Saturday, June 24, 2017

Ian Bremmer Is One Smart Son of a Bitch

One of the many potential benefits of "the internets" is the ocean of content it places beneath our fingertips.

Ian Bremmer.

Now it will happen sometimes that -- because I read so much, so frequently -- I'm halfway into a story before I realize I like something about it.  I stop, return to the beginning and go through it again. So I can honestly say I had no clue who Ian Bremmer was when I thought to myself: this guy is one smart son of a bitch... In all truthfulness I don't even know if he is a son of a bitch, but in my personal vernacular, it's complimentary.

Ian Bremmer, born November 12, 1969, is an American political scientist specializing in U.S. foreign policy. He is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, and since 2014, he's been the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large at Time.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

That (Sickly) Sweet, Distinctive, Unforgettable Smell

It started with an odor blossoming like a noxious flower near a garage attached to an apartment building.

A cable television repairman, in the area for his job, called the police.

When they arrived they found a revolting scene.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

"Real" Vampire-Killing Kits: All One Needs to Battle the Undead

Around the year 1970, movies and TV series starring Dracula -- especially the English films from Hammer starring Christopher Lee -- helped to fuel a wave of interest in vampires not seen since the decades-later launch of the Twilight books.

This kit was designed for one purpose...Or was it....

So too was another series of films about a sort of modern-day ripoff of the Count from the Transylvania wilds -- one Count Yorga (from Bulgaria).

Initially conceived as a skin flick, the producers were impressed with the box office horror films were doing and decided to change the concept. The result, quite amazingly, was the creation of two rather good, scary vampire films set in 1970s Long Angeles.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Inside Super-Secret "Tinder Select" Dating App for CEOs, Supermodels, "Elites"

Tinder, the "hook-up dating app" that involves swiping photos of potential mates left or right depending on whether you like their profile, has been operating a members-only version of the platform called Tinder Select.

TechCrunch, which first revealed the existence of Tinder's "secret tier," reported that it "is meant to serve only the elite users on the app, including CEOs, supermodels, and other hyper-attractive upwardly affluent types."