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Two Boys from the Bronx - ZooBorns -
Two Boys from the Bronx - ZooBorns
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"Both cubs are male and were born May 6th to first-time parents. They are on exhibit, with their mother, in the 'Himalayan Highlands', which received the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Exhibit Award for outstanding design in 1987. Snow Leopards are classified as “Endangered” on the IUCN Red List. They are among the world’s most endangered big cats, with only an estimated 3,500 to 7,500 remaining in the wild. Their range is limited to remote mountains of Central Asia and parts of China, Mongolia, Russia, India and Bhutan. WCS’s Bronx Zoo is a world leader in Snow Leopard husbandry and participates in the Species Survival Plan, a cooperative breeding program designed to enhance the genetic viability of animal populations in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Bronx Zoo has had more Snow Leopard births (over 70) than any other zoo in North America and was the first zoo in the United States to exhibit the big cats in 1903." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Yoga Poseurs: Athletic Gear Soars, Outpacing Sport Itself - WSJ -
Yoga Poseurs: Athletic Gear Soars, Outpacing Sport Itself - WSJ
Yoga Poseurs: Athletic Gear Soars, Outpacing Sport Itself - WSJ
"Why work out when you can just buy the clothes and look like you did? The rate of growth in the U.S. retail athletic apparel market is surging, even as Americans' rate of participating in most sports is in decline. The result is a phenomenon the apparel industry calls "athleisure"—a bright spot in a sluggish business thanks to Americans who are increasingly donning sneakers in the boardroom and yoga pants at brunch. Analysts at Barclays estimate the U.S. athletic apparel market will increase by nearly 50% to more than $100 billion at retail by 2020, driven in large part by consumers snapping up stretchy tees and leggings that will never see the fluorescent lights of a gym." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The trend isn't limited to yoga. Organizers of a trade show for traditional outdoor and camping retailers earlier this month debuted a new exhibit devoted to so-called urban wear for "millennials" who wear their boots and flannels with no intention of actually hiking. For men, retailers are rolling out new versions of jogger pants—sweatpant-like trousers with elastic cuffs at the... more... - Jessie
I have never understood this kind of aspirational fashion - looking like you participate in activity X without actually doing it. Living in West L.A. for grad school was a very confusing time for me. - Jessie
You could say the same about all the guys who live in basketball clothes but are not part of any team. - Betsy
St. Pete police: Man arrested for prowling tried to fight a fire hydrant | Tampa Bay Times -
"Police said they arrested Jeffrey Paul McKenna, 34, after he was seen peeking into windows of homes in the 4800 block of Third Avenue N in St. Petersburg on Aug. 14. Police were called and when officers arrived, McKenna told them he was looking for "Tony" and "wanted to go with the back up officer and smoke and be back in 20 minutes," an officer wrote in an arrest report. "He was also acting like he was going to fight the fire hydrant in front of him prior to being taken into custody," the officer wrote." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The report does not indicate if McKenna — or the fire hydrant — landed any blows." - Jessie
Based on my brothers current broken hand after losing a similar fight with his front door my money is on the hydrant. - Steve C
Belarusian Family Take in Entire Pack of Wolves, Raise Them as Pets | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities -
Belarusian Family Take in Entire Pack of Wolves, Raise Them as Pets | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities
Belarusian Family Take in Entire Pack of Wolves, Raise Them as Pets | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities
"A Belarusian family from the village of Zacherevye, 250 kilometers north of Minsk, is raising an entire family of wolves as pets. It’s been five years since the Selekhs took in a group of young wild wolves, and they’ve got the beasts completely domesticated now. In fact, the pet wolves’ behavior is quite opposite to what people normally expect from them. Wolves are supposed to be instinctively wild, and follow a strict code of hierarchy within the pack – they are led by an alpha couple. But the Selekh wolves display none of these characteristics. They are quite a joyful lot instead, playing games and entertaining 10-year-old Alisa Selekh. They even take turns giving the girl piggyback rides through the Selekhs’ front garden." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The Selekh’s story is a heartwarming one, but animal experts warn that domesticated wolves can be even more dangerous than wild ones. That’s because wild wolves are naturally afraid of humans and tend to flee, but domesticated wolves lose this natural fear, making them the bigger threat." - Jessie
Pic of the girl riding piggyback: - Jessie
In Elite MFA Programs, The Challenge Of Writing While 'Other' : Code Switch : NPR -
In Elite MFA Programs, The Challenge Of Writing While 'Other' : Code Switch : NPR
