Wednesday, August 15, 2007

3rd Quadrant 8/20 '07

Week of August 20, 2007

Tudor City PL & 42nd Scene
The Bourne Ultimatum

(Spoiler Alert) Jason Bourne sent the following text message to Pamela Landy (Joan Allen), who was trying to help Bourne.

Tudor City PL & 42nd
Ten minutes
Come alone

The text message was interrupted by the corrupt CIA official Noah Vosen (David Strathairn), and the rest of the CIA who were violently trying to capture Bourne. Almost the entire CIA staff rushed to Tudor City to detain Bourne. Bourne called Vosen at Tudor City PL, and they had the following conversation:
Bourne: “You didn’t actually think I was coming to Tudor City did you?”

Vosen: “No I guess not. Look if it’s me you want to talk to perhaps we can arrange a meeting?”

Bourne: “Where are you now?”

Vosen: “I’m sitting in my office.”

Bourne: “I doubt that.”

Vosen: “Why would you doubt that?”

Bourne: “If you were in your office right now we would be having this conversation face-to-face.”

After Vosen, and the other CIA staff left for Tudor City, Bourne entered the building and confiscated the documents from Vosen’s safe, that lead to his freedom, and Vosen’s conviction.

Minesweeper The Movie

From the game’s Wikipedia page - Minesweeper is a single-player computer game. The object of the game is to clear an abstract minefield without detonating a mine. The most well-known version comes bundled with later versions of Microsoft Windows. The game's origins can be traced back to a paper-based gambling game in the 1950s, and as a computer game called Cube from 1973.

The game screen consists of a field of squares. Each square can be uncovered, by clicking on it. If a square that contains a mine is clicked, the game is over. If the square does not contain a mine, one of two things can happen: (1) A number appears indicating the number of adjacent squares containing mines, or (2) no number appears; in which case the game automatically clears those squares adjacent to the empty square (since they cannot contain mines).

Minesweeper The Movie

Queens-Native and Mets’ Fan

Matt Murphy

Gothamist relates that Matt Murphy, a 22 year-old Queens-native and Mets’ fan, was on a one-day layover to Australia when he bought a ticket from a scalper to the Giants’ game in San Francisco. While wearing a Mets' jersey and t-shirt, Matt caught or grabbed Barry Bond’s 756th career home run ball, which gave Bonds the Major League home run record surpassing Hank Aaron. Murphy came out of the pile bloodied, and high-fiving fans, after putting the ball into his shorts. He was escorted out of the bleachers by members of the San Francisco Police Department. Estimates for the ball are between $400,000-500,000.

LonelyGirl15 2006-2007

(Spoiler Alert)
AOL News reports that, “After more than a year and 260 episodes, 16-year old Bree, the main character on the Web drama "LonelyGirl15," was killed off Friday at the hands of the religious cult that had chased her for the life-giving qualities of her rare blood type.

In her last appearance on the popular and influential Web show, Bree, portrayed by Jessica Lee Rose, lies lifeless on a table while her blood is transfused into one of the cult's elders. The monotone of her flat-lining heart pierces the silence as her devastated friends watch from a distance.

But her death was not in vain! Setting the show up for its second season, Bree reveals in a post-mortem voice mail that the cult, "The Order," is pursuing other girls with the same blood properties.

The Season One finale played out in 12 videos posted over a 12-hour period exclusively on MySpaceTV and the "LonelyGirl15" Web site.”

Season One Recap

Beyoncé @ MSG

The Times opines of Beyoncé, “She’s the woman with everything: the voice, the moves, the songs, the ideas and the clothes.” The Times review of her concert goes on to say that, “The two-hour set was a brilliant pop extravaganza that kept the songs at its center…she was in constant motion, strutting in costumes (most of them silvery), from miniskirts to formal dresses, flesh-toned bodysuit to bikini to negligee. The set was full of minithemes: bee references (as in B for Beyoncé), homages to predecessors like James Brown and Donna Summer, reminders about Beyoncé’s celebrity and her fashion tie-ins. It revolved around her star presence. When she wasn’t thanking her fans, she was demanding louder sing-alongs. Along the way the concert was a showcase for her consistently expanding music, from the kinetic dance beats of songs like “Get Me Bodied” to dramatic ballads like “Flaws and All” ..."


The band's Wikipedia page relates that Robert Forster and Grant McLennan formed the indie rock band The Go-Betweens in Australia in 1977. Forster and McLennan eventually pursued solo careers in the ‘90s, but reformed The Go-Betweens in 2000. The band officially ended in 2006 with the death of McLennan.

The Sydney Morning Herald in its review of “Intermission” states that after the remastered reissues of the original Go-Betweens albums, which were released last year, comes an attractively packaged set of what could reasonably be called the pick of the solo years. In keeping with the Go-Betweens' tradition of equal time, both men have a disc with 13 tracks. In these selections, however, it is amusing and maybe comforting to realize that although the albums were recorded in London, Brisbane, Sydney, Athens, Georgia, Melbourne and Berlin, the songs remained distinctively Forster and McLennan, with all their strengths and weaknesses.

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