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Thursday, May 27, 2004 0 comments
Currently listening to: Teardrop - Massive Attack & Portishead
In the mood for a quick blog post...
Just got back from my weekly salsa lesson, which went pretty well - i'm starting to remember the steps a little more intuitively than before which is an improvement. Seems like its the last one that we'll be having at our quaint little venue in Bangsar as the instructors have almost finally completed the construction of their salsa bar in the city. Although some of the ladies were grumbling a bit as to the increased distance that they would now have to travel, the offer of free tapas, a larger dance floor with a live band, and the potential for more students (or younger dance partners) more than won them over to the idea. Mmm... free tapas... I look forward to it.
There's one heck of a thunderstorm raging outside as i type this. Heavy rain and gusting winds, multiplied by the fact that we live on the 36th floor, have forced us to batten down the hatches. Looks like it'll be some time before it blows over. Still, there's something to be said for storms. They seem to accentuate the comfort of sitting in a nice dry, dark and air-conditioned room lit up only by the glow of the monitor with some Portishead playing through the speakers while gingerly sipping a mug of warm coffee. *contented siiiiigh*
Now all i need is a cat curled up in my lap to complete the atmosphere.
I love the rain.
Surfing for some news on the Internet at the moment. The most interesting item that i've found so far has to be the one about the 'Invisibility Coat' that was demonstrated at the recent San Francisco NextFest this year. A little blurry but a little perfection should take it a long way since it looks pretty promising all in all! You can find the article here and there's even a more technical site here which explains exactly how the whole process works (the latter includes movie demonstrations). Tres cool! ;)
Here's a few other articles of interest which i found today (its a hobby):
US movie actor is 'Afghan prince' - A Hollywood actor who starred in horror film Dawn Of The Dead has found he is prince of the Afghan province of Ghor. Scott Reiniger, who appeared in the 1978 movie, is the great, great, great grandson of Josiah Harlan, the first American to set foot in Afghanistan. As a result of a treaty Harlan signed, his heirs are granted the title Prince of Ghor in perpetuity. Apparently Josiah Harlan was also the inspiration behind 'The Man Who Would Be King' - anyone remember that movie starring Sean Connery?
EU tackles translation 'crisis' - "Keep it brief" is the order being sent out to EU bureaucrats in a bid to cut the amount of untranslated paperwork facing the newly expanded union. Officials have been told that from now on documents should be no longer than 15 pages - half the current average. For the last five years, translators at the European Commission have been battling a steadily rising workload. With nine new EU languages, the backlog has mushroomed to some 60,000 pages and could worsen if action is not taken. Well, that's what you get for having 20 official languages. On a related note, translating IS now the EU's biggest boom industry...
Hardcore Web porn banned down under - Asia-Pacific could be the focus of a tsunami of moral righteousness in the wake of Australia's decision to outlaw hardcore porn on the Internet. Politicians in Australia's Senate have piggy-backed existing legislation covering film classification to outlaw sexually explicit and violent content on the Net. Earlier this month Japan's parliament voted to outlaw child pornography on the Net. Japan is believed to be the source of 80 per cent of all kiddie porn on the Net. The Australian Broadcasting Authority, which polices the content of films down under, will have the power to order service providers to pull off sites containing porn. It will even have the power to block unsuitable material from being imported into Australia from foreign Web sites although exactly how this will be done is not yet clear. But ISPs in Australia aren't happy with the new legislation, which still needs to be approved by the House of Representatives. "Filtering content will be slow and expensive and may disadvantage us compared to the rest of the world," said James Steele, of the Web company Interactive Multimedia. Whoa...
I told doc 'cut my leg off' - Super-tough Royal Marine Jim decided to gamble on the amputation after smashing his ankle when he fell down a mountain. And he even threw a party for his Commando comrades a week before the operation to celebrate all the “leg-less times” they had shared together. At first, orthopaedic surgeon Mr Patrick Loxdale refused to perform the op and urged Jim to try an ankle fusion. This would have involved putting pins in the joint but would have left him with no movement in his foot and finished his Commando career. So Jim, 26, who has now battled back to full fitness to become Britain’s first one-legged operational Marine, kept pleading for a BKA — below the knee amputation. Yep, he's the only fully operational one-legged Marine in the UK (world?). Note to self, don't mess with Royal Marines...
French art house movies find new depths to plumb - The story of Ma Mere, starring Isabelle Huppert, is summed up by its producers: "A mother initiates her 17-year-old son into her own world, made of sex, alcohol and humiliation." Meanwhile Process, starring Beatrice Dalle and Guillaume Depardieu, the son of Gerard, tells of a suicidal young woman who wanly submits to a variety of perversions and agonies, from orgies to eating blancmange mixed with ground glass. The film is shot mostly in black and red, and the characters say almost nothing in between doing foul things to each other. But is it art?
Boy of four passes test for Mensa - Matthew Harrison is the newest member of Mensa. At the age of four, he is also the youngest.Matthew, who had a vocabulary of 70 words by his first birthday and is learning Spanish, qualified by passing tests that, under a sliding scale, gave him an equivalent IQ in excess of 148. The average IQ is 100. So much for a normal existence...
Ok, that's it for now. Might update later...
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