ringlunatic: (Gorillaz!Jamie/Damon)
Yesterday was the weirdest Queensday I've ever celebrated. I went with a bunch of friends to Amsterdam, to soak up the sun, dance to awful music and drink a bit too much.

While walking around in Amsterdam we suddenly heard the rumour that there had been an assassination attempt on our queen. Nobody believed it. Cause, you know, our queen. It just seemed insane and silly.

But was actually really true.

We slowly started to hear more details, but it all appeared to be not so serious. So we went on, got to the concert, and danced like idiots. (Come on, the return of 2Unlimited. How hilarious is that? Plus, DJ Tiësto, who is about the only dj I like when I'm in the right mood!)

Anyway. Got home. Turned on the telly, and it suddenly wasn't so funny anymore. Those poor people :(

But I still have pics. Just to show how Queensday in Amsterdam is. )
ringlunatic: (Controversial)
ETA: Apparently it's all Meta-trolling and nothing else. Well done to the trolls!

ETA2: Or maybe not? I give up.

RP [livejournal.com profile] morganmuffle: RP [livejournal.com profile] moony: (Hai there, Twitter speak)

This is in the process of exploding all over the internet, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Amazon thinks you should be protected from certain books.

Another link to several blog posts on the subject.

Bottom line: If a book contains erotica, GLBT, feminist or non-standard sexuality, its sales rank has been pulled by Amazon to "protect" their user base from "adult content." This isn't limited to actual sex scenes in the book; some books are being stripped of their rank simply because they contain mention of alternate sexuality, sex in general, or feature a gay character. It also not limited to fiction, as several non-fiction books, biographies and memoirs have been affected as well.

Titles stripped of their sales rankings include "Bastard Out of Carolina," "Lady Chatterly's Lover," prominent romance novels, GLBTQ fiction novels, YA books, and narratives about gay people.

Also affected: Heather Has Two Mommies (yes, because that's 'adult' content, right thurr), and Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws, because SUICIDE PREVENTION IS OBSCENE WHAT.

Additionally: Dan Savage, Quentin Crisp, Randy Shilts, biographies of Oscar Wilde and Harvey Milk, Stephen Fry's memoir, and Brokeback Mountain.

A complete list of books affected can be found here.

From that post:

If you want to protest to Amazon direct, this is their email addy: connect-help@amazon.com
Other ways to get in touch with them: http://clicheideas.com/amazon.htm

Or write to their CEO:
Jeffrey Bezos. (total annual compensation $81k - irrelevant but interesting). The address is 1200 12th Avenue South, Seattle, Washington 98144-2734, United States Phone: 206-266-1000 Fax: 206-622-2405

Googlebomb link: http://www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com/amazonrank/

Petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/in-protest-at-amazons-new-adult-policy

Spread the word. Use the hashtag #amazonfail on Twitter
ringlunatic: (Sinfest!hug)
Today is Obama day.

He's such a fascinating person. It's amazing to see how he can inspire with his actions and his words so many people all over the world. I remember that the day after the election really everybody was happy and pleased. Even at the other side of the ocean: time, place or nationality didn't seem to matter.

Today is another day like that. Whatever he's going to do, at least he made most of the world really happy for two days already.

ETA: Best thing ever y/y?

ringlunatic: (Radiohead!Thom Yorke)
Grammys are lame, aren't they?

Also, why does the news mention that Lil Wayne has 8 nominations, Coldplay 7 (WTF? Their album really wasn't that good), Kayne West/Ne-Yo(Who??)/Jay-z have 6 and then forget to mention that Radiohead has SEVEN (plus bonus!Jonny Greenwood) nominations as well? WTF, news? Isn't Radiohead "cool" enough for them?

Also, I have a ticket for Coldplay in September next year. Because I'm an idiot (and they are really good live).
ringlunatic: (Star Trek)
I'm ridiculously excited about the upcoming Star Trek movie, and it doesn't even look that good. But I'm rewatching the old series and the new trailer has one of the best things ever that I put behind a cut to avoid spoiling anyone who doesn't want to be spoiled )

Did I mention yet that SIMON PEGG is in it as well??? *g*

And something completely unrelated to Star Trek (although there will be a comic as well): this is absolutely ridiculous. They could arrest me as well then, cause I'm sure there is some wrong stuff to be found in my comic collection...
ringlunatic: (Controversial)
I don't care everybody and it's grandmother has already posted this, I think it's beautiful and true, so I post it as well.

Keith Olbermann on Prop 8

ringlunatic: (Art!DaVinci was a Trekkie)
Looking at beautiful art can act as a painkiller

Beauty is truth, the English romantic poet John Keats once wrote, but according to the latest scientific research it is also a painkiller.

Looking at a beautiful piece of art has long been said to have the power to heal emotional wounds but the new research also claims it offers a distraction from physical pain.

The research carried out by the University of Bari in Italy could help vindicate hospitals who are accused of wasting money on art and decor as it suggests a pleasant environment helps patients overcome discomfort and pain.

A team headed by Professor Marina de Tommaso at the Neurophysiopathology Pain Unit asked a group of men and women to pick the 20 paintings they considered most ugly and most beautiful from a selection of 300 works by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli.

