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Keith Wilson10,487Keith and Leelee are getting hitched. You are invited to join in if you'd like.Wilson and Iscience Wedding2016-03-19 23:04:3011  
Josh Smith14,164STC -- SAME DAY, NEW TIME -- TUESDAYS AT 2:00 P.M. ET!  *"Constitution, Interrupted: Article II and 'The Executive with Energy'"*  *Guest: Heather Boulware* *AND...we're premiering a new segment on the show featuring the one-and-only @114034120281959056935!*   _Think you know the Constitution?  Well, think again._ You've been hoodwinked.  For decades...well over a century, even.               This is going to be interesting.  And we're going to cover all of it.  The whole document.  Piece by piece.   And you're not going to believe the judicial sophistry that has occurred, for so long, right under your nose.  Well, you'll believe it, but you won't be happy about it.  And that's going to be a good thing, because it has to stop.   Knowledge is the first step.  Get it by watching Some Things Considered, as we continue our multi-episode series, "Constitution, Interrupted." *Some Things Considered* is a weekly Hangout on Air show (Tuesday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. EST) in which Josh Smith and John-Pierre Maeli discuss, occasionally with various guests (and occasionally without), a broad range of issues -- political, legal, and...well, there really isn't a third, all-encompassing adjective that readily comes to mind, but you get the picture.  It's fast-paced (since no one has an attention span anymore), yet with a level of depth and substance that you've come to never, ever expect from any of the "mainstream" viewing options.  You will be entertained, because if you're not, you will never work in this or any other town, ever again, do you hear me? _Mwahahahahahahaha!_ The next episode of Some Things Considered will broadcast on *Tuesday, April 22, at 2:00 p.m. EST.*    *There's LIVE AUDIENCE Q&A!*  Get in on it.  You know you want to, you attention whore.  It's always about you, isn't it?          Join us.  Interact.  Laugh.  Think.  Flourish.             *Watch previous episodes of Some Things Considered at these links:* *Edited Versions* ("STC Preferred-Gold-Platinum-Titanium-Diamond-Select"): http://goo.gl/cW5yHS *Live Versions* ("STC Au Naturel"): http://goo.gl/qxO4sM *Or visit our Google+ Page* (our videos can be found there as well, under "Photos" -- Google is always so goddamn clear with these things, right?) : @101932243604422665877 Some Things Considered (Apr. 22, 2014) (Episode 025)2014-04-22 20:00:0010  
Google Science Fair3,137,540*How can we better understand the creatures of the deep? Come join this Hangout On Air, hosted by @103430512218037500671 of @107538622122068192565 to see the latest - and coolest - device for underwater exploration.* To study the behavior of fishes and invertebrates that live in the oceans' depths, scientists need to observe and interact with these animals in their habitats. But how? Advanced techniques allow for diving to several hundred feet, but human physiology sets practical limits for the type of work and amount of time at that depth. The Exosuit, the newest generation of atmospheric diving systems (ADS), keeps the pilot protected from the effects of pressure and will allow a trained pilot to perform delicate work at depths of up to 1,000 feet (305 meters) for hours. Together with a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), the Exosuit will provide new ways for scientists to observe, photograph, and collect marine life in areas that are otherwise difficult to explore. Live from the @103316048524269527650, come join this Google Science Fair 2014 Hangout On Air to see the the only Exosuit currently in existence. You'll hear how it will be used in deep-dive research this coming summer, along with its partner ROV (remotely operated vehicle). Post your questions using the Q&A app on this page, then come watch live! 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 1800 GMTExosuit! See the only deep-dive Exosuit in existence, live from the American Museum of Natural History2014-02-27 19:15:0090  
Jo Mills3,920Did you not mark your calendars? Shame, shame. Last year +Scott Cramer dared me to sit under my desk at work and share a picture; I did, he reshared and viral chaos ensued ;P It was so much fun that we decided to make it an annual event, so get under your desk (or kitchen table or coffee table), take a pic and post it on G+ with the ridiculously long hashtag #InternationalTakeAPictureUnderYourDeskDay ! And, mind your noggin. Last year some companies even got their whole office involved; along with kids and pets - sitting under your desk is for everyone ;P It's Friday. You aren't really working anyway. Original post from 2012: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ScottCramer/posts/ZpCndemLEQ5#+ScottCramer/posts/ZpCndemLEQ5#InternationalTakeAPictureUnderYourDeskDay2013-11-08 01:00:0054  

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2017-05-21 17:39:36 (29 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

One of my coworkers told me he doesn't get out of bed until 30 minutes before he has to leave home for work. I generally get up at least 90 minutes before I have to leave, preferably 2 hours before. I like to take a long shower, catch up on the news, and prepare and eat breakfast before I get dressed and leave.

