8.07.2004

Riddick fight

I told you The Chronicles of Riddick was a pretty cool movie. It isn't one of the world's best 100 movies but it's a fun gratuitous asskicking movie and here's a video clip to prove it. (9.6 Meg .avi video)

The Setup: Riddick is on a planet that has been invaded by "Necromongers," the bad guys. They round up a bunch of the planet's inhabitants in order to convert them to Necrmongers. One guy steps up to plead their case. He tells them that all these people come from differet religions and cannot all suddenly decide to follow the Necromonger way, so the head bad guy takes his soul. Yep, he reaches into his chest and rips out a ghost type thing and throws it onto the ground and the guy dies. Seeing this, everyone else says "I, for one, welcome our new Nercomonger overlords" and bow down to join their enemy and save their souls.

The guy with the knife sticking out of his back is the baddest Necromonger around and he killed Riddick's friend so Riddick followed him to this conversion party. No one, including the audience, knows that Riddick is there until it shows him in this clip.

8.06.2004

Hilarious video

UPDATE: This really is a spoof that dates back to the fourties. It's been an engineering/manufacturing joke ever since. I shoulda known, but the 1997 copyright for Rockwell had me fooled.

A video (wmv format), circa 1997, promoting Rockwell Automation's "Retro Encabulator".

At first I thought this was a spoof but it's the real deal. It's so full of industry buzzwords that it may as well be in a foreign language. I've quickly jotted down the most amusing lines from the video. Accuracy is near impossible to anyone without a PhD in "retro encabulators", but I think this is fairly close.

"Work has been proceeding on the crudely conceived idea of an instrument that would not only provide inverse reactive current for use in unilateral phase detractors, but would aslo be capable of automatically synchronizing cardinal grammeters."

...

"The original machine had a baseplate of preframulated amulite surmounted by a malleable logarythmic casing in such a way that the two Spurving bearings were in a direct line with the panometric fam. The lineup consisted simply of six hydrocoptic Marsell veins so fitted to the ambithacient lunar wane shaft that side fumbling was effectively prevented.

The main winding was of the normal Lotus O'dell-toid type placed in pandendermic semi-bolloid slots of the stator, every seventh conductor being connected by a non reversible trimmy pipe to the differential girdle spring on the upend of the grammeters.

Moreover whenever florescent score motion is required it may also be employed in conjunction with a drawn reciprocation ding alarm to reduce sino-soil deploration.

The retro encabulator has now reached a high level of development and it's being successfully used in the operation of Milford trinions."
I didn't think "preframulated" was a word but google had two hits for the word. One of the two is a reference to the video and the second sheds no new light on the word:


"A reciprocating dingle arm with sinusoidal repleneration, mounted on a base of preframulated amulite"

8.05.2004

Ilya

Today's sad song is Ilya by Martina Topley-Bird.

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Martina was the sexy female voice on Tricky's Maxinquaye album before striking out on her own. Basically everything she did with Tricky was great but I haven't heard a lot of her other work, and there's a lot of it. However, what I have heard is just as wonderful as I'd expect.

I'd like to write more about her but unfortunately I don't know any more and don't feel like doing a lot of googling. She has a beautiful... beautiful voice. Period. What more is there to know?

Visit Martina Topley-Bird's home page or buy her albums at amazon

Ilya.mp3

Martina Topley-Bird Ilya lyrics

Tell you baby
I've been waiting
For so long
I want it over
It's pleasant waiting
It's pleasant hating
Placenta fed
Get out of my head
Life's a laugh
When you complain about
The way that I give
All I have to give
You say you want more:
You can't sustain without
You wanna live
But you don't know how

Overthinking,
Smoking and drinking
You're in my head
It's time for bed
One word my lover
I can be hollow
When you say
Goin' away

Cut you in half
See how you feel without
I want you to live
But you don't know how
Am I gone?
I want to be reborn
Thought I was in love
Tell me was I wrong

You know we were wrong together

Ain't it funny, they say it's sunny
And come the cloud:
My inside out
Water bed
In my head
It's pleasant waiting
It's pleasant hating

They say it's fine
And then come the storm
No memory of ever feeling warm
I don't mind
The rain and such
But I miss the warm
The warm of your ....

You know we were wrong together
You know we were wrong together
You know we were wrong together
You know we were wrong together
You know we were wrong together
Together
Together
Together
Together
Together

8.04.2004

the terrorists have won

Many dread words hath man spoken over the ages, but few so morbid as these: "Thus hath the Steven Segal blues album been unleashed."

Actually, oh God shoot me for saying it, but, um... well... the first song sounds kinda ok. There I said it

Keep being scared

The Bush administration is still beating the comatose horse on the terror warnings. Now they're saying they have some other guy in custody that coorborates the warnings although he doesn't specify targets or timing or anything else. Asuuming they didn't simply make this guy up, how that coorborates the recent information, I don't know.

