Fringe: Old Man-Baby Mama Drama

Fringe “The Same Old Story” September 16, 2008 Craig Blankenhorn/FOX “Um, I don’t mean to be a bother, Pacey, but could you put my eyeball back in my head? Please?” The second episode of Fringe is a mixed bag containing serial killers, super soldiers, more daddy issues, human experimentation and hyper-rapid growth issues, and I, for one, thought it was great fun. Creepy, sure, but fun. You can find the episode after the jump if you missed it during the aftermath of Ike, or just watch it again for kicks: Didn’t want to rewatch it, or is your connection, like mine, being a recalcitrant brat and refusing to cooperate FOR NO GOOD REASON? Here’s your 60-second recap: In a motel room, a hoo-ah as Paulie Walnuts would say, and a young man have clearly just done the deed, and she begins yammering at him, as he goes into the bathroom to prepare his surgical equipment, as is per the norm for post-coitus. Wait, what? BUT NO TIME FOR THAT as the hoo-ah begins screaming and clutching her belly. The young guy drives her to the hospital as her belly gets bigger and Bigger and BIGGER, and he dumps her there. Nice. In the operating room the doctors are all “How far along are you in your pregnancy?” and she’s all “I’m not pregnant!” but it’s a moot point, because she dies, and then they cut open her belly and an old man gets out, and then dies. Or something. So Olivia and Pacey and Dr. Bishop investigate, and Olivia realizes that the crime scene at the motel matches a serial killer she and Aqua Velva Man had been investigating and never caught. The killer had this nasty habit of paralyzing his victims and then removing their pituitary glands while they were awake. Which, just, ew. Dr. Bishop notes that he and this other doctor, Dr. Penrose, had done some experiments with rapid growth back in the day, with the intention of growing fully adult soldiers over the course of a few years by doing Continue Reading

FlashForward: What Did You See?

FlashForward “No More Good Days” September 24, 2009 Ron Tom: ABC Why is this so familiar? Every single year, without fail, some new show is touted as being “The Next Lost.” And every single year, without fail — with one notable exception — these shows fail. Life on Mars, The Nine, Invasion … gone and mostly forgotten. FOX and NBC have been reasonably successful at finding success with the format, but ABC, despite its continued and desperate attempts, simply has not, yet, been able to replicate that special magic that they found with Lost some five years ago. Until now? Shakespeare, or Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, or Martin Luther, and whom you will soon recognize as Charles Darwin or Vivaldi, is in a car accident. Oh noes, Joseph Fiennes! But the thing is, it wasn’t just Joseph Fiennes who was in a car accident. As he pulls himself out of his overturned vehicle, Joseph Fiennes realizes that flight 815 crashed! everyone on the road with him seems to have been in an one enormous clustercollision, a clustlision! (Wait, does that sound dirty? That sounds vaguely dirty.) And to make matters worse, Joseph Fiennes can’t find Dimitri! OH NOEZ! WHERE IS DIMITRI?! OK, so, FOUR HOURS EARLIER, Joseph Fiennes was getting up for his gun job, chuckling at a cutsey note left for him by his wife, PENNEH!, making breakfast for his cuteish daughter, being kind to the help, before leaving for his gun job. Penneh, in the meantime, is worried about someone named Bryce. Bryce, it turns out is out on some pier somewhere which is extraordinarily crowded at 7 in the a.m., and he has a gun. Oh, Bryce. Joseph Fiennes, it seems, didn’t head straight to his gun job, but rather to a sunrise AA meeting, where Mr. Bearded Dude talks about his daughter’s body being returned from Afghanistan and how it drove him to take a drink. I BET. I WANT A DRINK JUST HEARING THAT STORY. Also, and this might be cruel and crass or Continue Reading

