Deeper 20 May 2007

May 26, 2007

(Direct link to video above)

So I decided to try something different this month at Deeper.  I set up a camera at the back connected to the Mac to time-lapse the entire setup, event, tear-down and reset.

Unfortunately  the entire thing was just too big and it filled the hard drive just before the end so no tear-down and reset, however the video above is now a record of an entire Deeper service.

There is a full description of the service here


Movie: Next

May 26, 2007

I been watching a lot of movies recently, but all at home on DVD and mostly “American Independent” films because of the course I’ve been going to. So it was good to get to the multiplex to see a blockbuster.  Next

Next poster The premise of the story is straight forward, a bloke (Nick Cage) can see what is about to happen to him, i.e. can see into the future but only by a few minutes and only his own immediate future. This means that he can try out various possibilities of what is about to happen, ‘see’ the results and then use the best option. So if he is going to drive through a red light he ‘sees’ that in the future he drives through the light and crashes, so chooses not to (or as it is a film, to speed up and just miss the crash somehow). For some reason which is never really made very clear this has come to the attention of an FBI agent who wants to use this power to figure out where something bad is going to happen.

It is a good escapist thrill-ride type film that when it is finished I would like to have rewound to watch a few bits again. Not because you were left with questions but because with the after-knowledge of the plot twists there were new ways of looking at what happened (as in Fight Club, not that this had the same twist or was as good as that film).

Nicely put together, good pace, etc. a little over CG’d at times would be my only complaint. Worth catching while it is still around on the big screen.


Towel Day

May 24, 2007

Have a good Towel Day tomorrow!

 

Youtube link 

BTW, it is also Universal Day of the Jedi tomorrow but I’m sure you already knew that.


can’t make up my mind…

May 21, 2007

…about these videos.  First of all I discovered them on a site I stumbled across tonight called godtube.com.  Yes it is a ‘christian’ version of YouTube?! Now, why would that be necessary?  YouTube doesn’t prohibit Christian content, I’ve hosted a few there already, “Names of God” and “Jesus of Revelations” for example.  So what is the advantage of using a ‘christian only’ site that is much slower, more US-centric and with less content.

The only thing is that you might feel safe, and that you won’t stumble across something rude.  But then again if you do find something you find questionable on YouTube it can be reported and if ‘they’ agree the content will be pulled.  I just don’t get it.

But back to these videos I can’t make my mind up about.  They are PC vs Mac parody of a Christian vs. Christ follower, now for a start I think that’s the same thing so I’m not sure what they are trying to do.  However, I do like some of it as it is good to laugh at the things we do or see other Christians doing…  see for yourself:

I’m a Christ Follower Part 01

I’m a Christ Follower Part 02

I’m a Christ Follower Part 03

I’m a Christ Follower Part 04


feelings

May 21, 2007

What would it be like if you could poll everyone on the planet every few minutes to ask them how they feel? Say you then took that information and labelled it with whatever feeling they expressed and perhaps categorised it along with their location, gender, age, etc. and made that information public.

It would then be possible to know how many people felt ‘great’, or ‘sad’, or ‘tired’, or ‘better’ at any one time, or indeed in any one place. You would know which city in the world had the most people who felt ‘silly’ at any one time. This is in effect what wefeelfine.org are doing

wefeelfine.org

wefeelfine.org

“Every few minutes, the system searches the world’s newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”. When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the “feeling” expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.). Because blogs are structured in largely standard ways, the age, gender, and geographical location of the author can often be extracted and saved along with the sentence, as can the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written. All of this information is saved.”

The resulting web app is fascinating. Each ‘feeling’ is represented as a dot moving around the screen. Hover the mouse over the dot for a brief description, such as “united kindom kodeyeminster / scared” or “Canada / lost” click on this to get the sentence from the original post and click on that to launch the blog in a new window.

In addition the data can be viewed in different ways, and grouped according to location, weather, feeling, etc. images relating to the posts are grabbed and associated with the feeling mentioned in the post… this is a great little sit, which is somewhere between art, IT and stats.


Justice

May 18, 2007

A few weeks ago I mentioned:

“-ve Got a ticket on my car (which is parked out front and hasn’t moved since Thursday) for not displaying the Tax Disk. The disk holder had pealed away in the heat and the disk fell out!” 

Well, a little update on that.  I sent a letter asking for a court appearance and explaining that (in my opinion) I had done everything that could be reasonable expected to display my tax disk… bought the thing, bought a tax disk holder and assembled the two items in the usual way.

How then could it be my fault that it got hot and the tax disk holder pealed away from the window and fell out of sight.  I was preparing my defense for my day in court and all I could think of was claiming it was an act of God and calling God to the stand.

Anyway, a letter arrived today from the Police saying “in this instance there are circumstances present which permit me to direct cancellation of..”

I would have love it to have said “Aye, good point.  Don’t worry ’bout it.” but I guess the point is it was worth arguing the fairness in this case.


Mark Thomas radio show

May 17, 2007

This is the funniest radio show I’ve heard for a long time
and a serious point.

Mark Tomas

Go listen now, while it’s still there!