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In the City of Sylvia.

In the City of Sylvia.

“In the City of Sylvia is pure pleasure and pure cinema,” writes J Hoberman. “The fifth feature by Catalan filmmaker Jose Luis GuerĂ­n (shown once at the 2007 New York Film Festival) celebrates the love of looking, while placing a crafty minimalist spin on the Orpheus myth.”

In the New York Times, Nathan Lee finds Sylvia to be “a frequently hypnotic, if sometimes irritating, meditation on the act of looking. What women will make of this picture - the sine qua non of chic, formalist exercises predicated on the “male gaze” - I can”t presume to guess….. The rigorously geometric cat-and-mouse sequence that follows is more irksome, both for the all-too-obvious debt to Vertigo (and the many highbrow stalker films it has inspired) and for the sense that Mr Guerin has stopped making a movie and has started advancing a proposition that”s he”s obligated to complete.”

Update, 12/13.

By:  dwhudson                        Source

Hacked and bloody

Hacked and bloody

Well, not bloody, but certainly hacked.

This is the stump of a cedar that #1 Son cut down for me the last time he was at Roundrock. It was part of our campaign to let more sunlight reach the poor, ungrowing maple I planted some years ago down by the pecans. Actually, since the cedar was dead (and so didn’t have any greenery to block the light) and off to the side where it wouldn’t be in the sun anyway, I actually asked him to take it down since it was ugly and right by the road. (Those dead branches could have reached out and scraped the TOYOTA!)

He was using the pole saw with the shorter bar, but it was still plenty long enuf to have cut this trunk cleanly. It seems that #1 Son just didn’t want to be bothered with bending over to make a nice flat cut. Instead, he made two slices down from each side (a little hard to tell from this photo).

Someday, when I can be bothered with bending over, I’ll revisit this spot and make a nice flat cut. I might also drag the fallen cedar farther into the forest than the spot where it fell and I left it.

Missouri calendar:

Eastern cottontail rabbits use abandoned dens during heavy snow.

Today in Missouri history:

Jean Baptiste Truteau, Missouri”s first schoolmaster and poet, was born on this date in 1748. His historically important poem “Ballad of the Year of the Surprise” recounted the anger the citizens of St. Louis felt when the Spanish authorities there did a poor job of defending the town against a British attack.

By:  Roundrockjournal                        Source

My Generation Health: Genetic testing first!

My Generation Health: Genetic testing first!

There are many personalized genetic services nowadays, but I think only a few of them have a strong future (Helix Health, Navigenics and Navigenics ). Now here is a new candidate, Navigenics .

Generation Health is a health management company that specializes in helping employers and other health care payors manage medical costs and improve their employees’ and members’ health by assuring optimal utilization of genetic testing. Just as pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) arose in the 1980’s to help health care payors better manage their pharmacy expenditures, Generation Health recognizes the need for a genetic testing benefit manager to be a trusted third party that can help payors manage this increasingly complex field. Clients will realize value in several ways:

Establishing a framework and rationale for covering and excluding specific genetic tests, based upon clinical validity and utility.
Prior authorization of all covered tests for eligible employees based upon sound medical criteria.
Negotiating discounted testing prices and quality/service standards with a contracted network of genetic testing labs.
Identifying patients, through analysis of medical and prescription claims, who may benefit from genetic testing, and then facilitating their testing.

(Via Lab Soft News)

Do you think it has a future?

By:  Bertalan                        Source

Inspiration ‘n Things

Inspiration 'n Things

I haven”t died, I swear. I”m just working very, very hard to finish up my college applications and that kind of thing. I promise the posting will return to a more regular schedule when I emerge from the depths of my (looooong) to-do list!
In the meanwhile, here are some things I”ve found inspiring lately:

Sources: Style on Track, Pixie Market, Style on Track, Dirrty Glam, Style on Track, heatherjoy, Style on Track, Style on Track, Style on Track, Lullie Vintage, Style on Track, Glam Canyon, Style on Track.
Mmm. I see some major outfit experimentation in my future. And perhaps some post-holiday shopping sprees.

