Tuesday, September 23, 2014        Edition: #5311

Bully For You!

★ What did “Big Bang Theory” actress Kaley Cuoco do after she discovered her naked photos were leaked online? She emailed her parents to give them a heads up about what they were about to hear and see in the press (awkward!). Cuoco says she’s used to getting alerts about nude pics that turn out to be fakes, but the ones recently leaked after an iCloud hack turned out to be the real deal. And we can now add Amber Heard (apparently posing for ‘Tonto’) and Rihanna to the latest list of online leaks. (Don’t want ’em leaked? Don’t take ’em. Or at least don’t save ’em.)
★ Colin Farrell has confirmed he’s signed on to star in the 2nd season of the HBO crime drama “True Detective”. He tells Ireland’s “Sunday World” he knows there will be 8 episodes taking 4 or 5 months to shoot, but has few other details other than he can remain at home in LA during production. The 1st season of the show featured Matthew McConaughey & Woody Harrelson as detectives investigating a 17-year-old murder case. Farrell and a new set of co-stars (rumored to be Taylor Kitsch & Vince Vaughn) will take over a new storyline in Season 2.
– WENN.com
★ New books by the offspring of late R&B singer James Brown reveal some grisly details about his personal life. “Cold Sweat” by daughter Yamma Brown offers chilling details about her father’s domestic abuse. And in “Inside the Godfather”, Brown’s son Daryl insists his dad’s death was not natural … it was a murder. He also believes his brother Teddy’s car accident death in 1973 was a planned murder, claiming his sibling was shot before crashing the car. (All of this makes this year’s James Brown bio-film “Get on Up” seem a tad tame … if not lame.)
– Canoe.ca

• “Conan” (TBS/CTV) – George Harrison salute week continues with Paul Simon (“The Studio Recordings, 1972-2000”).
• “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC/CTV2) – Nico & Vinz perform; Sia performs; dancers face elimination.
• “Ellen DeGeneres Show” (syndicated/CTV2) – 30 Seconds to Mars (“Love, Lust, Faith and Dreams”).
• “Jimmy Kimmel Live” (ABC/CityTV) – Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo (“Queen Of the Clouds”, out September 30th).
• “Last Call With Carson Daly” (NBC) – Say Anything (“Hebrews”).
• “Late Night With Seth Meyers” (NBC/CTV) – Jennifer Hudson (“JHUD”, released today, includes collaborations with Iggy Azalea, Pharrell, R Kelly, and TI)
• “Late Show With David Letterman” (CBS/Omni1) – Lenny Kravitz (“Strut”, out today).
• “NCIS” (CBS/Global) – The 12th season premiere of the highly-rated military drama/police procedural show provides a lead-in for a new spinoff series, “NCIS: New Orleans”, starring Scott Bakula & Lucas Black.
• “Person of Interest” (CBS) – Jim Caviezel returns for the 4th season debut.
• “Tavis Smiley” (PBS) – Aloe Blacc (“Lift Your Spirit”).
• “Today Show” (NBC) – Kenny Chesney (“The Big Revival”, out today).
• “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” (NBC/CTV2) – Julian Casablancas & The Voidz (“Tyranny”, released today).
• “The Voice” (NBC/CTV2) – More hopefuls perform for the coaches as the blind auditions round continues.

• alt-J – Today they release their 2nd album “This Is All Yours” in CD, digital, and double-vinyl editions. They’ll support the album with a North American tour in October-November.
• The Beatles –  “George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75”, a digitally remastered box set reissue of his 1st 6 solo albums, plus a DVD is out today … listed at $105.98.
• David Bowie – A documentary on the “David Bowie Is” art exhibit is opening in some 100 select movie theaters today to coincide with the exhibition’s opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago IL. It will remain on view there until January 4th.
• John Mellencamp – His 22nd album, “Plain Spoken”, is released today. The 10-track project is available on CD, vinyl, and via download.
• Kanye West – He’s rumored to be working with Paul McCartney on the follow-up to last year’s album, “Yeezus”. Now there’s an odd combo.
• Lady Gaga / Tony Bennett – Their duets album “Cheek to Cheek” is out today. In addition to singing old standards such as “Anything Goes” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” together, they each have a few solo tracks.
• Leonard Cohen – Today his new album “Popular Problems” is released, 2 days after his 80th birthday. It features 9 new songs that Cohen has written in collaboration with co-writer Patrick Leonard. Cohen quote about turning 80: “The other side of the hill is no time to tarry.”
• Smashing Pumpkins – Today the 1998 album “Adore” is reissued in a massive 7-disc box set. The CD-DVD collection is full of rarities, outtakes, remixes, instrumentals, demos, and an entire show recorded in the Summer of 1998.
• Wilco – Jeff Tweedy’s debut solo album, a 20-song set titled “Sukierae” (‘sue-key-ray’), is out today. The album, officially billed under the band name Tweedy, features his son Spencer on drums.