What's your morning routine? Are you more like my coworker or more like me? 

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2017-05-21 14:53:00 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Two years ago, then-citizen Trump criticized then-first lady Michelle Obama's decision to go bare-headed on a January 2015 visit with her husband.

Most plusones: 47

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2017-05-20 17:07:58 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

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2017-05-22 17:57:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

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2017-05-22 17:25:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

The court rejected arguments from state lawmakers that their purpose in drawing the maps was not race discrimination but partisan advantage.

Justices Reject 2 Gerrymandered North Carolina Districts, Citing Racial Bias https://nyti.ms/2rL5EZ8

The court rejected arguments from state lawmakers that their purpose in drawing the maps was not race discrimination but partisan advantage.

Justices Reject 2 Gerrymandered North Carolina Districts, Citing Racial Bias https://nyti.ms/2rL5EZ8___

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2017-05-22 17:01:29 (12 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

For those who say their body language doesn't mean anything, what do you say about this? 

For those who say their body language doesn't mean anything, what do you say about this? ___

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2017-05-22 14:55:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

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2017-05-22 11:25:04 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

He didn't really mean what he posted, right?

He didn't really mean what he posted, right?___

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2017-05-22 10:58:20 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2017-05-22 10:48:44 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

LMAO

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2017-05-22 10:46:02 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

On this day:
At 22nd May of 1992, the movie "Alien 3" debuted in theaters. "Alien 3" (stylized as "ALIEN3") is an American science-fiction psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher in his directorial debut, It serves as the third film installment of the Alien franchise, and takes place after the events of "Aliens" (1986). The film stars Sigourney Weaver in her reprise as Ellen Ripley, surviving a crashed escape pod from the Colonial Marine spaceship Sulaco on a refinery planet, killing everyone aboard, but an Alien organism, onboard the pod, starts killing in a mass prison; additional roles are played by Charles Dance, Charles S. Dutton, and Lance Henriksen. While underperforming at the United States box office, it earned over $100 million outside of North America.

Ridley Scott's 'Alien' was a masterpiece of sci-fi... more »

On this day:
At 22nd May of 1992, the movie "Alien 3" debuted in theaters. "Alien 3" (stylized as "ALIEN3") is an American science-fiction psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher in his directorial debut, It serves as the third film installment of the Alien franchise, and takes place after the events of "Aliens" (1986). The film stars Sigourney Weaver in her reprise as Ellen Ripley, surviving a crashed escape pod from the Colonial Marine spaceship Sulaco on a refinery planet, killing everyone aboard, but an Alien organism, onboard the pod, starts killing in a mass prison; additional roles are played by Charles Dance, Charles S. Dutton, and Lance Henriksen. While underperforming at the United States box office, it earned over $100 million outside of North America.

Ridley Scott's 'Alien' was a masterpiece of sci-fi horror, and James Cameron's 'Aliens' was a landmark action movie. Together, the films formed a cohesive, satisfying whole that worked as a beginning, middle and end to heroine Ripley's story. But with 1992's 'Alien 3', we're in more divisive territory. Some find merit in David Fincher's compromised debut feature, while others have decried it as a pale imitation of the two films that came before it.

'Alien 3' goes back to the basics: there is only one Alien, and the means to stop it are far from being competent to the task. And our heroine is a battered, hurt and still unbelievingly strong character, bent on destroying the beast within.

