December 4th, 2003


Torah Torah Torah

If you find religion at all interesting (and I do, despite my radical agnosticism), then you'll find this interesting. It's rahaeli's notes on who wrote which bits of the Torah/Old Testament. Well worth a read.

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Decisions, decisions, decisions.

We all have to make them, small ones on a fairly constant basis, large ones hopefully a little wider apart. They're the junctions of the world, where we choose to make our turnings, and if you joined all your decisions together, you'd see the shape of your life, or at least of those bits of your life you were responsible for.

As I've slowly grown more responsible (or possibly grown more aware of my responsibility), I've become more aware of and focussed on decisions. I found them to be fascinating insights into character - after all, what tells us more about a character than what they choose to do (or not to do). When running and playing games I became interested in the moral choices that people would make, in putting characters into situations where there either was no right answer, or where characters would come up with solutions the others would find abhorrent.

The same was also true of stories in other media - books, comics and films. I lost a lot of interest in stories without a moral dimension - ones where there were no interesting choices to make. I re-read the Narnia series and became disappointed that, as the series progressed, the characters went from making decisions that affected the outcome of events to being pushed from plot point to plot point, being educated at each stage rather than taking any actual part in events.

What would you say your biggest decision was?


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I wanna go home
Take off this uniform
And leave the show.
But I'm waiting in this cell
Because I have to know.
Have I been guilty all this time?

Must get around to watching that again.


An LJ friend was at the ROTK press junket and has a load of observations on her journal here.

She got to meet all the cool people!

(no spoilers, by the way)

It's so exciting!!!

I have no idea if this is serious or not

I mean, it's not obviously a spoof, but it's ridiculous.

Women with big boobs are smarter

Dr. Rossdale measured the busts of women in Illinois, Kansas and Ohio and then divided them into five categories: Extra-small, Small, Medium, Large and Extra-large. These categories roughly corresponded to commercially available bra sizes, A, B,C, D and DD or above.

She then gave subjects in each category a standard IQ test and found that women in the Large and Extra-large category scored an average of 10 points higher than women in the Small and Extra-small categories. Medium-sized ladies had a three- to four-point edge over the flat-chested group.

The study of 1,200 women conducted by Chicago sociologists comes in the wake of a recently released report stating that blonde rocket scientists outnumber brunettes.

The false notion that bosomy babes are dumber than those who sport teensy "mosquito bites" is probably the fault of men, the sociologists theorize.

"It may simply be that men pay less attention when a large-breasted woman speaks," suggests Dr. Rossdale.

"She could accurately explain Einstein's Theory of Relativity to him, but if he's transfixed by her cleavage, it's doubtful he'll remember a single word she said. He'll remember her as sexy but stupid."

Do the math

The IMDB has a piece on a major police swoop today:

It noted that the MPAA's Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), accompanied by police, raided an address in North London where they seized over 250,000 DVDs valued at about $6.5 million.

Divind A by B gives me the figure of $26 per DVD. Now, they don't sell for more than about $8 off of the back of a lorry, and I don't believe that many DVDs are that expensive.