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ENDGAME: “A new series of books is to offer readers the chance to get rich”

from The Sunday Times

Pot of gold awaits sleuth who cracks literary code

The treasure hunt craze triggered by Masquerade in the 1970s is to be recreated by a novelist burying clues to $3m, says Dalya Alberge

Dalya Alberge

IT IS usually the author who makes a fortune from a best-seller but a new series of books is to offer readers the chance to get rich, too.

The Endgame trilogy of adventure stories by James Frey, whose previous works include The Lorien Legacies and I Am Number Four, will challenge readers to solve puzzles, riddles and codes with prizes totalling $3m (£1.8m) available to those who are successful.

The first person who solves the puzzles in Endgame: The Calling, the first book, will win $500,000 (£300,000) in gold coins. For the second book the prize rises to $1m and for the third $1.5m.

The rights to the series are being sold to publishers in 27 countries and Frey is working on a script for the first of three films of the series, which will be financed by 20th Century Fox. The trilogy is published by HarperCollins….

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Posted on September 1, 2014 by Editor

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björk: biophilia

Posted on August 31, 2014 by Editor

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Aphex Twin SYRO LPs

from SPIN

Aphex Twin Will Hold ‘SYRO’ Listening Parties for Lucky Fans

One-off events being held in the U.S., Canada, and Europe before album’s September 23 release

Aphex Twin 'Syro' Listening Parties

Aphex Twin’s rollout for SYRO, his first album in 13 years, has been fairly unconventional, what with the blimp teaserdeep web announcement, and barely legible autobiography. But now the “fartist” born Richard D. James is giving some lucky fans the chance to hear the new songs in a more traditional matter. Starting September 5 in London and Paris, with subsequent events in the U.S., Canada, and other European countries, SYRO will be played in its entirety at listening parties, with tickets available to the public via a lottery. According to Warp, the contest “begins on Sunday, August 31 at 4AM PST / 7AM EST / 12PM GMT / 1PM CET and closes Tuesday, September 2 at midnight in each time zone.”

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Posted on August 30, 2014 by Editor

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NYT: Pittacus @ Six

from The New York Times

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Posted on August 29, 2014 by Editor

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ENDGAME: Something’s Happening

Posted on August 28, 2014 by Editor

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The 400 Gnomes

from The Washington Post

400 gnomes disappeared in Austria, and it’s causing a political scandal

By Rick Noack

Gnomes used by the Social Democrats in Austria. (Social Democratic Party)

Last weekend in the mountainous Austrian state of Vorarlberg, 400 gnomes disappeared. Nobody knows where they have gone. But everyone knows it’s down to politics.

With regional elections set for Sept. 21, the left-wing Social Democratic Party ordered 20,000 gnomes called “Coolmen” earlier this year. The gnomes, toting sunglasses and campaign signs, were the party’s last-ditch effort to prevent an electoral defeat in Vorarlberg. About 400 of the gnomes were attached to lampposts on Saturday as alternatives to traditional posters, but their mass disappearance by Sunday morning was conspicuous.

“I suspect our rival party OeVP [the Austrian People's Party] to have removed the gnomes,” local Social Democratic Party leader Michael Ritsch told The Washington Post on Tuesday. Ritsch has filed a complaint, and the state’s police forces have launched an investigation.

Speaking to Austrian public broadcaster ORF, the local leadership of the OeVP party denied the allegations. The party’s local general manager told ORF that people who leveled such unfounded accusations were no better than the actual gnome thieves.

But Ritsch persists with his accusations. “All of our gnomes are 40 centimeters tall. The thieves must have needed more than just one truck to steal them,” he said.

