Saturday, February 28, 2009

More Movies...

I went on another borrowing blitz at the Albany Public Libraray this week. Among the DVDs I checked out: First, I revisited 'The Twins Effect II' starring Charlene Choi, Gillian Chung (who looks exceptionally cute in this film), Jaycee Chan, Daniel Wu, Donnie Yen, Po Lin Chen, Qu Ying, Fan Bin Bing and Edison Chen before the laptop photos scandal. The movie was a huge success in Hong Kong and it's fun for those learning Chinese. The DVD offers three language options, Chinese DTS digital, Chinese 5.1 Dolby digital, and Mandarin 5.1 Dolby digital.There are subtitles for English-speakers, so not to worry! One of the best things about this release is the video quality. The video is given in 1.78:1 ratio anamorphic widescreen color. Twins fans will enjoy it... matter of fact, they've uploaded the whole thing in sections to YouTube!
Just about a year ago, one Edison Chen got caught with his pants down - literally. Pictures he had taken over the past few years in intimate poses with female celebrities were posted on the Internet.

The 28-year old Chen was to have appeared over several days in a Vancouver courtroom but the hearing ended Tuesday after a single day. Prosecutors and defense lawyers, who had traveled to Vancouver for the hearing in B.C. Supreme Court because Chen refused to return to Hong Kong, finished their questions earlier then expected.

Chen testified against computer techn Ho Chun Sze, charged with copying and uplaoding the photos from the movie star's computer after it was brought in for servicing.

Gillian Chung of Hong Kong pop group, Twins, says she'll press on with plans to make a comeback despite Chen'naming her at the Canadian hearing as one of the four women he took snapshots of. (Various Sources)
Next, it was off to Europe for The Green Butchers (2003) Danish film stars Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, and Line Kruse, written and directed by Anders Thomas Jensen. It is a black comedy featuring two butchers, Svend "Sweat" and Bjarne, who start their own shop to get away from their arrogant boss. Cannibalism is soon introduced to the plot, and further complications arise due to the reappearance of Bjarne's mentally retarded twin brother Eigil. Svend reminds me of Christopher Walken. A Danish Christopher Walken.

Still in Europe for Roman Polanski starring in and as The Tenant. Also known as Le Locataire, The Tenant is a 1976 psychological thriller/horror film based upon the 1964 novel Le locataire chimérique by Roland Topor. It is the final film in Polanski's "Apartment Trilogy", following Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby.

Around The Blogosphere 28 February 09

TechCrunch OSLO aims to break down mobile social network barriers - We've had OpenId to make the transport of your ID easier between Web sites. We've had initiatives on Data Portability to make it easier for you to move you...

From the New York Times blog:
Islands figure big in the history of hip-hopPublic Enemy emerged from Long Island and the Wu-Tang Clan ruled Staten Island. But they’re newcomers compared with what some say are the genre’s original island roots: the West Indies. ..::MORE::..

Dallas Penn writes about Racism From The NYPost?!? Really… - There isn’t too much for me to add to this story that Jay Smooth didn’t already nail in his razor sharp video weblog. Watch it again… in Geoffrey Philp's Blog Spot, Geoffrey posts "Pursuing Your Passion": African American Male Summit - A few years ago, I used to teach a research course in which I used *Awakening the* *Heroes Within* by Carol S. Pearson as a means for my students not only ...

Gwyneth Paltrow blogs about motherhood

John McCain Is Personally Using Twitter

Closer to home: Once again, the possibility of Public Access TV for Albany raises its thorny little head...

Friday, February 27, 2009

Final Edition

Colorado's oldest newspaper, The Rocky Mountain News, published its last edition today. The Washington Post blogs "The Interview: Drew Litton of the (RIP) Rocky Mountain News."

Experiment to Watch: 'Newsday' To Launch Pay-for-Play on Web

More red ink is spilling:
HEARST Plans to Sell or Close SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Newspaper...

WASHINGTON POST profit falls 77 percent in 4th qtr...

HARTFORD COURANT cuts 100 more jobs amid ad slump...

