November 14, 2009
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Since we launched Street View in South Africa, we've received suggestions for new locations and landmarks that people in South Africa would like to see addled. We're working hard to bring Street View to new places, but some important touristGoogle Trike, Image by darkman_visions via Flickra mechanical masterpiece comprising 3 bicycle wheels, a mounted Street View camera, and a very athletic cyclist in customised Google apparel. spots, like historic monuments or scenic views, can't be reached by car. That's why we've created the The Google Trike will soon be coming to South Africa to make some special image collections. Google is asking you vote on your favourite places that the trike should visit in South Africa. To help line up all the best ideas, Google has teamed up with South African Tourism, with its unrivaled knowledge of South Africa's touristImage via Wikipedia treasures, to create a shortlist of some of the country's best attractions. The categories are Sports; Nature & Panorama; and History & Heritage. Voting will be open for a limited time, and we'll then let the public know the top 3 winning locations that the Trike will visit first. Image by jesuscm via FlickrAs we only collect images from public roads, we'll work closely with the relevant organizations to collect images of privately-owned locations.
- Moses Mabhida Stadium
- Newlands Cricket Stadium
- Kruger National Park
- Blyde River Canyon
- Cathedral Peak
- Addo Elephant Park
- Simon's Town and Boulders Beach
- St Lucia/iSimangaliso Wetlands
- Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves
- Madiba's House, Hector Pieterson Memorial and Soweto Highlights
- Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift and Valley of the Zulu Kings
- Bloemfontein Houses of Parliament
- Franschoek Winelands
- Apartheid Museum
- Big Hole, Kimberley
- Chapman's Peak and Cape Coastal Panoramas
- Golf Course Highlights
What Gets Me Hot, What Gets Me Hot, Nov 2009
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November 13, 2009
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I found this fascinating quote today:
Hi, I'm Done Lane's son. Yes, my father was a great US Aussie Expat who sadly died only a short time ago. His unusual name 'Done' derives from the Borgoza Royal Family and was a private instruction to their local Coffee Grinder which signified the style in which they liked their Espresso ground. It also came to be used in culinary terminology as a reference point for the consistency of pasta in relationship to the preferred 'al dente,' or 'to the tooth' method which the Borgozi Royal Family demanded from its slavish Italian Castle Staff, Cooks, and Restauranteurs, so much so, that when any of these disparate group noticed a member of the Borgozi Royal Family approaching, they would utter the equivalent of this transliteration in the Mother Tongue of the Borgozi, a stylized and overly wrought dialect combining Sicilian, French and quaintly, Arabic phraseology and linguistic glottal stops and maws, saying: Here come the Borgozi Royal Family, I'm DONE!' My father, a bloodline descendant from the noble Italian clan was no less exacting in his invention of 'Tabloid Style' Television which can be witnessed by scanning your local channel. Consistently ranking as Australia's Top Entertainment/News Program for the entire run of his famous Show, called (in tribute to his Grand Uncle, Count Federico 'Done' Borgozi), 'The Done Lane Show.' It is with pride and joyful tribute that I dedicate the musical portion from his Interview with Jerry Lee Lewis, who had suffered unfortunately, a bad reaction to shellfish cooked in Seagrams with Mandrax sauce, included here for the second time anywhere (first time if you count playlists...no, third, Dailymoti...fourth Facebo...nope mashes...i don't know, but less than a hundred). Please enjoy 'The Done Lane' show, and when you're done watching it, please leave comments and rate in memory of my father, Done Lane. The Estate of Done Lane, L.L.C., would like to thank a special extended great great twice removed descendant of the Done Borgozi lineage, currently living in Borgozi, appropriately named, Federico for allowing copyright waver and right of performance and broadcast recognized under stature 67:5666.982 Australian Television Broadcasting Association. I'm Done and by the way, when's the last time you saw the Opera Done Giovanni? When I was 19 I thought I owned some shit too, but come to find out I was just renting. You've got a lot of stupid shit left to say for the next 20 years, but until them I've got 20 years to not listen to it 1 week ago 3 views YouWeirdTubeyouweirdtube.blogspot.com, Go to My Stats page, Nov 2009
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November 12, 2009
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November 11, 2009
I found this fascinating quote today:
Our Favorite Band, OFB, Facebook, Imeem, Last.fm, MySpace, Dreamin' of Eternity, Praxis, Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings, Record, LP, 1987, New Rose, Donald Spicer, Mossie O'Rourk, YouTube, Video, Eric Davies youweirdtube.blogspot.com, YouWeirdTube, Nov 2009
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November 9, 2009
The Dark Side of Porn
Documentary TV Series
Country of origin
2005 – present
The programme kicked off with a mention of Charles Manson. There is a theory that Manson and his family were the originators of the Snuff movie, by allegedly filming the terrible murder of Sharon Tate, the then wife of director Roman Polanski. Rumours that the tapes got passed round is said to be the first example of a want for Snuff videos.
