I mean, hey, they say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so if I scribble out fifty pictures before the 30th... >.>
XD Anyone else having format issues regarding your works of masochistic genius?
He's possibly Victoria Composite High School's most famous graduate.Actor Leslie Nielsen dead at 84
Actor Leslie Nielson has died at the age of 84.
He passed away in a Florida hospital where he was being treated for pneumonia.
In September 2003 Grant MacEwan opened the Leslie Nielson School of Communications.
Before making his way into acting he worked briefly as a disc jockey in Calgary.
Nielson is probably best remembered for his roles in "Airplane!", "Police Squad!" and the "Naked Gun" movies.
In 1988 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2001 was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. And in 2002 Nielson was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Leslie Nielsen, a serious actor who became a comic star with his career-changing roles in "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun" comedies, died Sunday in Fort Lauderdale. He was 84.
Nielson died of complications from pneumonia at a hospital near his home, surrounded by his wife, Barbaree, and friends, his agent John S. Kelly said in a statement.
In "Airplane!," the 1980 send-up of just about every disaster movie plot imaginable, Nielsen as Dr. Rumack was "an essentially serious actor taking essentially preposterous material very straight," wrote Los Angeles Times Arts Editor Charles Chaplin in his review.
Just how preposterous was it?
As the crew and passengers became ill, Nielsen said they needed to get the sick to a hospital.
"A hospital? What is it?" a flight attendant asked.
Nielsen: "It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now."
And when Nielsen was told, "Surely you can't be serious," he answered: "I am serious, and don't call me Shirley."
Nielsen followed up "Airplane!" with another goofy role delivered with deadpan conviction as Detective Frank Drebin in the "Police Squad!" television show and "Naked Gun" movies.
And I, of course, click on the bottom link ;) which takes us to:
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This blog rarely features interviews with authors, but when the chance came to sit down with Tim Kring, creator of TV's "Heroes" and author of Shift, a mind-bending thriller released in Aug. 2010 (buy it here), the chance was just too good to pass up. Tim talked with me about his writing process, the difference between writing novels vs, screenplays, and much more. Here's what he had to say:I wish I had more time to elaborate on my thoughts on Tim Kring. I think he's the solitary reason that Heroes was so disappointing, but it was his show to ruin, which he did. I just haven't got time right now to do that.
Your first novel just came out: Shift. It’s been described as The Manchurian Candidate meets The Dead Zone. Besides that, and without giving too much away, tell us a little more about what the book is about.
Shift is an historical thriller set in 1963. It focuses on an actual CIA clandestine mind control program called “MK Ultra.” This program dosed up to 120,000 unwilling and unwitting American citizens with LSD in an attempt to find a truth serum or a Manchurian Candidate for use as a weapon against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Our story posits the one in a million person (Chandler Forrestal) whose brain chemistry reacts to this drug, unlocking hidden potentials in his brain that give him, in essence, super powers.
Chandler finds himself embroiled in both this conspiracy and an even greater one, the plot to kill President Kennedy.
LSD and government mind control plans are fascinating and often times based in fact, like in Shift. Is that where your story started: with the mind control angle?
I wanted to write an historical novel, and I wanted it to have a conspiracy feel. I started doing research about the CIA and stumbled onto the MK Ultra program. I then wanted to place an “everyman” at the center. In our story, this everyman is a grad student who stumbles into this conspiracy.
The news comes courtesy of a recent issue of the US PC Gamer, which reports the rumour in its gossip column. No hard source is mentioned, and no further details are given.
Instantly we have conjured up a working premise involving the ability to level up your carnivore and engage in fights with all our beloved and apparently fake herbivore favourites like brontosaurus and triceratops, or defend the plant-eating world from assault. But how to stop everyone playing as velociraptors or t-rex? Tricky.
“The mind of a child is a dark wood. It is full of secret half-civilized thoughts that are forgotten like dreams a short time afterwards.” - Roald DahlThe Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl
By Seth LererUA student wins Playboy contest
The San Francisco Chronicle
Donald Sturrock puts it in this massive, yet engaging, biography: “His seductive voice, the subversive twinkle in his eye, and his sense of the comic and the curious gave him an ability to mesmerize almost every child who crossed his path — yet he could also remember and re-imagine his own childhood with astonishing sharpness.”
