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Following a tease on Instagram last night, it's been confirmed that HBO placed a pilot order for a Watchmen series. Somewhat controversial screenwriter Damon Lindelof heads the writing room.

Watchmen was long thought to be unfilmable, but that didn't stop commercial director Zack Snyder from giving it a shot in 2009.

It's shaping up to be a busy year for the Watchmen; as Dr. Manhattan said, "Nothing ever ends."

How bad do you want it?

2017-09-20 21:56
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Posted by Nasa Koski

By popular demand, this week’s show is another microshow compiling some of the most popular + impactful questions from The Daily Creative (my YouTube show where I answer YOUR questions about the challenges you’re facing on your journey to become an aspiring or professional creative). In this episode: Megan recently started a day job she loves, but is starting to feel disconnected from her side hustle. I give her some pointers on balancing both, and some ways she can flip the script. Natasha is a published photog looking to get her work in bigger publications. I give her the blueprint that can be used to get published, hired, or noticed. I talk with Xavier, who wants to get started in concert photography. If you’re looking to jump into any new industry, here’s how to start. Tommy, is a working photographer growing his business. He’s excited to have paying clients who are covering the bills but wants to get new clients for an area of photography he’s particularly passionate in. If you like what you hear, subscribe to my YouTube channel to make sure you don’t miss an episode, and if you want to have YOUR question answered, just call me at +1-802-962-4357 and leave […]

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Today a retrospective of the art of Martin Wong (1946-1999) opens at the Berkeley Art Museum. The touring show originated at the Bronx Museum (NYT review), and its travels to the Bay Area represent a homecoming for the art of Wong, who was raised in San Francisco's Chinatown. He did set design for Cockettes spinoff the Angels of Light. He moved to New York in 1978, collaborated with his partner, writer Miguel Piñero, collected graffiti art (that collection is now at the City Museum of New York), and collected thousands of items including ceramics. He moved back to San Francisco after he was diagnosed with AIDS. His legacy is commemorated by the Martin Wong Foundation.

The GREAT Place

2017-09-20 20:30
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Posted by jeather

On the eve of The Good Place's season 2 premiere, Kristen Bell has released the video of the rest of the gang responding to finding out about the finale. Spoilers in the link/video.

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Posted by Aggie

Contrary to popular opinion, consensual nonmonogamy doesn’t always entail group sex (threesomes, orgies, etc.), although is can support that option. And while we’re on that subject… Take a look at the people around you. If you’re in the U.S., about 1 in 10 women, and 1 in 5 men, have had a sexual experience involving […]
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tl;dr: "Probably".

Just for the record, when this Unfrozen Caveman bitches about the horrors of the world, it is not without recognition of my culpability.

Montulli and Weissman also deserve a portion of the blame, but I was the one who ran with it, so I'm sure they'd be happy to let me fall on that sword.

{You're|I'm} {welcome|sorry}.

Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 20:01:22 -0700
From: Jamie Zawinski <jwz@jwz.org>
Subject: Re: HTML e-mail: is it your fault?
Mime-Version: 1.0 (Apple Message framework v1084)
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
X-Mailer: Apple Mail (2.1084)

Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2011 14:45:13 -0700
From: Andrew Gray <adsgray@...>
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=us-ascii
User-Agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-08-17)


I'm trying to figure out when HTML e-mails were first sent. Do you happen to know if the Netscape Mail and News clients that you worked on were the first MUAs to render HTML?

This question is in the context of struggling to craft an HTML e-mail that looks "good" in every possible stupid mail program that anyone could possibly still be using in the year 2011.

You know, my gut reaction is that the answer to this question is "no", but after some digging, I have yet to find any evidence of a mail reader that can display inline HTML messages (email or USENET) that predates Netscape 2.0!

So, maybe?

If you find out for sure, please let me know!

I think there may have been closed systems inside Compuserve and Outlook that supported rich text messages (in formats other than HTML).

The Andrew Message System at CMU and MIT supported WYSIWYG rich messages, including inline images and audio attachments, as early as 1985. Not HTML or MIME, but a predecessor to MIME, as the architect of that was Nathaniel Borenstein who wrote the first MIME RFC.

