Breakout stars from Michael Jackson’s memorial service

If you saw the Michael Jackson memorial and the rendition of “Heal the World” and “We Are the World”, no doubt you saw a breakout performance by an unknown Asian singer. The mystery singer was Judith Hill, a Pasadena, California-based vocalist who was recruited to be one of the backup singers for Jackson’s This Is It! concerts at London’s O2 Arena.

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If you saw the Michael Jackson memorial and the rendition of “Heal the World” and “We Are the World”, no doubt you saw a breakout performance by an unknown Asian singer.  The mystery singer was Judith Hill, a Pasadena, California-based vocalist who was recruited to be one of the backup singers for Jackson’s This Is It! concerts at London’s O2 Arena. According to her bio:

Judith was born in Los Angeles and raised in a family of musicians.  Her mother is an immigrant from Japan who met her father in a funk band in the 1970s.  She laughs about her bi-racial experience, “I was a skinny mixed kid with a lot of hair that I didn’t know what to do with (and still don’t know what to do with it).  And my mom could not help me with it!” She lived in a Christian home and embraced Jesus Christ at an early age.  She comments, “I had a pretty good life in my childhood.  Me and God were friends since the beginning.  That helped a lot. But, it didn’t save me from walking a path of pain and asking the deep questions of life.  I was a philosopher as a kid, and in school you could find me in the library.”  She admits that she never “fit in”.  Depending on the social circle, she was labeled “too quiet”, “too loud”, “too black”, “to asian”, or too something.  Judith expresses, “I was a traveler, kind of a drifter.  But, looking back I see how all of those experiences, friends, and cultures made me who I am today.”

She will likely play a role in AEG’s tribute concerts in the months to come.  You can find her Myspace page here.

You can see a couple of her performances here:

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When the final Michael Jackson “This Is It” rehearsal videos was released, people were talking about the female guitarist featured alongside Jackson. Her name is Orianthi Panagaris, and she’s barely 24 years old.  She was born in Adelaide, South Australia.  Orianthi started playing guitar at age six.

You can find her Myspace page here and follow her on Twitter here.

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Firefox 3.5 and color management

Firefox 3.5 was released a few days ago and no doubt a few people are anxious to upgrade. The most notable change is Firefox 3.5 is now color managed by default resulting in accurate colors for images saved in color profiles other than sRGB. The other feature some may find useful is private browsing (aka: porn mode). When this feature is enabled, you won’t leave a single browsing fingerprint behind for others to discover. You can slip in and out of private browsing mode quickly, so it’s easy to return to what you were doing before as if nothing ever happened (you can also browse privately all the time).

Firefox 3.5 was released a few days ago and no doubt a few people are anxious to upgrade.  The most notable change is Firefox 3.5 is now color managed by default resulting in accurate colors for images saved in color profiles other than sRGB. The other feature some may find useful is private browsing (aka: porn mode). When this feature is enabled, you won’t leave a single browsing fingerprint behind for others to discover. You can slip in and out of private browsing mode quickly, so it’s easy to return to what you were doing before as if nothing ever happened (you can also browse privately all the time).

Beyond that, the biggest reason to upgrade is speed. Firefox 3.5 is significantly faster than all previous version of Firefox.

Windows users can upgrade by going here.

Linux users will not see Firefox 3.5 included in the distribution until it has been vetted by the distributor and users.  Ubuntu users anxious to upgrade should follow these instructions.

Existing FF users should be aware that lots of add on are still incompatible with 3.5. The following is a list of add ons that are known to be incompatible with Firefox 3.5.

Add N Edit Cookies 0.2.1.3
CookieSwap 0.5.165b
Ctrl Tab Preview 0.2.1
deli.icio.us. 1.2
Exif Viewer 1.45
Google Gears 0.5.23.0
Opanda iExif 2.3
Pagemark 0.1
Paste and Go 2 0.8
Restore Scroll Position 0.5.9.11
Richscrollbar 0.1
Tab Mix Plus 0.3.7.3

TinEye, Xmarks, Stylish, Adblock Plus, Lazarus: Forms Recovery, FireFTP, Cooliris are all compatible.

When you upgrade to Firefox 3.5, it will initially test your existing add ons for compatibility. It’s a good idea to update all your add ons first by going to Tools-Add Ons-Find Updates. Any add ons it finds incompatible will be disabled. After Firefox 3.5 upgrades, check for add on updates again and it will update to the latest versions.

You can disable update checks by taking the following steps:

* Type about:config into Firefox’s address bar and click the “I’ll be careful, I promise!” button.
* Right-click anywhere. Choose New>Boolean. Make the name of your new config value extensions.checkCompatibility and set it to false.
* Make another new boolean pair called extensions.checkUpdateSecurity and set the value to false.
* Restart Firefox.

Color management in Firefox 3.5

All browsers with the exception of Safari and Firefox 3 (with modifications) were not color managed. That meant only pictures saved in sRGB color profile will display close to the intended colors. Images tagged with any other color profiles will render incorrectly resulting often in muted colors. In Firefox 3, users could turn on color management at the expense of a performance hit. Firefox 3.5 now has color management turned on by default as they have improved performance 5x faster than 3.0.

There are three modes for color management which can be verified/changed by typing about:config in the url bar.

Filter for: gfx.color_management.mode

The values are:

0=Color management disabled. (Default in Firefox 3.)
1=Full color management
2=Color management applied only to tagged images.  (Default in Firefox 3.5.)

