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In My Ears: Platinum, by Miranda Lambert

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Full disclosure: I’m a Miranda Lambert Fan. I have all her albums. Even that little four-song EP (The Dead Flowers EP) she put out between Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Revolution. That said, over the last week or so, I’ve given her new record, Platinum, a few spins, and it’s in my ears again right now. The first couple of songs are good. The title track plays second, and it’s a fun little tune. And I really like the third cut, Little Red Wagon. I was all ready to tell you the album doesn’t really take off until that song plays. And then Smokin’ and Drinkin’, the album’s fourth cut, came on. That’s the kickoff song. Smokin’ and Drinkin’ is an easy, fondly reflective song. Ms. Lambert collaborated with country vocal group Little Big Town on the track, and they brought their sometimes … [Read more...]

Comedian John Pinette Passes Away at 50

One of comedy's brightest lights went out last Saturday night in Pittsburgh. John Pinette was found dead in his hotel room the morning after a show of a pulmonary embolism, or a blood clot that made its way to his lungs and them became lodged in his pulmonary artery (the vessel carrying oxygenated blood back into the heart for recirculation). … [Read more...]

Review: Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Host: Jerry Seinfeld Format:  Talk/Interview Website: http://www.comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com (also available on Crackle.com) Runtime: 11-18 minutes per episode Official Score: 4 Stars I think Jerry Seinfeld's "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" might be my favorite web series ever. I haven't seen that many web series, and I think people who don't really -love- comedy might be a little bit bored (after all, the show is exactly what the title says it is-- a couple of comics on a car ride and then getting a cup of coffee together) by it, but I absolutely love it. … [Read more...]

EA To Pay Student Athletes

The following press release was received only hours ago by VortexEffect.net staff:    Hausfeld LLP Announces EA to Pay Current and Former Student-Athletes WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hausfeld LLP announces that videogame manufacturer Electronic Arts, Inc. ("EA") has agreed to pay tens of millions of dollars to current and former student-athletes, resolving its liability in a lawsuit brought by former UCLA basketball star Ed O'Bannon. … [Read more...]

Sir Ken Adam: The Man Who Designed James Bond

Editor's Note:  The following article was sent to us by the Media Director of Web2Carz.com and is reprinted with permission. Check them out HERE. By: Steve Karras/Web2Carz As a production designer, Sir Ken Adam consistently pushed his imagination to the limits, creating movie sets, each different, as thrilling to look at as the action unfolding up on the screen.  His work on seven James Bond films—including the first of the series, Dr. No—set the tone for what became the Bond franchise. His vision behind the war-room in Dr. Strangelove, the interior of Fort Knox in Goldfinger, the flying car in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Blofeld's lair in a volcano’s crater in You Only Live Twice, are just a few examples of the heightened sense of reality Adam so deftly created in his … [Read more...]

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