Saturday, October 20, 2007

Allyson's Kitchen Video Contest

SidFilmz just produced a short contest video for Allyson's Kitchen showcasing an It's All Greek Demonstration Cooking Class. The video is for a contest hosted by Bertolli to win an opportunity to co-host a cooking show with Rocco DiSpirito. The contest ends Oct. 31, so we need your help voting now to boost Allyson's Ratings. Click here to Vote on Allyson's Video, and watch a teaser video to the right.
SidFilmz is currently editing together the recipes that you see featured in this teaser video here. Visit Allyson's Blog for more updates, and to see the new videos once they are posted. And don't forget to vote for Allyson's Contest Video here.
Preview of Allyson's Blog

Paella Party

The beauty of Paella is that you can cook it for an intimate dinner, or expand the quantities to feed a crowd. Paella is a short grain rice-based dish with many variations, from vegetarian versions, to those that include smoked sausages, chicken, and shell fish. The dish is said to have originated in the areas of Valencia and Levante, Spain’s eastern coastal plain where much of the country’s rice is grown.
Paella is cooked in a wide, flat, round pan that starts on the stove and can be finished in the oven. Saffron is one the signature ingredients included in many of the traditional recipes. When prepared correctly, the bottom layer and outer edges of the rice offer up caramelized, lightly crunchy, golden morsels, while the center of the dish is moist and complex.
Most of the preparation for this Spanish feast can easily be done in advance. The tapas require simply assembly, the ingredients for the Paella can all be prepared a day in advance, and the cake can be made up to two days before. And although I know the food will be fabulous, I also know the truly memorable part of the evening will be spending time with our dear friends.
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Friday, October 12, 2007

Single Mom Sued by RIAA

OCT 2007 - The RIAA won their first trial by jury of yet another single mom, this one a native american no less, for $220,000 over illegally sharing (or providing to be shared) 24 songs.

That's over $9,000 a song.

None of them were even any good. These are the songs that you get on the $5 CDs at Freddies, WallyWorld, and gas stations. Shit like Guns 'n Roses, old Janet Jackson, and Journey. In my opinion these songs are all worthless. Nearly every one is played insestantly on the lamest radio stations that fuel most middle class work-days and restaurant kitchens.

What makes this outrageous is that for the jury of peers, this was close to the least amount the woman could have been charged, if they were to convict her guilty - which they did. The record companies could have got a couple million for these outdated tracks, rather than just take their time to create some new and original content for their neglected market.

For the RIAA, the issue is clear-cut. Jammie Thomas, a single mother living in Brainerd, Minnesota, was the Charter subscriber associated with the IP address on February 21, 2005, which is when SafeNet discovered tereastarr@KaZaA logged onto KaZaA with over 1,700 recordings in a shared folder. According to the RIAA, Thomas has used the "tereastarr" nickname online for "many years," leading them to believe that she was indeed responsible for "distributing" the recordings.

- arstechnica

*The RIAA was represented by Capitol Records, Sony BMG, Arista Records, Interscope Records, Warner Bros. Records and UMG Recordings

Thursday, October 11, 2007

The Killer Valley Horror Film Festival

RISE - short film premiering at the Killer Valley Horror Film FestivalThe Killer Valley Horror Film Festival festival will be hosted Sunday, Bloody Sunday on October 14, 2007. It will be at Vibes Main 1 in Medford, starting at 2pm. Admission is 10 dollars, 6 if you wear a costume. You also get to be in the Costume Contest to compete for prizes. This festival is in its first year, and will feature indy films of the scary movie, horror film genre. For more information, contact Randy Granstrom, of Rogue Productions or visit

Killer Valley Films, a local indy motion picture production group in the Rogue Valley is showcasing their short indy, "RISE" at the Killer Valley Horror Film Festival.

Films screening include "Dead Girls," "Play With Me," and "Taking Sides". It is highly likely that Nealham's "The Button Pusher" or "Remote Control Optional" will also showcase at KVHFF.

The event is sponsored by SidFilmz, Rogue Productions, and Noxious Trinity among others.