Dahl’s unique talent was to live vividly, throughout his life, in his own childhood, while at the same time to make that childhood sensibility appealing to adults.
Given the importance of his childhood to his work, Dahl’s life is ripe for reassessment. And given, too, the vast number of letters, journal entries and recorded encounters throughout that life, it is a mine for the biographer. Sturrock’s book calls itself “The Authorized Biography,” and authorization always cuts two ways. On one hand, he was given access to papers and people, and has thus been able to re-create — at times, with day-by-day detail — the growth and development of Dahl as a writer and a public figure. On the other hand, there is always the risk of glossing over the unpopular or the unnerving in an authorized life.
It is safe to say, however, that Sturrock does not seem to have been cowed by family censure. All the awfulness of Dahl is here: his quirky friendships, his painful recovery from a World War II air accident, his exquisitely impolitic remarks about non-Europeans during his tour of duty in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, his appendicitis (where Dahl finds himself in a ward with two old men who, in his own words, “did nothing but fart all day and have enemas and talk bull — and then fart some more”), his rocky marriage to the actress Patricia Neal, and his lifelong bouts of financial mismanagement and tax evasion.
University of Arkansas Examiner
A University of Arkansas student, Meaghan Mulholland, won first place in Playboy' s annual college fiction writing contest. Mulholland's first place prize is $3000 and her story," Woman, Fire & The Sea" will be published in Playboy's October 2010 issue.
Mulholland was a graduate student in UA's competitive Creative Writing program. She earned her degree this year.
A UCLA student, Timothy Tau, won second prize and $500 dollars for his story "Land of Origin." There were three third place winners--each won $250 for their submissions. Third place winners were from Swarthmore College, University of New Orleans and the University of Cincinnati.
Past winners of the College Fiction contest have gone on to find publishing success after the Playboy contest. The contest offers a chance to publish professionally in a magazine. Playboy is currently accepting applications for next year's contest.
There's a forum at Nanowrimo where you can chat with others about your story. I've been working more on the story than on the forums (this guy who's considering failing has 43 posts on the forums). He likely spends more time there (which is fine) than writing his book. I'm at almost 41,000 right now. Nice.I'm now considering turning my NaNo idea into a graphic novel XD.
I mean, hey, they say that a picture is worth a thousand words, so if I scribble out fifty pictures before the 30th... >.>
XD Anyone else having format issues regarding your works of masochistic genius?
National Crime Writing Month is an annual event run by Crime Writers of Canada. Events are held at libraries and bookstores in cities across Canada. The blog was started as a virtual event in 2010.This is held in May. To recap:
The movie trailer writes itself: Long ago, on the lost continent of Laramidia, lived the mysterious Kosmoceratops, a three-ton, 15-horned beast that roamed — and ruled — the swamps it called home. O.K., you might want to lose the lost-continent bit, and 15 horns kind of jumps the shark, but tweak it a little and you could have a winner.Scientists find two new dinosaurs related to Triceratops
The thing is, however, you can't tweak any of this. According to a delightful new paper published Sept. 22 in the online science journal PloS One, the Kosmoceratops indeed lived a good 76 million years ago, according to the scientists' reckoning. And Laramidia — better known today as the Western United States, with bits of Canada and Mexico — was a real place, separated from the eastern half of the North American continent by a great inland sea. The PLoS paper reveals intriguing new things about both the animal and its ancient home.
Fossils of two new species of horned dinosaurs closely related to the Triceratops have been discovered in southern Utah, scientists revealed Wednesday.
The discovery of the new plant-eating species, which are believed to have areas known today as the western United States during the Late Cretaceous Period, was announced Wednesday in the online open-access journal PLoS ONE, produced by the Public Library of Science.
The bigger of the two new dinosaurs, with a skull about 7 feet long, is Utahceratops gettyi, whose name combines the state of origin with ceratops, Greek for “horned face.” The second part of the name honors Mike Getty, paleontology collections manager at the Utah Museum of Natural History and the discoverer of this animal.
