November 2003 Archives

Lucas fixing a mistake?

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Of all the listed changes for yet another re-edit of the original trilogy only one really matters.
One other note today... we've heard from a number of interesting (and we believe reliable) inside sources that Lucsafilm is currently making major new changes to the original Star Wars films - the kind of changes he began a few years ago with the theatrical "Special Edition" releases. These changes include new special effects, revised and updated shots and scenes, and new footage shot with actors Hayden Christensen (Anakin) and Ian McDiarmid (the Emperor) that would flesh out moments with their characters in the original films. For example, an aged and scarred Hayden now appears as Anakin at the end of Return of the Jedi when Luke removes Vader's helmet. Among the other changes reportedly being made are the restoration of the original "Han shoots first" moment from Star Wars and a revamped lightsaber fight between Obi-Wan and Vader. What we've heard meshes with what we've been told before, which is that Lucas has always planned to release ultimate, "Archive" editions of these films that tie in better with the new prequels. The main question in our minds now is this: will these changes be completed in time to appear on the DVD releases planned for next September, or will we have to wait until after Episode III hits theaters to see them? And if we have to wait, what versions will appear on the DVDs? Time will tell.
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Give it away

In stead of the landfill try Freecycle. Matching unwanted junk with new owners bypassing the junk heap.

Wishes vs. Reality

Feels like there is some Budhist saying in here.
Every time I write about the impossibility of effectively protecting digital files on a general-purpose computer, I get responses from people decrying the death of copyright. "How will authors and artists get paid for their work?" they ask me. Truth be told, I don't know. I feel rather like the physicist who just explained relativity to a group of would-be interstellar travelers, only to be asked: "How do you expect us to get to the stars, then?" I'm sorry, but I don't know that, either.
- Bruce Schneier

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Bacon Factory and Privacy

Finally got around to reading Cringely's I'm With Stupid. His howto solve privacy and identity issues through Bacon factor, thats right Bacon factor. I like how he has simplified the real issue down to minimizing painful theft, seems like real change in the area comes from someone "important" recieving the pain. Don't like his solution though. It might be the old teller that just knows you example, never liked them. Something just doesn't feel right. Maybe its his tribe example being too close to my growing up in a small town and having that enviroment drive everyone to mediocracy to not rock the boat.

Bloginality

My Bloginality is ISTP!!!

Star Frontiers

One for engel. Found starfrontiers.com which is putting all the Star Frontiers, the old TSR Space RPG, material online.

Bush's Resume

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Subject: ELECTION 2004

Hello all: This is for all of you Republicans, Democrats, Liberals, Conservatives and everyone else in between or out of it!

RESUME

George W. Bush

The White House, USA

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

LAW ENFORCEMENT: I was arrested in Kennebunkport, Maine in 1976 for driving under the influence of alcohol. I pled guilty, paid a fine, and had my driver's license suspended for 30 days. My Texas driving record has been "lost" and is not available.

MILITARY: I joined the Texas Air National Guard and went AWOL. I refused to take a drug test or answer any questions about my drug use. By joining the Texas Air National Guard, I was able to avoid combat duty in Vietnam.

COLLEGE: I graduated from Yale University. I was a cheerleader.

PAST WORK EXPERIENCE:

I ran for U.S. Congress and lost.

I began my career in the oil business in Midland, Texas in 1975. I bought an oil company, but couldn't find any oil in Texas. The company went bankrupt shortly after I sold all my stock.

I bought the Texas Rangers baseball team in a sweetheart deal that took land using taxpayer money.

With the help of my father and our right-wing friends in the oil industry (including Enron CEO Ken Lay), I was elected Governor of Texas.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS GOVERNOR:

I changed Texas pollution laws to favor power and oil companies, making Texas the most polluted state in the Union.

During my tenure, Houston replaced Los Angeles as the most smog-ridden city in America.

I cut taxes and bankrupted the Texas treasury to the tune of billions in borrowed money.

I set the record for the most executions by any Governor in American history.

With the help of my brother, the Governor of Florida, and my father's appointments to the Supreme Court, I became President after losing by over 500,000 votes.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS PRESIDENT:

I invaded and occupied two countries at a continuing cost of over one billion dollars per week.

I spent the U.S. surplus and effectively bankrupted the U.S. Treasury.

I shattered the record for the largest annual deficit in U.S. history.

I set an economic record for most private bankruptcies filed in any 12-month period.

I set the all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the U.S. stock market.

I am the first president in U.S. history to enter office with a criminal record.

I set the the all-time record for most days on vacation in any one year period.

After taking-off the entire month of August, I presided over the worst security failure in U.S.history.

I am supporting development of a nuclear "Tactical Bunker Buster," a WMD.

In my State Of The Union Address, I lied about our reasons for attacking Iraq, then blamed the lies on our British friends.

I set the record for most campaign fund-raising trips by a U.S. president.

In my first year in office over 2-million Americans lost their jobs and that trend continues every month.

I set the all-time record for most foreclosures in a 12-month period.

I appointed more convicted criminals to administration than any president in U.S. history.

I set the record for least amount of press conferences than any president since the advent of television.

I presided over the biggest energy crisis in U.S. history and refused to intervene when corruption involving the oil industry was revealed.

