Newsletter Volume 33 Issue 8, Aug 2021
From The Editor
Yes, collectors are still revisiting, and sharing, some of their favourite old films Here are some links to films, from golden oldies to more recent. Some of them are only available for a short time, so get in quick to your favourite category:
The Woman In White starring Andrew Lincoln
“Based upon Wilkie Collins’ Victorian mystery, the gothic tale tells of a pair of half sisters whose lives end up caught in a grand conspiracy revolving around a mentally ill woman dressed in white. As the story unfolds, murder, love, marriage, and greed stand between the two women and happy lives. Their only hope is the secret the woman in white waits to tell them.
Director Tim Fywell
Writers Wilkie Collins(novel) David Pirie
Stars Tara Fitzgerald Justine Waddell Andrew Lincoln
Awards 3 wins & 3 nominations total
A Tale Of Two Cities 1980
“An ex-aristocrat from France and an alcoholic English lawyer find themselves crossing paths and in love with the same woman during the French Revolution.
Director Jim Goddard
Writers Charles Dickens(novel) John Gay
Stars Chris Sarandon Peter Cushing Kenneth More
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy 2 nominations total
The Scarlet Pimpernel Full Movie 1982
“Paris, 1792: After France becomes a republic, aristocrats are guillotined. The English Sir Percy tries to save as many as he can as The Scarlet Pimpernel in disguises.
Director Clive Donner
Writers William Bast(teleplay) Baroness Emmuska Orczy(novels “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and “Eldorado”)
Stars Anthony Andrews Jane Seymour Ian McKellen
Won 1 Primetime Emmy
1 win & 2 nominations total
The Messenger (Full Movie) Drama, Woody Harrelson
“An American soldier struggles with an ethical dilemma when he becomes involved with a widow of a fallen officer.
Director Oren Moverman
Writers Alessandro Camon Oren Moverman
Stars Ben Foster Samantha Morton Woody Harrelson
Nominated for 2 Oscars 17 wins & 46 nominations total
Heart Full of Rain (1997)
“A young man returns to the family farm after being gone for six years. But it is not until he fights shoulder to shoulder with his father to save the farm from a flood that his father finally forgives him for leaving.
Director Roger Young
Writer Quinton Peeples
Stars Ricky Schroder Richard Crenna Carroll Baker
Face of Love (1990) Alternative title: The Girl Who Came Between Them
“A home is divided when a 13-year-old Vietnamese girl moves in with a family of an ex-GI who believes that she may be his illegitimate daughter.
Director Mel Damski
Writer Audrey Davis Levin
Stars Cheryl Ladd Tony Denison Melissa Chan
The Hearst and Davies Affair (1985)
“Story of the decades-long affair between married newspaper magnate and movie producer William Randolph Hearst and actress and former “Ziegfeld Follies” showgirl Marion Davies.
Director David Lowell Rich
Writers Alison Cross(screenplay) David Soloman
Stars Robert Mitchum Virginia Madsen Fritz Weaver
Indiscretion of an American Housewife Anne Archer
“One of Anne’s best films. An American diplomat’s wife meets an Italian vintner at an embassy soirée. He sees her as more than just her “husband’s hostess”. Her husband has been so focused on advancing his career that he has forgotten how to see her as a woman, which the Italian reminds her that she is.
Director George Kaczender
Writer Emily Tracy
Stars Anne Archer Michael Murphy Elizabeth Page
Replacing Dad (1999)
“Linda and George live in a small town where he is the school principal and they are about to celebrate their 16th anniversary. When she catches him with her daughter’s young teacher, she must deal with the kids, the town, and her love for him.
Director Joyce Chopra
Writers Shelley Fraser Mickle(novel) David J. Hill(teleplay)
Stars Mary McDonnell William Russ Jack Coleman
Heidi (1968) | Full Movie | Jennifer Edwards | Michael Redgrave | Maximilian Schell | Jean Simmons,
Swiss orphan Heidi’s (Jennifer Edwards’) Aunt Dete (Miriam Spoerri) leaves her in her grumpy grandfather’s (Sir Michael Redgrave’s) care up in the Alps, where she also meets young goatherd Peter (John Moulder-Brown).
