31 March 2005

2005 AJC INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

2005 AJC INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW EXPANDS TO NINE DAYS!

ATLANTA, GA. - Area new car enthusiasts will once again have the chance to shop and compare from over 40 different lines of new vehicles when the 23rd Annual Atlanta Journal-Constitution International Auto Show returns to the Georgia World Congress Center on April 9-17, 2005.

This will mark the first year that this very successful show will run for nine days. This expansion is really no surprise, because Atlanta has been one of the fastest growing five day auto shows in the nation, setting new records for attendance during each of the past two years.


The 2005 show will also have the benefit of two weekends during its nine day run.
"It's time for our show to grow to nine days," commented Shayne Wilson, President of the Metro Atlanta Automobile Dealers Association (MAADA). "The growth of the Atlanta show has been amazing in its 22 years. It is not only the largest annual consumer event at the Georgia World Congress Center, but also the largest show of its kind in the Southeastern U.S."

The show is also the largest automotive event for the Metro Atlanta dealers, featuring a wide variety of styles, including luxury vehicles, economy cars, sports cars, exotics, limited production cars, concepts, convertibles, vans, light trucks and 4-wheel drive vehicles.

The following manufacturers will be exhibiting at the Auto Show:
ACURA, ASTON MARTIN, AUDI, BMW, BUICK, CADILLAC, CHEVROLET, CHRYSLER, DODGE, FERRARI, FORD, GMC, HONDA, HYUNDAI, INFINITI, ISUZU, JAGUAR, JEEP, KIA, LAMBORGHINI; LAND ROVER, LEXUS, LINCOLN-MERCURY, LOTUS, MAYBACH, MASERATI, MAZDA, MERCEDES-BENZ, MINI, MITSUBISHI, NISSAN, PONTIAC, PORSCHE, SAAB, SATURN, SCION, SUBARU, SUZUKI, TOYOTA, VOLKSWAGEN AND VOLVO.

The show will also feature an impressive selection of special vehicles, including concept cars, special debuts, exotics and specialty vehicles.
Special debuts include the 2006 BMW 5-SERIES SPORT WAGON; 2006 CADILLAC STS-V; 2006 CORVETTE Z06; 2006 DODGE CHARGER; 2006 DODGE RAM MEGA CAB; 2006 FORD FUSION; 2006 HONDA RIDGELINE; 2006 INFINITI M; 2006 LINCOLN MARK LT; 2006 LINCOLN ZEPHYR; 2006 MERCURY MILAN; 2006 PONTIAC SOLSTICE; 2005 ½ SAAB 9-7x SUV; 2006 SATURN AURA; 2006 SUBARU B9 TRIBECA.
Concept vehicles include the CHRYSLER FIREPOWER; FORD EXPLORER SPORT TRAC; FORD MUSTANG GT-R; HONDA CIVIC SI; JEEP HURRICANE and the SATURN SKY ROADSTER.

The Auto Show is noted for its special attractions, and this year is no exception. Here are some of the special features planned:
HIGH ACTION BIKES - Don't miss this spectacular stunt show during all nine days of the event. This show features a variety of highly skilled riders performing ground and aerial stunts on their BMX stunt bikes.
20TH CENTURY AUTO SHOW - A homage to the vehicles of the last century, with over 20 antique and classic cars on display.
CELEBRITY APPEARANCES - Meet the stars of many of Atlanta's professional sports franchises, plus racing stars.

The annual preview party, "A NIGHT OF CARS & STARS," is a fund raiser for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and will take place on Friday, April 8th at 7:30 P.M. at the Georgia World Congress Center. This event will give attendees the first opportunity to see hundreds of new vehicles, plus rub elbows with many of Atlanta's celebrities.
For tickets to "A Night of Cars & Stars," please call 404-785-7370.
The 23rd Annual Atlanta Journal-Constitution International Auto Show is scheduled for April 9-17, 2005 at the Georgia World Congress Center. The event is produced by the Metro Atlanta Automobile Dealers Association.

The Metro Atlanta Automobile Dealers Association is made up of more than 160 franchised new car and truck dealers from the 18 county Metro Atlanta area. The association and its members strive to uphold the highest standards of honesty and integrity and continuously work together to improve the car buying experience for area consumers.
Admission to the Auto Show is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children 6-12 years old. Children under 6 are admitted free. Weekday discount coupons are available at all participating local new car dealers, and in select ads in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

For more information, visit the show’s website at www.ajcautoshow.com.

