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August 27, 2010

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Look familiar? It should. it’s a replica of the best-selling PC of all-time – the Commodore 64. Commodore USA says it has resolved its licensing issues with Commodore Licensing BV and will begin selling the new PC64 under the shell of the classic Commodore 64. Its specifications include a dual-core Intel Atom 525 CPU with Nvidia Ion2 graphics, 4GB DDR3 memory, 1TB hard drive and a CD/DVD drive. A Blu-ray drive is available as an optional extra. For more on the new PC64, read the article by ZDNet UK’s Ben Woods.

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Pictures From the Ex-Colegio

June 20, 2010

The Ex-Colegio is formally known a Centro Cultural Antiguo Colegio Jesusita. Several artisan, artists and other crafts workshop studios are located in the old Jesuit Seminary. Andy’s workshop is one of these. Here is his website Andrew Saftel Studio. Andy has been working in Patzcuaro at the Ex-Colegio  for a few months and it is a must see place!

Centro Cultural Antiguo Colegio Jesuita

Here is a link to some of his collections Andy’s Image Collections.

Artist Statement

I combine historical imagery, references to the daily flow of events, and personal philosophical musings to create works that respond to contemporary culture. I want to prompt reflection of what is lost: the passenger train, the agricultural economy, the jazz era, the primeval forest. Images of the natural world, such as plants and animals, are paired with images of technology and progress to symbolize two still interdependent elements seeking a balance.

The layering of the paintings is geological, a build-up of thoughts, emotions and physical interactions buried in the layers of paint. We see only the surface, but everything underneath influences what the surface eventually becomes. I use color to represent time, the spectrum changing as the day moves on, the cycle of days creating an atmosphere of hope and reassurance.

Andrew Saftel

 

 

Origins of Frijolero

June 15, 2010

I first heard Frijolero while switching between radio stations. The lyrics are crude and vulgar telling the experiences of my Mexican bros in the USA. Its about illegals working in the US and racism. I did the reverse wetback thing working in Mexico. I was sent back because my papers were not in order. There’s more to the story but lets continue with the story of the classic of Mexican music, Frijolero.

For more on the origins of Frijolero click here.

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July 22, 2003

Memo From Mexico, By  Allan Wall

Molotov’s “Frijolero”— Malicious Mexican Music On MTV

“Frijolero”, a single recorded by the Mexican rap-metal Molotov attacking border “racism” is a big hit on Mexican radio, MTV en Español, and possibly even a U.S. Spanish radio station near you. It’s doubtless being played somewhere at this moment.
First, some background for the culturally deprived.
Molotov is the premier Mexico proponent of the rap-metal genre, and they are big. They’ve done extensive touring in Mexico, the U.S., and Europe, they’ve played in Argentina and Russia. Molotov has been written up in “Billboard”, “USA Today”, “Newsday”, The LA Times”, “The New York Times”, “Chicago Tribune”, “Rolling Stone”, “Vibe”, “Bass Player”, and “Rap” magazine, which called them “…one of the most important groups of Latin America.” They’ve appeared on the Latin MTV Video Music Awards Show, and earned gold and platinum records in various countries (including a platinum in the U.S.), and their music has appeared in the soundtrack of “The Big Hit” and on the Howard Stern radio show.

Although Molotov is a Mexican group protesting gringo racism, they seem quite fond of Gringo Corporations. The group is signed to and distributed by the American corporation “Universal Music”, Molotov has an American PR firm (Rogers and Cowan), their “Dance and Dense Denso” album was recorded in the U.S.A. (Larabee Studios in Los Angeles, California), and the “Frijolero” video was recorded in Austin, Texas.

[For video of Frijolero, click here…]
American citizen Allan Wall lives and works legally in Mexico, where he holds an FM-2 residency and work permit, but serves six weeks a year with the Texas Army National Guard, in a unit composed almost entirely of Americans of Mexican ancestry. His VDARE.COM articles are archived here; his FRONTPAGEMAG.COM articles are archived here; his website is here. Readers can contact Allan Wall at allan39@prodigy.net.mx.

Origins of Frijolero.

This Blogger Ran Into A Fricking Border

June 13, 2010

The boundaries of my mind are unlimited when it comes to blogging but I just ran into a road block! While looking at the template of one of my Blogger blogs FREE HOLE ERO I really messed up! It is still there but I cannot make changes to the site! This tempest in a teapot is not worrisome to most of you but it sure puts a crimp on my blogging. This new blog place may well take the place of the other one. Ill just import some of my more famous blog pieces. So all is not lost! A world without fricking blogger borders is what I would like!

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The Weather, A Safe Subject On Michoacan Net

June 3, 2010

Politics & Religion are taboo here so I figure that Patzcuaro weather is a safe topic.

