Archive for April 4th, 2011


‎4.4.2011 RIP my first MacBook … So sad …Ok … Just rented and watched Tangled with the molls and John. It was fun. Sad to see the end of the Disney Princess era.

movies, Tangled, Disney Princesses, End of an Era: Fun movie … even John was laughing … very sad if it is the last … part of my my mom’s childhood, my childhood and my daughter’s childhood … From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) to Tangled/Rapunzel (2010).

Once upon a time, there was a studio in Burbank that spun classic fairy tales into silver-screen gold.

But now the curtain is falling on “princess movies,” which have been a part of Disney Animation’s heritage since the 1937 debut of its first feature film, “Snow White.” The studio’s Wednesday release of “Tangled,” a contemporary retelling of the Rapunzel story, will be the last fairy tale produced by Disney’s animation group for the foreseeable future.

via Disney – Disney Animation is closing the book on fairy tales – Los Angeles Times.

Royal Wedding, Princesses, Media:

It may not be the first royal wedding of the digital era, but it is the first full-on British royal wedding of the digital era in which a potential future king of Britain will marry.

So, when Prince William weds Kate Middleton on April 29, the event will be commemorated by a series of media firsts as well.

via Royal Wedding, Groundbreaking Coverage –

gLee, Smash, tv:  I was wondering who would be the first “copycat?”

NBC’s #Smash (starring Will & Grace’s Debra Messing), a show similar to FOX’s #Glee, is now in production.

via Twitter / Glee Podcast: NBC’s #Smash (starring Wil ….

media, twitter, statistics: I follow 1-3 .. but after that not many on this list.

At 3,062,437, the New York Times remains the only American newspaper with more than a million followers. The Chicago Tribune, at 829,742, is number two, followed by the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times.

via The Top 25 Newspapers on Twitter — Whos Up, Whos Down | The Wrap Media.

Harry Potter, exhibitions, NYC:

“Harry Potter the Exhibition” opened today at New York City’s Discovery Times Square. The video embedded above offers a sneak peek at the show that displays eight movies’ worth of props, costumes, and settings.

via Harry Potter the Exhibition Opens in New York City – GalleyCat.

Harry Potter, digital books:

It’s taken…well, far too many years, actually, but Harry Potter might finally be getting around to entering the 21st century. The Scotsman newspaper reports that after years ignoring the format, JK Rowling is considering e-book versions of all seven installments of the series that made her name. The newspaper quotes Liz Thomson, editor of publishing industry site BookBrunch, as suggesting that the rights may be worth £100m, going on to say that “Experts believe that move could revolutionize the world of electronic publishing, triggering rocket sales of e-book readers such as Kindle and the iPad.”

via Harry Potter Books to Get Digital Release Soon? – Techland –

iPhone 5, marketing:

“This year’s iPhone launch is likely to be later, towards the August/September timeframe,” Barclay’s Capital analyst Ben Reitzes wrote in a research note Tuesday.

Concerns about Apple’s iPhone 5 missing at the traditional June launch as well as a re-balancing move in the Nasdaq-100 index have been a knock on Apple shares recently.

via Apple iPhone 5 Could See Delay to Fall – TheStreet.

libraries, digital media, changes:

It is expected that demand for e-books will continue to rise, but print books will still be the dominant format for reading for some time to come. It’s been our experience that one use really reinforces the other and that the really exciting part of this is that e-books extend access to the printed word.

Although there has been exponential growth in our customers’ e-content use – up 88 per cent in 2009 and 70 per cent in 2010 – it still represents less than one per cent of the library’s total circulation.

via The Library Isn’t Dead … It’s Just Gone Digital | The Mark.

restaurants, King’s Kitchen, Charlotte, follow-up: What a great addition to the Charlotte restaurant scene.

As you enter The King’s Kitchen, on a busy corner in uptown Charlotte, you might overlook one sign that this is no ordinary restaurant. High on a wall of the foyer is a Bible verse, Proverbs 19:17, written in neat, black script: “He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given.”

The bankers and office workers who crowd the restaurant at lunch and dinner are here for Aunt Beaut’s panfried chicken and classic Southern-style vegetables cooked with a modern, healthier twist — without the fatback. They come back for the cornbread plump with kernels, the banana pudding layered with homemade vanilla wafers, the shrimp and grits.

via The King’s Kitchen | Our State Magazine.

random, Chicago:  Some people are crazy …

A police officer patrolling the Loop early Sunday heard an odd, “loud popping sound,” and saw a man “floating” down onto Wacker Drive, police said.

A parachutist had jumped from a 25-floor Loop building under construction at 117 W. Wacker Dr. about 2:40 a.m., said Chicago police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.

Shaun Walters, 44, was charged with reckless conduct, a misdemeanor, after jumping from the building under construction, which reaches 25 floors high, but is planned to reach 90.

via Man parachuting off Loop high-rise arrested – Chicago Sun-Times.

BP Oil Spill, follow-up:

BP has asked United States regulators for permission to resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, two company officials said on Sunday, creating a delicate situation for the Obama administration as it seeks to balance safety concerns with a desire to increase domestic oil production.

The petition comes less than 12 months after a rig BP had leased there exploded, causing a huge oil spill and killing 11 workers. The accident tarnished BP’s image and raised questions about its safety procedures.

via BP Seeks to Resume Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico –

literature, culture, quotes:  “Great novels read us as much as we read them.”

Probably the finest Victorian novel is Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations. The story recounts the life of little Philip Pirrip, an orphan from a modest background who fights his way to success in London, but is forever anxious about proving his status among those born to rule.

I sometimes wonder whether Michael Gove, the adopted scholarship boy from Aberdeen who is now sitting in a Cabinet of ex-public school pupils, ever sees something of himself in Pip.

It would be no shame if he did. One of the points of reading literature – whether as a student or as an adult – is finding things out about ourselves.

Great novels read us as much as we read them.

via Commentary: literary classics are a window on today’s world – Telegraph.


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