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Petula Clark
Blake | Ace of Spades • Fri 2018 Dec 7, 9:58am

Saw the what I would say is the end of an era last night with my lovely bride.

Went to see Petula Clark. Petula is 86 and still has a pretty good voice. Little rough in the beginning but got stronger as she progressed. She did an almost ninety minute set.

Petula could just as easily sat there and told stories about people she'd met and worked with over the years of her life and done some singing as sort of an afterthought. She is a very engaging performer.

Anyway Miss Clark has quite the singing, stage and film resume and I believe she represents the last of a bygone era.

In fact, she closed with a song that gave me the impression she knows this is her last tour and that she went on tour to say good bye.

Heart in colors
Nicholas Hautman | Us Magazine • Fri 2018 Sep 28, 3:55pm

…The Bachelor… The Vietnamese version of the reality series went viral across the world when contestants Minh Thu and Truc Nhu found love with each other while competing for the affections of lead Nguyen Quoc Trung.…

Surely a staged stunt. But funny.
Rob Sheffield | Rolling Stone • Wed 2018 Sep 26, 10:57pm

Everything we know about the White Album is about to change. The Beatles’ 1968 masterpiece has always been been the deepest mystery in their story—their wildest, strangest, most experimental, most brilliant music. But as it turns out, the White Album is even weirder than anyone realized.…

MJA, IOTWReport • Sun 2018 Sep 2, 1:11pm

AT: The Village Voice, the first alternative weekly newspaper that began publishing in 1955, will no longer be posting any new stories.

The paper stopped publishing a print edition a year ago, only being available online. Owner Peter Barbey announced to the staff yesterday that “business realities” were forcing him to close shop completely.…

Amber Athey, Daily Caller • Sun 2018 Sep 2, 10:02am

…“That’s not true. I never said that. Why do you lie, CNN?” Sinatra asserted. “What a rotten spin to put on a harmless joke.”…

A selection of merely 20 times CNN shaded or buried or otherwise distorted the truth.
Kris, Ace of Spades • Sat 2018 Aug 11, 12:56pm

…The Parthenon is the single most influential building in Western history, if not world history. As simple as it looks, it is a really complex piece of architecture. Just the art historical concepts alone could fill an entire class lecture. A great introductory video is NOVA's "Secrets of the Parthenon".

Wonder Woman logo
GGE, Ace of Spades • Wed 2018 Jul 11, 8:47pm

…Some of you may have seen that Gal Gidot (Wonder Woman) did a surprise visit to a hospital in NoVa this past week. It's been all over the news, Entertainment Tonight, ect. The baby with the ladybug sticker on her cheek that she's holding is my niece Karalyne, the one who is in the prayer list for her infant leukemia. The good news is she is also responding well to treatment, at the last report she is waiting for her neutrophil counts to come up so she can have her bone marrow transplant and finally be done with all of this.

Thank you one and all for the prayers.…

Dr Strange skylight
D.D. Degg, Daily Cartoonist • Tue 2018 Jul 10, 2:45pm

…Artist Steve Ditko, who co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange with Stan Lee, has died at age 90.… found dead in his apartment on June 29 and it is believed he died about two days earlier.…

Links to various articles about Ditko
Glen Weldon, NPR • Tue 2018 Jul 10, 2:32pm

…Steve Ditko… encomiums… bubbled up across the usual social media platforms… reactions tended to focus on various, discrete, highly specific aspects of his legacy… Me, though? I thought of his sparkles.…

Karen Matthews, Andrew Dalton, Fox/AP • Sat 2018 Jul 7, 12:24pm

Steve Ditko, the Marvel Comics artist who gave the world the woven webs and soaring red-and-blue shape of Spider-Man and the other-worldly shimmer of Doctor Strange, has died, authorities said Friday. He was 90.

Ditko was found June 29 in his Manhattan apartment and was pronounced dead at the scene, police Lt. Paul Ng said. No further details were immediately available.…

He should have died a millionaire in a mansion. Thanks for the trip, Steve! You were a light in my youth.
Rick Wells, News on 6 • Sat 2018 Jun 30, 11:15am

…A soon-to-be eighth grader at Carver Middle School has done something not many 12-year-olds have. She’s written, illustrated and published a book that's now available on Amazon.

“I self-published it through Amazon,” Jada Monae Silvers said.

The “it” she’s referring to is her book Kayla and Her Friends.

Jada published her first book in April then celebrated her 13th birthday in May.

Like most authors, it wasn't an overnight process; she actually wrote the original story a couple of years ago and she's been writing and rewriting since, and working on the illustrations.

Rick: "Do you like writing or drawing better?"
Jada: "Drawing."…

Why is this news?
Jeffrey Lord, American Spectator • Wed 2018 Apr 25, 8:29am

…Henceforth, all practicing journalists in the United States must fill out a required Form for Transparent Journalism and file with the U.S. Office of Journalism that the Trump Administration has now established by executive order within the Department of Justice, retroactive to April 1, 2018. It is known informally as “The Hannity Rule.”…

Ian Hanchett, Breitbart • Sun 2018 Apr 15, 11:50am

On Thursday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Mika Brzezinski stated President Trump is “using our country’s national security as a way to deflect from his personal problems, or his personal anger.”…

Strange projections from inside the Laughingstock Media bubble.
Bigby, Ace of Spades • Fri 2018 Apr 13, 1:34pm

Help me! I am trapped
In a haiku factory
Save me - before they

Smiling Trump
Ann, Political Insider • Tue 2018 Mar 27, 5:19pm

CNN …gathered a panel of conservative Christian women who voted for President Donald Trump to watch porn star Stormy Daniels’ “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday night. …

“You can throw all that stuff up in our faces as many times as you want,” Dr. Lynette Bryant said, “but that means that we’ll work harder for Trump. Is that not so, ladies?”

“That’s correct,” replied Sylvia Guzman. “This is the media defining the narrative. The people — we, the people — are ready to define the narrative. And it’s not about tawdry sexual peccadilloes.”…

Guzzling Hillary
Nickarama, Weasel Zippers • Wed 2018 Mar 14, 3:24pm

Check How CNN Tries To Spin Hillary Insulting Most Of America…

Neo-Neocon • Tue 2018 Mar 13, 2:23pm

The man who could do everything… Well, maybe not everything. But an extraordinary number of things. And boy, could he do them well.…

Russ Burlingame, ComicBook • Sun 2018 Mar 11, 1:46pm

Last week, forty years to the day after their journey began, the husband-wife creative team of Wendy and Richard Pini attended a signing at Things From Another World in Portland, to say goodbye to Elfquest.…

An innovative series in many ways, artistically, and commercially.
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.

Black Panther emoji
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.
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.
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
SMOD, Ace of Spades • Sun 2018 Jan 28, 12:06am

'Beetle Bailey' cartoonist Mort Walker dies at 94…

Comic strip industrialist.
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.)