Saturday, November 29, 2008

Diddy - I Am King Mini-Movie

Don't watch this on a full stomach.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Publicity Shot Disasters


The Riddler and The Boy Wonder.

Umm, no.

Star Trek outtakes 2

"Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" audio outtakes combined with the can not change the course of this can not change the course of this ship...

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Twitter kills Canadian SMS updates

Due to greedy Canadian ISPs?

I'm shocked, shocked...

The quiet killing of this feature (made on the Twitter Status blog rather than the main Twitter blog), is due to “unexpected changes in our [Twitter's] billing,” according to the post. The arrangement Twitter had negotiated with Canadian mobile carriers to send Twitter updates via text (which Twitter was subsidizing) has apparently seen costs double multiple times over the past several months.

Read more here.

Bequeathed skull stars in Hamlet

Alas, poor Yorick

The skull held aloft by actor David Tennant in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Hamlet was a real one, it has been revealed.

Pianist Andre Tchaikowsky left his skull to the RSC when he died in 1982 in the hope it would be used on stage.
But since his death at the age of 46, it had only been used in rehearsals.

Read more here.

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso: Idiot of the Day

This guy should keep his mouth shut and protect his glass house. Looks like he's suffering from the early stages of dementia himself.

Japan's gaffe-prone prime minister is in trouble again -- this time for a remark criticizing the elderly as a tax burden for racking up medical expenses.

"They're hobbling around and constantly going to the doctor," Prime Minister Taro Aso was quoted as saying in a transcript of a Nov. 20 meeting of ministers on economic policies.

Aso also said the elderly should be faulted for not exercising enough.

Read more here.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

How the media talks about torture and the rule of law

From Glenn Greenwald

Yesterday, The New York Times' Mark Mazzetti, in reporting on John Brennan's withdrawal from consideration for a top intelligence post, wrote:

"The opposition to Mr. Brennan had been largely confined to liberal blogs, and there was not an expectation he would face a particularly difficult confirmation process. Still, the episode shows that the C.I.A.’s secret detention program remains a particularly incendiary issue for the Democratic base, making it difficult for Mr. Obama to select someone for a top intelligence post who has played any role in the agency’s campaign against Al Qaeda since the Sept. 11 attacks."

I quoted that paragraph yesterday to show how the establishment media is acknowledging the role blogs played in this episode, prompting Billmon to materialize in the comment section and make this point:

Glenn should have noted the sly way that asshole Mazzetti slides from "the CIA's secret detention program remains a particularly incendiary issue for the Democratic base" -- because, of course, only those wacko lefties worry about war crimes --

Read more here.

The Price is Right

$79, 897

FOX News: We're all going to die!

Oooo, scary


The film itself will be hard to sit through, but its timing couldn't have been better.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Star Trek trailer

Star Trek trailer, now with extra Spock™

Photos reveal Hadrian's history

Archaeologists have uncovered 2,700 previously unrecorded historic features along the length of Hadrian's Wall by studying thousands of aerial pictures.

The English Heritage experts found ancient burial mounds, medieval sheep farms and 19th Century lead mines.

They were working from more than 30,500 pictures taken during the past 60 years as part of a push to map and interpret archaeological sites across England.

Read more here.

Star Trek Renewal - A Tour of the Enterprise

A CGI Tour of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Made by little old me =)

Bigotry on the Bus

A week after the election, I was riding the bus home in Santa Monica when we went past one of the many protests around the city against the narrow passage of Proposition 8, which amended the California constitution to eliminate marriage rights for an entire class of people...

Read more here.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Shoot the Messenger

Peter Schiff's accurate 2006 and 2007.

Ship in a storm

Are We Having Fun Yet? - Watch more Free Videos

And I thought flying was bad.

Thank You Sarah Palin

Thank You Sarah Palin, for bringing the dim witted out of hiding and into making videos...

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Ministry of Silly Walks

Monty Python has their own Youtube channel...

See more here.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Polish tests 'confirm Copernicus'

Researchers in Poland say they have solved a centuries-old mystery and identified the remains of astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus.

A comparison of DNA from a skeleton in Poland and strands of the astronomer's hair found in a book in Sweden almost certainly confirm it is his skeleton.