My other project is a time machine of course. First application: preventing HTML e-mail from ever happening.

Yeah, go back to chipping your USENET posts out with a piece of flint, why don't you.

Even if it wasn't the first, Netscape Mail was probably the first mail reader that put the ability to easily *view* HTML messages in front of more than a million users.

I know that Eudora 4 supported display of HTML email, and possibly composition of it, but I'm not sure when that was released.

Qualcomm/Eudora spent a while trying to push text/enriched (RFC 1523, published late 1993 -- not sure when Eudora first supported it) as an alternative to HTML, but that went nowhere. Early versions of Netscape (at least 1.1, I think possibly earlier) supported display of text/enriched, but just about nobody was even aware of that because nobody ever used it.

We also supported display of text/richtext, which was an HTML-like SGML dialect with only a few tags. In 2.0b1 or possibly earlier. I added that just to placate the peanut gallery, not because I expected anyone to actually use it.

I think the only person who really used text/enriched was Brad Templeton through ClariNet, where you could subscribe to USENET newsgroups of the UPI/AP feeds that were formatted with it.

From Mosaic Netscape 0.9 through Netscape Navigator 1.1 (1994), there was a mail composition window which allowed one to attach external URLs. They were attached as MIME multipart/mixed attachments with proper Content-Type and Content-Transfer-Encoding (using quoted-printable to ensure short lines).

You could also "attach" things with "Include Document Text" which would suck them in as plain-text with ">" at the beginning of each line, wrapped at 72 columns.

There was also a USENET news reader and composer built-in. The USENET reader's display of MIME documents was remedial at best. The composition tool only allowed plain-text. Version 0.9 displayed any part of a message between <HTML> and </HTML> as such, even if there was no Content-Type header. That was removed some time before 2.0. Back then, you couldn't actually rely on a Content-Type header propagating through multiple USENET hops -- bnews would strip out any headers it didn't know about!

(Remember that 1.1's big innovation was *tables*. 1.0 didn't have 'em!)

2.0 contained the mail reader, with full MIME support (which was also a news reader, replacing the minimalist one that 1.0 had). So that showed up in 1.22b or so, mid 1995, I guess?

I believe 3.0 was the first version with WYSIWYG HTML composition, early 1996. To accomplish that in 2.0, you had to attach an HTML file. If there was only one attachment, it was sent as the single MIME part.

Forwarded messages were attachments of type message/rfc822 and included full headers, which were hidden upon inline display. Nobody does that any more because now the world sucks.

There was the IETF MHTML working group as early as 1995. I can't find a working archive of the mailing list, but it was run by a fellow named Jacob Palme -- http://people.dsv.su.se/~jpalme/ietf/jp-ietf-home.html

Microsoft Outlook Express shipped in 2005 and did not support HTML, but later versions (2006? Maybe 2008?) posted HTML *by default* to both mail and news. This angered many. Outlook Express is also where the blight of top-posting originated, those monsters.

Here, this may be helpful too: http://web.archive.org/web/19990128073742/http%3A//www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet/mail/mime-faq/part2/faq.html

Also this: http://segate.sunet.se/cgi-bin/wa?A3=ind9606&L=MHTML&E=7bit&P=124821&B=--------------2F1C7DE14487&T=text%2Fhtml;%20charset=us-ascii

It would be fantastic if you could update http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML_email with your findings.

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Posted by Karen

My top 5 tips for attending a photography event or workshop is today’s topic. As always, both audio and the written version (pics too!) are below, along with a section containing all the links I mention in this piece.
Here we go!

The question has been posed

“Should I attend a photography conference or workshop?” Well, my hands-down opinion is YES!  Heck, I’ve built entire businesses by attending conferences. Not to mention getting to HIRL (hang out in real life) with friends I’ve met online – all by going to both conferences and workshops.

Lauri Novak and I talked about that in our recent conversation about art and business.

True fact: there is NOTHING that will ever take the place of real-time, face-to-face connections, no matter how many ways we can do it virtually.

