Archive for January, 2008

Magicians Petition Youtube

Posted in Magic on January 31, 2008 by magicmafia

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There are tons of exposure magic videos appearing all over YouTube and other video-related sites. If you didn’t already know, then you are in the majority; magicians have been complaining about this since the beginning of them thar Internets and The Google.

There are two major problems in attacking exposure:

The first is that if any individual is interested enough in finding out something, they will find it. It’s just a matter of time. Their time. And if you care enough to take the time to find out about a little magic trick, then you deserve to be the owner if such knowledge. And who knows how many doors it may open to future budding magicians? However, the real truth (and YouTube won’t tell you this) is that magic is less about secrets and more about presentation. Any idiot can go into a magic shop or YouTube, learn a trick, and perform it. Whether it is entertaining in your hands to others or not is another matter entirely.

Secondly, magicians do not have the legal and monetary resources to stop the unethical exposers from their actions. None of the tricks out there are patented, except for some conceived and used by David Copperfield and less than a handful of others. And even in those cases, the patents themselves are still vulnerable to public viewing.

Now, I don’t want it to sound like I am taking the side of exposers; they are unethically stealing information and posting it on publicly viewed sites. In some cases, material from some pretty heavy hitters like Daniel Garcia, Justin Miller, Nate Kranzo, Wayne Houchin, and many others.

The only avenue available to magicians is to attack the unethical practices and hope that works. A group of magicians has petitioned YouTube and asked others for help in signing it. For more information and to view and sign the petition, go here:

http://www.petitiononline.com/32594442/petition.html

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Mia Rose is Fast

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2008 by magicmafia

Never heard of the singer, but this is some bad ass shit right here:

Anyone else besides me notice the artist has been drawing the portrait while upside-down?

Top 10 Most Miserable Cities

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2008 by magicmafia

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Forbes has published their first list of America’s Most Miserable Cities. This survey is based on each city’s crime rate, inflation, unemployment, commute times, toxic waste, weather, and taxes.

The top ten are:

10. Providence, RI

9. Charlotte, NC

8. Modesto, CA

7. Los Angeles, CA

6. Chicago, IL

5. Philadelphia, PA

4. New York City

3. Flint, MI

2. Stockton, CA

And the number one most miserable city (I know it’s a shocker) is [DRUMROLL]:

1. Detroit, MI

Swedish Prosecutor Takes On The Pirate Bay

Posted in Politics, Uncategorized on January 31, 2008 by magicmafia

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A Swedish prosecutor filed charges against Hans Fredrik Neij, Per Svartholm Warg, Peter Kolmisoppi, and Carl Lundstroem, the four men behind the BitTerrorist haven The Pirate Bay, today. Prosecutor Haakan Roswall has claimed that The Pirate Bay “promotes other people’s infringements of copyright laws” and makes money off of that promotion from its banner ads, and he’s dinged the site for distributing 20 music files–including songs by The Cardigans and The Beatles–as well as nine movies and four video games.

Should they be found guilty, the head pirates’ punishments will include a year in jail, fines of 1.2 million kronor ($189,00), and confiscations of their computers, but they’re not really shaking in their boots, as the above graphic and the latest post from their blog–titled “Celeb-ration!” because it’s the hundredth such missive on the site–indicates:

We’ve got reasons to celebrate. Millions of them!

This week we’ve hit some magic numbers. We’re tracking over 1 million torrents. We have had over 10 million simultaneous peers on the trackers. We’re at 2.5 million registered users (and they are active as well). And this is blog post 100!…

In case we lose the pending trial (yeah right) there will still not be any changes to the site. The Pirate Bay will keep operating just as always. We’ve been here for years and we will be here many more.

It also came to our attention that it’s now possible to buy the documents, from the police!, in the current investigation about The Pirate Bay. But only on paper. And it’s not 4000 pages, it’s 4620 pages. And they cost 6050 SEK for all of them (about 1000 USD). Our view of it? Why not just make a PDF, make a torrent of the PDF and seed it. We know a perfect place you can do that for free, and nobody would have to pay for all those pages of investigation. And a hell of a lot of trees would be saved… And even though the information in the investigation might be a bit personal at times (alcohol intake, sex addictions) we’re not suing the police for commercially exploiting the material they took from us without permission.

