Category Archives: Wild Card

Something interesting, but not necessarily typical on this blog.

Crippled Inside (Evolution Documentary)…

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Date: January 08, 2021

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“The Evolution Documentary reveals the story of the development of the songs on the Imagine album and, on Blu-ray 2 only, the five extra non-album tracks.

Sam Gannon (engineer): Each montage chronicles how a song developed from its embryonic form and then evolved as it was recorded in the studio. In our search for bonus material, we listened to demos, all the takes from the one-inch multitrack tapes, and quarter-inch reels recorded in May 1971 by the film crew documenting the sessions at the studio in Ascot. We discovered many moments that, although not long enough to be bonus tracks by themselves, when blended together would help tell the story of each song.

The Evolution Mixes are intended to provide an insight into the way that John & Yoko, Phil Spector and the Plastic Ono Band collaborated both inside and outside of the studio environment. By listening to each Evolution Mix, it is hoped a deeper understanding will be gained about the way the songs were crafted.”

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The World’s Deadliest Tourist Attraction: CHERNOBYL – Documentary…

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Date: December 28, 2020

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“In this documentary, we’re covering the world’s DEADLIEST tourist attraction: Chernobyl. You’ve most likely heard of Chernobyl, whether from the popular HBO series or the movie “Chernobyl Diaries”. Today, we’re covering the entire disaster from beginning to end, documenting everything that went wrong to cause this disastrous event and the impact Chernobyl had that continues to this very day. The effects of Chernobyl terrified the world, and the true horror stories that surfaced after the event were undoubtedly horrifying. Join us for a storytime covering this terrifying tourist attraction: Chernobyl.”

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15 Craziest Restaurants That Actually Exist…

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Date: December 26, 2020

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“Ahh–Gastronomy! Everyone loves food, right? Well, when it comes to plating up delicious meals of the most delectable cuisines from the farthest flung corners of planet Earth, we humans have gotten pretty dang successful at putting food on the table. Whether it’s Cordon Bleu, masterfully made Sushi, or the most exotic array of herbs and spices; the restaurant worldhas covered pretty much every base imaginable. However, when you want to stand out from thecrowd it takes a little thinking outside the box. From Diners Seeing Double, to Earthquake Entrees–here’s the 15 Craziest Restaurants That Actually Exist.”

There is no way in hell I’d go up 150 feet in the air to eat anything…but I wonder if those fish would nibble at your toes…That might be fun.

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The Dark Side of DNA Tests: Woman Uncovers Century-Old Family Mystery…

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Date: December 21, 2020

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“The Dark Side of DNA Tests: Woman Uncovers Century-Old Family Mystery

Like all new technologies, DNA testing has a good side, a bad side, and, as author Margaret Atwood said, a “stupid side you hadn’t considered.” Eight years ago, 72-year-old Washington native Alice Collins Plebuch made a decision that would change her life forever: She sent samples of her saliva for a “just for fun DNA test.”

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Medieval cottage encased within new home embraces layers…

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Date: December 12, 2020

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“When Kate Darby and David Connor were told they had to preserve the 300-year-old cottage on their property or lose the right to build there, they chose not to repair the crumbling structure, but to encase it in a new house and live with the decaying remains.

The new home mirrors the old: in places, there are two walls or two roofs, while at other spots the floor or roof drops away and the white shell reflects the memory of what was.

The architect/designer couple clad the new home in black corrugated iron to resemble the farm buildings surrounding Herefordshire. Inside, everything is preserved of the old building, even dead ivy, rotten timbers, cobwebs, dust, and a bird’s nest.

The Croft Lodge Studio sits at the edge of a commons which means anyone can walk right up to the building and catch a glimpse of the coexisting layers of time. Connor says he invites people inside for a closer view. “Architecture is a public art,” he explains. “It’s something that people outside the building have a right to interface with.”

This is a trip.

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Gods and Robots: Ancient Dreams of Technology – Adrienne Mayor…

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Date: December 08, 2020

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“Millennia before engineering or software, robots and artificial intelligence were brought to life in Greek myths. The author of “Gods and Robots Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology” traces the link between technology and tyranny from modern day concerns over AI to back to antiquities fear of beings were “made, not born.”

Adrienne Mayor is a folklorist and historian of ancient science who investigates natural knowledge contained in pre-scientific myths and oral traditions. She has been at Stanford University since 02006; “Gods and Robots” (2018) is her most recent book. Her other books include “The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times” (2000); “Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, and Scorpion Bombs: Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World” (2003); “The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women” (2014); and a biography of Mithradates, “The Poison King” (2010), a National Book Award finalist.

She is a 02018-19 Berggruen Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), co-sponsors of this talk. While at CASBS she is continuing her investigations about how imagination is a link between myths about technology and science. Other projects include researching interdisciplinary topics in geomythology, to discover natural knowledge and scientific realities embedded in mythological traditions about nature.

“Gods and Robots: Ancient Dreams of Technology” was given on November 12, 02019 as part of The Long Now Foundation’s “Conversations at The Interval” Salon Talks. These hour long talks are recorded live at The Interval, our bar, cafe, & museum in San Francisco. Since 02014 this series has presented artists, authors, entrepreneurs, scientists (and more) taking a long-term perspective on subjects like art, design, history, nature, technology, and time.”

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Ep. 144: Cinema Saves The World – Rumble w Michael Moore podcast…

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Date: December 06, 2020

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“Warner Bros. (which is now owned by AT&T, which also owns CNN, HBO, the Turner Networks, etc.) announced this week that all of it’s 2021 films will be streamed immediately on it’s new HBO Max streaming platform, bypassing the usual “window” that movie theaters get to run films first. While streaming all films is obviously necessary during the pandemic, this move is rightfully being interpreted as a death blow to movie theaters that movie studios (particularly ones owned by wireless phones companies) have been inevitably heading towards regardless of COVID-19.

What is AT&T/Warner Bros. trying to accomplish with this move? What might it mean for the future of our streaming bills (and internet bills and phones bills)? And what does this mean for the future of movies?

Michael Moore, whose debut film “Roger & Me” was distributed by Warner Bros. in 1989, and who runs two non-profit movie theaters in Traverse City, Michigan, shares his thoughts on this latest blow to the art of cinema.”

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