Saturday, January 23, 2010

Happy birthday Dlisted

(h\t to Becky to for getting me hooked)

Michael K brings some funny shit every day and I have stolen phrases like "day-shift hooker" from him. Go read that shit here. Blame Becky.
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Rickrolling the lord



And two more with the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme:

Song of the day: "Redemption Song"

As done by Rihanna, a charity release for Haitian relief.

Friday, January 22, 2010

A-fucking-men!

I don't want to hear anyone whine without making Republicans filibuster. I want to watch John McCain read the phone book!

I guess now is as good a time as ever to start smoking

(h/t Towleroad)

Men's Fitness reports:
New study links masturbation and prostate cancer: "According to a new research out of the UK, men who have frequent sex in their twenties and thirties were at a greater risk of developing prostate cancer later in life. What's even more unusual is that researchers showed that young men who masturbated frequently, as opposed to those who have sex frequently with a partner, were at an even greater risk of developing prostate cancer."

Okay, you know what, science people, shut up.

Like 12 years ago I heard that if one were to have masturbated regularly it actually helped prevent prostate cancer. Now the opposite? This is like eggs, and non-oxynol 9, and, I don't know, carbs.

Except now, you've made it personal. Well, the non-oxynol 9 thing was a little personal.

And the carbs.

But still, masturbation... shit.

Legal, free, and pleasurable... and you have to put a warning on it.

Funny

(h\t Kassie)
From Mashable (here), this combines the NBC logo with the Twitter "fail whale." Go Team CoCo!

And now this.

Song of the day: "The Girl and the Robot"

This is Royksopp featuring Robyn. There should be umlauts over the first "o" in Royksopp. But I don't think the lack of a diacritical mark will distract from its whole (making a stirring motion with my hand) Euro-thing.

Why would USPS inspect DHL?

But I'm glad they did, since their scan confirms not only the presence of an ATM card, but also its amount. Magic!


United States Postal Inspection Service,
P.O. box 555, new York NY 10116-0555
Email: uspi2@gmx.us

This is to notify you that we have intercepted your parcel from DHL courier service, they where delivering your package when we stopped it for security reasons stated below:

1. Our scanning system has detected that your parcel contains a confirmable ATM card to the tune of $1,500,000.00 dollars. 2. Such ATM card coming from Europe, African or Asia is been verified by the postal inspection service to ascertain its authenticity. After all the verification on the ATM card, having contacted the issuing institution who made it known to our office that the ATM card is a genuine one and not illegally acquired. We have also forwarded the serial number of the ATM card to the Treasury department and they confirmed that the card is Authentic and ready to be cashed at any ATM machines.

To continue with the delivery of this parcel you are oblige to obtain from Spain, a duly sworn affidavit from the High court this will back up the origin of Fund. This is in line with the Anti-Terrorist campaign which the USA government has embarked on recently to protect territories from future attacks, you should therefore contact the sender of the or the DHL courier agent in Madrid Spain to get the sworn affidavit for you while we wait to receive from you the affidavit file number to enable us forward your ATM card to your address. Below is his contact. Note the cost of the affidavit is 89 Euros do not hesitate to remit the amount to him. Name: Dr. Frank Pablo Sanchez Email: fpabsan@gazeta.pl

The ATM card will then be forwarded to you, you will be sure of a genuine ATM card. This is done for your interest considering the rate which fraudulent and stolen cheques and ATM card are been sent to innocent citizen and most times put them in problem.

Sincerely, William Gilligan
Timothy Gale Puckett

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Quote of the day

"I've been married to her for 30 years, I'd do anything for her."--John Edwards, philanderer and bastard baby-daddy with the slightly insane Rielle Hunter (nee Lisa Jo Druck) on Elizabeth Edwards

EXCEPT STAY FAITHFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Call me Madam!

I love that I share a "common name" with the alleged deceased as my last name is "Jones." I guess Portland OR was the closest Jones to Holland.

Dear Sir/Madam,

Many apologies that I had to send you this email without a prior relationship between us; my name is Mr.Gert J.Kramer, A member of the supervisory board of ABN AMBRO Group and a Former member advisory Council of ABN AMRO Holding N.V now based in United Kingdom ,I have however contacted you with the hope of presenting you as the beneficiary (next of kin) to one of our late client in our Bank in Holland who’s Bonded Depository Account with the Bank in Holland worth 15 million Euros has remain unclaimed, I figured out that since you share a common name with him I decided to Contact you with this privileged information regarding his account, this is as a result of the fact that my late client has nobody left to claim this fund.