Director Delbert Mann
Writers Earl Hamner Jr.(teleplay)Johanna Spyri(novel)
Stars Jennifer Edwards Michael Redgrave Maximilian Schell
Won 1 Primetime Emmy 1 win & 2 nominations total
The Adventures of Ociee Nash (2003) | Full Movie | Keith Carradine | Mare Winningham | Skyler Day
“In 1898, spirited nine-year-old Ociee Nash lives with her father and brother in rural Mississippi until her father sends her to live with her refined aunt in Asheville, North Carolina.
Director Kristen McGary
Writers Amy McGary(screenplay) Kristen McGary(screenplay) Milam McGraw Propst(novel “A Flower Blooms on Charlotte Street”)
Stars Skyler Day Woofer Anthony P. Rodriguez
Awards 1 nomination
Just William by Richmal Crompton (Full Audio Book)
“William is a mischievous eleven year old who is puzzled by the adult world, which is no less puzzled by him. The humor is gentle and pleasing. The series of books is better known in the United Kingdom than in the U.S.”
The Beverly Hillbillies (The original sales pitch pilot for CBS) PLEASE READ DESCRIPTION
“A nouveau riche hillbilly family moves to Beverly Hills and shakes up the privileged society with their hayseed ways.
Creator Paul Henning
Stars Buddy Ebsen Donna Douglas Irene Ryan
Nominated for 7 Primetime Emmys 3 wins & 11 nominations total
The Lady in Question (1940) – Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, Brian Aherne & Evelyn Keyes – a 1940 American comedy drama film based on a French play.
“A juror in a murder trial takes pity on the recently acquitted defendant and invites her to move into his family’s home and his son soon falls in love with her.
Director Charles Vidor
Writers Lewis Meltzer(screenplay) Marcel Achard(story) Jan Lustig(screenplay “Gribouille”)
Stars Brian Aherne Rita Hayworth Glenn Ford
The Good Witch’s Garden
“Middleton prepares for its bicentennial, and Grey House is to be the party venue. Good witch Cassie is remodeling it as B&B. her first and only guest, Nick Chasen, claims to be a distant relative. He produces papers to prove he’s the heir of the builder, colonial era captain Hamblin, while the Grey lady was his mistress and stole it. Police chief and lover Jake Russell goes all the way to motivate her to fight and disprove the claim before she’s effectively disowned. Brandon is dared to pass a rascals-initiation by local brat Steve and Duke. George’s gardening skills lead to romance.
Director Craig Pryce
Writers G. Ross Parker Rod Spence(based on characters by)
Stars Catherine Bell Chris Potter Catherine Disher
Beautiful Beast (2013) | Full Movie | Shona Kay | Brad Johnson | Melanie Gardner
“In a twist on the classic Beauty and the Beast tale, Isabelle is all beauty–on the outside. A glamour-queen socialite, she spends her days spoiling herself and spending money like it’s going out of style. When Isabelle injures herself and gets lost in an isolated winter land, she stumbles on the solitude of Jeremy, a man hiding from both the world and his past…..
Director Bryan Carzan
Writer Brit Colzeyo
Stars Shona Kay Brad Johnson Josh Bendoski
The Daughters of Joshua Cabe (1972-TV) Buddy Ebsen, Karen Valentine, Lesley Warren, Jack Elam
“Due to a home-steading law, a fur trapper schemes to keep his land by hiring a hooker, a pickpocket, and a thief to pose as his family.
Director Philip Leacock
Writer Paul Savage
Stars Buddy Ebsen Karen Valentine Lesley Ann Warren
Take Me to Town (1953)
“A pretty saloon entertainer escapes the marshal’s custody and hides in a small town where she unexpectedly becomes surrogate mother to three motherless boys who wish to see their father re-married.
