Saturday, March 24, 2007
Will Ferrell Bloppers
Will Ferrell as George Bush
The Catch of The Day
"Twinkie, Deconstructed" comes out this month, it reveals and traces the origin of the 39 Ingredients in America's archetypical junk food. For me its that slippery feel of Cellulose gum. Twinkies turn 77 this year and Hostess makes 500 million of them a year. San Francisco had the "Twinkie Defense", Minneapolis had "Twinkiegate"; but Chicago has the Twinkie factory and is the American city with the highest per capita consumption of Twinkies. The White House selected the Twinkie to be preserved in the millennium time capsule and while they're marketed as having a shelf life of about a month, there is a more than 30-year-old Twinkie in a Maine high school science classroom which (while brittle) has never spoiled. A favorite experimental subject, check out the proposed grant at Twinkie Torture or the haiku at the more elaborate T.W.I.N.K.I.E.S. Project. You can find Twinkies earrings, charms, costumes, soap, toys, and bake sets if you search the net or eBay. The official Hostess Twinkie Shop is being reconstructed right now but I did find some Twinkie Lip Balm. Twinkie the Kid is after my time, but I do remember Hostess Comic Book Ads. In Chicago you can get deep-fried Twinkies at Swank Frank or perpetrate your own with deep-fry.com's recipe. There's also an official Twinkies Cookbook and NASCAR's Hostess Race Diva Danica Patrick's Speedway Shortcake Twinkie-Style recipe.
Amazing Folding Chair
Blades Of Glory - Starring Will Ferrell
Friday, March 23, 2007
World, UK and Business news and comment from The Times and The Sunday Times -TimesOnline
Eurotrip (2004) RoboFight
Focus on Animation - National Film Board of Canada
View 50 NFB animated shorts, including several classics of the animated art.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Jesus Camp welcomes George Bush
Introducing...................the Apple iRack
NNDB: Tracking the entire world
NNDB is an intelligence aggregator that tracks the activities of people we have determined to be noteworthy, both living and dead. Superficially, it seems much like a "Who's Who" where a noted person's curriculum vitae is available (the usual information such as date of birth, a biography, and other essential facts.)
But it mostly exists to document the connections between people, many of which are not always obvious. A person's otherwise inexplicable behavior is often understood by examining the crowd that person has been associating with.
Eventually, we will have synopses and analyses of creative works by the people in the database, including their books, films, and recordings.http://www.nndb.com/
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We pity those poor fools.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Life in Iraq
In the morning, Maj. Baldwin and I ate breakfast and got ready to convoy to one of the battle positions. The sky was clear and blue, and the air was cool. It would be a short convoy.
"The battle positions are a good place to talk to guys," I said to Maj. Baldwin as we walked out to where the vehicles awaited us.
"Oh yeah?" He looked over to me and nodded.
"Yeah, it's only a squad so they are sort of a captive audience, and if we are there for a few hours, they get to know us. It's good to just hang out with them so we are not strangers later on."
The major nodded his head, and added, "Yeah, and we get street cred for showing up out there."
"Yes, that too," I replied, smiling, but without turning toward him. The soldiers were mostly gathered up by the vehicles now, and we merged into the crowd and stood with them.
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Now and while I'm writing these words, the American troops are attacking a part of my neighborhood west Baghdad. At the same time, I got a call from my nephew that some insurgents are attacking her neighborhood south west Baghdad. I'm sure the American army knows about the insurgents but I'm sure they ignore them or let me say they allow them to do everything they want. Few days ago and while I was participating in one of the stories we write, I got a piece of information from three Sunni friends (I forgot to tell you I'm Shiite) that they saw by themselves the American soldiers launching mortar rounds towards a Shiite neighborhood. Of course, Shiite would say that the Sunnis attacked them because they don't believe that the liberty force is killing people just to have a good reason to stay in Iraqlonger time and to do everything they want.
A question just jumped in my mind, Shouldn't the American go the place where the insurgents are attacking the civilians? Shouldn't they do their duty as they say to protect Iraqis and fight terror? It looks that the American government and Mr. President Bush don't care about anything except for his own capital friends' interest. The strategy the US army follows in Iraq is not more than another lie to cheat us both Iraqis and Americans and we all, Iraqis and Americans pay the price. I don't know whether the Iraqi government really represents me or any Iraqi and I just wonder whether Mr. Bush and his party represent the majority of the Americans? I doubt it really that those politicians represent us, nations, or even care about any of us because I believe they had lost their humanity along time ago and to be so accurate, since the moment they decided to politicians because they just followed the steps of devil and now they are not more than devil deputies.
I just hope that someone read these words and tell the poor Americans that your soldiers are not fighting Al Qaida or the terrorists in Iraq as the military commanders claim. They are here to do their role of killing the innocents and to complete the play the politicians started since the American administration decided to get ride of its crazy fool agent Saddam Hussein.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Around the World -- McClatchy Washington Bureau
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Sunday, March 18, 2007
Megite Technology News: What's Happening Right Now
Manhattan Real Estate: New York City Real Estate Tips
hen Citi-Habitats agent Noah Rosenblatt started blogging about the real-estate market twenty months ago, his colleagues couldn’t fathom why he spent hours every day on his site, UrbanDigs.com
. “They couldn’t believe it,” he remembers. They do now: At a real-estate seminar at the Marriott Marquis in January, a standing-room-only crowd of agents skipped seminars on mortgages and foreclosures to swarm a seminar on blogging, inundating Rosenblatt with questions. Sensing opportunity, they seemed eager to get online, and fast. http://urbandigs.com/
Look at Me, World! Self-Portraits Morph Into Internet Movies - NYT
One of the distinguishing characteristics of the new age of digital portraiture is the ease with which photographers, professional or amateur, can so easily produce images, videos, sequences and other projects that are dramatic, fresh and interesting. "Digital technology has changed what portraits look like," Mr. Lipkin said. "If you pay attention to Facebook, MySpace, Flickr and the other social Internet sites, you see right away how stylized the portraits are. How they are taken from odd angles and with interesting lighting. It's the angle of the hand-held digital camera."
Jonathan Keller, a 31-year-old multimedia graphic artist studying at the Cranbrook Academy of Art outside Detroit, turned eight years of daily self-portraits into a video titled "Living My Life Faster" and posted it to his Web site (c71123.com/daily_photo). But his more significant contribution to the new form is his online archive of what he calls "passage of time" and "obsessive" photo projects.
Among the 40 projects on the site is Ms. Lee's "me," composed of more than 1,000 self-portraits taken from November 2001 to November 2004 and regarded as the first digital video portrait. Ms. Lee said she used a Nikon digital camera that had a flip screen so she could see herself while snapping the image. She used Photoshop software to align her eyes and After Effects software to create the animation. It took her 200 to 300 hours, she said, and on Aug. 8 "me" was posted on AtomFilms (me.atomfilms.com), an Internet site for independent filmmakers. She also posted it on YouTube, where it has attracted more than three million viewers.
The idea is simple, the result is stunning. On November 1, 2001, artist Ahree Lee began taking daily digital snapshots of her own face; and she has continued this project every day since. In 2004, Lee compiled all of her daily images into a montage with a wistful musical score. In the fast-paced parade of images you're about to see, each second of screen time represents about one week's worth of pictures.
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Daily Photo Project
The whole project began out of spite. I had just purchased a digital camera (Nikon CoolPix 900), and it was rather expensive. My girlfriend asked me why I bought it and what I was going to do with it. I explained. She asked me if I was "going to use it every day", with sarcastic inflection. I told her yes, and resolved to do so. The project began there.
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