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Washday Wisdom
rickb223, Ace of Spades Wed 2018-Feb-21 11:52am

Thank you God for giving me food to sustain my body,
Tide Pods to clean my clothes,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

Long Underwear Heroes are Dead

Black Panther emoji
Amid All the Social Clamor Ewws, Some Silly Romance D'aawws
Jamie Lovett, Mon 2018-Feb-19 1:42pm

…Fans in the audience at the 10:15 showing of Black Panther were treated to an unexpected romantic gesture. A man dressed in a Black Panther costume came into the theater before the movie started. He found his girlfriend and proposed to her.

The proposal was accepted.…

He didn't have a ticket, though.

Mass Media is Dead

Newsweek: Error 404
Matthew Cooper, Politico Thu 2018-Feb-8 12:26pm

It was 3 a.m. on Saturday, and I was seething. Staring at my phone, I saw that my company, Newsweek Media Group, had put out yet another story that would require a correction if not a retraction. This time it was a story ripped from The Onion.…

On the decline of the once-mighty newsweeklies.

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Mort Walker's Legacy
Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News Sun 2018-Jan-28 10:07am

…Walker was part of more than a half-dozen comic strips in his career, including "Hi and Lois," ''Boner's Ark" and "Sam & Silo." But his greatest success came from Beetle, his hot-tempered sergeant and the rest of the gang at fictional Camp Swampy, which he drew for nearly 70 years.

After an initial lack of popularity, the cartoon eventually succeeded, which Walker attributed to Beetle’s indolence and reluctance to follow authority.

"Most people are sort of against authority," Walker said once during an interview with the Associated Press. "Here's Beetle always challenging authority. I think people relate to it."…

Mort Walker RIP at 94
Mort Walker RIP
SMOD, Ace of Spades Sun 2018-Jan-28 12:06am

'Beetle Bailey' cartoonist Mort Walker dies at 94…

Comic strip industrialist.

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Ursula K Le Guin dead at 88
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.

But is it Art?

Grasshopper in a van Gogh
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.

Mass Media is Dead

Alfred E Neuman
CNN's Chainsaw Bayonet Meme
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.

Cartoons Count

The Bird Who Came to Dinner
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.

Long Underwear Heroes are Dead

Captain America's shield
Stan and Jack - Photo Cover Stars
Brian Cronin, CBR Thu 2017-Jan-5 2:23pm

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


Cartoons Count

Corrupting Archie & Friends
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.)

Mass Media is Dead

AT&T Vows "Independent" CNN
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.

Art of

Nicholas Brothers
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.…

Pop Culture

The Mainstreaming of Tattoos
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.

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Famous Songwriter Richard Trentlage, dead at 87
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.


About Face #2
Bluebird of Bitterness Mon 2016-Oct-3 8:13pm
Another great collection of "Here's looking at you, kid" pictures

Cartoons Count

Refuting XKCD on Climate Change Fears
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.

Mass Media is Dead

Chris Hays Smoking Gary Johnson's Stuff?
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.…

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Charmian Carr will always be 16 going on 17
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.…

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Edward Albee, dead at 88
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.…

World's Oldest Melody
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.

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The Prisoner at 50
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.…

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Cleaning a Record (LP) with Wood Glue
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

Cartoons Count

Bosch Fawstin on Marvel & DC Islam Propaganda
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.…


Critters Hidden in Critters
Bluebird of Bitterness Fri 2016-Aug-26 7:55pm
Bluebird outdoes herself with a collection of critters hidden in critter pictures.


Let's Face It #3
Bluebird of Bitterness Mon 2016-Aug-22 1:58pm
More hilarious proof that they're watching you wherever you are.

Long Underwear Heroes are Dead

Million-Dollar Funny Book
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.…

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Jimmy Johnson on Jack Davis
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
Rocketeer Sequel
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.
Jerry Doyle Dies at 60
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

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Mad Artist Jack Davis Dead at 91
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.

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Hollywood's 'Invisible Voice' Dies Aged 86
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.…

Print is Dead

Bibliophile Humor (2)
Bluebird of Bitterness Thu 2016-Jul-14 4:21pm
Maybe print is not dead, it's just in hiding? Humorous posters collected by bluebird

Music industry is dead

Paul Simon Lays Plans for Big Comeback
Jerome Hudson, Breitbart Thu 2016-Jun-30 2:48pm

Legendary folk-rock singer Paul Simon says, after making music for more than 60 years, he’s ready to “let go” of the limelight and “see what happens.”