Sharing is caring – to care for us please share even more then before!

Translation: We’re going to need extra banner ad beer money because of all the legal fees we’re going to be socked with soon!

Celeb-ration! [The Pirate Bay blog]
Swedish prosecutor indicts Pirate Bay file sharing site [AFP]

Blade Runner Sean Young Gets Best Heckler Award

Posted in Movies on January 31, 2008 by magicmafia

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Blade Runner star Sean Young has admitted herself to an alcohol abuse clinic after being asked to leave an awards ceremony for heckling.

Young, 48, was escorted from the Directors Guild of America ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday.

A spokesperson for the actress, who played Rachael in the 1982 sci-fi hit, said she had “voluntarily admitted herself” for treatment.

“She has struggled against the disease for many years,” a statement added.

She was asked to leave after directing jibes at director Julian Schnabel, who was nominated for the film The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

Schnabel was slow to start a speech thanking the guild for his nomination, and Young could be heard urging him to hurry up.

The director asked the audience who had made the comments, then suggested Young “have another cocktail.”

Then he said she should finish his speech for him as he moved away from the podium. But Young was removed from the venue instead, and Schnabel was able to continue with his speech.

The guild declined to comment, saying it “respected Ms Young’s privacy at this difficult time.”

Young, who has also starred in films such as Stripes and No Way Out, is known for unpredictable behavior.

She donned a homemade catsuit in her quest to secure the role of Catwoman in the 1992 sequel Batman Returns, which eventually went to Michelle Pfeiffer.

Young also tried to gatecrash Vanity Fair’s party after the 2006 Oscars, an experience she called “degrading” in a magazine article.

“But when you have nothing to lose, it’s really not that big of a deal,” she told Entertainment Weekly.

Isn’t this the same wackjob who superglued James Woods’ woody to his own leg?

By the way, here’s the proper way to kiss a psycho:

Hey, Kids! It’s Porn on ABC!

Posted in Politics, TV on January 28, 2008 by magicmafia

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Guess a racy 2003 NYPD Blue scene featuring actress Charlotte Ross’ naked backside (or nude buttocks, as the Associated Press is saying) is going to cost ABC some money. The FCC has issued a $1.4 million fine against 52 ABC affiliates for Charlotte Ross’ nude buttocks shown on a 2003 broadcast of NYPD Blue.

The FCC is saying that the scene, where Charlotte Ross is surprised in the shower by a boy, showed “multiple, close-up views” of her “nude buttocks.”

The FCC found the nude shots on NYPD Blue to be indecent because “it depicts sexual organs and excretory organs — specifically an adult woman’s buttocks.”

Further, the FCC thought the scene with Charlotte Ross “dwelled” on her nudity and was “shocking and titillating.”

Here’s the Charlotte Ross nude butt scene from NYPD Blue:

So, what do you think? Too much ado about a derriere? And why does it take the FCC 5 years to pull down a fine against a network?

Ah, government…

SAG Loves The Sopranos & No Country for Old Men

Posted in Movies, TV on January 28, 2008 by magicmafia

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LOS ANGELES: No Country for Old Men emerged as the Oscars favorite on Sunday by taking top honors for overall cast along with Javier Bardem’s supporting-actor prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the lone gathering of A-list stars in an awards season hobbled by the writers strike.

Past Oscar winners Daniel Day-Lewis of There Will Be Blood and Julie Christie of Away From Her won the lead-acting honors, also giving them a boost to win the same trophies at the Academy Awards on February 24. Day-Lewis dedicated his win to Heath Ledger, the 28-year-old Australian actor who was found dead in his Manhattan loft last week. “In Brokeback Mountain , he was unique, he was perfect,” said Day-Lewis, already an Oscar winner for My Left Foot . “That scene in the trailer at the end of the film is as moving as anything I think I’ve ever seen.”

Two weeks after the Golden Globes, the presence of blue-chip Hollywood stars such as Tom Cruise, Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (in a flowing, is-she-or-isn’t-she dress that did little to quell twins rumours) reminded that SAGs may be the highlight of Hollywood’s film-honours season — if the writers strike undermines the Oscars.

But the show itself was free of labor talk, with only Christie addressing the matter openly among the winners. “It’s lovely to receive an award from your own union,” she said, “especially at a time when we’re being so forcefully reminded how important unions are.”