Monday, May 31, 2010
Multi-talented and unconventional actor/director regarded by many as one of the true "enfant terribles"* of Hollywood who has led an amazing cinematic career for more than five decades, Dennis Hopper was born on May 17, 1936, in Dodge City, Kansas. The young Hopper expressed interest in acting from a young age and first appeared in a slew of 1950s television shows (ripped from http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000454/bio)
* Les Enfants Terribles is a phrase in French that translates as "the terrible children" or "the holy terrors
In a movie mood I am stoaked that the Sydney Film Festival is full swing GO!!!
What exciutes me most about this years events is IMMORTAL SEDUCTION A series of possibly one of the greatest bunch of Vampire movies EVA!!! Feturing some of the most seductive vampire movies ever to grace the screen. Including the ever mysterious Nosferatu . If Lesbian arthouse is more your vibe , may I suggest Daughters of Darkness .
Comedy is not missed either . so check it out . If you have some time on your hands and you like movies like most of us. There is most likely a MUST SEE on the list someplace.
I found the site a tad under informed as I could not find the price of passes only single tickets and the 'pathways' that inform of me of groups of movies where also under described, so I had to actually launch into each pathway to find the genre.
pathways without descriptors
01. Fire Me Up
02. Freak Me Out
03. Love Me
04. Make Me Laugh
05. Push Me To The Edge
06. Take Me On A Journey
07. Opening Night
08. Closing Night
09. Official Competition
10. Foxtel Documentary Prize
11. Dendy Shorts - Animation
12. Dendy Shorts - Live Action
13. Short Film
14. Cinema Visionaries
15. Creative Drive
16. Immortal Seduction: the Vampire Movie
17. Kids Flicks
18. Sounds On Screen
Biggest fail I saw today was a teen wearing a top too small with pastel fat horizontal stripes with her gunt hanging out of her terry tracksuit pants and topping it off with ankle ugg boots. It was of course raining and her new ugg boots where about to let her toes rip through.
Lets face it folks, ugg boots where just not made for the rain.
Bless my full length mud guards.
I can not stress how good they are, just look at my dry feet.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Friends, surely this is a word that means something. On many social networks people must be your frinds if they want to see and share your posts. Facebook for example are insisting that if you wanna share an app with someone that you must be their friend. So here I am playing stupid mini games that have my attention for 15 minutes or 15 hours but to allow someone to quest or play with me or be populated or whatever, you must become their friend.. with a total stranger.
Twitter has so many bots following other bots that it surely must account for most of the bandwidth that could otherwise be used in real ether situations. I regularily get follow requests from what i presume are bots and SEO and marketing ID's. Some of these ID's have thousands of followers and not a single post.
Making friends on the web is very easy, almost to easy. you can search their name , their nick name, their email and their school. All is good when you actually use the tools to communicate with each other. As i mentioned earlier I play mini-games in Facebook, There was one game where you could not progress to the next level until you had (x) amount of friends playing the game. Lots of my frinds are not into games. To get around the obvious lack of desire of 'my' friends to play a game like some sort of simple Dungeons And Dragons sorta thing, the 'app' has a post to the applications wall, where people can JOIN you, but only if you accept their friend request. You know it , I managed to advance by regaling total strangers from all over the world to be in my party (on the proviso that I be "friends" with them).
My FRIEND numbers began to swell. I often gave the prospective friend a quick scan on their page on that social network site. Just a quick look to see if they where into weird shit... like me.
When I stopped playing the game I did kull my list a bit. I kept a few of them that where semi communicative or shared some playing style that was similar to mine. In fact I even became real friends with a few too.
So where does this leave us? I can tell you that I do filter my friend requests and do not press 'accept' as soon as I see them. With alarming regularity get requests from people with no 'also friends with' in common. Frankly I am not that lonely that I must get so many friends as I can to make myself feel confident.
Alarmingly, it is friends I actually know who kind of act weird that makes me think that their account has been compromised buy their little sister. I recently sent a rather non sexual or directed or pointed message to a friend who gave me "her" user name. She was posting past midnight and so I sent the message "go to bed" to that I got a response of "Don't be creepy, wanker" ...
Being neither creepy nor wanking. I just wondered why this average looking young lady would write such a thing. She neither knew me well nor did she write anything contextually true.
Hello BLOCK button.... the short thinking "valley girl" can just just bugger off. After all this aint the valley
But I believe that from my experience with chat rooms and web casts and social networking in many forms since the mid 90's that with the onset of easy chats and cams like chatroulette. people have become morally cheap and rather to easy to slag someone. Attitudes are rampant especially by the insecure and rude. I remember in Comic Chat that you actually had to chat in eloquent stanzas at least if you where not to be flamed as an idiot., Hello IRC. With various servers to connect to you went to a room of your choosing where you might chat with someone for years making a relationship and an understanding. Some rooms where topical and chat about topics was all that was allowed. Whilst others where meeting places intended to be nothing but light easy chat. /me slaps (put name here) with a trout , was an almost ultimate insult.
