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Collider recently talked to Zack and Debbie Snyder and got the lowdown on the three different cuts to the film.  The theatrical cut runs 2 hrs 36 min.  The director’s cut is 3 hrs 10 min.  Finally, the ultimate cut, which is the director’s cut with The Black Freighter interspersed runs 3 hrs 25 min.  The director’s cut should be out by Comic-Con and the ultimate should be out by fall.  Soooooooo stoked.  Watchmen opens March 6, 2009.

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ESPN is reporting that Ken Griffey Jr. is set to return to the Seattle Mariners.  “He’s coming home. … I can’t begin to tell you how ecstatic we are. He is, too,” Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik confirmed on Wednesday night.  It’s great to see him return to the place where he got his start.  Coming off the past few days where that “other” guy who was big for Mariners continues to prove how fucking awful he is, it’s nice to hear great news about a guy who is nothing but class and integrity.  He might not be the player he used to be, but I’m still stoked for his return.  Growing up, Ken Griffey Jr. was the only reason why I watched baseball, and it’s why I still love the Seattle Mariners.  I never picked one up back in the day, but I’m def picking up a Griffey jersey, and maybe a pair of those new Nike Air Griffey Max kicks coming out.  A wise man once said, “A-Rod invented cancer.”  Well, Griffey is returning home to cure it.

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From Vulture, NY Mag’s Entertainment&Culture blog:

The Not-Quite Dream Team: In a move many (okay, so far only us) are calling “the reverse supergroup,” a crew of odds, ends, and low-key front men — Smashing Pumpkins’ James Iha, Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, Taylor “The Dude From Hanson” Hanson, and Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger — have formed the band Tinted Windows. They’ve already recorded their debut album, which will be out this spring, and will play their first big show next month at South by Southwest. Surely this has already pissed off Billy Corgan somehow. [Billboard]

HA!

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Image courtesy of Media Bistro

Image courtesy of Media Bistro

So as I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, Facebook has made some controversial changes in their terms and conditions recently. On February 4, they changed the terms so that they now own everything you post — even if you delete your account. (It used to be so that if you deleted your account, they renounced ownership over anything you posted.) This change went mostly unnoticed until it was posted on Consumerist.com on Sunday.

Today, the terms have (temporarily, it looks like) been restored to what they were before the recent change.

Read Mark Zuckerburg’s clarification on the Facebook blog here.
Read the full AP story here.

So here’s my deep question of the day for you, oh faithful readers: Is Facebook quickly becoming 2009’s voluntary Big Brother? (And is that actually an oxymoron?)

I direct your memories to this past summer, when incriminating photos of John Kerry were leaked to TMZ. (And yes, that is a penis-shaped straw she is using in her classy red solo cup.) There was some confusion as to the origin of the photos, but allegedly one of the party attendees (I’m assuming it wasn’t Kerry) posted the pictures on Facebook, who promptly sold them to TMZ. Not to mention the recent photos of Michael Phelps that were recently leaked — gee, I wonder how those got out? Now I’m not saying this is all that bad – Kerry and Phelps obviously never should have allowed those photos to be taken. But I feel like these incidents, combined with the (probably soon to be reinstated) revised terms and conditions, make me even more distrustful of Facebook in general.

I never trusted Mark Zuckerburg, certainly not when it was alleged that he stole the idea for Facebook from fellow Harvard classmates. They eventually settled the lawsuit for $20 million in cash and another several million in stocks, but Facebook is  now estimated to be worth between $3.7 BILLION — down from $15 billion in 2007 (source).

So… they’re always watching. They have a shady dictator figure (who also sneakily tries to change terms and conditions without users knowing). And I’d say Facebook has created it’s own form of “newspeak”: “Poke” “Newsfeed” — “to Facebook” someone has even become a verb. Yes, it’s all voluntary for now. Yes, internet users should be careful of what they post ANYWHERE, let alone on Facebook. But I still can’t help but feel like they’re out to get us.

Moral of the story? Watermark your photography. Poor man’s copyright your writing.  Or just take it all down and make sure you have proof of the date that you did so.

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