Show Hours:

Saturday, April 9 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 10 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m

Mon-Thurs, Apr 11-14 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m

Friday, April 15 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 16 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m

Sunday, April 17 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m

Box office closes one hour prior to the closing time of the show daily.


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Horses In The Sky

Horses In The Sky is the name of the new CD by A Silver Mt. Zion, one of the (many) spinoff bands consisting of members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Horses In The Sky

Lately I'd given up following all the releases of the various side projects, but I've decided I want to hear this one for two reasons: A) Band leader Efrim actually sings on this one... I'm not sure I can wrap my head around the idea of vocal music from this crew. B) This very moving (you'll see what I mean) review on Popmatters.com.

BTW, I looked for audio samples from this album, but couldn't find any online.

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Insultmonger

http://www.insultmonger.com/swearing/french.htm

(WARNING – Site contains adware traps .. don’t click on things that you don’t know about (closing the window is a good thing on popups)

One of my more favorites from this site ..

(original French verse) Essaye cette manoeuvre: Prendre 50-60 pas en arrière. Prendre plusieurs souffles profonds. Sprinter en avant à toute vitesse. Faire un triple saut périlleux en l'air et disparaître dans ton propre cul.

(English translation -- Try this maneuver: Take 50-60 paces backwards. Take several deep breaths. Sprint forward at full speed. Do a triple summersault through the air, and disappear up your own ass.)

Paraphrasing from the Matrix – “ I like cussing in French, it’s like wiping your ass with silk”

If you’re industrious, you can root around in the site’s hierarchy and find other interesting languages to learn about as well .. (Spanish is a must – and Oh! . There’s Finnish too!)

C5

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30 March 2005

As if that wasn't severe enough...


I have a mental image of a transit authority guy rifling through your smoking wallet, and trying to count the fused-together change in your pocket. :D Found on somebody's blog.  

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From the NYT: New York Autoshow slideshow / comments

The 2005 New York Auto Show
From super-charged sports cars to unimpressive retreads to outlandish concept cars, The Times examines the offerings at the 2005 New York International Auto Show.

When the slide show loads take a look at slide 7 & 8 in the "Fashion Statement" section... I can just imagine the carnage when a couple of these meet at high speeds... ;-P

End of the Auto Show Season: That's All There Is?

We should go to the ATL show next month... it's lots of fun.

Cheers!
CW

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Photograph collection of Frank Bell.

Here are Frank Bell's fantastic collection of photographs from the forties and fifties.

Based in Darlington England , he scoured the music halls and lodging houses looking for the weird and wonderful. But he also found the wacky.

Found at Rexfeatures.com

(Registration required to see more than thumbnail images- L.H.)

Cheers!
CW

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Syria to cartoonist: "That's not funny"

A cartoon by Ali Farzat

BBC's World Edition has an interesting profile of a Syrian cartoonist whose images of generic "powerful" figures abusing generic "weak" figures hit a little too close to home for the Syrian government- they shut down his magazine, and now he can't get his work published in any newspaper in the country.

I'd love to see some of his cartoons (they look more like pen-and-ink drawings filled in with watercolor) at full size. A Google image search turns up a few more of his images.

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Living Will...

This was emailed to me this morning...


This thing is far better than any Durable POA!

I, _________________________ (fill in the blank), being of sound mind and body, do not wish to be kept alive indefinitely by artificial means.

Under no circumstances should my fate be put in the hands of peckerwood politicians who couldn't pass ninth-grade biology if their lives depended on it.

If a reasonable amount of time passes and I fail to sit up and ask for a cold beer, it should be presumed that I won't ever get better. When such a determination is reached, I hereby instruct my spouse, children and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes and call it a day.

Under no circumstances shall the members of the Legislature enact a special law to keep me on life-support machinery. It is my wish that these boneheads mind their own damn business, and pay attention instead to the health, education and future of the millions of Americans who aren't in a permanent coma.

Under no circumstances shall any politicians butt into this case. I don't care how many fundamentalist votes they're trying to scrounge for their run for the presidency in 2008, it is my wish that they play politics with someone else's life and leave me alone to die in peace.

