Have you played Second Life lately? I go back to it every few months just to see how things have changed. The depth and open-ended nature of the game is endlessly amusing to me. You can do, in the game, pretty much anything you can imagine. Go jet skiing, build an airship, fly the airship to a party, launch fireworks, go to Home Depot, start a business.
Even more amazing: I hear that there are people who have very successful in-game businesses who then make use of the currency exchanges that convert in-game money (called "Linden") back into $USD and actually can make a RL (Real Life) living through their Second Life business. Makes my head explode. Anyways, the game is hilarious and it is free to try, I highly recommend checking it out.
The Children of the Corn Subsidies: The May 10, 2006 episode of Radio Open Source featured a discussion about the federal corn subsidies in this country and how this country revolves around corn, whether we realize it or not. We are being force-fed corn products in every possible form… corn is in everything from Coca-Cola (sweetened with "High Fructose Corn Syrup") to gasoline (supplemented with corn-derived ethanol).
Is the world ready for the humorously-named, yet darkly fascinating MyDeathSpace.com?
Willie Nelson uses biodiesel, you should too.
Movie trailers that you obviously need to watch:
Once in a Lifetime
Once in a Lifetime is a documentary film that tells the story of the New York Cosmos soccer team. From the trailer site:
In the midst of blackouts, riots, the Son of Sam serial killer scare and the dawn of Studio 54, came an entirely unexpected moment of inspiration: the rise of the New York Cosmos, Americas first great soccer team, and its larger-than-life superstar, Pele. But swept up in a careening path of glory, glamour, debauchery and controversy, the Cosmos themselves imploded.
12 and Holding
12 and Holding is an independent feature and it will knock your independent socks off. From the site:
Explores the complexities of children losing their innocence and adults struggling to guide them. In the suburbs of America, three close knit 12-year-olds ñ introverted Jacob (Conor Donovan), precocious Malee (Zoe Weizenbaum) and vulnerable Leonard (Jesse Camacho) — start down the path of self-discovery.
Three Times looks like a fine foreign film. Let's go see it.
Three different time periods – 1966, 1911, 2005, three stories and the same actor and actress, Shu Qi and Chang Chen, play out the two lead roles, evoking a sentimental tale of three reincarnations of an unfinished love.
I Am A Sex Addict
Sketches of Frank Gehry
This documentary directed by Sydney Pollack journeys into the mind of the winner of the 1989 Pritzker Prize and architect of such awe inspiring structures as the Guggenheim Bilbao (Bilbao, Spain), Experience Music Project (Seattle, WA), Stata Center (Cambridge, MA) and Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, CA).
Director Sydney Pollack’s first feature length documentary on the acclaimed architect, Frank O. Gehry. The two men have been friends for many years, and Pollack completed the film over a period of five years, starting in 2000. Frank Gehry loves to sketch; it is the beginning of his architectural process.
Paris je t'aime
18 segments filmed by 18 different directors (including Bruno Podalydes, Wes Craven, Alexander Payne, and the Coen Bros.) to satiate your little French taste buds. A pretty sweet film that screened at Cannes and you would have to be pretty sweet to even know about it. Which I am, and now I'm telling you about it.
Who killed the electric car?
Who killed the electric car? is a new documentary directed by Chris Paine.
It was among the fastest, most efficient production cars ever built. It ran on electricity, produced no emissions and catapulted American technology to the forefront of the automotive industry. The lucky few who drove it never wanted to give it up. So why did General Motors crush its fleet of EV1 electric vehicles in the Arizona desert?
Thanks to UrbanTiki for the great photo of D-Town.