Montserrat Caballé: Spanish soprano’s funeral takes place

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Opt-out organ donation ‘in place by 2020’ for England

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Street Signs: Moscow’s Coolest Skaters Have a New Place to Shop

MOSCOW — Signaling the vibrancy of the local skateboard scene — and a rebounding Russian retail market — upstart brand Paccbet has opened its first freestanding store here.
The 1,600-square-foot unit is called Oktyabr: the name echos the Oktyabrskaya subway station where Moscow skaters congregate to improve their skills – and check out each others’ gear – under a monumental statue of Lenin.

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Paccbet founder Tolia Titaev, 24, hopes Oktyabr – which he bills as the first multi-brand skateboarding store in Moscow – will become another key meeting point for the local scene. In addition to Paccbet, the Russian word for sunrise, the unit carries such brands as F—ing Awesome, Dime, Awake, Stussy and Carharrt. Oktyabr also carries Russian Absurd, which Titaev cooked up with local skating hero Gosha Konushev, who will lead a group of boarders sponsored by Oktyabr.
“I always wanted to do something for Russian skateboarding. I wanted to tell the world that the Russian scene is strong and our youth is buzzing and is willing to do things,” said Titaev, who established Paccbet in 2016 under the tutelage of his friend Gosha Rubchinskiy, the new ringleader of the Russian fashion scene and

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Sony posts whole movie on YouTube in trailer’s place

Khali the Killer was online for more than six hours before the film’s upload was deleted.
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The Good Place Season 3 Scoop: “You Will Be Messed With”

Kristen Bell, The Good Place finaleThe Good Place is not averse to changing things up. Just look at the season one finale…and then the twist in the season two finale.
The second season ender transported some of the…

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Sarah Paulson Hides in a Box After Getting Scared Again on Ellen: ‘Worst Place on Earth’

If Ellen DeGeneres promises not to scare you on TV… don’t believe her.

The latest celebrity to fall victim to DeGeneres’ favorite talk show stunt is Sarah Paulson. While appearing on Ellen Monday to promote the upcoming Ocean’s 8, Paulson was skittish from the moment she sat down. (She was spooked no less than three times during her last appearance on the show.)

“The coast is clear — so far,” said Paulson, 43, after apprehensively checking out the hollow coffee table between the two chairs, which someone typically jumps out of in the middle of interviews to scare guests.

“I did ask for this mirror so I could check behind me at any chance,” she added, joking that she had considered conducting the entire interview facing the other way to make sure no one surprised her from backstage.

And while DeGeneres, 60, vowed she had no plans to scare the American Horror Story star, she couldn’t help but break her promise during a hilarious game of “5 Second Rule,” arranging for a staff member dressed as a clown (one of Paulson’s biggest fears) to jump out of the podium for another priceless fright.

“This is the worst place on earth,” called out Paulson, who promptly sought refuge in the hollow box. “I’m not coming out!”

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Andrisen Morton Puts Succession Plan in Place

Andrisen Morton, Denver’s premier men’s store, has put a plan in motion that is intended to ensure its survival well into the future.
Over the next four years, Craig Andrisen, who founded the store with David Morton nearly 40 years ago, will transition into a different role within the company. And Lindsay Morton, David’s daughter, who has worked with Andrisen in a buying capacity at the business for the past decade, will take over his role.
“This is about brand perpetuation,” said David Morton. “Neither Craig nor I are 30 years old anymore and we wanted to keep the business going.” Lindsay Morton is the only second-generation family member in the company, he said, so it made sense for her to take on a larger role. “She’ll be heading the next generation of leadership,” her father said.
David Morton said he will continue to be involved after the four-year transition period when Andrisen is expected to focus full-time on running the company’s Peter Millar stores. Andrisen Morton has operated the Peter Millar store in the Cherry Creek North development in Denver since 2015 as well as a unit at the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, which opened last year.
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Cardi B Thinks Social Media Is the “Most Disgusting Place” and Driving Stars Into “Insanity”

Cardi B, SNL, Saturday Night LiveSocial media isn’t all what it’s cracked up to be, according to Cardi B.
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Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 Takes Place Around the World

While a portion of Marvel Studios’ sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming will take place in New York, that won’t be the film’s only setting.

In an interview with io9, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed the movie will take place around the globe. Feige said one of the reasons they’re shooting the sequel in London rather than Atlanta (like they did for the first movie) is because it’s set around the world.

“We shoot a lot of films in London but there’s another reason we’re shooting in London which is, yes, Spidey, of course, will spend some time in New York, but he’ll spend some time in other parts of the globe,” he explained.

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The Surprising Place Olivia Wilde Wears Cannabis Oil

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Comedy Central Imagines The Sound Engineer For ‘A Quiet Place’

“The most challenging sound to make? Silence.”
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‘A Quiet Place’ Looks to Make Noise at Weekend Box Office

While sci-fi epics and action-adventures have dominated theaters over the past few months, two fresh genres are looking to shake things up at the domestic box office. Horror thriller “A Quiet Place” and R-rated comedy “Blockers” are expected to have solid openings this weekend, with the former likely to take the crown. Paramount Pictures’ “A […]

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The Breast Place to Pump in ATL with Mamava & Zappos

Click to subscribe: http://zps.to/SubscribeZappos Pumpin’ ain’t easy, especially while traveling or on the move. Zappos and Mamava know this all too well so they have teamed up to make breastfeeding just a little bit brighter and provide a moment of solitude.

On February 11 Zappos will extended it’s award-winning customer service to jetsetting mothers by installing six lux Mamava nursing pods in the Atlanta International airport.

Nursing moms definitely deserve some extra TLC, and there’s something for every booby in these Zappos pods with:

Lactation pad dispensers (to prevent any #SpilledMilk)
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Facebook ‘no place’ for young children

More than 100 child health experts are urging Facebook to withdraw an app aimed at under-13s.
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The Look: A Place for Us to Skate

Unity is a queer skateboarding collective in California, designed as a haven from the sometimes-hostile environment the sport has fostered.
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Health Help Donated to The Care Place in Douglasville, GA by Charles Myrick of ACRX

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Where Melo found his ‘happy place’ during a summer of Knicks drama

Less than a mile from Madison Square Garden, at a small gym overlooking the Hudson River, Carmelo Anthony found peace during the most trying offseason of his 14-year career.
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Scene Stealers: Welcome to the Campiest Place on Earth

“I don’t know how corporate would react if they knew I was moonlighting as a mermaid,” said one of the hired swimmers at the Sip ‘n Dip tiki bar.
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Maria Cornejo Fetes Book at Melrose Place Boutique

Maria Cornejo traveled to the West Coast to celebrate the release of her first book “Maria Cornejo: Zero 1997-2017+” on Tuesday night. Marisa Tomei, Mallery Roberts Morgan, Madeline Stuart, Sylvia Chivaratanond and April Uchitel hosted the signing and cocktail celebration at her Los Angeles boutique on Melrose Place.

Maria Cornejo signs her book at her Melrose Place boutique. 

