A slightly-short Capsule today.
Our friends at IJReview.com share a great visual story :Bill Murray rocking some… unique golf duds!
Los Angeles Times:
Nicolas Cage’s Christian drama ‘Left Behind’ to get October release
Hat tip Gene
Daily Mail UK: EXCLUSIVE: ‘It took the world’s biggest movie star to play my sister’: Steel Magnolias writer on the REAL story behind the Hollywood hit
It is the image of a small, blonde-haired all-American boy beaming in the Easter sunshine that flashes up at the end of Hollywood classic Steel Magnolias – and stays with you long after the credits have rolled.
As writer Robert Harling explains, many new fans will not even know that the movie is rooted in truth and that boy is, in fact, based on his real-life nephew and namesake.
Softly spoken and with a Southern accent that still hints at his Louisiana upbringing, Robert Harling wrote the play Steel Magnolias shortly after the death of his beloved sister Susan Robinson aged just 33 in 1985.
Daily Mail UK: Salma Hayek says she would ‘kill for a role in Downton Abbey’ but as a Mexican would have to ‘play deaf and dumb’ in the show
Hat tip Conservative Animal
— Dayton Art Institute (@DaytonArt) March 30, 2014
Tina Fey Hit With Workers’ Comp Judgment
“New York State officials say comedian owes $79,000 tab”
The new LinkFest is now available from Blackmailers Don’t Shoot… so, yeah, girls and stuff.
Guess what? Not only is the 8 hour sleep rule a myth, but it’s not for the reason you might think. (emphasis mine)
via Psychology Today:
Yet, the insistence that “monophasic” sleep, with eight hours of continuous nightly rest, is the necessary way to refresh ourselves not only creates stress for people who are unable to achieve that goal, but ignores other common variations in sleep patterns, and historical precedent as well….
History yields valuable insights regarding sleep. According to some recent research, until the age of electricity many people slept in two segments. They would wake up in the night for an hour or two, then return to sleep for another block of time. “The dominant pattern of sleep, arguably since time immemorial, was biphasic,” says Roger Ekirch, a sleep historian at Virginia Tech University and author of At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past. “Humans slept in two four-hour blocks, which were separated by a period of wakefulness in the middle of the night lasting an hour or more. During this time, some might stay in bed, pray, think about their dreams or talk with their spouses. Others might get up and do tasks or even visit neighbors before going back to sleep.”
References to “first sleep” or “deep sleep,” and “second sleep” or “morning sleep” abound in historical legal depositions, works of literature, and other pre-Industrial era archival documents. Gradually, during the 19th century, references to segmented sleep disappeared, Ekirch says, “and now people call it insomnia.”
As a Cincinnati Reds fan, I probably enjoy this tweet more than I should:
— Jon Little (@JonathonLittle) March 31, 2014
[Edit: I had to add this.]
— Doug Mataconis (@dmataconis) March 30, 2014
Did you notice that there’s a new news portal, Stranahan.com? No matter where you stand politically, you will find the whole picture on the news there. Take a look.
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Tim Booth (formerly of James) & Angelo Badalamenti (Best known for his soundtrack work with David Lynch) –
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