That said, conferences and workshops not for everyone. Plus, there are so many options nowadays, how do you decide where, when and how to invest the time, money and energy?

Here are five tips I think might help you.

1. Ask Yourself WHY?

Knowing your “Why?” is the key to clarity in pretty much anything – including your purpose in life! (Seen Simon Sinek’s TED talk “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” It’s allll about the mighty “Why?”!)

The thing is, answers are great. But you get to the defining answers by asking the right question!  “Why?” is like a gateway question, because it triggers your mind to answer you. The question “Should I?” rarely does that, since pretty much the only answers are “Yes”, “No”, or “I don’t know”. End of conversation.

So, for our purposes, Why?” opens the door to this most excellent question: “What would I love to accomplish/experience/have happen?”… which is the sort of query that really gets the juices flowing, because your mind wants to answer the question and it gives you all kinds of information.

If your answer includes any of these feelings:

“I want to expand my world, meet new people, make new photo friends, establish next-level connections for my business and/or avocation, learn what else is out there for me, discover new techniques/ideas/gear… or experience new parts of the world with a group of like-minded people”

…then yeah, chances are you’ll want to attend a conference or workshop. What’s more, you’ll want to choose one that aligns with one of your most heart-felt desires.

One of my “The Artist’s Voice” photo retreat groups enjoying Villefranche-Sur-Mer.
2. How do you find events to attend?

Depending on how and where you’re connected, you can begin by checking with:

  • Social media
  • Photo friends
  • People whose photography you admire
  • Camera stores
  • Photo clubs
  • Eventbrite. I mention this site, since in the past year or so, the vast majority of the best workshops, conference and events I’ve attended or spoken for are advertised there. There may be others, but Eventbrite has emerged as the hands-down, go-to choice for photography events. (Putting on an event? Wondering the best way to get the word out? Go here. You’re welcome).
3. How do you decide which events to attend?

The answer to this question once again circles back to your “Why?” (see how pivotal that puppy is?).

  1. First of all, event type. Your desire may be to simply meet more like-minded people and make new photo-friends. If so, might want to check out events on the free-to-inexpensive end through:
    • Camera/photo clubs
    • Drink and Click events
    • Photowalks
    • Workshops. You can find free ones, as well as one-day, weekend or multi-day workshops of all sorts, at all different price points out there.
  2. If you wish to expand your professional circle – or even dip a toe into those waters, you might consider:
    • Conferences. There are the giants like Photo Plus Expo and Photokina; as well as smaller, more personalized events like the Fujifilm Festival and Out of Chicago. New ones crop up all the time.
    • Workshops, IF you find one which involves the people and opportunities that you desire.
  3. Looking to take the “next step” in your photography? Then consider:
    • Workshops. Of course, pre-qualified by finding the one(s) that speak to YOUR desired focus.
    • Conferences. (See above)
  4. Be the master of your destiny!  When selecting ANY of the above options, be clear about:
    • What do you want to learn/experience?
    • What are your expectations?
    • How will you know when those are met?
finally, Do your homework!

You want to know as much as you can about the event, who’s running it, the courses offered, the instructors, who’s attended it and what they had to say about it all. Your due diligence done in advance puts you way ahead of the game and lessens the chance of being disappointed by unmet expectations.

Get your desires in the crosshairs and do your RESEARCH!
4. What should you bring to a conference?

