the struggle over gun rights and regulation in America, in the aftermath of the Newtown school shootings and the ongoing congressional stalemate over federal gun legislation. An investigative report from
"29 students from 16 journalism schools, as well as an experienced staff of editors" for Carnegie-Knight News21. [more inside]
Just how heavy and cumbersome was medieval armor? Who wore it? What did it look like? To find out, watch How to Mount a Horse in Armor and Other Chivalric Problems
, an entertaining, informative, and deliciously snarky presentation by Dirk H. Breiding, assistant curator of the Department of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. [more inside]
"As anyone who is familiar with 13th and 14th century illuminated manuscripts can attest, images of armed knights fighting snails are common
, especially in marginalia. But the ubiquity of these depictions doesn’t make them any less strange, and we had a long discussion about what such pictures might mean."
Three missing women found a decade later blocks from where they disappeared:
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight disappeared on the near west side of Cleveland in 2003, 2004 and 2000. All were found alive, with children, in the home of a 52-year old man within minutes of the places they disappeared. [more inside]
Director and/or star of many of the greatest films ever made including The Great Dictator
(2:05:16) [Globe scene
and the eternally goosebump providing Final speech
], The Immigrant
(20:01), The Gold Rush
(1:11:49), City Lights
(1:22:40), Modern Times
(1:27:01), and Monsieur Verdoux
(1:59:03), Charlie Chaplin's
movies have entered the public domain in most countries. Below the fold is an annotated list of all 82 of his official short and feature films in chronological order, as well as several more, with links to where you can watch them; it's not like you had work to do right? [more inside]
We all know beloved fantasy author Terry Pratchett
has a sword,
but did you know he has his own Coat of Arms?
Beloved author Terry Pratchett
in 2008. He has since decided that he needed a sword
. [more inside]
Patrick Stewart has been knighted.
One can only hope that he had tea with the Queen.
Give the backup singers some! Ladies and gentlemen, it's... The Pips
! [more inside]
Year of Da Cat
: Known as surfing's "Black Knight
" or "The Angry Young Man of Surfing
" (even "the consummate surf nazi
") for his attitude, but more famously as "Da Cat
" for his feline grace on a wave, Miki Dora
defined the soul of surfing
when it exploded into 60's popularity via Gidget
(a historical moment in which he had no small part
). Cashing in as the go-to stunt surfer
for beach party movies even as he decried
surfing's commercialization, Dora parlayed his notoriety in the surf media
(including a highlight in The Endless Summer
) to icon status, venerated
even more since his death
in 2002. [more inside]
Andre Perkowski has remixed various classic silent films, including The Bat
and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
to create a silent 1920's version of Batman: Origin Story
, Rogues' Gallery
Also: Adam West in The Dark Knight Returns
Is Batman Possible?
"There's a quote from Neal Adams, the great Batman illustrator, who said Batman would win, place or show in every event in the Olympics."
Start Your Own News Web Site
The Knight News Challenge is awarding up to $5 million for innovative news web site ideas that "transform community news." The contest is sponsored by the Knight Foundation
, the folks originally behind Knight Ridder
Knight Science Journalism Tracker
is a new-ish blog (project of a program at MIT
and Charles Petit) that follows science writing and reporting in a very wide range of publications. It's a good way to learn about how science news is reported, and
an efficient way to keep up with the news itself. [some recent examples]
Let's Just Send Suge Knight In To Do It Right!
A radio station thought to be backed by the CIA has been broadcasting a gangsta rap-style parody of Saddam Hussein to Iraq.