Director Douglas Sirk
Writer Richard Morris(screenplay)
Stars Ann Sheridan Sterling Hayden Phillip Reed
The Gun And The Pulpit (1974) | Full Classic Western movie | Absolute Westerns
“A young gunslinger on the lam impersonates a preacher, brings hope to his parishioners and law-and-order to a town terrorized by a strongman’s bunch.
Director Daniel Petrie
Writers William Bowers(teleplay) Jack Ehrlich(novel)
Stars Marjoe Gortner Slim Pickens David Huddleston
A Mind to Murder (ITV 1995)
“Scotland Yard Commander Adam Dalgliesh has been on leave following the death on duty of a member of his team, DS Sarah Hillier. His superiors order him back to work to investigate the murder of the Director of the Steen Clinic, which specializes in psychiatric cases. Dalgliesh and his team can’t quite figure out why they’ve been assigned to what seems to be a straightforward murder case…
Director Gareth Davies
Writers P.D. James(novel) Russell Lewis
Stars Roy Marsden Mairead Carty Sean Scanlan
The Movie Murderer (1970) Tom Selleck – Crime Mystery HD
“An experienced arson investigator takes along his young associate when he believes that a master arsonist is responsible for a series of fires and the motive may be the destruction of all prints of an “art” film.
Director Boris Sagal
Writers Berard Taper(story) Stanford Whitmore(screenplay)
Stars Arthur Kennedy Warren Oates Tom Selleck
The Streets of San Francisco Season 1 Episode 00 Pilot 1972 Karl Malden, Michael Douglas. (HD 1440p)
“Gritty crime drama set in San Francisco, featuring an older, veteran cop and his younger, less experienced partner.
Director Walter Grauman
Writers Edward Hume(teleplay) Carolyn Weston(novel “Poor, Poor Ophelia”)
Stars Michael Douglas Karl Malden Robert Wagner
Murder by Natural Causes (1979 TV Movie) Hal Holbrook, Katharine Ross, Richard Anderson, Jeff Donnell, Bill Fiore, Barry Bostwick
A very good film which skips all the ad breaks.
“A crime mystery written by the creators of the TV series Columbo: Richard Levinson and William Link… This made-for-TV movie, which first aired on the CBS network on February 17, 1979 was well received by the critics and the viewers alike upon its original release. It holds the rating of 8.0 on the Internet Movie Database. Its script was later turned into a successful stage play by the same writers. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_by_Natural_Causes”
Dangerous Waters (1999)
“A river expert (Connie Selleca), her boy friend (Matt McCoy), and her children go on a river rafting trip. But things go awry when they are taken captive by escaped convicts searching for stolen money.
Director Catherine Cyran
Writer Catherine Cyran
Stars Connie Sellecca Matt McCoy Alana Austin
Blast (Full Movie) Action, US Olympics Thriller
“Terrorists are holding the U.S. Olympic swim team hostage, and only janitor Jack Bryant (Linden Ashby) can stop them.
Director Albert Pyun
Writer Albert Pyun
Stars Linden Ashby Andrew Divoff Kimberly Warren
MCBRIDE MYSTERIES – S1E1 – Murder Past Midnight – John Larroquette – 2005
“McBride is a former cop-turned-defense lawyer with a penchant for taking on “lost cause” cases. After serving as a juror on an attempted murder case, McBride reluctantly agrees to represent the defendant in her retrial. Assisted by the case’s former public defender, Phil Newberry, and McBride’s ex, Roberta, the three attempt to unravel the mystery of a tycoon nearly poisoned to death, and the many mysteries surrounding the case.
Director Kevin Connor
Writer Dean Hargrove
Stars John Larroquette Marta DuBois Matt Lutz
When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn (1993)
“A woman places an ad in the “Soldier of Fortune” magazine to hire a contract killer.
