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Chinese Monster Hoax Wasn't Really Gollum, But a Video Game Ad -
Chinese Monster Hoax Wasn't Really Gollum, But a Video Game Ad
Chinese Monster Hoax Wasn't Really Gollum, But a Video Game Ad
"Earlier this week, a Chinese man was camping with friends in the Huairou region when he seems to have spotted a monster-like creature that somewhat resembled Gollum from Lord of the Rings. The man said he was "terrified." He snapped photos and uploaded them online. They spread like wildfire. According to Taiwanese site ET Today, this monster photos racked up 16 million mentions on Weibo, China's Twitter, reports Here are the photos in question (images via Xinhuanet):" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"So, yeah, this isn't actually Gollum. How do I know this? Because Gollum doesn't really exist, that's how! Crazy, I know. But it gets even crazier: ET Today reports this is a man dressed up to promote online game Guild Wars 2. Apparently, he was mistaken for being an actual monster, whether that's Gollum or Dobby from Harry Potter or whatever. The game's official Chinese social... more... - Jessie
Moderate Syrian Rebel Application Form : The New Yorker -
Moderate Syrian Rebel Application Form : The New Yorker
"WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—After announcing, on Thursday, that it would seek $500 million to help “train and equip appropriately vetted elements of the moderate Syrian armed opposition,” the White House today posted the following Moderate Syrian Rebel Application Form: Welcome to the United States’ Moderate Syrian Rebel Vetting Process. To see if you qualify for $500 million in American weapons, please choose an answer to the following questions:" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
This Epic Front-Yard Dildo Battle Suddenly Becomes a Pretty Amazing PSA | Adweek -
This Epic Front-Yard Dildo Battle Suddenly Becomes a Pretty Amazing PSA | Adweek
"Why this PSA is genius: If we make a sweeping generalization about the sort of conservative people who generally defend their Second Amendment rights, we would suggest they may also be sexually conservative. Showing some boys playing with vibrators might not be all that shocking to a liberal. Heck, it was an Ikea campaign. But to people who don't normally think kids playing with guns is a big deal (trust me, I know these people), seeing kids play with vibrators might be shocking and memorable." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
" Why this PSA is necessary: It's National Safety Month. According to Everytown for Gun Safety, two children per week were killed in 2013 in unintentional shootings, and two-thirds of those tragedies were due to unsecured guns children found in a home. That means two-thirds of those tragedies were entirely preventable. Or as Evoleve—the advertiser in the PSA above—puts it, "It's the... more... - Jessie
This is genius. - Johnny from iPhone
Florida boy in trouble after taking school bus for joyride to Walmart - -
"A 12-year-old Florida boy who allegedly took a school bus for a joyride in Panama City Beach early on Tuesday morning made it 14 miles without having a problem until he tried to park at Walmart. Store employees observed that the vehicle was having issues parking and then they noticed that the driver did not appear to be old enough to have a license. "It was just odd the way they were driving it," Walmart employee Roy Hoover told the News Herald. "He was having a hard time parking it, like he'd never drove one before."" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Justin Lookadoo, the Texas Speaker Who Says "Dateable Girls Shut Up," Arrested in Puke-Stained Car | Dallas Observer -
Justin Lookadoo, the Texas Speaker Who Says "Dateable Girls Shut Up," Arrested in Puke-Stained Car | Dallas Observer
"Here's a primer: Lookadoo is the uber-douche Richardson High School invited to give their students "faith-based" dating advice like, "Be Mysterious. Dateable girls know how to shut up," and "Let him lead. God made guys as leaders. Dateable girls get that and let him do guy things. ... Which means they don't ask him out!!!" At a school-sponsored and allegedly "optional" assembly. The guy is basically rape culture anthropomorphized, given frosted tips and sprinkled with Bible dust. And the day Lookadoo had on Tuesday is proof that there is some, if not enough, justice in the world." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"According to a report from Evansville, Indiana's WFIE, Lookadoo failed to show up for a speaking engagement at an Evansville's Teen Power Camp because he had been booked into the county jail. WFIE reports that law enforcement found Lookadoo asleep in his car off the side of the road. He told the officers that he'd pulled over to take a nap, but, according to the report, the authorities... more... - Jessie
Idaho sheriff: Contact us about your lost meth - KBOI 2 -
Idaho sheriff: Contact us about your lost meth - KBOI 2