In a very literal way, this nihilistic installment is the concretization of all of Ripley's fears: we have seen her panic at the thought of becoming impregnated with an Alien embryo, witnessed her formidable struggle to keep innocence alive in the shape of Newt, were privy to her all abiding combat skills being honed to the extreme as she became the icon of never desisting mankind, all this wide range of emotional states have been shared with us, taking this particular character as the medium.

And 'Alien 3' seems to raze out all of her former accomplishments, it gives the desolate impression that all of her efforts were for nothing and that nothing can be sheltered and saved from destruction. This time, the enemy is truly within, and Ripley finally becomes the transcendental figure of conquering victory as she embraces her destiny, in the way she deals with all that befalls her.

The quality of 'Alien 3''s cast is top-notch, and Sigourney Weaver puts in some of her best work in this film. Her grief at the loss of Newt and her resignation when she learns that an alien is once again in her midst are perfectly judged. Charles Dance is excellent as the disgraced physician Clemens, delivering his lines with a terse pithiness that provides the film with a few of its occasional lighter moments, and Charles S. Dutton is similarly charismatic as the colony's spiritual leader.

'Alien 3' feels like a much smaller, more intimate film than 'Aliens'. Its environment is more claustrophobic, its locations limited , and yet, Cameron's movie had a far smaller budget of around $18.5 million. By contrast, 'Alien 3' cost a staggering $50 million, 10 percent of which was reportedly spent on Sigourney Weaver's salary.

Despite 'Alien 3''s many deficiencies, the film is filled with occasional moments of brilliance, and its decision to end on such a gloomy note is a brave one. What could have been a mere cash-in is transformed into something far more complex and unusual. Fated to be stalked forever by her nemesis, Ripley chooses to take her own life rather than allow the alien festering inside her to fall into the hands of the ubiquitous Weyland-Yutani.

Like Ripley herself, 'Alien 3' was doomed from the outset. David Fincher reportedly hates the film, and refused to have any part in the revised edition that appeared in 2003. Yet, despite the chaos of its production, its revolving door of directors, concepts and scripts, 'Alien 3' remains a fascinating film, filled with atmosphere and unforgettable images, and some of the finest acting of any in the trilogy. While not a masterpiece like 'Alien', or a landmark of action like 'Aliens', 'Alien 3' is a dramatic, unforgettable postscript for one of sci-fi cinema's most fascinating characters.

#Alien #Alien3 #ALIEN3
#DavidFincher #SigourneyWeaver
#90sMovies #Movies
#SciFi #SciFiFilm #Thriller
#ActionFilm #Horror #HorrorFilm
#Onthisday #MovieReview
#ALIEN3_25ThAnniversary___

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2017-05-21 23:46:42 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

How interesting that Trump didn't use the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" but opted for "violent extremism" which is exactly what Obama said. Hypocrisy?

Hypocris—er, hilarity ensues!___How interesting that Trump didn't use the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" but opted for "violent extremism" which is exactly what Obama said. Hypocrisy?

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2017-05-21 22:11:46 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

He howled at Michelle Obama for having uncovered hair, when she visited Riyadh… and now Ivanka and Melania went uncovered. Screamed at Obama for bowing his head to receive a necklace medal… then DT does the same. And earlier GW Bush kissed Saudi princes on the mouth and walked with them holding hands. DT railed at the Saudis on the campaign trail, and now they are best pals. He promised proof that Obama was Kenyan and muslim, and now shrugs off all such vows with chuckles.

Seriously, is no hypocrisy beyond you redders? On any single day of the Trump Administration… any one… he or administration officials have done things that would have you hypocrites screeching for revolution, had a democrat done anything remotely like it.

Now he’s howling ‘witch hunt” because there’s an independent counsel, when the air reeks of outright treason with foreign foes? FIVE specialprosecutors wer... more »

He howled at Michelle Obama for having uncovered hair, when she visited Riyadh… and now Ivanka and Melania went uncovered. Screamed at Obama for bowing his head to receive a necklace medal… then DT does the same. And earlier GW Bush kissed Saudi princes on the mouth and walked with them holding hands. DT railed at the Saudis on the campaign trail, and now they are best pals. He promised proof that Obama was Kenyan and muslim, and now shrugs off all such vows with chuckles.

Seriously, is no hypocrisy beyond you redders? On any single day of the Trump Administration… any one… he or administration officials have done things that would have you hypocrites screeching for revolution, had a democrat done anything remotely like it.

Now he’s howling ‘witch hunt” because there’s an independent counsel, when the air reeks of outright treason with foreign foes? FIVE special prosecutors were sent sniffing every corner of the Bill Clinton Administration. Reagan and Bush Sr got once each, with this difference. Dozens of high Reagan and Bush officials wound up being indicted and convicted, confessing to felonies. Did all the witch hunts under Clinton and Obama bear similar fruit?

All they ever came up with was a husband fibbing about some adult-consensual 3rd-base infidelity in a hallway.

Clinton and Obama had the only two, 8-year administrations with ZERO high officials convicted or even indicted for actual malfeasance of office - the only times that ever happened. And it happened despite over a billion dollars and 25 years of frantic probing by their enemies, desperately sifting every file and cabinet for some smoking gun, anything at all. The worst you nut-jobs ever found was Hillary making the same mistake with her email system that Colin Powell and Newt Gingrich made, with zero harm done. Ohhhh, lock her up!

Just the fact that DT insists on continuing to use his easily hacked old Galaxy S3 is twenty times the security breach, one out of hundreds spilling from that clown car. Hypocrites.
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2017-05-21 22:02:39 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

There's More to Attraction Than What Meets the Eye

Voice and scent play an underappreciated role in understanding attractiveness.

The research is in Frontiers in Psychology. (full open access)

There's More to Attraction Than What Meets the Eye

Voice and scent play an underappreciated role in understanding attractiveness.

The research is in Frontiers in Psychology. (full open access)___

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2017-05-21 22:00:37 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

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2017-05-21 21:43:58 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

A decision by the estate of Edward Albee not to allow a production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” to cast a black actor as a blond character is reigniting decades-long debates in the theater world over race, casting and authorial control.

A decision by the estate of Edward Albee not to allow a production of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” to cast a black actor as a blond character is reigniting decades-long debates in the theater world over race, casting and authorial control.___

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2017-05-21 18:08:07 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Where does Star Trek: Discovery fit in the timeline? Maybe this will help. 

Where does Star Trek: Discovery fit in the timeline? Maybe this will help. ___

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2017-05-21 17:43:48 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2017-05-21 17:39:36 (29 comments; 0 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

One of my coworkers told me he doesn't get out of bed until 30 minutes before he has to leave home for work. I generally get up at least 90 minutes before I have to leave, preferably 2 hours before. I like to take a long shower, catch up on the news, and prepare and eat breakfast before I get dressed and leave.

What's your morning routine? Are you more like my coworker or more like me? 

One of my coworkers told me he doesn't get out of bed until 30 minutes before he has to leave home for work. I generally get up at least 90 minutes before I have to leave, preferably 2 hours before. I like to take a long shower, catch up on the news, and prepare and eat breakfast before I get dressed and leave.

What's your morning routine? Are you more like my coworker or more like me? ___

2017-05-21 15:05:58 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

I've been awake for 90 minutes. I really should get out of bed. 

I've been awake for 90 minutes. I really should get out of bed. ___

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2017-05-21 14:59:28 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Season 5 will be 22 straight weeks of show, with no breaks. 

Season 5 will be 22 straight weeks of show, with no breaks. ___

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2017-05-21 14:53:00 (8 comments; 4 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Two years ago, then-citizen Trump criticized then-first lady Michelle Obama's decision to go bare-headed on a January 2015 visit with her husband.

Two years ago, then-citizen Trump criticized then-first lady Michelle Obama's decision to go bare-headed on a January 2015 visit with her husband.___

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2017-05-21 14:38:04 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

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2017-05-21 14:32:53 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

On this day:
At 21st May of 1982, the movie "Mad Max 2" premiered in US theaters. "Mad Max 2" (also known as "The Road Warrior" and "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior") is an Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed by George Miller. The film is the second installment in the Mad Max film series, with Mel Gibson reprising his role as "Mad" Max Rockatansky. "Mad Max 2" became a cult film, with fan clubs and "road warrior"-themed activities continuing into the 21st century, and is now widely considered to be one of the greatest action movies ever made, as well as one of the greatest sequels ever made. The film was preceded by "Mad Max" in 1979 and followed by Mad "Max Beyond Thunderdome" in 1985 and "Mad Max: Fury Road" in 2015.

