Thursday, September 27, 2007

Add Me

Spotlight on

C h u m b a w a m b a





Chumbawamba is an English band, formed in 1982, that started out in Yorkshire playing punk rock and went on to play music in a wide range of styles. Over their 25-year career they have gained world-wide notoriety. Their varied repertoire includes songs influenced by dance music and world music, but mainly populist, topical agitprop.
Through the years and through their many transformations they always maintained their signature undercurrent of rebellion and anarchism, comming from the 'Devil's Advocate' point of view.

Chumbawamba's watchword is still: change. Keep moving, keep growing. It's how the band carry on enjoying themselves, and it's how the band carry on asking questions of their audience, themselves and the world at large.

Nowadays their output is "an amalgam of pop, folk, acapella, politics, humour, four-part harmony and five-part anger."


Add Me

I'm a loner alone with neurosis and hate
Anger is a permanent character trait
My letter bombs are primed and they're ready to send
Would you like to add me as a friend?

I'm a wound-up whiner with a fetish for guns
I'm almost fifty and I live with my mom
I hope my nude picture doesn't offend
Would you like to add me as a friend?

Chorus:
Add me, add me,
Me mother says she wish she never had me
Add me, add me,
Would you like to add me as a friend?
Would you like to add me as a friend?

I'm a recovering alcoholic; I rarely leave my room,
Peeping through the curtains in my dark costume,
The voices in my head gonna get me in the end
Would you like to add me as a friend?

I really like to mail you the picture that I drew,
It's Kylie's body, but the head is you
I've asked you fifty times before I'm asking you again
Would you like to add me as a friend?

Chorus

Here's a picture of me in my Nazi uniform
Doing a trick with an egg that I like to perform
At a monster truck rally that my mom and me attend
Would you like to add me as a friend?

I've added Britney, and Paris, and you and Tom,
I'm gonna find your address so I can visit you at home,
I don't like people, but I like to pretend
Would you like to add me as a friend?

Chorus


© 2007 Chumbawamba

ADD ME is their most recently completed song.



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Good soap

Join the movement: petrochemicals are out and eco-friendly products are in

BE BOLD

Throw out the old petroleum based stuff and start using herbal dishwashing liquid with chamomile and marigold made by Ecover. We have switched and so have scores of our friends and friends' friends. Everyone agrees:

It is effective, natural and just plain good.


About

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(Available at Whole Foods stores nationwide)


Put the power of nature to work for you.
Say 'Good riddance' to petrochemicals.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Desktop Insecurity

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Take a moment to assess exactly how much of your personal information is stored either on your own computer or on someone else's system. Do you use electronic banking, make online credit card purchases, submit your annual income tax forms electronically?

Do you know who your computer is talking to behind your back and why
Along with these conveniences there are serious risks and dangers involved in relying heavily on the computer in your daily life. Among these dangers are viruses erasing your hard-drive, someone breaking into your system and altering files, someone using your computer to attack others, or someone stealing your credit card information and making unauthorized purchases.

At a minimum you should take these three important measures to protect your personal data and prevent attacks.

-1- Scan your computer regularly by running the most updated anti-virus software.

-2- Tweak weak passwords

Password "cracking" is a favorite activity of people who get their kicks breaking into hard drives and computer systems in order to perpetrate identity theft and other harmful pranks on the unsuspecting victim(s). The most effective tool to do it with are "Cracking dictionaries". This software can try not only every English dictionary word, but also names, phrases, slang words, substitutions (e.g., "time2go"), common abbreviations and a surprising number of other obscure sequences and strings. To protect yourself, tweak your weak passwords by using a combination of at least three of the following: UPPERCASE (A-Z), lowercase (a-z), digits (0-9), and special characters (@#$%&*, etc.).

-3- Trash-can suspicious e-mails

E-mail attachments can carry a variety of "malware", such as viruses, trojans, worms and "backdoor" programs, just waiting for you to set it loose by opening the attachment. Malware often comes with the filename extensions .exe, .pif, .scr or .vba (this is not a complete list, though). One of the favorite tricks of virus writers is to hide the virus in an attachment that, when run, produces a clever or entertaining animation on the screen that people like to forward on to all their friends thereby unknowingly spreading the 'disease' like wildfire...

Know the pitfalls of life in cyberspace
Know thy enemy

Viruses - This type of malicious code requires you to actually do something before it infects your computer. This action could be opening an email attachment or going to a particular web page.

Worms - Worms propagate without user intervention. They typically start by exploiting a software vulnerability (a flaw that allows the software's intended security policy to be violated), then once the victim computer has been infected the worm will attempt to find and infect other computers. Similar to viruses, worms can propagate via email, web sites, or network-based software. The automated self-propagation of worms distinguishes them from viruses.

Trojan horses - A Trojan horse program is software that claims to be one thing while in fact doing something different behind the scenes. For example, a program that claims it will speed up your computer may actually be sending confidential information to a remote intruder.

Scary? - It certainly is.


So, don't delay: research, implement and install the most effective counter-measures to protect yourself before it's too late and the damage has been done.



