I love these arrangements, too.
Ted's Band is played by The Blanks.
Things you should be looking at.
PREACHER To HBO
Got an email in to Garth to confirm, but SCI FI Wire says:
HBO is developing a one-hour series based on the popular 1990s Vertigo comic series Preacher, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Mark Steven Johnson, who directed the comic-book adaptations Daredevil and the upcoming Ghost Rider for the big screen, is writing the pilot. Howard Deutch (The Whole Ten Yards) is set to direct. Johnson and Deutch will executive produce along with Michael De Luca, George Agusto, Chris Bender and J.C. Spink. Ennis and Dillon will serve as co-executive producers of the HBO series.
EDIT: I’m not going to reprint what Garth just said.
Did you know that some of the most famous paintings by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Degas, and Toulouse Lautrec were based on photographs? While some impressionists and post-impressionists publicly disparaged photography as mechanical, many others were using it as their secret weapon. The relationship between the two arts was complex and intertwined. (And turning the tables, check out this contemporary Russian woman who is recreating several famous paintings in staged photographs.)Check out these photos.
David Letterman didn't try to hide the fact last night that he just plain doesn't like Bill O'Reilly. He wasted no time bashing FOX News and doing what few people can do — ridiculing O'Reillys ratings (Letterman's audience is more than 2x as large .) While sparring over Iraq, Letterman interrupted the giant talking head saying he "doesn't care" what Bill has to say. When Bill O, in typical FAUX form, tried to suggest that Dave believes "Bush is an evil liar" and that "America is a bad country" Letterman comes back with the line of the month:
"You're trying to put words in my mouth just the way you put artificial facts in your head."
Letterman: "Im not smart enough to debate you point to point on this but I have the feeling that about 60% of what you say is crap"
COURIC: You have said before this is a bipartisan problem that requires a bipartisan solution.
FOX: No, disease is a nonpartisan problem that requires a bipartisan solution.
COURIC: Would you support a Republican candidate?
FOX: I have. Arlen Specter is my guy. I have campaigned for Arlen Specter. He has been a fantastic champion of stem cell research.
Brian Michael Bendis is making the entire first run of his popular comic Powers available online, including some of his page scripts and Oeming's layouts. They are posting a page a day (currently at 67). A great (free!) read and interesting look at how it is done.I think my favorite work of his, though, is TORSO.
More than 20,000 people emailed Chris Wallace and demanded he ask Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this question today:
Prior to 9/11, you had eight months to respond to the al-Qaeda attack on the U.S.S. Cole. Why didn’t the Bush administration take action and put al-Qaeda out of business?
Last month, Fox’s Chris Wallace asked President Clinton why he didn’t respond to the Oct. 12, 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole. He asked the question even though the “CIA and the FBI refused to certify that Bin Laden was responsible” until early 2001, which foreclosed the possibility of a full response during the Clinton administration.
Wallace claimed he asked the question of Clinton because “I got a lot of e-mail from viewers.”
Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man
Film To be Directed by Jon Favreau And Distributed By Paramount Pictures To Blast Into Theaters May 2, 2008
HOLLYWOOD, CA, September 29, 2006 – Academy Award® Nominee Robert Downey Jr. will take on the role of one of Marvel's greatest Super Heroes, signing on as the title character for Marvel Studios' highly-anticipated IRON MAN. This project, the first feature film to be produced independently by Marvel Entertainment, will launch into theaters May 2, 2008. The film is being directed by Jon Favreau and will be distributed by Paramount Pictures.
Got the weirdest email from on old friend from high school:
Ok I am sure someone will not believe me but this is so dam odd I have to share.
Since I have not yet stepped up to blogging you all get an email.
I went to Eau Claire WI this weekend to tear down my garage on my rental house (sorry to those I did not have time to let know I was in town so we could have a beer). The
garage was too close to the property line so the dam city would not let me repair the roof and back wall.
Apparently these things need to be brought up to code! It was a real nice large 2 stall garage with lots of storage. Sad to see it go. As we are empting the contents of said building before we flatten it my brother goes to grab a roll of carpet to toss in the
dumpster. What does he see coiled in the carpet??? A dam python!
