The Batman, spoiled: Thanks NYT

Yes, there are SPOILERS below!

The story of the marriage of Selina Kyle and Bruce Wayne is not supposed to culminate until the DC comic issued on July 4, yet The New York Times dropped a massive spoiler in Sunday’s newspaper:


The steal of yesteryear

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Looks like this library at the Allegany College of Maryland is unloading some of their unused items.

Got a microfilm reader stashed in your basement? You could pick up this treasure trove of an archive of The New York Times (1851-1969) for as low as $130 (maybe).

Go here to make a bid.

But then you’d have to remember how to find stuff on microfilm … you need an index, right?

News from NewsPAPERS: Who’d thunk it?

Cold turkey from digital!

I decided to travel back in time. I turned off my digital news notifications, unplugged from Twitter and other social networks, and subscribed to home delivery of three print newspapers


It has been life changing. Turning off the buzzing breaking-news machine I carry in my pocket was like unshackling myself from a monster who had me on speed dial, always ready to break into my day with half-baked bulletins.

I wish everyone could try this but imagine the cost. As he notes in the article, Print is expensive. I’m betting that Mr. Manjoo was able to expense the cost of the subscriptions.

I totally agree with him on this:

I began to see it wasn’t newspapers that were so great, but social media that was so bad.

… You don’t have to read a print newspaper to get a better relationship with the news. But, for goodness’ sake, please stop getting your news mainly from Twitter and Facebook. In the long run, you and everyone else will be better off.



10 more years until the end?

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Once again, someone is sounding the death knell of Newspapers, and byNewsPAPERS, of course, I mean PRINT Newspapers.

This time, it’s The New York Times CEO Mark Thompson, who says that Newspapers have another 10 years before print bites the dust.

A key point:

“Without question we make more money on a print subscriber.”

That’s the key to understanding why NewsPAPERS are still around, That probably won’t change until there’s a flip, where digital subscribers/advertising bring in more ad revenue.

Matter of fact, I don’t think it will take a total flip. I’m making a prediction here: When digital ad revenue hits 51 percent of NewsPAPER’s revenues, they will kill the print product.

I used to tell people that NewsPAPERS would never die until people could take computers into the bathroom with them. I felt pretty solid on that prediction until smartphones came along.

Star Wars, the long, long tail


Die-hard Star War fans should head on over to The New York Times store and take a look at their new coffee table book, “STAR WARS A chronicle from the pages of The New York Times


The 12″ x 15″ coffee table book chronicles the public and critical reception of the sci-fi film and its historical and cultural impact. It contains all the important Times articles about the films and their legacy, including reviews, news articles, graphics, photos, obituaries and behind-the-scenes exclusives.


Four years before the first “Star Wars” movie was released, The New York Times signaled to readers that the sci-fi film was approaching our world. In a 1973 feature on director George Lucas, Judy Klemesrud wrote, “George is currently working on another science fiction screenplay, ‘The Star Wars,’ which he describes as a ‘real gee whiz movie’ in the Flash Gordon-Buck Rogers tradition.”

The movie title was later shortened and when it opened in 1977, Times film critic Vincent Canby knew he had seen something special. He wrote, “Star Wars is the most elaborate, most expensive, most beautiful movie serial ever made.”

“In a Galaxy Far, Far Away” is the ultimate anthology of Times coverage of the “Star Wars” franchise. This “Star Wars” history book, packed with more than 85 reprinted Times pages, takes you on a fantastic journey from the 1970s to 2017’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

An epic gift for the diehard Star Wars enthusiast, the hardcover book features stately leatherette binding and its cover can be personalized. The pages are printed on premium paper with a light gray tint to accent the historical nature of the pages. Each book comes with a 2.5″ x 7.5″ magnifier and a certificate of authenticity.

Produced in Vermont.

$80 + shipping and this can be yours.