Director Larry Elikann
Writers Ben Green(book “Soldier of Fortune Murders”) William Bayer(story)Gregory Goodell(story)
Stars Gary Cole Marg Helgenberger Gregg Henry
Dead in the Water (1991) Bryan Brown | Teri Hatcher – Crime HD
“Charlie married into money. He’s now a successful lawyer with a sexy young secretary/mistress and he wants out. A prenuptial rules out divorce. Is there such a thing as a perfect murder?
Director Bill Condon
Writers Harry Whittington(novel “Web of Murder”) Eleanor Gaver(teleplay) Robert Seidenberg(teleplay)
Stars Bryan Brown Teri Hatcher Anne De Salvo
Madame X– Full- Jeremy Brett
“Thrown out of her home by a jealous husband, a woman sinks into degradation. Twenty years later, she is charged with killing a man bent on harming her daughter. The daughter, unaware of who the woman is, takes the assignment to defend her in court.
Director Robert Ellis Miller
Writers Edward Anhalt(teleplay) Alexandre Bisson(play) Jean Holloway(1966 screenplay)
Stars Tuesday Weld Jeremy Brett Len Cariou
Won 1 Primetime Emmy
THE DEFENDERS – Perjury
“When a defense witness is caught out in a lie on the stand, he insists that Lawrence Preston told him to do it.
Director Boris Sagal
Writers Reginald Rose Adrian Spies
Stars E.G. Marshall Robert Reed Robert Loggia
King of the Underworld
“After the killing of her husband by friendly fire during a police raid, Dr. Carole Nelson tries to find gangster Joe Gurney to clear her name with the medical board.
Director Lewis Seiler
Writers George Bricker(screen play) Vincent Sherman(screen play) W.R. Burnett(adapted from a story by)
Stars Humphrey Bogart Kay Francis James Stephenson
Dulcimer Street 1948 Original title: London Belongs to Me
“Percy Boon lives with his mother in a shared rented house with an assortment of characters in central London. Although well intentioned, Percy becomes mixed up with gangsters and a murder. The story focuses on the effects this has on Percy and the other residents.
Director Sidney Gilliat
Writers Norman Collins(novel) Sidney Gilliat(screenplay) J.B. Williams(screenplay)
Stars Richard Attenborough Alastair Sim Fay Compton
Pearl 2021 (QESP Editor’s Note: Title shown as My Mother’s Killer Boyfriend 2021. Film finishes at 1.29.30. The rest is unrelated.)
“After her mother is murdered by her stepfather, gifted 15 year old student Pearl goes to live with an ex-lover of her mother, a grumpy unemployed film director who, pending the results of a paternity test, may be her biological father.
Director Bobby Roth
Writer Bobby Roth
Stars Anthony LaPaglia Larsen Thompson Sarah Carter
First Degree (1995) Rob Lowe | Leslie Hope – Crime Thriller HD
“A police detective’s personal involvement with a beautiful widow takes a professional turn when she is accused of murdering her husband.
Director Jeff Woolnough
Writer Ron Base
Stars Rob Lowe Leslie Hope Tom McCamus
Amazing Racer (2015) (Shannon’s Rainbow 2009)| Full Movie | Scott Eastwood | Lou Gossett | Eric Roberts | Daryl Hannah
“The death of a teenager’s father leaves her orphaned until she discovers the mother she never knew. When she travels to meet her, she befriends a horse trainer. Together they win races and form new bonds that lead her back to happiness.
Director Frank E. Johnson
Writers Linda Morris John Mowod Larry Richert
Stars Julianne Michelle Daryl Hannah Michael Madsen
I Know My Son Is Alive (1994) Well acted, with good plot twists
Alternative title: Web of Deceit
“Real-life husband and wife Corbin Bernsen and Amanda Pays play a couple whose life is torn apart by the disappearance of their new-born son. When a bloodstained baby’s blanket is found in the back of the wife’s car, the accusations of murder begin.
