Wednesday, March 31, 2010

#blogs 31 March 2010

#hiphop Nicki Minaj shares the cover of XXL w/Drake

#rip David Mills, born in Maryland, he began his writing career as a reporter at the University of Maryland student-run newspaper The Diamondback, collapsed Tuesday in New Orleans on the set of the HBO drama "Treme." He died in a New Orleans hospital, according to series creator David Simon. The cause of death was a brain aneurysm.

#journalism writepudding wondered on twitter: Is Digital Media Worse for the Environment Than Print?

#war Through an iPhone Camera Lens

#photography The wonderful world of early photography

#terrorism Russia: LJ Opinion Poll on Subway Blasts: 520 bloggers responded

#youtube isn't working well... they're doing some sort of upgrade which has resulted in digital disaster

#comments isn't working on many blogs across the blogspot system; something to do with Google servers.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

#NowPlaying #Blogs 30 March 2010

America's Next Top Model Utica Casting Call April 2, 2010 at the Radisson Hotel - Utica Centre::: Friday April 2, 2010 8am-5pm ... Must be between ages 18 and 27 and 5'7" or taller! CLICK HERE for information, preregistration and application forms.

Tila Tequila shows off her butt at the grocery store!

Not to be outdone, Bai-Ling steps into the Lions' den!

Time to assess yourself? Here's one man's introspection!

Worried about your blog's PageRank? Check out the PR update schedule!

As you know, nothing ticks me off more than when I see something on a blog I want to comment on, and can't leave a comment for whatever reason! In the latest instance, I really liked an article Martin posted on one of his Cornyman blogs. Despite multiple attempts to post a comment, the following message continually displayed:
"Google Error


Server Error
The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request.

Please try again in 30 seconds."
I tried. I re-tried. I tried again. 30 seconds. 60. 90. 120. Nothing worked!

Adgitize - Get World Class Advertising on a Bloggers Budget ... I may give ADGITIZE the BOOT! There are a couple of what I call "clique bloggers" who routinely refuse to run my entrecard ads but their own ads show up every other day on my blog! I guess the only way to block them is to remove the adgitize widget. Is there another way?

The Deluge

The weather here in the Northeast is providing a backdrop for the Lent / Passover / Easter time. Last weekend's bone-chilling temperatures and the forecast for rain and its accompanying darkness over the next several days, to be followed by an 80 degree Easter weekend. I think in a way it's fitting. It will enhance the religious experience. I have noticed I become more introspective & spiritual during a string of rainy days. Let it pour!

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Monday, March 29, 2010

MediaWatch 29 March 2010

CBS Interactive EXCLUSIVE: Time Magazine's Executive Editor Nancy Gibbs Discusses the Impact e-Readers Will Have on Print Journalism and Where Her Industry Will Be in 20 Years on @katiecouric CBSNews.com’s Webshow TOMORROW. Watch the exclusive clip!

www.cbsnews.com
CBS News: The Future of Magazines - Nancy Gibbs discusses where Time will be in 20 years and whether customers will pay for online content.

TERRORISTAS!

 Bloggers & Twitterers were among the first to spread the word about the tragic event, as Russia's major news websites stopped responding due to high traffic and TV channels were too slow to prepare any material on time. As Twitter user Krassnova noticed [RUS], Twitter hashtag #metro29 [RUS, EN] had 40 tweets per second while TV channels managed to prepare just 4 stories. In less than a couple of hours a website metro29.ru has been installed to cover the events. One of the first bloggers to tell the news was Marina Litvinovich (aka LJ user abstract2001), an opposition blogger, who posted photos from Lubyanka subway station [RUS], where the first blast occurred. Many Russians turned to CNN for news.

Svetlana Gladkova (Profy) types:
As many of you already know, earlier today a terrible tragedy happened in Moscow - two explosions in the subway executed by two female suicide bombers and took lives of 38 people (with many still in intensive care of various hospitals so the number will probably increase still in the coming days).

The worst part is that the explosions took place in the morning rush hour when millions of people in Moscow descend to the subway stations heading for their jobs or studies - and one needs to realize that in Moscow with huge rarely ending traffic jams the underground is virtually the only means of public transportation that is reliable and actually can take you just about everywhere around the megalopolis - so it is no wonder the damage done is so huge. ...:::MoRe:::...

