30 June 2008

Movie to watch: Waltz with Bashir (animated Israeli anti-war documentary)

Waltz with Bashir, ex teenage soldier Ari Folman’s attempt to put together pieces of suppressed memories from his possible participation in e.g. a massacre during the Lebanon War of the early eighties, seems like an important movie. From Times:

“… the film’s most damning moment is reserved for the then Israeli Minister of Defence, one Ariel Sharon. An interviewee recalls that when he informed the minister in a late-night phone call that a massacre was suspected, Sharon said “Thank you for bringing it to my attention” and promptly went back to sleep.”

Official site
Scene from the movie

Mies veti metron hätäkahvasta ja hyppäsi junasta

“Metroliikenne oli illalla poikki puolisen tuntia, kun mies hyppäsi Itäkeskuksen ja Puotilan välillä metrojunasta. Mies oli ensin vetänyt hätäkahvasta, jolloin kuljettaja pysäytti junan. Hypättyään junasta mies oli lähtenyt harhailemaan pitkin kiskoja. Miehen nähtiin nousevan ylös Puotilan asemalla, mutta hän pääsi livistämään vartijoilta.”

Blind climber uses special equipment to see with his tongue

“In normal vision, light hitting the retina provokes electrical impulses that the brain translates into images. What the tool, called the BrainPort, does is convert light into electrical impulses that stimulate the tongue instead of the retina. With more tactile nerve endings than any other part of the body except the lips, the tongue can discriminate two points spaced less than a millimeter apart. That degree of resolution is far beyond what the current BrainPort array, with only 611 electrodes, provides. But tests have shown the BrainPort delivers enough information for users like Erik to navigate with.”

Isohunt’s bitorrent search engine now supports https

Heroin is made from Cannabis according to British tabloid newspaper

One of my favorite blogs, Bad Science, links to an article in the crappy tabloid Daily Mail from a couple of weeks ago. Daily Mail published the following:

“RAF Harrier jump jets have blown up the world’s biggest drug haul in Afghanistan by dropping three 1,000lb bombs on a 237-ton stash of cannabis. Officials believe the area – near to the Taliban stronghold of Quetta in Pakistan – was turning dried cannabis leaves into heroin.”

29 June 2008

A gallery of 35 anti-U.S. Chinese political cartoons (circa 1958-1960)

“Culled and restored from reviewing hundreds of Eastern newspaper pages and illustrations, this set of 35 images represents what we consider the best late 50s editorial cartoons (Manhua) from China and Indochina. Set during a time of escalating western imperialism, these images react against U.S. military actions in Laos and Vietnam, and represent a unique moment of political commentary. It seems to be a hidden history, too. It’s with some pride that we indicate most of these comics have never before been re-published, and even fewer have ever been exhibited or documented for U.S. audiences.”

Video clip from Graham Chapman’s memorial service

…In which John Cleese declares himself the first person to say “fuck” on a British memorial service.

Related: Graham Chapman on Wikipedia

Funny Cthulhu tract parodies religious propaganda

Fred Van Lente has a great pamphlet that attempts to convince the reader that Cthulhu and the hideous Old Ones, the ancient masters of the earth in H.P. Lovecraft’s mythos, will return to enslave humankind. In response to learning this, any sensible person is expected to go insane and kill any loved ones and herself to be safe from the horrors of the Universe.

For some examples of what is being made fun of here, take a look at the works of e.g. Chick Publications (example) and Truth For Youth Ministries (example).

Microsoft leading development of police state utilities

On his Wired Mag blog, security expert Bruce Schneier writes the following about the development of “kill switches”, different remote shutdown abilities planned for e.g. vehicles, airplanes and consumer technology:

“Microsoft is doing some of the most creative thinking along these lines, with something it’s calling “Digital Manners Policies.” According to its patent application, DMP-enabled devices would accept broadcast “orders” limiting capabilities. Cellphones could be remotely set to vibrate mode in restaurants and concert halls, and be turned off on airplanes and in hospitals. … This is really about media companies wanting to exert their control further over your electronics. They not only want to prevent you from surreptitiously recording movies and concerts, they want your new television to enforce good “manners” on your computer, and not allow it to record any programs.”

Shorpy, the 100-year-old photo blog

“Shorpy.com is the 100-year-old photography blog that brings our ancestors back, at least to the desktop. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a boy who worked in an Alabama coal mine near the turn of the century.”

Lab equipment manufacturer Analtech hopes to create viral Python spoof ad

“Analtech hopes the video, a spoof of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” will go “viral” and make its way to blogs, Web sites and e-mail inboxes around the world. It’s part of Analtech’s effort to make sure the next generation of lab technicians knows about a technology called thin-layer chromatography — and turns to Analtech, rather than its competitors, for supplies.”

The video will be released in August. Intentionally creating Internet memes is hard, but I wish them luck.

Video: “The Website is Down: Sales Guy Vs. Web Dude”

“The Website is Down: Marketing Guy Vs. Web Dude” is a satirical look on contemporary IT help desk work. Some of the jokes require insight into current and past trends in computer and Internet technology. Let’s hope for more episodes in the future.

Alternate link: the video’s page on blip.tv.

[via:Tietoja koneesta]

Executive producer of “Lost” and “Heroes” working on TV-show about piracy

Jesse Alexander, the executive producer of the popular TV-shows ‘Heroes’ and ‘Lost’ and Matt Mason, author of ‘The Pirate’s Dilemma’, are working on a new TV-show about piracy. The show will be based on Matt’s book, and will show how important pirates are for today’s society.

See also: The Pirate’s Dilemma

Video: Hilarious 1965 American anti-porn propaganda

“Perversion For Profit” attempts to link pornography and perversion of innocent children to the decay of American society. Part one is embedded below.

Watch: Perversion for Profit (part 1)

Watch: Perversion for Profit (part 2)


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