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Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day (thanks iXbit)!

Con Edison (local gas and electric) sent along a couple of electricians yesterday to install an upgrade to our power meter. The thing is wireless now, and they will apparently scan the meter from the truck as they drive by, rather than have to enter the basement and read it. I haven't tried my wireless networking here since then, but I am assuming (eeek!) that it will still work. As such technology proliferates it will be interesting to see if they turn out hackable, and what sort of interesting things people will manage to come up with to play with the system... ah, who am I kidding, I'm guessing people have already worked some shenanigans out for these things.

Play Time: Helvetica vs. Arial. Thanks ^DragOn^.
Links of the Day: Baby Ink Tattoo. Thanks WarPig. Way beyond creepy.
Kansas Is Flatter Than a Pancake. Thanks The Truth.
Lots of Programs in Can for 'ETV'.
Stories of the Day: RIAA Hit List. Aab@Kazaa. LOL!!
Use of dead celebrities to sell stuff. Thanks David Purviance.
Creative Cuban migrants halted by the Coast Guard. We need to welcome this sort of ingenuity.
Wild Science: Genetic Study Shows Extent of Whale Slaughter. Thanks Devicer.
Brain machine 'improves musicianship'.
Researchers find fat-storage gene.
Weird Science: Government Offers Plan to Coordinate Climate Study (registration required). Dragging their feet as quickly as possible.
They're out for blood. Mosquitoes will bite my brother 100 times more than they bite me.
Scientist to create 'haunted house'.
Follow-ups: Dealer arrested in Jesus relic forgery.
Polar Bear Turns Purple After Medication. Thanks Jennerstein.
Voting machine fails inspection.
Thanks Mike Martinez.
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Re: 28 Days Later news
Jul 26, 2003, 01:50
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28 Days Later news
Jul 26, 2003, 00:43
WarPig
 
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28 Days Later news Jul 26, 2003, 00:43
Jul 26, 2003, 00:43
 WarPig
 
Have you seen 28 Days Later yet?

If anybody is going to go see it, you might want to sit through the credits...

http://www.cnn.com/2003/SHOWBIZ/Movies/07/25/sprj.cas03.film.28.days.ap/index.html

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Re: Heh
Jul 25, 2003, 22:45
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Re: Heh Jul 25, 2003, 22:45
Jul 25, 2003, 22:45
 
George needs to stop f$^*ing with the classics!
Tell me about it! He totally disgraced the SW series with Episode I and II. The stories were grandiose and didn't have the brialliant simplicity of the first ones. He's constructing plots that neither his writing or directing skills can handle. The two best SW movies, ESB and RotJ weren't directed by him! Coincidence...? I think not.


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Re: looni
Jul 25, 2003, 22:41
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Re: looni Jul 25, 2003, 22:41
Jul 25, 2003, 22:41
 WarPig
 
What plot hole.

I just hope I can explain it well enough...

How exactly did Burgess (Max von Sydow) set up John Anderton (Tom Cruise) to shoot that man? I mean what chain of events did Burgess actually set in motion and how did he do it?

All I saw in the movie was Burgess paying off some guy to sit in a hotel room - nothing else. How could Anderton be set up to murder someone in the future by Burgess simply paying off a guy to sit in a hotel room with doctored pictures of his dead son, not to mention making it all happen just in time to get the Pre-crime project approved (remember, John has been searching for this guy for six years)? Think about it, the only thing that triggers the whole chain of events is the fact that IT WILL HAPPEN - if the pre-cogs don't see it happening, Anderton never goes on the journey that leads him to meeting the guy. It's not the fact that he kills the guy and the precogs see it that I'm arguing - it's the fact that these events could never be set up in advance without tampering with the precogs (which is never an option in the plot), or getting Anderton to meet the man he kills by some other means (could be done, but would be "too simple" I guess). I don't know how else to put it. I realize stories dealing with seeing the future or time travel are always filled with paradoxes and are by nature a leap of faith, but...


That being said, I still really liked the movie. It moved fast enought that I really enjoyed it and didn't think about these things until afterwards.