Director Bill Corcoran
Writers Raymond Hartung(story) Joseph Broido(story)
Stars Corbin Bernsen Amanda Pays Al Waxman
Hunter – 1×01 – Pilot (FIRST EPISODE)
“Brash detectives Rick Hunter & Dee Dee McCall team up to catch a psychopathic serial murderer…..
Director Ron Satlof
Writer Frank Lupo
Stars Fred Dryer Stepfanie Kramer Brian Dennehy
Outlaw – (2001) Michael Madsen
“Conner is a hit man. A mob boss gets wracked. His son, hires Conner to find out who did it. If he refuses or takes longer he’s dead.
Director Bo Svenson
Writers Chris Dickerson Bo Svenson
Stars Michael Madsen Bo Svenson William Forsythe
KRAFT SUSPENSE THEATRE — A Hero for Our Times ( First Season )
“A “happily married” and well thought of businessman witnesses a murder. Unfortunately, he is at his mistress’ apartment when it happens. His dilemma about whether or not to report what he knows to the police is heightened further when a man he knows to be innocent of the crime is arrested.
Director Ralph Senensky
Writers David E. Lewis Andy Lewis
Stars Lloyd Bridges John Ireland Geraldine Brooks
Moonlighting Season 1 Episode 1 Moonlighting Pilot
“Maddie Hayes wakes up to find her staff have quit and all her money has been stolen. One of her few remaining assets is a loss-making investigation agency run by David Addison. She sacks the staff but David is determined to keep it going.
Director Robert Butler
Writer Glenn Gordon Caron
Stars Cybill Shepherd Bruce Willis Allyce Beasley
Karaoke (Dennis Potter 1996) E01 Tuesday
“Daniel Feeld is a screenwriter with pains in his gut and a new screenplay called “Karaoke”, about a girl named Sandra who works in a seedy Karaoke bar and is murdered by a lowlife named Arthur “Pig” Mallion. But whenever Daniel looks around, real people seem to be speaking his dialogue in real situations that mirror the script, including a beautiful young girl named Sandra who works in a Karaoke bar owned by a Mr. Mallion. Meanwhile, Balmer, the film’s director, is in a spot of trouble with the leading lady of the film.
Stars Albert Finney Roy Hudd Richard E. Grant
Karaoke (Dennis Potter 1996) E02 Wednesday
Karaoke (Dennis Potter 1996) E03 Thursday
Karaoke (Dennis Potter 1996) E04 Friday (Fin)
(QESP Editor’s Note: See also Women of Valor Full Movie | Susan Sarandon, under INSPIRATIONAL)
Good Soldier– Full- Jeremy Brett
“A romantic tragedy about two turn-of-the-century couples – one American, one British – who regularly vacation together at a spa in Germany.
Director Kevin Billington
Writers Ford Madox Ford(novel) Julian Mitchell(adaptation)
Stars Robin Ellis Vickery Turner Jeremy Brett
The Island on Bird Street (Full Movie) Drama, WWII
“During World War II a Jewish boy is left on his own for months in a ruined house in the Warsaw Ghetto, where he must learn all the tricks of survival under constantly life-threatening conditions.
Director Søren Kragh-Jacobsen
Writers Uri Orlev(novel) John Goldsmith(screenplay) Tony Grisoni(screenplay)
Stars Patrick Bergin Jordan Kiziuk Jack Warden
Awards 9 wins & 3 nominations
Hitler’s SS: Portrait in Evil (1985) BILL NIGHY
“The story of Helmut and Karl Hoffmann. Both come of age at the start of Hitler’s power in Germany. Helmut joins the SS and eventually becomes a successful flag rank officer. Karl joins the SA and experiences the darker side of Nazism after the SA is disbanded and Karl is thrown into prison and later conscripted into the German army. Brother is pitted against brother …
Director Jim Goddard
Writer Lukas Heller
Stars John Shea Bill Nighy Lucy Gutteridge.
