Saturday, June 14, 2008
A lot was said recently about Harrison Ford being too old to play Indiana Jones now. Sylvester Stallone can't be much younger than Ford, yet here he is, playing an action hero who goes through a lot more than Indy ever did, and playing it as convincingly as if he were thirty years younger.
The plot's simple. Missionaries want to go into Burma from Thailand. They ask Rambo to take them. He doesn't want to. He tells them they can't change anything. He relents. They're captured. Mercenaries are hired to get them out. Rambo goes along. Chaos ensues. If this is the kind of thing you like, believe me, you'll like this.
The database contains cumulative bibliographical information on books translated and published in about one hundred of the UNESCO Member States since 1979 and totals more than 1.700,000 entries in all disciplines: literature, social and human sciences, natural and exact sciences, art, history and so forth. It is planned to update the work every four months."
The Top 50 "writers" are right here.
It is the new classification that has been sanctioned for the object that was formerly known as the 'ninth planet'.
It is nearly two years since the International Astronomical Union (IAU) stripped Pluto of its former status as a 'proper' planet.
Now an IAU committee, meeting in Oslo, has suggested that small, nearly spherical objects orbiting beyond Neptune should carry the 'plutoid' tag."
Friday, June 13, 2008
Top 10 best places to live in the U.S. - Best places- msnbc.com: "Raleigh, N.C., it seems, is the best place to be in the U.S. right now.
It ranks No. 1 in Forbes’ 2008 list and was also top in 2007 -- consistent placement among these lists is truly rare. It ranks No. 2 in Kiplinger’s list this year (“Raleigh is a work in progress, but 2008 should be the turning point,” Kiplinger notes)."
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Victoria Advocate - Mutant beaver prowls Coleto Creek?: "What has webbed feet like a duck, scales on its tail but is furry and weighs about 80 pounds?
Hint: it is North America’s largest rodent that has made its home at the Coleto Creek Reservoir – an American Beaver.
While a lot of people haven’t heard of a beaver in Texas, Capt. Bill Guy, 78, of Victoria, swears its a beaver – a fat one at that – that lives on the banks of the reservoir."
TrekToday - Bill Dial Passes: "Steve Stoliar, former secretary to Dial, confirmed the death. 'Sorry to say, it's true. Bill Dial died of a heart attack at age sixty-six at his home in South Carolina. [Dial's obituary lists him as being sixty-four.] He'd had some health problems of late, and it finally caught up with him. He was a wonderful man whose influence on my life, personally and professionally, is incalculable. After he moved to Beaufort, we used to email each other whenever a celebrity would pass away, confessing varying degrees of sadness at their passing. Little did I know that Bill would be joining them so soon.'
Dial wrote for Star Trek He was a co-writer on Deep Space Nine: The Alternate and he wrote another episode for the series, Tribunal. Dial also penned a Star Trek: Voyager episode, writing the initial teleplay for Eye of the Needle.
But Dial is best known for writing the Turkeys Away episode of WKRP in Cincinnati where general manager Arthur Carlson stages a Thanksgiving promotion where twenty live turkeys are dropped from a helicopter over a shopping center to unsuspecting shoppers. The problem is, turkeys can't fly! The episode was rated by TV Guide as the fortieth greatest episode in television history."
The film will focus on how Athos, Porthos and Aramis first banded together to become the Three Musketeers.
'There aren't many branded properties like this out there, and it is a seller's market for the high-profile ones,' said Millenniun's Joe Gatta. 'You can either build one from scratch or find the ones that are available and of interest to audiences, which we did with Conan and Buck Rogers.'"
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
During a routine renovation project on a Colonial-era building, experts uncovered pieces of a wall as well as a basalt floor believed to have been part of a dark room where Montezuma meditated, archaeology team leader Elsa Hernandez said Monday."
iWon News - Ape applicant vies for star on Walk of Fame: "LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame have gone to the dogs, so why can't Cheeta the chimp get some love? The animal actor, whose credits include the 1967 comedy 'Dr. Doolittle' and the 'Tarzan' movies, is trying for the seventh time to get a sidewalk star and become the first monkey to get the honor. His handlers have launched an online petition to get supporters to urge the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to give him a star in 2009.
Each June, the Walk of Fame Committee picks from hundreds of nominations a list of inductees for the next year.
Cheeta's 'inclusion on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will not only give recognition to one of the international, animal megastars of all time, but focus attention on his fellow primates in the wilds of Africa who now face extinction,' the petition reads.
The petition notes that Cheeta's canine colleagues Lassie, and 1920s stars Rin Tin Tin and Strongheart are immortalized on the boulevard, along with fictional animals Kermit the Frog, Godzilla and Donald Duck."
He makes his bed, grabs his ID - and his GPS tracking device, reports CBS News correspondent Hari Sreenivasan.
At school, Joshua clicks his GPS. It sends a signal to a satellite and tells his truancy counselor that Josh is on time.
