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Tweet Mads Mikkelsen’s name is rapidly becoming a house-hold one. Thanks to a number of juicy roles that all fit the bill of someone who’s morally challenged, the Danish actor’s Google Insight for Search ranking is rising to a pattern of behavior that is typical for A-list celebrities. But before we look at his chart, let’s check out the trailer for “Hannibal on NBC”: If you note the part of the chart marked May 2012, (you can run your cursor over the line and watch the dates and rankings...

Tweet This Mads Mikkelsen update: an email to this blogger from a rep was written as if Mr. Mikkelson would be attending the Sonoma International Film Festival. However, internal communications have explained that the actor with the fast-rising star will not be attending the SIFF13, but the film he won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor Award for in 2012, The Hunt, will be screened. The screening of The Hunt marks the first time it has been shown at a film festival in America – thus, it’s American premier. Now,...

Tweet Mads Mikkelsen, the 2012 Best Actor Winner at the Cannes Film Festival for The Hunt, and who’s part of a large media blitz for the new NBC TV Series Hannibal, is coming to The Sonoma International Film Festival April 10th-April 14th, where The Hunt will be shown in the US for the first time. UPDATE: Mads not attending SIFF, but The Hunt will be there – could change… Here’s the trailer: The Hunt is a 2012 Danish film drama directed by Thomas Vinterberg and starring Mads Mikkelsen as as Lucas. The...

Tweet Quincy Jones, the famed producer and composer of such classics of jazz like The Soul Boosanova, turns 80 today. In fact, as he shares the exact same birthday as famed actor and friend Michael Caine, the two celebrated in Las Vegas earlier this week. Mr. Jones has a record 79 Grammy Award nominations, has won 27 Grammys, and has a Grammy Legend Award, given in 1991. Quincy Jones is tied with sound designer Willie D. Burton for the African American with the most Oscar nominations. While Quincy Jones is best known to me...

Tweet Sir Michael Caine, who’s real name is Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, turns 80 years old today, and marks over a half-century of memorable acting roles. Mr. Caine is the only actor other than Jack Nicholson to win an Oscar Nomination in every decade from 1960 to the 2000s. According to Wikipedia, Caine starting in the 1960s with parts in movies like Zulu (1964), The Ipcress File (1965), Alfie (1966), The Italian Job (1969), and Battle of Britain (1969). That body of work paved the way for Get Carter (1971), The Man Who...

Tweet On January 23rd 2013 this blogger was contacted by Vinay Patankar, the Founder and CEO of a new microvlog app called Vitoto regarding trying out the app, and providing feed back on his product. I sent an email reply, and then took one look at the app, figuring I would blog about it at some point in the very near future. And I say very near future, because the microvideo industry is growing by leaps and bounds. Vitoto was a relatively unknown player in a crowded field that includes Tout, Socialcam, Viddy, Shoutz, Vidoco,...

Tweet AutoReturn, the towing company that has been featured in this space before, is announcing a new cloud-based municipal operations technology called ARIED Online. Here’s the full press release: AutoReturn, the nation’s leading municipal towing management and logistics company, today announced the successful implementation of the company’s cloud-based technology, ARIES Online, as a stand-alone technology offering to the City of Concord. “We are pleased to bring this technology to municipalities around the country...

Tweet Pope Francis I is the name of the 266th leader of The Roman Catholic Church, and while I’m disappointed the Conclave of Cardinals didn’t pick Peter Turkson, which would have made him the first black pope in several centuries, as my Mom (who I am visiting here in Georgia) observed, Jorge Mario Bergoglio is God’s choice and he has a reason for it. Indeed, no one saw the selection of Jorge Mario Bergoglio coming. Certainly not Vegas betters, who had Peter Turkson as the favorite for the longest time; Cardinal...

Tweet Erica Maskaleris is believed to have killed herself according to The Oakland Police reports to the media. The 31-year old woman who started the Oakland-based computer and tech consulting firm Geekosystems was last seen one week ago Thursday morning walking at the 3400 block of Telegraph Avenue in Oakland. KRON TV, Channel 4 in the SF Bay Area, ran this video from a vigil that was held for the “Find Erica Maskaleris” group, where another video that purports to show Ms. Maskaleris walking on that March 7th...

