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Robin Williams’ Final Instagram Shows Touching Family Photo
For a more in-depth look at his life:  Robin Williams dies in apparent suicide; actor, comic was 63
Will miss this guy.  Every fan of Williams will have a favorite movie in which he starred.  Mine is this one:

Total sucker for a grail-quest, especially one that takes place in Manhattan.  And that would be The Fisher King.  As a spiritually wounded Grail Knight, Williams’ character Parry searches for long-delayed healing.  But the sad truth is that in the real world grails are even harder to come by than in the movies, and depression too often meets no remedy.  Good-bye, Robin, and thanks for sharing your spirit with so many while you were here.

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Robin Williams’ Final Instagram Shows Touching Family Photo

For a more in-depth look at his life:  Robin Williams dies in apparent suicide; actor, comic was 63

Will miss this guy.  Every fan of Williams will have a favorite movie in which he starred.  Mine is this one:

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Total sucker for a grail-quest, especially one that takes place in Manhattan.  And that would be The Fisher King.  As a spiritually wounded Grail Knight, Williams’ character Parry searches for long-delayed healing.  But the sad truth is that in the real world grails are even harder to come by than in the movies, and depression too often meets no remedy.  Good-bye, Robin, and thanks for sharing your spirit with so many while you were here.

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R.I.P. Eli Wallach (1915-2014). I’ve enjoyed him in many films, but he will forever ride in my heart as Tuco in Sergio Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

After 7 Decades A Star of Stage and Screen, Eli Wallach Dies at 98 (“All Things Considered” — NPR)

Actor Eli Wallach has died at the age of 98. In a career that spanned seven decades, Wallach appeared in more than 200 films, plays and television dramas. His roles ranged from Mr. Freeze in the Batman television show to Kilroy in Tennessee William’s Camino Real on Broadway.

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

He played a heck of a bandit and his list of credits highlights a prolific career. Eli Wallach has died the age of 98. Tom Vitale has this look at his long and celebrated career.

TOM VITALE, BYLINE: Eli Wallach was best known for two roles as Mexican outlaws. In 1960 he won acclaim for his portrayal of the bandit Calvera, facing off against the sect head of gunslingers in “The Magnificent Seven.”

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, “THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN”)

ELI WALLACH: (As Calvera) Where’s the horses, cattle, gold, food from the trees - no more. Now I must hunt with a price on my head. Relish at my heels, I’ll be back.

VITALE: Six years later he co-starred with Clint Eastwood, in Sergio Leone’s spaghetti Western “The Good The Bad And The Ugly.”

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, “THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY”)

WALLACH: (As Tuco) If you save your breath, I feel a man like you could manage it and if you won’t manage it you’ll die only slowly. Very slowly old friend.

DAVID THOMSON: Those were probably his best smiley, sneering, sadistic, wicked roles. The things that he seemed to do very naturally.

VITALE: David Thomson is the author of “The New Biographical Dictionary of Film”. He says Eli Wallach was convincing as a villain in a variety of ethnic roles.

THOMSON: Eli Wallach in a lot of his films did not shave and it’s from a time and an attitude when if you don’t shave you could be almost any disreputable person from anywhere in the world.

VITALE: That was a time when Hollywood didn’t think twice about casting a Polish Jew as a Mexican or an Italian. In 1951 Wallach won a Tony award for originating the role on Broadway of the Sicilian truck driver Mangiacavallo in “The Rose Tattoo” by Tennessee Williams.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

WALLACH: I grew up with Italians in red Hook Little Italy on Union Street. Owned and operated by a mafia.

VITALE: Sitting in his upper West side apartment when he was 95-years-old, Eli Wallach recalled growing up in Brooklyn where his parents owned a candy store. During World War II he served as an Army officer in Hawaii, Casa Blanca and France. After the war she studied method acting as an original member of the Actor Studio in New York. He met his wife actress Anne Jackson while he was auditioning for the role of a teenager in another Williams Play. 65 years later they still finish each other’s sentences.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

WALLACH: And she said to the lady, Terry Hayman (PH) who’s going to play the old…

ANNE JACKSON: The boy.

WALLACH: The boy and she said there he is. Now you tell.

JACKSON: I said he’s too old and she said well he happens to be the best actor, so he’s going to do it. So I said well all right. And the rest is history; I have three children to that man.

VITALE: Critic David Thomson says it was probably the longest show business marriage of the 20th century. And Wallach’s career was also one of the most prolific. He acted in more than 90 films and dozens of plays and TV shows. Thomson says Wallach will be remembered for the quality as well as the quantity of his work.

THOMSON: For making an enormous number of films and a great range of parts and bringing energy and fun and mischief to it.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, “THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY”)

WALLACH: (as Tuco) Who ever double crosses me and leaves me alive, he understands nothing about Tuco. Nothing.

VITALE: In 2011 the Motion Picture Academy gave Eli Wallach and honorary Oscar for his contributions to the film industry. On the red carpet he told reporters that his wife was the richest thing he owned. For NPR News, I’m Tom Vitale in New York.

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Meant to put up a post of my own regarding this man who brought such vitality and viscera to the roles he played.  A week late, but still missing you very much, Mr. Wallach.

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Everyone’s always looking at their tricorders these days.

Okay, so most people call them iPhones.  And this item, called the Node

works with the Android to function as a gyroscope, thermometer, magnetometer, accelerometer, humidity meter, altimeter and barometer.  While NASA has already produced a small gas sensor chip

that plugs right into the iPhone’s dock.  But now someone has gone and taken it a step farther by creating an affordable spectrometer which reads a reflected beam of light to determine the molecular makeup of the object it shines upon.  The small hand-held device works with — what else? — your iPhone.

Tricorders have arrived.  Roddenberry’s guess as to when they would appear was just off by a couple of centuries.

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Everyones always looking at their tricorders these days.

Okay, so most people call them iPhones.  And this item, called the Node

works with the Android to function as a gyroscope, thermometer, magnetometer, accelerometer, humidity meter, altimeter and barometer.  While NASA has already produced a small gas sensor chip

that plugs right into the iPhones dock.  But now someone has gone and taken it a step farther by creating an affordable spectrometer which reads a reflected beam of light to determine the molecular makeup of the object it shines upon.  The small hand-held device works with  what else?  your iPhone.

Tricorders have arrived.  Roddenberrys guess as to when they would appear was just off by a couple of centuries.

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America has more tornado touchdowns on average than anywhere else in the world, but those touchdowns are not at all evenly distributed. These maps, which break down the coordinates of each tornado, illustrate exactly where the danger falls the heaviest.

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The U.S. Gets More Tornadoes Than Anywhere Else In The World. But Why?

Though tornadoes have touched down in almost every country in the world, the greatest number of… Read more

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Tim Brice, a meteorologist with the NWS based out of El Paso, put together the series of graphs, which plot out every tornado occurring between 1950-2013 by its latitude and longitude…

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from The Location Of Every Tornado Touchdown In America, Graphed (io9)

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The Chronicles of Amber is an ambitious work by one of the leading voices in the New Wave science fiction from the 70s and 80s. Roger Zelazny created a science fantasy epic where tarot was not only featured prominently in the story, but where it actually helped to shape it. Each…

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