["More quickly than most anyone imagined, blogging is growing up. From the blogosphere's anarchistic roots, a professional cadre is emerging that is creating an industry whose top-performing businesses now earn serious money. The industry is expanding at warp speed. Blog-based media could just be poised to elbow aside traditional print and broadcast outlets to become one of the dominant sources of news, information and opinion, many observers believe."]
["To hell with equivocation or beating around the bush: Terrence Malick's 1978 Days of Heaven is the greatest film ever made. And let the word film be emphasized, since Malick's sophomore masterpiece earns this exalted designation from its position as a work of pure cinema, a concoction of sound and image so formally sumptuous and yet effortlessly poignant that, upon my first viewing as a high schooler, it completely shattered my previous preconceptions about the possibilities afforded by the art form."]
4."What the F****?": Steven Pinker of The New Republic on the dirty words debate. Well Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, CockSucker, MotherFucker, and Tits.
["Fucking became the subject of congressional debate in 2003, after NBC broadcast the Golden Globe Awards. Bono, lead singer of the mega-band U2, was accepting a prize on behalf of the group and in his euphoria exclaimed, "This is really, really, fucking brilliant" on the air. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is charged with monitoring the nation's airwaves for indecency, decided somewhat surprisingly not to sanction the network for failing to bleep out the word. Explaining its decision, the FCC noted that its guidelines define "indecency" as "material that describes or depicts sexual or excretory organs or activities" and Bono had used fucking as "an adjective or expletive to emphasize an exclamation.""]
5. Two new films from Jamie Stuart: The final entry in his New York Film Festival 2007 series (sort of Naked Lunch meets Joe's Apartment featuring John Landis); and Gravity Wins, ostensibly a test footage reel for the Panasonic AG-HPX500P (read Jamie's review here), but also an evocative single-take short.
["I just spent two weeks staring at a big-ass metal case on my floor. Yeah, I opened it once or twice just to look at the big-ass camera inside. The big-ass camera does have a proper name: the Panasonic AG-HPX500P, which, for the purposes of this review I'll be forced to use—though for me, it's still just the big-ass camera in the big-ass metal case on my floor."]
Quote of the Day: William Shakespeare
"The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together."
Image(s) of the Day (click to enlarge): Potter Pride (Hattip to Kottke.org; click here to purchase the T's—four sizes each!)
Clip of the Day: Talk about your viral videos.
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