Friday, August 31, 2007

Goodbye England's Rose

The People's Princess

Jerusalem by William Blake

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
On England's pleasant pastures seen?

And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark Satanic Mills?

Bring me my Bow of burning gold:
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold?
Bring me my Chariot of fire.

I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England's green & pleasant Land.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Even In Death...

Cemetary PathEstablished by Napoleon in 1804, Père Lachaise is the largest cemetery in Paris, France. It is located on a sprawling 118 acre hill along the Right Bank within the XXe arrondissement. Many of France's most important artists, composers, novelists, and intellectuals have been buried over there over the last two hundred years, including Honoré de Balzac, Frédéric Chopin, Joseph Fourier, Édith Piaf, and Marcel Proust. The cemetery is also the final resting place for many of France's adopted sons and daughters, including Maria Callas, Jim Morrison, and Oscar Wilde. Each year, Père-Lachaise attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors making it one of the most famous cemeteries in the world.

Noir's StatuePère-Lachaise is the home to many decadent sculptures and tombs. One of the most unusual graves belongs to French journalist Victor Noir (1848-1870). Noir was a hugely popular writer for the pro-revolutionary newspaper La Marseillaise. He dedicated himself to the underclasses, especially France's large Gypsy population, and wrote many pieces in their favor. In 1870, on behalf of politician Paschal Grousset, Noir was sent to meet with Prince Pierre Bonaparte in order to fix the terms of a duel. During negotiations, a violent argument broke out and Bonaparte shot and killed Noir. This resulted in a huge public outcry against Bonaparte and the French government. Noir was so revered that more than one-hundred thousand people joined in his funeral procession.

Noir and FanSculptor Jules Dalou cast an extremely realistic, life-size bronze statue as Noir lay dead on the street. The statue shows Noir in a frock coat and trousers (top button undone) lying flat on his back, with a distinct enlargement in the groin. When a male dies a traumatic death, it is not uncommon for blood to rush to vital organs, including the genitals. Myth says that by placing flowers in the in the tophat after rubbing the groin will aid those seeking love or fertility. As a result of the legend, Noir's statue has become pretty well worn over the years prompting Père Lachaise Cemetary to erect a fence around the site. After heavy protests, the fence was taken down and replaced by a sign that reads:

Any damage caused by graffiti or indecent rubbing will be prosecuted.
Noir and Dita

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

My Hero

Ole Gunnar Solskjær - You are a legend. A true son of Norway. Always a gentleman off the pitch and a predator while on it, you will always be remembered for your class, professionalism, and loyalty to Manchester United and its supporters. Thank you for teaching us what it means to be a Red. Enjoy retirement, Ole. You have earned the rest and you have earned our respect.

Ole Ole Ole!Ole's United Honours
Premier League (6): 1996/97, 1998/99, 1999/00, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2006/07
FA Cup (2): 1999, 2004
UEFA Champions League (1): 1999
Intercontinental Cup (1): 1999
Community Shield (2): 1996, 2003

"Ole is one of the best finishers I have known. We have had a few good natural finishers at the club but he is exceptional."
- Sir Alex Ferguson

Norwegian Dreams
You are my Solskjær
My Ole Solskjær
You make me happy,
When skies are grey.
Oh Alan Shearer,
Was f*cking dearer,
So please don't take my Solskjær away.

Who put the ball in the Germans' net?
Who put the ball in the Germans' net?
Who put the ball in the Germans' net?
Ole Gunnar Solskjær!

20LEgendYouth Clubs
1990-1994 Clausenengen

Senior Clubs

Manchester United

National team

A Tribute to the "Baby-Faced Assassin"

20LEegnd: His Greatest Goals

Monday, August 27, 2007

Romantic Jets To Brazil

The timeless tale of Holly Golightly has been stirring heartstrings since 1958. From Hepburn and Givenchy to Capote and Mancini, Breakfast at Tiffany's is - without a doubt - the most perfect Romance ever filmed. "Simply do not ask me what this is all about, parce que je ne sais pas, mes chers." Fall in love with New York's most quirky socialite all over again... and Cat, too.

Moon RiverMoon River
Moon River, wider than a mile,
I'm crossin' you in style someday.
Oh dream maker, you heartbreaker,
Wherever you're goin', I'm goin' your way.
Two drifters, off to see the world.
There's such a lot of world to see.
We're after the same rainbow's end,
Waitin' round the bend,
My huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me.

Audrey and the Givenchy Dress"I was nothing like her, but I felt I could 'act' Holly. I knew the part would be a challenge, but I wanted it anyway. I always wonder if I risked enough on that one. I should have been a little more outrageous. But at the time, as a new mother, I was about as wild as I could be. If only I were a Method player, huh? But the fact is, I didn't really believe in The Method. I believed in good casting. And I'm still not sure about Holly and me..."
- Audrey Hepburn

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Ford Style

Tom Ford BookTom Ford's designs are the crème de la crème of American fashion. After stepping down as lead designer for Gucci and Yves Saint-Laurent, Ford opened his flagship boutique in Manhattan on 12 April 2007. "It made more sense for me to own it." he said. "If you have the money, why pay someone to give you money?" His brilliant new line already covers Menswear, Beauty, Eyewear, and both Men and Womens' Accessories. While visiting Tom Ford NY, customers can shop for prêt-à-porter suits (from $3000 US) or schedule made-to-order services (from $5000 US) for something a little more special. Ford can already count George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Joaquin Phoenix amongst his legion of adoring fans. Starting in early 2008, Ford is hoping to launch a Womanswear Collection, as well as new stores in London, Milan, Tokyo, and Los Angeles.

