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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...]

Review: Extraordinary Rendition

Writer's note: We rate video games movies and albums on a 10-point scale these days. I'll follow suit here too, with the following provision: every book I review will receive a minimum rating of 2.0—one point for having written a book, which I haven't, and one point for having gotten that book published, which I also haven't. After those concessions, the rest is up to the author and the editor.     'Extraordinary Rendition'. I had to look that one up. It's a good thing I did, because if I hadn't, I'd have probably told you that it meant a really good cover song. Like the Johnny Cash version of Tom Petty's I Won't Back Down. Or the Johnny Cash version of anything, for that matter. But I digress. Anyway—I found out that the term actually refers to the unlawful … [Read more...]

Football Fury Week 2: Halftime Update (Late Games)

Wow. The Cards went into New England and came out winners. I did not see that coming. At the end of the day, though, Calais Campbell, Darnell Dockett, Patty Pete, and company kept Tom Brady off balance just about all game long, and when Tommy Terrific finally found Rob Gronkowski in the end zone, it proved to be too little, too late. Whatever thunder Andrew Luck garnered earlier this afternoon is in danger of being stolen by Robert Griffin III. Again. Griffin is off to a great start in St. Louis, albeit having thrown his first career interception. After a hot start that saw the 'Skins jump out to a 21-6 lead, the Rams put up 10 unanswered points to close the gap to only 5 points as they trail 21-16. *UPDATE* St. Louis briefly took the lead on a big Sam Bradford-to-Brandon Gibson … [Read more...]

Football Fury Week 2: Halftime Update (Early Games)

  So far, I'd say the first half of today's festivities belongs to two young men: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, whose gone 11/17 for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns so far, and Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller, who's rushed for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just 11 carries. It looks like the beginning of a breakout year for Spiller, and the end of anyone anywhere caring at all about Fred Jackson. As for Luck, I struggle to comprehend how good he'll become. Especially when he gets some sort of an offensive line in front of him. In Charlotte, the Saints are continuing last week's struggles as they trail the Panthers by a score of 21-13. I'm not counting them out yet, but the lack of offensive fireworks from the once-mighty New Orleans Saints certainly … [Read more...]

Football Fury Week 2: First Quarter Update (Early Games)

  Rookie Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has just thrown his first career touchdown in Lucas Oil Stadium. What a career he's going to have. Elsewhere, the Eagles and Ravens are all knotted up an 7, the Saints are not unpredictably leading the Carolina Panthers, and the Arizona Cardinals are out to a fairly surprising 6-0 lead over the once-nearly-perfect New England Patriots. Enjoy it while it lasts, Cards fans. … [Read more...]

Football Fury Week 2: It’s (A)Live!

Happy Sunday, Internet. Week 2 is underway, and I'll be bringing you my thoughts on all the action of the day, as it unfolds. For starters, the Eagles are off to a great start. Even though Michael Vick threw a red zone interception, the Philly D got him the football right back. Even if it's not always sunny in Philadelphia, it certainly seems to be today. … [Read more...]

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