3.29.2011

Hitting the Wall

Gone are the days of free endless New York Times content online. As of yesterday, the New York Times is allowing access to 20 free articles a month. After reaching the quota, a pop-up window requests that in order to keep reading a subscription is required. The subscription ranges in price, between $15-35 for a month of unlimited content depending on which platform or platforms you are viewing from (mobile device, laptop, etc).
It is rumored that the New York Times spent $40 million dollars installing this paywall and several holes have already been found enabling people to surpass their alloted 20 articles a month.

A Look at an Abandoned Detroit

The Huffington Post features several images from the forthcoming book, The Ruins of Detroit, by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre,


3.28.2011

Legendary Lost Albums

Now that the original recordings of The Beach Boys' Smile sessions may finally get an official release, there's one less infamous "lost" record for music nerds to hunt down online. Flavorwire provides a list of ten other rock records that remain missing, starting with the possibly-now-leaked David Bowie album, Toy:

Toy is one of many albums over the course of musical history that for one reason or another got delayed, shelved or otherwise waylaid. There’s often a mythology that grows up around such albums, and although the story can sometimes outweigh the actual music – after all, often albums get canned for a reason — there are some that warrant the attention they attract. Here’s our pick of 10 of music’s best lost records — or the ones that sound like they would be the best, if only we could hear them…

Read the list here.

3.20.2011

Lost Marriage

Dana Adam Shapiro created a collective oral history of relationships breaking up, which lead to the film, "Monogamy." "Monogamy" opens across the country this weekend. The film centers on how and why relationships falter leading to divorce. This New York Times Magazine article explores the premise of the film.

3.15.2011

Lost Last Month

February 2011

Hosni Mubarak's job, after sweeping protests in Egypt force the president to step down after 30 years, and inspire similar calls for reform in Bahrain, Libya, Algeria, Yemen, Djibouti and elsewhere. Human intelligence, after two of Jeopardy!'s most successful contestants are defeated by IBM's AI program, Watson. A bookstore giant, when Borders files for bankruptcy and immediately starts closing 200 stores. Valentine's Day in Malaysia, after Islamic morality people arrest over 80 Muslims for attempting to celebrate the holiday. Hometown pride, when the Cleveland Cavaliers match the NBA record for a single-season losing streak. The White Stripes, announcing they are disbanding. The last surviving American veteran of World War I, Frank Buckles, aged 110. The inexplicably beloved Two and a Half Men, cancelled by CBS after lead actor Charlie Sheen goes spectacularly off the deep end.

3.10.2011

Losing the Dollar Bill?

Salon puts forward a compelling argument for the dollar coin to replace dollar bills in the United States.

3.07.2011

Was Robert Ludlum murdered?

Robert Ludlum, the bestselling author of the Jason Bourne series, as well as many other books, asked his relative Kenneth Kearns to write his biography. In doing so, Kearns found himself dogged by questions surrounding Ludlum's death in 2001.

[L]ong ago, Robert asked me to write his biography, a project that I finally began, following his death aged 73. I had hoped to publish a tribute to the man and his achievements. And it is that same sense of loyalty and friendship that means - knowing what I know now - that I am determined to bring the circumstances of his death to as wide an audience as is possible.

Read the full article by Kearns in the Daily Mail.

3.05.2011

Imagination Cures Cancer

David Seidler won a best original screenplay Oscar on Sunday for The King's Speech. Seidler also suffered from bladder cancer, but claims he was able to cure the disease by visualization techniques and taking supplements to strengthen his immune system. Doctors have previously studied the mind/body connection between thinking and disease, but this miraculous recovery is remarkable.