This is my personal thoughts, opinions and musings place. I will also rant about things, especially politically-correct things that irritate me. And sci-fi. Did I mention sci-fi? There'll be lots of sci-fi stuff here. And movies, too. Mmmmm... Movies

Friday, July 29, 2005

Has anybody seen this?

Is it just me, or is the cartoon Venture Brothers really, really sick? In a good way, of course, but still sick and perverted. Ejecting people into space, crazy Russian spacewomen with odd hair, no bodily fluid sacks in spacesuits. There's tons more, of course.

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The Three Laws of Pizzas

What d'y'all think? Should pizzas have to obey the following Three Laws of Pizzas?

1. A pizza may not make a human fat, or through inaction allow a human to get hungry
2. A pizza must obey all “Get in my belly!” orders from humans, except where such orders would conflict with #1
3. A pizza must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with #1 or #2

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Help me, I've been blinded!

I've been ruined for the rest of the day; I can't work, I can't think, I can't even speak. That I'm able to type is a testament to accidental coincidence. How did this horror descend upon me, you might wonder. Well, I will tell you.

After lunch, in good weather, we sometimes go for a walk downtown. In this town, that's not really saying very much, but it's a nice walk nonetheless, and in the summer, the view is absolutely spectacular on occasion. As was the case today. Dear Middle-of-the-road-Deity, I have never seen such a perfect pair of breasts on a woman before. Ever! Perfect in shape, size and position, they were even attached to an otherwise stunning woman. That elusive combination, so rare in reality.

When my eyes beheld the wonder that is them, I was instantly blinded. When my ears heard the sounds her t-shirt made, I was struck deaf. When I tried to clamp my jaw shut, I was turned mute. When I considered my situation, all thought vanished. Human senses were not meant to detect such glory! That vision of glory has now been seared, seared! I tell ya, into my very memory. Never shall I forget it. Never!

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And this is a good idea why?

Aside from satisfying a fetish with Rommie of Andromeda fame, I can't actually see a reason for this, other than as a showcase of how far technology and minituarization thereof has come. Appearance does not an AI make, after all, and why on Earth would you want a robot to fool humans into thinking it's human? As a lark, for now, yes, but in the long term?

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More wackiness at the theatre

More proof of lost creativity, coming soon to a theatre near you!

Doom
Dungeon Seige
Ghost Rider

All these are either video games or comics. For the love of Middle-of the-road-Deity, is too much to ask for a new idea? But I'll tell you this: if the Writers' Guild goes on strike over pay or somesuch, that'll just be one more nail in their creative coffin.

On the other hand, maybe I shouldn't complain. After all, I am breathlessly waiting for the Resident Evil triquel, Resident Evil: Afterlife. There's just something about those films that tickles my fance. I wonder what it might be?

Thursday, July 28, 2005

When you feel the need for a chat

By way of Waking Ambrose, I bring to you Elbot - Artificial Intelligence. Maybe. He doesn't like his red button pushed, so go ahead and do it anyway.

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Clinton: Like an African woman

Boy, really doesn't understand , do he? But a bigger question remains: is only worth “20 head of beef cattle and 40 goats? Surely he can do better than that. I mean, if you're offering to buy a woman as if she were chattel, at least make the offer worthwhile.

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Every girl needs one

Gay boyfriend! Politically incorrect, so don't say I didn't warn you.

Interesting new movies coming

There are a couple of upcoming movies that caught my eye.

BEOWULF & GRENDEL and Beowulf

Underworld: Evolution

It'll be interesting to see what they do with B&G and B, considering the last butchering act. Underworld: Evolution should be relatively not too bad if only because it's got vampires and werewolves, and of course, Kate Beckinsale.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Shuttle launched


Finally. I'm a little late with this, but there you have it.

The space shuttle has finally launched.



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Of laundry, and the emancipation of the masses

Laundry day! Oh I how I hate thee! Oh how my hate knows no bounds!

Why do we do it? Or put more precisely, why do we allow them to do it to us? What evil lurks in the hearts of laundry room designers? What hatred of mankind drives these vile creatures to do the bidding of their evil master, whomever that may be? Why, in the name of all that's unholy, is there always the same number of clothes dryers as clothes washers, when the dryer cycles are more than twice as long as the washer cycles? Why, in the name of He Who Shall Not Be Named, do dryers break down more often than washers, leaving even fewer working dryers behind?

When will the travelling proletariat rise up and overthrow the oppression of the oppressive laundry rooms? When will vacationers unite against the tyranny of the loonie and toonie thieves? When? I ask you! When?

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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Voltron

So, Voltron: Defender of the Universe, will be turned into a movie. Hurray for remakes! I wonder how bad it'll be. Or maybe, just maybe, it'll turn out OK. Or if we're really lucky, it'll be good.

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Blog In Space

As a lark, I joined BlogInSpace. They will be beaming blog contents into space, for aliens to read. You can, too.



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The curse of the apartment across

I have lived in my apartment since November/2001, and in that time, I have witnessed at least seven different groups of people move in and out of the apartment across the hall. The same is true with one of the basememt apartments. What's up with that? Maybe they don't like dragging groceries all the way up without elevators. That's really too bad, because for a couple of months, there was a Gaggle'O'Hotties that lived there, but alas, they too have moved out. Damn!

Dream oddity

I had another weird dream a couple nights ago. I don't know what it is with me and weird dreams, lately. Maybe with the windows opened, there was an inrush of fresh oxygen, and my mind overdosed. In this one, somebody, working above my ceiling, pulled up my ceiling tiles and danged a miniature camera. It was on a string, so I guess it must've been wireless. To show my displeasure, I grabbed it and yelled into it. Then I gave it a good yank. They immediately pulled the camera back up and replaced my ceiling tiles. And that's when I woke.

