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Mathematics Theme A Big Hit For New Graphic Novel

Posted in Entertainment with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

Logicomix“Logicomix” was a best seller in the author’s, Apostolos Doxiadis, native Greece when it was released last year and now number-fiends in the U.S. can get their hands on this book that combines mathematical theories and philosophy within a film-noir-esque comic.

“Improbable material for comic-book treatment? Not really. The principals in this intellectual drama are superheroes of a sort. They go up against a powerful nemesis, who might be called Dark Antinomy. Each is haunted by an inner demon, the Specter of Madness. Their quest has a tragic arc, not unlike that of Superman or Donald Duck.” Link!

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LeVar Burton And His Living Hell With Reading Rainbow

Posted in Entertainment, Television with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

LeVarBurtonI’d thought I had a childhood-bubble-popping-clutch-the-pearls moment when I clicked on a link from actor LeVar Burton’s Twitter page where he writes a confessional article. In it, he states how much he hated the beloved children’s show, that ran for 26 years, Reading Rainbow.

“Hoping to escape Reading Rainbow’s clutches, I started taking any role I could get. I’m proud of some of them: I played Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Martin Luther King in Ali. But you know what the most challenging role of my career was? Hosting Reading Rainbow and acting like I gave a shit about getting kids interested in books.

Fact is, I couldn’t care less whether kids learn to read. There, I said it.”

As a kid who grew up loving this show since, pretty much, its inception way back in 1983 my mouth was agape at reading on his reflections. My reaction was, almost, akin to when I saw Wayne Brady doing that now infamous Dave Chappelle skit. Mr. Burton seems like such a nice guy, who was one of the few POC role models back in the day, and here he was, basically, saying, “F*** those kids!”

But, I laughed my butt off and re-read his article after realizing that it wasn’t to be taken seriously. You see, unbeknownst to my dingy self I neglected to see who he’d written the article for – The Onion.

Thanks for the belly laughs, LeVar Burton. Now I can go back to reading Abiyoyo. Link!

(Image courtesy of Flickr user library_mistress)

UPDATE! It turns out LeVar Burton didn’t write The Onion article after all. From his Twitter: “Attention all un-believers THE ONION is satirical parody of news events and meant to be enjoyed as such! No I did not write it! Relax, OK?”

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Amy Sedaris Walk Through For Feminine Hygiene

Posted in Entertainment, Television, Videos, WTF?! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2009 by TheDiversePurse

ilikeyouHere’s funny lady Amy Sedaris (Strangers with Candy) on Chelsea Lately recently promoting her new book “I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence”. She teaches us about vaginal cleansing with a felt-like prop which is absolutely hilarious.

Both women crack me up, but I’m not sure about THIS SHIT HERE. Should we let this bitch slide because she has a screw loose? Why, Amy, why?Vodpod videos no longer available.

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Odd Items Found In Library Books

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 1, 2008 by TheDiversePurse

librarybooksPostcards, pieces of random paper, and standard bookmarks are commonly used to hold ones place in a book, but would you ever expect to find a $10,000 check or muscle relaxant pills in a book you’ve checked out from the library? The latter two are only an example of oddities Arizona librarian Marj Pals has been collecting over the past several years. She puts them on display behind her desk in case the owner comes around one day to claim it. But, according to Pals, people rarely ever do. Link!

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