Posts Tagged ‘Bollywood


9.26.2011 … So many friends and family members have birthdays this week … hmmm … 9 months after Christmas. Today would be the 108th birthday of my grandmother and the 76th birthday of my father-in-law. And happy birthday to Debbie … still going strong!

tv, theme songs, music:  Fun?  Do you have a favorite?  I love The Doris Day Show … Que sera, sera … TV Theme Music and Songs –

global economy, end of an era:  Interesting analysis …

People just don’t disappear. Look at Germany in 1946 or Athenians in 339 B.C. They continue, but their governments and cultures end. Aside from the dramatic military implosions of authoritarian or tribal societies — the destruction of Tenochtitlan, the end of Nazism, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the annexation of tribal Gaul — what brings consensual states to an end, or at least an end to the good life?

The city-states could not stop 30,000 Macedonians in a way — when far poorer and 150 year earlier — they had stopped 300,000 Persians descending on many of the same routes. The French Republic of 1939 had more tanks and troops on the Rhine than the Third Reich that was busy overrunning Poland. A poorer Britain fought differently at el-Alamein than it does now over Libya. A British battleship was once a sign of national pride; today a destroyer represents a billion pounds stolen from social services.

Give me

Redistribution of wealth rather than emphasis on its creation is surely a symptom of aging societies. Whether at Byzantium during the Nika Riots or in bread and circuses Rome, when the public expects government to provide security rather than the individual to become autonomous through a growing economy, then there grows a collective lethargy. I think that is the message of Juvenal’s savage satires about both mobs and the idle rich. Fourth-century Athenian literature is characterized by forensic law suits, as citizens sought to sue each other, or to sue the state for sustenance, or to fight over inheritances.


We all know what will save us and what is destroying us. But the trick is to see how the two will collide. A new tax code, simple rates, few deductions, everybody pays something; new entitlement reform, less benefits, later retirement; a smaller government, a larger private sector; a different popular culture that honors character rather than excess — all that is not, and yet is, impossible to envision. It will only transpire when the cries of the self-interested anguished are ignored. My expectation is that soon that the affluent of suddenly rich China and India will come down with the Western disease that we see endemically in Europe and among our own, even as America snaps out of it, and recommits itself to self-reliance and wealth creation. But when I look at 18th-century Venice, or 1950s Britain, or France in 1935, or 3rd-century Athens, or 5th-century AD Rome, I am worried. I don’t think we wish to live in a quiet but collapsed Greece in the age of Plutarch, forever dreaming about a far off age of past accomplishment.


via Works and Days » Why Does the Good Life End?.

random, Shakespeare, a few million monkeys, random: 🙂

Today (2011-09-23) at 2:30 PST the monkeys successfully randomly recreated A Lover’s Complaint, The Tempest (2011-09-26) and As You Like It (2011-09-28). This is the first time a work of Shakespeare has actually been randomly reproduced.  Furthermore, this is the largest work ever randomly reproduced. It is one small step for a monkey, one giant leap for virtual primates everywhere.

The monkeys will continue typing away until every work of Shakespeare is randomly created.  Until then, you can continue to view the monkeys’ progress on that page.  I am making the raw data available to anyone who wants it.  Please use the Contact page to ask for the URL. If you have a Hadoop cluster that I could run the monkeys project on, please contact me as well.

via A Few Million Monkeys Randomly Recreate Shakespeare | Jesse Anderson.

Montmartre, Parisian Wine, Paris:  We heard about this wine (not particularly good … vineyard faces North), but the festival is supposed to be great fun.

The fabled Parisian district of Montmartre celebrates the arrival of the new vintage of the beloved Clos Montmartre wine with the Montmartre Harvest Festival, from Oct. 5 to 9.

The only Parisian vineyards still active exist because the government stepped in to support the recreation of the area’s original vines after a real estate development project threatened their existence early in the 20th century. The first vines were replanted in 1933.

During the festivities, the neighborhood fills with street musicians and singers, entertaining visitors who come to sample Clos Montmartre and a wide selection of wines from Aquitaine, Gard, the Drôme and other regions. Winemakers offer advice along with regional produce designed to accompany their wines. Since this year’s theme is “Islands,” rums from the Caribbean will also be among the refreshments.

via Parisian Wine Celebrated in Montmartre Festival –

Bollywood, Silk Smitha, The Dirty Picture: Ooh la la … promises to push at the boundaries of what is sexually acceptable in Bollywood. :

Through the 1980s, South Indian film star Silk Smitha was shorthand for sex. Her fans just couldn’t get enough of her inviting eyes and heaving bosom, but her racy roles meant she never made in big in Bollywood. The picture about her life is already generating heat, months ahead of its release. The film’s first trailer, which was released this month, has found a huge audience (over 800,000 hits on YouTube).

A poster of Silk Smitha from “Miss Pamela,” released in 1989.

The sobriquet Silk came from her first Tamil film “Vandi Chakkaram,” in which she played a bar girl named Silk. In a career spanning 17 years, she did more than 450 films in a variety of languages: Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi.

The Dirty Picture promises to push at the boundaries of what is sexually acceptable in Bollywood. Ahead of the film’s release, here is a look at some other female film characters who rewrote the rules.

via Breaking Bollywood’s Rules –

Colin Firth, movies:  Sounds like a very interesting movie.

The King’s Speech star made a 650-mile round trip from London to have tea with Eric Lomax at his home in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland.  Colin described 92-year-old Eric’s life as “an extraordinary story”.

