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SCARLETT JOHANSSON’S TOM WAITS’ COVERS ALBUM PREVIEWED!

clipped from uncut.co.uk 

WaitsAs a rule, we’re as suspicious of actors making records as we are of, well, rock stars appearing in movies. But Scarlett Johansson’s previous, if brief, forays into music have at least demonstrated both flashes of talent and an unnerring grasp of cool. There’s an abiding memory of her in a pink wig singing karaoke to The Pretenders’ “Brass In Pocket” in Lost In Translation, or seen in fuzzy Youtube clips providing backing vocals for “Just Like Honey” at the Jesus & Mary Chain’s comeback show at last year’s Coachella festival. She also recorded the Geshwin standard “Summertime” for a US compilation and even starred in a Bob Dylan video, “When The Deal Goes Down…”, to support his Modern Times album.

Now she’s recorded her debut, an album of Tom Waits’ covers (and one self-penned track), produced by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek and featuring guest spots by Yeah Yeah Yeah’s guitarist Nick Zinner and, on two songs, David Bowie, with whom she co-starred in Christopher Nolan’s movie, The Prestige. Although the songs here run as far back as 1976, most of them actually come from the later part of Waits’ career; only one song pre-dating 1983’s Swordfishtrombones.

Here, then, is our track by track preview at what you can expect…

[ click to read rest of article at uncut.co.uk ]

Posted on March 25, 2008 by Editor

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2008 HUGO AWARDS NOMINEES

2008 HUGO AWARDS NOMINEES

http://www.denvention.org/hugos

 

Best Novel

(382 ballots cast)

The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon (HarperCollins; Fourth Estate)

Brasyl by Ian McDonald (Gollancz; Pyr)

Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer (Tor; Analog 10/06-1-2/07)

The Last Colony by John Scalzi (Tor)

Halting State by Charles Stross (Ace)

Posted on March 24, 2008 by Editor

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For After the Burgundy Room and Before the Ski Room

From AP via NY Daily News 

Used to be the best rejuvenatory fast-food meal in Hollywood was Popeye’s Red Beans and Rice on the corner of Hollywood & Vine. It may still be, tho now you’ll have to valet park and order a bottle of spritzer with your beans.    

Popeye's In Needlepoint

Popeyes chicken founder dies

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Monday, March 24th 2008, 4:00 AM

Al Copeland, who became rich selling spicy fried chicken and notorious for his flamboyant lifestyle, died Sunday at a clinic near MunichGermany. He was 64.

The founder of the Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken chain grew up in New Orleans. Copeland sold his car at age 18 for enough money to open his own one-man doughnut shop. He went on to spend 10 modestly successful years in the doughnut business.

The opening of a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in New Orleans in 1966, however, caught Copeland’s eye. Inspired by KFC’s success, Copeland in 1971 used his doughnut profits to open a restaurant, Chicken on the Run. (“So fast you get your chicken before you get your change.”) After six months, Copeland chose a spicier Louisiana Cajun-style recipe and reopened the restaurant, eventually calling it Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken after Gene Hackman‘s character in the film “French Connection.”

Copeland frequently made headlines away from his business empire. His hobbies included racing 50-foot powerboats, touring New Orleans in Rolls-Royces and Lamborghinis, and outfitting his Lake Pontchartrain home with lavish Christmas decorations, including half-a-million lights and a 3-story-tall snowman.

Red Beans & Rice Popeye's stylePopeye’s Red Beans and Rice

2 cups Uncle ben’s long grain rice (cooked); 1 − 16 oz. can Red chili beans in chili gravy; 1 teas. Chili powder; 1/4 teas. Cumin; Dash garlic salt. In saucepan, heat beans without letting them boil.Stir in chili powder, cumin and garlic salt. Whenpiping hot, add warm rice and gently mix.

Posted on March 24, 2008 by Editor

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Dr. Marten Uptight

snipped from The Daily Swarm

Exclusive: Dr. Martens to Saatchi: You’re Fired!

TDS EDITORS

***Update: The final word(s) on ‘Heavensgate’***

Dr Martens Dead

The Daily Swarm has learned that Airwair Ltd., the creators of Dr. Martens famous footwear, has fired its advertising agency, Saatchi and Saatchi London, in the midst of an ongoing uproar over a poster campaign featuring the images of deceased musicians wearing their shoes in heaven. David Suddens, CEO of Dr. Martens’ parent company AirWair Ltd., told The Daily Swarm in a phone interview that the posters were never intended to see the light of day. “We said no. It was creative that was put to us, but we didn’t like it. It doesn’t represent the company at all.”

Saatchi later released a statement standing by the ads. Kate Stanners, executive creative director, Saatchi & Saatchi said, “We believe the ads are edgy but not offensive. There has been blog commentary both for and against the ads, but it is our belief that they are respectful of both the musicians and the Dr. Martens brand.”

