Happy 80th Birthday Gene Wilder!
Gene Wilder (born Jerome Silberman; June 11, 1933) is a retired American stage and screen actor, comedian, director, screenwriter, author and activist.
Wilder began his career on stage, and made his screen debut in the TV-series Armstrong Circle Theatre in 1962. Although his first film role was portraying a hostage in the 1967 motion picture Bonnie and Clyde, Wilder's first major role was as Leopold Bloom in the 1968 film The Producers for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. This was the first in a series of collaborations with writer/director Mel Brooks, including 1974's Blazing Saddlesand Young Frankenstein, the latter of which garnered the pair an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Wilder is known for his portrayal of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) and for his four films withRichard Pryor: Silver Streak (1976), Stir Crazy (1980), See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989), and Another You (1991). Wilder has directed and written several of his films, including The Woman in Red (1984).
His third wife was actress Gilda Radner, with whom he starred in three films. Her death from ovarian cancer led to his active involvement in promoting cancer awareness and treatment, helping found the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles and co-founding Gilda's Club.
Since his most recent contribution to acting in 2003, Wilder has turned his attention to writing. He has produced a memoir in 2005, Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search for Love and Art; a collection of stories, What Is This Thing Called Love? (2010); and the novels My French Whore (2007), The Woman Who Wouldn't (2008) and Something to Remember You By (2013).
He continues to receive widespread critical acclaim, and is widely regarded as one of the most appealing comedic actors of the second half of the 20th century.
Gene Wilder's Birthday: Retired Actor Celebrates 80 Years Today - HuffingtonPost
It seems that "Young Frankenstein" is all grown up! Retired actor, comedian and author Gene Wilder celebrates his 80th birthday today. Best known for his roles as Willy Wonka in the 1971 film "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory" and as Jim in Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles," he had a successful film, television and stage presence that spanned decades before he decided to retire over 10 years ago. Wilder has since turned to writing memoirs, stories and novels, but can still celebrate a legendary comedic career as well as a happy 80th birthday.
Bambi Note: Wow, I have loved Gene Wilder since I saw him in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory! And of course Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein are all time favorites.
Happy Birthday! Gene, I hope you realize how much great fun you gave your audiences. I wish you all the best in this era of retirement and particularly on this, your 80th Birthday on June 12, 2013.
Johnny Smith, a jazz guitarist whose luscious tone, understated versatility and exemplary swinging style brought him a half-century of acclaim and whose composition "Walk, Don't Run" became a surf-rock hit for the Ventures in the 1960s, died June 11 at his home in Colorado Springs, Colo. He was 90.
The cause was complications from a fall, said his son John Smith III.
Smith was an eminent more than a foundational figure in jazz guitar. But the utter melodic beauty, technical dazzle and remarkable consistency of his playing over the decades brought him countless admirers at the highest levels of his craft. He accompanied Benny Goodman, Stan Getz, Bing Crosby, Beverly Kenney and Hank Jones, among others, during his career.
A hallmark of Smith's playing was an intricate but seemingly effortless approach to jazz and bossa nova standards.
Bambi Note: Amazing fellow. The results of his melodic chord progressions, musical sound, breakthroughs, and technical know how will be remembered forever. For the average music listener, who might remember Walk, Don't Run more by the Ventures or even Chet Atkins, but Johnny Smith wrote the instrumental, and performed it first.
This week, we are pleased to feature a guest post from U.Va. alum (CLAS ’12) and Special Collections volunteer Emma Whittington:
Tucked neatly into 94 boxes housed in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library reside the fragments of the life of a man that many people — all over the world — know more about than they might think. Postcards, documents marked “Top Secret,” notes written on Buckingham Palace stationery, drafts of novels, and hundreds of photo negatives make up the archive of one of the most fascinating Brits of the 20th century. His name is Maclean, Fitzroy Maclean. And he is widely believed to be one of the inspirations for Ian Fleming’s famous character, James Bond.
Bambi Note: The U.VA (University of Virginia) article is a must read. Very cool stuff!
He was born March 11, 1911 and on June 15, "1996 - Fitzroy Maclean, the original James Bond, dies at 85" as HistoryOrb puts it.
MacLean wrote several books, including Eastern Approaches, in which he recounted three extraordinary series of adventures: travelling, often incognito, in Soviet Central Asia; fighting in the Western Desert Campaign, where he specialised in commando raids behind enemy lines; and living rough with Tito and his Yugoslav Partisans.
OK, so beyond that, who was Sir Fitzroy Maclean, 1st Baronet, really? Here's just a bit more:
Maclean was a Scottish soldier, politician, diplomat, author, and pundit who traveled extensively throughout his career, spending time in London, Paris, Moscow, Cairo, Yugoslavia, and almost everywhere in between. Quickly promoted up the ranks in all of the many positions he held, Maclean is remembered for his adventurous spirit and contributions to British allied efforts during WWII, numerous books (spy novels, biographies, and autobiographies), extensive travel reporting to the government from remote parts of Central Asia, and numerous friendships with such people as Winston Churchill, Josip Broz ‘Tito,’ Prince Charles, and the Queen Mother herself.
