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Monday, June 7, 2010

Gladiator Burial Ground?

The skeletons at this site in York, England, are decapitated -- a key clue to archaeologists that this might be a cemetery for Roman gladiators.

What may be a Gladiator graveyard from Ancient Roman occupation has been unearthed in England. The story ran on NPR's All Things Considered this afternoon:

Lost films shed light on Hollywood Histroy

Clara Bow (left) and Ethel Shannon in 1923's 'Maytime.'
75 films found in vault, classics including early John Ford film, Clara Bowe starrer,  Mabel Norman 

Only 20% of the films produced in America before 1929 survive in complete form. Yet Americans went to films once a week and often daily between 1910 and 1929. Movies were big and until Radio took off, the primary form of entertainment and information for most Americans. True there were plenty of readers, but they put down their books and magazines to enjoy the moving pictures.

Women as well as man, were superstars; by percentage of population they were far more popular than todays largest megastar!

"Upstream" by John Ford, 1929, was thought lost. Now most of the film has been thanks to a projectionist attic and basement. For the first time in nearly 80 years will be screened in New York this fall.

Researched discovered "a time capsule of American Film" of the 19 teens and twenties.

The New Zealand Film Archive and the National Film Preservation Foundation have struck a partnership to preserve the films over the next three years in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, George Eastman House, Library of Congress, Museum of Modern Art and UCLA Film and Television Archive. Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox are also helping with the restoration of titles from their libraries. Just a few of the titles are described below, with additional at the "Variety" link below.

Won in a Closet,' directed by and starring Mabel Normand.

"Won in a Closet" (Keystone Film Company, 1914), the first surviving movie directed by and starring Mabel Normand

Lois Weber, who had two early films in the vault,  was up there with DW Griffith and Cecil B Demille. She made films on birth control, poverty, drug abuse, women's issues, war and the relationships between men and women.

"The Woman Hater" (Power Picture Plays, 1910), a one-reel comedy starring serial queen Pearl White, the most popular female star in America for most of decade.

"The Girl Stage Driver" (Éclair-Universal, 1914), an early Western filmed in Tucson, Arizona. American-made Westerns were in demand by movie audiences around the globe and helped establish the United States as the major film-exporting nation by the late 1910s.

"Lyman Howe's Ride on a Runaway Train" (Lyman H. Howe Films, 1921), a thrill-packed short entertainment that was accompanied by sound discs which survive at the Library of Congress. It may have beee the first "sound" motion picture.

"The Active Life of Dolly of the Dailies," Episode 5, "The Chinese Fan" (Edison Manufacturing Co., 1914). In this episode of the famous serial (previously entirely lost in the United States), ace woman reporter Dolly Desmond, played by Mary Fuller, rescues the editor's daughter from kidnappers and gets the scoop. In the early 1910s, on-going serial narratives starring intrepid heroines lured female moviegoers back to the theater week after week

Harper selected by Washington Nationals in major league baseball draft

CSN Cayote Baseball Superstar Bryce Harper, 17, who left high school after two years, has been called the LeBron James of baseball.

 Bryce Harper was selected by the Washington Nationals today with the No. 1 overall pick in the major league baseball draft. Harper, who attended Las Vegas High School and the College of Southern Nevada, is the first Las Vegas native to be the top draft pick in any major professional sport. He has played mostly catcher during his career, but the Nationals are expected to move him to the outfield. Speculation is Harper could get a bigger deal than last year's No. 1 overall pick, Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who signed a record-breaking $15.1 million, four-year contract.

-Las Vegas Review Journal

More details from the Las Vegas Sun.

Fox Sports has an interview with Bryce: click here.

More Fox coverage and video: click here.

Wikipedia,including statts, on Bryce: click here.

Images: click here.

The Dame of the Press Corp resigns under presure

Helen Thomas, the 89-year-old veteran White House correspondent, will retire effective immediately in the wake of her offensive comments on Israel.

"Helen Thomas announced Monday that she is retiring, effective immediately," a Hearst Newspapers statement said. "Her decision came after her controversial comments about Israel and the Palestinians were captured on videotape and widely disseminated on the Internet."

Thomas, who transitioned from reporter to columnist in recent years but kept her front-row seat at White House briefings, had come under fire for her statement that Israel should "get the hell out of Palestine" and that Jews in Israeli should return to Germany, Poland, or the US.