Ripped from Drudge:::
Two females; Muslim militants suspected...
'The war is coming to their cities'...
VIDEO/PHOTOS/DETAILS...
More Than 30 Dead...
Russia vows terror crackdown...
Putin: 'Destroy' militants...
Explosion underneath Federal Security Service...
NYC activates security plan...
Washington sends bomb-sniffing dogs into rail system...

#musicmonday 29 March 2010

Bravo / Vadim ::: Beijing In The House,Don’t Sleep!

Time Tunnel: a compilation of rare 1970s disco music from Nigeria put together by Frank Gossner of Voodoofunk via Sokari

Ludacris: My Chick Bad Remix ft. Diamond, Trina, Eve... via GEN-SI En route vers l’Album "Yep! Un remix qui déchire presque plus que l’original…"

Plus one tragically annoying song from a one-hit wonder that Radio Disney played to death....

Barbados' Boyce Voice blogs about “the On again, Off again, On again, Off again Show AKA Vybz Kartel Movado Show”, saying: “I feel for the event promoters…they were…bullied by the authorities”; while Barbados Free Press is proud of the “unequivocal message” delivered by the Prime Minister: “We the people of Barbados don’t want the violent dance hall culture of Jamaica in our country…”


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Sunday, March 28, 2010

#media ::: Broadcasting in the Vernacular

There are two criteria for what leads a newscast - immediacy or relevance. But to make that newscast UNDERSTOOD there needs to be  common "language ground"...


NPR has come under fire from some prominent bloggers when changes in language applying to news writing and reporting were implemented. What these bloggers are overlooking is the way that the news business has changed and continues to evolve. Because of the internet, the skeleton supporting the structure of the news industry has cracked. Many newspapers have already fallen, an exodus that began two decades or more ago when evening papers all across the USA began folding.

It started with what people have come to believe to be their RIGHT to obtain FREE information over the web. We hear it all the time: municipalities striving toward "free broadband or wi-fi for all." Much ado about rights (and semantics). Like it or not, times have changed forever, not for better, as noted on Michelle Malkin's blog by guest poster LaShawn Barber:
"Our rights have expanded to include the right to health care and housing we can’t afford, the right of privacy to kill unborn babies, and the right to not be offended. In 2010, these rights are on the same level as the right to free speech, free exercise of religion, and free association."
By the way, a few years back, Michelle Malkin would supply her blog readers with passwords to read articles on certain newspaper websites that required registration. That's like holding the newspaper box on the corner open so the neighbors could all grab copies of th epaper. I am writing a book about the decline of the newspaper industry. after contacting a few publishers who assured me no one would be interested in reading it, I decided to offer it FREE as a FREE PDF DOWNLOAD. It’s not finished yet, but my intention is to make this book as FREE as a book could ever possibly be. “If you paid for this document, you paid too much” is going to be prominently displayed on page one! I’ll announce when it’s ready on my blog.

In the 1860's newspapers were ahead of the curve. What a thrill it must have been for someone in, for instance, Carson City NV to receive three local papers from three traveling friends: one from California, one from New York and one from Chicago! Even month-old newspapers made for fascinating reading.

Fast forward to the 1960's, when days-old newspapers from distant cities or even month-old papers from other countries made for fascinating reading. The 21st Century internet has brought that type of fascination into a real-time experience... it's gotten to the point where, if it happened yesterday, nobody cares! We want the news of right now!

Newspapers are presently doing what General Motors did for years: try to design a new body for an old model: the old business model just isn't going to fly with the public, no matter how glitzy the exterior shell. Not the answer!

As for the reporters covering the news, they were lucky to have one story published a day, if at all. Now they can blog and tweet as many times a day as they like. News coverage has evolved and reporters embrace the technology: but TV and newspaper newsrooms and managers are lost. They don't know how to deal with it.