A few things are weird:
  1. I have no ceiling tiles.
  2. I live on the top floor and only a couple of feet separate me from the roof.
  3. Why would someone spy on me from the long edge of the living room when most of the exciting things happen in the bedroom? Hahahaha! I kill me, I really do. It's a sad life.
  4. Is it just delusions of adequacy on my part, desiring to be(or at least feel) important enough to be spied upon?
  5. Why would they dangle a wireless camera on a string, making the silly thing point straight down?
  6. Alternatively, if it's not wireless, why use a string?
  7. On no! Overthink! My head just exploded!

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Even more SG1 quotes

Did you really think I was done with those? Ha, I say unto ye! Ha!

O'Neill: “Sir, I realize I'm probably going to get courtmartialed, but I'd like to appologize.”
Hammond: “You were under the control of an alien device, you're not responsible for your actions.”
O'Neill: “Even so, I'm sorry.”
Carter: “Me too, sir.”
Jackson: “Me three.”
(Everybody looks at Teal'c)
Teal'c: (Assumes a superior expression) “I have nothing to appologize for.” (Walks away)
Hammond: “That is true. He was acting under orders.”



Osiris: “Where is my brother Satesh?”
Jackson: “You mean Sett? He's dead, we killed him.”
Osiris: “You lie!”
Jackson: “Oh no, no I'm not. We also killed Ra, Hathor... and who else? Oh yeah, Sorkar.”

It's true, I love this show! Some of you have Desperate Housewives, and I have Stargate: SG1.

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Monday, July 25, 2005

Who'd'a thunk it?

Who could've guessed, from the very beginning of Stargate: SG1, that the are mutterers and that they talk to themselves. And I think they also curse. In their own language, of course. You can make aliens say anything so long as you don't translate it into English.

Anyway, a pretty good second second of Atlantis episode two, if a bit derivative. After all, alien computer viruses are a staple of sci-fi. I just wish I knew how aliens are able to write for our computers, upload them past the firewalls, and have them actually execute. With knowledge like that, one could corner the market on software development. Oh, and why didn't anybody notice a big, massive CPU hog of a program uncompressing an alien program? Hell, even gives you a process list with a simple three-fingered salute.

Ah well, the trouble with being a software developer; we notice things like that. Oh, and that if only they'd build their ships out of whatever they build generators, they'd be the safest things the . Oh yes, and Beau Bridges' character on SG1 is introduced.

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How useless can you get?

So a study was performed and determined that US online users don't know the meaning of certain Internet terms, and the story lists a bunch of them. Terms, that is, not users. What it doesn't answer, however, is whether the US users are hurt by their lack of knowledge? I'm relatively savvy, but until quite recently, even I didn't know what podcasting is. But really, so what?

People find out when they need to. Somewhere in the sphere of friends and acquaintances that orbits every person, is the knowledge they need, and they'll get it in due time. Of the three terms that Americans supposedly don't know, phishing is the most worrisome, because that is the more dangerous one. But podcasting and RSS feeds? Piffle! I say. Ptui.

Of course, the article doesn't actually provide a link to the study, so there's no way to tell what their sample audience was, though they admit that the young surfers and those who spend more time online are more likely to know the terms. Which, of course, is self-evident.

So the question remains: so what?

I'm probably getting sued

No doubt the SADL(Sheep Anti-Defamation League) is going to sue me for insulting their members. You see, I had accidently labeled some sheep as goats in the Ontario Trip album on my photoblog. I have since corrected my error, and I hope that will satisfy them.

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What Language Should You Learn?

You Should Learn Japanese

You're cutting edge, and you are ready to delve into wacky Japanese culture.
From Engrish to eating contests, you're born to be a crazy gaijin. Saiko!

Woo hoo! Canada wins!

We never win anything! We didn't even want to put on a good Y2K show, but we finally got an award!

Canada wins dumbest government at World Stupidity Awards

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New photos available

Photos from my trip to in early July have been added to my photoblog. Please enjoy.

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Saturday, July 23, 2005

China and the Internet

There was much discussion on the web about Microsoft expanding its network into by allowing the Chinese authorities to people's . Or, at least, the discussion was on that part of the Internet that doesn't originate in China itself. Now, here's the thing. In surfing for credits on , and before it, , I have not come across a single Chinese blog. Nor have I had any hits from inside China itself.

Which, in itself, it oddly weird. I've been getting hits from all over Middle East and even Africa. I've had hits from and , but not China itself. Of course, my blog is in English, and there is quite a bit of a language barrier, but there're plenty of hits from non-English countries already. And randomly surfing the web, I've come across many other non-English blogs, and many blogs from and .

So, on first glance, the Chinese don't blog, or at least, don't blog in English. Nor do they surf BlogSpot blogs. And then there's this story. So the Chinese authorities block whole domains, and make people register their blogs with Da Man. So Microsoft's act of profit over morality is really minor, in the grand scheme of all things Chinese. The Chinese barely blog now, so how much will Microsoft's betrayal of basic Western really affect them?

Probably a lot. There's more to all this than just a few blogs. A major Western corporation has just spit on the very thing that made it the success that it is. Will it be allowed to get away with it?

Of course, what really is the difference between a corporation allowing a country to continue doing what it normally does anyway and a corporation moving its high-tech and low-tech facilities from the West to a third-world country just to save a few bucks?

And don't any of you anarchist/socialist fools take that as a call to go postal and commit acts of violence. None of you care about Western morality anyway, so don't use this as an excuse.

Friday, July 22, 2005

More SG1

Jacob Carter: “You can't just slap a US Air Force sticker on a death glider and call it your own.”
------Stargate: SG1

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Of healthy men and female joggers

There must've been a convention of (ahem, sorry, meant healthy men) in town today. An absolutely stunning crossed the road this morning, and every male head in a stopped or moving car turned to follow her. She wasn't bouncy in the “God, that's gotta hurt!” sort of way, and that just goes to prove that women don't need to be beautiful(and for you , no, I do not mean the cards in - get a life!(ahem, yeah, look who's talking!)). She was also surprisingly toned and muscular. I wonder what she does for a living that she can keep it that way.

