Archives for: April 2008


Permalink 05:31:55 pm, by Email , 238 words   English (CA)
Categories: Hollywood Babylon, Americana, Arts And Culture

The Jimi Hendrix Sex Tape

Last week the auction featuring a newly resurfaced Marilyn Monroe sex tape was all the the talk....

....this week it's the Jimi Hendrix sex-tape that is grabbing headlines. Read on:

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vivid Entertainment is releasing a sex tape allegedly starring Jimi Hendrix. The Los Angeles-based adult entertainment company said they obtained the sex tape from a memorabilia collector.

The 11 minutes of footage, reportedly shot in a hotel room about 40 years ago, features Hendrix — or someone who looks like him — engaged in various sexual acts with two women.

The company said they consulted with experts to authenticate the footage. But Charles R. Cross, author of the Hendrix biography "Room Full of Mirrors," has seen the film and doubts the man is Hendrix.

Cross said the face and nostrils of the man depicted in the video don't match Hendrix. He also said the man in the tape is wearing more rings that Hendrix was known to wear.

"This is somebody that looks like Jimi or is pretending to look like him, but it certainly didn't look like a dead-on match to me," Cross told The Associated Press during a telephone interview Tuesday.

Hendrix, who headlined the legendary Woodstock Festival in 1969, died of a drug overdose in 1970.

Full article here

What is it with dead celebs sex-tapes lately?! It goes to show that the modern sex-tape is nothing new.....

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Permalink 12:57:37 am, by Email , 63 words   English (CA)
Categories: Canadiana, Arts And Culture, Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday - "Tuesday Edition"

Lucy Maud Montgomery, (always called "Maud" by family and friends) and publicly known as L. M. Montgomery, (1874–April 24, 1942) was a Canadian author, best known for a series of novels beginning with Anne of Green Gables, published in 1908. The above photo is self explanatory.

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Permalink 05:35:25 pm, by Email , 148 words   English (CA)
Categories: Arts And Culture, British History, Adventurers, Central & South American History

The Real Robinson Crusoe

An 1835 book inspired by Alexander Selkirk's life

Alexander Selkirk (1676-1721) was born in Largo, Scotland. He became a seaman under Capt. William Dampier. In 1704 objecting to the condition of the ship he was on , Selkirk asked to be put ashore on Mas a Tierra, a tiny deserted island in the Pacific Ocean off of S. America.

He lived completely alone on this island for four years, and four months before being returned to England. A free-lance writer Daniel Dafoe read about him, and may have met him, and in 1719 published a book based on Selkirk entitled The Life And Strange Surprising Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner.

Around 2000 an expedition led by the Japanese Daisuke Takahashi, searching for Selkirk's camp on the island, found an early 18th (or late 17th) century nautical instrument that almost certainly belonged to Selkirk.

For further reading please see Alexander Selkirk wiki entry.

Permalink 05:09:43 pm, by Email , 262 words   English (CA)
Categories: Science And Technology, Website Reviews

What is Exterminate It!

What is Exterminate It! ? That was the question I was asking myself earlier this past afternoon. Call me silly or use this statement to assist in determing my age, but whenever I hear the word exterminate..I think EX-TER-MIN-ATE, and thoughts of Daleks go swimming through my head.....

If you are not a fan of Doctor Who never mind, and just read on as this is not a Doctor Who post, it is a review of a website, which brings me back to the question what exactly is Exterminate It! ?

Exterminate It! is a spyware removal tool that works much like the Doctor's arch nemesis, and remove all that should not be on your computer from spyware, to malware, to viruses.

If you have ever had a mysterious slow down on your PC that turned out to be a computer virus than you will definitely see the value in this product. I have had a problem just this past year with a Trojan that got past my security settings, and it wreaked havoc on my system, which needed three full days worth of repair. Perhaps had I had Exterminate It! at that point in time I would have saved myself days worth of downtime, and much aggravation. >:(

If this sounds like something that might interest you, you may have a look at the site I was checking out earlier by clicking on the link within this entry. The site is easy to use, and can give you a lot more info via their FAQ, and purchasing pages.

Thank you to the sponsor.

Permalink 01:17:19 pm, by Email , 54 words   English (CA)
Categories: Science And Technology

Spamiversary - 30 Years Of Spam


Hard to believe that Spam as we all know, and loathe today actually originated 30 years ago on May 2 1978, and was sent to 393 users of ARPANET by someone from computing pioneers DEC.

Reading the archived "first spam" message and it's responses is actually very interesting...

Read more:


New Scientist



Permalink 01:04:42 pm, by Email , 165 words   English (CA)
Categories: Americana, Arts And Culture

Happy Birthday Shirley

It is hard to believe that the sweet little girl pictured above turns 80 years of age today!

