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The Retro Cinematography of Mad Men
09.07.2009
04:43 pm
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Over at the Film Freak Central blog, Jefferson Robbins was stymied in his efforts to write about his favorite television series Mad Med. What can you say about Mad Men that’s not already been said a million times? The result was this interesting video love letter to Mad Men which focuses on the cinematography of the series and Alfred Hitchcock’s influence on the show.

 

 

Via Joel Johnson’s Twitter

Posted by Richard Metzger
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09.07.2009
04:43 pm
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How to Smoke a Joint: Taking Off (1971)
09.06.2009
11:38 pm
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(via Nerdcore)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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09.06.2009
11:38 pm
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If You Use Condoms, You Will Not Be Raptured
09.06.2009
06:44 pm
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Seventy year-old YouTube video maker William Tapley is a retired furniture engineer from Forestport, NY.  Tapley is the self-styled “Third Eagle of the Apocalypse” and “Co-prophet of the Endtimes.” On his Revelation Unraveled series, he has described how Obama (“The King of the South”) will be the last President of America and how he will lead the US into war against Russia; what life in the US will be like after WWIII and how much God hates masturbation, the rhythm method and condoms (Just look what happened to Onan!). Unlike most Christian prophets and televangelists of late, Tapley expressly teaches that Obama is NOT the Antichrist (but he might be a Nazi!)  and has called Jack Vam Impe and Hal Lindsey “false prophets.” He also claims that God gave him arthritis in his left shoulder as a punishment for not fasting and praying hard enough for America.

Tapley really seems to believe his arrival on the scene was preordained. Here’s what he says about his gift on his YouTube Channel:

When I asked who is the “eagle” in Revelation 8:13, He said “you are”. This really shook me, but after some research I realized there are actually four eagles. The first was St. Vincent Ferrer, an amazing miracle worker, who warned humanity in 14th century Europe about the impending breakup of Christianity (the first woe). His chief disciple was St. Bernardino of Siena, who also warned about this catastrophe. Since the eagle cries “woe, woe, woe”, I determined that I must be the third personification of this eagle and my mission from God is to warn mankind about the second woe, World War 3. After me will come a fourth eagle, the prophet Enoch, whose mission will be to preach repentance to the Gentiles and warn about the third woe, the reign of the Antichrist.

I like to refer to the four of us eagles as “three saints and a sinner”. The term “co-prophet” means that I complete the end times prophecies in the Bible. I often compare the gifts of end times prophecy and co-prophecy to the gift of speaking in tongues and interpreting tongues. These manifestations come from the Holy Spirit who always requires two people to express His gift of life and love, such as also marriage. I hope you continue to enjoy my prophecy videos and I encourage any and all comments. I try to respond to as many as I can and my only rule is that I will delete any “F” words.

Posted by Richard Metzger
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09.06.2009
06:44 pm
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Is A Woman Eating Alone An Act Of Bravery?
09.06.2009
05:50 pm
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From Ariel Leve of The Sunday Times:

Who knew eating alone was an act of bravery? The other day I was at a restaurant having an early dinner when I got a phone call from a friend. She asked where I was and when I told her she said, ?

Posted by Tara McGinley
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09.06.2009
05:50 pm
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Canonizing Sinead O’Connor
09.06.2009
12:47 pm
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Now here’s a woman.

You know this woman is important because she is a member of Fail Valhalla?

Posted by Jason Louv
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09.06.2009
12:47 pm
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Dramatic, Moving Photos from the Los Angeles Fire
09.06.2009
11:27 am
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Nothing to add to this. See the entire photo essay at the Los Angeles Times.

Posted by Richard Metzger
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09.06.2009
11:27 am
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Presidential Adviser Shoved Out for Being Intelligent
09.06.2009
03:41 am
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Oh, lord have mercy. Lord have mercy you people!

A White House environmental policy adviser who specialized in “green jobs” resigned on Sunday after an uproar over his previous affiliation with a September 11 conspiracy group.

Van Jones, special adviser on green jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, apologized on Thursday after videotape surfaced of him using a crude epithet to describe Republicans and amid revelations he had signed a petition suggesting U.S. government involvement in the 2001 attacks in New York and Washington.

The apology did little to quell Republican criticism, however, and President Barack Obama’s chief spokesman gave only tepid support to the adviser on Friday.

1. Lord forbid a person entrusted with thinking clearly think for themselves.

2. Lord forbid they criticize the previous administration (who everybody knows were Lying Curs Who Would Sell Their Own Grandmothers for Toll Bridge Fare).

3. Lord forbid they criticize the opposition party?

Posted by Jason Louv
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09.06.2009
03:41 am
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Horny Goat-Headed Nerds of Yore
09.05.2009
11:55 pm
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No, the above picture is not a Cosplayer, Ren Faire-attendee, 4-Chaner, LARPer or furry. That’s an Alpine villager dressed as a Perchten, an attendant of the Slovenian goddess Frau Perchta or Pehta Baba. The costume is part of a midwinter ceremony in which villagers dressed as Perchten tromp through town to scare away evil spirits and stray dead souls.

Wikipedia says:

Originally, the word Perchten (plural of Perchta) referred to the female masks representing the entourage of Frau Perchta or Pehta Baba as is known in Slovenia, an ancient goddess (some claim a connection to the Nordic goddess Freyja, though this is uncertain). Traditionally, the masks were displayed in processions (Perchtenlauf) during the last week of December and first week of January, and particularly on 6 January. The costume consists of a brown wooden mask and brown or white sheep’s skin… The Roman Catholic Church attempted to prohibit the sometimes rampant practise in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries but later condoned it, resulting in a revival.

Which is evidence to me that being born 800 years before the release of World of Warcraft is no reason not to start playing.

I often suspect that nerd culture, a large majority of which looks to pagan Europe for inspiration?

Posted by Jason Louv
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09.05.2009
11:55 pm
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Meet Coffin Joe: Brazil’s Freddy Krueger
09.05.2009
11:38 pm
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Paint Drop Sculptures by Chis Dorosz
09.05.2009
11:15 pm
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Artist Chris Dorosz on his incredible sculptures:

imageOut of material discovery I began to regard the primacy of the paint drop, a form that takes shape not from a brush or any human-made implement or gesture, but purely from its own viscosity and the air it falls through, as analogous to the building blocks that make up the human body (DNA) or even its mimetic representation (the pixel).

With this in mind I?

Posted by Tara McGinley
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09.05.2009
11:15 pm
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