I presided over the highest gasoline prices in U.S. history.

I have cut health care benefits for war veterans and support a cut in duty benefits for active duty troops and their families -- in war time.

I have set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously protest me in public venues (15 million people) shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of mankind.

I've broken more international treaties than any president in U.S. history.

I'm proud that the members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in U.S. history. My "poorest millionaire," Condoleeza Rice, has a Chevron oil tanker named after her.

I am the first president in U.S. history to order an unprovoked, pre-emptive attack and the military occupation of a sovereign nation. I did so against the will of the United Nations, the majority of U.S. citizens, and the world community.

I created the Ministry of Homeland Security, the largest bureaucracy in the history of the United States government .

I am the first president in U.S. history to have the United Nations remove the U.S. from the Human Rights Commission.

I withdrew the U.S. from the World Court of Law.

I refused to allow inspectors access to U.S. prisoners of war" detainees) and thereby have refused to abide by the Geneva Convention.

I am the first president in history to refuse United Nations election inspectors (during the 2002 U.S. election).

I am the all-time U.S. and world record-holder for receiving the most corporate campaign donations.

My largest lifetime campaign contributor, and one of my best friends, Kenneth Lay, presided over the largest corporate bankruptcy fraud in U.S. history. My political party used the Enron private jets and corporate attorneys to assure my success with the U.S. Supreme Court during my election decision. I have protected my friends at Enron and Halliburton against investigation or prosecution. More time and money was spent investigating the Monica Lewinsky affair than has been spent investigating one of the biggest corporate rip-offs in history.

I garnered the most sympathy for the U.S. after the World Trade Center attacks and less than a year later made the U.S. the most hated country in the world, the largest failure of diplomacy in world history.

I am first president in history to have a majority of Europeans (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and security.

I changed the U.S. policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.

I have so far failed to fulfill my pledge to bring Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein to justice.

RECORDS AND REFERENCES:

All records of my tenure as Governor of Texas are now in my father's library, sealed, and unavailable for public view.

All records of SEC investigations into my insider trading and my bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public view.

All records or minutes from meetings that I, or my Vice-President, attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review.

Please consider my experience when voting in 2004 -

Send this to every voter you know.


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In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army

The making of the poem & Arlington's Page

Kill Bill Yello Jump Suit

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After catching Kill Bill with engel he was wondering why The Bride was wearing the yellow jumpsuit. Seems to be a reference to Bruce Lee Game Of Death Jumpsuit. Oh, and you can order one for yourself.

Collaborative Travel Guide

Wikitravel, cool.

Outlook "Support"

Those who refuse to give up their copies of Outlook are required to surrender their laptops for examination before being allowed to plug them into the office network.
Shiny New Server and Open Source Technology on Clark Blog

Cocoa FAQ

Thankyou Onion

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Works equally well at companies large and small, There Are Going To Be Some Pointless Changes Around This Office. Scarry that some of the changes ahve been impleented at places I worked.

The Matrix Revolution

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I saw it. Didn't want anything spoiled, and to not spoil it for you select if you want to read furtuer.

It sucked, dammit. I was really hoping that Reloaded would all of sudden stop sucking after Revolution but nah. Oh well maybe the dream trilogy was something that just shouldn't have happened. Flame on in the comments.

An abriged script for Revolutions. Sums up lots of the stupidity that was Revolutions. And is a much more intresting version :)

Also, there were two very cool trailers before Revolutions. The first was for Troy, the big budget Illiad. The second trailer was The Day After Tomorrow which looked like some post-apocalypse the would is flooded and frozen over.

XCode Coolness

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Ten Things I Dig About Xcode highlighting coolness in XCode. Really wonder how it compares to VisualStudio .NET, having never used that paticular IDE.

Oh, and the use of Rendezvous being used for more than just chatting and music sharing for the distributed build. There is a killer app in Rendezvous waiting to be found.

Re: acterex's comment
The application that actually makes a sustaining market for a promising but under-utilized technology. from The Jargon File's listing for killer app

Distributed rendering and building is cool and all but not really a killer app. I'm thinking of something that can really only work when Rendezvous, or something similar exists. I would expect that it embodies some currently underutilized aspect of community and network effects.

Political Compas

Took the The Political Compass test that is floating around. Ended up with Economic Left/Right: -6.62 & Libertarian/Authoritarian: -5.23 which puts me somewhere slightly more Left and Libertian than Nelson Mandela and The Dalai Lama, somewhere pretty close to the Greens. Nothing surprising.

Election Day

Today is election day in the US. My plan is to vote during my lunch hour. What I have found frustrating is the lact of polling locations listing on the web. I could call the number in the front of the phone book, and will, but it really seems like something that one should be able to get online.

On a related note Kentucky's Congressional Delegation and the Who's Who in the Kentucky Legislature. If you are a Kentuckian wishing to contact your representative.

Earth Pics

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The geographer in my loves NASA's Visible Earth. Tons of satalite images of various intresting bits of the earth.

FoxNews Strategy

The Other Bias at Fox News: Volume
Seek out stories that cater to angry, middle-aged white men who listen to talk radio and yell at their televisions.
Also check the bit about smaller staffs. Is it a way to increase margins or an excuse for factual errors in reporting?

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