The documentary went on to review the first film regarded to be akin to a Snuff movie, which was called Cannibal Holocaust. The film was littered with beheadings, castrations and a girl impaled on a huge stake. The film was shot in a haphazard 'documentary style' which led many to believe that the film was filled with "real killing and torture". Uproar and outcry inevitably followed, but looking back, it was plain to see that it was no more than a B-Movie (complete with fantastic Moog soundtrack).
The notoriety of the film made it a huge success, which led to another 'video nasty' called Guinea Pig 2 - The Flower of Flesh and Blood. The clips shown in the documentary were indeed difficult to stomach. One scene included showed a Samurai hacking a young girl's hand off. The thing that set this apart however was the overt sexual nature of the film, which 'climaxed' with a shot of the murderous Samurai licking blood from a decapitated head. Many believed the film to contain genuine murder and torture (which is still believable even now) but alas, it was a sophisticated special effects bonanza.
The main difference between a video nasty, like for example, A Clockwork Orange, and what is deemed to be a snuff flick is the nature of the killings involved. Murder scenes don't make a snuff movie. It would seem that the main thing that defines a snuff film is not just the barbaric and unnecessary murder of someone, but the sexual nature involved. It isn’t a case of, like one copycat murderer sentenced to death in Japan in the early eighties, that a snuff movie should only fulfil one person’s bizarre gratifications, but have some kind of production value.
However, with the development of home video cameras, it would become increasingly difficult for the police and censors to determine which videos were fake, and which were real events.
Germany saw the first real sign that snuff movies are not a thing of fiction. Two German men kidnapped a prostitute and filmed the gruesome torture and abuse of her. The victim had “suffered the most agonising pain possible”. Hans Dieter Kausen and his accomplice were convicted and the evidence needed was all on tape. This has sinister links to Mrya Hindley and Ian Brady, who, if the means were possible, would have made a snuff film of their moors victims, and when they made their tapes, they had made “snuff audio”.
The internet has seen an increase in snuff, as it has made the genre so much easier to distribute and view. Daniel Pearl’s decapitation in Iraq is a perfect example of the ease in which death can be distributed over the web. ‘Happy Slapping’ is the latest link to snuff, and David Morley, the first death in the craze that has apparently swept across the nation.
The programme doesn’t really confirm the existence of snuff films. It certainly seems that there is a lack of evidence to support the claim, but the makers have missed films such as ‘Der Todesking’ which contains real death, and “Executions” a self explanatory film, which was briefly on sale in Woolworths up and down the country.
It would seem that deciding what defines a snuff movie is quite difficult, but it has become the stuff of urban myth. Regardless of the lack of proof or expose, ‘Does Snuff Exist’ was a fascinating look into the darkest most despicable area of cinema.
The Dark Side of Porn is a documentary series that examines the Adult Entertainment Industry. It is produced for Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. As of June 2006, it is in its second season.