Thomas apologized for the comments, saying:
"I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon."

The White House Monday called Thomas' remarks "offensive and reprehensible."

"Helen Thomas' comments were indefensible and the White House Correspondents Association board firmly dissociates itself from them," the WHCA said in a statement. "Many in our profession who have known Helen for years were saddened by the comments, which were especially unfortunate in light of her role as a trail blazer on the White House beat."

The WHCA statement added that the incident "does revive the issue of whether it is appropriate for an opinion columnist to have a front row seat in the WH briefing room." –Huffington Post

New Generation iPhone faster, crisper, and gives Face Time, Downside Advertising and AT&T Rate packages.

iPhone IV was revealed today in San Francisco.

It's innovative, attractive, and 

ahead of its competition

In comparison, 

previous iPhone upgrades seem 

inconsequential--that's how much iPhone 4

brings to the table. 

-PC World

Apple has this promotional video:

To step through the major features, including lower price point, see the Huffington Post gallary of stills and links.

National Public Radio coverage on All Things Considered:

Advertising now a part of the Ap Experience.

The phone is:

Thinner than the current iPhone. It is the thinnest and one of the lightest weight smart phones on the market.

The screen is the highest resolution on the market for any smartphone or portable multi-task divice.

Stronger than other phones. It is made of a custom stainless steel frame and glass engineered to be 20 times stronger than the previous plastic, plus fused to the image to eliminate light refraction.

It has "Facetime" a video phone and conferencing feature that uses both the front and back cameras interchangeably. See and talk with friends, family, business associates.

It has high definition camera on front and back, for self portraits video conferencing (Video chat). You can broadcast images live from either camera, or capture them and edit on the phone using iMovie. So it is an HD video camera with HD edit for stills and video.

And the camera has a flash!

The A4 processor is the fastest on the market, and conserves energy.

It has a battery with 20% more talk time, plus companion light weight fast charger and external batteries.

You an read iBooks, view movies, store and view photos, access your home or office desktop, and more.

Many iPad applications work on the new phone.

It has multi-tasking. You can do more than one thing at a time. You can also create folders for like applications, scroll applications, and interface most applications.

For the first time every you can thread e-mail, including combining e-mail from multiple accounts.

But AT&;T limited Data plan also kicks in (which is a downer, but applies to all smart phones though AT&T not just the iPhone)...and we will all have to get use to advertising being a part our iAp experience.

Is it just me or is there too much advertising and time spent by sitting through ads? Life is too short for all these commercial interruptions. Apple says it will allow for more innovative applications at no or low cost.

For additional information and links please hit continue.

RJ reverses stand on Bailouts to sell politicians and papers

LV Journal Review reports The RJ was For the bailouts before they were Against them. Also, the paper has now sued 34 websites for posting their stories.

Always ask why any media, or any individual, says what they say and the context. There is no such thing as non-bias news. 

 On request I will provide a pfd of a scholarly research paper that explains why people have different views of event and the world around them and how those perceptions change without being aware of the change.

Remembering Larry Wilson

June 7, 2008 Larry Wilson Sr.

Saturday June 7, 2008

Laura’s dad passed away this morning of leukemia. He was 82, and would have turned 83 August 16th, the day after my mom’s birthday.

If I can get off of my  jobs, the college and KNPR, we will fly to a service in Washington State later this week.

Larry was the type of man who could make anyone feel better, with this long stories, jokes, salesman’s sense of timing. He could be short, because when his mind moved on to something else so did he. He would walk by a Trivial Pursuit game and know the answer, even to the hardest question. To say he was well read would be an understatement, in fact yet another book deliver arrived for Larry while Laura’s brother Tim was on the phone with her. History was his passion, but he could read about and talk about almost anything.

Laura was his favorite, as first-born and for many other reasons. He was there for her, at least in his latter years. He would spend most of his hours away from home as she was growing up, as a milkman and then a real estate salesman who was peddling Apple Valley to those who lived in Los Angeles and were seeking resort like escape for the common man (boy has that town changed).

We celebrated my 50th and his 80th birthday together on a board on Lake Mead. We had a birthday dinner in Washington State for our 52nd and 82nd birthdays.

I would tell people you cannot feel old when you celebrate your birthday with a father-in-law within one week of being thirty years older than you are.

Now he is gone.

First published June 7, 2008