Those attending the University of Baltimore can enroll in Arnold Blumberg's Zombie Studies course -- a semester-long class devoted to examining the walking dead's influence on popular culture and mass media. Blumberg, the author of Zombiemania, has crafted a class that will have students viewing films and reading books and comics about the living dead -- or basically, get course credit for what a lot of us do as part of our daily routine.
Such is the genius of the Frankfurt School. When all you have to offer is some combination of the usual bromides about race, gender and class you can rinse and repeat on any subject whatsoever. When you have so little to say in the first place, the medium is the message no matter how limited the bandwidth of your chosen memeplex.
Daphne Guinness has what might charitably be described as a wardrobe malfunction were it not more of an aesthetic malfunction. Worse yet, she and her party are in clear breach of the Masquerade.
From the comments.
She has the look of a fruitcake about her.
- Grumpy, UK
Not that I have anything against Daphne Guinness, quite the opposite. It is just that I like that comment so much, wanted to draw attention to it and plan to start repeating it (without attribution) in appropriate social contexts.
The suit alleges that Saks and Zappos -- without the motorcycle gang's permission -- have been selling Alexander McQueen items with names like the "Hells Angels Jacquard Box Dress" and the "Hells Four-finger Ring," which retail for $1,565 and $495, respectively.
"This isn't just about money, it's about membership," said Hells Angels lawyer Fritz Clapp, a Los Angeles-based biker who sports a red mohawk. "If you've got one of these rings on, a member might get really upset that you're an imposter."
An easy mistake to make, I am certain you will agree.
Clapp had received a text message from a club member’s fiancee who was shopping online and saw a “Hells four-finger ring” on Saksfifthavenue.com that was strikingly similar to the winged skull the club had used as its logo for decades. Clapp continued his online search and soon also found a “Hells knuckle duster” clutch purse for sale on Zappos.com.
“Then I go to Alexander McQueen’s site and I find not only is the word ‘Hells’ used on those things, but ‘Hells Angels,’ the whole phrase, on a pashmina scarf and a Jacquard dress,” Clapp said. “If you’d said to the designer, ‘Just give me a side view skull with feathers coming off of it and they’d never seen the death head or a Hells Angels patch and they’d just come from Mars, it’s still closer than comfort.”
Possibly for its very clear exposition of the idea of "ultimate victory through strife", the Fifth was very popular during World War II, with many new recordings of the work, and many performances during those years. One of the most notable performances was by the Leningrad Radio Symphony Orchestra during the Siege of Leningrad. City leaders had ordered the orchestra to continue its performances to keep the spirits high in the city. On the night of October 20, 1941 they played Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 at the city's Philharmonic Hall and it was broadcast live to London. As the second movement began, bombs started to fall nearby, but the orchestra continued playing until the final note.
According to German folklore, Siegfried slayed a dragon just a little further up the mountain. But the story of this spectacular building, a jumble of architectural styles erected in less than three years in the late 19th century by a wealthy stockbroker, is strange enough to become legend in itself.
Based on the play "The Talking Cure" by Christopher Hampton, David Cronenberg directs Viggo Mortensen (The Flea Sigmund Freud), Michael Fassbender (Carl Jung) and Keira Knightley (Sabina) in "A Dangerous Method".
Detailing Knightley's character, director David Cronenberg recently said, "Really [Sabina] was a passionate, intelligent, very creative woman who didn't have an outlet for those things so it manifested itself as madness until she met Carl Jung. She was 18, he was about 29. They had an affair, she become his mistress." He concluded, "So it's the story of the three of them particularly and it's a really fascinating story.
This is a first date movie if I have ever seen one.
It's all go in the world of futuristic Judge Dredd style guns today. Reports suggest that a battalion of US airmobile* troops in Afghanistan are to be equipped with the XM-25 computing smart-rifle, able to strike enemies hiding round corners or in trenches. A successful "proof of concept" of a guided homing bullet for use in sniper rifles has also been announced.
The development is the latest twist in a bitter dispute between Sir Peter’s Wingnut Films production company and the actors’ union New Zealand Equity, which last month invoked an international boycott of the film over pay and conditions.
“It appears we cannot make films in our own country even when substantial financing is available,” Sir Peter said in a statement.
“New Zealand Equity’s unjustified industrial action against The Hobbit has undermined Warner Brothers’ confidence in New Zealand as a stable employment environment, and they are now, quite rightly, very concerned about the security of their US$500 million investment,” he said.
The two differ in a number of ways. One is the saviour of the world, the Son of God, who died and is risen and will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead. And the other is a mutated Kaled life form from Skaro, bred to eblieve in its own genetic superiority with a desire to destroy everything else in existence, and a propensity to scream “Exterminate”.
