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Sunday, January 29, 2006

B & W

Black-and-white films are supposed to look artsy. Me, I think they look cheap. But maybe it's the same thing.

The Audience

Movie theatre patrons are a lot like children. They--

Never mind.


Moviemakers are a lot like children. They are constantly bothering projectionists with questions about the wrong things or just plain repeating themselves, put way too much value in their toys, and are only rarely self-reliant. There's nothing like a film festival to make these traits obvious.

Kids have an excuse, though; they're kids and there's still time to learn.

Friday, January 27, 2006

That Time of Year Again

The festival is rolling, again. The first film was an Icelandic epic, Beowulf and Grendel. Unfortunately, the print was somewhat damaged; reel 3 appeared to have been exposed to light while still being developed. Ugly as hell, and the soundtracks, SRD and optical, sounded just awful. Oh well.

Monday, January 23, 2006

Four Days and Counting...

...to the annual Göteborg Film Festival.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Lucky Me

I won a free cruise to the Caribbean, again!

I mean, what are the odds? Now, I wasn't at home, and my wife didn't want to answer a f0reign, unknown number, 009724900000. I was more than willing to check the answering machine when I got home, however; I knew the number.

Sure enough, my old friends at Best US Promotions had left a message, offering another free cruise. We are to call 0014078300147 (a Florida number, I believe) with the code cruise.

Feel free to claim the price. I won't.

Sunday, January 15, 2006


I used to participate in a Usenet newsgroup called misc.writing, a group supposedly about writing in all of its forms but in reality about anything but. The people there were writers, though; most had never published, but quite a few had. These were the ones that kept themselves off topic the most; usually, the wannabes contributed actual writing-related posts.

There were also trolls. One I remember in particular called herself Chelsea and claimed to be a published writer; her merits consisted of about 800 Usenet posts. She also thought I was George Lucas. Really. I won't tell that story now, but if you're interested, do a Google groups search on "Ari+Chelsea+George+Lucas".

The other night, after a three-year absence, I visited misc.writing again. The place hasn't changed at all. Sure, there are some new names and many of the old ones are gone, but it's scary how little the place has changed. The same trolls, the same endless political discussions, the same insults.

But the scariest thing of all is to realize that all of this time, I've thought of a Usenet newsgroup as a "place". Virtual reality is here, folks.


...is a book by Karin Boye, an old Swedish TV series with Sven Wollter (based on the book, obviously), and now a blog by my old friend Henrik. Those of you interested in programming in Ruby, eXtreme Programming, or perhaps a quirky interest in software development methodologies in general, go have a look. But the blog's not based on the book, not the way I remember it.

Henrik never does things half-heartedly, I can tell you that, but when I suggested him to write a blog, I never thought I'd help create a monster.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Jamie Cullum...

...is probably the most talented person in jazz right now.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Film Festival, Any Day Now...

17 days (and counting) left before Göteborg Film Festival. And about 18 days before I'll again sip coffee in the projection booth, wondering why I'm putting myself through the whole thing again.

And, of course, 28 days (and counting) before it's all over again.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

On Autism

Here's an article you should read if you read and cared about my last two posts. If not, well, glance through this instead and get back to me.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Autism Clock, Part Two

Apparently I'm not the only one to see similarities between the autism clock and eugenics. www.autistics.org reacted pretty much the way I did, only they have graphics.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Autism Clock

The good citizens of the US can now peruse an Autism Clock. Is it just me, or does this remind you of eugenics? When are they going to attack the crippled and the old?