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Finished ep. 6, which finishes the season. Less zombies than any other episode. :-/

Even so, I'm quite happy they've chosen to tell a different story than strictly recounting what happens in the comics; it keeps it fresh for the fans of the comic, keeps us guessing what will happen at any time. Each medium has its own benefits and limitations, and it will be good fun to see how things vary as the story progresses.

However, I really hope they don't try to go after the scientific explanation of what causes the zombie plague as a main theme. They're zombies; so what? Other than a throwaway line or two ("They say it started in China..." or "The CDC's last broadcast said burning the bodies might lead to the contagion going airborne..." I do not need to know why the dead are up and walking. I just want to see how everyone reacts, that's all these things are ever about. For me, at least, this is a historical truism.

The Anne Rice vampire books were fun for the first couple, where they solely dealt with the effect of becoming a vampire on a human psyche. Even the vampires didn't know why they couldn't die, they just knew the rules for avoiding death. As soon as the story focused on trying to explain vampirism and turned away from the psychological and sociological aspect, the books became really uninteresting. Monster Island is another nice piece of interesting, creative zombie fiction, and it too chose to focus on the human aspects of the effects of a zombie apocalypse, and even one zombie who manages to retain his conscious mind. Then in the subsequent books, a technical explanation was attempted, as well as extrapolating other happenings which might occur if their rules for zombifying are true... but who cares? It's not what zombies are about! I don't want to have an author rules-lawyering himself through what may or may not work within his proposed pseudoscience. Just show me how humans can continue to be awful or heroic to fellow humans, even while their world falls apart.
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January 2006A nightmarish neighbor: noisy, nosy, now in jail / Police say they hauled guns, ammo, drugs from his home:
For three years, Bertone, who once worked for the city Housing Authority and ran for the Board of Supervisors in 2000, has wreaked all sorts of havoc in an otherwise quiet community in the southeastern part of the city known as Little Hollywood, officials and his neighbors said Wednesday.

Bertone, 54, doesn't just play loud music, authorities say. At all hours of the day and night, he has blasted police radio broadcasts, shrill oscillating tones, Spanish dance tunes and other noise from speakers he installed on the outside of his home at 336 Lathrop Ave. Police said they could hear the racket from 100 yards away.

Bertone isn't just a nosy neighbor, they add.

Police said he hooked up floodlights and six cameras that swept the block. Inside his home, he could monitor his neighbors' movements on four video screens.
Flash forward to November 2006 - SAN FRANCISCO / Blaze guts home of ex-noisy neighbor / Fire called accident -- owner plans to leave neighborhood:
The home of a San Francisco man who once tormented his neighbors by tracking them with surveillance cameras and blaring music from the roof went up in flames Wednesday, in what firefighters called an accidental blaze.

The two-alarm fire broke out just after noon near the water heater in Don Bertone's home at 336 Lathrop Ave., in a southeastern neighborhood known as Little Hollywood. Firefighters believe heat from the appliance ignited fumes from a nearby can of gasoline.

LEAST ACCIDENTAL FIRE EVAR.
chronovore: (furious)
Like the cake in Portal, Microsoft Office Excel 2007's "Compatibility Mode" is a lie.
chronovore: (mouthy)
The Pirate Bay acquired for $7.8 million // News:
Global Gaming Factory X has acquired file-sharing site The Pirate Bay for SEK 60 million (USD 7.8 million).

Along with the purchase of file-sharing tech firm Peerialism, GGF intends to turn the website legitimate, offering compensation for copyright owners whose content is featured on the site.

"We would like to introduce models which entail that content providers and copyright owners get paid for content that is downloaded via the site," said Hans Pandeya, CEO of GGF

"The Pirate Bay is a site that is among the top 100 most visited internet sites in the world. However, in order to live on, The Pirate Bay requires a new business model, which satisfies the requirements and needs of all parties, content providers, broadband operators, end users, and the judiciary.

"Content creators and providers need to control their content and get paid for it. File-sharers need faster downloads and better quality," he added.