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Re: looni
Jul 25, 2003, 22:08
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Re: looni Jul 25, 2003, 22:08
Jul 25, 2003, 22:08
 Bronco
 
Frickin' Ebert wouldn't post my question on Minority Report's huge plot hole because he had already commented on how intelligent the plot was in his review. But I'm not bitter. (fat four eyed bastard)

Ok I watched that a long time ago. What plot hole. Secret text to spare those who have waited this long to see it.

As for the fat part. I was surprised when he was not the first of that pair to die.


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Re: looni
Jul 25, 2003, 21:24
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Re: looni Jul 25, 2003, 21:24
Jul 25, 2003, 21:24
 
blue whar is my link

fly boy i will save you
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Re: looni
Jul 25, 2003, 21:24
WarPig
 
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Re: looni Jul 25, 2003, 21:24
Jul 25, 2003, 21:24
 WarPig
 
I'm glad that the looni thing was posted. I read that a while ago and forgot to mention it here. Frickin' Ebert wouldn't post my question on Minority Report's huge plot hole because he had already commented on how intelligent the plot was in his review. But I'm not bitter. (fat four eyed bastard)

Btw, on the Baby Ink link I sent Blue: the whole time I was looking over that site I was telling myself, "this can not be real", but it didn't have a single place on it where it tipped off that it was a joke. So, I guess it got me - I should have checked snopes like I do with half the stupid email stories sent to me.

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No subject
Jul 25, 2003, 21:00
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No subject Jul 25, 2003, 21:00
Jul 25, 2003, 21:00
Ras
 
Good comeback, Halsy. Cuba was propped up by the Soviet Union and is now in the toilet because Castro has to make it on his own. Why don't clowns like you move down there instead of trying to change our system to be more like theirs? Hopefully, the old bastard will be dead soon, and you'll have to find some other communist dump to inhabit.

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Re: Randy Perry
Jul 25, 2003, 20:39
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Re: Randy Perry Jul 25, 2003, 20:39
Jul 25, 2003, 20:39
 
Randy thanks for postin the BabyInk Snopes link. i am a hell of a guesser!

Inno

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Re: looni
Jul 25, 2003, 19:40
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Re: looni Jul 25, 2003, 19:40
Jul 25, 2003, 19:40
 indiv
 
Ran across this today. I haven't been reading the boards the last few days so i don't know if anyone found it yet but here you go. Check the name attached to the third question.

Whoa, crazy! Pretty cool to have his question (more like a statement) printed, but pretty sucky to have the response be "You betcha." .. haha Poor loony.

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Re: No subject
Jul 25, 2003, 19:15
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Re: No subject Jul 25, 2003, 19:15
Jul 25, 2003, 19:15
 
You clearly have zero idea what you're talking about, so save yourself some embarassment and quit while you're behind.
Here's a little quote just for you.

"It is not necessary to understand things to argue about them."
-Pierre de Beaumarchais


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No subject
Jul 25, 2003, 18:30
Ras
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No subject Jul 25, 2003, 18:30
Jul 25, 2003, 18:30
Ras
 
Of course, Cuba is free to deal with the entire rest of the world and has done so. Defaulting on their debt has made it a little less attractive to these countries, but you're free to have your insane little fantasy that Cuba would be on the couch rockin' if it wasn't for the mean, old USA. Communism rules! A few hundred million murdered to keep it running, what the fuck, right?

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looni
Jul 25, 2003, 17:51
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looni Jul 25, 2003, 17:51
Jul 25, 2003, 17:51
 
Ran across this today. I haven't been reading the boards the last few days so i don't know if anyone found it yet but here you go. Check the name attached to the third question.

http://www.suntimes.com/output/answ-man/sho-sunday-ebert13.html

I'd post this at Shacknews...but I don't read it.
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Cuba
Jul 25, 2003, 17:05
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Jul 25, 2003, 17:05
 
Castro is a great leader if you agree with him and his communist doctrine. Cuba has excellent healthcare and they do allow some enterprise and economics. If, however, you disagree with him, you're in for it.

He's had to be hard, given all the US pressure on Cuba and anyone trading with Cuba over the decades. In truth, Cuba is much more socialist than communist. Had the US never imposed embargoes (and pressured others into cutting off Cuba economically), they wouldn't be in the mess they're in and would have succeeded quite admirably.

