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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Ahh - those sweet sudden realizations that just sweep down upon us sometimes!


A few hints are required though:
the party at fault here is NOT a regular reader of this Luminous Blog - but sure could be related to one...!

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Friday, May 05, 2006

Luminous Friday Night Videos! Special Bad Day Edition

Since Videocodezone.com has screwed up so immensely that it managed to incapacitate every single playlist that I have ever put together on any site of mine...
Since they didn't have my favorite flavour of ice cream at the parlor...
Since life sucks, in general...

Here: HAVE A BAD DAY VIDEO! AD NAUSEAM!

That should MAKE YOUR DAY for THIS edition of... Luminous Friday Night Videos! Rrrrrrright...

If it plays at all, that is...



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Thursday, May 04, 2006

From luminous procrastinators to famous impostors...

The first category is certainly contemporarily represented by gentlemen such as myself (just ask the likes of Dr. Patrick Marsolais or Dr. Marc Bellemarre, if you ever meet the frankensteinish Laurel & Hardy of the medical establishment...)

The second category is most spectacularily represented by one Princess Caraboo - who could have just as easily sold you the Caramilk secret and a peek-a-boo along with some prime swampland real estate too!

Following are yet more prime examples of either category - whichever one it is, have fun telling them apart!









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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

When FAILURE is a SUCCESS...

If at first you don’t succeed … don’t try again. Turn your failure into a movie. That’s what Chris Suchorsky did. Ever since cable TV entered his home when he was four, he wanted to be a filmmaker. So he tried. He failed. He documented that failure. And he succeeded. This is his story.

Oh - what a mind-boggling concept that will have many a narrow-minded, superficial, haughtier-than-thou but never holier-than-thou (in facts) nincompoopish pretend-success in society go... "ugggggghhh - whaaaa-aat?".
Most of these types stop themselves at mere appearances.
Most of them look at someone - anyone - for two seconds and think they've figured it aaaaaaaaaaaall out.
They have not figured themselves out, in their entire lives, and they have the gall to think that they can figure out someone else in two seconds flat.
It simply has to be very lonely being as stuck up and BLIND as THAT.
But that is another story... and a mere irate introduction to this story!
Mr. Suchorsky's inventiveness made up for his shortcomings - and he turned it all around on its head that way!
Kudos to him - now, if only everyone had the chance to do as he does.
One needs the basic three ingredients to accomplish that:
1) shortcomings to overcome (we ALL have them - even the haughty nincompoops!)
2) inventiveness... originality... creativity... it helps immensely in finding ways to overcome the first ingredient! And then we need...
3) the necessary basic means to put into action the inventive solutions that we can think of! In Mr. Suchorsky's case, having "a regular 9-to-5 job as a multimedia artist" helped tremendously in the achievement of the lifelong dream of being a film director on any level really...

Maybe purchasing a Sony camcorder on sale at the local Future Shop would have gotten the ball rolling too, for the "common man" out there... But a career in multimedia is better, you will grant that.
It remains a tad bizarre to see those who have "a regular 9-to-5 job" already - a career even - wanting more... and more... and still more!
And those without anything getting stripped of what little that they do have already.
The American Dream speaks of "the pursuit of happiness" and of one's lifelong dream(s) too... of course...
The Holy Bible states it like it REALLY is... in this cold cruel world, of course:
Isaiah 19:9
Those who work with combed flax will despair, the weavers of fine linen will lose hope.
Luke 9:25
What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?
Luke 17:33
Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
John 12:25
The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
Matthew 13:12 (New International Version)
Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.
2 Corinthians 4:16
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
Hebrews 12:3
Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:5
And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: "My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you
2 John 1:8
Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.

Let it be that you all grasp the true meaning of that - specifically the last three verses there...

New International Version (NIV)
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

APIs & the viewer's -pardon, the uploader's- choice!

I was increasingly frustrated with YouTube.com's users and their ability to remove the videos that I had an interest in, usually to embed into my own sites... I am clearly NOT interested in homemade inane video material but in quality artistic material that had been uploaded onto the site for mass consumption and sharing with other users... Hence, the removal of said material -especially if it occurred AFTER I had embedded it onto any one of my sites- was leaving me exasperated indeed until I noticed that YouTube.com's rules of service actually forebid the sharing of copyrighted material... oopsy, eh?

The following trailers are, therefore, ours to partake of - for however long we can - illegally and with the near-consent of YouTube.com's administration since it is very evident to them as it is to all that this sort of material constitutes the vast majority of the video offerings - and it is, again, all that they have that I am interested in!