"A southwestern Idaho sheriff is making an extra effort to find the owner of a lost item. The Ada County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday posted on its Facebook page a photo of a bag of methamphetamine saying the agency would like to meet the owner. The agency says a motorcyclist traveling at 80 mph on Amity Road on Friday morning lost the 3 ounces of meth when it fell off the back of the bike. Witnesses saw the item fall and retrieved it from the street. They contacted authorities when they discovered the bag contained a white powder. Police say the witnesses didn't get a good look at the motorcyclist because he was going too fast. The sheriff's office says no one had claimed the item by Tuesday afternoon." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
yeah, that dude's prolly dead now. - t-ra: taking the piss
what happens when the courier arrives empty-handed? t-ra has called it. - Big Joe Silence
Companies hungry for a piece of Suarez | WORLD CUP | Viral Buzz | World Cup 2014 -
"Companies ranging from McDonalds to Trident chewing gum to JC Penney gobbled up the free publicity offered by Uruguay striker Luis Suarez's incredible bite on Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup match on Tuesday. Suarez was caught chomping on the Italian's shoulder near the end of Uruguay's 1-0 win, the third such indiscretion of his controversial career. The incident was perfect fodder for twitter with some of the world's biggest companies among those eager to get their teeth into a ripe advertising opportunity." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
""Chew Trident. Not soccer players," tweeted the gum maker. "Hey @luis16suarez. Next time you're hungry just grab a Snickers," said makers of the chocolate bar. "We recommend a good swish after grabbing a bite of Italian," Listerine global helpfully added." - Jessie
Ernests Gulbis Confuses Umpires For Vampires In Hilarious Mixup (Video) | Tennis | -
"The Latvian player sat down with the press following his first-round win over Jurgen Zopp at Wimbledon, and it didn’t take long for things to get weird. The No. 12 seed was asked what he thought about the sport getting rid of umpires and solely depending on players to call their own lines. That wasn’t what Gulbis heard, though. “Get rid of vampires?” Gulbis replied. Gulbis went with it beautifully, responding for approximately a minute about his honest take on the question before he finally realized this wasn’t about “Twilight” at all. “Get rid of umpires? My God I thought something else. I thought vampires,” Gulbis said with a laugh. “Vampires in the way that people who are surrounding and sucking the energy out of players. That’s what I meant. Umpires. That would be a better comparison. Umpires? No. Without umpires it wouldn’t work.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
This Is Your Brain on Writing - -
"A novelist scrawling away in a notebook in seclusion may not seem to have much in common with an NBA player doing a reverse layup on a basketball court before a screaming crowd. But if you could peer inside their heads, you might see some striking similarities in how their brains were churning. That’s one of the implications of new research on the neuroscience of creative writing. For the first time, neuroscientists have used fMRI scanners to track the brain activity of both experienced and novice writers as they sat down — or, in this case, lay down — to turn out a piece of fiction. The researchers, led by Martin Lotze of the University of Greifswald in Germany, observed a broad network of regions in the brain working together as people produced their stories. But there were notable differences between the two groups of subjects. The inner workings of the professionally trained writers in the bunch, the scientists argue, showed some similarities to people who are skilled at other... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"For creative writing, he faced a similar challenge. In previous studies, scientists had observed people doing only small tasks like thinking up a plot in their heads. Dr. Lotze wanted to scan people while they were actually writing. But he couldn’t give his subjects a keyboard to write with, because the magnetic field generated by the scanner would have hurled it across the room. So... more... - Jessie
"When the two groups started to write, another set of differences emerged. Deep inside the brains of expert writers, a region called the caudate nucleus became active. In the novices, the caudate nucleus was quiet. The caudate nucleus is a familiar part of the brain for scientists like Dr. Lotze who study expertise. It plays an essential role in the skill that comes with practice,... more... - Jessie
"During brainstorming, the novice writers activated their visual centers. By contrast, the brains of expert writers showed more activity in regions involved in speech. “I think both groups are using different strategies,” Dr. Lotze said. It’s possible that the novices are watching their stories like a film inside their heads, while the writers are narrating it with an inner voice."" -... more... - Jessie
