Monthly Archives: April 2012

Video | Top 10 funny laughing babies – instant stress relief

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When stress levels rise, try a few seconds of these funny babes for instant relief. This is the best video compilation of laughing babies that I’ve ever seen. Hilarious top 10 baby clips. If you don’t crack a smile watching these wonderful kids, check your pulse.  Enjoy!

Top-Ten-Funny laughing babies in humorous youtube video clips, four babies

Top-Ten-Funny laughing babies in humorous youtube video clips, four babies

Top-Ten-Funny laughing babies in humorous youtube video clips

Top-Ten-Funny laughing babies in humorous youtube video clips

Movies| Midnight In Paris – the script and intriguing tales about the production, director, writer, cast

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MIDNIGHT IN PARIS won best original screenplay and Woody Allen has the most nominations in this category with 15, and the most wins with 3.

Midnight-in-ParisMIDNIGHT IN PARIS is a 2011 romantic comedy fantasy film written and directed by Woody Allen. The plot centers on a small group of Americans visiting the French capital for business and pleasure.

The protagonist, a screenwriter, is forced to confront the shortcomings of his relationship with his fiancée and their divergent goals due to his magical experiences in the city beginning each night at midnight.[4] The movie explores themes of nostalgia and modernism.

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Midnight in Paris - movie posterProduced by Spanish group Mediapro and Allen’s Gravier Productions, the film stars Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Carla Bruni, Adrien Brody and Michael Sheen. It premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and was released in North America in May 2011 good movie photographer

The film opened to widespread critical acclaim and has commonly been cited as one of Allen’s best films in recent years.

In 2012, the film won both the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe Awards for Best Screenplay; and was nominated for three other Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Direction, and Best Art Direction.

Writing
Allen employed a reverse approach in writing the screenplay for this film, by building the film’s plot around a conceived movie title, ‘MIDNIGHT IN PARIS. [15] Allen originally wrote the character Gil as an east coast intellectual, but he rethought it when he and casting director Juliet Taylor began considering Owen Wilson for the role.

Midnight In Paris script

Midnight in Paris script pdf download

 

“I thought Owen would be charming and funny but my fear was that he was not so eastern at all in his persona,” says Allen. Allen realized that making Gil a Californian would actually make the character richer, so he rewrote the part and submitted it to Wilson, who readily agreed to do it. Allen describes him as “a natural actor”. Continue reading »

Podcasts | The Culture Gabfest – Slate magazine’s critics debate the week in culture from highbrow to pop

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In The Culture Gabfest podcast, Slate.com’s cultural critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner discuss the latest movies, television, books and more.

Conceptually similar to NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour is Slate‘s Culture Gabfest. Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens talk about the latest movies, television, and books.

They sometimes cover topics that verge on the esoteric, but they do it in such an engaging and articulate matter that they keep me engaged.

Slate Culture Gabfest - panel

Slate Culture Gabfest – panel

My favorite part of the show each week is a segment called “Endorsements”, where each panel member talks about a pop culture item that is bringing him or her joy in that particular week.

The Culture Gabfest website

The Culture Gabfest podcast episode

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Video | Earth – a look at the fascinating way science and art combine to create images of our home sweet home

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There’s artistry to creating the world and Rob Simmon, art director of NASA Earth Observatory, shows us how.

Video---Earth-thumbNASA’s collection of Earth-from-space imagery dates back to the Apollo 8 mission, when astronauts snapped a picture of Earth rising over the moon. Simmon and NASA scientist Gene Feldman explain how the modern “Blue Marble” images are made and how they relate to scientific study of the Earth. Video comes from those smart geeks at Science Friday.

Websites | SuTree – a knowledge community and aggregator of how-to videos

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SuTree is a great place to increase your knowledge and expertise of almost anything you can think of in an easy way

Sutree-thumbYou can use SuTree to:
1. Watch thousands of free video lessons and tutorials from all over the web.
2. Join or create video-based courses and invite people to your course
3. Meet people who share your interests: Ask, answer and get smarter…

What does SuTree mean? The name SuTree comes from the combination of the words:
Sutra (from Sanskrit) – which literally means a rope or thread that holds things together, and more metaphorically refers to a collection of knowledge in the form of a manual, and Tree – symbolizing the growth of knowledge.

Sutree site screenshot with how-to videos

Sutree site screenshot with how-to videos

Feel free to use SuTree to learn (almost) anything you wish:    Continue reading »

Recipes | Houston’s Spinach Artichoke Dip with how-to video

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This tasty recipe for Houston’s spinach artichoke dip combines spinach and artichoke hearts and mixes with cheeses and spices, served up hot with chips for dipping.

I’ve made the rounds and tried most of them, and the recipes are nearly identical. That is, except for this one. Houston’s makes their spinach dip special by using a blend of sour cream, Monterey jack cheese and Parmegiano Reggiano — the ultimate parmesan cheese photographed by G Mancuso who shoots in Los Angeles

Parmegiano Reggiano comes from Italy and is usually aged nearly twice as long as other, more common parmesan cheeses. Houston’s Artichoke Spinach Dip is a more complex spinach dip than most that you may have tried.  This appetizer has become my go to dish for large parties, and gatherings.  This recipe has multiple cheeses and a hint of garlic to make this artichoke spinach dip extra tasty.    Continue reading »