Universal Health Card

It sounded like a good thing: a card that could help anyone in need of affordable health care. The ad appeared on pp 58-59 of Thursday's New York Post. But something seemed fishy, so I went on a fishing expedition of my own. Be sure to read that article and follow though the network of links. Don't be scammed!

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Pop Clips 26 Feb 09

Just in case you forget about the EV-1 electric car, watch Tucker before you shed a single tear for the likes of General Motors... the sooner GM collapses the better!

Alleged Rihanna-beater Chris Brown is about to be ERASED by Sony... Brown is portrayed in the article as "weapons-grade box office poison."

This wasn't the "Single Ladies" video I was searching for... there's one that is a cartoon of Beyonce thumping an oversized butt on the heads of audience members... should you run aross the one I'm talking about plz leave the link...

What's up with Georgina's return to Gossip Girl? Did you know Taylor Momsen from Gossip Girl is in a band? Speaking of Gossip, Gossip columnist Liz Smith has been dropped from the New York Post.

Def Leppard kick off a U.S. Tour June 23 in Camden, New Jersey w/Poison and Cheap Trick. Motley Crue has announced plans to launch Crue Fest 2 this summer.

Like many politicians, Ukrainian president Victor Yushchenko has an official Twitter account; his tweets mirror daily schedule announcements and latest news items that are featured on the official website as well. Not surprisingly, there is a Yushchenko impersonator operating on Twitter.

Gawker on Twitter: HarperCollins is paying Nick Douglas a five-figure sum for Twitter Wit, a book of the Gawker alum's favorite Twitter posts. Is getting paid for aggregating other people's "tweets" as lazy as it sounds?

Gawker on Facebook: unmasking Facebook's Get-Rich-Quick Schemes

People who use their mobile phones to film illegal rallies can be arrested under an amended law in Singapore.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

763-785-1554

Those car-warranty phone-scammers are at it again!

I suggest you add this number 1-763-785-1554 to your cell phone address book, save it as "DO NOT ANSWER"

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Duke Ellington Quarter

The legendary Duke Ellington, the composer of more than 3,000 songs including "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing" appears on the "tails" side of the new D.C. quarter. Ellington has become the first black American to be prominently featured on a United States coin in circulation. George Washington is on the "heads" side, as is usual with U.S. quarters. The coin was issued to celebrate Ellington's birthplace, the District of Columbia. Ellington was chosen to appear on the quarter over Frederick Douglass and astronomer Benjamin Banneker.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pop Clips 24 Feb 09

Slumdog Millionaire's Freida Pinto has snagged a role in Woody Allen's next picture.

While Slumdog Millionaire may have an interesting storyline, I'm sick of hearing people go ga-ga over the production numbers and dancing, etc. Take a look at a really delightful Bollywood musical, Dhoom:2 and you'll see dancing and artistry that makes Slumdog look like... a slumdog!

Lekhni at The Imagined Universe asks ‘why do Indians hate Slumdog Millionaire?‘
Off the top of my head, I can think of quite a few Hindi movies that were as good, or better - Swades, or Chak de India, or even Lagaan. Even if we were to look at movies made just about kids in Mumbai slums, I’d say Salaam Bombay was far more touching, and it never won any Oscars.
Slideshow: The Cast of Gossip Girl at Fashion Week...

Here's a Facebook-inspired recap of Sunday's L Word.

Facebook this: Over the weekend Ford Fiesta announced that it was going to create a "movement" around the launch of its new small car by giving 100 lucky millennials a free Fiesta in exchange for chronicling their driving adventures (and promoting Ford Fiesta) on "social media" sites. ypulse has details!

Gawker: We hear the Huffington Post is trying to buy local news aggregator Outside.in, the local news aggregator from supremely smug literary Park Sloper Steven Johnson. HuffPo embracing the local news business as promised?

Buffalo Geek offers a self-aggrandizing parody of a washed up journalist?

via Albany Insanity: Obama’s Homeless Woman Is Actually Real Estate Investor.

Play while you eat: Cheez-It has introduced crackers that look like Scrabble tiles.