Interesting about the visual versus the language approach. Looking at tales like Beowulf or Odyssey are they visual or conversational? - Todd Hoff
IIRC I would say they're more conversational, because they have a distinct phonetic cadence since they were intended to be spoken, but I'd have to look again at the original texts. - Jessie
Very interesting study - I was wondering what effect the "writing exercise" had on the language v visual. If they were creative writing students they faced a writing prompt challenge once a day at least so that could affect their "verbal" approach and I also know load of writers who picture their story arc like an unfolding TV drama...... - WarLord
Iraq to Have Unity Government Before U.S. : The New Yorker -
Iraq to Have Unity Government Before U.S. : The New Yorker
"BAGHDAD (The Borowitz Report)—In a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry stressed the importance of forming a unity government in Iraq but refused to commit to a timetable for creating one in the United States. The sensitive topic of a unity government for the United States came at the end of a thirty-minute meeting, during which Secretary Kerry lectured the Iraqi Prime Minister about the value of a government “where people of different parties put aside their differences, make meaningful compromises, and work together for the good of the nation.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
" Taking this in, al-Maliki agreed that it was an excellent idea and politely asked Secretary Kerry if the United States had ever considered forming such a government. According to observers, Kerry appeared to be caught off guard by this question and blurted out,”You first.” " - Jessie
" Despite that awkward moment, after the meeting Kerry said that he had not “totally slammed the door” on the idea of a unity government in the United States. “Let’s just get one formed in Iraq,” he said. “If it works out for them, maybe someday we’ll give it a try.” " - Jessie
Car-sized haggis smashes World Record | Metro News -
Car-sized haggis smashes World Record | Metro News
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"A haggis weighing over a tonne has stormed into the Guinness Book of World Records. The monster dish, which came in at 1.01 tonne (2,227lbs), was unveiled at Scotland’s Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh. Cooked and prepared by a team of 12 at sausage and haggis maker Hall’s in North Berwick, the supersized haggis measures more than 2.5 metres in length, a metre in width and a metre in height. The haggis was cut down and sold off in individual portions (Picture: GeoBeats News/YouTube) Over 700kg (1,537lbs) of pork and pork offal was used in the haggis, as well as 333kg (734lbs) of oatmeal, 39kg (86lbs) of seasoning, and 23kg (51lbs) of onions. Wayne Godfrey, the CEO of Hall’s owner’s Browns Food Group said the haggis-makers wanted to make Scotland proud. ’2014 is the Official Year of the Haggis,’ he said." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
SMH - Anne Bouey
Initially misread as world-record-sized haggis smashes car. - Slippy: Potato Croquette
Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth - -
Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth -
"In between dispensing advice on breast-feeding and immunizations, doctors will tell parents to read aloud to their infants from birth, under a new policy that the American Academy of Pediatrics will announce on Tuesday. With the increased recognition that an important part of brain development occurs within the first three years of a child’s life, and that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important communication skills, the group, which represents 62,000 pediatricians across the country, is asking its members to become powerful advocates for reading aloud, every time a baby visits the doctor. “It should be there each time we touch bases with children,” said Dr. Pamela High, who wrote the new policy. It recommends that doctors tell parents they should be “reading together as a daily fun family activity” from infancy. This is the first time the academy — which has issued recommendations on how long mothers should nurse their babies and advises parents to keep children... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Reading, as well as talking and singing, is viewed as important in increasing the number of words that children hear in the earliest years of their lives. Nearly two decades ago, an oft-cited study found that by age 3, the children of wealthier professionals have heard words millions more times than have those of less educated, low-income parents, giving the children who have heard... more... - Jessie
