GMG’s Huge Game Sale Includes Some Better Deals Than Steam’s Summer Sale

Thousands of PC games are discounted at Green Man Gaming during the Sizzling Sale, including hits like Dragon’s Dogma 2, Elden Ring, Horizon Forbidden West, and even Kingdom Hearts Integrum Masterpiece (the full series). The sale is open to everyone, though GMG XP members will see additional savings on select titles–making this a good time to sign up. Many games that aren’t seeing additional XP discounts can be dropped an additional 15% with promo code SIZZLE15.

The Sizzling Sale is just one of numerous notable PC game sales running right now. Most notably, Steam’s annual Summer Sale kicked off this week. But before you make purchases on Steam, we’d recommend checking to see if Green Man Gaming or Fanatical has the deal for a better price. Fanatical’s Red Hot Sale includes over 8,000 game deals, the majority of which are delivered as Steam keys. GMG’s sale also includes a significant number of Steam games. Both Fanatical and GMG have better prices on some games–so it’s definitely worth comparing first. Elsewhere, GOG is running its own summer sales event with big discounts on DRM-free PC games.

With that out of the way, let’s get back to Green Man Gaming’s Sizzling Sale.

To get the full discount as a GMG XP member–if you don’t already have XP discounts unlocked–you’ll first need to make a purchase of $1 or more. To that end, consider picking up something cheap like Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition, which is just $3 (down from $20). Once you’ve spent $1, you’ll be eligible for additional savings on select games.

There are tons of great games in the Sizzling Sale, such as Dave the Diver for $14 (down from $20), Destiny 2: The Final Shape for $42 (down from $50), and Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon for $38 (down from $60).

The Kingdom Hearts series finally landed on Steam earlier this month, and GMG’s sale includes better discounts on the series than you’ll find directly from Steam. Kingdom Hearts Integrum Masterpiece, which features HD versions of 1.5, 2.5, 2.8, and 3, is $69 (was $100) on Steam. With GMG’s SIZZLE15 promo code, you can purchase the bundle for less than $59.

Kingdom Hearts Integrum Masterpiece

For something else that will keep you very busy this summer, be sure to check out Hitman World of Assassination, as it’s now just $24 (with SIZZLE15 promo code) and includes Hitman 1, Hitman 2, Hitman 3, and tons of additional DLC missions. That’s one of the better prices we’ve seen for the bundle, making this a great time to check out the stealth-action open world masterpiece.

Other great discounts include Days Gone for $13 (down from $50), Mafia: Trilogy for $20 (down from $60), and Yakuza: Like a Dragon for $12 (down from $60). And if the release of Shadow of the Erdtree has you ready to step into the Lands Between, you can grab Elden Ring for $38 (down from $60) and the Shadow of the Erdtree expansion for $35 (down from $40).

Plenty of other games are discounted at GMG, and you’ll find the best deals below. Please be aware that the prices shown below only reflect the standard discount, so XP deals or the SIZZLE15 promo code (for eligible games) are not factored in. After you add games to your cart, make sure to type SIZZLE15 into the Vouchers & Gift Cards text box before checking out. Not every game below will be eligible

Green Man Gaming Sizzling Sale

GMG XP members can get additional discounts on select games. Add promo code SIZZLE15 to get an extra 15% off many of the games listed below.

New model could help provide expectant mothers a clearer path to safe fish consumption

Fish consumption during pregnancy is a complex scientific topic. On one hand, fish are rich in nutrients essential to brain development, including polyunsaturated fatty acids, selenium, iodine, and vitamin D. On the other, fish contain methyl mercury, a known neurotoxicant. This has led the US Food and Drug Administration to recommend that expectant mothers limit consumption, which inadvertently causes many women to forgo fish consumption during pregnancy altogether.

Fish consumption is an important route of methyl mercury exposure, however, efforts to understand the health risk posed by mercury are further complicated by the fact that the nutritional benefits from fish may modify or reduce the toxicity posed by mercury. A new study appearing in the American Journal of Epidemiology based on data from a cohort of residents of a coastal community in Massachusetts creates a new framework that could untangle these questions, reduce confusion, and produce clearer guidance on fish consumption for pregnant mothers.

