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Asimov's Foundation Being Adapted For HBO By Christopher Nolan's Brother Jonathan  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Isaac Asimov is one of the main reasons why I am a fan of science fiction to this day as well as being an avid reader of genre fiction in general. In the popular media Asimov was known for his popular promotion of science and technology but he was also the author of the landmark, best-selling series Foundation. He was the author of dozens of books and an influence on many authors who came after him.Jonathan Nolan is best known to me as the (younger) brother of Christopher Nolan, my favorite film director. However, Jonathan has been listed as a co-author ...
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Posted:  11/27 2:37am
Federal Judges Strike Down Marriage Equality Bans In MISSISSIPPI & ARKANSAS!  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
After two rulings in federal court, the nationwide map for marriage equality now looks like the figure above. In Mississippi and Arkansas federal judges ruled that state bans on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples are unconstitutional, for different reasons.Both rulings were put on hold pending appeal. In Mississippi case, the state defendants, Republican Governor Phil Bryant and Republican Attorney General Jim Hood have already filed a notice of appeal to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which is already considering appeals bans on marriage equality from Texas and Louisiana. Presumably Arkansas will appeal to ...
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Posted:  11/26 11:47pm
POLL: Americans See Michael Brown Shooting Very Differently By Race and Party  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Not TOO surprisingly there are stark racial differences in how Americans of different racial backgrounds view the shooting of Michael Brown, a poll by Huffington Post reveals.As YouGov puts it:There is a massive racial divide between white and black Americans about whether Darren Wilson should face punishment for killing Michael Brown. While only 22% of whites say that wilson was at fault and should be punished, just under two-thirds (64%) of black Americans want the officer to be punished. 30% of whites, and 11% of blacks, say that the shooting was a tragic accident. 29% of ...
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Posted:  11/26 4:16am
TENNIS TUESDAY: Serena WTA's Player of The Year (Again!), ATP Year-End Rankings  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
The year end rankings of the ATP were released yesterday and there are some interesting stories buried in the Top 10:
  1. Novak Djokovic (SRB) – No. 1 for the third time in four years, finishing in the Top 3 for the eighth straight year
  2. Roger Federer (SUI) – Oldest year-end No. 2 (at 33 years of age), finishing in the Top 10 for the 13th straight year (tying Ivan Lendl).Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors (16) hold the record for most Top 10 finishes
  3. Rafael Nadal (ESP) – A three-time year-end No. 1 and the third left-hander – after Connors (16) and 
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Posted:  11/25 11:27pm
EYE CANDY: Haze McCarthy  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Haze Mccarthy is best known for his work at the porn site Randy Blue. According to the Man Crush blog, Haze (is that really the name his Momma gave him?) "is 20 years old and from Massachusetts, plays football and works out 4-5 times a week." I haven't been able to find more (or more accurate) information about Haze, but since I saw him at the Gorgeous Sexy Guys blog I am convinced he is Eye Candy worthy.What do you think? ...
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Posted:  11/24 11:14am
2014 DAVIS CUP: Federer Clinches Final for Switzerland By Defeating Gasquet  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
World #2 Roger Federer was able to recover from his straights sets loss to Gael Monfils on Friday to partner with World #4 Stan Wawrinka on Saturday to win the all-important doubles match in straight sets over Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau. Then on Sunday, Federer clinched his country's first Davis Cup with a straight sets singles win over Gasquet, 6-4 6-2 6-2. Gasquet was substituted for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who lost to Wawrinka in 4 sets on Friday.Federer gave props to his countryman Wawrinka and the rest of the Swiss team:"I'm happy I was able ...
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Posted:  11/24 12:04am
SATURDAY POLITICS: Huizar-Molina Race For Los Angeles CD14 Heats Up  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
As you may recall, I live in Los Angeles City Council District 14 which is represented by Jose Huizar. Huizar is running for re-election in the March 3, 2015 primary and in this heavily Democratic region, winning that race basically would insure his position on the council until 2019 at least. I say "at least" because there is a movement to move municipal elections that typically happen in odd-numbered years (i.e. not in presidential or gubernatorial election years) and align them with those larger turnout elections. There are arguments both for and against this idea (for: having city and ...
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Posted:  11/23 5:53am
2014 DAVIS CUP: Final Tied 1-1 Wawrinka d. Tsonga, Monfils d. Federer, Doubles Decision Looms  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
The final tie of the 2014 Davis Cup is even at 1-all after the first day since Gael Monfils dispatched Roger Federer in straight sets, 6-1 6-4 6-3, following Stan Wawrinka's 4-set win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga earlier in the day. Monfils had previously lost to Federer 8 of their 10 meetings but he famously squandered two match points in their 2014 US Open quarterfinal after also dominating the Swiss great from the back of the court for more than two sets. If Monfils had won that match, is it possible he could have won the US Open instead of Marin Cilic?Monfils' (somewhat)  surprising ...
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Posted:  11/22 3:06am
CELEBRITY FRIDAY: Chris Hemsworth Named People's "Sexiest Man Alive"  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Chris Hemsworth has been named People's Sexiest Man Alive for 2014. The 31-year-old 6-foot-4 hunk from Australia is best known for playing Thor in Marvel studios Thor (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013) and The Avengers (2012). Hemsworth is married and the father of 3. ...
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Posted:  11/21 10:29am
Now There Are 35! South Carolina Joins Marriage Equality States!  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
The Supreme Court today denied South Carolina's request for a stay on the implementation of a federal judge's ruling in Condon v. Wilson declaring the Palmetto State's ban on marriage equality unconstitutional.As Freedom to Marry notes, today's actions means that 35 states in total, including all states in the 4th, 9th and 10th Circuits are currently issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. There are pending hearings in federal court the 5th Circuit (very conservative) and the 6th Circuit recently ruled against marriage equality, with all of the plaintiffs in those four states (Kentucky, Michigan, ...
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Posted:  11/21 6:12am
FILM REVIEW: Gone Girl  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Gone Girl is one of the best films of the year. To date it has grossed nearly $150 million domestically (and even more than that internationally). Critically, the film is hovering very near the 90% level on rottentomatoes.com (88% from critics and 90% from the audience). That it is from David Fincher, one of America's most distinctive directors (Fight Club, The Social Network), is another reason to see it.Gone Girl is based on the blockbuster best-selling mystery novel published in 2012 written by Gillian Flynn with the same title. "What a dark ...
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Posted:  11/20 10:48am
And Now There Are 34! Montana Joins The Marriage Equality Majority  »  The Mad Professah Lectures
Wow! Montana today joined the rest of the Ninth U.S. Circuit when a federal judge issued a ruling striking down the Treasure state's ban on same-sex marriage. One key excerpt from the ruling in Rolando v. Fox is:The Court hereby DECLARES that Montana’s laws that ban same-sex marriage, including Article XIII, section 7 of the Montana Constitution, and Montana Code Annotated section 40-1-103 and section 40-1-401, violate Plaintiffs’ rights to equal protection of the laws as guaranteed by the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Court PERMANENTLY ENJOINS the State of ...
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Posted:  11/20 8:00am