I wanted to put my reference links on the left side panel but I didn't want it to become too long or too big. What a pain in the butt to have that load every time, right? So, I think I came up with the best solution that I'll be applying to some of the other "favorites" or link lists soon.
Hopefully, it'll make the page load a little faster. The first one I did today was RTMFD list. If you notice a new graphic button link like the one below, you'll know I got around to adding another link list. If you find a broken link in the list, use the comments function in that blog entry and I'll know to fix it.
Just click on the RTMFD link below (or always on the left side panel) and it'll take you to this growing link list. Also, clicking on a link list tag on the left will not open an additional new window in your browser. So, if after following that link or any [>permalink<] into the archives you then wish to return to the current blog, I made the top Thunderstorm in the Imajica banner grafix into a link back to the current blog.
You'll know the left tag is a link when your cursor changes and the tag glows in happy-happy mouse-over joy. Pretty HFD, eh?
Well, tonight was the big Oscar night in Hollywood. Since it's also leap-day, you can dress up your left hand like Kermit the Frog the next time you masturbate. It must have felt like a long night of unfulfilling masturbation for the Academy Award nominees not associated with Lord of the Rings. Poor Bastards.
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won for Best Picture. It also won in ten other categories for Art Direction, Costume Design, Directing, Film Editting, Makeup, Music Score, Music Song, Sound Mixing, Visual Effects and Writing (Adapted Screenplay). Only Ben Hur and Titanic have also won eleven Oscars.
But, the Acadamy Awards ceremony didn't suck for these people:
Sean Penn - Best Actor / Mystic River
Sean Penn portrays Jimmy Markum, a man with a criminal past who clashes with two of his childhood friends over the murder of his daughter.
Tim Robbins - Best Supporting Actor / Mystic River
As the emotionally fragile Dave Boyle, Tim Robbins portrays a man whose adult life has been haunted by the sexual abuse he suffered as a child.
Renée Zellweger - Best Supporting Actress / Cold Mountain
Renée Zellweger plays Ruby Thewes, a spirited country girl who teaches a sheltered Southern belle how to survive during the Civil War.
Charlize Theron - Best Actress / Monster
Charlize Theron plays serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute who embarks on a murder spree along the Florida highways.
Now, to win this Oscar, Charlize went from this:
And became this for her role:
I don't know about you, but I like the happy Charlize Theron better. Click on the links to check out video clips of the actors in their roles. You can also see video of all the various winners or read what they said in their acceptance speech. Welp, that's it. It's a rap. Oscar's in the can.
It was reported in U.S.A. Today that the Egyptian government and IBM teamed up to create what I found to be a very cool web site called Eternal Egypt.
"Eternal Egypt marries technology and culture," said Minister of Communications Ahmed Nazif. "We have long realized the importance of information technology in preserving such a great heritage. Egypt owes it to the world to make sure it is preserved."
The project is the culmination of three years of work and a grant of $2.5 million from IBM. It also includes a hand-held, digital guide to the Egyptian Museum, and Internet tours of the pyramids and Luxor Temple that are accessible via cell phones or personal digital assistants, or PDAs.
The centerpiece of the Eternal Egypt project is the Web site. Dubbed "a museum without walls," it is packed with information in English, Arabic and French covering more than 5,000 years and four eras: the Pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Coptic and Islamic.
I think I just spent an era at Eternal Egypt and I've just scratched the surface of the site. They have a number of ways to check out the virtual museum, which is actually many museums and actual historic sites. I used their hfd timeline to follow my train of inquiry but you can simply take a guided tour or look up specific topics. Anyone interested in Ancient Egypt should give this site a look-see.
I almost hestitate to comment on The Passion of the Christ knowing how passionate people get about their religion and politics. But, then again, it's everywhere and everyone's talking about it anyway. See my quote from Don Imus on the left side panel for how I feel about everyone and everything.
I have seen this film talked about in every telecommunications medium from television's Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN) and cable news magazine shows to radio and the internet. I'm just waiting to get a friggin' text message on my cell phone about it next.
People describe the movie and its subsequent controversy in such diverse ways. No matter what, the way people have been acting is as entertaining as Braveheart goes to the Holy Land.
Obviously, religious groups want to see the movie. Christians want to see it as a testimony to their faith, Jews want to see it to find out if they should duck and cover, and Muslims want to see it out of sheer fascination with the christian fundamentalist counterpart of their own 'radical fundamentalist islamist'. Mel Gibson took some heat for this movie in the beginning from Anti Defamation League (ADL) director Abraham Foxman calling him an anti-semite. You'd think Mel Gibson was Osama bin Laden or something, but Foxman did have a point.
Controversy continued Wednesday whenthe Lovingway Pentacostal Churchin Denver put up a marquee sign outside the church saying, "Jews killed the Lord Jesus." The Anti-Defamation League issued a statement of outrage after asking the pastor to remove the sign. He refused.... [The Rev. Maurice] Gordon said he was partly motivated by Gibson's movie, but added he would not be seeing the film itself because he neither attends movies nor watches television.
Some people will think it followed the Gospels. Some will think it doesn't completely. I just saw a special about it on the History channel's History vs Hollywood show. TBN had the Making of the Passion airing seemingly continuously recently. Some think it is way too violent, of course.
Personally, I feel no one should be surprised about some gore in a Mel Gibson movie. Remember the end of Braveheart with poor Mel getting disemboweled in public for five or ten minutes? Besides, it's a movie about the last 12 hours of the life of Jesus Christ as the story is told in the Bible. It's going to get a little messy with scourging and crucufixion.
From what little film clips I've seen of the Passion of the Christ, it looks interesting. You know how I like my subtitles and I hear these actors are speaking Aramic and Latin, no less. So until I see the film, I'm not going to bash it much. I know I'll have plenty of material dealing with people wearing the jewelry and acting foolish.
Tripping the Rift (TTR) first debutted as a film short online on Film Roman's LEVEL13.NET in November 1999. It then won the grand prize in the first Playboy Animation Contest in 2000. In April 2002, CinéGroupe announced the production deal with SciFi Channel, in association with Film Roman, for thirteen half-hour episodes of TTR. It was then slated to air in early 2003.
The cast is interesting. Howard Stern regular Stuttering John will provide the voice for an agoraphobic ship's computer named Bob and Gina Gershon will do the voice for the sexy cyborg Six. Along with Six and Bob, the story follows the adventures of The Free Enterprise, a smuggling vessel led by a stumpy purple alien named Chode. Gus is Chode's sexually-confused robot slave, T'Nuk is the ship's aesthetically-challenged pilot, and Whip is Chode's teenaged slacker nephew.