Friday, July 31, 2009
This year's programme looks great! See for yourself: http://www.otakuthon.com/2009/events/attractions/
I'll be going on Saturday August 1st, unfortunately not wearing any costumes... I mean, I'll be wearing clothes of course, but not...oh never mind.
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Un chimpanzé exceptionnellement intelligent est tourné en bourrique par un magicien, avec la complicité de son maître (ce traitre!). Lien fourni par Nebu (merci Neb!).
Personnellement, je pense que c'est assez débile de rire au dépens de cet être innocent, dont je m'émerveille devant l'incroyable intelligence.
The inmates from the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, in thePhilippines, have a new number on YouTube. They took the audio file of Michael Jackson's live performance of Dangerous at the 1995 MTV Award and reproduced his whole dance routine. I"m so jealous!
And here is the real dance routine by the King of Pop at that MTV Award night. I'm giving you the whole 10 minutes of his performance (even with the guitarist Slash refusing to leave the stage).
There are two celebrities whose death I will never recover from: Bruce Lee and Michael Jackson.
The Official Michael Jackson YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/michaeljackson?blend=1&ob=4
Saturday, July 25, 2009
From the Daily Mail in UK: http://tinyurl.com/lz2sck
"More than 40 people, among them rabbis, mayors and other elected officeholders, have been arrested for corruption in New Jersey.
The accusations range from laundering tens of millions of dollars to black-market trafficking of kidneys and fake Gucci handbags....Federal prosecutors in the U.S. said the investigation focused on a money laundering network that operated between Brooklyn, New York, Deal, New Jersey, and Israel.
The network is alleged to have laundered tens of millions of dollars through Jewish charities controlled by rabbis in New York and New Jersey.
'New Jersey's corruption problem is one of the worst, if not the worst, in the nation,' said Ed Kahrer, who heads the FBI's white-collar and public corruption division.
The arrests became headline news in Israel today, with the country's mass-circulation dailies featuring pictures of bearded ultra-Orthodox Jews being led away by law enforcement officials.
Among the 44 people arrested were the mayors of Hoboken, Ridgefield and Secaucus, Jersey City's deputy mayor, and two state assemblymen."
Friday, July 24, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
And that's when they lost me: to enter the site, you have to downbload Adobe Flash Player Version 10. I HATE IT WHEN WEBSITES FORCE ME TO DOWNLOAD OR INSTALL STUFF!!!!1!!.
I know! I understand that by installing the newer version of Flash Player, I would be able to see all the special effects that have been designed and included. And I say Friggadoo! I want to have the choice of not being able to see the special stuff. I just want to see the actors' photos and read the information about the new film, maybe download a wallpaper or two. I don't care about watching 3-D trailers or interactive fancy schmancies. The fact that they are shutting me out right at the entrance is seriously pissing me off. So fuckem!
I went last Tuesday with my friend and mentor Mr. Cheong to visit the annual 1001 Pots exhibition in Val David. It was the first time in many weeks that the sun finally made an appearance, so the ride was relatively pleasant.
We visited the exhibition but, except for a few pieces (photos below), the vast majority were banal, uninspired and sometimes plain ugly, at least for my taste. There was nothing that jumped out at me and made me think: "I've got to have that, damn the costs!" And yet, there were many visitors and most of them were eagerly buying, it seemed. It reminded me of Bat Trang, the "famous" ceramic village near Hanoi in Vietnam, a must-go destination for all tourists. It was the same parade of tired, boring, repetitive, same-same pots and vases and plates.
This year, it looked like every potter at 1001 Pots was making square sushi plates and Belgian butter pots. I didn't go last year, but they were probably all making candlesticks-in-the-shape-of-a-cat or raku piggybanks. I wanted to buy a couple of ikebana dishes, but found out by lifting them that they were not water-proof, for crissake! So I took very few pictures of pots and more pictures of flowers at the restaurant near the river, where we ended having lunch. This will probably be the last year where I will be going to 1001 Pots, especially now that I found from the programme that many of the potters are from Montreal.
Monday, July 20, 2009
This picture of a collective wedding was sent to me by a friend. Apparently it’s being widely circulated in France because of the current proposed anti-burqa law controversy. All the grooms look happy, and rightly so : they are now garanteed what most males aspire to: free sex, free cook, free house cleaner, free children provider and baby sitter, etc. The brides?…who can’t tell?
Not all weddings are happy occasions :
The Jerusalem Post (http://tinyurl.com/l6ybsm) has issued this interview of a serving member of the paramilitary Basiji militia on his enforced participation in the rape of young Iranian girls prior to their execution.
Founded by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979 as a "people's militia," the volunteer Basiji force is subordinate to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and intensely loyal to Khomeini's successor, Khamenei. (A bit like Mao ZeDong’s Red Guards, Pol Pot’s genocidal militias and the various armies of children in Africa).
In the Islamic Republic it is illegal to execute a young woman, regardless of her crime, if she is a virgin, he explained. Therefore a "wedding" ceremony is conducted the night before the execution: the young girl is forced to have sexual intercourse with a prison guard - essentially raped by her "husband."
"I regret that, even though the marriages were legal," he said.
Why the regret, if the marriages were "legal?"
"Because," he went on, "I could tell that the girls were more afraid of their 'wedding' night than of the execution that awaited them in the morning. And they would always fight back, so we would have to put sleeping pills in their food. By morning the girls would have an empty expression; it seemed like they were ready or wanted to die.
"I remember hearing them cry and scream after [the rape] was over," he said. "I will never forget how this one girl clawed at her own face and neck with her finger nails afterwards. She had deep scratches all over her."