If such an account is not claimed or renewed to commence another tenure of 7years, a 6months period of grace is granted to the account holder or his designated beneficiary, a probate order of Mandamus is then issued to provide such a beneficiary whereby failure to do so at the end of it’s expiration the funds will be quarantined and shared amongst the Directors of the Bank at the end of the fiscal year.

I bore in mind your personality and reputation of which the same apply to me, on this light I then deemed it fit to assure you that the Funds will be cleared in accordance with the firm's operational procedures to ensure the transaction success without a breach of the law.

One thing is certain, with the relevant legal documents that I will get to back you up the funds release will be approved for onward release to you.

If this is okay with you then get back to me so that I give you more details.

Let it be known to you that this 15,000,000 Euros will be split equally that is 50% for you and 50% for me.

I will want you to get back to me as soon as possible if you are willing to assist in getting these funds, or you can give me a call on my number below.

Regards

Mr.Gert.J.Kramer
gertkramer@mail.kz
+44 70359 33773

$32 million isn't much, so one of you take this

NOTE: I am making this bold and italics which is how it appears in the email

Dear Friend,

I am Mr. Daniel Anthony the Manager, Bills And Exchange at the Foreign Remittance Department in a Bank. Actually, I have a very urgent & confidential Business Proposition for you & for our veral mutual interest.On the 6th of March 2001,our Customer, an American National,late Douglas .J.Stone , an Oil Merchant / Contractor with the Federal Governmet of Nigeria, deposited, a valued amount of US$32Million in my branch.Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarded address but got no reply. After a month we sent a reminder, & finally we discovered from his contract employers NNPC, that late Douglas .J.Stone ,until his death Eight ( 8 ) years ago in a ghastly terrorist attack to American Airline flight 175 from Boston to Los Angeles,crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center (WTC) with 86 people on board. All occupants of the Aeroplane unfortunately lost their lives.

On further investigation, I found out that he did not leave a WILL and all attempts to trace his Next of kin were ruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that late Douglas .J.Stone , did not declare any Next of kin in all his official documents.This sum US$32Million is still floating in the bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one came forward to claim it. According to Nigeria Laws, at the expiration of 9years,the money will revert to the Ownership of the Nigerian Government if nobody applies to claim the funds.Consequently,my proposal is that i willl like you as a foreigner to stand in as a Next of kin of late Douglas .J.Stone . This is simple. All I require is your honest and co-operation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from a breach of the law. I will want you to send to me on your return email, the following information for the transfer in your favor

1. Your Full Name..............................................

2. Your contact address...................................

3. Your Tel/Fax Numbers:...............................
Let's consider that our ratio of sharing will be as stated Thus
1. I as the riginator of the Fund will take 50% of the transferable
2.You as the Manager of the Fund will take 50% of the transferable Fund.

Most importantly, CONFIDENTAILITY as what I saw as the life wire to the success of the transfer of this Fund must have to be emulated between you and me. You have to use this media to promise me that you will no in anyway expose the content of this transaction to anybody be it your Friends, Colleagues and Co-Workers.I will also want you to send your reply to this email: (danielanthony65@yahoo.com) as soon as you get this mail to enable us discuss on the modalities and processes for success of this transaction. Thanks for your anticipated cooperation and understanding. I wait for your kind response.

Regards

Mr. Daniel Anthony

Shocking (yawn) news of the day

From CNN: Former Sen. John Edwards (D, NC) admits that he fathered a baby with his mistress (Reille Hunter, nee Lisa Jo Druck), something he earlier denied.

Wow. No shit? I would have NEVER guessed that.

A narcissistic politician who thinks he won't get caught, I guess there's a first time for everything.

Song of the day: "This Is The New Year"

Someone named Ian Axel. It has a theatricality to it, a little Queen-ish.

When "Microsoft" and "FIFA" collide

So this announcement came from an email where the name field was set to Microsoft Corporation World (a different scam) but this content is all about the World Cup. I guess that's a thing...