George Miller's 'Mad Max 2: The Road... more »

On this day:
At 21st May of 1982, the movie "Mad Max 2" premiered in US theaters. "Mad Max 2" (also known as "The Road Warrior" and "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior") is an Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed by George Miller. The film is the second installment in the Mad Max film series, with Mel Gibson reprising his role as "Mad" Max Rockatansky. "Mad Max 2" became a cult film, with fan clubs and "road warrior"-themed activities continuing into the 21st century, and is now widely considered to be one of the greatest action movies ever made, as well as one of the greatest sequels ever made. The film was preceded by "Mad Max" in 1979 and followed by Mad "Max Beyond Thunderdome" in 1985 and "Mad Max: Fury Road" in 2015.

George Miller's 'Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior' is a full-on, pedal to the metal action movie that combines stripped down visual storytelling and kinetic-infused set pieces that, 35 years later, holds up to both the recent entry 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and every other action blockbuster since. It's an immersive experience because you watch it and feel everything that is going on; whether it's involving a character moment or a set piece, it creates a memorable experience.

This film is a sequel to 'Mad Max' (1979) and takes place in Australia after a World War III. Oil and gasoline aren't around which cause motorists and bikers to knock each other off for few drops of fuel. Max (Mel Gibson) is traveling the wastelands in an unending search for gasoline.

Several car chases develop, people get killed, cars get smashed and Max soon finds himself against a group of sadistic nomads decked out in mo-hawks, chains, guns and powerful vehicles. Led there by gunpoint by a sarcastic loner played by Bruce Spence, Max gets shown an oil producing encampment that contains all the nutrients for his vehicle- just about every means of fuel under the sun.

There's only two problems. The first problem is that these rogues that Max is against saw the refinery first and are hell bent on killing all of its inhabitants in order to get their fuel sources. The second problem is that once Max gets in the compound, the people don't want him there; they want nothing to do with him.

In fact, they kick him (by gun and knife point) off the grounds. That soon changes by extremely violent circumstances as Max strikes a deal with the inhabitants to help them escape. During all of this, Max soon has a admirer which is a wild kid (Emil Minty) who has a bear claw and boomerang that does some interesting damage in the first section of the movie. Although the plot is a little thin, it's redeemed by Gibson's understated performance (including a minimum of dialogue) and its breathtaking action scenes.

George Miller's direction is masterly executed and is a cinematic experience for film goers who enjoy, or expect more, from the R-rated genre movies of the 1980s. It's bigger, louder, and faster than its predecessor, with a higher budget and epic car chases, and prolonged set pieces that are even more visceral than Mad Max's. The action feels painful, scary, and has consequences if the survivors that are fighting make a wrong move.

Thus, 'Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior' is the landmark action movie that resulted in two more sequels, has had a cultural impact on the apocalyptic genre, and has become one of the greatest action movies of all time.

#MadMax #MadMax2 #TheRoadWarrior
#MelGibson #80sMovies #Movies
#ActionFilm #SciFi #SciFiFilm
#PostApocalypticFilm #PostApocalypticFiction
#Onthisday #MovieReview
#MadMax2_35ThAnniversary___

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2017-05-21 03:23:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Even with the video getting international attention and outrage mounting that this took place on U.S. soil against peaceful U.S. citizens exercising their constitutional right to demonstrate, Donald Trump has remained silent.

Even with the video getting international attention and outrage mounting that this took place on U.S. soil against peaceful U.S. citizens exercising their constitutional right to demonstrate, Donald Trump has remained silent.___

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2017-05-21 00:13:52 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Remember when Trump thought an American president shouldn't bow before a Saudi king?

Trump Just CURTSIED Before The Saudi King [VIDEO] - Joe.My.God. http://www.joemygod.com/2017/05/20/trump-just-curtsied-saudi-king-video/ -via Flynx___Remember when Trump thought an American president shouldn't bow before a Saudi king?