Oh well. On to the dream the wonderful dreams.

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Of alien invasions in the Outer Limits

The Outer Limits series was, in many ways, a great show. True, it was an attempt to capitalize on the success of the Twilight Zone series, and in that respect, it was far, far superior to the new Twilight Zone. The stories were grittier, they were better acted and the final narrative was more interesting and more to the point, in my opinion. I'm only talking about the mid-90s Outer Limits, not the 60s original version.

But that's not what I want to discuss. There's an Outer Limits episode whose name I can't remember at the moment that features an incoming invasion fleet, or so everybody believes. So this alien fleet which is traveling , destroys an American communications satelite, and then starts to communicate through another one. It sends a message which is visual and audio, but the audio is gibberish. Thinking the world's under attack, Americans deploy a nuke, which promptly gets destroyed, as is the shuttle trying to launch it. In retaliation, the aliens then nuke and , capitals of the two countries that attack them, which has always seemed like a massive over-kill to me. It's not until the end that the alien audio message is decoded and it's a message of peace, but garbled because the aliens of water-breathers.

Much of the out there is written from our point of view, even when it's meant to take the aliens' side. And right there was a break with tradition, even if it's not a very logical break. You scare them with technology they didn't think was possible( travel), you destroy their space satelite, send them a garbled message they can't understand, and then kill millions of their people by using against population centres when they tried to defend themselves with weapons that in no concievable way were a threat to you? So not very peaceful, as you've claimed, eh?

What's the first thing any society, alien or otherwise, must conquer if they're to build technology such as that? . Without it, such tech is impossible. And communication ability should've suggested to the aliens that perhaps their message was not received or maybe even misunderstood, what with them destroying a comm satelite and all that. But they go ahead and nuke two major cities anyway.

With friends like those, who needs enemies?

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Thursday, July 21, 2005

So here I sit

I'm sitting here, watching TV, surfing blogs, and popping packing bubbles. And I'm addicted to them. Can't put the bubble wrap down. Somebody, please free me from this horror!

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Wackiness in flight

So, there you are, all unsuspecting, ensconsed in your alien-from-outer-space-designed airplane seat, thinking deep thoughts about the possibility of a romantic encounter(ah, screw it... who needs romance?) with the 1st hot stewardess you've seen in ages, when you suddenly discover that your flight's captain has a photography fetish.

Of all the assinine things I've ever seen, this is one of the worst ones. To purposely, or even accidentally, veer off-course to take a picture can get you shot down in some places in the world. It's bad enough that when we fly, we pay through the nose for the priviledge of giving up total control of our lives to complete strangers, it's even worse when those strangers are complete and utter morons.

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The Village

I saw The Village on TMN yesterday for the first time, and I have to say, I'm surprised. All that talk when it first came out about ridiculous plot twists and all that, but when you boil it down to its essentials, it's basically a love story embedded in a lie. There were a few surprise turns, that's true, but what good movie is without them? It wasn't a bad movie in the way so many people suggested, it was just weird. In fact, I'd say it was a bad movie at all. The only real twist to the whole thing is that the way it's first presented to the audiences doesn't match at all to the actual movie. There are no monsters, and nobody's out to get The Village.

It's not a bad movie. It seems well-acted, though the dialog is very stilted, but I think that's intentional. Certainly, it is much better than Unbreakable, and probably in the same league as Signs, though The Sixth Sense leaves them all in the dust. On the other hand, I'm not sure the movies can be compared like that. They're about completely different things, but I have to admit that I couldn't sit through Unbreakable more than 30 minutes, and I watched Signs about 4 times in the theatre alone. If you don't know why I'm comparing these particular movies, it's because they're written and/or proceduced by M. Night Shyamalan.

So, on the scale of Unwatchable/Watchable/Repeat Watchable, I'd say The Village is definitely Repeat Watchable.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Daylight Savings Time

So, the are changing(maybe) their by moving the start to first weekend of March and the end to last weekend of November. would probably follow suit, since as the story above relates, it would cause too many problems not to adjust our own clocks.

Businesses are not ready, the story says. But are computers? Many computers, especially and / machines, automatically change to and from Daylight Savings Time on preprogrammed days of the year. Every out there would need to be patched, which shouldn't be too difficult. A patch could be rolled out in the next set of updates. But what about , or small devices that have no connection to the Internet and whose DST code is hardwired into them? How will they be updated? What about all the non- related time calculations that take Daylight Savings Time into account?

Standby for to fill the air with their screams of outrage.

Which Family Guy character are you?


Which Family Guy character are you?

Stewie Griffin

You are an anarchist, a thespian, and you hate your family (especially your mom) as well as pickels. For Christmas, you want either a dead Lois or some plutonium. Also, you can do a lounge version of Rocket Man by Elton John.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Of BlogExplosion, or WTH?

OK, what is going with BlogExplosion? I'm accumulating credits, and they refuse to spend. What the hell is up with dat?

Family Guy Quote

Quagmire is returning to his bedroom with a drink and sees the Social Worker Lady in his bed, naked.

SWL: “Glen, honey, can I ask you a question? What do you do for a living?”
Quagmire: “Heh, I got a question for you, too. What are you still doing here?”

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Atlantis begins again

Well, of Stargate: Atlantis started yesterday. It was actually pretty good, as were the space battles, but more importantly, the stopped being so damn one-dimensional. Always before they were such , what with the hissing and the hip grinding and the glutony and the skimpy clothes(on the females, at least), and the sucking out of life from the various people stuck into walls aboard their hive ships. But now we find out they can quickly devise stratagems that can defeat Asgard technology, they understand space fighting, the need to protect their carriers, point defense via fighters, and formation assault on a fortified position.