After the war Eric was filled with hate, particularly for Nagase Takashi, the interpreter who interrogated him.  In 1988 Eric tracked him down and they met on the bridge over the River Kwai. Takashi apologised and was forgiven by his victim. The pair then became friends.

via The League of British Artists: COLIN Firth has made a secret visit to the former prisoner of war he will play in his next film..

global economy:

Paramount is copying the tricks long used by rich-world businesses to fend off low-cost rivals from emerging markets: better designs, newer machinery, shorter production runs (to give rarity value to each line) and faster delivery to local markets.

Britain bounded ahead in textile production two centuries ago, and established firms have been looking over their shoulder ever since. An early challenge came from the textile industry in New England, where countless townships called Manchester were founded (of which one survives). That cluster soon faced competition from factories in the low-wage American South.

The cotton industry has carried on travelling: its technology moves easily to wherever labour costs are low. The pattern has been repeated for other sorts of ventures. More complex technologies are harder to copy, so their diffusion has been slower. But technology eventually spreads. It is what drives economic convergence, making large parts of the developing world better off year by year.

The big question for the global economy is whether the rapid growth in emerging markets can continue. The broad economic logic suggests more of the world economy’s gains should come from convergence by emerging markets than from the rich world pushing ahead. Each innovation adds less to rich-world prosperity than the adoption of an established technology does to a poor country. At the start of the industrial revolution the cotton industry alone could make Britain’s productivity jump. But now that the frontier is wider, there is less scope for leading economies to surge ahead. More of the world’s growth ought to come from catching up.

And perhaps the pessimism about America and Europe is as overdone as the optimism about emerging markets. The rich world is an enticing place when viewed from the developing world. For all its troubles, America’s economy is a source of envy. Europe’s high-end industries and luxury goods are not easily mimicked. Emerging-market firms find it easier to do business, to raise finance and to find skilled workers in the rich world. Such attributes are hard to replicate. If it were easy, the emerging economies would already be rich.

via The path ahead: Cottoning on | The Economist.

Paleo Diet, health:  I think this would probably work for me.

For more than 25 years, De Vany has been an advocate of what he calls “evolutionary fitness”: a regimen of low-carb eating and interval- or cross-training workouts (with periodic fasting) aimed at controlling insulin. But he has also become the grandfather of the growing Paleo movement, a health philosophy built around the belief that modern life — dating from the advent of agriculture 10,000 years ago — is simply alien to our genes. Believers say that only by returning to a diet of wild game and fresh produce, eliminating grains and dairy, and exercising in short, intense bursts, can we thrive in a world of escalators and cheese fries.

There’s no doubt that something is way off about our collective health; rampant rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes make that self-evident. And there’s no doubt that this is a direct result of our high-fat, high-calorie, sedentary lives. But is there something more authentically “human” about life in the Paleolithic — something that makes humans simply better adapted to an ancient diet and ancient exercise patterns? Not exactly.

For one thing, there was no single Paleolithic “lifestyle.” Survival in Ice Age Europe, for instance, was vastly different from life on the African savannah, requiring different diets, behaviors and genetic adaptations. For another, human DNA didn’t freeze in place at some mythical peak. In fact, we’re still evolving.

via Paleo Diet: ‘New Evolution Diet’ Author De Vany on Food and Exercise – TIME.

Netflix, business models, change:   I am still hoping this a NEW Coke type mistake … I don’t care who is to blame.

Canadians: they’re lovely people. Seriously. And we bet they’d offer a hearty and sincere “Sooorry.” But according to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, we should blame them for the split between Netflix and the new DVD-by-mail service called Qwikster.

“It’s all the Canadians’ fault,” Hastings joked Thursday as he answered questions about the fracturing company while celebrating Netflix’s first anniversary of its Canadian launch. The Great White North got its first taste of Netflix last September, as a streaming-only endeavor.

“Is broadband good enough that streaming only, without DVD, is a good enough product to catch on?” Hastings wondered. Turns out, it certainly was. Netflix decided to keep Netflix as a strictly-online enterprise, without offering the DVD-by-mail service. And business was good. Good enough to exist on its own, apparently.

Seeing the success of streaming in Canada, Hastings brought the results back to the U.S. The DVD-by-mail division was unbundled from the streaming service in July, meaning users would have to pay for each. And this week Netflix announced the postal program would become a separate company, now (laughably) known as Qwikster. We’ve never seen a better definition of “going postal.” The Netflix stock has tumbled more than 30 points this week in reaction to the name change.

via Netflix Split: Should We Blame Canada? – TIME NewsFeed.

technology, marriage:  I think technology has made my marriage a little worse. 😦

So he has his and I have mine. But technology gives us ours too:, an $18-a-month service allowing us to take any one of several dozen yoga classes taught and videotaped at a studio in Santa Monica, Calif. Joe and I both love yoga and love going to classes together. But like so many hobbies when you’re working parents, this one mostly gets the divide-and-conquer treatment. Yet YogaGlo provides an opportunity to practice more yoga, individually and together.

Last week Joe called me at work in the morning and said, “You want to do a class once we get the kids to sleep tonight?”

I said, “Yes, but send me an Outlook invitation so it gets on my calendar and I can plan my day accordingly.”

He agreed and later sent me an email that said, “I love it when you talk organization to me.”

via Technology: My Marriage’s Secret Glue –

apps, Snapseed: 

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via Snapseed for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, movies: Breakfast at Tiffany’s turns 50.  Wow … it was really cutting edge in 1961.

