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Forbidden, Fantastic Planets @ Aero This Sunday

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, June 20, 2009 01:06pm | Post a Comment
Of all the weekends to be lacking transportation...A mere 32 miles from my home, the Aero in Santa Monica is showing both Forbidden Planet and Fantastic Planet! The best thing about the Aero is the sound system and these film are renowned for their soundtracks, so it'll be an fantastic night for sure. 

Sunday June 21st
Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Ave (at 14th st.)
Santa Monica, CA



World Juggling Day

Posted by Whitmore, June 20, 2009 09:48am | Post a Comment

Juggling
the thing of a thing of a thing ... the physical skill of shaking up gravity and moving a couple or more objects through the air with care, in a continual motion as balls roll or bowling pins fly or a chainsaw and lit torches flutter in ways light and weightless clinging to their paths here and there and there and here.
 
Or as T.S. Eliot put it: "Twit twit twit / Jug jug jug jug jug jug / So rudely forc'd. /Tere"
 
Yes, today is June 20, 2009, World Juggling Day (or just WJD for those in the know), and jugglers everywhere are tossing or bouncing their balls or rings or cantaloupes into the air, simply because they’ve solved that great mystery …
 
Here’s a bit of trivia: The earliest known graphic depiction of jugglers was found in the Beni-Hassan tombs situated on the east bank of the river Nile and dated back to around 2000 BC. The drawings show several Egyptians figures standing sideways tossing balls into the air.

Here are some events around the world:
 
Canterbury - The University of Canterbury Unicycling and Juggling Society (Unisoc) will be holding an event meeting at 2pm in Cathedral Square, Christchurch.
 
Bucharest - The Juggling Culture community is organizing a juggling Flashmob at Piata Universitatii, at the fountain at 3pm and will juggle for a total of ten minutes. Don’t be late.
 
Singapore - Jugglers will be gathering at Esplanade Underpass, and will be giving free lessons on how to juggle from about 1pm - 6pm.
 
Miami - somewhere near the south end of Kennedy Park, by the Coconut Grove Juggling Exchange Banner, people will be gathering with an odd assortment of objects. 
 
Dublin – Emerald Circus Live '09 will host Ireland's official juggling event for WJD and will be included as part of the festivities at the Street Performance World Championships '09, which will take place in Merrion Square.
 
Santa Cruz - In honor of World Juggling Day, the UCSC juggling club held a day long juggling mini-festival on Thursday, promoting next year's Santa Cruz First Annual Juggling Festival.
 
Sacramento - Drop in juggling lessons are taking place between 11am - 1pm at the McKinley Library, 601 Alhambra Blvd.


Lego introduces a mini-Guggenheim and mini-Fallingwater

Posted by Whitmore, June 19, 2009 10:28pm | Post a Comment

Now, I’m not sure my six year old wants these Legos, unless some clone troopers are included, but …

The Danish plastic toy-brick maker, the Lego Group, has joined with Brickstructures Inc. to launch a model version of Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic architectural design, the Guggenheim Museum, to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the New York museum, which opened six months after Wright's death. In late June, both companies will once again combine their talents on another model to commemorate the up coming 75th anniversary of Wright’s famous Fallingwater house located in rural southwestern Pennsylvania, 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.
 
The mini-Guggenheim has a suggested retail price of $39.99 and contains 208 pieces, including dish-shaped pieces that attempt to evoke the building's inverted ziggurat. The model of the Fallingwater house will consist of 811 pieces and is listed at $99.99. Among the elements, there is a clear plastic version of the waterfall from which the house takes its name. By the way, if anyone is interested, my birthday is in just a couple of weeks.

The name Lego is from the Danish “leg godt,” which means “play well” and was coined by Lego founder Ole Kirk Christiansen, who began making wooden toys in 1932. By 1940 Lego expanded to producing plastic toys. In 1949 Lego began producing the now famous colorful interlocking plastic bricks. Based largely on a design by the UK company Kiddicraft Self-Locking Bricks, Lego slightly modified the design and by the late 1950’s had settled on the overall design most kids are familiar with today.

Lady Labels Part 2

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, June 19, 2009 09:30pm | Post a Comment
galt mcdermont cotton comes to harlem record labelmadigan rock stop record labelsupertramp breakfast in american record label
lethal weapon vol 22 record label
girl crazy compilation lp record labelcharlie feathers good rockin' tonight barrelhouse records labelremedial records label
yuri isla del sol record labelnewkeys man leisure vanity records labelyaphet kotto syncopated synthetic aments for love record label
the joneses criminals 12" record labeltelevision personalities and don't the kids just love it record label
loose fur born again in the usa record labelpremiers desirs record label philippe sarde
crystal visions the very best of stevie nicks record labelanti-product deafening silence of grinding gears record labelpulsallama the devil lives in my husband's body 12" label

Obscure & Unrecognized Republics of Eastern Europe

Posted by Eric Brightwell, June 19, 2009 08:55pm | Post a Comment
Romanians shoveling

So as not to offend anyone, films set in Eastern Europe commonly take place in imaginary countries like Trouble for Two's Karovia, The Terminal's Krakozhia or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang's Vulgaria. In reality, there are several little-known, obscure republics which enjoy various amounts of autonomy that would fit the bill. As portions of their citizenry actively campaign for self-rule, I thought I'd shine a light on the unrecognized peoples of eastern Europe. It turns out there's more to the region than ruthless spies, fortunetellers and stout babushkas.

The Caucasian nations and the trans-continental Bashkortostan are dealt with elsewhere.

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(If interested, there are similar entries about Caucasia, North Asia and South Asia)

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