It was two and a half feet long and just resting in the cool autumn weather before winter
brought its slow cold death. Well my brother grabbed the ax Paul Bunyan style and chopped it’s head off before anyone took a second to say “WTF grab that baby”. Apparently people pay big bucks for these legless strangling machines.
So either the range of pythons has expanded or someone is out a pricy pet. I will have to admit I know jack about snakes but after a quick look see on the ol’ www it seems to be this snake is probably a python of some flavor.
Just had to share the tale of strange,
Just found this yesterday in an old notebook. It was written by some combination of Jake, Kris, and myself. Given how funny I find it, my conribution to it was probably minimal. Then again, it is in my notebook and in my handwriting, so I'll take credit as transcriptionist for Jake's cleverness.
Jake is sitting on the couch, reading. The phone rings. Jake picks up the phone.
Voice on the phone: Mr. Jones? This is the Psychic Enemies Netowrk calling...
Jake: Listen- I'm not interested...
Voice on the phone: But you should be, sir. Dark forces may be gathering on the horizon, plotting your demise and destruction.
Jake: (annoyed) Excuse me?
Voice on the phone: We here at the Psychic Enemies Network provide the service of prognosticating the worst of all possible future.
Jake: Why would anyone want that?
Voice on the phone: Well, Mr. Jones, we've been running your star charts, turning your tarot, consulting the I-ching, and spilling the innards of a spring chicken, and feel that you may truly benefit from some foresight into the terrible fates that may soon befall you.
Jake: That's crap- we create our own futures.
Voice on the phone:True, and the future you're about to create for yourself could be pretty awful. For instance: that lump you felt in the shower this morning...
Voice on the phone: ...well, I'll really need a major credit card. VISA is the preferred method of payment for the Psychic Enemies Network.
Jake scrambles for his wallet
Jake: Number 0742006770424101, expires 02/11!
Voice on the phone: Processing your payment information....ISN'T malignant.
Jake: Thank god!
Voice on the phone: But...if you authorize another payment to the Psychic Enemies Network in he amount of $500.00, we will refrain from telling your employer about the awful and embarassing thing you're going to do next week.
Jake: Why don't you just tell me what it is I'm going to do so I just avoid doing it altogether?
Voice on the phone: We could do that, sir- but that would require the purchase of a Psychic Enemies Network Platinum Account. This account would entitle you to warnings of all potential mistakes, blunders, natural disasters, sexually-transmitted disesases, as well as impending physical and mental ailments. The services includes policy forms for Lloyds of London to protect your financial interests, loved ones, and family should you still be unable to prevent the forecasted and above-mentioned fates. You also receive our monthly newsletter, The End is Neigh, for all the latest news is pessimistic prognostication. This membership, good for a year, costs $1,500.
Jake: So, for $500, you won't tell me boss whatever horrible thing you know I'm going to do, and for $1,500 you'll tell me what it is so I can prevent it.
Voice on the phone: Exactly.
Jake: Isn't that blackmail?
Voice on the phone: You can't dictate to the fates, Mr. Jones- and this is the Psychic Enemies Network!
Jake: Okay, okay- fine! I authorize the $1,500 for my Platinum Membership.
Voice on the phone: A wise decision, Mr. Jones. Now to your forecast. I see....a death. A death in your family...a death in your home.
Jake: Oh God- is it preventable?!
Voice on the phone: Maybe, maybe not. What we can do, since you're not a Platinum Member, is keep your forecasts up to date, making sure that whatever party is about to expire will have a generous life insurance policy from Lloyds of London, half the benefits of which will be payable to the Psychic Enemies Network.
Jake: What a relief! Will you call with updates soon?
Voice on the phone: We will, Mr. Jones. Expect to hear from us on Friday.
Voice on the phone: Ohhh....better make it Thursday
We see the Psychic sitting at her desk with a bottle of poison and a prescription bottle with the name "Jacob Jones" printed on its label.
Psychic: Trust us, Mr. Jones.
My friend Steve writes:
My daughter Nicole, down in Brooklyn, has a laptop with wireless capability. Her neighbors downstairs just installed wireless service and Nicole would like to use it. What are the security features she should know initiate in order to protect her computer. I know she should create an administrator password and one for her user name. But what else? And how. Firewall? Encryption? It's running XP.
