Hollywood Cowardice: George Clooney Explains Why Sony Stood Alone In North Korean Cyberterror Attack

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Hollywood Cowardice: George Clooney Explains Why Sony Stood Alone In North Korean Cyberterror Attack

Originally posted on Deadline:

EXCLUSIVE: As it begins to dawn on everyone in Hollywood the reality that Sony Pictures was the victim of a cyberterrorist act perpetrated by a hostile foreign nation on American soil, questions will be asked about how and why it happened, ending with Sony cancelling the theatrical release of the satirical comedy The Interview because of its depiction of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. One of those issues will be this: Why didn’t anybody speak out while Sony Pictures chiefs Amy Pascal and Michael Lynton were embarrassed by emails served up by the media, bolstering the credibility of hackers for when they attached as a cover letter to Lynton’s emails a threat to blow up theaters if The Interview was released?

George Clooney has the answer. The most powerful people in Hollywood were so fearful to place themselves in the cross hairs of hackers that they all refused to…

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Short Story: Jane’s Christmas Shoes

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Originally posted on Poetic Parfait:

Red Shoes and Christmas with Jane

Red heels and Jane. Photo: Helen Harrop, (CC BY-SA 4.0), via Flickr

Jane’s Christmas Shoes

Christmas time was coming soon. Jane was only seven years old, but she felt like a big girl. She stood in her mom’s red High heeled shoes that she found in the closet at home and walked around with them on her feet. She nearly tripped doing that last week, and her dad giggled along with her as he caught her in his arms.

“Your mom doesn’t even wear those Red shoes anymore,” he said to her, “so you can have them, Jane.”

How Jane loved those high heeled shoes. She wore them around the house, snuck them In her backpack to wear at school and even kept them under her blanket with her when she went to bed each night.

Then, last week, on the car ride home from school, Jane…

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Poem – Casabianca

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Poem – Casabianca

Originally posted on The Happy Lifeaholic:

This is my favorite poem followed by some parodies of it-

CASABIANCA by Felicia Dorothea Hemans.

The boy stood on the burning deck 
Whence all but he had fled; 
The flame that lit the battle’s wreck 
Shone round him o’er the dead. 
Yet beautiful and bright he stood, 
As born to rule the storm; 
A creature of heroic blood, 
A proud, though childlike form. 

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The flames roll’d on…he would not go 
Without his father’s word; 
That father, faint in death below, 
His voice no longer heard. 

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He call’d aloud…”Say, father,say 
If yet my task is done!” 
He knew not that the chieftain lay 
Unconscious of his son. 

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“Speak, father!” once again he cried 
“If I may yet be gone!” 
And but the booming shots replied, 
And fast the flames roll’d on. 

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Upon his brow he felt their breath, 
And in his waving hair, 
And looked from…

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Awards Time and Neat People

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Originally posted on Poetic Parfait:

Real Neat Blog Award

Bring on the Award Show! Thanks, Jez!

Hello real neat people and welcome to the awards show! Hehe :)

I was pleased yesterday to follow-up on my blog comments. Thanks everyone, I love reading what you write to me! Included in the updates was a lovely note from blogger / poet / awesome Jez Farmer. I am honored to be the recipient of the Real Neat Blog Award, given to me from Jez! Thank you so much. Knowing that my blog is well received by this wonderful writer is humbling. You can find Jez at The Boy Poet.

The ‘rules’ of The Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you don’t have time; or don’t accept awards)

  1. Put the award logo on your blog.
  2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
  3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their…

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World of Windows: A Poem

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Originally posted on Poetic Parfait:

Woman looking out window without glass

Do you see beyond? Here is a window that holds no glass. Photo by Leonardo Aguiar from São Paulo, Brazil (Sugar Cane Farm House Window Thoughts) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

World of Windows

I slept
(One or four times)
In a world of windows
That held no glass.

I reached
Through the windows
To touch his left arm,
Her right hand,
Your collarbone.

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I already use Facebook and Twitter. Why do I need Google+?

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What are some things that Google+ will give me that Facebook (and Twitter) won't? Is Google + a "new thing" or simply a different way of doing the same thing? – What type of contacts, information, content would I have access to with Google + that I don't have with Facebook or Twitter today? Like, I'm in StumbleUpon – gives me something that Facebook or Twitter don't.  I'm in Quora, gives me something specialized (Q&A) that's better than what Facebook does… but what is "the thing" about Google +?  I just don't get it.

I already use Facebook and Twitter. Why do I need Google+?

‘Back To The Future II’s Art Director Tells Us How They Developed The Film’s Somewhat Misguided Predictions

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‘Back To The Future II’s Art Director Tells Us How They Developed The Film’s Somewhat Misguided Predictions

Originally posted on UPROXX:

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We have been waiting for 2015 since 1989, when Back to the Future Part II revealed to the world great expectations of our future. With 2015 just a month away, anticipation for a new year is at an all time high. In under a year will we have hoverboards? Canisters of fruit that can be called down from a ceiling? Houses that say, “Welcome home Jennifer”? Possibly.

I spoke with John Bell, the visual effects art director of the film, about BTTF’s predictions for the future that is now the present. Bell, who works for Industrial Light Magic, designed many aspects of our future, from the hoverboard to the nostalgic eatery — Cafe ’80s. When Bell was asked to work on the film, the producers, he said, presented it to him as such: “We don’t have a script. All we know is they go 30 years in the…

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