Thursday, December 13, 2012
This made me start to wonder is this what they do to make cars go to extreme lengths? Think about it when is the last time you saw a picture of a celebrity at a gas station and filled up. Even though with hydraulic fracturing there is no need for any of these systems it is always a mind teaser to think Hollywood is more then smoke and mirrors. Fossil fuels will always be the main way to feed your need for speed but there is nothing wrong with making every drop go farther. As movies progress hopefully writers and directors will finally figure out that you can keep a person into the story a little more with just one refuel scene.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Affrilachian Poet and native West Virginian Crystal Good reads "BOOM BOOM," a poem reflecting on strip mined mountains and women who take off their clothes for money. Good says, "I see the mountain as a woman. This poem is about strip mining as much as it is about gender. A heavy equipment operator working on an above ground mine site is doing what he feels he has to do -- sometimes life doesn't give us many options and sometimes the consequences of few employment options are more than we expected. It's hard for a stripper to reclaim her reputation -- it's impossible to put back a stream or a mountain top once it's gone."
As a member of the Affrilachian (African-American- Appalachian) Poets, she has been a featured poet/speaker at several universities and colleges. “Valley Girl” is her first book of poetry. The poems explore themes in quantum physics, Appalachian culture, gender equality, and mountaintop removal. She is dedicated to growing opportunities and the quality of life for West Virginians with the hope of spreading the perseverance of a Mountaineer across America. Crystal Good lives in West Virginia with her three sons.
To order a copy of Valley Girl, contact Good at email@example.com .
Monday, November 12, 2012
Applications for “Oprah’s Farm” for a beverage and catering service and “Oprah’s Harvest” were also submitted for this fall. The addresses for the applicant’s include the Wilshire Boulevard addresses of Winfrey’s business and the Chicago address of Winfrey’s Harpo Inc., offices.
Winfrey already owns hundreds of acres in Maui, which include a large farm and a bed and breakfast. The trademarks were filed for Oprah’s farm on Maui to enable the farm to grow and distribute produce on Maui and throughout the Hawaiian Islands. (New York Post, 11/11/2012)
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Earth Dog’s mission is to teach kids to be good stewards of their planet and take charge of their environmental future by advocating for a cleaner, healthier world. The eBook leads towards future key environmental themes, including CLIMATE change, clean air and water and wildlife conservation.
The story chronicles Earth Dog’s transformation from a junkyard dog into an Environmental super-hero dedicated to the task of fighting pollution. Earth Dog educates young people around the world about environmental issues affecting our planet. He teaches problem solving skills through understanding and cooperation. The environment is the #1 concern amongst students in the classroom today. Every kid wants a dog, and they’ll love Earth Dog!
This is the story of how a junkyard dog, once content with just chasing cats and eating out of trash cans, had an experience that changed his life forever. From a pup with no direction, Earth Dog became an Environmental Superhero. Earth Dog’s future Adventures & Contest make math, science and reading fun for kids of all ages. They join his adventures to save the Earth by finding creative solutions to pressing environmental problems. Kids can even submit their own ideas, which may be selected for use in future Earth Dog episodes. New features available in this Earth Dog Book include professional narration and digital artwork for each scene. By combining the original text and artwork of Earth Dog with features that entertain and promote reading, this Earth Dog Book appeals to readers of all ages.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Around minute 2:25, there are lyrics on hydraulic fracturing:
“Fracking deep for oil, but there’s nothing in the sump/There’s kids all picking at the garbage dump/I’m running out of water so I better prime the pump/I am trying to stay sober but I end up drunk …”We like the song. Very strong backbeat. And rocking guitar. Don't know if the Stones are that informed about fracking though.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Prince and Van Jones Team Up Promote Sustainable Communities
Rebuild the Dream is a movement for inventive and community-based solutions that can fix our economy from the ground up. Rebuild the Dream is collaborating with the legendary Prince, at his upcoming shows in Chicago starting September 24, to lead the way to more vibrant and sustainable communities.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
"Cloud Atlas" ia a movie directed by Andy and Lana Wachowski that explores how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. The movie is based on the 2004 novel Cloud Atlas, the third book by British author David Mitchell. With six storylines (ranging from the 19th century to the post-apocalyptic future), actors like Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in multiple roles.
The movie, like the novel consists of six stories that take the reader from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. Each tale is revealed to be a story that is read (or observed) by the main character in the next. All stories but the last are interrupted at some moment, and after the sixth story concludes at the center of the book, the novel "goes back" in time, "closing" each story as the book progresses in terms of pages but regresses in terms of the historical period in which the action takes place. Eventually, readers end where they started, with Adam Ewing in the Pacific Ocean, circa 1850.
The Pacific Journal of Adam Ewing
Pacific Ocean, circa 1850. Adam Ewing, an American notary's account of a voyage home from the remote Chatham Islands, east of New Zealand. The next character discovers this story as a diary on his patron's bookshelf.
Letters from Zedelghem
Zedelgem, Belgium, 1931. Robert Frobisher, a penniless young English musician, finds work as an a composer living in Belgium. This story is saved in the form of letters to his friend (and implied lover) Rufus Sixsmith, which the next character discovers after meeting Sixsmith.
Half-Lives: The First Luisa Rey Mystery.
Buenas Yerbas, California, 1975. Luisa Rey, a journalist, investigates reports that a new nuclear power plant is unsafe, with the help of Sixsmith who as a respected nuclear physicist has become a whistleblower. The next character is sent this story in the mail, in the form of a manuscript for a novel.
The Ghastly Ordeal of Timothy Cavendish
United Kingdom, early 21st century. Timothy Cavendish, a vanity press publisher, flees the brothers of his gangster client. He gets confined against his will in a nursing home from which he cannot escape. The next character watches a movie dramatisation of this story.
An Orison of Sonmi~451
Nea So Copros (Korea), near future. Sonmi~451, a genetically-engineered fabricant (clone) server at Papa Song's diner (a proxy for large fast-dining chains), is interviewed before her execution after she rebels against the totalitarian society that created and exploited her kind. The next character watches Sonmi's story projected holographically in an "orison," a futuristic recording device.
Sloosha's Crossin' an' Ev'rythin' After
Hawaii, post-apocalyptic distant future. Zachry, a tribesman living a primitive life after most of humanity dies during "the Fall," is visited by Meronym, a member of the last remnants of technologically-advanced civilization. This story is told when the protagonist is an old man, to seemingly random strangers around a campfire. (Wiki)
Monday, August 6, 2012
First it could not happend by accident. Some nefarious technology definitely cause the total global outage. Wow. What a weapon. But something went wrong. Kind of like the first nuclear bomb test when the scientists were not sure that it wouldn't ignite the entire atmosphere. They set it off anyway. Fortunately the entire atmosphere did not ignite. In the case of the electricity neutralization weapon, it screwed up 'electricity.' Let us speculate about how this could be done.
Finally, various electromagnetic pulses (EMP) would not neutralize electricity on Earth forever. Thus our electron spin neutralization theory is a better explanation than an EMP. (NBC)
Thursday, August 2, 2012
The problem is no air can pass through the blades to provide lift via the Bernoulli Principle. It would never get off the ground. Moreover, it doesn't have a tail rotor to offset the torque from the main rotor. There are some kind of rotors in the front left and right of the aircraft, but they appear to be pointing in the wrong direction to serve as stablizing rotors.
Nice look for the movies, but would not work in the real world.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
The Big Bang Theory
Game of Thrones
Lead actress in drama
Kathy Bates, Harry’s Law
Glenn Close, Damages
Claire Danes, Homeland
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Damian Lewis, Homeland
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Best competition reality show
The Amazing Race
Dancing with the Stars
So You Think You Can Dance
Best comedy actress
Zooey Deschanel, The New Girl
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike and Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation
Best comedy actor
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louic C.K., Louie
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Best supporting actress, comedy
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Kathryn Joosten, Desperate Housewives
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie
Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Best supporting actor, comedy
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
Max Greenfield, The New Girl
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live
Best supporting actress, drama
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Archie Panjabi, The Good Wife
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Best supporting actor, drama
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
Giancarlo Esposito, Breaking Bad
Brendan Coyle, Downton Abbey
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Jared Harris, Mad Men
Best miniseries or movie
American Horror Story
Hatfield and McCoys
Hemingway and Gellhorn
Outstanding variety series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
Thursday, July 5, 2012
The Video Producer position is responsible for the video production process, which includes pre-producing, writing, shooting, editing, budgeting and distributing web videos, coverage of Greenpeace actions and events, and promotional materials. With the Senior Video Producer, the two-person team also coordinates in-house technology upgrades and oversees freelance videographers as needed in various locations around the country.