[See also: Preying on the Un-informed]

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L'idée du jour

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"Doubt is the incentive to truth and inquiry leads the way."

Hosea Ballou (1771-1852), American Universalist and theological writer

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Chokehold

A mother's love condemned by a cruel fate
Feasting on
the flesh and organs
of our fellow mammals?


Time to STOP and THINK


Mammals are warm-blooded, have hair (or fur) and possess a neocortex, a brain region that is involved in higher functions such as sensory perception, and is unique to mammals. Only mammals give birth to live young and have mammary glands to suckle their offspring.
Mammals encompass approximately 5,400 species.
This includes humans.
In nature larger mammals prey on smaller ones for survival.
Humans, however, do not depend on red meat, rare, medium or well-done, as a primary food source.


Pools of blood from a carcass in an abattoirSwallow this


A disproportionate demand for meat has been instilled and carefully nurtured in the general population by the livestock and meat packing industry which, like the tobacco industry, is using every marketing ploy and behavior manipulation trick in the book to make us consume their products and by-products in ever greater quantities. In collusion with the powerful fast food industry they exert an inescapable dominance over all other producers of foodstuffs and have us in a literal chokehold, targeting especially children.

Do we really need a regular intake of prime rib, steak, hamburger, pork chops, bacon, leg of lamb, venison etc.?

The answer is a resounding "No!"


In fact, consumption of beef and pork carries with it a bombardment of artery-clogging grease, secondhand steroids and growth hormones (used to fatten the animals prior to slaughtering) and residual antibiotics (used to control the spread of disease in feedlots and pigpens).
These contaminants seriously compromise our health and well-being.

Anyone who has bothered to find out about the brutal efficiency of 'factory farms', slaughterhouses and meat processing plants will think twice before biting into that 'juicy' hamburger patty.

Man's best dish? Help yourself to roast Leg-of-dog
Just for argument's sake
Ask yourself:

Would you raise, fatten up, slaughter, butcher, roast and eat a dog? Of course not.
Turns out that in our society dogs are the 'holy cows' while cows are a strictly utilitarian commodity...


Mammalian Hybrids of the Future

Add genetic experimentation to the food chain equation and you arrive at a nightmarish visualization like the one depicted below. As we are herded down the perilous road of corporate greed spawning mad science the question of 'Who eats What' may soon turn into a

WHO eats WHO


Your neighbor or your dinner?

[See also: Harvesting the corpses of human beings in the name of Science]

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Loaves and Fishes

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How many Fish in The Sea


From the Amalgamated Perspectives Cook Book a receipe by Chef Leo


As we are turning over a New Leaf,
here is a simple Receipe for a simply delicious
New Loaf.

Contributed by Chef Leo



SALMON LOAF

1/3 c. rounded wheat bran
3 tbsp. heaping flax seed
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 c. milk
3-7.5 oz. cans of salmon flaked (no bones or skin)
1 tsp. salt
1-1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. sage
2 tbsp. finely chopped onion
2 tbsp. chopped parsley
2 tbsp. melted butter
1 tsp. paprika

Combine all ingredients except paprika in order given.
Pack firmly into buttered 8 1/2 x 5 1/4 x 3 inch loaf pan.
Sprinkle top with paprika. Bake in moderate 350 degree oven 40 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes.

Serves 6.

...And you get plenty of protein, fiber and Omega-3 in the bargain.


Try it: You'll like it!


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[And now for Desert...]

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Take a shot

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Driven to drink

A sure fire way to get blotto

Bottoms up!

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Animating the Animator

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Chris Landreth animates himself in his award winning short RYAN



Chris Landreth pays tribute to the life and legacy of Ryan Larkin in a brilliant visual masterpiece of animation art.



Chris Landreth (born 1961 in Hartford, CT), an American director, animator and writer working in Canada, uses standard CGI animation in his work. But well beyond that, he often puts his signature touch of surrealist styling into his animated shorts. He does so especially successfully in Ryan, a 2004 Oscar winning animated psychological documentary of Ryan Larkin (1943-2007), featuring actual taped interviews as voiceover.

Chris calls his stunning and unembellished visual portraiture 'Psychorealism'.

Ryan Larkin was a renowned animator in the 60s and 70s, who had gotten caught up in a downward spiral of excessive drinking, cocaine abuse, and homelessness which eventually lead to his death in February 2007 at age 64.


When asked how he came up with the idea for Ryan, Landreth said,


"I met Ryan Larkin in the summer of 2000. I hung out with him for one week and thought, "What a life story this guy has". It has all the elements of drama. It's got tragedy, comedy, absurdity, [and] this redemptive element. And there are some other themes as a result of it that are about Ryan, but also about alcoholism, addiction, mental illness and fear of failure."



[Must see: Hollow Man on CROSS-CULTURAL OUTLINE]


[For a different kind of animation: click here]


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Deliciously Dysfunctional Tryst

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If a love story is called for, Angel Eyes delivers romance and drama wrapped up in mystery and suspense.