Happy Birthday, Breakfast at Tiffany‘s! The Audrey Hepburn classic turns 50 today, and in celebration of the half-century milestone, the film has been restored and reissued on Blu-ray DVD ($19.99 at That means Breakfast at Tiffany‘s fans can see Holly Golightly‘s iconic Givenchy wardrobe, oversize shades and statement jewelry in high definition. Tell us, what’syour favorite Breakfast at Tiffany’s fashion moment?

Breakfast at Tiffany's

via Breakfast at Tiffany’s Turns 50 Today! : What’s Right Now.

Facebook,  changes, LOL:  

University of Chicago, medicine, gifts:  $42 Million Gift to the university to create an institute devoted to improving medical students’ handling of the doctor-patient relationship … I hope it works.  I fortunately have generally had great care.

Years later, Ms. Bucksbaum and her husband, Matthew, would come under the care of Dr. Mark Siegler at the University of Chicago Medical Center, a doctor they found compassionate and humble. “He goes by Mark,” Ms. Bucksbaum noted approvingly, “not ‘Doctor.’ ” Medical students, they thought, could do well to emulate him.

Now, the Bucksbaums are donating $42 million to the university to create an institute devoted to improving medical students’ handling of the doctor-patient relationship. The Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence, to be announced Thursday, will be led by Dr. Siegler.

“To care for a patient,” Dr. Siegler said, “you have to care about a patient.”

via University of Chicago Gets $42 Million Gift for Bucksbaum Institute –

college admissions:   “Full-pay” students favored … hmmm.

Among all four-year colleges, the admission strategy “judged most important over the next two years” was to recruit more out-of-state students, a group that typically pays sharply higher tuition at public institutions. Private institutions don’t charge higher tuition to out-of-state students but do rely on international students, who often come from wealthy families and pay the full cost of attendance.

The survey found that recruiting larger numbers of “full-pay” students, those who receive no financial aid, was viewed as a “key goal” at public institutions. Providing aid for low-income students was cited as a lower priority.

Dozens of colleges profess on their Web sites to a policy of admitting students without regard to financial need. Yet, the Inside Higher Ed survey found that 10 percent of four-year colleges reported admitting full-pay students with lower grades and test scores than other admitted students.

Roughly one-quarter of admission directors reported pressure from someone — college administrators, trustees or fund-raisers — to admit a student irrespective of her or his qualifications to attend. Admission preferences made big news recently two years ago at the University of Illinois.

via Survey: Admission directors increasingly favor ‘full-pay’ students – College, Inc. – The Washington Post.

Emily Deschanel, Bones: Congratulations, Emily … but get back to work … we are missing Bones this fall.

Bones star Emily Deschanel and her husband, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s David Hornsby, welcomed their first child Wednesday, a baby boy named Henry Hornsby, Deschanel’s rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

via Emily Deschanel and David Hornsby Have a Son :


5.21.2011 … The Rapture? If God is going to take me up without my clothes … I hope He give me a new birthday suit.

movies, zombies, Zombieland, LOL‎:  Last night I watched  Zombieland … No, really, I watched Zombieland with John, the Trobs and the Forts. And we all laughed … really laughed.  Anybody else seen it?Poster for Zombieland with subtitle "Nut up or shut up". The four actors appear as a group all holding different weapons.

There’s no getting around it: Zombies are funny. I think they stopped being scary for me along toward the end of “Night of the Living Dead.” OK, maybe in a few others, like “28 Days Later.” They’re the Energizer Bunnies of corpses, existing primarily to be splattered. But who would have guessed such a funny movie as “Zombieland” could be made around zombies? No thanks to the zombies.

The movie is narrated by a guy played by Jesse Eisenberg, named after his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, who is making his way back home across a zombie-infested America. The landscape is strewn with burned-out cars and dead bodies. He encounters another non-zombie survivor, Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson). The two team up, not without many disagreements, and eventually find two healthy women: the sexy Wichita (Emma Stone) and her little sister Little Rock (Abigail Breslin).

The plot comes down to a road movie threatened by the Undead, as countless zombies are shot, mashed, sledgehammered and otherwise inconvenienced. Wichita and Little Rock turn out to be con women, dashing the hopes of the love-struck Columbus. Yet eventually they all join in an odyssey to a Los Angeles amusement park, for no better reason than that there’s no location like a carnival for a horror movie. Yes, even with a haunted house, the usual ominous calliope music and a zombie clown. Columbus, like so many others, is phobic about clowns, making Eisenberg an ingrate, since his mother put him through grade school by playing clowns at children’s parties.

All of this could have been dreary, but not here. The filmmakers show invention and well-tuned comic timing, and above all, there’s a cameo by Bill Murray that gets the single biggest laugh I’ve heard this year. The foursome hauls up at Murray’s vast Beverly Hills mansion, so palatial it is surely a grand hotel, and finds him still in residence. More than that I will not say, except that not many zombie comedies can make me think simultaneously about “Psycho” and “Garfield.”

via Zombieland :: :: Reviews.

Rapture, headlines music:  If God is going to take me up without my clothes … I hope He give me a new birthday suit. And did you know that twitter has a hash tag for #myraptureplaylist?

The New York Daily News has an amusing take on the Rapture predicted to happen today.

via Newseum’s Photos – Wall Photos.

