Saturday, August 12, 2006
Friday, August 11, 2006
Costing $1,565, the 5150 had just 16K of memory - scarcely more than a couple of modest e-mails worth.
The machine was not the first attempt to popularise computing but it soon came to define the global standard.
It altered the way business was done forever and sparked a revolution in home computing."
13:21pm 11th August 2006
The youngest of the terror suspects arrested in the raids was a heavily pregnant woman from Hackney, London.
The Asian woman was taken by police handcuffed and still wearing pyjamas from a top floor flat in Denver Road."
Thursday, August 10, 2006
In 1951, the Warner Bros. film Distant Drums directed by Raoul Walsh starred Gary Cooper as Captain Quincy Wyatt, who leads a group of soldiers to stop some Seminole Indians from threatening settlers in early 19th Century Florida. During a scene in which the soldiers are wading through a swamp in the everglades, one of them is bitten and dragged underwater by an alligator.
As is usually the case with the making of a movie, the scream for that character was recorded later. Six short pained screams were recorded in a single take, which was slated 'man getting bit by an alligator, and he screams.' The fifth scream was used for the soldier - but the 4th, 5th, and 6th screams recorded in the session were also used earlier in the film when three Indians are shot, one after another, during a raid on a fort.
After Distand Drums, the recording was archived into the studio's sound effects library, and was re-used in many Warner Bros. productions."
[And many others from many studios. Thanks to the folks at Neatorama for reminding me of The Scream.]
Devil's Dream - Rev. Gary Davis
Me and the Devil Blues - Robert Johnson
Friend of the Devil - Grateful Dead
The Devil Ain't Lazy - Bob Wills
Christine's Tune (aka Devil in Disguise) - The Flying Burrito Brothers
(You're the) Devil in Disguise - Elvis Presley
Suzanne Beware of the Devil - Dandy Livingstone
Devil in his Heart - The Donays
It Must Have Been the Devil - Otis Spann
Devil's Hot Rod - Johnny Tyler
Devil Got My Woman - Skip James
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - Helen Humes and Count Basie
Devil with the Blue Dress On - Shorty Long
Devil's Haircut - Beck
Satan is Real - The Louvin Brothers
Race With the Devil - Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps
Way Down in the Hole - Tom Waits
Police say the reptile's owner left a message with the city's animal control office Monday morning notifying officials that the alligator was present and granting permission for the reptile to be removed."
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Wednesday, August 09, 2006
He conceded that was never an easy request, but it was up to everyone to ask 'what price our security, at what cost can we preserve our freedoms'.
The UK faced its 'most sustained period of severe threat since the end of World War II', the home secretary warned.
He urged people from all communities to help by being vigilant."
Firefighters and paramedics in Clermont are accused of using computers to view pornography, gamble and peruse women on the social Web site mySpace.com.
A source told Local 6 News that an investigation found that one of the city's fire stations was a gateway for the virus. The virus apparently shut down the system for days and deleted countless files."
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A state panel has disciplined a judge who ordered cheers in court for the Super Bowl-bound Seattle Seahawks before issuing a manslaughter sentence.
Pierce County Superior Court Judge Beverly Grant asked about 100 people in court to say 'Go Seahawks' before taking their seats on Feb. 3. Dissatisfied with the low volume of the response, she repeated the request."
Aug. 9, 2006 — Kevin Lafferty is a smart, cautious, thoughtful scientist who doesn't hate cats, but he has put forth a provocative theory that suggests that a clever cat parasite may alter human cultures on a massive scale.
His phone hasn't stopped ringing since he published one of the strangest research papers to come out of the mill in quite awhile.
The parasite, Toxoplasma gondii, has been transmitted indirectly from cats to roughly half the people on the planet, and it has been shown to affect human personalities in different ways.
Research has shown that women who are infected with the parasite tend to be more warm, outgoing and attentive to others, while infected men tend to be less intelligent and probably a bit boring. But both men and women who are infected are more prone to feeling guilty and insecure.
Other researchers have linked the parasite to schizophrenia. In an adult, the symptoms are like a mild form of flu, but it can be much more serious in an infant or fetus. Oxford University researchers believe high levels of the parasite leads to hyperactivity and lower IQ in children.
By HILARY RUSS
EDGARTOWN - Most people don't get to have their eulogy sung to them by Carly Simon in front of hundreds of people before they die.
Then again, most people aren't Art Buchwald."
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
wsmv.com - Entertainment - Lohan Wants To Visit Troops In Iraq: "NEW YORK -- Lindsay Lohan says she wants to travel to Iraq to entertain the troops, and she hopes to do it in the company of New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
In an interview that will run in the September issue of Elle Magazine, Lohan said she has been attempting to plan the trip for a number of months, 'but it seemed too dangerous.'
She also said her inspiration for the trip was Marilyn Monroe's visits to the troops during the Korean War. 'It's so amazing seeing that one woman just going somewhere, this beautiful sex kitten, who's basically a pinup, which is what I've always aspired to be,' said Lohan."
Sunny Randal is hired to bodyguard a movie actress who has dreams of becoming the first woman to play major league baseball. The next think you know, there's a murder, and the actress wants Sunny on the case.
I'm often said that I'm an unabashed fan of Robert B. Parker's books. I didn't much like Blue Screen, though. In the course of the story Sunny meets Jesse Stone, also the star of a Robert B. Parker series. To no one's surprise, Sunny and Jesse hit it off, and the next thing you know, they're having hot sex in various locations. Somehow I liked Jesse better when he was brooding about his problems and his ex-wife. I didn't want to see him and Sunny get together, but then I'm not writing the books. The mystery element isn't exactly a knock-out in Blue Screen, either. I had it nailed almost from the beginning, and I never figure things out. I've read that Parker has a YA novel coming in the spring. My disappointment in Blue Screen won't keep me from reading it.
Monday, August 07, 2006
This is probably the last slide show I'll be doing. It was a lot of fun, but it takes too much time. I wanted to do this one, though, because I think it's great. I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.
news from me: "I hope he'll forgive me for mentioning the number but it's not exactly a secret on the Internet. One of my personal heroes, Stan Freberg (seen above with his lovely spouse, Hunter) is eighty years old today. He is, as everyone knows, a fine actor, satirist, writer, voice actor, advertising genius, etc. He's also a very nice man whose friendship I treasure. It's a joy when one of your idols turns out to be as fine a human being as you could ever want him to be."
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Thug Lit - Todd Robinson, Writing About Wrongs: "This Issue of Thuglit:
A dentist helps put a bite into crime.
Does every man have a bullet with their name on it?
All Hell breaks loose at a diner when the waitress serves pie with a side of secrets.
Love thy neighbor. Love them to death. . . .
One generation initiates the next generation of gang-banger.
Too much is always more than enough in the drug biz.
Somebody is stalking a pedophile -- and it ain't Michael Jackson.
A safecracker's conscience gets the best of him on a job that's gone wrong, wrong, wrong.
Two government agents are on a mission -- but for who?
You better run -- when Boss Paul calls.
A woman comes between two men involved in some bad business.
A lesbian killer messes with. . . Aw, who the fuck are we kidding? Do you need more than that? C'mon. It's a lesbian freakin' killer for crissakes!!! "