“Showbiz doesn’t hold any interest for me,” Simon told the New York Times in a recent interview.…

Finally ran out of songs, eh, Paul?
Paul & friend in a Daily Doodle

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Mustang Sally Composer's Ride is Over
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.…

Mass Media is Dead

NY Times: St Patrick Ordered Death of Gheys
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D., Breitbart Mon 2016-Jun-20 10:40pm

The New York Times’ sloppiness when reporting on Christianity is proverbial, but perhaps none of its prior errors equals its claim this week that the apostle Saint Paul commanded Christians to kill the homosexuals among them.…

Mass Media is Dead

NY Times Claims ‘Romans’ Calls For ‘Execution Of Gays’
Mollie Hemingway, Federalist Sat 2016-Jun-18 11:17am

Religious illiteracy among journalists is reaching crisis levels.…

Amusing list of matters Christian that the media have mangled.


Electric Smiley
Let's Face It #2
Bluebird of Bitterness Wed 2016-Jun-15 7:34pm
In bluebird's world, when you look at the world, world looks back at you. Another collection of expressive pix.

Cartoons Count

Janet Waldo (voice of Judy Jetson) RIP
Mark Evanier, NewsFromME Tue 2016-Jun-14 9:46pm

Janet Waldo, whose career in entertainment stretched from motion pictures to radio to television to the world of cartoons, died this morning. The cause was a brain tumor and her age… well, no one's quite sure how old Janet was but she sure never looked or sounded it. … She appeared in more than two dozen movies but established herself in radio, mostly notably as the star of Meet Corliss Archer. Her most memorable role in television was probably the episode of I Love Lucy in which she played Peggy, a teenager with a crush on Ricky Ricardo.

In 1962, she spoke for Judy Jetson in the animated series, The Jetsons. It was her first cartoon but it launched an entire new career in that area, mainly working for Hanna-Barbera. She was Josie in Josie and the Pussycats, Penelope Pitstop in Wacky Races and The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, Granny Sweet in the Precious Pup cartoons and was heard in hundreds of other roles.… And as I said, I don't know how old she was. But I can tell you that well into her nineties, she could still sound like the teenage Judy Jetson. I think I'll just assume she was always that age.

Mark Evanier can always be counted on for an insightful article on such celebrities.

Art of

Have You Heard the New Album?
Christian Toto, PJ Media Sun 2016-Jun-12 4:35pm

…The album is a Frankenstein's monster of sorts, stitched together from material originally written decades ago as well as new songs… And it's good!… Why are The Monkees, on the road in support of their signature show's 50th anniversary, suddenly hitmakers when they should be cashing their Social Security checks?…

Four reasons

Mass Media is Dead

NRA Makes Doc Producer Say Something Stupid
AWR Hawkins, Breitbart Fri 2016-Jun-3 10:55pm

Days after Katie Couric apologetically admitted misrepresenting pro-gun voices via the insertion of a pause in Under the Gun, director Stephanie Soechtig took a different tack and said she stands by the pause.

In fact, Soechtig suggested the pause is only getting coverage because the NRA fixated on it.…

Wile E. NRA, Super Genius

But is it Art?

Glasses on the Floor - a Masterpiece
Christopher Hooton, Independent (UK) Thu 2016-May-26 7:56pm

Several visitors to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art this week were fooled into thinking a pair of glasses set on the floor by a 17-year-old prankster was a postmodern masterpiece.…

Mass Media is Dead

Couric-izing Couric
ReasonTV, YouTube Thu 2016-May-26 8:01pm

Katie Couric Responds to Deceptive Editing Charges in Gun Documentary

Reason turns the table on deceptive editing. Video: 0:30

Mass Media is Dead

CNN: Censorship News Notwork
Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs Tue 2016-May-10 12:53pm

Earlier this morning, I reported on the bloody rampage at a railway station in Munich by a Muslim screaming “Allahu akbar.” This is undeniably an Islamic attack. Well, not for CNN.

They have scrubbed all reference to the jihad murderers motive and mission. Despite the lack of evidence, CNN speculates that the murderer might have mental problems.…


Face Value #2
Bluebird of Bitterness Wed 2016-May-4 5:01pm
When you look at these illusions, they're looking back at you!

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Beatle Meets Blackbird
Jeff Giles, Ultimate Classic Rock Mon 2016-May-2 12:23pm

…Paul McCartney brought his One on One Tour to Little Rock on April 30, and paid tribute to two of the women who inspired the Beatles classic “Blackbird” while he was in town.