This + some breakthrough for Lamarckian genetics = Dune.
Dr. [Daryl] Bem, a social psychologist at Cornell University, conducted a series of studies that will soon be published in one of the most prestigious psychology journals (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology). Across nine experiments, Bem examined the idea that our brain has the ability to not only reflect on past experiences, but also anticipate future experiences. This ability for the brain to "see into the future" is often referred to as psi phenomena.
This week, a combined training of the IAF and the Hellenic Air Force took place in Greece. This training included flight and landing in mountainous terrain and under changing weather conditions.
In the video, you will see parts of a training mission designed to simulate an event of attack by an enemy force during flight. The objective was to safely extract the unit offended, and was fully achieved through the cooperation of both forces.
After a meeting with Defence Minister A K Antony in Hanoi, his counterpart Gen Phung Quang Thanh welcomed more port calls by the Indian Navy and offered maintenance and repair facilities for warships at Vietnam ports.
This would extend a major advantage to the Indian Navy that has been scaling up operations in the region, specially in the South China Sea where several patrols have been carried out in the past few years.
As per the information given by a French navy spokesman, Charles de Gaulle which is an aircraft carrier has been forced to come back to base. This has happened because the aircraft is facing technical and physical damages and was in dire need for repairs.
Capt. Hugues d'Argentree, who is involved with the repair work said that the same involves faulty insulation for an electric cabinet. This is present in the propulsion system of the carrier.
Unless the deal is to share virtual carriers in which case, bonne chance.
I will do all I can to be worthy of Thee O Lord.
It all has to do with it.
Thank you God.
There is none other.
God is. It is so beautiful. Thank you God. God is all.
Help us to resolve our fears and weaknesses.
Thank you God.
In You all things are possible.
We know. God made us so.
Keep your eye on God.
God is. he always was. he always will be.
No Matter what . . . it is God.
He is gracious and merciful.
It is most important that I know Thee.
Words, sounds, speech, men, memory, thoughts,
fears and emotions—time—all related . . .
all made from one . . . all made in one.
Blessed be His name.
Thought waves—heat waves—all vibrations—
all paths lead to God. Thank you God.
His way . . . it is so lovely . . . it is gracious.
It is merciful — Thank you God.
One thought can produce millions of vibrations
and they all go back to God . . . everything does.
Thank you God.
Have no fear . . . believe . . . Thank you God.
The universe has many wonders. God is all.
His way . . . it is so wonderful.
They all go back to God and He cleanses all.
He is gracious and merciful . . . Than you God.
Glory to God . . . God is so alive.
May I be acceptable in thy sight.
We are all one in His grace.
The fact that we do exist is acknowledgement
of Thee O Lord.
Thank you God.
God will wash away all our tears . . .
He always has . . .
He always will.
Seek Him everyday. In all ways seek God everyday.
Let us sing all songs to God
To whom all praise is due . . . praise God.
No road is an easy one, but they all
go back to God.
With all we share God.
It is all with god.
It is all with Thee.
Obey the Lord
Blessed is He.
We are all from one thing . . . the will of God . . .
Thank you God
I have seen God—I have seen ungodly—
none can be greater—none can compare to God.
Thank you God.
He will remake us . . . He always has and he
He is true—blessed be His name—Thank you God.
god breathes through us so completely . . .
so gently we hardly feel it . . . yet,
it is everything.
Thank you God.
All from God.
Thank you God. Amen.
Nayland Smith: What do you expect to find in that tomb? Sir Lionel Barton: A record, the golden plate, the threat of Genghis Khan's return, the golden mask he wore, and the famous golden scimitar. Nayland Smith: Exactly, of course in your hands these things would be merely interesting archaeological specimens to go into British Museum, but should Fu Manchu put that mask across his wicked eyes and take that scimitar into his bony, cruel hands, all Asia rises. He'll declare himself Genghis Khan come to life again. And that, my friend, is what you have got to prevent. You must find that grave, and you must be the first to find it. And you must bring those pretty things back to England.
Features Boris Karloff as Fu Manchu and Myrna Loy as his daughter... Fah Lo See.
>During its intial release, The Mask of Fu Manchu was criticized by the Chinese government for its hostile depiction of the Chinese, particularly Karloff's line "Would you all have maidens like this for your wives? Then conquer and breed! Kill the white man and take his women!"
Some other critics also objected to the film's depictions of violence and sexuality. The film's re-release in 1972 was met with protest from the Japanese American Citizens League, who stated that "the movie was offensive and demeaning to Asian-Americans." Because of the criticism of the film's racism, the 1992 VHS release of the film removed several scenes containing the most criticized lines of dialogue, such as the "Kill the white man" speech.
