All the best musicians have hit a period of extreme writers block. Even the greatest pop songwriter of the ’80s.
Police front-man, Sting’s story of his intense writer’s block is instructive for any creative person. He learned that he could only begin writing again when he started writing songs about the people in his community. Because music is about personal stories, and the universal truths they reveal.
The New York Times has gotten heavy praise for recently endorsing federal marijuana legalization. But their drastic change of heart on the issue doesn’t mitigate the how the New York Times Company treats its employees, who still must be drug tested for marijuana.
1. An incident involving Chinese Uyghurs led to the death of dozens on July 28. The Chinese government claims that a huge mob of attackers in Xinjiang province launched co-ordinated attacks with knives and axes on a number of targets including two towns and police buildings. The official Xinhua news agency released a terse report indicating that the attack killed dozens of civilians, while “dozens” more of the attackers were killed by responding law enforcement officers. The New York Timesreports that Uyghurs contest that the incident can be blamed on police, who opened fire on a political demonstration and caused subsequent rioting. In addition to the civilian casualties, a minimum of 13 police officers were killed responding to the active rebellion.
“King: “Are you a non-practicing bisexual?”
Paquin: “Well, I am married to my husband and we are happily monogamously married.”
King: “But you were bisexual?”
Paquin: “Well, I don’t think it’s a past-tense thing.”
Larry King: “No?”
Paquin: “No. Are you still straight if you are with somebody — if you were to break up with them or if they were to die, it doesn’t prevent your sexuality from existing. It doesn’t really work like that.””
The Gold Rush Days tournament, held annually in July in historic South Pass City, features four teams of players from the surrounding area. Loosely following rules from late 19th-century “base ball,” the athletes wear old-fashioned uniforms, swing wooden bats and try to catch the ball with small leather mitts (inevitably resulting in broken fingers every year).
A series of underground gas explosions ripped through and devastated the port city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan’s second largest city, late Thursday, killing at least 24 people and injuring 270 others.
Believed to be the nation’s deadliest gas explosion, the blasts started around midnight and tore through paved roads, catapulted cars into the air, propelled cement rubble at passers-by near a night market and set entire blocks, including shops and apartment buildings, ablaze.The streets, left with wide, yard-deep trenches down the middle, were strewn with bodies, vehicles and debris.
Misty Copeland is a prima ballerina. She’s also the face of Under Armour’s stunning new ad campaign.
Under Armour, which typically features commercials starring bulky football players and track stars, has pegged Copeland to be the face of its new “I Will What I Want” campaign, a play on the brand’s “I Will” tagline. It’s part of their big push into womenswear.