August 26th, 2005



Having been in early to work a couple of times recently and had _two_ films at the festival finish after midnight, I was a tad tired yesterday.  Also, by (a) working hard and (b) being smart, we've finished all of the things that needed to be done to get the latest version of our software into production.

I therefore took this morning off, and am still in my dressing gown at 11am.  I'm going to pop in this afternoon to do a last few things before the weekend, but getting 10 hours sleep last night was _great_.

In the meantime, I can highly recommend that you all avoid The Sun, which despite having a post on which the words "Gripping" and "Genius" appeared was so dull that Erin and I left after 20 minutes.  The Aristocrats, on the other hand, had us in hysterics for an hour and a half, with the director's Q&A session afterwards also being very funny.

You are better than fiction

I see people all the time who are just as pretty as movie stars.  I see them in the street.  I see them in restaurants, shops, offices, parks and houses.

People in movies are, to be fair, generally not ugly.  They tend not to be obese, or to have horrible birthmarks, or to look like they were hit in the face with the ugly stick.

But it's easy to forget that when you see a famous person on TV or in a movie, they've had several people work on them to make them look gorgeous, and they then get shot from nice directions with great lighting.

This is even more true when it comes to photos.  There's a retouching site here that I hadn't seen before - where you can see photos which have appeared in various places, and then see how that person actually looks.  And realise, that actually, while these people aren't _ugly_, they don't look as good as their official image.

I wonder how it feels to have everyone think you don't look as good as they thought you did.

You can see why people disassociate from their public personas.  They aren't who they are, they just play themselves on TV.


There's recently been a little fanfare about PlayLouder, an ISP which allows you to legally share music, then sees how much music is shared and pays some of your monthly subscription to the rights owners.

It seems to work by redirecting P2P stuff so that it only works internally, and then scanning the packets to learn what you're sharing.

So far as I can make out, the functionality is the same as a regular ADSL connection + Napster's subscription model.  Except that they aren't actually making the music available themselves, just allowing you to share your own, which means you'll be really stuck to actually find anything even slightly obscure.  They haven't made it clear whether there's any DRM on the music either, which would just make it a lose, lose situation all round.

I can't see any positive side to this _at all_.  Anyone care to illuminate me?
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From the Iraqi Constitution

Cheers to chipuni for his post on this:

1st — Islam is the official religion of the state and is a basic source of legislation:

(a) No law can be passed that contradicts the undisputed rules of Islam.

(b) No law can be passed that contradicts the principles of democracy.

Well that's an interesting combination

Court sessions will be open unless the court decides to make them secret.

Great.  Just great.

Punitive law shall not be applied retroactively unless it is best for the defendant.

Which means what, exactly?

The state guarantees social and health insurance, the basics for a free and honorable life for the individual and the family — especially children and women — and works to protect them from illiteracy, fear and poverty and provides them with housing and the means to rehabilitate and take care of them. This shall be regulated by law.

Well that's something positive at least.

Every individual has the right to live in a correct environmental atmosphere.

Which will have the officially correct proportion of Oxygen to Nitrogen.

Oil and gas is the property of all the Iraqi people in all the regions and provinces.

Huzzah for communism!

Free education is a right for Iraqis in all its stages.

Shame America doesn't have that.

Off you go to enjoy this

LOTR, told entirely in Princess Bride quotes:

SARUMAN: Form a brute squad then! I want Fangorn Forest emptied before I send out the army.
ORC: It won’t be easy, Sire.
SARUMAN: Try ruling Middle-Earth sometime.

BALROG: You seem like a decent wizard. I hate to kill you.
GANDALF: You seem like a decent Balrog. I hate to die.

GOLLUM: Do you know what that sound is, hobbit? Those are the shrieking Nazgul. If you don’t believe me, just wait! They always grow louder when they’re about to feed on Ringbearer flesh.

EOWYN [at the entrance to the Paths of the Dead]: You’ll never come out alive!
ARAGORN: Nonsense! You’re only saying that because no one ever has!

and many. many more can be found here.