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1. The heir to a billionaire fortune gets superpowers.
2. He puts on a newly made superhero costume.
3. While in public view the pants fall down. 
 
 
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"He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign." - Victor Hugo

 

Good job Greg!!

 

 

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Douglas Adams (1952)

Best known as the creator of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which began as a BBC radio series in 1978 and was thereafter adapted for a series of bestselling novels, a TV series, a record album, a computer game, and several stage productions, Douglas Adams was a talented writer and musician. Though his career was cut short by a fatal heart attack, he left behind a creative legacy that includes the "answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything." What is it?

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28 minutes ago, oldtexasdog said:

Douglas Adams (1952)

Best known as the creator of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which began as a BBC radio series in 1978 and was thereafter adapted for a series of bestselling novels, a TV series, a record album, a computer game, and several stage productions, Douglas Adams was a talented writer and musician. Though his career was cut short by a fatal heart attack, he left behind a creative legacy that includes the "answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything." What is it?

 

42 of course.

 

What is the significance of the number 42? One possible answer is that 42 is the numerical equivalent of the asterisk character in ASCII. So perhaps 42 is anything you want it to be...

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The Legend of El Dorado

El Dorado is the legendary golden city sought by 16th- and 17th-century explorers in the New World. The legend is said to derive from a custom of the Chibcha people of Colombia who each year anointed a chieftain and rolled him in gold, which he ceremonially washed off in a sacred lake while casting offerings of emeralds and gold into the waters. The supposed location of the fabled city shifted as new regions were explored and ruled out. In what places did the conquistadors search for El Dorado? 

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The First Rock Major Concert Is Held, Gets Shut Down (1952)

On the night of March 21, 1952, more than 20,000 fans tried to pack into the Cleveland Arena, which had an actual capacity of about half that number. Consequently, authorities shut down that evening's concert, the Moondog Coronation Ball, just minutes into the opening act, Paul Williams and his Hucklebuckers. The show is considered to have been the first major rock concert in history. It was promoted by Alan Freed, the Cleveland disc jockey believed to have coined what term?

 

 

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1 hour ago, oldtexasdog said:

Alan Freed, the Cleveland disc jockey (was) believed to have coined what term?

 

Alan Freed is known as the "father of rock 'n' roll" due to his promotion of that style of music, and his use of the phrase "rock and roll" on AM radio.

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific Opens on Broadway (1949)

Based on James Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning book Tales of the South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific opened on Broadway to great acclaim. Set on a Pacific island during WWII, the musical relates two parallel love stories that are threatened by prejudice and war. The play's first run earned 10 Tony Awards, and its 2008 Broadway revival earned seven. When it was awarded the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, who notoriously failed to receive credit for coauthoring it?

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Bessie Smith (1894)

When Smith was just a teen, she became the protégée of Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, one of the earliest blues singers. After making recordings, she quickly became the favorite singer of the jazz public. The power and somber beauty of her voice, coupled with songs representing every variety of the blues, earned her the title "Empress of the Blues." Numerous critics have regarded her as the greatest of all jazz artists, and her fame increased enormously after her death in what tragic accident?

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Cyberpunk

Cyberpunk is a subgenre of science fiction involving futuristic, dystopian, computer-based societies. Borrowing elements from hard-boiled detective novels, film noir, and postmodern prose, cyberpunk details the often nihilistic underground of electronic societies marked by rapid technological change. Typically set in the near future, cyberpunk plots often center on conflicts among hackers, artificial intelligences, and corporations. What are some of the most well-known cyberpunk novels?

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Fav book series: The Ghost in the Shell, by Masamune Shirow

Fav screen adaptation: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick  (better known as Bladerunner)

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15 hours ago, oldtexasdog said:

What are some of the most well-known cyberpunk novels?

A few of my favorites by date published:

  • The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester (1956)
  • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream - Harlan Ellison (1967)
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick (1968)
  • Frontera - Lewis Shiner (1984)
  • Vurt - Jeff Noon (1993)
  • Diaspora - Greg Egan (1997)

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Happy B Day Chet

 

Chester Burton "Chet" Atkins, Mister Guitar (1924)

Atkins got his first guitar by making a trade with his brother, and it was arguably the best deal he ever made. Although he struggled with shyness and suffered from severe asthma—he had to sleep sitting up and often fell asleep still holding his guitar—he became an accomplished guitarist and went on to release several hit records, develop a signature line of guitars, and help create country music's "Nashville sound." What did "Mr. Guitar," as he came to be known, trade to get that first guitar?

 

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I have some excellent titles from his CPG period but my favorite is his collaboration with Mark Knofler 'Neck and Neck'. This live shpw was an offshoot of that.

 

 

 

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