Seen Elsewhere : Loubna écope d’une amende / Le Monde

POLITICS, SOCIETY

Elle aura finalement échappé aux 40 coups de fouets, elle aura réussi son pari médiatique, mais est-ce suffisant pour faire changer la condition de la femme au Soudan ?
Loubna Ahmed Al-Hussein écope finalement d’une amende pour avoir porté un pantalon au restaurant. Elle avait renoncé à son immunité diplomatique afin d’être jugée comme n’importe quelle Soudanaise. Une leçon de courage.

Plus d’infos ici

Seen elsewhere : hot on Wiki in 2009 / Telegraph

SOCIETY, TREND

Thanks Perez Hilton, I came across that article on the Telegraph Website, about the 50 most-viewed Wikipedia articles in 2009.
Below is the complete top. People mostly wiki countries, movies, celebrities, important political events, and sex of course.

1) Wiki (131,383 page hits per day)
2) The Beatles (111,896)
3) Michael Jackson (79,734)
4) Favicon.ico (78,077)
5) YouTube (72,318)
6) Wikipedia (52,542)
7) Barack Obama (49,401)
8 ) Deaths in 2009 (48,758)
9) United States (46,545)
10) Facebook (42,679)
11) Current events portal [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Current_events] (40,962)
12) World War II (29,736)
13) Twitter (28,511)
14) Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (28,395)
15) Slumdog Millionaire (26,755)
16) Lil Wayne (26,210)
17) Adolf Hitler (25,481)
18) India (25,380)
19) Transformers 2 (24,842)
20) Scrubs (TV series) (24,758)
21) Sex (24,754)
22) Rihanna (24,670)
23) United Kingdom (24,300)
24) Abraham Lincoln (23,743)
25) Heroes (TV series) (23,569)
26) Watchmen (film) (23,544)
27) Lady GaGa (23,376)
28) Star Trek (film) (22,990)
29) 2009 Swine Flu outbreak (22,968)
30) Featured content portal (22,829)
31) Megan Fox (22,573)
32) Naruto (22,573)
33) Australia (22,544)
34) Canada (22,437)
35) World War I (22,307)
36) Vagina (22,295)
37) List of House episodes (21,950)
38) Japan (21,797)
39) Martin Luther King Jr (21,786)
40) Miley Cyrus (21,724)
41) Robert Pattinson (21,515)
42) Deadpool (comics) (21,264)
43) Twilight (2008 film) (21,158)
44) Windows 7 (21,018)
45) House (TV series) (20,882)
46) Terminator Salvation (20,743)
47) Kristen Stewart (20,538)
48) Internet Movie Database (20,422)
49) 2012 (20,347)
50) X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Complete article here.

MJ death confirmed – Now pay tribute and dance

ART, CINEMA, FASHION, MUSIC, PEOPLE, SOCIETY, TREND


Painting by Hector Monroy

How sad…
And now begins a Michael Jackson songs marathon…

I WANT YOU BACK – 1970 (THE JACKSON FIVE)

ABC – 1970 (THE JACKSON FIVE)

I’LL BE THERE – 1070 (THE JACKSON FIVE)

BEN – 1972

BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE – 1978 (THE JACKSON FIVE)

ROCK WITH YOU – 1979

DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH – 1979

CAN YOU FEEL IT – 1980 (THE JACKSON FIVE)

BILLIE JEAN – 1982

THRILLER – 1982

BEAT IT – 1982

MICHAEL JACKSON’S FIRST MOONWALK – 1983

WE ARE THE WORLD – 1985 (CO-WRITTEN WITH LIONEL RICHIE)

BAD – 1987

THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL – 1987

MAN IN THE MIRROR – 1987

LIBERIAN GIRL – 1987

SMOOTH CRIMINAL – 1987

HEAL THE WORLD – 1991

IN THE CLOSET – 1991

REMEMBER THE TIME – 1991

BLACK OR WHITE – 1991

and then nothing inspired me no more, coming from MJ …

“News Junkies”

SOCIETY, TREND

Ayant un compte Twitter, mais sans grande conviction, j’ai été particulièrement intéressée par la lecture de cet article, paru cet après-midi sur le site du journal Le Monde. Etant une grande consommatrice de gossip sur le net, j’avais bien capté qu’Ahston Kutcher était le king du twit, mais je ne réalisais pas forcément l’intérêt du truc, et l’avait rapidement classé dans le dossier ‘les trucs nouveaux pour les jeunes auxquels j’accroche pas mais ça doit être parce que je suis pas non plus si jeune”. Bonne lecture.

Les réseaux sociaux sur Internet intéressent les médias : le New York Times vient de nommer une rédactrice en chef chargée de ces nouveaux outils, Jennifer Preston. Elle doit en développer l’usage dans la rédaction, afin de “trouver des sources, dépister des tendances, diffuser des informations et en collecter”, selon Jonathan Landman, directeur adjoint de la rédaction. Au premier rang de ces outils figure Twitter, le réseau social de micro-blogging.

Twitter concerne les médias comme moyen de diffusion de l’information. Selon le site Twitterholic. com, qui tient à jour le top 100 des fils sur le réseau, CNN Breaking News arrive au quatrième rang, avec 1,69 million de followers (suiveurs) et le New York Times au quatorzième, avec 1 million. Le fil sur les technologies du Guardian (Guardiantech) rassemble 600 000 abonnés – à comparer avec la diffusion du quotidien papier (400 000 exemplaires).

