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At noon yesterday, Whitehouse.gov was taken over by Obama's web team, and it's running on Windows ASP. How ironic that Obama's campaign site and change.gov had been running on an open source LAMP stack. Now that he's been officially sucked into the abyss of government, it's back to closed source systems. Let's hope the new tech czar shifts to OS....

It took eight years but we finally got him out ;-). In honor of Dubya, we're wishing him a fond fairwell with free streaming, downloading and burning of Horns and Halos. If only more people had seen it 4 years ago....

The survival of all those aboard Flight 1549 certainly was a miracle, but not because of an otherworldly force fating those passengers and crew to live. Rather, it was that rare and beautiful thing: a group of people unexpectedly come together and do their jobs extremely well. The pilots, the flight attendants, the ferry Crews, the EMS, the FDNY, the...

This is for all you rookie Blackberry users who can't figure out how to quickly scroll to the beginning or end of your messages. Press T to get to the top and press B to get to the bottom (this also works when you're reading an email). You're welcome....

Acclaimed forensic artist Samantha Steinberg, the subject of Miami Manhunt, was recently featured on Fox's America's Most Wanted where she created a series of age progression composites of a wanted fugitive. I'd be worried if I were that guy. Her drawings are that good....

Our two year project Broken Angel Rising, chronicling the efforts of local artist Arthur Wood and a young developer to convert his legendary sculptural edifice Broken Angel into a bunch of cool condos, has hit a wall. They've put the building up for sale. Read more about the saga at Brownstoner or watch the trailer....

I have no clue who is behind this film, but it looks incredible - and certainly dangerous. Its a doc that examines the link between a missing boy, a child prostitution ring, Boys Town, and a bunch of political bigwigs. Spooky stuff. We can't wait to see more....

Among the books Oliver Stone and screenwriter Stanley Weiser read when they were researchingW. was James Hatfield's 1999 biography Fortunate Son, which earned notoriety for making unattributed allegations that Bush had been arrested for cocaine possession in 1972 and further notoriety when its publisher, St. Martin's Press, recalled the book when it was revealed that Hatfield had done five years...

When Ned Beatty's Arthur Jensen erupts on hapless Howard Beale with his infamous diatribe on the nature of the world, we get one of the most prescient monologues ever recorded on film. It is incredible to think it was made almost 40 years ago....

Benjamin Button, a $150 million dollar production, was post-produced almost entirely within Fincher’s offices in Hollywood, using a completely tapeless digital HD workflow from camera to final output. Whether or not you liked Benjamin Button, the special effects are otherworldly. Despite the exorbitant budget, the post team used final cut pro. Read the full story at apple....

Screen and Screen Again: A Primer for Distribution Neophytes I Wake Up Screening: What to Do Once You’ve Made That Movie By Michael Galinsky If you are a filmmaker, Buy This Book! How’s that for a pull quote? John Anderson and Laura Kim have done filmmakers a big favor by writing this truly insightful guide to the very practical, and all too human,...

For a Song: How to Get the Music You Want Hey, That’s My Music! Music Supervision, Licensing, and Content Acquisition I recently read an article about Elmer Bernstein. In it he discussed writing the music for Animal House. He was confused about how to handle it, so he queried director John Landis, who told him to treat it as if the film...