Which, I suppose, only brings up more questions. Who, exactly, are they? They defeated the , but they had numbers if not technology on their side. But where did they learn to fight like that and who have they been practicing against? Nobody else in has space capability, so it can't just be training. They must be remembering their battles against the Ancients, being effectively immortal and all that. I certainly hope the show tries to explain some of it and that it'll be about more than just the Wraith or He-Who-Must-Not-Name-Things or the.

Here's hoping for an interesting season.

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Again with security flaws

I'm getting tired of this.

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Monday, July 18, 2005

Ooops, I did it again

Once again I'm whoring for reviews/comments. Please vote for me here or in the sidebar! Thank you.


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A joke for the night

This, of course, is an .

A cop comes up on an accident scene, and he finds a in the ditch, rolling on the ground, moaning, “My , my Mercedes, my Mercedes.” The cop says, “Sir! How can you be worried about your car at a time like this? Look, you've lost your left arm!” The yuppie twists around in horror, stares at the stump at his shoulder, gasps and says, “Oh, my , my Rolex, my Rolex!”

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A blood-pact of epic proportions

I have recently signed a blood-pact with myself. In the event that I ever get a dog or a cat, I resolve the following:
  1. Cat
    1. He shall be named ''
    2. She shall be named ''
  2. Dog
    1. He or she shall be named ''
    2. He or she shall be taught to ''
A pet must follow his or her nature. Like Sorkar and Hathor, cats are Gods in their own minds. Hell, their eyes even glow, in the dark, at least. Dogs, on the other hand, will do anything for their owners(Gods, if you will), and one calls them to attention by yelling certain words.

I furthermore resolve that I will not call either a dog or a cat 'Steve'!

So let it be written, so let it be done.

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Blogarama link fixed

I just fixed the Blogarama “Review My Site” link in the sidebar. Should work now.

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Reality and the world of 3D - Part 15

- Continued 5

In the previous section, you learnt about resolutions and the differences between paper canvas and computer screens. Let's now look at what this means for painting on a computer.

Because a computer painting canvas is constructed of a limited number of dots, you are forced to paint differently. Each dot can only have one color; you cannot paint half a dot green and the other half red, for example. This means if you need a color dot somewhere, it must be a whole dot, even if it sticks out from other dots; this makes for jagged lines. Take a look at the circle you drew in Paint in the previous section. Do you notice how jagged the circle is? Do you also notice how smooth the side lines and the top and bottom lines are? This tells you that lines running at right angles to the axis will appear smooth, while lines running at other angles will not; lines running at 45° angles will be smoother than lines running at other angles. This problem is ubiquitous in the digital image world; even digital photography suffers from it.

In fact, this problem is so wide-spread that it even has it's own name. The problem of jaggies(jagged portions) that result from lines running not at right angles to the axis is called “”. And since it has a name, you might be tempted to think that there is a solution to the problem of “aliasing”. Guess what! You would be right. The solution also has a name, a brilliant, geeky and self-referential name: “”. It consists of filling in the empty spots created by the jaggies with similiarly-colored, though lighter, pixels to create the illusion of smooth lines.

Anti-aliasing is an extremely complex computer algorithm that takes quite a bit of computing resources to perform. Know, however, that whenever you see high-quality computer-generated images, they have all been anti-aliased. I don't, however, know about computer animation. It's possible that computer animation isn't anti-aliased because there may be no need; you wouldn't be able to see the aliasing anyway because the action moves so quickly.

Another way you may be able to overcoming the aliasing problem is to render extremely high-resolution images and then zoom out when displaying them on a computer screen. The problem with this method is that it doesn't actually eliminate the aliasing problem, it merely masks it.

Now that you know about aliasing and anti-aliasing, we'll look at what makes up a three-dimensional scene. Please stay tuned...

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Of Dr. Evil and the World Court

I'm watching the Austin Powers marathon on TBS, and there's a scene in Goldmember where Austin Powers goes to the maximum security prison to visit to see Dr. Evil about whoever painted some sailors' privates gold. When comes close to the camera, you can see that his prisoner serial number is 00001. I wonder if this is a hit on the World Court, sort of like saying, “Look, your very first convict is a fictional character.” I only just saw that today, and I've seen the movie several times, not to mention on the big screen when it first came out. Yes, I know that Dr. Evil is Number One, and his second in command is Number Two, but I wonder if there is more meaning in it.

I could be, of course, off on a completely tangential tangent. I often am, and am therefore quite used to the phenomen.

Quotes

fazzar: “There're only two things that I hate in this world. People who are intollerant of other people's culture, and the Dutch.”

: “Dr. Evil, can I paint his yoohoo gold? It's kinda my thing.”
Dr. Evil: Drives the powered chair close up to Goldmember “How about No!, you crazy Dutch bastard!”

Powers: “Mr. Roboto is lying.”
: “Tell me something I don't know.”
Powers: “I open-mouth kissed a horse once.”
Foxxy: “What?”
Powers: “That's something you don't know.”

Goldmember: “Nobody try anything shtoopid, or the shoosting will begin.”

Goldmember: “Yeh, the shoosting begins.”

New season of Atlantis

For those of you who are in Canada and are interested in such things, the 2nd season of Stargate: Atlantis is starting tomorrow at 9pm Atlantic time(8pm Eastern) on the MovieNetwork. All I can say is, I lost interest in the 1st season about two thirds of the way through, but picked it up again just at the end, and my feeling is that if the season opener sucks or they introduce the into Stargate: SG1, I'll be very, very displeased.

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BlogExplosion and the Devil

BlogExplosion just told me to click on “666”, and I immediately complied. Who made me so compliant in such matters? Was it... Satan?

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Saturday, July 16, 2005

How to lose weight

Before I go off to visit with some friends, I leave you with this.

