Monthly Archives: July 2007

Filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni RIP

Filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni RIP

Michelangelo Antonioni, the Italian maestro new word whose films of modern alienation captured aspects of human consciousness previously unexplored by cinema, died at his home Monday in Rome. The director of such classics as "L'Avventura" and "Blow Up" was 94. His death, coming a day after the death of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, served to(…)

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Who Ordered the Execution of NFL/Army Hero Pat Tillman?

Who Ordered the Execution of NFL/Army Hero Pat Tillman?

From Wonkette: It’s almost too depressing to mention again, but let’s recap the Pat Tillman revelations from Army medical examiners and internal Pentagon reports released last week and find out what happens when famous football stars turned Army Heroes become anti-war critics: He was shot three times in the forehead at close range with an(…)

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Woody Allen starts shooting in Barcelona

Woody Allen starts shooting in Barcelona

Photos: idealterna  From article: Shielded by bodyguards and away from the sight of curious beachgoers, Woody Allen started shooting his new film in Barcelona on Monday. Allen shot some scenes at a restaurant in a fishermen's neighborhood in Barcelona with actress Scarlett Johansson, who plays a tourist in the film. The American film director and(…)

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Bennet Robot Works — cool robot sculptures

Bennet Robot Works — cool robot sculptures

Gordon Bennet, not to be confused with the English expression, makes these wonderful robot sculptures. via blort

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Want to get ordained as a Dudeist priest? (a la The Big Lebowski)

Want to get ordained as a Dudeist priest? (a la The Big Lebowski)

Come join the slowest-growing religion in the world – Dudeism. An ancient philosophy that preaches non-preachiness, practices as little as possible, and above all, uh…lost my train of thought there. Anyway, if you'd like to find peace on earth and goodwill, man, we'll help you get started. Right after a little nap. Link to Dudeism.com via(…)

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Nude blonde, gold stilettos and a Ferrari… (Updated)

Nude blonde, gold stilettos and a Ferrari… (Updated)

Images found here From article: A mysterious blonde paid a visit to a petrol station shop in the small eastern German town of Doemitz on Sunday — wearing nothing but a pair of golden stilettos and a thin gold bracelet. The tall, slender woman strolled into the shop in the town of Doemitz on the(…)

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Document uncovers details of a planned coup in the USA in 1933 by a group of right-wing American businessmen including George W’s grandfather

The coup was aimed at toppling President Franklin D Roosevelt with the help of half-a-million war veterans. The plotters, who were alleged to involve some of the most famous families in America, (owners of Heinz, Birds Eye, Goodtea, Maxwell Hse & George Bush’s Grandfather, Prescott) believed that their country should adopt the policies of Hitler(…)

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Holy Marijuana? the court isn’t buying it!

Holy Marijuana? the court isn’t buying it!

Photo: hardran3 Article: The mail-order minister of a Hollywood church that burns marijuana during services and allegedly sells it to members says that's protected under federal law because the drug is a religious sacrament. But Judge Mary Strobel has ruled that the Reverend Craig X. Rubin can't use federal law as a defense because he(…)

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Evil seems to befall cab 666 — driver seeks Tax commission intervention

Evil seems to befall cab 666 — driver seeks Tax commission intervention

Photo: sfegette  From article: The San Francisco Taxi Commission is set to decide this evening whether one of the city's cabs is "associated with evil and Satan.''  A few years ago, Thigpen said, the cab held by medallion holder 666 "burned to a crisp on Good Friday … and the only thing remaining after the(…)

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U2 and Leonard Cohen – Tower of song

U2 and Leonard Cohen – Tower of song

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Please don’t throw burritos at the highway workers…

Please don’t throw burritos at the highway workers…

From article: Road Work Rage Closes Calif. Highway WRIGHTWOOD, Calif. – California highways have been shut down by wildfires, mudslides, earthquakes and police chases. Add one more hazard to the list: road rage. Drivers inconvenienced by a road-widening project subjected construction workers to so much abuse , including death threats, BB gun shootings, even a(…)

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Cruel and unusual punishment? “Thriller” as performed by inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center

Cruel and unusual punishment? “Thriller” as performed by inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center

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Nepalese ‘goddess’ is reinstated

Nepalese ‘goddess’ is reinstated

Update to previous post: A 10-year-old girl who is worshipped as a living goddess in Nepal has had her title reinstated after defying tradition and visiting the US. Temple authorities at her home town say that she will not be stripped of her title because she is willing shortly to undergo a "cleansing" ceremony. Sajani(…)

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Mushroom massacre — a different perspective

Mushroom massacre — a different perspective

From The Daily Telegraph:  A FEUD between two Chinese towns over access to valuable wild fungus has erupted into a gun battle that left eight people dead and 44 wounded, Xinhua news agency has said. The violence occurred in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of mountainous Sichuan province on Friday. "A county government official said(…)

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Jane Austen fan submits her work anonymously to publishers… and receives a dozen rejections

Jane Austen fan submits her work anonymously to publishers… and receives a dozen rejections

 From Daily Mail article: For when a budding author sent typed chapters of Jane Austen's novels to 18 of them, changing just the titles and characters' names, only one recognised her words. Another managed to recognise they were 'a really original read'. But the rest simply rejected them or never responded, according to the man(…)

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Linus licks the bacon ice cream. “Not bad,” she says.

Linus licks the bacon ice cream. “Not bad,” she says.

Bacon ice cream anyone?  Don't forget 'Tuesday is bacon night' at Harris Grill, Pittsburg, PA.  Bacon is a versatile breakfast ingredient but not limited to morning fare. Keep abreast of what's happening in the bacon world, for example, did you know that scientists have cloned pigs that are engineered to contain omega-3 fatty acids, which(…)

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Bling my Bomb

Bling my Bomb

Seems to be a marketing site for an Australian magazine publisher, amusing site. Link 

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‘Practically everything I know about writing… I learned from music’ — Haruki Murakami

‘Practically everything I know about writing… I learned from music’ — Haruki Murakami

Photo: emilybean From NY Time: That's from his extraordinary essay which appeared on the final page of the July 8, 2007 New York Times Book Review. More: "Whether in music or in fiction, the most basic thing is rhythm." Here's the essay. Jazz Messenger I never had any intention of becoming a novelist — at(…)

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Inmates copyright their names and demand millions from prison officials for unauthorized use

Inmates copyright their names and demand millions from prison officials for unauthorized use

Photo: Tito Herrera From article: What's in a name? How about a scheme to get out of prison? Four federal inmates were indicted Tuesday on allegations that they copyrighted their names, then demanded millions of dollars from prison officials for using the names without authorization. The indictment alleges inmates Russell Dean Landers, Clayton Heath Albers,(…)

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