Open a channel, Mr. Spock!

MediaWatch 24 [Part 2] February 09

Artist Will Paint Your Facebook Photos

Join the group just like An Xiao did...

At a time when newspapers are dropping like flies: Say hello to the Utica Daily News H/T cnyradio.com

via Matt Drudge -
MURDOCH WARNS: NATIONS WILL BE REDEFINED, FUTURES ALTERED
Tue Feb 24 2009 08:36:39 ET

Murdoch issued an urgent internal communication late Monday, warning his staff: "We are in the midst of a phase of history in which nations will be redefined and their futures fundamentally altered."

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The dramatic call comes as markets continue their plunge and the future of media becomes increasingly muddled.

"Many people will be under extreme pressure and many companies mortally wounded," Murdoch declared.

"Our competitors will be sorely tempted to take the easy beat, to reduce quality in the search for immediate dividends."

He continued: "Let me be very clear about our company: where others might step back from their commitment to their viewers, their users, readers and customers – we will renew ours.

"The direction of the business now and over the next few years will define the character of our company for decades."

The chairman of News Corp. also weighed in on the controversial New York Post "shoot the chimp" cartoon by offering an apology on the paper's Web site early this morning. "As the chairman of the New York Post, I am ultimately responsible for what is printed in its pages," he writes. "The buck stops with me." - February 24, 2009 9:13 AM ET

Bloggers Cuba [es] provides the link for those interested in downloading the version of Nova Baire, the open-source operating system in Cuba.

For Bloggers thinking of changing platforms: Migrating Classic Blogger To Wordpress.

This Week's Free Video Downloads

Duke Ellington

Do you think Albany County DA David Soares could be a body double for Jazz great Billy Strayhorn?

I caught an interesting documentary ("Lush Life" on PBS' Independent Lens)... the story behind the story of Duke Ellington. Duke was hot during America's "Big Bands" era (A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the very late 1940s, through about 1952), but was able to go on and outlast all of the other bands... The best way to get you to appreciate Duke is to compare him with the Rolling Stones. The English rockers came up along with The Beatles, but unlike the Fab 4, who disbanded in the early 70s, extended their career as a group into the 2000's. In the mid-60s, about the time the Beatles and Stones were just catching fire, Duke Ellington was still cranking out hits!

Just as you could not have Mick Jagger without Keith Richards, you could not have Duke Ellington without Billy Strayhorn.

Satin Doll

Duke & Billy

I enjoyed the PBS film as I've come to appreciate artists who are able to re-imagine themselves and extend their bodies of work beyond "their own time and generation."

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MediaWatch 24 Feb 09

Oleg Kozlovsky, Irina Filatova, Foreign Policy Association's Russia blog, and Window on Eurasia write about the “not guilty” verdict for the three men charged with being involved in the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya.

CaribCreoleOne is the first blogger to talk about the political pressure put on Guadeloupean media RCI and Canal 10. Some journalists even seem to have been summoned by the Local service of the Judiciary Police [Fr]. Meanwhile, French West Indian blogger Fwiyapin questions the way in which traditional French media are dealing with the Guadeloupean crisis - images of Guadeloupe and Madagascar mixed up on ITélé, or Guadeloupe suddenly being located in the Asia-Pacific column, in LeMonde.fr.

Say what you will about soundbites, but there's little doubting the power they can have...

Writing for the Frontline Club blog, Al Jazeera's Matthew Collin comments on a new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists which criticizes both Russia and Georgia of exerting control over the media. In particular, the blog says that coverage of the August war over South Ossetia in both countries “portrayed the fighting in one-sided, one-dimensional ways.”

NAACP Calls for Firing of 'New York Post' Editor, Cartoonist

Newspaper Executive Mary Jacobus Dies at 52

Philadelphia newspapers' owner files for bankruptcy...

John Liebhardt writes in Global Voices how bloggers in Fiji commented on a police commissioner’s recent outburst recorded by television cameras at a meeting with Indo-Fijian officers threatening them with termination if they continued to air their complaints directly to the media.