“It was coming up to 20 years and I thought it was very important to have a record, especially of the early years that really were the heart and soul of what it is,” said Cornejo. “It was an amazing way to archive and I was the only one who knew everything. It was also to refocus the company and what it was about and to get the energy back.”
Cornejo has worked with her husband and daughter for years. “Especially my husband in the beginning, a lot of the spirit and creative we started together in the [New York] space, which was never meant to be a fashion store. It was meant to be a gallery,” she said.
She asked fashion writers Nicole Phelps, Tim Black and Jerry Stafford to write the words, noting, “I especially wanted Nicole to write it from a woman’s point

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Jameela Jamil: How The Good Place star got so lucky

The former T4 presenter on how she “blagged” a Hollywood role in sitcom The Good Place.
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Taylor Swift Goes to a Darker Place: Discuss

Her new single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” is defined by her hardening view of others. The song sets a mood for her sixth album, due in November.
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BT says its newly-independent broadband division can provide coverage to all households by 2022.
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Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn Go Under Cover While Heading to the Gym: They’re in a ”Happy Place” and ”Doing Great”

Taylor Swift, Joe AlwynTaylor Swift and Joe Alwyn made a rare appearance together!
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Balmain Opens First West Coast Flagship, on L.A.’s Melrose Place

LOS ANGELES — Balmain today opens its first West Coast flagship, at 8421 Melrose Place in West Hollywood. The 2,400-square-foot, one-story boutique will be the first freestanding store to house the complete offering from the recently relaunched accessories line, as well as the brand’s men’s, women’s and kid’s clothing collections.
The Los Angeles unit will also feature design elements of the new store concept, which is still “a work in progress,” according to chief executive officer Massimo Piombini. The fully realized retail concept will make its debut next year at a location that has yet to be determined.
“For as long as I can remember, Los Angeles has always been this incredible source of dreams and inspiration. Pop culture actually made me fall in love with the city even before I had set foot in it,” said Olivier Rousteing, Balmain’s creative director. “Later, my California friends introduced me to the singular lifestyle, relaxed glamour and exhilarating openness, diversity and freedom that one finds there, and that intoxicating West Coast spirit has been reflected in my collections. So, in many ways coming to L.A. is almost as much as a homecoming as the opening of a new flagship.” Rousteing and Piombini will celebrate the

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Books of The Times: ‘To the New Owners,’ About a Summer Place (Too) Well Loved

The journalist and author Madeleine Blais writes of having to sell a family home on Martha’s Vineyard and swallowing hard.
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Melrose Place Turns 25: An Ode to the Greatest Wig Reveal in TV History

Marcia Cross, Melrose PlaceWhen Melrose Place debuted on 25 years ago on July 8, 1992, it was–well, it was boring.
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Blossom Première Vision Continues to Carve Its Place

PARIS — Blossom Première Vision is carving out a niche on the Paris trade fair circuit with its edited selection of weavers and leather manufacturers showing at the Palais Brongniart, the former stock exchange in central Paris, on July 4 and 5.
Now in its third edition, buyers praised the timing of the show, which allows them to begin to gather inspiration for pre-selections before the summer break, while exhibitors lauded the busiest edition yet.
“The dates are great because we can start work on pre-fall before the summer,” said Sarah Missakian, head of collections for Joseph. “The main PV show, in September, will already be too late for that,” she said.
“Right from the opening of the show we have felt a true energy, much more than at the first two editions,” said Eve Corrigan, president of Malhia Kent. “We’ve had back-to-back appointments, which wasn’t the case for the first two editions. Visitors are arriving with real creative ideas, and they are concentrated on what they want. The dates are good, given how the seasons are getting more and more advanced.”
International visitors accounted for 20 percent of traffic, compared with 17 percent a year ago. Italian visitors more than tripled, notably, accounting for

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U.S. Sets New Air Security Measures in Place of Broad Laptop Ban

The Department of Homeland Security mandated new security measures for airlines flying to the U.S., stepping back from a broader ban on traveling with laptops.
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Matchesfashion.com Poised to Open Town House on London’s Carlos Place

LONDON — In its 30th anniversary year, Matchesfashion.com is on the move, with plans to open a second private town house at 5 Carlos Place near Mount Street in Mayfair.
The 5,000-square-foot building spans six floors and was formerly the showroom and sales space for jeweler Solange Azagury-Partridge, who has since moved to a smaller store in Bayswater.
It’s the second town house space for Matchesfashion: The first, known as No. 23, opened seven years ago in London’s Marylebone and the Georgian building is used to host events and service VIP customers by appointment.
Real estate sources estimate that Matchesfashion will be paying about 600,000 pounds, or $ 776,200, a year to lease the building from property owners the Grosvenor Estate.
The town house concept has become core to Matchesfashion.com’s growth strategy, a retail pillar that stands alongside the brand’s web site and the five brick-and-mortar stores it operates across London. Matchesfashion’s owners Tom and Ruth Chapman have always seen it as a social space where they can offer personalized service to their heavy-spending customers.
“It’s for clients who, for whatever reason, don’t want to shop in a store,” Tom Chapman told WWD’s Retail 2020 forum last month. “We use it to engage it with high-value existing customers,

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Jared Kushner Went To Iraq And Couldn’t Have Looked More Out Of Place

Jared Kushner is something of a Renaissance man ― he’s President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, chief negotiator, infrastructure guy, opioid crisis point-man, and now, apparently, Middle East policy specialist.

During a brief jaunt to Iraq earlier this week, photographers snapped Kushner checking in on the government happenings: flak jacket, blazer, khakis and all.

And Twitter had a LOT to say about the flak jacket/blazer combo:

It’s unclear why Trump thought Kushner was the best person to handle this particular job, seeing as he has zero foreign policy experience, but no matter!

Because Kushner is a key foreign policy adviser and the point-person in charge of helping to secure Israeli-Palestinian peace, we have these quirky photos for the internet to make fun commentary about!

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Boucheron Renovates Place Vendôme Flagship

A JEWEL OF A BUILDING: Boucheron’s historic Paris flagship, a mansion located at 26 Place Vendôme, is about to get a renovation. Kering, Boucheron’s parent company, has filed for a building permit at Paris City Hall, and the project will be led by Michel Goutal, chief architect for historic monuments.
The renovation is timed to Boucheron’s 160th anniversary. The Place Vendôme maison hasn’t always been the brand’s home, but it has resided there since 1893, when founder Frédéric Boucheron chose the location, originally named Hôtel la Nocé. The idea is to highlight and preserve the building’s historic architecture, while complying with Kering’s commitment to environmental standards.
The site of scaffolding will be familiar to those familiar with Place Vendôme. Maintaining one of of Paris’ most beautiful and historic squares requires upkeep, especially in recent years. The Ritz Hotel reopened last year after a four-year renovation that coincided with the restoration of the Colonne Vendôme, the plaza’s centerpiece, which was also financed by the Ritz. The 145-foot column was built in 1810 as a military tribute to Napoleon I. The luxury plaza famed for jewelers and watchmakers is also home to Chanel, Chaumet, Dior, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Lorenz Bäumer, Louis Vuitton, Repossi, Breguet and Van Cleef &

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Modern Love: Pushed Into the Future When Illness Strikes (in an Unlikely Place)

After contracting a rare case of the mumps as an adult, a man receives bad news about his fertility.
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Matt Elam’s arrest secures his place as Ravens’ worst first-round pick

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

The Good Place Renewed for Season 2, So Here Are 5 Reasons You Need to Watch This Series Right Now

The Good Place, Kristen BellNow this is some forking great news: NBC has renewed The Good Place for a second season. The comedy, which hails from Parks and Recreation co-creator Mike Schur and stars Kristen Bell and Ted…

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The X-Files: Deal Nearly in Place for More Episodes

After its ratings success in 2016, The X-Files is almost certainly returning for more episodes, though the deal still needs to be finalized with series creator Chris Carter and stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

Asked about doing more X-Files episodes at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour today, FOX’s President, Entertainment, David Madden said, “We hope so. There’s a lot of conversations going on. These conversations are complex, but we hope to be able to announce something shortly.”

EW also reported that Madden revealed that they were originally hoping to officially announce more episodes today, but the deals weren’t completed in time.

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Selena Gomez Reunites With Her Wizards of Waverly Place Co-Star and Contemplates a Revival

Selena Gomez, Wizards of Waverly Place ReunionNow, this is a magical reunion.
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Eva Amurri Reveals Her Night Nurse Dropped Son and Cracked His Skull: ‘I’m in an Emotionally Bad Place’

Eva Amurri Martino is not staying silent about her concerns that she may be suffering from depression.

In a blog post shared on her website HappilyEvaAfter.com, the mother of two — daughter Marlowe Mae, 2, and son Major James, 3 months — opened up about her difficult end to the year.