The firestorm began on May 14, when The Daily Swarm published the posters that feature punk icons Kurt Cobain, Joe Strummer, Joey Ramone, and Sid Vicious. The rockers images were retouched by noted French commercial artist Christophe Huet who placed them in heaven with steel-toed boots.

[ click to read original article at The Daily Swarm ]

Posted on March 24, 2008 by Editor

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Lemmy Kilmister Turned Into Molded Plastic

LocoApe releases the Lemmy Kilmister action figure – $19.99 or $100.00 for an autographed version. Motorhead rules. 

Lemmy Kilmister Action Figure 

 The very first officially licensed Lemmy figure ever made!

  • Stands 7 inches tall with base.
  • Sculpted to accuracy, this figure captures Lemmy in all his Motorhead glory.
  • Includes: Highly detailed and accurate figure, Rickenbacker Figural Bass Guitar, Bass Guitar Strap, Microphone & Stand, Figural Base, Motorhead Logo Plate & War Pig Themed Backdrop.
  • The officially licensed Rickenbacker guitar replica features real strings and Rickenbacker trademarks. (Guitar does not play music.)
  • Officially licensed product.

Posted on March 24, 2008 by Editor

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Rewriting The Rewriting Of James Agee

book review in the Los Angeles Times

‘A Death in the Family: A Restoration of the Author’s Text’ edited by Michael A. Lofaro

Did James Agee’s editor know what he was doing? Apparently not, as a new version of a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is given a makeover.A DEATH IN THE FAMILY by James Agee

By Nina Revoy

A Death in the Family:
A Restoration of the Author’s Text

James Agee, edited by Michael A. Lofaro

University of Tennessee Press: 582 pp., $49.95

AT the time of his death of a heart attack at 45, James Agee had published relatively little of his own creative work. Known more for his insightful movie reviews and film adaptations, Agee had produced a novella, a volume of poetry and “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” a study of Alabama sharecroppers. He left behind the manuscript of a novel he’d been working on for more than a decade, which editor David McDowell published as “A Death in the Family.”

Appearing in 1957 — two years after Agee died — “A Death in the Family” received great acclaim and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

A lyrical, perfectly calibrated and deeply moving account of a man’s death and its effects on his family, it still stands — more than 50 years after its publication — as one of the most beautiful of American novels.

Now, editor Michael A. Lofaro has incorporated recently recovered material and rearranged existing chapters in “A Death in the Family: A Restoration of the Author’s Text.” Much of this material became available to scholars in 2002, after a change in the directorship of the James Agee Trust. Motivated by McDowell’s claim in the original introduction that Agee’s novel was “presented . . . exactly as he wrote it,” Lofaro sets out to correct the “degradation” of Agee’s original manuscript from McDowell’s “editorial decisions, inaccuracy, and deception.” He includes more than 10 additional chapters, replaces substitute versions of three additional chapters and reinserts scenes that appeared as flashbacks in McDowell’s version into the beginning of the story. Lofaro also removes the famous prologue “Knoxville: Summer, 1915” — a previously published set piece that McDowell acknowledges he added to the manuscript — and replaces it with a new introduction, a nightmare sequence. The result is a longer and drastically different book.

Reconstructing Agee’s novel is a questionable undertaking, not least because the existing novel is a masterpiece.

[ click to read rest of article at latimes.com ]

Posted on March 24, 2008 by Editor

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The Year Of The Brawling Lepus

A Short Happy Easter Film from dadeca50

Posted on March 23, 2008 by Editor

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Bret Easton Ellis, two decades beyond ‘Zero’

from the LA Times

Bret Easton Ellis, two decades beyond ‘Zero’

The onetime enfant terrible, now 44, still has no patience for critics, but some of his colleagues say Ellis’ writing may one day get the respect it deserves.

By Scott Timberg, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

In his 1985 breakout novel, Less Than Zero, Bret Easton Ellis, then all of 21 years old, created young, jaded Angelenos who just didn’t care about anything: They recounted cocaine Bret Easton Ellisscores and semi-anonymous sex in the same tone with which they lamented their fading suntans. That ennui became Ellis’ literary signature, and as he began to grow up in public, he became known as a photogenic and glamorous figure who liked booze and excess.

More than two decades later and almost four years after returning home to L.A., the city in which he grew up as the offspring of affluent Goldwater Republicans, Ellis himself claims to be in a phase in which he just doesn’t care about anything — a middle-aged wrinkle on the old Ellis ennui. “The only thing I care about,” he requested when setting up a dinner interview, “is valet parking and a full bar.”

Ellis in person is witty if often deadpan, good company, discussing the literary novel and popular music with enthusiasm and authority. His classic good looks have become almost conventional as he’s aged. He’s more down-to-earth, and more intellectual, than his party-boy image would suggest.

