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Lindsay Lohan in Tarintino’s ‘Death Proof 2’?

Posted by Adrian on May 30, 2007

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I think it would be awesome if Quentin Tarintino could cast Lindsay Lohan in Death Proof 2. A crazed, drugged out Hollywood starlet, on a death run with her souped up (‘Death Proof’) Mercedes. A movie full of cocaine use, sex, mayhem and destruction. A fast paced death ride with a girl on a date with oblivion.

Lindsay is in the media again as the the hopeless drug/alcohol addicted girl. I wonder if this is a publicity stunt? Although if this is the case, drunken reckless publicity stunts do go wrong, horribly wrong.  Example, Paris Hilton (Jail time) and now it appears this will go wrong for Lindsay.

Still Lohan is hitting the cocaine for real and driving like a madwoman. Is the dead before 30 scenario becoming a reality? Maybe. Still, I kinda like her.

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Cavern Clothing – Los Angeles

Posted by Adrian on May 25, 2007

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Some great boutique clothing companies coming out of the States at the moment. Small, individualistic and interesting. Great designs and apparently this one company Cavern Clothing hand draw all their designs.

Maybe there is a return to a smaller less mass produced fashion industry, with smaller companies (as they always tend to do) develop and create unique perspectives to design.

I guess you won’t be taking these back to Target, because the ‘made in China’ crapola stitching is all wrong – much like a daughter of a Beatle member and her attempt at fast food fashion.

Anyway check out their website, Cavern Clothing

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Bird Flu death May 2007 – Indonesia. Reported cases in Vietnam and Pakistan

Posted by Adrian on May 24, 2007

Although not the worldwide pandemic yet, which means the bird flu hasn’t mutated to become a human to human strain. Nevertheless the current strain from animal (bird) to human is proving to be deadly with 77 deaths recorded in Indonesia.

Articles from CNN please click on links: Indonesian bird flu death, Vietnam reported case, Pakistan reported case.

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Nanobiotech. Cancer fighting and Cell rejuvenation Nanotechnology.

Posted by Adrian on May 21, 2007

Nerve/Cell Rejuvenation. Article Science Daily

Nano composite to guide laser to destroy cancer cells. Article Science Daily

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Mortage Defaults higher – Melbourne, Australia. The end of the boom? Now the fall in the market?

Posted by Adrian on May 21, 2007

According to The Age article (Australian newspaper), mortgage defaults and repossession is at an all time high. Also intermixed with this is the huge credit card debt household accumulation.

This might be the beginning of the housing market collapse in Melbourne (city in Australia). In which Melbourne City had unprecedented housing price growth in the last 5 years, mostly in the inner city upper middle class suburbs, and inner city working class suburbs.

The Age article

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Spotlight on ‘Midnighter’ Wildstorm Comics. Writers Garth Ennis, Brian Vaughan, Chuck Dixon, Christos Gage.

Posted by Adrian on May 16, 2007

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I don’t know of many homosexual superheros, I mean let’s face it, gay superheroes in comics are not as prolific as straight superheroes so when they do appear in comics, they usually show up in small cameo roles, or character ‘filler’. Midnighter on the other hand is one of the main characters of The Authority. The Authority is (in my opinion) one of the most interesting, exciting ‘superhero’ groups to have been created in the last 20 years. Created by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, The Authority represent a kind of, ‘ok we will fix the problem but we will do it our way’ mentality. But with the gloriousness of dysfunction, and individualism. It’s a group of characters that are so different from each other, yet work so well in a group. I won’t go into detail about the Authority, I will save that for another review. But, Midnighter and his male lover Apollo are the gay couple in the Authority.

Midnighter has finally got his own title, in which Garth Ennis, who is probably one of the most intelligent, skilled writers in comics today, is allowed to craft Midnighter into a solo comic. Ennis, reveals Midnighter frustration, a killer by nature, who just can’t sit around doing nothing. He (Midnighter) decides to choose a destination (using The Carrier door portal) to cause havoc, kill some bad guys and return home. We find things kinda go south for the Midnighter, as he is jumped by midway coming back from escapade in Iraq (where he destroyers a US tank patrol), by a rich industrialist and his cronies. The so called industrialist is a guy called Paulus, a con man (claiming he was a persecuted Jew during WW2) and as we learn later, a selfishly arrogant individual. Who uses the Midnighter to go back in time to kill Hitler. He blackmails Midnighter by forcing him to take the mission, the blackmail or leverage was in replacing Midnighter’s second heart with a bomb. Ennis keeps the story interesting with enough twist and turns and a nice mix of humor. Midnighter with some moral value, says he will not kill children, so we have the Midnighter transported to WW1 where a young solider by the name of Hitler is in the trenches fighting the French. Ennis knows how to keep pace in a comic, because the Midnighter character is always at a rapid pace. The violence and humor is mixed into the story, which is keeping close to the style of the character. The whole episode of the assassination of Hitler, drew elements of various ideas, you have the Time Cops (from the future) who try and stop the Midnighter for attempting to change the course of history. The philosophical implications of restructuring time lines, that evidentially effects future events – negatively. Ennis also analyzes the regressive thoughts of confronting the past, or trying to change the past. In which he portrays Paulus as selflessly maniacal in his efforts of reshaping the past. As we learn that the past can’t be changed, Midnighter also discovers that Paulus attempted to change the past for a pitiful, and bizarrely self indulgent reason. So his (Paulus) dad, could have been the dictator of Germany rather than his fathers rival at the time Hitler. Midnighter discovers that Paulus’s father was just as bigoted and power mad.

