Monthly Archives: February 2007

Academy Award Predictions

The Oscars are now less than a week away.

Let’s see how far I can extend my record of being extraordinarily lousy at predictions:
I’ve only seen six movies up for an award, so these aren’t based on any real knowledge.

I was naturally torn on a few where I am certainly rooting for a particular film to win; but since I am quite lousy with predictions, do I really want to say that I predict them to win? I decided I couldn’t predict against a film I was rooting for.

1 Best Actor
a – Leonardo DiCaprio, Blood Diamond
b – Ryan Gosling, Half Nelson
c – Peter O’Toole, Venus
d – Will Smith, The Pursuit of Happyness
e – Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland

2 Best Supporting Actor
a – Alan Arkin, Little Miss Sunshine (seen)
b – Jackie Earle Haley, Little Children
c – Djimon Hounsou, Blood Diamond
d – Eddie Murphy, Dreamgirls
e – Mark Wahlberg, The Departed

3 Best Actress
a – Penelope Cruz, Volver
b – Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal
c – Helen Mirren, The Queen
d – Meryl Streep, The Devil Wears Prada
e – Kate Winslet, Little Children

4 Best Supporting Actress
a – Adriana Barazza, Babel
b – Cate Blanchett, Notes on a Scandal
c – Abigal Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine
d – Jennifer Hudson, Dreamgirls
e – Rinko Kikuchi, Babel

5 Best Picture
a – Babel
b – The Departed
c – Letters From Iwo Jima
d – Little Miss Sunshine
e – The Queen

6 Best Director
a – Alejando Inaritu, Babel
b – Martin Scorsese, The Departed
c – Clint Eastwood, Letters From Iwo Jima
d – Stephen Frears, The Queen
e – Paul Greengrass, United 93

7 Best Foreign Film
a – After the Wedding, Denmark
b – Days of Glory, Algeria
c – The Lives of Others, Germany
d – Pan’s Labyrinth, Mexico
e – Water, Canada

8 Best Animated Film of the Year
a – Cars (seen)
b – Happy Feet
c – Monster House

9 Achievement in Art Direction
a – Dreamgirls
b – The Good Shepherd
c – Pan’s Labyrinth
d – Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest (seen)
e – The Prestige

10 Achievement in Cinematography
a – The Black Dahlia
b – Children of Men
c – The Illusionist
d – Pan’s Labyrinth
e – The Prestige

11 Achievement in Costume Design
a – Curse of the Golden Flowers
b – The Devil Wears Prada
c – Dreamgirls
d – Marie Antoinette
e – The Queen

12 Best Documentary
a – Deliver Us from Evil
b – An Inconvenient Truth
c – Iraq in Fragments
d – Jesus Camp
e – My Country, My Country

13 Best Documentary Short
a – The Blood of Yingzhou District
b – Recycled Life
c – Rehearsing A Dream
d – Two Hands

14 Achievement in Film Editing
a – Babel
b – Blood Diamond
c – Children of Men
d – The Departed
e – United 93

15 Achievement in Makeup
a – Apocalypto
b – Click
c – Pan’s Labyrinth

16 Best Original Score
a – Babel
b – The Good German
c – Notes On A Scandal
d – Pan’s Labyrinth
e – The Queen

17 Best Original Song
a – “I Need to Wake Up” An Inconvenient Truth
b – “Listen” Dreamgirls
c – “Love You I Do” – Dreamgirls
d – “Our Town” Cars
e – “Patience” Dreamgirls

18 Best Animated Short
a – The Danish Poet
b – Lifted
c – The Little Matchgirl
d – Maestro
e – No Time For Nuts

19 Best Live Action Short
a – Binta and the Great Idea
b – One Too Many
c – Helmer & Son
d – The Saviour
e – West Bank Story (seen)

20 Achievement in Sound Editing
a – Apocalypto
b – Blood Diamond
c – Flags of Our Fathers
d – Letters from Iwo Jima
e – Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest

21 Achievement in Sound Mixing
a – Apocalypto
b – Blood Diamond
c – Dreamgirls
d – Flags of Our Fathers
e – Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest

22 Best Visual Effects
a – Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest
b – Poseidon
c – Superman Returns (seen)

23 Best Adapted Screenplay
a – Borat (seen)
b – Children of Men
c – The Departed
d – Little Children
e – Notes on a Scandal

24 Best Original Screenplay
a – Babel
b – Letters From Iwo Jima
c – Little Miss Sunshine
d – Pan’s Labyrinth
e – The Queen

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מס’ המקומות מוגבל

להבטחת מקומך בסדנא ל ח ץ כ א ן

I wish I knew what more of it meant. Maybe it’s about Cialis. Maybe it’s a bank account scam. Maybe they’re offering me a piece of the Lost Ark of the Covenant.