You’ve made your choice and signed up. You’re excited! Now you’re wondering… what do I bring with me?
Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • A good attitude, first and foremost! You’re challenging yourself to grow. Hey, congratulations on that! It also means that you might actually feel, well, challenged along the way. Keeping your good attitude firmly in place will help you keep things light, even if you have one of “those” moments along the way. Not that I’ve EVER experienced anything like that! (sheepish smile)
  • A camera. Ummm… you’re going to a photography event. Just sayin’.
  • Notepad – or some kind of note-making option, digital or otherwise.
  • Business cards, if you have them
  • Healthy snacks of your own. Nobody talks about this – but keeping your energy in the right place and your brain able to focus is paramount! These events usually mean long days, new ideas, loads of people. Keeping up with it all means you need the right kind of fuel! I always bring my own food, since the repast generally available is full of carbs and literally puts me to sleep.
  • Comfortable clothes. You might be sitting alot, walking alot – or doing SOMEthing that you don’t always do alot of. Be comfortable doing it.
  • Water. Most events offer water… but I’ve been really thirsty at the ones that don’t! Dehydration and brain function don’t play well together.
  • Something to carry the swag you pick up along the way. Conferences in particular are full of vendors offering freebies. These can be anything from pens, notebooks and thumb drives to samples of whatever their latest product is. I learned a long time ago to bring my comfortable bag or small backpack. Keep this in mind too: you might go somewhere after-hours with a group of friends, without enough time to drop stuff off at your hotel room! So pick a bag that can easily take you out to dinner and beyond.
  • If you’re going on a photowalk… comfy shoes and – depending upon weather – clothing layers!
  • If you have a website, a product, book or whatever… prep it ahead of time, so that when you tell the folks you meet about it – they’ve got somewhere to go check it out and sign up for your newsletter, if you have one.
If you’re going to be walking alot, comfy shoes are KEY!
5. Important do’s and don’ts for event attendance


  • Come with positive expectations! Keep an open mind and expect awesomeness. You generally get what you actively focus upon in life, so I always advise people to expect The Awesome.
  • Participate, join in, ask questions, mingle – get in there! Even if you think you already know all the answers. You might just hear what you think you know in a whole new way and it changes your life. I’ve had it happen.
  • Have the attitude that if you walk away with one useful idea, your time and money are well spent. It takes the pressure of towering expectations off – and you usually receive so much more that way.
  • Come with an idea of what you’d like to learn… and some idea of how you’ll know when you have gotten it. Along the way, if you’re not getting it, then be proactive and go git it! Don’t whine about it later.
  • Say YES to cool opportunities that come your way. Invited to a late-night photowalk that you feel too tired to attend? Go anyway. You’re there to expand, which sometimes means stretching yourself. That’s not always comfortable. The thing is, you simply never know whom you’ll meet unexpectedly that might change everything for you. Hey, it happens all the time.
  • Open your mind to new ideas and different ways of looking at things. If you find yourself shutting your ears by thinking to yourself “I already know that”… stop it. Now.
  • Be rude to ANYone. Aside from not being good karma, photography is a very small industry. You meet the same people on the way up that you do on the way down. Just a thought.
  • Be shy about mingling and meeting people. Networking at events rules the day!  Doing it with all your heart is the key to both discovering lifelong friends building a business, depending upon which you’re looking for. Maybe you want both! Well, get out there! #NoWallflowers.
  • Be a know-it-all. OMG, I’m sorry (not really), but this is one of my personal peeves. People who have that smirky, “whatever you think you know, experienced, or imagine you ever will be… I’ve already done it.” attitude can just stay home. But they never do – and you may encounter one. If so, be gracious, then bow out of the (very one-sided, all-about-me) conversation ASAP and go find some positive, fun people on a mission of joy and jump in with both feet! If I just described you… then I would suggest therapy and experiment with listening more than talking. Everyone wins.
Get out there and enjoy!

Photography is fantastic! And so are most of the people you’re likely to meet along the way. There are SO many options out there to expand your knowledge, network of friends, colleagues and your overall joy in the sport. With a bit of forethought, you’ll choose the events that leaving you wanting more, instead of bitterly regretting your choice.

Whether you opt for local and/or free events… or choose an experience-of-a-lifetime like my own “The Artist’s Voice” photography retreat in the French Riviera, my wish for you is the most enriching, fulfilling and joyous experiences you can allow yourself to have.

Now get out there and enjoy!


links mentioned in this piece:

Conversation with Lauri Novak, where we talked about networking.
Simon Sinek’s TED talk: “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”
Drink and Click
Photo Plus Expo
Fujifilm Festival
Out of Chicago

The Artist’s Voice Photography Retreat (the one I lead in the South of France).