It is this same dutiful—and adventurous—spirit which has lead many to believe Maclean was the inspiration for Bond. Well, that and the fact Maclean and Ian Fleming were close personal friends. Their relationship is one of many stories told through the Papers. A photo of Maclean’s shows Fleming casually stirring a cup of coffee on a lazy afternoon in the countryside together (Box 79). Two letters from Fleming focus on Maclean’s own endeavors as a writer (he published the very successful, autobiographical book Eastern Approaches in 1949—four years before Fleming would publish his first Bond novel, Casino Royale). One of the letters, sent to Approaches publisher Jonathan Cape, shows that Fleming had read Maclean’s book carefully. He writes that Parts I & II of Approaches are “beautifully written and of absorbing interest,” and continues by advising Maclean to cut out sections in which he feels the Brigadier comes off too pompously. He concludes:
It is such a magnificent book and I have so much admiration and affection for Fitzroy that I would like him to avoid the criticisms which he will get from many who don’t know him as well as I do.
If it would be any help please don’t hesitate to show him this letter. I have no hesitation in being cruel with the intention of being kind!
Alas, I expect it is too late.
Recently discovered malware targeting Android smartphones exploits previously unknown vulnerabilities in the Google operating system and borrows highly advanced functionality more typical of malicious Windows applications, making it the world's most sophisticated Android Trojan, a security researcher said.
The infection, named Backdoor.AndroidOS.Obad.a, isn't very widespread at the moment. The malware gives an idea of the types of smartphone malware that are possible, however, according to Kaspersky Lab expert Roman Unuchek in a blog post published Thursday. Sharply contrasting with mostly rudimentary Android malware circulating today, the highly stealthy Obad.a exploits previously unknown Android bugs, uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections to spread to near-by handsets, and allows attackers to issue malicious commands using standard SMS text messages.
The Bay Area grocery wars are getting to resemble “Game of Thrones” (without the sex and blood, so far).
The latest combatant in a field populated by power players from Safeway and Whole Foods to Target, Walmart and Walgreens: Online retail behemoth Amazon.com, which is reported to be launching a local fresh food delivery service later this year.
Well, it seems the U.S. Navy finally got the memo: DON'T USE ALL CAPS! IT'S RUDE!
The Navy is switching to a new messaging system that's cheaper and more efficient.
And oh yeah, one that does away with a century-old practice: communications using all uppercase letters.
"Lowercase messages are here to stay; they provide a more readable format," a Navy news release said, citing James McCarty, the naval messaging program manager at U.S. Fleet Cyber Command.
Bambi Note: Absolutely! Old holdover from the Teletype days of the '50s. Nice to see they have brought themselves into the Internet age where all caps is just plain rude. ;)
A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday prohibited patents on naturally occurring human genes but allowed legal protections on synthetically produced genetic material in a compromise ruling hailed as a partial victory for patients and the biotechnology industry.
If you go deep inside the desert or climb a mountain or find yourself in the South Pole or a remote farm or any place that can be considered 'the middle of no where', guess what? You have no internet. Well, Wired is reporting that Google wants to change all that by sending high-altitude balloons into the stratosphere to give the world Wi-Fi. Whoa.
Microsoft is making a mobile version of its Word, Excel and PowerPoint products available for iPhone users via its Office 365 subscription plan.
The roll-out begins starting June 14 in the U.S., with additional availability in 135 additional markets and 29 languages to follow next week. The Office Mobile for iPhone suite is available in the Apple app store.
The Canadian team known as AeroVelo is suspiciously quiet after yesterday’s flight with their human powered helicopter that ended with the following tweet:
Hit 3.3 metres & 65 sec on our flight. Submitted the flight to The American Helicopter Society; waiting for validation before commenting.
The Canadians are one of two teams that have been working hard the past year to claim the $250,000 Sikorsky prize for the first human-powered helicopter than can fly to a height of three meters and stay aloft for at least 60 seconds. They also have to stay within a 10-square-meter area.
U.S. federal prosecutors charged eight people on Wednesday in connection with a multimillion-dollar fraud that siphoned money from hacked accounts at banks and financial institutions, laundered it and sent it overseas.
Four of the eight have been arrested by authorities, one as he arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport on Tuesday afternoon, while four remain at large. Prosecutors unsealed details of the case on Wednesday.
The way certain iOS devices, like iPhones or iPads, automatically connect to Wi-Fi networks could place users at serious risk, researchers have warned.
Security firm SkyCure said it had discovered a feature in iPhone devices running on certain networks, including Vodafone, that would connect automatically to a Wi-Fi network with a specified SSID, such as ‘BTWiFi’.