"Reading aloud is also a way to pass the time for parents who find endless baby talk tiresome. “It’s an easy way of talking that doesn’t involve talking about the plants outside,” said Erin Autry Montgomery, a mother of a 6-month-old boy in Austin, Tex. Low-income children are often exposed little to reading before entering formal child care settings. “We have had families who do not... more... - Jessie
Well, yeah... - MoTO: Tufted Coqeutte
Another way to get kids' books into homes is the Dolly Parton Imagination Station: one free book a month mailed to the child, every month from birth until fifth birthday: . (Hey, there's a version for blind kids, too. ) - Betsy
i read to my babies from birth because i knew about the research, but everyone thought i was crazy or weird. hope this gets more attention - Christina Pikas
Officer: Man came to court hiding pot in left sock - Yahoo News -
"Authorities say a Connecticut man who told his probation officer he wasn't foolish enough to bring drugs into a courthouse had been hiding 19 bags of pot in his left sock. Darren Shelley had a hearing Monday in Stamford Superior Court on a charge of possession with intent to sell but the case was continued until Aug. 7. Authorities tell The Advocate ( ) the 22-year-old Stamford man reeked of marijuana when he met June 9 with his probation officer. When the officer asked about it, Shelley allegedly said he was "not a fool" and "did not bring drugs into the court." But the officer says a pat down revealed the bags of pot." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Bush Creates Painting of What He Imagines Iraq is Like Today : The New Yorker -
Bush Creates Painting of What He Imagines Iraq is Like Today : The New Yorker
"DALLAS (The Borowitz Report)—President George W. Bush unveiled his latest offering as an artist today—a painting of what he imagines Iraq looks like now. Talking to reporters at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, the President said he did not read the news before composing his latest work. “I was never big on that,” he said. Pronouncing himself pleased with his painting of Iraq, Mr. Bush said he was getting to work on a new painting entitled, “The World’s Really Nice Climate.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
This is Every New Paleontologist from China's Top Research School -
This is Every New Paleontologist from China's Top Research School
"China is home to some of the richest fossil deposits in the world, and has been the source of many of the exciting recent discoveries in paleontology. But the country is having trouble attracting new paleontology students. This "group photo of one" represents the entire paleontology graduating class at China's #1 research university, which has only graduated one new paleontology student each year for four years straight. The photo's appearance this week on Chinese social networking site Renren has sparked a mini-debate in China about the value of "searching for Godzilla" as a career, and whether paleontology is as worthwhile a pursuit as more popular degrees like business or economics." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
I Was a Digital Best Seller! - -
I Was a Digital Best Seller! -
"FIVE months ago I published a short book called “Boom.” Commercially it was a bust. No news in that: Most books lose money and are quickly forgotten by all but their wounded authors. But this experience wasn’t just a predictable blow to what’s left of my self-esteem. It’s also a cautionary farce about the new media and technology we’re so often told is the bright shining future for writers and readers. Last fall a new online publication called The Global Mail asked me to write about the Keystone XL pipeline, which may carry oil to the United States from the tar sands of Canada. The Global Mail promoted itself as a purveyor of independent long-form journalism, lavishly funded by a philanthropic entrepreneur in Australia. I was offered an initial fee of $15,000, plus $5,000 for expenses, to write at whatever length I felt the subject merited. At the time I was researching a traditional print book, my seventh. But it was getting harder for me to feel optimistic about dead-tree... more... - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"I finished writing in late January, just as the State Department prepared to issue a much anticipated report on the Keystone XL. If I were writing for a traditional publisher, I’d have to wait months to see my work in print. This time, I’d be read within days, right on top of the news! Exhausted but exhilarated, I headed to the liquor store for a celebratory bottle and returned to an... more... - Jessie
"Eager to know how many copies this represented, I asked Byliner for sales figures. It took them a while to respond — because, I imagined, they needed the time to tally the dizzying numbers pouring in from Amazon, iTunes and other retailers. In fact, the total was such that Byliner could offer only a “guesstimate.” In its first month “Boom” had sold “somewhere between 700 and 800... more... - Jessie