I recently became friends on facebook with someone whom I used to chat with in the 90's and we agree that people now dont want to know anything as they already know it. Also, chatting is almost a waste of time as everyone lies about who, what where. We realized and agree that everyone's 'acceptance' values have become a lot lower. our morals have become cheaper and our keenness to be told how pretty we are have become to important.
People use less words to express what they mean, and now they have become so nasty and cheap in value that short abusive stanzas have become the norm.
Social networking should bring people together but because of its cheap morals and easy feel it is making reality between real humans further apart.
There are pleanty of reasons why social networking is good but there are many more why they are bad. Just loook about and see how cheap we have become when we are on line. Only your real frinds offer you even a moment of good info or chat. even if it is just to say HI.
Long gone is the mailbox on the street that used to deliver messages from friends abroad and various other informative bits and pieces.
Enter http://www.seppukoo.com/ for facebook users is not only a breech of privacy as they need your log in details and if you have been using facebook for years you gonna have various bits of personal info but it also lets all your users that you have 'necked' yourself. pretty good but only if you don't mind a bit of engrish.
frankly although it is easy to communicate with people these days and the statement "the net is making the world smaller" it is also making people less communicative too.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
I play games so it is quit normal to do this.
When i play wizard I go full INTELLIGENCE and Wisdom as second skill pool. I lie playing wizards as some spells are devastating. Delivery of spells is a skill in itself.
when I took this test I was hoping for TROLL. I was definitely not leaning my answers towards an intelligence based wizard.
------------------- T H E T E S T
I Am A: Neutral Good Dwarf Druid (5th Level)
Neutral Good A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. However, neutral good can be a dangerous alignment because it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.
Dwarves are known for their skill in warfare, their ability to withstand physical and magical punishment, their hard work, and their capacity for drinking ale. Dwarves are slow to jest and suspicious of strangers, but they are generous to those who earn their trust. They stand just 4 to 4.5 feet tall, but are broad and compactly built, almost as wide as they are tall. Dwarven men value their beards highly.
Druids gain power not by ruling nature but by being at one with it. They hate the unnatural, including aberrations or undead, and destroy them where possible. Druids receive divine spells from nature, not the gods, and can gain an array of powers as they gain experience, including the ability to take the shapes of animals. The weapons and armor of a druid are restricted by their traditional oaths, not simply training. A druid's Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that they can cast.
Lawful Good ----- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (19)
Neutral Good ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (26)
Chaotic Good ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (20)
Lawful Neutral -- XXXXXXXXXXXXX (13)
True Neutral ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (20)
Chaotic Neutral - XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (14)
Lawful Evil ----- XXXXXXXXX (9)
Neutral Evil ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (16)
Chaotic Evil ---- XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Law & Chaos:
Law ----- XXXXX (5)
Neutral - XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Chaos --- XXXXXX (6)
Good & Evil:
Good ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (14)
Neutral - XXXXXXXX (8)
Evil ---- XXXX (4)
Human ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXX (13)
Dwarf ---- XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (14)
Elf ------ XXXXXX (6)
Gnome ---- XX (2)
Halfling - XX (2)
Half-Elf - XXXXXXXXX (9)
Half-Orc - XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Barbarian - (-2)
Bard ------ (-6)
Cleric ---- (-10)
Druid ----- XXXXXX (6)
Fighter --- (0)
Monk ------ (-17)
Paladin --- (-17)
Ranger ---- XX (2)
Rogue ----- (0)
Sorcerer -- XXXX (4)
Wizard ---- (-2)
Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)
I did WOW for a while and got sick of class leveling or balancing. Then shock horror EQ2 brought it in... NOOO good by EQ ... Class balancing made all areas solo-able by any class for character. basically they dumbed it down for idiot users who where in fact DUMB. just face it Wizards are not fighters and had low STR and where physically a pushover. Likewise most fighters where low in INT and could be confused easily. this is what makes characters different and have to fight the same MOB in different ways. Class balancing basicly made the smae mob just a bunch of hit points and not unique. So suddenly the interest in HOW to kill your prey changed to just kill you prey.
I went back to an EQ1 server and kinda put that down. I had been spoilt with larger populations and great graphics.
Truth is, WOW was always second to EQ but for the fact that you did not need a super computer to play WoW. It won the numbers race, but the time the dust settled it was tooooo late. no to mention Sony was treating their clients like we where assholes and hated us.
this article from slashdot is SPOT ON , and gives the reason why I gave up the Virtual on line world sucking game.
i have borrowed the bit I agree with here.
