Jean Stapleton, Who Played Archie Bunker’s Better Angel, Dies at 90 (May 31, 2013)

…“All in the Family” was Ms. Stapleton’s first television series, but before that she had appeared as a guest on several shows, including “Dr. Kildare,” “My Three Sons,” “Car 54, Where Are You?” and the courtroom drama “The Defenders,” in which she played the owner of a boardinghouse who accused a tenant — played by Mr. O’Connor — of murder.

Ms. Stapleton bowed out of “All in the Family” as a series regular in 1979, but she appeared in several episodes the next year, after the title of the show had been changed to “Archie Bunker’s Place.” The opening episode of the second season of “Archie Bunker’s Place” dealt with the aftermath of Edith’s death.

After “All in the Family,” Ms. Stapleton purposely sought out roles that would separate her from Edith, and in so doing she led a busy and varied, if less celebrated, performing life. She turned down a chance to star as Jessica Fletcher, the middle-aged mystery writer at the center of “Murder, She Wrote,” which became a long-running hit with Angela Lansbury.

But she appeared as a guest on numerous television series, including “Caroline in the City” and “Murphy Brown”; starred with Whoopi Goldberg in a short-lived series, “Bagdad Café”; did turns in films (“You’ve Got Mail,” “Michael”); and made several television movies, including “Eleanor: First Lady of the World” (1982), in which she starred as Eleanor Roosevelt. The film led to a one-woman show that toured the country.

Perhaps the most significant work of her later life, however, was Off Broadway, where she performed in challenging works by Mr. Foote (“The Carpetbagger’s Children”), John Osborne (“The Entertainer”) and Harold Pinter (“Mountain Language,” “The Birthday Party”) to sterling reviews.

“She brings supreme comic obtuseness to Meg, the pathetic proprietor of a shabby seaside boarding house,” Frank Rich of The Times wrote of Ms. Stapleton’s performance in read more

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.


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.

Jon Pertwee’s secret life as a wartime agent… years before he did battle with the Daleks!

He was best known for battling the Daleks as one of the best-loved Doctor Whos.

But now it has been revealed that Jon Pertwee was a real-life secret agent years before he donned the Time Lord’s cape.

The actor, who died in 1996 aged 76, was a senior intelligence agent during the Second World War and reported directly to Winston Churchill.

He was also recommended for another role by James Bond creator Ian Fleming – and proved to be an expert in using a range of 007-like gadgets, including a smoking pipe that fired bullets and handkerchiefs containing secret maps.

The revelations – in a long-lost tape-recorded interview – confirm that Pertwee’s wartime activities were as remarkable as his acting career, which saw him play the third incarnation of the Doctor between 1970 and 1974.

Pertwee said he kept silent about the nature of his covert role with the Naval Intelligence Division for decades for fear of breaching the Official Secrets Act.On the tape he says: ‘The team I worked with, the brothers in intelligence, were an amazing  collection of characters.

‘There was a huge range of talents all being used to better protect the security of the nation, often in very surprising ways.

‘I did all sorts. Teaching commandos how to use escapology equipment, compasses in brass buttons, secret maps in white cotton handkerchiefs, pipes you could smoke that also fired a .22 bullet. All sorts of incredible things. It suited me perfectly as  I have always loved gadgets.

‘I used to attend meetings where Churchill would be at the end of the table and he would be smoking his cigars. At the end of the meeting, I used to collect the butts and sell them on to the Americans for a few dollars.

‘I don’t remember much of  my first meeting with Churchill except he gave me some priceless advice. He told me to always watch people, that there was a lot you could learn about someone’s character from the little actions they make – which was great advice for an actor.’

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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.

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Mouse gets in the olives in Fairway supermarket in Manhattan.

These olives are the pits.

A revolting video posted on neighborhood blog 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.


Video – Stanley Kubrick: One-Point Perspective

Linear Perspective: a mathematical system for representing three-dimensional objects and space on a two-dimensional surface by means of intersecting lines that are drawn vertically and horizontally and that radiate from one point (one-point perspective), two points (two-point perspective), or several points on a horizon line as perceived by a viewer imagined in an arbitrarily fixed position.