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Len Wein Dies, At 69 – Bleeding Cool News And Rumors

When I lived in LA, I met Len through mutual friends and we became friendly. Every couple of months or so, we would go out for lunch or meet up at a movie and hang out. Yes, I was a comic fan, but honestly, I didn’t know the half of who he was or what he’d done (hell, I’m still learning now as I delve deep into comics history for my own research).

What I did know was that he was a hell of a guy. He took the time to hang out with a young punk who thought he knew much more than he did. And even though we hadn’t really seen each other in years, the mark he left on my life is indelible and he will certainly be missed.

Rest easy, my friend. And may they have great delis wherever you’re going.

Source: Len Wein Dies, At 69 – Bleeding Cool News And Rumors

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One of the greatest science fiction magazines is now available for free online – The Verge

I love that all these great magazines are finding new homes online (that said, I do own several of the original copies, including the three part series of Bester’s The Demolished Man). I’ve even noted it before, specifically when IF magazine, Galaxy’s sister publication, went live online and when Omni hit the digital archives.

So now, most of Galaxy is available online for you to read and enjoy. I suggest you do.

Source: One of the greatest science fiction magazines is now available for free online – The Verge

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This Land is YOUR Land | David Magazine

Visit a National Park this Summer to Celebrate Your Citizenship & the Glory of the Great Outdoors.

My latest piece for David!

Source: This Land is YOUR Land | David Magazine

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Cinema’s greatest scene: ‘Casablanca’ and ‘La Marseillaise’

Casablanca is widely remembered as one of the greatest films of all time, coming in at #2 on the AFI’s top 100 list and similarly regarded by many other critics. You can quibble with its exact rank, but it’s at least undeniable how iconic Casablanca remains. Even now, more than 70 years after its 1942 release, few movies have ever produced as many enduring quotes. Continue reading

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This Is the Best Dinosaur Fossil of Its Kind Ever Found

The 110 million-year-old fossil of a nodosaur preserves the animal’s armor, skin, and what may have been its final meal. The 5-year-old in me, who wanted to be a paleontologist, is thrilled beyond measure. The 49-year-old me is almost as stoked.

And here’s another piece, from Gizmodo, looking at how it “still has it’s skin.

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Take Two #24: Street Magic, Part 1 | Magicana

This week’s Take Two looks at performers whose “stage” is the street—from 1502, to the 1970s, and right up to the present day.

Source: Take Two #24: Street Magic, Part 1 | Magicana

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Lithuania promotional video

Three students of mine had to do a video project. They chose me as their subject. Here’s the results.

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Rabbi Abraham Zacuto and the Astrolabe | David Magazine

15731830_1394489910585063_3400966232016091909_oMy boss, the publisher of David Magazine, has this wonderful way of working. If I happen to be traveling somewhere, he knows something about the history and sends me on an adventure to write a story for an upcoming issue. This time, I was in Portugal, so he sent me in search of Portuguese Jewish history. The result is at the link below. Enjoy!

The Age of Discovery of the Portuguese Jews

Source: Rabbi Abraham Zacuto and the Astrolabe | David Magazine

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1978/2017 Spider-Man Calendar Desktop Wallpapers – Andertoons Cartoon Blog

Mark Anderson, who is a great cartoonist and prime level geek, realizing the cyclical nature of calendars decided to scan his old superhero yearly markers for everyone to enjoy. This year, it’s the 1978 Amazing Spider-Man edition he’s gracing us with. In the past, it’s been the 20th anniversary of Marvel and DC Super Powers (and then there was the amazing superhero Valentine’s day cards). Anyway… enjoy. And when you get a chance, thank Mr. Anderson for what he’s doing!

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Staten Island Ferry Disaster Memorial Museum – http://sioctopusdisaster.com

The Staten Island Ferry Disaster Memorial Museum hopes to preserving the memory of those lost in this tragedy and educate the public about the truth behind the only known giant octopus ferry attack in the tri-state area.

Source: Staten Island Ferry Disaster Memorial Museum – http://sioctopusdisaster.com

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