“A couple of days after Thanksgiving, our Night Nurse fell asleep while holding Major and dropped him, and he cracked his head on the hardwood floor,” Amurri Martino, 31, said. “Kyle and I were sleeping at the time and were awoken by the sound of his head hitting the floor, and then hysterical piercing screams. He suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on his brain, and was transported by ambulance to Yale Medical Center where I spent two harrowing days with him to receive emergency care and further testing. To say these were the most traumatic and anxious two days of my life is an understatement.”

Susan Sarandon‘s daughter shares Major and Marlowe with husband and 36 Hours host Kyle Martino. And while her harrowing experience was terribly traumatic, she said she’s lucky her son was not seriously injured.

“But here’s the good part: by the grace of all of his many angels, and every God one cares to pray to, MAJOR IS FINE. Completely fine,” she wrote. “He has been healing well, hitting milestones, cooing, smiling, and generally showing us that he is and will be ok as he grows and develops.”

Amurri Martino also expressed concern about telling the world her story, and feared people might be judgmental of her for not taking care of her son during the night.

“Let me tell you– the guilt I bore in the days and weeks after this accident was more intense and more damaging than anything I would wish upon my worst enemy,” she said. “I wept in the hospital, telling anyone who would listen that it should have been me. That I was to blame.”

“And even though I finally made peace with the fact that this freak accident could not have been avoided by me, it has continued to effect me to my core and in all aspects of my daily life.”

But Amurri Martino assured readers that she can no longer handle anyone but herself taking care of her children.

“It’s nearly impossible for me to trust anyone but myself to take care of Major now,” she wrote, adding that she no longer has help during the night and takes care of her son on her own. “Hearing Major cry hard immediately triggers my memories of the moments after the accident and instigates an immediate panic attack– my heart races and tears spring to my eyes.

She went on to say that she sometimes gets dizzy spells, and often feels overwhelmed and nauseous. Her appetite “has decreased to nothing” and she has been having a difficult time sleeping. She said she realized she was “not okay” when her daughter Marlowe fell while they were at a playground.

“Within ten minutes she was totally fine and normal– but I stood there while Kyle held me, sobbing and shaking, while my scared two year old watched,” she recalled. “I think I need to take some things off of my plate. It’s time to really face this all and find a solution.”

Amurri Martino added that she believes she is dealing with “some form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, possibly linked to some form of Postpartum Depression.” She also said she is seeking help from a therapist to deal with the trauma.

“I have somehow retained a lot of optimism and humor through these challenges, and there have been many moments in the past month where I have found silver linings in the day– but the storm under the surface has been brewing to a point that I can no longer ignore.”

And for her New Year’s resolution, Amurri Martino wrote that she hopes for a more smooth year overall.

“With open arms, I welcome 2017 as the year I learn to forgive a little deeper, to let go a little more easily, to accept some things I cannot change, and to love myself a lot more unconditionally.”


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A Place in Italy

A Place in Italy


‘You can’t go and live there,’ a despairing friend remarked, ‘it’s not even in Rome.’ And it certainly wasn’t, but still the author and his wife went to Avea, tucked away amongst the woods and gorges of the Lazio countryside. There they found no Colosseum, or Pantheon; there were no Ferraris racing around the Palazzi Navona, Venezia or Farnese. Instead they discovered the true agony and beauty of Italy: the instinctive warmth of the Avea villagers, the camorra, Little Tony – Italy’s answer to Elvis – the elegant and sophisticated Colasanti family and a landlord like no other, Pippo, the self-styled Duca di Avea. This is not a story of the high culture of Italy’s big cities, instead of how two foreigners learned to eat the Italian way, drive the Italian way, survive the Italian way – even to have a child the Italian way – and how in doing it they came to love this hidden corner of the most visited and least understood country in Europe.

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New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez runs after hitting a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park on Friday, April 29, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Alex Rodriguez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by the New York Yankees because of a strained right hamstring. The injury occurred Tuesday night while Rodriguez was running out a grounder in the fifth inning of a loss to the Orioles. Afterward, Rodriguez said ”it wasn’t a big pop” and expressed hope that he could avoid the disabled list.



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Kim Kardashian’s Latest Nude Photo Shoot Took Place in the Desert (NSFW)

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Carrington Place of Springhill Receive Tribute & Medicine Coupons By Charles Myrick of ACRX

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

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WHEREABOUTS: Stepping Out of Place

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WHEREABOUTS: STEPPING OUT OF PLACE is an anthology of the best nonfiction stories from Outside In Literary & Travel Magazine, an online journal founded in 2011. Editor Brandi Dawn Henderson presents thirty-eight emerging and established global storytellers who share stories discussing what it means to enter a new place; the kinds of worlds that exist to others that we, ourselves, do not experience; and how place and/or circumstance can affect who and how we are. Whether it is the story of a dog musher’s girlfriend, a heavy-metal-loving Marine, an Inner Mongolian lover, or a Mormon missionary living in a dangerous land, this anthology explores the question: Why does anyone take the first step to anywhere he or she doesn’t “belong?

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A Pedagogy of Place

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16 Wedding Photo Outtakes That Deserve A Place In The Album

Picture-perfect wedding photos are great and all, but sometimes it’s the silly shots and goofy mishaps that are the most fun to look at.

 

Below, we present 16 wedding photo outtakes for your amusement.  

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Benet Place Receive Tribute & Health Assistance by Charles Myrick of ACRX

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

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Sweet Surprise Cupcake Place Card/Photo Holder (Set of 4)

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Teyonah Parris Promptly Put An ‘Old Man’ In His Place After He Inappropriately Touched Her Hair

It’s been said so many times, you would think it was common knowledge: Don’t touch a black woman’s hair, or a black man’s hair, or anyone’s hair at that — especially without permission.

Sadly, some people are still grappling with practicing common sense and have to learn some lessons the hard way. That is precisely what happened this week when actress Teyonah Parris was approached by an overzealous stranger who couldn’t keep his hands to himself.

On Monday, the “Mad Men” actress, who usually wears her hair in beautifully elaborate natural styles, was out dining with friends when she said an “old man” approached her and grabbed her hair. Not only did she put the rude man in his place, she also publicly shared the shocking ordeal via her Twitter account.

Here’s a recount of what Parris said happened (our jaws are still on the floor):

H/t The Culture

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Who Picked This Place?

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Choosing Joy in a Selfish Place

“Remember to stop and listen for the birdsong :)”

On a typically busy day, my phone lit up with this text message from my mom while I was running errands. “Ugh, I don’t have time to listen for birdsongs! I have s**t to do!” I thought as I checked the time. My mother is a particularly optimistic person, and in the moment I didn’t have the patience for her optimism. But then I stopped, frowned–is this the person I have become?

The Harvard environment can feel like it breeds negativity. After spending months in hibernation, we emerge from our caves, blinking at this bright orb in the sky. We complain about the dining hall food, the weather, the lack of gender-neutral bathrooms–all of which warrant improvement, to be certain, but when these criticisms linger in our brains for too long they start festering there, hatching other baby complaints. On a campus filled to the brim with people accustomed to analyzing their way to success, this isn’t all that surprising.

But more than negativity, this environment can breed selfishness. Everyone here is overcommitted in some capacity, and it shows in both our G-Cals and our pace of life. The constant busyness is a way of constantly to one-upping one another, even if these obligations make us miserable. And because we are kept so wrapped up in extracurriculars and exams so as to not have a moment’s silence, we have no time to reflect upon the relationships and ideas that matter. We have no time to let significance percolate, to meander through a farmer’s market or visit a library “just because” (or if we do, we post it on social media, thereby externally validating our deviation from the burnout norm). We have no time for the birdsong.

I have noticed a build-up of negativity and selfishness in myself this past year. When I came back in the fall after a semester abroad, I was eager to prioritize catching up with old friends and new, and it seemed like others felt the same. But quickly that optimism and patience waned and I fell victim to the email blackhole, filling up every spare moment with white noise, rather than letting the silence sink in. I realized that there were few moments during the week when I wasn’t 1) starting at a screen, 2) drinking, 3) working out, or 4) sleeping, and that scared me. I allocated my time drastically differently than I had in South America or even at home, where I felt like my eyes were wider and my ears perked in hopes of keener observation. I suppose it was possible to have taken things more slowly, but everyone else’s velocity pressured me to speed up. My parents always told me I would experience peer pressure, but I never thought it would come in the form of “How much work do you have this weekend?”