[ click to continue reading at WaPo ]

Posted on August 27, 2014 by Editor

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Frey Does Arkin’s Gnomes

from The Art Newspaper

A million little gardeners

Seedbed, 2010, by Elliott Arkin. Photograph: Amherst College

A Million Little Pieces author James Frey is set to turn the artist Elliott Arkin’s series of sculptures depicting famous artists as garden gnomes into a children’s book, due to be published in 2016. Four years ago, Frey purchased one of the resin works—a miniature lawn-mowing Picasso—from the series, titled A Peaceable Kingdom, 2004-2012, at New York’s Half Gallery, which he co-owned at the time. “It is one of the most brilliantly funny works of art,” Frey says. So when Arkin later asked the author to write a catalogue essay for his exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nice last year, Frey suggested a short story. He wound up with enough material for a book and took an option on the rights from Arkin, who says, “I am thrilled to see what narrative James creates.”

[ click to continue reading at In The Frame ]

Posted on August 26, 2014 by Editor

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Methane Plumes Are Cool

from Yahoo! News

Hundreds of Methane Plumes Erupting Along East Coast

By Becky Oskin, Senior Writer

In an unexpected discovery, hundreds of gas plumes bubbling up from the seafloor were spotted during a sweeping survey of the U.S. Atlantic Coast.

Even though ocean explorers have yet to test the gas, the bubbles are almost certainly methane, researchers report today (Aug. 24) in the journal Nature Geoscience.

“We don’t know of any explanation that fits as well as methane,” said lead study author Adam Skarke, a geologist at Mississippi State University in Mississippi State.

Surprising seeps

Between North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras and Massachusetts’ Georges Bank, 570 methane seeps cluster in about eight regions, according to sonar and video gathered by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration ship Okeanos Explorer between 2011 and 2013. The vast majority of the seeps dot the continental slope break, where the seafloor topography swoops down toward the Atlantic Ocean basin. [Gallery: Amazing images of Atlantic Methane Seeps]

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Posted on August 25, 2014 by Editor

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The Two-Million Dollar Man

from artnet

First Superman Comic Breaks $2 Million on eBay

David LaGaccia

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Action Comics #1 (June 1938).
Photo: Via eBay.

With blockbuster superhero movies dominating cinemas this summer, it’s not surprising to see blockbuster comic book sales at auction. Darren Adams, owner of Pristine Comics, is auctioning off a rare copy of the first issue of Action Comics on eBay, and, with a current bid as of this writing of $2,002,038, it could break the record for the most expensive price ever paid for a comic book. Action Comics #1 was first printed in 1938 by DC Comics, and is famous for marking the first appearance of Superman. Another copy of the same comic set the current comic auction record of $2,161,000 in 2011. Adams’s auction ends August 24, leaving it plenty of time to surpass that record.

“It is referred to as the Holy Grail of comics and this is the finest graded copy to exist with perfect white pages,” writes Adams in the auction’s listing. “This is…. the Mona Lisa of comics and stands alone as the most valuable comic book ever printed.”

[ click to continue reading at artnet.com ]

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Posted on August 24, 2014 by Editor

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Little Dragon Does Andre 3000

Posted on August 23, 2014 by Editor

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Like A Rhinestone Cowboy

from AP

COWBOYS WORTH MORE THAN $3 BILLION, TOPS IN NFL

AP Photo(AP Photo/Sharon Ellman, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are the first U.S. sports franchise to top $3 billion in value.

For the eighth straight year, the Cowboys are worth the most of all 32 NFL franchises, according to Forbes. They’re valued at $3.2 billion; only Real Madrid at $3.4 billion is worth more among global franchises.

Dallas posted the NFL’s highest revenue, $560 million, and operating income, $246 million. That was far ahead of second-place New England, worth $2.6 billion and with $428 million in revenues, $147 million in operating income.

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Posted on August 22, 2014 by Editor

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Yogi Iyengar Gone

from The Huffington Post

B.K.S. Iyengar Dead: Indian Yoga Guru Dies At 95

AP

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian yoga guru B.K.S. Iyengar, who helped popularize yoga around the world and authored 17 books on the subject, died Wednesday at age 95.

Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja Iyengar’s death was reported on his website as well as major Indian TV stations, which said he had been hospitalized with a kidney ailment over the past week in the western city of Pune.

Iyengar created his own brand of yoga, called “Iyengar yoga,” and established studios in 72 countries where yoga practitioners are taught ways to improve breathing, concentration and meditation.

