Saturday, April 11, 2009
Gustave Doré|Fallen Angels
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Friday, April 10, 2009
This Day in History|1912
RMS Titanic sets sail for its 1st & last voyage
RMS Titanic before departing Southampton, England.
Photo taken Good Friday 5 April 1912.
Christ on the Mount of Olives|Caravaggio c. 1605
Forget the USPS. Try FedEx or UPS!
LOOK: The movie shot entirely
on surveillance videocams!!!
May 5, 2009: Will You Be Watching?
from Media Buyer Planner:
Adam Rifkin is trying to promote his new movie, Look, an examination of how pervasive video surveillance cameras have become and the sometimes shocking footage they capture. The movie’s producers intended to mail postcards with scenes from the movie and the copy “Will you be watching? May 5, 2009″ on the back.One of the postcards carries an image from the movie which shows a man having his way with a woman in a storage closet. Technically, there’s no nudity but the Post Office has called the promotional piece “obscene” and won’t allow it to be mailed, reports Adrants.Reacting to the Post Office’s stand, Rifkin said, “We’re all in shock. “Not only is it censorship, but with the post office in such financial straits, it’s ridiculous they won’t mail it.”The national economic situation reduced mail volume in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, 2008, by 4.5% to 202.7 billion pieces. The reduction in pieces mailed led to a net loss of $2.8 billion for the U.S. Postal Service.
Fast food: What scratches your itch?
McDonalds here, for the bacon, egg & cheese (2 for $3.33)
Subway for the $5 foot-long specials
(roast beef, provolone, the works – extra, with honey mustard & Chipotle Southwest, heavy)
Taco Bell, when I'm just craving cheap Mexican
(still jonesing on the 7-layer burrito)
Other? You mean there's others?
Labels: fast food
Thursday, April 09, 2009
This Day in History|1970
Labels: Beatles split
Stop the shootings!
artwork © remains with the original artist
If you're going to pray for something this Good Friday,
pray for an end to senseless gun violence.
Me? Increased gun control.
I think half the people who have guns have no business having them in the first place.
After all, it was at the (fill-in-the-blank) that I saw two handguns.
And neither person should have had them, especially the younger of the two.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
This Day in History|1935
Labels: ArtProInk closing
iTunes Music Store: iTunes Plus + DRM Free
Money for nothing...
from the CNN Transcripts:
Keep this in mind, as you read though:
J. OSTEEN: I mean, I'm having -- we're having church every Sunday in a former basketball arena, with 40,000 or 50,000 people coming out.
KING: We will now touch other bases with Joel and Victoria Osteen. Their book is "Hope for Today Bible: The New Living Translation: The Red Letter Edition."
Iowa Supreme Court just allowed same-sex marriage, making them the third state; Massachusetts, Iowa and Hawaii. The general forecast is that's coming.
Other people are now saying, why not make marriage a religious institution, and have the state bonding that the non-marriage state issue. So we can have two kinds of getting together.
J. OSTEEN: I'm not sure I understand --
KING: In other words, if you want to be married and you're both religious, go to your church. If you want to be bonded together and you don't want to call it marriage, go on down to the civil servant office.
J. OSTEEN: I don't know if --
KING: The state will not marry you.
J. OSTEEN: Sure. I guess my thing, Larry, is I just like the definition of marriage to be between a man and a woman. So it sounds like you're saying something different.
KING: Well, it still would, except the state wouldn't perform it.
J. OSTEEN: Well --
KING: You could perform it.
V. OSTEEN: It would be called something else. It would be called partnering or something.
KING: By the state.
V. OSTEEN: Yeah.
KING: If the religious institution -- I'm just throwing this out.
J. OSTEEN: Sure.
KING: Do you think, though, the other side is coming, that eventually many more states are going to allow same sex marriage?
J. OSTEEN: You know, I don't know where it's all going, but again, I just -- it's my desire that we keep the family unit, the basis of our society -- I'd love to see it stay between a male and a female, not knocking anybody else. But I'm not sure where it's all going.
KING: If this continues, do you think it will harm things? Supposing there were more states that had it. What would be the harm?
V. OSTEEN: Again, you know what? We really want to see marriage between a man and a woman. There is going to be people who get together and have relationships and have what they call their families. But I just think marriage should be sanctified by the church. It should be between a man and a woman. But yeah, I mean they're doing it today.
KING: The proposal is if that should happen, sanctified by the church, the state shouldn't be in the marriage business. That was the other proposal. Why should the state be -- just throwing it out there.
J. OSTEEN: I don't know if I'm 100 percent clear on it all. But I guess, Larry, we come back to that -- will it undermine the basis of society? I don't know. I think that -- I know God's best is for a male and a female to have a marriage and raise their family. It doesn't always happen, but I believe that's much better.
KING: Should a gay couple be allowed to adopt?
J. OSTEEN: Well, I think that again, it's best for a male and a female. I can't say -- I'm not saying that gay people aren't good people. And --
KING: Or good parents.
J. OSTEEN. Yeah, exactly. But again, I like to shoot for God's best, and that is a father and a mother in the home. It doesn't always happen. I know a lot of people raised by single parents. And you know what? We bless them and pray for them as well. but I think God's best is a male and female.
J. OSTEEN: I'm not sure I understand --
"We owe it to Ryan to make sure that the fear and ignorance that chased him from his home and his school will be eliminated. We owe it to Ryan to open our hearts and our minds to those with AIDS. We owe it to Ryan to be compassionate, caring and tolerant toward those with AIDS, their families and friends. It's the disease that's frightening, not the people who have it."—Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, April 11, 1990
"Cedric" makes my day...and I'm not even up yet!
