Saturday, October 04, 2008

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Make your choice.
Live or Die.

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Aural Sex|Deep Throat
The Best Hed


Track Listings
1. The Weekend (Juan Magan Remix)
2. Seven Days In Sunny June (Steve Mac Classic Remix)
3. Sean (Migs Salted Vocal)
4. Everybody (Dj Friendly Re-Edit)
5. Doctor Pressure (Dirty Club)
6. So Many Times (Original Mix)
7. Let's Get Down (Full Intention Club Mix)
8. Do Your Thing (Jaxx 2002 Club Edit)
9. Freek U (Club Mix)
10. Love Me (12" Mix)
11. Bring Back The Love (Hold Me Down) (Soul Avengerz Mix)
12. Always Wanted (Club Mix)
13. Haven't You Heard
14. Something About You (12" Mix)
15. Give It (Extended Club Mix)
16. Nasty Girl (Riff & Rays Remix)
17. Little Love (Original Version)
18. I Like Love (I Love Love) (Moto Blanco Club Mix)
19. Can't Fake It (Steven Tibet Vocal)
20. Love On My Mind (Full Intention Club Mix)
21. Love's Just Found Me (Extended Club Mix)
22. Mesmerized (Freemasons Vocal Club Mix)
23. Perfection (Haji & Emanuel Remix)
24. I Just Can't Get Enough (H&F's Risque Vox Mix)
25. Strings Of Life (Danny Krivit Re-Edit)
26. My Precious Love (Df500 Mix)
27. Shined On Me (Bini & Martini Mix)
28. Cocoon (12" Mix)
29. Avalon (David Guetta Mix)
30. Filthy/Gorgeous (Paper Faces Vocal Mix)
31. I Like The Way (Full Length Version)
32. Dreamer (Axe Guitar Mix)
33. Bodybody (Dirty South Remix)
34. Someday (Extended Mix)
35. Make Em Shake It (Sandy Rivera Mix)
36. Piano Track (Original Club Edit)
37. 49 Percent (Angello & Ingrosso Remix)
38. Together (Original Mix)
39. Discopolis (Original Version)
40. Mr. Brightside (Jacques Lu Cont's Thin White Duke Mix)

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COUNTDOWN!
26 Days until Hallowe'en
Mourning Wood.



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Friday, October 03, 2008

Countdown!
27 Days until Hallowe'en!
Hear, Know Evil.


Part 1 is rather interesting. Imagine watching a movie with no soundtrack whatsoever. Interesting concept. Now imagine listening to the soundtrack of a serious film of torture porn with your Sunday morning cup of coffee while reading The Times. Kinda gruesome, with a measure of pleasure.


Part 2 is a bit more "terrifying" in its presentation, and at some points really is over-the-top. On the other hand, hanging someone upside down before they are eviscerated is a bit over-the-top too!

Nathan Barr really does a great job with the soundtracks to these two particular films. Give a listen...and then ask yourself: what would YOU listen to while chopping up someone in itsy-bitsy pieces?

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Countdown
28 Days Until Halloween!
BANNED FROM SHOWTIME!

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You will no doubt watch this movie with rabid fascination and morbid curiousity, and if you are lucky, you will escape none the worse for wear.

With some of the most graphic torture scenes (albeit original) and a most twisted take on the caste system, a former war veteran returns to a battle-scarred landscape to find his one true love.

There is no doubt in my mind this movie would never even be GREENLIGHTED in the USA, let alone made here.

Takashi Miike not only outdid himself here, but I wonder if he raised the bar so high that the next, logical step in "torture porn" is the snuff film itself.

Do not say you weren't warned.

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COUNTDOWN!
28 Days until Halloween!
Staple your eyelids open!

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Mandatory Viewing
Before you vote...

Five days, no computer, no communique.


So the manager called me this evening at 5:30p.
NOT EVEN KNOWING WHY HE WAS CALLING ME BACK!

They don't give a shit.
I have more than one Mac, so it's not an issue of urgency to them.

More fuel to my fire.

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Dame Julie Andrews

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!!

Lynch by Vance
Polaroid Original, circa 1994

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Elvis v Freddie v Shar v Annie

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This one's off the hook.
The signature silver-sequin leotard, and barefoot!

Wait 'til you see him top this!

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Season's Greetings!
Day 1

Color Theory|October 2008
Lesson 1a

Elvis v Freddie v Shar v Annie
Freddie|Move it you fuckers...

Elvis v Freddie v Shar

COUNTDOWN!
29 Days until Hallowe'en

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The 4th time is not the charm in this case.

The Gospel of Orange Mercury
according to Technorati

The Vaults|Hartford 1986
Jason


I thought this then a pedestrian image, literally.

I would often dress like this and show up at T-Dance|Backstreet (Hartford, circa 1984 – 1988). Even funnier, and I can have this attested to: I showed up at the opening wearing this and a tuxedo, specically because I won a $100 honorable mention. As I walked in, the parents, dragging M. in tow, mumbled something as they hurriedly passed about my brother not having to bear witness to such behaviour, and I should know better (hell, it was a personal wager.)