Read more here.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The History of the Slasher Film

Scream and Scream Again

No shock as CRTC allows Bell to continue fucking over its customers

That's the way Canada works. Corporations Good, Private Interests Bad...

The CRTC has the pubic good in mind as much as Bell does. =/

At least we have an alternative to Bell here in Toronto. We can always go to Rogers..

HAHAHHAHA. I crack myself up.

Bell Canada Inc. is not breaking any laws by slowing internet speeds and will be allowed to continue throttling its customers, the CRTC has ruled.

The phone company, Canada's biggest internet service provider with two million high-speed customers, has shown that it needs to be able to manage its network in order to prevent congestion, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said in a decision released Thursday.

Bell will therefore be able to continue slowing the internet access it sells to smaller wholesale companies, as well as to its own retail subscribers. The company will be required to give its wholesale customers 30 days notice when it wants to implement changes to its network management practices.

Read more here.

Mike Huckabee: Idiot of the Day

The very people who voted for Barack Obama in California…also voted to sustain traditional marriage. I refuse to use the term, "ban same-sex marriage." That's not what those efforts did. They affirmed what is. They did not prohibit something. They simply affirmed something that which has and forever has existed.

Scientists Partially Reconstruct Genome of Extinct Mammoth

boooAn international team of scientists has reconstructed about two-thirds of the genome of the woolly mammoth using DNA extracted from balls of hair, the first time this has been accomplished for an extinct species.

The project provides some of the starting material that would be required to bring back to life the giant, hairy, cold-weather animals. That task, however, is not likely to be accomplished soon -- and may turn out to be impossible.

Read more here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Ugliest Painting in Europe unveiled

ickAn intricate ceiling painting worth 18m euros (£15m) has been unveiled at the United Nations offices in Geneva.

The coloured dome took Spanish artist Miquel Barcelo more than a year to produce, using 100 tons of paint with pigments from all over the world.

He worked with architects and engineers to develop the extra-strength aluminium for the dome.

Read more here, but beware of viewing that much ugly.

I have no doubt that people will come to see it whether they have business here or not
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

And they'll laugh and laugh... hilarity will ensue when an ambassador is killed by one of those things.

Ted Stevens' defeat best news to come out of Alaska...ever

Sen. Ted Stevens' election defeat marks the end of an era in which he held a commanding place in Alaska politics while wielding power on some of the most influential committees in Congress.

It also moves Senate Democrats within two seats of a filibuster-proof 60-vote majority and gives President-elect Barack Obama a stronger hand when he assumes office on Jan. 20.

Read more here.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Colossus of Rhodes to be rebuilt as giant light sculpture

It may not straddle the port as its predecessor once did, but in terms of sheer luminosity and eye-catching height the new Colossus of Rhodes will not disappoint. Nor will it fall short of the symbolism that once imbued the ancient monument.

Twenty-three centuries after craftsmen carved the legendary statue that has inspired legions of painters, poets, playwrights and politicians, a new world wonder, built in the spirit of the original Colossus, is about to be born on the Aegean island.

After decades of dashed hopes, the people of Rhodes will fulfil a long-held dream to revive one of the world's seven ancient wonders - thanks to the promise of international funding and the East German artist Gert Hof.

Read more here.

Newt Gingrich: Idiot of the Day

Look, I think there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us, is prepared to use violence, to use harassment. I think it is prepared to use the government if it can get control of it. I think that it is a very dangerous threat to anybody who believes in traditional religion. And I think if you believe in historic Christianity, you have to confront the fact. And, frank -- for that matter, if you believe in the historic version of Islam or the historic version of Judaism, you have to confront the reality that these secular extremists are determined to impose on you acceptance of a series of values that are antithetical, they're the opposite, of what you're taught in Sunday school.

He really doesn't see the contradiction in this does he....

Monday, November 17, 2008

Star Trek XI redesigns 2

Some good and bad things to look for..


Ah, Sarak and Amanda on Vulcan. We are given the classic rock formation from TOS. But in keeping with today, one is not enough. We are given *all* the rock formations.


This shot is the most Trek like in the trailer. One shot. With rock formation.


Oh Joy, Romulans. Except humans at this time period had never seen one...

Oh well.


And are those Klingons getting thumped by Nero?