The position requires proactive communications with other departments to drive relevant productions, to gather information and to schedule and produce appropriate visual and audio content in a timely and efficient manner. The Video Producer is a member of strategic planning teams that develop strategies for the use of videos in Greenpeace campaigns. The Video Producer -- working with the Senior Video Producer -- will be responsible for consistent quality and brand impact of Greenpeace video productions.
Produce content such as web videos, news packages, and promotional materials. Many projects include everything from writing, budgeting and pre-production through shooting, editing, web and news distribution, as well as post-production workflow management (for example transcribing, mastering, and asset management of source files).
Ensure high production values on all audio and video elements produced by Greenpeace USA in accordance with Greenpeace production guidelines.
Work creatively and collaboratively with the online, program, media and grassroots teams and other staff.
Think through and around video production process, developing realistic alternative strategies and approaches.
Hire and supervise external video consultants such as videographers, editors, producers, writers, and other video consultants as needed for pre- and post-production. Maintain and grow the database of external video consultants.
Write and maintain contracts with production vendors such as music licensing and stock footage companies.
Maintain and upgrade existing video production and post-production equipment.
Perform other duties as needed and directed by the Director of Visual Communications and Senior Video Producer.
The following requirements (behaviors and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.
Editorial Judgment - demonstrates judgment based on a thorough understanding of Greenpeace production guidelines, target audience, campaign and department objectives. Makes the right editorial decisions, taking account of conflicting views where necessary.
Creative Thinking - able to transform creative ideas into practical reality. Can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and come up with creative solutions.
Planning and organization - able to think ahead in order to establish efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritizes and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources. Possesses strong attention to detail to ensure delivery of broadcast quality videos. Organizes equipment and completed videos in accordance with departmental best practices.
Communication - able to get Greenpeace news and promotional messaging understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information.
Managing relationships and team working - able to build and maintain effective working relationships internally and externally. Works co-operatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively.
Resilience - manages personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with provocative situations. Demonstrates an approach to work that is characterized by commitment, motivation and energy.
Flexibility - adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups. Able to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change, and to change or easily accept changes in one’s own organization or job requirements.
- Minimum of 3 years of video production experience.
- Complete working knowledge of the entire production process, from pre-production through distribution.
- Strong shooting skills (including basic lighting, and use of Sony XDCAM and Canon DLSR cameras).
- Final Cut Pro expertise and creative editing skills.
- Knowledge of additional software including Motion and/or After Effects a plus.
- Familiarity with all steps in preparing videos for online delivery, including understanding of codec and compression options.
- High attention to detail and handling of post-production workflow.
- Ability to juggle multiple projects at once.
- Ability to work well in a broadcast team environment, including talent, producers and directors, under strict time deadlines (videos are often produced and edited in the field, demanding extremely fast turnaround for news delivery).
- Strong networking skills and familiarity with video professionals in other parts of the country a plus.
- Willingness and ability to work varied schedules as necessary to complete projects.
- Ability to travel to remote broadcast sites on occasion, as assigned.
Greenpeace USA values a healthy work-life balance and has flexible, family-friendly employment policies. Our competitive benefits package for full-time employees includes medical, dental, and vision coverage with low contributions from staff. We have options for pre-tax flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care costs. Greenpeace employees enjoy generous 401K matching and time off for vacation, sick, personal, and parental leave. After five years, staff are eligible for a paid sabbatical. To encourage public transportation use and biking, we offer subsidies for staff who choose to bike or ride mass transit to work. Greenpeace is committed to the growth and development of staff and fostering a creative workplace culture. For more information, check out our benefits plan.