“We propose an alternative modelling approach to address limitations of previous models and to contribute thereby to improved evidence-based advice on the risks and benefits of fish consumption,” said the authors, who include Sally Thurston, PhD, with the University of Rochester Medical Center, Susan Korrick, MD, MPH, with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and David Ruppert, PhD, with Cornell University. “In fish-eating populations, this can be addressed by separating mercury exposure into fish intake and average mercury content of the consumed fish.”

The new research comes from an analysis of data from the New Bedford Cohort, which was created to assess the health of children born to mothers residing near the New Bedford Harbor Superfund site in Massachusetts. The current study included 361 children from the cohort who were born between 1993 and 1998 and underwent neurodevelopment assessments, including tests for IQ, language, memory, and attention, at age eight years.

The researchers were able to measure mercury exposure during the third trimester of pregnancy through hair sample collected from the mothers after birth. While hair samples have been the traditional method to study maternal mercury exposure, this approach alone cannot distinguish between mothers who frequently consumed low-mercury fish compared to those who consumed a smaller quantity of high-mercury fish.

To overcome this limitation, the researchers instead created a model that includes estimates of mercury exposure per serving of fish. This was possible because mothers in the cohort also completed a food questionnaire and reported the type and frequency of fish and shellfish consumed during pregnancy. The authors estimated the average mercury levels by type of fish, and when combined with the information about the mother’s diet, they were able to create a more precise and detailed method to estimate the joint associations of pregnancy fish intake and fish mercury levels on neurodevelopment.

Using this model, the researchers found that the relation between pregnancy fish consumption and subsequent neurodevelopment varied depending on the estimated average mercury levels in the fish. Specifically, consuming low mercury-containing fish was beneficial, while consuming fish with higher levels of mercury was detrimental.

“Given methodologic limitations to previous analyses, future work expanding our alternative modelling approach to account for both the average mercury and nutritional content of fish could facilitate better estimation of the risk-benefit tradeoffs of fish consumption, a key component of many healthy diets,” said the authors.

The authors are in the process of applying this model to other large studies of maternal fish consumption, including the Seychelles Child Development Study, which Thurston serves on as an investigator.

The American Journal of Epidemiology study was supported with funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

A rum affair with tiki cocktails

“Additionally, the Indian palate appreciates the balance of sweetness and complexity found in these cocktails,” believes Badh. Rum is a colonial hangover, pun intended, after the British officials started a distillery in Kasauli in Solan in Himachal Pradesh in 1855.

The newly launched Hawaiian-themed restobar Waikiki at Mumbai’s Peninsula Grand Hotel has the apricot rum-based zombie, the coconut rum-based Island Grog (beverage manager Deepak Singh Koranga’s personal favourite) and the white rum-based Tiki Puka Puka.

“Among the array of tiki cocktails on our menu, my personal favourite is ‘The Secret of the Lost Lagoon’. It is a blend of premium rum, maraschino liqueur, Campari, pineapple juice, passion fruit syrup and freshly squeezed lime juice. All these create a harmonious explosion of flavours,” says Souvik Bhattacharya, bartender at The St. Regis Goa Resort’s Susegado, Seafood Grill & Bar.

Compensation for Violation of Fundamental Rights

The Rudal Shah case established the right to compensation for illegal detention amounting to a violation of Article 21 of the Indian Constitution. Read more here!

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Facts of the Case
Issues Identified
Arguments by Petitioners
Arguments by Respondents
Judgement of the Case
Significance of the Judgement
Conclusion

Facts of the Case

Rudal Shah was arrested and detained in prison in the State of Bihar. Despite being acquitted by the Sessions Court on June 3, 1968, he was not released and continued to be unlawfully detained for over 14 years. His prolonged detention without legal basis was a blatant violation of his fundamental rights. Consequently, Rudal Shah filed a writ petition under Article 32 of the Indian Constitution, seeking his immediate release and compensation for the illegal detention he suffered.

Issues Identified in the Rudal Shah Case

The case primarily raised two significant legal issues: the legality of Rudal Shah’s prolonged detention and the entitlement to compensation for the violation of fundamental rights.

Firstly, the court had to determine whether the continued detention of Rudal Shah post-acquittal was illegal. Secondly, it needed to address whether monetary compensation could be awarded for the infringement of his right to life and personal liberty under Article 21 of the Constitution.

Arguments by the Petitioner

Rudal Shah argued that his continued detention after being acquitted by the Sessions Court was not only illegal but also a gross violation of his fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 21. He contended that the unlawful detention had deprived him of his personal liberty and sought compensation for the infringement of his rights.