L’audience de la presse française est modeste. Le Monde et Le Figaro arrivent en tête, avec chacun un peu plus de 1 600 followers. Le magazine L’Express encourage ses journalistes à “twitter” sous leur nom ou sous pseudonyme. Les sites d’information “pure players” sont aussi représentés, souvent par leurs journalistes. Pierre Haski, de Rue89, a un millier de suiveurs. Souvent, ces fils fournissent des liens vers les sites d’information et attirent des visiteurs. Certains médias ont lancé des fils spécifiques pour couvrir des événements comme le Festival de Cannes. C’est le cas de la chaîne Arte.

“APPELS À TÉMOINS”

Twitter est fréquenté par un public de news junkies, accros à l’information. Le réseau s’est ainsi vite créé une réputation dans les breaking news, c’est-à-dire les informations urgentes. LA SUITE ICI

Swedi Pirates Get Political

CINEMA, MUSIC, POLITICS, SOCIETY, TREND, TV

“Pirat Partiet” aka The Pirate Party just won a seat at the European Parliament.
And don’t imagine a one-eyed stinky legless cripple… Don’t visualize a sexy Scandinavian Jack Parrow counterpart either. They look just like you (except if you’re Portuguese for example, or a bleached pale Portuguese then). These dudes claim they’re not related to the Pirate Bay (whose leaders were recently sentenced to jail), but their cause is similar.

Their program consists of three points (this is from their website) :

Reform of copyright law
(…) All non-commercial copying and use should be completely free. File sharing and p2p networking should be encouraged rather than criminalized. Culture and knowledge are good things, that increase in value the more they are shared. The Internet could become the greatest public library ever created.
The monopoly for the copyright holder to exploit an aesthetic work commercially should be limited to five years after publication. (…)

An abolished patent system
Pharmaceutical patents kill people in third world countries every day. They hamper possibly life saving research by forcing scientists to lock up their findings pending patent application, instead of sharing them with the rest of the scientific community. (…) The Pirate Party has a constructive and reasoned proposal for an alternative to pharmaceutical patents. It would not only solve these problems, but also give more money to pharmaceutical research, while still cutting public spending on medicines in half. (…)

Respect for the right to privacy

In fact, pirates usually steal, but these kind carebears-pirates just want to share. They bring us an other way of considering peer-to-peer in a positive and constructive way.
Pirat Partiet scored more than 7% in Sweden. That’s just amazing, for such a party, created back in 2006. The future Robin Hooded eurodeputy won’t certainly be the right person to take most of the decisions his position allows him to. Though, that shows the will of some people to deny the authority of the great entertainment companies who don’t consider the everyman. But that man can vote.

Kings of the Stone Age or The Massive Beard Attack

FASHION, PEOPLE, SOCIETY




Lately, I had a vision from beyond. Well in fact, as I was at the supermarket, begging for a low-fat-full-taste-highly-comforting something to bring home for dinner (I mean, food …), I saw a bearded man a few feet away. I couldn’t help but following his steps. He eventually turned his back and I discovered a geeky face hidden by hair everywhere with a sad outfit. He looked like a computer-loving bachelor lost in the 70s. Nothing sexy, believe me.
The day after, I came back to the supermarket, and in my search for the organic chocolate cookie (Monoprix Bio Chocolate Cookies, taste it, never forget it), I came across another dark-bearded guy. Once again, I followed him but when we got face to face, he was just some kind of 68-ers hippie, as we call them in France. Let’s say that he had probably a nostalgy of losing his virginity at Woodstock with a Joan Baez lookalike hairy student and now had been led to praising organic food and anti-consumerism. Though we could have had some common views on the importance of healthy food, I doubt we could have gone further.
I was mistaken by THE BEARD.
Last week, hot male model Ferdi Sibbel was cast for the Fall / Winter 09 lookbook shooting for French brand Façonnable – I’ve been working on that project. Ferdi was wearing a sexy beard he was immediately asked to leave for a shorter do. Such a shame, it really suited his preppy/brooklyn-hip/I-ride-a-bike-dude look.

After having had that thing for moustache, I must admit we’re facing a massive beard attack.
This relates to two strong features. First, the beard embodies that spirit of being freed from the daily duty that society imposes you. You can link it with rejecting rules, being the master of your own body, being environment-aware, listening to folk music, being veggie, having long hair, praising peace and love, practising tantra sex. It’s definitely part of the hippie uniform.
Then, the beard is the ultimate manly accessory. Cro-magnon man has never been so sexy than now. He won’t steal you your night cream. He can protect you if you’re being attacked. He’s a rock, HE HAS A BEARD. Images are better than words. Please see below the pictures of French rubgy player Sebastien Chabal who had such a success with the ladies that he was enrolled to become the icon of a perfume campaign. Also the photos of French model Patrick Petitjean, who is said to be living alone in the mountains (how hip of him), and American Japanese-born actor Tadanobu Asano who was cast alongside Chloe Sevigny in UNIQLO’s campaign in the US last year. And finally, French unpredictable but yet gifted musician Sebastien Tellier who gave us last year the most sexy album of the decade “Sexuality”.
Enjoy !

SEBASTIEN CHABAL


PATRICK PETITJEAN






SEBASTIEN TELLIER


Barack and Michelle, an American couple in 1996

PEOPLE, POLITICS, SOCIETY

Barack Obama and his wife Michelle were interviewed back in 1996, by a photographer preparing a book about American couples.
French newspaper just published the interview, you can read it here : Le Monde
It’s the opportunity to read something more spontaneous that what his current function would allow him/them to do now.
Their story are really interesting and give another look on what can be considered as “success”. These two had already achieved a lot before winning the elections.