lördag, mars 12, 2005

[easter egg] "Bourne Supremacy" Alt. Ending/Berlin, Unref'd. Ask Bono, or Colin Powell?

Where the heck is the easter egg to The Bourne Supremacy DVD? Anyone w. info on this, please let me know. There's a free Gmail acct invite for ya, if that helps! My search found just about nada. And am not waiting for the extended director's cut, or the eventual trilogy box-set! (Oh you know that's comin'!)

Only lead is from DVDtalk, reprinted entirely: "I don't know how to access it with a stand-alone player, but if you open the disc with the DVD shrink utility you will notice 60MB of unreferenced material. Then you can click on it to watch the alternate ending in Berlin. No reference of it when I did a google search."

There's an easter egg section at DVDtown, but it's empty. Comment section has 38 entries, but nothing about said egg.

A good tech comment from an user there (YCH): "though the colors on the DVD were consistent with what I saw in theatres, the transfer really is fuzzy. However, most scenes have high contrast and are jerky to boot, so it's not that noticeable to the regular eye. There are often halos around edges and most of the grainy film structure has been overfiltered and softened for the DVD release."


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Now that I'm posting, here something else: a ref on Malcolm Gladwell. Find it in Letters: Debut issue of 'Points'. From Dallas Morning News (subscription: gotta register, or use http://bugmenot.com/!): "... elitism, the Institute for Interesting People, salon discussions, public intellectuals like Virginia Postrel, the significance of Malcolm Gladwell's long hair ... "

Also of interest (yes I'm gettin' to Colin Powell of post title!): Bono the U2 lead-singer may be shortlisted to be the next head of the World Bank! "He's somebody I admire," says U.S. Tresury Secretary John Snow. Selection by White House by June. (AP, via "The Week.") Angelina Jolie is on "American Perspectives" (C-SPAN), and says of Bono: "Great guy, family man. Great passion to do great things."

But she is not seconding this idea of him being head banker, apparently. What she does say is this, tellingly: "I guess you could say it in this room (National Press Club) and it gets out there." How right she is. "So I'd say Colin Powell."

Hmm, Colin Powell to head the World Bank. Angelina has the right idea. But let's settle this in a fair, if not balanced fashion: whoever find the secret Bourne ending first, wins the post. Who's mo' intrepid with the easter eggs, Bono, or Colin, or ..even long-hair Malcolm?! *Blink, blink* The Bunny knows!
More on this later (on Ms. Jolie, not the Bunny).

fredag, mars 11, 2005

[gmail] Free Gmail Accounts! (Free Free Free, We're So Free! Teehee!)

Okay, so Google has seen fit to give me a big ol' bunch of Gmail invitations to hand out, a whole bushel full. They're free email accounts with one whole gigabyte (1 Gb) of storage per user! Man, I'm not sure if Google intended this, but I'd say you could configure it as a spare hard-disk drive, one that you could access anywhere on the net. Cool!

Anyway, I have about forty to forty-five left thirty-four to go, give me a holler, leave a working email address. I'll fill it out the same day, hopefully, and present to the good folks at Google, and you'll get a link to open your own shiny new Gmail account. Simple, except some paperwork for me; but I don't mind. You put up with my foolish ramblings, it's the least I can do. And I sure like feeling generous. Good deed for the week. Very shrewd marketing for the Google Team. Five exclamations they got out of me already. Six!

These invitations have been going around. The grizzled veterans who wanted a Gmail acct have pretty much all got them already, far as I can tell. Certainly the sharpies & sheriffs around here look askance at my youthful exuberance at all this ado --"much ado about, y'know"-- *yawn* Ha, I reply. It's Friday.

It's astonishing that just last summer these invites were auctioned off eBay for hundreds of dollars each; and now, well, even lil' ol' me am privileged enough to have dozens to just hand out. Amazing! (Seven, OK)

This grandiose Blog Title notwithstanding, I have a realistic view of my position in the blogosphere; I am not that far higher than all the other neophytes around here, so if I am deemed worthy of being a tipping point then obviously lots and lots of points have already tipped. But that's okay, as long as I get to play Gladwell myself. No strings attached, no spam to follow, first come first served. You may email me, or put a note at the "Comments" box.

Oh, and (with apologies to Obi-George), May the Blog be With You! Long Live Google, eh? (Yahoo too, of course. MSN, whatever.)