He can be uncomfortable as well: Sitting down at a tighter-than-expected Campanile one recent Wednesday night, wearing a black jacket over a casual shirt left mostly unbuttoned, he was unnerved by a slightly raucous, beret-wearing family at a nearby table, until his first drink arrived and he found himself in a spirited defense of Elvis Costello’s “Imperial Bedroom.” As he leaned into the argument — the album, which he called “sonically, an absolute ’80s masterpiece,” will lend its name to a new sequel to “Less Than Zero” — it was easy to see that he’s more engaged with things than he lets on.

But while he spoke with enthusiasm about “The Wire” and Jonathan Franzen’s “The Corrections” — “the novel of my generation” — he’s truly uninterested in talking about his own career, his own place in the literary firmament. “I don’t care anymore,” he said. “I never really did care.”

That’s probably a good thing too: In most of the important conversations about contemporary American literature, Ellis doesn’t show up. Academia doesn’t take him seriously: He’s not taught or written about critically like his generational peers Franzen, Michael Chabon, David Foster Wallace, Jonathan Lethem, Chang-Rae Lee or Lorrie Moore.

His work is often savaged by critics: His last book, the 2005 quasi-autobiographical novel “Lunar Park,” was deemed “the worst novel I’ve ever read” by Steve Almond in the Boston Globe. And almost a quarter-century into his career, he’s never won, or been within shouting distance, of a major literary award. Back in the ’80s, he was even dissed by his idol Elvis Costello.

[ click to read rest of article at the LA Times ]

Posted on March 23, 2008 by Editor

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“Nothing exists, save empty space and you; and you are but a thought.”

Be Afraid of Quantum Mechanics… Be very, very afraid.

Posted on March 23, 2008 by Editor

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Legendary Cuban mambo king dies

from THE ASSOCIATED PRESS via NY Daily News

MIAMI – Grammy-winning mambo pioneer Israel (Cachao) Lopez died Saturday at 89.

Israel (Cachao) Lopez

Known simply as Cachao, the Cuban-born bassist and composer fell ill in the past week and died surrounded by family members at Coral Gables Hospital.

Cachao left his Communist homeland and came to the U.S. in the early 1960s. He continued to perform into his late 80s, including a performance after the death of trombonist Generoso Jimenez in September.

Cuban-American actor Andy Garcia, who made a 1993 documentary about Cachao’s career, credited him with being a major influence in Cuban musical history and said his passing marked the end of an era.

“Cachao is our musical father. He is revered by all who have come in contact with him and his music,” Garcia said in a statement on Saturday. “Maestro … you have been my teacher, and you took me in like a son. So I will continue to rejoice with your music and carry our traditions wherever I go, in your honor.”

Cachao was born in Havana in 1918 to a family of musicians. A classically trained bassist, he began performing with the Havana symphony orchestra as a teenager, working under the baton of visiting guest conductors, such as Herbert von Karajan, Igor Stravinsky and Heitor Villa-Lobos, during his nearly 30-year career with the orchestra.

He and his late brother, multi-instrumentalist Orestes Lopez, created the mambo in the late 1930s. The mambo emerged from their improvisational work with the danzon, an elegant musical style that lends itself to slow dancing.

[ click to read rest of article at the NY Daily News ]

Posted on March 23, 2008 by Editor

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Easter: A movable feast

editorial from the Washington Post

Pollock's EASTER AND THE TOTEM THIS HOLIDAY is what is known in religious tradition as a “movable feast” because it is not, like Christmas and some other annual observances, celebrated on the same day every year but rather moves from one Sunday to another within a narrow range of weeks in early springtime. It has also been movable in another, more important sense, as it has made a long and sometimes difficult journey through the popular consciousness of much of the world over nearly 2,000 years. Easter has been a time of renewal and hope for millions, but for others — victims of age-old religious persecution — it has at times been a dark and frightening occasion. It is a day that can arouse intense emotions, and one that has been misused and misunderstood by many, even as it has provided comfort and solace to many more.

The root event of Easter, the Passion story, is strong stuff. Roman punishment, like Roman warfare, was extraordinarily cruel — deterrence on a macabre scale. The feelings aroused by that story of betrayal, brutality and death have led, almost from the first days of the church — when some Jews differed bitterly with other Jews over the divinity of Jesus of Nazareth — to frightening outbursts of religious violence, as if the Easter message of resurrection and hope was all but forgotten, nothing was forgiven and the theme of the day was revenge.

But that’s not what Easter is about. The Easter story speaks to everyone about the universal fear of death. It is about resurrection and new life, the consciousness that we, or something of us, will endure. To believing Christians, the resurrection is literal. For others, it may be the hope that they will live on in their families, their friends and their society, and in the things they have done. Easter today, in America and elsewhere, has become a day of life and affirmation. It can be as deeply significant as a sunrise service and as lighthearted as an egg roll or an Easter parade. It has moved well along on the path to toleration and understanding, although, as always with such things, there are many miles to go.

Posted on March 23, 2008 by Editor

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Writing ‘eases stress of cancer’

from the BBC

Encouraging cancer patients to write down their deepest fears about the disease may improve their quality of life, according to a US study.