In 2004, he was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine.

[ click to continue reading at HuffPo ]

Posted on August 21, 2014 by Editor

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Endgame at Comic-Con 2014 | James Frey, Wyck Godfrey, John Hanke, & Mat Laibowitz

Posted on August 20, 2014 by Editor

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Don Pardo Gone

from Crain’s

Longtime ‘SNL’ announcer Don Pardo dies at 96

This March 14, 1992 photo provided by NBC shows announcer Don Pardo on the set of ‘Saturday Night Live.’Photo: Associated Press

(AP) — Few would recognize his face, but most would know his voice: that booming baritone that for nearly four decades would introduce the lineups on Saturday Night Live.

Don Pardo, the durable television and radio announcer whose resonant voice-over style was widely imitated and became the standard in the field, died Monday in Arizona at the age of 96.

Mr. Pardo—a handsome man with a strong chin and confident smile that were overshadowed by his majestic delivery—graced newscasts, game shows and TV programs for more than 60 years. During the original version of Jeopardy!, his answers to the question, “Tell ‘em what they’ve won, Don Pardo,” became a memorable part of the program.

And he was an integral part of Saturday Night Live for heralding the cast’s names to kick off each show, which led former cast member Jimmy Fallon to comment later, “Nothing is like the moment when Don Pardo says your name.” Mr. Pardo continued at SNL through the end of last season, when he performed the introductions on the finale in May.

[ click to read full article at Crain's ]

Posted on August 19, 2014 by Editor

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1-hour on One: Number 31, 1950

from artnet

Strictly Critical Video: One Hour Looking at a Jackson Pollock Painting at MoMA

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With this week’s video, our two critics embark in a new direction: the hourlong single-work review.

Over the course of a full hour at the Museum of Modern Art, they discuss Jackson Pollock’s One: Number 31, 1950, one of the “official masterpieces of American art” by “the first American artist to affect world art” (as they put it).

Why do Gopnik and Viveros-Fauné spend an entire hour discussing a single work? Because that is what art deserves. Consider that people spend weeks, even months, with a novel; hours with a movie or a play; and countless hours playing video games.

But when it comes to visual art, the treatment—the time devoted to a viewing—can approximate the length of a drive-by shooting or a turn on the catwalk. Too often people literally take a spin around the room of a gallery or a museum and then dine out on the experience—”We saw Pollock!” They say. “And Judd and Albers and Soutine!”

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Posted on August 18, 2014 by Editor

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“My favorite books are by J.K. Rowling and the ‘Legend’ series by Marie Lu,” Dasha said. “I also like the ‘Lorien Legacies’ series (by Pittacus Lore).”

from the Hampton Union

These kids ‘Wannaread’

North Hampton Library’s summer camp book club a hit

Lisa Tetrault-Zhe Photo Fifth-grade North Hampton School students Calvin and Trevor, and sixth-grade student Dasha, with the grand prize for the summer reading program, Scout the Bear.

By Lisa Tetrault-Zhe

NORTH HAMPTON — Readers in the Camp Wannaread book group kept up their skills and got a sneak peak at a new Gordon Korman novel this summer.

The North Hampton School students in grades four through six who participated in the summer reading club finished “‘The Hypnotists” by Korman, and also had a chance to start the sequel, “Memory Maze.”

“We had 23 kids sign up,” explained children’s librarian Lorreen Keating. “The afterschool book club was such a success, we decided to continue it through the summer.”

On Thursday evening, readers broke into two teams (Rainbow Unicorns and Sandmen, both part of the book). The teams came up with trivia questions from the book, and the team with the most points won extra raffle tickets towards the grand prize (a giant stuffed bear, complete with binoculars).

“Every week there would be one winner of a smaller prize,” said Linda Sherouse, North Hampton School librarian (she also works at NHS library). “These included a reading light, movie tickets, a Barnes & Noble gift card, and a pencil pouch with glow-in-the-dark highlighters.”

One girl joined the club because she wanted an opportunity to further discuss books she’s read.

