Bleecker Bob’s Documentary Video (Closed This Year)

For five decades, Bleecker Bob's was one of the last reminders of the Village's musical roots. It survived the introduction of cassettes and CDs, outlasted nearby punk venue CBGBs, and managed to stay open when Bob had a major stroke and had to entrust the running of the store to his friends.

But the stars are long gone. When the landlord decided to put up the rent in line with other properties in the area, Bleecker Bob's couldn't pay. The store closed on April 13, 2013. Its legacy will live on, especially for those who gave up their lives for the records.

Produced by Emily Judem and Hazel Sheffield.

Music: When it Was Our Time by Richard X. Heyman; Businessman by Tuff Darts.

The Legacy of Eric Hoffer (Article by Thomas Sowell)

The twentieth anniversary of the death of Eric Hoffer, in May 1983, passed with very little notice of one of the most incisive thinkers of his time -- a man whose writings continue to have great relevance to our times.

How many people today even know of this remarkable man with no formal schooling, who spent his life in manual labor -- most of it as a longshoreman -- and who wrote some of the most insightful commentary on our society and trends in the world?

You need only read one of his classics like The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements to realize that you are seeing the work of an intellectual giant.

Having spent several years in blindness when most other children were in school, Hoffer could only do manual labor after he recovered his sight, but was determined to educate himself. He began by looking for a big book with small print to take with him as he set out on a job as a migratory farm worker.

The book that turned out to fill this bill -- based on size and words -- was the essays of Montaigne. Over the years, he read many landmark books, including Hitler's Mein Kampf, even though Hoffer was Jewish. If ever there was a walking advertisement for the Great Books approach to education, it was Eric Hoffer.

Among Hoffer's insights about mass movements was that they are an outlet for people whose individual significance is meager in the eyes of the world and -- more important -- in their own eyes. He pointed out that the leaders of the Nazi movement were men whose artistic and intellectual aspirations were wholly frustrated.

Hoffer said: "The less justified a man is in claiming excellence for his own self, the more ready he is to claim all excellence for his nation, his religion, his race or his holy cause."

People who are fulfilled in their own lives and careers are not the ones attracted to mass movements: "A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding," Hoffer said. "When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people's business."

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Brian de Palma Interview: “You have to battle”

Q: Have any rap artists ever approached you to work on projects together?

BDP: The only thing that’s happened is that Universal has continually wanted to put a rap score on Scarface and re-release it and I haven’t allowed them to do it.

Q: Well, Giorgio Moroder’s score is already perfect.

BDP: Thank you. That’s what I think, too. So, they’re very unhappy with me, because they could obviously make a tremendous amount of money, but I said, “That score’s not being changed.”

Q: I guess you have final cut?

BDP: Yeah.

Q: Is final cut necessary to fulfill your vision as a director?

BDP: We were very lucky in our generation. We got final cut. We were in the era of the director superstar. Very few directors have final cut today. Obviously Spielberg does and Scorsese, but there aren’t too many. And the new directors are constantly not getting final cut so you have to battle with the studios to make sure that they don’t alter your movie. You can’t make very controversial movies.

Q: Do you always have final cut?

BDP: Yeah, except on Get to Know Your Rabbit. (Laughs)

Q: What happened there?

BDP: I got fired!

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THE PURGE Director Admits Which STAR TREK Episode Influenced His Movie (Big Landru Fan!)

This weekend Universal’s The Purge opens in theaters, and the film’s central premise - the idea that once a year people are allowed to commit any crimes they want for 12 hours - may be familiar to fans of Star Trek. After all, it’s quite similar to the original series episode Return of the Archons. And that’s not a coincidence.

When asked if Return of the Archons was in fact an inspiration for The Purge, writer/director James DeMonaco smiled and told me, “That’s what my dad brought up when I told him the idea. My dad forced me to watch [the original Star Trek] over and over.”

In Return of the Archons Kirk and company beam down to a planet whose populace is tightly controlled by a computer called Landru. At 6pm everybody goes mad, killing and raping, as a way of letting off steam in the few hours that Landru isn't all up in their shit. That event is known as Red Hour, which is where hardcore Trekkie Ben Stiller got the name for his production company. This episode is also the first time the Prime Directive is ever mentioned (Kirk breaks it).

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Why “Star Trek Into Darkness” Is Smaller Than Life

For many viewers, it turns out, Star Trek represents the ideal workplace. “I was most attracted to the competence of the characters,” said a Tennessee businessman. “It would be nice to live in a world or even work in an office where everyone was dedicated to their jobs and to each other and good at their work.”

In retrospect, this escapist appeal makes sense. In Star Trek, the work is meaningful; the colleagues are smart, hard-working, competent and respectful; the leaders are capable and fair; and everyone has an important contribution to make. Star Trek features what law student Cindy McNew described as “a close-knit group of colleagues whose abilities complement one another and who don’t seem to take out their animosities or ambitions on each other.” Deep friendships develop from teamwork and high-stakes problem-solving. It’s the workplace as we wish it were -- and as it too rarely is.