As McCartney explained during a Nashville show in 2010, the band was moved by the American civil rights movement during the ’50s and ’60s, and McCartney composed “Blackbird” while thinking specifically of the Little Rock Nine…

Harry Potter
Why Rowling Killed Off Remus Lupin
Kelly West, Cinema Blend Mon 2016-May-2 12:17pm

…The two events may seem mostly unrelated, however, for the writer of this story, perhaps there really is a balance that must be struck. She spared Arthur Weasley, but exchanged his life for another character’s, whose end would come near the conclusion of the series.…

Do the best writers choose the storyline, or just take dictation?

Music industry is dead

Stairway to Taurus Moonlight
Vic, Ace of Spades Wed 2016-Apr-13 2:36am

… speaking of idiot judges a judge has allowed a civil suit between the heirs of a Spirit band member and Led Zepplin over the opening notes to Stairway To Heaven has been allowed to procede. Any idiot with half a brain recognizes those notes as being from Beathovin's Moonlight Sonata.

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Magical Chair Worth Almost $400K
Naja Rayne, People Thu 2016-Apr-7 2:38am

…The chair that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling sat in while writing the first two books of the wizardry series was sold at a New York City auction on Wednesday for $394,000…

Like anybody sitting in that chair will ever again write a fortune-making best-selling series!

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Merle Haggard Dies on His 79th Birthday
Rolling Stone Wed 2016-Apr-6 8:54pm

"He was my brother, my friend. I will miss him," writes Willie Nelson in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of himself sharing a laugh with the late Merle Haggard and a link to view their iconic "Pancho and Lefty" video. Nelson and Haggard were indeed as close as family, with their musical and personal bonds dating back to long before that first collaboration, and spanning through Haggard's death today at the age of 79.…

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Patty Duke dies at 69
Duane Byrge and Mike Barnes, Hollywood Reporter Tue 2016-Mar-29 10:18pm

Patty Duke, who won a best supporting actress Oscar for her performance as Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker and starred as two cousins on her own sitcom, died Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. She was 69.…

Had a tough life.
Hearst vs Citizen Kane
Dalya Alberge, Guardian (UK) Tue 2016-Mar-29 10:15pm

…Previously unpublished documents have revealed the scale of a plot by the media mogul William Randolph Hearst to discredit Orson Welles and destroy Citizen Kane, the 1941 film about the rise and fall of the fictional newspaper proprietor Charles Foster Kane.…

Print is Dead

Restoring the World's Oldest Library
Karen Eng, Thu 2016-Mar-10 6:48pm

The ancient al-Qarawiyyin Library in Fez isn’t just the oldest library in Africa. Founded in 859, it’s the oldest working library in the world, holding ancient manuscripts that date as far back as 12 centuries. But modern life had taken a toll on the library, with its buildings falling into disrepair. That’s why in 2012, the Moroccan Ministry of Culture asked TED Fellow and architect Aziza Chaouni to rehabilitate the library…

Long Underwear Heroes are Dead

The Return of The Tick?
Matthew Mueller, Thu 2016-Mar-10 10:44pm

The Tick might be on his way back to television if new reports are to be believed. Amazon has ordered a pilot for the new series, with Ben Edlund back in the fold as writer and producer and Barry Josephson as executive producer.

Unfortunately actor Patrick Warburton, who played the big blue lug in the previous live action series is not going to be reprising his role, as he has a new series, Crowded, on NBC. He will be included as an executive producer, and hopefully, they can find someone to fill his big blue shoes.…

Art of

BlazingCatFur's Beautiful Pictures
Blazing Cat Fur Wed 2016-Feb-24 10:30am
BlazingCatFur is a great site for news, especially of the cultural and religious wars, but the site also has a regular post of beautiful photos, such as the page linked here. I wrote BCF recently to say, when I see their photos, I wish I lived on that world. They are amazing, and frequently move one to ask, "can that be real?" I can't link to all the photo posts, so I suggest you check the site or subscribe to their newsfeed. (Thanks to BCF for the recent link to this here Blog Heap, btw.)

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Two Tolkien Poems Discovered
Jamie Lovett, Wed 2016-Feb-17 10:43pm

Two previously unseen poems by The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien have been discovered in a school magazine in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. …Tolkien is believed to have written the poems while he was a professor of Anglo-Saxon as Oxford University. Published in the 1936 annual of Our Lady’s School in Oxfordshire… first poem…is an early version of a poem Tolkien would late publish as part of the 1962 collection The Adventures of Tom Bombadil. …second poem, “Noel,” is a Christmas poem full of fantasy imagery.…


A face in the crowd
Bluebird of Bitterness Wed 2016-Feb-17 10:47pm
Another great collection of do-you-see-a-face pix!

