Consider an arthouse, darker, noir version of Men in Black
with secretive alien refugees trapped in Manhattan, tentacle sex and concept art by H. R. Giger
. Clair Noto's The Tourist
could have been transformed into a great movie in the right hands. Instead, it has languished in permanent development hell
since the 1980's. Some call it "the greatest scifi screenplay never produced" (Article, part 1
.) Decide for yourself and read Noto's original screenplay
. [more inside]
Five years ago, Alfred Weisberg-Roberts, aka Alfred Darlington (more widely known as Daedelus
) finally released an album with his wife, Laura Darlington
, under the group name The Long Lost
. And it's beautiful, light and airy orchestral pop that owes a greater debt to Caetano Veloso than Coldcut
, the style of music that might not out of place being played live in a knitting shop
, which could seem a bit strange for a group releasing their music on Ninja Tune
. For further fond words, The Gaslamp Killer considered their album one of his top picks for 2009
, and here's a nice interview with Alfred and Laura
. But we're really here for the music, so here's their self-titled album, streaming on Grooveshark
. [more inside]
Later this year will mark the 45th anniversary of Bill Cosby's first self-titled sitcom
, The Bill Cosby Show
. Ten years ago, the original jam sessions were released, which are notable for the "various collection of notables who steal the show with contributions at various points."
Pianist Les McCann, sax man Ernie Watts, and guitarist Arthur Adams get things going on "Groovy Gravy
," Tom Scott shows some legit chops on "Toe Jam
," while Jimmy Smith offers sampling of his Hammond B3 on the interlude "Jimmy Cookin' On Top
." If seeing Quincy Jones and Bill Cosby get top billing confused you, the album credits reference their roles
, which are not front-and-center, except for some vocal improv by Cosby on "Hikky-Burr
." You can hear more tracks on Grooveshark
, and if you're into more of that modern dance remixery, you might (also) enjoy The New Mixes, Vol. 1
, which can also be sampled on Grooveshark
"Gentlemen: I have a story that may be of interest to you. It is not widely known who invented the circuitry concept for the automatic sequential performance of musical pitches - now well known as a sequencer. I, however, do know who the inventor was - for it was I who first conceived and built the sequencer.
" This is the opening to an undated, unaddressed letter, found in Raymond Scott's personal papers (yes, the same fellow whose kooky soundtracks scored everything
from Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies to Ren & Stimpy, The Simpson
, and Animaniacs
). You can read the rest of Scott's letter
, along with Bob Moog's recollections of visiting Raymond's electronics laboratory in the mid-1950s. Or you could jump ahead to the mid-1960s, when Jim Henson was in his late 20s to early 30s, and he was working on a variety of odd projects after a successful run with Sam and Friends, but before he it it big with Sesame Street. It was at this point that he teamed up with Scott on a few short, experimental films
. [more inside]
In a twist worthy of a bestseller or blockbuster
, the remains of the shipwrecked
Terra Nova have been identified just off the coast
of Greenland, just in time
to celebrate the 100th anniversary
of Scott's ill-fated attempt
to become the first man to reach the south pole.
On 6 June 1911 Robert Falcon Scott, who was born in Plymouth, celebrated his 43rd birthday at the south pole expedition base camp at Cape Evans. On 29 March 1912 he and his companions finally starved and froze to death in their tent, 11 miles from a supply cache, on the march back from discovering that the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen had beaten them to the pole.
To whet the appetite for the forthcoming collection of essays No Regrets: Writings on Scott Walker
, longtime UK music magazine The Wire
presents a 70-minute lecture
on Scott [Engel] Walker
from Electric Eden
contributor and No Regrets
editor Rob Young.
As the recall
of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker draws near
, the governor has quietly signed "dozens" of bills into Wisconsin law, including anti-abortion, pro abstinence education only
laws, the repeal of the Equal Pay law,
, a bill prohibiting insurance plans
from covering some abortions, and a bill banning damages
in employment discrimination suits.
, the founder of charitywater.org
, was in many ways "uniquely qualified" [his words] to set a life goal for global clean water with 100% of the donations to this charity transparently and deliberately accounted for via GPS photos and the random live stream of a well-digging! Interview
[Warning: Kevin Rose inside] [more inside]
In 1973 a struggling America was still dealing with the watergate scandal.
The than 24 year old Gill Scott-Heron
wrote a topical song
that still applies today. It is called H20 Gate Blues.
Confused in Catan? Conflicted about Carcassonne? Puzzled in Puerto Rico? You've heard about all these awesome new board games that are out these days, but don't know where to begin? Help is here! Scott Nicholson knows all about 'em, and will explain them in great detail in his video series Board Games With Scott! [more inside]
The sixth and final Scott Pilgrim graphic novel, subtitled 'Finest Hour' is being released tonight
. There is a block party
in Toronto to celebrate this fact
. While waiting for your copy to arrive or the party to start, why don't you... [more inside]
In an exclusive interview with MTV,
Ridley Scott releases further details on his latest project: two
3D Alien prequels
, which will have a non-Ripley female lead and focus on the story behind
the first movie's "Space Jockey." [more inside]
How we lost the cure for scurvy.