"Around the same time Diaz was at Cornell, Lan Samantha Chang was a student in the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Back then, the head of the program was writer Frank Conroy, who gave Chang some advice: If you don't want to be typecast, don't keep writing stories about Chinese-American characters. Chang didn't resent the advice, but she couldn't follow it. "It was only by writing about Asian-American characters that I had been able to access whatever it was that made me write in the first place," she says. "There was no way I could have written about anything else. Those were the stories I wanted to tell, and I was sort of stuck, for better or worse, with my subject matter." Now that Chang directs the same workshop she attended as a student, she encourages young writers to try to find their voice, much as she did." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Speaking of her experience, Mathis points to one incident when a class was discussing her work. "One of the characters is sort of referred to as having something like almond skin, something that would identify the character as black. There was a person in the workshop who said they had been reading happily up to that point, but then felt like they were reading a story about race —... more... - Jessie
Police: Man drives stolen electric shopping cart to meet probation officer, gets arrested | New Mexico News - KOAT Home -
"An Albuquerque man was being held in the Bernalillo County Jail Tuesday after police said he drove a stolen electric shopping cart to meet with this probation officer. Court Documents say Michael Johnson, 18, arrived to meet with his probation officer on Monday at the Metropolitan Courthouse on an electric shopping cart from Walmart. The probation officer asked Johnson where he got the cart, to which Johnson said he “took it from the Walmart on San Mateo and Zuni,” the documents say." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
SMH - Anne Bouey
That's to marvellous for words - Johnny from iPhone
Richard III drank 3 litres of booze a day | Metro News -
"Like a lot of men who drink more than five pints every day, Richard went missing for quite a while and was eventually found in a car park." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Affluenza" Teen Ethan Couch's Dad Has Been Arrested for Pretending to Be a Cop | Dallas Observer -
"Affluenza" Teen Ethan Couch's Dad Has Been Arrested for Pretending to Be a Cop | Dallas Observer
"Near the end of July in North Richland Hills, police interviewed Couch as a witness to a separate crime, according to the police report. During the on-the-scene interview, Couch couldn't keep his hands out of his pockets. The officer apparently found this strange and instructed Couch to not put his hands in his pockets. Another witness then yelled that Couch had guns in his truck, which he denied when asked by the officer. "I have my Lakeside Police stuff in the truck," he told the officer, according to the police report." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Couch then produced a badge that looked, to the officer, very similar to Lakeside Police badges, with a red dot in the center. The officer used to work for the Lakeside department. The officer said he knew the Lakeside chief personally, but Couch must have prepared for some questioning. He told the officer the correct name of the chief. But the officer apparently had a gut feeling... more... - Jessie
Okay, this last line hurts my brain. "If convicted he could maybe share a prison cell with his son only not because his son is not in prison but rather is at a luxury rehab facility in Newport Beach because America." I had to read it twice to understand what what being said. - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
Yeah I think the Dallas Observer blog needs a few copy editors. - Jessie
Reading Literature on Screen: A Price for Convenience? - -
"A team of researchers led by Anne Mangen at the University of Stavanger in Norway and Jean-Luc Velay at Aix-Marseille Université in France divided 50 graduate students — with equivalent reading habits and experience with tablets — into two groups and had them read the same short story by Elizabeth George (in French translation). One group read the story in paperback, the other on an Amazon Kindle DX. All the while, researchers measured the students’ reading time and their “emotional response” — using a standard psychology scale — to the text. Afterward, they were tested extensively on different aspects of the story. In most respects, there was no significant difference between the Kindle readers and the paper readers: the emotional measures were roughly the same, and both groups of readers responded almost equally to questions dealing with the setting of the story, the characters and other plot details. But, the Kindle readers scored significantly lower on questions about when events... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
I've wondered about that a bit - I relied on flipping back and forth in books in my English classes when pulling quotes for papers, and physically knowing where it was in the book seems to correlate (for me) with the "when" it happened in the book's timeline. I do fine with electronic vs. paper for light fiction, but heavier works seem to flow a lot better for me in paper. - Jennifer Dittrich
Yeah same with Jennifer the way my mind works i don't think i could have gotten my english studies done on an electronic format. Although the four boxes of novels and poetry would be easier to have lugged around all these years later. - Steve C
Same here - it's a lot harder to remember when something happened with only the "% read" to go by. I also find it harder to pull quotes from ebooks because the quotes are often tied to what was happening in the story at that time. - Jessie
Thank you, disgusting neighbors, for leaving your garbage bags out today when garbage pickup is Thursday. I'm sure that after two days in 90+ degree weather they will smell just delightful.
