“Based on the real, historic San Francisco nightclub that gained an international reputation with its unique showcase of Chinese American performers in eye-popping all-American extravaganzas, Arthur Dong’s FORBIDDEN CITY, USA is an hour long documentary tribute to the Asian-American pioneers who attempted to break cultural barriers by pursuing their love of American song and dance. We are honored and thrilled to present the digitally re-mastered FORBIDDEN CITY, USA at AAIFF'5 and remember those who made our first step as Asian Americans in the entertainment industry, including Arthur Dong himself who has constantly revealed his concern for the Asian-American community. FORBIDDEN CITY, USA has been digitally remastered from original film elements by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, revealing beautiful and crisp details never before seen.”

It’s being shown on July 25, 2015 at 4:00pm at Village East Cinema in New York City as part of the Asian American International Film Festival. Maybe I’ll see you there.

Maelstrom of Saltstraumen

Maelstroms are powerful whirlpools occurring in oceans. A maelstrom is caused when water is forced to twist around an object or when water streams into a narrower strait, causing the water to flow faster and to create energetic swirling turbulence .The water swirls downwards around an imaginary axis. The word maelstrom is a descriptive name derived from the Dutch word ‘maalstroom’ which translates to ‘grinding-stream’, implying that the whirlpool’s spinning is like a grinding mill.

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NASA Determined to Find Alien Life

Story by: JEREMY C · AUGUST 28, 2015

My comment:  "Why do we need to find alien life? Why aren't we spending massive amounts of money solving problems right here on this Earth?  How can finding alien life solve THIS world’s problems?

What are your thoughts about the massive amount of funding (some from tax money, if I understand how NASA is funded) going toward alien life research?

Here’s the story:

Story link: http://g.nw7us.us/1KtYHll

NASA is determined to probe our neighboring celestial bodies in the hopes to find alien microbial life within 20-30 years, said NASA scientist Ellen Stofan back in April of this year at the “Solar System and Beyond” panel conference in Washington.

For the scientists, the most interesting places to look for life are other worlds which fall within the Galactic Habitable Zones around stars similar to our own. The researchers at NASA are primarily looking for rocky planets that may contain water. Scientists estimate that the search for life is about one generation away from making that discovery and NASA has many new projects currently in the works.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiAT41aHaH4

Dr. Paul Hertz, a director of Astro-physics at NASA, stated that in 2017, they plan to launch the Transiting Exoplanet Satellite (T.E.S.S.) which will initially look for rocky and gas giant planets (that fall within the habitable zones) that are located around the closest stars to the Earth. Through the use of a method called Transit Spectroscopy, NASA will look for any star light that filters through the planet’s atmosphere which will then absorb different colors of light from their star. Using this method, they are able to determine the kinds of molecules which are contained in the planets’ atmosphere, thus aiding scientists in determining possible life bearing candidates.

For the planets that are dominant with water that are discovered by the Transiting Exoplanet Satellite, the James Webb Telescope (which is set to launch in October of 2018) will also utilize Transit Spectroscopy to detect the appropriate types of molecules in their atmosphere as well.

“We know where to look. We know how to look,” says NASA scientist Ellen Stofan.

“In most cases, we have the technology, and we’re on a path to implementing it.”

She also noted, “We are not talking about little green men. We are talking about little microbes.”

A former Astronaut and fellow college of Stofans’ , John Grunsfeld noted“I think we’re one generation away in our solar system, whether it’s on an icy moon or on Mars, and one generation [away] on a planet around a nearby star”.


Dr Landgraab : My head has been paining a lot lately,love.

Dr Wolff : Oh? I should probably have a look at it!

Dr Landgraab : Erm.. No offense,Morgana,but you are a gynaecologist right? Aren’t vaginas your forte?

Dr Wolff : I’m venturing out. I’m examining assholes now.


This is simply a gorgeous data visualization. These flow paths show currents in the Mediterranean Sea and the northeastern Atlantic Ocean over an 11 month period. Darker lines are flow at depth, brighter lines are flow near the surface. So many different eddies and flow paths, in addition to the major currents that carry water into and out of the Sea.

Here's the Trailer For Sydney Pollack's 'Lost' Aretha Franklin Documentary
In 1972, Aretha Franklin performed a set of gospel songs inside a Los Angeles church that eventually became Amazing Grace—the biggest-selling album of her career. But Franklin wasn’t the only person recording that day. The late director Sydney Pollack took behind-the-scenes footage of Franklin’s show, and IndieWire is reporting that it’s about to be seen publicly for the first time.
By Bobby Finger