Monthly Archives: July 2009

William Ford Gibson

” The Future Is Already Here, It is Just Unevenly Distributed. “

Burton’s Alice In Wonderland Trailer | Burton’s Artwork to Debut at MOMA

{ Courtesy of Fastcompany.com }

” A European journalist at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) this morning asked filmmaker Tim Burton, “What was it like growing up in Burbank, California?”
“Have you ever seen Dante’s ‘Inferno?'” he shot back.
Actually, he said, the monotonous suburb was a boon to a kid with a fertile imagination: “It had no weather, no seasons, no culture. You had to make it up.”
What he made up is an astonishing body of work: Edward Scissorhands, Beetljuice, Mars Attacks!, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ed Wood, Sweeney Todd, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and, soon, the much anticipated Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.
Burton fans, then, will be in their glory this fall when MOMA launches the first major retrospective of Burton’s work–more than 700 drawings, paintings, storyboards, puppets, costumes, and cinematic ephemera. Some 550 pieces are from his own private collection, and thus have never been seen before.
The show will include screenings of film snippets, some from Burton’s years as an amateur–like the weird (OK, a redundant word when discussing Burton’s work) Doctor of Doom, a spoof of old time horror movies, featuring Burton himself in a starring role.
The show opens November 22 and runs through April 26, 2010. The museum will also screen Burton’s entire cinematic oeuvre–14 feature films–during the course of the show. Additionally, MOMA will feature a series of films that inspired Burton, grouped under the title “The Lurid Beauty of Monsters.” They include Frankenstien, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The Pit and the Pendulum, and Nosferatu.
Burton seemed a little awe-struck to be the center of attention in such an arty august venue, particularly given his background. “I didn’t grow up in a museum culture,” he said. “The Hollywood Wax Museum was my first exposure to a museum.”
All the more surreal, then, was MOMA director Glenn Lowry’s introduction, in which he called Burton “among the foremost auteur voices of his time,” and compared his body of work to Andy Warhol’s.
I asked Burton: What would your mother make of such a comparison? “She’d say, ‘Who was Warhol?'” “

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The 12 Most Polluted Beaches In The US…

….Just when you thought it was safe to go in the Ocean…unfortunately, all, or almost all are on the East Coast. 😦

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New Study Compares Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, & Myspace Use by Age Groups

” Marketers that are frustrated with targeting specific age groups or demographics in Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and LinkedIn could glean insight from a recent study by Anderson Analytics.
The study suggests that Twitter has become more popular than LinkedIn, more than half of U.S. consumers who tap social networks belong to more than one, and that those who belong to a social net are four times more vocal about products and services than those who don’t.

Anderson Analytics CEO Tom Anderson says the biggest surprise from the study reveals that Twitter has become more popular than LinkedIn among social network users in the United States.

Aside from posting tweets, Twitter users tend to blog frequently. In fact, more than 20% have their own blog, many of which trumpet social causes. These consumers make good evangelists for brands, he says.

Anderson’s study aims to help marketers understand the type of people who frequent each social network. For example, it debunks the myth that Facebook attracts only kids. In fact, the Anderson study suggests that the ideal age group for Facebook spans from 15 to 34, but 44% of 35- to 44-year-olds and 30% of 45- to-54-year-olds say they have profiles, too.

And while more people are experimenting on social networks, only 10% of users report having ever created a duplicate or experimental profile. More than half of social network users have associated their profiles with a brand, company or product. While much has been written about negative nature of Web 2.0 and blog posts, social network users are more likely to say positive things about brands, companies or products.

The average user logs into a social network account about four times daily, five days a week, and spends about one hour per day on the network. About 31.8% are business users; followed by 26.3%, fun seekers; 21.8%, social media mavens; and 10.1%, leisure followers.

“Baby Boomers and the World War II generation are getting on Facebook, mostly prompted by their kids or younger relatives,” Anderson says. “These folks tend to buy things online more often, as well.”

About 90% of those surveyed from the WWII generation on a social network say they use Facebook; compared with 23% on MySpace; 17%, Twitter; and 4%, LinkedIn. Females comprise 63%, compared with 37% men.

The study suggests that advertisers looking to connect through social networks will likely find consumers ages 15 to 24 on MySpace, versus 18 to 34 on Facebook, 15 to 34 on Twitter, and 18 to 44 on LinkedIn, according to Anderson.

The Anderson Analytics study tracked U.S. user behavior for 11 months. In May, the firm surveyed 5,000 users, and then conducted a 15-minute survey of more than 1,000 users and 250 non-users, age 13 and older. Users were defined as signing on to a social network within the past 30 days. “

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” Tron Legacy ” HD Trailer

Great HD trailer from “Tron Legacy”, due in theaters in 2010.

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Iron Man 2 Blasts Into Comic-Con, Badder Than Ever

” SAN DIEGO — How do you top a movie that took a lesser character from the Marvel Comics universe and turned him into the most badass big-screen superhero to date? That’s the dilemma faced by Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau, whose 2008 movie turned Robert Downey Jr. into billionaire playboy Tony Stark, the man inside the Iron Man armor.

Favreau’s strategy: Bring in more top-shelf actors to play a handful of new characters, and bring kick-ass footage to show at Comic-Con International in an attempt to wow the world’s biggest fans for a second time. “

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Apple’s Much-anticipated Tablet Device Coming Early Next Year

{ Appleinsider.com }

” Exclusive: After four years of meticulous developmental riddled with setbacks, Apple is now racing toward an early 2010 launch of a device that may see the electronics maker redefine the portable computing market for the second time in twice as many years. “

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