“I often have trouble finding time to talk with Ms. Sherouse about the books that I’ve read,” said sixth-grade student Dasha. “Joining the group, I got to read more and check in with her.”

Dasha, a self-described avid reader, read 400 hours this summer.

“My favorite books are by J.K. Rowling and the ‘Legend’ series by Marie Lu,” Dasha said. “I also like the ‘Lorien Legacies’ series (by Pittacus Lore).”

[ click to read full article at SeacoastOnline.com ]

Posted on August 17, 2014 by Editor

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To float like a feather / In a beautiful whirl.

Posted on August 16, 2014 by Editor

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Go Go Buke-zilla!

from The LA Times

Celebrating Charles Bukowski, ‘poet laureate of L.A. lowlife’

By CAROLYN KELLOGG

Charles BukowskiCharles Bukowski, “poet laureate of L.A. lowlife,” became one of the best-known poets in America. (Richard Robinson / Black Sparrow Press)

Charles Bukowski was called many things: “poet laureate of L.A. lowlife,” “the enfant terrible of the Meat School poets,” “the prophet of the underemployed” and “a flamboyant provincial.” Those comments are all from our own reporters.

The L.A. Times was slow to warm to Bukowski’s charms. Even in 1985, when he was one of America’s bestselling poets, we were still describing him as “A low-life drifter from out of the ’40s whose gnarled face is to ugliness and abuse what Paul Bunyan’s body was to size and strength.”

Two years later, when Mickey Rourke starred in the semi-biographical film “Barfly” based on Bukowski’s semi-autobiographical novels, the Los Angeles cultural establishment finally, grudgingly, came around.

Bukowski was born in Germany on Aug. 16, 1920. His family soon moved to Los Angeles, where he grew up with an abusive father. He was an outcast in school. He started drinking. He moved around the country, living on the margins, during World War II and after. He wound up back in Los Angeles as unlikely a candidate for becoming a poet, much less an acclaimed one, as you might find.

Of course, that was part of his appeal. Plainspoken poetry set in the streets and bars, peopled by shady characters — including his hard-drinking, big-hearted, angry, gambling, womanizing self. One of our readers, upset by seeing him written about in print, called him “an X-rated Oscar the Grouch,” which might actually not be all that insulting after all.

To celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the poet laureate of L.A. lowlife, here are 18 things he wrote and said and did -

[ click to continue reading at LATimes.com ]

Posted on August 15, 2014 by Editor

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Beyond The Page

from Comic Book Resources

SDCC: FREY, DASHNER & MORE GO BEYOND THE PAGE

At Comic-Con International 2014, the “Beyond the Page” session featured a panel deep with talent. The artists and writers, which included James FreyChrist WeitzJames DashnerAndrew KaplanFred Van LenteJames Silvani, and Melissa De La Cruz, delivered an engaging discussion on the existing and emerging technologies that are transforming the way we both create and consume stories.

Storytelling today can include a myriad of avenues for delivering content from social media, eBooks, webcomics, online video and video games to more traditional forms of media like print, TV and film. However, modern fans are hungry for stories that do more to immerse them in the fictional worlds of the characters.

James Frey of “Endgame” shared his approach to immersing fans into his world saying, “We should be thinking of TV and Movies as parts our toolbox… [but] as we move into the digital future, as writers or story tellers, that we need to start thinking of things beyond the page.”

Frey is a huge advocate of coordinating story content across multiple platforms to deliver strategic pieces of content. “You should be doing things across all [platforms],” Frey said.

Ultimately “Endgame” will feature a cascade of content delivering vehicles: three books, thirty-five novellas, a video game launched by Google, social media featuring character profiles and a YouTube channel. There are three movies in the works at Fox, and a children’s television series. The core of these immersive experiences are the three books that feature puzzles to solve and the hunt for hidden keys that open cases full of money.

In discussing his approach to “Endgame,” Frey explained, “We looked at things like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and thought, “How can we use those to tell additional parts of the story that aren’t on the pages of the book? The thirteen characters in the book have had Twitter feeds, Instagram feeds, and Google Plus feeds for [over] a year. And our You Tube channel has five hours of content on it.”