Out today on DVD, Netflix, Google Play and/or other video providers …
• “Neighbors ( R-Rated Comedy ): Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and Rose Byrne lead the cast of this comedy about a young couple suffering from arrested development who are forced to live next to a fraternity house after the birth of their newborn baby. “Neighbors” is directed by Nick Stoller (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, “Get Him To the Greek”).
• “Very Good Girls” ( R-Rated Drama ): Dakota Fanning & Elizabeth Olsen play 2 NYC girls who make a pact to lose their virginity during their 1st Summer out of high school. When they both fall for the same street artist, they find their friendship tested for the first time. Co-stars Boyd Holbrook, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Barkin, Peter Sarsgaard.
• Also released today: “Law & Order: SVU – The 15th Year” (TV); “Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 1” (TV); “Daisy: A Hen In the Wild” (Animation); “Daniel Boone: The Complete Series” (Vintage TV); “How I Met Your Mother: The Whole Story Seasons 1-9” (TV); “The Last Of the Unjust” (Documentary); “Mr Peabody & Sherman” (Animation); “Nashville: 2nd Season” (TV); “Saw: The Complete Movie Collection” (Horror Compilation); and “Scandal: 3rd Season” (TV).

A kitchen make-over may be the first step to losing weight. A few related ideas from Brian Wansink’s new book “Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life” …
✓ Rearrange your cupboards, pantry, and fridge so the first foods you see are the healthy ones.
✓ Have a bowl with 2 or more types of fruit in plain view in the kitchen and at work.
✓ Declutter. Research shows cluttered kitchens prompt people to eat 44% more snack food.
✓ The more you hang out in the kitchen, the more you eat, so get rid of the comfy chairs, TVs, computers, etc.
✓ We eat more from big packages than small ones. If you buy big, repackage it into single-serving portions.
✓ Use smaller serving bowls and spoons. In one experiment, people ate 54% more ice cream when using bigger bowls and spoons.
✓ Use smaller, narrower drinking glasses. You drink more from a large volume glass. You also drink more from a wider-mouth glass.
✓ We tend to mindlessly eat while we’re doing other activities. Stats show that the more people report watching TV during dinner, for instance, the higher their Body Mass Index.
– Condensed from USAToday.com

A versatile new spy drone is so small it can fit into a pocket, yet nimble enough to fly through windows and navigate tunnels deep underground. The tiny ‘Extreme Access Pocket Flyer’ hexacopter from Massachusetts-based CyPhy Works measures about 7 inches across (18 cm), uses 6 rotors to keep it airborne, and carries a panoramic camera that provides a 360-degree view. The inventors hope the little gizmo will revolutionize search & rescue operations in collapsed buildings, tunnels, and other confined spaces. The US Air Force is also backing the project, hoping to use the drone for surveillance missions and to detect Improvised Explosive Devices. (And just wait till the paparazzi get hold of these little snoopers!)
– ArsTechnica.com

Asked for the most iconic hairstyles of all-time, a poll of 2,000 British women has selected …
10. Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.
9. Ex-Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox.
8. Movie actress Mia Farrow.
7. Brit PM Margaret Thatcher.
6. Actress/model Grace Jones.
5. Fashion designer Mary Quant.
4. Princess Diana.
3. Late singer Amy Winehouse.
2. Screen siren Marilyn Monroe.
1. TV/movie star Jennifer Aniston.
(Obviously the list is skewed to a UK point-of-view. What international women would you add?)
– @MailOnline