Janitor at a Porno Theatre
Guard at Buckingham Palace
vagina onto the animal's penis, or simply do it the old-fashioned way-manual stimulation. The first option, electroejaculation, uses a priapic rectal probe to send electricity pulsing through the animal's nether regions. "All the normal excitatory signals that stimulate ejaculation, like touch, sight, sound and smell, can be replaced with the current from the probe," says Trish Berger, professor of animal science at the University of California, Davis. "It's fascinating. Of course, this is a woman talking." Electroejaculation generally requires anesthetizing the animal and is typically used on zoo dwellers. The other two methods-the artificial vagina, or AV, and the good old hand-require that animals be trained to the procedure. The AV-a large latex tube coated with warm lubricant -is used primarily to get sperm from dairy bulls (considered the most ornery and dangerous of bovines). The bull gets randy with a steer; when he mounts the steer with his forelegs, a brave technician, AV in hand, insinuates himself between the two aroused beasts and deftly redirects the bull's penis into the mock genitalia, which he must then hold tight while the bull orgasms. (Talk about bull riding!) Three additional technicians attempt to ensure this (fool)hardy soul's safety by anchoring themselves to restraining ropes attached to a ring in the bull's nose. Alas, this isn't always absolutely effective: Everyone who's wielded an AV has had at least one close call, and more than a few have been sent to the hospital. The much safer "digital pressure" is used mostly with pigs, who are trained from an early age to mount a small bench while the researcher reaches around with a gloved hand and provides appropriate pleasure-er, pressure.
The Man Who Fell to Earth
The Man Who Fell to Earth is a daring exploration of science fiction as an art form. The story of an alien on an elaborate rescue mission provides the launching pad for Nicolas Roeg’s visual tour de force, a formally adventurous examination of alienation in contemporary life. Rock legend David Bowie, in his acting debut, completely embodies the title role, while Candy Clark, Buck Henry, and Rip Torn turn in pitch-perfect supporting performances. The film’s hallucinatory vision was obscured in the American theatrical release, which deleted nearly twenty minutes of crucial scenes and details. The Criterion Collection is proud to present Roeg’s full uncut version, in this exclusive new director-approved high-definition widescreen transfer.
|Thomas Jerome Newton||David Bowie|
|Nathan Bryce||Rip Torn|
|Oliver Farnsworth||Buck Henry|
|Professor Canutti||Jackson D. Kane|
|Producer||Michael Deeley and Barry Spikings|
|Executive producer||Si Litvinoff|
|From the novel by||Walter Tevis|
|Associate producer||John Peverall|
|Production Design||Brian Eatwell|
|Musical director||John Phillips|
|Costume designer||May Routh|
AVAILABLE IN BOTH DOUBLE-DVD AND BLU-RAY DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITIONS:
- New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Nicolas Roeg
- Audio commentary by Roeg and actors David Bowie and Buck Henry
- New video interview with screenwriter Paul Mayersberg
- Performance, new video interview with actors Candy Clark and Rip Torn
- Audio interviews with costume designer May Routh and production designer Brian Eatwell
- Audio interview from 1984 with author Walter Tevis, conducted by Don Swaim
- Multiple stills galleries, including Routh’s costume sketches; behind-the-scenes photos; and production and publicity stills, introduced by set photographer David James
- Gallery of posters from Roeg’s films
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Plus: Walter Tevis’s original novel, reprinted specially for this release, and a 28-page booklet featuring a new essay on the film by critic Graham Fuller and an appreciation of Tevis by novelist Jack Matthews (NOTE: the novel is not included in the Blu-ray edition)
From the Current
Critics have had our debut Blu-ray releases for weeks, and the word is out, coast to coast: http://somecamerunning.typepad.com/some_came_running/2008/11/criterions...
Criterion Blu-ray editions debut next week—with Chungking Express, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Bottle Rocket, and The Third Man—and the reviews are already coming in. “Chungking Express, Criterion’s first Blu-ray release, is nothing short of magnificent,” say the folks at the...
Science-fiction drama, western, love story, metaphysical mystery, satire of modern America—The Man Who Fell to Earth is the most beguiling of the films that, in a dozen years embracing the 1970s, established Nicolas Roeg as a mainstream heir to such 1960s...
Released the year before Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Wars, Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth is a science-fiction film without science, a terrestrial space opera minus matte shots, models, or pyrotechnics that leaves us not wondering at the stars but...