[ click to continue reading at CBR ]

Posted on August 14, 2014 by Editor

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Coolest Kid Ever Builds Fort in WalMart – Keeps Goldfish From The Pet Aisle As Companion

from CBS Dallas

Teenager Made Corsicana Walmart His Home

by J.D. Miles

CORSICANA (CBSDFW.COM) – His age 14.  His address Walmart.

Employees of a Corsicana Walmart were shocked to find a teenage boy secretly living inside the store for a few days.

The teen wasn’t just hiding in the store. He built a secret hidden compound and was able to call the 24-hour store home for 2 1/2 days before being discovered.

CBS 11 News obtained exclusive photos of two campsites at the Walmart in Corsicana. One of them was on the aisle carrying baby products behind boxes of strollers. The other was behind stacks of paper towels and toilet paper.

Customers who walked down the aisles where the teen was living never noticed two hidden compounds where the boy was able to store necessities, sleep in a makeshift bed and and eat items taken from inside the store.

He created a crack in the back wall of the drink aisle to grab juice and even collected a fish from the pet department.

The photos show the clothing that employees say the boy would change in and out of every few hours to avoid detection.

[ click to read full article at CBS Dallas ]

Posted on August 13, 2014 by Editor

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Pittacus Lore Returns

Posted on August 12, 2014 by Editor

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Robin Williams Gone – Whole World Sad

from the Contra Costa Times

Appreciation: Robin Williams, not a faster brain on the planet

Actor and comedian Robin Williams performs on stage during ARF’s Stars to the Rescue XXII at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Staff)

Like most of America, I first saw Robin Williams playing Mork — the hyperactive, fast-talking, off-the-wall comedic alien on the ABC sitcom “Mork & Mindy” when I was a kid in the ’70s.

I loved him. All kids loved him … because it was like he was one of us.

It seemed while the rest of us grew older, he didn’t. Which is why, 36 years after storming into our family rooms like a sillier Steve Martin with his pants on fire, it’s mind-boggling he’s gone. Kids — even big ones — aren’t supposed to go before the rest of us.

Riffing on words and ideas, leaping with lightning speed from thought to idea to rant to epiphany, there wasn’t a faster brain on the planet. His intensity was mesmerizing. Denis Leary’s mouth was pedestrian compared to Williams’. It could be hard to keep up.

Add to that an absolute fearlessness to say whatever was on his mind, and the rare ability to find ridiculousness in almost any situation, no one could compare.

[ click to continue reading at Contra Costa Times ]

Posted on August 11, 2014 by Editor

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Revisiting the Internet K-Hole (with apologies in advance for the timesuck)

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[ dive into the K-Hole now - see you in a few days ]

Posted on August 10, 2014 by Editor

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The Teeth Of Christ

from BBC News

Mexico: Christ statue ‘has human teeth’

His tortured look, blood streaming down his neck, open wounds on his face, hands and knees send shivers down your spine. But it turns out that the statue is even more realistic – and macabre – than previously thought. Specialists restoring the 18th Century artwork have discovered that the statue’s eight teeth used to belong to an adult human, Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History has announced.

“The teeth were probably donated as a token of gratitude,” suggests head restorer Fanny Unikel. Elsewhere in Mexico, parishioners are known to have volunteered their hair to make wigs for saints, as well as clothing or money. But the teeth and nails of statues are usually made of bones and animal horns. “It’s the first time human teeth have been found in a sculpture,” says Unikel.

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Posted on August 9, 2014 by Editor

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Spamboni For Sale

from Pioneer Press

Hey, hockey fans! Remember the ‘Spamboni’? It’s for sale

By Nick Ferraro

The old Hormel-sponsored "Spamboni" ice resurfacer wheels around the St. Paul Civic Center in this undated photo. (Courtesy of Xcel EnergyThe old Hormel-sponsored “Spamboni” ice resurfacer wheels around the St. Paul Civic Center in this undated photo. (Courtesy of Xcel Energy Center)

A slice of Minnesota hockey history is up for grabs.