Round and round this goes, with the people committed to saving newspapers demanding to know “If the old model is broken, what will work in its place?” To which the answer is: Nothing. Nothing will work. There is no general model for newspapers to replace the one the internet recently broke.(1)

Now, let's get back to the NPR story: the network has introduced new initiatives designed to provide a greater sense of immediacy and texture to the news product. You might call it "getting on the same page" with other media outlets, because if Network A is calling something "this" but Network B calls it "that" - the public ends up confused. People are sometimes referred to by media types as "sheeple" - so language (semantics) is a big factor in dishing out news and information in doses measured such that it can be easily understood or "absorbed" by the average individual, whose attention span is about 55 seconds on the net (that's the average amount of time a visitor spends on any given website or blog). We've become insatiable gluttons for information to the point we eat it up and puke it out faster than our fingers can find it on our keyboards. Moral: DON'T SHOOT THE MESSENGER!


(1) "Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable" by Clay Shirky
http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2009/03/newspapers-and-thinking-the-unthinkable/

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March: A (Blogging) Month To Remember!

What a month!

First I must thank Don and Sabra! You guys rock! I've gotten many quality visitors and made new friends thanks to your excellent Entrecard droplists! Folks that come in thru their sites actually stay and read my posts! (The top 10 "droppers" here will be out Thursday or Friday) This is a good time for entrecard enthusiasts (and everyone for that matter) to be sure that your article headline and/or article image is ABOVE THE FOLD and across from the entrecard widget! I'm 100% certain "droppers" were encouraged to read my posts because of these techniques!

Shout out to the Cornyman! By following Martin on twitter, I've bumped into a treasure trove of great articles on other blogs and websites! The C-man is busy with several blogs, and should you visit one you'll get links to all (and extra entrecard drops!)

Many of my posts were picked up by news and re-blog (blog article referral and inclusion) services! I realy appreciate it! Thank-You!

Special kudos to some bloggers in Canada and Malaysia! One Canadian blogger gave this blog wings by lovin' my articles a long time, staying on-site for as long as 10 hours at a clip! Thank-you so much! Your kindness and interest bumped up my already higher-than-average "time visitors spend on site." A Malaysian blogger made reference to me in an article on one of her blogs, and although she neglected to provide my blog's URL, her readers were so smart and savvy they Googled me and found my blog! That article resulted in many new readers. Thank-You!

The most popular posts here during March (as of March 28)

NXIVM

Jack Neo

Blogging's HOTTEST Babes!

Stephy Tang

Free Twitter Survival Guide

How to burn a CD from youTube

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Most Successful Scams on the Net


A dying Esther Swally waits for your email! (Mouseover and click on the picture!)
US citizens reported losing more than $550 million in 2009 in Internet fraud, falling prey to a variety of increasingly sophisticated scams, according to a report [PDF] by the Internet Crime Complaint Center.

I know that many of you enjoy Craig's List and use / participate in that website. I avoid it: here's one good reason you should too! According to experts, Facebook’s high number of users makes it a prime target for spammers and hackers too! Twitter has followed Facebook in warning users to avoid malicious emails with attachments that claim to provide a new password.

I fell victim myself to a twitter scam in November '09:
If you get a DIRECT MESSAGE via twitter, especially from someone who NEVER DM's you, be especially alert and aware! There's a sneaky phishing attack out there that begins when a Twitter user receives a direct message, such as the one depicted below (the actual message I was fooled by on Sunday), from any one of their followers.


+++DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW+++
Dasgupta14: i think i found ur high school photo

http://albums.twitter.placement-selection.com/
+++DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE+++

How It Scams:



The link takes you to what appears to be a twitter log-in site: Let me tell ya, I actually believed the website I was taken to was part of twitter... it is NOT!!!!! It is perfect in every way, even the URL appears to be authentic. In the transition, the blogspot blog appears, and somehow plays a role in either distracting the websurfer or in the actual capture and validation of the twitter password!


You all know how Google / Blogspot will pick on a blog or blogger and close their blog down without warning or explanation. TRY AS YOU MAY, YOU CAN'T CONTACT ANYONE FROM GOOGLE: THEY MAKE IT TOO DIFFICULT, ALTHOUGH YOU MAY END UP ON A GOOGLE FORUM WHERE NO ONE WILL REPLY TO YOUR QUESTION OR ADDRESS YOUR DILEMMA!!! Yes, these are the same "superstrict" Google policymakers who might delete your blog because it has been "inactive" yet they leave blogs up and running that haven't been touched for 8 years or more!!!