I couldn't care less if a hundred religious zealots send e-mails to legislators in which they pretend to care about me. I don't know these people, and I certainly haven't authorized them to preach and crusade on my behalf. They should mind their own business too.

If any of my family goes against my wishes and turns my case into apolitical cause, I hereby promise to come back from the grave and make his or her existence a living hell.


Signature_______________________________________


Witness________________________________________-


Cheers!
CW

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29 March 2005

This is cool: Mind Control

Mind control revealed.
Derren Brown, magician turned hypnotist, performs amazing feats of mind control and then gives away the basic psychological tricks he uses. The link is to the video clips from England's Channel 4, an article is here.
Via boingboing.

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QTVR: Made in Taiwan

Awesome! This is a beautiful 360 QTVR image taken during the independence protests in Taiwan last weekend.

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VisibleMan



This is my friend Richard's site. He lives in Atlanta and is one of my best friends. This fact doesn't necessarily merit his mention here-- but his art sure does. Check out his galleries on VisibleMan. Very cool stuff.

Monty

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28 March 2005

Now here's an episode of Cops...

...I would really love to see: one day with the Washington, DC police department's Gay and Lesbian Liason Unit. (I was able to go straight to the page... if it asks you for a login, remember BugMeNot).

The guy in charge of this unit sounds like a real hard-ass, but with a funny side (no pun intended!!):

He has an anti-authoritarian streak, using a piece of tape to conceal the last number on the tag of his police cruiser to avoid photo radar cameras. When hundreds of men in chaps and biker caps paraded into the Washington Plaza hotel in January for the leather convention, a car full of gawking Japanese tourists waved Parson over and asked what was going on. "The inauguration," he answered.


It's a long article, but keep reading... it has a few eye-rolling stereotypical statements near the beginning (IMO), but gets much better as it progresses.

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This is cool: Strange Dolls

Strange Dolls
These odd dolls are not something you will find in a toy store. They are hardly something you would buy for a child. They are misproportioned, strangely dressed, and they have a story and character uniquely their own. Much like each one of us.

I love this one.

Found on MetaFilter.

Cheers!
CW

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27 March 2005

I (Heart) Huckabees

I orignally posted this as a "comment" on the Green Acres story you posted (I wish I could see those! They sound great).

Speaking of surreal, I just watched a movie last night called "I (heart) Huckabees" and I absolutely LOVED and I mean L-O-V-E-D it. It was absolutely MARVELLOUS.

The movie begins with this guy who's obsessed with and convinced that a seemingly innocuous "coincidence" is significant. He hires "Jeffers & Jeffers," an "Existential" Detective Agency (which, oddly enough, work on a "sliding scale"???). The detectives eventually get to the bottom of the coincidence's amazing deeper meaning by employing some rather odd and extremely ineffective-sounding investigative techniques (which include what has to be the worst grasp of "covert" surveillance I have ever seen).

My rating on the movie>? 9.5/10. It completely reminded me of "Being John Malkovich" in the pacing and strangeness of the overall premise, the lightning-fast pacing (which isn't driven by an overly-busy, mad-cap plot, but by the incredibly tight, super-structured dialog).

The result was absolutely magical. Mark Wahlberg puts in an awesome performance, as do Lily Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman. Word. Ride your bike to work.

In fact, I just looked at some reviews of the movie on Rotton Tomatoes and this movie is literally 50% down the middle. Some get it-- have playful, open minds, that is-- and some don't. I thought "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" would be my Rosetta Stone movie (you like it, you're "in" with me), but perhaps I could use this movie and that one together for a one-two punch. Like them both, and chances are, well, chances are you're probably already a member of this blog. Dont' like them, and well, still, I relish the idea of using these movies to torture the (living) dead.

Monty


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Paintings with a sense of humor



Tomas Bjornsson is a Danish artist with an off-kilter sense of humor. (He's also the cousin of someone I know on a discussion board, which is how I found his site.)

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May, 1963

We listen to "A Prairie Home Companion" almost every weekend... I got hooked on the show in college back in the 1980s, then sort of lost track of it. When I re-discovered it in the new millenium, I found that Garrison Keillor had lost none of his edge, and if anything was funnier, and more subtle, than ever. My favorite part of the show is always the second hour, when Keillor tells a story about "Lake Wobegon, my hometown."

