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Sharbat Gula photos

Of all fantastic National Geographic photos, the most memorable to me is that of Sharbat Gula, the green-eyed Afghan refugee girl.

The same photographer returned 18-years-later to find Sharbat, now a wife & mother. The Photographs: Books


World Fantasy Convention 2008 in Calgary

No, you cannot yet buy your tickets.

Cowgary unexpectedly won the bid November 6th. My brother Randy was as surprised as anyone — and he was the man pitching cowtown.

You see Calgary had just finished hosting a very successful Western North American Science Fiction & Fantasy conference: Westercon 2005 – Due North!

Enthusiasts from that event decided to make a bid for the Worlds, last minute. And they won.

You can countdown the days on the World Fantasy website.

Favourite tunes of late

<img Natasha Bedingfield photoI tend to listen to a few songs, old and new, over and over.

The best of the new songs over last 6 months are rap / hip-hop — the most innovative genre right now.

Kayne West – Gold Digger
Natasha Bedingfield – These Words (I love you, I love you)
50 Cent – Hate it or Love it (G Unit remix)

Of the three, only Gold Digger has a video I would bother watching more than once. It is fantastic. I find most music videos lame. Why are there not more interesting videos in 2005?

I should put in a good word for alternative Canadian supergroup, Our Lady Peace. Their new song Where are you is great. Interesting video too.

TV You’ll Want To Pay For

Rick’s opinion: TV is ripe for a fall. We pay $50 a month or more for a service which with we are generally dissatisfied.

Apple’s Steve Jobs personally reinvented the music industry with iTunes. The winners are recording artists & the fans. The losers are the middlemen.

I don’t think Apple will reinvent the television industry. But they will be remembered as the company who first alerted the general public.

TV You’ll Want To Pay For – How $2 downloads can revive network television. By Ivan Askwith

Dead Like Me – TV show

Friends in Saskatoon turned me on to a quirky, philosophical show about grim reapers. The central character is Georgia, an 18-year-old killed by a toilet seat falling from space.

Shot in Vancouver, it was excellent.

Was because the show was cancelled after the second season. The series is dead though still in reruns and available on DVD.

It’s too bad good things must end.

official website for the TV show Dead Like me