Ashenden (WS Maugham-BBC 1991) E01 The Dark Woman
“Four-part drama about a writer recruited into espionage work by British intelligence during the First World War. Based on the writings of Somerset Maugham
Stars Alex Jennings Joss Ackland Ian Bannen
Ashenden (WS Maugham-BBC 1991) E02 The Traitor
Ashenden (WS Maugham-BBC 1991) E03 Mr Harrington’s Washing
Ashenden (WS Maugham-BBC 1991) E04 The Hairless Mexican (Fin)
Women of Valor Full Movie | Susan Sarandon | Drama Movies The Midnight Screening
“During World War II, a group of U.S. Army nurses in the Philippines are captured and imprisoned by Japanese troops.
Director Buzz Kulik
Writer Jonas McCord
Stars Susan Sarandon Kristy McNichol Alberta Watson
Awards 1 win
Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962)
“At the end of a long and hot summer day, members of one family gather in a large house. Everyone has something painful and offensive to say, and their silence is even worse.
Director Sidney Lumet
Writer Eugene O’Neill (play “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”)
Stars Katharine Hepburn Ralph Richardson Jason Robards
Nominated for 1 Oscar 5 wins & 5 nominations total
Based on a True Story: Jesse (1988)
“In Meredith, California (a very small town) there was no doctor (only once a week on Wednesdays would a doctor fly in) , so Jesse Maloney (a “Practical Nurse”) would take his place for the rest of the week. She would deliver the babies, set the bones and saved the lives of Meredith for nearly a decade. Then one day (in this “true story”), someone called the authoritie… Read all
Director Glenn Jordan
Writer James Lee Barrett
Stars Lee Remick Scott Wilson Richard Marcus
William Shatner 1963 “Million Dollar Hospital”
“Young Dr. Grant (William Shatner) answers a medical-journal ad offering a “rewarding practice” for $1,000,000, but the run-down emergency hospital he finds hardly seems a lucrative enterprise.
Director Herschel Daugherty
Writers Lawrence B. Marcus(story by) Oscar Millard(teleplay by)
Stars Fred Astaire Charles Bickford William Shatner
Based On A True Story: Quest for Justice (1994)
“A 1950’s American newspaper publisher battles for integration in her hometown, which is divided by racism. Drama, starring Jane Seymour, DW Moffett, Richard Kiley, Lou Walker and Michelle Joyner.
Director James Keach
Writer Rama Laurie Stagner
Stars Jane Seymour D.W. Moffett Lou Walker
Career – 1959 Full Movie
“More than anything in the world, Sam Lawson wants to be a successful actor. Is he willing to sacrifice his wife, happiness and personal reputation to achieve his goal?
Director Joseph Anthony
Writers Bert Granet James Lee(play)Philip Stong(novel)
Stars Dean Martin Anthony Franciosa Shirley MacLaine
Nominated for 3 Oscars 1 win & 4 nominations total
Between Two Women
“Set in Northern England, this powerful tale of suppressed sexuality offers poignant and sharply observant social commentary, interlaced with a tender romance. Veteran actress Barbara Marten tugs at the heart as Ellen Hardy, a working-class mother unhappily married to Geoff and struggling with her feelings for another woman – her 10-year-old son’s vivacious teacher, Kathy Thompson.
Director Steven Woodcock
Writer Steven Woodcock
Stars Barbara Marten Andrina Carroll Andrew Dunn
Journey Into Light (1951) Sterling Hayden Viveca Lindfors
“A minister embittered by his wife’s suicide turns away from God. He ends up among the bums of skid row before he finds meaning again through the love of a missionary’s blind daughter.
Director Stuart Heisler
Writers Stephanie Nordli(screenplay) Irving Shulman(screenplay) Anson Bond(story)
Stars Sterling Hayden Viveca Lindfors Thomas Mitchell
The Ron Clark Story 2006 Based On The True Story Movie
“A small-town teacher relocates to one of the toughest classrooms in the country.