He emphasized that such a violation necessitated a remedy directly under Article 32 of the Constitution, which empowers the Supreme Court to enforce fundamental rights.

Arguments by the Respondent

The State of Bihar admitted the wrongful detention of Rudal Shah but contended that the court could not award compensation under a writ petition. They argued that Rudal Shah should pursue his claim for compensation through a civil suit in a lower court rather than seeking a remedy directly from the Supreme Court.

The state’s primary defense was that monetary compensation for violation of fundamental rights was not within the purview of the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction under Article 32.

Judgment of the Rudal Shah Case

The Supreme Court of India, in a landmark judgment, recognized the illegal detention of Rudal Shah and the resultant violation of his fundamental rights. The court held that the prolonged detention post-acquittal was indeed illegal and constituted a serious infringement of Article 21 of the Constitution, which guarantees the right to life and personal liberty.

The court took a significant step by awarding Rudal Shah compensation for the violation of his rights, thereby acknowledging that monetary compensation could be granted for the infringement of fundamental rights under Article 21.

The judgment highlighted several crucial points. Firstly, it underscored the paramount importance of Article 21, asserting that any violation of the right to life and personal liberty necessitates adequate compensation.

Secondly, the court established that compensation could be awarded as a public law remedy for the violation of constitutional rights, thus providing a remedy directly under Article 32 of the Constitution.

This was a significant development, as it expanded the scope of judicial remedies available for the protection of fundamental rights. The court awarded Rudal Shah ₹35,000 as compensation, taking into account the severity of the violation and the extensive duration of his illegal detention.

Significance of the Case

The judgment in Rudal Shah v. State of Bihar significantly expanded the interpretation of Article 21, recognizing the right to compensation for the violation of personal liberty. This case is a notable example of judicial activism, where the judiciary took proactive measures to uphold and protect fundamental rights.

By establishing the principle that courts could award compensation as a public law remedy, the judgment set a precedent for awarding compensation for illegal detention, custodial violence, and other violations of fundamental rights.

The judgment reinforced the judiciary’s role in safeguarding personal liberty and ensuring effective remedies for the violation of fundamental rights. It paved the way for future cases where courts continued to award compensation for the infringement of constitutional rights, thereby strengthening the enforcement of fundamental rights in India.

Conclusion

The judgment in Rudal Shah v. State of Bihar is a key decision in Indian constitutional law. It shows the judiciary’s dedication to protecting fundamental rights and offering remedies when these rights are violated. By allowing compensation for illegal detention, the Supreme Court highlighted the importance of Article 21, which protects personal liberty. This case is a major example of how courts enforce fundamental rights and take action against their violations in India.

Preity Zinta continues her fashion domination in Paris at couture week in gorgeous black toga dress. Watch | Fashion Trends

Preity Zinta’s fashion dominance streak continues. The actor is in Paris to attend the couture week and has been dishing out one stunning sartorial moment after another. Recently, she attended the Stephane Rolland show at the Paris Couture Week wearing a black toga dress from the designer’s collection. Keep reading as we decode Preity’s fashionable and elegant look inside. (Also Read | Janhvi Kapoor, Preity Zinta, Radhika Apte to Sonam Kapoor; desi stars take over Paris during Fashion Week)

Preity Zinta attends the Stephane Rolland show in a gorgeous black toga dress during Paris Couture Week. (Instagram)

Preity Zinta’s black toga dress for the Stephane Rolland couture show

Preity Zinta took to Instagram to share a picture of herself taking a stroll in the City of Lights, dressed in a black gown by Stephane Rolland. “The road to fashion #pariscoutureweek #stephanerolland #pfw #ting,” she captioned the post. She also shared a BTS video of her dress fitting before the show with the caption, “A sneak peek into my dress fitting with the amazing @stephanerolland_paris before his show for Paris couture week.”

The black toga dress Preity chose for the couture show features a one-shoulder neckline, a full-length trumpet sleeve, an asymmetric hem, a figure-skimming silhouette hugging her curves, a cinched waist, and a train on the back. She accessorised the ensemble with minimal additions, including gold pumps, a black clutch, dainty earrings, and a gold cuff bracelet. Lastly, she styled her tresses in a twisted bun, leaving a few strands of her to sculpt one side of her face.