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Via La Presse ( http://tiny.cc/1idLR): Harry et Pepper, deux pingouins de Magellan qui filaient le parfait amour et n'hésitaient pas à couver les oeufs abandonnés par leur congénères, se sont séparés après qu'Harry fut parti s'installer dans le nid voisin avec une femelle de la même espèce, veuve depuis quelques mois. Après six ans de vie commune, Harry a abandonné son compagnon Pepper pour tomber dans les bras de Linda, une veuve esseulée de l'île aux pingouins du zoo de San Francisco, rapporte le Los Angeles Times vendredi. La nouvelle a suscité moultes réactions sur la blogosphère, où la veuve a immédiatement été traitée de «briseuse de couple» ne vivant que pour «son propre bonheur, sans se soucier de ceux qu'elle pourrait blesser».
Harrison Edell, qui s'occupe des pingouins du zoo, est plus pragmatique, expliquant que le partenaire de Linda était une sorte de chef et qu'il possédait sur l'île non pas un, mais deux nids. Or «la propriété foncière, chez les pingouins, ça compte», assure Edell, et Linda était devenue «un bon parti».
Alors que Pepper rejoignait le clan des célibataires, le site chrétien OneNewsNow.com en profitait pour affirmer que la rupture des deux pingouins apportait le preuve que «la nature préfère les relations hétérosexuelles». John, un blogueur plus compatissant, le coeur brisé par la séparation, souhaitait à Pepper de rapidement trouver «un autre pingouin mâle, dix fois plus sexy que Harry».
Moi, ce qui m'ulcère, c'est que l'on blâme Yoko Ono... pardon, je veux dire Linda, alors que c'est Harry qui a fait preuve d'égoïsme, de cupidité et de traitrise dans toute cette affaire.
Un milliardaire québécois vivait depuis 9 ans avec sa maitresse avec qui il a eu 3 enfants mais qu'il n'a jamais épousée. Après 9 ans et 3 enfants, madame n'a évidemment plus la fraîcheur d'antan, alors que les milliards de monsieur sont convoités par des milliers de bimbos et autres golddiggers qu'il croise tous les jours. Ce qui devait arriver arriva: monsieur, ayant choisi une autre partenaire (new and improved), fout madame dehors, madame réclame la moitié des milliards de monsieur, monsieur refuse, madame va en cour, la cour donne raison à monsieur. Madame recevra de l'argent (beaucoup) pour les enfants et pourra vivre dans un des manoirs de monsieur avec plein de serviteurs pour lui épargner les corvées ménagères, mais c'est tout. Entre temps, monsieur a lancé une campagne de publicité dans les médias pour qu'on parle tout le temps de lui en termes flatteurs et qu'on voit quotidiennement ses photos. Il s'agit de faire de monsieur un personnage sympathique et populaire, un peu à la Trump mais en moins con. Monsieur va aller dans l'espace, monsieur suit le Tour de France à la télé, monsieur fréquente le Festival de jazz, etc. Madame va faire appel, mais elle n'a aucune chance devant les milliards de monsieur.
Moi ce qui m'ulcère, c'est que l'on continue de nos jours d'élever les petites filles en les encourageant, non pas à assurer leur indépendance financière pour pouvoir choisir leurs partenaires de vie de façon plus rationnelle, mais à demeurer des mineures mentales dont le plus grand souci est de satisfaire aux canons de beauté du jour afin d'attirer un homme qui remplacera les parents, l'idéal étant un prince charmant milliardaire.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Thursday, July 09, 2009
The King of Pop is mourned by thousands of fans around the world. One of the ways to celebrate his memory is try to reproduce his best known dance steps: the moonwalk. You can join the commemoration, if you want, by sending a video of you moonwalking to this site: http://www.eternalmoonwalk.com/
Warning: if you go on that site, you will be sucked in, spending hours watching people (and animals and things) moonwalk with more or less success.
In ze meene taime... let's see the master do it.
Update: 10 July 2009
Apparently -- and I'm shocked, shocked!!! -- some people don't know how to moonwalk!!! So here's a tutorial, with (bad) French subs. So there's no more excuses.
Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Here are the photos from the memorial: http://www.flickr.com/photos/talkleft/sets/72157621098556670/show/
And the musical tribute:
The original number:
Friday, July 03, 2009
Thursday, July 02, 2009
This year at Jazzfest be sure to catch Montreal’s premiere Kung-Fu comedy act Koshi. Koshi features the acrobatic breakdancing of bboy WD-40, the circus skills of Emmanuel Cyr, the dancing ability of Danielle Hubbard, and the vocal talents of Jason Levine. Replete with incredible actions scenes, physical comedy, and one-liners, Koshi is guaranteed to knock your socks off, tickle your family’s fancies, blow your friends minds and put your lover in the mood for even more ACTION!!!! (regardless of sexual orientation!!!)
Schedule(subject to change):
Friday July 3rd:
8:30pm - de Maisonneuve between Jeanne-Mance and St-Urbain
10:00pm - St-Urbain & St-Catherine
11:15pm - St-Urbain & St-Catherine
Saturday, July 4th
7:00pm - St-Catherine in front of the steps
8:00pm - de Maisonneuve & Jeanne-Mance
10:30pm - de Maisonneuve & Jeanne-Mance
Sunday, July 5th
7:15pm - St-Catherine in front of the steps
8:30pm - St-Urbain & St-Catherine
10:00pm - St-Urbain & St-Catherine
A preview from last year (This year will be a new and improved version):