And the system is just. “Promotion by merit seemed the norm (as opposed to promotion by influence),” wrote a California (STOCA1) electrical engineer. There were no stories of “officers who shouldn’t be in command, of nepotistic promotions, or of people sleeping their way to the top,” noted David M., a Virginia public-relations executive.

“Everyone wants to be a part of a group that is successful and everyone wants to contribute,” concluded a Florida lawyer. “That is what Star Trek projected.”

Until the current installment, that is.

New York Times reviewer A.O. Scott captured the movie’s betrayal of Star Trek’s traditional culture when he observed that “Star Trek Into Darkness” is “essentially ‘The Office’ in space.”

While unfair to “The Office,” whose portrayal of the absurdities of a vacuous workplace with a bumbling staff is much funnier than anything in the new Star Trek film, it’s an astute comparison. Instead of effective teamwork, the movie gives us adrenaline and forced humor, with characters who seem barely able to do their jobs or get along. Caught up in a dysfunctional workplace romance, Spock and Uhura snipe at each other. Chekov fumbles about cluelessly trying to fix the engines. Dr. McCoy muffs an assignment to defuse a bomb. Scotty runs around shouting.

The script talks about the crew as “family” but doesn’t show the problem-solving that generates loyalty and respect. Irritation rules. And Captain Kirk seems to have gotten his job not by demonstrating command skills over an extended career but by having the right connections.

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When Star Trek becomes reality: NASA to build ‘universal food synthesizer’

The kitchen of the future could see all our fancy devices – even refrigerators and ovens – replaced by a 3D printer which will create meals from cartridges full of carbohydrates, protein powders and oils.

The concept might sound rather far-fetched today, but NASA has just given 3D printer firm Systems & Materials Research Corporation (SMRC) a six month, $125,000 grant to focus on developing a universal food synthesizer.

The device is similar to the ‘replicator’ used in several of the Star Trek TV series which enabled crew members to create their favorite foods.

NASA is investing in the project because it wants to make it easier to transport nutrients in bulk through space, but SMRC’s founder Anjan Contractor believes the device will ultimately help solve the earth’s looming food crisis.

With the earth’s population one day predicted to reach 12 billion people, the strain on our food sources will become immense.

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Regine Fetet of Groundbreaking Electronic Group “hard Corps” Remembered

Ten years ago Regine Fetet, vocalist for the seminal electronic band hard Corps, died of breast cancer.

Fetet was best remembered for her off-kilter vocal stylization and flashing her breasts to shocked euroteenie stadium audiences. She was actually more of a performance artist, but back in the 80s nobody knew what that was.

Born in Eastern France in the late 1960s, she was one of the vagabond generation that kicked around Europe in search for artistic purpose.

She was an exotic dancer before connecting with hard Corps in 1984. Many of her songs incorporate the compartmentalized sexuality so prevalent in that world.

Back in 1985, I thought hard Corps were the next logical evolution of the Kraftwerk sound. Looking back, what seemed like a natural progression, was only an evolutionary dead-end. The hard Corps sound seems more relevant today, as a new generation of electronic musicians are discovering their music. Like Kraftwerk before them, hard Corps are more known in the world of musicians than in the world of music consumers.

Ironically, almost 30 years after the band's demise they sell more units than at the height of their 1980s popularity. This is a testament to the vision of Fetet and her bandmates Hugh Ashton, Clive Pierce and Robert Doran.

hard Corps, like futurism itself, only burned brightly for a brief moment and then it was gone. The sounds still remain - sounds pure and timeless, not dated at all.

Regine Fetet

Regine Fetet was also like that.

For those of us that will never burn as brightly, but who remain  - remembrance and gratitude.

When The Flesh Gets Cut Off The Soul, It's Not The End. I Will See You Again.

NY Daily News Covers My Rat Video!


	Mouse in the "Regular Spicy Mix" olives in a YouTube video titled "Baby Rat INSIDE Upper West Side Fairway Olive Bar" uploaded by Mike MyUpperWest.

Mike MyUpperWest/via YouTube

Mouse gets in the olives in Fairway supermarket in Manhattan.

These olives are the pits.

A revolting video posted on neighborhood blog MyUpperWest.com captured a mouse scurrying about an assortment of oily olives at the Fairway supermarket.

The nauseating footage was shot just after midnight on Wednesday at the olive bar inside the grocery store on Broadway near W. 74th St., the blog reported. The store’s hours are from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m.

“When I arrived at the area with the buckets of olives I was surprised that a man next to me jumped away from the produce and started gesticulating wildly,” wrote Glenn Herman in a letter to the store’s customer service that was posted on the blog.

“I discovered a small rat or mouse happily hanging out in the olive bins,” he added.

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