Thousands of people around the country have spent the last few days taking to the streets and saying final goodbyes before Saturday, Judgment Day, when they expect to be absorbed into heaven in a process known as the rapture. Nonbelievers, they hold, will be left behind to perish along with the world over the next five months.

With their doomsday T-shirts, placards and leaflets, followers — often clutching Bibles — are typically viewed as harmless proselytizers from outside mainstream religion. But their convictions have frequently created the most tension within their own families, particularly with relatives whose main concern about the weekend is whether it will rain.

via Harold Camping Rapture Prophecy Tests Families –

As I was driving one day I encountered a bumper sticker admonishing me: “WARNING! In the event of Rapture, this car will be driverless.”

via Orthodox Way of Life: Rapture – Heresy?.

Pope Benedict XVI, Cmdr. Mark Kelly, Endeavor Mission, International Space station, quotes:  “I think it must be obvious to you how we all live together on one Earth, and how absurd it is that we fight and kill each one,” the pontiff said.  “We fly over most of the world and we don’t see borders, but at the same time we realize that people fight with each other and there is a lot of violence in this world,” Kelly said.

Pope Benedict XVI spoke Saturday with the astronauts aboard the international space station, specifically mentioning Cmdr. Mark Kelly’s wife, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who is recuperating from recent surgery on her skull.

“I know that Mark and his wife were the victim of a serious attack, and I hope that her health continues to improve,” the pope said.
Kelly thanked the pope for mentioning Giffords. The Arizona congresswoman was shot in the head in a January assassination attempt.
The two men also talked about how technology used in space may be able to help relations between people on Earth.
“I think it must be obvious to you how we all live together on one Earth, and how absurd it is that we fight and kill each one,” the pontiff said.
“We fly over most of the world and we don’t see borders, but at the same time we realize that people fight with each other and there is a lot of violence in this world,” Kelly said.
via Pope speaks with crew on space station – This Just In – Blogs.

Bollywood, advertising:

Bollywood, in some respects one of the more traditional corridors of international filmmaking, is finding that when it comes to marketing its product, it needs to start innovating. AFP has an interesting story today about how this most analog of industries–enormous, hand-painted posters have been a marketing staple–is now turning to mobile technology to recapture a dwindling market. An upcoming film, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (You Only Live Once), starring Bollywood heart-throb Hrithik Roshan, will be promoted only via mobile phone and online–an industry first, per AFP.

via Dancing In The Streets: Bollywood Goes Mobile | Fast Company.

Wadah Khanfar, people, creative people, lists, TED:  OK, Ihave never heard of #1. But he presented at TED this year so I will have to watch.


via Most Creative People | Most Creative People 2011 | Fast Company.

Khanfar became Managing Director of the Al Jazeera Channel in 2003 and Director General of the Al Jazeera Network in 2006. He spoke at the 2011 TED Conference on the ongoing Middle East protests.[27]

via Wadah Khanfar – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

T. Boone Pickens, green, wind farms:  About face …

“You have no way to force wind in unless it makes economic sense…You’re sitting here on an abundance of the cleanest of all hydrocarbons. You’re a fool if you don’t use it. If you turn it down, it means you’re for foreign oil.” According to Pickens, wind power won’t be profitable until natural gas costs rise from $4 to $6 per million BTUs. He speculates that this will happen by 2016.

Should wind developers be panicking? Not necessarily. Climate Progress speculates that part of the problem is Pickens’ fixation on Texas, where utilities have already bought enough wind power to meet their renewable energy targets, and farms that sell wind power on the “spot market” (40% of the total Texas wind market) can’t beat out prices for natural gas at the moment. Utilities in the Northwest and California, however, are more open to wind power because they’re still trying to hit their renewable energy targets.

via T. Boone Pickens Ditches Wind Power | Fast Company.

college, economics:  Hard call … but long term it has to be worth it.

The dismal job prospects for new college graduates have revived debates about whether college is “worth it.” The PayPal founder Peter Thiel is among the major skeptics, but there are plenty of others. Check out the comments on yesterday’s article about employment rates for recent grads to see what I mean.

College provides plenty of intellectual and psychic benefits alongside the potential economic ones, granted. Let’s just focus on the economic ones. Is college worth it, economically? My colleagues David Leonhardt and Floyd Norris had a blogging debate about this question, which I encourage you to go back and read. For now I’d just like to highlight a few factors to consider.

It’s true that the job market for new college graduates stinks right now. But you know what? The job market for non-graduates is worse.

People with more skills have a broader range of jobs they can do, and having a postsecondary degree sometimes serves as litmus test for employers who can be picky about hiring.

As a result, unemployment rates decline as workers become more educated:

via Once Again: Is College Worth It? –

google doodles, google doodle competition, kudos:  Kudos to the 2011 winner … what fun.

For every successful man, there is a strong woman standing behind him.

In the case of Matteo Lopez – the seven-year-old kid whose “doodling” of the Google logo was selected from 107,000 contest entries and today adorns the Google home page – it’s his mom, Maria, a 41-year-old office administrator in San Francisco, near where she, her husband and son live.

“I just never thought, we can’t even express it, we are in shock, it’s unbelievable,” Maria said by phone a few hours after Matteo was announced as the winner. She took a breath. “I have been more nervous than he has been.”