David Maysles, Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin
Called “the greatest rock film ever made,” this landmark documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their notorious 1969 U.S. tour. When 300,000 members of the Love Generation collided with a few dozen Hell’s Angels at San Francisco’s Altamont Speedway, direct cinema pioneers David and Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin immortalized on film the bloody slash that transformed a decade’s dreams into disillusionment.
|Director||David Maysles, Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin|
|Editing||Ellen Giffard, Robert Farren, Joanne Burke and Kent McKinney|
|Associate producer||Porter Bibb|
|Special help||Stanley Goldstein|
|Assistant film editors||Mirra Bank, Susan Steinberg and Janet Lauretano|
|Filmed by||The Maysles Brothers|
|Camera||Peter Adair, Baird Bryant, Joan Churchill, Ron Dorfman, Robert Elfstrom, Elliott Erwitt, Bob Fiori, Adam Giffard, William Kaplan, Kevin Keating, Stephen Lighthill, George Lucas, Jim Moody, Jack Newman, Pekke Niemela, Robert Primes, Eric Saarinen, Peter Smokler, Paul Ryan, Coulter Watt, Gary Weiss and Bill Yarrus|
|Sound||Michael Becker, John Brumbaugh, Howard Chesley, Pepper Crawford, Stanley Cronquist, Paul Deason, Tom Goodwin, Peter Pilafin, Orly Lindgren, Walter Murch, Art Rochester, David Thompson, Nelson Stoll and Alvin Tokunow|
- Breathtaking new high-definition transfer of the uncensored 30th Anniversary version, remastered and restored from the camera original
- Exclusive Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 surround sound mixes
- Never-before-seen performances of the Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden in 1969, including “Little Queenie," “Oh Carol," and “Prodigal Son," plus backstage outtakes
- Audio commentary by directors Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin, and collaborator Stanley Goldstein
- Excerpts from KSAN Radio’s Altamont wrap-up, recorded December 7, 1969, with new introductions by then-DJ, Stefan Ponek
- Altamont stills gallery, featuring the work of renowned photographers Bill Owens and Beth Sunflower
- Original and rerelease theatrical trailers, plus trailers for Maysles Films’ classics Grey Gardens and Salesman
- Filmographies for Maysles Films and Charlotte Zwerin
- Restoration demonstration
- English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
- Optimal image quality: RSDL dual layer edition
- PLUS: “The Rolling Stones, Altamont, and Gimme Shelter”: A 44-page booklet with essays by Jagger’s former assistant Georgia Bergman, music writers Michael Lydon and Stanley Booth, ex-Oakland Hell’s Angels chapter head Sonny Barger, and film critics Amy Taubin and Godfrey Cheshire
From the Current
Robert Koehler takes a long “second look” at Death of a Cyclist in the summer 2009 issue of Cineaste, sizing up Juan Antonio Bardem’s 1955 political melodrama in terms of Spain’s national identity and the legacy of neorealism. Check it out on the magazine’s http://www.cineaste...
In the fall of 1969, I landed the coolest possible writing gig: touring with the Rolling Stones on assignment from The New York Times (the Times rejected the 100-page piece I turned in, but radical Ramparts printed it). The tour across America was a wild...
Gimme Shelter documents the last ten days of the Rolling Stones’ 1969 North American tour, from the band’s ecstatic appearances at Madison Square Garden on Thanksgiving weekend to the disastrous free concert on December 6th at the Altamont Speedway near San Francisco. An estimated...
The first words we hear are Sam Cutler’s: “Everybody seems to be ready, are we ready?” We were nowhere near ready for what was to come, there at the bitter end of the ’60s. I remember that rainy day so well, when the opening scene of Gimme Shelter was filmed. We drove...
By the end of the summer of 1969 my life with the Rolling Stones had taken on a fairytale quality. The Stones were the Lost Boys and I was Wendy. True, Brian Jones...
Gimme Shelter is the film I've seen more than any other. I guess you could say I was obsessed with it for a spell, back when. I saw it first during its premiere New York run, in late 1970. Back home in North Carolina shortly thereafter, I followed it through the celluloid food chain...
All the opening bands had finished playing, and it was time for the Stones to come out. The sun was still out and there was plenty of daylight left. The crowd had waited all day to see the Stones perform, and they were sitting in their trailers acting like prima donnas. The crowd was getting angry;...