By:  Kori                        Source

An Open Letter to Desert Moon Cafe

An Open Letter to Desert Moon Cafe

Oh how I loved you. Your overflowing and flavorful stuffed burritos and satisfying chicken tacos wooed me in. And your crispy tortilla chips with the wonderful selection of salsas sealed the deal. You were my favorite fast indulgence.

But, I am sorry to say that after my dinner from your Danbury Fair Mall location, I cannot continue this adoration.

I suppose I should be thanking you. After all, the ridiculously stale tortilla bowl for my taco salad helped me to resist eating the whole thing. But really, you didn”t have to fill it with so much watery lettuce and so little of anything else. That really stole the flavor of the few microscopic bits of chicken in the bowl. And were you too embarrassed to say that you ran out of the vegetarian chili? That”s the only explanation I can think of for the tablespoon of beef chili in my bowl.

By:  wellfed                        Source

Google Book Search Pays the Bill

Google Book Search Pays the Bill

Google has reached a settlement with the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers in a lawsuit that dates back to 2005, according to paidContent.org.

Google will pay $125 million into a fund for authors. The Money "will be used to set up a Book Rights Registry that will let U.S. copyright holders register their works so that they can get a cut of any resulting online retail and ad sales." Google scans books and makes them available through its book search, http://books.google.com/.

Many observers expect that Google and the book industry will now start to work cooperatively to place copyrighted works online and charge for them.

"We're trying to create a new structure where there will be more access to out-of-print books, with benefits both to readers and researchers and to the rights holders of those books - authors and publishers," Richard Sarnoff, chairman of the publishers association, said Tuesday in an interview with the Associated Press.

According to the Associated Press, Google will now to contribute $125 million to the fund, including about $34.5 million for "a nonprofit Book Rights Registry that will store copyright information and coordinate payments." Google will also pay $60 per completed work for the millions of copyrighted books already scanned. It will also pay legal fees for the Authors Guild and publishing association. Finally, income from the scanned books will be divided up, with 63 percent going to the copyright holders and 37 percent going to Google.

Photo courtesy of iStockphoto, Roel Smart

By:  Greg Cruey                        Source

Faster Than a Speeding Ferrari

Faster Than a Speeding Ferrari

Italians know fast. They also appreciate beautiful design. Put them together and you get the A.G.V., a new type of train slated to go into service in 2011 with an Italian fast-rail company, N.T.V. But here's the interesting part. Luca di Montezemolo, president of Ferrari, is investing in the company, as is Diego della Valle, president of Tod's, which developed the famous Italian driving shoe. What these two wise gentlemen appreciate is that fast trains are, as the New York Times auto section suggests, a responsible alternative to supercars. I'd say they're a much-needed alternative to cars of all types. Imagine how much better off we'd be if our beleagured Detroit Big Three turned their talents and empty factories to building fast trains for America, while the government put all those unemployed folks to work building new track beds.

The engines, constructed by Alstrom of France, which also created the sensational French TGV train, are more efficient than the latter as they're integral with each car, thus eliminating the need for separate locomotives. The Economist reports that it will be possible to rival airlines for the run from Rome to Milan.

Now here's a classic twist to this tale. A few decades ago, when I was creative director of the Ford of Europe advertising account, I made the trip from Milan to Rome by train. It was an all-night journey in a sleeping car that resembled the richly wood-paneled Wagon-Lits of the storied Orient Express. Everything in my private compartment was as impeccable as the service. The train was not fast, but speed wasn't necessary, since the idea was that business people could depart Milan late in the evening and arrive in Rome fully rested for their morning meetings. The suits (account executives) and I could have made the trip much quicker by air but I, for one, believe that travel should be enjoyed, even when the objective is business. As a railfan, I'd love to ride on that fast train in 2011 but I suggest there may still be occasions where elegance beats speed.

By:  Philip Powell                        Source

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