Spock has emotion. As this was used more than once in TOS, we can forgive them this.


Kirk with Captain Pike. But I thought it was Spock who served with...


One hopes they have not turned Dr. McCoy into Steve Buscemi from Armageddon.


Uhura with a least she has her earpiece.


Speaking of Uhura with a piece.

Yes, we all know the legend of Kirk...but did we want to see it??


Well, at least things will blow up real good.


And don't even get me started on this.

Star Trek XI redesigns


With the release of trailer 2 for Star Trek, we finally get a clear idea of the design of the Enterprise...


The exterior although changed is still recognizable as the classic ship. The interiors are another thing..


To me, this is a too desperate attempt to modernize the 60's feeling. This current incarnation will age faster that the old one did.


Looks closer to Space 1999 than anything Star Trek..

If they'd changed the ship this much, I shudder to think what they've done to the characters.

Run, nay Fly from your televisions

Jar Jar Binks is on the Clone Wars this week...

Google Street View

Look away, look away!

Helen Mirren: Idiot of the Day

This kind of statement usually comes from Quebec judges...

Dame Helen Mirren was accused by the Solicitor General of making ignorant, absurd and dangerous comments yesterday after speaking out again about rape prosecutions.

In an interview, the 63-year-old Oscar-winning actress said that in such cases female jurors are deliberately selected by defence barristers because 'women go against women'.

She suggested that women jurors are less likely to convict a rapist since they tend to think the victim was 'asking for it'.

Read more here.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Star Trek trailer

Continuity? We don't need no stinkin' continuity...

These are the voyages of the iEnterprise...

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Rhythm and Blues Review

Musical variety show filmed at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York City in 1954.

Indian probe touches down on Moon

India's first unmanned lunar spacecraft, Chandrayaan 1, has placed a probe on the surface of the Moon.

The probe, painted with the Indian flag, touched down at 2034 (1504 GMT), the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said.

It will perform various experiments, including measuring the composition of the Moon's atmosphere.

Read more here.

First images captured of alien solar system

A ring of dust surrounds the star Fomalhaut. Images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope in 2004 and 2006 show that a white dot just inside the dust ring moved in the intervening two years. Researchers believe the dot is a planet that weighs no more than 3 Jupiter masses and lies about three times as far from its star as Pluto does from the Sun

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Priest advises penance for Obama vote

The Middle Ages, once all the rage, has of late been forgotten and relegated to the late show.

But that doesn't mean it doesn't constantly try for a come back...

The priest at St. Mary's Catholic Church in downtown Greenville has told parishioners that those who voted for Barack Obama placed themselves under divine judgment because of his stance on abortion and shouldn't receive Holy Communion until they've done penance.

The Rev. Jay Scott Newman told The Greenville News on Wednesday that church teaching doesn't allow him to refuse Holy Communion to anyone based on political choices...

Bet he sure would like to though...

Read more here.

Rome Reborn

Another recreation of Rome, this time IATH's Rome Reborn project.

Read more here.

Ancient Rome on Google Earth

The glory that was Rome is to rise again. Visitors will once more be able to visit the Colosseum and the Forum of Rome as they were in 320 AD, this time on a computer screen in 3D.

The realisation of the ancient city in Google Earth lets viewers stand in the centre of the Colosseum, trace the footsteps of the gladiators in the Ludus Magnus and fly under the Arch of Constantine.

The computer model, a collection of more than 6,700 buildings, depicts Rome in the year 320 AD. Then, under the emperor Constantine I, the city boasted more than a million inhabitants –- making it the largest metropolis in the world.

Read more here.

Dead Parrot sketch ancestor found

An ancestor of Monty Python's famous Dead Parrot comedy sketch has been found in a joke book dating back to Greece in the 4th Century.

Philogelos: The Laugh Addict, which has been translated from Greek manuscripts, contains a joke where a man complains that a slave he was sold had died.

"When he was with me, he never did any such thing!" is the reply.

Read more here and hear the jokes performed by "veteran comic Jim Bowen" here

Scott Eckern and Witchhunt

As predicted in this blog yesterday, the Yes side of Prop 8 are calling the resignation of Scott Eckern a "witch hunt"

Like clockwork...