'Every 10 minutes it gives me a point on that individual,' said Tom Urrutia, program manager of the monitoring system.
Josh is part of a pilot program at Bryan Adams High School in Dallas to stop truancy. Last year, out of 185 school days, he had 160 unexcused absences."
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Great timeline, and a neat slideshow. Check it out.
Does the White House favor social programs based on politics?
'We need something really attractive to engage the gangs and the street kids, golf is the hook,' said J. Robert Flores, the administrator of the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention."
This guy is a genius. If someone had thought of this sooner, there would be no juvenile crime anymore. Off the streets and onto the links!
The deal is that all the employees of a shady espionage agency have to be killed. Their chief plans to do the job and then kill himself. But you know what people say about the best-laid plans. One of his employees has different ideas. And so do some others. Things go wrong, and it all gets complicated. It's bang-bang action from start to finish, and I enjoyed it immensely, even if I never did quite figure out exactly what precipitated the plan of everybody in the office having to die.
There are several little touches to let you know how much fun Swierczynski was having as he wrote the book. Part of it's set in Scotland, and as one of the characters (Keene) walks to work he sees a man and his dog:
"Wee thing -- the dog, that was. It had only three legs. The owner had only two, but looked haggard, if finely muscled.
"'Sorry, mate,' Keen said.
"The man smiled at him, and not in a particularly warm way."
I suspect that some of you can even guess the man's name. And then there's Charles Lee Vincent, from The Blonde. He's got another security job. You talk about a guy who has bad luck with security jobs, you're talking Charlie.
If you've read my earlier reviews of Swierczynski's work, you know I'm a fan. I think you will be to after reading this one, if you're not already.
Monday, June 09, 2008
dunhill - Luxury goods for men: "New! Sentryman Alligator Chassis Fountain Pen
A new addition to the Sentryman family is the Alligator Chassis Fountain Pen. The pre-eminent pen in the Sentryman collection features a brass barrel wrapped in a matt black alligator, a luxurious leather that has been precisely cut to ensure a perfect fit around the body of the pen. Only 1893 of this design have been produced."
The vessel is one of only a few such commercial ships dating from the late Classical period (mid-4th century B.C.) to have been discovered so well-preserved."
Paris Hilton parties for new TV show | The Sun |HomePage|Showbiz|Bizarre: "PARIS HILTON hit the Tao Club this weekend accompanied by a gaggle of beauties.
The heiress was filming in Las Vegas for her brand new reality show Paris Hilton's new BFF (that's Best Friend Forever if you're not up with the kids), in which Paris will choose one 'lucky' girl to be her new best buddy."
Sunday, June 08, 2008
Instead, wildlife officials ended up trapping a 6-foot long American crocodile in the surf Thursday."
Thanks to Surfin' Jeff Meyerson for the link.
Thanks to intrepid reporter Steve Stilwell for the link.
AUSTIN — An early morning fire at the Governor's Mansion today was intentionally set, a state fire investigator said.
State Fire Marshal Paul Maldonado declined to discuss further details but said there was no indication the fire was intended as a direct threat to Gov. Rick Perry.
No one was in the building, which has been closed several months for renovation, when the fire broke out. The governor has been living in a rented house in suburban Austin since last fall.
He and his wife, Anita, are in Stockholm, Sweden, finishing up a weeklong, trade-related trip to Europe.
The fire, discovered by security officers about 1:45 a.m., was under control by 6:30 a.m., but there were still hot spots in the building. Flames broke through a portion of the roof about 9:30 a.m. but were quickly extinguished.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was assisting the state Fire Marshal's office in the investigation. Maldonado indicated security cameras posted around the building were helpful to investigators.
But officials declined to discuss more details, including how an arsonist could have gone undetected by Department of Public Safety troopers assigned to secure the building and its grounds.
Damage to the 152-year-old historic structure is "extraordinary, bordering on catastrophic,'' including a partially collapsed roof, said Perry spokesman Robert Black.
Millions of dollars worth of antique furnishings, portraits and other heirlooms had been removed from the mansion and placed in storage before renovation began. But Black said it was impossible to calculate the historic value of the building itself.
He said officials hoped the first floor could be structurally salvaged, but there was more uncertainty about saving the second floor.
Ironically, one of the purposes of the renovation project was to install a sprinkler system in the building, which had none. Before work began, the mansion had a fire alarm system on the first floor but none on the second floor, where the governor and his family lived.
I have no idea how I'd have reacted if my daughter had found herself in Juno's situation. I hope I'd have been as understanding and supportive as the parents (Jonah Jameson, er, J. K. Simmons, and Allison Janney) in this movie, and I'd also hope that my daughter would have a friend like Leah (Olivia Thirlby).
The script had some very funny lines, and the whole cast did a fine job of delivering them. I'll be interested to see what Diablo Cody comes up with in her next produced script.
All in all, a nice, quiet movie that I enjoyed spending some time with.