This idea of dwelling less on the negative has cropped up in many a conversation lately, and is especially important as we transition into the “real” world. Embracing these last couple of weeks is difficult to do if we are constantly criticizing, quantifying the validity of our experiences by counting the number of “likes” on our Instragram photos, rather than internalizing our own happiness. I don’t want my last memories of college to be “filtered,” so to speak, by others’ perceptions.

But in shedding negativity, I am not talking about not being sad, or ignoring mental illness. Quite the opposite. I feel that a good cry and confiding in others is in fact what many of us need, perhaps more often than we’d like to admit. There are too many of us who try to make our lives appear spotless from the outside, despite inner exhaustion or defeat. No, what I am talking about is seeking joy. I am talking about being more present in a place that shoves the future down our throats at every opportunity. I am talking about prioritizing happiness and wholesomeness as something we need to cultivate, something that requires time and prioritization. Hundreds of free s’mores won’t change anything unless we let ourselves and others be still and do things that don’t contribute to our résumé or our online personae. Sometimes we need the constant buzz to subside.

So go on, have a picnic with your friends and don’t worry about having a profound discussion. Try hearing the city, noticing the patterns in the bricks or the clanging sound when somebody steps on a loose manhole cover. Take out your headphones and listen to the world. Maybe there’ll even be a birdsong.

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The Most Beautiful Place in the World

The Most Beautiful Place in the World


Seven-year-old Juan lives in Guatemala, a place of stunning beauty and grim economic reality. Abandoned by his mother, Juan lives with his grandmother and shines shoes. He passionately wants to attend school, but fears Grandmother will say no. Finally gathering his courage, he is surprised when she not only agrees to send him to school but also chides him about the importance of standing up for himself. Juan tells this bittersweet story, which reads smoothly and powerfully on several levels, with warmth and dignity.”-“Booklist.

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Weddingstar 9384-06 Paper Fan Place Card Dark Pink

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  • Las Vegas Themed Place Card Holders

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    “Whooo’s the Cutest” Baby Owl Place Card/Photo Holder (Set of Four Assorted)

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    Tynie’s Place

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    When Investigator Cooper Billings carries Sylvia Huston into the emergency room, her blood saturating his hands and his clothes, she becomes his. He doesn’t care that his partner accuses him of thinking with his dick or that her godfather is his boss, the lieutenant, or that her mother gives him the stink eye when she catches him sleeping next to Sylvia in a hospital bed. Or even that Sylvia vows she’ll never love a cop. Lucky for Coop, Sylvia is an earthy, sensual woman, entirely responsive to his heated touch. Once he has her in his bed, he’s sure he’ll wear her down. Sylvia does her best to resist Cooper. He’s bossy and always thinks he’s in charge. He’s also extremely determined to have her. Strong, handsome and hot, he’s hard to refuse. Maybe she could be falling for him. But nothing matters more to Sylvie than Tynie’s Place. She’s a midwife, and her birth center is dedicated to the poorest of women and babies. When it comes under threat by gangs vying for control of the drug trade, Sylvia risks her life to defend it. Cooper can’t save her until she learns to trust in his love. Only then will he have her safe in his arms. About the Author: Rebecca SkovgaardRebecca Skovgaard is a midwife in Rochester, New York. She and her husband are raising (yes, still) their three children, who give them great pride. She believes that if you live in Rochester, you can never have too many spring bulbs in the garden or Christmas lights in the trees. Under the pen name Rachel Billings, she has published several erotic novels.

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    A Quiet Place: The Windhover Contemplative Center at Stanford

    “The concept of wings as metaphors for the soaring of one’s mind suggests a sense of contemplation, a sense of spirit…”

    – Nathan Oliveira

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    A panoramic view of the Windhover Contemplative Center

    The newly opened Windhover Contemplative Center, a 4,000 square foot rammed-earth and wood structure which occupies the former site of a parking lot, wouldn’t exist without a deeply held conviction of the late Nathan Oliveira (1928-2010): that quiet contemplation feeds and fuels the imagination.

    Years of working in the silence of his own studio and also the solace he found during long walks in the peaceful Stanford hills — where he delighted in watching soaring birds — convinced Oliveira that each of us has an inner imaginative world that blossoms through observation and meditation. “If you persist and you believe in it your world opens up to you,” Oliveira once stated. “Sometimes that takes an entire lifetime.” Beginning in the 1970s Oliveira worked on images of birds and flight that culminated in the paintings now permanently on display at the center. These images, in turn, led to the idea for the Windhover, which will extend the artist’s uplifting vision into the future.

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    A detail of Nathan Oliveira’s Diptych

    Oliveira’s Windhover paintings take their name from a poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889), that uses the flight of a falcon as a metaphor for spiritual striving and realization. A portion of the poem is etched into reflective glass visible near the building’s entrance. The imagery of the four Oliveira paintings on view at the Windhover includes wings, catenary curves and a kestrel, all presented on semi-abstract grounds.

    Designed by Aidlin Darling Design, the glass-enclosed center shows the influence of Japanese architecture. As they approach the building, visitors will pass through a long stand of bamboo that delineates a kind of barrier between the outside world and the center’s meditative space. In the building’s interior are three rooms that feature four Oliveira paintings — Big Red, Diptych, White Wing and Sun Radiating — all of which are visible from both inside and outside the building. Skylights and motorized louver drapes provide carefully modulated natural light. The thick rammed-earth walls, made from soil excavated directly from the site, help moderate heat and sound.

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    The Reflection Pool

    A reflection pool near the building’s entrance features two “scholar’s rocks” that are in fact a pieces of architectural debris from the university’s boneyard. The sound of running water, which flows into a rectangular fountain, helps dampen outside noises. A pebble-floored Zen garden rimmed by benches appears at the building’s opposite end, sheltering a single tree and another small fountain.

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    An Interior Fountain

    Stanford’s Office of Religious Life is overseeing the Windhover, which will provide a quiet alternative to Stanford’s relatively busy Memorial Church, which hosts services, weddings and concerts. The center fits in well with two of Stanford’s current initiatives — the Wellness Initiative and the Arts Initiative — and compliments the display of three Oliveira paintings in the new Anderson Collection at Stanford. The Windhover Contemplative Center joins Houston’s Rothko Chapel and James Turrell’s “Twilight Epihany” at Rice University as one of a slowly growing number of American structures that meld contemplative practice with the visions of modern and contemporary artists.

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    In a 2009 speech in Vancouver, the Dalai Lama offered his opinion that “The world will be saved by Western Women.” During my visit to the Windhover Contemplative Center a group of Stanford women chatted on the benches of the Zen garden and shared their sense of excitement about the new center. I couldn’t help envisioning these young women growing into adulthood, their imaginations sheltered and nourished by the Windhover, to fulfill the Dalai Lama’s prediction.

    Visitor Information:

    Windhover will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. to students, faculty and staff.
    A Stanford I.D. card is required to enter.

    Docents will lead tours for the public from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays.
    Visit the Cantor Arts Center website for more information.

    Visitors are asked to refrain from using cell phones, tablets, laptops and other electronic devices while inside the center.

    Links:

    Windhover Contemplative Center Opens on Stanford Campus

    Nathan Oliveira on the Windhover Project (SFMOMA Video)


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  • Three nights at the 3 star Hyatt Place East End, New York Area – NY, check-in 20 March

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    ‘Mad Men’ Review: Everyone’s Out Of Place In ‘The Runaways’

    Don’t read on unless you have seen “The Runaways,” the fifth episode of “Mad Men’s” final season.