Two highly dysfunctional people come together
A Film Critique by The Commentator


The 2001 drama/romance Angel Eyes, directed by Mexican-born Luis Mandoki and starring Jennifer Lopez and James Caviezel, exhibits the finer side of main-stream "commercial" movie making by resisting the sell-out of shallowness and predictability . The main characters are well crafted and well developed in the course of the film and reveal depth of emotion and convincing inner conflict. The subtle plot clues are achieved by using points of view and camera angles and nothing is given away until the final denouement.

For a script that relies heavily on an undercurrent of mysterious off-screen events and early psychological trauma as the foundation and validation of the plot, Angel Eyes is exceptionally well laid out and right on target.
The Amalgamated Perspectives 3.5 star Award

About the actress

About Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born to Puerto Rican parents in 1969 in the Bronx, N.Y.), is a Hispanic American actress, singer, songwriter and business entrepreneur.
Lopez's childhood friends nicknamed her "The Supernova," and her first husband, Cuban Ojani Noa, called her "La Guitarra". This first marriage lasted barely a year. In 2001 she married actor and choreographer Cris Judd (divorced in 2003) and is currently married to the popular Salsa and Latin pop star Marc Anthony (2004–present).



[For details about plot and cast go to Angel Eyes]



[Read a review of a film from a completely different genre]



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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Follow your Bliss

Seek adventure in Life

"Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music -
the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures,
beautiful souls and interesting people,"

Henry Miller (1891 - 1980), American writer, perhaps best know for his novel Tropic of Cancer, published in 1934

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Following his bliss:

Myron Michael Hardy aka Money the Mystro
29 year-old poet, emcee and hip hop artist

Young poet and rapper

-:- TAKE -:-
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.......L I S T E N.......


(Instructions: Clicking on the link 'LISTEN 'will start up a music player in a new window. Click on a track. To stop the music, close player window.)


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[See related: The reason for Poetry]

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Saturday, September 08, 2007

Lawrence Ferlinghetti at 88

The picture of resiliency
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By The Commentator

Lawrence Ferlinghetti (born 1919 in Yonkers, New York), is a prominent and internationally renowned American poet, artist, publisher and recipient of various honors and awards.

After earing a master's degree from Columbia University and studying in Paris at the Sorbonne, Ferlinghetti followed the urging of fellow American poet Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982) to go to San Francisco, one of the strongholds of the burgeoning counter-culture dubbed 'The Beat Generation'. Shortly after his arrival, Ferlinghetti started a bookstore and publishing house in 1953, named after the Charlie Chaplin film, City Lights, and specializing in poetry. Its most famous publication was 'Howl', the controversial and legendary book by Allen Ginsberg.



A Famous Landmark
The "Beats" were a loosely defined group of young and struggling American writers, students, anti-conformists, bohemians, hustlers, and drug addicts who emerged in the late 1950 - early 1960s and spawned such groundbreaking novels as Jack Kerouac's 'On the Road' (1957) and William S. Burroughs's 'Naked Lunch' (1959).
Ironically, these works, formerly labelled as 'progressive and provocative', have now become pseudo-classics, time-stamped, stereotyped and pidgeonholed.

While most of his notorious compatriots have come and gone, Ferlinghetti has weathered the changing times and tides with remarkable resilience. Over the years he smoothly transitioned from pacifist, to anarchist, to teacher, to businessman, to Poet Laureate, to feted celebrity - all in a life's work.

Ferlinghetti is the author of more than thirty books of poetry and eight plays as well as fiction, art criticism, and essays. His poems are simple and speak plainly.


One of his paintings

Settled down in the tranquil and beautiful surroundings of the Marin County seashore and somewhat reclusive, Ferlinghetti, now 88, still continues to paint, exhibit and sell his artwork. He can be spotted at his art show openings as well as at the occasional literary event here and abroad.


"It seemed to me
all you have to do
is conceive of the whole world
and all humanity
as a kind of artwork,"


Lawrence Ferlinghetti,
'Instructions to Painters and Poets'







  • See also: Lawrence Ferlinghetti about the poet Ana Elsner

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    Saturday, September 01, 2007

    Wouldn't you like to know

    This Chinese ink and brush character represents long life



    ...when
    your number is up.

    Could it be in 10 years, 30 years or next year?

    Consulting a psychic is hardly a reliable way to find out.
    Instead, here is a statistics-based way of predicting your longevity and of making you aware of the factors that enter into the equation.

    And, most importantly, you will find out about the kind of behavior modification options you have, to extend your stay on our beautiful planet,
    should you so desire.

    On your mark, get set, live longer!


    (Your adjusted age count appears in the upper right framed box on each progressive page.)



    [On a somber note: An undesirable circumstance]

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    On Wellness

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    AMALGAMATED PERSPECTIVES quotes Words of Wisdom from a Cancer Survivor



    "The concept of total wellness recognizes that our every thought, word, and behavior affects our greater health and well-being.

    And we, in turn, are affected not only emotionally
    but also physically and spiritually."


    Greg Anderson, Author and 'Cancer Conqueror': long-term lung cancer survivor



    [Related: Doctors' Dilema]

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