Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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Available at Entertainment Earth.

"Kip Winger has a contemporary classical album? The hard-rock guitarist discusses his Grammy nod"

LAT:

You’re listed on the album under the name C.F. Kip Winger. Can you talk about the initials?

I added the name because my name is Charles Frederick Winger, and when I started writing classical music, I thought, “Should I be Kip Winger? Or should I be Charles Winger?” I actually tried Charles Winger, and got told, “But you’re Kip Winger.”

OK, I’m Kip Winger, but it’s a different brand. It’s a different thing. And so looking back in history and I saw some guys with initials and stuff. “You know what? I’m just going to put my initials on the front of my name for my solo work, just as a notice that, hey, this is different.”

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Does this feel like artistic vindication?

Yes, it does, to be quite frank. We took a lot of heat. I personally took a lot of heat in the music business with MTV and all that stuff. The irony of my life was that my whole thing is like, there’s two things I want to do in life: study music and write music. So being kind of a musicologist geek that I am, it was ironic to become known as a poseur-y ’80s figure.


"Universal Studios Hollywood has removed the 3-D special effect from its Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride only eight months after the attraction opened as the centerpiece of the park’s most expensive expansion"

"Theme park officials were tight-lipped about the change"

Judge Doom



By Chad Waters.

"Read This Gorgeous, Heartbreaking Story From the Attack on Titan Anthology Comic"

Memory Maze” by Asaf Hanuka and Tomer Hanuka

"The shellfish that was one of the main sources of Tyrian purple – one of the most storied and valuable trading products in the ancient world – has disappeared from the eastern Mediterranean coast"

Guardian:

The dye’s origin was shrouded in mythology, not least the suggestion it was discovered by Heracles’ dog after it ate the shellfish and its mouth turned purple.

The dye was hugely valuable because it has been estimated that it took thousands of shells to produce a single kilo. It was produced by collecting thousands of dye-producing molluscs, crushing them and allowing them to rot in large vats before the colour was boiled out.

"National forests across the country vie for the chance to provide the [Capitol Christmas] tree each year"

WaPo:

The Forest Service picks the winning forest, and Bechtol chooses the lucky tree. Then, rangers hold celebrations and fundraisers to pay for its transportation to D.C.

“Sometimes they have to build roads to get to the tree, which is part of the reason we pick it out so early,” Bechtol says.

"Secret Service advertised as hot 'new amenity' at Trump Tower"

Politico:

prominent New York real estate agency Douglas Elliman blasted out an email with the subject: “Fifth Avenue Buyers Interested in Secret Service Protection?” to advertise a $2.1 million, 1,052-square-foot condo in the tower on 721 Fifth Avenue.

“The New Aminity [sic] – The United States Secret Service,” screamed the flier sent in an email on Nov. 13 for a one-bedroom apartment on the 31st floor, represented by brokers Ariel Sassoon and Devin Leahy.

“The Best Value in the Most Secure Building in Manhattan,”

"Crews spent most of Monday morning and afternoon picking up totaled BMW cars after a train carrying the luxury automobiles derailed"

"'BMW personnel are traveling to the scene and will assess the damage to these 120 BMWs."

"Three Historical Examples of 'Fake News'"

SciAm:

In 1782, Benjamin Franklin created a fake issue of a Boston newspaper. The main story was quite gruesome: it maintained that American forces had discovered bags of money and goods that appeared bound for the King, but included among them that included the scalps of soldiers and civilians. The bag of scalps included a letter addressed to the King asking him to accept the scalps as a token of friendship and loyalty. Franklin sent the newspaper to his friends, who forwarded it to their friends and soon enough the story had been republished in other colonial newspapers. There were signs the original document was a fake--the typeface, for example-- but these clues were lost in the sensationalism of the information. The public was outraged. In this case, Franklin's "news" added to the animosity directed against Native Americans and helped establish them as non-Americans who could not be trusted nor should be accepted in the new Republic. The story was resurrected at a later date as well as "evidence" of the depravity of Native Americans during the War of 1812.
And speaking of fake news, looks like Cosmo ran some fake news about Ryan Lochte and his flower knowledge.