Feral animal bait? - Janet from FFHound!
Possibly. After two days they will probably smell much like the skunks they will inevitably attract. - Jessie
What is the response of management? - Anne Bouey
I don't think there's much they can do since there aren't any surveillance cameras outside. They emailed everyone previously to remind them of the garbage policy and they've said they will start fining residents $50/bag if they're caught, but I don't think they have a method for catching them. - Jessie
Trash digging should find the source. Mask, gloves, and Hazmat suit---priceless. - Janet from FFHound!
Critters will probably expose their identity. - m9m, Crone of FriendFeed
Garbage is it's own evidence. =) - Yvonne from FFHound!
Ick! - Jenny H. from Android
Meet the Hero Designer Who Publicly Shamed Showtime for Asking Him to Work for Free | Adweek -
Meet the Hero Designer Who Publicly Shamed Showtime for Asking Him to Work for Free | Adweek
Meet the Hero Designer Who Publicly Shamed Showtime for Asking Him to Work for Free | Adweek
"When Showtime invited Dan Cassaro to join a design "contest" he felt amounted to milking professionals for free work, he let the network—and the world—know how he felt about it. The offer, made to a number of designers, involved promoting the Floyd Mayweather-Marcos Maidana boxing match on Sept. 13. Those who submitted designs for Showtime's use "could be eligible for a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas and have your artwork displayed in the MGM Grand during fight week!," the network told Cassaro in an email. After sending an email response slathered in sarcasm ("I know that boxing matches in Las Vegas are extremely low-budget affairs"), Cassaro then posted the exchange to Twitter." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Has Showtime responded directly to you? They wrote me a short and very polite email. Honestly, it's less about Showtime and more about these hack crowdsourcing campaigns that certain agencies are selling to them. There are lots of folks doing very cool things with user-generated content, but to ask professionals to compete against each other for potential "exposure" is completely different. It's demeaning, and it lowers the value of everyone's work." - Jessie
Rob Ford makes a new enemy, says he has been in ‘standoffs’ with fearless raccoons outside his home | National Post -
Rob Ford makes a new enemy, says he has been in ‘standoffs’ with fearless raccoons outside his home | National Post
"They topple green bins like it’s nothing, lift up freshly laid sod and lie quietly in wait of barbecue droppings under backyard picnic tables. In a dog-eat-dog world, Toronto’s most adorable menace might think they’re just doing what it takes to survive — even, it turns out, stare down Rob Ford. “I’ve had some standoffs with some raccoons,” the mayor told reporters at city hall on Monday. “Seriously, they just look at you, and they’re not scared anymore. It used to be you could yell or scream at them, [now] they just look at you. I mean, right up to my front door.” His nine-year old daughter “starts freaking.” His wife won’t go outside to take out the trash. “It’s like we have to make deals, who is going to go out and put out the garbage at night, because they’ll just sit there.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"In general, raccoons will scurry away if the person claps loudly or makes him or herself appear large and in charge, said Mr. Gates. “From what I know, raccoons understand humans have the upper hand.”" - Jessie
Elderly Los Angeles man parks car in swimming pool - NY Daily News -
"An 85-year-old Los Angeles man parked his car in a swimming pool after getting his footwear stuck on the pedals. The car ended up completely submerged in a pool in Altadena. "He told us that his shoe or sandal got caught in the pedals of the vehicle and drove through the door in the rear part of his garage and into his swimming pool," LA county Fire Department Jeffrey Sims said." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
secretly Keith Moon. - Big Joe Silence
Does Facebook think users are dumb? “Satire” tag added to Onion articles [Updated] | Ars Technica -
Does Facebook think users are dumb? “Satire” tag added to Onion articles [Updated] | Ars Technica
"Facebook is already an unbearable enough place as of late, at least in my case. Awful national and international news stories continue to appear in my personal feed alongside friends' amateur political commentary and personal quibbles, and that mix makes the occasional ray of satirical, hilarious sunshine from off-kilter sites like The Onion welcome. Sadly, Facebook has begun trying to ruin even these fun articles by appending their titles with a "satire" tag." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
But... many users ARE dumb. - Andrew C (✔)
Subway Performances Can Be a Wonder of Grit and Grace - -
Subway Performances Can Be a Wonder of Grit and Grace -