“Google Doodles” are the illustrations that occasionally adorn the search engine’s logo in the U.S. and abroad. As we reported last year, Doodles commemorate holidays, pop-culture touchstones, civic milestones and scientific discovery.

via The Path Toward Google Doodledom – Speakeasy – WSJ., travel, hotels, helpful websites: Might try it …

I have obsessive-compulsive disorder when it comes to saving on hotels. When I travel for work, I book 95 percent of the hotels I stay in through or and save anywhere from 35 percent to 60 percent off the usual price.

Though before I ever place a bid on either site, I have a complicated system that involves checking related message boards to get a feel for what other people are bidding. Then I have a set process I go through when bidding that’s very methodical and boring to some. As I’ve tried to explain it over the years, I just seem to create more confusion among people!

Now there’s a new free website called that has automated the process that I do manually. With, you pick the town where you want to stay and your dates of travel. Then you set the minimum you’re willing to bid and the maximum you’re willing to bid, plus you identify any neighborhoods in the area you’re not willing to occupy. can do in three minutes or less what takes me 15 or 20 minutes (for select cities). It is far superior to the way I have always booked my own rooms.

via Clark Howard: Website directs you to best hotel rates | Atlanta Bargain Hunter.

college life, culture:  It really scares a mom with college age children.  ow do you keep them safe.

The report, which aired Thursday morning on the NBC news program, included an interview with Maggie Hurt, identified as a former band member who said school officials were more interested in protecting two Wake Forest basketball players than in seeking justice.

In a recorded, on-camera interview, Hurt said she was forced by Deacons guard Gary Clark to perform a sex act in a hotel bathroom two years ago while teammate Jeff Teague waited outside the door.

When she later reported the incident to campus police at Wake Forest, Hurt told the “Today” show, she was advised that her best option was to go through a campus hearing and not report the incident to police.

Wake Forest officials have said a federal right to privacy law prevents them from commenting on the case but have contested the “Today” show’s portrayal of the university’s response.

“I am troubled by the prevalence of sexual misconduct in our society today,” Hatch said in a statement issued Thursday. “Regarding the described incident, however, I feel strongly that the University’s response, as well as our character, has been misrepresented.”

via Wake Forest refutes report on sexual assault allegations | & The Charlotte Observer Newspaper.

Davidson College, YouTube, LOL: 🙂

Rain delays can be pretty boring, especially when it goes on for quite some time. That was the case down at Clemson Wednesday night when the Davidson Wildcats were in town.

What started as a funny idea, became a contest between two teams, and what resulted was a YouTube sensation that has recorded more than 100,000 views in less than a day.

Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they lost the baseball game 19 to 0.

via Skit featuring Davidson College becomes online sensation –

YouTube – Clemson Baseball vs. Davidson Rain Delay Antics.


‎9.2.2010 … since John travels a ton for the bank … I thought this would be a great time to use up the “frequent fryers” :) … well, no business class … no CLT to JFK to JNB to DUR … so we are flying economy in the middle section in the back of the bus … CLT to MUN to LHR to JNB to DUR with a 7 hour layover at LHR … no kidding ..

followup, public art, Chicago:

Dutchie Caray OK with Harry’s statue move – Chicago Breaking Sports.

me: And not to worry, I am sitting in the BMI airport “club” at Heathrow … well-fed, well-snacked, well-hydrated and well-hooked in!

Apple:  In case you didn’t know, i love Apple 🙂

FaceTime is Apple’s software and protocol for video chatting between devices. There’s no setting the phone up by creating a username or logging in; you can just try to start a video conversation with someone, and if the person has an iPhone 4 and is on Wi-Fi, it will work. There’s nothing fancy about the software; it’s just a straightforward video conversation, but that’s all it needs to be. It does what it needs to perfectly.

via Why Apple’s FaceTime Is a Huge Opportunity –

technology:  What’s in your wallet?  Mine looks like this one … I can’t wait for this technology.

The Japanese call it osaifu keitai (cell-phone wallet). Flash your phone virtually anywhere you go for almost any purchase and it’s automatically logged into a digital expense report. Eat frequently at McDonald’s? Tap your phone to pay and your all-in-one debit card/receipt tracker/loyalty program may instantly offer you 10% off.

Today, if you want to enjoy these benefits, you have to go to Japan. But after years of talk, wireless carriers, banks, startups, and handset makers are now actively working to transform Americans’ cell phones into mobile wallets. The goal: to snag a share of the processing fees associated with the $3.2 trillion in annual retail credit-card charges, and to turn the $1.2 trillion in cash and check spending into digital transactions.

via Your Smartphone Will Soon Double as Your Wallet | Fast Company.

architecture, design, Great Recession: Sign of the times …

With no mega-skyscrapers or dazzling cultural centers on the immediate horizon, the fall season signals how much things have changed since the building boom went bust. The emphasis is no longer on “look-at-me” icons. Instead, it’s on connective tissue—designs that stitch together disparate parts of the urban fabric or form new fabric where there is none now.

via Cityscapes | Chicago Tribune | Blog.

movies, Bollywood, Jane Austen:  So I guess Chadha’s Bollywood version of Pride and Prejudice was not a hit.  🙂

It’s got a light, Bollywood-type feel to it, but it could easily slide from the amusing to the ridiculous. We like the fact that it’s directed by Gurinder Chadha, who also directed the blockbuster “Bend It Like Beckham” (2002) but hasn’t had a hit as big since then. Check out the trailer. Is Chadha back in “Beckham” territory again?

via ‘It’s a Wonderful Afterlife’ Trailer: Bending It Like Beckham Again – Speakeasy – WSJ.

digital media, these times they are a changin’, CU – Boulder:



The University of Colorado at Boulder today announced the formation of an exploratory committee to consider the structure and organization of a new interdisciplinary academic program of information and communication technology.