Imagine being a model. Now, Imagine being an ALBINO model...

The American Society of Newspaper Editors has revealed the winners of its annual awards for distinguished writing and photography, ranging from the Los Angeles Times to the smaller News-Star of Monroe, La. Check out the full list.

Mozart Meets Salieri

Antonio Salieri is believed to have poisoned Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart out of jealousy over the latter's music.

Granted, Mozart and Salieri didn’t love each other but that shouldn’t stop you from celebrating your love of their music. And the only place to do that is 2pm on March 1, 2009 at Emerson Community Hall of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, 405 Washington Avenue, as the Lake George Opera at Saratoga presents Mozart Meets Salieri.

The program will be performances of Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor (The Impresario) and Salieri’s Prima la musica e poi le parole (First the Music and Then the Words). Advanced Admission is $30, day of tickets are $35.

This musical extravaganza is brought to you by Albany County Historical Association, Historic Albany Foundation and most certainly the Lake George Opera at Saratoga.

For information you can check out the event poster ...Here... Or call Albany County Historical Association at 518-436-9826 for tickets and special benefits for sponsors of this performance.

Monday, February 23, 2009

You've Got Mail! (from Oziba Mbamza)

-----Original Message-----
From: Oziba Mbamza [mailto:ozibamza@gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, February 01, 2009 7:05 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients
Subject: Obama's Kenyan Grandmother's Houseboy

-----Original Message-----
From: Oziba Mbamza [mailto:ozibamza@gmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, February 01, 2009 7:05 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients
Subject: Obama's Kenyan Grandmother's Houseboy


Dear Sir/Ma
My name is Oziba Hamza, I was the house help to the late Sarah Obama(The new American presidents grandmother.) I am writing you this letter believing the almighty God that you will be kind to me. I am 20 year old, this month, Last year October, Mr. Radph Molala from Sweden came to the late Sarah Obama with the sum of 10 million United States dollars for sponsorship of the lucky Obama's election, Grand mum called Obama for this fund and Obama was not interested as he said he had enough money to follow up his campaign. Grand mum did not want to disappoint the man and as result of that she decided that we should deposit the money in African way of deposit (in a Security Company). We deposited the fund outside Kenya for safe keeping before the kind grand mum gave up recently. You can check this out on this web:
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601116&sid=a6PXK.5qOfdA&refer=a
frica
,Now, I know that no one recognizes my presence in the family,Because I was only a house help to the late woman. I decided that I will not disclose the position of these 10 million United States dollars to any one here because they will take it from me. Grand mum used to tell me that the white men are very trustworthy; I need your assistance to help me secure this money please.... I will like to travel to the United States, I am not educated so I needed your help . The money was deposited in my name because Grand mum does not write English. Please reply me now , I have just decided to abscond from Kenya . Please help me move this money out. Let honesty be our watchword in this transaction and the transaction is risk free. Also it demands absolute confidentiality. On no condition must you disclose this to anybody more
especially someone from USA irrespective of your relationship with the person. Remember, "loose lips sink ship".I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Thank you
Oziba Mbamza


Around The Blogosphere 23 February 09

Even as Los Angeles Police conduct an internal investigation into how a picture of a battered Rihanna made its way onto the Internet last week, TMZ executive producer Harvey Levin tells Fox News [Transcript] he obtained the disturbing image legally.

$displayTypeName Slideshow Chris Brown Tries to Win Back Rihanna: Report Chris Brown is desperately trying to win back to affections of girlfriend Rihanna...

Blog Naija Lingo has just released a new feature that allows visitors to listen to the pronunciation of words on the word page. Visitors can also upload their own recordings!


Is 8 [old] enough (for a cell phone?) It is the average age that kids in the U.K. get their first. Here we have a sweet story about Pinki Sonkar, the 8-year-old star of the Oscar-award-winning documentary Smile Pinki.

Conan O'Brien's last show aired Friday. If you missed it, you can watch it online. Must-Read via Miss Info: Genius Moments: Conan O’Brien’s farewell to NYC

WhereCampAfrica is a free unconference for geographers, mobile location experts and social cartographers. The event will be held in Nairobi, Kenya on April 4th.

