Dennis Potter’s The Singing Detective (1986)
even in 2014, the rights of women and girls are severely threatened by sex trafficking, slavery, child marriage and other violations around the world. international women’s day, observed annually on march 8, continues to spread awareness and garner support — and change — for women across the globe.
catapult, a crowdfunding site dedicated specifically to the advancement of women and girls, has released a startling new visual campaign in an attempt to make this year’s IWD “more than just a cover story.” the cover stories campaign features three mock magazine covers that highlight terrifyingly real human rights issues to push the conversation forward.
the magazines display the grisly names child bride, good slavekeeping and thirteen — wordplays on the popular magazines brides, good housekeeping and seventeen, respectively.
headlines such as "the wedding you’ll never forget but wish you could" and "who needs a childhood anyway?" float next to the young models. the cover of good slavekeeping pretends to cater to the human rights violators themselves, adding another dark layer to the already serious campaign.
IM F**KING DYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A+ work here, everyone.
"Another inveterate partyer during that period was Ernest Hemingway, who had arrived in London in May as a special reporter for Collier’s. Once in London (which he insisted on calling “dear old London town”), he took up residence at the Dorchester, intent more on drinking and womanizing than on journalism. John Pudney, a young RAF public relations officer assigned to help Hemingway, found him boorish and offensive. “To me, he was a fellow obsessed with playing the part of Ernest Hemingway,” Pudney said, “a sentimental nineteenth-century actor called upon to act the part of a twentieth-century tough guy. Set beside a crowd of young men who walked so modestly and stylishly with Death, he seemed a bizarre cardboard figure.”"
Lynne Olson, Citizens of London
"People always ask me why I never actually attend the Academy Awards. I tell them the truth: I don’t think I can handle that much resentment. It’s the nature of the film business that no matter how successful you are, there’s always going to be Steven Spielberg (I call him Steven). It’s not Steven’s fault—he can’t help it—but he should know that one consequence of his career is that it makes the rest of us feel bad. My advice is to try to avoid what I once heard described as zero-sum thinking: that there’s only so much success to go around and therefore anyone else’s good fortune means there will be less of it available for us. Would I want Spielberg’s life? Not really. Certainly not the gay-stalker part."
If the current trend of remaking Paul Verhoeven movies with the satirical fangs filed down continues, we can probably expect a Basic Instinct update with Emma Roberts as an ice pick–wielding ebook-writer and a new Starship Troopers where … well, Ender’s Game inadvertently ended up playing like a humorless Troopers, so that only leaves a factory-refurbished Showgirls with the cast of High School Musical in all the key
Chekov’s gun at the Antique’s Roadshow.
i like outer space and hillary so i’ll let this bizarre new york times cover fly
SEPTEMBER 4, 2013
Voyager 1 took this photograph just as it was reaching the outer limits of the solar system, twelve years after its launch. It was among the last of the photos, a series of “family portraits” of the solar system, that Voyager would ever send home; after they were taken, its cameras were permanently disabled. Nobody had thought it would survive for so long — it was only expected to make it to Saturn — but since it seemed to be doing fine, they let it carry on. Eight years later, it passed the fading Pioneer 10 and became the furthest-traveling spacecraft ever launched.
In September of this year, thirty-six years after launch, NASA confirmed that Voyager 1 had become the first man-made object to enter interstellar space. It’s traveling slightly faster than its sibling, which is projected to cross the heliopause sometime in 2016, so for now it’s alone out there, almost twelve billion miles from the Sun.
Both Voyagers are carrying copies of the Golden Record, designed as a decipherable primer on Earth should either spacecraft encounter intelligent life, with photographs, diagrams, and sound recordings from around the globe. If our entire solar system were to disappear tomorrow, these are what would survive, along with a note from then-President Jimmy Carter:
This Voyager spacecraft was constructed by the United States of America. We are a community of 240 million human beings among the more than 4 billion who inhabit the planet Earth. We human beings are still divided into nation states, but these states are rapidly becoming a single global civilization.
We cast this message into the cosmos. It is likely to survive a billion years into our future, when our civilization is profoundly altered and the surface of the Earth may be vastly changed. Of the 200 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, some — perhaps many — may have inhabited planets and spacefaring civilizations. If one such civilization intercepts Voyager and can understand these recorded contents, here is our message:
This is a present from a small distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours. We hope someday, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations. This record represents our hope and our determination, and our good will in a vast and awesome universe.
President of the United States of America
THE WHITE HOUSE,
June 16, 1977