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« Reply #165 on: Jul 20th, 2010, 08:05am »

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July 19, 2010
Sam Raimi lassoes Wyatt Earp for film set in future

Western hero Wyatt Earp is getting the sci-fi treatment via Sam Raimi.
Raimi is attached to direct “Earp: Saints for Sinners,” an adaptation of a Radical graphic novel that Mandeville Films partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing for DreamWorks.

Matt Cirulnick will write the script for the project, on which Radical president Barry Levine and Josh Donen, Raimi’s partner at Star Road Entertainment, also are producers.

The film and graphic novel re-imagines Earp — best known for the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, where he fought alongside his two brothers and compadre Doc Holliday — set in a future in which he takes on outlaws in a ravaged society where the only boomtown left is Las Vegas.

The comic was created by Cirulnick and Mandeville exec David Manpearl. M. Zachary Sherman wrote it with Cirulnick, with illustrations by Mack Chater and Martin Montiel. Radical plans on unveiling the project Thursday during its Comic-Con panel.

Manpearl, Cirulnick and Radical’s Jesse Berger are executive producing, and DreamWorks’ Mark Sourian and Jonathan Elrich will oversee.

Raimi, repped by CAA, next directs “Oz, the Great and Powerful,” a prequel of sorts of “The Wizard of Oz,” for Disney.

Mandeville last year produced “The Proposal” and is in preproduction on Disney’s new Muppets movie starring Jason Segel.

Radical has been on a roll leading up to Comic-Con, making a deal with Sam Worthington’s new production company to publish “Damaged” with an eye to bringing it to the big screen. The company additionally is developing “The Patriots,” also with Worthington.

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« Reply #166 on: Jul 20th, 2010, 08:07am »

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That was an interesting read Crystal, thank you for sharing. smiley

Its not the first time I have read that people think that Bigfoot could be interdimensional, but I wonder. The Australian aboriginals speak of them as normal... and there are old news articles about the early settlers seeing them, and that the bigfoot threw rocks at them on some occasions.

I am wondering about the Sabor Toothed Tiger.... very interesting. A ghost or was it the dimensions overlapping for a few moments?

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« Reply #167 on: Jul 20th, 2010, 08:16am »

on Jul 20th, 2010, 08:07am, Luvey wrote:
Phantoms and Monsters

That was an interesting read Crystal, thank you for sharing. smiley

Its not the first time I have read that people think that Bigfoot could be interdimensional, but I wonder. The Australian aboriginals speak of them as normal... and there are old news articles about the early settlers seeing them, and that the bigfoot threw rocks at them on some occasions.

I am wondering about the Sabor Toothed Tiger.... very interesting. A ghost or was it the dimensions overlapping for a few moments?

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Good morning Luvey,
It was a fascinating read. I wonder too if it's a sort of "drifting" event, from one dimension accidently into another?
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« Reply #168 on: Jul 20th, 2010, 08:18am »

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July 20, 1969: One Small Step … One Giant Leap …
By Tony Long July 20, 2009 | 12:00 am | Categories: 20th century, Space Exploration

1969: The Soviet Union was first to land a spacecraft on the moon, in 1959, but NASA’s Neil Armstrong becomes the first human to set foot on the lunar surface, realizing humanity’s age-old dream. And effectively winning the space race for the United States.

Armstrong and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin left the Apollo 11 command module (piloted by Michael Collins) in orbit and performed a landing in the lunar module Eagle. At 4:18 p.m. EDT, Armstrong announced to a watching and waiting world that “The Eagle has landed.”

Six-and-a-half hours later, he stepped onto the powdery surface with the words, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Aldrin soon followed Armstrong down the ladder to become the second man to stand on the moon.

The mission was by no means a slam dunk. There was real fear that once on the lunar surface the astronauts might end up marooned and beyond rescue. In fact, President Nixon had a condolence speech ready to go in the event things turned out badly.

Things went as planned, however, and Armstrong and Aldrin returned to the command module, leaving behind a plaque inscribed with the words: “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon, July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.”

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« Reply #169 on: Jul 20th, 2010, 08:37am »

on Jul 20th, 2010, 08:16am, WingsofCrystal wrote:
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It was a fascinating read. I wonder too if it's a sort of "drifting" event, from one dimension accidently into another?
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Good morning to you Crystal... grin I am in Australia so its night time here... 12 hours ahead of the US..

There has been many strange things that people have reported seeing that are not supposed to be here according to science. wink One day science may catch up. cheesy

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« Reply #170 on: Jul 20th, 2010, 10:17am »

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« Reply #171 on: Jul 20th, 2010, 12:16pm »

on Jul 20th, 2010, 08:37am, Luvey wrote:
Good morning to you Crystal... grin I am in Australia so its night time here... 12 hours ahead of the US..