Cancer from AstrologyExplored.com Nancy Morgan, a “writing clinician”, approached patients waiting in a clinic at a cancer centre in Washington DC.

Half those who took part said the exercise changed the way they thought about the illness, according to the journal The Oncologist.

Younger people, and those recently diagnosed, were most likely to benefit.

“Thoughts and feelings, or the cognitive processing and emotions related to cancer, are key writing elements associated with health benefits”, said Nancy Morgan, of the Lombardi Center.

Ms Morgan developed her role as part of the Arts and Humanities Program at the Lombardi Center.

Her “expressive writing” exercise, lasting just 20 minutes, posed questions to leukaemia or lymphoma patients about how the cancer had changed them and how they felt about those changes.

When those taking part were contacted again a few weeks later, 49% said that the writing had changed their thoughts about their illness, while 38% said their feelings towards their situation had changed.

While there was no evidence of direct impact of the session on their illness, where the patients had reported greater changes in their mindset during the writing, this could be linked to more positive reports of quality of life given to their doctors during follow-up appointments.

Ms Morgan said: “Thoughts and feelings, or the cognitive processing and emotions related to cancer, are key writing elements associated with health benefits, according to previous studies.

“Writing only about the facts has shown no benefit.”

Dr Bruce Cheson, the head of haematology at Lombardi, said: “I’m pleased to see that so many of our patients were interested in this kind of therapy.

“Our study supports the benefit of an expressive writing program and the ability to integrate such a program into a busy clinic.”

[ click to read original article at BBC.co.uk ]

Posted on March 23, 2008 by Editor

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Ku Klux Klan in Concert

Steel Pulse performing “Ku Klux Klan” in one of the hippest concert films ever, Urgh! A Music War

Posted on March 22, 2008 by Editor

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New York Times Fiction Bestsellers March 30, 2008

The New York Timesfrom the New York Times

March 30, 2008

Hardcover Fiction

This
Week
  Last
Week
Weeks
On List
1 CHANGE OF HEART, by Jodi Picoult. (Atria, $26.95.) A prisoner on death row begins performing miracles. 1 2
2 THE APPEAL, by John Grisham. (Doubleday, $27.95.) Political and legal intrigue ensue when a Mississippi court decides against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste. 2 7
3 REMEMBER ME?, by Sophie Kinsella. (Dial, $25.) A woman wakes up in a London hospital after an auto accident with no memory of the previous life-changing three years. 3 3
4 7TH HEAVEN, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. (Little, Brown, $27.99.) In San Francisco, Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women’s Murder Club hunt for an arsonist. 4 6
5 KILLER HEAT, by Linda Fairstein. (Doubleday, $26.) One August, Alexandra Cooper, a Manhattan assistant district attorney, tracks a serial killer.   1
6 A PRISONER OF BIRTH, by Jeffrey Archer. (St. Martin’s, $27.95.) A poor Londoner, framed for murder by four Cambridge friends, escapes from prison and exacts revenge. 7 2
7 LUSH LIFE, by Richard Price. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $26.) An aspiring writer becomes a suspect in a friend’s murder on the Lower East Side. 6 2
8 CHRIST THE LORD: THE ROAD TO CANA, by Anne Rice. (Knopf, $25.95.) In the second book of Rice’s life of Christ, Jesus embraces his prophetic destiny. 9 2
9 STRANGERS IN DEATH, by J. D. Robb. (Putnam, $25.95.) Lt. Eve Dallas investigates a businessman’s scandalous death; by Nora Roberts, writing pseudonymously. 8 4
10 * A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS, by Khaled Hosseini. (Riverhead, $25.95.) A friendship between two women in Afghanistan against the backdrop of 30 years of war. 11 43
11 HONOR THYSELF, by Danielle Steel. (Delacorte, $27.) A 50-year-old actress injured in a terrorist attack in Paris must rebuild her life. 5 3
12 WORLD WITHOUT END, by Ken Follett. (Dutton, $35.) Love and intrigue in Kingsbridge, the medieval English cathedral town at the center of Follett’s “Pillars of the Earth.” 15 23
13 THE OUTLAW DEMON WAILS, by Kim Harrison. (Eos, $24.95.) A witch who is also a bounty hunter must enter the demonic realm; the sixth book in the Hollows series. 10 3
14 DUMA KEY, by Stephen King. (Scribner, $28.) A Florida contractor begins to create paintings with mysterious power. 13 8
15 LADY KILLER, by Lisa Scottoline. (Harper, $25.95.) When her high-school rival disappears, possibly as a result of foul play, a Philadelphia lawyer must confront her past. 12 4
16 ANOTHER THING TO FALL, by Laura Lippman. (Morrow, $24.95.) A Baltimore private investigator becomes the bodyguard of a difficult star on the set of a TV series.   1
 