Transcript from 4/26 Lost chat

Thanks to everyone who showed up to chat with Therese Odell, our amazing Lost blogger. We’ll do this again next week, and Therese will be polling readers on which time works best for everyone. A suggestion for next time: Join us as early into the chat as you can so that you know which questions already have been asked. There were so many good questions and not enough time, so Therese couldn’t answer duplicates. Normal View Title G-21334444__Guest_: Is this the lost chat room? Therese_Odell: Yep! We’re opening the doors early. Welcome! pamelaanne__Guest_: I’ll start things off. I second Hurley’s “what?” Therese_Odell: Well, “what” is a fair question for any number of things. What are you asking “what?” about specifically? pamelaanne__Guest_: Hey Lost fans. This is our first time doing a chat so be patient with us. Thanks, Pam (moderator) ShaftDiesel__Guest_: What is your theory about the Russian? Obviously faked his death but how and where was he going? Therese_Odell: Interesting, ShaftDiesel. Yes, I think you’re right. Mikhail must not have actually died when he hit that fence, but what happened exactly? Did he really have a seizure? Or was it ALL faked? I don’t know. What I do think is that the island may have healing properties, meaning hat if Mikhail were actually harmed in the fence, perhaps he didn’t actually die, but was wounded and recovered. MORead: Can the show really keep the level of mystery up for another season? Therese_Odell: I personally beleive they have enough material for several more seasons of mystery. The real question, I believe, is how long will the fans tolerate the ongoing mysteries that never get answered? How long will you? ange__Guest_: Mikhail hinted aboput the healing properties of the island when he removed the branch from Naomi. Therese_Odell: Exactly, ange. Did it heal him to? Or was his injury just another con, is the Continue Reading

Stephen Hawking: ‘His laboratory was the universe’

Seth Borenstein, Ap Science Writer Updated 9:13 pm, Wednesday, March 14, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-4', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 4', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); Photo: Joel Ryan, Joel Ryan/Invision/AP Image 1of/4 CaptionClose Image 1 of 4 FILE - In this March 30, 2015 file photo, Professor Stephen Hawking poses for photographers upon arrival for the Interstellar Live show at the Royal Albert Hall in central London. Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, has died, a family spokesman said early Wednesday, March 14, 2018.(Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File) less FILE - In this March 30, 2015 file photo, Professor Stephen Hawking poses for photographers upon arrival for the Interstellar Live show at the Royal Albert Hall in central London. Hawking, whose brilliant mind ... more Photo: Joel Ryan, Joel Ryan/Invision/AP Image 2 of 4 FILE - In this March 6, 2017 file photo, Britain's Professor Stephen Hawking delivers a keynote speech as he receives the Honorary Freedom of the City of London during a ceremony at the Guildhall in the City of London. Hawking, whose brilliant mind ranged across time and space though his body was paralyzed by disease, has died, a family spokesman said early Wednesday, March 14, 2018. less FILE - In this March 6, 2017 file photo, Britain's Professor Stephen Hawking delivers a keynote speech as he receives the Honorary Freedom of the City of London during a ceremony at the Guildhall in the City of ... more Photo: Matt Dunham, AP Image 3 of 4 FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2012 file photo, British physicist, Continue Reading

We’re sisters from different planets, but our bond won’t quit

Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Linda Yellin January 05, 2018 Get the best of the magazine’s award-winning stories and features right in your e-mail inbox every Sunday. Sign up here. My sister’s evolution into Orthodox Judaism was gradual. First she refused to eat hamburgers in non-kosher restaurants; next, no turning on lights on the Sabbath. From there, she was just a hop, skip, and a wig away from marrying a man she met at the college Hillel organization. We’re the kind of sisters who make other people say, “You two are sisters?” The question doesn’t arise often. We grew up in Chicago. I moved to New York. Janis has lived in Massachusetts all of her adult life. She recently spent a day with me while she was between buses while heading home from a wedding in Monsey, New York. Over lunch in a kosher restaurant, I told her about my neighborhood and how Riverside Park is a popular place for dead bodies to turn up on Law & Order. Advertisement “I don’t watch Law & Order,” she said. Get Today's Headlines in your inbox: The day's top stories delivered every morning. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here “You’re kidding?” I didn’t think it was possible to avoid Law & Order.“I like Star Trek.”Who knew my sister was a Trekkie?I asked Janis about her friends. I realized that I didn’t know anything about them. Advertisement “My best friends?” She chewed on her lip, an old childhood habit. “My husband,” she said. “My children.” She smiled at me. “And you.” But I hardly see you, I wanted to say. We only talk a handful of times a year. But then I remembered that my sister knows how to maintain a strong emotional connection even without a physical presence.She talked about the babies she works with as Continue Reading

Jaden Smith, Willow Smith give views on prana energy, the meaning of time in bizarre interview

