· Mar 26, 2014 at 11:15 am
A video that appears to capture the moment a CTA Blue Line train jumped the platform and landed on an escalator at O’Hare International Airport has become an overnight YouTube sensation.
The video — which seems to be from a security camera — shows two men talking atop the escalator as the train pulls into the station. Both flee when they see the train catapult up the escalator.
The Chicago Transit Authority would not confirm the video’s authenticity. The National Transportation Safety Board did not respond to requests for comment, but plans to hold a news conference later today.
Interesting choice of the words “appear” and “seems to” when describing what is obviously happening.
I was crossing my fingers, hoping Keanu would jump out Matrix cartwheel style.
· Mar 26, 2014 at 10:46 am
Our ever reliable sources (same folks who told us about Rocket Raccoon) are informing us that while Harrison Ford might still play Indiana Jones in the next film of the franchise, the window of making that happen is getting smaller and smaller.
There is a date and if Indiana Jones 5 is not moving forward by then, the studios are 100% prepared to recast a younger Dr. Jones and ready up a new trilogy.
Don’t think of it as a reboot but just recasting the same way the James Bond (Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig) movies have been doing for the better part of five decades.
And who just might be one of the actors that the studio is looking at ? The word is that they are looking at several but Bradley Cooper is at the top of the list.
[…] Cooper is one of the biggest male stars in Hollywood right now without a major franchise […] and he could do the part justice […]
While I am usually against rebooting franchises just for the sake of doing it, in my opinion, Indiana Jones is long overdue for a reboot. Or, should I say, a simple recasting (and definitely not a remake of an existing film; I think anyone who attempts to remake Raiders of the Lost Ark who aren’t a group of little kids deserve to fail.) Indy was conceived by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg as the American James Bond, and 007 has been played by six actors now over the course of fifty years […] It’s time this generation had their own version of the estimable Dr. Henry Jones Jr. to call its own.
Just let Dr. Jones rest in peace, he doesn’t need to go the way of Bond. We don’t need another sequel or reboot or revamp. It’ll kill the magic and spoil the legacy.
This generation doesn’t need a version to call their own, they need their own hero.
The Indiana franchise is huge but must everything be milked to the point of zero credibility?
I sound like a crotchety old man.
· Mar 24, 2014 at 6:06 pm
What would it look like to travel through a wormhole? Maybe a little bit like this new photo series from Randy Scott Slavin. “Alternate Perspectives Two” challenges the very definition of panorama, turning simple landscapes into 360-degree spheres of beauty. You almost want to fall right into the photos, just to see where in the universe you’d emerge.
The effect makes a little more sense once you learn more about Slavin’s inspiration. “My first major art influence was M.C. Escher,” the photographer told US. “My work as a commercial and music video director always gives me reason to look for new and interesting photographic techniques, which is how I originally got into 360 degree spherical panoramas. Spherical panoramas then led me to the world of stereographic projection (which is the mapping of a spherical image onto a flat plane) and the rest is history.”
· Mar 22, 2014 at 8:28 am
The guy down the hall who got a promotion. The friend who always gets a table at the hottest restaurant in the city. The former roommate who takes the best vacations. Sure, you’re happy for them, but with people posting only the best parts of their lives on Facebook, it’s hard not to compare yourself to others.
Facebook and Twitter bring social comparison to a whole new level. “Social media is basically social comparison on steroids,” says Ramani Durvasula, a Los Angeles-based licensed clinical psychologist and psychology professor at California State University.
People showcase the most aspirational version of themselves on social media—new houses, expensive dinners, exotic vacations. It’s human nature to compare ourselves to others in order to learn how to behave and gauge societal expectations, but this becomes problematic when it feeds low self-esteem or causes anxiety, says Durvasula.
I think showcasing the best parts of our lives is what social media is for and seeing the highlights of other’s adventures often motivates me to go have my own.
In the same breath, I also know that it’s all too easy for me to get caught up in the bad parts. Posting something on Facebook and then getting a truckload of likes can be exhilarating — it’s instant confirmation that I’m “somebody.”
Being an “adult” I can take a step back but it’s the kids and how this shapes their lives that I worry about. M. is very impressionable when it comes to her peers.
· Mar 21, 2014 at 5:05 pm
The downside to the nice weather is that all these twerps are getting in my way as I try to get home from work. However… “Groove is in the Heart” is on the radio so I’ll let ‘em slide this time.