Thursday, September 30, 2004
Nice site devoted to Stupid Security, looks worth a further look.
|Category: Star Wars|
Maybe on the telly. The very good news is that George Lucas is not expected to direct or have anything to do with the day to day operations. Even better news is that the slated director may be Kevin Smith according to pundits. What I didn't know is that he is also working on this. The number of things I don't know are increasing at an alarming rate.
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
|Category: Cultural Differences|
What is it about the Japanese and penguins?
We've all heard of Supermarionation but the new pitcher Team America is filmed entirely in supercrappynation!
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Sorry, DB has never been a top 1000 name so we are unable to display a graph for the name DB. Bugger!
A fascinating history of punctuation.
Monday, September 27, 2004
I hadn't heard that there was gonna be a re-make of Bewitched. What I'd like to see is if they switch Dicks half way through the pitcher.
Amuse your friends and family with Hand Shadows.
Now I Wanna Be Your dog! (with apologies)
Thinking about this reminds me of this.
I guess it happens all the time.
|Category: Star Wars|
Oh George! You've done it again!
Sunday, September 26, 2004
|Category: Star Wars|
What do you think the administrative cost of the janitorial staff for the Death Star would be? Nude Chewbacca? and much more. Nice article from CNN.
Saturday, September 25, 2004
|Category: Thunderbirds (again, sorry)|
What I didn't know is that the Production Company responsible for the above was also responsible for Four Weddings & a Funeral; Johnny English; Elizabeth; Notting Hill and Bridget Jones's Diary amongst others. go Figure!
I agree with Semi (about this fillum at least). Sylvia thinks so too! I figure that The Hood has been sent to Gaol (at least until they make a sequel) so I'm not as concerned about this.
|Category: Star Wars|
The Gnu Hunter points at some commentary by the kiddy Latham who likens himself to Luke Skywalker and Little Johnny Howard to Darth Vader. He hastened to add that Howard will not turn out to be his father. But will Carmen Lawrence turn out to be his sister?
My image of election night has little Johnny coming from behind... "the force is strong in this one"... and NO Millenium Falcon coming in to save the day... "But not strong enough"... "Luke" goes up in flames... the
(Again with the) Vegetarian Sharks! I say Bug's Life is better that Antz and I say Finding Nemo (with all of its mucky Green Religion) is better than Shark Tale.
It all looks great but the story is, dare I say it, wet. SPOILER ALERT... It turns out that the tough godfather comes to terms with the fact that his second son is a transgender vegetarian dolphin. It seems a bit extreme to me, though, that learning to live with one son's homosexuality required the other, heterosexual, son to lose his life when an anchor drops on his head.
3/10 - it looked okay, the plot resolved (sort of) but the credits were too long (why the hell don't they move the songs and performers further up the queue?).
BTW is it only in Australia that Tracy Grimshaw is the voice for Katie Current? Yes! The real Katie Couric is doing it for the US release next Friday. It will be interesting to see what's on the region 4 DVD.
I think I'm going to have to see it again to see where I went wrong. This on imdb:
The original Thunderbirds was an eccentric, low-budget, weird piece of TV science fiction with the emphasis on alluring gadgetry and brilliant machines. The fact that all roles were played by puppets certainly helped it attain a certain cult status. Fans and even casual viewers have fond memories of puppets bobbing around miniature sets and palm trees folding back to allow Thunderbird 2 to get down the runway. Approaching a cinematic updating of the concept, director Jonathan Frakes had two choices: Go for a faithful, no-holds-barred action-packed romp full of alluring gadgetry and brilliant machines with a 21st century gloss, or ruin the whole thing and make the worst film of the year. Unfortunately, Mr. Frakes chose the latter option.Firstly, it was NOT low budget. It was a very expensive production in its day. It was made with puppets and models because that was the only way to do such things. Go look at Gerry Anderson's current remake of Captain Scarlet, go on... CGI, isn't it? Just like most of the action bits in the new movie. The story was not really helped by the marionettes bobbing around and if you thought that was a feature you missed the point, bozo.
The vehicles one through five and the mole are all very similar to the originals but with way more detail and realistic manoeverability that CGI brings. For my money, ths film is very faithful to the original concept. I say Gerry's being just a bit precious or bitter. What's more, I find it hard to believe he is so stupid as to have turned down $750k to say it was alright.
Just one thing, how is the Hood made to forget where Tracy Island is? Make that 9.5 9.4.
Friday, September 24, 2004
Despite what Semi said here it looks like Gerry disagrees with him.
"Speaking via telephone from his home in the UK following a screening of the original Thunderbirds movie, Thunderbirds Are Go!, the creator of the British cult television hit said the new film was a "terrible failure"."(punch through for full PDF transcript).
|Category: (Again with the) Mathematics|
Google found a picture of a friend of mine seemingly taken two years before he was born!
Dr Aldred’s current research interests involve paths, cycles, matchings and colourings in graphs. Recently he has worked on bounding the number of cycles in a 3-connected cubic graph, determining the smallest 3-connected cubic planar non-Hamiltonian graphs of cyclic connectivity 4 and 5, factoring (colouring) regular graphs into linear forests of minimum length and classes of graphs which admit 1-factors with prescribed and proscribed edges.That would come in handy at a bar-b-cue fry-up.
Having attended many seminars where I had no idea what the presenter was trying to say, I found this paper really useful. I hadn't seen it for about twenty years and this morning I woke up with the name Bombialdi ringing through my head. Google is your friend.
Thursday, September 23, 2004
TCS has some great background stuff about the birth of the V8 including heaps of praise for Cadillac.
The EU position on advertising of prescription drugs is pretty much mirrored here in Australia. One way or another we are going to have to introduce some market forces into our health industries or we will continue our backward slide, IMHO.
Slightly more information in this Russ Meyer obit (unfortunately you may have to register). Love this bit... (VULGARITY ALERT!)
In France Meyer's commanding officer was Ernest Hemingway, who enabled the shy young cameraman to lose his virginity. Major Hemingway escorted Meyer to a brothel outside Paris which he controlled, and told him to take his pick of the 15 staff. "I picked the girl with the biggest tits," Meyer recalled.
|Category: Star Wars|
Still more changes to the original saga. (I smiled a coupla' times but probably not worth 10 pages but)
Would you like fries with that?
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Whoa! Hold on there boy...
The progression from Blade Runner through Total Recall to Paycheck has all the hallmarks of one of his stories—black irony, psychological degradation and the implication of a vast conspiracy organized to deceive and persecute one man. The young Dick would have written it as a dark comedy, the older as a bizarre Christian fable.I'm not sure how to read this. Is he suggesting a progression from bad to worse or from good to bad?
Tuesday, September 21, 2004
|Category: Star Wars|
Five major changes in the Ep IV-VI DVD.
Monday, September 20, 2004
Thinking Portable Audio Laboratory? Think iPAL.
Sunday, September 19, 2004
Via Æ Brain, a history of British offshore radio. Very appropriate given that it is International Talk Like A Pirate Day.
Saturday, September 18, 2004
Me and my two boys (9 and 7) went to see Thunderbirds over at Airport West (where it only cost eight bucks each for entry). IMDB users gave it just 4.2/10, they're wrong. From the magnificently simple graphics of the opening credits to the tear-jerkingly emotional final scene, this is one great pitcher. Alan is Anakin, Darth and Luke all wrapped into one, Tintin is a Carmen Cortez and Princess Leia morph, and Lady Penelope IS Lady Penelope with a smidge of Emma Peel and Purdy in the blend. Ben Kingsley as the Hood was a master touch of casting.
As a matter of interest, the Hood's special powers are also shared by some of his relatives and might be described as being derived from "an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together".
Favourite Scene: Parker needs a bit of wire to pick a lock, Lady Penelope reaches up under her top and pulls out a bit of wiring evidently from her bra, Parker says "thanks m'Lady" and Lady P says "That's alright, I don't need it".
By all accounts, Gerry Anderson has little or no interest in this piece of work. I guess that's a shame but these people did such a good job of it that I wouldn't change a thing.
9.5/10 (the credits at the end were way too long and I was waiting for info about the music.
