Hedy Lamarr, Inventor

In 1940, while acting alongside Jimmy Stewart and Judy Garland in the MGM musical Ziegfeld Girl, the 26-year-old Lamarr spent her free time devising a radio-controlled submarine missile-guidance system to help the U.S. Navy in World War II. What moved her to do this? “She didn’t drink and she didn’t like to party, so she took up inventing,” Rhodes explains.

Hedy Lamarr Biography: Hedy’s Folly by Richard Rhodes (Review) – The Daily Beast

Sa Kurt Vonnegut

One day a girl college student in Canada asked me to define reality for her, for a paper she was writing for her philosophy class. She wanted a one-sentence answer. I thought about it and finally said, “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” That’s all I could come up with. That was back in 1972. Since then I haven’t been able to define reality any more lucidly.

How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later

The Biggest Movie Star You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

When Rajinikanth is around, the camera spirals, dips, dives, and soars during the most banal dialogue scenes while the cinematographer works the zoom lens like a trombone.

The editing is hyperkinetic with Rajinikanth thrashing thugs so fast that you don’t even see how he hits them. All of his movies are named after his character, and every single one of them starts with a musical number in which he introduces himself in the most insane way possible.

In the first scene of Padayappa (1999), he’s asked, “Hey man, who are you?” and his answer is a four-minute musical number in which he plays the harmonica, flips through the air, oversees a massive martial-arts demonstration, and then morphs into a baby. At the end, the village chief says, “Padayappa, that song was excellent,” at which point the music revs up again, Rajinikanth climbs a 30-foot-tall human tower and smashes open a clay pot, fireworks explode, and the director’s credit flies out of it.

SUPERSTAR Rajinikanth!: The biggest movie star you’ve probably never heard of. – By Grady Hendrix – Slate Magazine

Israel’s Restrictions On Gaza ‘Devastating’

Since 2008, Israel has not allowed Gazans to use land 1,000 to 1,500 meters from the border with Israel or access waters more than three miles from shore, according to the report. The report estimated that this restricts about 35 percent of farm land, and 85 percent of water that should be accessible to fisherman under the Oslo Accords.

U.N. study: Israel’s restrictions on Gaza ‘devastating’ | JTA – Jewish & Israel News