    “This is the best place to be right now.” — Megan

    Wrong. Almost everyone in “The Runaways” was out of place or out of their element, and quite conscious of that fact. And I’ll say more about that in a minute, but first, well, wow. You can’t make the claim that “Mad Men” denies the viewer a full range of experiences.

    First, we had the AMC After Dark scene of Don having a three-way with Megan and her friend Amy. And then we had something completely different: Michael Ginsberg proudly presenting his sliced-off nipple to Peggy. Excuse me for a minute while I go drink the entire contents of my liquor cabinet.

    Yeeeeow. I feel scarred from having written the above sentence about Ginsberg’s body part; seeing what was in that box was worse. There’s a mental image I’ll never be able to remove from my brain — Scout’s honor.

    As wildly different as those two moments were, this is “Mad Men,” so the moments shared a thematic link, as did much of what occurred elsewhere in “The Runaways.” As I noted above, almost every character stood on unfamiliar terrain or felt deeply alienated from what was going on around them.

    Even though Don may have succumbed to the charms of Megan and her friend, there was reluctance in everything he did when he was out in California. He felt left out at her party, he tried to ignore her dancing with another man and he sensed that there was something odd about Stephanie’s quick exit from Megan’s pad. Don was so uncomfortable that Harry Crane, of all people, turned out to be a sight for sore eyes. Don couldn’t wait to get away from all those pot-smokin’ hippies and go drink manly alcohol in a dimly lit bar. There’s only so much extramarital flirtation and banjo a man can be expected to endure.

    Ginsberg’s unease, at least in his own mind, had an explanation: It was all the computer’s fault. He was so rattled by that humming monolith that he actually went to Peggy’s house, a weird place for him to end up on a Saturday night. There, Ginsberg found one of the episode’s many odd pairings: Peggy and little Julio from upstairs. In an episode full of characters experiencing discomfort and disconnected states, it’s wildly ironic and very sad that Ginsberg actually found relief from his distress. Unfortunately, his “relief” was a symptom of profound mental illness.

    On the other coast, Betty had a party that was about as different from Megan’s bash as it could be. Another irony: Despite her stable and moneyed environment, Bettty was every bit as disconnected from her husband as Megan was. There were a lot of people who couldn’t be trusted in this hour: Henry couldn’t trust Betty to keep her mouth shut about her political opinions and discuss only safe, non-controversial topics. Megan (speaking for herself, rather than Don) didn’t trust Stephanie to deal with her situation in the ideal way — whatever that meant — so she sent her packing. The subtext was, of course, that Megan felt threatened by Stephanie’s easy emotional intimacy with Don, something that Megan always had to fight for (and despite her efforts, her bond with Don was clearly slipping away).

    Betty, not surprisingly, didn’t trust Sally to take care of herself and her precious nose (and if I were Henry, I wouldn’t trust Betty around any of those kids, given that Betty’s only response to any setback is petulant rage. Gene and Bobby, start packing for boarding school now).

    It was bittersweet to see Bobby finally have someone to talk to (though even he felt out of place in Sally’s little-used bedroom). Sally was yet another character who was away from her usual spot. She was not at her school, but stuck in Betty’s orbit, the absolute last place Sally wanted to be. Despite the episode’s title, Sally didn’t run away — Henry took Sally to the doctor in the morning — but almost everyone in this hour was in flight from someone or to a new place.

    Even Harry wasn’t where he was suppose to be — he ended up in Megan’s house, with a woman who was most certainly not his wife. Spotting Don, Harry gladly fled that uncomfortable situation.

    Ah, finally we come to the one person who was in his element in this hour. That’s not to say that Don was comfortable in much of this hour: For one thing, he was very annoyed that he didn’t get to swoop and take care of the pregnant Stephanie. That situation tailor-made for Don: She was a beautiful, exotic, intelligent woman who was dependent on Don for her day-to-day existence. But Don wasn’t allowed to save the day, because a put-out Megan basically sent Stephanie packing.

    But all the L.A. annoyance was just the prelude to Don’s discovery about the cigarette account. Toward the end of the episode we got, of all things, a vintage Don Draper pitch, just when I’d stopped expecting those to happen anymore. Classic Draper: He took a situation in which he was not wanted and which was, in fact, part of a scheme to get rid of him — and he turned the tables on his enemies and ended up making himself essential to the client. Just look at the smug look he wore as he hailed a taxi at the curb. Draper is back, baby.

    It really was Don’s ideal kind of situation: He loves being the underdog, the guy who, to all intents and appearances, has no cards left to play. The joke’s on you, Cutler and Lou: Don may not be able to connect in person with Stephanie or connect emotionally with his wife, but put his back against the wall in a business situation and there’s a good chance he’ll do something nobody will soon forget. This time, he made an impression in a good way — this was not the Don of the legendarily disastrous Hershey’s pitch. This was a guy who’s played office politics for a long time and could, if he wanted to, run circles around a vindictive mediocrity like Lou Avery.

    This time, Don wanted to do just that, and he nailed it. (That said, this is not the Don of Season 1. That little scene just before Don entered the breakfast meeting with the cigarette guys was sheer perfection. Doubt washed over his face, and Don quickly mastered it, but we knew he was much more nervous than he let on.)

    Without an elegant segue, I’d like to turn to the problem of Megan. I don’t quite get why she appeared to be fighting so hard for her marriage. Last time we saw her, she appeared to be on the road to accepting that her relationship with Don was winding down. Los Angeles appears to be the place for her — she certainly felt more at home at her Laurel Canyon party than she ever did as host of Don’s “Zou Bisou Bisou” blowout. She’s got her own circle of friends and her own life. Don’s made it clear that New York is his home. It didn’t make sense to me to see her go to such lengths to keep her relationship with Don going.

    The problem of Megan pre-dates this season, of course. Megan is largely a blank slate — she’s defined by her relationship with Don, and I don’t have a great sense of who she is or what she wants outside of that. I can imagine the internal emotional and intellectual life of Peggy, Pete, Joan, Roger or Don, for example, but that’s just not the case with Megan.

    This season especially, the show appears to be changing who she is week by week, according to the needs of the story rather than the (admittedly indistinct) personality of the character. For a few seasons, she seemed like a sensible and smart young woman, but out of nowhere, she became a semi-crazed director-stalker out in L.A. She was righteously furious at Don’s deception about his job suspension and his refusal to join her on the West Coast, but this week she’s got rid of Stephanie, tried to make Don jealous with another guy and had a three-way in a desperate attempt to keep him interested.

    All these things don’t strike me as different facets of her character: They seem to me like evidence of the fact that the writers don’t have a great grasp of who she is or what makes her tick. It also says to me that the writers have story needs they need her to fulfill and who she is changes from week to week based on the plotting needs of the moment.

    Regardless of the inconsistent writing for Megan, it’s clear that Don and Megan’s marriage is extremely shaky. As I’ve said before, Don’s first and only real love is his work, and it’s clear that that interests him once again, and he’s merely going through the motions with Megan. Now that he scents a huge account and sees a possible new role for himself at the firm, he can barely sustain a morning-after conversation with Megan, let alone her pal Amy.

    Also on shaky ground: The relationship between Betty and Henry. The only real reason I think Betty wouldn’t consent to a divorce is because she’s already been divorced once and she couldn’t handle the social ostracism that would come from being twice divorced. That said, she herself put her finger on the problem that I’ve complained about forever when it comes to Betty: She’s too passive, too reactive. If she’s is so fond of thinking for herself, she should do something with those opinions and that knowledge. Giving Gene baths, turning Bobby into an anxious wreck and threatening her daughter with physical harm don’t appear to add up to a full-time job, and she certainly appears to want more in her life than she currently has.

    Don wanted an attractive, capable accessory when he went after Megan — what he got was a woman with her own wants and interests, and thus he eventually lost interest. Not unlike Don, Henry wanted a woman he could save — a pretty blonde doll who would look good on his arm and who wouldn’t have ideas of her own. Henry also didn’t get what he wanted, but he also knows that divorcing Betty would likely end his political career. Somehow those two, I think, will find separate orbits for themselves and remain together on paper and emotionally very far apart.

