"The cinema was made for horror movies. No other kind of film offers that same mysterious anticipation as you head into a dark auditorium. No other makes such powerful use of sound and image. The cinema is where we come to share a collective dream and horror films are the most dreamlike of all, perhaps because they engage with our nightmares.
" And so Mark Gatiss
opens his three-part series, A History of Horror
. "One of the great virtues of this series is that it is thoroughly subjective. Gatiss does not feel any particular obligation to give us an A to Z of horror, but instead lingers lovingly over his own favourites,
" taking the viewer with him from the Golden Age of Hollywood horror through the American horror movies of the 1960s and 1970s. [more inside]
We'll never forget Woodstock
, of course, but since then, Carlos has made a few friends..... [more inside]
Last weekend a judge in Tennessee changed a baby's name from Messiah to Martin
. Following this, Dahlia Lithwick looked into
what level governments restrict baby names around the world and the U.S.
After more than 16 hours of deliberating, a six-woman jury in Florida has acquitted
George Zimmerman in the murder of Trayvon Martin. Many commentators are outraged
by what they see as another failure of the criminal justice system to deliver justice for an African-American. Others point out that this verdict depended on the unique nature of the law
One year ago, America was gripped with controversy over the Florida shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, who claimed he was shooting in self-defense under the "Stand Your Ground" statute, while many believe the shooting, subsequent police inaction, and even the court actions had racial undertones
- given Martin was black and Zimmerman Hispanic. Now, furor somewhat quieter, the trial is beginning, with startling (and occasionally hilarious) presentations and demands from each side, including cellphone photos and texts from Martin's phone
showing drugs and someone holding a gun, which the defense claims the prosecutors withheld
, a list of words
Zimmerman's attorneys want not to be used during the trial, which include any mention of racial profiling, and a (rejected) request that all 500 potential jurors be sequestered until their selection. [more inside]
(two twitter novelty accounts)
"This guy looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about," Zimmerman told dispatchers. The dispatcher, hearing heavy breathing on the phone, asked Zimmerman: "Are you following him?" "Yeah," Zimmerman said. "Okay, we don’t need you to do that," the dispatcher responded.
On February 26, 17 year-old Trayvon Martin was killed by a 28 year-old man named George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Police did not arrest Zimmerman; under Florida's Stand Your Ground law
Zimmerman was, according to the local police, acting in self-defense as Martin attacked him in his role as neighborhood watch captain. However, this is not the story that emerges from newly released 911 tapes -
rather, the picture that emerges is of Zimmerman as aggressor and Martin as a scared kid, trying to run away. Ta-Nehisi Coates has been writing about the case
, and now the FBI and Department of Justice
are now investigating. Previously.
The San Francisco Street Food Festival
is an annual Summer event in the Mission District that features around 60 different Bay Area vendors and is attended by tens of thousands of foodies. This year the usual mainstays were joined
by Don Bugito
, which served up insect-based dishes
and billed itself as the first "PreHispanic Snackeria."
When the food truck
commences permanent operations this month, it may be the first eatery in the country devoted exclusively to preparations involving insects. But they're not the only entomophagy pioneers in San Francisco, where Bug Cuisine is Booming
. So just how tasty are insects
? (Via) [more inside]
Besides Halloween, today also marks another holiday: Reformation Day. On October 31st, 1517
(warning: auto-playing video) Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses
to the door of Schlosskirche
in Wittenberg, Germany essentially starting the Protestant Reformation. [more inside]
Martin Amis hates children,
ok, not children but children's literature. "People ask me if I ever thought of writing a children's book," Amis said, in a sideways excursion from a chat about John Self
, the antihero of his 1984 novel Money. "I say, 'If I had a serious brain injury I might well write a children's book', but otherwise the idea of being conscious of who you're directing the story to is anathema to me, because, in my view, fiction is freedom and any restraints on that are intolerable." Remarks about children's books made by Martin Amis on the BBC's new book programme Faulks on Fiction
, broadcast this week, have caused anger and offence among children's writers.