Also Selling  
17 BETRAYAL, by John Lescroart (Dutton)
18 PEOPLE OF THE BOOK, by Geraldine Brooks (Viking)
19 THE FIRST PATIENT, by Michael Palmer (St. Martin’s)
20 DEEP DISH, by Mary Kay Andrews (Harper)
21 THE KILLING GROUND, by Jack Higgins (Putnam)
22 DEAD TIME, by Stephen White (Dutton)
23 THE SENATOR’S WIFE, by Sue Miller (Knopf)
24 THE ANCIENT, by R. A. Salvatore (Tor)
25 STRANGER IN PARADISE, by Robert B. Parker (Putnam)
26 CARROT CAKE MURDER, by Joanne Fluke (Kensington)
27 FIREFLY LANE, by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s)
28 BLIND FALL, by Christopher Rice (Scribner)
29 CHARM!, by Kendall Hart (Hyperion)
30 FRIEND OF THE DEVIL, by Peter Robinson (Morrow)
31 PLUM LUCKY, by Janet Evanovich (St. Martin’s)
32 A STRANGER’S GAME, by Joan Johnston (Pocket)
33 THE GHOST WAR, by Alex Berenson (Putnam)
34 THE SILVER SWAN, by Benjamin Black (Henry Holt)
35 SUCCULENT: CHOCOLATE FLAVA II, edited by Zane (Atria)

Posted on March 22, 2008 by Editor

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“The Origin of the World” – Good manners barely let us describe it.

from the Washington Post and Wikipedia

Moving Beyond Beauty

Gustave Courbet’s Work Retains the Power to Shock

By Blake Gopnik

Washington Post Staff Writer

Of all the jaw-dropping paintings in “Gustave Courbet,” the landmark survey of the great French artist now at the Metropolitan Museum, the jaw drops farthest for one that was painted in 1866, for a Turkish diplomat in Paris. It is called “The Origin of the World.” Even now, 142 years later, it’s too shocking to be reproduced in these pages or on our Web site.

Good manners barely let us describe it.

The painting shows the open crotch of a naked woman, painted in such extreme close-up that her legs, arms and head, as well as most of her torso, are cut off by the edges of the canvas.

As you round a corner at the Met and come up to it for the first time, Courbet’s “Origin” still feels extreme. So just imagine what it meant in 1866.

L’Origine du monde, par Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) en 1866.
“L’Origine du monde”, par Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) en 1866.

“There is a word for the people capable of this kind of filth,” wrote one contemporary Frenchman, ” . . . but I shall not pronounce it for the reader.” Another described the painting as “a little monstrosity.”

Except for their contempt, these writers got this picture right: It was meant to shock, by rewriting every notion of what fine art could be. It took old-fashioned ideas of beauty and aesthetics right out of the equation.

Courbet is often described as the genius at the source of all of modern art. That makes perfect sense, especially if you jump right from him to the most radical work of the past 40 years. He’s the ancestor of Richard Serra throwing molten lead into the corner of a room, of Bruce Nauman screaming nonsense phrases into a video camera or of the feminist Cosey Fanni Tutti presenting porn shots of herself as art.

[ click to view full article at Washington Post ]

Posted on March 22, 2008 by Editor

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Party Smart (And With A Heart)

TShirtHell.com

Posted on March 21, 2008 by Editor

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Before Green Day Stole The San Jose Scene, There Was Skankin’ Pickle

Posted on March 21, 2008 by Editor

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A Million Penguins, v2.0

snipped from news.com

We Tell Stories is a new alternate-reality game that tasks players with finding their way through six story lines based on classic Penguin novels and a seventh story that ties them all together.

Penguin Six Stories

The alternate-reality game genre has a new friend, and a new format, thanks to Penguin Books, the famous British publishing house.

On Tuesday, Penguin and startup Six to Start launched their new ARG, We Tell Stories, a new-style game that its creators say is a hybrid of traditional story-telling, Web 2.0-style mashups, interactive games and classic novels.

We Tell Stories is actually a seven-part adventure, said Jeremy Ettinghausen, the digital publisher for Penguin. It will begin with six weekly installments, each of which is based on a classic novel–and written by a different Penguin author–and which tasks participants with finding their way through the story using tools developed for the game.

After the six installments, We Tell Stories will continue with a seventh weekly piece that will be a game tying the six stories together.

[ click to view full article at news.com ]

 

Posted on March 21, 2008 by Editor

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20 Ways To Maintain An Edge

1. At Lunch Time, Sit In Your Parked Car With Sunglasses on and point a Hair Dryer At Passing Cars. See If They Slow Down.

2. Page Yourself Over The Intercom. Don’t Disguise Your Voice.

Better Than Toast3. Every Time Someone Asks You To Do Something, ask If They Want Fries with that.

4. Put Your Garbage Can On Your Desk And Label it ‘In’.

5. Put Decaf In The Coffee Maker For 3 Weeks Once Everyone has Gotten Over Their Caffeine Addictions, Switch to Espresso.