To top it all off, YouTube has an undeniable distinguished connection to PayPal!
We knew it already - it is such a small world!
Smaller still on the web...

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Monday, May 01, 2006

May Day

May 1st may be the day that we label as Labour Day but it is a great many things all encompassed under the rather falsely alarming appellation of May Day (which is, as we all know, only a problem if you are onboard a plane that is visibly losing both velocity and altitude...)
Among the other more... ah, shall we say (or type really)... exotic things celebrated on May Day historically were, in no particular order: "Morris dancing, crowning a May Queen, celebrating Green Man day and dancing around a Maypole"
And that is only "auld traditions" in England!
In the Açores (which we have just visited here on TLB Prime, thanks to my luminous slideshow... remember?!?) May 1st is "o dia do maio" and the "maio" in question is a sort of a scarecrow - a homemade mannequin that people leave on their porch to scare off any door-to-door salesmen... or visitors, outright!
All of that actually goes against the concept of labor - and quite sharply at times too! But that is another story...

Me, I just marvel at the fact that the Word of the Day for Monday May 1, 2006 is...
luminary \LOO-muh-nair-ee\, noun:
1. Any body that gives light, especially one of the heavenly bodies.
2. A person of eminence or brilliant achievement.

Those who came to the Pyrenees sought the sublime in the mountains and the exotic in the population, drawn by the descriptions of ethnographers and literary luminaries like Vigny, Sand, Baudelaire and Flaubert.
-- Ruth Harris, Lourdes

. . .such jazz luminaries as Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Louis Armstrong, and Earl Hines.
-- Daniel Mark Epstein, Nat King Cole

There's something comforting in those occasional lapses when a luminary lurches and trips over the humble stone his powerful torch somehow failed to reveal.
-- Brad Leithauser, "You Haven't Heard the Last of This", New York Times, August 30, 1998

Luminary derives from Latin luminare, "a window," from lumin-, lumen, "light."

Dictionary.com
Copyright © 2006, Lexico Publishing Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

Thanks, Dictionary.com!





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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Statistics Sundays - Special Edition "en 1990"


In the year of Our Lord, 1990...
Funny that I saw the local redheaded songstress sing this song from her childhood (and mine) "EN 1990" (in 1990...) on a TV show no one (outside of its target area) will ever hear of ("Belle et Bum") which featured, in considerably less importance, my own cousin, the family's own talented songstress... She couldn't possibly have gotten the spotlight for a longer, more satisfying amount of time on that evening, not with the redhead present there... but that is another story.

"EN 1990" is a little farce that has taken momentous proportions for the aforementioned redhead (laughable reasons really that reek of a worry-free existence and the trivial reminiscence of fun times gone by...) and, mostly, very grave proportions for ME and my dearest ones...
"EN 1990" was written and performed by one BUM all right - a loveable bum by the name of JEAN LELOUP. (Leloup = literally, "the wolf". Jean is also French for John; don't confuse the guy for... Jean Simmons or Jean... whatshername, from CNN! Ah yes - could it be... Wolfe?)

Here are the original, uncut lyrics:
(use Babel Fish to transcribe, if you will...)

1990
Paroles: Jean Leloup.
Musique: DiSalvio, Cochard, Desrosiers, Lalonde
4,70 € (must be what it's worth nowadays... Leloup was a mere Jacques Brel wannabe after all, back then - he retired from the spotlight for a while and then made a comeback, dropping the wolfish pseudonym...)


THE WORDS:
Mesdames et messieurs attention
Je vais vous faire une chanson
Le sujet en est ambitieux
De mon image je suis soucieux
En 1990
C'est l'heure des communications

Depuis le début de ce siècle
Nous avons vu l'apparition
Du moteur Ford à explosion
Puis de l'avion à réaction

Mais de toutes les inventions
C'est sans doute la bombe à neutrons
Qui nous laissa le plus baba
Au cours du célèbre Hiroshima
Mais 1990 devrait nous laisser tous pantois
Devrait nous laisser tous gagas

Il y a les missiles patriotes
Dirigés par ordinateur
Sony Fuji et Macintosh
Se culbutent dans les airs le rush
La guerre technologique fait rage
C'est un super méga carnage
Attention voilà les avions
Qui tirent
C'est l'heure de l'émission
En 1990
C'est l'heure de la médiatisation
En 1990
C'est l'ère de la conscientisation