The old Hormel-sponsored “Spamboni” ice resurfacer that once wheeled around the St. Paul Civic Center — all the while promoting the Austin, Minn.-based company’s canned meat — is being sold, as is.

The Xcel Energy Center and Visit St. Paul hope to get $2,000 for the 42-year-old relic, which for the past decade has been relegated to clearing the ice at the Wells Fargo Winter Skate outdoor rink at the Landmark Plaza.

Hockey fans might recall watching the yellow and blue Zamboni in between periods of Minnesota Fighting Saints games during the 1970s and at high-school hockey state tournaments and Minnesota Moose games.

“It still makes a good sheet of ice,” Larson said.

Indoor city-owned rinks are not an option because it wouldn’t pass today’s indoor-air quality rules, he said.

It does need some engine work — this past winter one of the engine’s four cylinders became stuck — as well as attention to general wear-and-tear items like bearings and bushings, he said.

“It runs on a retooled Volkswagen engine, so it’s not that complicated,” Larson said.

[ click to read full article at Pioneer Press ]

Posted on August 8, 2014 by Editor

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Sally Hardesty Gone

from The LA Times

Marilyn Burns, actress in ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,’ dead at 65

By KURTIS LEE

(Sallye Richardson) Marilyn Burns as a bloody Sally Hardesty in “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.”

Actress Marilyn Burns, who starred in the 1970s film “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” and TV movie “Helter Skelter,” died Tuesday. She was 65.

Burns’ manager said Wednesday that she died at her Houston-area home and that the cause of her death remains unknown.

The actress’ career spanned four decades, which included a role in the 2013 film “Texas Chainsaw 3D.”

In a 1974 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Burns described working on the set of the original film, which is considered a classic in the horror genre.

[ click to continue reading at LATimes.com ]

Posted on August 7, 2014 by Editor

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The Boxing Browns

from TIME Magazine

Browns Defenders Wear Boxing Gloves in Practice

AP/ Tom Withers

Justin Gilbert, Miles AustinCleveland Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert, left, is wearing small boxing gloves to keep himself from grabbing jersey’s of wide receivers during practice at the NFL football team’s training camp on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, in Berea, Ohio. Tony Dejak—AP Photo

As the NFL cracks down on defenders grabbing the jersey’s of wide receivers, The Browns’ cornerbacks and safeties are wearing boxing gloves during training camps to break the habit

To prepare for the NFL’s crackdown on defensive holding this season, the team is making its cornerbacks and safeties wear boxing gloves during training camp practices. The smaller, mittenlike gloves — used by kickboxers and in mixed martial arts — are meant to deter players from latching onto jerseys of wide receivers, an allowable tactic in the past but one that will draw a penalty flag now.

When he first saw the padded gloves, Browns Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden didn’t know what to think.

“I came out and we had boxing gloves on,” Haden said. “It was crazy.”

[ click to continue reading at TIME.com ]

Posted on August 6, 2014 by Editor

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Just Totally, Totally Awesome – Tractor Shark

from The Washington Post

How ‘the largest fish in the sea’ ended up on the roof of a tractor

By Nick Kirkpatrick

A dead whale shark being carried on a tractor in a seafood wholesale market in Xiangzhi township in Quanzhou, east China’s Fujian province, on Aug. 1. (AFP/Getty Images)

Weighing about two tons and measuring 16 feet long, this whale shark caused quite an uproar in China after it was transported through the streets of Xiangzhi in east China’s Fujian province. According to local media, a Chinese fisherman caught the whale shark Friday while fishing off Fujian province.

Known as the world’s largest fish, the whale shark can grow up to 45 feet long and live more than 100 years.  It’s highly prized on the black market. In January, the environmental group WildLifeRisk exposed what it described as “the biggest ever whale shark slaughterhouse uncovered in southeastern China,” which slaughtered 600 whale sharks annually to produce “shark oil for health supplements.”

