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RIP: Harold Ramis

Looks like Venkman and Ray might be Ghostbusting Spengler if there's ever another Ghostbusters movie - as co-writer and star Harold Ramis has passed away, aged 69. He also directed all-time classic Groundhog Day, National Lampoon's Vacation and Caddyshack ... plus less-than-classic Multiplicity.

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24th Feb 2014 - Add Comment - Tweet

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RIP: Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Shocked to hear of the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Dude, that had not occured to us.

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2nd Feb 2014 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP: Elmore Leonard

Legendary author Elmore Leonard has died, aged 87. As well as being an author, Leonard has penned many film scripts all the way back to the 50s - including Joe Kidd and Mr. Majestyck. He saw a bit of a revival in the 90s with movies like Out of Sight, Jackie Brown and Get Shorty being made from his material. Recently he's seen a lot of success as the creator of Justified's leading character - Raylan Givens.

Do yourself a favour and read a copy of Tishomingo Blues.

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20th Aug 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP: Ray Harryhausen

Skeleton warriors will never battle stop-motion dinosaurs again. RIP Ray Harryhausen

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7th May 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Short Attention Span Theatre: Act Of Terror

From @FatRatFilms 

While filming a routine stop and search of her boyfriend on the London Underground, Gemma suddenly found herself detained, handcuffed and threatened with arrest.
Act of Terror tells the story of her fight to bring the police to justice and prevent this happening to anyone else, ever again.
Official Website: ActOfTerrorDocumentary.com

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29th Apr 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP: Roger Ebert

America's Barry Norman, Roger Ebert has died aged 70. With presenting partner Gene Siskel, their show At The Movies ran a thumbs up/thumbs down system ...and generally got it right.

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4th Apr 2013 - Add Comment - Tweet

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Chimps. Let it snow.

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25th Dec 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

The Big Picture: 2012 Part 1

The @Big_Picture have the first part of their 2012 round-up online. Keep 'em peeled for 2,3,4.

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18th Dec 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP: Patrick Moore

Patrick Moore has died, aged 89. One of the stalwarts of the BBC, Moore's 50 year stint as presenter of the Sky At Night remians a world record, as well as providing hours of chill-out viewing.

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9th Dec 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP: Ceefax 1974-2012

With the final digital switch off taking place today, Ceefax is a thing of the past.

Via BBC

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23rd Oct 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

Trailer Park: How To Make Money Selling Drugs

interesting look at drugs in America, with 50 Cent, David Simon, Eminem etc

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29th Aug 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

Free Pussy Riot

@freepussyriot RT @blackscore_ #FreePussyRiot #free #pussy #riot http://t.co/apXoUkst

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22nd Aug 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

Olympics 2012

"THIS IS THE BIG ONE" as Boris keeps reminding us. More updates: @Olympics__2012 

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18th Jul 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

HARDtalk - Alan Moore

an interview with the comics legend - still available on iPlayer (via @serafinowicz)

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11th Jul 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP: Ernest Borgnine

Airwolf co-pilot and Wild Bunch/Dirty Dozen cohort Ernest Borgnine has died, aged 95.

Via The Guardian

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9th Jul 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

Promo Promo: Frying Dutchman - humanERROR

A passionate anti-nuclear punk-meets-westcoast epic rant from Japanese band Frying Dutchman (via @YukaCHonda)

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29th Jun 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP: MCA

Absolutely gutted to hear that MCA has passed away, and I suspect Nathaniel Hornblower might have gone with him. As an 11 year old hip hop fan, the disreputable Beastie Boys were clearly going to be a one hit wonder as far as the parents of the world were concerned, but who would have thought they would have evolved to be so endlessly influential and culturaly significant. As a director, Adam Yauch put his hand to many of the Beasties inspiring videos - and more recently through his company Oscilloscope he has become a truly influential character in the world of indie film.

A true loss that hits hard, especially when he was taken so early. RIP.

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4th May 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP: Levon Helm

Drummer and vocalist from The Band, Levon Helm has passed away aged 71. Watch The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down in tribute.

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20th Apr 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP: Jim Marshall

RIP amplification pioneer Jim Marshall, who has died aged 88. Hopefully he won't be denied Stairway.

Via BBC.

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8th Apr 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP: Ben Gazzara

RIP Ben Gazzara, improv acting legend from the Cassavettes era ....and better known to us as the bad guy from Roadhouse, or Jackie Treehorn from The Big Lebowski.

81. Good innings dude.

Via The Guardian.

