National Geographic features the photographry of Drew Rush, who creates remotely triggered camera traps to shoot amazing images of grizzly bears.
Working with camera traps is a lesson in patience and guts. You have to be able to tell yourself that eventually it’s going to happen, and you have to have to perseverance to fix repeated problems while knowing that in all likelihood those problems are going to happen again.
"Looking for Hungry Grizzlies—on Purpose" (proof.nationalgeographic.com)
The first official LGBT character in the Star Wars universe is Moff Delian Mors, a character in Paul S. Kemp's upcoming Star Wars: Lords of the Sith novel. Read the rest
We've been battling pesky pantry moths in our kitchen cupboards. They get into any open container of rice, flour, cereal, chips, nuts, etc. Then they breed in the boxes and bags. Read the rest
“Researchers working with the Central Intelligence Agency have conducted a multi-year, sustained effort to break the security of Apple’s iPhones and iPads, according to top-secret documents obtained by The Intercept.” Read the rest
A jury in L.A. decided that Blurred Lines, the song by Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I., infringes the copyright of Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit Got to Give it Up and awarded Gaye's family $7.3m in damages.
From USA Today:
The Williams, Thicke and T.I camp contended they did nothing wrong in being inspired by Gaye and evoking the feeling of Gaye's music.
But lawyers for Gaye's children — Frankie and Nona Gaye — accused Williams and Thicke of repeatedly changing their stories about how they created Blurred Lines and felt his clients deserved a piece of the millions the song has made.
An accounting statement during the trial, according to The Hollywood Reporter, revealed that there were $16,675,690 in profits for Blurred Lines.
According to testimony, $5,658,214 went to Thicke, $5,153,457 was given to Williams and $704,774 to T.I.
Record companies (Interscope, UMG Distribution and Star Trak) took home the rest, with an executive at Universal Music testifying that overhead costs on the creation of Blurred Lines accounted for $6.9 million.
It's intriguing to wonder how much general shiftiness and bullshit—$6.9m to record one song?—contributed to the verdict, irrespective of the technical similarities of the music. Tough copyright verdicts and denying one's own influences, forming a vicious cycle.
Decide your yourself if the two songs are improperly similar. Here's Thicke:
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Did you know that Marge Simpson threw up on her honeymoon? Have you ever heard that Homer Simpson almost became a hippie? The Simpsons Family History will test your Simpsons knowledge by exploring 25 years of laughs, stories, and adventures in chronological order. Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, gives us an inside look into how this family became so iconic. This book had me laughing out loud and I can honestly say most books don’t. Stories you didn’t even know existed are revealed and the full backstory of the Simpsons is finally told. It is the perfect book to share with kids and adults because the show has such a universal audience. This book makes me want to go back and watch the series all over again. – Madeline Shapiro
A group of birthday celebrators at a Chuck E. Cheese in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio became upset when they learned that a photo booth was out of order. Read the rest
In 2010, Paul Ceglia of New York sued Mark Zuckerberg, claiming that Zuckerberg had given him a 50% stake in Facebook, now worth $29 billion. Ceglia presented a contract signed by Zuckerberg to bolster his claim. Read the rest
Moune-là connaît y’olé Zydeco. Read the rest
An $850k anime-related initiative to put a tiny spear on the moon is one-third of the way to getting funded. Read the rest