Have you ever wondered what happens when you die? More specifically, what happens to all your old Google Docs?
Well, fellow internet users, wonder no more. As of today, Google is giving users the opportunity to “plan their digital afterlife,” with a new feature called Inactive Account Manager, according to their Public Policy Blog. Read More
Today’s ruling won’t bring back Robert Saylor, the young man who died in police custody after employees of a Frederick, MD multiplex called the cops on the 26-year-old with Down Syndrome for trying to sit through a second screening of Zero Dark Thirty. (He had only paid for one viewing.) But the court’s decision on Friday to call the death what it was–a homicide–is a step in the direction of justice, which is more than can be said for the case thus far.
Celebrity Castration Plots
During a recent gig at Madison Square Garden, Justin Bieber was not, we repeat, was NOT, strangled to death with a paisley tie and then castrated in a plan hatched by a convicted child rapist and murderer serving time in a New Mexico prison. Once again: this did not happen.
But it almost did.
Jane Fonda’s first French-speaking film in 40 years finds her leading a joyous ensemble of septuagenarians in a sweet, thoughtful and spirited examination of how to grow old with dignity and pride in a regrettable era when senior citizens have been reduced to the status of a political agenda. At 74, Ms. Fonda is a testament to the benefits of exercise, the stimulation of cognitive effort, up-to-the-minute cosmetics, a healthy lifestyle—and the money to afford them all. She is glorious at any age, in any language, and is a class act on the screen who is always welcome.
Continuing in one of the worst trends of this summer, a Pathmark employee identified as a 23-year-old ex-marine took his own life today after reporting to his job and shooting two of his coworkers, WABC reports.
From French-Canadian writer-director Philippe Falardeau, a filmmaker whose work is seldom seen outside of the Toronto International Film Festival, comes the Oscar-nominated Monsieur Lazhar, a tender, evocative film about how people of different ages and ethnic backgrounds can bridge generational gaps and learn from each other when they are united in a need to overcome grief. It is simple but eloquent, disturbing but humorous, and always gripping.
Expanded from a one-character play that was a huge theatrical success in Canada, Monsieur Lazhar is about a middle-aged Algerian immigrant named Bachir Lazhar (Mohamed Fellag) seeking political asylum in Quebec when he lands an important position in a Montreal elementary school to replace a beloved teacher who has just committed suicide in her classroom.
“It’s good to see the journalism of death is alive and well,” said New Yorker editor David Remnick as he accepted the public interest Ellie for Atul Gawande’s morbid “Letting Go” at the National Magazine Awards on Monday.
The soiree at 583 Park Avenue had kicked off with a sober multimedia tribute to the late Read More
Those terrifying and squirm-inducing anti-smoking signs showing decayed teeth and whatnot may become collectors items (I mean, right? Hanging ironically over your sofa?) now that a federal judge has struck down a city law that required stores to post them.
“Even merchants of morbidity are entitled to the full protection of the law,” Read More
Today is “Everybody Pray for Hitchens Day,” a date when the world is asked to plead with God to heal Christopher Hitchens from esophageal cancer. There is, however, a slight rub in this otherwise lovely plan: Hitch, as you would know if you’ve tuned in to any of his recent videos and articles in which he Read More