6. In The Memo Field Of All Your Checks, Write ‘ For Smuggling Diamonds’.

7. Finish All Your sentences with ‘In Accordance With The Prophecy’.

8. Don’t use any punctuation.

9. As Often As Possible, Skip Rather Than Walk.

10. Order a Diet Water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face.

11. Specify That Your Drive-through Order Is ‘To Go’.

12. Sing Along At The Opera.

13. Go To A Poetry Recital. And Ask Why The Poems Don’t Rhyme?

14. Put Mosquito Netting Around Your Work Area and Play tropical Sounds All Day.

15. Five Days In Advance, Tell Your Friends You Can’t Attend Their Party Because You’re Not In the Mood.

16. Have Your Co-workers Address You By Your Wrestling Name, Rock Bottom.

17. When The Money Comes Out The ATM, Scream ‘I Won! I Won!’

18. When Leaving The Zoo, Start Running Towards The Parking lot, Yelling ‘Run For Your Lives! They’re Loose!’

19. Tell Your Children Over Dinner, ‘Due To The Economy, We Are Going To Have To Let One Of You Go.’

Posted on March 21, 2008 by Editor

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Baryshnikov Behind the Camera

snipped from MediaBistro.com

Mikhail Baryshnikov.jpg

Surely one of the best parts of Sex and the City was dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov‘s graceful turn as one Aleksandr Petrovsky, a brooding global art star whose living space had us convinced that he was an architect in disguise. Meanwhile, Baryshnikov hasn’t stopped multi-tasking. Tuesday saw the opening of an exhibition of his photographs of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at 401 Projects, the cozy New York gallery owned by photographer Mark Seliger.

Baryshnikov has been taking pictures–landscapes, portraits, travel shots–for 20 years, but this is the first time that he’s turned his camera on the world of dance, something he knows a little something about. “I made a point of rejecting obvious opportunities to photograph dance, thinking the results were boring and unnecessary,” he says. An epiphany came as he paged through old books of dance photography, particularly Alexey Brodovitch‘s 1945 Ballet and Paul Himmel‘s 1954 Ballet in Action. “I discovered that abandoning the crystalline image in favor of blurred edges approximates the excitement of dance in performance.”

Newly inspired, he swapped his 35mm for a digital camera and set out to photograph social dancing in the Dominican Republic and then moved on to shoot the work of Cunningham, “as an homage to one of the greatest choreographers of our time.”

[ click to view full article at MediaBistro.com ]

Posted on March 21, 2008 by Editor

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International Thriller Writers 2008 Award Finalists

click to visit the International Thriller Writers website

Finalists for the 2008 Thriller Awards!

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Drum roll please!

thriller-award.jpgAfter much arduous and painstaking labor by our three panels of esteemed judges–overseen and orchestrated by this year’s Award Chair, the talented Vicki Hinze–the nominees for this year’s “Thriller” awards have been selected. Out of a field of over five hundred books, the list has been winnowed down to five titles in each of the following categories: Best Novel, Best First Novel, and Best Paperback Original.

The winners will be announced this summer at Thrillerfest 2008 at the Grand Hyatt in New York City during a gala banquet on Saturday, July 12th.

But why keep you in the dark any longer? Without further ado, here is the list of nominees in each category:

BEST NOVEL 2008

No Time For Goodbye by Linwood Barclay (Bantam)
The Watchman by Robert Crais (Simon & Schuster)
The Ghost by Robert Harris (Simon & Schuster)
The Crime Writer by Gregg Hurwitz (Viking)
Trouble by Jesse Kellerman (Putnam)

BEST FIRST NOVEL 2008

Interred With Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell (Dutton)
Big City, Bad Blood by Sean Chercover (William Morrow)
From the Depths by Gerry Doyle (McBook Press)
Volk’s Game by Brent Ghelfi (Henry Holt and Co.)
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (William Morrow)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL 2008

The Last Nightingale
by Anthony Flacco (Ballantine)
A Thousand Bones by P.J. Parrish (Pocket)
The Midnight Road by Tom Piccirilli (Bantam)
The Queen of Bedlam by Robert McCammon (Pocket)
Shattered by Jay Bonansinga (Pinnacle)

Posted on March 20, 2008 by Editor

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White People Blog Under Fire

from the Houston Chronicle

Race-related blog causing controversy

Caucasian site is flooded with hits
By CORILYN SHROPSHIRE
Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle

Asian women, fancy coffee, farmers markets, dinner parties and gay friends — these are just a sampling of life’s pleasures — if you’re white.

Stuff While People LikeExcuse me?

That’s according to Christian Landers, the (white) wit behind the Web sensation Stuff White People Like blog, an irreverent daily missive on the passions of posh urbanites of the Caucasian persuasion.

It’s the latest in a string of racially charged blogs (first came theassimilatednegro.com, then angryasian.com) that act as a virtual shrink’s sofa for those tackling the tricky topics of race and class.