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This is the letter Google sent me:
"Invite a friend to Gmail!
We hope you've liked using Gmail. We've definitely been working hard to make it better. Meanwhile, the Gmail family has been growing largely through invitations--sent by users who want to share Gmail with the people they care about. We hope you'll want to as well. Just fill in this form below and we'll send your friends and family invitations to open their own shiny Gmail accounts."
Please note it is Friday. I may be slow on the weekend, ego-tripping elsewhere. Patience.
(Google 8, August 1: Google wins)

[ToC] ToC the ToC, Wog the Wog

Since the ToC feature from Feedster is not working (though my coding's correct), and the template mod I just processed (see the new lucky links?) concluded by giving me a show of all files published in this here blog, why don't I just reprint it here, as a rough sort of ToC? That's Table-of-Contents, ye newer newbies, hehe. Arranged from newest to oldest.

Filenames are not fun to read, maybe not even to scan, but it'd have to do, for now -- for myself, a bemused look back; oh, so this was the blogger's trail, it's who I was, what I typed, where my head was at -- more or less! Was there a path etched out? No, not really; style, yes, sense and belief and the occasional chortle (hold the snark), but no steaming ahead to anything, no rush toward ecstatic Meccas.

"Traveler, there is no path," says the poet Antonio Machado, and quoted in Time, "the path is made by walking." So I take my random walk, and love my blogging love; choose to believe that this no-path post-age is truly what's best (of course!, no question!) -- well, it doeth save so much trouble otherwise. Teehee.


I don't know. Maybe it's really like a Rorschach test. Like NASCAR. You either understand it, and go with its flow, or you don't. Mass transit is more virtuous, and greenhouse gases are foul, but boy do we love our crazy fast NAScars anyway. Well. Sometimes. Hmm, not good metaphor for the "blue-staters," (shd really be red, not blue), not even with a good simile to "tune up" our internal engines.

Maybe it's more like a drawn-out summit. On the one side, the big ego. On the other, all the little postings jostling for a connection. Like Caesar, like Bush, the great leader both loved and not, in Brussels to meet and greet and huddle with the panoply of EU potentates. Oh, brother, in Brussels I sprout! And stop. This traveler must rest now. OK, the listing now...

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torsdag, mars 10, 2005

[movies] Nays from the NYT

I was so looking forward to the new film releases this weekend, but the NYT reviews in tomorrow's edition are really just all thumbs-down. Nay on "Robots," perh. because it's neither Pixar nor anime, nay on the new Bruce Willis, and very mixed for the new Kevin Costner. NYT: not nec. your friend, Hollywoodies, hehe, esp. regarding Costner's "Upside of Anger." Maybe postponement from the Oscar season was a good choice after all -- maybe.

Synopsis of "She's All Angles, He's Got Curves" review by A. O. Scott:
"The upside of "The Upside of Anger," a deeply flawed attempt to marry midlife romantic comedy with domestic farce, is that it provides a platform for Kevin Costner and Joan Allen to do some marvelous work. Both performances are somewhat familiar: Mr. Costner, once again, is an athlete past his prime, and Ms. Allen is a brittle, unhappy suburban housewife, but the actors slip into their characters with ease and wit, and complement each other beautifully as they explore a haphazard friendship that turns into a love affair.

The downside is that the director, Mike Binder, does not give them enough of a dramatic context to work in, and undermines their efforts with a surprise ending that very nearly destroys the whole movie. Alicia Witt, Erika Christensen, Evan Rachel Wood and Keri Russell play Ms. Allen's daughters, but their characters are as thinly conceived as figures in a television pilot, and it is hard to believe that the four of them and Ms. Allen add up to a family."
(More here for Movie Details NY Showtimes Trailers • Watch Video: Movie Minutes)
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EDIT. Fixed misdirected links, added italics. "neither from Pixar nor anime"

[google toolbar] AutoLink on the T3 is No Fuss

Rebuttal to the esteemed Walter Mossberg (WSJ) from Houston Chronicle columnist Dwight Silverman on "Google Toolbar: Why the fuss?"(both from today, 3/10):

"Walt Mossberg, the dean of tech columnists, waxes nasty today in the Wall Street Journal on the AutoLink feature in the beta version of the Google Toolbar. He's one of several who've waved red flags over this, saying it's unfair to Web page designers.

Mossberg argues:

"What if you had worked hard to design a Web page, carefully placing links just where you wanted them and carefully selecting the Web destinations to which those links led? And then, what if a company with great power on the Web started adding its own links to your page, drawing visitors away from your page to other sites of its own choosing?

You might be more than a little upset. You might wonder what gives any third party the right to edit or alter your Web page without your knowledge or permission.
Yet that's exactly what Google, the powerful search-engine company, is doing. A new feature of the company's popular Google Toolbar for the Internet Explorer browser actually adds links right into the body of any Web page. The links lead to Google's own map site or to other sites Google selects."