Now along comes this new twitter spam where your password gets hijacked THROUGH GOOGLE / BLOGSPOT:::
This is the intermediary blog URL (below) that appeared on my PC, and immediately I knew I had been spammed, but it was WAY TOO LATE - I tried to spare anyone else by issuing a tweet:




  • BEWARE of direct messages on twitter "i think i found ur high school photo" - may be an attempt to steal your password!


  • But alas, too late! A tweet that appeared to come from me read " see if your iq is higher than mine. take the iq quiz here:..." and I'm sure my followers got spamDM'd.

    Here is the offending blog URL:
    http://lolurblog.blogspot.com/
    Most interesting if you click on the blogger's profile page you'll see
    On Blogger Since November 2009
    Profile Views (approximate) 21,000 and counting!
    That's an AWFUL LOT of profile views for a blank blog!
    I'm thinking THAT'S A RUNNING TALLY OF ACCOUNTS COMPROMISED TO DATE!

    Needless to say I spent hours changing passwords and redirecting permissions!


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    A second PC or laptop is often your best help when disaster strikes. Many viruses disable Internet access, so you'll need a second computer to research your infection and download disinfectant software. Have a flash drive nearby, too, so you can move the inoculation from. complete details are here. And did you know that the web is also littered with fake BLOGS That's right! Fake blogs that could seriously damage your computer! That's why you should only trust reputable blogs and bloggers (like this one ;))

    Related Blogs:

    "Internet Scams, Identity Theft, and Urban Legends: Are You at Risk?"

    Latest Email Hoaxes - Current Internet Scams - Hoax-Slayer

    419 Legal - Internet Fraud and Online Scam Forum

    Friday, March 26, 2010

    #FollowFriday

    Who are YOUR social networking friends? Or should I type "friends." I follow roughly 300 people at any given time on twitter. I'm picky when it comes to "friends" on MySpace and Facebook. 300 people are easy to track or otherwise manage: most tweet only certain times of day or when there's something tweetworthy happening in their lives. To try to follow more would be ridiculous. I use tweets as fodder for new stories, blog posts in addition to just reading and enjoying them for what they are and whatever recommendations they make or places they re-direct me to.

    Beware of anyone "following" more than 500 people. Be especially cautious of anyone following (mass-friending AKA “fake networking”) a thousand or more. And watch out for those who will trick you by "following" you just to get a "follow back" upon which they will immediately unfollow you!

    This philosophy also applies to Facebook and other social networking sites!

    FRIDAY FACT ::: Friday really is named after this Norse goddess: And her chariot is pulled by cats!

    The Cat Came Back (Just in time for Fluffy Friday!)

    His tail wags so fast it outpaces the camera shutter!

    Last week's arrival of spring weather heralded the "return" of the neighborhood kitty, nicknamed "Boo!" by local children. I went out for an early evening walk and as I passed Boo's house on the way back to my place, he came charging out and followed!

    I hadn't seen Boo since November! Not a kitten anymore, Boo remains one of the most alert cats I've ever encountered. As a child I owned several cats, most if not all "calmed down" after the kitten stage. Not Boo! He is amazing to be around. He's a majickal cat if ever there was one:  totally tuned in to his surroundings. He doesn't miss anything and investigates everything. He cracks me up because he continues to enjoy "kitten games" and if I sit down on the porch he'll sit next to me, assuming a guardian-like stance taht reminds me of those Egyptian cats from Pharoh Times.

    An old man I once knew, now passed on,  told me that cats can see things people cannot. Like what things? Spirits? Ghosts? Invisible entities? Perhaps all. You know how sometimes you "see things go by out of the corner of your eye?" That happened once when Boo was nearby. I didn't move or otherwise physically react, but I was watching Boo at the time and I knew he saw "it" too, whatever "it" was! Boo is one of God's marvelous creatures that makes one truly appreciate living!


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    Thursday, March 25, 2010

    #nowplaying #blogs 25 March 2010

    #fitness DIVA!

    #internetaccess ::: a basic human right?

    #poetry

    #money ::: How to Handle the New US$ 100 Bill.

    #psychobitch

    #books ::: "Dog-Heart" video interview and review by Annie Paul

    #thesecret ::: eclipsed in a few paragraphs. Eat your heart out, James Arthur Ray!

