Sunday, March 30, 2008

Earliest recorded human voice

Some sound recordings have been discovered that are among the first ever made.

French inventor Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville produced phonautograms made by connecting a funnel to a stylus, which traced a series of squiggly lines onto a cylinder of paper covered in lampblack.

Scott had wanted to study the patterns of lines, not to play back the recordings. But because of the invention of software designed to play fragile records without touching them, we now can hear the earliest recording of a human voice, made on 9 April 1860.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Give me censorship or give me death!

Dutch politician Geert Wilders wants to ban the Koran in Holland, because he says it encourages violent acts. He registered the domain to host a video clip in support of his opinion.

Fearing the very thing Wilders referenced, domain registrar Network Solutions blocked all access to the site before the clip was posted.

So, because certain Muslims are likely to boil over into foaming-at-the-mouth demonstrations of their reptilian appetite for fire and blood, an act of intellectual violence was committed against Wilders in favor of a Lloyd-Georgian act of appeasement towards that ignoble product of the Dark Ages.

Islam looks into the mirror and blames the mirror for what it sees.

Saturday, March 22, 2008


Barack Obama gave a first-rate speech in which he analyzed the current state of race relations in America. He did what very few other politicians would have done: he spoke to us as grown-ups.

Meanwhile, on the other end of the scale, we have the state of Black Cinema. The New York Daily News reports, "Tyler Perry's 'Meet The Browns' is a bit of a letdown". No kiddin'?

What is it about the fetish of black comedians donning the guise of fat women? Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, and Tyler Perry have all done so in the past few years. Clowns.

If it's not such hilarious fare, then it's gritty urban violent hip-hop gang-banger movies or "be somebody" competition films where there's a showdown dance-off, drum-off, skate-off or the like.

Can we have a movie made by a black director and/or black stars that isn't primarily about Blackness? Forest Whitaker can't do everything...

Sunday, March 09, 2008

It's 3 AM: Do you know where your stock footage is?

Casey Knowles was a featured extra in a 1999 Burlington Northern Railroad TV spot.

Getty Images now owns the footage, which has been used in a Hillary Clinton campaign ad (known as the "red phone" ad, even though the phone Hillary answers is white):

Sleeping cutie...

Casey, who turns 18 on April 18, was surprised to see herself on TV when she watched a spoof of the ad on "The Daily Show." a beauty

Too bad for Hillary that Casey is not only an Obama supporter, but also worked actively for the Obama campaign in Washington State, where she served as a precinct captain.

Irony: not only delicious, but potentially star-making.