21stCenturyWire
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According to the FT , Omran was the human face to the suffering in Aleppo , he was, according to the US State Department , t he real face of what is going on in Syria. “That little boy has never had a day in his life where there hasnt been war, death, destruction, poverty in his own country,” ~ John Kirby In December 2016 Getty Images launched their Year in Focus a collection of iconic photos that have defined 2016. According to an article in Huffington Post , Getty had covered 130,000 events worldwide and taken over 20 million images, an insight into the tremendous power this organsiation has over the image industry that shapes our perspectives on world events. TIME produced a heart-rending article on the events surrounding this iconic photograph. They introduced us to Mahmoud Raslan, the photographer: Mahmoud Rslan , a 27-year-old photographer from Aleppo, took the picture of Omran at the scene.
The Huffington Post
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Dubbed a “dancing entrepreneur” by The New York Times , Packard has worked with everyone from Pink and Liza Minnelli to Usher and “The King of PopMichael Jackson, for which he earned an Emmy nomination. While reality TV took Packard from behind the scenes to being a recognizable face within the LGBT community, he notes that was nearly a decade ago. Since then, a series of professional experiences – including work on a Bollywood movieconfirmed he was ready to pick up the camera himself. “In Bollywood, they have the choreographer come onset, the director steps back, and the choreographer pretty much directs the whole scene,” he shared on a recent episode of Party Foul Radio with Pollo & Pearl . “That was when I realized I was ready to direct my first film.” WATCH: The Pitchfork Movie Trailer In 2015, Packard sat down to make his dream a reality.
Open Culture
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They may have arrived on the scene in the 80s as one of the four horsemen of thrash metalkin to such cuddly acts as Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer—but believe or not, Metallica had some serious crossover appeal from the start. Granted, that appeal was limited to a small subset of punks and skaters who came to appreciate metal thanks to Metallica’s covers of horror-punks The Misfits on their 1987 Garage Days Revisited EP . Nonetheless, it showed that the band always had a sense of humor and an appreciation for other—albeit very closely-relatedgenres. Since then, Metallica has grown up, sometimes awkwardly. We watched them do it with the help of a therapist in the 2003 documentary Some Kind of Monster . We listened to their grown-up angst on that bummer of an album, St. Anger . That year, they also took on a fourth member, bassist Robert Trujillo, whose extra-genre affinities are broad and deep—from his love for Motown, funk, and the athletic fusion of Jaco Pastorius to his dabbling in flamenco .
Open Culture
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They may have arrived on the scene in the 80s as one of the four horsemen of thrash metalkin to such cuddly acts as Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer—but believe or not, Metallica had some serious crossover appeal from the start. Granted, that appeal was limited to a small subset of punks and skaters who came to appreciate metal thanks to Metallica’s covers of horror-punks The Misfits on their 1987 Garage Days Revisited EP . Nonetheless, it showed that the band always had a sense of humor and an appreciation for other—albeit very closely-relatedgenres. Since then, Metallica has grown up, sometimes awkwardly. We watched them do it with the help of a therapist in the 2003 documentary Some Kind of Monster . We listened to their grown-up angst on that bummer of an album, St. Anger . That year, they also took on a fourth member, bassist Robert Trujillo, whose extra-genre affinities are broad and deep—from his love for Motown, funk, and the athletic fusion of Jaco Pastorius to his dabbling in flamenco .
TechCrunch
2 months
Roi Carthy has been a mover and a shaker in the Israeli tech scene for years. Most recently he joined as head of marketing for Shine, a smart ad blocker for mobile. This week on Technotopia we about the future of media, where revenue comes from, and the prospect of peace in the Middle East. It was a far-reaching conversation and one of my favorite chats. You can subscribe to Technotopia in Read More
The Event Chronicle
2 months
Do you have any comment on this Cobra? COBRAOK. I think I have already answered this question about Trump, who is behind Trump and I would say that actions speak louder than words and few months from now you’ll see how his presidency is. And I would not give fuel to any speculation. Just watch and learn. LynnDo you think he is at all working for the Light? Is there an inclination there? COBRAThere is a certain potential within him for the light. I would not be overly optimistic. LynnThere is another gentleman that’s been on the scene lately, Steve Pieczenik. Is he working with the Light Forces? COBRAYes, he is working with the light forces. (that’s good to know, thank you) AaronCobra, there is a huge push by the cabal, including laws being pass by governments around the globe to suppress and censor all the “real news” being spread by alternative and social media channels by labeling them as “Fake News” instead.
