Friday, August 15, 2003

Vaqueros: The First Cowboys of the Open Range

Vaqueros: The First Cowboys of the Open Range

Jonathan Haeber
National Geographic News
August 15, 2003

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"As to the Spanish stock of our Southwest, it is certain to me that we do not begin to appreciate the splendor and sterling value of its race element. Who knows but that element, like the course of some subterranean river, dripping invisibly for a hundred or two years, is now to emerge in broadest flow and permanent action?"—Walt Whitman

Open Range, directed by Kevin Costner, opens in theaters today. The movie sheds light on the life of the cowboy, after what critics consider an 11-year drought in the genre of Western movies.

Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Cinematography Meets Geography in Montmartre

Cinematography Meets Geography in Montmartre: "HIS is the period of pilgrimage in Paris to familiar shrines like the Eiffel Tower (newly garlanded with 20,000 blinking lights) and the Louvre (with an annual summer amusement park in the Tuileries Garden next door). Then there are newer shrines, like a cafe and a greengrocer in the shadow of Montmartre, all because of a mischievous but do-good 23-year-old film heroine named Amélie Poulain."

Wired News: Luxury Loo: The Seat Also Rises

Wired News: Luxury Loo: The Seat Also RisesToto's Jasmin model toilet seat offers a massage feature, dual-action spray, a heated seat and "gentle aerated front and rear warm water cleansing feature activated by a convenient remote control," according to the company. The SoftClose seat is made of antibacterial plastic and eliminates annoying "toilet seat slam."