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Thank you XKCD, seriously, this kind of thing is pervasive even from semi-respectable organizations.
Saco stole my camera.
FRONTLINE investigates the rise of deadly drug-resistant bacteria.
You can always count on Frontline to exemplify cutting issues through intimate human stories and efficient research reporting. A topic that has long needed to be at the forefront of conversations about today and posterity, not idiocy in Washington. Without public health security, all other debates are philosophical. Before things have really started to take a turn for the worse, drug resistant infections already claim more lives than HIV, and are so much harder to prevent the spread of even in the first world, and there is little hope for treatment. Misuse by overprescription and abuse by livestock farmers have rendered so many antibiotics useless and helped instill drug resistance, and now (as this episode does a great job of illuminating) no pharmaceutical companies research antibiotics because they’re designed to be readily available but prudently used for short regimens, meaning they’re cheap and not a source of perpetual customers.
He wins Oscars, but does Harvey Weinstein actually make movies better?
No one seems to know who first coined the phrase “Harvey Scissorhands,” the shorthand for Miramax cofounder and current Weinstein Company boss Harvey Weinstein that…
As fun as it would have been to be there for a do or die playoff game, I’m glad I don’t have to use this ticket tonight. Well done Red Sox, waiting impatiently for Saturday.
100 mile hike in 15 seconds.
Since when is it ok to treat library books like your own notes?! Worse still this is from a university library, people pay good money for access to quality resources and you think your transient need/interest trumps all the other possible and future uses of a text?? Disrespectful and somewhat distracting to the future reader. </rant>
Mirage reflection at home on the dead still lake today.
So we found this in the woods on the Midstate trail, amongst other oddities like brand new doors, a chair swing in a swamp and tiny ladders against trees.
John Candler “Jock” Cobb, was a conscientious objecter in World War II and served as an ambulance driver. He turned that ambulance into a makeshift darkroom and channeled his photography aspirations towards documenting the war around him, which he saw from the front lines.
Above: Wilder’s Gap, Tunisia, 1943 and Lama dei Peligni, Italy, March 1944.
We know what elite American colleges should look like. Tall Gothic towers, Georgian angles and radii, and the few massive, newer slopes of Cold War modernism: It’s a collage recognizable as “college.”
But American schools didn’t always look this way. A little more than a century ago, there was no cachet in being an “old college,” and there was little cachet, too, in having the old architecture to match it. But a combination of forces—some cultural, some economic—transformed the appearance of American institutions, and made the modern-day college campus take its contemporary appearance and mythology.
How did that happen? Who was responsible? And did a caped geometer ever toss potent hydrochloric onto a trademark New Haven edifice?
Read more. [Image: Avinash Godbole/Flickr]
Spike Lee’s exploration of post-9/11 New York through the eyes of Monty Brogan, a convicted drug dealer on his way to prison, remains the filmmaker’s most controlled and intense work to date.
Amen to that. 25th Hour is among my top 10 favorite novels, & the film very much lives up to that, with the shock & lingering weight of September 11th treated so naturally giving it a level of impact the 1998 novel could never have. As much as I am a fan of Lee as both director AND writer, his own passion for material or theme can derail his ability to bring a film to the screen with a sure hand. As the first real time he had to use the passion that defines his work on material provided to him by a more tempered hand, author David Benioff adapting his own novel, Lee got out of his own way after a stretch in the late 90’s of frustrating films. Hell, even Lee’s jarring trademark shots of actors being pulled by camera dollies worked here as they were employed in intoxicated club scenes.
The story of a man’s last day of freedom before he must surrender himself for a several year prison sentence for drug trafficking charges, and how this impacts those around him and lays bare the things kept unsaid in the “closest” of relationships. A simple set up provides such a rich vein for exploring upbringing, friendship (& what happens to kids who become friends and grow up so different & almost feel obligated to stay “friends”), relationships, long term consequences of youthful choices, the problems of coasting on charisma, the dark side of the “American dream”, the war on drugs, (no pun intended) doing the right thing, what heritage means in this country after several generations, immigration & assimilation in the 21st century, incarceration, and so much more. Brought to life with heartbreaking, raw performances from a committed ensemble of Edward Norton, Barry Pepper, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosario Dawson and Brian Cox, 25th Hour deserves to be lauded amongst the best of its decade, and to be a conversation starter for years to come.
at Old Orchard Beach Pier