The newly discovered dinosaurs were inhabitants of the “lost continent” of Laramidia, the western portion of North America that formed when a shallow sea flooded the central region, isolating the eastern and western portions of the continent for millions of years during the Late Cretaceous Period.
I would say 'exorcise' devils, because they've had a lot of 'devils' in their performance over the past month, and perhaps they have now exorcised those demons, yet at the same time it matches up with the victory over New Jersey. But that's just me.
The Swedish goaltender filled in admirably for the injured J.S. Giguere on Thursday, stopping 29 shots in a 3-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. The Maple Leafs will be relying heavily on Gustavsson over the next week or two while Giguere recovers from a groin strain.
LEWISTOWN — Artifacts at the Central Montana Museum have a particular order about them — arrows before rifle ammo, wagons before railroads.Work goes on to stage 'Kong'
This construction allows the skull of a famous outlaw to be dropped into place like a dovetailed drawer. But when the museum recently acquired a replica of a Volkswagen-sized dinosaur skull, the system hit a snag.
The replica, 9 feet long and more than 6 feet wide, was cast from a torosaurus skull found on private land north of Winnett. The chronological gap between the torosaurus and the museum’s next oldest exhibit? About 68 million years, give or take a century.
The skull’s placement? Near the wedding dresses. Dinosaurs, then marriage. The link was unintentional.
“One of our members said we needed to display it better,” said Shirley Barrick, of the Central Montana Historical Society. “We’re working on that.”
Visitors can view the skull for free by stopping at the desk of the adjoining Chamber of Commerce, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and asking for a showing.
New York -- A musical version of King Kong could be roaring onto a Broadway stage in a few years if its producers get their way.To be honest, I've used the cover-art for a better idea for a musical, "My Side, by King Kong" which is a humorous book about the story of Kong from his perspective. Not the first time a classic tale has been retold from the villains perspective, and not the first time it's been done on stage either, what with Godspell (I spell that right?)
Officials at Global Creatures, the Australian company behind the hit arena show Walking With Dinosaurs, are hoping that their still-unfinished production of the classic ape story can find a theater as early as 2013.
“Ultimately, whether there’s an out-of-town tryout somewhere or not, I just feel New York is the home for this story to be told,” Carmen Pavlovic, the CEO of Global Creatures, said. “It’s Broadway bound — there’s no doubt about that in my mind.”
She and her team have just finished a six-week workshop to ensure their 23-foot mechanical Kong can pull off a show. Next, they want to polish the script and score. Then, they want to begin casting. She said that producers already have begun scouting out potential Broadway theaters big enough for the spectacle.
“If we put Kong in that very contained environment of a proscenium, we’ve got to make sure that in swiping his arms he doesn’t inadvertently knock over a cast member in the process,” Pavlovic said.
Today’s Dinosaur Sighting comes to us from David Rice, who spotted this star-spangled theropod dinosaur in the vicinity of Beloit, Wisconsin. As David pointed out in his e-mail, the top half of the dinosaur is reminiscent of a tyrannosaur, but the feet have weird lumps which look like the sickle claws of the “raptors;” maybe it is some kind of hybrid. Whatever the theropod is meant to be, though, it is hardly the only patriotic dinosaur around—in previous posts we’ve featured a Stegosaurus covered in stars and stripes and “George Washasaurus.”which the Smithsonian followed up with an article on the Kentrosaurus, and a very cool photo:
Since the early days of paleontology, the posture of dinosaurs and the range of motion they were capable of have been contentious subjects for paleontologists. Among the spate of recent studies on dinosaur flexibility, posture and motion is a new paper by Heinrich Mallison which used the Jurassic stegosaur Kentrosaurus to investigate some of the hypotheses surrounding this armored dinosaur.Nothing scientific, just dinosaurs - and Halo
Most of what we know about Kentrosaurus comes from the approximately 153-million-year-old Tendaguru Formation in Tanzania. It was there that the German paleontologist Edwin Hennig found numerous isolated bones and elements of disarticulated Kentrosaurus skeletons—in addition to the bones of many other dinosaurs—during the early 20th century; he was also lucky enough to find one partial skeleton of the stegosaur that was suitable for mounting. This specimen, reconstructed with sprawling limbs and a dragging tail, was on display at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin for decades. When it was taken apart to restore it in a more accurate posture in 2005, scientists made laser scans of each bone in order to create a digital restoration. It is this digital Kentrosaurus that formed the basis of Mallison’s new study—the closest thing a paleontologist has to a living dinosaur to examine.