Please send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the following in your cover letter: a specific explanation of your interest in Greenpeace’s mission and the available position and how you found out about this career opportunity. Please use the email subject line: Video Producer Position – YOUR NAME. Application deadline is July 20th. No phone calls please.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Baldwin and Contogouris had sought about $17 million from Costner and his business partner, Patrick Smith. The jury, which deliberated for less than two hours, made no award of damages.
Costner's attorneys argued that Baldwin and Contogouris were not entitled to any payments because they sold their shares in the company before the deal with BP was sealed.
Plaintiffs' attorney James Cobb had repeatedly accused Costner and Smith of lying about the nature of his communication with BP executives before they sealed the deal.
In the deal, BP agreed to make an $18 million deposit for the $52 million order for 32 oil and water separation devices. Baldwin and Contogouris claim they were duped out of part of BP's $18 million deposit.
Both actors once invested in Ocean Therapy Solutions, the company that acquired the rights to sell the oil-separating centrifuges. Baldwin said he was a major force in promoting the devices, which he hoped to showcase in a documentary about the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst U.S. offshore oil spill.
BP never used the oil separators because the company sealed the blown-out Macondo well before they could be delivered. The case is Contogouris et al v. WestPac Resources, LLC et al, U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Louisiana, No. 2:10-cv-04609. (MSNBC)
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Hollywood writers and directors are turning to scientists to make their fantasies more plausible. That’s thanks to the Science and Entertainment Exchange, which launched in Los Angeles in 2008 with a $1.1 million grant from the National Academy of Sciences. With 800 scientists on its roster, the exchange has arranged nearly 500 consultations between California creative types and scientists.
The Science & Entertainment Exchange is a program of the National Academy of Sciences that connects entertainment industry professionals with top scientists and engineers to create a synergy between accurate science and engaging storylines in both film and TV programming. In April, 2012, The Exchange celebrated its 450th consult. Past consults include films such as Apollo 18, The Avengers, Dr. Strange, Green Lantern, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Tron: Legacy, among others, as well as hit television programs like Castle, Covert Affairs, Fringe, The Good Wife, House, Lost and more.
The National Academy of Sciences is an honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research, which — under its Congressional charter — provides advice to the Nation on science and technology. (Wash Post, 6/8/2012)
Monday, June 4, 2012
A trial opened Monday for Baldwin’s claims that Costner and business partner Patrick Smith duped him and a friend out of their shares of an $18 million deal for BP to buy oil-separating centrifuges after the April 2010 spill.
During opening statements, Costner’s attorney said his client played no role in Baldwin’s decision to sell his shares in a company that marketed the centrifuges to BP for $1.4 million. Baldwin’s lawyer told jurors that Costner and Smith spun a web of lies that cheated his client out of millions of dollars. (Wash Post 6/4/2012)
Saturday, May 19, 2012
The blockbuster superhero movie, “The Avengers,” includes a fight over a fictional energy source known as the “Tesseract.” The Tesseract is an ancient artifact of unimaginable power. The Cosmic Cube appears in several films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in which it is called the Tesseract.
The Tesseract is one of the most powerful artifacts in the universe. It holds great power that is almost unlimited. It has enough power to destroy an entire planet. The Tesseract has the capability to open rifts through space and time.
A tesseract is in principle obtained by combining two cubes. The scheme is similar to the construction of a cube from two squares: juxtapose two copies of the lower dimensional cube and connect the corresponding vertices. Each edge of a tesseract is of the same length. In geometry, the tesseract, also called an 8-cell or cubic prism, is the four-dimensional analog of the cube.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The Center for Environment, Commerce and Energy (Center) established a partnership with the Greater Union Baptist Church (GUBC) to operate an environmental tour called the “Compton To Catalina Program,” which takes students and other young people from Compton, California to Catalina Island. The Center and the California Center for Economic Initiatives (CCFEI) are also partnering under the Compton To Catalina Program to expose Compton youth to boat repair and to provide technical training services.