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4th Feb 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

Strictly Underground: The Secret World Of Burlington

A peek inside Burlington, the UK's secret underground nuclear bunker/town in Wiltshire built during the second world war. Comes with its own railway station, pub, BBC studio and lots of desks so you can keep up with all that post-apocalyse paper work

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12th Jan 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP: Bob Holness

RIP Blockbusters presenter Bob Holness, who has died aged 83. Never was so much humour derived amongst students everywhere from lines like "I'll have an E please Bob".

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6th Jan 2012 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP: Cheeta

Hats off to the original chimp - Cheeta. Keeping it real 1921-2011.

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28th Dec 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

The Big Picture 2011 Photo Round Up

The Big Picture has done a round up of the best pictures from 2011 in three parts (one, twothree). Too many phenomenal shots to include here.

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23rd Dec 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP: Ken Russell

RIP legendary british director Ken Russell. Was always thoroughly baffled by Lair Of The White Worm as a young film fan. Not sure what I would make of it now either.

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28th Nov 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP: Jimmy Saville

RIP Jimmy Saville, 1926-2011. An incomparable personality.

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30th Oct 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP: Steve Jobs

Not many people can claim to have been behind a genuine game changer in their career, while Apple boss Steve Jobs can be comfortably given responsibility for more than a handful. Most people didn't really understand what the iPod was when it debuted (see this of-the-time reaction to that announcement), and it's impossible to go into any phone shop without instantly seeing the impact of the iPhone on the design of 99% of the competition. No one even knew they needed an iPad when that first arrived. Check out this great set of Time photos by Diana Walker.

He even managed to leave one more thing: the authorised Steve Jobs biography was due to land in November, but a 40,000% increase in demand has seen it shoot to the top of the best seller list and get a bumped up release date of October 24th. Jobs gave his last interview for the book 4 weeks ago, at which point he knew his time would soon be up. It will no doubt make for an inspriing read, from a true innovator.

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6th Oct 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

Undercover WIFI

Note to self: if you're on a stakeout for the Feds, don't call your van's WIFI network FBI_SURVEILLANCE_VAN. Luckily this douchebag didn't put two and two together.

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22nd Aug 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP: Sgt Hightower

RIP Bubba Smith AKA Police Academy's Moses Hightower. You might not know he was also a Superbowl winning NFL star.

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4th Aug 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP: The Space Shuttle

Bid farewell to the Space Shuttle program, which touched down from it's final mission today. Photo above was talken from the Intrenational Space Station, as the shuttle took off.

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22nd Jul 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP Cy Twombly

American artist Cy Twombly has died, aged 83.

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6th Jul 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

Another Google Earth

Visit amazing site Another Earth for a double sided browser that lets you compare any area of the earth, even setting left and right to different areas of time - for example to compare the effects of the recent Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami disaster. 

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24th Jun 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

RIP: Jackass Ryan Dunn

Jackass' Ryan Dunn has died in a non-stunt related car crash in Philadelphia. Always one of my favourites on the show, and a totem for beard appreciators everywhere.

Via BBC

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21st Jun 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

BBC Doomsday

The BBC are dumping the previous hard-copy iteration of their time-capsule "Domesday Project" for a more modern format. I have no doubt that "A Website" has about as little life-span as "A Laser Disk" - as Toby Anstis illustrates below.

Via @thecoldvein

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16th May 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

Top Ten #OBL Myths

OBL: not a CIA stooge after all? Like the idea of them pretending to live in caves for the cameras

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4th May 2011 - Add Comment - Tweet

There's An App For That: Yurekuru

BC and I are in the field over in Tokyo this week ....and have been rocked by the frequent aftershocks from last months big quake (a magnitude 7.1 and a 7.4 being the biggest). A frequent sound prior to the tremor is the ding ding of the Yurekuru App, which gives locals a quick heads-up. You can even set a minimum intensity over which you want warning, as most people here don't get out of bed for less than a 7.

Japan doesn't use the same magnitude system as the West, preferring the Japan Meteorological Agency seismic intensity scale which records quakes in actual relative intensity - rating the quake bigger the closer you are to the epicentre. The ratings are also accompanied by a written description, ranging from "Hanging objects such as lamps swing slightly" through "Hanging objects swing violently. Most unstable ornaments fall. Occasionally, dishes in a cupboard and books on a bookshelf fall and furniture moves" to "Most furniture moves to a large extent and some jumps up".

Update: The USGS has data streams accessible by the "Quakes" app - in English.

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