Shirley Jane Temple (born April 23, 1928) is an Academy Award-winning actress most famous for being an iconic American child actor of the 1930s, who enjoyed a notable career as a diplomat as an adult. After rising to fame at the age of six with her breakthrough performance in Bright Eyes in 1934, she starred in a series of highly successful films which won her widespread public adulation and saw her become the top grossing star at the American box-office during the height of the Depression. She went on to star in films as a young adult in the 1940s. In later life, she became a United States ambassador and diplomat.

For further information please see her wiki entry, and the Shirley Temple Official fan site.

As I child I really loved her films, and she is a reminder to me of a kinder, and gentler time as an eternal child :)



Permalink 03:37:12 am, by Email , 73 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday - "Tuesday Edition"

The Great Wall of China is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Great Wall stretches over approximately 6,400 km (4,000 miles from Shanhaiguan in the east to Lop Nur in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia, but stretches to over 6,700 km (4,160 miles) in total.

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Image Credit: Wiki



Permalink 12:48:37 pm, by Email , 104 words   English (CA)
Categories: Science And Technology

John Wheeler Dies At Age 96

Legendary American physicist John Wheeler, who coined the term "black hole", helped build the first generations of US atomic bombs, and worked with some of the most fabled names in 20th century physics, has died. The famous professor passed away from pneumonia at his home in New Jersey, aged 96.

Wheeler was described by Max Tegmark of MIT, speaking to the New York Times, as having been "the last Titan, the only physics superhero still standing". As a young man, having gained his PhD in Physics at the age of 21, Wheeler argued with Einstein and collaborated with Niels Bohr on quantum theory.

Source: The Register



Permalink 11:37:16 am, by Email , 142 words   English (CA)
Categories: Hollywood Babylon, Americana, Arts And Culture

Marilyn Monroe Sex Tape Auction

"An employee of Butterfields auction house displays a copy of a model release signed by Marilyn Monore in front of one of the photographs of Monroe during a Hollywood photo shoot in 1949, in Los Angeles, March 22, 2001. A 15-minute film of Marilyn Monroe engaging in an oral sex act with an unidentified man will be kept from public view by a New York businessman who has bought it for $1.5 million, the broker of the deal said on Monday."

The times really do not change do they? I was just happy to read that the auction winner has decided not to profit off of this tape or release it to the internet.

I do have to admit I find it amazing how so many people both men, and women are so enamoured of someone who has been dead for over 40 years!

Source: Yahoo News



Permalink 12:10:06 am, by Email , 45 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday - "Tuesday Edition"

A computer-generated depiction of the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 which buried Pompeii. I was inspired to post this by last weekend's episode of Dr. Who.

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Permalink 08:54:51 am, by Email , 139 words   English (CA)
Categories: British History

Stonehenge dig

Some very interesting things are being found at the latest Stonehenge dig that is being currently conducted.

Midsummer sunrise at Stonehenge

Is it possible this ancient site was a hospital or place of healing? Read on:

Archaeologists carrying out an excavation at Stonehenge say they have broken through to a layer that may finally explain why the site was built.

The team has reached sockets that once held bluestones - smaller stones, most now missing or uprooted, which formed the site's original structure.

The researchers believe that the bluestones could reveal that Stonehenge was once a place of healing.

The dig is the first to take place at Stonehenge for more than 40 years.

You can visit the BBC for up-to-date information on this dig, including videos of some of the more interesting items that have been uncovered at the site.



Permalink 12:59:24 am, by Email , 37 words   English (CA)
Categories: Wordless Wednesday, Travel & Tourism

Wordless Wednesday - "Tuesday Edition"

"Beautiful Harbor of St. Thomas, West Indies"

Scanned from period stereoptical view card, c. 1900

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Image Credit: WIKI



Permalink 12:13:30 pm, by Email , 187 words   English (CA)
Categories: Americana

Martin Luther King Jr.

I cannot believe it has been forty years.......

"Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was one of the pivotal leaders of the American civil rights movement. King was a Baptist minister, one of the few leadership roles available to black men at the time. He became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the Montgomery Bus Boycott (1955–1956) and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (1957), serving as its first president. His efforts led to the 1963 March on Washington, where King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Here he raised public consciousness of the civil rights movement and established himself as one of the greatest orators in U.S. history. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end segregation and racial discrimination through civil disobedience and other non-violent means.

King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter in 1977."

Martin Luther King's & Coretta Scott King's tomb, located on the grounds of the King Center

Rest in peace....

Sources: Wiki

Image Credits: Wiki


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