2017-05-21 00:02:39 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

How do movie theater owners project how many copies of each movie they need? Let's say your theater has 16 screens. How do you decide whether to reserve 3 screens or 5 screens for the new movie? How do you decide whether to have 15 showtimes per day or 25 per day? You can easily have too many showtimes or too few, without room to adjust on the fly. 

How do movie theater owners project how many copies of each movie they need? Let's say your theater has 16 screens. How do you decide whether to reserve 3 screens or 5 screens for the new movie? How do you decide whether to have 15 showtimes per day or 25 per day? You can easily have too many showtimes or too few, without room to adjust on the fly. ___

2017-05-20 23:51:00 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

For some strange reason, my local theater opted for additional showings of King Arthur instead of Alien: Covenant. They have about 20 screenings of KA versus 7 for AC. I don't know why they even thought KA would be a contender for this weekend. It opened well below expectations last weekend, not even getting $15 million on a budget of $145 million. 

For some strange reason, my local theater opted for additional showings of King Arthur instead of Alien: Covenant. They have about 20 screenings of KA versus 7 for AC. I don't know why they even thought KA would be a contender for this weekend. It opened well below expectations last weekend, not even getting $15 million on a budget of $145 million. ___

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2017-05-20 22:50:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

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2017-05-20 17:10:39 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

We don't dispute the facts but we do take issue with the fact they became known.

___We don't dispute the facts but we do take issue with the fact they became known.

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2017-05-20 17:07:58 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Much simpler times....

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2017-05-20 15:14:48 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

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2017-05-20 02:30:03 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner 'person of interest in Russia investigation' 

Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner 'person of interest in Russia investigation' ___

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2017-05-20 02:29:18 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

What. A. Clot.

What. A. Clot.___

2017-05-20 02:18:05 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

My state's forestry commission is having to lay off 50 firefighters due to state budget cuts. They're "hoping" it won't affect their ability to monitor and fight forest fires. I have a feeling this will not end well. Tax dollars matter. 

My state's forestry commission is having to lay off 50 firefighters due to state budget cuts. They're "hoping" it won't affect their ability to monitor and fight forest fires. I have a feeling this will not end well. Tax dollars matter. ___

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2017-05-20 01:47:24 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

On this day:
At 19th May of 1984, the final episode of "Fantasy Island" aired on ABC. "Fantasy Island" is an American television series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company network from 1977 to 1984. The series starred Ricardo Montalbán as Mr. Roarke, the enigmatic overseer of a mysterious island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, where people from all walks of life could come and live out their fantasies, albeit for a price. Roarke was known for his white suit and cultured demeanor, and was initially accompanied by an energetic sidekick, Tattoo (played by Hervé Villechaize).

Fantasy Island is a place where all of your wildest dreams can come true, but the lesson at the heart of the series is to be careful what you wish for. Even the most innocent fantasies can quickly turn sour in a hurry and have you begging for the fantasy to stop.more »

On this day:
At 19th May of 1984, the final episode of "Fantasy Island" aired on ABC. "Fantasy Island" is an American television series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company network from 1977 to 1984. The series starred Ricardo Montalbán as Mr. Roarke, the enigmatic overseer of a mysterious island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, where people from all walks of life could come and live out their fantasies, albeit for a price. Roarke was known for his white suit and cultured demeanor, and was initially accompanied by an energetic sidekick, Tattoo (played by Hervé Villechaize).

Fantasy Island is a place where all of your wildest dreams can come true, but the lesson at the heart of the series is to be careful what you wish for. Even the most innocent fantasies can quickly turn sour in a hurry and have you begging for the fantasy to stop.

Mr. Roarke is the owner of the wonderful Fantasy Island, where rich and poor folks alike visit in order to fulfill their greatest fantasies. The fee for living out your fantasy is fifty thousand dollars, but Mr. Roarke is always willing to make exceptions for particularly interesting fantasies. He lives in the luxurious resort on the island with his assistant Tattoo, whose primary job is to ring the bell and announce when the next plane of tourists is arriving. Once he completes that job, he’s free to go around wooing the ladies and exchange some lighthearted sidekick conversation with Mr. Roarke.