    For his part, Don couldn’t wait to leave Los Angeles — which he knows is not the place for him — and get back to the one place that has always made sense to him: the office. Amongst all these disconnected, lost people who failed to make real connections in this purposely disjointed hour, Don stood out. As he stood on that curb, he knew exactly where he belonged.

    “You’re incredible.” “Thank you.”

    Oh, Don Draper. You may have your faults but I can’t wait to see you stick a (metaphorical) knife in Lou Avery’s back. Or his front. Whichever you prefer.

    Hail of bullets:

    • It’s so weird to see Caity Lotz on “Mad Men” after two seasons of seeing her as Sara/The Canary on “Arrow.” I kept expecting her to ninja-fight somebody.
    • Scout = Don Draper. Both can take anything but an order!
    • A fairly standard sub-theme in the episode: The clash between the Establishment and Those Irreverent Young People (i.e. the “flag-burning snots”). Lou couldn’t stand the fact that his employees thought his comic was corny and outdated (he really lost them when he compared his work to that of Dylan. You may have miscalculated a bit there, Lou). But his disgust was reflected in Betty’s condescending remarks about the Young People Today and their lack of respect for authority, etc.
    • Now that Anna’s gone, Stephanie’s the only person left in Don’s life who has the right to call him Dick. I think that means a lot to him, for complex reasons. By the way, I don’t mean to imply that Don only cares about Stephanie because she ignites his savior complex. I also think he sincerely likes having “family” in the sense that other people do. There’s not much about Don/Dick that feels normal, and having a “niece” allows him to feel more like other normal family folk, I suspect.
    • This week in Lou is the worst: Keeping Don late and then not looking at his work until Monday anyway.
    • I think Amy was into having a three-way because she’s actually in love with Megan. Just a theory.
    • Just to go micro for a second, I loved one subtle moment in the bar between Don and Harry. A semi-drunk, nervous Harry started sharing work gossip with Don, but Harry closed up again when Don didn’t treat him like a friend. Don instantly sensed what Harry needed and clapped him on the back, acted friendlier and ordered more drinks. He went from Batman to work pal in the blink of an eye. What Harry didn’t realize was that it was all an act. Don just had to know what Harry knew about the new account Jim Cutler and Lou Avery were going after. In any case, in that moment, he read Harry perfectly. When Don’s on his A-game, there are few who can touch him.
    • I really thought Lou was going to fire Stan when Stan said, “You?” That whole scene in Lou’s office was a classic moment of “Mad Men” comedy in an episode that really needed it. Because none of us can unsee what was in Ginsberg’s box.
    • Speaking of Ginsberg, I know I’m not the only one who detected signs of psychosis or schizophrenia not long after he made his first appearance on the show. I always had a feeling he was going to lose it some day, but that didn’t make the pathos of his breakdown any easier to bear. I don’t know if Ben Feldman will be back, but if not, here’s to a really wonderful performance as Ginsberg. The character could be quite dryly funny at times, but there was always a deeply rooted humanity about him — an intensity and a wellspring of compassion that lurked just below the surface. Part of the reason the breakdown was so sad was because Ginsberg was always just a little to sensitive. He always felt things too much. That fed his creativity, but it also fed his madness, which overtook him in the end. Poor guy.
    • Speaking of great performances, Elisabeth Moss did a wonderful job showing Peggy’s range of reactions to Ginsberg’s descending madness. I laughed out loud at the way she said “Time to go” in her apartment, and her horrified reaction to Ginsberg’s gift was quite memorable as well. But what sticks with me most is the mixture of fear, revulsion, shock and sadness that washed over her face as she edged out of the room and away from Ginsberg. She truly liked the guy, and in that moment she knew that his life as he knew it was over.
    • Nice of Stan to go to the hospital with Ginsberg. Stan’s always up for a joke and a toke, but he’s also a really good friend.

    Ryan McGee and I talked about “Mad Men” (as well as “Penny Dreadful” and other shows) in last week’s Talking TV podcast, which is here, on iTunes and below.


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    Disneyland Cell Phone Crashing As Comic Pranks Callers In ‘The Happiest Place On Earth’

    Hate standing next to someone jabbering away on a cell phone? Especially hate it when you’re on vacation? Then this is the video for you.

    Comic Greg Benson heads to Disneyland, where he stands next to people talking into their cell phones, pulls out his own device, and starts responding as if he’s the person at the other end of that conversation.

    Will the good vibes of a vacation in the kingdom of magic win out? Or will the prank set off a Disney riot? Watch the video and find out.

    Benson pulled a similar prank last year at an airport. And for more of his humor, take a look at his MediocreFilms channel on YouTube.
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    Jo-Ann Fabrics: A Forsaken Place

    There are select errands in life that you know are going to be hell on Earth even before you step foot out the door. You know there’s going to be an excessively long line. You know they are going to only have one person working despite the excessive unmanned counters that speak to a time when this place of business actually gave a shit. And you know that you will have to muster every ounce of your patience and compassion for other human beings to get that which you seek. Places like the post office, DMV, the deli counter and the bank are probably coming to mind. Lest we forget Jo-Ann Fabrics.

    Just yesterday, I made a stop there to get some holiday fabric for a Christmas stocking I want to sew for my new baby girl. And somehow, like an abused woman blacking out the details of her attacks, I had forgotten what it actually takes to accomplish purchasing fabric there. The trip seemed harmless at first, but I should’ve heeded the nasal-searing stench of the cinnamon pinecones at the store’s threshold, for it tries to hide the atrocities committed within its walls.

    I quickly chose my fabrics, knowing full well that I had little time to meander as life with a newborn baby has me on the tight milk leash. I headed to the fabric table, which I will subsequently refer to as the “hellmouth.

    As I approached it, I noticed that there was some kind of waiting system going on that didn’t utilize a standard line. People were spread around the hellmouth — slack-jawed and slumped against anything they could find to support their lifeless bodies, like wounded soldiers at a makeshift medical tent. I spotted the machine with those paper number thingys and joined my fallen brethren. They were on number eight, and I had number 14. I had no way to gauge what I was in for, but by the looks of these sad sacks, it would be an eternity.

    The smart move here would’ve been to just leave. But I couldn’t. My precious little girl would not go stocking-less just because I couldn’t handle Jo-Ann Fabrics. And then there was the fact that I already knew I would never be able to go back there. I had to sack up and be strong, because I knew I could not bring myself to return to that desolate strip mall which included the ever-popular Steinmart and what I assumed was the last standing Jazzercise studio, unless I misjudged it and it was actually an ironic hipster bar.

    The parking lot was completely lawless a la “Mad Max.” There was no good way to enter it nor exit and that should’ve tipped me off that things were not quite right there. The lot was vast and like lost souls, cars rambled every which way across empty aisles with painted lines for parking spots that no car would ever fill. I imagined the construction crew who built this strip mall going over the plan, “Oh, a Jo-Ann is going in here? Well then fuck it.”

    Back to the hellmouth. I clung to my paper number — my Charon’s obol and tried to inhabit a positive attitude. This is going to be a great exercise in being Zen. Life gives us these moments to push us to our edge and ultimately help us grow. I would not let myself get to the place (read drooling against upholstery) that these other people had. I was better than that.

    I focused in on the two Jo-Ann fabric cutters working at an ludicrously slow pace — as if on purpose — making no eye contact and seemingly unaware of the human element that surrounded them. They moved about as if they had never waited in a line for anything. I pursed my lips, squinted my eyes and breathed in. This was not going to be easy. And then I saw that Cutter Number One was finished and we were on to customer number nine already! Oh wait, not yet. It appeared that Cutter Number One decided that this would be the perfect time to tidy up the already tidy inner-workings of the hellmouth. She rearranged stacks of fabric, unrolled them for no reason only to brush them off and re-roll them. Oh and what was that, a bolt of fabric without a tag on it? This was the ideal time to look through an archaic black three-ringed binder to find a price among about a thousand SKU numbers. And not only that, but since no one was waiting (insert the sound of eyeballs cutting through flesh. Yes, the sound of eyeballs), why not cut off the edges of every roll of fabric nearby so that they are perfectly, excruciatingly straight? Never mind the slumping carcasses with arms barely clinging to their gargantuan bolts of fabric. At this point, I found a rack of upholstery and leaned my body against it and actually closed my eyes. I can do this. I’ll just use this as a break, yes a break. A welcomed chance to recharge. Thank you Jo-Ann Fabrics for this mini gift. I was living in the moment while also living in gratitude (extra points).