Readers, hundreds every day, flood the site’s comment section with alternating fury and delight.

To date, there have been 14 million hits, reflecting the nation’s current obsession with race and gender, too. For confirmation, check out the comments and speeches by presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton just this past week.

Dean Rader, a pop culture critic who authors weeklyrader.blogspot.com, says readers flock to Stuff White People Like because it’s hip and hot and the place to be seen and heard online. “It’s just as much about class and coolness and yuppiness and consumption (as race).”

And yes, if the some of the posts push far beyond the boundaries of good taste, readers seem to find liberation in an environment unfettered by political correctness.

Take #11 on the list: “Asian Girls: 95% of white males have at one point in their lives experienced yellow fever. … White men love Asian women so much that they will go to extremes such as stating that Sandra Oh is sexy, teaching English in Asia, playing in a co-ed volleyball league … ”

Ouch.

That post has received more than 1,550 responses.

Other posts — try No. 36, “Breakfast Places” and No. 63, “Expensive Sandwiches” — may seem a bit more benign, but the post and ensuing conversations carry just as much bite.

“To a white person, there is no better way to spend a Saturday morning than to get up late, around 9:30 and pile into your Audi or Volvo and drive to one of these little places and eat breakfast with friends,” Landers writes. “Oftentimes these breakfasts last for an hour or more (hence the long lines and wait times). Some white people take it to the next level and bring their dogs, newspapers or even a laptop.”

The latest spinoff of Landers’ blog — Stuff Asian People Like.

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Posted on March 20, 2008 by Editor

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She’d Be Cuter If She Had More Meat On Those Bones

clipped from KUTV Utah

Utah Blonde Named As PETA’s ‘Sexiest Vegetarian’ of 2008

SALT LAKE CITY – Her decision to cut meat out of her daily diet turned out to be a winning move.

A Sultry VegetableA 21-year-old Salt Lake City woman on Monday was named by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) as 2008’s “sexiest vegetarian” — beating out a field of hundreds.

Shona Barnthouse was named the winner after beating out 15 other finalists. As a reward, she and a friend will travel to Maui, Hawaii for a week-long vacation.

A dancer and model, Shona only recently became a vegetarian but has found it to be a life-changing decision. She has noticed a boost in daily energy and muscle tone, she says. An animal-lover for as long as she can remember, Shona says she always helps a creature in need and refuses to wear leather.

“Shona is a big winner in anybody’s book,” said PETA Vice President Bruce Friedrich. “Her smart move to go vegetarian has improved her health and helped stop animal suffering.

“Being sexy is just one more perk,” he added.

Posted on March 19, 2008 by Editor

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The Flatulated Fly

spot for the Mio Digiwalker

Posted on March 19, 2008 by Editor

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Juicy Evidence Required

nicked from the AP

College gossip site under scrutiny

By BRAD HAYNES, Associated Press WriterTue Mar 18, 8:36 PM ET

New Jersey prosecutors have subpoenaed records of JuicyCampus.com, a Web site that publishes anonymous, often malicious gossip about college students.

JuicyCampus.comLanguage on the site ranges from catty to hateful and offensive. One thread, for example, on the “most overrated Princeton student” quickly dissolves into name-calling, homophobia and anti-Semitism.

JuicyCampus may be violating the state’s Consumer Fraud Act by suggesting that it doesn’t allow offensive material but providing no enforcement of that rule — and no way for users to report or dispute the material, New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram said Tuesday.

The investigation began last month when a student came forward who had been terrorized by posts on the Web site that included her address. Prosecutors have subpoenaed information from JuicyCampus on how it is run, citing concerns about “unconscionable commercial practices.”

“There’s an unbelievable amount of offensive material posted and absolutely no enforcement,” said Milgram, noting insults about students’ appearance, race and sexual history as “just the tip of the iceberg.”

The attorney general has also subpoenaed the Web site’s advertising agency, Adbrite, to determine how JuicyCampus represented its operation and what advertising keywords the site requested.

Milgram said Adbrite has offered full cooperation with the investigation and canceled its contract with JuicyCampus.

The site launched last fall on seven college campuses and recently expanded to 50 more, including Princeton University. Free to use and supported by advertising, JuicyCampus promises total anonymity to people who post on it. Many of the postings indicate they’ve been viewed thousands of times.

JuicyCampus founder Matt Ivester has expressed little concern in the past about backlash from colleges.

“Like anything that is even remotely controversial, there are always people who demand censorship,” he told The Associated Press last month. “However, we believe that JuicyCampus can have a really positive impact on college campuses, as a place for both entertainment and free expression.”

The site seems designed to shield its users from the threat of libel claims.

“It is not possible for anyone to use this Web site to find out who you are or where you are located,” assures a JuicyCampus privacy page. “We do not track any information that can be used by us to identify you. ”

Mainstream social networking sites, on the other hand, maintain detailed logs of users’ numeric Internet protocol addresses and their posting history.