The Lake Wobegon stories are always best around the holidays. This weekend's show is a repeat from 2003, but Keillor's Easter story was possibly my favorite "Prairie Home Companion" moment yet. A 14 year old girl plays "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring" on piano in church for the Easter service, and sends her aunt, sitting in audience, back to her wedding day in 1963. What I love about this story is how effortlessly Keillor moves through time... he puts you in the mind of that one woman sitting in church as she drifts from the present to the past and back again.

You can hear the story in question here(it's about 15 minutes long, RealPlayer format).

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Caffeinated opinions

Even though I'm not a coffee drinker, I love this.

I may submit my own quote: We are being held prisoner, please help, tap tap tap.

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26 March 2005

Tool: USA Monitors Foreign Media Reaction

News flash: The USA is even AWARE of the foreign media:

Each business day, the U.S. Department of State's Office of Research produces an Issue Focus of foreign media commentary on a major foreign policy issue or related event. These reports provide a global round-up of editorials and op-ed commentary from major newspapers, magazines and broadcast media around the world. Following a one-page analysis of the commentary, readers will find block quotes sorted by geographic region and country. An Issue Focus normally covers one to three weeks of editorial opinion. The latest reports date back one week.

My friend Katherine sent me this.

Monty

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We! Are! There!

Green Acres

We're currently working our way through the second season of Green Acres on DVD, and I have to say, this is one of the only sitcoms that I loved as a kid, that is actually FUNNIER when I watch it as an adult.

Was there any other American sitcom, especially from the mid-60's "golden age" of sitcoms, that owed more of a debt to Luis Bunuel and the Surrealists? Hell, the show had gone off the air before Bunuel's brilliant farce The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgousie even released, but Green Acres was every bit as absurd as that film.

Oliver Douglas was like a 1960s Alice in Rural Wonderland. Dream logic ran the show. Consider: Oliver's socialite wife, Lisa, could apparently talk to barnyard animals. The Douglas' handyman, Eb, pretended to be their son so often that they even tried sending him to college. The Ziffels' son, Arnold, was a pig, but only Oliver seemed to realize that fact, while everyone else insisted he was human. One of the house-painting Monroe brothers, Ralph, was actually a girl, but again, only Oliver seemed to notice. Phone calls, the only contact with the outside world, had to be made from a phone pole swaying in the sky. Mr. Kimball, the county extension agent, only seemed capable of carrying on a conversation with himself, who he always disagreed with.

Every episode was full of strange little dreamlike twists... visitors coming in through a window, people talking with each other's voices, elaborate plans stymied by a pregnant cow or a case of mistaken identity. There wouldn't be another sitcom this blatantly surreal until David Lynch and Mark Frost did On The Air in 1992... another one of my favorite series, but anyway. :)

One little piece of personal trivia... Pat Buttram, who played the Douglas' relentlessly opportunist neighbor Mr. Haney, was my grandfather's cousin.

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25 March 2005

About damn time

This CBS article says that Congress took a hit to their approval rating over the grandstanding they did about the Terri Schiavo situation last weekend.

Public approval of Congress has suffered as a result; at 34 percent, it is the lowest it has been since 1997, dropping from 41 percent last month. Now at 43 percent, President Bush’s approval rating is also lower than it was a month ago.

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How rich are you?

How rich are you? I found this link which will tell you the answer. And naturally, you might be surprised (although, the people on this blog probably won't be. When I lived in New York City, I was in the top 0.726%, over the past two years I have slipped down to 11.26%. Once my business gets up and running, however, which I expect shortly, I'm hoping to get up in the top 0.5%, where I belong. :-)

Monty


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24 March 2005

Someone please tell me how to publish files with this HELLO blogger tool (which I like) which will allow the files to go in the same post? Posted by Hello

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I found this article today and thought this was a fascinating piece. An excerpt:

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- As art restorers in London inspected a 230-year-old painting by master landscape artist Thomas Hodges, they noticed the canvas was thicker in some areas than others. Using an X-ray machine, they peered behind the lush greens of New Zealand and discovered the oldest known painting of Antarctica.


