February 28, 2007

Andrea posin'

New Andrea pic for my phone. We were eatin' at Salvatore's tonight and we sat out on the patio and discussed smells at grandmother's houses...

Variety.com - Academy threatens YouTube

Variety.com - Academy threatens YouTube:

"Academy threatens YouTube Site removes unauthorized Oscar clips

Web surfers will no longer be reliving the magic moments of the 2007 Oscarcast via YouTube. The vid-viewing site complied with a Tuesday request from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to remove all unauthorized clips of the kudocast.
Several segments of the show, including host Ellen DeGeneres' opening monologue and musical numbers featuring Will Ferrell and Beyonce, had been among YouTube's most-viewed content this week.
Ferrell's musical lament about how comedies never win Oscars, sung with Jack Black and John C. Reilly, had racked up more than 250,000 views on YouTube before it was replaced with the message 'This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.'
Ric Robertson, exec administrator for the Academy, said the organization had its content pulled 'to help manage the value of our telecast and our brand.'"

Online addict dies after "marathon" session | Tech&Sci | Internet | Reuters.com

Cmon people! Go outside or something. I can see these stories getting more and more common as technology advances. Humans are lazy by nature... Read on...

Online addict dies after "marathon" session Tech&Sci Internet Reuters.com:

"BEIJING (Reuters) - An obese 26-year-old man in northeastern China died after a 'marathon' online gaming session over the Lunar New Year holiday, state media said on Wednesday.
The 150-kg (330-lb) man from Jinzhou, in Liaoning province, collapsed on Saturday, the last day of the holiday, after spending 'almost all' of the seven-day break playing online games, the China Daily said, citing his parents.
Xu Yan, a local teacher, said the 'dull life' during the holiday prompted many people to turn to computer games for entertainment.
'There are only two options. TV or computer. What else can I do in the holiday as all markets, KTV and cafeterias are shut down?' the paper quoted Xu as saying.

View SlideshowChina has seen an alarming rise in the number of teenage and young adult Internet addicts in recent years, despite attempts to restrict minors from cybercafes and limit online game playing times.
About 2.6 million -- or 13 percent -- of China's 20 million Internet users under 18 are classed as addicts, state media have reported."

Emily's blog on writing

My friend Emily wrote this little blog about her writing last night. I thought it was good enough to share with anyone into the arts, entertainment and writing. Great advice!

ars faux-etica Current mood: frustrated

I.this is what i just hate seeing in my department: people trying to justify their depth through vague references and carbon copy poetry. your literary worth is not measured through how many contests you win. you're always learning, so always be willing to learn. listen to what everyone has to say, even if it isn't helpful. you'll still learn from it. just don't be everyone at once, don't be your friends, don't be someone else's siamese twin. people shouldn't be saying you're the same person as someone else, or that your writing is just like so-and-so's. it disgusts everyone when you obviously can't be yourself.


III.people that aren't willing to learn and change in art drive me absolutely up the wall. improve or get out. it all goes back to the mathemetician that doesn't do his problem the same way expecting different results. stop writing fanfiction; nobody respectable actually writes it. stop writing about vampires or romance novels; it's not what you're here for. if you must write about something you don't know, research the fuck out of it. there will always be someone combing over the details, willing to call you out. there will always be a grammar nazi. fucking deal with it--better your classmates than an agent or an editor who will just send your shit back with a useless rejection letter.

IV. assume that nobody cares and it's your job to make them. do critique; it doesn't matter how shitty yours went. in addition, read every critique sheet, even though you know the person has nothing helpful to say. maybe you'll be surprised, or completely disappointed. you're not in a classroom of scholars; deal. yes you'll have to do a ton of stupid exercises. just do them. just read everything given to you. just keep it all, put it in a notebook. later when you're a senior you'll wish you still had all those handouts; you'll want to go back to all the basics you skipped over and refresh your memory.

V. burnout is just a lie. you either have what it takes or you don't.

VI. i'll be writing for the rest of my life, regardless of what happened in high school.i enjoy every fucking second of it.

From: http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=2717762&blogID=235496417&indicate=1

February 27, 2007

The drain on the back dock.


Sky with plane over The Summit

Sky at evening from the back door of Cheesecake. That's a plane right above that light pole. Check out some of my real photography stuff on my FLICKR site