropped picture, the larger picture, and the retracted picture frame.
Casey Tolan, • Tue 2015 Jun 23, 7:21pm

That’s right: the shooter of nine people was a “brony”—a male devotee of the children’s TV show.… complete fabrication… created out of thin air, …

Dianny, Patriot Retorts • Tue 2015 Jun 23, 7:15pm

…Who knew AP stood for Asshole Pinheads. Imagine if AP did this instead…

Dianny does a great job reversing the AP's latest anti-Cruz propaganda photo.
Ted Cruz
Michelle Jesse, • Tue 2015 Jun 23, 6:45pm

…So bad was this particular instance that the outlet in question — the Associated Press (AP) — has now scrubbed the photos from its site. Why the photos sparked outrage requires no explanation — take a look yourself.… Following the social media firestorm that ensued, the AP issued a feeble apology of sorts…

Neo Neocon • Fri 2015 Jun 19, 8:16pm

…in the English-speaking world—and perhaps the world as a whole—has quite a backstory… She had never written any poetry, but the plight of a young German Jewish woman, Margaret Schwarzkopf, who was staying with her and her husband, inspired the poem.…

Anita Singh & Danny Boyle, Mail • Thu 2015 Jun 11, 7:00pm

Sir Christopher Lee dies at 93 - latest reaction and tributes - Screen legend famous for roles in Hammer Horror films, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars dies in hospital after suffering heart and respiratory problems

Jamie Lovett, ComicBook • Wed 2015 Jun 10, 1:56pm

…Created by Michael Hefferon, Reboot: The Guardian Code is based on the original ReBoot created by Gavin Blair, John Grace, Phil Mitchell and Ian Pearson. The YTV series was the first of its kind–a fully CG animated television series. The series told stories of heroic Guardians who battled viruses inside computer systems.

ReBoot: the Guardian Code is an adventure-comedy series about four teens (Austin, Parker, Grey and Tamra) who discover that they’re next-gen Guardians with a mission to save the world, by defending it in cyberspace.…

Enjoyed the original series, ahead of its time. A return was long overdue, but tricky, so this looks like an interesting re-engineering of the premise for today's tech. Hope this makeover will remain true to the original's spirit.
Ben Rooney, Ozark First / CNN • Fri 2015 Jun 5, 8:35pm

Lennon used Gibson J-160E guitar for many early Beatles' songs… Lennon and fellow Beatle George Harrison both bought the same style Gibson guitars in 1962 at a music shop in Liverpool for £161, or about $245 at today's exchange rate.…

Spider-Man • Sun 2015 May 31, 9:15pm

Stan Lee Is Now The Highest-Grossing Movie Producer Of All Time At Domestic Box Office

Star Trek Enterprise
Jay Jayson, • Sun 2015 May 31, 8:03pm

…There are four lawn/garden figurines to choose from: Kirk, Kirk & Gorn, Redshirt, or Spock.…

Paul McCartney
Fox News / AP • Sat 2015 May 30, 7:13pm

…Paul McCartney says he has given up marijuana after many years of indulgence and now prefers wine or "a nice margarita." …doesn't want to set a bad example for his children and grandchildren…

This from the jerk who made all the Beatles' lives more miserable by coming out about their (painfully obvious) drug use during their heyday. Always been an idiot. Truth is, Paul hasn't smoked pot since he died in that car crash…
Nigel Farndale, Telegraph UK • Sun 2015 May 24, 11:43am

Forty-five years after Simon & Garfunkel split up, the singer [Garfunkle] is still consumed with bitterness…

Ryan LaCroix, KOSU • Mon 2015 May 18, 7:57pm

The Oklahoma Historical Society celebrates the launch of 46 Star Records tonight at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. Their first release will be unearthed radio sessions of Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys on 180-gram vinyl records.

Fox / AP • Sun 2015 May 17, 9:02pm

A guitar George Harrison played at a time when Beatlemania was taking flight… 1963 Mastersound electric guitar went for $490,000… at a New York auction.…

Joe Comicbook, • Mon 2015 May 11, 11:32pm

“Really why Silent Bob is silent was because Jayson [Mewes] talks a lot. It was that simple,” said Smith. …

Batman Logo
Lan Pitts, • Mon 2015 May 11, 11:15pm

[I wouldn't normally have much to do with the Vlogbrothers, but their silly argument over Batman is sort-of worth slogging through to catch the songified version at the end of this post.]

Telegraph • Sun 2015 May 10, 11:32am

The Duke playing Genghis Khan in yellowface, filming on a nuclear testing ground? Chris Bell on why nobody escaped the fallout from The Conqueror…

Jay Jayson, • Sun 2015 May 3, 6:50pm

A year ago, professional artist Mauricio Abril released "Poor Spidey," which showed Spidey being pulled away from the fun-filled Avengers by a corporate executive. … Sony and Marvel worked out their differences… That news has led Mauricio to create a follow-up piece, "Spidey Reunited," to mark the joyous moment.…

Patricia Reaney and Jonathan Kaminsky, Reuters • Tue 2015 Apr 14, 6:11pm

Soul singer Percy Sledge, best known for his recording of "When a Man Loves a Woman," died at his home in Louisiana at age 74 after battling liver cancer… dubbed "The King of Slow Soul," recorded the song for Atlantic Records in 1966. It was his first single and is considered one of the greatest of all soul songs. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. …

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