They were then asked to contemplate either the beautiful paintings, or the ugly painting, or a blank panel while the team zapped a short laser pulse at their hand, creating a sensation as if they had been pricked by a pin.

The subjects rated the pain as being a third less intense while they were viewing the beautiful paintings, compared with when contemplating the ugly paintings or the blank panel.

Electrodes measuring the brain's electrical activity also confirmed a reduced response to the pain when the subject looked at beautiful paintings.

While distractions, such as music, are known to reduce pain in hospital patients, Prof de Tommaso says this is the first result to show that beauty plays a part.

The findings, reported in New Scientist, also go a long way to show that beautiful surroundings could aid the healing process.

"Hospitals have been designed to be functional, but we think that their aesthetic aspects should be taken into account too," said the neurologist who published her findings in the paper Aesthetic Value of Paintings (And) Affects on Pain Thresholds.

"Beauty obviously offers a distraction that ugly paintings do not. But at least there is no suggestion that ugly surroundings make the pain worse.

"I think these results show that more research is needed into the how a beautiful environment can alleviate suffering."

The 12 volunteers, six female and six male, were picked randomly from the student body at the university and were aged between 22 and 38. They were asked to choose their favourite paintings from the website http://wwar.com/artists/.

Pictures they liked included Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh and Botticellis Birth of Venus. Pictures they found ugly included works by Pablo Picasso, the Italian 20th century artist Antonio Bueno and Columbian Fernando Botero.

One of the problems with the study for those wishing to reduce pain is the subjective nature of beauty.

Edvard Munch's The Scream was deemed by some people as beautiful.

"These people were not art experts so some of the pictures they found ugly would be considered masterpieces by the art world," said Prof de Tommaso.


Interesting. I only can't understand why people would find Picasso (okay, maybe depending on the work. I know lots of people don't really like the really abstract stuff), Bueno and Botero's work ugly.
ringlunatic: (Tom Waits)
Floyd founder Wright dies at 65

Pink Floyd keyboard player and founder member Richard Wright has died aged 65 from cancer.

Wright appeared on the group's first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, in 1967 alongside lead guitarist Syd Barrett, Roger Waters and Nick Mason.

Dave Gilmour joined the band at the start of 1968 while Barrett left the group shortly afterwards.

Wright penned songs on classic albums including The Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here.

His spokesman said: "The family of Richard Wright, founder member of Pink Floyd, announce with great sadness that Richard died today after a short struggle with cancer.

"The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this difficult time."

He did not say what form of cancer the self-taught keyboard player and pianist had.

Live 8

Wright, a founder member of The Pink Floyd Sound - and other previous incarnations including Sigma 6 - met Waters and Mason at architecture school.

Pink Floyd achieved legendary status with albums including 1973's The Dark Side Of The Moon, which stayed in the US album chart for more than a decade.

Wright, known as Rick earlier in his career, wrote The Great Gig In The Sky and Us And Them from the album.

Waters left the band in 1981, performing his last concert at London's Earls Court.

Wright, together with Gilmour and Mason, continued to record and tour as Pink Floyd during the remainder of the 1980s and into the 1990s, releasing their last studio album - The Division Bell - in 1994.

In 2005, the full band reunited - for the first time in 24 years - for the Live 8 concert in London's Hyde Park.


ringlunatic: (Michael Stipe (REM))
Michael Stipe = sex on legs.

Again, tomorrow more (also Radiohead report).

Also, Colombia hostage Betancourt freed YAY THIS!
ringlunatic: (H2G2!Thursdays)
I'm sort of amused that after all the panic, the hype, the ZOMG THE MUSLIMS ARE GOING TO KILL US!!1!!11 and the attention, the only thing we've got is a badly made 16 minute "movie" made on something probably like Windows Media Whatever that uses age old clips, children (cause the innocent always work good in stuff like this) and vague imagery.

Question: Was all the panic and attention worth this?
Answer: No. If he would have just thrown it online without all this hype, some people wouldn't have slept for a day, the papers would have talked about it for two days and 'people who know' appeared on telly for a couple of hours and that would have been it. Now we have been stuck with MONTHS of random bullshit about nothing, whatsoever.

I'm kinda amused.

As for the other news: tomorrow is going to be hell. I haven't really found a solution for the exam + study day + concept = *brain dead*-thing, beside just delaying the concept until Saturday and zone out on most of the study day.
ringlunatic: (xkcd!Penises)
Wilders vindt de islam geen 'gewone' godsdienst maar een politieke ideologie die als doel werelddominantie en de invoering van de islamitische wet sharia heeft. Als het westen niet opkomt voor zijn vrijheid, staat het volgens hem de verdere groei van de islamitische ideologie toe.

Het is toch heerlijk om te zien hoe zwak dat argument is. Alsof het Christendom ooit ook niet geprobeerd heeft om de hele wereld in hem (haar?) te laten geloven! Daar hoef je toch echt geen ingewikkelde kennis voor te hebben om dat te weten. Wat een idioot. Waarom neemt men hem in godsnaam ZO serieus? Dit soort mensen moet je gewoon negeren.
ringlunatic: (Fashion!bird)
That "Heath Ledger being dead" thing is a hoax, right? RIGHT? Cause dude.

ETA - Okay. Apparently not. That's so sad, I have no words really. :(

I'm in shock.


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