[ click to read full article at WaPo.com ]

Posted on August 5, 2014 by Editor

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Selfie-Inflicted Wound

from Geek.com

Man accidentally kills himself with a gun while taking a selfie

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Taking a selfie is now officially dangerous, although how dangerous depends entirely on the intelligence of the person attempting to capture that selfie. Oscar Otero Aguilar clearly wasn’t that intelligent, otherwise he’d still be alive today.

The 21-year-old was drinking with friends in Mexico City and had somehow acquired a working gun and ammunition for it. With a few drinks inside him, he decided to capture a selfie of himself with the gun to upload to Facebook. But just holding the gun wasn’t enough, he also took the time load it and turn the safety off. Alternatively, he was so inebriated he had no idea the gun was loaded and ready to fire.

Neighbors heard a gun shot and called the police. What they discovered was Aguilar with a serious head wound which soon after resulted in his death. It seems that while he was attempting to line up the camera and gun to capture the perfect selfie he managed to accidentally fire the weapon into his own skull.

[ click to read full article at geek.com ]

Posted on August 4, 2014 by Editor

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Palermobook

from The Telegraph

Italians enraged at rise of Sicily’s new Facebook mafia

Detectives are poring over social media for details that might help them arrest new generation of mobsters who have turned their back on traditional code of discretion

By Tom Kington, Rome

Domenico Palazzotto, a Palermo mobster, has created a Facebook page under a false name, posted photos of himself cruising on motorboats, sitting down to sumptuous lobster and champagne dinners and riding in a limousineDomenico Palazzotto, a Palermo mobster, has created a Facebook page under a false name, posted photos of himself cruising on motorboats Photo: Facebook

Just when police thought they had finally loosened the Mafia’s historical stranglehold over Sicily, a new generation of brash mobsters is reclaiming the streets of Palermo – and bragging about it on Facebook.

After years when Cosa Nostra luminaries communicated only by hand written notes in code, their youthful successors are making increasingly unabashed online boasts about their wealth, power and contempt for the magistrates hunting them down.

One Palermo mobster, Domenico Palazzotto, 28, who created a Facebook page under a false name, posted photos of himself cruising on motorboats, sitting down to sumptuous lobster and champagne dinners and riding in a limousine.

The rising boss, who called the shots in the Arenella neighbourhood of Palermo, where he allegedly helped run extortion rackets, listed his liking for Neapolitan music and the US singer Kenny Loggins and name-checked an Italian TV series about the Mafia.

Amid crude insults apparently aimed at the police, Mr Palazzotto also swapped messages with an aspiring mobster who asked to be enrolled in his clan.

“Do I need to send a CV?” asked the applicant.

“Yes, brother,” replied Mr Palazzotto jokingly. “We need to consider your criminal record. We do not take on people with clean records.”\

[ click to read full article at The Telegraph ]

Posted on August 3, 2014 by Editor

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Every Inch Of Wonder Woman for $33

from WalMart

Meet the United States’ secret and most beautiful weapon in the fight against tyranny: “Wonder Woman!”

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Posted on August 2, 2014 by Editor

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“Some say it is a miracle, while others are calling it a curse.”

from The Guardian

Mysterious lake in Tunisian desert turns from turquoise to green sludge

The stretch of water, dubbed the Lac de Gafsa, may be the result of a rupture in the rock above the local water table

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Lac de Gafsa 3There are plenty of places to dive but apparently no women swimming. Photograph: Facebook

The lake appeared in the Tunisian desert like a mirage; one minute there was nothing but scorching sand, the next a large expanse of turquoise water.

For locals, roasting in the 40C heat, the temptation to cool off in the inviting water quickly overcame any fears about the mysterious pool.

Hundreds flocked to what quickly became known as the Lac de Gafsa or Gafsa beach to splash, paddle, dive, and fling themselves from rocks into the lake, ignoring warnings that the water could be contaminated with carcinogenic chemicals, riddled with disease or possibly radioactive. Even after the water turned a murky green, they arrived in droves, undeterred.

“Some say it is a miracle, while others are calling it a curse,” Lakhdar Souid, a Tunisian journalist, told France 24 television.

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