Looking at the image below, non managed browsers and mode 1 will see one purple box. Mode 2 will see a lighter purple box to the right unless your system profile is sRGB.

Why are the images now darker?

Caveats

The new QCMS color management system introduced in Firefox 3.5 currently only supports ICC version 2 color profiles, not version 4. This bug occurs both in Windows and Mac OS. This bug is more likely to present itself to advanced users as they are more likely to have monitor calibration software that creates ICC v4 profiles. This may result in images being too dark. See bug 488800 and the ICC version 4 profile test.

Firefox 3.5.1 was released on July 17, 2009 but it does not address the color management bug with ICC V4.

Is your system ICC v4 ready?

If you want to use Firefox 3.5 but you are getting dark images, you can fix this by simply changing the color management mode to 0, 1, or 2. There is no need to downgrade back to Firefox 3 unless you need to do it for some other reason.

Check here for more information regarding color management on the web.

America’s Next Top Model Cycle 14

I was looking at the casting requirements for Cycle 14. They have gone back to the normal height requirements of 5′ 7″ or taller. No more shorty season. But something else struck me when looking at the local auditions. The list of cities seem to be designed to exclude major modeling markets like LA, NY, Miami, Chicago. I’m wondering if their new spin will be “ANTM: Hometown Hotties”. Anyone have any insight into this?

I was looking at the casting requirements for Cycle 14. They have gone back to the normal height requirements of 5′ 7″ or taller. No more shorty season. But something else struck me when looking at the local auditions. The list of cities seem to be designed to exclude major modeling markets like LA, NY, Miami, Chicago. I’m wondering if their new spin will be “ANTM: Hometown Hotties”. Anyone have any insight into this?

http://www.cwtv.com/thecw/topmodel-cycle14-Casting

List of open call cities:

Providence, RI
Thursday, July 2
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Emerald Square Mall
999 South Washington Street
North Attleboro, MA 02760

Charleston/Huntington/Portsmouth, WV
Monday, July 6
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Huntington Mall
1 Mall Rd
Barboursville, WV 25504

Eureka, CA
Tuesday, July 7
4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Arcata Theatre

Huntsville, AL
Wednesday, July 8
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Merrimack Hall – Performing Arts Center
3320 Triana Blvd
Huntsville, AL 35805

Grand Rapids and Lansing, MI
Wednesday, July 8
8:00 AM
Eve Salon
Westnedge Rd.
Portage, MI

Tampa Bay, FL
Wednesday, July 8
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ritz Theatre
Ybor City
Tampa, FL

Honolulu, HI
Wednesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 9
Salon Bobbi and Guy
Kapolei Commons
4450 Kapolei Parkway
Unit 108
Kapolei, HI 96707

Lake Charles, LA
Wednesday, July 8
Prien Lake Mall
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Madison, WI
Thursday, July 9
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
WBUW TV
2814 Syene Road
Madison, WI 53713

Toledo, OH
Thursday, July 9
12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
New York Collection
4861 Dorr Street #A
Toledo, OH 43615

Shreveport, LA/Texarkana, AR
Friday, July 10
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
KTBS 3/KPXJ CW 21
4425 Jefferson Avenue
Suite 202
Texarkana, AR 71854

Detroit, MI
Friday, July 10
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
CW50 Studios
26905 W. 11 Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48033

Topeka, KS
Friday, July 10
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Westridge Mall

Washington, DC
Friday, July 10
3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Saturday, July 11
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Potomac Mills Mall
Fashion Centre @ Pentagon City

Lubbock, TX
Registration Saturday, July 11
9:00 AM
Auditions Saturday, July 11
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
South Plains Mall

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
Saturday, July 11
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Seven Sushi Ultralounge
700 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN

Yakima/Tri Cities, WA
Saturday, July 11
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Valley Mall

Portland, OR
Saturday, July 11
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cedar Hills Crossing
3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd # 100
Beaverton, OR 97005-1357

Bakersfield, CA
Saturday, July 11
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Federico’s Career College

Greenville, NC
Saturday, July 11
1:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sun Chase Apartments

Montgomery, AL
Saturday, July 11
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Jack Ingram Volkswagen

Reno, NV
Saturday, July 11
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
The Legends at Sparks Marina

Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, NC
Saturday, July 11
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Ashtae Products Inc.
1325 S. Eugene St.
Greensboro, NC 27406

Columbia, MO
Saturday, July 11
11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Shady Gators
Lake Ozark, Missouri

Birmingham/Homewood, AL
Saturday, July 11
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM PM
Colonial Brookwood Village
780 Brookwood Village
Homewood, AL 35209

Baton Rouge, LA
Saturday, July 11
TBD

Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, VA
Saturday, July 11
12:00 PM – 3:30 PM
The Gallery at Military Circle
880 N. Military Hwy.
Norfolk, VA 23502

Roanoke/Lynchburg, VA
Saturday, July 11
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Holiday Inn Tanglewood
4468 Starkey Road, S.W.
Roanoke, VA 24018

St. Louis, MO
Saturday, July 11
8:00 AM
Patricia Stevens College
330 N. 4th Street
St. Louis, MO 63102

San Diego, CA
Saturday, July 11
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Liberty Station
NTC Promenade
Pt. Loma NTC Command Center
2640 Historic Decatur Rd
San Diego, CA 92106

Davenport, Iowa
Saturday, July 11
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Modern Woodmen Park
209 S. Gaines Street
Davenport, Iowa 52802

St Joseph, MO
Sunday, July 12
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
East Hills Shopping Center