Monday, February 3, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Red Carpet Interviews At Sundance Film Festival

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Red Carpet Interviews At Sundance Film Festival

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Red Carpet Interviews At Sundance Film Festival

Posted: 03 Feb 2014 12:32 PM PST

I filmed Philip Seymour Hoffman on January 17, 2014 speaking to all the media on the red carpet premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival of his film God's Pocket.

"The fear of missing out left me 20 years ago." – Philip Seymour Hoffman

"It's (God's Pocket) a film about a man who is faced by an adult decision ultimately and he grows up. It's not about adolescence it's about a guy who has to deal with being an adult and It's hard. He's living with a world that is pretty shady and he grows up."

Talking about his film characters: "…eventually you come to a day and say this is really difficult. Sometimes you think things will be easy, then you think it isn't easy at all."

Talking about the God's Pocket character: "He's my age and I think he's dealing with issues that have to do with issues being middle-aged. You realize some choices you made along the way have to change or else you're just going to kind of stay in the dark."

Philip Seymour Hoffman's family statement: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone. This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers."

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School is open!

Posted: 03 Feb 2014 10:59 AM PST

Princeton University students have class! Getting around in style...

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More Snow in NYC!

Posted: 03 Feb 2014 10:43 AM PST

February 3rd, 2014

NEW YORK CITY — More snow is falling today on New York City. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for New York City, which is expected to be 5 to 8 inches of snow.

In his press conference, New York City mayor says, "Things are going to be messy today." DeBlasio said, "Snow is coming down faster than we can plow it, we have a very aggressive plowing operation going on, but the snow is coming down very rapidly."

The city has been using 450 salt spreaders along with the 1,500 plows. Three storms are expected this week, but this one is expected to be the biggest.

The photos show that that New Yorkers aren't very much worried about it. They are going about their business as usual, unlike Atlanta who was hit with 2 inches and the city stood at a stand still.

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Mario Colao Before/After

Posted: 03 Feb 2014 10:33 AM PST

Before and after pictures Mario Colao

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I didn't expect this

Posted: 03 Feb 2014 07:59 AM PST

After a fairly warm weekend, I hadn't even bothered to check the weather report for today. I woke up this morning and before even looking out the window, I heard on the radio that it is currently snowing and up to 8" are expected. NYC hasn't seen a winter like this in years.

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WE DID IT! Seattle takes home Lombardi Trophy in 1st ever Super Bowl win!

Posted: 03 Feb 2014 04:50 AM PST

In what is sure to be remembered as a truly historic moment for the entire Pacific NW (sports or otherwise) the Seattle Seahawks were victorious over the Denver Broncos today in Super Bowl XLVIII by a score of 43-8.


For the many who couldn't make it to New Jersey in person, devoted fans packed into bars surrounding the team's home stadium in the raucous neighborhood of Pioneer Square. In no other neighborhood would you find more electricity and excitement than right here across the street from the Hawk's CenturyLink Field. From inside the legendary Irish Pub FX McRory's to the crowded and rowdy Central Tavern blocks away - the collective cheers of Seattle's famed "12th Man" would be heard around the world tonight!


Congratulations to the both the Denver Broncos for all that they achieved during the regular season and playoffs and to the Seattle Seahawks for winning their very first Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl 48! It's been a long time coming baby - THANK YOU SEAHAWKS!


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U.S. National Snow Sculpting 2014

Posted: 02 Feb 2014 09:51 PM PST

Lake Geneva, Wis. Low temperatures reign in Wisconsin this winter and the U.S. National Snow Sculpting 2014 continued with its magical traditional. Families come from all over the place to Lake Geneva to observe with curiosity the elaborated snow sculptures. For a second year in a row Dave Andrews, Stephen Adrews and Jason Anhorn won the first place at the U.S. National Snow Sculpting.

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John BAIRD, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister about Ukraine: "We have seen the violence escalate"

Posted: 02 Feb 2014 06:12 PM PST

TORONTO, CANADA – 3 FEBRUARY, CNN iReport – The head of the diplomatic agency of Canada has taken a clear tough position about the current realities in Kyiv. Foreign Minister John Baird was among the very first politicians who visited Maidan immediately after November 29, when the government used force against peaceful demonstrators. The Ukrainian officials have assured guests that would not allow any violent clashes to happen again, but as we know now, did not keep that promise.