I know only a handful of authors who have self-published on Amazon, but their success rates are quite varied, and it seems to have less to do with their writing skills and more with how well they know their market. The women in Dallas writing romances with historical fiction and scifi themes seem to be making a tidy income; the American former journalist in Taipei who was charging $12 a copy for his steampunk swashbuckler, not so much. - Jessie
Peanut butter jar lands raccoon in a jam | Niagara Falls Review -
Peanut butter jar lands raccoon in a jam | Niagara Falls Review
"The raccoon found itself in a sticky situation in Fort Erie just north of the Peace Bridge after it was trapped at the top of a hydro transformer pole with a peanut butter jar wedged on its head. “We have a very happy raccoon,” Wendy Trombley, the manager at the Fort Erie SPCA, said after setting the animal free. “We think she is a mom, so there are some babies that are very happy as well." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
>.> - Jessie
Teenager Accused of Tagging Courtroom During His Graffiti Hearing -
Teenager Accused of Tagging Courtroom During His Graffiti Hearing
"A teenager facing charges of graffiti vandalism "tagged" the San Diego courthouse in which he was being prosecuted. Francisco Canseco, 18, was arrested on five new felony counts of vandalism, according to the Los Angeles Times. His previous vandalism charges were all misdemeanors. Mark Milton, a detective with the sheriff's department, said authorities believe Canseco applied the fresh graffiti to the courthouse during a hearing on previous charges of graffiti vandalism." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
LOLOL. I can't decide if this kid is an idiot or a genius. - Soup in a TARDIS
"during" a hearing? How? - Betsy
In Rare Consensus, Sunnis and Shiites Tell Cheney to Shut Up : The New Yorker -
In Rare Consensus, Sunnis and Shiites Tell Cheney to Shut Up : The New Yorker
"BAGHDAD (The Borowitz Report)—In a development that offers a faint glimmer of hope for Iraq, both Sunnis and Shiites are finding common ground in the view that former Vice-President Dick Cheney seriously needs to shut up. In the days following the publication, this week, of a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece about Iraq that Cheney wrote with his daughter Liz, hatred of the former Vice-President has, to the surprise of many, become the first thing that Sunnis and Shiites have agreed upon in centuries. Iraqi observers in recent days have reported seeing both Sunnis and Shiites reading the Cheneys’ op-ed then tearing it to shreds in a rage. “Cheney is an ass!” a Sunni merchant reportedly exclaimed in a Baghdad market on Thursday, to the resounding cheers of several Shiites nearby." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
" “Historically, it’s been challenging to find anything that Sunnis and Shiites agree on,” said Sabah al-Alousi, a history professor at the University of Baghdad. “That’s why their apparent consensus that Dick Cheney needs to shut the hell up is so significant.” Visiting Baghdad on Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry said that the joint Sunni-Shiite calls for Dick Cheney to shut his... more... - Jessie
Rejected Princesses: the Weirder Tales Disney will never do -
Rejected Princesses: the Weirder Tales Disney will never do
Rejected Princesses: the Weirder Tales Disney will never do
Rejected Princesses: the Weirder Tales Disney will never do
"We all know that Disney tends to soften those folk tales that they turn into movies, giving them happy endings, removing the less PG elements. However, there are some stories out there that are just a little too outrageous for even the House of Mouse, and there are quite of few of them that involve maidens. Which is where Rejected Princesses comes in. Jason Porath has started chronicling these more intriguing tales on his website. Each post has an animation-style image of the princess in question, followed by a detailed breakdown of their story. Take Pasiphaë above. She developed thing for bulls after her husband pissed off Poseidon and subsequently had the court inventor build her a hollowed-out cow suit so she could... you know. Needless to say, she's the mother of the minotaur." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
LOL they did Empress Wu! - Jessie
Family Fights Cops After Knives Nixed at Fun Park - NBC -
"Five members of a Vermont family assaulted police officers during a melee that erupted when security guards at a New Hampshire amusement park told them to leave their knives in the car, police said Tuesday. The fracas started at about 1:30 p.m. Monday when the Perry family tried to enter Canobie Lake Park in Salem. Some of the family members had knives on their belts and were told they couldn't bring them into the park, police said." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"As backup officers arrived, the mother of the family faked a seizure, police said. She was examined by paramedics and released at the scene. " - Jessie