There has been many strange things that people have reported seeing that are not supposed to be here according to science. wink One day science may catch up. cheesy

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Hey Pen,
I was raised in Arizona and there were all sorts of strange things going on that we all just kind of accepted. Part of the place we all thought. Fascinating how people interpret and integrate these "wispy" occurances.

and call me a dolt but I still haven't found the spell check on this set-up. Everything else but not the spell check. I know there is one................ tongue
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« Reply #172 on: Jul 20th, 2010, 12:20pm »

on Jul 20th, 2010, 10:17am, Swamprat wrote:
WEAR YOUR SEATBELT!

This powerful UK ad has over 10 million hits on Youtube.....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-8PBx7isoM


Swamprat!!!! Howdy!
That will make you think twice. If I don't wear my seatbelt I feel strange.
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« Reply #173 on: Jul 20th, 2010, 12:22pm »

Modern computers rely on electrons moving through wires to transmit information, which is far, far slower than the fast-as-light optics we theoretically could be using. And now we've found the exotic material that might allow us to leave electrons behind.

Electrons may be the lifeblood of computer communications, but they have a dirty little secret: they're actually pretty damn slow. Scientists and engineers would like to switch to entirely optical communications, which could, naturally enough, travel at the speed of light. The current target is known as "wireless interconnecting", in which information is communicated at speeds 100 to 1,000 times faster than is possible with current electronic technology.

The main hurdle isn't transmitting the data from one point to another - it's creating a receiver that can understand the information as fast as it's sent. Since the only signal processing we currently understand is electronic in nature, it doesn't matter how fast the optical communications are because all that fast-moving data will come screeching to a halt when it reaches its destination. But if we can find a way to build optical emitters and detectors, then we'd enter an age of computers capable of terahertz speeds. For comparison, modern computers top out at just a few gigahertz, a thousandth of what might be possible with fully optical computing.

That's where a tiny, nanoscale device made from the compound gallium aresenide comes into the picture. A research team from Oregon State University, the University of Iowa and Germany's Philipps University have discovered these little devices can handle terahertz pulses for very short stretches, allowing them to process and control electrical signals in a semiconductor.

That means they're fast enough to do the job of optical computing, and now it's just a question of refining them so that they can handle the task for longer periods. They also need to figure out how to make the stuff work at higher temperatures - the experiments were performed inside the super-coolant liquid helium, which isn't really a practical casing for the average computer user.

Still, the researchers feel cautiously confident they've created what they call "the first building block of optical signal processing." There are a lot of potential applications for this, including in video and audio devices that could make use of the greater speeds optical communications provide. But the real next step will be putting terahertz processors to work in quantum computers, which would need to be phenomenally fast anyway. Gallium arsenide might just be exactly what's required.

Solid State Electronics: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6TY5-5091YDD-4&_user=10&_coverDate=06/12/2010&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=e0314e315f85e5e5b4bf2848b4f3145a

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« Reply #174 on: Jul 20th, 2010, 3:25pm »

Good morning, Crystal. smiley



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Hey Phil and DrDil,

It is nice to have a members thread section. If I had a way to serve coffee I would. grin And thanks for those photos DrDil. They are striking. I would wonder, then run, if I saw them overhead around here. Anytime you want to post anything feel free. The more the merrier.

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« Reply #175 on: Jul 20th, 2010, 4:27pm »

What's it all about? Makes you think. grin
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« Reply #176 on: Jul 20th, 2010, 7:33pm »

Knucklebuster. Gorgeous! 1930 Henderson
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About a week ago I posted the pic above and it seems to have excited quite a number of people across the internets, so here’s a few more pics and some info.

I took these photos at the Rhinebeck Grand National Meet where the newly restored bike was unveiled. The bike belongs to Frank Westfall from Syracuse, NY. According to some info I found online, the bike was originally built by O. Ray Courtney in 1936 and is based on a 1930 K.J Henderson. The bike is powered by inline four cylinder (not a scooter as some have said, check the shot of the motor below) and as I’m sure you can gather by now, is a one-off custom. What I can confirm is it does run and while it looked a bit unwieldy, Frank could be seen riding the bike around the Fairgrounds all weekend. But let’s be honest here (and maybe I’m wrong) - you don’t have this bike in your stable to go out for a long Sunday afternoon ride to get some ice cream. That said, it was pretty awesome to see the bike being ridden (even when rain started to come down) instead of being sheltered behind a velvet rope, never to see the rubber touch asphalt again. The bike is a fantastic piece of history, the craftsmanship is absolutely stunning and it’s surely more of a museum piece than a daily rider. Frank has obviously spent an incredible amount of time meticulously restoring and rebuilding the bike to its current gorgeous state. Hats off to Frank for the amazing work he did and for sharing it with all us gawkers. Frank, if you see this and want to send in more info about the bike, I’d love to share it.
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on Jul 20th, 2010, 12:16pm, WingsofCrystal wrote:
Hey Pen,
I was raised in Arizona and there were all sorts of strange things going on that we all just kind of accepted. Part of the place we all thought. Fascinating how people interpret and integrate these "wispy" occurances.

and call me a dolt but I still haven't found the spell check on this set-up. Everything else but not the spell check. I know there is one................ tongue
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Hi Crystal

After traveling a number of times to the US, there is definitely lots of paranormal things happening there. You may have read my last experience there that happened a few weeks back of the shadow being in the car park at the Red Roof Motel in Ashville, NC.