The funniest way of loosing weight ?
Sex is the most practical and funniest way of losing weight. Look how many calories you can burn: TAKING OFF THE CLOTHES With her agreement....12 cal Without her agreement............187 cal TAKING OFF THE BRA With both hands........8 cal With one hand.........12 cal With the mouth.......85 cal PUTTING ON THE CONDOM With erection..........6 cal Without erection.............315 cal FOREPLAY Trying to find the clitoris...............8 cal Trying to find G spot.92 cal Without caring at all..0 cal WHEN "DOING IT" Holding her up........12 cal Just on the floor......8 cal POSITIONS Daddy-mummy............2 cal 69 laying..............8 cal 69 tanding up........112 cal Trolley..............216 cal Italian chandelier...912 cal HAVING AN ORGASM Real.................112 cal Fake................315 cal POST ORGASM Staying in bed........18 cal Jumping off the bed...36 cal Figuring out why she jumped off the bed..........816 cal GETTING THE SECOND ERECTION Between 16 and 19 years of age...................12 cal From 20 to 29.........36 cal From 30 to 39.......108 cal From 40 to 49........324 cal From 50 to 59........972 cal Over 60........... 2916 cal PUTTING ON THE CLOTHES Quietly...............32 cal Being in a hurry......98 cal With her husband opening the door................1218 cal


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The black arts

: “Oh, I could never support the black arts!”
: “The black arts?”
Flanders: “You know, magic, oriental cooking.”
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Friday, July 15, 2005

SG1 Quote

O'Neal: “It's a parachute, it slows your descent.”
Teal'c: “This device seems poorly designed for that function.”
O'Neal: “It opens up after you jump. Trust me, it's easy.”
Teal'c: “This does not seem wise, O'Neal.”
O'Neal: “I said it was easy, not wise.”
Teal'c: “This does not seem wise.”
O'Neal: Pushes Teal'c out the rear bay.

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Great shuttle pic


Shuttle Discovery, STS-114, on the pad just before the launch was scrubbed.

There's also a cute story about a self-admitted doped-up UK hacker who found evidence of “extra-terrestrial” personnel at NASA. Personally, I think he's watched too much while high as a kite.

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Wrong-handed turns

Why can't you people turn in the proper direction from the correct lane? Twice I saw this happening on a trip through downtown, and that's a 5 minute drive. It's obviously a navigation problem, learn to read the map beforehand. The first time, they almost took me out at Highfield & Main, turning left unto Highfield from the eastbound righthand Main lane. Then, in downtown, it was the exact opposite. Learn to navigate, or at least to turn around legally and safely.

Smoking Mess

The Smoking Mess

Rant begins!

Now, I realize that many smokers themselves, or their spouses and friends, so intensely dislike the smell of post-smoking smoke that they go to smoke outside. For the sake of that, I suppose I can live with having to wade through a cloud of their foul exhailings just to get to the front door of my apartment building or, for that matter, my office.

What I cannot understand, however, is the dumping of the spent butts on the ground right at the building door. Have you people no shame? No sense of pride in your surroundings? And in case the people responsible are visitors and not residents, WTF? Would you want others to just come over to your house and throw their garbage on your porch? We all have to live in this building together, folks. Let's try and not have our filthy habits affect the other residents. OK? Thanks.

Rant done!

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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Europeans are truly crazy!

Only in Europe! Outdoor urinals. This is one of the more disgusting things to have come from there. Now, I realize that in Quebec, a woman will actually walk into a men's washroom to clean it while men are actually using it, but at least it's in private, behind walls and doors. But to piss out in public like that? Ewww! Gross! Also, unless you want your pubic bits hanging out in full view of the public, you have to stand pretty damn close to the 'input port', and I think the backspray will land on you, possibly infecting you with whatever others left.

Which begs the question. If the square is host to a number of bars, as the site claims, why not just use the toilets in those bars instead of doing it out in public, on the street.

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Water abuse

Do you ever drink far more than is good for you? I know they say to drink 10 glasses of water a day, but what if you drink 10 glasses all at once? They feel good going down, there's no doubt about that, but that's when the trouble starts.

Your ability to stand up and stay up depends on a being in a specific place, and it's not supposed to move around. But when you dump enough water into your system, it just sits in your stomach and sloshes around, tugging you hither and thither, making you stagger from place to place and look like you're on water. And it gurgles, too, just like the watercooler does as you're getting more water to pour down your throat. And if you're desperately in need of , wiggle your hips sharply, and you can make your very own every time, complete with audio effects.

Try it the very next time you're bored. Just remember: this is entertainment, not , don't cause yourself any injury.

The Legend of the Swordsman

I saw a fairly freaky Chinese fantasy movie, The Legend of the Swordsman, with Jet Li. It's one of those supernatural movies we've all come to know and love. You know the kind: people flying through the air, voice sorcery, phaser-type destruction via hand motion. As kung-fu fantasies go, this was probably one of the better ones. When you boil this thing down, it reduces to a guy(Jet Li) has the hots for a woman who used to be a man who magically transformed into a woman to confuse and confound his enemies, not to mention the viewers. Oh, and the newly-minted woman is out to conquer all of China. Figures. “What man would want to ?” Jet Li's character asks. Indeed. There's also revenge in this movie, and instructions on how to let it drive you completely insane.

Kiddo(actually, a girl): “I can't believe you left me down there!”
Ling(Jet Li): “Why? You know how to fly.”

Kung-fu dude, speaking of Kiddo: “Hey, she's actually starting to behave like a woman.”

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A sad day in my life

Today is a sad day for The Mad Perseid. You see, today, I discovered that I, The Mad Perseid, he who can never die so long as one station among thousands shows the reruns, am old. Yes, it came as quite a shocker to me, needless to say. How did this horrible day come to pass, you ask? Well, let me tell you. I heard somewhere on the radio today that they were going to be playing oldies from 60s, 70s and 80s. And that was the moment that defined me as being old. You know you're old when the music you grew up with is being called 'oldies'. I'm not even 40, damit!

What's next? Knight Rider reruns for us old geezers? Remember this, you 20 year somethings. In ten years, Space: Above and Beyond will mark you as old. I mean, good God, oldies from the 80s?