"This is a witch-hunt," said Lance Christensen, who says he's a regular patron of the theater and took off work to show his support for Eckern. "This man has devoted 25 years of his life to theater in Sacramento."

The man also stabbed his fellow workers in the back...

The Yes side has felt no remorse, no sadness for the pain they have caused.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Did CNN fake some 1991 Iraq coverage?

Interesting, but hard to make a definitive judgement from just this evidence.

Certainly, the first Gulf War made CNN.

Scott Eckern Resigns as Artistic Director for California Musical Theatre

That's one down...

Scott Eckern, Artistic Director for California Musical Theatre, released the following statement regarding his resignation. The statement is released as follows:

"I understand that my choice of supporting Proposition 8 has been the cause of many hurt feelings, maybe even betrayal. It was not my intent. I honestly had no idea that this would be the reaction...


"I chose to express my views through the democratic process, and I am deeply sorry for any harm or injury I have caused in doing so."

Can the supporters of the Yes side be that clueless to the harm they have done? Seriously, does anyone really believe that?

Read more here.

Btw, countdown to the Yes side calling this a witchhunt. In 3, 2..

This is why McCain lost

He continues to be clueless...

McCain says Palin didn't hurt bid

In his first interview since conceding the presidential election, John McCain said Tuesday that Sarah Palin did not damage his presidential bid and he dismissed anonymous criticism aimed at her following their crushing defeat.

"I'm so proud of her and I'm very grateful she agreed to run with me. She inspired people, she still does," McCain told Jay Leno during a "Tonight Show" interview taped for broadcast Tuesday night. "I couldn't be happier with Sarah Palin."

Thank God many were not...

Read more here.

New Star Trek Enterprise


I've got a bad feeling about this.

The more I see, the more I feel fans of TOS will be cringing uncomfortably in their seats...

London (Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger)

London (harder, better, faster, stronger) from David Hubert on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Protect Marriage, Prohibit Divorce.

See more funny videos at Funny or Die

Griffintown project delayed until 2010


Ha ha ha ha ha!

Seems they are having some financial difficulties putting up that much ugly.

La crise financière internationale nuit au projet immobilier de Devimco dans le quartier de Griffintown. La construction ne débutera pas avant le printemps 2010, a appris La Presse.

La planification du financement de la première phase de construction, qui représente 400 millions, est en effet décalée «de quelques mois». «Quatre cents millions, ça ne se trouve pas à Montréal et personne ne voudrait en ce moment financer 400 millions, dit le président de Devimco, Serge Goulet. Il faut un syndicat de banques international et, pour l'instant, les banques ne se prêtent même pas entre elles...»

Read more here and here.

$150 million rebuild plans for Temple of Artemis

Ambitious plans have been unveiled for the rebuilding of the Temple of Artemis - one of the original seven wonders of the world at Selçuk, near Izmir.

The Temple of Artemis, or Artemision in Greek, recalled in both Greek and Byzantine anthologies for its magnificence, was once one of the Seven Wonders of the World. After decades of vandalism, religious conflict and decay it is finally to be rebuilt.

Read more here.

Keith Olbermann on Prop 8

Monday, November 10, 2008

Obama shows Bush how big his jail cell will be


"About this big George. You'll love the orange suit..."

President Bush and first lady Laura Bush welcomed President-elect Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, to the White House on Monday afternoon.

Bush and Obama are holding a private meeting in the Oval Office, while the first lady gives the incoming first lady a tour of the residence.

Read more here.

Church and state: The issue of Prop. 8

Proposition 8 has passed, denying to some the right enjoyed by other citizens in California, the right to marry. Now, the central question for the courts to decide is: Are gays in California equal, or can members of certain churches declare them constitutionally inferior?

Read more here.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Indian satellite orbiting Moon


Wow. Well done.

India is celebrating the arrival of its Chandrayaan 1 spacecraft at the Moon.

An 817-second burn from the probe's engine on Saturday slowed Chandrayaan sufficiently for it to be captured by the lunar body's gravity.

The craft is now in an 11-hour polar ellipse that goes out to 7,502km from the Moon and comes as close as 504km.

Read more here.

Mormons And Catholics Upset At Being The Target Of Prop 8 Protests

They seemed to be surprised that their aid behind the stripping away of *existing* rights of Californians might have made some angry...

