Sunday, February 29

Cats And Dogs

Cats And Dogs: A very interesting read by Paul Harrison on his One Dimensional Theory of Character (and Relationships).

Are you a Dog or a Cat?


Saturday, February 21

News about Ender's Game: The Movie

News about Ender's Game: The Movie: "Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty, the writing team that created the X-Men 2 screenplay, have been hired by Warner Brothers to write the second draft of the Ender's Game screenplay"

The movie has been "in the works" since 1996, but it looks like Warner Brothers are finally starting to push the movie forward. In March, Orson Scott Card will be meeting with Warner Brothers Consumer Products Devision to talk about electronic games that will tie in with the movie. More signs that we might see the movie in the next year or 2.

Thursday, February 19

The Dangers of Not Wearing a seatbelt and other catastrophes

DriveCam - crash 17-May-2003. WARNING - this is internal footage of a car in an actual car crash.

And if you thought cars were dangerous, then wait till you read about Kite injuries in Pakistan: "SEVEN people were killed and more than 100 injured in Pakistan during the annual kite flying festival marking the arrival of spring, officials said today."

Tuesday, February 17

NTT Develops Stamp-Size 1GB Hologram Memory

NTT Develops Stamp-Size 1GB Hologram Memory. Read only, they store the pre-recorded hologram in layers of plastic.

They are planning on initially promoting it as a replacement for semiconductor ROMs and also for media distribution (including as a replacement for DVD's).

IBM was talking about holographic storage a while ago (Nov 1996), but they don't seem to have announced anything new.

Friday, February 13

Star Wars on DVD in September

Press Release here (pdf).
In September, the original Star Wars trilogy is going to be made available as a 4 disc box set, including all three movies (Digitally Restored and Remastered) and the fourth disk will contain special features.
The movies will not be available individually.
There is no mention as to whether the movies are the "Special Edition" versions or the original cuts (or both).

Tuesday, February 10

Display Technologies Compared LCD, Plasma, DLP, D-ILA, CRT

If you are looking at upgrading your TV in the next year or so, has a good article comparing the display technologies - LCD, Plasma, DLP, D-ILA and CRT.

Woman's chastity belt sets off airport alarm

Woman's chastity belt sets off airport alarm: "When a 40-year old British woman set off a metal detector's alarm at Athens airport, bemused security staff found that it was caused by a chastity belt she was wearing, officials said on Friday, confirming a press report."

Monday, February 9

Study: No harm in extended Internet use

There is no harm in extended Internet use according to a study at the University of Alberta: "Heavy Internet use may be therapeutic for those people facing social isolation and loneliness, says a new Canadian study, dispelling the belief that high computer use leads to psychological problems."

Friday, February 6

Tia Maria Tim Tams

Booze biscuits hit the shelves. Apparently Arnotts will be selling from next month Tia Maria and Khalua flavoured Tim Tams.

There is no mention yet on any of the arnotts websites, or on their Arnotts Online Store. (The online store: "We have built the Store especially for homesick Aussies who are living abroad, or people who've visited Australia and developed a taste for our wonderful biscuits.")

Wednesday, February 4


ShardsO'Glass Freeze Pops, Americas "top-selling frozen treats containing glass shards".

Page contains links on how to break your glass-shard freeze pops addiction, a link to their TV Commercial, and on their customer service page, a link to their "parent company".

Tuesday, February 3

Avalanche Company: The 213 Things Skippy is No Longer Allowed to Do in the U.S. Army

Avalanche Company: The 213 Things Skippy is No Longer Allowed to Do in the U.S. Army: "184. When operating a military vehicle I may *not* attempt something 'I saw in a cartoon'."
"185. My name is not a killing word."
"207. The Chicken and Rice MRE is *not* a personal lubricant. (Skippy wanted this noted for the record that this is not something he has ever attempted or considered! It was something we heard at dinner on 22 September 2001 and it was just so obscene it had to go here.)"

Gang swapped pot for chocolate

The Australian: Gang swapped pot for chocolate [February 03, 2004] - Five men who were raided after offered to sell 30kg of cannabis resin to some undercover cops were found to be in possesion of 30kg of Chocolate made to look like cannabis. They were still arrested and charged with "incitement to the use of a substance presented as a narcotic".