Keep it classy, VT! - Soup in a TARDIS
Gukeng runs out of eggs in cigarette butts battle - Taipei Times -
"Gukeng Township (古坑) office in Yunlin County found itself fresh out of tea eggs as a result of its program to promote cleanliness in the town by exchanging one egg for every 100 cigarette butts collected from the streets, forcing it to halt the program last week. According to a report by the Chinese-language China Times earlier this week, the office had run similar programs offering rewards for light bulbs, cardboard posters, advertising flags and depleted batteries, but none of those drives met with the success of the latest program, which was launched in February. The office’s cleaning crew manager, Chang Chen-te (張圳德), was quoted by the China Times as saying that the township received 698,100 cigarette butts as of the end of last month, and gave out more than 7,000 eggs as rewards. The township is famed for its scenic areas, but is also home to many chain smokers, Chang said." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Ayn Rand's Harry Potter and the Prisoners of Collectivism -
Ayn Rand's Harry Potter and the Prisoners of Collectivism
"Lupin turned into a wolf. “Control yourself,” Harry said. “Good lord, man, you’re a being of pure will and drive. Exercise it.” Lupin turned back into a man with flashing, clear eyes and a jaw that could level a mid-sized office building." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Young Writer Earns Six Figures With Erotic One Direction Fan Fiction -
Young Writer Earns Six Figures With Erotic One Direction Fan Fiction
"25-year-old One Direction fan Anna Todd just landed a six-figure advance when Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, bought the rights to her One Direction fan fiction. Excuse me, her erotic One Direction fan fiction. Todd posted the story, titled After, on the fan fiction self-publishing site Wattpadd in 300 daily installments, spread out across three volumes. The story took off instantly, gaining more than 800 million reads, and leading to fan-generated art and playlists on Twitter and Instagram. Billboard reports that Todd's writing even led to an increase in popularity for other pieces of fiction: When Todd mentioned "Pride and Prejudice" or "Wuthering Heights" in "After," Wattpad had spikes in the reads (how the company counts clicks) on those novels on its site." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Soccer enthusiast shares national vision - Taipei Times -
"It is a well-worn adage of local sports fans that Taiwan is a soccer desert, only coming alive once every four years to catch the excitement of the World Cup. Nevertheless, one can find some die-hard soccer enthusiasts in various corners of the nation. Wu Ying (伍英) is one such man. Wu has been actively promoting the “beautiful game” even though Taiwan is placed among the minnows, at No. 176 in FIFA’s world rankings. Recently, he has joined fans watching the matches from Brazil where foreign stars dribble past defenders to score amazing goals, and, while watching, he pondered if someday Taiwan can become a powerhouse in international soccer. The transplanted Hong Konger is sowing the seeds for this dream." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"After finishing his studies, Wu’s brother returned to Hong Kong, but Wu stayed in his adopted country. “I made friends by playing soccer and met many friendly people here, so I chose to stay in Taiwan,” he said. “During my spare time, I would sneak into the university to play soccer on the school’s fields.” “I made friends with other players due to our passion for soccer. They would... more... - Jessie
"With a few friends, Wu established a soccer association for the area’s Shengkeng District (深坑), which conducts soccer instruction classes for local elementary-school and kindergarten students. “My collection is the best teaching resource for the soccer classes,” the 63-year-old said. “The posters of soccer stars in action make useful teaching materials.” “When I go abroad, I try to bring back new soccer equipment for the kids,” he said." - Jessie
Lego Artisans Rebuild The Grand Budapest Hotel, Completely to Scale | Adweek -
Lego Artisans Rebuild The Grand Budapest Hotel, Completely to Scale | Adweek
"To help promote the DVD and Blu-ray release of Wes Anderson's delightful film The Grand Budapest Hotel, distributor Fox Searchlight commissioned Lego sculptors (yes, this is a thing) to build a huge replica of the title dwelling. The result is accurate down to the last detail, as befitting of Anderson's maniacally detailed mind. The company put out a time-lapse video of the model being built by Ryan Ziegelbauer and his team of Lego craftspeople, complete with the actor Tony Revolori (who made his debut in the film) adding the finishing touches to the massive creation in front of a painting that looks a lot like the ones used in the movie. The hotel will be a part of A+D Architecture and Design Museum's size and scale exhibit called "Come In! S, M, L, XLa", running from June 19 to August 31 in Los Angeles." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