Everquest is a game centered on rewarding you for how much time you put into it. This is the core design philosophy behind the game, since they charge you by the month and make more money the longer you stick around. What they don't tell you is that taking your money is about all they're interested in. They care little for player complaints, and less about player suggestions and requests. They're in this to milk you for all you're worth, and that's the first thing you have to know.
The second thing you have to know is that the game stops being fun. By that time though, you're so "addicted" to the game, you don't realize it. The game becomes a source of frustration and anger instead of a source of entertainment and fun. It becomes a chore. It becomes a job. You plod away at the keyboard, obsessed and consumed with getting that new item, or finishing that last quest, and while so consumed you begin to hate the game. Vehemently. It's a game that goes on forever, and one that you can never win.
After playing the game for a while, you'll start conversing with other players, and you'll see the one thing all players have in common is that they all hate Sony - the designers of Everquest. (It should be noted that Verant, the original development company, has been absorbed into Sony Online Entertainment -- so will be referred to as Sony for simplicity) This is baffling at first glance, because they send Sony $12.95 every month for a form of supposedly voluntary entertainment, which they enjoy, and yet they despise them! Look a little deeper though, and you'll see that most people who dislike Sony are the ones who no longer have fun playing Everquest.
finally a reference source that is interesting
Thursday, May 20, 2010
and now this
The "pornography" question has appeared on the cards since September last year. The change was only spotted by Patten earlier this month and it had received little to no coverage in the media.
I mean, how does a country like ours, suddenly make it illegal to own porn ?
Australian customs officers have been given new powers to search incoming travellers' laptops and mobile phones for pornography
I love snapping my wife at the "wrong" moments... it brings me great joy and frankly I think my wife likes it when I do it too.
Now if I do it, I must delete them before coming back into the country.
the same story here too
http://gnews.com/world/aussie-rules-changed-to-let-customs-search-for-porn-3520612409.html but it was posted 2 hours ago
Fiona Pattern from www.sexparty.org.au/ has asked...
The Australian Sex Party is demanding an enquiry into why a new question has appeared on Incoming Passenger Cards at the Customs point of entry into Australia. The new question asks if they are carrying any ‘pornography’.
The SMH mirrors what has already been covered. here http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/travellers-to-be-searched-for-porn-20100520-vh09.html
I do not see any statement claiming that this is about child porn except from the different stories that that talk about numbers of incidents that CUSTOMS has found.
News.com.au just makes a humorous remark that is not a humorous remark
COMING home from Amsterdam?
You had best declare those photos of the red light district and delete that lurid text message you accidentally left on your phone.
All of these media houses say the same thing and beat around the edges. They don't say much other than the same thing.
Getting to child pornography and the common persons civil rights are getting a bit thin here in Australia, firstly to reach our attentions is the INTENET FILTER that might work for 10 minutes once it is installed and running, but in essence makes us all guilty by association as they are blanket banning plenty of sites that might be deemed undesirable by a priest (for example).
I am no priest but there are some things I just do not look for and that is child porn. I have kids. It is neither a problem in this house nor an issue. However i am aware of creepy men in trench coats hanging around in the school yard and watching my kid for example. The filter is supposed to help with that . I guess not! education is the key here, not banning sites on the net.
The internet filter is a very big invasion of our rights.
This Customs porn filter is also a bit heavy handed and in the wrong direction. having a pic of my wife's awesome cleavage is illegal if I return to Australia from a trip out of Australia. How does this compare to child pornography which is the reason why CUSTOMS AGENTS have been given the right to search for your porn in the first place. if it is anything else IT IS JUST WRONG.
The Australian goes out and calls miners pedophiles, or am I reading that wrong?
RECORD amounts of child pornography are being seized at Australia's borders, much of it brought in by overseas students and foreign workers employed in remote mining areas.
The rise in child pornography detections has authorities so alarmed that the Australian Customs Service has begun an education campaign aimed at warning remote area workers of the penalties for anyone caught with the images.
Customs national manager for investigations Richard Janeczko said Customs had detected a major increase in the amount of child pornography stored on electronic media devices such as laptops, thumbdrives and iPhones.
This financial year alone, Customs has initiated 65 child pornography investigations, a figure on track to exceed last year's total of 86, Mr Janeczko said.
That compared with just 39 investigations in 2006-07.
The maximum penalty for anyone caught with child pornography is a $275,000 fine and-or 10 years' jail.There really needs to be some sort of qualifier placed on that customs cards and then some explaination of why we are blanket guilty?
Wake up Australia. We are standing in our own shit.