    #compassion ::: Anna

    #rip Dan DiNicola

    #cancer ::: interview, including Dan DiNicola and DJ Vadim

    7 Tools To Manage Your Twitter Account

    With more than enough to do already, these little helper apps will lighten your tweetin' time!

    A new follower? Should you follow back? Discover if you have common followings with them, and which people you follow that follow them...

    Who are you following that's not following you back? Who's following you that you're not following back? Find out!

    Pick up to 5 tweeters to see who they follow and are followed by "in common."

    Sort your friends by their last tweets. UNfollow all the inactive and useless accounts that you are following! DOES NOT WORK VIA FIREFOX!

    Find any twitterer's RETWEET RANK!

    Find out who your most influential followers are!

    Tag, rate and manage your list of twitterers!

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    Wednesday, March 24, 2010

    Pop Clips » 24 March 2010

    Known as the mystery monkey of Tampa Bay, the little creature on the lam has its own Facebook fan page...

    Tennis magazine is going for the net...LITERALLY!

    You've heard people say "think out of the box" --- but how may of us just plain "go beyond the borders"??? Tokyo-based Brit Joseph Tame livestreamed his participation in the Tokyo Marathon --- a landmark accomplishment recorded for all time in a landmark blog post! WOW!

    Can Tiger Woods make a "comeback" happen? Can America forgive and forget? Can we?

    What about the past? Would you forgive Barack Obama if, in another life, he broke your arm?


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    Issues In Search of Answers

    Despite the predictions of rain Tuesday, I managed to avoid getting wet, ducking out to cover two seperate events at the State Capitol in Albany. The day's news assignments included attending the formal release of The Policy and Education Fund of New York report, "Race Matters: Impact of the 2010-11 Executive Budget Proposal" at the LOB in Albany. Here's some grainy hiPhone footage from the news conference and my chat afterward with Ana Shaello-Johnson, the youth bureau director for the city of Binghamton and board chair for the Broome County Urban Legaue.

    Tuesday afternoon's presser was all about the push to legalize medical marijuana in New York, a law now closer than ever to being enacted. Two New Jersey-ites made the trip up to Albany to talk about their experiences and how they feel now that a law is finally in place: Jim Miller's wife Cheryl passed away in 2002 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. He's been a tireless advocate for medical marijuana ever since. Miller asked those gathered at the news conference in Albany's LOB: "How dare we ask sick and dying people to come and beg their legislators for relief they know could be had?" Miller said New York could learn from New Jersey's legislative experience.You can read and/or listen to more here.

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    #blogs 24 March 2010

    #advertising ::: The Chinese take interactive advertising to a new level.

    #digits ::: The Chinese take guitar chording to a new level.

    #google has decided to leave China.

    #justice ::: A federal judge has ruled in favor of lesbian Mississippi teen, Constance McMillen.

    #fashion ::: Monica Tang goes back to her roots and then some!

    #content ::: Ready, set: STEAL!

    #create ::: Now, get CREATIVE!

    #goodbyes ::: Julia Allison has left the interNet.

    #networking ::: Posterous vs. Amplify vs. Ping.fm Larry B's Favorite Aggregation Sites.

    Wordless WEDnesday ::: FOREVER! Congrats & Best Wishes!



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    Tuesday, March 23, 2010

    Blog-a-long Blues

    Just about every blogger reaches a point one day or another when he or she feels there is nothing more to type. I think they used to call it "writer's block" - whatever - when this mood strikes YOU here's how to deal with it:

    (1) This is actually a pre-emptive measure. When you ARE "hot" and have more to post than your fingers can type, save your extra entries on your blog or in your gmail account. Something may happen in the next week or month that ties in nicely withyour article, which you can then polish and release. On the other hand, if you have a finished article but don't want to saturate your blog with too many posts, save a post or two that are not time-sensitive. If your blog host allows, you can schedule them to publish on dates or times that you know you'll be otherwise engaged.

    (2) Never panic. Wells do run dry once in awhile. Something will happen that will light your fire again. Just be patient.

    (3) Nothing to blog about can be a good thing - it can send you outdoors where chances are you'll bump into something you can write about - or take pictures of! Most folks love the convenience of carrying a cellphone, and most mobiles have built-in cameras. Familiarize yourself with uploading pictres AND with blogging direct from your phone. There are many ways to do this, and I know bloggers who blog exclusively from their phones!

