Star Wars at 40

Star Wars, a film which has unfortunately come to be known as Episode IV: A New Hope, was released 40 years ago today. Although I didn’t see it on opening night, or even opening weekend, I did see it soon thereafter (you have to be able to get a ride when you’re eleven…), and I can still remember being amazed right from the very beginning–“a long time ago? Awesome.

FCC: No punishment for Colbert’s Trump joke

The Associated Press:

NEW YORK (AP) – There will be no fine for Stephen Colbert’s risque joke about President Donald Trump.

A Federal Communications Commission spokesman said Tuesday that the agency received “thousands” of complaints about the late-night host’s May 1 show, so it reviewed the material as “standard operating procedure.” It’s the FCC’s job to police obscene or indecent material on TV when it receives complaints.

The agency found that the joke, which involved Trump, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and a crude word for penis, did not warrant punishment.

What a monologue!

Gallup: Belief in Creationist View at New Low

Art Swift at gallop.com:

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
• 38% say God created man in present form, lowest in 35 years
• Same percentage say humans evolved, but God guided the process
• Less-educated Americans more likely to believe in creationism

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The percentage of U.S. adults who believe that God created humans in their present form at some time within the last 10,000 years or so — the strict creationist view — has reached a new low. Thirty-eight percent of U.S. adults now accept creationism, while 57% believe in some form of evolution — either God-guided or not — saying man developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life.

R.I.P. Chris Cornell

Rolling Stone:

Chris Cornell, the dynamic vocalist and guitarist whose versatile showmanship as Soundgarden and Temple of the Dog’s frontman was a signpost of the grunge era, died by suicide Wednesday night. He was 52.

Fucking hell.

R.I.P. Cassidy Landry

It is with heavy heart the I bid a loving farewell to my precious Cassidy, the matriarch of the Landry family, who passed away this morning at the age of 71. She was a lovely, loving girl, and a driving force in our lives. She will be forever loved and missed.

Bill Nye Saves the World

Netflix:

Emmy-winning host Bill Nye brings experts and famous guests to his lab for a talk show exploring scientific issues that touch our lives.

Wow. Great show! Even better than I was hoping.

Carrie Fisher to be Named Disney Legend

Hollywood.com:

Carrie Fisher and her Star Wars sidekick Mark Hamill are to be honoered as Disney Legends later this year (17).

The late actress and her movie brother will join Marvel comics mastermind Stan Lee, Oprah Winfrey and late director Garry Marshall as recipients of the prize at the D23 Expo.

Quote of the day

Give me money. Money me. Money now. Me a money needing a lot now.

–Bonnie Kelly (Charlie’s Mom), It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, S8E6: Charlie’s Mom has Cancer (2012).

Yeah, I’ve been re-watching It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, from season 1…

25 Coolest Things Apple’s Workflow App Can Do

Tom’s Guide:

The Workflow app for iOS was always widely recognized as one of the platform’s most powerful apps. And now, it’s a part of the platform, after Apple bought Workflow and made the app available for free. Because of that, there’s never been a better time to give it a try. Here are 25 of the coolest things you can do with Workflow.

I don’t know if these are necessarily the coolest, but it’s a good sample of just what sort of things Workflow can do. It’s kind of like the Mac’s Automator for iOS. Very cool.

Masterpiece restored: Stolen Stradivarius will sing again

Ah!, some non-depressing news from Yahoo News Digest:

After a meticulous restoration that took more than a year, a Stradivarius violin that was stolen from the violinist Roman Totenberg and missing for decades is about to return to the stage. Mira Wang, a violinist who immigrated to the United States from China 30 years ago to study under Totenberg, will play the instrument at a private concert in New York on March 13.