Life is a classroom. So says precocious teens Jaden and Willow Smith, the insta-famous progeny of celebrity parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, who gave their first joint interview in which they reflected on the nature of time, quantum physics, prana energy and the time a baby spends in “the stomach.” “Here’s the deal: School is not authentic because it ends,” 16-year-old Jaden told the New York Times' T Magazine. “It’s not true, it’s not real. Our learning will never end. The school that we go to every single morning, we will continue to go to. “Kids who go to normal school are so teenagery, so angsty,” he added. He and his 14-year-old sister are anything but normal teenagers, telling the the magazine they read about quantum physics and the guru Osho or “‘The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life’ and ancient texts; things that can’t be pre-dated.” The teens, both musicians, artists and actors, have been in the limelight from birth, growing up in the shadow of their A-list parents. In their sit-down with the Times, an interview held this month “on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean,” the teens offered their perspective during a wide-ranging discussion on life. “I mean, time for me, I can make it go slow or fast, however I please, and that’s how I know it doesn’t exist,” Willow told the magazine. Willow admits she only went to school for one year, something she calls “the best experience but the worst experience.” “The best experience because I was, like, ‘Oh, now I know why kids are so depressed.’ But it was the worst experience because I was depressed,” she told T magazine. Jaden, now old enough to drive, told the Times learning in a classroom setting is overrated. Continue Reading

‘Mansion in May’ is eye-candy for home decor enthusiasts

It's 41 rooms. All of them with a view.That's because, at Mansion in May, the rooms are the view.There's a  stunning gentleman's study furnished with Moroccan knickknacks, and an Art Deco anteroom complete with a round hotel-lobby ottoman straight out of "The Maltese Falcon."  There are bedrooms decorated in "Aegean" blues and whites, and a ladies' powder room with Scottish tartan wallpaper.There's an Art Nouveau music room complete with what looks like a fainting couch, and a "gathering room" done up in gold and cobalt blue, with a baby grand and a marble and gold tic-tac-toe set. There is a "royal retreat," inspired by Prince George's seaside pavilion, with tufted sofas and antique heirlooms. There's a playroom designed to a fare-thee-well, with storage racks, reading nooks, and labeled toy fact, each time you step from room to room at Alnwick Hall, a fantastic faux-medieval abbey in Morristown, you step into a whole new world — each one straight from the imagination of one of America's top designers."They run the gamut, from all centuries," says Kathy Hobbs, a spokeswoman for the event. "We have everything from very modern, very contemporary, to extremely traditional."Mansion in May, which sets up shop in a different manse in Morris County every other spring, is what is known in the trade as a "designer showhouse."They pop up all over the country — especially in upscale places like Newport and The Hamptons — but Morris County's, presented by the Women's Association for Morristown Medical Center, is one of the most venerable, dating to 1974. FASHION: Game Changers: Nylon, the fiber that changed America BECKERMAN: Songs only a mother could love MORE MANSIONS: A look at Graceland on its 60th birthday Interior designers compete fiercely for a spot in one of these display houses. The 47 designers (some share spaces) selected by the association this year Continue Reading

Book review: ‘A Tale for the Time Being’ by Ruth Ozeki

Perhaps a literary novel that flirts heavily with quantum physics, one written by a Zen Buddhist priest no less, is not necessarily the most inviting prospect. But this is Ruth Ozeki we’re talking about. She’s the author who won fandom by marrying such unlikely topics as Japanese television and American beef exportation in “My Year of Meats.” “A Tale for the Time Being” combines a fictional though fact-based version of Ozeki’s life with that of a 16-year-old Japanese girl contemplating suicide in Tokyo. The girl has reason to despair. Nao’s family has returned in shame from Sunnyvale, Calif., where she was raised from a toddler to be a thoroughly American girl. The shame stems from her father’s job loss after the burst of the dot-com bubble and his lack of prospects in Tokyo. After he’s rescued from the tracks of the Chuo Rapid Express, the site of his first suicide attempt, Nao and her mother learn that the job he claimed to have found was nonexistent. He’d actually been spending his days drinking on a park bench, supporting his family on OTB winnings until all was lost. Nao may have things even worse. In her middle school, as the oversize kid transferring in midterm, she’s subjected to horrific bullying so ritualized that it feels almost impersonal. Except that it’s very much her bruised and bloodied body she hides from her mother — and Nao’s stained panties that end up on an Internet auction closely followed by perverts and her peers. The girl’s story is tossed up on the shore of a remote island off the coast of British Columbia. There a writer name Ruth (nudge, wink) finds a scarred freezer bag holding a Hello Kitty lunchbox. The contents include a bound book, a packet of letters and a wristwatch dating to World War II. The watch, of course, is stopped — until it mysteriously starts again. Time is a trickster in this Continue Reading