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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Closed up cars and young children do not mix

I fail to understand why people are still doing this, especially after all the publicity of the last few cases. From the Genuine blog, comes the link to this story about a young child being left unattended in a car. This is even stupider than the story regarding a child killed while saving a turtle that I blogged about previously. At least one can call that one an accident, but what is this?

And what's up with a 36 year old woman looking older than one of my obviously post-50yo female neighbours? What the hell? Did she start smoking at age -0.01 years? Does she put down a quart of vodka a day? What is it?


Added at 3:38pm
What's with being a grandmother at 36 anyway?


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20 Questions

Stolen directly, and quite shamelessly, from my buddy, Palindromic Rage, I present to you, 20 Questions. Think of something, and guesses it in... well, you guessed it, 20 questions or less.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

BlogExplosion users beware!

If your blog is registerd with BlogExplosion and and it is hosted by MSN(as in, spaces.msn), be aware that you are breaking the frames by allowing comments on your blogs. No other blogging software that I am aware of does this, but of course, Microsoft has to do things differently. I'm not sure, but you might be in violation of BE rules by using a Microsoft-based blog. If anybody thinks I'm full of crap(on this topic only! :-) ), please tell me.

"Silence, you assorted stereotypes!"

Something funny your way comes!

Check out The Strangerhood, by Rooster Teeth Productions.

Very, very cute. Made with the game, The Sims 2.

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Stargate: SG1 fans rejoice!

Thanks to the Jen's Horde blog, we, too, can now cause consternation among of the future. Witness the modern mummification process! Witness the modern . Imagine, we, too, can now defend our with pressurized salt acid and terrible (and before you say it, yes I know). Now we, too, can build pyramid-shaped hyperships and defend our domains with batalions of . We will live as Gods, I tell ya! As Gods!

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Weird dreams

I had a recently. It wasn't my only weird dream, but it's the only one that struck in my mind. It seems that I injured my hand in the , and instead of , I had black foam under my skin. It was soft and spongy, and rather pleasant to the touch, but it was still black damn foam. Now what's up with 'dat? And while I was going from doctor to doctor who were all trying to figure what they were going to do about that, my car was in the shop for some weird problems with the roof. I think the doctors all decided it was normal to have black foam for blood, and my were all in my head. As I was leaving the hospital, the car mechanic dropped my nothing-wrong-with-it car at the entrance, which was odd. Weird, definitely weird.

Restaurant etiquette

Something that strikes a lot of people as is restaurant patrons holding long, and often loud, cell-phone conversations in full view and hearing of the other patrons. I've heard much discussion about that in recent years. And I agree that holding long, loud, and protracted conversations on your cell-phone in the middle of a restaurant is rude, but is it any more rude than anything else that people do that doesn't get as much airtime?

If you're just trying to have a quiet meal, but the group two tables down is loud and rowdy(especially if they're mostly women - this isn't a hit on women, this is merely an observation over many years), is your cell-phone conversation really the rudest thing you can do?

Or, let's say you're just trying to have a nice, quiet meal, but somebody in the next booth keeps . And if I pick up my cell-phone and start jabbering away, who then is ruder, me or the farter?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Monday, July 11, 2005

The Lone Ranger and Tonto ponder philosophy

The Lone Ranger and Tonto went camping in the desert.

After they got their tent all set up, both men fell
sound asleep.

Some hours later, Tonto wakes the Lone Ranger and
says, "Kemo Sabe, look towards sky, what you see?"

The Lone Ranger replies, "I see millions of stars."

"What that tell you?" asked Tonto.

The Lone Ranger ponders for a minute then says, "Astronomically
speaking, it tells me there are millions of galaxies and
potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that
Saturn is in Leo.

Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter
past three in the morning.

Theologically, it's evident the Lord is all-powerful
and we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically,
it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What's
it tell you, Tonto?"

Tonto is silent for a moment, then says, "Kemo Sabe,
you dumber then buffalo shit. Someone has stolen tent."


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Family Guy quote

Having just crashed the car into a tree while on their way a second honeymoon, Peter and Lois check into a sleazy motel.

Lois: “That's a hooker on the bed.”
Peter: “Don't move, they're attracted to motion.”
From a new episode of Family Guy.

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Sunday, July 10, 2005

Batman Begins

Warning - spoiler ahead!

Surprisingly, Batman Begins is actually a good movie. There's actually a plot and it follows the transformation of into . Christian Bale did an excellent job, I thought, a sort of moody, brooding performance he brought into the surprisingly excellent movie, Equilibrium.

It follows Bruce Wayne from the death of his parents(in flashbacks) to his desire to do something about the scum of to his training with ... uh, sorry, I meant , and then his final transformation into Batman. Personally, I don't know if Liam Neeson is every going to live down the sword-fighting, but he was pretty good in this movie.

One of the issue I had with the movie, however, was some of the fighting scenes. The action was so fast, I could barely follow with the camera movements. But the sets, the bat-toys(what we saw of them) and, of course, the , were absolutely incredible. All in all, the movie wasn't nearly as cartoonish as all the other Batman movies other than the very first one with Michael Keaton.

Oh, and before I forget, I can't get over nipples(you did know I'm a pervert, didn't you? Or am I?). I mean, she could put an eye with those pencil erasers of hers. ... .

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29 Dimensions of Love

There's something out there called eHarmony, which is really a dating service. The reason this particular agency stuck in my mind is that they claim their success is due to scientific research and matching people based on 29 dimensions of love. They even provide all sorts of scientific evidence to prove their point, all sorts of numbers and graphs, but really, unless you're a research scientist familiar with the particular studies they cite, this information is all but useless. I'm not saying the data is wrong, just that it doesn't mean very much to a lay person.