NPR News
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NPR News
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" Instead, scout a location that can let you add context to the scene, Ingalls says. And if you're stuck using a smartphone, Ingalls says, "You're not going to get a giant moon in your shot, but you can do something more panoramic, including some foreground that's interesting. Think about being in an urban area where it's a little bit brighter." Those using more advanced equipment can stick with the daylight white balance setting — after all, the light is coming from the sun. Many people will be posting images of this supermoon onlinetry the #supermoon hashtag on Instagram and/or Twitter . What Is It? The moon's elliptical and roughly 28-day orbit means that its distance from Earth when it's completely full varies. While the full moon always looks large along a horizon, the effect should be even greater for the next two days. "There's this optical illusion, which, as it's rising or when it's setting, it looks really big," Faherty says.
Open Culture
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Techradar
4 months
Free Stop motion clips let you bring worlds to life on zero budget and Motion is a slick, simple way of creating them on an Android device. All you have to do is line up a shot, then press the shutter button to save it. Rinse and repeat until you've built a full clip, then you can view it back, adjust the frame rate and delete any frames that you don't like. From there you can save your project and easily add to it any time, so if you've got a stop motion epic in mind you don't have to film it all in one go. But once you are done you can export it to your phone as a video and easily share it with the world. The simple controls make Motion suitable for kids, but it's powerful enough to create really good footage too. All you need is an idea and the patience to make tiny adjustments to a scene over and over again. £0.59/US$0.99 One of the great things about Android is how customizable it is and icon packs are one of the best examples of that.
NPR News
4 months
"Authorities say they're still investigating the circumstances of the accident, but confirmed two people were thrown from the ride, while two more were trapped inside." The ride, called "Thunder River Rapids," wasn't an extreme, adventure-seeking sort of thrill: visitors say it was one of the milder rides at Dreamworld, Cohen reports. The Associated Press writes that the ride was open to children as young as 2. Police officer Tod Reid told the AP that police are working to determine what went wrong: "Reid said he was not aware of any previous problems with the ride. Police were interviewing witnesses and reviewing closed-circuit television footage of the incident while crews worked to remove the bodies from the scene on Tuesday night, he said. " 'It is a complex retrieval involving heavy equipment and that will take several hours,' Reid said.
Open Culture
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Image by Michiel Hendryckx, via Wikimedia Commons A peek at the photos on a realtor’s listing for a New York City one bedroom apartment formerly occupied by Beat poet Allen Ginsberg is a dispiriting reminder of how much the East Village has changed. And that listing is over six years old! Daniel Maurer , the editor of Bedford + Bowery , and a Ginsberg fan whom history has compelled to take over a portion of his hero’s formerly sprawling digs, wrote amusingly of shoddy renovations and his upstairs neighbor, punk rock icon Richard Hell : Orlovsky’s name is still on the mailbox – which is just about the only thing still around from his day. After his death, the place was gut renovated with luxurious modern amenities like a mini fridge that comes up to mid-thigh and a stove that’s so tiny and ineffectual I just use it for cookbook storage. Soon after I moved in I took a trip to Ikea and recognized my kitchen cabinets there.
NPR News
5 months
Scott exited his vehicle armed with a handgun as the officers continued to yell at him to drop it. He stepped out, posing a threat to the officers, and officer Brentley Vinson subsequently fired his weapon, striking the subject." Police say they recovered a weapon at the scene, and that witnesses corroborate the officers' accounts. But Scott's family has said that he did not have a weapon — that he was sitting in his car reading a book. Reporter Tom Bullock of member station WFAE went to the apartment complex and spoke with witnesses . He reports that their accounts back up the Scott family's description: "One person that I spoke with ... says that she actually saw the shooting and here's how she described it: 'That man had a book. I saw it when it fell off his lap when he got out of the car to hold his hands up to show the police that he didn't have nothing.
NPR News
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A night of violent protests in Charlotte following police shooting. What we know at this hour. https://t.co/xtixaGg5qp pic.twitter.com/D4LmrTDRvC Rick Thames (@rthames) September 21, 2016 The police shooting of a man in Charlotte, N.C., sparked overnight protests and unrest, temporarily shutting down a major interstate in the area. The protests began Tuesday night after police shot and killed 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Officers were at the complex to serve a warrant on a different man, The Associated Press reports, when they saw Scott in a car. Police say he had a gun and appeared to be a threat; a police spokesman told the AP a gun was recovered at the scene. Scott's family, and the protesters who gathered last night, tell a different story, reports Gwendolyn Glenn of member station WFAE.