“We want to strategically realign resources and strengths currently existing on the CU-Boulder campus to ensure that course and degree offerings meet the needs of students, the labor market, our campus mission and the communications needs of a rapidly changing global society,” said Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. “News and communications transmission as well as the role of the press and journalism in a democratic society are changing at a tremendous pace. We must change with it.”

via Journalism school programs to be discontinued | CU Independent.

public art, Chicago:  What pieces of public art are “Meet me at _______” art for you?

Marybeth Young had made plans to meet a friend Wednesday at the Harry Caray statue outside Wrigley Field, on the corner of Addison Street and Sheffield Avenue. But when she got there, Caray was gone.

“I am surprised they moved it so quickly,” Young said. But she wasn’t worried. “I am a Chicagoan, I know what’s going on.”

The statue, a popular landmark for people to meet at before games, was moved last week to its new location outside the entrance to the Bud Light Bleachers on the corner of Waveland Avenue and Sheffield. Next Tuesday, Caray’s former home will be taken over by a statue of Hall of Fame Cubs outfielder Billy Williams.

via Harry Caray statue rededicated at Wrigley Field –

economics, women:  This stat took me aback …

The earning power of young single women has surpassed that of their male peers in metropolitan areas around the U.S., a shift that is being driven by the growing ranks of women who attend college and move on to high-earning jobs.

via Young, Single Women Earn More Than Male Peers –

graphics, blogs, children/YA lit, NYC,  travel:  Saw a blurb about this blog in the airplane magazine and had to look it up.  He made a children’s book form his blog.  Loved many o his other blog posts … but thought his most recent was SO spot on for my day! … see below!

During the cold and dark Berlin winter days, I spend a lot of time with my boys in their room. And as I look at the toys scattered on the floor, my mind inevitably wanders back to New York.

via I LEGO N.Y. –

A visual diary documenting a flight from New York to Berlin (with a layover in London).

via Red Eye –

prayers, weather: Prayers for the US east coast.

Earl menaces N.C. coast: ‘It will be close’

via Charlotte news, Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Bobcats, weather, traffic, sports, banking, North Carolina, real estate, jobs, cars |

random:  Wistful Thinking – A Comic History of the Cocktail – Photo Gallery – LIFE.


‎8.3.2010 … it is kinda nice to have a rising 8th grade boy in the house … Watched fun kid’s movie Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief with John and godson Mike.

culture:  On closer inspection, I have seen 3!  Don’t you love the descriptive words here … nostalgic … gaudy … run-down … kitschy!

Jimmy Carter Peanut Statue, Plains, Ga. – Top 50 American Roadside Attractions – TIME.

South of the Border; Dillon, SC – Top 50 American Roadside Attractions – TIME.

Leaning Tower, Niles, Ill. – Top 50 American Roadside Attractions – TIME.

What better way to celebrate summer than by taking a road trip? Nestled between Niagara Falls, Mount Rushmore, Alcatraz Island and dozens of other destinations are these nostalgic, gaudy, run-down and kitschy locations.

via Full List – Top 50 American Roadside Attractions – TIME.

events: Happy Birthday, Anne!

education:  I think the Princeton Review should stop this ranking.  It does more harm than good to the schools listed … seems like something for Playboy or Sport Illustrated …

The Princeton Review announced Monday that Georgia is this year’s No. 1 party school on its now infamous list. The school of about 30,000 students has been on the list 10 times since the ranking was created in 1992, but this is the first time the university has taken the top spot.

via Georgia beats Penn State as top party school | | The Courier-Journal.

law, culture:

The Saving Kids From Dangerous Drugs Act of 2009, which passed the Senate unanimously Friday, includes language that could make the fines and jail time for cooking and distributing pot brownies double those for possessing regular (uncooked) marijuana.

via Pot brownies under attack – PATRICK GAVIN | POLITICO CLICK.

RIP, people: … not … I can see how this would get to be an annoying problem.

Bill Cosby is used to winking at internet rumors of his death. But after another one spread Monday, he said he hopes people will give the hoaxes a rest.

After false news of Cosby’s death spread by Twitter on Monday – “Bill Cosby died” was a trending topic on the microblogging service – the 73-year-old comedian talked to CNN’s “Larry King Live” to prove he still is around.

“I don’t want [whoever spread the rumor] to do this anymore, because this is my fourth time being reported [dead],” Cosby said by phone to CNN’s Kyra Phillips, who was sitting in for Larry King on Monday night.

Cosby used his wit to counter previous rumors. After the first, he borrowed a Mark Twain quote about reports of his death being an exaggeration.

But Cosby said Monday’s rumor felt different. He said it left one of his friends in tears before he realized it wasn’t true.

“I don’t know. Maybe a psychiatrist will say I’m feeding [the rumor starter’s] ego, but I just want to say to friends of that person: Just tell him to stop, because it isn’t funny.”

On his own Twitter account, Cosby still went for a bit of humor Monday when refuting the rumor.