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Posted on March 19, 2008 by Editor

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Awareness Test

Posted on March 19, 2008 by Editor

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Get Rich The Radiohead Way

from Silicon Alley Insider

Make Radiohead Video, Get Paid (A Little)

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Radiohead - In RainbowsYou didn’t really expect Radiohead to produce a traditional music video, did you? The band that released its last album as a pay-what-you-like download last fall has a new stunt: A contest where the winner gets $10,000 — and the chance to make the band’s next video.

The band, along with online animation studio Aniboom, are launching an online search to find an animator–likely an amateur–to create a full-length music video for the band. Contestants are being asked to submit storyboard treatments for the video, uploaded to Aniboom, which will be judged by Aniboom, Radiohead’s label TBD Records, Adult Swim, as well as voters at MySpace.com. Ten semi-finalists will be picked and awarded $1,000 each to produce a one-minute versions. From those clips, the band will choose the best and award another $10,000 to produce a full-length video.

A little about Aniboom: it’s an online animation producer/aggregator that syndicates animation to multiple online outlets such as Veoh and Joost. Aniboom finances production, and then takes a 30% equity stake. The company has a library of 4,000 animated clips from thousands of animators, including an ongoing parody of “American Idol,”Aniboom Eyedoll.”


Watch more cool animation and creative cartoons at aniBoom

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Posted on March 18, 2008 by Editor

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Before Barack, There Was Jesse

Grandmaster Melle Mel & Scorpio

listen to Grandmaster Melle Mel pump it for
Jesse Jackson back in the brave new
1984 day.
Barack needs Sugar Hill…

Posted on March 18, 2008 by Editor

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50 Years of California Video Art

California Video Expostion @ The Getty

Posted on March 18, 2008 by Editor

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New Titles Out Next Week

snipped from Shelf-Awareness

Selected hardcover titles appearing next Tuesday, March 25:

Buckingham Palace Gardens: A Novel by Anne Perry (Ballantine, $26) is the 25th Thomas Pitt mystery.

Hollywood Crows: A Novel by Joseph Wambaugh (Little, Brown, $26.99) examines corruption in the LAPD through a new member of the Community Relations Office.

Compulsion: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman (Ballantine Books, $27) is the 22nd mystery starring the retired child psychologist.

In the Frame: My Life in Words and Pictures by Helen Mirren (Atria, $35) is the illustrated memoir of the film and TV star.

Yankee Stadium: The Official Retrospective by Al Santasiere and Mark Vancil (Pocket, $50) recalls the stadium’s 85-year history–just before its last season.

Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope by Don and Susie Van Ryn, Newell, Colleen and Whitney Cerak (Howard Books, $21.99) explores the incident in which a girl was buried under the name of another girl who was in a coma.

The Cure for Modern Life: A Novel by Lisa Tucker (Atria, $24.95) follows a pharmaceutical company executive whose ex-girlfriend is a medical ethics watchdog working against him.

Olive Kitteridge: Fiction by Elizabeth Strout (Random House, $25) is a collection of 13 interconnected stories about coastal Maine residents.

Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas (St. Martin’s, $21.95) is a romance novel about the daughter of a rich Texan businessman.

Lost Souls by Lisa Jackson (Kensington, $22) follows a crime writer who enrolls in a Catholic school to investigate the disappearance of several students.

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Posted on March 18, 2008 by Editor

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Because I Can (& b/c Ex-Laker Girls Still Rule!)

Posted on March 17, 2008 by Editor

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How many 5-year old children can you take in a fight?

submitted by The Duke

Uncle

This short survey will tell you approximately how many five year old children you could fight at once. Results are based on physical prowess, training, swarm-combatting experience, and the flexibility of your moral compass. Here are the ground rules:

  • You are in an enclosed area roughly the size of a basketball court
  • There are no weapons or foreign objects
  • Everyone is wearing a cup (so no kicks to the groin)
  • The children are merciless and will show no fear
  • If a child is knocked unconscious, he is “out.” The same goes for you.

CLICK HERE TO BEGIN

This was created by Matthew Inman. Thanks to this forum post for the inspiration.

Posted on March 17, 2008 by Editor

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ABBA Drummer Dead – Napolean Hat Found Nearby

from The Press Association

Ex-ABBA drummer found dead at home

A former drummer for the Swedish pop band ABBA has been found dead in the garden of his house on the island of Majorca.

Ola Brunkert, 62, is believed to have been the only session musician to have appeared on all the group’s recordings.

A police spokeswoman said an autopsy was being carried out but investigations indicated the death was an accident and no foul play is suspected.

She said a neighbour found Mr Brunkert’s body on Sunday in the garden of his house in the town of Arta.

Police believe he fell and cut his neck indoors. He then apparently tried to leave the house to seek help but collapsed in the garden.

Posted on March 17, 2008 by Editor

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