A company in Virginia has designed a device to detect drivers who text. The ‘Sniffer Sleuth II’, made by ComSonics, can discern data signals from phones and identify the different frequencies from a text message, phone call, or data transfer. It’s thought this will prove useful in jurisdictions where the law on phone usage is complicated. In some areas, for example, phone calls are allowed while driving, but not texts. The new ‘texting gun’ would allow police to identify texters and fine them on the spot. The device is close to going into production, though no release date or price has yet been announced. (Texting behind the wheel is now the #1 pet peeve of drivers.)
– PilotOnline.com

Dogs are generally seen as happy-go-lucky animals so you might expect most have an optimistic outlook on life. But new Australian research from the University of Sydney has found that some canines are distinctly more pessimistic than others. Some telltale signs …
• A dog with an optimistic personality expects more good things to happen, and fewer bad things. So they will take risks in order to gain access to rewards.
• Minor setbacks don’t bother them. They pick themselves up when things don’t go their way and try again.
• Pessimistic dogs expect fewer good things to happen and more bad things. This may make them cautious and more likely to avoid risks.
• They also readily give up when things don’t go their way, because minor setbacks distress them.
• Pessimistic dogs are not necessarily unhappy, just more likely to be content with the status quo. They need encouragement to try new things.
(Our telltale tip … check the tail, it’ll tell ya.)
– PLOS.org

• The most effective office practice is to work for 52 consecutive minutes and then have a 17-minute break.
– “The Atlantic”
• Ditching your cellphone? Security experts say it’s best to scramble all the data (including nude selfies) before erasing it.
– AARP.org


1949 [65] Bruce Springsteen, Freehold NJ, rock singer (20 Grammy Awards, including Dancing In the Dark”, “Tunnel of Love”)/Academy Award (“Streets of Philadelphia”)/Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (1999)

1972 [42] Jermaine Dupri (Mauldin), Asheville NC, music producer/recording exec (Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Nelly, TLC, Usher)

• “Celebrate Bisexuality Day”, initiated in 1999 and now observed in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the USA, and some European countries. Who should the ‘poster person’ be? Amber Heard?

• “Restless Legs Awareness Day”, to foster better understanding of this treatable condition. RLS (aka Willis-Ekbom Disease) is a neurologic disorder that causes an irresistible urge to move the legs, often accompanied by unpleasant sensations. About 3% of adults are affected.
NET: http://www.whatisrls.org

1994 [20] “The Shawshank Redemption”, starring Morgan Freeman & Tim Robbins, opens in movie theaters (still on many film fans’ all-time favorite list)

2011 [03] Daytime drama “All My Children” airs for the final time on ABC-TV after 41 years

1994 [20] Joe Diffie tops country music charts with “Third Rock From the Sun”

2002 [12] The 1st public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox is released

1980 [34] George Adrian of Indianapolis, Indiana sets a world record by picking 365.5 bushels of apples in 8 hours (15,830 lbs)

[Wed] “Survivor” season debut (CBS)
[Wed] Women’s Health & Fitness Day
[Wed] Punctuation Day
[Wed] Banned Website Awareness Day
[Thurs] “Grey’s Anatomy”; “How to Get Away With Murder”; “Scandal” season debuts (ABC)
[Thurs] One-Hit Wonder Day
[Thurs] World Pharmacists Day
This Week Is … Clean Hands Week
This Month Is … Backpack Safety Month


• “There’s egg on your chin.”
• “Your soldier ain’t so unknown now.”
• “How nice to meet your Chinese friend Won Hung Lo.”
• “The pod bay door is open, Captain Kirk!”
• “Apparently ‘Mini Me’ is trying to make a comeback.”
• “Our next guest is someone who needs no introduction …”
• “Ensign Hanes is reporting a hull breach on the lower deck, sir!”
• “Paging Mr Johnson … paging Mr Johnson …”
• “Your barn door is open and the mule is out of its stall.”
• “Hey, your pants … zip them!”
– Adapted from 1funny.com

I was raised by my father. My mother left before I was born.

Which was used in ancient Mexico to provide people with nutrition and energy?
a. Hot chili peppers.
b. Tequila. [CORRECT]
c. Cactus suppositories.
– “Discovery”

☎ What are some ‘house rules’ your family has applied to favorite games?

Question: People born in the Fall are more likely to do THIS.
Answer: Live to be 100.

Knowledge is knowing the tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

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