Lessons from a Tailor
— directed by Galen Summer
and filmed by Ed David
. The inspiration for this film came directly from the man himself. When I first met Martin Greenfield at his factory, with the intention of interviewing him for a lifetime achievement award he was receiving for his efforts as an employer and business owner in Bushwick, Brooklyn, it became clear that there was more to his story than mere success in business. Here was a man who had pulled himself up from tragedy and hardship, who had survived one of the most horrific events of the 20th century, the Nazi holocaust, and yet still possessed a lightness of spirit. [more inside]
Interview with Martin Cooper
, inventor of the first handheld cellular phone.
Martin and Lewis
Just, wow. I had no idea. [more inside]
"Early morning April 4..." Memphis. 1968. Life reveals the aftermath of the assassination Of Dr. Martin Luther King in photos never before revealed
and not an easy click. MLK
May your dreams be realized. [more inside]
A British parody of an Americanized and kid-sanitized edit of an animated Japanese show based on a children's collectible card game: Yu-Gi-Oh the Abridged Series
. [more inside]
, filmmaker Martin Arnold
's 41 minute compilation of the films of his "compulsive repetition
" trilogy, is available to you online. The quality is lacking, small details are missed, but I thought you'd enjoy these nonetheless. Time codes for the three pieces and more inside. [more inside]
This thing ain't over yet!
Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss
of Georgia has failed to reach 50% of the vote, thereby triggering an automatic runoff election
on December 2nd, between him and Democratic challenger Jim Martin
, who received 47% of the vote. This gives the Democrats a rare opportunity to concentrate all their efforts over the next month on a state in the heart of the South.
Can we expect President-elect Obama and Jim Martin to launch a concentrated campaign across the state of Georgia, hoping to do what they did in Indiana, and turn a traditionally Republican state
blue again? Yes, I suspect, we can
The Martin D-28
. You have heard it thousands of times before
. Its modest appearance
belies its history and influence
; there have been several changes in its design and construction over the years, but it remains largely the same since its introduction in 1934. [more inside]
, with her partner Phyllis Lyon, were pioneers
in so many fields that it's hard to do justice to all of it in one post. [more inside]
"...aside from the Devil, you have no enemy more venomous, more desperate, more bitter, than a true Jew... What shall we Christians do with this rejected and condemned people, the Jews? Since they live among us, we dare not tolerate their conduct, now that we are aware of their lying and reviling and blaspheming.... First, to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them. This is to be done in honor of our Lord and of Christendom, so that God might see that we are Christians.... Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed.... Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing and blasphemy are taught, be taken from them.... Fourth, I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach henceforth on pain of loss of life and limb." -- From On the Jews and Their Lies
, authored by the man voted by his countrymen the second greatest German of all time,
the theologian whose break with Rome began the Protestant Reformation, Martin Luther
. [more inside]
Walter Martin & Paloma Munoz
carve beautiful minature scenes
with an otherworldly
) quality about them
, and then display the finished product in snow globes
. Full gallery here
, additional gallery here
The age of horrorism. On the eve of the fifth anniversary of 9/11, Martin Amis analyses - and abhors - the rise of extreme Islamism. In a penetrating and wide-ranging essay he offers a trenchant critique of the grotesque creed and questions the West's faltering response to this eruption of evil.
A good book is always a joy, and a good, free
online book about The Beatles' Revolver album (PDF)
is a real treat for fans of the Moptops at thier most transitional. Paul Ingles has a bunch of audio interviews to peruse.
Somehow, everything was just right.
Whistleblower uses YouTube to out key coup co-conspirator,
Lockheed Martin, contracted to prepare coast a guard fleet to be easily compromised by...who knows? Terrorists?
Is this glaring, bumbling private-sector incompetance, or very competant, efficient planning for a fall back to such an explanation should something occur? Either way, pretty clear who's in cahoots and not a ringing endorsement for the virtues of the private sector. Let's see if some government oversight can do something about it (not holding my breath) now that the whistleblower's statement is on you tube.
Washington Post:On YouTube, Charges of Security Flaws
Martin Beck's Last Ten Years:
How interesting to be able to look at a painter's work
year by year: patterns and even stories seem to develop, disappear and change before (and after) our eyes
. Are there any other good chronologically-arranged artist's websites out there? Or do painters habitually avoid them to prevent the detection of similarities and obsessions?
How not to move a satellite
"As the NOAA-N Prime spacecraft was being repositioned from vertical to horizontal on the "turn over cart" at approximately 7:15 PDT today, it slipped off the fixture, causing severe damage