SOUTH AFRICAN FIFA WORLD CUP 2010 INTERNET LOTTERY PROMOTION

International Football Associations Board [IFAB]
Confederation of African Football [CAF]
In Conjunction With: 2010 world cup lottery promotion
Organizing Committee for FIFA World Cups (TM)
For the South Africa 2010 world cup
E-Mail: clmsdepartment4@gmail.com

Dear: Lucky Winner,

we are happy to announce to you that your email address as indicated was drawn and attached to ticket number 008795727498 with serial numbers BTD/9080648302/2010, and drew the lucky numbers 13-15-16-21-34-36-(8), which subsequently won you the total sum of (USD$1,950.000.00) ONE MILLION NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS. The draws registered as Draw number one was conducted in (ZURICH, SWITZERLAND) These Draws are commemorative as such special that you don’t need to buy any ticket to enter the draws.

Note: that this program is being sponsored by FIFA Organizing Committee in Association with the South African National Lottery, to create awareness for the upcoming 2010 FIFA world Cup first time ever in Africa, which is to be hosted in South Africa.

Your Fund is now deposited with our Correspondent Paying Bank (FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF SOUTH AFRICA) insured in your name. For security Protocol, you are advised to keep your winning details very confidential from the members of the public to avoid doubles Claiming or Unscrupulous acts, You are to forward your winning details to DR. JAMES THEMBA (claim agent) to enable him clear your file for immediate payment as follows:

YOUR FULL NAME: _______________________________________
AGE: __________________________________________________
SEX: __________________________________________________
PERMANENT ADDRESS: __________________________________
COUNTRY: ______________________________________________

OCCUPATION: ____________________________________________
CITY: ________________________________________________
POSTAL CODE_________________________________________
FAX _________________________________________________
MOBILE________________________________________________

WINNING E-MAIL________________________________________
AMOUNT WON__________________________________________
BATCH NO: 788/688/ESP,

REFRENCE NO: 456/SSS/ESP,
LUCKY WINNING NO: 13-15-16-21-34-36-(8)

Agent DR. JAMES THEMBA Tel: + 27-732-801-289

E-Mail: clmsdepartment4@gmail.com

Yours sincerely
Mr. JERRY KENN

(Promotions Sec)
Fifa world cup Organizing Committee

We have obtained your E-mail address via our Internet ballot draw for the 2010 lottery promotions.
“© Copyright 2009, Internet Lottery promotion All Right Reserve"

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

And then there were 9

AMPAS, the Oscar peeps, narrowed the field of the Best Foreign Language Film category down to these 9 semifinalists (shown in order by country name).
Argentina, “El Secreto de Sus Ojos” Juan Jose Campanella, director
Australia, “Samson & Delilah” Warwick Thornton, director
Bulgaria, “The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner” Stephan Komandarev, director
France, “Un Prophete” Jacques Audiard, director
Germany, “The White Ribbon” Michael Haneke, director
Israel, “Ajami” Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, directors
Kazakhstan, “Kelin” Ermek Tursunov, director
The Netherlands, “Winter in Wartime” Martin Koolhoven, director
Peru, “The Milk of Sorrow” Claudia Llosa, director

I haven't seen any of these, but The White Ribbon won the Golden Palm at Cannes, the Golden Globe last Sunday and has been getting a lot of acclaim for its cinematography.

Also Roget Ebert's reaction to this list was "The White Ribbon is the winner" so there you go.

Headline of the day

(h\t Bill in Exile)

Scott Brown Wins Mass. Race, Giving GOP 41-59 Majority in the Senate


That's from today's Village Voice (here).

If you're not following along at home, the nekkid guy beat the strident chick with no political savvy to replace Ted Kennedy (who is now a member of the dead Kennedies) as Senator from Massachusetts, a state whose name I was able to spell correctly on the second attempt based on spellcheck--something Martha Coakley's campaign staff couldn't be bothered to do (they misspelled the state in a flier... dumbasses).

I'm fine with this, because I don't feel like Democrats ever actually "had" 60 votes to begin with. Certainly not with Blanche Lincoln (D, AR) and Ben Nelson (D, NE) undermining party cohesion to satisfy the needs of their top lobbyists.

So now we get to spend 10 months in a state of no activity ramping up to the mid-term elections, and then we might get 4-5 months before the 2012 Presidential race. So fuck.

Fuck.

