FiringSquad posted a BoingBoing story about a Londonder who made a tsnuami-relief donation using Lynx -- a text-based browser used by the blind, Unix-users, and others -- on Sun's Solaris operating system. The site-operator decided that this "unusual" event in the system log indicated a hack-attempt, and the police broke down the donor's door and arrested him.
CNET News.com reports an amusing bug in Microsoft's MapPoint software that sends those looking to travel between two Norwegian cities on a trip across much of Western Europe. The suggested quickest route between Haugesund and Trondheim is a 1,685-mile journey through Belgium, England, France, Germany and Sweden to make the journey. With two trips across the ocean and a fair bit of overland travel, the site estimates the journey will take some 47 hours and 31 minutes.
Dark Horizons report that a major legal controversy is swirling around MGM DVD copies with over 300 titles being affected by an aspect ratio problem. According to Cinematic Happenings Under Development (CHUD), claims have gone up that state MGM Home Video has been misleading about the films they're marketing as widescreen, rather cutting the top and bottom off of pan and scan transfers and billing it as widescreen, as the aspect ratio is still correct.
Worth1000's Doctored Images: Modern Mod Ren 5 -- If modern celebrities were the subjects of (slightly less) modern art.Submitted by ant on Wed, 01/26/2005 - 11:31pm. Art/Design | Funny Pictures | Sight Seeings | T(elevision/V/elly) (S(serie/how)/Movie/Film)s
Modern Mod Ren 5 is the current theme on Worth1000. Its doctored images theme is basically if modern famous celebrities were the subjects of (slightly less) modern art. It depicts a modern celebrity as the model in a piece of fine art -- not done in the classical photorealist style. The piece is with a distinctive style (i.e. brush strokes, specific textures, exaggerated features, etc.) like impressionism, pointilism, cubism, charcoal sketches, or anything so long as it's not photorealistic.
This Yahoo! News article says American and French scientists believed they have explained how one of nature's marvels, the Venus flytrap, snaps shut to snare its victims. The plant -- described by Charles Darwin as "one of the most wonderful in the world" -- is able to enclose a fly within its clamshell-shaped leaves in just 100 milliseconds, faster than the eye can blink.
Compfused.com posted a link (Warning: Second page has a screen capture of women's breasts so it is not work friendly and offensive to some people) to the 50 Top Movie Deaths. "Total Film Magazine, in its July 2004 issue, provided an article on the 50 Greatest Movie Deaths throughout cinematic history. Their results below, based on a non-scientific poll taken from interviews with film critics, listed the 50 most highly-rated death scenes. Deaths in death scenes can be either cool, teary, metaphoric, grisly, scary, bloody, amusing, violent, transcendental, unforgettable, spectacular, frightening, funny, or shocking. The victim's death may be well-deserved, accidental, expected, sudden, or intentional. Some effective death scenes even occur off-screen."
Worth1000's Time Machine 7: Doctored photographs with objects in settings foreign to their timeline.Submitted by ant on Wed, 01/26/2005 - 2:29am. Art/Design | Funny Pictures | History | Sight Seeings | Technology
Worth1000's current contest theme is on images/photographs containing objects from the past, present, and/or future. However, it is an amalgam of any two. The trick in this contest is to put objects in settings foreign to their timeline. Paintings and cell phones were forbidden in this contest. There are 98 entries.
A Guardian Unlimited's Gamesblog asks if do game designers burn out like rock stars. The games industry is getting on a bit now, and so are many of its key 'superstars'. You may not think it, given the proliferation of sequels and movie tie-ins that clog up the charts like that sickly white glue in the veins of heavy smokers, but this is a creative business. No matter how many people are involved in the process, there must be a spark of inspiration somewhere at its core. So what happens when the spark falters, or goes out?
Worth1000's current contest theme is on celebrities/politicians from the past transported into the awesome 80's. There are 45 entries.
Compfused.com posted a few new cool videos and images today. Here are my favorites:
- Bad Day image -- I had seen this at work before. I feel like this today for someas reason. :(
- Large Paintin video (QuickTime) -- a cool television/TV commercial/advertisement with huge drawings and real people (e.g., hair).
- Isfahan Movie (QuickTime) -- a nice rendered, animated film inspired by the Persian architecture. It reminds of those computer graphic demos.