But if you think the person you are depriving of rights is not really a full person, then who cares?

It is disturbing that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is being singled out for speaking up as part of its democratic right in a free election.

Members of the Church in California and millions of others from every faith, ethnicity and political affiliation who voted for Proposition 8 exercised the most sacrosanct and individual rights in the United States - that of free expression and voting.

"every faith, ethnicity and political affiliation" may have had a hand it it, but their actions in voting Yes on Prop 8 are morally reprehensible.

"I was only following orders..."

Read more here.

Friday, November 07, 2008

An open apology to boomers everywhere

Dear boomers: We're sorry for rolling our eyes at you all these years. We apologize for scoffing at your earnestness, your lack of self-deprecation, your tendency to take yourselves a little too seriously. We can go ahead and admit now that we grew tired of hearing about the '60s and the peace movement, as if you had to live through those times to understand anything at all. It's true...

Read more here.

The Mormons asked for this


A move to repeal the Church's tax exempt status.

The Institute of Repression, aka the Mormon Church, may have a fight on their hands. If nothing else, it will help expose the ugly heart at the center of it.

Thank God for that.

Read more here.

Kim Jong-il doesn't need no stinking shadows

Dear Leader

There is fresh speculation about the health of North Korea's "Dear Leader" Kim Jong-il, amid suggestions that an image of Mr Kim may have been doctored.

The image, released on Wednesday, appeared to show Mr Kim in good health while inspecting two military units.

But an analysis by the UK's Times newspaper highlighted incongruities around the leader's legs, and the BBC found what look like mismatched pixels.

Read more here.

Site of the Office of the President Elect.

Read more here.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

LA Police beat protester at pro gay marriage demo in Los Angeles

How dare newly made second class citizens protest their rights taken away. They deserve every beating.

Television is bad for your eyes

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Caesar's British Landing Site Pinned Down

When Julius Caesar arrived off the coast of Britain with his hundred-ship force in August, 55 b.c., he was greeted by a host of defenders poised to hurl spears down on his invading army from the towering Dover cliffs. Seeking a better landing site, he sailed on a strong afternoon current and landed his troops at a beach seven miles away, according to his own account.

Caesar neglected to mention, however, whether he sailed southwest or northeast.

Read more here.

Californian Bigots have their day in the sun

Prop 8 passes. Or so it seems.

You disgust me. You are the scum of the earth.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

President Obama


God Bless Sarah Palin

Monday, November 03, 2008

Bulls-eye on the Mormons

Boy it must hurt to have your bigotry exposed for all to see...

A new commercial against proposition 8 in California is expected to fuel the fire of an already heated debate over gay marriage.

The commercial depicts two Mormon missionaries invading the home of a same sex couple...

...The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not happy with the tactics used in this commercial.

Scott Trotter with the Church released this statement,

“The Church has joined a broad-based coalition in defense of traditional marriage. While we feel this is important to all of society, we have always emphasized that respect be given to those who feel differently on this issue. It is unfortunate that some who oppose this proposition have not given the Church this same courtesy.”

"we have always emphasized that respect be given to those who feel differently on this issue"

Respect is the last thing the Mormons are showing, as respect would not lead you to take rights away.

They deserve to have all the light shone on them to expose them for what they are.

Seems the irony of their statements are lost on them:

" lows of religious bigotry and intolerance," said Yes on 8 Chairman Ron Prentice...No on 8 campaign has been running their own television commercials saying we must all oppose discrimination and intolerance whenever we see it."

The ad is "oppos[ing] discrimination and intolerance".

'Exceptional' Roman coins hoard

One of the largest deposits of Roman coins ever recorded in Wales, has been declared treasure trove.

Nearly 6,000 copper alloy coins were found buried in two pots in a field at Sully, Vale of Glamorgan by a local metal detector enthusiast in April.

After the ruling by the Cardiff coroner, a reward is likely to be paid to the finder and landowner.

It is hoped the coins will be donated to National Museum Wales, which has called the find "exceptional".

Read more here.

John Cleese and Keith Olbermann

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Jimmy Carr

The Mormons are Coming

Saturday, November 01, 2008

John Oliver - Terrifying Times