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Congress Tries to Censor the Internet!

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Write to your Congressman: http://fightforthefuture.org/pipa/

An explanation by Philip DeFranco

 http://youtu.be/82dIKa70DXU?t=4m20

Director Darren Aronofsky makes Anti-Meth PSA’s

Director Darren Aronofsky most popularly know for making “Requiem for a Dream”, the scariest drug movie ever, has made 4 Anti-Meth PSA’s. They are well directed and really get the message across. Warning, some of these are graphic.

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Review: Margin Call

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I got a chance to watch an early screening of this movie and I thought the writing and acting was pheonominal. I was also very impressed by the rookie director J. C. Chandor, overall a great movie and very real diptiction of what Wall Street really is. Below is a review by Jonathan Crow that I really agree with.

Review by Jonathan Crow

The new movie “Margin Call,” which opens in select cities today, centers on a 24-hour period in a Lehman Brothers-like firm that finds itself on the wrong side of some very bad investments. First time writer-director J. C. Chandor could have made an overblown movie a la Oliver Stone, with clear good guys and villains squaring off in dramatic monologues against the backdrop of Hamptons mansions and private jets. Instead, Chandor, who is the son of a Wall Street stockbroker, offers a much quieter, and, one surmises, realistic, take. The film takes place in the sterile halls and boardrooms of a Manhattan office building. The conversations are tense and hushed. No one is an overt villain, with one exception: Everyone approaches the crisis, which could be ruinous to millions, with a completely amoral logic.

Also if you don’t wanna go to the theaters to watch this you can rent it now on YouTube: CLICK HERE!

 

Review: Little Mosque on the Prairie

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Today my professor made us watch Little Mosque on the Prairie. There are far to many things wrong with this show for me to let it go. In the past I have seen characters use the word Allahu Akbar as a greeting on 24. I have seen characters in the 3rd Rambo use inshAllah as a greeting but one mistake is tolerable, the amount of mistakes this show makes is not. Below is a list of things they got wrong, hope they read this, because if your gonna produce a TV show  I would hope that you would have the budget to hire a real life Muslim to advise you on whats realistic and whats nonsense.

  • The Imam in the show says Salam like my Mom
  • Trying to see the moon out of a telescope
  • The Imam is the most clean shaven guy I haven ever seen
  • The guy leading Salah has THE WORST TAJWEED IN THE WORLD!
  • The Imam can’t pronounce the word Imam
  • Why is there a redneck community in Canada?
  • Not all muslims hate American Idol
  • Muslim communities are more diverse than Caucasian and Nigerian
  • Women in the community don’t openly hit on the Imam
  • Last time I checked Rayyan is a guys name
  • When someone walks into the masjid mid salah the whole congregation doesn’t turn around and look

I can go on and on about this show but I don’t wanna spend that much time on it and I don’t wanna watch anymore of it to find mistakes. The only thing I could find that was accurate was that they couldn’t afford to pay the Imam.

Canon 1D X: The New Most Epic DSLR Ever

There are a lot of reasons the 1D X might be the most ridiculous DSLR ever made, but the numbers seem like a good place to start. A full-frame 18-megapixel sensor with the biggest pixels ever in a Canon DSLR. ISO 204,800. 12fps RAW shooting. 61-point autofocus. Three DIGIC image processors. One gigabit ethernet port.

There’s a lot here, so I hope you’re sitting somewhere comfortable.

Read the rest here at Gizmodo

 

 

L.A. Vlog Series

A series of vlogs I shot during my trip to L.A. last weekend. Featuring IOK, Shaykh Nooman Baig, Imam Zaid Shakir, Imam Tahir Anwar, and others.

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Nominated Best Media Blog!

Jazaks to all the readers and watchers for nominating me in the Best Media Blog Category, I really appreciate all the support! To submit your vote visit brasscrescent.org Also remeber to click the confirm link in the email to verify your vote.

 

Also please take a minute to vote for my friends over at Muslim Strategic Initiative, I have worked on some projects with them and they’re doing amazing work addressing issues that nobody talks about.

Steve Jobs Tribute

A cool tribute video for Steve Jobs made by Pantless Knights

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MysteryGuitarMan: Beat It – Michael Jackson with MadPad

Awesome video made by Joe Penna aka MysteryGuitarMan. Loop musical video made with the iPad app MadPad

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Bullet Time

A behind the scenes look and discussion with John Gaeta, Visual Effects Supervisor for The Matrix(1999) about Bullet Time, a form of cinematography that uses a large number of still camera’s all capturing at the same time in a 360 motion around the subject.

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Here is a commercial for Rip Curl made by Timeslice Films using the same method.

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They explain their shoot in this video.

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This video shows how even 10 years later the visual effects that were used in the Matrix were grounding breaking and revolutionary.