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The painting in question is a desert landscape. There's blue sky at the top, red rocks and green cacti. It's owned by Robert Fletcher, a 62-year-old former corrections officer living in the Canadian city of Sault Ste. Marie. Here's how Fletcher says he got the painting: In 1976, he was working in Ontario's Thunder Bay Correctional Centre when he hit it off with an inmate named Peter Doige, who was in for LSD possession. Doige was going through some rough times, but he had this painting he had made in art class. "I said, 'That painting you did inside, that desert scene, I absolutely love it,' " Fletcher remembers. "He said, 'Would you give me $100 for it?' " Fletcher said yes. A couple of decades later, a buddy of Fletcher's is over at his house and sees the painting. He tells Fletcher that it's by a famous artistPeter Doig. They look him up online and Fletcher recognizes him.
NPR News
6 months
The painting in question is a desert landscape. There's blue sky at the top, red rocks and green cacti. It's owned by Robert Fletcher, a 62-year-old former corrections officer living in the Canadian city of Sault Ste. Marie. Here's how Fletcher says he got the painting: In 1976, he was working in Ontario's Thunder Bay Correctional Centre when he hit it off with an inmate named Peter Doige, who was in for LSD possession. Doige was going through some rough times, but he had this painting he had made in art class. "I said, 'That painting you did inside, that desert scene, I absolutely love it,' " Fletcher remembers. "He said, 'Would you give me $100 for it?' " Fletcher said yes. A couple of decades later, a buddy of Fletcher's is over at his house and sees the painting. He tells Fletcher that it's by a famous artistPeter Doig. They look him up online and Fletcher recognizes him.
NPR News
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It's owned by Robert Fletcher, a 62-year-old former corrections officer living in the Canadian city of Sault Ste. Marie. Here's how Fletcher says he got the painting: In 1976, he was working in Ontario's Thunder Bay Correctional Centre when he hit it off with an inmate named Peter Doige, who was in for LSD possession. Doige was going through some rough times, but he had this paining he'd made in art class. "I said, 'That painting you did inside, that desert scene, I absolutely love it,' " Fletcher remembers. "He said, 'Would you give me $100 for it?' " Fletcher said yes. A couple decades later, a buddy of Fletcher's is over at his house and sees the painting. He tells Fletcher that it's by a famous artistPeter Doig. They looked him up online and Fletcher recognized him. "We watched some videos online of him being interviewed and the first thing I remember noticing is his body language — you know, some facial expressions and his use of his hands," Fletcher says.
NPR News
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The flooding was prompted by an intense deluge of rain that began on Friday. "Some areas recorded more than 25 inches of rain over a 72-hour period," Fleming reports. The Associated Press describes a "castastrophic" scene, whether viewed from the sky or from the ground: "From the air, homes looked more like little islands surrounded by flooded fields. Farmland was covered, streets descended into impassable pools of water, shopping centers were inundated with only roofs of cars peeking above the water. ... "Drivers tried to navigate treacherous roads where the water lapped at the side or covered the asphalt in a running stream. Abandoned cars were pushed to the side of the road, lawn furniture and children's toys floating through the waters." Debbie Elliott is in Baton Rouge now. "All throughout south Louisiana you have places where canals, creeks, lakes, rivers, you name it, are overtopping their banks," she reports.
The Huffington Post
7 months
Let's not mince words about this: The Vampire's Coffin is a goofy movie, a Mexican horror-fest with rubber bats, balsa wood coffins, poorly choreographed fight scenes, and a "hero" (the star of The Brainiac , actually) who caps off practically every scene by coming close to wetting his pants. It also happens to be a surprisingly good-looking film, with cinematographer Victor Herrera ripping whole reams from the German expressionist playbook for his set up. Which makes for an unusual ToB episode in which Andrea Lipinski, Kevin Lauderdale, Orenthal Hawkins, and Dan Persons explore the paradox between production and content as much as they explore the film's copious flaws. Click on the player to hear the show, or right-click the link to download. Click on the player to hear the show, or right-click the title to download. Temple of Bad: The Vampire's Coffin Need your screams 24/7? Check out The Monster Channel Also available on Roku! -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms.
The Huffington Post
7 months
Let's not mince words about this: The Vampire's Coffin is a goofy movie, a Mexican horror-fest with rubber bats, balsa wood coffins, poorly choreographed fight scenes, and a "hero" (the star of The Brainiac , actually) who caps off practically every scene by coming close to wetting his pants. It also happens to be a surprisingly good-looking film, with cinematographer Victor Herrera ripping whole reams from the German expressionist playbook for his set up. Which makes for an unusual ToB episode in which Andrea Lipinski, Kevin Lauderdale, Orenthal Hawkins, and Dan Persons explore the paradox between production and content as much as they explore the film's copious flaws. Click on the player to hear the show, or right-click the link to download. Click on the player to hear the show, or right-click the title to download. Temple of Bad: The Vampire's Coffin Need your screams 24/7? Check out The Monster Channel Also available on Roku! -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms.