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The Despecialized Editions of the original Star Wars movies are a de-mix of the DVD releases, restoring them to the color, edits and pacing of the original cinematic releases. Read the rest
Grady Runyon owns a used record store in Ventura, CA. In this video by Rossangeles, Runyon tells a wonderful story about how a stranger asked to meet him in a parking garage to show him a mysterious artifact: an illustrated handbound manuscript with the title "Screenplay by Alexandro JODOROWSKY / Adapted from " DUNE" / by frank HERBERT."
The color pencil drawings in the book are highly detailed outsider art scenes of weird sex, monsters, outlandish costumes, and exotic weapons. When Jodorowsky caught wind of the book, he tweeted that the artifact was a "fake script with idiotic drawings." The book sold for over $6,000 when it was auctioned on eBay. I'm not doubting Jodorowsky -- the manuscript could very well be fake. I think the illustrations are wonderful, however. Again, I'm not arguing with Jodorowsky -- I'm an idiot!
“Louise Bonito's 102nd birthday party will certainly be one for her family to remember – but not necessarily for the reasons they might have thought.” Read the rest
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I'm sorry. I'm so, so sorry. Read the rest
Karen Momsen-Evers was aboard a Southwest Airlines flight when she received a disturbing text from her husband, asking for forgiveness for what he was about to do.
Mrs. Momsen-Evers says she tried to call her husband, but the flight crew refused to allow her to make any calls to her husband, the police, and an ambulance. "The steward slapped the phone down and said, 'You need to go on airplane mode now,'" said Mrs. Momsen-Evers.
Karen says she knew he was serious because he'd been under a lot of stress. Karen sat in her seat for the rest of the flight crying and staring at the text her husband had sent. When the flight landed in Milwaukee, she called police, but it was too late. Her husband was dead.
Southwest Airlines offered Karen a full refund on the flight. Read the rest
"Millions of people over the decades will tell you 'Yes, it may be the holy grail of technology.' A proper name eludes us, so we will call it simply, The Wishing Machine." Only $195.
Also, available: a "Money Science Kit for for $9.88 plus $4.88 shipping and handling anywhere in the world."
The inventor writes:
Is this a scam? No. Some people think any offer to do with money is a scam, yet we all need money. In this time of economic strife, let's face the truth. Is making honest money a crime? Please give me the benefit of the doubt for now.
Doubts put to rest!
I recently sold a rag doll on eBay for $138. Personally, I wouldn't have paid $1 for it, but it had VALUE to someone else. VALUE is something that is always, and has always been, determined by humans. That is why money is a subjective energy field.
Ramadi, about an hour and a half from Baghdad, fell over the weekend to Islamic State fighters. The U.S. insists that the city is still "contested", though it seems Iranian-backed militias will be doing the job of contesting.
Pictured above is the BBC's latest map of the region, with the IS-held territory in darker tan. Looks like the Kurds are up for the fight, Baghdad not so much.
The entire magazine industry has been hurt by the web, but pornographic magazines have been hit the hardest.
From an essay in Quartz by Lee Quarnstrom, former editor of Hustler:
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In a January 2014 interview with Erin Moriarty of CBS, Flynt announced that he didn’t expect Hustler, the heart of his porn empire, to last more than two or three years. He added that the magazine’s monthly circulation had dropped from a high of 3 million readers to about 100,000. But the truth is, even Flynt’s onetime high of 3 million monthly readers can’t compare to the 32 million visitors now recorded monthly on adult website LiveJasmin.com.
Jami Attenberg saw a flash of internet fame, but it didn't help her sell her book. It made her no money at all. She reports on the experience of "sliding back to earth" down the long tail of a Google Analytics report.
…it felt bittersweet. I had dashed off the blog post, been careless with my writing. Even if the passion showed through, it was certainly not my best work. I had spent years and years working on my novels, agonizing over sentences, characters, themes, and my big message to the world. But in one day more people had read this simple post than all of my books combined — times five.
If you want to sell anything, everything around everything you do online must be optimized to the pixel for that purpose. Even then, when lightning strikes, only a few loose and hungry electrons will fall into the right place. If what you do never leaves the internet, you have to get hit over, and over, and over again.
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