With Run The Series, The A.V. Club examines film franchises, studying how they change and evolve with each new installment. Even as a novelty act, Alvin And The Chipmunks were pretty thin gruel. Created by Armenian-American songwriter (and Rear Window bit player) Ross Bagdasarian under the Anglicized pseudonym “David Seville,” the Chipmunks were a spin-off from Bagdasarian’s first big novelty hit, “Witch Doctor,” which featured Bagdasarian spouting gibberish at double speed in its chorus. After that song reached No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts, Bagdasarian figured he had a winning idea on his hands, and decided to repurpose the song’s high-pitched recording technique from kitschy racial stereotypes to cuddly anthropomorphism. Thus, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore and their manager/dad Dave—all voiced by Bagdasarian—were born. The Chipmunks’ first single was the “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be … [Read more...] about turned a one-note joke into a 4-film series
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NASA on Tuesday disclosed a data breach involving current and former employees' personal data.The space agency discovered that one of its servers was compromised on Oct. 23, it revealed in an internal memo posted to Spaceref.The server included employees' personal info, including Social Security numbers, but the agency doesn't know if that data was stolen. NASA is working with federal cybersecurity partners to figure it out."Those NASA Civil Service employees who were on-boarded, separated from the agency, and/or transferred between Centers, from July 2006 to October 2018, may have been affected," Bob Gibbs, the assistant administrator in NASA's office of human capital management, wrote in the memo. NASA InSight lander rocks its journey to Mars: A view in pictures 19 Photos The agency doesn't believe any of its missions, which include the InSight lander's work on Mars, were compromised by the breach.The memo doesn't mention why NASA waited nearly two months to inform … [Read more...] about NASA reveals employee data breach in internal memo
As we near the one-year mark of the public accusations against Harvey Weinstein—that he serially assaulted women; that he used his power to avoid any consequences for doing so—and the subsequent spread of the nationwide #MeToo movement, we are also facing its backlash. The initial ramifications were widespread and stunning: For the first time in history, it became, ostensibly, the mainstream inclination to believe the victims’ stories about sexual assault and harassment. But this transformation may have been far more incremental than it first seemed, and all the change brought about by the unleashing of pain and anger wrought by centuries of systemic oppression may still not be enough to break through in this moment, in which Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, after two allegations of sexual assault, has not withdrawn. Rather we are all barrelling toward what promises to be a grotesque repeat of the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings of 1991. Accuser Christine … [Read more...] about The Next Step for #MeToo Is Into the Gray Areas
Dulce Carvajal (left) and Dairon Esposito (center), 9, both neighbors, along with other Marathon residents search through donated items at San Pablo Catholic Church on Marathon Key, Florida, after Hurricane Irma. Carl Juste/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images We humans have big hearts. When we see someone suffering, even if it's a stranger on the other side of the globe, we want to help. But in the rush to help others, we can end up doing more harm than good. If you really want to help the victims of devastating hurricanes, earthquakes, famines and floods, follow these five tips. 1: Send Money, Not Stuff Charitable organizations receive so many boxes of used clothing, shoes, canned food and flashlights that it overwhelms local staff and creates what some relief workers call the "disaster after the disaster." As the USAID Center for International Disaster Information explains, unsolicited donations clog up the supply chain, take up space that could be used for lifesaving supplies and … [Read more...] about 5 Donation Tips for (Really) Helping Disaster Victims
Unfortunately, bankruptcy can interfere with your job search, so it's best to be honest with potential employers about bankruptcy, especially employers in the private sector. Antonio M. Rosario/Getty Images After you filed for bankruptcy, it felt like a fresh start. You began rebuilding your credit and even started looking for a new job. Still, you're worried: Will a bankruptcy ruling show up on your credit report -- and will it be seen by potential employers? Yes, on both counts. When a potential employer screens your credit, that employer will have access to your Social Security number, previous addresses and debt information. Along with information about student loans and mortgages, there will be information on car payments, credit card debt, debts in collection, tax liens and bankruptcies filed fewer than 10 years ago for a Chapter 7 filing or seven years ago for a Chapter 13 filing. Just about the only thing an employer won't see on your credit report is your credit score … [Read more...] about Will bankruptcy keep me from getting a job?