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Jay-Z w/Alicia Keys - "Empire State Of Mind" - American Music Awards

YouTube - Jay-Z w/Alicia Keys - "Empire State Of Mind" American Music Awards 11/22 (TheAudioPerv.com)

November 20, 2009

Oprah to quit in 2011

Oprah Winfrey to announce her talkshow is ending | Television & radio | guardian.co.uk
After more than 20 years in which Oprah Winfrey shook up the medium of the daytime talkshow, rising to become a ratings and cultural powerhouse, she is to announce today that she is bringing her show to an end. Yesterday she told her 600 staff in Chicago that the Oprah Winfrey show would end in September 2011. That will be its 25th season, after it was first broadcast to the US in 1986. Since then, the show has grown to become the most successful talkshow in syndication, with about 7 million viewers each day. Winfrey's own standing has risen with it – confirmed last year when she became a key figure behind the political success of Barack Obama.

November 16, 2009

Typographic anachronisms

Design - Mistakes in Typography Grate the Purists - NYTimes.com
Choosing an inappropriate typeface is one problem. Applying one inaccurately is another. Sadly for type nuts, movies often offend on both counts. Take “Titanic,” in which the numbers on the dials of the ship’s pressure gauges use Helvetica, a font designed in 1957, some 45 years after the real “Titanic” sank. Helvetica was also miscast in “Good Night and Good Luck,” which takes place in the early 1950s. “I still find it bizarre to see type or lettering that is wrong by years in a period movie in which the architecture, furniture and costumes are impeccable, and where somebody would have been fired if they were not,” said Matthew Carter, the typography designer based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The same applies to TV shows, including the otherwise excellent “Mad Men.” It is rare to find a review of the show that does not rave about the accuracy of its early 1960s styling, yet the “Mad Men” team is woefully sloppy when it comes to typography. Mark Simonson, a graphic designer in St. Paul, Minnesota, blogs about typographic misdemeanors on his Web site, www.marksimonson.com, and he once catalogued the flaws in “Mad Men.” The 1992 typeface, Lucida Handwriting, appears in an ad in the opening titles. Gill Sans, a British typeface designed in 1930 but rarely used in the United States until the 1970s, is used for office signage. A lipstick ad features one wholly appropriate 1958 font, Amazone, but two incongruous ones, 1978’s Balmoral and 1980’s Fenice. He noted lots of other clunkers too, but admits that he has spotted fewer new errors in the most recent episodes of “Mad Men.”

Twilight: A Primer for Adults

Twilight: A Primer For Adults - Bonus Features - Videogum Videogum lays it out. And really, it can't be said enough: Twilight is absolute shit on every level except the making-money level.
# Teenage vampires travel from high school to high school pretending to be incestuous siblings, because that is just a smart cover story. # Teenage vampires always sit in a semi-circle around their cafeteria lunch table facing away from each other, it just makes it easier to give everyone "fuck me" eyes. # Vampires know just where to find rays of sunlight in an otherwise gray forest, FACT. # When you transfer to a new school, it will somehow be prom right away. # Vampires of all ages love to play Vampire Lightning Baseball. # Although vampires can hit baseballs very, very far, the outfielders must remain at a regulation distance from home plate during every at-bat, and then run fast into the woods to find the ball. # If you're a bad vampire, wearing shirts is optional. # It only takes two hours to drive from coastal Washington to Phoenix, Arizona. # Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) can read everyone's mind except Bella Swan's (Kristen Stewart)--perhaps a "she is clinically brain dead" twist in future episodes? # Werewolves used to be really awkward and goofy looking when we didn't know they were werewolves, but then werewolves put on 30 pounds of muscle and somehow that also fixed the werewolves' face? # Vampires cannot go out in the sun because their skin sparkles and everyone will know they are vampires (or extras in a Lady Gaga video), but vampires CAN live in giant glass houses that let in as much sunlight as possible, no problem. # Vampires never go surfing because surfing belongs to the werewolves. . . .
More at the link.