I use Mozilla Firefox that comes with a spell checker amongst many other goodies.... I had so many problems with Explorer I got rid of it. If there is a spell checker on CB DrDil would know.... grin

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« Reply #178 on: Jul 21st, 2010, 07:42am »

Good morning/evening Pen,
OH! Please tell me about the shadow person!
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New York Times

July 21, 2010
U.S. to Enact More Sanctions Against North Korea
By MARK LANDLER and ELISABETH BUMILLER

SEOUL, South Korea — The Obama administration announced Wednesday it will impose further economic sanctions against North Korea, throwing legal weight behind a choreographed show of pressure on the North that included an unusual joint visit to the demilitarized zone by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

The measures, announced here by Mrs. Clinton after high-level talks with South Korean officials, take aim at counterfeiting, money laundering, and other dealings which she said the North Korean regime uses to generate hard currency to pay off cronies and cling to power.

While the United States already sanctions North Korea as heavily as any country in the world, American officials insisted the new measures would further tighten the financial vise around the isolated North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-il, who is believed to be in declining health.

The unilateral American action came two months after an international inquiry found that a North Korean torpedo sank a South Korean warship, killing 46 sailors. The North’s bellicose behavior, analysts say, reflects a deepening power struggle inside the country. But the United States has struggled to build consensus about how harshly to confront the regime.

While the United Nations Security Council voted to condemn the sinking of the warship, it did not name North Korea as the culprit because of resistance from China, the North’s neighbor and most important ally.

Mrs. Clinton demanded that Pyongyang take responsibility for the attack, saying it would continue to be a pariah until it did so. She ruled out any negotiations with the North Korean government until it agreed to relinquish its nuclear weapons. And she said that the United States would expand and stiffen its sanctions to “target their leadership, target their assets.”

“These measures are not directed at the people of North Korea, who have suffered for too long due to the misguided and maligned priorities of their government,” Mrs. Clinton said at a news conference, flanked by Mr. Gates and South Korea’s defense and foreign ministers. “They are directed at the destabilizing, illicit, and provocative policies pursued by that government.”

Her announcement punctuated a visit rich in symbols of American diplomacy and military might, organized to mark the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. On Tuesday, the United States and South Korea confirmed they would stage large-scale military exercises in the seas off Japan and the Korean peninsula, as a show of deterrence against the North.

Then, on Wednesday, Mr. Gates and Mrs. Clinton traveled Panmunjom, in the demilitarized zone, where they clambered up an observation post in a gloomy drizzle to peer into the North. Later, as the pair toured a small building that straddles the military demarcation line between North and South, a North Korean soldier glared at them through a window.

Neither acknowledged the soldier, though afterward, the two stood before a phalanx of cameras, under the gaze of guards from the North Korean side, to proclaim solidarity with South Korea.

“It is stunning how little has changed up there and yet how much South Korea continues to grow and prosper,” Mr. Gates said, noting that this was his third visit to the demilitarized zone — the first being in the early 1990’s when he was the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

It was Mrs. Clinton’s first visit, and she said she was struck by the narrow strip of land separating the two sides. “Although it may be a thin line,” she said, “these two places are worlds apart.”

The administration’s show of solidarity with South Korea has complicated ties with China. In addition to its balkiness at the United Nations, Beijing has objected to the joint naval exercises, which have frayed an already-tense relationship between the militaries of China and the United States. Earlier this year, Beijing brusquely canceled a planned visit by Mr. Gates.

“I remain open to rebuilding and strengthening military-to-military dialogue between United States and China,” Mr. Gates said. But he added, “We are obviously concerned by some of the things China has said, some of the things China is doing in the military arena; they are worrying.”

Administration officials would not give specifics on the planned sanctions against North Korea, though they said the steps would mainly build on those already put in place by the Treasury Department or enshrined in the latest Security Council resolution against North Korea.

Mrs. Clinton the United States would designate North Korean companies and individuals involved in weapons proliferation and other illicit activity. As an example, American officials cited the trade in counterfeit cigarettes. The sanctions would also target liquor, exotic food, and other luxury goods, which Pyongyang uses in a vast system of patronage. And they will target North Korean officials who use diplomatic privilege to cloak their dealings.

In the coming days, Mrs. Clinton said she would dispatch her special advisor on nonproliferation and arms control, Robert J. Einhorn, to discuss the sanctions with countries in Asia. Since no legitimate American banks do business with the North, the effectiveness of the measures will depend heavily on getting banks in other countries to shun North Korea.

Given the North’s profound isolation, some analysts question how much more damage sanctions can do.

The strategy of aiming sanctions at the country’s elite is similar to the latest United Nations sanctions against Iran, which place special emphasis on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. A previous effort to punish politically-connected North Koreans, by freezing the assets of a Macao-based bank, Banco Delta Asia, where many of them had accounts, proved quite successful, analysts said.

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