Fini les temps maudits du sport
Du jogging et de la cigarette
La preuve en est nos beaux soldats
Américains qui sont là-bas
Bronzés à la vitamine d
Nourris aux fibres équilibrées
Les morts qui seront faits là-bas
Seront en bonne santé je crois (biting sarcasm - I like! :)

Les impôts du contribuable
N'ont pas été payés en vain
La preuve en est il est possible
De ne jamais rater sa cible
Si on connaît le vidéo
Si on se pratique le coco
Bientôt disponible bientôt
Koweit Irak en nintendo
En 1990 c'est l'ère de la socialisation
En 1990 c'est la démocratisation

J'en était à ces réflexions
Quand tout à coup je me sens con
Assis par terre dans le salon
Je ne fous rien je suis un con
Heureusement que ma copine
A soudain l'idée de génie
De me toucher le porte-avion
Vite fait je lui sors mon canon
Ça va chauffer oui mon amour
Je pointe mon radar à ions
En plein dans ta sortie de secours
Je vais larguer mes bombes attention (should read: "à tension")
En 1990 j'ai mis ma participation
En 1990 j'étais dans la coalition
En 1990 {2x}
Hier soir dj a sauvé mon âme avec cette chanson {2x}


Aside from the ridiculous assertion that a DJ may have saved his SOUL with this absurd tune, the beat of the song is catchy and its overall rebellious attitude sure knew how to garner the attention of most everyone...
It caught mine and I remember that it mainly ANNOYED ME...
Enough to make me commit a PARODY OF IT - which I kept in my files and searched for recently and have now retranscribed a portion of it, here, for your enjoyment...
(Again; Babel Fish!)


Ah, là là, non mais quel supplice
pêcher la merluche ou l'écrevisse
dans les eaux moribondes du St-Laurent
c'est impossible maintenant!
(BOO-HOO-HOO... HOO-HOO-HOO-HOO... SHOOT!)
En 1990
ce fût vraiment le pire supplice
les Canadiens s'sont faits plantés
et les Expos - c'est terminé!
(Hoo... hoo-hoo... hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo... HOO!)
En 1990
Je m'embarque dans une très sale affaire
à peine ai-je fermer mes paupières
que j'me r'trouve tout nu au cimetière!
(Boo! Hoo-hoo... hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo... BOO!)
En 1990
j'ai rencontré la femme de ma vie
c'est quand même pas ma faute à moi
si ELLE, elle m'a pas rencontré!
(Boo-hoo-hoo... hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo... WHO?)
Assis par terre dans l'restaurant
j'en étais à ces réflexions
quand tout à coup je me rends compte
où je me trouve - je suis dément!!!
(Boo-hoo-hoo... hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo... TRUE!)
On me jette dehors; coup de pied dans l'cul
alors que j'prépare ma revanche
machiavélique comme je suis
ça va faire mal, j'vous le garantis!
Devant la vitrine, soudainement
je dégaine mon gros bazooka
ah zut, comme de raison maintenant
mon gros canon manque de munitions!
Et me voilà jeté en prison
couvert d'injures - diffamations!
On m'traite de grossier, d'indécent
et moi, bien sûr, j'fais mon innocent!
En 1990, j'ai quand même pas fait d'la prostitution!
En 1990, je n'ai fait que d'la provocation... moi!
(LA-LA... LA-LA-LA... LA-LA-LA... LA! EN 1990!)
J'espère au moins sauver les meubles avec cette chanson! (3 FOIS -
oui monsieur!)


You will admit that it has more... ah... bite to it... eh? ;)

The tragic aspects of it all are surely not that this parody is not "a true-blue parody" - that it was made only for fun and ridicule, and not for profit... that it was only one of a bunch of Leloup songs that I parodied in much the same way... or that it was never really shown to anyone THAT MATTERED (in the music industry)...

No, the tragic aspect of it all is that, as the redheaded songstress reminisced about it AND about 1990 - even going as far as to sing some parts of it that were "acceptable" for her to sing - I was reminiscing about that lousy year too; not only realizing that it had been a pivotal year after all but also one that I had overlooked for the longest time and had never pinpointed as the "important year" that it had truly been, clearly...

Indeed, had things been done differently back then, so many deplorable events would have not ensued in the years 1991, 1992, 1993 onwards...

1990 was, statiscally, a very bad year for a lot of people too (see this link for all the gruesome details and numbers...!)

We reap what we sow, so they say...
I am reaping NOW what was sowed, by accident, EN 1990...
J'espère au moins sauver mon âme... si je ne puis sauver plus...

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