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Video Overnight Thread- Allen Lanier of Blue Öyster Cult, RIP

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Anther one that just smacks me up the head. Because I went to college in Michigan (Aquinas College, MI), I didn't go home (Miami, FL) during most holidays. In 1979 I was in the dorms during one of the breaks reading King's "The Stand". I had never heard of Blue Oyster Cult before, but when the dorms filled up again, I got an education (King featured the song in the book). Haunting, great music, and a sad loss. Via.

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Video- Iconic Writer, Weaver of My Nightmares, Author Richard Matheson, 'I Am Legend' Dies At 87

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I usually don't get verklempt over writers, but this man is such a part of my life. When I was a way geeky kid, I memorized the stories, authors, actors etc of every single Twilight Zone episode. Matheson of course, was everywhere. The first really scary film I ever saw in a theater was "Legend of Hell House" in a place on Calle Ocho with Spanish subtitles. ("Necrophilia...." Remember Olga?) Kolchak? OMG, Freaking Kolchak! I Am Legend, even that cheesy "Somewhere In Time". Books, movies, television! Other than King and Bradbury, no other writer has ever left an imprint on me like he did. Rest his soul, time to reread some of the greats. Killer NPR write up here.

It is ironic that one of the books author Richard Matheson, who has died at the age of 87 according to publisher Tor/Forge, is best known for is 1956′s The Shrinking Man. While that novel related the tale of a person diminishing away to virtually nothing, Matheson’s influence on the science fiction genre continues to grow more than a half century after the book’s publication. Just last week saw the release of World War Z, a film which owes a huge debt to George A. Romero’s classic 1968 film Night of the Living Dead and hence to Matheson’s similarly revered 1954 tome I Am Legend, to which Romero paid extremely generous homage in his film. Maybe too generous, according to Matheson himself. In 2007, the Allendale, N.J.-born writer told me with a chuckle about the time he met Romero for lunch. ”The first thing he said to me, putting his arms up as if I was abut to strike him, [was], ‘Didn’t make any money from Night of the Living Dead,’” Matheson recalled. “‘Homage’ means I get to steal you work. He’s a nice guy, though. I don’t harbor any animosity toward him.” (Romero later confirmed this story: “I confessed to him that I basically ripped the idea off from I Am Legend. He forgave me because we didn’t make any money. He said, ‘Well, as long as you didn’t get rich, it’s okay.’”)

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Author Stephen King: Require NRA to "help clean up the blood, the brains & the chunks of intestine" at school shooting scenes

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Best-selling author and gun owner Stephen King has written a 25-page essay, Guns, that is described at the Amazon site this way:

In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King’s keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done. King's earnings from the sale of this essay will go the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

STEPHEN KING is the author of 11/22/63, Under the Dome, Carrie, The Shining and many other bestselling works.

Please read the Think Progress post "How To Convince The NRA That Assault Weapons, Not The Media, Are Responsible For Gun Massacres" in full, because it includes-- What are they called again? Oh yeah-- facts. Here's a rather graphic excerpt:

[The NRA] will deflect attention from guns and propose expanding access to mental health services, stationing guards in schools, and of course clamping down on the media’s glorification of violence. “One only wishes [NRA Executive VIce President and CEO] Wayne LaPierre and his NRA board of directors could be drafted to some of these [school shooting] scenes, where they would be required to put on booties and rubber gloves and help clean up the blood, the brains, and the chunks of intestine still containing the poor wads of half-digested food that were some innocent bystander’s last meal,” King writes. Maybe then they’ll focus less on the make-believe death in media and the very real destruction that open access to military-style weapons can cause.

They're much too cowardly to ever go to an actual crime scene. That would mean coming face-to face with heart-wrenching, stomach-turning, blood-and-guts reality. Instead, NRA leadership and other extremists live in their own world of make-believe, the one that brings them as much power and money as they can get from lobbying for the gun industry.

Until gun zealots wake up, appalling scenes like the one at Newtown, along with disturbing moments like this, will continue to take place: Dad charged with pointing AK-47 at daughter after arguing over the two B’s she got in school.

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Video Mid Day Distraction- The Shining - The Sitcom (Seinfeld Style)

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Via Boing Boing.

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