Years later I was gratified that while I stood next to photographer R. and her series on self-portraits of domestic abuse as she too won an award, I was wearing a mask.

The same mask(s) I'd wear to the club where she and her man, the door folk (who threw me out on more than on occasion).

The same folk who came up somewhere in the mid-80s haze of child pornography, and providing minors with alcohol.

Yeah, I was glad I was wearing a mask. Proximity breeds familiarity breeds contempt.

Not my mug. Shot.

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Remember: Hallowe'en's coming...
Better get the garlic!


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Tina Fey for Veep!

This Date in History|1960
A Gay Ol' Time!

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The debut of THE FLINTSTONES on television in 1960 also marked the first prime-time animation show!

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COUNTDOWN!
30 Days until Hallowe'en
See no evil.


Audition (Japan, 1999) Dir: Takashi Miike.
A middle-aged, widowed Aoyama is encouraged by his film producer friend to hold a fake audition for the leading lady to find a new wife, during which Aoyama is besotted by a former ballet dancer Asami. Romance soon blossoms between them, but Asami is not who she seems to be.



Dark Water (Japan, 2001) Dir: Hideo Nakata.
Engaged in a bitter custody battle with her ex-husband, recently divorced mother Yoshimi moves into a decrepit apartment building with her young daughter, but she soon encounters an ever-expanding pool of water dripping through her ceiling and the mysterious girl in yellow raincoat.



The Eye (Thailand, 2002) Dirs: Danny and Oxide Pang.
A blind young woman, Mun wakes from a pioneering eye transplant to find that she can see the souls of the unquiet dead. Plagued by visions, she sets off to find out whose eyes she inherited.



Host (South Korea, 2006) Dir: Bong Jun-ho.
In 2000, the American military base of Yongsan releases toxic chemicals down the drain into the Han River. Six years later, a mutant monster emerges and attacks people. A young girl is carried off by the monster and disappears. When her family finds out that she is still alive and kept in a big sewer nearby the river, they join forces trying to find her and rescue her.



Ju-on: The Grudge (Japan, 2002) Dir: Takashi Shimizu.
The volunteer social assistant Rika Nishina is assigned to visit a family, but the house is haunted by vengeful spirits: a mother and child who were brutally murdered there. One by one, anyone who has lived or visited the house experience the supernatural curse.



Ringu (Japan, 1997) Dir: Hideo Nakata.
It begins with an urban legend about videotape; anyone who sees it receives a phone call telling them that they have one week to live. A reporter watches the tape and sets out to track down the source of the curse, and her trail leads to Sadako, a child psychic who has been dead for some thirty years.



A Tale of Two Sisters (South Korea, 2003) Dir: Kim Ji-woon.
After being treated in a mental institution, two teenage sisters return home in the countryside. Soon, the sisters are plagued by terrifying nightmares and visions, and there are hints of abuse in the relationship between the younger sister and her stepmother. While the older sister struggles to fight off their stepmother, a picture of trauma and tragedy gradually emerges.

Three…Extremes (2004) Dirs. Fruit Chan, Park Chan-wook and Takashi Miike.
Comprising three segments – “Dumplings,” “Cut,” and “Box” from Hong Kong, South Korean and Japanese film directors, the Pan-Asian horror omnibus films present ordinary people capable of doing evil and psychotic things to each other. There is no connection or link between the stories and none of them involves a ghost.

Three Extremes 2 (2002) Dirs: Kim Ji-woon, Nonzee Nimibutr, and Peter Chan.
In actuality, the predecessor of the Three…Extremes (its theatrical title was Three), the first horror omnibus is consisted of “Memories”, “The Wheel” and “Going Home” with directors from South Korea, Thailand and Hong Kong: tales of supernatural horror and existential dread.

Tartan UK
Ab-normal Beauty
Audition
Cello
Dark Water
Dumplings
Eye
H6
Hard Boiled
Koma
Marebito
Memento Mori
Phone
Premonition
Reincarnation
R-Point
A Tale of Two Sisters
Three…Extremes
Three Extremes 2
Unborn but Forgotten
Visitor Q
Vital
Whispering Corridors
Wishing Stairs

Tartan USA
Ab-normal Beauty
Apartment 1303
Arang
Bloody Reunion
Carved
Cello
Cinderella
Face
Ghost of Mae Nak
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Heirloom, The
Koma
Maid, The
Marebito
Memento Mori
Pray
Red Shoes
R-Point
Shutter
Silk
Spider Forest
Unborn But Forgotten
Victim, The
Vital
Whispering Corridors
Wishing Stairs

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Apple Leads Stock Plunge


September 29, 2008
By Paul Shread

The stock market had its steepest plunge since the crash of 1987 on Monday after the U.S. House of Representatives rejected the Bush administration's $700 billion financial bailout plan.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq lost 9% each and the Dow 7% It was the S&P's biggest percentage drop since "Black Monday" in 1987, when it lost 20.5% in a single day.

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) shares plunged 18%, leading the Nasdaq to its biggest loss since the start of the tech downturn in 2000, after two analysts downgraded the stock on concern about slowing consumer spending. Apple shares ended the day at $105.26, down 48% from its 52-week high of $202.96.