The first word means ‘Peace” or in this context “greetings”‘ That’s about as far as I can get with it.

The Norton grape

As someone who has visited many vineyards in Missouri*, I was quite familiar with the taste of the Norton grape this past weekend when my parents opened a bottle they had been given as a gift. They had never heard about the Norton, and were impressed with the taste. (This particular Norton came from Mount Pleasant Winery)

However, I’ve never been one to focus strongly on a grape’s history, or trying to define the taste beyond whether or not I like it. For example, I had no idea it was declared the “state grape” back in 2003.

Varietal Description

Norton | Cynthiana
Your history is crazy, even a little wild. You first surfaced in the state of Virginia as Mr. Norton, a man with a regal character. Proudly American, but respected in Europe where they flattered you as the “best of all nations”. Then we met you in Missouri, posing as a demure and elegant lady, impressing with subtle charm. The locals knew you as Miss Cynthiana, their ‘Cabernet of the Ozarks’. As it turns out you were a little mad, for Mr. Norton and Miss Cynthiana, you are one in the same! You’ve been diagnosed with a split personality affliction.

A more serious and indepth look at the history of the Norton grape

Sauce Magazine article on our official state grape.

Although the fruit has many fawning admirers, they cannot agree on what to call it. In the late 1800s, a grape discovered in Arkansas was given the name Cynthiana. It was sent to vintners in Hermann, who deemed it a separate species from Norton, which was already under cultivation at the time. Today, many people still swear that Norton and Cynthiana are different. In 1992, to settle the dispute, Bruce Reisch of Cornell University took samples of the two grapes from 10 local vineyards. DNA analysis revealed the study specimens to be genetically identical. Still, both names persist, a fact acknowledged by the Missouri state government in calling the grape “Norton/Cynthiana.”

darn scientists

*(I’ve visited between 15 and 20 of the wineries in that list)

I don’t want to sound pushy…

But if you happen to be in the market for a Canon 16.7MP digital camera…you know the one that costs somewhere around $6700? If you happen to be thinking about purchasing that, and were thinking of purchasing it from Amazon…

I’ve added an electronics section to my Amazon Store. You don’t get a discount by starting there, but you don’t pay any extra either, and you make me very happy.

(There’s a 7.1 MP camera selling for $380 in my store too. But I would really prefer that you buy the other one. If I can get five people to do this, I can buy myself a new computer. It will take a lot more people buying the 7.1 MP camera.)

I’ve also got some IMacs, IBooks, and IPods in that store too. However, they put a cap on the referral fees for computers. Not that I object to that, but there’s no cap on the cameras. (except, of course, the lens cap)

I also have some software. Some wonderful software. Like Final Cut Studio and Apple Logic Pro. I’ve never used either, but I’m sure they’re great!

I don’t want to sound pushy…

But if you happen to be in the market for a Canon 16.7MP digital camera…you know the one that costs somewhere around $6700? If you happen to be thinking about purchasing that, and were thinking of purchasing it from Amazon…

I’ve added an electronics section to my Amazon Store. You don’t get a discount by starting there, but you don’t pay any extra either, and you make me very happy.

(There’s a 7.1 MP camera selling for $380 in my store too. But I would really prefer that you buy the other one. If I can get five people to do this, I can buy myself a new computer. It will take a lot more people buying the 7.1 MP camera.)

I’ve also got some IMacs, IBooks, and IPods in that store too. However, they put a cap on the referral fees for computers. Not that I object to that, but there’s no cap on the cameras. (except, of course, the lens cap)

I also have some software. Some wonderful software. Like Final Cut Studio and Apple Logic Pro. I’ve never used either, but I’m sure they’re great!