An important question, however, is whether love really has only 29 dimensions? I heard somewhere on TV a while ago that if a man(or, for that matter, a woman) can't definitely say why they love their partner, then it's not really love, and they're just deluding themselves. It was a woman that said this, which struck me a bit odd. Is love something you really want to analyze scientifically?

Why do you love someone? Internally, you may know, but is it something you want to, or are even able to, air out in public? Isn't the discovery process the point of love? What happens if you know everything up front? “OK, so we matched on these ten dimensions, but not on the other eighteen. Too bad, so sad.” Nothing I've seen out there convinces me that love and matches can be quantified and scientifically broken into concrete, perfectly fitting pieces. Of course, don't take my word for it: my success rate with women has been abysmal, to say the least, so really, what do I know?

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Saturday, July 09, 2005

War of the Worlds, a good if dated movie

Language and spoiler warning!

Well, what is there to say about War of the Worlds? Good movie, great effects, but getting a bit dated and doesn't exactly inspire confidence in modern-age children or the parenting ability of adults.

Opening line: “At the start of the 21st century, who would've believed aliens were watching?”

OK, I've got a problem with that. Maybe at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, that wouldn't have occured to anyone. But after decades of sci-fi and our own observations of the real universe, not to mention the SETI project, I think we're kinda prepared by now to at least entertain the idea of aliens watching us. We are, after all, trying to find them.

And what is there to say about the kids? Or, for that matter, the guy's parenting skills? It's freaking war out there, kiddies, grow the fuck up! So, there he is, trying to lead his kids to safety, not knowing, of course, that there really isn't any safety, and both kids are doing their damndest trying to sabotage his efforts. If people survived Leningrad, you can damn well take a piss in front of your father, girlie. If shit is blowing up over the crest of that hill, do not make your father choose between your sister and yourself, kiddo.

The aliens and their machines were pretty well conceived and executed, but they had pretty weird energy canons on those machines. Able to destroy buildings in job lots, but still able to vapourize people while leaving their clothes to blow, untouched, in the wind. Dakota Fanning can really scream, Tim Robbins was creepy as the crazy farm guy, and Tom Cruise did a pretty good job, I thought, all things considered.

The end, of course, leaves much to be desired, for modern audiences, if for no other reason than that I, personally, check the weather before I got to work every day, and it's only a seven minute drive. These guys come all this way and don't even check that they're compatible with out existing ecosystem and don't take polution into account? Come on.

All in all, it's an enjoyable if somewhat dated movie.

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Friday, July 08, 2005

The Great Ice Wall of Beresford, NB - 2003

I suddenly remembered that I had these pictures, and wanted to share them.

A few years ago, there was an interesting winter phenomenon in Beresford, NB(the second town north-west of Bathurst marked on the map, on Hwy 11). It seems that the prevailing winds and currents had pushed a huge unto the shoreline, and as it climbed higher and higher, it broke up into large rectangular shapes. For a while, it became a relatively major tourist attraction that the local government officials kept trying to discourage, on the grounds that it created traffic problems that the town wasn't equiped to deal with. Personally, I think it was all a smoke screen to get as many people to come to view it(and spend money in the local economy) as possible. There was even talk of evacuating the houses closest to the shoreline because there was fear they were being threatened by the encroaching ice, but then the winds changed and it wasn't a danger anymore. There hasn't been anything like that since.


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A milestone passed!

Woo hoo! I've passed 5,000 hits on this blog! I'm sooooo happy!!!!!

Expressions

Vedran: (Looking up at Dylan) “Argosy Special Operations?”
Dylan: (Smiling) “, Ma'am.”
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I just love that expression, it rolls so trippingly off the tongue.

What about “”? Who came up with that one? I know what it means, but how did they first assemble those words to make that expression?

Blowjobvs Interrvptvs

It's been days since I've been back from my oh-way-too-short a vacation, and I've found that I barely have had any time to blog. Oh, sure, I wrote something nasty about Live8, but what I really wanted to write about, I haven't had a chance. For some reason, work has been relatively busier, too, and somehow there's always a ton of things to do at home.

My vacation was pretty uneventful. The drive to Ontario and the return trip were surprisingly easy, and didn't even take as long as I was afraid of. Left at 1:30am, arrived by 6pm, in both directions. I saw my family, my friends, went to an annual Waterfront Festival, saw and (a post about these coming soon) and interrupted a . I call it “Blowjobvs Interrvptvs”, and yes, I did recently watch History of the World.

It certainly wasn't my intention to ruin that couple's day, but it was an absolutely stunning day, and my friends and I went for a walk in the park. And there, just around a blind bend in the path, at the edge of the cliff, they sat on a bench, he in a polo shirt and she in a top and a... beach towel. As we cleared the bend, she was just going down like the Titanic. And since she was wearing a towel around her waist, I guess she was also planning on jackhammering. I have to give this to them: they certainly came prepared. On a beautiful Saturday, they had a towel and were ready for when an opportunity presented itself. They were not, however, prepared for my friends and me.

Needless to say, when they heard us, she jumped up and tried very hard to be nonchalant about the whole thing, but she also had a hell of a time trying to keep from laughing in an embarrased sort of way. It might have helped her situation if she didn't insist of surreptitiously trying to hide her face in his shoulder while at the same time glancing in our direction to see if we were still there, laughing all the while.

So we left, and they decided to wait a little before the coast cleared, so to speak, and made a mad dash for their car. Unfortunately for them, their car was parked right beside mine, so we all met up as we were heading back. She was still laughing, so I guess they were both being good sports about the whole thing. In any case, I think they'll have a story to think about every time somebody says “Let's go to the park, honey”.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

No bison meat for you!

I am really, really sad now. My favourite burger joint, the one that served buffalo and bison meat, has been converted to some drasty fast-food joint with vegetables. My life no meaning now. None. Time to drown my sorrows.

Of Live8, or are we really not paying attention?

I haven't watched any of the concerts, I couldn't really see any point. The organizers claimed that the concerts weren't meant to raise any money, they were meant to raise awareness of the problem. Since I was already aware of the in Africa, there wasn't a reason to waste my time.