Roma Boy, 16, Is Comatose After Beating Outside Paris - -
"A teenage Roma boy lay in a coma in a hospital here on Tuesday after being abducted from a shantytown and beaten last week, apparently in retaliation for what his assailants thought were thefts he committed in a nearby housing project, the French authorities said. Politicians and rights groups condemned the attack, which police and judicial officials said involved as many as a dozen people. No racial motives were immediately apparent, and investigators have made no arrests. President François Hollande, whose leftist government has sharply accelerated the destruction of Roma camps, called the abduction and beating “beyond words and unjustifiable.” Mr. Hollande did not call the attack a hate crime, however." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"The boy, identified by law enforcement officials only as Darius, a 16-year-old Romanian citizen, was found abandoned in a shopping cart at the edge of a highway late Friday in Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, a poor, heavily immigrant suburb north of Paris. His assailants are believed to have come from the Cité des Poètes, a housing project where Darius was reported to have recently made a... more... - Jessie
"Darius was described in French news reports as a petty criminal with a history of theft. A judicial spokesman said Darius had no criminal record, but the mayor of Pierrefitte-sur-Seine, Michel Fourcade, told reporters the young man had been questioned by the police on several occasions about a string of robberies at the Cité des Poètes. Sylvie Moisson, the state prosecutor for the... more... - Jessie
:( - Anne Bouey
Here's How How to Train Your Dragon Would Be Immortalized in Tapestry -
Here's How How to Train Your Dragon Would Be Immortalized in Tapestry
"Artist Mittie Paul says he originally wanted to do a realistic portrait of Toothless but ended up researching Viking Art instead. This is the result." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
‘Caught,’ by David Parsons, Performed by Alvin Ailey Dance - -
‘Caught,’ by David Parsons, Performed by Alvin Ailey Dance -
"In 1982, David Parsons made his greatest choreographic discovery: He invented a way for a dancer to fly. “Caught,” his signature work that stars a soloist soaring through the air and a strobe light, may last only about five minutes. But this seemingly simple recipe of light and movement results in pure exhilaration. The piece is part of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s current season at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Robert Battle, Ailey’s artistic director, is a former member of Parsons Dance. “I enjoy touching people in a universal way,” Mr. Parsons, 54, said in an interview. “Most people have dreamed of flying. It’s something we’ve all experienced in some form in our subconscious.”" - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"In the dance, set to music by Robert Fripp, a soloist — usually a man — performs 100 jumps in quick succession as a strobe light freezes the airborne images like a series of snapshots. Essentially, the dancer is caught — get it? — as he circles the stage in dynamic leaps or jumps up to curl his body into a ball. In another moment, the dancer is captured walking, with his legs and arms... more... - Jessie
"The origins of “Caught” date to when Mr. Parsons was 17 and arrived in New York as a scholarship student at the Ailey School. “I cleaned the studios for my scholarship, and at the same time, I started to get into photography as a stunt model. I was a trampolinist and a gymnast out of Kansas City, and I could do the things that models couldn’t do. I was a photographer myself and after a while I figured out how to fire a strobe light with the dancer in a dark space and catch him at the top of a leap.”" - Jessie
Spoiler alert: The article does say how it's done. - Jessie
The Tomb Of Vlad Dracula May Have Been Found In Italy -
The Tomb Of Vlad Dracula May Have Been Found In Italy
"Estonian researchers believe the remains of Vlad III — aka Vlad the Impaler and the inspiration for Dracula — are buried in a church in Naples, Italy. But to prove it they may have to open his tomb — which sounds like an extraordinarily bad idea. Vlad III was a prince of Wallachia who lived from 1431 to 1476. He was a member of the the House of Drăculești, or Dracula — a name that translates to "Son of the Dragon." After his death, he was dubbed Vlad the Impaler owing to his practice of impaling his enemies. The name of the vampire Count Dracula in Bram Stoker's 1897 Dracula was inspired by his reign." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
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