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Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Published: April 7, 2009
MONTPELIER, Vt. — Gay-rights groups say that momentum from back-to-back victories on same-sex marriage in Vermont and Iowa could spill into other states, particularly since at least nine other legislatures are considering measures this year to allow marriage between gay couples.
The Vermont Legislature on Tuesday overrode Gov. Jim Douglas’s veto of a bill allowing gay couples to [more]
Billie Holiday|Strange Fruit
Billie's Birthday Holiday!
Portrait © Carl Van Vechten
[Portrait of Billie Holiday;
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By TIMOTHY WILLIAMS and TAREQ MAHER
Published: April 7, 2009
BAGHDAD — The relative freedom of a newly democratic Iraq and the recent improvement in security have allowed a gay subculture to flourish here. The response has been swift and deadly.
In the past two months, the bodies of as many as 25 boys and men suspected of being gay have turned up in the huge Shiite enclave of Sadr City, the police and friends of the dead say. Most have been shot, some multiple times. Several have been found with the word “pervert” in Arabic on notes attached to their bodies, the police said.
“Three of my closest friends have been killed during the past two weeks alone,” said Basim, 23, a hairdresser. “They had been planning to go to a cafe away from Sadr City because we don’t feel safe here, but they killed them on the way. I had planned to go with them, but fortunately I didn’t.”
Labels: Gays killed in Iraq
Labels: Joel Osteen
$229.19 (CT State tax)
OR 177.66 iTunes @ $1.29!
Labels: 24" iMac April 2009
Wax Job! Not a "whack" job!
Unlike some of the other stars in the museum who posed for their figure,
the statue was created based entirely on images of President Barack Obama's wife.
While she is only the third first lady to receive such a tribute
—Jacqueline Kennedy and Hillary Clinton are the others—
the wife of the commander in chief is the first person
to have a wax figure in all eight Madame Tussauds' locations worldwide.
Apple's New ImmobilizeMe!
Don't buy it now! DON'T BUY IT!
If you're lucky (and I don't own an iPhone, for the record),
you "might" get it to work.
And don't think you can call 1.800.275.2273 for help either.
I "think" they might have a "live chat" for this,
and in all fairness, the last time I had to utilize Apple's "live chat"
whatever I needed was attended to promptly, professionally, proficiently.
But how many times do I get "MobileMe is not available right now, please try again later."
And calling? Apple points to your DSL carrier (which is another issue altogether),
and your DSL carrier will point their finger to Apple and say "oh, it's a Mac, we don't handle Macs."
I've lost too much time, productivity, and many, many emails which I "saved to draft"
which just disappeared.
MobileMe is a good idea gone seriously wrong.
Perhaps labeling this as a "beta" release might have been more interesting,
but dot-Mac was doing well, and this?
Well, I can sum it up this way:
last time I actually spoke to an Apple-human (in the U.S. of A. no less!),
I was told "you really need to have another e-mail. You can't rely on MobileMe to take care of all your business."
So, folks, you heard it here:
DON'T BUY MobileMe.
But really, do we have a choice?
Forget Time Machine.
Buy an external hard drive like a Maxtor OneTouch or MyBook.
1TB, on sale? About $119. Maybe $99 if you're lucky.
Staples is my first line of office defense.
Monday, April 06, 2009
1991 Reversal_No need to hide in shame
Bush's shame, not the media or military
1914|George Reeves, The 1st Superman
The house guests later heard a single gunshot. Bliss ran into Reeves's bedroom and found George Reeves dead, lying across his bed, naked and face-up, his feet on the floor. This position has been attributed to Reeves sitting on the edge of the bed when he shot himself, after which his body fell back on the bed and the 9mm Luger pistol fell between his feet.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department report, between approximately 1:30 and 2:00 a.m. on June 16, 1959, George Reeves died of a gunshot wound to the head in the upstairs bedroom of his Benedict Canyon home. He was 45 years old.
Roll a fattie, and fire that baby up!
Labels: Bob Marley
1925|First film shown on airline
The Lost world
Imperial Airways was the early British commercial long range air transport company, operating from 1924 to 1939 and serving parts of Europe but especially the Empire routes to South Africa, India and the Far East. There were local partnership companies; Qantas (Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Ltd) in Australia, and TEAL (Tasman Empire Airways Ltd) in New Zealand.
The first commercial flight was in April 1924, when a daily London-Paris service was opened. Additional services to other European destinations were started throughout the summer. The first new airliner was commissioned by Imperial Airways in November 1924. In the first year of operation the company carried 11,395 passengers and 212,380 letters. In April 1925, The Lost World (a recent blockbuster film) was shown to the passengers on the London-Paris route. This was the first time that a film had been screened for passengers on a plane.
1957|Bye Bye Bye went the NYC Trolley!
L’AQUILA, Italy — The death toll from a powerful earthquake that shook central Italy continued to rise late Monday, with officials reporting that 150 people had died.
The Lede: Competing Claims Over Quake Warning (April 6, 2009)
Damage to Historical Monuments ‘Significant’ (April 7, 2009)
The New York Times
The 6.3 magnitude quake struck early Monday, injuring some 1500 people, leaving tens of thousands homeless and causing major damage to historic buildings in the medieval hill towns of Abruzzo Region east of Rome, officials said.
Most of the deaths and damage were centered in L’Aquila, a picturesque fortress town at the quake’s epicenter.
“It’s a disaster never before seen,” said Franco Totani, a lawyer who said he was leaving the town to stay at an uncle’s house in Rome. “I’ve seen earthquakes before but this is a catastrophe.”
A shelf-life since 1930.
Previous name? Dewars. James Dewars.
39 ingredients, 150 shamelessly empty calories