Preity Zinta attends Rahul Mishra’s couture show in Paris

Earlier, Preity attended Rahul Mishra’s couture show in Paris. The star populated the front row at the show in a strapless white gown featuring shimmering sequin embellishments, a corseted bodice, a sheer skirt, and floral applique work. She styled the ensemble with matching heels, a clutch, side-parted loose locks, and a bracelet.

Preity also wore another look by Rahul Mishra for attending Vogue World in Paris. She chose a dazzling silver ombré gown from the designer’s Superheroes collection. A black embellished net head cover, statement earrings, a bracelet, an embellished clutch, high heels, and striking glam rounded off the look.

Supreme Court overturns Chevron doctrine, limiting reach of federal agencies

Dive Brief:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Chevron doctrine on Friday in a decision that could dramatically limit federal agencies’ regulatory power. 
  • In a 6-3 vote, the high court overruled a 1984 decision in Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council that established the doctrine, which required federal courts to give deference to agencies’ reasonable interpretation of ambiguous statutes.
  • “The Administrative Procedure Act requires courts to exercise their independent judgment in deciding whether an agency has acted within its statutory authority, and courts may not defer to an agency interpretation of the law simply because a statute is ambiguous,” the high court ruled.

Dive Insight:

The decision to overturn Chevron could have massive implications for the regulatory function of agencies from Department of Labor to the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Federal agencies will “likely face more challenges to their rules and regulations” and “the agencies might publish fewer and more modest regulations going forward,” labor and employment firm Littler explained in a blog post for the firm earlier this year. 

In a dissenting opinion, Justice Elena Kagan said the Chevron decision has “served as a cornerstone of administrative law” for 40 years. 

“Congress knows that it does not — in fact cannot — write perfectly complete regulatory statutes. It knows that those statutes will inevitably contain ambiguities that some other actor will have to resolve, and gaps that some other actor will have to fill. And it would usually prefer that actor to be the responsible agency, not a court,” Kagan wrote. “A rule of judicial humility gives way to a rule of judicial hubris. In recent years, this Court has too often taken for itself decision-making authority Congress assigned to agencies.”

7 legal, tax and finance-safe steps to help your kids onto the property ladder

The interest rate hiking cycle might have peaked, but it’ll be some time until rates drop, borrowing capacity increases and Australia’s property market reopens to more first-home buyers.

So it’s no wonder that housing affordability (or unaffordability) is such a popular topic at the moment.

There’s no denying it has become a lot harder to make the first step, mainly due to the hurdle of saving up a big enough deposit to meet the bank’s requirements.

Especially when it comes to questioning how our younger generations will ever be able to make their first step on the property ladder at a time when the crippling cost of living and rising interest rates push home ownership out of reach for many.

But parents have been helping their children buy properties for generations and many will be happy to do the same to help their children in future.

The Bank of Mum and Dad provided nearly $3 billion worth of funding to adult children in 2023, the AFR reports, making it one of the nation’s largest residential property lenders.

Such support has increased fivefold in the past five years to assist about 60% of first-home buyers.

But while it’s great news that there are several ways that parents can help their kids onto the property ladder, the bad news is many generous parents are unknowingly creating a minefield of problems for both their own futures and that of their families.

Here are 7 steps to help your kids onto the property ladder without detonating a legal, tax or financial minefield that could sabotage your (or their) future.

1. Work out the safest way to do it

Generally, there are two ways a parent can help their kid buy property – a guarantor loan or a cash gift.

Option 1: A guarantor loan

One of the most common ways that parents help their children is by agreeing to a guarantee loan.

A guarantor loan is a loan product that offers up some of their equity to their child or children to assist with the deposit.

For example, perhaps your daughter could only save $30,000 but needs $60,000 to qualify for a home loan.

If you’re thinking about guaranteeing a loan, make sure you understand the risks.

Take the same care as if you were taking out a loan for yourself.

For example, if you apply for a loan in the future, you’ll have to tell your lender if you’re a guarantor on any other loans.

They might decide not to lend to you, even if the loan that you guaranteed is being repaid.

It’s important to recognise, however, that while you may not have ownership rights over the property, you may be wholly responsible for the entire loan if your daughter or son defaults.

In fact, lawyers say a growing number of court cases involving bitter family disputes about what was agreed and who is responsible for outstanding debts underlines the need for any loan or gift to be carefully documented.