"Subway time is precious — there’s nothing like summer reading in meat-locker air-conditioning, and currently I’m deep into “The Luminaries” — but I raise my eyes for two words: “Showtime, showtime!” I can’t hate a subway dance. This choreography of grit and grace perseveres, despite an increase of arrests by the New York Police Department, as a delicate wonder, glued together by exacting precision and indelible stamina. Plus, there’s the joy of watching a dance where dancing is not allowed: It’s a subversive performance. It’s also a surprise. Here, there’s no choreographer trying to make the fourth wall disappear; you can feel it happening with the breeze of each passing limb. In live performance, energy exchanges from one body to the next. Apart from those blasé subway dancers who tick off moves like rote factory workers, it’s on this stage — a subway car, not a theater — that a dancer is at his most exposed, most vulnerable." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Clearly the crackdown on subway dancers is bumming me out. A recent report in The New York Times revealed that arrests of performers have more than quadrupled this year compared with the same period last year, a result of Police Commissioner William J. Bratton’s efforts to concentrate on low-level offenders. “Breaking the law is breaking the law,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Choosing a... more... - Jessie
"After the professional subway dancers departed in a huff, leaving the dollar bills behind, the bushy-haired man sloppily gathered them. One fell on me; when I tried to hand it back, his friend took one look at my hairstyle — I’m good with a beehive — wagged his finger and said: “That hair is a performance. She keeps it.” I held onto that dollar for days, ready to pass it on. One night,... more... - Jessie
Florida man busted stealing TVs tells cops his name is ‘Ima Thief’  - NY Daily News -
"A South Florida man busted stealing thousands of dollars- worth of loot from a store told police and a judge his name was "Ima Thief." Police in Sunrise say the brazen bandit was trying to skulk out of an electronics store on North University Drive with two stolen TVs and other gear on Thursday when he was stopped by security, NBC Miami reported. Police arrived and the man tried to flee, but was arrested. At a bond hearing Thursday, the man told Broward Judge John Fry the same thing he told cops — his given name was Ima Thief." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
One of the radio stations I listen to has begun doing a feature called "Meanwhile in Florida..." where they select weird news out of Florida and read out the stories on the air. - Soup in a TARDIS
I swear we are not all that stupid, swear. - Shannon - GlassMistress
There is a very good reason that FL is the only state to have it's own tag on The time I've spent in FL was quite nice and normal (where normal has air that is HUMID) - Neal Krummell
Twinkle Toes: Bookish Shoes for Literary Feet | BOOK RIOT -
Twinkle Toes: Bookish Shoes for Literary Feet | BOOK RIOT
Twinkle Toes: Bookish Shoes for Literary Feet | BOOK RIOT
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Ooh, I want to mark up my beige Tom's like that second pair of shoes! - Jenny H. from Android
Olympic wrestler, Fort Carson soldier cited in deer poaching case at Colorado Springs car dealership -
"An Olympic wrestler and Fort Carson soldier was cited Thursday night after he allegedly stalked and hunted a deer with a bow and arrow at a car dealership in southwestern Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs police and wildlife officials rushed to Motor City on Thursday night after a man identified as Dremiel Byers, 39, was seen shortly before 7 p.m. lurking about Kuni Lexis in the 600 block of Auto Heights. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials were called in and Byers was given "several hunting and wildlife violations," which included hunting out of season and illegal take." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
It's a weird case. That animal frequented the area. Looks like he also has an eviction notice on the door of his home. - Eric
Bear wall mural draws visitors to Tainan’s Siaying - Taipei Times -
Bear wall mural draws visitors to Tainan’s Siaying - Taipei Times
"A group of 20-somethings in Greater Tainan have created a unique wall mural, which combines Winnie the Pooh and other cute cartoon bears with Taiwanese worship of Taoist religious deities. The mural in a neighborhood off Wenming Street (文明街) in Greater Tainan’s Siaying District (下營) is titled A-Iann Color-Painting Village with Winnie the Pooh. A-Iann is the Hoklo (commonly known as Taiwanese) pronunciation of Siaying." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
HK News Boss Counters Rival's Fake Obit With Video - ABC News -
"It wasn't clear who took out the fake obituary, which said Lai Chee-ying died at 65 from AIDS and multiple cancers. It referred to Lai by his Chinese name but used a different written character for Chee that sounds the same. The graphic style of the fake obituary mirrored that of real obituaries in Hong Kong media. It said the tycoon was also known as "Fatty Lai" and that his family members also had severe diseases and couldn't attend his funeral. It offered condolences to staff at Two Media, a disguised reference to Lai's company. The literal translation of the Chinese characters in his company's name is One Media." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
The Hobbit-Inspired Beer Exists, Will Make Unexpected Journey To Your Local Supermarket | The Mary Sue -