Director Randa Haines
Writers Annie DeYoung Max Enscoe
Stars Matthew Perry Judith Buchan Griffin Cork
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys 6 wins & 17 nominations total
BREAKING BAD + PUNISHMENT PARK: American Deserts – Films in Conversation
“Content Warning: fictional depictions of police brutality… This video has been censored to remove sensitive imagery after YouTube age restricted the original version.
Join me, Maggie Mae Fish, as I discuss the TV show Breaking Bad in conversation with the movie Punishment Park.”
– (QESP Editor’s Note: If anyone has a favourite old film to share, send the link to me at [email protected] . Thanks, Ted )
NBN lies: Telstra, Optus, TPG give ACCC middle finger
Back to court they go.
By Casey Tonkin on Aug 10 2021
ABC The Drum
“Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Director Dr Richard Totaro says he’s not had anyone that’s fully vaccinated against COVID come through his ICU.
It boggles my mind there is any sort of argument against vaccination in the community.”
The New York Times Magazine 12 Aug 2021
UPDATED:APR 20, 2021ORIGINAL:APR 20, 2021
How Gerrymandering Began in the US
Long before it got its name, Gerrymandering was already happening in the United States.
“In March 1812, the Boston Gazette ran a political cartoon depicting “a new species of monster”: “The Gerry-mander.” The forked-tongue creature was shaped like a contorted Massachusetts voting district that the state’s Jeffersonian Republicans had drawn to benefit their own party. Governor (and future vice president) Elbridge Gerry signed off on his party’s redistricting plan in February, unwittingly cementing his place in the United States lexicon of underhanded political tricks.”
Don’s Party at 50: an achingly real portrayal of the hapless Australian middle-class voter
“Don’s Party is a slice-of-life satire, set at an Australian barbecue hosted by 30-something couple Don and Kath on election night 1969.
5-year NSW Police investigation into Hillsong’s Brian Houston covering up for his paedophile father continues. Why 5 years?
“After 5 years the NSW police told me on Friday (23-4-21) that they are still investigating Brian Houston for the cover-up of his father’s sexual abuse of children”
BY SHANE DOWLING ON APRIL 24, 2021
Why Jack Dorsey’s Square paid a record $39 billion for Afterpay
Lien Duong, Curtin University; Sonny Pham, Curtin University
In the first six months of 2021, Afterpay’s gross profit was US$284 million — about 150% more than the US$113 million profit it booked in the six months before the pandemic.
Hidden women of history: how mother of 8, Mary Anne Allen, made do on the goldfields amid gunshots, rain and sly grog
Katrina Dernelley, La Trobe University
“Mould, dodging mine shafts, sleeping in beds of dried leaves: Mary Anne Allen’s diary offers a fascinating glimpse of family life on the goldfields in 1852.”
Hacker steals $831m in cryptocurrency heist
Starts giving it back the next day.
By Casey Tonkin on Aug 12 2021 10:07 AM
“A hacker pulled off one of the biggest cryptocurrency heists in history by transferring $831 million worth of cryptocurrency off the Poly Network platform, only to start giving the assets back the next day.
Poly Network announced the attack on Tuesday night, saying it had been attacked on the Binance Smart Chain, Ethereum, and Polygon networks, tweeting the addresses the hacker transferred the nearly $1 billion worth of cryptocurrency to.”
Q-CTRL, University of Sydney Devise ML Technique Used to Pinpoint Quantum Errors
HPCwire July 29, 2021
Researchers at Australia’s University of Sydney (USYD) and quantum control startup Q-CTRL have designed a method of pinpointing quantum computing errors via machine learning (ML). The USYD team devised a means of recognizing the smallest divergences from the conditions necessary for executing quantum algorithms with trapped ion and superconducting quantum computing equipment. Q-CTRL scientists assembled custom ML algorithms to process the measurement results, and minimized the impact of background interference using existing quantum controls. This yielded an easy distinction between sources of correctable “real” noise and phantom artifacts of the measurements themselves. USYD’s Michael J. Biercuk said, “The ability to identify and suppress sources of performance degradation in quantum hardware is critical to both basic research and industrial efforts building quantum sensors and quantum computers.”
