Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Walkmen Review: Heaven

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The Walkmen


Album cover art for the new Walkmen album, Heaven

Despite being consistently solid for an entire decade, New York’s five-some The Walkmen have still found themselves swimming a bit under the radar in comparison to their indie rock contemporaries like Spoon, Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand, and the Strokes.  Maybe The Walkmen lack the flair and flash of their counterparts, but it’s difficult to deny the strength of their music, which maybe even hit its peak with their last release, Lisbon. Now comes another striking release in Heaven, which stands as their prettiest and most uplifting album to date.

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Introducing Wedding Uggs. Ugh.


The American bridal industry brings in an estimated $40 billion every year. So it’s not exactly surprising that companies with no ostensible link to marital bliss would still want to find a way to cash in. Which could be why the company that unleashed sheepskin boots on an unsuspecting world is now jumping into the wedding market.

Ugg Australia has unveiled a new “I Do!” capsule collection, featuring a line of fuzzy footwear for a bride’s big day with the slogan, “Your wedding just got cozier.” And, no, this is not a joke. The line includes the Sparkles boot, which has the classic Ugg shape and is bedazzled in white and pink iridescent sequins ($190); the Bailey Bling boot, which comes in a silvery hue and has a Swarovski crystal button ($225); and the Fluff Flip-Flop, a shearling covered sandal that looks like pretty much exactly what it sounds like…

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Mark Zuckerberg Inadvertently Photobombs Chinese TV


Facebook’s billionaire CEO Mark Zuckerberg may have found a back-up gig: cameos in police dramas. During the filming of the fourth episode of Chinese Police, a documentary series by China Central Television, Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, made a surprise appearance.

Skip the slow-mo explosions in the Chinese-language trailer and fast forward to around 28 seconds. Yep, there’s our beloved billionaire, all smiles while strolling through Shanghai during a business trip in 2010 with then-girlfriend Chan. Originally pointed out by ChinaSmack, which translated a post by a user on Sina Weibo — a Chinese social media site similar to Twitter — the footage quickly invited conspiracy theories.

(MORE: China Photoshop Fail: ‘Floating’ Park Inspectors Prompt Online Ridicule)

Some say it’s possible that this was a staged attempt by the central government to reflect the “leadership’s fear that its power could be threatened by allowing citizens to…

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Bieber releases new music, ‘Die In Your Arms’

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Justin Bieber’s not letting recent legal drama put a damper on his chart momentum.

The pop star has just released “Die In Your Arms,” the latest track off his upcoming album “Believe.”

The upbeat, vintage-sounding love song was released to iTunes at midnight Tuesday morning.

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Assassination plots linked to Iran

CNN Newsroom

CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux discusses Iran’s “hit list” with International Security expert, Jim Walsh.

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Baker-Vawter Ghost Sign in Kansas City, MO

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Baker-Vawter Ghost Sign in Kansas City, MO

The Baker-Vawter Building, designed by Hoit, Price and Barnes, is located at 915-917 Wyandotte St. in Kansas City, MO. It is now called Lofts at 917, but the ghost sign on the side and the name on the front façade remain. Those windows are amazing.

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X-Men: Fatal Attractions (Review/Retrospective)

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I’ll freely concede that I feel a bit conflicted when it comes to the X-Men comic books in the nineties. On the one hand, they were prone to nineties excesses, seemingly constantly in the midst of a sales-boasting crossover event, increasingly toyetic with steretypical portrayals and male and female anatomy. Also, to be entirely honest, they were never as exciting or creative as they had been when Claremont was directing the line – even his more esoteric efforts developed key themes and harboured a hint more ambition and sophistication than most of what followed.

However, I don’t want to give the impression I’m not fond of the X-Men in the nineties. That era, through the toys and the cartoon show, introduced me to the team. And, to be entirely fair, the books were very far ahead of the worst of what Marvel was publishing (as I’m currently reading The Crossing

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Woman With Asperger’s Dodges Bullet on Nearly $340,000 in Student Loans


A bankruptcy judge has ruled in favor of a Maryland resident who claimed she could not repay her student loans because her Asperger’s syndrome prevents her from holding a job.

Carol Todd, who attended the University of Baltimore School of Law in the 1990s before dropping out, successfully made the case that her disability prevented her from repaying the nearly $340,000 she owed in student loans.

In order to relinquish the debt, Todd had to prove she would suffer “undue hardship” if forced to repay her student loans—a condition that is extremely difficult to demonstrate. In deciding in Todd’s favor, Judge Robert Gordon, a bankruptcy judge for the District of Maryland, acknowledged Asperger’s—an autistic spectrum disorder that is typified by problems with social interaction—as a disability that could prevent Todd from repaying her loans.

“To expect Ms. Todd to ever break the grip of autism and meaningfully channel her energies…

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Human Hand, Foot Found in Canadian Mail


In a bizarre series of events, Canadian police are looking for a link between a bloody package containing a human foot in Ottawa and the grisly discovery of a severed torso in Montreal.

A receptionist at Canada’s Conservative Party Headquarters alerted authorities Tuesday after partially opening a blood-soaked package just before noon. Police enlisted members of the hazardous-material unit, who opened the package at 130 Albert St. and found the human appendage, the AP reports. Police said the package was addressed to the Conservative Party of Canada, which is Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s party. (Harper’s office is not located at the political headquarters.) “I don’t think any of us are thinking this necessarily has anything to do with politics,” Conservative MP Brad Trost said.

(MORE: Historic Montreal Protests, Once About Student Tuition, Now Decry an ‘Unconstitutional’ Government Response)

 Hours later, authorities discovered a second suspicious package containing a human hand at…

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