The Hobbit-Inspired Beer Exists, Will Make Unexpected Journey To Your Local Supermarket | The Mary Sue
"Above is the label for Fish Brewing, Ocean Brands, and BevLink’s “Smaug Stout” chili pepper-infused beer, inspired by The Hobbit trilogy, which will soon ship to parts of the western United States (haha, “Into the West,” get it?). They’ve got a bunch of other Middle-Earthian brews coming out, too. You’re going to want to see these. The beers are officially licensed by Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. and New Line Productions, Inc., clock in at 10% ABV each, and will come packaged in 22 oz. bottles only. While it’s based out of Washington State and will only be available in select supermarkets after it ships this week, BevLink says that they hope to expand their distribution outwards to the rest of the country. Perhaps if we all shout “GONDOR CALLS FOR AID” and light a bunch of beacons up and down the eastern seaboard, they’ll get here that much faster?" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Fox Steals Dog's Toy While the Dog Barks Jealously From Inside -
Children evacuated from London hospital after fox falls through ceiling - London - News - London Evening Standard -
Children evacuated from London hospital after fox falls through ceiling - London - News - London Evening Standard
"Children were evacuated from a London hospital’s paediatric ward after a fox fell through the ceiling. The animal is believed to have climbed into the roof while building work was being carried out at the North Middlesex University Hospital in Edmonton. The inpatient ward was closed for several days while the building was secured and repairs carried out. A spokesman for the trust said the fox fell through a ceiling tile after managing to get into the building during a programme of major building works." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
What did the fox say? - Amit Patel
Amit... :) - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
^ ha! - Marie
I heard about this, I even saw them, a group of pups, running around on the hospital roof tops. - Halil
Taiwan hackers place 2nd in US contest - Taipei Times -
Taiwan hackers place 2nd in US contest - Taipei Times
"A Taiwanese team has won second place in the Capture the Flag (CTF) competition at the 22nd DEF CON, an international convention for hackers and computer security professionals that ended on Sunday in Las Vegas. With an average age of 23, more than half of the members of the team — called HITCON — are university students, coming mainly from National Taiwan University, National Chiao Tung University and National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. The manager of the team, Lee Lun-chuan (李倫銓), said they defeated the “Dragon Sector” team from Poland, who was the defending champion, to place second in the CTF competition. China’s “Blue Lotus” team came in fourth." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
New York law bans so-called 'tiger selfies' - World - CBC News -
New York law bans so-called 'tiger selfies' - World - CBC News
"Some of New York's Internet Romeos will have to find new ways to attract mates now that it's illegal to pose for photos with a tiger, lion or other big cat — a practice popular on online dating sites but denounced by wildlife advocates as potentially dangerous to both man and beast. A law signed this week by Gov. Andrew Cuomo prohibits direct contact between members of the public and big cats at travelling animal shows and fairs. Animal exhibitors would face fines for each violation." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"So-called "tiger selfies" have emerged as popular profile photos on online dating sites, with users — generally young men — looking to stand out by posting a photo of themselves with the dangerous predators. Wildlife advocates say the trend is not only potentially hazardous to humans but encourages mistreatment of endangered animals that are often taken from their mothers as cubs,... more... - Jessie
Wouldn't a tiger selfie signal something like "I'm a predator, just like this tiger"? - John (bird whisperer)
I think they're aiming more for "I care nothing for danger!" when really it just reads "Asshat!" - Jennifer Dittrich
I gotta say, in my experience as a straight male on Tinder who more or less only looks at women's profiles*, there aren't that many straight/bi women who pose with tigers, but there are a fair number who make mention about the men they see on Tinder doing it... (*there's a few male profiles in my view; I've always wondered if it's a bug, a deliberate misfeature, or if those users just selected their own gender incorrectly on the form) - Andrew C (✔)
There are tumblrs devoted to just sharing dudes w/ tigers on Tinder. - Andrew C (✔)
Police: Father, 2 Sons Arrested For Separate DUIs At Scene Of Same Car Wreck « CBS Connecticut -
Police: Father, 2 Sons Arrested For Separate DUIs At Scene Of Same Car Wreck « CBS Connecticut