    (4) DON'T ANNOUNCE THAT YOU WON'T BE BLOGGING! The world doesn't need to know you've got "writer's block" and if you're going on vacation or some other trip, undesirables in your locality and on the interNet DON'T need to know that you won't be around! Keep everyone guessing! Again, schedule posts to publish while you're gone. If you can't get to a computer while you're away or can't blog from your cellphone, publish a post the same day you leave (make it something timeless: maybe a poll about who your favorite dead celebrity is or something else unlikely to be affected by time) and have one ready to upload the minute you return.

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    Monday, March 22, 2010

    The Mud Puddles of Blogging

    So you think you've got it all covered: your PR is okay, you got your widget-ducks in a row, alexa ranking is passable, but your advertising is sadly lacking. There's one little statistic that advertisers can avail themselves of, something YOU should look into as well.

    What's the average length of time a visitor spends on your blog?

    If you take note of stats provided by whatever metering service you use to track visitors (the services are free, EVERY BLOGGER should have and use them) you should find this information somewhere in your records:

    Average Visit Length .......... 3:23

    This means that the average length of time a visitor spends on my weblog is 3 minutes and 23 seconds. The norm is around 55 seconds! The trick to keeping visitors on your site is to write mesmerizing copy!
    I have posted thousands of articles, but there are about FIVE in all that attract visitors who STAY on-site!

    When you notice visitors hanging on a certain post: take action! Make sure you update the post with links to newer, similar articles that will delight and entice those readers to click through! Promote those already-popular posts by TWEETING the URLs!

    WAIT! There's MORE ::: You can watch every move your visitors make via ‘Engagement Time™’, a technology employed by ClickTale analytics. Engagement Time™ values the time a user has spent interacting with a page, rather than just the amount of time a page has been left open. Sign Up HERE!

    Related:

    Blips Across The Blogosphere

    2010, Still on Dial-Up"

    Entrecard "Above the Fold" List For Easy Drops!

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    Sunday, March 21, 2010

    Scandal Touches Stephy Tang!

    Edison Chen, all over again? It certainly looks like! I was living in Hong Kong working for TV during the time of the Edison Chen scandal. (I used to read about it here on this blog! LOL!) Now it looks like KIRA,
    Police sources have disclosed to the press that a group named Kira was behind this case. Indeed, Kira had since early 2007, private photos and videos of Edison Chen and asked the sum of 5 million dollars to Hong Kong Emperor Entertainment Group (EEG) AKA the Yinghuang in exchange for non-publication of them.
    which originally uploaded the material that brought down Chen and several HK actresses (like Gillian Chung) has re-surfaced.This time, KIRA sets the lens on Stephy Tang Lai Yan of Cookies fame, and it's not looking good. Celebrity Gossip Blog has details (WARNING: NSFW) Sources say the video was shot in 2002 when Stephy Tang and Edison Chen were cast in leading roles for the film "Nine Girls and a Ghost". It may be old news. Other sources say it may not be Stephy at all. No doubt the Jack Neo scandal brought new interest to the Asian scandal topic!

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    French Film "Le jour se leve" ("Daybreak") Screening @UAlbany April 9th

    "Daybreak" ("Le jour se lève," France, 1939, 88 minutes, b/w, in French with English subtitles, directed by Marcel Carné) will be shown on Friday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, on the University at Albany's downtown campus. Le Jour se lève is based on a story by Jacques Viot. A factory worker kills his rival in love, then barricades himself in his apartment to weather an armed siege by the police, all the while recalling the events that led to the crime. The picture is hailed as a masterpiece of "realist" cinema, considered one of the principal examples of the French film movement known as poetic realism.

    The film was remade as The Long Night (1947), with Henry Fonda in the Gabin role. In 1952, it was included in the first Sight and Sound top ten greatest films list. Sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute, the UAlbany screening is free and open to the public.

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    Saturday, March 20, 2010

    Abandoned Blogs ::: GRRRRR!

    ME: This blog address looks abandoned – can I have the URL?
    Blogger: Sorry, no can do! After a blog is deleted, the subdomain is reserved for the previous owner of the URL to reclaim if he/she so chooses. People claim blogs after years without use more often than you would think.