“Again, I’m rebuttaling rumors about my demise. But, I’m confirming I have an app,” Cosby wrote before linking to an iPhone application featuring clips of the comedian’s performances.

via Bill Cosby: I’m alive. Now, please cut it out – This Just In – Blogs.

art, photography:

No art museum in the U.S. except for the International Center of Photography in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has committed a lot of scholarly resources to recent photojournalism, so why shouldn’t the Getty be among the first to assess and collect in depth these underanalyzed and undervalued pictures, and place them in historical context?

Associate curator Brett Abbott, who organized “Engaged Observers” as well as the Getty’s “Pictures From the Press” exhibition in 2005, is aware that expectations may be high, and so he begins his catalog essay about post-1960s photojournalism with an apology. He admits this is not a “definitive survey” and that the living photojournalists he has chosen—Sebastião Salgado, James Nachtwey, Susan Meiselas, Mary Ellen Mark, Aileen M. Smith, Larry Towell and Lauren Greenfield—represent only a “sampling of socially engaged reportage.” Were it not for space constraints and “limitations of budgets” (yes, even the Getty has money worries) he would have included Bruce Davidson, Danny Lyon, Don McCullin, Eugene Richards and Gilles Peress. Before stepping inside the museum we know, therefore, that we will be seeing a compromised version of what might have been.

The installation is also less than one could hope for. The first room presents Ms. Greenfield’s color essays from the past two decades on the socialization of American girls. Smart and funny about the oppressive ideals of body and dress that can make the lives of teenagers miserable, the work seems positioned here so as not to offend Getty members. The many privileged adolescents in the pictures, some with eating disorders, can be safely identified with in a way that people seen later in the show—the disfigured Japanese in W. Eugene and Aileen M. Smith’s essay on mercury poisoning, or the Sandinistas in Ms. Meiselas’s front-line witnessing of the civil war in Nicaragua—do not as easily allow.

via Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography Since the Sixties, at the J. Paul Getty Museum | By Richard B. Woodward –

The President, culture:  Come on, Mr. President …

It’s too bad President Obama couldn’t find time to address this year’s 100th anniversary Jamboree. The boys would have cheered him, and he might have noted what Alexis de Tocqueville called the particular American genius for voluntary organizations that sustain civil society without government power. America would be a poorer place without the Boy Scouts, so congratulations on a century of merit.

via Review & Outlook: 100 Years of Merit Badges –

The Media, RIP:  Amazing … sold for $1.  And Editor Meacham is out … truly respected Mr. Meacham.

We’ll note that, even after three months of marketing to every potential buyer under the sun, Newsweek was unable to beat our offer of $1.

via Newsweek Sells For $1 To Stereo Equipment Mogul Sidney Harman.

South Africa:

South Africa’s many hurdles — notably unemployment, crime, illegal immigration, corruption, income inequality and health problems — have not disappeared. But executives and officials believe that the environment is improving and that the country’s success as host of the recent soccer World Cup can act as a catalyst.

“There has never been a greater opportunity for South Africa than today,” said Ivor Ichikowitz, a South African of Lithuanian descent who controls and runs an aerospace, security and military contracting company, Paramount Group.

The security obsession and regional conflicts of the apartheid era left an industrial and research legacy — and comparatively strong infrastructure. That, he said, makes South Africa an ideal place from which to make inroads in a continent often neglected by Western companies.

via In South Africa, a Push for Industrial Growth –

Jane Austen, movies, Bollywood:

It seems that the filmmakers here, as often is the case with repackaged Austen goods, have chosen to focus on the “handsome, clever, and rich” components of their protagonist, and of the material more generally. A similar thing happened with the English-language Bollywood rehash “Bride and Prejudice,” from 2004, which kept Austen’s story, but opted for radiant opulence tempered only by heavy-handed moralizing. It doesn’t need to be said that audiences respond to wealth and luxury. We laugh at the rich—at the shallow consumerism, the obsession with absurd elements of status, at the whole glittering, ridiculous mess of it all. Yet that laughter, which makes us feel superior, also hides envy and a bit of shame, mostly at the fact that we’re watching, but also because it looks as though they’re having such fun.

A modern Bollywood production leaves little space for subtlety; so there will be group dance numbers, Hindi pop, fast cars, and plastic-smooth, well-groomed Indian movie stars. But at least there won’t be zombies. Or sea monsters.

via The Book Bench: The New “Emma”: Clueless in Bollywood : The New Yorker.

advertising, billboards, law:  I saw this in Charlotte … couldn’t remember whose hot dogs .. so I guess it was a memorable billboard … but not effective … nor legal …

DaSilva contacted the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in Arizona, which in turn contacted Dietz & Watson in Philadelphia. And the campaign was cooked.

Dietz & Watson marketing director Steve Riley did not return calls for comment. But Rick Steele, vice president of asset management and development for Adams, said the companies never intended to cause a fuss with the weeks-old campaign.

via ‘Frank’ billboards run afoul of copyrights – Morning Call.

culture, law, family, Elizabeth:  I remember my parents had friends who were separated for years … vacationed as a family … (sister-in-law Elizabeth is quoted!)

But long-term separation can create big problems. If a couple isn’t divorced, their lives are still legally and financially intertwined. If your estranged husband goes on a spending spree, you’re responsible for the ensuing credit card debt. If you win the lottery, that’s community property. Finances can swing wildly, creating an alimony boon or a bombshell should one partner eventually want a divorce.

“I just had a situation where after 15 years of separation, the wife wanted to remarry,” said Elizabeth Lindsey, an Atlanta divorce lawyer. “But over the years, his assets had completely dissipated.” The wife would have profited from divorcing earlier.

