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‘Where honour and ridiculousness collide’: in praise of karaoke’s inventor, on his death at 100 | Pop and rock

Received wisdom holds that haughty music critics, grinding our axes on fans’ beloved pop stars, are nothing more than failed musicians. This has always struck me as slander – not of critics, who certainly can be bitter and mean, but of supposedly failed musicians. How, after all, does one fail at music? To suggest success rides on certain technicalities, like talent or a career, gravely underestimates music’s draw, and nowhere is the lie more spectacularly exposed than in karaoke.Here is an arena of musical greatness in…

Two Satellites Nearly Collide Above Earth

In a tense moment for space safety, two satellites—NASA’s TIMED spacecraft and the defunct Russian Cosmos 2221—came alarmingly close to smashing into each other above Earth, prompting concerns about the risks of space debris.Taking out the Trash (in Space)The near miss happened at approximately 1:30 a.m. ET Wednesday, as the two satellites brushed past each other some 378 miles (608 kilometers) above Earth, according to LeoLabs, a California-based company specializing in tracking and analyzing objects in Low Earth…

Galaxies Collide, Stars Awaken: Hubble’s Stunning Revelation

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has observed 12 interacting galaxies, revealing long tidal tails rich in gas, dust, and stars, along which 425 clusters of newborn stars have been identified. These clusters, containing up to 1 million blue, newborn stars each, are a result of galaxy collisions that trigger star formation rather than destruction. Credit: NASA, ESA, STScI, Jayanne English (University of Manitoba)Long Trail of Clumpy Stars Follows Galaxy InteractionsWhen galaxies go bump in the night, they cook up new…

Turning Red review – pandas and pop music collide in solid Pixar caper | Animation in film

The release of a new Pixar film, once a major, all-attention-securing event, has received a notable downgrade in recent years, not just because of a considerable dip in quality (arguably just Inside Out and Coco are the only indispensable offerings in the last decade) but because of an inevitable change in release strategy. Just a month before the pandemic truly took hold, the fantasy caper Onward (yet another underwhelming effort) became one of the only 2020 films to get a wide theatrical release and as everything…

Hardy Women by Paula Byrne review – where love and fiction collide | Thomas Hardy

How Thomas Hardy would have hated this book. In his 70s, this most secretive of men burned old letters, diaries and manuscripts on a bonfire in his garden. His paranoia had been stoked by the publication of a critical biography. “Too personal, and in bad taste, even supposing it were true, which it is not!” he wrote indignantly in the margin.His solution was to seize control of the narrative with a sleight of hand designed to make it seem as if he wasn’t there at all. He wrote his own life story in the third person, to be…

Nintendo, Monsters of the Dark Universe, and More Collide at Universal’s Epic Theme Park

The highly anticipated Epic Universe at the Universal Studios Orlando Resort has officially announced its franchise worlds. Universal’s fourth theme park will feature portals to a new Super Nintendo World, the Universal Monsters’ Dark Universe (it lives!), the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Ministry of Magic, and the island of Berk from Dreamworks’ How to Train Your Dragon. What Was Your First Experience with Super Mario Bros? | io9 InterviewThe new immersive destination will feature these familiar worlds for fans to…

Planes collide and catch fire at Japan’s busy Haneda airport, killing 5. Hundreds evacuated safely – The Denver Post

By FOSTER KLUG and MARI YAMAGUCHI (Associated Press) TOKYO (AP) — A large passenger plane and a Japanese coast guard aircraft collided on the runway at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on Tuesday and burst into flames, killing five people aboard the coast guard plane, officials said. All 379 people on Japan Airlines flight JAL-516 got out safely before the Airbus A350 was fully engulfed in flames, Transport Minister Tetsuo Saito confirmed. The pilot of the coast guard’s Bombardier Dash-8 plane escaped but the five crew members…

Joram review – old and new worlds collide in pressure cooker man and baby-hunt | Film

Where many thrillers programmatically crank up tension with every scene and every beat, Devashish Makhija’s third feature feels different; this manhunt is weighed down by an almost agonised oppressiveness. Joram’s protagonist Dasru (Manoj Bajpayee) is barely able to choose a course of action until compelled out of desperation, and his police pursuer Ratnakar (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub) is not much better. There’s no escape in this pressure cooker from omnipresent societal exploitation and cynicism – with only Makhija’s…