"Fantasy Island" started its life as a series as a mid season replacement, but the series was preceded by two full-length TV movies: Fantasy Island and Return To Fantasy Island. The original feature is almost an entirely different show in tone. Whereas the series always features happy endings and the characters always become better people, the original movie is much darker. In this feature, Mr. Roarke is willing to indulge more sinister fantasies that may end up backfiring on the guests.

The original Fantasy Island film follows the fantasies of three guests. Arnold Greenwood wants to relive his World War II romance with an American dancer. Paul Henley is an expert hunter who has made his reputation stalking dangerous game in the plains of Africa. His ultimate fantasy is to be hunted for sport by the greatest hunters in the world, but his fantasy is based more on guilt than on sport, transforming the exercise from hunting and into elaborate suicide. In the last fantasy, Eunice Baines fakes her own death and holds a funeral for herself in order to see what her relatives really think about her. Unbeknownst to her, one of the relatives knows that funeral is a phony and intends to use the opportunity to kill Eunice for real.

The darker tone of this feature makes the show feel like more of a suspense anthology than the cheerful pap it would transform into. This Mr. Roarke doesn’t feel obligated to give everyone a happy ending; he simply makes everyone’s greatest fantasy come true. Whether or not the fantasy results in a gruesome end for the guest is of no concern to him. The success of the original feature lead to Return To Fantasy Island and a transition away from the original darker premise. In this feature Mr. Roarke is still a little tricky in his methods, but all his machinations are designed to teach the guests an inner truth about themselves and give them a happy ending.

The rest of the series follows a standard formula. Two guests arrive, often played by B-list stars of the 1970s, and Mr. Roarke gives them their fantasy. Halfway through the fantasy, each guest is faced with a crossroads and becomes hesitant about continuing onward. Some even ask for Mr. Roarke to end the fantasy, but that option is not available on Fantasy Island. The guests will ultimately make a decision based on principle and end up learning something about themselves that they’ll take with them even after the fantasy is over.

It’s up to Ricardo Montalban and Herve Villechaize to carry the show. The characters of Mr. Roarke and Tattoo are primarily used as framing devices, but there relationship between the two is a great source of comedy. The show makes liberal use of a few running gags, even referencing brief conversations from the original movie. Villechaize is a great comic foil for the elegant machismo Montalban exudes and makes all the segments featuring the two worth sticking around for.

The big mystery in Fantasy Island is the exact nature of Mr. Roarke. Is he just an eccentric billionaire or something much more ? As Tattoo elegantly puts it, "Some think he’s from (points upwards), some think he’s from (points downwards)." Mr. Roarke’s nature in the original movie makes it seem like either of those statements could be true, but his actions in the regular series definitely push his nature in the direction of the divine.

With just a snap of the fingers Mr. Roarke can alter the trajectory of baseballs, teleport jackrabbits and make Tattoo’s magic tricks backfire. The show could have had a much more interesting dynamic by keeping Mr. Roarke’s true motives and nature more of a mystery but chose to take it in a more lighthearted direction. The revival of the show in 1998 with Malcolm McDowell as Mr. Roarke took this direction and the "be careful what you wish for" theme, but it was not long for this world.

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It fascinates me how there are some people I've met and it was immediately apparent they had spent some time in the military and there are others who put in as much time or more but don't have any type of military aura about them at all. I haven't figured out how this works. In my own family, my father clearly has the military aura around him, but my uncle who served longer and saw combat has none of that aura. ___

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It seems Trump was really concerned about the Russia investigation and he felt that firing Comey took that pressure off. What does he fear? 

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#AYKM The bill makes the head of the Copyright Office, the Register of Copyrights, a presidential appointment that would have to be confirmed by the Senate, rather than an appointment by the Librarian of Congress, as it has been since 1870. The bill also limits the position of Librarian of Congress to a ten-year term.

#AYKM The bill makes the head of the Copyright Office, the Register of Copyrights, a presidential appointment that would have to be confirmed by the Senate, rather than an appointment by the Librarian of Congress, as it has been since 1870. The bill also limits the position of Librarian of Congress to a ten-year term.___

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