Why do people Twitter? Gawker: I Tweet, Therefore I Am

Calling All Poets!

A Poetry Slam, will be held at Mission Bar and Tapas, at 438 North Street in Pittsfield, MA, on Tuesday March 10th, beginning at 8pm. This event will be co-sponsored by The Berkshire Writer's Room. Come as a participant or come to listen!

All poets must be at least 21 years of age (with ID), for this event, and be prepared to perform up to 3 pieces of original work.

- 5 judges will be picked from the audience. Judging will be on both the quality of the poem and performance.

The winning poet will receive a $20 gift certificate from Mission, and the honor of being the featured poet and host of the next Slam, to be held the following month.

Sign up in advance (bwr.smack - at - gmail.com) or come early and sign up at the event.

Time permitting, an open mic will be held after the event.

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Pleasures of Home Delivery

I'm relaxing, enjoying my Sunday papers... now may or may not be a good time to purchase a bit of newspaper stock (I don't think I will) because last week the price of New York Times stock came in UNDER the cost of the Sunday edition! The Business Insider has charts and things.

What next? The NYT getting in bed with Google? NEP: the 28-year-old son of publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., will begin a reporting career at The New York Times for the Metro desk starting tomorrow. He'll write and report for the department's local blog...

The newspaper isn't the only publication in trouble: Last week it was announced that Newsweek is going to radically cut circulation, first to 1.9 million by July, and then to 1.2 million next year, and it will be adding more opinion to its coverage. Keyword: opinion!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Dambisa Moyo: "Anti-Bono" & "Dead Aid"

Credit: Helen Jones Photography

“Aid Undermines the Ability of Africans” - Dambisa Moyo

Dambisa Moyo is a world class economist born and raised in Zambia . Her new book book is entitled “Dead Aid”. Nicknamed "The Anti-Bono." Moyo contends that aid to Africa is counter-productive. Here's an excerpt, in which Solomon is asked about U2 frontman Bono, who divides much of his time between working with the band and campaigning on behalf of the world's poorest countries, including Africa.
What do you think of him?
"I’ll make a general comment about this whole dependence on 'celebrities.' I object to this situation as it is right now where they have inadvertently or manipulatively become the spokespeople for the African continent."
Moyo believes more than $1 trillion in development aid over the past 50 years has only entrenched Africa’s poverty, distorted economies and fueled bureaucracy and corruption. She sees alternatives such as encouraging trade - particularly with emerging markets - encouraging foreign direct investment, microfinancing for enterprise and seeking funds from capital markets.

Moyo and her book have received good publicity in the United Kingdom including a review on Times, an interview with Financial Times, and a write-up on the Independent. Watch Dambisa with Sky News’ Colin Brazier discuss her book and the fallacy of foreign aid to Africa »

Dambisa has an impressive resume. Oxford-trained (PhD, Economics); Masters from Harvard University; worked at World Bank and Goldman Sachs.

Writing in the Independent, Paul Collier: "Dambisa Moyo is to aid what Ayaan Hirsi Ali is to Islam. Here is an African woman, articulate, smart, glamorous, delivering a message of brazen political incorrectness: cut aid to Africa. Aid, she argues, has not merely failed to work; it has compounded Africa's problems. Moyo cannot be dismissed as a crank. Educated at Harvard and Oxford, she heads the Africa strategy of a major bank. Nor can she be dismissed as a renegade who has rejected her roots. She is deeply wounded by the lack of development in Zambia, her home country." [[More]]

{{AllAfrica.com Interview}}

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Around The Blogosphere 21 February 09

Annie Paul blogs about the recent radio ban on certain songs imposed in Jamaica by the Broadcasting Commission.

Oscar Ramjeet writes in Caribbean Net News "The Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC) is calling for a ban to be placed on street and community dances which perpetuate the playing of sexually crude and explicit songs...Heated debate started two weeks ago following the Broadcasting Commission's decision to ban lewd and explicit songs from radio stations.