But that just raises a point of interest. Exactly how ignorant are we considered by the artists that we don't know about the poverty in Africa? It's not as though we haven't been bombarded for years with the various graphic pictures of poverty by the oh-so-many organizations supposedly doing work over there. “Make poverty history!” is the slogan of these concerts. But really, can we, all on our own, make poverty history?

Yes, it is true that our(industrialized world) farming subsidies are probably unfair. But it is also true that billions of aid dollars have been pumped into those countries over the decades, and what have we to show for it? Absolutely nothing, apart from some bulging Swiss bank accounts. Generalized, non-accountable, self-feel-good aid does nothing. Now we're cancelling a part of their debt, making them ready for yet another round of borrow-and-forgive cycles. I wish my credit card company worked like that.

Do people really think that merely dumping more and more and more of our money into those countries is going to ? Isn't repeating the same thing over and over again without any changes and expecting a different outcome the first sign of insanity? Does government aid(which is to say tax dollars) really accomplish anything? What about the big NGOs? Well, we know how well the aid works; what with the scandal and all that, I don't know if I'd trust the UN to administer my bank account.

My idea is this. Eliminate all aid to countries that are bottomless pits where money is concerned. Poverty is no excuse for the “leaders” to simply divert all that money to Swiss bank accounts or building palaces. How much can we give to a country that routinely demolishes existing housing for no good reason?

Roman Senator: “Shall we continue to build palace after palace for the rich, or shall we aspire to a higher calling and build decent housing for the poor? What says the Senate?”
Roman Senate: “Fuck the poor!
Roman Senator: “Good,” and sits down.
----- History of the World - Part I ------

For how many more years are we required to dump billions of tax dollars into those cesspools? I've been watching the aid commercials for decades now, and I would feel them worthwhile if I saw progress. And nobody's going to convince me that a few billion more is going to help. They won't, and I think a new approach is required. The countries must show progress, they must have a plan, and they must deal switly and strongly with corruption that sucks up all that aid money.

Will it happen? I don't know, but for the sake of all those people, you'd better hope so.


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Do I really want to post about and ? Yeah, I think I do. This is just a marker, an I-owe-you-an-article as it were, I'll put actual content here a bit later.

You can never win

They pushed for clean power. Now they're pushing against it.

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Why can't we have this event in New Brunswick?

Has anybody ever heard of the Redneck Games? I sure haven't, but I wish I had. They sound like great fun. Started, apparently, as a spoof of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, they seem popular, and why not?

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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Old comments

I reactivated all the old Blogger comments that people left as far back as February which is when this blog was born. Enjoy.

Reality and the world of 3D - Part 14

3D - Continued 4

I really want you to understand this difference between an analog real world and a digital computer world. Take a white piece of paper and put a pop can on it, then with a pencil draw a circle by following the curvature of the bottom of the can. When you have done that, drink the contents of the can. Now, open the Paint application that's part of every Windows install and draw a circle. Compare the circle you drew on paper with the circle on the computer screen. Do you see a difference?

Notice how smooth the circle that you drew on paper is, and how rough the circle you drew in Paint is. This is a major difference between the real world and the computer world. In the real world, a sheet of paper is a material that accepts inks of many kinds. It is a canvas with an ability to show color limited only by the size of the brush(or pen tip) and the absorbtion factor of the ink(or paint) used. It is also a material that doesn't care where you paint on it, or how large or small your strokes are, it can represent them all, including extremely detailed shapes. We can say, then, that the paper material has a virtually unlimited resolution; in other words, it functions as an analog device.

Computers, however, are not like that at all. On a computer, a painting canvas is represented by a very specific resolution that you have to choose. is defined by a , with an 'X' and 'Y' axis, 'X' going left-to-right, and 'Y' going up-to-down. For example, common resolutions are 640x480, 1024x768, 1280x960, 1280x1024 and 1600x1200. If these numbers sound familiar, it is because these numbers are also what your is, and also the resolution of images coming out of consumer-grade . Though these resolutions are common, they are, by no means, the only resolutions you are limited to when working with computer images.

The higher the resolution of the image, the higher the level of detail you can see on the screen and print. There are drawbacks, however. Every time you double the size of your image, say, by going from 640x480 to 1280x960, you quadruple the amount of space it takes on disk and in memory. 640*480 = 307,200 dots, but 1280x960 = 1,228,800 dots, which is four times greater than 307,200 dots. This is because you double each dimension(X and Y axis) separately. Dots are also known as '', and hence the term “megapixel”. 1280x960 is a 1 megapixel image, but 1600x1200 is a 2 image. A megapixel is approximately 1 million pixels. These terms aren't exact, as you can see, so you must do your own calculations to determine exactly the resolution of any given image.

Your image resolutions need not match your screen resolution. You can easily view a 1600x1200 image on a 1280x1024 screen because the software that displays it will either let you scroll left-right and up-down, or will simply scale the image down for display purposes. In effect, you see a smaller version of your image, but can easily zoom in and out to see more detail.

Now that you know about resolutions and pixels, we will now proceed with the discussion of how this relates to a computer screen being used as a canvas for painting. Please stay tuned...

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Sad news

I debated with myself for a some time before deciding to post about . If you're not Canadian, you may not be familiar with the story of how she and her waste-of-human-skin ex-husband , kidnapped, raped and then murdered two(or more) teenage girls in Ontario back about 15 years ago, videotaping the entire proceedings. She struck a deal with prosecution and only had to serve a twelve-year sentence, and is now being released.

There's an interesting tidbit in a related story about her.
With prison and Crown officials warning that she is at a risk to commit other crimes after her release, a Quebec judge put strict restrictions on her future freedom during a court hearing in June.

Your tax dollars at work.

I'm back

I'm now back from vacation. Had a great time, pictures will eventually be posted on my photoblog.

 

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