Justice has a name, and her name is Waziri

My Name is Mrs Farida Waziri the new Economic and Financial Crimes Commission chairperson in Nigeria.

I understand you are expecting your delayed fund to be wired to your bank account, but some top government officials and bank partners will not tell you the truth about the where abouts of your fund and all they are doing is to tell you to pay outrageous fees which you refused to come up with, but I will not do that based on my conscience and that is why I have contacted you to let you know the truth because i know you have gone far in trying to get this fund and must have paid some amounts of monies to persons you are not supposed to give out a dime to.

I will be ready to help you get your fund but you have to help me keep it a secret to enable me help in delivering your fund as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission principal officer. You better believe me or forget contacting me again but i know that they will never tell you the truth because they are all thieving criminals. Get back to me and i will tell you the possible way to get your fund delivered to you without the consent of anyone i know God will reward me after all.

I expect your prompt response through my private mail: faridawefccng1@googlemail.com

Regards.
Mrs Farida Waziri
chairperson,
EFCC.

Happy birthday DeForest Kelley

The older I get, the more I appreciate his Star Trek character.


I got nothing specific to share, but just an "awwww, Bones" and "miss ya buddy."


Happy birthday dude! Rest in peace!

Why look, a consolation gift of $950,000

As always, this is a scam, but if you want to, go right ahead and engage them.

SUBJECT: Compensation Check of US$950,000

Dear Friend,

I hope all is well with you and your family, and believing you in a perfect condition. I am using this opportunity to thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund into your account due to one reason or the other best known to you. But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund to someone else account who was capable of assisting me in this great venture through the help of the diplomat I told you about.

Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trustworthiness, you showed at the beginning of the transaction I decided compensating you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of $950,000. I have authorized my new lawyer who is now also my legal adviser to issue you International certified bank check cashable at your bank. I will like you to contact the lawyer for the collection of this international certified bank check, and below is the name and contact address of the lawyer:.

Denise Rahm (Lawyer)
Cell #: +66852471725
Email: dpr.siam@yahoo.com.hk
Address: Bangkok Thailand

At the moment, I'm very busy here because of the investment projects which I and my new partner are having at hand in Paris France. Finally, remember that I have forwarded instruction to the Lawyer on your behalf to send the bank Check to you as soon as you contact him without delay. Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart.

Thanks and God bless you and your family.

Regards,
Mrs. Laura Mason

Song of the day: "Written In Reverse"

New music from Spoon.

The view from my morning commute

Took the dogs' car in to the mechanic this morning, and took a couple of pictures.

First up is either a quirky work of public art, or the least user-friendly bike rack I've ever seen.

It stands at the beginning of what was once called Vaseline Alley (which Becky renamed Astroglide Alley a few years ago). It's been gentrified and almost none of teh gayz establishments are still there (with a few exceptions), but the biggest change has been this.

The very, um, colorful former bathhouse is becoming a European-style hotel right by the trendy trendy Pearl. The McMenamins peeps are redoing this and they have a solid track record of preserving quirky "charming" properties, which is good, cause "from what I've heard" (cough) there were a lot of issues in that place. And a real shortage of sinks.

Another earthquake hit Haiti

Whose fault is it THIS time Pat Robertson?

Is this God's retribution on the many Christian relief organizations who are there to help during this time of devastation and chaos?

Or have you learned to shut up? (I haven't.)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

AP: Michigan defense contractor has God in its sights

Previously, on Rebel Agenda (here), I used the word "fuck" several times and exhibited what might be considered "outrage" over a military contractor stamping Bible verse abbreviations onto military hardware. Christian Bible verses, because, as you know, all Americans are Christians and those Christians are at Christian war with non-Christians.

Anyway, according to an AP story (here), I'm not the only one who noticed (I heard about it first on Rachel Maddow's show on MSNBC, so I'm not taking credit or anything).
Mikey Weinstein, president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, says the Trijicon sights could give the Taliban and other enemy forces a propaganda tool: that American troops are Christian crusaders invading Muslim countries.

"I don't have to wonder for a nanosecond how the American public would react if citations from the Quran were being inscribed onto these U.S. armed forces gun sights instead of New Testament citations," Weinstein said. The foundation is a nonprofit organization opposed to religious favoritism within the military.

Fuck.

