“One of the most interesting variations on the phonautograph was the one invented by Alexander Graham Bell. In the summer of 1874, one of Bell’s associates supplied him with the ear and part of the skull of a dead man. Bell attempted to attach a recording stylus to the ear and use it to inscribe a line on a smoked-glass plate. But the tympanum and the muscles that attached to the tiny bones of the inner ear were too dry, so Bell rubbed them with glycerin. It worked, and when Bell shouted into the dead man’s ear, the stylus recorded his speech on the glass. Nothing became of the ear phonautograph, but it may be the only case of a body part being used in making a sound recording.”—IEEEVM: The Phonautograph - creepy frankenstine side to the whole music-recording thing. Think about the ear phonautograph when bitching about your shitty old ipod.
“When you do a movie like this, a sequel that’s very, very anticipated, people anticipate ultimately that it’s going to be the Second Coming," Lucas told USA Today. "And it’s not. It’s just a movie. Just like the other movies. You probably have fond memories of the other movies. But if you went back and looked at them, they might not hold up the same way your memory holds up." In fact, he added, when expectations rise to such heights, "You’re not going to get a lot of accolades. … All you can do is lose.”—George Lucas on Indiana Jones IV, still reeling.
Ok, dal primo marzo Sky cinema trasmette tutti i film in 16/9, e fino a qui cosa buona, perchè ho una tv 16/9.
Il canale cinema 16/9 è stato quindi reso superfluo e cassato, sostituito dal nuovo sky cinema hits, e anche qui ok, programmazione diversificata, aumento dell’offerta, ok. Film di merda cinema hits comunque, ma forse sono io che lo accendo all’ora sbagliata.
fino a qui tutto ok insomma. Però una cosa grossa: tutto quello che non è un film (sui canali sky cinema) viene trasmesso sia letterboxed che pillarboxed. Cioè in pratica con una cornice nera tutto intorno, sui quattro lati. In pratica cartoline dal centro dello schermo. Non che sia terribile, però è stupido, e irritante: non si può licenziare qualcuno per questo?
“XXL: Are you following the presidential race?
DMX: Not at all.
XXL: You’re not? You know there’s a black guy running, Barack Obama and then there’s Hillary Clinton.
DMX: His name is Barack?!
XXL: Barack Obama, yeah.
DMX: What the f*ck is a Barack?! Barack Obama. Where he from, Africa?
XXL: Yeah, his dad is from Kenya. Barack Obama?
DMX: Yeah What the f*ck?! That ain’t no f*ckin’ name, yo. That ain’t that n*gga’s name. You can’t be serious. Barack Obama. Get the f*ck outta here.
XXL: You’re telling me you haven’t heard about him before
DMX: I ain’t really paying much attention.
XXL: I mean, it’s pretty big if a Black…
DMX: Wow, Barack! The n*gga’s name is Barack. Barack? N*gga named Barack Obama. What the f*ck, man?! Is he serious? That ain’t his f*ckin’ name. Ima tell this n*gga when I see him, “Stop that bullshit. Stop that bullsh*t” [laughs] “That ain’t your f*ckin’ name.” Your momma ain’t name you no damn Barack.”—
“How many ugly women selling records? None! Only the pretty ones sell records. Beyonce, Mary J, Keyshia Cole, the ugly ones don’t sell. I ain’t gon say no names, but they don’t sell records. They just be singing their little hearts out, but they don’t get no sales, cause they ugly. Now, that’s my fault? I can see this on TV now: ‘Snoop Dogg called me, ugly’. You beautiful on the inside, baby.”—
“Coach Mike Brown pulled James with 23 seconds left, and during the timeout a fan in a James jersey sprinted onto the court and met James in the huddle. As security mobbed the fan, James reached out and shook his hand as the fan said, “You’re my favorite player. I just wanted to meet you!” James said he appreciated the fan’s gesture (even saying “I respect him”) and that he wasn’t concerned with his safety. “I’m 6-9, 260,” he said. “I’m all right.” The fan was arrested.”—the always, always inspiring Lebron James.
“Basketball player LeBron James and supermodel Gisele Bündchen will mug for the cover of Vogue’s shape issue, according to the New York Post. This would break all the rules of a Vogue cover. Seldom does editrix Anna Wintour put on her cover: (a) more than one model, (b) a man, (c) a person of color. We looked back at ten years of Vogue covers and compiled a list and images of these three rare instances after the jump. We also discovered Gisele was the last lady to appear with a man (George Clooney) on the cover, proving life is just not fair.”—the always inspiring LeBron James
“I buy CDs all the time. I’ll go into a record store and just buy $500 worth of CDs. I will! I am singlehandedly supporting what’s left of the record business.”—Bruce Springsteen [USAT] (via peterwknox)