    There are a lot of blogger blogs out there with desirable names that have not been touched for years, some going back as far as 2000 and 2001! Why does blogger REFUSE to delete them, but is only too glad to wipe out years of legitimate bloggers' hard works??? This happened to two different bloggers I know! They didn't violate TOS or anything like that. One blogger was told her blog was "spam" (it was not) and the other was told his blog had been flagged --- a pop-up on his blog had been changed to re-direct viewers to a pornography site - he didn't know it and blogger didn't let him know in advance, they just assumed he did it and deleted five years of blogging!

    Wondering about this I googled and found a good suggestion. But the smart-aleck who blogged it makes it impossible to comment without jumping thru crappy hoops! What a waste!  An Advert popsup on top of the comments box, so you HAVE to deal with the advert. Guess what happens next? When you finally do reach the comments you have to REGISTER! Crappy bloggerboy!!!!

    Here's what the smart aleck blogger proposes:

    Why don't you have an option on claimed blogger URLs to "Request Reclamation" or some-such that (depending on possible restrictions, obviously current and well-maintained blogs are NOT the target here, only empty, old ones -- the kind that were created in 2004 and not touched since) would basically email the blog owner (who, remind you... the party found wanting of the URL can not contact normally) with a generated URL that basically could go something like this:
    Dear <Email>,
    Greetings from Blogger! The reason why we are emailing you today is it looks like you have signed up a Blogger.Com webblog from this Email Address. According to our records, however, nothing has been done to it in quite some time, and so another user is requesting to <Takeover/Reclaim/Transfer/whatever verbage sounds best> this URL so they can use it. As the Blogger URL currently belongs to you, we thought we should ask you first.

    Blog Title: <Title Here>
    Blog URL : <URL HERE>
    Last Post: <Last Post Here>
    If You still intend on using this Blogger Address, Do let us know, for we are happy to have you as part of our community. However, if you are no longer interested in that Blogger URL, There is someone on our site whose day you would make if you would approve the transfer . Either way, Please let us know at the site below. It will only take a couple seconds, and then we wont bother you anymore.
    <Auto-script URL -- should not require them to sign in>
    Please do be aware that since we deal with old records, you must reply via that link within two weeks or else we may assume that This email is no longer active, and give away your blog URL.
    Thanks!

    --The Blogger Team

    The bloggerboy suggests that Google could make a really easy rule that would say basically anyone who posts to their blog in the last 6 months is exempt from this-- nobody can even request. Also, if your mailer daemon gets a bounce-back, then obviously the email is no longer in use, which in that case should automatically grant a reclaim since (i believe) the user is violating TOS.

    ADVICE: If you have a blog, keep it!

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    Chang-rae Lee Coming to Albany

    Chang-rae Lee, prize-winning Korean-American novelist and one of the leading fiction writers of his generation, will speak about his epic novel of the Korean War, "The Surrendered" (2010), at 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 8, 2010, in the Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center, on UAlbany's uptown campus. Earlier that same day at 4:15 p.m. the author will present an informal seminar in Campus Center 375 on the uptown campus. Sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute, the events are free and open to the public.

    Lee, whose work explores the modern Asian and Asian-American experience, received the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for his first novel, "Native Speaker" (1995), and was named one of the "20 Best American Novelists Under 40" by the "New Yorker" in 1999.

    Lee's new novel is "The Surrendered" (2010), the epic story of a Korean orphan, an American GI, and a troubled missionary wife who meet during the immediate aftermath of the Korean War. The novel is loosely inspired by stories of death and survival among members of the author's own family, told reluctantly to Lee by his father who fled the shelling of Pyongyang at the age of twelve.

    In a starred review, Publishers Weekly said, "Powerful, deeply felt, compulsively readable and imbued with moral gravity, the novel does not peter out into easy redemption. It's a harrowing tale: bleak, haunting, often heartbreaking-and not to be missed." "O." the Oprah Magazine, called it, "A landmark novel about love and war. . . impossible to put down."

    Writing in "Elle," novelist Kate Christensen described the book as, "Beautiful, riveting, piercingly haunting . . . The settings and times are masterfully interwoven to form an elegant, disturbing inquiry into courage, love, loyalty, and mercy. . . . This is a book to read in two or three long sittings, gulping pages, turning them as fast as possible to reach the perfect, inevitable ending."