A separation can also go on longer than anyone anticipated, even until death, leaving a mess for survivors. In New York State, for example, a spouse, even if separated, is entitled to a third of the partner’s estate.

via Why Divorce? Just Stay Separated –

education, ethics:

It is a disconnect that is growing in the Internet age as concepts of intellectual property, copyright and originality are under assault in the unbridled exchange of online information, say educators who study plagiarism.

Digital technology makes copying and pasting easy, of course. But that is the least of it. The Internet may also be redefining how students — who came of age with music file-sharing, Wikipedia and Web-linking — understand the concept of authorship and the singularity of any text or image.

“Now we have a whole generation of students who’ve grown up with information that just seems to be hanging out there in cyberspace and doesn’t seem to have an author,” said Teresa Fishman, director of the Center for Academic Integrity at Clemson University. “It’s possible to believe this information is just out there for anyone to take.”

Professors who have studied plagiarism do not try to excuse it — many are champions of academic honesty on their campuses — but rather try to understand why it is so widespread.

A University of Notre Dame anthropologist, Susan D. Blum, disturbed by the high rates of reported plagiarism, set out to understand how students view authorship and the written word, or “texts” in Ms. Blum’s academic language.

She conducted her ethnographic research among 234 Notre Dame undergraduates. “Today’s students stand at the crossroads of a new way of conceiving texts and the people who create them and who quote them,” she wrote last year in the book “My Word!: Plagiarism and College Culture,” published by Cornell University Press.

Ms. Blum argued that student writing exhibits some of the same qualities of pastiche that drive other creative endeavors today — TV shows that constantly reference other shows or rap music that samples from earlier songs.

In an interview, she said the idea of an author whose singular effort creates an original work is rooted in Enlightenment ideas of the individual. It is buttressed by the Western concept of intellectual property rights as secured by copyright law. But both traditions are being challenged.

“Our notion of authorship and originality was born, it flourished, and it may be waning,” Ms. Blum said.

via Lines on Plagiarism Blur for Students in the Digital Age –


6.25.2010 picking up Molly at the Heavenly World!!

culture, blogs, favorites:

Are you extrovert or introvert (if that is based on whether you are recharged or energized by being with people or by being alone)?

And how do you see Emily Dickinson’s poem below?  Is it possible “the soul” is selecting her own self as company or is it definitely another person?  How do you select your nearest and dearest? Is it conscious?   Are you aware of God-direction in it?

Poetry food for thought:

The soul selects her own society,

Then shuts the door;

On her divine majority

Obtrude no more.

Unmoved, she notes the chariot’s pausing

At her low gate;

Unmoved, an emperor is kneeling

Upon her mat.

I’ve known her from an ample nation

Choose one;

Then close the valves of her attention

Like stone.

via Emily Dickinson, Extroversion, Introversion « Holy Vernacular.

Jane Austen, Bollywood, moviesJane Austen Today: Aisha: Bollywood’s Emma.

Jane Austen:

And yet, the most important quality that all the Austen protagonists share is a capacity for passion and a commitment to the concept of romantic love. Personally, I’m inclined to be most passionate about those, like Elizabeth and Emma, who are not always perfectly rational and measured, whose passion sometimes gets the better of their reason.

via Beautiful Minds: Jane Austen’s Heroines – Telegraph.

blog: very interesting .. Mason-Dixon Knitting.


Right now, it seems as if Apple could do all that and more. The company’s surge over the past few years has resembled a space-shuttle launch — a series of rapid, tightly choreographed explosions that leave everyone dumbfounded and smiling. The whole thing has happened so quickly, and seemed so natural, that there has been little opportunity to understand what we have been witnessing.

via Apple Nation | Fast Company.

random, Chicago:

And so it was last night as Tribune photographer Chris Sweda headed to the John Hancock Center skydeck to snap a few shots of the official debut of the Trump Tower spire–and a supercharged storm broke over Chicago.

via Cityscapes | Chicago Tribune | Blog.

history, random:

On May 22, 2010, Polish priests reburied Copernicus—nearly 500 years after his death and condemnation of his findings by the Roman Catholic Church. Exhumation and reburial is hardly a new phenomenon. It begins in the Bible. According to Genesis (50:24-26), Joseph requested on his deathbed that his remains be carried out of Egypt when the Israelites were delivered. In Exodus (13:19) we learn that Moses is said to have personally brought Joseph’s bones out of Egypt; and in Joshua (24:32) Joseph is said to have been buried at Shechem, in the Land of Canaan. The story is even mentioned in the New Testament, in Hebrews (11:22).

via Wonders & Marvels — A Community for Curious Minds who love History, its Odd Stories, and Good Reads.

food, San Francisco:

American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, located in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood three blocks east of AT&T Park, has become a lunch hot spot for hipsters and professionals because of its namesake: artisanal grilled cheese sandwiches.

Since opening in late May, lines have spilled out the door for its grilled cheese sandwiches that come in eight combinations. Some of the early favorites are the Mousetrap, with Tillamook sharp cheddar, creamy havarti and Monterey Jack; and the Windy City with provolone, roast beef, garlic butter and Chicago-style marinated peppers. Sandwiches are served on country-style levain bread, with sandwiches priced between $6 and $9.

via A Grilled Cheese Destination in San Francisco –


“An activist court is a court that makes a decision you don’t like” – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy … Week ending 5.22.2010

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