In addition to its normal posture and range of motion, Mallison’s study looks at several controversial, little-studied ideas about this dinosaur and its kin. According to Hennig, Kentrosaurus had a squished, lizard-like posture and could not use its spiky tail for defense. In the 1980s, however, paleontologist Robert Bakker went to the opposite extreme, restoring stegosaurs with an erect posture that would have allowed them to pivot and swing their formidable tails at attacking predators. Additionally, Bakker proposed that Stegosaurus and its kin could have adopted a “tripodal” posture in which they reared back to rest on their tails, too, and were much more dynamic animals than envisioned by Hennig and other early 20th-century paleontologists.
Although Mallison stresses that the findings based upon his model are provisional, Kentrosaurus appears to have used different postures for different reasons. While walking, it would have held its limbs erect, but when threatened it was capable of flexing its forelimbs out into a sprawling position to help support itself as it swung its tail at an offending predator. In the latter circumstance, Kentrosaurus would have also been able to extend its neck to look backwards at an attacking dinosaur, though shifting position to keep a predator in view may have created blind spots that would have left this armored dinosaur vulnerable to multiple predators. As far as feeding was concerned, Kentrosaurus was indeed capable of rearing back to rest on its tail, though how often it would have done so—and what sort of food it would have been able to reach by doing so—is unknown. Overall, Kentrosaurus was not as stiff as Hennig proposed. Quite the contrary—this stegosaur was capable of altering its posture to suit a variety of circumstances, and it is likely that at least some of its relatives had similar abilities.
Ender’s Game is one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written. Any overly bright ten year old who reads this novel basically feels like they’re reading a story written just for them. It gets the way that children think and act more than any novel I have ever read. And that makes the story even more horrifying even while being uplifting: a civilization mining its brightest children for a fighting chance to survive.Writing Comedy to Make People Laugh their Heads Off
Orson Scott Card has resisted all attempts thus far to adapt Ender’s Game into a movie, quoted once insisting that he would not allow the film to be made unless it was right, “a film where the human relationships are absolutely essential—an honest presentation of the story.” Hollywood hasn’t given up, despite twenty years of false starts on the project. And so naturally, you’d turn over a script written by the author of the novel to be rewritten by the idiot who directed X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
I don’t think Hollywood quite knows who they’re fucking with here. Everybody knows who Spiderman is. If you fuck up Spiderman’s story and make him an emo douchebag, the teenagers are still going to turn out in droves to see whatever CGI shit you throw in front of a camera. A movie like Ender’s Game has essentially no appeal to anyone outside the geeks who’ve already read the novel. And if you fuck up this story, the opening day ticket receipts aren’t going to make back the cost of the bottled water from the set.
Just how funny are you? There are plenty of people out there who think they are funny, but they suck. Then there are people who really are funny – apart from their work as a comedian.
But all successful comedians have one thing in common. On the stage, they can make people laugh. Some only have to walk onto the stage and people start to laugh before they even speak. So do you have what it takes?
Many comedians start out writing their own material, but if they just can’t see the funny side of things this may not be a good idea. A comedian might be able to present material in a way that makes people laugh, but if the material he or she presents is not all that funny, then success will be elusive – or non-existent. Many successful comedians depend on good writers for their material.
So if you really want to be a comedian, yet people don’t seem to be impressed, it may be that the material is not right for you, or perhaps it is not even all that funny. In this case you would be well advised to use material that someone else writes for you. If you ‘steal’ another comedian’s material, you could get into trouble.
The best reason for being a comedian is because you love doing it. If you get into the business to make money or become famous, you’re likely to be seriously disappointed. Those things may come to you if you are good – and persevere, but don’t count on it. If you are fulfilling an ambition and doing what you love to do, then it won’t matter if they don’t come, you’ll still be happy.
