Monthly Archives: January 2009

LOST on ABC: Desmond and Penny’s baby born in the Philippines

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For fans of LOST, last Wednesday’s episode (“Jughead”) began with Penny going into labor. Desmond, arriving on the beach, screams for “Efren Salonga”.

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They’re in the Philippines!

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Efren then delivers Desmond and Penny’s baby, who they name “Charlie”. That’s funny, because not only did they name their baby after the person that saved Desmond’s life, it’s also the same name as Penny’s father, Charles Widmore, who has pretty much rubbed everyone on the show the wrong way.

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Geologic (Blue Scholars) at Songs for Eating and Drinking

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Get a bunch of insanely talented musicians together, and let them share songs, food, and drink. Many a musical career starts with small audiences, impromptu performances, late night mutterings; and then the lucky end up on large stages and tucked deep inside recording studios – often vastly disconnected from those that love their music. Our friends in the music industry have bellyached that industry folk hardly ever share food in a meaningful way – or rarely just get together and f’in chill. So we decided to create these evenings for our musician friends built around long tables, remarkable locations, sturdy drinking food, and bottles of wine and whiskey – with the hope that throughout each night songs would rise up from the table. Many a musical career starts with small audiences, impromptu performances, and late night mutterings.

More videos, photos and information over at Songs for Eating and Drinking.

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Fanboys (trailer)

There will be fanboys of this movie, starring fanboys who happen to be playing fanboys of Star Wars. In theaters Feb. 6. Did I mention Danny “Motherfucking Badass of All Time” Trejo is in this movie?

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Suntan Drug Greenlighted for Trials

A drug that stimulates the body’s tanning response — turning pasty skin caramel for up to two months  — has been approved for human trials, but not for tanning.

Although the drug will not be available for cosmetic purposes any time soon, similar compounds are already being widely abused on the pharmaceutical black market. The official product, a man made hormone called afamelanotide, has received U.S. government approval to begin clinical trials.

“It’s a bioabsorbable implant that you just inject into the skin,” said Colin Mackie, director of business development for Clinuvel, the company bringing the drug to the U.S. “It stimulates melanin production.”

Melanin is the body’s natural pigment. It’s responsible for the color of skin and protects humans from harmful solar radiation. The drug will be tested as a treatment for patients who face serious danger from the sun’s rays, like those with rare genetic diseases or who must take immunosuppressants, Mackie said.

But online retailers already offer a similar (but not identical) compound under a more descriptive brand name, Melanotan II, which American and British health officials warn are already being abused.

“Using it could be dangerous to short and long-term health,” British health officials said in November.  It has not been tested for safety, quality or effectiveness and we don’t know the potential side effects yet.”

This week two British Medical Journal researchers warned that injecting the compound could change the size and shape of moles, which under normal circumstances can be a precursor to skin cancer.

Melanotan’s plight highlights the difficulty in bringing drugs with large recreational or cosmetic potential to market for decidedly more medical conditions. Before the drugs can make it through safety and efficacy trials, rogue users — almost like pre-release movie filesharers — begin to test the drug on themselves. These high-demand, off-label uses could make regulatory agencies reluctant to approve the pharmaceutical for legitimate uses.

Both Melanotan I and II are synthetic cousins of a naturally occurring hormone that stimulates the production of melanin, the skin’s pigment. But Melanotan II, in particular, appears to have aphrodisiac and erectile function effects as well.

First created and tested back in the late ’80s at the University of Arizona, the synthetic tanning hormone received media attention from around the world. Tom Brokaw, in a 1991 broadcast, said that medical researchers had announced “what could be the answer” to tanning without the skin damage associated with the process. Wired first featured melanotan back in 2002, dubbing it the “Barbie drug” for its purported ability to induce weight loss and increase libido. The label has stuck and is often used in the press

But the drugs were a good idea in search of a disease. Fair-skinned people’s desire to be tan is not a disease, and the tanning behaviors it induces could cause skin damage and cancer. Now, though, Clinuvel has found five, admittedly obscure, medical conditions that the drug could treat.

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The Food, Part 1: Green Tea Cafe, NYC

My love for food has dribbled onto the internet bib of THASWASSUP in the form of a new segment i’d like to call “The Food”. I’ll be reviewing restaurants, bars, bistros, etc. – anywhere i’d go back to, and places i’d completely avoid. Our journey into gastronomy begins in New York’s Chinatown.

Green Tea Cafe – 45 Mott St, New York, NY

Just a block away from the major Subway lines, Green Tea Cafe’s accessibility is key if you’re trying to escape the cold, which was the case here for this visit. Besides it being warm inside, the Asian (keyword: genuine) design is defined by its dark wood furniture….very, very small furniture. I noticed that the small tables, fit for two people, tells me that this is sort of a in-and-out type of place, OR a place where you can have close intimate conversations while hugging a hot flavored milktea. Good thing there are large(r) tables towards the back for large groups. We rolled in there with six.

The vast menu contains appetizer-like foods, but also has dinner entres for rice eaters. One of the dishes ordered was the ox tail and rice.

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Down the Drain…

Title: George W. Flush

Sculptor: Clark Sorenson

On display, along with Sorenson’s one-man show, entitled “Down the Drain – The Legacy of George W. Bush” through Feb. 16 at Ruby Clay Studio, San Francisco, CA.

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First Look: The Cast of The Last Airbender

Fans are going to be upSET!

Entertainment Weekly reports that M. Night Shyamalan has found the cast for The Last Airbender, the live-action adaptation of the popular Nickelodeon anime-inspired series Avatar.

Karate star Noah Ringer (discovered in a Texas open casting call) will play Aang, the Avatar (the spirit of the planet manifested in human form), the last surviving Airbender and a monk of the Air Nomads, a race of people with the unique ability to manipulate the air around them. He is assigned with the task of keeping the Four Nations at peace.

Pop/R&B singer Jesse McCartney is in talks to play the Fire Nation’s evil prince Zuko. Exiled from the Fire Nation by his father, Zuko is sent to capture the Avatar in order to restore his honor and right to the throne.

The Last Airbender is being targeted for a July 2nd 2010 release.

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Jesus! Don’t they know they can just cast anybody from the of the touring Shaolin Monks and it will kick ass!?!? Give the rights to this movie to an Asian foreign film producer so they can do this right.

F/T to J. Rice

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