Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 4:20 pm
The Air Force two-star general in charge of the country's land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles has been relieved of his command for what's being described as questionable behavior during a temporary duty assignment.
Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, who led the 20th Air Force, headquartered at Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., has been dismissed, according to a statement issued by the Air Force Global Strike Command.
Most kidnapping melodramas have final scenes — after their climaxes — that are, effectively, throwaways. There are sighs of relief, tearful reunions with families, cameras that dolly back on domestic tableaux to suggest the world has at last been righted.
I think it's telling that in Captain Phillips the most overwhelming scene is after the resolution, in the infirmary of a ship. So much terror and moral confusion has gone down — so much pain — that the cumulative tension can't be resolved by violence. The movie's grip remains strong even when it cuts to black.
Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 3:54 pm
There's something blurrily manic about cable television at 3 in the morning. Ren & Stimpy reruns feel oddly prescient next to personal-hygiene infomercials, while the swimsuit models on Baywatch and horror B-movies start to bleed together. (Not that I spent four months after college graduation in that "OMG I don't know what to do with my life" catatonic state, flipping channels and making runs to Krystal's.) The production team behind Roomrunner's video for the oddly hooky thrasher "Wojtek" has been there, and makes our all channel-surfing nightmares come true.
Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 3:19 pm
The partial government shutdown was part of the buzz this week at an international gathering of mayors, city planners and urban experts in New York City.
Passing mentions of the U.S. government during several seminars at the CityLab conference sent knowing chuckles rolling through the audience. As in: "Those guys? They're closed for business! At least we're still on the job."
Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption. But do the Barbershop guys think the sentence was too stiff? They weigh in on that and the week's other top stories.
According to a recent study, more than half of the Mississippians who file for bankruptcy do so because they cannot pay their medical bills. Clarion Ledger reporter Jerry Mitchell tells host Michel Martin what's causing such devastating costs.
David Schuemann says he wrote <em>99 Bottles of Wine</em> as a "how to" for label makers. What's one of his favorites? Sea Smoke's pinot noir, which beautifully illustrates how a simple logo against a white background makes a wine look sophisticated and first class.
When a label goes for something whimsical, it must be clever, too — like these chemical reactions, which actually occur during fermentation. (Full disclosure: I have personally bought the wine on the left because I'm a sucker for chemistry that's correct.) At right: The label for Slingshot looks like someone actually used it for target practice.
Hip and modern: The skull and bicycle gears on the Bone Shaker label speak to the hipster in all of us, while the clean, bold design of the BEX riesling sets it apart from other stodgy European labels and evokes the precision of German auto engineering.
Left: A hand-drawn typeface on Bluebird wines conveys a youthful, innovative feeling, while the puffy, raised lettering makes the $12.99 bottle appear more expensive. Right: When the Hahn family switched their cabernet sauvignon to this label, the wine started flying off the shelves — and its image of a naked lady helped get it banned in Alabama.
Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 6:34 pm
We're all guilty of it. Even if we don't want to admit it, we've all been suckered into grabbing a bottle of wine off the grocery store shelf just because of what's on the label. Seriously, who can resist the "see no evil" monkeys on a bottle of Pinot Evil?
But the tricks that get us to buy a $9 bottle of chardonnay — or splurge on a $40 pinot noir — are way more sophisticated than putting a clever monkey on the front.