In 2005, Michael Jackson declared he would never return to his beloved Neverland because he felt violated by the police searches that had taken place there after he was accused of child abuse. In 2008, the theme park and its attractions were dismantled and sold. But not before intrepid photographer Scott Haefner and his friend Jonathan Haebe hatched a plan to sneak inside and capture the abandoned grounds on camera “before it was too late.”
“I loved wandering around and photographing the rides at night,” Haefner says of the visit. “After visiting Neverland, I have a strong sense that Michael was innocent of the charges that were filed against him. I don’t have anything tangible to base my feelings on. I think he was just deeply misunderstood, unfortunately.”
I have to admit as great as Dropbox is I always loved iDisk for storing files in the cloud, and not having to keep a local copy on my end, and simply connecting when I needed to. I will be sorry to see it go.
Speaking of Gabriel Knight, this site is selling a downloadable version of my favourite game in the series for only $6! My favourite in the series, it did the whole Da Vinci Code thing long before the Da Vinci code and features Tim Curry in the lead role.
Windows only, sadly, however it’s my understanding they have been tweaked to work on modern machines (which is awesome since my original 3-CD edition was such a pain to get to run and not quit).
They also have the firsttwo games in the series, along with severalof my other favourite Sierra Online games. No Laura Bow or Freddy Pharkus sadly…
Jane Jensen, the creator of one of my favourite computer game series of all time (Gabriel Knight), has unveiled a Kickstarter project for her new game studio with her husband Robert Holmes (who composed the incredible score to the Gabriel Knight games).
I love seeing all these game creators from my child-hood having a resurgence thanks to Kickstarter.
Now if only we could get Gabriel Knight 4 made. Or the Gabriel Knight 3 Soundtrack I’ve been waiting for for ages.
On the morning of Friday, February 17, 2012, I wired my son and sent him to school. That night, when I listened to the audio my life changed forever. I heard my son being bullied by his teacher and aide. The six and a half hours of audio I had proved that my son wasn’t hitting the teacher because there was something wrong with him — he was lashing out because he was being mocked, mistreated and humiliated. His outbursts were his way of expressing that he was being emotionally hurt at school.
This is absolutely despicable. How on earth can people get away with this sort of stuff? The school should be absolutely ashamed of itself.
Not to spoil anything but it turns out anyone who uses an ounce of common sense could have solved this mystery.
It’s good to know that even if, for some unknown reason, you decided to hold a mouthful of Coca-Cola in your mouth for an entire night without swallowing your teeth would all still be intact. But at that point you really need to go see a doctor to have your head examined.
As a writer and a director, I simply don’t have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make because of the fixed and tight production schedule.
I have nothing but the utmost respect for directors who put their artistic vision ahead of box-office dollars. Similar to Alfonso Cuarón’s decision to not return after Harry Potter 3, while it may mean the sequel isn’t as good as the first, it ensure the artist vision of the director is preserved.
Ross did a fantastic job with the first film, and while I’d love to see him return, I’d rather he not have to sacrifice quality in order to pull it off.
I have to say, one of the stand-out elements of The Hunger Games was it’s music. Between the T-Bone Burnett production, the James Newton Howard score, and these obscure electronic songs it’s a beautiful, yet twisted sonic landscape.
Plus, it features m’boy Olafur Arnalds. And you cannot go wrong with him.
Even more importantly, Brin hit the nail on the head in regards to piracy, saying the industry cannot understand the simple concept that users will continue to download unauthorized content as long as it remains easier to acquire than authorized material.
“I haven’t tried it for many years but when you go on a pirate website, you choose what you like, it downloads to the device of your choice and it will just work – and then when you have to jump through all these hoops (to buy legitimate content), the walls created are disincentives for people to buy,” says Brin.”
Right or wrong the reality is people, normal people, want convenience.
For example, if I watch last night’s SNL episode on my Xbox through the Hulu app, it eats up about one gigabyte of my cap, but if I watch that same episode through the Xfinity Xbox app, it doesn’t use up my cap at all. The same device, the same IP address, the same wifi, the same internet connection, but totally different cap treatment. In what way is this neutral?
Obviously the CEO of Netflix is going to find it unfair that his network’s app counts against him, but he makes an excellent point. All or nothing. Anything less is the opposite of neutral.
According to diplomatic notes leaked last year by whistle-blower siteWikileaks, Invisible Children tipped off the Ugandan government about the location of Patrick Komakech, now under arrest for treason. Komakech had been involved in a rebel group (the PPF) seeking to overthrow the current President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni.