Porn stars before and after makeup. [more]
So this exists, apparently.
Looks like Susanna Hoffs found the fountain of youth.
The 2012 Coachella Music Festival tickets and press material have started to arrive in the mail and from the looks of it, nice print job Goldenvoice.
Like most of Apple’s packaging, are you going to refuse to throw it out?
Even after the event?
Hollywood accounting can take several forms. In one form, a subsidiary is formed to perform a given activity and the parent entity will extract money out of the subsidiary not in terms of profits but in the form of charges for certain “services”. The specific schemes can range from the simple and obvious to the extremely complex.
Three main factors in Hollywood accounting reduce the reported profit of a movie, and all have to do with the calculation of overhead:
- Production overhead – Studios, on average, calculate production overhead by using a figure around 15% of total production costs.
- Distribution overhead – Film distributors typically keep 30% of what they receive from movie theaters (“gross rentals”).
- Marketing overhead – To determine this number, studios usually choose about 10% of all advertising costs.
All of the above means of calculating overhead are highly controversial, even within the accounting profession. Namely, these percentages are assigned without much regard to how, in reality, these estimates relate to actual overhead costs. In short, this method does not, by any rational standard, attempt to adequately trace overhead costs.
Due to Hollywood accounting, it has been estimated that only about 5% of movies officially show a net profit, and the “losers” include such blockbuster films as Rain Man, Forrest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Batman, which all took in huge amounts in box office and video sales.
This Surreal Lake Full of Frozen Bubbles Is Actually in Planet EarthIt’s hard to believe that such an alien sight exists on our Pale Blue Dot. Photographed by Emmanuel Coupe, this photo shows frozen gas bubbles in a Canadian lake. In his own words:
This image was taken in winter time in a arid area of the Canadian Rockies. Temperatures where below -30 degrees Celsius yet because there was no snow fall the surface of the lake was uncovered allowing me to see and capture the bubbles (gas release from lake bed) that were trapped in the frozen waters.
This beautiful photograph demonstrates once again that, while there must be a million planets like ours out there, Earth must be one of the most amazing places in the Universe.
A super-Earth exoplanet, Gliese 581d, a rocky world orbiting a red dwarf star called Gliese 581, located around 20 light years from Earth, which makes it one of our closest neighbors, has been confirmed as the first planet outside our solar system to meet key requirements for sustaining life. Astronomers’ modelling of planet shows it has the potential to be warm and wet enough to nurture Earth-like life, they said.
Gliese 581d orbits on the outer fringes of the star’s “Goldilocks zone,” where it is not so hot that water boils away, nor so cold that water is perpetually frozen. Instead, the temperature is just right for water to exist in liquid form.
“With a dense carbon dioxide atmosphere — a likely scenario on such a large planet — the climate of Gliese 581d is not only stable against collapse but warm enough to have oceans, clouds and rainfall,” said France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).
Weird questions and spooky images yet surprisingly accurate without my trying to fit myself into any of its statements (like horoscopes?):
Though quiet on the outside, you are often the hidden hero; someone who rushes in when needed and then after the emergency is over fades back into the woodwork. Because of this sense of duty and honor, you can also on occasion be rigid in your viewpoint and unyielding in the face of other ways of thinking. Usually cynical and rarely trusting of others, you maintain a small set of intimate friends. These bonds are stronger than most. You are always grounded in the present moment. Your close bonds can also lead to clique-ishness and a tendency to gossip about those who are deemed less worthy. You are an integrative thinker, collecting data from a wide range of sources and applying it to your worldview. You can become overly task-oriented. In stressful situations you often withdraw from the world to seek peace in contemplation. You often seem cold and withdrawn. Often you will withdraw rather than verbalize your discontent.
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