With loans, the minimum a parent should do is register it against the title of the child’s property to make others aware of their interest.

Alternatively, you could lodge a caveat on your child’s property to protect your “equitable mortgage”.

And always have a written loan agreement, even if asking your child to do this might feel a bit awkward at the time because it is so much safer for you to have evidence of a loan agreement.

If you’re considering this option, you should access expert advice before proceeding.

Option 2: A financial gift

As a parent, we all want our children to have good lives and to be successful if that’s what they desire to do.

But does that mindset extend to giving them a financial gift to buy a property?

In my opinion, it really is a personal decision and will depend on factors such as your child’s capability to manage a home loan.

If your son or daughter has been spending every cent that they’ve earned for years, which is why they haven’t saved a property deposit, is it really a good idea to just give them a handout?

Will they have the necessary financial discipline and know-how to not default on their mortgage repayments?

Perhaps a better idea could be to suggest a financial gift that matches their savings.

So, if they knuckle down and save $25,000, then you will tip in an equal amount to bump it up to $50,000.

That way, your child will learn how to save and you will be more confident that they’re not taking on more than they can financially handle.

But parents need to be very clear about whether they’re providing their children with a gift or a loan.

If the money is a gift, this should be made clear in writing to avoid confusion down the track.

If the money is a loan, as mentioned you should write up a loan agreement detailing the size of the loan, the term and how it will be repaid.

So, before you decide on a strategy to help your children buy property, you must ensure you have accessed expert advice from a qualified wealth strategist.

That way, it reduces the chance of any ugly fallouts which could totally undo your original good intentions.

Money Gift

2. Giving a cash sum? Decide how much to give.

Parental contributions vary according to state and territory property prices, with an average of about $92,000 in NSW and $34,000 in Western Australia, according to Jarden Australia, an investment bank and wealth manager.

The national average is about $70,000, and nearly 5% receive more than $200,000, its analysis shows.

Use These Tips to Take Striking Black and White Photos on Your Smartphone

Key Takeaways

  • Experiment with classic subjects like portraits and urban landscapes for stunning black and white photography.
  • Frame shots with awareness, envisioning the scene in black and white and focusing on standout elements with contrast.
  • Shoot in color and then convert to black and white with editing apps while experimenting with different filters and tweaks.



Black and white photography can be a stunning alternative to color photography. And yet, most smartphone photographers will ignore the power of black and white photography, whether through ignorance or a perceived lack of skill.

I’m here to dispel any myths around black and white photography, encourage you to give it a go, and offer some tips and advice on how to get good results. Because if you get monochrome photos right, they can look absolutely amazing.


What Subjects Make for Good Black and White Photos?

The first thing to consider is what subjects make for good black and white photography. Ultimately, you shouldn’t let this conversation prevent you from testing all subjects out in black and white, as experimentation is a key tenet of photography. However, some subjects definitely make for better black and white shots than others.


Portraits, street photography, and urban landscapes are all classic subjects for black and white photography. This is because the monochrome finish adds a gritty realism to these shots. In more general terms, subjects that have stand-out elements that aren’t reliant on colors are the key. So, strong lines, patterns, shapes, or textures. Strong variances between light levels. And images that conjure up a downbeat mood.

However, any scene can work in black and white, so it’s worth experimenting. And that is made extremely easy with smartphone photography, as you can switch color photos to black and white with a single tap. So, if you want to conduct a black and white shoot specifically, target the traditional subjects that work, but then add in other shots that may work.


How to Adopt a Black and White Mindset When Shooting

Smartphone photography lends itself perfectly to on-the-fly shots taken as inspiration strikes. Which leads many people to ignore the fundamentals of shooting good photos. However, the one mobile photography technique guaranteed to work is to frame with awareness by taking an extra few seconds when lining up a shot. And this can stand you in good stead with black and white photography too.

Being able to picture what a scene you’re shooting will look like in black and white is a skill, but it’s one you can learn over time with perseverance. The key to success is literally seeing the world in black and white (and various shades of gray). So frame your shot and consider what it would look like with all the color sucked out of it.


Are there standout elements that contrast with others, or would everything in the frame melt into one gray mass? Is there a strong focal point in the picture that will draw people’s eyes in? Are there obvious areas of light and dark within the frame? Is there enough going on to hold people’s interest in the absence of any color?

