Archive for the ‘Person’ Category

Stephen Hawking Was Very Particular About His Tea


(Atlantic Science) – Sean Carroll:

Despite physical limitations, the late scientist had a singular, stubborn insistence on living life on his own terms. …

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Stephen Hawking makes a cameo in a 1993 episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” to play poker against actors dressed as Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein


A Wrinkle in Time


(Guardian::Film) – Hadley Freeman:

Oprah Winfrey is perhaps the biggest draw in Ava DuVernay’s film adaptation of the children’s classic – but behind the scenes it’s the noticeably diverse cast and crew that make this film stand out. …

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A Wrinkle in Time, 2018 film

Frank Turner


(Patheos::ATP) – Jonathan MS Pearce:

I have featured Frank Turner on a couple of posts, mainly due to his rousing hymn to atheism, Glory Hallelujah. It’s incredible to think that some 12,000 people are singing the words “there is no God” in unison.

Frank is a local artist to me – we hail from the same county (Hampshire) in the south of the UK. I recently managed to get a little interview over the interweb with him. Enjoy! …

Frank Turner: Be More Kind

Finding Stephen Hawking’s Star – And Your Own


(Discover Blogs::Out There) – Corey S. Powell:

When I look at the night sky, I often view the stars not just in space but also in terms of their places in time. Light moves at a finite speed, so the journey from star to star is a very long one even for a beam of light. When astronomers talk about light years of distance, they are literally describing the number of years it takes for light to travel from those distant stars to your eyeball.

And so when I heard about the death of Stephen Hawking, I couldn’t help thinking about his place in the stars. At some distance from Earth, there is a star whose light (as seen right now on Earth) started its journey at the time when you were born. You can think of that as your birth star. We all have one. Hawking has one – and you can easily see it. His birth star is shining brightly in the evening tonight. …

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Constellation Leo with Regulus

Hollywood Rewards a Mass Murderer


(WP Opinions) – Shashi Tharoor:

History,” Winston Churchill said, “will be kind to me, for I intend to write it myself.” He needn’t have bothered. He was one of the great mass murderers of the 20th century, yet is the only one, unlike Hitler and Stalin, to have escaped historical odium in the West. He has been crowned with a Nobel Prize (for literature, no less), and now, an actor portraying him (Gary Oldman) has been awarded an Oscar. …

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Darkest Hour, 2017 film

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story


(Guardian Film) – Peter Bradshaw:

This excellent documentary celebrates the glamorous Hollywood icon and brilliant engineer whose groundbreaking work led to Bluetooth and WiFi. …

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Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, 2017 film

Jennifer Lawrence


(Guardian::Film) – Guy Lodge:

Jennifer Lawrence tests her star quality again with Red Sparrow – the latest unconventional move for an actor toying with public perception. …

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Red Sparrow, 2018 film

Trump Hides Under Desk After Diet Coke Can Opens Loudly


(New Yorker::The Borowitz Report) – Andy Borowitz:

At a news conference, minutes later, the press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, attempted to tamp down speculation that Trump had acted in a cowardly manner during the Diet Coke incident. “The President prudently repositioned himself under his desk in an aggressive crouch,” she said. “He was ready for anything.” …

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Oval Office desk

The Ugly Face of Billy Graham


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

The famous evangelist died recently at the age of 99 and we are now going through an orgy of official mourning that would have delighted the adulation-seeking Graham. I have been sickened by the fawning praise that has been rolling in from all quarters for the so-called ‘America’s pastor’, ignoring the many bad things he said and did. So it was a relief to read this article by Bob Moser that paints a very different picture of the man. …

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Billy Graham

Trump Praises Wife Beater


(New Yorker::The Borowitz Report) – Andy Borowitz:

In comments to reporters at the White House, Donald J. Trump stirred controversy by lavishing an alleged wife beater with praise that he historically has reserved for child molesters and Nazis. …

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Rob Porter, Donald Trump