Silent 3's medicated musings
Yet another blog that will take up gigs of space, be accessable to anyone on the face of the earth, and will be read by (maybe) three people... If I'm lucky.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Mrs Peel, he's still needed.
Avengers star Patrick Macnee dies
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
‘Jaws is no horror movie – it’s actually a comedy’
Monday, June 22, 2015
RIP Vincent Musetto
Vincent Musetto, a retired editor at The New York Post who wrote the most anatomically evocative headline in the history of American journalism — HEADLESS BODY IN TOPLESS BAR — died on Tuesday in the Bronx. He was 74.
A former colleague, Myron Rushetzky, confirmed the death, of pancreatic cancer, at Calvary Hospital.
The writers of newspaper headlines generally toil in anonymity, and over time a few others have been posited as the creator of this one. But among the salty, ink-stained, intemperate cadre of New York journalists who wistfully recall the days when men wore hats and newspapers were made only of paper, Mr. Musetto was widely credited as the creator of this headline, spread across The Post's front page on April 15, 1983.
The crime behind the headline was lurid even by tabloid standards. On April 13, 1983, Charles Dingle, drinking in a tavern in the Jamaica section of Queens, argued with the owner, Herbert Cummings, and shot him to death. He then took several women hostage, raping one and forcing another, in an apparent bid to confound the police, to cut off Mr. Cummings's head.
Apprehended the next day, Mr. Dingle was convicted and sentenced to 25 years to life. Denied parole several times, he died in the Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo in 2012.
But what endured in public memory far longer than the crime was the headline, with its verbless audacity, arresting parallel adjectives and forceful trochaic slams. (The corresponding headline in The New York Times that day proclaimed, genteelly, "Owner of a Bar Shot to Death; Suspect Is Held." Headlessness was not mentioned until the third paragraph; toplessness not at all.)
Mr. Musetto's headline, exquisitely emblematic of The Post under Rupert Murdoch, quickly insinuated itself into popular culture. It appeared on T-shirts; as the title of a 1995 movie starring Raymond J. Barry and loosely based on the crime; and as the name of a 2007 book, "Headless Body in Topless Bar: The Best Headlines From America's Favorite Newspaper."
Friday, June 19, 2015
If you haven't see this before...
Thursday, June 11, 2015
When Christopher Lee Hunted Nazis
Beyond his acting prowess, it turns out Christopher Lee was a pretty amazing human, period. According to family lore , he was a descendent of Charlemagne on his father's side, and of the infamous Borgias on his mother's side. He sang on multiple heavy metal albums in his 80s and 90s. He served in the Special Operations Executive during World War II (also called Winston Churchill's "Secret Army").
Oh, and he also hunted Nazis.
Space Weird Thing
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Wednesday, June 03, 2015
: How WWII Made America Literate
: How WWII Made America Literate
Monday, June 01, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Simian Robot Climbs and Rolls to Prep for Challenge
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Thought for Today... on Perfection
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
McSweeney : Kafka’s Joke Book.
Monday, May 18, 2015
FW: Lab Safety
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Will Eisner’s art helped American troops survive
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Fifty-one year old man sneezes out childhood toy
Thursday, May 07, 2015
Wednesday, May 06, 2015
A fine Internet Rule
Obit for a Local Legend
F Ptak Science Books - photo archives as well
Friday, May 01, 2015
: Messenger's Mercury trip ends with a bang, and silence
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Listen to Wikipedia Being Edited - CityLab
Trying to buckle down and work? Noise-cancelling headphones aren't the only mellow way to drown out your co-workers' incessant chattering or the whirring of a coffee machine at your local café. Try listening to the dulcet tones of Wikipedia being edited in real time.
Bells denote additions to a page, and plucked strings represent deletions. Synthesized strings swell and fall in the background as new users join Wikipedia. Larger revisions yield more resonant notes. It uses a pentatonic scale to avoid screeching dissonance. (Think: tones produced by xylophones and lutes.)
As much as the site is about a zen-inducing auditory experience, it's also an aural celebration of collaboration and freedom of speech. It serves as a sensory reminder that people are sharing and responding to ideas all the time, at a mind-boggling pace.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
A 10-Piece Set of Stackable Brain Specimen Coasters
Safari browser extension! Now with more geek references!
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