Cyber crooks could set up fake Wi-Fi networks with the same specified SSID, spy on users’ traffic and hijack their online accounts, all without the user having done a thing.
On May 8, 2013, NOAA scientists discovered a new deep sea community off the coast of Virginia in the Atlantic Ocean. The community consisted of shaggy, white patches of bacteria, dense clusters of chemosynthetic mussels and other organisms including crabs, sea cucumbers and fish. It is one of only a few known deep sea communities that exist along the U.S. Atlantic coastline.
Deep sea communities are fascinating because they are made up of organisms that are able to thrive in complete darkness. Many ecological communities on Earth rely on sunlight and the process of photosynthesis for food. In contrast, deep sea communities get their food from the process of chemosynthesis, which is driven by the chemical energy released from bacteria as they metabolize substances like sulfides and methane seeping from the seafloor.
The breakthrough, announced in a study by scientists at The University of Nottingham and published in the academic journal Ophthalmology, could help surgeons to dramatically improve outcomes for patients undergoing corneal grafts and transplants.
The new layer has been dubbed the Dua’s Layer after the academic Professor Harminder Dua who discovered it.
The discovery will have an impact on advancing understanding of a number of diseases of the cornea, including acute hydrops, Descematocele and pre-Descemet’s dystrophies.
The scientists now believe that corneal hydrops, a bulging of the cornea caused by fluid build up that occurs in patients with keratoconus (conical deformity of the cornea), is caused by a tear in the Dua layer, through which water from inside the eye rushes in and causes waterlogging.
Over the last six years, several teams of scientists have successfully treated people with a rare inherited eye disease by injecting a virus with a normal gene directly into the retina of an eye with a defective gene. Despite the invasive process, the virus with the normal gene was not capable of reaching all the retinal cells that need fixing.
“Sticking a needle through the retina and injecting the engineered virus behind the retina is a risky surgical procedure,” explained Prof David Schaffer of the University of California, Berkeley, senior author of a paper published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.
Bambi Note: This type of treatment could help restore sight to people with blinding diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration
Four years after the well-intentioned but dull Terminator Salvation, it appears that Skynet’s favorite unstoppable killing machine — literally — will once again make good on its promise to be back with new reports emerging of a brand new Terminator movie to start production in January of next year. What’s more, the original Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced that he will starring in the next iteration of the long-running franchise.
“I’m very happy that the studios want me to be in Terminator 5 and to star as the Terminator, which we start shooting in January,” said Schwarzenegger at the 21st Century Financial Education Summit in Sydney, Australia.
Bambi Note: Yes! The Terminator did say, "I'll be back..." and he will be! Hope they do a great job on this one. Great to see Arnold Schwarzenegger back in movies again, too. Going back to watch his old movies is nice nostalgia but it will be great to see him in a new movie.
If you've got a powerful desktop, it probably sounds like a jet engine. You could opt for watercooling, but if you stick with fans you're out of luck. They're just loud. Until you bolt on some active noise canceling.
Produced by enthusiast CPU-cooler pros, Noctua, with some help from RotoSub, the cooling unit is only a prototype, but popped up at this year's Computex in working order. Thanks to a built-in microphone that picks up on the fan's hum, and a set of speakers that put out a phase-shifted sound to cancel it out, the little miracle worker can take fans from BZZZZZ to damn near silent at the press of a button.
Bambi Note: About time!!! I would have thought this would have been a feature from the beginning of computing because the computers are very close to you. Nice to see others think so too.
Researchers from the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of Illinois, evaluating the biomass potential of woody crops, are taking a closer look at the black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia), which showed a higher yield and a faster harvest time than other woody plant species that they evaluated, said U of I associate professor of crop sciences Gary Kling.
“For now the only thing you can do with it is use it for direct combustion,” Kling said. “But if it becomes a major crop other researchers could start working on the process of how to break it down,” he said. “The EBI is working on how to get the sugars out of plants and how to turn those to alcohols. It is a very tough thing to do. It’s typically been tough to break down the biomass in woody plants to make it useful for alcohol production. Our plan is to be able to take anything we grow and convert it into a drop-in fuel.”
Bambi Note: It would be nice not to have the lumber companies taking mature, slower growing trees for fuel purposes for biomass plants.
The best way for console makers to deal with the used games market is to ensure their games are so good that people don't want to trade them in, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime told Polygon. But supporting used games is also important, he added.
Bambi Note: Exactly. Both are important!
What if you had 15 minutes’ notice to leave your home, and you didn’t know when you’d be coming back — or what shape your home would be when you did?
Could you find your key documents, medications, ID, devices, cables? Sturdy shoes, suitable clothing, stuff to comfort your kids and control your pets? Mementos, valuables, things you couldn’t live without? While trying to stay calm, keep your family calm, and figure out what’s going on?
Bambi Note: Very good article. Lots of good info.