YouTube only has part one uploaded. I am just watching it now on Veoh and do not yet know if this version is the money. Even without its injunction to "Kill the white man!" this one is a testament to a golden age for evil overlords.
Fenris Badwulf: "I have not met anyone who had any book by Margaret Atwood that was not purchased, obtained, required but for some sort of school course."
The used store book guy would not take the four volumes of Margaret Atwood. He said that they never sold, except when school started. The students needed them at school. They then sold them at the end of the year, or sooner, as soon as possible. He could rhyme off the likely lesson plans of the local high schools and the likely weeks of the month when the unread rag stock pulp would reappear, unwanted, at his sales station. He scowled. No, said the bookseller of Guelph, he had never sold anything by Margaret Atwood to anyone just looking for a good read. No. It is not hard to realize that the popularity, the very existence, of Brand X is dependent upon the Red Fringe that lives, over paid and ability challenged, in the intestines of the body politic, the education bureaucracy. The witches, he called them, the witches.
They were now on a mission. The books had to be dispensed with in accordance with the wishes of Set, the Snake God.
Warning: Mission features climate controlled nipples.
"A stunningly intimate conversation between a world-weary Glenn Gould and the CBC's Vincent Tovell, conducted on 4 December 1959, two years after Gould's triumphant tour of the Soviet Union, five years prior to his final concert."
“The package has all the details to attract a wedding banquet cynic or a Golden Arches obsessive: a baked apple pie wedding cake, dress made out of party balloons, kiddie party favors for guests, and of course, catering by McDonald’s.” (It must be noted, though, that the “baked apple pie wedding cake” is actually just a bunch of microwaved apple pies in individually-sized boxes stacked on top of one another.)
‘I am a bit angry’, said the Swedish literary critic Ulrika Milles during Swedish television’s broadcast of the announcement of the Nobel Prize in literature for 2010. It took the country’s cultural elite just seconds to realise that a mistake had been made in the Swedish Academy’s voting process: you see, Mario Vargas Llosa, the winner, is no longer a socialist. ‘I lost him when he became a neo-liberal’, complained Milles. Many others echoed her.
Sappho ~ Venus of Lesbos (1960) starring Tina Louise, Kerwin Mathews, Riccardo Garrone and Susy Andersen (credited as Susy Golgi).
I love this Peplum. I'm almost addicted to it. When I first saw it, I watched it once a day 4 days in a row. And I'm still hypnotized by it. The film hits all the right Peplum notes. The direction by Pietro Francisci is fun, fast and dreamy. Even if it's a romantic film, it still has lots of sword fights, big battles, ramming ships and, of course, killer lions, all set to a great swirling score.
The president of Argentina has described the Royal Navy as pirates and accused the British government of behaving like an imperial power with regard to the Falkland Islands.
In a more civilized age, they would have shelled the nest of pirates at Quinta de Olivos. Sadly, for gunboat diplomacy to work you need gunboats.
Farewell! a long farewell, to all my greatness!
This is the state of man: to-day he puts forth
The tender leaves of hopes; to-morrow blossoms,
And bears his blushing honours thick upon him;
The third day comes a frost, a killing frost,
And when he thinks, good easy man, full surely
His greatness is a-ripening, nips his root,
And then he falls, as I do. I have ventured,
Like little wanton boys that swim on bladders,
This many summers in a sea of glory,
But far beyond my depth.
- Henry VIII, 3. 2
Add "privacy" to the list. We are all going to know a lot more about each other's neuroses and proclivities than we have had to endure until now. It will be that or "submission" in which case all bets are off.
Also, get used to professionals with tattoos, facial piercings and ear stretching. Assuming civilization emerges from the Great Recession, employers are not going to be spoiled for choice.
"I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."
- Robert A. Heinlein
First Sea Lord Sir Mark Stanhope has saved some remnant of the Royal Navy, winning his fight against calls to cancel Britain's aircraft carrier program. Two carriers will be built with one of the two to be mothballed or kept in port.
The Royal Navy will get two new aircraft carriers – preserving Britain’s status as a global sea power – after a crunch Downing Street meeting on defence cuts chaired by David Cameron.
But one of the carriers is on course to end up as a £2.6billion white elephant until the 2020s as the Government seeks to save money. First Sea Lord Sir Mark Stanhope fought off calls for the £5.2billion project to be axed altogether at a meeting of the National Security Council yesterday.
I am going to die of how awesome this is (hat tip to the Sister of the Flea)
In Julie Taymor's version of 'The Tempest,' the gender of Prospero has been switched to Prospera. Going back to the 16th or 17th century, women practicing the magical arts of alchemy were often convicted of witchcraft. In Taymor's version, Prospera is usurped by her brother and sent off with her four-year daughter on a ship. She ends up on an island; it's a tabula rasa: no society, so the mother figure becomes a father figure to Miranda. This leads to the power struggle and balance between Caliban and Prospera; a struggle not about brawn, but about intellect.
Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet (Op. 64) - Dance of the Knights
As a side note: No, all cultures are not equal. This is manifestly superior.
PROKOFIEV - Romeo & Juliet - Opera National Paris - Nureyev - Ballet de l'Opera National de Paris - Monique Loudieres - Manuel Legris
From the comments:
The Greatest Masterpiece of the 20th century. This piece directly reflects 20th century itself. WW I, Russian Revolution, Nazi, WW II, Cold War, and finally collapse of the Greatest Empire of that era in 1991, which sent the rest of us to the next century, the century of iPhones and iPads, and untalented people =)
Against conceptualism, hedonism and the cult of the ego-artist
The Tate scored an own goal with its attempt to guarantee positive press for the gallery and this year's Turner Prize entrants by demanding press photographers sign a form banning "adverse publicity". The photographers refused and, after a stand off on the gallery steps, the Tate backed down.
This in turn offered the press a hook to kick off this year's round of ridicule.
Brian Sewell, art critic for the Evening Standard, said the organisers of the prize were 'prickly' about criticism. He said: 'They are prickly about the Turner Prize because they are mocked about it year after year.
'Most of the art that gets into the Turner Prize is some kind of extremely contemporary rubbish - assemblies of rubbish masquerading under important names.'
So much for events. The real news was the anti-Turner Prize Stuckist demonstration already underway (video at the link).
"It's like watching a TV comedy show parody of contemporary art," said co-founder Charles Thomson, who called the Prize "an excruciatingly painful presentation of mind-numbingly tedious, pretentious and vacuous exhibits."
"The obvious response is that of a lady last year, who asked for her money back, as she'd paid to see art and there wasn't any.
"The demonstration outside is far more entertaining, artistic and informative."
Time to found a Toronto cell.
Ironic: "Stuck", 2010, by Turner Prinze entrant Angela De La Cruz.
Ethan Devine argues China needs to reconsider its Japanese inspired export driven growth model or risk following Japan down the same path to economic stagnation (via A&L Daily).
... Japan's export boom funded stellar growth for four decades. But its undervalued currency eventually helped blow one of the largest bubbles in history, the bursting of which still hobbles Japan today. Japan's famously dismal demographics didn't help, but China's aren't much better. Beijing's one-child policy, introduced in 1979, has worked its way up the population pyramid such that China's supply of rural workers ages 20 to 29 will halve by 2030. Worse yet, China is much larger than Japan -- which means that the global consequences of a crash would be far greater. For the moment, Beijing is riding high, but China's sustained success depends on understanding where Japan went so badly wrong.
People either love it or hate it. Well, maybe hate is too strong a term. Is there a German word for dismissing something out of hand due to 'obvious' lameness? Gsundgnugenfreude or something like that. Anyway, I will readily admit that the FF is chock full of crazy non-sensical monsters. The difference between me and the gsundgnugenfreuders is that I like it when parts of my D&D game make no sense.
These are mostly ad links, btw. I am multitasking.
In the second episode of Blue Bloods (S01E02), our family of gritty Reagan Democrats take on a thorny issue: How to ensure justice for a "Good Samaritan" subway shooter. Because of that time Jesus was held up by an inter-racial gang on the subway and that other guy with an unregistered firearm he had for self-defense stepped up and it was like blam.
Tough one. You know how it is with these moral issues.
There say there is justice and there is justice before the law. But in Tom Selleck's moustache you shall find both.
Via Felicia Day: "This is incredible. Made from open source software, funded by fan donations."
"Sintel" is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender. With initial funding provided by 1000s of donations via the internet community, it has again proven to be a viable development model for both open 3D technology as for independent animation film.
This 15 minute film has been realized in the studio of the Amsterdam Blender Institute, by an international team of artists and developers. In addition to that, several crucial technical and creative targets have been realized online, by developers and artists and teams all over the world.
The Globe & Mail claims it wants to launch a discussion about the future.
This part and parcel of an imminent rebranding exercise.
We hope, and intend, for this discussion to strike at the heart of how Canadians define ourselves, and our nation. It is meant to go beyond words. We hope it will become a turning point.
We need to re-examine Canadian institutions, and conceits, that we hold dear. Instead of locking ourselves in celebrations of the past, we want to explore our future -- and all we can do to make it brilliant.
And so accelerates the erasure of history as all that was Canada melts into air.
The internets are better than television. This one goes with a shout out to all my friends in the great Republic to the south. I will join you all as soon as I can get my ass in gear. And some papers. So if anyone knows a guy who knows a guy, just saying (hat tip to Ben in the wilderness).