    I can’t fucking take it! But I couldn’t leave. It truly was purgatory. This went on for about 20 insufferable minutes. The fabric cutters made no acknowledgement of any of us. Their eyes stayed low. God forbid they made eye contact. And none of us could muster a word. It was as if a dark spell had been cast.

    At this point, I was losing my mind for a variety of reasons: One was that I was appalled at how quickly my Zen attitude survived — about three minutes. Two, I come from a family that’s obsessed with the quality of customer service in even the most minute of exchanges and I find it self-centered to always be critiquing minimum wage workers on how well they treat you. But now I wanted both of these fabric cutters fired. And better yet, I wanted Ms. Jo-Ann Herself to make an example of them. I might even go so far as to say that I wanted Ms. Jo-Ann Herself to torture them with pinking shears. And lastly, I had a six-year-old son to pick up from school in two hours, and I wasn’t sure that I’d even be out of there by then. And when I would tell the principal and my crying, confused and sensitive son that I was late because I was at the hellmouth, they would simply say, “Why didn’t you leave?” and I just know they would not understand why I couldn’t and then I would have to tell them about the lawless parking lot, the burning cinnamon stench, Cutters Numbers One and Two and the mass slumping — and they would not understand. They could not understand.

    About a half hour in, my baby started fussing. YES! YES, give our people out here a voice! Cry the tears of a thousand crafters who simply wanted to make a fucking Christmas stocking but who were brought to their knees because two fabric cutters could not manage to cut fabric with deftness, friendliness or the humanity to look up and for the love of God say, “Thanks for waiting, we’ll be with you in a moment.” I then visualized the next part of this tragic tale in which I had to bare my breast to feed my crying baby right there in the heap of fleece in the hellmouth. And I knew Cutter Number Two would not go for that. Hell no. She’s a crafter all right, but not the sweet, motherly kind, but instead the stern, woodworking and spray-painting kind. She was reminiscent of Large Marge from “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure” — older and gruff and I was pretty sure her eyeballs could explode out of her face whenever she wanted. Even though my baby’s cries subsided, I scrambled to come up with a story that would suffice and justify the milky mess among the fleece that I was sure to find myself in. I would tell her that I was buying this fabric to make a nursing cover and well, it took too long. This is your fault Cutter Number Two. You made me do this. You made me nurse my baby with all these half-alive onlookers waiting for their turn to cross the River Styx. Shame on you Cutter Number Two, shame on you.

    I was pulled out of my daydream by a woman asking Cutter Number Two if they sold cushions in size different than the one she was holding. How dare she not take a paper number to even speak to Cutters Number One and Two? “Nope,” Cutter Number Two said without even looking at the cushion nor the cushion-carrier. I could sense that Cutter Number Two was happy that this poor woman would now have to scour the Earth for her precious cushion. Cutter Number One, who was young and a little asexual, offered (without looking up, naturally), “I think there’s a Cushion World somewhere around here, but I think they moved. I’d Google it if I were you.” The cushion woman was nearly sweating. We could all then see that she didn’t speak English very well and didn’t understand any of what Cutter Number One had said. But she could smell the tension and didn’t dare ask for it to be repeated. She turned away, bowed her head and moved on with her life, cushion less and broken. My heart softened and I wanted to shout after her, “I will help you Google it!” but I couldn’t speak. There was no more water in my decaying body and my mouth would not open.

    Forty-five minutes later, I was barely carrying a pulse when the unthinkable happened. Cutter Number Two called my number. It was time. I was the chosen one. I peeled myself off the end cap I’d been laying on and rolled the squeaky stroller to the heart of the hellmouth. I was faced with a dilemma: Now that I was in the driver’s seat, should I dish back the unfriendly filth these two had spewed over all of us, or should I take the high road. I thought about my family whom I’m sure would’ve immediately laid into Cutter Number Two, so I resisted my DNA and chose the high road. I didn’t know where this was coming from, it was as if I was possessed or had forgotten the 45 minutes of my life that had just been pillaged from me, but I was actually friendly with Cutter Number Two. It must’ve been that I knew I would be getting my life back soon. How the faintest glimmer of hope can lift the soul. I spoke in concise sentences so that those whom came after me would not be burdened by my needs or extra chatter. Because of this, I was pretty sure I got the wrong amount of fabric, but fuck it, there was no going back. Cutter Number Two mumbled about their “system” needing to reboot and my knees buckled. I hadn’t remembered shopping at Jo-Ann Fabrics being this much of a soul-sucking experience but one thing I did suddenly remember is that their fucking fabric computer calculator things NEVER work. EVER. NEVER EVER. Ms. Jo-Ann Herself, why will you never implement fabric computer calculators that work? This is essential to your business. Why have you forsaken your own company? It dons your name — why have you forsaken your name, Jo-Ann??

    Shockingly, the machine only took about 10 extra painful minutes to reboot and in the blink of an eye, it was over. I had been spared. I turned around to exit the hellmouth and somehow behind me, people had multiplied. And I use the term “people” very loosely. It’s as if Sleestaks had replicated during my interlude with Cutter Number Two. There were a confusing amount of males, with their mouths agape, slowly moving in on me and none of them even seemed to be carrying fabric nor had any need to be at the hellmouth (except for the fact that I’m pretty sure it’s their breeding ground). Part of me wanted to stick around and study them, but my new mom paranoia kicked in and reminded me that they were probably just Juggalos hopped up on bath salts and were going to surely eat my baby, so I fled immediately.

    I sprinted my victory lap to the cashier — yes, after you wait in the eternal line to experience the hellmouth, you get to wait in another line — Ms. Jo-Ann Herself, have you ever been to your own store — it’s HELL ON EARTH! My genes got the best of me, and I was already concocting what I would say to the cashier and perhaps even the manager about everything and how a big change needs to be made here, although at this point I was sure there was no one manning this ghost ship. I got to the cashier only to find that she probably dug herself out of her own grave to come to work that morning and was pushing 95. I shoved my money in the corpse’s bony hand, bolted of out there and then fell to the earth and prayed to the god of all that is good in this world in thanks for letting me live and see the light of day again. And for the fabric for my baby girl’s stocking.

    Some will say I could’ve left at any moment and avoided this whole experience. Those people will be right.

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    Putting Computers in Their Place: Computer Chess and The Nerd Origins of Today’s Technopoly

    Computers need to be put in their place. They really do.

    That’s why I’ve been looking forward to the DVD release this week of Andrew Bujalski’s cult Sundance hit Computer Chess. Computer Chess finally spills the beans about where these little monsters came from in the first place.

    Every time I pick up a newspaper these days — I’m one of the twelve people left who still read physical newspapers — I read about how computers are spying on us, destroying jobs, or infuriating health insurance customers. Like a hungry Rottweiler off its leash, computers are getting out of control and tearing up the neighborhood.

    If you believe what you read, computers are also in the process of wrecking the book publishing and music industries, eliminating celluloid photography — and just this week computers claimed their latest victim, one near and dear to my heart: the local video store, as Blockbuster finally succumbed to laptops, smartphones and tablets as the preferred ways of renting all those movies you couldn’t afford to see (or were too embarrassed to see) when they were in theaters.

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    No more video stores — who would’ve believed it, even just ten years ago? That means no more pimply teenagers to recommend midnight horror movies to me (“Sir, I definitely recommend C.H.U.D. over TerrorVision“), no more aimless browsing or listening to neighbors argue over which Steven Seagal movie to rent, no more cheap licorice sticks at the checkout counter.