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Request Elucidation of My Instructions from His Majesty's Government
An Poc ar Buile, Ace of Spades Tue 2016-Feb-16 5:42pm

You just have to love the Duke of Wellington… "so that I may better understand why I am dragging an army over these barren plains…"

Historic wartime dark humor.

Print is Dead

Independent Ceases Print Publication
Breitbart London Fri 2016-Feb-12 11:48pm

The Independent newspaper, a standard bearer for Britain’s left-wing media establishment for 29 years, has announced that it will close its print section and go “online only” from March 2016.…

Long Underwear Heroes are Dead

Superman Creators Lose Again
Jamie Lovett, Thu 2016-Feb-11 11:50pm

On Wednesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling that Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel transferred the rights to the character to Warner Bros. in 2001.…

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Dan Hicks Has Played His Last Licks
Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone Sun 2016-Feb-7 11:11pm

Dan Hicks, a longtime Bay Area music figure and the lead singer of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, passed away Saturday following a two-year battle with cancer. He was 74. Hicks' wife CT confirmed the singer-songwriter's death on his official website. "He was true blue, one of a kind, and did it all his own way always," she wrote. "To all who loved him, know that he will live forever in the words, songs, and art that he spent his life creating. He worked so hard on each and every detail – they are all pure Dan."…

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Jack Elrod (Mark Trail) d Age 91
Clark Leonard, Gainesville Times Sat 2016-Feb-6 6:48pm

Jack Elrod Jr., a Gainesville native who spent 64 years working on the nationally syndicated outdoor comic “Mark Trail,” died Wednesday. He was 91.

Elrod began his time with the comic strip alongside its creator, fellow Gainesville native Ed Dodd, in 1950 and took over the strip in 1978 before retiring in 2014. He also won numerous conservation awards from agencies such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Forest Service. Dodd began the comic in 1946.…

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Original Jefff Airplane Vocalist d at 74
Fox News / AP Mon 2016-Feb-1 2:00pm

Signe Toly Anderson, a vocalist and original member of the Jefferson Airplane who left the band after its first record and was replaced by Grace Slick, has died. …Thursday at her home in Beaverton, Oregon… was 74 and had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Anderson, who survived cancer in her 30s, died on the same day that another Airplane member, Paul Kantner, died.…

"Who's Pete Best?" News Department

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Jefferson Airplane Guitarist Paul Kantner Dead at 74
Kory Grow, Rolling Stone Thu 2016-Jan-28 10:17pm

Paul Kantner, founding member, guitarist and singer for Jefferson Airplane and Starship, died Thursday of multiple organ failure and septic shock. He had suffered a heart attack earlier in the week,… Kantner is survived by three children: Gareth, Alexander and China.…

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Abe Vigoda Is No Longer Alive
Mike Barnes, Hollywood Reporter Tue 2016-Jan-26 8:33pm

…Abe Vigoda, who earned Emmy Award nominations in three straight years for his portrayal of the world-weary Det. Phil Fish on the 1970s ABC sitcom Barney Miller, has died. He was 94. …died on Tuesday morning at home in New Jersey. …also is remembered for his role as hulking mob boss Sal Tessio in Francis Ford Coppola’s first two Godfather films. …

Beatrix Potter Tale Found
Daniela Deane, Wash Post Tue 2016-Jan-26 4:07pm

…A lost story by famed British children’s author Beatrix Potter — “The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots” — has been discovered among her memorabilia and will be published this year more than a century after she wrote it.…

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How It's Made GIFs
Tackk Mon 2016-Jan-25 5:53pm
Some great animated GIFs on how some things are manufactured, pencils, pop-tarts and more.

Pop Culture

Untold Tale of Bowie
Zombie, Ace of Spades Fri 2016-Jan-15 3:35pm

I just heard a Bowie story that no one knows because it happened to someone I know who just recounted it to me personally. …

A toothy tale

Pop Culture

Last Pic of Bowie
@AlxSavage, Twitter Tue 2016-Jan-12 11:40pm

The last picture taken of David Bowie by his wife Iman, on his birthday, January 8th 2016.