D. A. Pennebaker
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On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the height of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade’s spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey would launch the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Otis Redding, but they were just a few among a wildly diverse cast that included Simon and Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, the Who, the Byrds, Hugh Masekela, and the extraordinary Ravi Shankar. With his characteristic vérité style, D. A. Pennebaker captured it all, immortalizing moments that have become legend: Pete Townshend destroying his guitar, Jimi Hendrix burning his. The Criterion Collection is proud to present this timeless document of a landmark event.
|"Mama" Cass Elliot|
|Director||D. A. Pennebaker|
|Producer||Lou Adler and John Phillips|
|Cinematography||James Desmond, Richard Leacock, Albert Maysles, Roger Murphy, D. A. Pennebaker and Barry Feinstein|
|Assistant editor||Mary Lampson|
- Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by D.A. Pennebaker
- Soundtrack featuring a 5.1 mix by legendary recording engineer Eddie Kramer, presented in Dolby Digital (and DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition)
- Audio commentary by Festival producer Lou Adler and Pennebaker
- Video interview with Adler and Pennebaker
- Audio interviews with festival producer John Phillips, festival publicist Derek Taylor, and performers Cass Elliot and David Crosby
- Photo-essay by photographer Elaine Mayes
- Original theatrical trailer and radio spots
- Monterey Pop Festival scrapbook
- PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Michael Lydon, Barney Hoskyns, and Armond White
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Continued from Monterey Pop: The First Rock Festival - Part OneSunday afternoon was Shankar, and one felt a return to peace. And yet there was an excitement in his purity...
April 6, 1968MONTEREY—A second Monterey International Pop Festival has for the past month been put in jeopardy by a vicious handful of citizens, cops, and city officials in a small-town drama straight from Peyton Place and The Invaders.Fighting...
“TRAVELING UP the Coast from the ruins of the Sunset Strip to the Haight is a Dante-esque ascent,” New Yorker Richard Goldstein could write of a journey from southern to northern California in 1967. For Goldstein, pop music critic of the Village Voice at the time, the 400 miles between...
A new era in popular music deserves a new era in filmmaking. That’s the basis of the perfect, fortuitous match-up between rock and cinema in D.A. Pennebaker’s Monterey Pop. When Pennebaker and his 16mm filmmaking team came on board to cover the 1967 festival, director Pennebaker...
Continued from Anatomy of a Love Festival - Part OneThe real turn-on, though, was the music—twenty-two hours of it, divided into solid chunks that usually ran more...
The Monterey International Pop Festival is over, all over. And what was it? Was it one festival, many festivals, a festival at all? Does anything sum it up, did it mean anything, are there any themes? Was it just a collection of rock groups of varying levels of proficiency doing their bit for a...
Saturday nightHugh Masekela(1939 - )Ever since the mid-1960s, Hugh Masekela has been recognized as one of the leaders in world music and fusion jazz. Among his earliest professional engagements was a gig playing with the Huddleston Jazz Band, led by anti...
Sunday nightThe Blues ProjectDanny Kalb—Lead guitar, vocalsSteve Katz—Rhythm guitar, vocalsAndy Kulberg—Bass, fluteRoy Blumenfeld—DrumsJohn McDuffy—Keyboards, vocalsFounded in New York City in 1965, The Blues Project had...
The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceJimi Hendrix—Guitar, vocalsNoel Redding—BassMitch Mitchell—DrumsIt was the performance of Jimi Hendrix at Monterey that made the ABC television network—which had paid an advance for the broadcast rights to the film of the event...
Friday nightThe AssociationTerry Kirkman—Vocals, brass, reeds, harmonica, percussionTed Bluechel, Jr.—DrumsJim Yester—Vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboardsRuss Giguere—Lead vocals, rhythm guitar, percussionBrian Cole—Vocals, bass...
Country Joe and the FishCountry Joe McDonald—Lead vocals, guitarBruce Barthol—Bass, guitar Barry Melton—Lead guitarDavid Cohen—KeyboardsGary “Chicken” Hirsh—Drums, percussionEasily the most “political” act at the Festival, Country Joe...
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We all have times where we struggle to keep our eyes open in the middle of day, but according to the National Institutes of Health, true narcolepsy --
which afflicts approximately one in 2,000 Americans -- is more than just a bit of yawning and a fantasy about taking a nap under your desk.