    I never thought I’d miss those things so much — but suddenly I do. And it’s all because of our ‘friend’ the computer. Computers are becoming like the Yankees during the ’90s: gobbling up everybody else’s talent, then telling us how good it is for baseball.

    The propaganda over the wonders that computers supposedly bring to our lives is getting out of hand. In the very least, it’s out of proportion to the destruction computers are simultaneously causing — that ‘disruptive’ effect Silicon Valley gurus salivate over, like vampires at a blood drive.

    So as Twitter — the company currently reducing our public discourse to snarky, 140-character outbursts — celebrates its gaudy IPO right now, I’d like to recommend a new movie out on DVD this week that casts digital technology in a very different light: Computer Chess.

    You probably haven’t heard of Computer Chess. After all, it has no stars in it. Neither Disney nor Sony are building spin-off franchises around its characters. Chris Hemsworth doesn’t swing a hammer in the film, and Kate Upton wasn’t invited to the premiere (although it would’ve been funny if she was).

    What Computer Chess has going for it, though, is that it tells the unvarnished, gawky truth about the early days of this public menace we’ve come to know as the ‘computer.’

    Actually, Computer Chess isn’t all that obscure a film. Written and directed by mumblecore auteur Andrew Bujalski, the film debuted to critical acclaim earlier this year at Sundance (where it won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize), where I had the pleasure of seeing the funky little movie in a packed house with an appreciative crowd. It was a total hoot, especially for people like me who remember how uncool computers used to be before Steve Jobs arrived on the scene. In fact, you arguably can’t appreciate Jobs’ legacy properly unless you’ve seen Computer Chess — and witnessed what a clunky, nerdy, socially maladroit computer world Jobs inherited.

    Computer Chess is set around 1980, in a shabby suburban motel that serves as the film’s entire setting over the course of one weekend. The aristocracy of the computer science world – the geek gods of Cal Tech, MIT, Bell Labs and elsewhere — have gathered for their annual computer chess tournament, with the winning machine getting the chance to face off against the pompous tournament host, who has never yet lost a game to a computer.

    So it’s game on, as Apple IIs and Tandy TRS-80s — and their nerd jockeys — take each other on for all the marbles.

    The film follows the impossibly awkward programmers as they compete with each other for the (slightly dubious) title, haul blocky computer mainframes around on push-carts, debate the future of computers in late-night bull sessions, and make cringe-inducing attempts at romance and/or sexual conquest with the tournament’s lone female competitor, a hopelessly bespectacled programmer named Shelly. The programmers also have a few droll encounters with a New Age group that shares the motel with them, who try to open up the nerdy programmers’ repressed emotional lives.

    Good luck with that.

    The performances Bujalski gets out of his mostly non-professional cast are uniformly natural and believable — with special kudos going out to Patrick Riester and Wiley Wiggins as the no-nonsense leads, Myles Paige as the egomaniac/would-be lothario ‘Michael Papageorge,’ and Robin Schwartz as the sweet, ungainly female programmer.

    Indeed, Bujalski’s strategy of keeping things real (several cast members are actually programmers themselves) is the best thing Computer Chess has going for it. It’s easy to see how this film could’ve been botched by importing a Michael Cera or Jonah Hill into the mix with their pre-packaged nerd schtick. Computer Chess is too austere and genuinely indie for such Hollywoodisms — to the point that the movie was actually shot in low-res, black-and-white 4:3 analog video using a Sony AVC-3260 camera, dating from the late 1960s.

    Bujalski clearly intends Computer Chess to feel like a ‘found object’ of the era — and the film does seem incredibly authentic as a depiction of early-80s geek culture.

    The special kick of watching Computer Chess, though, is knowing how the awkward misfits depicted in the film — and the big, blocky, semi-functional machines they cart around — will someday conquer the world. Today’s gods of Silicon Valley (who are apparently getting pretty full of themselves these days) — the slick young guys in hoodies who debut their stock offerings with multi-billion dollar valuations, or who get played by Jesse Eisenberg or Justin Timberlake in the movies are of course no longer the introverted weenies of yesteryear, as depicted in Bujalski’s film. Today’s techies are more likely to drive Porsche 918 Spyder-hybrids, date swimsuit models, or eat granola parfait at Palo Alto’s University Cafe.

    What a difference 30 years makes.

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    Computer Chess is probably not the kind of movie these newer guys — and they’re still mostly guys (with all due respect to Sheryl Sandberg) — want to watch, because it doesn’t suit their current self-image. Computer Chess is like that embarrassing family album from the ’70s you keep in the attic, filled with horrid images of bad hair, braces and bell-bottom jeans — where everybody looks like they just stepped off the set of The Hardy Boys. It’s the kind of thing your relatives pull out during the holidays to keep you humble.

    And this is actually why Silicon Valley’s geek aristocracy — and you know who you are – should embrace this film, because it does something vital: it humanizes them, at a time when a lot of us feel that what they’re doing to our society is, well, inhuman. Reading about the NSA and Healthcare.gov these days is depressing enough, but it’s even worse after years of reading about how companies like Google and Facebook have been undermining our basic sense of privacy, which is the delicate foundation of our freedom.

    By the way, Computer Chess actually hints — in a sly, fun way — that the Cal Tech team’s fictional TSAR chess program might be the forerunner of dystopian supermachines of the future, like Skynet from the Terminator films. But the movie is pretty gentle and non-conspiratorial about these things. It could get much worse.

    For example, Computer Chess could’ve more been more hard-edged, like Panos Cosmatos’ dystopian cult thriller Beyond the Black Rainbow, released here in the U.S. in 2012. Similarly set in the early 1980s, Black Rainbow depicts a young woman’s escape from a controlling, futuristic New Age research institute. The film’s high-tech ‘Arboria Institute’ — led by a psychotic, permanently disfigured scientist — harbors pretentions of harnessing technology in the achievement of higher spirituality. (By the way, the ‘Arboria Institute’ could easily have been the forerunner to the sinister, New Agey internet company ‘The Circle’ from Dave Eggers’ new novel of the same name.) Black Rainbow‘s Dr. Barry Nyle — along with his mentor, Dr. Mercurio Arboria – represents the dark side of the early ’80s tech and self-actualization gurus depicted comedically in Computer Chess.

    Of course, even Black Rainbow doesn’t compare to a film recently unearthed by Criterion: Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1973 sci-fi classic World on a Wire, which originally aired on German television as a two-part miniseries. In World on a Wire (based on American author Daniel F. Galouye’s novel Simulacron-3), an ‘Institute for Cybernetics and Future Research’ develops a computer simulation program featuring an artificial world — based on the real one — with over 9,000 avatars living as human beings, unaware that their world is only a simulation subject to manipulation. The purpose of the simulation? Advanced market research, of course. Things get dicey when the movie’s hero, Dr. Fred Stiller (actor Klaus Löwitsch), begins to suspect that this simulation may actually have multiple layers — and that he himself might be one such avatar.

    Such dark visions suggest the will-to-power, the urge to control and manipulate, that many people now associate — with good reason — with a fully computerized society (what Neil Postman back in 1992 called a ‘technopoly‘). Whether that society is controlled by unseen government bureaucracies or huge and indifferent corporations hardly seems to matter anymore.

    So the honeymoon is now over. Computers just aren’t that cool any more — mainly because of all the precious things in our lives that they’re destroying. That’s why a lot of us are now looking at the fine print when we buy in to the latest gadget or app, as we ask ourselves this basic question: as shiny and empowering as this new piece of digital technology is, what is it going to destroy that I don’t know about?

    All of this stuff seemed a lot more innocent back in 1980, when Computer Chess is set. Of course, it’s worth pointing out that Computer Chess is basically about the race to create a machine that can outperform and (thereby replace) a human being. Back in 1980, that premise just seemed a lot funnier and more charming than it does right now.

    Right now computers just don’t know their place.
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