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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

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Studio: Sony Pictures Classics 
Director: Terry Gilliam 
Screenwriter: Terry GilliamCharles McKeown 
Starring: Heath LedgerChristopher PlummerTom WaitsLily ColeAndrew GarfieldVerne TroyerJohnny DeppColin FarrellJude Law 
Genre: Drama, Fantasy 
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for violent images, some sensuality, language and smoking) 
Official Website: SonyClassics.com/TheImaginariumofDoctorParnassus 
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Movie Poster: One-Sheet | UK Poster 
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Plot Summary: "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" is a fantastical morality tale, set in the present day. It tells the story of Dr Parnassus and his extraordinary ’Imaginarium’, a traveling show where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom. Blessed with the extraordinary gift of guiding the imaginations of others, Dr Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. Long ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr Nick, in which he won immortality. Many centuries later, on meeting his one true love, Dr Parnassus made another deal with the devil, trading his immortality for youth, on condition that when his first-born reached its 16th birthday he or she would become the property of Mr Nick.

Valentina is now rapidly approaching this ’coming of age’ milestone and Dr Parnassus is desperate to protect her from her impending fate. Mr Nick arrives to collect but, always keen to make a bet, renegotiates the wager. Now the winner of Valentina will be determined by whoever seduces the first five souls. Enlisting a series of wild, comical and compelling characters in his journey, Dr Parnassus promises his daughter’s hand in marriage to the man that helps him win. In this captivating, explosive and wonderfully imaginative race against time, Dr Parnassus must fight to save his daughter in a never-ending landscape of surreal obstacles - and undo the mistakes of his past once and for all. 

Happy Earthday 2010

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Kyleigh woke me up this morning with "Happy EARTH DAY!" and a song about earth. It was pretty cool actually, even though it was 6am. So to honour that childhood enthusiasm, we are going to assemble the Visual Lizard BEST of Earthday right here.

The Official Earth Day Site

Head on over to http://www.earthday.org/ and jump in. They have several initiatives going on right now. Post your Act of Green on their homepage, sign the responsible climate declaration, and check out the Earth Day 2010 campaign.

Sustainable Sushi Pocket Guide

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We eat a bit of sushi around here. This is a supper handy guide we use to try and keep our sushi habit as green as possible. Thanks Earth Defense Fund!

Urban Forest Map

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This site is an awesome idea that is starting to happen. While not directly an Earth Day initiative, the site is attempting to map every tree in San Francisco. Every single tree! The best part about the site is that it is user driven and leans heavily on Google Maps to do handle the heavy lifting. Hopefully their beta opens to the public soon and we can start mapping our awesome urban forest here in Winnipeg.

40 Years of Earth Day Posters

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What a great look back in time. Awesome.

Do your part for the planet. It is the only one we have.

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Plot Summary: "Avatar," a live action film with a new generation of special effects, takes us to a spectacular world beyond imagination, where a reluctant hero embarks on a journey of redemption and discovery as he leads an epic battle to save a civilization. James Cameron, the Oscar-winning director of "Titanic," first conceived the film years ago, when the means to realize his vision did not yet exist. Now, after four years of actual production work, "Avatar" delivers a fully immersive cinematic experience of a new kind, where the revolutionary technology invented to make the film disappears into the emotion of the characters and the sweep of the story.

The story’s hero is Jake Sully, a former Marine confined to a wheelchair. Bitter and disillusioned, he’s still a warrior at heart. All Jake ever wanted was something worth fighting for, and he finds it in the place he least expected: on a distant world. Jake has been recruited to join an expedition to the moon Pandora, which corporate interests are strip-mining for a mineral worth $20 million per kilogram on Earth. To facilitate their work, the humans use a link system that projects a person’s consciousness into a hybrid of humans and Pandora’s indigenous humanoids, the Na’vi. This human-Na’vi hybrid – a fully living, breathing body that resembles the Na’vi but possesses the individual human’s thoughts, feelings and personality – is known as an "avatar."

In his new avatar form, Jake can once again walk. His mission is to interact with and infiltrate the Na’vi with the hope of enlisting their help – or at least their acquiescence – in mining the ore. A beautiful Na’vi female, Neytiri, saves Jake’s life, albeit reluctantly, because even in his avatar body, Jake represents to her the human encroachment on the Na’vi’s unspoiled world.

As Jake’s relationship with Neytiri deepens, along with his respect for the Na’vi, he faces the ultimate test as he leads an epic conflict that will decide nothing less than the fate of an entire world. 

Fieldnotes, Evernote and Scanning in Written Words

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Packet of Sunshine I freely admit that I have an unhealthy addiction to FieldNotes notebooks. Something about them makes me feel smarter when I use them. Maybe it is the fact that I fill up pages so quickly because of the small size? At any rate, I now have a rather large collection of filled notebooks. The problem with taking notes on paper, is that I have found it really hard to search via Spotlight and find anything I have written down. Damn analog vs digital.

Additionally, I’ve been hot and cold on Evernote for a couple of years now. The entire concept of dumping everything into one bucket and then searching over it seemed so alien to me after 12 years of keeping thousands of folders, with nested files, all neatly organized.

It was only with QuickSilver, and then later Spotlight in OS X 10.6, that I realized how much time I was spending organizing stuff on my computer. I was wasting time just filing things. Spotlight’s running indexes work well enough to let me forget about my need to file things.

However, I still have the problem of not being able to search paper. All those thoughts written down and immediately forgotten. Then a few days or weeks later someone calls and you know you had some information written down someplace, but where? A little googling turned up a few posts about sending notes to Evernote and leaning on the OCR abilities there.

Here are the steps I followed:

  1. Fill up a notebook and hook up the scanner.
  2. Create a scan folder for your files. I went with FN-VolNumber as the parent folder.
  3. Open up Automator and follow Ken’s automator evernote write up on making an automated task.Thanks Ken!
  4. Scan in your pages with a suitable naming convention. I went with FN-VolNum-pgNum
    TIP: Make sure to include 0 before all the single digit spreads.
  5. Rinse and repeat as often as needed.

That is it. Evernote’s OCR is working on indexing several notebooks as you read this. Results have been hit and miss with my hand writing, but if you remember to print really important bits, the OCR works well.

Of note: handwriting is important; printing works better than cursive; pen ink wins over pencil grey; images are being captured as high quality JPGs with 150dpi resolution; I’m on the free Evernote account for now; having the Evernote iPhone app means my FieldNotes are always with me.

Posted dug up by Google that helped with the writing of this post:

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With partial support of HTML5 in modern browsers more and more web developers are introducing it in their projects. To experience some of the ’tasty’ features of HTML5 open interactive HTML5 presentation in your browser. The presentation is best viewed in Chrome.