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    Friday, March 19, 2010

    Pop Clips » 19 March 2010

    While Alyssa Milano was busy defending the validity of her tweets, Dutch foreign minister Maxime Verhagen tweeted reaction to a claim by a retired US general that “gay soldiers contributed to the Bosnian massacre” in Srebrenica in 1995: “Extremely weird statement about Srebrenica. I fear this has more to do with the discussion in the US about homosexuality in the army.”

    In response to Paul Krugman's suggestion that the United States get tougher on China's monetary policy, economist Stephen Roach, Morgan Stanley's Asia chairman, suggested on Bloomberg Television this morning that we pummel the Nobel laureate.

    A man whose Ivanka Trump fan blog proclaims, "I am a celebrity stalker who is obsessed with Ivanka Trump," was arrested in Reno, Nevada on a NYC warrant earlier this week. However, the 27-year-old's mother said, "He is sick and has a history"...OK...

    Africa ::: “Enough is Enough!” Nigerian youth march on the capital

    Eye-appealing eats!!!

    Kelis live in NYC Club 57 Video via Miss Info

    Spring begins officially tomorrow!!!! HOORAY!!!!

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    Thursday, March 18, 2010

    Pop Clips » 18 Mar 2010

    Internet censorship map via Ambiome.

    More Tiger Woods Texts leaked...

    Brother Power! (WTF?!?)

    From the DailyMail ::: New pictures of a young Barry Soetoro in Indonesia!

    From New York 1 ::: "must-see" video of Iggy Pop's encounter with Harold Ford.

    From NYmag ::: we'd liked to have seen video (there is none) of Bernie Madoff's butt whipped by a fellow prisoner...

    A Saudi man has been charged with morality crimes after a video appeared on YouTube where he is dressed in police uniform, dancing and flirting with the male cameraman. He has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes, a 5,000 rial ($1,333) fine and a year in prison. Global Voices' Katharine Ganly reports on blogger reactions.

    On Long Island, Samina Khan annulled her marriage with Farrukh Khan, a Pakistani immigrant who had been in need of a green card, after allegedly finding out he was gay.

    Bicycle riders, please don't let this happen to you!!!

    Hey Al Gore! On March 27, Saudi Arabia will take part in Earth Hour by switching off power for an hour!

    Coincidence! Last night I was watching some VHS tapes I found in the back of the old entertainment center, recorded years ago off Channel 11... Roswell!

    Entrecarders take note ::: There's a new free traffic exchange for BLOGS only... You get 300 points for signing up... the site takes you from blog-to-blog and the best thing about it is that most of the members so far are also entrecard members (so you can auto-hop and drop)! There's a post on freetrafficplaces that contains all of the deets!

    Senior yahoo! exec Ash Patel, one of the company's longest serving employees, will shortly be history. His last day will be next Monday.

    On the Menu ::: Brighter Futures!

    Student Kela Brathwaite is fast becoming a culinary expert!

    Today I received an assignment that was newsworthy AND delicious! The Elks Lodge on Allen Street is participating in a job training program run by the Culinary Tech Center in Albany, which received federal stimulus money by way of the Department of Labor, under its Disconnected Youth grant program, to train 20 young adults for jobs in the restaurant industry.

    The Culinary program runs five-hours-per day, five-days per week training program. It is aimed at young adults with educational deficiencies and other barriers to employment, such as substance abuse or homelessness.

    Participants learn everything from cooking techniques to menu planning, as well as basic work skills such as the importance of coming to work on time and getting along with co-workers. Job placement services will also be offered.

    I was the only radio reporter there but the TV stations were well-represented!

    The best part about the presser: the food! The young chefs prepared quite a tasty little feast for us lucky media people! For a minute I felt bad for some of my fellow-reporters from radio, tv and print who FAILED to show for the event! Actually, they were probably assigned to something else.

    Look who showed up! YNN Videojournalist Sabina Kuriakose trekked in all the way from the Berkshires!

    And since we're talkin' food ::: Albany's Townsend Park Bakery Café will reopen during April — replete with a fully stocked bar!

    Someone asked me about my favourite spot for food in the area: OK, for breakfast it's Panera's chain, for Lunch and sometimes dinner SPINNERS! And for informal evening dining, the Gateway!
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