Evaluation: All that's left of this trade is to see what Calgary's 2nd round pick in 2011 will mean to the Leafs, and then what Toronto's 7th round pick in 2012 will be (though, it's much more likely the 2nd round pick is more valuable than the 7th round pick).2. Kessel Trade [Sept. 18, 2009]
Advantage: Toronto, decidedly.
Toronto wound up trading their second-overall pick (and next year's first round pick) for Kessel. He has played 82 games, scored 37 goals, 27 assists and 64 points for the Leafs so far.3. Giguere Trade [Jan. 31, 2010]
Tyler Seguin (2nd overall, 2010) has 3 goals, 2 assists, and 5 points and 10 games played for Boston.
As it currently stands, Toronto has generated more immediate value out of the transaction, and likely will continue to hold the advantage in the immediate results of this trade for another season or so. Then again, the impact of Seguin and whatever comes to Boston in 2011 should technically combine to give Boston the advantage in the end.
Giguere has played 23 games as a Leaf, with 10 wins, 10 losses, 2 shutouts and 3 overtime losses. He has 57 goals against in 1395 minutes played (or a 2.45 GAA).4. Phaneuf Trade [Jan. 31, 2010]
Blake has 8 goals in 39 games with Anaheim, 18 points. Vesa Toskala was swapped for Curtis McElhinney, who has played 14 games played, 6 wins, 3 losses and 37 goals against in 723 minutes played (3.07 GAA).
Goalie for Goalie - Toronto has 9 more games played 4 more wins. Blake's production has definitely not matched his salary - so the Leafs are still in the lead.
Caputi: 23 games played, 1 goal, 5 assists and 6 points.6. Matt Jones Trade [Mar. 4, 2010]
Ponikarovski: 16 games played, 2 goals, 7 assists and 9 points.
Pittsburgh has still got the advantage here, but Caputi's coming along. He should be able to beat Poni-boy by the end of this season.
Matt Jones doesn't have a lot of stats to his name, which is no surprise. I can't find any record of him on any Maple Leafs roster, but his link remains on their official site.7. Brown Trade [June 26, 2010]
For their fourth round pick, the Leafs selected D Petter Granberg (9 points in 40 games in Sweden). The 7th round pick was RW Josh Nichols (49 points in 71 games in the WHL).
Stempniak: 30 games played, 18 goals, 7 points and 26 points
Brown: 12 games played, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points and 22 PIM8. Versteeg Trade [June 30, 2010]
Anaheim had two 5th round selections in the draft as well. They selected RW Christopher Wagner (83 points in 44 games in the EJHL - where?) and D Tim Heed (37 points in 32 games in Sweden). [ANA's 5th round picks sound a lot better than TOR's]
Advantage: Toronto - for now. We'll see how that 5th round pick turns out.
Evaluation: Paradis still has yet to play an NHL game. However, more valuable to the Leafs, he was a part of the Kris Versteeg/ Keith Aulie trade a year and a half later.2. Seventh-Round Pick Trade [Mar. 4, 2010]
After the trade to Carolina, he scored once in 18 games, with merely 6 points. He has not made the Carolina starting roster this season either, but now has 1 goal and 1 point in 5 games with the 'Canes.
Advantage: Toronto - TBA. Versteeg has got to pan out, but so does Tlusty for Carolina.
Toronto doesn't know what they've got in Anaheim's 7th round pick this year, but they can rest assured that Anaheim didn't use MacDonald last season, or this season. MacDonald was signed by the Red Wings later, basically providing no value to Anaheim in the long or short run. Scratch your head on this one.3. Fifth Round Pick Trade [Mar. 4, 2010]
Skoula: 19 games, 3 assists and 4 PIM.4. Lashoff Trade [Aug. 27, 2010]
Toronto selected twice in the 5th round, so they either picked C Sam Carrick (42 points in 66 games in the OHL last season) or LW Daniel Brodin (5 points in 30 games in Sweden) with New Jersey's selection.
Toronto picks up Lashoff, who hasn't played for the Leafs yet, but is going at it for the Marlies right now, while Berry and Giliati hasn't either. This trade was to free some roster space, so there's nothing really to worry about here. Both teams win!
No players have played NHL games here, yet.