Happy happy joy joy



Someone sold a voodoo doll of Pat Robertson on eBay, with proceeds doing to the Red Cross. I missed the auction, but I can I say AMEN!

Jon Stewart on Martha Coakley

Let me preface this with "if the Democrats can't do shit with 60, which they haven't yet, fuck 'em" and also "if Martha Coakley's campaign can't spell the state's name correctly, fuck 'em." Seriously, I hope the naked guy wins.
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Happy birthday Dolly Parton

She is in her 4th decade as a performer and she is an icon, easily on par with Frank Sinatra or Barbra Streisand or Cher. She's not for everyone, but you can't deny the work. Over 20 gold or platinum records, over 20 #1 songs on the Country chart, any one of us could live a lavish lifestyle on the publishing rights to "I Will Always Love You" now that Whitney's made it mandatory at funerals and dysfunctional weddings, and what's that other thing... oh, right, she has her own theme park.

If you don't know Dolly, I can't even begin to explain it. Here are some songs.






Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Song of the day: "Cousins"

I'm not sold on Vampire Weekend, but I definitely like the way they play their instruments. If that sounds like a second grader wrote it, apologies. It's early and I'm fighting a head cold and I haven't had coffee and whatever. They play instruments am good, his voice not am good, the lyrics are twee crossed with quirky times oblique and I just don't have time to get out my decoder ring when I'm listening to music. (Really "balaclava"? You're going to use THAT in a pop song?--That's in "Horchata" not this track.)

Someone died and all I get is this lousy ATM card

Yawn! This again?

From The Desk Of
Dr. Lamido Sanusi Aminu
Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)

SUBJECT: Immediate Release of Your FUND Via ATM CARD

Attention: ATM Card Beneficiary,

I wish to use this medium to inform you that your CONTRACT/INHERITANCE Payment of USD $10,500,000.00 (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) from CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA have been RELEASED and APPROVED for onward payment to you via an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw all the USD$10,500,000.00 in any ATM SERVICE MACHINE in any part of the world, but the maximum you can withdraw in a day is USD$10,000.00 Only We have mandated SPRING BANK PLC, to send you the ATM CARD and PIN NUMBER which you will use to withdraw all your USD$10.5 Million Dollars in any ATM SERVICE MACHINE in any part of the world.

You are hereby advice to contact the Head of ATM CARD Department of SPRING BANK PLC;
Contact Person: Mr. Edwin Nwosu
Open phone number: +234-702-7960794
Email: edwin.nwosu@presdency-ng.com

Tell Mr. Edwin Nwosu that you received a message from the CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA, Instructing him to send you the ATM CARD and PIN NUMBER which you will use to withdraw your USD$10.5 Million Dollars in any ATM SERVICE MACHINE in any part of the world, also send him your direct telephone number and your detailed contact address where you want him to send the ATM CARD and PIN NUMBER to you. We are very sorry for the plight you have gone through in the past years.

Thanks for adhering to this instruction and once again accept our congratulations.

Best Regards,

Miss Joan Colins,
Secretary to the Executive Governor,
Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN),
Dr. Lamido Sanusi Aminu.

And here I was lamenting my scam emails

But they seem to have taken on a breath of fresh air... did you say the London that's in Europe?! I do know of that London!

And I've decided to stop deleting the email addresses, mostly to help people who are doing a search on an email address to find this post of the scam--sorry, I mean the perfectly legitimate business offer from a total stranger that will absolutely earn me over $10 million dollars (US!) in a perfectly legal manner.

If you contact any of these people, and then complain to me, expect to be laughed at mercilessly. And possibly an object lesson in a future post (or 8).

SUBJECT: READ AND GET BACK TO ME

àéGood day,

I am Nikolay Sintsov,personal assistant to Mikhail Khodorkovsky,once rated as the richest man in Russia and owner of YUKOS OIL (Russian largest oil company), chairman CEO: Menatep SBP Bank (a well reputable financial institution with its branches all over the world).

SOURCE OF FUNDS:

I have a profiling amount in an excess of Forty Million, Five Hundred Thousand USA Dollars (US$40.5M), which I seek you to accommodate for me. You will be rewarded with 40% of the total sum for your partnership. Can you handle this?