Just the other day I noticed that here, in my home office, I have a few mottled spots of paint which seem raised higher than others. I had it X-rayed, but nothing conclusive showed up. One art expert, foremost in his field, believes it's an original but accidental hand-print left in plaster by one of the finishers back when my condo was built in 1978.

Monty

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The painting which apparently, under X-ray, reveals secret pirate booty buried under an Antarctic penguin nest.

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New Weezer tune

Apparently the next Weezer album is called Make Believe, and the first single is "Beverly Hills." (RealPlayer format) I kinda like it.

New Weezer cover

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Oldboy

Min-sik Choi in OLDBOY
I've been reading a lot about this Korean movie Oldboy for the last month or two, and REALLY want to see it when it comes out on DVD. It's a revenge flick: A businessman goes out drinking one night, only to wake up in a hotel room where he's sealed in and held prisoner for 15 years- he doesn't know why, or by whom. Then, he's let out, and still doesn't know why, but decides to find out.

I gather it gets a little violent from that point on. :)

The reviews have mostly been good (Rotten Tomatoes score: 76%), and apparently Quentin Tarantino went bananas over it at Cannes last year. Here's a trailer.

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Blocking Ads

Guys,

I use a product called AdSubtract to block my online ads, and it does a pretty effective job. It blocks pop-ups and a lot of the advertisements on a lot of sites. I like this offer a lot, and bought it about a year ago. I thought it was worth my money.

http://www.adsubtract.com/

But there is another way to block advertisements as well, for free, and believe me, Microsoft absolutely hates this "hack". There is a large community on the Internet that collects the web site addresses which "serve" adds to other sites (like MSNBC, CNN, etc.). Check it out:

http://remember.mine.nu/
http://remember.mine.nu/hosts

And if you want to download the hosts file, it's the second link.

To modify the hosts file-- named, simply, "hosts", with no extension-- if you're using XP, it is in

c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc
Find it, and paste the content in there, and watch.

Microsoft hates this "hack" so much that in XP Home, they will offer to "repair" the hosts file for you (keeping it blank) to prevent this. So... if Microsoft hates it, USE it!

Monty

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Big Brother is watching in VA

Geez... "intersection cameras" in Virginia can now be used to nab people with delinquent taxes or outstanding parking tickets. They hope to expand the system for use against people with overdue library books. (No joke.)

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This is cool: Animator Makes Waves as Artist

From Wired.com

http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,66966,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_2

NEW YORK -- If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, oversized heads, alarmingly cherry-red lips, blotchy skin and sharp scroll-like claws are en vogue, at least in the digital world of artist Ray Caesar.

Here is his website.

This *almost* makes me want to pick up the rendering tools again... ;-P

Cheers!
CW

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23 March 2005

Fun Browser Security Test

Well, this is cool. I hear a lot of kvetching about which browser is right and which is wrong. As much as I hate Microsoft (more and more each day), I still use IE with the Maxthon plugin. Maxthon rocks, by the way.

Anyway, I just tested my browser for vulnerabilities, and it came up with zero. How's yours doing?

http://bcheck.scanit.be/bcheck/index.php

Maxthon is here:www.maxthon.com

Worth it.

Monty




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Cool(ing) tower art

Some sort of Swiss art exhibit consisting of decorated nuclear cooling towers. At first I thought this was a Photoshop job, but I think they're done with projectors (notice the patterns shining up onto the steam). This one is my favorite. The words in the upper corners are "back" and "next."

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What would Tom play?

Tom Waits lists his favorite 20 albums in The Guardian. A lot of them are predictably obscure, but I love that he mentions the Pogues. His comments about each are especially cool if you imagine them being read in Waits' voice... heh heh.

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Unrest re-release

Imperial_ffrr One of the best albums of the 1990s is getting re-released! Unrest's Imperial f.f.r.r. was always my favorite by the band... very angular, sweet pop one minute, and icy, ambient experiments the next. The only review I can find is here, though I hate the way the writers at Pitchfork always have to be "cooler" than the music they're reviewing. Aquarius Records has it on their new releases page for now, too. (2nd item down, at the moment.)

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22 March 2005

This is a test


This is just a test image (of a house in The Sims 2). I'm playing with Picasa and Hello's BloggerBot for sending pics to the blog. 

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