Yes, Midnighter returns and kills Paulus (trademark – head kicked off decapitation style), and everyone else associated with him, get’s the bomb removed from his chest and returns home. Of course the series doesn’t end there.

(To see my reviews of Garth Ennis’s Midnighter please refer to this link)

Ennis, has brought Midnighter into his own with this series, defined the character, made the character likable, interesting and in some ways complex. Apart from Midnighter’s obvious homosexuality, the is no cliche story in the Midnighter comic. In the sense, you wouldn’t know if Midnighter was gay, apart from the fact he declines to have sex with Bonnie (the head of the Time Cop patrol), by saying he doesn’t swing that way. Ennis writes sexuality in comics with maturity, not sensationalism. It’s like, characters fuck,we see them fuck, but it’s not porn. It’s a higher level of interaction, plus these comics are drama pieces, with sex and violence and humor. They are not depressive, taboo or pointless. There is a strength in the character, a ‘I don’t give a fuck’ attitude. It’s great to see. It’s a power that characters like Midnighter and the Authority have; it’s attacking the cowardice, and collective insecurity of society that leads to paranoid hysteria. Much like the times we are living in now. Midnighter, kills that, kicks the head of it and walks off.

The Midnighter comic is skillfully managed by Ennis, we even see some inter dimensional past aspects. As a Japanese ( Samurai) version of the Midnighter appeared in a one off comic, within the Midnighter run. Ennis is pushing some boundaries with Midnighter, it can only get better for the character. The Midnighter run also has new writers, more notably Brian K. Vaughan has written issue #7 – in which Vaughan shows his skills in writing a story in reverse engineering style (the story starts backwards), showing Midnighter’s ability to counter any attack before an attack takes place.

Issue #8 of the current run will also introduce Christos Gage to the Midnighter run on Wildstorm.

Also, watch out for Chuck Dixon’s Midnighter and Grifter team up, again a great perspective on the Midnighter character.

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“Pre -war Czech avant-garde and mid-century social realism funiture” Prague Kolektiv (NYC) Shop

Posted by Adrian on May 10, 2007

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Nice. Art Deco inspired Czech style chairs. Made Circa 1930’s

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Circa 1960’s

Website here, Prague Kolektiv are importers of exclusive Prague avant garde and Art Deco inspired furniture, based in NYC. Great stuff

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Comic review policy changing 2007

Posted by Adrian on May 10, 2007

There will be the change to the reviewing process. Instead of individual reviews of comics, there will be a comic ‘over view’ of the month, this will consist of condensed reviews of the various comics read for that month.

Also every month there will be a ‘spotlight on’ analysis of one comic book. First comic to get a spotlight for the month of May 2007 will be Garth Ennis’s  Midnighter.

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Real Estate Price Forecast (US) First Ever Decline, Spanish Property Market in dramatic decline.

Posted by Adrian on May 9, 2007

The price drop in the US housing market is in full decline now, as the National Association of Realtors marks the first drop in the market since they started recording house price forecasts back in 1968.

Article found here, from CNNmoney .

Spanish Housing market now in ‘meltdown’ which of recently has effected their stock markets. Europe, like America and Asia has contributed to the global ‘housing bubble’. Too what extent the property meltdown in countries like Spain will have on greater Europe will be interesting to watch; as companies, individuals will be shifting investments away from housing to other investment opportunity’s.

Article found here, from barcelonareporter.com

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The Doomsday Clock, set now at 5 mins to Midnight.

Posted by Adrian on May 9, 2007

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The Bulletin board of scientists founded in 1945 that worked in conjunction with the Board of Sponsors which was founded by Elbert Einstein in 1948 – together they set the hands on the Doomsday clock. Based on the real threat of Nuclear annihilation, that started in the early stages on the Nuclear arms race – from 1945 onward. The cold war exasperated the potential threat of a Nuclear war, that would inevitably lead to the destruction of the human race. The Doomsday clock was set accordingly to those past events.

We live, to say the least, in interesting times. Amongst the worldwide economic growth and prosperity (namely the west, China and India). We are also facing new and emerging threats to human survival. I agree with what the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists says in relation to a new nuclear arms race (or a second Nuclear age). It is astounding that the engines of nuclear power, armaments and interest have been activated again. Unfortunately Conservative thought on Nuclear power has been reinstated, due to the environmental crisis of climate change. So, you have non nuclear countries (like Australia and some Asian and Pacific countries) showing interest in developing nuclear power stations. America and European countries (including Russia) have expanded and are working on developing new nuclear programs – that included new nuclear weapons, and weapon delivery systems.

With the Doomsday Clock now set to 5mins to Midnight, the Bulletin board members also concluded that new threats are also emerging along with the new nuclear threat. They fear the biotechnology and nanotechnology sciences. Although they see the positive aspects of both new sciences (Nano and Biotech), the new sciences may bring possible detrimental and potentially destructive effects to humanity.

The Doomsday Clock time line, go here

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