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(Greek: κρυπτεία / krupteía, from κρυπτός / kruptós, “hidden, secret things”)

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Movie Review: AVATAR 3D

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AVATAR, the single word titled movie that has been much hyped for some time now. I finally broke down and saw the film today with some free tickets that we had been given. I can say now that I am somewhat happy that we didn’t pay to see the film.

Let me first start out by saying that usually any film as much hyped as this one tends to be in my book, not all that and a bag of cookies usually. This film already told me by its even crossing into “jump the shark” territory by infecting “Bones” with a whole episode surrounding getting into line to get tickets, even waiting overnight. This alone really told me that I just did not care.

It is with this in mind that I went to see the film today. It was also in my mind that I HATE 3D on average for a couple of reasons. The first one being that poorly done 3D just adds nothing and the second being that the glasses and the technology invariably give me a huge headache. In the case of AVATAR, the 3D was ok, but the technology (aka glasses etc) gave me a headache that made my viewing super fun! Maybe someday they will make corrective lenses for those terminator shades huh?

Now, onto the film proper. Here’s my twitter that pretty much sums it all up:

“Micro review AVATAR: 3D Dances With Wolves in space set to Titanic Soundtrack.”

That’s exactly what went through my head as the film was ending. There is no other way really to say it any more succinctly. It’s the story line that really just doesn’t cut it for me on this film. It’s a bit hackneyed and too derivative of an Al Gore “green planet” film than an epic fantasy. Look, if I wanted morality plays I would pick up my Aesop’s Fables and be done with it James. So no, the nearly 3 hours of film that shakes its digital fingers at humanity and the corporation doesn’t make me want to go plant a tree. Instead it made me nauseous from 3D and drippy scripting headache.

On the other side of the picture though, I will say this.

FANTASTIC CG RENDERING!

That’s what the thing should really be about. This film certainly does break ground on that account. Otherwise, lets please leave the schmaltzy ham fisted plot lines out mmmkay?

CoB

Written by Krypt3ia

2010/01/01 at 23:07

Posted in Movie Reviews

$1.1M Degas artwork stolen from museum

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MARSEILLE, France (AP) – A drawing by Impressionist Edgar Degas worth €800,000 ($1.15 million) has been stolen from an exhibit in southeast France, officials said Thursday.

The work, “Les Choristes,” (or “The Chorus Singers”), was stolen overnight from the Cantini Museum in the city of Marseille without setting off an alarm, police and judicial officials said.

A security guard discovered it was missing when opening the museum Thursday morning. The museum was closed Thursday while the theft is being investigated.

“This picture was unscrewed. It wasn’t ripped down,” Marseille state prosecutor Jacques Dallest told reporters. “That suggests at least a little bit of organization… It’s not necessarily the work of a great professional either.”

The small pastel, dominated by hues of pink, orange, red and yellow, features a group of singers on stage in varying expressions. Some have their hands extended, or over their chests. The drawing dates back to 1876-77 and is worth €800,000, France’s national museums authority said.

The famed Musee d’Orsay in Paris, known for its Impressionist works, had lent the picture to the Marseille museum for an exhibition, the officials said.

No other details were immediately available.

I recently started reading about the Gardner Heist, in fact I am almost done with the book as it is a slimmer volume. Anyway, this little heist really interests me. As you can see from this report the pastel was unscrewed from the wall and made off with. This is interesting.

This implies a few things:

1) Someone had some time to unscrew it even “if” they had a power driver

2) It’s a small work and was the only one taken (that we know of at this time) and thus really portable

3) That there is no evidence of break in implies that this theft was well planned out and likely had an inside source

Now, I don’t know what if any, alarm systems they may have had on the pastel’s frame. Usually, a system would be in place to alarm if the painting is taken from the wall but, I have found out recently that many institutions are skimping on the alarms due to today’s financial problems globally. Many museums simply cannot afford the best of the best in alarms and protection for their works.

So, someone either saw this as an easy target for some fast money or they really wanted “this” work. I am willing though, to bet that someone wanted this work in particular unless this was one of those heists where the place is closing, the guard has passed, and someone just ZIP ZIP ZIP takes it down and walks out with it.

Either way, I will keep an eye on this story. I wonder what the reward for return will be….

CoB

Written by Krypt3ia

2010/01/01 at 13:36

Posted in Art, Heists

Meet the enemy: Urgent Statment By Al-Qaida In the Arabian Peninsula

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The intertubes are alight with salutations and blathering by the Jihadists and wannabe’s lauding the FAILED attempt at blowing up flight 253. In looking through the sites I came across the english translation of the AQ in the Peninsula bulletin

Urgent Statment By Al-Qaida In the Arabian Peninsula

as well as the PDF version in Arabic

PDF Version in Arabic

It seems that these folks all consider this a win in their book even though he failed in his mission. I am assuming that the bomb maker failed here and could indeed be the same one who made the Reid bomb, but hey, if someone is that bad at it, they would not be around long I suspect.

Anyway, I began to use Maltego on some of these sites and really got a groove on with a certain new 007 on the boards..

Maltego Search

I guess someone has taken over where Irhabi 007 left off.. But, they forgot that the ol’ Irhabi 007 is in jail being traded for cigs.. So…..

Thought you all would like to see what your enemy thinks and how they think it.

Enjoy…

Oh, and I would not recommend going to the root site unless you are TOR’d Otherwise you might find some Feds on your doorstep.

CoB

Written by Krypt3ia

2010/01/01 at 00:02