09 PM | 28 May

Melbourne International Animation Festival

Returning to ACMI with an exciting, intriguing, inspiring, sometimes controversial, thoroughly comprehensive collection of animation. The best, new animation in the world will be brought to Melbourne audiences with over 300 films presented in a series of amazing programs and satellite events.

In addition there are two firsts for the 2007 festival – a second Australian Panorama created in response to the influx of fantastic Australian films received by MIAF this year, and the introduction of a Teen Program, enabling under 18s to view an edgy and ‘of the moment’ program created specifically for their age group.

When: 19-24 June Where: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square Information: www.acmi.net.au

09 PM | 28 May

AussieChix is Open! (Source…)

The worldwide LinuxChix community welcomes AussieChix. Following on the heels of Frances E. Allen being the first woman ever to receive the prestigious ‘Turing Award,’ AussieChix aims to highlight and encourage women in computing.

While the organisation has a key interest in free and open source software (eg Linux, Firefox and OpenOffice.org) the focus of the group is to show women in computing that they are not alone.

AussieChix has emerged from the amalgamation of the Sydney and Melbourne chapters of LinuxChix, and throws open its doors to women across Australia. AussieChix is not an exclusive club – far from it. It is free to join, and the only requirements are “Be polite, be helpful.” (Which makes us sound like the new millennium version of the Country Women’s Authority – next, a virtual lamington drive!)

AussieChix is a fun and encouraging environment, inclusive and conducive to networking. For beginners, administrators, programmers and hobbyists.

Chix should click on http://au.linuxchix.org or google ‘aussiechix.’ email:media@au.linuxchix.org

08 PM | 28 May

Call for Soundtrack Submissions

Call for Soundtrack Submissions

“THE L-WHO?” ASKS “SHE WASN’T LAST NIGHT” CREW >> (Oakland, CA) Mix “The L-Word” and “Waiting to Exhale” into a deep, soulful masala, and you’ll find yourself getting more than a little warm.

Have you heard about the independent film “She Wasn’t Last Night?” Sensually tipping the velvet hat to a song by Meshell Ndegeocello, the title of this, the first black lesbian romantic drama-comedy, bespeaks more depth than you may assume.

“She Wasn’t Last Night” follows the subtly solid and beautiful Shantel Crockett as her feelings of safety in her 3-year-relationship are shattered. She discovers her girlfriend Reyna, the troubled ingenue 10 years her junior, isn’t so happy after all. Enter charming-and-fine Jack, the town player, who has her sights set on wrecking Reyna and Shantel’s house–for good.

Slated for an October 2007 filming, as the story of the movie “She Wasn’t Last Night” unfolds, so, too does the story of Griot Soul Films, a nonprofit organization in the making. Courageous and talented, Griot Soul Films’ Founder/Director Darice Jones and producer Sanjay Sooknanan have already held a staged reading for the community, and all attendees, regardless of gender, race, or orientation, have found the film to appeal to the universal truth in all of us: everybody needs love…real love. And players? Well, they deserve to play! More community events, an indie soundtrack, and film fundraisers are scheduled in the coming weeks and months.

Griot Soul Films does not save the drama for your mama! In fact, our cast is made up of an eclectic group of social activists, artists, educators, professional actors, beginning actors, and even an engineer. Common to all of these strong women is a heartfelt commitment to storytelling coupled with the talent and dedication to tell this story well. Our diverse cast is 100% African descended, majority LGBTQ, and 100% supportive of the creation of complex film images of Black people throughout the Diaspora.

Won’t you help be a part of this cutting-edge filmic revolution of the heart? Get involved by subscribing to our mailing list, visiting and becoming a member at shewasntlastnight.ning.com and spread the word! # # #

08 PM | 28 May

Tesla sports car

The Tesla sports car http://www.teslamotors.com/ is a beautiful piece of engineering, but while the company plans to sell up to 10,000 such units from 2009 the car is too expensive for the average Joe because it literally uses computer laptop batteries as the power source. Mitsubishi in contrast, is building an entire battery factory to fuel their upcoming 2010 electric vehicle, and are apprarently planning a first run of 200,000 battery packs — and that is just a trial run…