New York Today: Free and Cheap Events, January 12 2011

Spike to 'change the world.' Spike Lee is joined by his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, to talk about his new illustrated children's book, "Giant Steps to Change the World." 6 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St. (212) 253-0810. prepare a vegan meal. Want to change your eating habits this year? Learn how to jump on the vegan bandwagon in a healthy way with Jasmin Singer, Marisa Miller Wolfson and Mickey Z. 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Bluestockings, 172 Allen St. (212) 777-6028. A TOAST TO 'quantum cocktails.' The Secret Science Club will be chatting with astrophysicist Charles Liu, along with supersonic tunes, "quantum cocktails" and a Q&A following the discussion. 8 p.m. Free. Bell House, 149 Seventh St., Brooklyn. (718) 643-6510. party with the roots. Clothing brand Dickies will be hosting the Dickies Market Week Mixer, where attendees will listen to DJ ?uestLove from the Roots and have a chance to create their own Dickies jacket with custom patchwork. RSVP online. 8 p.m. Free. Liberty Hall at Ace Hotel, 20 W. 29th St. brew-ha-ha. Widen your brewing knowledge with tastings at Troegs Tasting Night with AJ Boglioli, where the Flying Mouflan, scratch beers and more will be offered for a swig. 6:30 p.m. Free. The Stag's Head, 252 E. 51st St. (212) 888-2453. free workout. Join Denise Austin, fitness guru and author, for a free online workout session and web chat. 2-3 p.m. Free. Go to baby crawl. Babies ages 4 to 17 months and their mothers can come and join others in this hour of story time and fun physical and mental exercises that will stimulate both body and mind. 1:30 p.m. Free. Queens Library, 108-19 71st Ave. (718) 268-7934. street pianos benefit. Join Anni Rossi, Emily Wells, Georgiana and Greene Girl as they perform live for this concert to benefit the Street Pianos project. 8 p.m. $10. Southpaw, 125 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn. (718) 230-0236. the paperboy sings. Let newcomer Eli (Paperboy) Reed melt your heart as the Continue Reading

This son is the star at the center of my universe

Recently, I received a phone call from my son, Rob. It was a phone call that every parent dreads. That's right: My son told me that the universe does not exist. Or at least it does not in any way resemble my concept of it. According to Rob, I understand the universe about as well as a barnacle understands a nuclear aircraft carrier. I blame college. That's where Rob is getting these ideas, which have to do with Einstein's Theory of Relativity and something called "quantum physics." (At one point - I swear this is true - we got into a bitter argument about whether people in Minneapolis age at the same rate as people in Miami.) When I was in college, during the '60s, there was no such thing as "quantum physics." Or, if there was, nobody told ME about it. Back then, when we stayed up all night, we were not trying to figure out the universe: We were trying to figure out how to operate the phone, so we could order pizza. (Note to young people: Phones were MUCH more complicated in the '60s.) I was an English major, and when we English majors thought about physics, we were trying to solve problems like: "You are required to turn in a 15-page paper on 'The Brothers Karamazov.' You have written a grand total of 311 words on this topic. How big do you have to make your margins to make these words stretch over 15 pages? Do you think the professor will notice that your 'paper' is a little anorexic worm of type running between margins wide enough to land an airplane on? Do you think that anybody in history has ever actually read all the way to the end of 'The Brothers Karamazov'? Why?" This is not to say that I know nothing about physics. I studied physics for an ENTIRE YEAR in Pleasantville High School under the legendary Mr. Heideman. We learned that there are five simple machines: the lever, the pulley, the doorbell, the hammer and the toaster. We learned that the most powerful force in the universe is static electricity, which Mr. Heideman demonstrated by Continue Reading