Billie Eilish will be singing the theme song for the next James Bond movie, titled
No Time To Die. Per usual, she co-wrote the song with her brother Finneas. Hans Zimmer will be scoring the film, which stars Daniel Craig. It's scheduled to release in April. It's the 25th James Bond film; the first was 1962's
an elaborate media campaign that teased the collaboration over the past two days.
Variety (Jan 15, 2020)
World chess champion Magnus Carlsen broke another record when he won a 111th game in the longest unbeaten streak in history. Don't confuse
demur, which means "to decline" or "to take exception to" with
demure, which means "serious" or "decorous." They have different roots and are unrelated, though a
demure person might
demur if asked to jump in a mosh pit.
Steven Moffat, famous for writing
Sherlock and running
Doctor Who for six years, has his new show
Dracula coming out on Netflix. The show is structured like
Sherlock, with the first season consisting of three movie-length episodes. This review isn't very positive, but with so bloody many vampire movies and shows out there, not much is at stake.
Amor is Latin for "love," so
enamored means "in love."
The show is too
with Dracula to be played for straight horror, despite having some legitimately incredible practical effects that give us a few truly frightening scenes.
The Verge (Jan 14, 2020)
Bristlecone pines, found in the Great Basin of the American West, are the longest-lived trees on Earth. The oldest known example is 4500 years old, meaning it sprouted shortly after the Great Pyramid was built. The trees' rings offer scientists a detailed record of the climate and other events throughout the millennia. Because they are adapted to a harsh, dry, high-altitude environment, experts are hopeful that they will be able to withstand climate change.
Empires rose and fell; wars raged; people were enslaved and freed; and the tree from 2500 B.C. continued its
slow-motion existence, adding about two-hundredths of an inch to the diameter of its trunk each year.
New Yorker (Jan 13, 2020)
Artist Darren Bader's exhibit at the Whitney Museum includes an assortment of fruit and vegetables on pedestals. Every couple of days, museum staff chop them up and make a salad for viewers. Sadly, the show is not titled "Dressed for Success." This is recorded on video, and then all the food is replaced. There's a long history of food in art, and over a hundred years of art made from regular objects.
Puckish comes from an old Scandinavian word,
puki, meaning "goblin" or "demon."
His works are a
update of Marcel Duchamp’s readymades, which present objects from daily life (a urinal, a shovel) as high art.
Guardian (Jan 14, 2020)
Because the announced departure from the Royal Family of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle did not have enough of a celebrity gossip angle, Hugh Grant has generously waded into the fray with remarks given at a film premiere. Grant has long been a foe of tabloid journalism and paparazzi, and he said that the tabloids bore responsibility for Princess Diana's death in 1997.
Seedy refers to run-down, sketchy people or places; it originates in the idea that neglected crops go to seed.
Famed fashion designer Alessandro Michele celebrated his fifth year at Gucci with a runway show in Milan previewing the fall/winter 2020–21 collection. His work continues to blur lines between men's and women's clothing, and to celebrate an over-the-top aesthetic, with lots of colors, prints, logos, and text. His clothes also celebrate blurring the line between "very expensive" and "ridiculously expensive."
The Houston Astros fired the general manager and field manager over sign-stealing during the 2017 and 2018 seasons. While a player on second base can look at a catcher's signs and signal the batter accordingly, it's illegal for anyone else to do so, and the Astros used cameras and other technology to communicate the signals to the bullpen. The team must pay a fine and will lose their top draft picks.
Slate's list of "evil" tech companies contains some obvious candidates, but some of them might surprise you! You won't believe #9! Seriously, though, this list is a sobering account of the degree to which we have allowed tech companies into our lives, with potentially harmful results.
Touchstone originally referred to a small black rock that was used to test the purity of precious metals; now it means anything that acts as a standard against which other things are measured.
Domain registration and web hosting company GoDaddy changed its logo from the original, quirky holdover from its founding in 1997. Critics say it's just another bland corporate identity that makes the world less interesting. The company, which is admittedly saddled with a silly name, says that as they grow and diversify their services they need to reflect the company's new nature.