Saturday, January 07, 2012

Friday, January 06, 2012

13 or so minutes...

Clearly the best short film I've ever seen, let alone ever seen at a Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. To conjure up such deep emotions in a film with two guys in a hotel room with probably 11 or so minutes of dialogue? This is a brilliant piece of film. And it's so very, very real.

Taken from STRAIGHT MEN & AND THE MEN WHO LOVE THEM 2, pleasepleaseplease buy this video from ARIZTICAL ENTERTAINMENT INC in California. You may pay a bit more than you are used to paying for a DVD, but ARIZTICAL supports the artists, and, in some cases, is the only outlet for these films for public consumption.

THIRTEEN OR SO MINUTES will leave you breathless, especially with the last line, and thinking, long after the clock hits fourteen minutes or more.

I may be blind, I may be visciously unkind...
Annie Lennox | Why | 2009

There are only two better versions of this song (well, 3)::
1. Annie solo on the piano
2. Annie Live, in person
3. Annie performing at the Arista concert, solo, piano

Orange On The Move
Travel the USA |
A 15-year-old ginger cat...
Rides the bus routinely!

By Kristina Chew

A 15-year-old ginger cat, Artful Dodger, is more than living up to his name. Last month’s Telegraph reports that Dodger has been taking rides on the bus, after boarding at a bus stop near his home. Sometimes he sits on passengers’ laps; he also likes to sit on seats that have been recently vacated, apparently for their warmth.

Dodger’s owner, Fee Jeanes, says that he initially started to frequent the bus stop as people gave him scraps food. But then the bus itself became the attraction; like greenhouses, they are sunny and warm, says Jeanes in the Telegraph. Dodger has gone on ten mile round-trips. Jeanes says that her daughter’s friends had indeed seem him on the bus that far away:

“I couldn’t believe it and panicked. I got into my car to go off and look for him and then at that moment the bus pulled up near our house and low and behold he got off.

“He had fallen asleep on board and nobody knew about it. When the driver realised he knew who Dodger was and where he lived and kept him on board.

“That afternoon I saw Dodger climb on board another bus and I rushed to tell the driver.

“I was shocked when she told me Dodger was always on there…”

The bus company, First, spoke in welcoming tones about Dodger riding the bus and have only asked the drivers not to feed him, out of concern that Dodger might prefer the bus over home for food and shelter. A company spokesman did say that “in principle we do not have a problem with it being around the bus station,” even adding that

“Given this cat is elderly we suspect it would be eligible for free travel, perhaps a bus puss, if such a thing existed.”

Dodger seems to have made himself quite a fixture on the bus, sometimes even waiting in the middle of the road for the bus to stop.

Pity that more people (at least here in the US) don’t see the benefits of public transportation as much as the Artful Dodger does.

Travel the USA |
What Happens in Vegas...
is dumped on Jones Beach.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

[Rick] Santorum | The Definition
Fuckin' Homophobe!!!

The sometimes frothy, usually slimy, amalgam of lubricant, stray fecal matter, and ejaculate that leaks out of the receiving partner's anus after a session of anal intercourse. Named, by popular demand and usage, after legislator Rick Santorum because of his homophobic political statements.

"That move was about as slick as santorum!"

Kick Your Own Ass!

2012 | The Year of "The" Color
Pantone Orange | Tangerine Tango
17-1463 Tangerine Tango

Eve Arnold & Marilyn Monroe
On the set of THE MISFITS [1960]

Photographer Eve Arnold Dies

by David Walker
Magnum photographer Eve Arnold, recognized for her stories about the ordinary lives of the poor and downtrodden all over the world as well as for her unvarnished portraiture of Marilyn Monroe and other celebrities, has died in London. She was 99.

Arnold took up photography in the late 1940s, and first studied under Harper's Bazaar art director Alexei Brodovitch at the New School for Social Research. From the start, she defied boundaries, documenting a fashion show in Harlem--then a segregated ghetto--for a school assignment an assignment. That led to a long-term documentary project about the Black Power movement.

Unable to interest US magazines in her work, she sent  it to Picture Post in London. The magazine effectively launched her career by publishing the work in 1951. She attracted the notice of Henri Cartier-Bresson, and in 1957, she became the first female member of Magnum from the US.

Arnold is best remembered now for her portraits of politicians, musicians, and movie stars,  most notably Marilyn Monroe, with whom she had a 10-year collaboration. She also photographed Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich, and others. But her long-term documentary work was her driving passion, according to Magnum.

“Themes recur again and again in my work. I have been poor and I wanted to document poverty; I had lost a child and I was obsessed with birth; I was interested in politics and I wanted to know how it affected our lives; I am a woman and I wanted to know about women,” she wrote in her 1976 book, The Unretouched Woman.

Her documentary work appeared in numerous magazines from the 1950s to the 1980s. Other stories she covered in the 1950s included political conventions and the McCarthy hearings. She also completed a landmark story about childbirth, at a time when the subject was mostly taboo.

In the 1960s she covered the civil rights movement, and in 1969 spent a period of time documenting life in the Arab states. That work was published as a book in 1971 called Behind The Veil. In the 1970s, after the US and China established diplomatic relations, Arnold became one of the first westerners to be granted a visa. In 1980, she published her China work in a book called In China, which won a National Book Award.

Photographer Susan Meiselas, who became a Magnum nominee in 1976, remembers Arnold for her "phenomenal energy" and for her "dynamic and outspoken" presence within the male-dominated culture of Magnum Photos.

“When you think of the people who give you inspiration for finding your life and path, she was a wonderful model for imagining in the long term a life as a photographer,” Meiselas says.