Tom FordFord's Tips

  • Be confident.
  • Button your jacket. It takes 20 pounds off your silhouette.
  • Never button more than one button on a jacket.
  • You can't wear trendy clothes forever. Everyone has to grow up sometime.
  • Know yourself and know what you like. That'll be your signature. Americans have grown too accustomed to being comfortable. I find a different kind of comfort when I know I look good.
  • That being said, Mick Jagger can wear pretty much anything he wants. It's all about your personality.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Jehanne La Pucelle

Captivating, sublime, spiritual - no words can do it justice. This is art that stirs the heart and soul. Make a pilgrimage to New York and witness the Maid of Orléans.
Jules Bastien-Lepage's Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc, 1879
Jules Bastien-Lepage (French, 1848–1884)
Oil on canvas; 100 x 110 in. (254 x 279.4 cm)
On display at The Met.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Préparation de la Vie

Anthony Bourdain is the head chef of Brasserie Les Halles in New York City, host of the Travel Channel's "No Reservations", and the author of various popular cookbooks. He is known just as much for his crude humor and outspoken opinions as he is about his food and brilliant technique. His most recent book, The Les Halles Cookbook, is loaded with French bistro-style recipes, beautiful pictures, and witty observations. Check out the recipe below:

Moules Marinière
4 oz/112 g butter
2 shallots, thinly sliced
2 cups dry white wine
salt and pepper to taste
6 lbs mussels, scrubbed and de-bearded (just before cooking)
4 sprigs of parsley, finely chopped

large pot with lid

Bourdain in the KitchenHeat the butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Once melted, add the shallots. Cook for 2 minutes until the shallots are soft and just beginning to brown. Add the wine and bring to a boil (cranking up the heat all the way). Season with salt and pepper.

Dump the mussels into the pot, and slap on the cover. Cook just until all the mussels are open all the way (about 10 minutes, no more). Shake the pot, keeping the lid firmly pressed on top, then add the parsley and shake again. (You can toss in an additional knob of whole softened butter at this point, swirling it into the sauce for a nice emulsified, enriching boost) Pour the whole glorious mess into a warm serving bowl and serve.

Some nice country bread is a nice thing to have on the table, for you and your guests to tear at and mop sauce.

"Vegetarians, and their Hezbollah-like splinter faction, the vegans, are a persistent irritant to any chef worth a damn. To me, life without veal stock, pork fat, sausage, organ meat, demiglace, or even stinky cheese is a life not worth living."

"Meals make the society, hold the fabric together in lots of ways that were charming and interesting and intoxicating to me. The perfect meal, or the best meals, occur in a context that frequently has very little to do with the food itself."

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Tragic Love Trilogy

The DoorsJim Morrison was known to have many lovers, but only Pamela Courson could be called his love. Their stormy lives had all of the makings of a Greek Tragedy - outrageous fights, furious separations, and tearful reunions. Doors Keyboardist, Ray Manzarek, picked three songs that he felt best represented their legendary romance. He wrote, "It's... my trilogy to Jim and Pam, the Romeo and Juliet of California. I love them very much, and miss them very much. But they are together in the ether." Raise a glass of wine to rock's most passionate love story - to a poet and his muse. Cheers.

Lost Little Girl
You're lost little girl
You're lost little girl
You're lost
Tell me who are you?

I think that you know what to do
Impossible? Yes, but it's true
I think that you know what to do, yeah
I'm sure that you know what to do

You're lost little girl
You're lost little girl
You're lost
Tell me who are you?

I think that you know what to do
Impossible? Yes, but it's true
I think that you know what to do, girl
I'm sure that you know what to do

You're lost little girl
You're lost little girl
You're lost.

Unhappy Girl
Unhappy girl,
Left all alone,
Playing solitaire,
Playing warden to your soul
You are locked in a prison of your own

And you can't believe
What it does to me
To see you cryin'.

Unhappy girl,
Tear your web away.
Saw through all your bars
Melt your cell today
You are caught in a prison of your own device.

Unhappy girl,
Fly fast away,
Don't miss your chance
To swim in mystery.
You are dying in a prison of your own

I Can't See Your Face In My Mind Girl
I can't see your face in my mind
I can't see your face in my mind
Carnival dogs
Consume the lines
Can't see your face in my mind

Don't you cry
Baby, please don't cryLove of a Lifetime
And don't look at me
With your eyes
I can't seem to find

the right lie

I can't seem to find
the right lie

Insanity's horse
Adorns the sky
Can't seem to find the right lie

Carnival dogs
Consume the lines
Can't see your face in my mind

Don't you cry
Baby, please don't cry
I won't need your picture
Until we say goodbye

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Hat Rack

FedoraFedora. A word that is synonymous with high fashion, personal style, and the art of living. A proper hat tells the world that you are a man. Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, and JFK all sported brims above their brows. Yet, the fedora's place on your head has largely been co-opted by the fitted baseball cap. It's time to add some glamor back into your life. So, here is some hat etiquette to get you going in the right direction.