Tips for Shooting Black and White Photos on Your Smartphone

The first thing to say here is that you should not bother shooting in black and white. Instead, shoot in color and then change it to black and white in post. All photo editing apps, including Google Photos and Snapseed (the two I personally use), have black and white filters and tools. However, that isn’t to say that you shouldn’t already have it in mind when shooting that a photo might turn out to look better in black and white.


As for specific tips:

  • When shooting, look for opportunities that would look good in black and white. This includes employing leading lines, using the rule of thirds, spotting signs of symmetry, capturing interesting patterns and textures, and taking a minimalist approach. With practice, you’ll see the potential for black and white shots everywhere you look.
  • Look to include elements in your photos that would look good in monochrome and not rely on vibrant colors for interest. If a subject is too reliant on its bold colors, then it probably isn’t a candidate for black and white photography. However, if it boasts high levels of contrast, it probably is.
  • Look for interesting sources of light, whether it’s filtering through clouds, lighting a specific area of the frame, or adding a strong contrast to your image. Light is an important element of all types of photography, but it’s absolutely crucial for black and white shots.


Tips for Editing Your Smartphone Photos Into Black and White

As we have already established, while it’s good to think about the possibility of turning a photo from color to black and white, and shooting with that in mind, the actual process can be handled in post. So here are some things to keep in mind when editing your smartphone photos from color to black and white:

  • Try switching every photo you shoot from color to black and white to see what works and what doesn’t. This is the best way of training your brain to understand the fundamentals of black and white photography. After a day of shooting, open your photo editing app of choice, and apply a black and white filter to each image in turn. If it works, save a copy, and if it doesn’t, discard your edits.
  • Most photo editing apps will offer multiple black and white filters, all of which produce slightly different results. So try them all. Snapseed, which I recommend to all smartphone photographers, also boasts a dedicated black and white tool that offers tweaks beyond filters. Changing the brightness, contrast, and/or grain can have a huge impact, and create unique black and white photos.
  • Try editing your images in other ways both before and after turning them from color to black and white. This could include dialing up the contrast to the highest it will go, or reducing the sharpness of the image. By tweaking quite specific elements, you can create some unique black and white photos. You can even use the same settings for multiple photos to create your own style.


A lot of amateur photographers will avoid black and white photography, opting instead to go all-in on color. However, thanks to the power of smartphone cameras and image editors, black and white photography is now accessible to everyone, so why not experiment with it yourself?

Comedian, actor and painter Martin Mull was always right for the job

For anyone lucky enough to have experienced the long arc of his career, the death of droll, dry, deadpan Martin Mull, Thursday at 80, feels like the end of an era. A writer, songwriter, musician, comedian, comic actor and, out of the spotlight, a serious painter, Mull was a comfortingly disquieting presence — deceptively normal, even bland, but with a spark of evil. Martin Mull is with us, one felt, and that much at least is right with the world.

There was a sort of timelessness in his person. As a well-dressed, articulate young person, he seemed older than his years; later on, owl-eyed behind his spectacles, he came across as oddly boyish.

He leaves behind a long, uninterrupted string of screen credits, beginning with Norman Lear’s small-town soap opera satire “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.” Following that were regular roles in “Roseanne,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” “Veep” and “Arrested Development”; guest shots including “Taxi” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”; and work in such films as “Mr. Mom,” “Clue” and “Mrs. Doubtfire.”

And so it seemed he would always be around, and working. Even so, his appearances were never quite expected, or in the expected place. But he was ever welcome, and always right for the job.

Like Steve Martin, his friend and junior by two years, he was an accomplished instrumentalist. As a purveyor of witty comic songs, Mull was in the tradition of Tom Lehrer and Flanders and Swann and a peer of Dan Hicks, with whom he shared a taste in floral-print shirts. He was a countercultural cabaret artist who set himself apart from the counterculture. Again like Martin, he dressed well in an age when younger comics let their hair grow long and wore street clothes to distinguish themselves from their suit-and-tie elders.

But where Martin was a flurry of flapping arms and legs, Mull worked from a place of stillness. His musical stage act, Martin Mull & His Fabulous Furniture, found him in his signature prop, a big armchair, leaning forward over his big, hollow-body guitar.

“Ever seen one of these before? It’s electric. You’ll be seeing a lot of those in the near future,” he said.