The umbrella church organisation also called on the police to exercise a zero tolerance approach towards both public and private vehicles with heavily tinted windows that play vulgar music, claiming that this is contributing to the general degradation of morals in society."

Related: Marcia Forbes, Language and lyrics - the rampin' debate

The death of anyone close to you is painful, but how do you cope with it if that person has actively sought death? Gazan blogger Samaher Al Khazandar has written about her nephew, Mu’min Musa Al Khazandar, who joined the military wing of Hamas, and was determined to die as a martyr while fighting for Palestine. More from Ayesha Saldanha.

If you're looking for a place with some perspectives (generally more from the left side of the spectrum) on the Middle East and U.S. policy in the region, you should add the Israel Policy Forum's new blog to your list of bookmarks. In its first two weeks, the Mideast Peace Pulse has offered thoughts from former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Edward Walker and former Middle East peace negotiator Aaron David Miller, among others.

Neojaponisme has an article discussing the recent legal prosecution of 18 internet users for making false accusations towards a comedian. The blogger points out that in reporting the case, mainstream media has indulged in willfully-ignorant paranoia about cyberspace.

Via the NYT City Room: A Burger Joint Marks Hip-Hop’s Legacy...

Good News from Indonesia posts a picture of a weird durian fruit from the wild rain forest of Borneo.

Facebook Suicide

RIP Paul Zolezzi: Zolezzi's Facebook page had been set to allow strangers to see his final note.

This is a sad story indeed. Why would anyone ever think to removes themselves from this world? Paul Zolezzi's father reportedly took his own life years ago by jumping off a bridge. So does it run in the family? Perhaps. 30-something Paul hung himself from a tree in a park on Friday after posting a public message on his Facebook page some hours before, hinting at what was to come.

Paul Zolezzi’s status update on the social networking site the evening before said he “was born in San Francisco, became a shooting star over everywhere, and ended his life in Brooklyn......And couldn’t have asked for more.....”

The body was found by transit police at about 7 a.m. in a small park near the Brooklyn Museum and botanical gardens. The medical examiner had not yet determined an official cause of death, but police said there was no criminality suspected.

There was contact information on his cell phone for his next of kin, and he apparently had updated his Facebook status at 8:40 p.m. By Friday evening, the page had apparently been pulled from the site.

Previously: To Live And Die In Cyberia

Related: Facebook suicide: the end of a virtual life

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Dave to Disqus: HELP!

I'm sending out an SOS to the folks at Disqus (and others) looking for help in getting the Disqus commenting system up and running on my humble blog! (See: Frankenblogger) I found a tutorial on webdev, but being without my two best computers, I don't have the resources to follow through and implement the changes. I tried to tinker via a friend's computer but it wasn't set up the way I like mine and the blog template got all screwed up (ALWAYS keep a back-up! I do - right in my Gmail and another email service, so it'll never get 'lost' and I will never need a CD to cart it around on!) Well, actually, I keep a copy on CD and another on diskette, but that's just for extra security, y'know?

Here's an excerpt from the email I sent out to Disqus, to which they haven't yet replied:
Hey Folks!

I have your Disqus on my blog, but it is screwed up....
I have attached a copy of my template BEFORE adding Disqus.

I used the Generic code: part one within the actual individual post and the other just above /body as suggested.
Problem is, if I add another post, it carries the same comments thread. So I have left it on that one post only (about Rihanna)

http://dave-lucas.blogspot.com

Can you tweak my template? (Please do not remove Blogspot or Haloscan comments options!)
While I am hopeful Disqus may be able to help, after reading through some of the online forums it has taken them as long as six weeks to respond to cries for help emailed by other potential users, and after checking the BLOGS that these users wanted help with, NONE were using Disqus currently... I hope that's not a bad omen!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Frankenblogger

Folks, I am trying something radical, adding a THIRD avenue for people to leave comments on the blog that allows Facebook users to access comments via Facebook Connect.

