Saturday, June 20, 2009
Advice sent to teachers says there are too few words which follow the rule and recommends using more modern methods to teach spelling to schoolchildren."
The Emmy Award-winning actor, who is here at the Nantucket Film Festival with his dark comedy “Cold Souls,” revealed that, as a kid, he thought Moe, Larry and Curly were scary and creepy. But he’s come to appreciate their comedy in middle age."
Warner Bros (who snagged the rights to the film series about five or six years ago) are currently out to writers, looking for the craftiest reinterpretation of Rod Daniels’ 1985 hit."
In 1977, a type of H1N1 virus, commonly known as the “Russian flu,” spread across the world, infecting people under 25 at much higher rates than their elders, who had been exposed to similar viruses in the ’40s and ’50s. In the first documented American outbreak, 70 percent of the students fell ill at a high school in Cheyenne, Wyoming, while their teachers proved immune. As the Air Force Academy’s chief medical officer said in 1978, “It’s one of the advantages of being middle-aged.”"
Friday, June 19, 2009
They call it Naked Hiking Day.
'There's no way to explain it until you experience it,' said Andrew Williams, 28, a machinist from Warren, Pa., who first hiked naked six or seven years ago. 'It's not about being lewd and crude and all that. It's just enjoyment.'"
Edtition Thompson, facing possible life in prison, has pleaded not guilty to predatory child molestation.
Thompson fled Buffalo last summer and authorities say his family staged a fake memorial service. He was arrested in Sacramento, Calif., in March.
Police say he's since faked a heart attack and suicide attempt."
Dan Rollman, 35, president and co-founder of the Universal Record Database, said he and co-founder Corey Henderson created an online database for people to invent their own world record categories and post videos of themselves performing the feats, the New York Daily News reported Thursday."
Thursday, June 18, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY, June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- GUNSMOKE, which ran for 20 years on CBS, has been chosen the Greatest TV Western Series of All Time by Western Writers of America. LONESOME DOVE, an Emmy-winning 1989 CBS production based on Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-honored novel, was selected Best TV Western Miniseries/Movie."
The remarks came as Hilton, 28, launched the Mideast edition of her 'Paris Hilton's My New BFF' series in Dubai, a glitzy sheikdom in the United Arab Emirates. BFF stands for best friends forever.
'I wanted to know everything about this place first because I wanted to make sure everything was OK,' the hotel heiress was quoted as saying by The National newspaper Thursday. 'I just want to respect everyone here.'"
| Reuters: "LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment are breathing new life into 'Bride of Frankenstein.'
The companies are in talks with Neil Burger to write and direct their long-stirring remake of the 1935 monster movie. Burger, who would pen the script with writing partner Dirk Wittenborn, wrote and directed 'The Illusionist,' the 2006 Edward Norton magician mystery."
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
NBC New York: "Getting busted for dressing up as your deceased mom so you can collect her checks can be a real drag.
Thomas Parkin was in need of immediate cash flow so he started dressing up as his dead mother in order to collect her Social Security benefits, according to Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes, who announced the arrest this morning. The scam worked so well he did it for six years."
The Washington, D.C.-based think tank has begun analyzing the impact of the recession throughout America’s metropolitan areas. In the first of a series of quarterly MetroMonitor reports, Brookings ranked San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Austin, Houston and Dallas as the top five metro areas in the country in economic performance in the wake of the recession."
News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News: "The drumbeat of bad news from New York publishers, including declining sales and layoffs, has been constant this year. But what about small independent publishers in Texas? For the most part, they feel the pain, too."
NBC Philadelphia: "You meet lots of characters in South Philly but nothing quite like a seven-foot-long alligator named Kirt.
Animal control officers come across all sorts of situations but it's rare to find a 7-foot alligator living in a South Philly row home basement.
Animal officers removed the seven-footer from a home on the 1300-hundred block of Warnock Street Tuesday, according to the Pennsylvania SPCA.
Some neighbors knew about the gator living in the row home but nothing was done until someone tipped off the SPCA about the large reptile."
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
“We brought our own food, cake. We had the boombox. My father was a young attorney, without a lot of money, so it was totally a do-it-yourself kind of party,” recalls the 35-year-old Houston native. “It was all fun and games until we heard this woman screaming. And then we heard gunshots. And there was this sense of ‘What do you do about that?’"
Don Wilson, the band’s other founder, told The News Tribune of Tacoma that Mr. Bogle had become ill over the weekend.
The Ventures sold millions of albums and heavily influenced other rock guitarists. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. The hall’s Web site hailed The Ventures as “the most successful instrumental combo in rock and roll history.”"
Miami topped the annual poll for the last four years but voters in 25 major metropolitan areas gave New Yorkers the prize for angriest, most aggressive drivers who tailgate, speed, honk their horns, overreact and lose their tempers.
The response of New Yorkers to bad drivers also helped push the city into the top slot for road rage.
"New Yorkers were most likely to wave their fists or arms. They were most likely to lay on the horn and they were most likely to make some sort of obscene gesture," said, of the marketing and consulting company Affinion Group, which commissioned the survey.Dallas/Fort Worth came in second as the worst road rage city followed by Detroit, Atlanta and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Miami ranked a distant seventh."
Toledo Mayor Carty Finkbeiner defends the citations, saying they were issued under a city law against parking on unpaved surfaces -- including gravel driveways."
Scott Montgomery runs the mystery section of Austin's BookPeople, Texas's largest independent bookstore."