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Posted by Etrigan

Want to spend a few hours on a wargame? Well, you definitely do not want to unroll the 10-foot board that comes with The Campaign for North Africa, because not only will you need to find nine friends, but y'all are likely to spend upwards of 1500 hours playing what Richard Berg, the game's designer, called "wretched excess... but it was designed specifically as such."

Want an example of just how persnickety this game is? Even old-school wargamers who never saw a copy of The Campaign for North Africa have heard of Rule 52.6: The Italian Pasta Rule.
One of the biggest mistakes the Italians made during the entire Desert Campaign was to provide their troops with a diet which was composed, in large part, of spaghetti and macaroni. Aside from providing insufficient protein (this wasn't Buitoni Brand) pasta has one serious drawback in the desert: you need water to cook it! Therefore, each Italian battalion, when it receives its Stores, must receive an additional 1 point of water when stores are distributed. Any battalion-sized unit that does not receive their Pasta Point (one water point) may not voluntarily exceed their CPA that turn. Furthermore, Italian battalions not receiving their Pasta Point that have a Cohesion Level of -10 or worse immediately become Disorganized,as if they had reached -26. As soon as such units get their Pasta Point, they regain the original cohesion level (i.e., the level they had before they disintegrated.)
Note: Berg admits that, while WWII-era Italian rations did include pasta, soldati cooked it in the tomato sauce that was also in the ration kits.

It is not known whether anyone has actually completed a full play of the game, ever. A redesign is underway by Decision Games, with an eye on having it ready for playtesting in 2018.

Lillian Ross 1918-2017

2017-09-20 18:39
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Lillian Ross, who became known as the consummate fly-on-the-wall reporter in a six-decade career at The New Yorker, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. She was 99.

Lillian joined The New Yorker in 1945, and she continued to appear in its pages for the next seventy-odd years, which means that she was not just a contributor but a creator—one of those whose style and tone became a standard to which later writers aspired. That tone—acutely observant, intimate, and very frequently amused—emerged in some of her earliest and best-known pieces, including her Profile of Ernest Hemingway and the five-part series on the making of John Huston's "The Red Badge of Courage." She was a master of the Talk of the Town form, with its comic distillation of social mores.

Lillian Ross on Metafilter previously and more previously. (A comment in one of these previous posts expressed a wish for a Lillian Ross anthology. It's been done; the title is Reporting Always.)

Skimmer Scanner

2017-09-20 18:31
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Posted by codacorolla

Card skimming (previously) is a practice where thieves will place a secondary card reader over the primary card reader of a gas pump, which will then collect and store the information of any card used at that pump. As this scam proliferates, more and more scammers are using cheap skimmers that they buy off of the Internet, which they do not configure, making them detectable through the Bluetooth capabilities of your average smartphone. An open source (GitHub) app called the Skimmer Scanner (Android only, available through the Play Store) automates this process even further, and its author provides an in-depth tutorial about card skimming, and how to avoid it.

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Posted by Cobalt

Two things emerged from the rubble of Mexico City after the devastating 1985 earthquake that killed 30,000 people: the first one is the national spirit of solidarity and compassion that compels every Mexican to drop everything and rush to help those in need. The second one is the Topos.

The Brigada de Rescate Topos is a group of volunteers that travel to natural disasters all over the world to aid in search and rescue operations. In typical Mexican fashion, they got their name, the moles, from what they do: they burrow and wriggle deep into collapsed buildings, at immense risk to their own lives, to rescue people trapped inside.

From Nepal to NYC to Peru, they've extracted people from hopeless situations and earned respect and appreciation from people and governments alike.

Right now, they're back where they began, crawling into destroyed buildings in Mexico City, digging for men, women and children who desperately text their loved to say that they're still alive and asking if someone is coming to get them. Everyone's hoping the Topos will.
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Appalachia has the greatest diversity of salamanders in the world, but since they largely live underground, many of the people who live in the region are barely aware of how many of the amphibians are around them. The US's National Zoo had an exhibit a few years ago on Appalachian salamanders, including this short film on salamanders, their role in the ecosystem, and how threats to the environment affect them.