Later, he leaned back as Barth Gimble, the host of the talk show parodies “Fernwood 2 Night” and “America 2 Night.” Even his solo spots on “The Tonight Show” — on which he was a hilarious, blue-streak-talking guest, usually playing off his career in show business — were delivered sitting.

On “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” Mull played Garth Gimble, an abusive husband who died impaled on the star of a Christmas tree. One would say that Garth had to die in order that Barth, his twin brother, might live. On the spun-off “Fernwood 2 Night,” Mull and Fred Willard, as confidently dim sidekick Jerry Hubbard, created a telepathic double act in which they could seem antithetical expressions of a single character.

Together, the talk shows lasted only two summer seasons; but due to their weeknight appearances, they produced 130 episodes, giving them cultural weight. (You may find them extracted all over the internet.) Mull and Willard would work together again over the years, in the Cinemax series “The History of White People in America” and the follow-up feature “Portrait of a White Marriage,” in commercials for Red Roof Inn, as a gay couple on “Roseanne” and as robots on “Dexter’s Laboratory.”

Martin Mull, left, with fellow comedian Steve Martin in Santa Monica in 2014.

(Ryan Miller / Invision)

Mull grew up in North Ridgeville, Ohio, not far from Fernwood in the map of the imagination, and white insularity was a theme in his comedy. My first Mull memory came with the 1973 album “Martin Mull & His Fabulous Furniture in Your Living Room,” which opened with a version of “Dueling Banjos” played on tubas. The record included a “Lake Erie delta” blues song, purportedly learned from his real estate agent grandfather. It was performed on a ukulele with a baby bottle used as a slide: “I woke up this afternoon / Both cars were gone / I felt so low down deep inside / I threw my drink across the lawn.”

“The History of White People in America,” he told David Letterman, would examine “what, if anything, has the white Anglo-Saxon Protestant done in this country since World War I. It’ll be taking a pretty good hard look at that.”

A memorable episode of “Fernwood” exhibits a Jewish person stopped for speeding as he passed through town as something of an exotic animal, for the benefit of Fernwoodians who may have “actually never seen a real live Jew before.”

“I hope that seat’s all right,” Barth says, welcoming his guest. “ I’m not sure what you’re used to.”

Like many great comedians — the Marx Brothers and W.C. Fields before him, or Albert Brooks in his own time — Mull was a temperamental outsider who achieved the success of an insider, while remaining essentially untamed. It’s not beside the point that he was, from first to last, a serious artist. He held undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design — where, it does not seem too coincidental to mention, the Talking Heads were born. He would refer to show business as a “day job” that allowed him to pursue painting.

We were lucky he needed the work.

Why Is Porsche Taycan Recalled Globally? Know Reason and Other Details

New Delhi, June 30: Porsche has issued a global recall for every single unit of the Taycan electric sports car manufactured and sold since its launch in 2020. The recall might affect around 1,50,000 Taycans sold worldwide so far. Porsche Taycan is the company’s flagship electric vehicle and the global recall highlights the importance of the issue under consideration. The recall requires immediate attention to ensure the safety of the customers of the Porsche Taycan. The decision reflects Porsche’s determination to maintaining high standards and addressing any potential risks to its customers.

As per a report of Financial Express, Porsche has issued a global recall for the Taycan, affecting every unit sold. Porsche will send a letter to car owners, asking them to bring their vehicles to the dealership to have a new hose installed. The replacement process will take about two hours, and it will be done for free without affecting the warranty, according to a report of Autocar India. Porsche Car Crash in Pune: Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde Hands Over Cheques of Rs 10 Lakh Each to Parents of IT Engineers Who Were Killed After Being Hit by Luxurious Car.

What Is the Reason Behind the Porsche Taycan Recall?

As per reports, the recall is due to a potential issue with the front brake hose of the Porsche Taycan, which could develop cracks and lead to a brake fluid leak. It can reduce the brake pressure and affect the braking performance of the Taycan. However, Porsche claims that only about one percent of the recalled cars are actually affected by this issue. Mahindra XUV700 SUV Surpasses 2 Lakh Unit Production Mark; Celebrates With Two New Colours.

According to the carmaker, if the affected cars have a warning light on the dashboard, it is recommended to drive the Porsche Taycan directly to a dealership for further inspection and necessary repairs. However, if a red warning light appears, Porsche advises against driving the car. But, if there is no warning light illuminated on the dashboard, it is considered safe to drive the vehicle.

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