Tweet Stephanie Thorpe , my friend who is now the co-manager of the legendary Elf Quest Franchise, has been trail-blazing around the country talking about her plans for the property. Last week she was in Seattle for The Emerald City Comic Con, and now she’s preparing for WonderCon 2013. Here’s Ms. Thorpe when we were at The Night Of 100 Stars Oscar Party: Here’ the press release just sent to this blogger: Los Angeles, CA – New Media Magnate STEPHANIE THORPE joins “ElfQuest” creator and The League...

Tweet Erica Maskaleris, the 31-year-old woman who founded the tech consulting company Geekosystems, has been missing for one solid week now, as of this writing. The news that the jogger was last seen walking over at 34th and Telegraph has traveled far and wide in Oakland – as has the news that the Oakland Police Department was something like two days slow in investigating the report. You’d think with all of that, and especially the slam against the Oakland Police Department, that Oakland Mayor Jean Quan would...

Tweet Melissa Kings, the Miss Teen Delaware winner who had to resign due to allegations that she was in a sex tape has some company, but not in the way you think. When I made my vlog commentary on the Melissa King Sex Tape issue, the point I was, and still am, making is that some were damning her for doing what those beauty pageants sell anyway: sex. Everyone knows that the only reason guys watch those beauty contests is to imagine having sex with their favorite contestant. In other words, stop with the cover image of wholesomeness,...

Tweet On Twitter, San Francisco blogger Violet Blue issued this tweet: Just told Ada courted Marie Claire for feature saying hacker culture is hostile to women. (I saw a MC press @ BSides) Anyone confirm/deny? — violet blue ® (@violetblue) March 12, 2013 So, I felt a response, a take from my unique perspective of being black, male, a nerd or geek, and at 50, was necessary. Here goes. Geek Culture exists because of male feelings of insecurity. Let’s repeat that: Geek Culture exists because of male immature feelings...

Tweet Oakland News. A bit of a while since the last posting of Oakland News, but that’s because this blogger has spent a lot of time posting Oakland content over at Oakland Focus, just to keep the search engine fires burning over there, and to get back to the initial objective of having the blogs focused on local issues and news ‘feed into’ Zennie62. At any rate, let’s get to it. UPDATE: MAYOR QUAN NEEDS TO GET INVOLVED! Erica Maskaleris is missing, and has been for about the last day. According to...

Tweet Want proof that Twitter’s become the World’s information source? Read on. So this blogger, me, took his common several time a day look at Google Trends for Monday, March 11th and found that sitting right at number one position was “Mother’s Day.” A click on the link for that Google “hot search” revealed content, blogs, and articles, written with “Mother’s Day” in the title. And Google News, which claims to show the news that’s happening in real time,...

Tweet The pioneer YouTube Partner Channel has over 2,400 videos, covered seven NFL Drafts, Oscars Red Carpet, produced news commentary video-blogs, like this one: Zennie62, a YouTube video channel established April of 2006, has passed 47 million total video views. “It’s a milestone on the way to 50 million,” Zennie Abraham, it’s Executive Producer, says,”and I’ll celebrate it, and others, on the way to that mark.” Zennie Abraham started Zennie62 as a second YouTube channel, but when...

Tweet Live stream by Ustream Al Gore’s at SWSX! Former Vice President, and later Presidential Candidate, and then Current TV founder Al Gore is at SXSW for a great keynote with Walt Mosberg of All Things D. Here’s the Twitter stream around “Al Gore.” Tweets about “Al Gore” !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Stay...

Tweet Live stream by Ustream Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, and before that, PayPal, is the focus of a SXSW keynote today, where he just said that he’s willing to help Boeing get the 787 program off the ground after revelations that its battery system is faulty. Here are the questions asked of Mr. Musk on Twitter: Tweets about “#askmusk” !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); More...

Tweet Google News is the World’s number one news aggregation service, and it’s gets much of its respect because it sits literally atop Google’s search platform, who’s market share is still unchallenged at 67 percent (and while a Russian search platform Yanex has moved past Bing for the number two spot, but I digress.) Google News has guidelines that make you think articles – collections of words into paragraphs – matter far more than, say, one sentence. For example, the web page “Getting...

Tweet International Women’s Day. This day was established to to inspire women and celebrate achievements. But what this blogger often hears is that we have to “empower” women, and not that women should empower themselves. The best example of what I mean comes in the form of the female bodybuilder. Female bodybuilders epitomize the strong woman. Often working many hours in the gym and taking special diets, they emerge with bodies, and more often than not self-esteem, vastly improved. Yet, with all of those...