Nine Years Since Deathly Hallows Completed
Kelly West, CinemaBlend Tue 2016-Jan-12 9:06pm

This week marks the ninth anniversary of J.K. Rowling’s completion of the Harry Potter series. Well, her completion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, at the very least. To honor the occasion, the author shared a photo of the graffiti she left in the hotel where she completed the book… worth noting that those Harry Potter fanatics wishing to stay in the room would have to shell out a whopping £1,415 for the night. That’s more than $2,000 U.S. dollars.…

David Bowie - Lazarus
DavidBowieVEVO, YouTube Tue 2016-Jan-12 8:42pm

"'Lazarus" off David Bowie's album Blackstar

Haunting final work - I wouldn't mind going out still working, but age 69 is pretty young and too soon for me. Damn cancer. Video: 4:08.

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Beethoven's Notes Discovered
NY Post / AP Mon 2015-Dec-21 8:09pm

Sheet music written by Ludwig van Beethoven and found in a Connecticut home has fetched $100,000 at auction. appraiser Brendan Ryan… recognized Beethoven's handwriting in the German words, directions and symbols on the page… Research authenticated the music and determined it was from a sketchbook dating to 1810 and used by the composer for brainstorming. …

Auctioned for $10,000.

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Jackson on Hobbit Film: "I Didn't Know What I Was Doing"
Graeme McMillan, Hollywood Reporter Sat 2015-Nov-21 3:28pm

…"I was able to wing it, right up until the point that I had to start shooting this very intricate battle, and I couldn't wing it on that, really," he continued, discussing the decision to postpone the sequence. "We had allowed two months of shooting for that in 2012, and at some point, when we were approaching that, I went to Zane and Carol, our producers, and ultimately talked to the studio and said: ‘Because I don’t know what the hell I’m doing now, because I haven’t got storyboards and prep in this three months that we have now got this battle, why don’t we just finish earlier?' "…

Didn't know what he was doing. Shocked, shocked, I tell you!

I quit watching the first one when Doctor Who with bird dung dribbling down his face was racing along on a sled pulled by giant bunnies. Just like in the book!

The First Do-It-Yourself Novel
Alex, Weird Universe Sat 2015-Nov-21 3:09pm

Composition No. 1 by Marc Saporta was the first-ever do-it-yourself or interactive novel. It was published in French in 1962, and an English translation followed a year later. The novel came in a box, as a set of looseleaf pages. Readers were instructed to "shuffle them like a deck of cards" before reading, so that chance would decide the order of events in the narrative.…

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PF Sloan RIP at 70
Adelle Platon, Billboard Mon 2015-Nov-16 7:29pm

Music is mourning the death of esteemed singer-songwriter P.F. Sloan (Phil), who passed away on Sunday night (Nov. 15) at his Los Angeles home after fighting pancreatic cancer for several weeks, according to a release. He was 70 years old.…

Cartoons Count

Akram Raslan
Sarah Cascone, ArtNet Fri 2015-Oct-9 7:41am

Reports now confirm that political cartoonist Akram Raslan died at the hands of Syrian police after vanishing in October 2012… had not been heard of since he was abducted from his office. "[Raslan's] works were known for being very direct in opposing the Syrian regime," Palestinian cartoonist Fadi Abou Hassan wrote on Cartoon Movement. "Raslan drew more than 300 cartoons that accompanied the early developments of the Syrian revolution."…

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Spider-Man Saves Couple from Burning Car
Russ Burlingame, ComicBook Thu 2015-Oct-8 10:59am
This story is best described by a commenter:

After you chop off your finger in a lawnmower, and your pregnant wife has to drive you to the hospital, and then your car catches fire, I think getting saved by someone in a Spider-Man costume probably seemed like the obvious next step...

Mass Media is Dead

WGN's Terrible Goof
Zip, Weasel Zippers Thu 2015-Sep-24 5:24pm

Chicago TV Station Marks Yom Kippur Using Same Yellow Star Of David Nazis Forced Jews To Wear During Holocaust…

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He Was Jimmy Olson
Russ Burlingame, ComicBook Tue 2015-Sep-22 4:23pm

Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen on The Adventures of Superman, has passed away… He was 87. …his onscreen career was defined almost entirely by his time as Jimmy Olsen. He played the role from 1952 until 1958, and would periodically return for cameos in other Superman-related media, from Superboy to Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman to Superman Returns.