From The Onion:
Kerry Vows To Raise Wife's Taxes
|Category: Star Wars|
Interesting interview with ol' George Lucas.
Friday, September 17, 2004
Some commentary on the election from the Currency Lad including this on the possibility of Pauline Hanson's return:
I'd just say this to Andrew Bartlett: mate, don't go off the deep end with Pauline. She's a straight shooter who's done porridge and, if attacked, will surely shank your ass.Oh also he pointed at an article of a politician with a hand problem.
Relevant to this and this, you too can play I Wanna Be Sedated (although I do dispute the reference to "No Hits").
Years and years ago I came across the fact that almost all phone numbers used in the sit-coms of my youth were prefixed with the 555 area-code (thanks blogless Ina (assuming she's right)). This was so that "works of fiction" (books, TV, Movies et al) could use numbers that would never get released to the broader community. I never realised that our ACA Numbering Team were this advanced.
No Highs? No Lows? Must be Bose!
Apple fanatics are surely fanatical. One of the things that amuses the heck out of me are the "unboxing" pages that folks post everytime Apple release a new bit of hardware. These are sites that document the whole unboxing experience, I've not come across this sort of madness in the PC world. I wonder what that means? In the mean time, unboxing the iMac G5!
Thursday, September 16, 2004
For extreme geeks only... a presentation about ways OpenBSD has been made more secure at kernel/binary levels.
|Category: Recently Dead Things|
Vale for the Late Mrs. McCartney's (gotta research that lineage a bit better I guess) local branch of the Company. (like, they hadn't seen it coming?), too bad for the Northern Suburbs, but.
|Category: Good Advice|
Very good advice indeed if your airplane gets hijacked by poltergeists. Don't be a hero, not having a special preparation and, whatever you do, Don't disarrange them!
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Slatts made the trip up the Geelong Road to the NGV and he made an aesthetic judgment in its favour particularly when compared to Hideous Federation Square. I hope you kept an eye out for falling glass, Slatts!
I saw this on Wired this morning and forgot to link. Maybe we should have iPods beaming to tube-amps attached to tape decks being recorded by iTunes to play back on.... oh, don't worry!
Last Thursday Donald Leslie died at age 93. Apparently he was cremated yesterday which is a shame because we will never be able to say he is spinning in his grave.
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
The banning of very useful CFCs is a lot like the whole messy Kyoto business, it is bad science but very nice politics for some. This article deserves a reading. Also, at the same site, a well written dissertation on global warming.
Apple -v- Apple, the adventure continues.
Monday, September 13, 2004
Somebody in the Bracks government had it in for Moreland City College (K-12). From Victor Perton's site...
Moreland City College Closure - "F" for the Bracks GovernmentI went there (Coburg High) as well. Also, Robert Walls. I'm of the opinion that we don't know doodly-squatt about the real reasons for the closure.
UPDATE: (we'll lose another reader for this, I'm sure) Andrew Bolt writes on this very topic.
To get this post in perspective you may need to go look at some articles about the CBS 60 Minutes "forged" documents "scandal", here and here and here.
Slatts pointed at a magnificent Top Ten article about Dan Rather and the CBS news article. In comments:
Top Ten Reasons CBS Is The Best In The BusinessThe links for this story pile up, some very funny. Go search it out yourself ya lazy cow!
I hadn't realised that our friends at Hartwell are doing Arcadia as their next production.
I hadn't realised the name of the LPA canditate for my local electorate until I noticed over the weekend that his name is Woody Inman, as my brother-in-law commented it could have been worse I suppose, he could have been called Richard.
Saturday, September 11, 2004
I'm re-discovering LC again after a while (as, apparently, a number of my peers are as well (no link AFAIK)). Now that I have (mostly) recovered from (most) of my Teenage Angst I find I can enjoy him as a Singer, but I hadn't come across this cracker before (again) AFAIK. Or this, from the lyrics at least, quite relevant parody.
The British library has digitised almost two dozen Shakespeare plays. Looks like a cracker of a read.
GWB -v- JC?