First, we'll presume that Nicole's neighbors have given their explicit permission for Nicole to use their connection. We actually shared a connection with our (awesome) downstairs neighbors when we lived in Saint Paul. We split the monthly cost, and that worked out okay- mostly because our neighbors were incredibly lovely people. But using someone's connection without their consent isn't nice, even though the legality of the activity is still being decided in many jurisdictions. There is a whole culture that has grown around the activity, though. For more information see this wikipedia entry about Wardriving.
Next, be aware of the courtesy required by sharing a connection. I learned that some online activities suck up a lot of bandwidth and can make things quite slow for others on the same connection. So if you're doing something that's very bandwidth-intensive (like file sharing), schedule it to run in the wee hours of night and morning when the connection isn't going to be used by others.
If the neighbors own the account with the service and own the router that broadcasts the wireless signal, there are things that they need to do to protect themselves and Nicole.
Nicole only needs to do a couple of things.
That's about as much as I know. If you need to know more, these links have pretty good information:
Tom's Networking: Wireless Security FAQ
Pain in the Tech: 5-Minute Wireless Network Security for your Home
By the way- this entry was written and posted using the Windows Live Writer (Beta). I really hope it looks good on the blog, because this is a much nicer editor than the web-based one in blogger/blogspot. Unfortunately, I still have to come to blogger to do the Word Verification. :p
Parkour (IPA: /paʁ.'kuʁ/, often abbreviated PK) is a physical discipline of French origin in which participants attempt to pass obstacles in the fastest and most direct manner possible, using skills such as jumping, vaulting and climbing, or the more specific parkour moves. The obstacles can be anything in one's environment, so parkour is often practiced in urban areas because of many suitable public structures, such as buildings, rails, and walls.
A traceur (/tʁa.'sœʁ/) is a participant of parkour.
What do you get when you mix a hippie with Andre 3000 in the desert? A great cover of Outkast's Hey Ya. We've been checking out the best of the best for our new Southern Arizona guide that should be out later this week and came across this amazing video of Mat Weddle from the local band Obadiah Parker playing in Tempe, Arizona. Enjoy.
MP3 Download: http://www.fileupyours.com/files/54118/heyya.mp3
MySpace Post: http://www.myspace.com/obadiahparker2
About this video
"Reach for the Moon," "Loop the Loop," and many more tricks in the familiar repertoir of yoyo virtosos were created by a group of professional demonstrators, mostly Filipino, hired by the Duncan Yoyo Company during the Depression. Nemo Concepcion was among the first such demonstrators, and the originator of many tricks. Filmmaker John Bishop describes his first encounter with a yoyo man:
"I fell under the yoyo's spell on the first really hot day of Spring in the endless year of fifth grade. A yoyo demonstrator appeared unheralded at the corner of the playground. 'Spinner,' he announced as the yoyo flew from his hand to sleep at his feet. 'Around the world,' it whizzed through a 360 degree arc. 'Walk the Dog,' and the yoyo bounced along the sidewalk as he minced behind it like a man walking a miniature poodle. This shopworn man of foreign mien brought magic to that hot and tired playground." For Bishop the yoyo man "became a personal totem of an America just out of reach," of the experience of the Great Depression and World War Two. Twenty years later Bishop met Nemo Concepcion demonstrating the yoyo at the Smithsonian Institute Festival of American Folklife. This film was made when Nemo was 77, about his art, his tricks, his teaching, his reflections on his and the yoyo's Filipino origins, and his yoyo philosophy.
Weather Bonk is a mashup that lets you view real time weather information on a map. This can provide some very interesting information, particularly in areas with microclimates, such as San Francisco. For example, summer in San Francisco can be particularly cold and foggy, and this map can help you to find a sunnier area of the city to visit. Clicking on the web cams give you a visual observation from a given location. Looking at wind direction can help you locate approaching weather fronts.
The idea is simple, the result is stunning. On November 1, 2001, artist Ahree Lee began taking daily digital snapshots of her own face; and she has continued this project every day since. In 2004, Lee compiled all of her daily images into a montage with a wistful musical score. In the fast-paced parade of images you're about to see, each second of screen time represents about one week's worth of pictures.