The Center initiated its Compton-To-Catalina Program on Saturday, April 21, 2012, which is the day before Earth Day. The program began with a press conference at the Greater Union Baptist Church in Compton, California. Participants then traveled to Long Beach, California to board the Catalina Express to make the one hour trip to the island. Once on Santa Catalina Island, the participants boarded the Emerald submersible to observe underwater life around the island. Finally, participants toured Southern California Edison's electricity generating plant at Pebbly Beach, the island's primary electricity generation source.
The Compton To Catalina Program is being operated thanks to a grant from Southern California Edison.
GUBC recruits people to participate in the Compton To Catalina (CTC) Program. The Center makes arrangements for the tours and facilitates educational experiences for the students. Each is a daylong affair that includes transportation to Long Beach, where the tours originate. Participants have escorts at all times and activities on the island are arranged to maximize the environmental experience.
We utilize the transport services of Catalina Express. Passengers on board Catalina Express can expect to arrive in Catalina in about an hour from Long Beach. The Catalina Express fleet consists of eight high-speed vessels including four catamarans. The largest vessel in operation, the Catalina Jet has the capacity to carry nearly 500 passengers across the channel. Catalina Express offers up to 30 round trips daily
There are numerous activities available on Catalina Island, including: an Eco Tour Zip Line, hiking, biking, camping, swimming, snorkeling, diving, sightseeing, dining, shopping or relaxing, to name a few. Our main activities include a submersible ride to view submerged vegetation and fish species and an electricity power plant tour.
The Center, GUBC and CCFEI are providing important environmental and technical services to the youth of Compton, California. This partnership provides a rich environmental experience for participants. The Center will engage institutions and individuals to support the program.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Album of the year:
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
By Korben Dallas
Now that "Entourage" is off the air to prepare a movie for theater release, "House Of Lies" is my favorite program. Even beating out "Boardwalk Empire." Don Cheadle is great in this type of role, which he showed in the movie "Crash." His laid back roles do not do him justice. Are you listening producers of the "Oceans Eleven" films? I guess Don needed to have control of the product to really let his light shine. He is the show's primary producer.
Don Cheadle stars as Marty Kaan, one of the country’s most successful and ruthless corporate consultants. By day, Marty and his team are duplicitous, foul-mouthed, money-grubbing slimeballs and after hours they charge impressive steak-dinner and strip-bar tabs to the clients. "House of Lies" is like a mix of other shows, including "Californication," "Entourage," "Shameless," "Weeds," and "Boardwalk Empire" (without the violence). Marty talking directly to the screen is also utilized in a dynamic form, particularly when he freezes action and describes his 'victims' and uses graphics and pens to highlight his points. It is a uniquely interesting device that adds to the coolness of the show. We are fascinated by sharks, but we don't want to get in the water with them.
Marty’s team is peopled by an interesting supporting cast. They are not as strong as the "Entourage" ensemble, but they are interesting caricatures — a Harvard nerd who crunches numbers (Josh Lawson), an overconfident dork (Ben Schwartz) and a pretty striver (Kristen Bell) who mistakenly seeks validation by being as naughty and tough as the guys. At home, Marty lives in a high-rise L.A. condo with his retired-shrink father (Glynn Turman) and his son, Roscoe (Donis Leonard Jr.). There is also Marty's gender-questioning fifth-grade son who auditions for the female lead in his private school’s production of “Grease.” Marty also has to cope with his batty ex-wife (Dawn Olivieri), a cruel competitor in the consulting game. They work out their issues with occasional bouts of hate-sex. (Wash Post, 1/6/2012, photo courtesy Wash Post)
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
I'm Back! Family & Friends," Sly revamps "Thank You" and ramps it up at least 33%. Everything is firing more potently.
The energy level is raised on the new version as to render the original version as just an incredible Top 10 hit. The new version lifts the 60's hit to a cult like status. In other words, there is 'the Stone sound,' but Sly got back on his game by elevating his own greatist hit, "Thank You."
Oh. And there is that unadvertised "Music Lover" at the end of the Dance To The Music Extended Version. Sly has left a lasting legacy if this is to be his last disk. Put out your best stuff while you're still alive, Sly. Cause you know they are going to put it out after you are gone.