Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Here's something extra, from Extras, found on I Am Bored and put here as an experiment in multimedia goodness:
It gives me the urge to explain why acting is actually quite difficult. That acting is tricky is of course part of the reason the above is so Sir-Ian-ously funny. So I'll leave that on the 'to do' list.
Gandalf will be appearing with the RSC in King Lear and Checkov's The Seagull in Wellington and Auckland in August.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
You might recall my previous comments on New Zealand First's uneasy relationship with the classics.
Well, I don't want to indulge in intellectual chauvanism. And I don't want to do anything to discourage people who try to bring a broad range of thought to bear on legislative debate.
So, rather than personal criticism, I'd like you to think of this as a indulgent comment on the fallibility of humanity.
I happened to be listening to Parliament the other day, due to failing to turn it off after question time (I've been hanging out for the Hansard to come up). Defending his SeniorGold card from anti-microchip and related doomsayers he explained how completely innocent it all was and followed up with this...
It is not too difficult, and I hope that member has finally got it, instead of being some doomsaying Cassandra, as Ron Mark says...As it happens, Winston may have been let down by his wingman on this one.
It's a common enough, in fact it's something of a cliché, to describe uncredible doomsayers as Cassandras. Which misses a critical point.
Cassandra's curse, as the story goes, was to prophesy doom accurately and not be believed. Which was just the start of her trouble. This kind of cheerful malice on the part of the gods might be considered the Greek's way of saying that life kind of sucks sometimes.
Anyhow, my point is, to call people who think you actions will have bad consequences Cassandras is not precisely a killer hit.
As I say, indulging human frailty. Indulge, indulge.
Though the way Winston went on to say
...But she does not know what the word "Cassandra" means or where it comes from, and never will know.is kind of the icing on the cake.
New Hood: Lyndon Hood: Budget Crisis - Lack of Nickname
Monday, May 07, 2007
I saw the new post-being-found-out Ribena ad. One bit confused me as to whose tests they thought were wrong, but the critical moment for me was the assertion that (in saying the berries they make Ribena out of have more vitamin C than oranges) it was "never [their] intention" to imply Ribena had more vitamin C than orange juice.
That is a difficult assertion to support. Even more so because I had previously happened across this porfolio page from Animation Research who, while being neither the client nor the agency, did do the animation and it sound like they're quoting their brief:
The first commercial was created using our in house software, it told the story of “No artificial additives”. The second commercial was created using 3d Studio Max, this commercial told that there is more vitamin C in Ribena than oranges.Why not just 'fess up and apologise?
I'm please TV3 has someone to France for the election and all, but I'd prefer it if it was someone who didn't pronounce Segolene Royal's first name 'Segleoney'.
Friday, May 04, 2007
This was of course before everything got sorted. I have to say I'm most impressed with Helen Clark, but John Key has passed up unsavoury political expediency, for what seems to have been principle.
Even though I don't believe understand it. Though I've added a few nuances since, I'll stand by my initial reaction: "The amendment! It does nothing!"
Think about the following just now it occurs to me I should have put something about "getting hammered".
New Hood: "Anti-Shoving" Debate Nears Climax
In recent years a number of anti-violence campaigners have decried the "reasonable force in the pursuit of beer" defence for assault under the Crimes Act. They claim that it constitutes explicit acceptance of violence in society, and further, that it has been used in court to justify actions that were entirely unreasonable, some causing serious injury.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Computer programmers often leave 'Easter Eggs' in software - special features or surprises that can be revealed by some secret combination of events. Some early Unix systems, for example, responded to the command "make love" with "not war?". More recently, the 1997 version of Excel contained a flight simulator. And then there's the 'Exploding Lara Croft' trick. In honour of the recent holy season, I present the list of little-know local easter eggs.
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
"Why is that Society for the Promotion of Community Standards release at the top of Scoop's 'Most Read' table?"
That's what you're thinking.
It might help to know the release is called "Chief Censor Refuses to Reclassify Sex Video".
It's like this...
The Society had requested that a certain video, 'Lesbian Cops', involving women, and police uniforms, and batons and ... so on ... be reclassified in the wake of public outrage over police and batons and ... stuff.
And because it's porn.
So presumably 'reclassified' would be banned rather than rated PG. This is, after all, the same people whose response to revelations about a certain infamous homemade sex tape was to ask for it to be pulled in for classification. I'm pretty sure that precident would rather be left to lie both by the censor and by 'home entertainment hobbyists' everywhere.
This release covers the two issues at once. If you know what I mean.
It seems something – perhaps SPCS Secretary David Lane's habit of explaining in great detail the sordid contents of the pornography he is
So the net result is hundreds of extra people thinking, "Where can I get a copy of this video?"
Where would we be without the SPCS?
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Does anyone know what Helen Clark ate when she had lunch with George Bush? And did she bring her long spoon?
He called her a "straight-forward honest woman" so probably she called him a "warmongering maniac" at some stage. Still, it was a weight off my mind when John Key said Helen Clark wasn't actually very close to George W. Bush after all...
Read the rest on Scoop...