Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
And another regrettable thing about death
Is the ceasing of your own brand of magic,
Which took a whole life to develop and market-
The quips, the witticisms, the slant
Adjusted to a few, those loved ones nearest
The lip of the stage, their soft faces blanched
In the footlight glow, their laughter close to tears,
Their warm pooled breath in and out with your heartbeat,
Their response and your performance twinned.
The jokes over the phone. The memories packed
In the rapid-access file. The whole act.
Who will do it again? That's it: No one;
Imitators and descendants aren't the same.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Drinking coffee can help your brain stay sharper longer
Your morning pick-me-up could do more than get you through the day—it could also keep your brain healthy for life.
Danish and Swedish researchers have found that people who drank three to five cups of coffee daily were 65 percent less likely to have developed dementia, compared with those who drank two cups or less.
Earlier studies have linked coffee to a variety of health perks that may contribute to this latest finding. Coffee drinkers have shown a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, less plaque formation in the brain, and reduced vascular risk—all three of these effects could contribute to lowering Alzheimer’s risk.
Coffee isn’t the only thing that can help you boost your brain. A new British study shows that vitamin D could help ward off dementia and lower your risk for Parkinson’s disease. You can also supplement your brain with omega-3 fatty acids found in this power food.
So if you want to stay sharp for life, make these simple choices—it’s the smartest thing you could do for your brain.
from Men's Health
New list of things that are good and/or neat:
1. United States of Tara.
2. Kate Winslet Winning Finally.
3. Long bacon.
4. Hellboy 2 on Blu-Ray
5. The new White House web site.
6. The Somethingview Hunting Club Photography Collective.
7. Making lasagna.
8. My new The Office desk calendar.
9. Patrick McGoohan in The Prisoner.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
How did I become hooked on this show? There I was talking to Max discussing the recent deaths of famous people when the name Patrick McGoohan came up. McGoohan played the lead role in The Prisoner. (More recently, he played King Edward Longshanks in Braveheart.)
Anyway, I can't believe more people don't talk about or reference this show. After watching the first episode (Max has the DVD box set), it is abundantly clear that many new shows and movies have borrowed or been influenced by this show. Heck, nearly the entire premise of Lost is taken from The Prisoner.
Here is the opening sequence of The Prisoner:
Did you see it? I was very impressed with what I saw last night. It appears the writers have used their time wisely. Also, it's a wise decision to start giving us some freakin' answers.
I won't spoil anything for anyone who didn't see it. All I know is I'll be spending a bulk of my day over at the ABC forums...
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
To say this photo is symbolic would be quite the understatement. If you look close you can see a bit of pureed peas still on his chin from his morning feeding.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
"You're now gazing at President Barack Obama's just-released official portrait -- the first of a U.S. president ever taken with a digital camera. That means we can peek at the EXIF data -- this fine specimen of portraiture was snapped with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II on January 13th, 2009 at 5:38 pm with no flash, using a 105mm lens stopped to f/10 at a 1/125 exposure, with an ISO of 100 by newly crowned official White House photographer Pete Souza. Nice work, Souza -- but we think it could use a few lens flares."
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Jackie Chan circles 'Karate Kid' remake
Harald Zwart brought in to direct Columbia pic
By Steven Zeitchik and Borys Kit
Jackie Chan soon could be mentoring a karate kid.
The martial arts star is in negotiations to star in Columbia's remake of "The Karate Kid." He would take on the role of mentor Mr. Miyagi, made famous by Pat Morita in the original franchise.
The studio also has signed Harald Zwart to helm the picture, which possibly will begin shooting this year in Beijing.
Jaden Smith is set to star as the boy to be mentored by Chan's character. Like the original, which starred Morita and Ralph Macchio, the movie will examine the relationship between a martial arts expert and a boy who is picked on by bullies.
Will Smith, James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz's Overbrook Entertainment is producing along with the original film's producer Jerry Weintraub. The setting will be relocated from the U.S. to China. Chris Murphy has been attached to pen the screenplay.
The WMA-repped Chan, who next appears in Relativity's action-comedy "The Spy Next Door," has broad appeal overseas, which undoubtedly appealed to Columbia. His "Rush Hour" franchise has earned about $750 million worldwide.
The ICM-repped Zwart directed the tween hit "Agent Cody Banks" and Columbia's upcoming "The Pink Panther 2."
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
2. Mickey Rourke's dogs.
3. Fresh parsley.
4. Ron and Fez.
5. Hot Fuzz.
6. Captain America.
7. Grey, brown, and red.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Isn't this the best lamp you have ever seen? Every living room should have one. Or at least every living room in MY house. Unfortunately, right now I only have one living room.
For those of you losers who don't know what this is, it's an Atari joystick. And the lampshade is made from images of old Atari 2600 game boxes.
If you still don't know what I'm talking about then you shouldn't be on the internet. Or on a computer. In fact, you look a little tired. You should go take a nap.