Frank in the StudioHat on:
Department Store
Recording Studio
Crowded Elevator
Diner Counter
Meeting a Male Friend
Walking out the Door

Frank's Mug ShotHat off:
At the Table
In a House
Meeting a Female Friend
Meeting new people

Very NiceWomen:
Whenever and wherever.
Miss Manners says that a lady shouldn't wear a hat when entertaining at her own home, lest it looks like she has someplace better to go.

For more info, check out Classic Style Magazine.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Farvä´l Ingmar Bergman (1918-2007)

The MasterBergman was a visionary of the highest order. His emotionally charged films probed into the darkest and most unexplored recesses of the human soul. A place where we find no quarter from the internecine feuds and solitude that we create all around us. Det Sjunde inseglet (The Seventh Seal), Scener ur ett äktenskap (Scenes From A Marriage), and Nattvardsgästerna (The Communicants) are as devastatingly poignant today as the moment when Bergman's camera encapsulated the human drama. His passing is a heartbreaking loss to the art world.

Ingmar Bergman est mort.
Vive Ingmar Bergman!

To explore his works, visit The Criterion Collection. All of the films published under the Criterion banner represent cinema at its finest.

Also, be sure to visit Strictly Film School, Images Journal, and Bright Lights Film Journal for the best in classic and contemporary film making.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Jules Et Jim

Jules et Jim
"She's a force of nature that manifests itself in cataclysms."

"What's appalling about war is that it deprives man of his own individual battle."

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Shaken. Not Stirred.

Casino RoyaleJames Bond and the Art of Living. It all started with Ian Fleming's Casino Royale and the following immortal words...

"A dry martini," he said. "One. In a deep champagne goblet."The Vesper

"Oui, monsieur."

"Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel. Got it?"

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

"Merci, monsieur"

Mata HariMata Hari
AKA Margaretha Geertruida Zelle

Born: 7-Aug-1876
Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Died: 15-Oct-1917
Paris, France
Cause of death: Execution

Gender: Female
Occupation: Spy, Dancer

Nationality: France
Executive summary: Framed by the Germans

At her execution, it is rumored that she blew a kiss towards the firing squad. Her head was embalmed and kept in the Museum of Anatomy in Paris, but in 2000, archivists discovered that the head had disappeared when the museum had been relocated. Records dated from 1918 show that the museum also received the rest of the body but none of the remains could later be accounted for...

Monday, August 6, 2007

Arms Are For Hugging The Dandy Warhols

The Dandy WarholsOn The Dandy Warhol's MySpace Page, vocalist/guitarist Courtney Taylor-Taylor occasionally posts one line movie reviews. Sometimes thought provoking, - yet always entertaining - here are his reviews in all their cinematic glory. Rent a movie, grab some popcorn, and spend a "Night at the Movies" with The Dandy Warhols. Enjoy!

Alexander The Great (1956)
Every aspect of this movie is laughable.

All About Eve (1950)
How is it that one can see Bette Davis kick ass in the greatest feat of theatrical writing since Oscar Wilde for less than five bucks?

Arthur (1981)
Ham-fisted does not even begin to describe the dialogue in this visually stunning epic.

Day Of The Jackal (1973)
A no-bullshit European style thriller that is actually thrilling.

Designing Woman (1957)
If you're making a Cary Grant film, don't get Gregory Peck.

Gandhi (1982)
This powerful and compelling story appears to have been filmed for television.

Grizzly Man (2005)
I am horrified at how much of myself I see in this delusional retard who gets eaten by bears.

The Lady In The Water (2006)
The scary thing about this movie is that the funniest parts weren't meant to be funny.

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
A kinder, gentler Tenenbaums.

Match Point (2005)
If you time it right and sleep through the first half, you will awaken to one of the greatest psycho thrillers of all time.

Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)
Long and boring, but at least it has a stupid ending.

The Silence Tystnaden (1963)
Never have boring and smart looked so sexy together.

Withnail and I (1987)
The English at their Englishy best.

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Happy Birthday to Me!


Wednesday, August 1, 2007

More Cider, please.

It is no great shock that Mac users do not have access to as many games as PC users. Sometimes, it takes months (or even years) before a game is ported over to the Mac OS. Emulators, like Parallels, have attempted to sort this out by creating a virtual environment that tricks programs into running on a foreign platform. Although useful, these types of emulators are far from full-proof.

CiderIn order to make a more reliable platform, Transgaming has produced Cider, developed (or distilled) from the GNU/Wine project. Cider (like Winelib) is a wrapper allowing users to run programs and games natively on Intel Macs without any changes in the original source code. This means that new games can be released for Macs and PCs simultaneously without the developers having to make any alterations whatsoever!

A review of Cider in MacWorld can be found Here.