Friday, September 10, 2004
I use Windows 2000 for many hours every day. If it starts misbehaving I reboot and if the problem persists I do a Windows Update. I do my damndest not to use Internet Explorer preferring Firefox and Opera. I find this to be quite a reliable and cost-effective platform for my usage patterns. I am not using this machine to make split second or automated decisions in battle situations. I wouldn't dream of doing so. The Royal Navy appears happy to do so, however. Utter madness.
Thanks AEBrain for the pointer.
Just remember, a dog is for life, not just for BANG!
The SMH has disgraced itself yet again. Way less than 24 hours since the bombing that killed at least nine and injured at least 180, they are conducting a poll (link won't last long I suspect) on which Australian political party it will benefit most.
Senior Executives Name Greatest Innovations and Innovators of Past 75 Years.
Travelling? SeatGuru apparently knows all of the best seats.
Thursday, September 09, 2004
If you turn me down now, I will become more drunk than you can possibly imagine, geek pick up lines (some of which are actually funny).
|Category: Ep IV, V, VI|
Interesting article about how G5's were used to clean up the fillums.
Slide Rules rule!
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
I laughed at this list of possible one-hit-wonder songs.
Monday, September 06, 2004
Warwick Hughes' page looks to be an absolute cracker. So far I have only just scratched the surface.
Sunday, September 05, 2004
(What sort of name is "Zell" anyway?) Is he really the Sith Emperor but?
Saturday, September 04, 2004
The Uncle at ABCWatch pointed me at a Keith Windschuttle review of The Anti-Chomsky Reader by Peter Collier and David Horowitz. I have not read the book but I do have it on my "to acquire" list. I had always imagined that Chomsky's academic record was unchallengeably sound. It appears that I may have been wrong to make such assumptions...
The most devastating articles in the Anti-Chomsky Reader are not those that expose the ideological prejudices, factual misrepresentations, and distorted logic of his political writings but the two at the end of the book that tear up his reputation as one of the towering intellects of our time. Two essays about linguistics reveal Chomsky’s output in that field to be not the work of a rare, great mind but the product of a very familiar kind of academic hack. His reputation turns out not to have been earned by any significant contribution to human understanding but to be the product of a combination of self-promotion, abuse of detractors, and the fudging of his findings.Hmm... gotta get that book!
Given that TramTown now appears on the top of a Google search for "iPod" I suppose I'd best add to the reputation by noting some Paul Thurrot commentary in this week's WinInfo Short Takes.
This first item has the Fruitloop computer company criticising Microsoft for its own shortcomings.
The second has Silly Billy Gates doing a bit of stand-up improv that had me laughing out loud!
Some of our readers might recognise somebody whose picture appears at the bottom of this article.
A terrific sad/happy story about the-kid-who-got-picked-on-all-the-time. Pointed out by Tim Blair.
Friday, September 03, 2004
Sorry about the post looping earlier on. I generally post using the BlogThis! button and it was erroring like a mad erroring thing over the last 24 hours. What I hadn't picked up on was that it actually stored all of the errant posts and then bulk posted them! Normal service will now be resumed.
Take me to your iLeader. (or should that be take your iLeader to wherever?)
|Category: Go Zell!|
Senator Zell Miller (D-GA) talked to the RNC. My favourite part of his speech...
Listing all the weapon systems that Senator Kerry tried his best to shut down sounds like an auctioneer selling off our national security but Americans need to know the facts.
Thursday, September 02, 2004
Just in case you missed it, mTunes.
Fed Square is Go! With Gerry and Bud doing Q & A. Should be worth going to.
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
|Category: Academia/Popular Culture|
And the intersection set betwixt? The Monetary Economics of Thurston Howell III
|Category: Home Theatre|
This product looks worthy of investigation in the home or amateur theatre large screen front.
Dutch Politics. Noted by Alan Anderson and Steve Edwards, Ayaan Hirsi Ali is making quite an impact on the Dutch public. She has had to fight for her rights as a woman and she deserves some recognition and praise for fighting for the right of others.
Mrs Hirsi Ali arrived in Holland as a penniless refugee in 1992 after sneaking across the German border to escape a forced marriage to a Somali kinsman. She did not speak a word of Dutch. Finding jobs as a cleaner, she went on to study political science at Leiden University.