"Now, I had been taught in school that scurvy had been conquered in 1747...but here was a Royal Navy surgeon in 1911 apparently ignorant of what caused the disease, or how to cure it. Somehow a highly-trained group of scientists at the start of the 20th century knew less about scurvy than the average sea captain in Napoleonic times."
Five imaginary movies about your favorite childhood games
. In reaction to Ridley Scott's Monopoly
and Peter Berg's Battleship
(each a real-life film in development), io9 posits about the as-yet-imaginary movies-to-come, once the "board game movie" craze takes off, of Darren Aronofsky's Pac-Man
, J.J. Abrams' Candy Land
, Werner Herzog's Tic-Tac-Toe
, Paul Verhoeven's Snakes and Ladders
, and Joss Whedon's POGs
. [more inside]
is a site dedicated to all things Antarctic. There are pictures
(including, among much else, an old documentary about Edmund Hillary's and Vivian Fuchs' Transantarctic Expedition
), a history section
focusing on the famous explorers (e.g. Amundsen
and de Gerlache
) and a fact file
, which includes what may be my favorite section, an Antarctic slang dictionary
: removing snow that's stuck to clothing before going inside - monk-on
: a term for being in a bad, usually introspective mood, "he's got a monk-on" - poppy
: alcoholic beverage that is chilled with natural Antarctic ice). All this is but a taster of what's on the website.
a new collection of over 20,000 photographs of British and international polar explorations from 1845-1960, from the Scott Polar Research Institute
, Cambridge. [more inside]
One of the most beautiful
places in Denver. It a quiet place and quite the place to see. A movie
was made about a house and the fellow who rented it one day...adjacent to the park. Scared me to death as a little kid.
In July of 1961, the bass genius Scott LaFaro
, perished in a fiery car crash after visiting family and friends in upstate NY, just ten days after doing the last gigs he would ever do with the great Bill Evans's trio (which became the legendary live recordings from the Vanguard
) . He was only 24 years old. But he was also developing as a fine writer as well, as this Evans trio track
- a mystical ballad in 9/4, shows. [more inside]
Show me a PR person who is "accurate" and "truthful," and I'll show you a PR person who is unemployed.
In The Wake Of Scott McClellan's New Book, CBS Legal Analyst Andrew Cohen Says PR People Are Aghast At The Truth. Includes a follow-up
to the mountain of reactions he received.
Bandhu Scott Dunham makes kinetic sculptures out of glass
, including the steam engines that power some of them. He discusses how they are made in this podcast
. For videos of these sculptures in action, you can view the collection in his gallery
or watch some home videos
A little known white guy made at least $6.4m out of hip-hop last year
[NYTimes]. Scott Storch has produced 50 Cent, Beyonce and Lil Kim; in fact he made eighty tracks in 2005 and is working on Paris Hilton's new album. He thinks it's because
of his low profile that he didn't get a grammy nomination
and he's upset.
Find a Death
reports a double whammy, as June sees the deaths of Imogen Claire
(a Transylvanian) and Jonathan Adams
Scott), both known for their appearances in the Rocky Horror Picture Show
. If miss them that badly, you still have a chance to see them on screen
at midnight, once and a while. They've been immortalized on screen, and maybe will be in screams
Orson Scott Card
on The Riots of The Faithful
: So Newsweek prints an uncorroborated allegation about American interrogators flushing Qurans down the toilet in order to get fanatical Muslim prisoners to talk, and there's rioting and death all over the Muslim world. There are several lessons to be learned from this incident, some trivial, some quite important...
We're all to blame.
In January 2002, Scott Ritter called Iraq a "phantom threat"
and warned us of Ahmed Chalabi's "dubious motivations" for fomenting a war based on phony intel. Now Ritter is saying that we're all responsible
for Iraq, because we, as a public, bought into the unproven argument that Iraq had WMDs. In that light, how should we view the Iranian situation? Is it fair
for the US to use its power to insist upon arguably hypocritical
terms for a fellow signatary to the Non Proliferation Treaty? Doesn't Iran have legitimate rights
for nuclear development? Shouldn't we demand proof of a nuclear weapons program before we even consider starting a conflict our military believes would most certainly escalate
The Bush administration says that "there's NO DOUBT that Iran continues a nuclear program"
... an obvious lie. There is no proof
of an Iranian nuclear weapons program. Period
"The story of Scott's last expedition to the south pole
will, I feel sure, be already known to many of you ... it is one which for courage, endeavour, endurance and unselfishness even in the face of death, will, I feel, never be surpassed.... I feel you will understand the difficulties met with when I tell you that the negatives from which these slides
were made and the slides themselves
were developed and washed with the aid of melted ice."
These guys are running across the United States
from New Jersey to Oregon and they're looking for a place to stay. Check
to see if they're coming to your town or read their blog
. It's not as hard as walking around the world
or running for 1000 miles in 1000 hours
, but it's still ambitious.