We interviewed Minister Baird in at private club of Conservative Party «Albany Club» in Toronto, Canada. The Minister was punctual and concise as always. Before the interview I asked the Minister to be as short as possible in order to obtain specific and unambiguous position of Canada's foreign ministry in today's Ukrainian case.


Andrey VASILIEV, journalist: What is the formal Canadian government position about current situation in Ukraine and acts of official Kiev?


John BAIRD, Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister: I am tremendously concerned about people and violence and the draconian laws which were passed in the resent weeks. Obviously we want to see freedom of expression, freedom of political decent and obviously to see the government work constructively with the opposition leaders


Andrey VASILIEV: Will any Canadian government attitudes be reviewed and changed due to the present complications in Kiev?


John BAIRD: We were watching things on an hour by hour basis. There has been a significant changes in recent days and just accordingly we obviously want to work with European Union, United States, Switzerland to try to affect meaningful change for the better in Kyiv.

Andrey VASILIEV: Is there a difference between what you promised the country's leadership in December, during the time of your visit, and what is happening now?

John BAIRD: We have seen the violence escalate; we have seen the politicalз protest spread to many corners of the country. Things have escalated. We obviously want the government to have a meaningful dialogue with the opposition and to take a different path.


Andrey VASILIEV: If we talk about sanctions, which of them will Canada be ready to apply against Ukrainian officials?


John BAIRD: We do have a capacity to put financial sanctions on individuals who are responsible for antidemocratic trends of violence etc. We obviously work with like-minded friends and allies: European Union, United States, France, Switzerland on that path. Our first priority is to try to get the government to meaningfully engage with the opposition to take a different path.


Andrey VASILIEV: Minister Baird, What about personal sanctions?


John BAIRD: We have not putted sanctions on yet. It would be premature to name. But people would be responsible for violence, people would be responsible for incitement, people would be responsible in our judgment for the crackdown on free and democratic protest.


Andrey VASILIEV: Minister Alexander told us that Canada is prepared to accept refugees from Ukraine within the existing program of immigration and legalization. What other measures can be taken in Canada, if a large number of Ukrainian citizens will turn to you for support and help?


John BAIRD: Obviously Chris Alexander, Immigration minister will work on these issues as he properly should. We appreciate his support and work at putting the visa ban in place against some of those who we believe are responsible for some antidemocratic actions and we will let him take a lead on it.


We have six waves of Ukrainian immigration; all six of them have been instrumental to Canada's success, our growth into a prosperous democracy. Our Immigration minister leads those efforts, we are one of the most open countries in the world, when it comes to immigration and it has been strengths for Canada.


Journalist: Andrey Vasiliev
Producer: Olga Mozkova

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Yeah...More Snow!

Posted: 02 Feb 2014 12:06 PM PST

OK, it's not a big deal, people, snow happens, just like the other "S" word. I figured I'd get a jump on shoveling since, to me, it's easier to shovel 3-4 inches of snow twice then 8 inches all at once.


My lovely wife documented this along with our Great Dane Mackenzie. She's 11 years old now (that's old for you non Dane lovers) and while slowing down a bit (aren't we all...yes by a show of hands) she still manages to have some fun out there.


1 - Proof that I do not sit around all day on the computer (by the lovely Ms. mab91c)
2 - Mac supervising to make sure I do it right (by the lovely Ms. mab91c)
3 - Playing catch with "Mom"
4 - Mid air, eyes focused
5 - Mission accomplished
6 - Mac watch "mom" to make sure she doesn't get out of her sight
7 - Pure Joy!
8 - B&W Fence shot (by the lovely Ms. mab91c)
9 - Winter fence post (by the lovely Ms. mab91c)
10 - Snow on the pines (by the lovely Ms. mab91c)


You all be safe and warm out there, if you are getting sever weather, make sure you have the proper food know, beer & wine (wife says you have to have food too but pffft!)


Oh...Go Broncos! (No, I don't have a dog in this fight, but since our "adopted daughter" in San Antonio is a Broncos fan, we'll support her today!)


All pictures taken by M. A. Butler (unless noted above) using a Canon T3i, with IS 18-55mm

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24 hours sleepless at the airport

Posted: 30 Jan 2014 08:46 AM PST

I'm with a group of Brazilians returning from a Congress held in Orlando by Transitions Lenses and are very tired without eating anything.After successive cancellations of flights bound for Sao Paulo, Brasília and Rio de Janeiro, started the confusion of information in Delta Airlines.In the morning we had access to Delta Sky Club where we can bathe and have the promise of being able to embark after lunch.We canceled all our meetings in Brazil and we were very tired!

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