As his personal assistant, I was authorized to transfer money of an American oil merchant for his last oil deal with my boss Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

The funds have since left the shores of America to a European private financial institution where the final crediting is to be carried out. While I was on the process, my boss got arrested for his involvement in politics by financing the leading and opposing political parties (the Union of Right Forces, led by Boris Nemtsov, and Yabloko, a liberal/social democratic party led by Gregor Yavlinsky), which posed as a threat to President Vladimir Putin's second Tenure as Russian president. Since then, I have placed on hold all transactions concerning this amount. You can catch more of the story on this website:

http://www.yukos.com
http://news.ft.com/cms/4bb9612a-d254-11d8-b661-00000e2511c8.html
http://www.hoovers.com/yukos/--ID__53700--/free-co-factsheet.xhtml
http://newsfromrussia.com/main/2003/11/13/51215.html

YOUR ROLE:

All I need from you is to stand as the beneficiary of the above mentioned sum and I will re-profile the funds with your data, which will enable the finance company transfer the sum to you. I have decided to use this sum to relocate to your country as soon as the funds are transfered to you and never to be connected to any of Mikhail Khodorkovsky conglomerates. Presently I am in London in Europe, for a hide out.

The transaction has to be concluded as soon and as I confirm your readiness to proceed with me, I will provide you with details.

contact me at my private email address: nikosintsov@voila.fr

Thank you very much.

Regards,
Nikolay Sintsov.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Now I am happy

Archer is a new show on FX and I laughed my ass off watching it. Here are a couple of clips, but set your DVR.




Okay people, what the fuck?

This appears on rifle gun sights:
For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness,"[a]made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.--Second Corinthians 4:6
Are you fucking kidding me?

This is stamped on weapons being used to fight a war.

A war.

A war.

Jesusmotherfuckingchrist.

Does no one get that maybe this hurts the troops?

Fuck.

Okay, if you want to stamp a verse on your rifle sight, try my favorite:
"It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.--Psalms 127:2"

Meanwhile, thou shalt not kill. Jump on that one.

Fuck.

A word about a disappointing year

I bitch about a lot of things, and there is no limit to my disgust with George W. Bush and especially the war profiteer Dick Cheney and his loud-mouthed off-spring (and the disgusting Lesbian who's had children... shudder [which is said sarcastically]), but that doesn't mean that I just love Barack HUSSEIN Obama either.

This article in the Village Voice (here), titled "George W. Obama" is worth reading. Here's a bit:
On January 22, 2009, the apostle of "change we can believe in" proclaimed: "Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of my presidency." But four months into his first year in command, Obama instructed his attorney general, Eric Holder, to present in a case, Jewel v. National Security Agency, a claim of presidential "sovereign immunity" that not even Dick Cheney had the arrant chutzpah to propose.

SIGH!

Things seen around town but unrelated

First up, the public art in front of my office building got a piece of flair this morning. In the gray of the mid-morning light (and the stuffed head of my cold) I caught this little pop of color. No reason for it, just a bit of whimsy--it seems like a Portland thing to me. (As always, click images to embiggen.)


Next up is the infrastructure for the underground parking beneath this new downtown park. Well, maybe "public space" is better than "park" here, but it will have a fountain for the kiddies to frolic in, during our warm summer days. And thanks to Global Warming we should have plenty!

Anyway, I like the lighting which is why I took the picture.

If this keeps up, I will need a secretary for my various inheritances

Dear Friend,

Let me start by introducing myself.I am Mr. SONG LILE director of operations of the Hang Seng Bank Ltd.I will need you to assist me in executing this Business Project from Hong Kong to your country. Nineteen millions Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars only in my branch. Once the funds have been transferred to your nominated bank account we shall then share in the ratio of 70% for me,30% for you.My private email: (DELETED@yahoo.com.hk).

Regards,
Song Lile.

The Foundation Du France


The formatting is kinda weird, but it's great that the Foundation is using a Hong Kong-based email and giving donations in British Pounds.

Fondation De France (FDF) would like to notify you that you have been chosen to receive a yearly Donation(£1,350,000.00 (GBP)) 


EXECUTIVE SEC. Mr.Jean Pickett CONATCT EMAIL: DELETED@yahoo.com.hk
You would be required to send down the following information,


NAME, COUNTRY AND ADDRESS, STATE, PHONE NUMBER, DATE OF BIRTH, SEX, OCCUPATION, MODE OF PAYMENT

A new job?