But there may be a problem: I use one of the old school "classic" blogger templates and I'm adding the new code on the fly. I don't think it's working correctly... you will see the new comments section (for now) only on this particular post and on the previous post about the TMZ Rihanna picture.

If the code is working right, we can all sit back and relax. If not, we've got a template to mess around with, and if there are any of you blogspotters out there who have been through this before, I'd certainly like to hear from you!

NOTE: I had to pull Disqus off here thanks to an idiot who fouled it with obscenities. Oh, well, it wasn't working right anyway, and hopefully it will be back on my blog and working correctly in the near future!

Rihanna -- The Face of a Battered Woman

Thursday TMZ posted a picture of Rihanna "taken after Chris Brown allegedly beat her." A press photo of Rihanna, taken earlier on the night she was attacked, shows her with a tattoo of Roman numerals on her left shoulder. The TMZ photo shows the same numerals on the same shoulder. The Los Angeles Police Department launched an internal investigation hours after the photo was posted. The cops say the image "has the appearance" of one of the star taken by them after her assault.

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NOTE: Disqus had to be removed due to one idiot posting obscenities.

Around The Blogosphere 20 February 09

Fauna from ChinaSMACK weighs in on whether or not it is too inhuman for Shangdong TV channel to broadcast the suicide scene of a young man, but nothing can top Fauna's haunting post from last October (mouseover and click on the picture) and some of the comments it generated, including "Why is there such a beast of a “people’s teacher”? Looking at the flies licking the bloodstains on the victim’s personal effects, I suddenly feel that life is so fragile. The life of the girl who died tragically is freeze-framed in her youth. I hope in the other world, she can have a happy life."

From the WNBC New York Blog: Student Plunges to Death at Prep School

From the L.A. Times blog: At least four sea lions have been found with bullet wounds along Los Angeles County beaches since this year began.

A Houston homeless man is part of an Internet experiment to get him some help...

The Gothamist blogs about the chimp sometimes known as "Furious George."

The Village Voice thought "cousin" might be a term of art when A-Rod used it to refer to the running buddy with whom he shot up steroids back in his Mariners days. Now ESPN has found A-Rod's cousin and he is indeed ...

Some very colorful snaps of
SINULOG via Cherie!

Aside from meeting the leaders of Indonesia, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton found time to visit a slum community in Jakarta. She also appeared in a teen-oriented TV show. Mong Palatino has reactions from bloggers...

Feeling creative? Need to decorate your place? Sarah Bean blogs "How to Use Markers, Paint & Baby Wipes Together" and you won't believe your eyes!

Israeli fashion blogger Yuli Ziv posts photos taken at the Marchesa Fall 2009 fashion presentation at the Chelsea Art museum.

Anna Sui: Fall 2009 Collection

Oscar de la Renta: Fall 2009 Collection

Proenza Schouler: Fall 2009 Collection

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Caller ID on Steroids

"All the while the caller hears a normal ring tone, oblivious to the fact that you know exactly who they are..."

Now you can unmask those blocked "Out of Area" and "Restricted" calls: Trapcall works with any cell phone. A basic version of TrapCall is available for FREE.

Premium versions of the service can record mobile telephone calls, transcribe voice messages into text messages, and reveal names and addresses of callers along with their telephone numbers.

MediaWatch 19 Feb 09

What do you get when you mix monkeys with politics? Nothing good! It's Al Sharpton and Governor David Paterson Vs. The New York Post. Liz Benjamin blogs more...

Citing the recession, St. Joseph-based NPG Co. has directed employees in its newspaper division, including those working for Sun Publications, to take a week off without pay.

Five northeastern newspapers, including the Albany Times Union, have announced they'll share content, a move that could help the publications cut expenses during a difficult economic time for the industry.

Here's a Blogger who writes about his newspaper!

Here are the top 15 newspaper websites of 2008.

Some industry executives are watching a radio ban on sexually explicit music in Jamaica.

President Barack Obama takes a stand with regard to the FAIRNESS DOCTRINE. Take deep breaths, Rush & Sean!

Under pressure, Facebook takes two steps back.

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