Peerialism creates file-sharing technology, which GGF intends to incorporate into The Pirate Bay when the acquisition is completed in August.

"Peerialism has developed a new data distribution technology which now can be introduced on the best known file-sharing site, The Pirate Bay," offered Johan Ljungberg, CEO of Peerialism.

"Since the technology is compatible with the existing it will quickly allow for new values to be created for all key stakeholders and facilitate new business opportunities."

The four founders of The Pirate Bay - Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, Gottfrid Svartholm and Carl Lundström - were found guilty of violating intellectual property rights earlier this year, each receiving a one year jail sentence and fines totalling USD 3,620,000.
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Octuplets stun doctors at California hospital | Reuters:
By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California woman shocked doctors by giving birth on Monday to octuplets, believed to be only the second set of eight babies born in the United States.

The six boys and two girls were doing well and were in stable condition in the neonatal intensive care unit, said Dr. Karen Maples at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in the Los Angeles suburb of Bellflower.

But two needed some help to breath with ventilators, she told a press conference.

The eight babies were born nine weeks prematurely by Caesarean section over a five-minute period, stunning a 46-member medical team that was expecting only seven babies.

They weighed between 1 pound 8 ounces (680 grams) and 3 pounds 4 ounces (1.47 kg) and doctors initially identified them by the letters A through H as they were born.

"We decided to proceed with the delivery in anticipation of seven babies. We had done some drills, some preliminary dry runs," Maples said.
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I was honestly hoping to be graceful in victory, even with as little faith as I'd had that victory was possible, much less assured.

Now that Obama has won, I suddenly find that I want to subject all of the Neocons and all of the republicans who, even though they might not have agreed with Bush and Cheney, have spent the last eight years either smugly confident and supportive of all their crap, or even worse -- silent despite feeling an unease about the course our government has taken -- and subject them to the same behavior.

I remember when the Shrub got up in front of the nation and said something along the lines of, "I'm the President now. I'm the President of America; I'm even the President of those of you who didn't vote for me." That smug, petty, revealing remark about what a power-hungry, selfish President he would become has been ringing in my head for 8 years. Cheney trying to cast the Vice Presidency as some kind of exercise in quantum state logic problem, claiming whatever suits him when he should have been convicted for contempt of court. Rummy. Man, just... Rumsfield. And Rove perhaps more than anyone else: "The Architect." These lying scum had been in charge of the country for too long, and so proud about hijacking our grief over 9/11 and trotting it out whenever we needed to be scared into submission enough to agree to their agenda.

I've grown so sick of it over the last eight years I had no idea how much I've been bottling up. I've been in despair, been angry, and been ashamed over the course of things. And part of me wants to be as graceless in victory as the opposition has been now, for 1/5th of my years on this planet, for a third of my time as a voter. Part of me wants to get all testosterone-poisoned jock on the losing players, and humiliate them. Rub their face in the mess they've made, and put them outside. Begin shouting "America, love it or leave it!" back in their faces. Someone once told me that anger is just another face that fear takes. I'm not sure I agree, but I've been angry for awhile, and afraid that we would not recover, that perhaps the more reasonable among us, those with enough common sense to be conflicted on complex issues, might never have the power in our own hands again. That fear nearly allowed me to become as shrill and intolerant as those that have been in power for the last 8 years.

In the end, people taking the high road are setting enough of an example that I'll try and refrain from teabagging anyone crying into their McCain/Palin commemorative hankies. This article, in particular makes me more hopeful than vengeful: eastside93's Blog | Talking Points Memo | I Didn't Vote For Obama Today
I have a confession to make.

I did not vote for Barack Obama today.

I've openly supported Obama since March. But I didn't vote for him today.
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Reuters: North Korea said to be deploying missiles
VIENNA/SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea deployed more than 10 missiles on its west coast apparently for an imminent test launch, a South Korean newspaper said on Thursday, and Pyongyang halted U.N. monitoring of its nuclear complex.

The potentially destabilizing moves followed reports that the United States had offered to remove North Korea from its terrorism blacklist this month in an effort to keep a nuclear disarmament pact from falling apart.

