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Sinkhole Swallows Eight Kentucky Corvettes

Pic: JonRev (PD)

Pic: JonRev (PD)

According to my girlfriend, Bowling Green, Kentucky (her hometown) is known for two things: caves and Corvettes. The iconic sports cars are built there and the National Corvette Museum celebrates the city’s automotive legacy. The place is also sitting on top of limestone deposits that often give way into the Mammoth Cave system they form as they are eroded by water over time.

On Wednesday, this security cam video from inside the Corvette Museum appeared on YouTube. It captures a massive sinkhole opening beneath an exhibition of the cars, showing two of the vehicles disappearing entirely…

As of this report, 8 cars are confirmed to have been swallowed by the gaping hole. Our deepest condolences go out to their widows and children.

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Ghosts of Video Games Past Online Now

PitfallChristmas has come and gone but the gifts just keep coming. My family and friends plundered my wish list, handing me a healthy stack of the DVD’s and books that I look forward to at this time of year. I love films and reading so I didn’t think I could be happier with my haul.

However, another unexpected gift arrived which reminds me of Christmases long-past when the only thing I wanted was the newest game for my Atari 2600. Arriving with the promptness of a flying reindeer, it was just announced that the Internet Archive is making a place for playable, online games from the original, classic home consoles like the Atari 2600 and the Odyssey 2.

Here’s the scoop from PC MAG.

Feeling nostalgic? We’ll let archivist Jason Scott explain:

“For a generation of children, the most exciting part of a Christmas morning was discovering a large box under the tree, ripping it apart, and looking at an exciting, colorful box promising endless video games.

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Coincidence Control Network: Episode 54

Coincidence Control Network: File #054 – Attack of the Modern Caveman

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This week: Pussy Riot update, the slow television of Norway, Detroit bark city?, Matt Forney is a massive dick-bag, Dark Wallet and BitCoin: a good idea?, and a Canadian Astronaut snorts at Hollywood.

PersonnelJoe Nolan, Kim Monaghan, and Ken Eakins

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Links:

  • Pussy Riot Hunger Strike – Link
  • Norway does TV…wrong – Link
  • Investor to Create a Forest in Detroit – Link
  • Matt Forney – Modern Caveman – Link
  • Dark wallet – Link
  • Canadian Astronaut booted out of screening of Gravity for heckling – Link

Interludes:

Dissolved, End, Messer Chups

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King of the Zombies

dawn-of-the-deadWhile George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead was originally panned by critics in 1968, the film has gone on to wide acclaim — it jump-started modern zombie cinema, and also mixed-in dark social commentary about the American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s.

Romero’s 1978 follow-up, Dawn of the Dead, didn’t suffer a sophomore jinx in the series — everything from the script to the acting to the production values are cranked-up. More importantly, this is the film that defines the zombie of today as a metaphor for American consumer culture run amok.

In keeping with my latest spook-tacular posts, I’m happy to point you to George Romero’s other classic, Dawn of the Dead. If you’ve seen the film before, enjoy it again. If you’re a newbie, get ready to see where the Zombie Apocalypse really began.

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Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir

Roman Polanski in The TenantLaurent Bouzereau’s Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir features the eponymous director in conversation with his longtime friend and producer, Andrew Braunsberg – the pair have known one another since 1964. With that kind of bare-bones conceptualizing it might not come as a surprise to learn that Bouzereau’s bread and butter as a director has been creating extras for DVD’s. Watching filmmakers discuss their work for five minutes, behind-the-scenes, can be entertaining – even illuminating. But an hour and a half of the stuff could try the patience. Fortunately for Bouzereau – and his viewers – Polanski is funny, insightful and eloquent when discussing a life few of us could fathom.

The discussion was filmed during Polanski’s house arrest in Gstaad, Switzerland, in 2009. The director was threatened with extradition to the U.S. to face his infamous sexual misconduct charges dating to 1977. We learn the clandestine details of Polanski’s arrest before he recounts his childhood, growing up in a Jewish ghetto in Nazi-occupied Krakow, Poland.… Read the rest

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