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Marmaduke Creator Dies
Russ Burlingame, ComicBook Sun 2015-Sep-6 4:48pm

Brad Anderson, veteran cartoonist and Marmaduke creator, passed away… August 30th at age 91. …unexpectedly. …worked briefly in advertising but left to focus on freelance cartooning in 1953. From 1954 to 1966, he drew a strip called Grandpa's Boy, which overlapped with his creation of Marmaduke in 1954. Anderson continued to work on the strip until his passing. …won the Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award from the NCS in 2013.

Not a fan of the big dog myself, but I have great admiration for those cartoonists who can crank 'em out daily for decades!

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Capt America
The King's 98th
Russ Burlingame, ComicBook Fri 2015-Aug-28 5:46pm

Jack Kirby, co-creator of much of the Marvel Universe and creator of, among other things, the Fourth World characters, Kamandi and dozens more for DC Comics, would have turned 98 years old today.

In honor of The King's birthday, comic book retailers, fans, nonprofits and more are holding birthday parties for Kirby, which you can find out about using the #Kirby4Heroes hashtag on social media.…

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Reverend Fun Ends Run
Reverend Fun Fri 2015-Aug-21 4:08pm
The EndThe long-running comic panel Reverend Fun has ended its run. First panel was November, 1997. Almost as long as Mindful Webworks has been around. Not an easy gig, religious humor. There were some good ones. So long, Reverend Fun, and God bless you.

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Gunsmoke Reunion, Sort-Of
Fox News / AP Sat 2015-Aug-15 3:46pm

Six decades after "Gunsmoke" debuted on television, several actors who appeared in the show, including Burt Reynolds, are scheduled to reunite in Dodge City. … "Gunsmoke" ran on CBS from 1955 through 1975 and was nominated for more than a dozen Emmys. … Other key actors from the show have died, including James Arness, who starred as Matt Dillon; Amanda Blake, who played Miss Kitty; and Milburn Stone, who was Doc Adams.

Also the original Deputy, Dennis Weaver. Which sort-of makes y'wonder, why bother?

Mass Media is Dead

Can't Tell Opinion From News
Jackie Salo, IB Times Sat 2015-Aug-15 3:49pm

Headline: Oklahoma Gun Range Causes Outrage With Racist Sign That Business Is 'Muslim Free'

Muslim is a race?

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To Be, or, Like, Something, Dude
Fox News Tue 2015-Aug-11 10:57pm

…The researchers examined fragments of 24 clay pipes that were recovered from the garden of Shakespeare's home in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, as well as from surrounding houses. After examining the fragments using a gas chromatography technique, the scientists found that eight of the pipes contained traces of cannabis, one contained nicotine, and two contained traces of cocaine derived from Peruvian coca leaves. Four of the pipes containing cannabis came from Shakespeare's property. …

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Stolen Stradivarius Returned to Family
Stephen Rex Brown, NY Daily News Thu 2015-Aug-6 8:05pm

A priceless violin made in 1734 was returned Thursday to its rightful owner — 35 years after it was stolen.

The Stradivarius violin was swiped from renowned violinist Roman Totenberg in 1980 after a concert in Cambridge, Mass. Roman's daughter, NPR correspondent Nina Totenberg, said the thief was who her father always suspected: an aspiring violinist named Phillip Johnson.

"It had been in the same guilty hands all those years," Nina said.…

Newly Found Photos of Marilyn Monroe
MSN Thu 2015-Aug-6 9:48am
Thanks to MP4 on Ace for the link, somewhere back there.

Pop Culture

Oklahoma Justice
Kipp Jones, Breitbart Thu 2015-Aug-6 6:45pm

Richard Glossip, a man who is scheduled to be executed by the state next month.… Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon…

Who cares? (Who cares what Pop Celebs say? #1 in a series)

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Happy Birthday To You May Soon Be Free?
James Queally, LA Times Sat 2015-Aug-1 4:51pm

…The publishing arm of Warner Music Group has claimed since the 1980s to have exclusive rights to the song's reproduction, distribution and public performances. But this week, the attorneys representing a film company that's suing Warner said they had uncovered proof that any copyright of the song would have expired about a century ago…

Long Underwear Heroes are Dead

Spider-Man's Inspiration?
Lan Pitts, Sat 2015-Aug-1 4:37pm

Spider-Man was created in 1962, but could his costume have been inspired by a child's Halloween costume from the 50's? … Steve Ditko [when asked] about the costume… “The burden of proof is on the person who makes the assertion, claim, charge. Some clippings, etc., are not rational proof of anything but some clippings, etc.”

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Capacitance Electronic Disks
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. …

John Newton
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 - still with us

Star Trek Enterprise
Ted Cruz vs the Gorn
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.…