In all Arnold completed 15 monographs, including the forthcoming All About Eve, to be published this month by TeNeues. Her other books include Eve Arnold: In Retrospect (1995); and Eve Arnold: Film Journal (2001) a collection of previously unpublished film set work; In America (1983); and The Great British (1991).

She also received numerous awards, including ASMP’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 1980, and the Master of Photography award at the International Center of Photography’s Infinity Awards in 1995. In 2003, she was awarded an honorary O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire).

Arnold was born in Philadelphia in 1912 to Russian immigrant parents who grudgingly accepted her decision to pursue a career as a photographer, according to an obituary in The Guardian newspaper. Her husband helped promote her career in the 1950s, but the marriage broke up and Arnold relocated to London with her son. The city remained her base for the rest of her career.

--additional reporting by Holly Hughes 

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Kodak Preparing for Chapter 11 Filing
The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal

Eastman Kodak Co. is preparing for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy-protection filing in the coming weeks should efforts to sell a trove of digital patents fall through, people familiar with the matter said.

The struggling photography icon, which employs about 19,000 people, is in discussions with potential lenders for around $1 billion in so-called debtor-in possession financing that would keep it afloat during bankruptcy proceedings, the people said. A filing could occur as soon as this month or early February, one of the people said.

A Kodak spokesman said the company "does not comment on market rumor or speculation."
Should Kodak seek Chapter 11 protection from creditors, the company would then try to sell its portfolio of 1,100 patents through a court-supervised bankruptcy auction, the people said. Kodak would continue to pay its bills and operate normally while under bankruptcy protection, the people said.

Kodak is still making last-ditch efforts to sell the patents, which would keep the company from filing for bankruptcy protection, one of the people said. But the 131-year-old former blue chip company has started making preparations for a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing if those efforts don't come to fruition, the person said.

Kodak warned in a securities filing in November it will run out of cash to fund operations unless it sells its patents or is able to borrow more money.

On Tuesday, Kodak disclosed that the New York Stock Exchange warned the company it could be delisted unless its fortunes rebound in the next six months.

Kodak's shares have closed under $1 for 30 consecutive trading days. They were 18% lower in midafternoon trading Wednesday at 54 cents apiece, after The Wall Street Journal reported the company was preparing a possible Chapter 11 filing.

‪Once a high flier, Kodak has been burning cash as it tries to transform itself from a company dependent on film sales to one built around commercial and consumer printers. The company's problems intensified in 2011, as Chief Executive Antonio Perez's strategy of using patent lawsuits and licensing deals to raise cash to fund the turnaround ran dry.

‪In the fall, Kodak hired restructuring advisers and drew down $160 million from a credit line, heightening concerns about its viability.

‪Kodak's bankruptcy preparations come after months of trying to find other ways to rework its finances, mainly by selling its patents. The company has said it is running a competitive bidding process for the patents – which it put on the block in August -- but efforts to sell the portfolio have been slowed by potential bidders' concerns that Kodak might seek bankruptcy protection.

‪Now, Kodak is considering using bankruptcy proceedings to run a court-supervised auction to sell the patents, much as Nortel Networks Corp. did last year, people familiar with the matter said. Nortel's patents were sold to a consortium of companies for $4.5 billion, much more than expected.

‪The success of that sale and the formal rules associated with a bankruptcy auction have encouraged Kodak to seriously weigh seeking Chapter 11 protection to unload the patents, the people said. The auction would be overseen by a judge, with court-approved procedures that could provide more certainty for reluctant bidders, the people said.

‪Such an auction would follow strict rules, requiring bidders to make open offers that others could then evaluate and attempt to top. Kodak believes a bankruptcy auction could encourage bidders to reveal how they would value the company's patents and make a sale smoother, one person said.

‪A bankruptcy filing could also allow Kodak to shed some pension and health-care obligations to retirees, which cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

‪During a two-day meeting of the company's board, management and advisers in mid-December, executives were briefed on how to fund Kodak during bankruptcy proceedings should efforts to sell its patents fall short, a person familiar with the matter said. The company told directors it needed to sell the patents or borrow more money to stave off bankruptcy, this person said.

‪Any bankruptcy filing would require Kodak to seek debtor-in-possession financing to keep the company operating while it ran an auction for the patents. Kodak is in discussions with large banks including J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. for those funds, people familiar with the matter said.

Kodak has also held discussions with bondholders about a bankruptcy financing package, the people said. Another hedge fund that doesn't hold Kodak debt, Cerberus Capital Management LP, has also held talks with Kodak on behalf of a group willing to provide the financing, the people said.

Trashmas Tree | December 26, 2011

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Disabled? 30 Calendar Days v. 30 Log-ins
Don't Look to for help!!!

DISABLED? doesn't want your business.

Please explain to me the difference between 30 calendar days v. 30 log-in periods.

Sometimes you just can't manage 30 consecutive days (which Lynda has a strict policy on. She must be the picture of great health!)

But if you are a PAYING CUSTOMER (we won't even bring up the 30-day trial periods) sometimes, you just can't manage to put yourself in a "learning mode" for 30 days, depending on your disability.

THAT IS THEFT, and is a clear violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (Section 504, Title III). "All reasonable accommodations..."

But as long as they have access to your money, why should it matter?

Seems that's all they are interested in.

Your money. And certainly NOT your health.

I say a national boycott, and a class action lawsuit are in order.
I can't be the only one in this position.

But I am the one who will speak up for those who either can't,

or aren't aware they are being discriminated against.

Why I Need to Take Up Sports Photography
Specifically, Basketball

The Good Side to Foreclosure
New Neighbors

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Person of the Year | Anderson Cooper

ANYONE who can go from Somalia & Haiti, Rwanda,
and titter like a schoolgirl at his own jokes,
knowing it'll be on YouTube,
is my "Person of the Year."