The problem is not so much ith the information being old, it's the fact that it's not new to us. We knew it when it was fresh but never saw any reason to do anything until now. The information itself is quite alarming and I see no reason to complain about the warnings on their own, but no one said a word for four years until a couple of days after the 2004 Democratic Convention.

OK, maybe it had nothing to do with the Democratic Convention and maybe it had nothing to do with the stories that were going around over the past two weeks that said the Bush campaign was going to come out swinging in August, but if you put all the politics aside, it is clear that we knew this information for years and did nothing until now although there is no reason to believe terrorists were going to act on it, say, this week.

There is no reason to think they simply decided to abandon these plans, but there is no reason to think they're getting ready to follow through with them either. Basically we knew about this information all along and decided to tighten security for no reason.

Whether it is a political move or not, it proves that Homeland Security is lost and impotent. I'm sure we are making progress in the T.W.A.T., but the DHS is as useless as ... well, as useless as a government program.

8.02.2004

I was thinking today...

that all the new terror alerts seem a little scarier than normal. Like maybe they really have some good intel now. Then I sort of chuckled to myself thinking that in a couple of days we'd find out it was old information that the Bush administration was using to remind everyone how important it is to vote republican this year. Call me a cynic or whatever but that's precisely what happens every single time there's a new warning. These idiots warned us about easter eggs and beer coolers when there was no reason whatsoever to do so other than keep the level of fear up. Are they just stupid or are they manipulating our fears for political purposes? I tried to think the former and tried not to believe the latter.

This time seemed different. They acted like they really knew something serious was up this time. Then there's this on the Drudge Report:
Much of the information that led authorities to raise the terror alert at several large financial institutions in the NY and D.C. areas was 3 or 4 years old... NYT Tuesday Page One Splash To Claim: Intelligence and law enforcement officials 'had not yet found concrete evidence that a terror plot or preparatory surveillance operations were still under way'... WASH POST Page One: Alerts Stemmed from Pre-9/11 Acts /// 'There is nothing right now that we're hearing that is new,' said one senior law enforcement official who was briefed on the alert. 'Why did we go to this level?... I still don't know that'... POST: 'Most of the information was compiled prior to the Sept. 11 attacks and that there are serious doubts about the age of other, undated files'...
I'm usually skeptical of Drudge. He makes sensational headlines about the stupidest little things. They're always "breaking" or "developing" and a few hours later they're gone as if nothing ever happened because nothing did happen except Drudge's overactive imagination working overtime.

But Drudge does seem to have the inside line to what is going to be the hot stories in respectable newspapers and I don't doubt that this really is what these papers are going to print tomorrow.

So let's get to the facts. The alerts in question stem from the arrest of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani July 25th in Pakistan and from emails contained on his computer. This was the guy that was arrested on Sunday but news of the arrest wasn't issued until just before John Kerry took the stage at the Democratic Convention several days later so they've already used the arrest for political purposes. Are they effectively shutting down parts of New York for the same reason?

Well, is it possible that the people who searched this guy's computer couldn't tell that the emails were years old? I mean, if you look at raw emails without an email client, they always have the date in them somewhere. The only way they wouldn't have the date is
if you copied the text and pasted it into a seperate text file. But if that was done, no one could tell the emails were years old either so it is starting to look like the administration is engaging a type of blatant fearmongering that is ill becoming of any person in public office.

Bash mp3 testing script

Say you have a directory with 100 mp3s. You want to listen to them and delete the ones you don't like. Now it's possible with the Super Bash-amatic '76!

Run this script and it plays all the songs in the directory and after each one it stops and asks if you want to keep or delete it. Just hit "d" for delete, anything else for keep. It looks like this (note, I deleted the first two, kept the third):

# ./test
Playing Artist One - Crappy Song.mp3
Type d to delete this song, anything else to keep it
Deleted Artist One - Crappy Song.mp3
-----------------------------
Playing Artist Two - Dumb Song.mp3
Type d to delete this song, anything else to keep it
Deleted Artist Two - Dumb Song.mp3
-----------------------------
Playing Cool Artist - Good Song.mp3
Type d to delete this song, anything else to keep it
Kept Cool Artist - Good Song.mp3
-----------------------------
#


Yes it's just that simple!

Notes: Since this uses mplayer to play the mp3s you don't have to listen to the entire thing. Using the right and left arrows will fast forward and reverse the song by 10 seconds. Up and down fast forward and reverse 60 seconds. Pressing "Enter" makes mplayer end the song and in this script brings up the option delete or not.

I used "d" for delete but if you want to use something other than d to delete the songs, simply change the d to something else in these two lines:

echo Type "d" to delete this song
if [ "$YorN" = "d" ]; then

#! /bin/sh
for filename in *.mp3
do
mplayer "$filename" 2> /dev/null | grep -i playing
echo Type "d" to delete this song, anything else to keep it
read -n 1 -s YorN
if [ "$YorN" = "d" ]; then
rm "$filename"; echo Deleted $filename
echo -----------------------------
else
echo Kept $filename
echo -----------------------------
fi
done

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