The American government could never allow that to happen though. People might start questioning authority, 'Hey, how come we always have to have an enemy?', 'How come there's such a disproportionate waste of tax dollars on the military industrial complex?'. Then when they put those two questions together and find out it's all been smoke and mirrors, the system would have to change. People in power like staying in power, so that would never do.

Speaking of which I just picked up an inteesting new book from Harvard Prof, Samantha Power (I can never say Samantha normally after all those years of Tony Danza saying Samanta), titled, "A Problem From Hell : America and the Age of Genocide".

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0060541644/qid=1059094636/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/102-0836175-7780958?v=glance&s=books

Seems pretty interesting so far. It's a great reminder of how political capital (which comes from plain old capital) has created a political oligarchy from which "democracy" as we know it is little more than a joke, and words like "freedom" are nothing but so much jingoistic bull.

America and the "west" in general really need to wake up to what's going on domestically and start making some real changes before it's too late.


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Re: Heh
Jul 25, 2003, 16:48
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30.
Re: Heh Jul 25, 2003, 16:48
Jul 25, 2003, 16:48
 nin
 
Almost 35,000 signatures, nin!

Not good enough, dammit! We need MORE! George needs to stop f$^*ing with the classics!


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Heh
Jul 25, 2003, 16:46
29.
Heh Jul 25, 2003, 16:46
Jul 25, 2003, 16:46
 
http://www.originaltrilogy.com/

Almost 35,000 signatures, nin!

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Re: Jokes
Jul 25, 2003, 16:40
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Re: Jokes Jul 25, 2003, 16:40
Jul 25, 2003, 16:40
 
You mean Se7en?

Great movie. But I didn't think it was scary. Just creepy. But then again I haven't seen a movie that has REALLY scared me

But from what I've heard, 28 Days Later might just do that
I've heard lots of good things about that movie but nobody else I know wants to see it. The funniest thing was that the original trailer on apple.com made the movie look like it wasn't a horror movie. It never even mentioned the zombies. Minor detail


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Re: Jokes
Jul 25, 2003, 16:25
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Re: Jokes Jul 25, 2003, 16:25
Jul 25, 2003, 16:25
 nin
 
Have you seen 28 Days Later yet?

I'm heading to see a friend in Texas this weekend and think I might suggest us seeing that one...I tend to like some scary stuff, but other stuff I can't handle. Night of the Living Dead and Alien are great tension movies, but for some reason "seven" just spooked the hell out of me (to the point that I saw it once and will never sit through it again).

edit: Oh and The Exorcist...that's another one I can't watch. And Deliverance...but that's just because I saw that one when I was 12 late night on cable and (as I turned it on) had no idea what I was about to watch.

C'MON! SQUEAL LIKE A PIG! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

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Re: Jokes
Jul 25, 2003, 16:21
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Re: Jokes Jul 25, 2003, 16:21
Jul 25, 2003, 16:21
 Bronco
 
But it's also rumored that after the Bros W. wind down from all three movies, they're going to go back and do "super-duper" versions of the movies, maybe individually, or as a box set.

Guess I'll pass for now and wait for the box set.

Have you seen 28 Days Later yet?

(Wondering why I am thinking about that movie so much today).

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Re: Jokes
Jul 25, 2003, 16:14
nin
 
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Re: Jokes Jul 25, 2003, 16:14
Jul 25, 2003, 16:14
 nin
 
C'mon nin, this one's for you.

Well, it's widescreen, so that's good. I've seen conflicting reports as to weather it's going to be 1 or 2 dvds. But it's also rumored that after the Bros W. wind down from all three movies, they're going to go back and do "super-duper" versions of the movies, maybe individually, or as a box set.

To my knowledge, there's only 2 versions shipping this fall - widescreen (as you saw it in the theatre), or "fullscreen", which is what us dvd nuts call "pan and scan scam". You want widescreen!

edit: thedigitalbits.com used to have a great guide on the differences between widescreen and pan and scan. Go rent Bladerunner, and compare the two versions. One the widescreen, it looks like it did in the theatre. On the pan and scan side, they take part of the image (since the elongated movie frame can't fit on your tv w/o black bars) and blow it up and make it grainy as hell.

I used to hate watching widescreen on my regular tv...but after looking at a few dvds, I realized in pan and scan, you're only seeing 2/3rds of the movie's frame at a given time.

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