How Sweden Became the Silicon Valley of Europe
Colm Fulton; Supantha Mukherjee
August 11, 2021
Klarna’s Sebastian Siemiatkowski, billionaire founder of the Swedish fintech company, attributes his success to the Swedish welfare state, particularly a 1998-2001 government policy to give a computer to every household. During that period, the program purchased 850,000 home computers, distributing them at no cost to nearly 25% of Sweden’s then-4 million households. At 16, Siemiatkowski started coding on the computer his family received, and more than two decades later, his $46 billion payments firm is preparing to go public. Some technology executives and venture capitalists say the computer policy, the nation’s early investment in Internet connectivity, and its social safety net, including free childcare and income insurance funds, help foster innovation. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found that Sweden has the third highest startup rate, ranked by startups per 1,000 employees. Atomico’s Sarah Guemouri noted that Stockholm ranks second behind Silicon Valley for unicorns (startups valued above $1 billion).
Ancient brains: a look inside the extraordinary preservation of a 310-million-year-old nervous system
John Paterson, University of New England; Greg Edgecombe, Natural History Museum; Javier Ortega-Hernández, Harvard Kennedy School; Robert Gaines, Pomona College; Russell Dean Christopher Bicknell, University of New England
Researchers have found a new way by which the brains of ancient animals can be preserved.
“Dear Dr Chant, please accept my thanks on behalf of all those whose lives you touch
Day after grinding day the calm and measured NSW chief health officer delivers the bad — and more rarely good — news about the war on COVID.”
MADONNA KING AUG 17, 2021
Government expands temporary COVID-19 support for NSW businesses
By Melissa Coade Thursday July 29, 2021
“A support package to help NSW businesses through what will be at least nine weeks of lockdown until 28 August will be expanded, as well as increased financial support for workers.”
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu – the true (actual, disregarded) immunisation pioneer
By Tom Solomon Wednesday July 21, 2021
The Project Gutenberg eBook, Letters of the Right Honourable Lady M—y W—y M—e, by Lady Mary Wortley Montague
ON A LIGHTER NOTE
Awesome Dog posted a video to playlist Cute Dog. July 28
Although COVID spreads mostly through the mouth and nose, scientists now conclude the greatest risk comes from assholes.
We can do better! Wear your mask, if not for yourself then do it for others.
7:55 AM · Nov 30, 2020
QESP Editor’s Note: MARIA POPOVA discusses Music and the mystery of aliveness.
“We are a music-making species — always have been, always will be — and music’s capacity to explore, express and address what it is to be human remains one of our greatest communal gifts.”
QESP Editor’s Note: See also
Researchers Develop Real-Time Lyric Generation Technology to Inspire Song Writing
University of Waterloo News (Canada)
August 10, 2021
LyricJam, a new AI-powered technology designed by researchers at Canada’s University of Waterloo, can generate lyrics for live instrumental music in real time. The system synthesizes lyrics that reflect the mood and emotions expressed by live music, by focusing on musical elements like chord progressions, tempo, and instrumentation. LyricJam continuously receives raw audio clips as the musician or band plays, and a neural network processes this data to produce new lyric lines. The network learns the lyrical themes, words, and stylistic devices associated with the distinct musical aspects in each clip, and more than 1,500 users worldwide have tried out LyricJam since its June release. Waterloo’s Olga Vechtomova said, “The system generates poetic lines with new metaphors and expressions, potentially leading the artists in creative directions that they haven’t explored before.”
ACOSM 2020: Responsible Business Conduct
ACOSM 2020 has been postponed due to COVID-19. A new date will be advised when the restrictions have been lifted.
Quote of the Day
My biggest mistake is probably weighing too much on someone’s talent and not someone’s personality. I think it matters whether someone has a good heart. – Elon Musk
Quote from Yesteryear
The direct use of physical force is so poor a solution to the problem of limited resources that it is commonly employed only by small children and great nations. – David Friedman