When I got to here I’d heard that temperatures were stable not varying by too many degrees between highs and lows. The rainy season was predictable. It arrived around the same time every year, lingered 3 1/2 months then left. You could run around doing errands in the morning and get back before the rains started.

This was true for my first two years but things changed shortly thereafter. Global warming perhaps?

So why did Patzcuaro have such a mild climate in the past? I have heard that large bodies of water such as Lake Patzcuaro keep temperatures around them from changing rapidly. Patzcuaro being next to the lake thus the mild climate in the past.

So what has changed? The lake is what changed! Over the years it shrunk by more the one third. That might be what is behind the climate change. We now see temperature ranges of as much as forty degrees between the highs and the lows for the day. We’ve recently experienced a mini rainy season that has been much of a surprise to many of us including the local community!

I’m not sure what the cause is but the indigenous communities around the lake have tell an interesting tale. It seems that in the dead of night folks from the big city of Morelia come with huge pipes and steal the water from our lake. That is the short version of the story. Now I don’t entirely buy into that but I must admit that this is a great story and much more fun that whatever is happening to the weather. Whatever the reason, Patzcuaro is seeing extremes in climate. What’s next a white Christmas?

Hiding Our Heads In The Sand!

June 2, 2010

These day many Americans wish we could isolate ourselves from the rest of the world. We want to bury our heads in the sand and hope that our problems will go away!

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We blame the rest of the world because American jobs have gone south. At one time I could say this was literally true. Some jobs have gone to Mexico but the vast majority are now in China. Weak efforts to bring the jobs back have not succeeded. Its just not going to happen! Those old rustbelt factory jobs are never coming back. Why should they? No one wants to work in a factory 9 to 10 under sweatshop conditions these days! Undocumented workers might toil at these for awhile but only until they find a better job.

Who can we blame for our hard luck? That is who is to blame for our high unemployment, home foreclosures, political gridlock, and the next crisis that comes along? News media is quick to point fingers and ask “What can ‘they’ do to see that this never happens again?” The news people seldom provide solutions! And yet they sit in judgment whenever anything goes wrong! This may sell papers, expand their followers and maybe even get their networks more subscribers. We all know how important Nielsen ratings can be!

The American public grimaces, shake their fists and demands action!  This makes me wonder about the education level of my fellow Americans. They have stopped reading newspapers so this may have had a dummying down effect. They are not even following what is going on around the world on the news networks! Let me correct that, I must admit that Fox News has a growing following. But that tends to prove my point. Education, or the lack of such, probably started the outflow of good job to other places. I would start to point out how far the US has fallen on educating its children but that’d be part of another blog blurb.

Let me stop here for now and ask the question “How did we get into this mess?”

Also "Exactly who is this so-called American Public?”

To be continued …

Peter Prescriptions

May 29, 2010

Next time you’re on an elevator and feel bored, liven up the moment with some of these insightful ideas.
These are also useful ideas to add to your list of "Peter Prescriptions",  ( How not to raise to your level of incompetence.)

    1.    When there’s only one other person in the elevator, tap them on the shoulder and then pretend it wasn’t you.
    2.    Push the buttons and pretend they give you a shock. Smile, and go back for more.
    3.    Call the Psychic Hotline from your cell phone and ask if they know what floor you’re on.
    4.    Swat at flies that don’t exist.
    5.    Grimace painfully while smacking your forehead and muttering, "Shut up, all of you, just shut up!"
    6.    Crack open your briefcase or purse, and while peering inside, ask, "Got enough air in there?"
    7.    Lay down a Twister mat and ask people if they’d like to play.
    8.    Leave a box in the corner, and when someone gets on, ask them if they hear something ticking.
    9.    Ask if you can push the button for other people, but push the wrong ones.
    10.    Pretend you are a flight attendant and review emergency procedures and exits with the passengers.
    11.    Stand silently and motionless in the corner, facing the wall, without getting off.
    12.    Stare, grinning at another passenger for a while, and then announce, "I have new socks on."
    13.    Draw a little square on the floor with chalk and announce to the other passengers, "This is my personal space!"
    14.    Fart loudly then exclaim "Was that you. There’s no way I could do that one because unfortately mine don’t come out loud."
    15.    Before the elevator door opens shout "DING" and then laugh and say "beat you again Mr Elevator."
    16.    Stand really close to someone, sniffing them occasionally.
    17.    Hire a labrador, wear sunglasses and repeatedly walk into the walls whilst pretending to not hear the other passenger’s direction.
    18.    Drop a pen and wait until someone reaches to help pick it up, then scream, "that’s mine!"
    19.    Hold the doors open and say you’re waiting for your friend. After a while, let the doors close and say, "Hi Greg. How’s your day been?"
    20.    Stare at another passenger for a while, then announce in horror, "You’re one of THEM!" and back away slowly.