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Cult of Elizabeth Olsen: Martha Marcy May Marlene

Posted: October 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Art News, Blip, Celebrity News, Cult of Celebrity, Flick, Love and Other Drugs, Movie Review, News, Socially Engineered, That Human Condition, Verity Penfold | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Cult of Elizabeth Olsen: Martha Marcy May Marlene

Olsens latest film is the first feature film from young writer/director Sean Durkin, Martha Marcy May Marlene is certainly a stylistically assured debut, mysterious, moody, unbearably tense…

One of the benefits of a large family is that, of several children, your more likely to turn out at least one normal adult. A point in case are the Olsen sisters. Elizabeth Olsen is a commandingly lovely actress, wistful, with soulful eyes and a gracefilled figure, Elizabeth cuts a fine figure on the screen.

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Northern lights over Finland time-lapse

Posted: October 5th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Blip, Favorite New Thought . . ., Get Out of the House, Socially Engineered, Verity Penfold | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Northern lights over Finland time-lapse

It’s got to be half way through the week, doesn’t it? Fag it, it’s time for a chill, a little midweek meditation. Check this STUNNING time-lapse from those fantastic Finns at Flatlight. It was shot earlier this year in several locations throughout Finnish Lapland. Just to set the mood, temperatures can plunge as low as -50°C in the winter and the sun is not seen for days on end during the polar night (kaamos). By contrast, summer brings out the Midnight Sun and temperatures can occasionally rise to 30°C, although summer temperatures in the 10-20°C are mostly the norm. July is the warmest month. Flatlight Films has created this beautiful time-lapse montage of the aurora borealis, the time-lapse is a commercial for Visit Finland.  Lapland is the Wild North of Finland and the last refuge of Finland’s Sámi people, who subsist on reindeer herding. There isn’t too much history to see, the end of the Second World War, retreating German troops implemented a scorched earth policy to punish their Finnish allies for agreeing to peace with the Soviet Union, razed everything in their path. By the time they were done, 100,000 people had fled, 675 bridges blown up, all major roads mined and the capital Rovaniemi had only 13 houses left standing. But then, people don’t come to Lapland for the architecture, they come here for the nature. While there are no craggy mountains or fjords here, the endless pine forests and the treeless rounded fells (tunturi) poking out between them can also be breathtakingly beautiful. Throw us a pair of mittens and a sensible hat and away we go!

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Aurora Borealis in Finnish Lapland 2011 from Flatlight Films on Vimeo.

For more beautiful aurora time-lapses, see:
– The Aurora Seen From The International Space Station
– Beautiful Time-Lapse Video of an Aurora Borealis in Norway
– Time Lapse of Aurora Borealis Over Tromsø, Norway


Dutch Solve Asylum Seeker Problem!?

Posted: September 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Bipolar Blond Momentum, Socially Engineered, That Human Condition, They Said What | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Dutch Solve Asylum Seeker Problem!?

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We love the Dutch, when they’re good, they’re a heap of fun. When they’re bad though, they tend to take Bad Taste to new social lows! This is most likely the latter. Weg van Nederland – Way of the Netherlands – is a new Dutch TV quiz show  for young asylum seekers wanting to stay in Holland after having exhausted all their legal options. The winner gets  €4,000/$US5,500 for a fresh start back in his own country. Weg van Nederland screened on Dutch Television station VPRO – Vrijzinnig Protestantse Radio Omroep, or Liberal Protestant Radio Broadcasting Company – . It’s a one-off show in which five failed asylum seekers answer questions about Dutch language, culture and history, Dutch entertainers and the royal family.

The five asylum seekers are all young and well-educated. One is an aeronautical engineer from Cameroon, another is a student of Slavic languages who will be sent back to Chechnya. The show caused an immediate uproar on the internet. VPRO Editor-in-chief Frank Wiering was not initially enthusiastic when production house Skyhigh pitched the quiz show. Read the full article »»»»