DEAR SIR/MADAM

I AM MR KIMASH WANG, I WORK FOR PTY GROUP OF COMPANIES IN SHANGAI,WE ARE GROUP OF BUSINESS MEN WHO DEAL ON IMPORT  AND EXPORT RAW MATERIALS INTO EUROPE, AMERICA AND CANADA, WE ARE  SEARCHING FOR REPRESENTATIVE WHO CAN HELP US ESTABLISH A MEDIUM OF GETTING TO  OUR COSTUMERS IN  EUROPE AMERICA AND CANADA AS WELL  AS THEM MAKING PAYMENT  THROUGH YOU TO US. WE WILL BE VERY GLAD IF YOU CAN BE OUR REPRESENTATIVE IN  YOUR COUNTRY AND EARN 5% OF EVERY PAYMENT MADE THROUGH YOU TO US.FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT OUR VICE PRESIDENT THROUGH EMAIL AND YOU WOULD GET FURTHER DIRECTIVES.

NAME : MR DAVID CAMERON

EMAIL : DELETED@inmail24.com

    THANKS

MR KIMASH WANG

Happy birthday Cary Grant

Everything I love about him is on display in His Girl Friday, a true classic. The story (The Front Page) has been remade many times, but this version is iconic.


You can watch the entire movie on Youtube for free, so if you haven't seen it, now's your chance. You may prefer him in another movie, but there's no denying his brilliance here. Or Rosalind Russell's.

Song of the day: "Smoke Without Fire"

Recent music from Duffy, part of the soundtrack to An Education which didn't do too well at this past weekend's awards shows. Crossing my fingers that it picks up 5 (or more) Oscar nominations even if it doesn't win any.

She's right!

(h/t to Roger Ebert for re-tweeting)

@jennarocca Avatar can be watched on mute to the same effect.
Even the best 3-D effects can't fix a 2-D script.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I laughed my ass off

Over this episode of 30 Rock with James Franco.

Notes on Inglorious Basterds

Okay, so it doesn't take Nostradamus to project that, at this point, the movie will pick up nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Waltz).  Waltz has had a great year, picking up Best Actor at Cannes in advance of cleaning up a slew of the critics awards and tonight's Golden Globe. He and Mo'Nique are all but pre-awarded for their respective categories, it would seem.

But the greatest thing this movie has going for it, in my never-humble opinion, is its cinematography. It has an elegant use of color, with crisp, rich tones (there's a trend recently to really saturated color, but this is a different look and it was so rewarding for me). Cinematographer Robert Richardson is well on his way to another Oscar nomination (he's won twice before). Before watching I wouldn't have called Richardson a favorite cinematographer, but after this, and realizing his body of work (J.F.K., John Sayles's Eight Men Out and City of Hope, Wag the Dog, and other notable works with Oliver Stone, Martin Scorcese and Rob Reiner). It feels like a German movie, The White Ribbon, has the traction to win at the Oscars this year, but he already has 2 so don't cry for him, cinematography fans.

Inglorious Basterds also has to be considered to have a strong shot at nominations for Best Editing, Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. I'll give it a soft shot for Sound Editing and Make-up.

I think Melanie Laurent is a darkhorse, at best, for Best Actress. and Diane Kruger also a darkhorse for Best Supporting Actress.

The score and visual effects didn't leave a long-term impact on me, so I won't pontificate there.

Happy birthday Betty White

She has 6 Emmys dating back to 1952 and was nominated as recently as last year. Folks who knew her initially from Golden Girls don't know how tart her characters were--she and Rue McClanahan changed roles  right before they filmed.





Some are talking about an Oscar nomination for The Proposal... we'll see.

Happy birthday dude! Rock on!

Song of the day: "Take It All"

The other new original song from Nine, it's not nominated for tonight's Golden Globes (I'm rooting for the song of Crazy Heart or Paul McCartney's song from Everybody's Fine). This is more dramatic than "Cinema Italiano" which is nominated tonight, but is kinda dull. I'm hoping we get to see Kate Hudson perform come Oscar night (not that I want that song to win though).

I'll be alone, dancing you know it baby

A nice little excerpt from some SPAM:
Hey, why do not you write? You forgot about me?
"I am very unhappy without you, remember me?" It's me, Olga from Russia, Moscow, remember?
I'm waiting for you on his page on the Internet, and miss you terribly!