The single mother told neighbors who tried to douse the flames on her body late Sunday night that her boyfriend had ignited the inferno, said one man who tried to help. Police continued to search Monday for the man responsible for the attack, but were still trying to confirm his identity.
The victim, identified by her apartment manager as Juana Patricia DeLeon, 33, remains in critical condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital’s Burn Center. Her injuries were so severe that she suffered fourth-degree burns to some parts of her body, said Sgt. Bobby Roberts of the Houston Police Department’s Homicide Division."
But students who claimed to have a more active sex life are more likely to attain a 2:1 or 2:2 in their degree.
Historians were found to claim to be more sexually active than any other undergraduate, closely followed by students studying politics, philosophy, economics and English literature."
'In light of our budget constraints and reduced resources, we need to leverage technology to help citizens and businesses stay in touch with the Police Department,' police Chief Art Acevedo said."
Monday, June 15, 2009
Passers-by were shocked and disgusted after a notorious end-of-exams party lived up to its reputation with students binge drinking.
The party saw bikini-clad students struggling to stand up and vomiting at midday on a Sunday afternoon.
The party was organised by the Wyverns - an all-male Magdalene College drinking society."
The WORLD HORROR SOCIETY has named Austin, Texas, as the location for the 2011 WORLD HORROR CONVENTION. The international gathering of horror’s brightest talents and their fans will take place from April 28 through May 1, 2011.
Austin, Texas was chosen for its unique style and rich genre history. The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre was filmed near the city, and the remakes of both Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th were filmed in town. Austin also serves as home to the largest urban bat colony in North America, and at sunset 1.5 million bats fly over the city, truly marking it as a horror locale."
The Nashville-based company has partnered with the Roy Rogers Family Entertainment Corp. to launch a 'King of the Cowboys' film trilogy as well as animated TV, interactive game and merchandising efforts."
Keep your mouth shut.
For the second time in seven months, Stahl -- a former tavern owner and onetime candidate for Delaware County sheriff -- has been convicted of battery in a case that saw him yank false teeth from the mouth of his victim."
Researchers who found it say it could resemble microbes that may have evolved in ice on other planets."
The movie is a big step for Stanton -- who as one of Pixar's top creators directed the company's animated films 'Finding Nemo' and 'WALL-E' but will now helm his first live-action feature -- and Disney, which hopes the big-budget production will launch a franchise on the scale of 'Pirates of the Caribbean.'"
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Howard Days is a joint venture of Project Pride, the Robert E. Howard United Press Association and the Robert E. Howard Foundation.
“This year we’re trying something just a little different by theming Howard Days to ‘The Poetry of Robert E. Howard,’” Bill “Indy” Cavalier said on his Web site, www.reuopa.com. “By way of celebrating the 2009 publication of ‘The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard’ from the REHF Press, we thought focusing on the wonderful poems of REH was a theme certainly worth doing, and long overdue at that. “We’ve invited Larry D. Thomas, the 2008 Poet Laureate of Texas, to be our guest of honor, and Donald Sidney-Fryer, an outstanding poet and authority on the Weird Tales poets, to be our special guest.”"
Many of you know that my wife and I have one baby and are expecting
another in a few months. Next year we'd like to take the whole family
to Disney World so my wife has started a little fund that she's been
putting change into and other spare cash we get. But then she got a
decent sized bonus from her job and dropped that into the fund and I
started feeling a bit in adequete as a provider for my family. So I
started thinking about ways I could contribute to the Disney fund. I
don't get bonuses at work and I don't really have the time or the
energy for a second job so that was out. But there was one thing that
had brought in a little cash over the last year or so and that was my
Around this same time I read a series of fascinating blog posts from
Joe Konrath detailing his experiments with selling electronic versions
of his short stories and novels through PayPal and for the Amazon
I wasn't comfortable putting up my unsold novels for sale, because I
truly believe they are unsold for a reason. And the short stories that
have made me some money in the past are still readily available at
bookstores in the fine anthologies they were purchased for. Instead, I
took three of my favorite stories that had been previously published
online or in small circulation magazine but are now almost impossible
to find and bundled them together in a collection I'm calling A LOAD
Featured in the collection are the following stories:
LOAD - The tale of a sperm back robbery in Detroit gone off the rails
MR. SATURDAY SPECIAL - A little ditty about a private detective in
Flint, MI who spends his daughter's birthday helping his ex-wife's
lawyer save his son from jail
ALTER ROAD - A story that follows a preacher with a violent past who
faces the greatest test of faith and grace when his son is murdered by
hillbilly meth dealers
I've also written brand new introductions for all three stories
discussing their creation and the inspiration behind them. This
collection is available now for the amazing low price of $1.99 and can
be had as PDF file for reading on any computer (or for printing to
read on the train or in bed or wherever) or as a download for the
Amazon Kindle. The Amazon dowload is immediate but the PDF will come
once PayPal sends me an email indication a donation has been made and
then I'll zip it off to the email address used for the donation. You
can find all of the necessary information at
I really don't know what to expect from this little experiment so you
all can learn with me. If you aren't able to make a donation, you can
still help by spreading the word. I thank you, my kids thank you, and
the Disney Empire thanks you.
The fossil is the best-preserved cranium ever found of a pelagornithid, a family of large seabirds believed to have gone extinct some 3 million years ago, said Rodolfo Salas, head of vertebrate paleontology at Peru's National History Museum."
There’s even a choice of flavors: The default option is New Book Smell, which gives your electronics the tang of a freshly pressed paperback. When thumbing through the classics, you might prefer Classic Musty Scent."