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Daylighting? Two jobs?
I'll take one!



Throughout a string of occupations, mortgage brokering has always been Brian's labor of love. "I feel like I own it," he says. But its unpredictability -- he says he can make anywhere from $1,000 to $20,000 a month from his alternative endeavor -- made him seek steadier employment.
His sales gig earns him about $80,000 a year. The combination of the two provides him with three or four nights a week of lavish dining (with a bar bill three times the food bill), several vacations abroad and an apartment in New York City. He's also blessed with a girlfriend, he says, who understands his workaholic ways.
This "Brian" (anagram "Brain") needs a stiff cup of WAKETHEFUCKUP instead of his morning JavaJump. Four nights a week of lavish dining? A bar tab three times the food bill?

He's probably one of the fucking low-life losers who needs to "buy" "VIP Bottle Service" at the latest hot-spot in South Beach, so for some $12,000 monthly, he can "feel like he is somebody."

Note to self: how much does he spend on a shrink?

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Stock Market Blow-Up!


The US Stock Market dropped an historic 777 points today.

Lotto anyone?

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Birthday Blow-Up!
Michelangelo Antonioni

Who said looks don't count?
Himbo v Bimbo

Authorities Find Children's Frozen Corpses

LUSBY, Md. -- Sheriff's deputies in southern Maryland on Monday continued to investigate the discovery of the bodies of two small children in a freezer in a Lusby home.
Calvert County authorities said they found them Saturday as they were investigating a report of an injured child.

A woman who said the girls were her adopted daughters has been arrested, according to The Washington Post. Renee Bowman, 43, told deputies that the remains had been frozen since at least February, according to a press release by sheriff's Lt. Bobby Jones and detective Sgt. Michael Moore Jr.



Jones and Moore said the Medical Examiner's Office asked that the entire freezer be brought to Baltimore so the evidence could be removed.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Maryland State Police at 410-535-1400 or the Calvert County Sheriff's Office at 410-535-2800 (ext. 2454).

COUNTDOWN!
31 Days until Hallowe'en
See no evil.


A great collection of films by some of the most noted directors of the genre, including Dario Argento, Tobe Hooper, John Carpenter and the banned-from-Showtime entry lensed by the absolutely brilliant Takashi Miike, famous for his cameo in HOSTEL as the Asian businessman who cautions "you.could.spend.all.your.money.....in.there" to a hesitating Jay Hernandez.

And shop around. This 12-movie, plus 1-bonus disc set can be had, in a beautiful mausoleum-encased package, for less than $4 per film, including shipping.

Sleep well, and look forward to tomorrow's Hallowe'en "gotta have..."

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Are you on your own?


How much of yourself do you give away
After someone's left your life in disarray?
It still hurts
But it won't show
Because I'm too proud
So you're never ever gonna know.

I'm on the dark side of the street,
Not the light side of the street.

It's packed at 2am.
I've got no coat,
Are you on your own?
I'm into you.
When are you going home?
Get into me.

How much of the day can you sit around
Letting all your feelings drag underground?
I don't care and I do care
Because I want it
If I know that it's out there everywhere.

I'm on the dark side of the street,
Not the light side of the street.

It's packed at 2am.
I've got no coat,
Are you on your own?
I'm into you.
When are you going home?
Get into me.

I saw you standing at the bar,
Don't know your name or who you are.

It's packed at 2am.
I've got no coat,
Are you on your own?
I'm into you.
When are you going home?
Get into me.

You do the fuckin' math!

2(43,112,609-1)

(Two to the power of 43,112,609) - 1

UCLA's 13 million-digit prime number


Now, not for nothing, but
I'd LOVE to shake the hand of the savant who could
either write it out long-hand, or, better, remember it.

Now THAT'S talent.

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Line by Line by Line...
The Apple ProCare Membership

ProCare Details (US)

Important
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Service Terms
Complete Setup
ProCare customers are entitled to the setup of their new Apple Macintosh computer (Mac). Complete Setup includes the data transfer of files from your old computer (PC or Mac) to your new Mac. To be eligible, customers must purchase their new Mac from a Apple Retail Store. Your old computer must be in working condition, have an Ethernet port, and run Windows 98 or later or Mac OS 8.5 or later. We will install your additional software if you have appropriate documentation showing proof of your license. Customers are required to complete the Complete Setup form and consult a Mac Genius prior to dropping off their equipment.

Rebuttal: Other than being "told" a Migration Assistant would be performed on my sick MacBook Pro to my new MacBook Pro, I was offered no other services. I was asked if I had backed up my data, and, due to previous experience with having computers swapped out, or hard drives going bad, I have purchased a number of Maxtor 1T and WesternDigital 500g external hard drives. At no point was it offered, nor was any data transfer and backup every done for me.

I own licensed copies of all requisite design software, and at no time was an installation offered (sentence above 'we will install your software if you have appropriate documentation showing proof of your license'). I own the software, have documentation, the appropriate serial and validation numbers, but this was never offered.

Advance Reservations
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Rapid Repairs
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