"A father and two sons in Vermont were all arrested for separate DUIs as a result of only a single-car crash as two members of the Woodward family were three times the legal limit, according to Vermont State Police. The three members of the Woodward family — Nicholas, 19, Joshua, 22 and father Brian, 46 — were all arrested on the same day for showing up at staggered times while driving under the influence to the same original crash scene near Metcalf Pond Road on Saturday, the Burlington Free Press reports. The series of same-family DUI charges all occurred as each individual came to check on the previous person’s arrest along Cambridge Road." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
The family that drinks together stays together, in the local penitentiary. - Steve C
Chinese intern said the landlord promised last week to email them a new lease for a different apartment but hasn't done so. Also hasn't done anything about the roaches or the smell of oil paint. Shit's about to get real. *cracks knuckles*
Way to spend your honeymoon Jessie I couldn't be prouder. - Steve C
So I helped them write the complaint letter and then explained why they had to send it certified snail mail. The intern has photos of the roach problem so they're including those in the envelope. They also want to email the letter and pics, which is fine as a courtesy but they will need the receipt certificate from the mailed copy if they have to go to court. - Jessie
Hopefully it won't come to that, but they're saving documents, photos, work orders from pest control, etc. just in case. Anything else they might need? - Jessie
Betel leaf sandals set to debut in the US - Taipei Times -
Betel leaf sandals set to debut in the US - Taipei Times
"Jhongpu Township Farmers’ Association and Betel Life, a footwear company, said they are set to make a splash in the US market this year with betel leaf sandals they jointly designed three years ago, with the company saying more than 100,000 units have been sold worldwide. Betel Life owner Lu Chien-liang (盧建良) said he got the idea for betel leaf sandals from college students in Jhongpu Township (中埔) Chiayi County. Lu said he developed the students’ use of the leaves as footwear and designed a range of sandals to appeal to the global trend toward eco-friendly products with the help of local shoemaking factories." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Passengers Finish Beer of Man Who Fell Off Train | News | The Moscow Times -
Passengers Finish Beer of Man Who Fell Off Train | News | The Moscow Times
"Challenging the widespread notion about the inherent goodness of man, passengers of a suburban train outside Moscow stole the luggage and finished the beer of a man who fell of the train, media reported. The unlucky passenger was keeping the door of the moving train car open to get some fresh air in the unventilated vestibule, the Moskovsky Komsomolets tabloid said. He eventually dropped out at a turn in the road, leaving behind an unfinished beer, two car bumpers and a screw gun. Train officials ignored requests to pick up the man's belongings, the daily said on Friday. This allowed an unnamed male passenger to finish the beer and make away with the bumpers and the power tool before train officials came." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Deepening the irony, the incident took place in the notorious "alcoholic train" running from Moscow to the town of Petushki, 120 kilometers to the east." - Jessie
Publishers Turn to the Crowd to Find the Next Best Seller - -
Publishers Turn to the Crowd to Find the Next Best Seller -
Publishers Turn to the Crowd to Find the Next Best Seller -
"Sandy Hall was nervous. Ms. Hall, a librarian in Morristown, N.J., was preparing one recent night to lead her weekly book club meeting with a group of 14 teenagers. The book being discussed, a young-adult romance titled “A Little Something Different,” was her own debut novel. “I’m still in the ‘I hope they like it’ phase,” she said an hour before the meeting. But Ms. Hall, 33, has more cause for confidence than most other first-time authors. Her novel is the first book to be published by Swoon Reads, a new young-adult imprint that lets fans vote on manuscripts to choose which ones are published. About 9,000 readers have already sampled her story online, and it drew the highest possible rating of five hearts. Her publisher is so bullish about the book that it is planning a hefty first print run of 100,000 copies in the United States and simultaneous releases by its sister imprints in Britain and Australia. Swoon Reads, a young-adult imprint that is part of Macmillan Publishing, is... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"“The fans and the readers are more in touch with what can sell,” said Jean Feiwel, senior vice president of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and publisher of Swoon Reads, who came up with the concept in 2012. “They’re more at the pulse of these things than any of us can be.” So far, Ms. Feiwel has acquired six debut novels out of the 237 manuscripts posted on Swoon Reads’... more... - Jessie
"Even some established best-selling authors are dabbling in crowdsourcing. For his coming book “The Innovators,” Walter Isaacson posted a chapter on the website Medium to get readers’ feedback and ideas about his central argument, which posits that technological breakthroughs often come from collaboration rather than lone geniuses. Some question whether fans will have greater success... more... - Jessie
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