It would be an unprecedented test if North Korea fired all 10 of the surface-to-ship and ship-to-ship missiles. Intelligence sources quoted by the Chosun Ilbo paper said they thought the North may launch five to seven of them.

North Korea has forbidden ships to sail in an area in the Yellow Sea until October 15 in preparation for the launch, an intelligence source told the paper.

A South Korean defense ministry official declined to comment on the report but said the government had no indication of unusual activity in the North. remainder of article at website
I really dislike Kim Jong Il; the little shit and his puffball hairdo seem really out of touch with reality. I mean, like CRAZY. He's either crazy, or wants to be perceived as crazy, which is in itself potentially worse than being crazy. If the world were a big neighborhood, USA would be the big, rich house with the loud jackass in charge of the local neighborhood association who always told everyone else how to keep their lawn straight, and when they needed to rake their leaves or repaint their porch -- but North Korea would be the lonely shack at the end of the block with the batshit guy who is rumored to have a shotgun, and may or may not have been killing the neighborhood pets.

Here, we really have something of a terrorist nation; a government which seeks to use fear as a means of being allowed to participate in the world theater, to shape other nations policies and plans.

They've test fired rockets toward Japan. Shit-howdy, wasn't The Bay of Pigs more or less about keeping a test firing from even being feasible?
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I'm listening to Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog, and admiring Felicia Day's pipes; there's something almost liquid about her voice; syrupy maybe, but definitely flowing and beautiful. I wonder how many other roles she's had that have allowed her to sing. Not many, I expect, unless we're talking community theater.

This led me to wonder about my personal pick for best action hero of this generation, Jason Statham. Whenever I see him in a movie and he doesn't get to show off his martial arts, I'm gravely disappointed. It's like eating cereal without milk.
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Dear self,

Don't drink so much coffee tomorrow. You're not psychic, you have just drunk so much coffee you can't parse YOUR OWN thoughts.

Kind regards,
You
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WARNING: Only watch this if you have no interest in the movie, or have NO CARE of spoilers. Most of the explosions, characters, and plot points (as well as reveals) appear to be in the trailer.

That said, I'm still hyped to see it. I like rollercoasters, even though I can see where the tracks go.

adaptation

Jun. 10th, 2008 08:18 am
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@Twitch films - 20th Century Boys; thanks to m. christian.

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I'm going to go out on a limb, and assume that this is an intentional "homage" to the original movie, because timing like this is just too tight to be coincidence, formulaic construction or no. (via Twenty Sided):


This reminds me of when a music fan overlayed Nickelback's "How You Remind Me" over "Someday" resulting in "How You Remind Me of Someday" --
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Prince establishes total ownership of the song at 3:30 or so. I began cackling maniacally soon afterward.
chronovore: (OMFG)
BG&E2

Let EA never, ever buy Ubisoft. This kind of thing would never happen.
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Worst Place to Live in Japan: (warning: linked page is mildly NSFW)
The above is a screencap (note: not included to avoid hotlinking) from a TV program with a list entitled "statistics which show the reality of Osaka." The figures show that Osaka comes out tops (worst) out of all the cities in Japan in the following categories...

* Theft
* Car vandalism
* Murder and other violent crimes
* Number of homeless
* Death by Cancer
* Number of offices declining
* Unemployment rate (2nd worse)
* Bankruptcy rate (2nd worse)
* Number of primary schools that don't serve food
* National learning proficiency test
* Child abuse deaths
Even so, with all of that against it, it still feels a lot safer here than in the USA.
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Service Pack 1 Will Turn Off Vista's 'Kill Switch' | Compiler from Wired.com:
partial article text )Perhaps the strangest part is that, in spite of the fact the Microsoft is doing away with the kill switch, Sievert claims that it’s been a huge success — Vista piracy is roughly half that of XP.
It is worth noting that correspondence does not imply causation. It's highly likely that Vista piracy is down because anybody who knows enough about computers to install an OS off a P2P'd ROM wants anything to do with Vista.

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