Silverman's rebuttal: "Once you install it, AutoLink doesn't alter the look of any page unless you click on its button in the toolbar. When AutoLink spots an address, ISBN book number or a VIN vehicle number, the text on its button changes. Once you click on the button, then and only then is the item in question highlighted. Again, you make the choice.
You can choose your map provider, if you'd rather not use Google Maps.
If you don't want to use it, turning AutoLink off is easy to do from the toolbar's options menu."

Conclusion: "I say create the product, throw it out there, and let users decide."


If you're unsure, stick with the standard version 2; but I think it's okay to go ahead, and download the beta. T3, baby!
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UPDATE: Mark Fleming, "GuestColumnist" in Webpronews (Fri. 3/11 morn.) asserts "Use The Controversial Google Toolbar": "My thought on Toolbar Beta 3 and Autolinks come from a user perspective. I say use it! Downloading and installing Google Toolbar takes literally minutes.It will give you a pop up blocker, spell check, word translator, autofill, highlighter, word find button, Google search field and more.

Look, the Google Toolbar is an optional download. Then, clicking on Autolinks is an optional step. On top of that, you can go into Options and change where the Autolinks point to. At this point, I don't believe Google is overreaching. If they become more heavy-handed in their 'suggestions,' I could have a problem with it.

Now when Google comes out with a much-rumored Gbrowser and it becomes the world standard we'll have to revisit how they are using their powerful hold of the user.

Note: All of this assumes you are still on the old-school Microsoft Internet Explorer, which is the only browser on which the Google Toolbar works. Come on, get with it and starting using the much better Firefox browser! "

BTW, writer Fleming has a new blog at www.googletutor.com, called plainly "Google Tutor & Advisor," with tips and techniques for google users, which is to say, for pretty much anybody on the net. I say check it out. (& I'll add it to my Blogroll when I can access the *blasted* thing again.) b

Another view: "Google Goes Too Far," says Weapon of Mass Distraction(3/12): "Maybe something happens when a company grows so successful that its name becomes a verb. Google's new toolbar inserts links of its own choosing into websites, something Microsoft was hammered when it tried the same thing a couple of years ago." Adds blogwriter Derek Gilbert, "It's basically high-quality adware."

Another BTW: is "blogwriter" in use? Or did I just committed --hehe-- neolingo? Hence coinage.

[health] The Best Health Sites, Three to Start

The best health sites aren't necessarily those you'd find at the top of google or yahoo. The Charleston, S.C. Post and Courier recommends you go to these three excellent destinations first:

[poem] "After a While" the Subtle Difference of the Original Voice

The poem "After a While" by one Veronica A. Shoffstall is, in my opinion, one of the best riming (olde Eng. proper) wonders of our time. Written in 1971 when she was 19, it has made the rounds on the net and elsewhere, dating videos and Yahoo-singles' intros certainly, and tweaked, squeaked, and otherwise screwed around to well-meaning or even inimitable means and ends.

Some rewording is fine, kinda; "grace of woman" to "grace of an adult" is okay, sorta -- more general use from gender openness. But give the lady credit, eh? And the title is not "You Learn" a la Alanis Morrissette, but "After a While."

Well, here is the original, but point-of-origin unknown. The poetess' website at GeoCities is defunct; her present whereabouts is unclear from my admittedly short search. I'll look further later, but if anyone knows her email (not shoffst@bic.org? or my gmail not working?) it'd be appreciated; I'd want formal permission to reprint. Anyway, here it is with her "Author's note."
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(Author's note: This poem has been plagiarized, bastardized, renamed, reworded, redesigned, expanded and reduced. But it is my work, which I wrote at the age of 19 and had published in my college yearbook. Why anyone would want to claim it is beyond me, but for what it's worth, I wrote it, and if I'd known it was going to be this popular, I'd have done a better job of it. - V.S.)
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After a while you learn
the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn
that love doesn't mean leaning
and company doesn't always mean security.
And you begin to learn
that kisses aren't contracts
and presents aren't promises
and you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes ahead
with the grace of woman, not the grief of a child
and you learn
to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow's ground is
too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down
in mid-flight.
After a while you learn
that even sunshine burns
if you get too much
so you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone
to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure
you really are strong
you really do have worth
and you learn
and you learn
with every goodbye, you learn...

© 1971 Veronica A. Shoffstall


måndag, mars 07, 2005

[business] Money, March

$... Wal-Mart cleared a profit of $10.3 billion in the last fiscal year. That works out to almost $20,000 a minute. [New York Times]

$... CEO turnover at 1,000 big corporations skyrocketed to 97 departures in 2004, more than doubling the 44 from 2002. On average, failing execs got the pink slip after 18 months. [BusinessWeek]

$... 28% of all Medicare costs are spent in the last year of the lives of the patients. Just the final year. [New York Times]

$... Hollywood insiders estimate that 150 Oscar statuettes have been sold (since the Academy Awards began in 1929). Prices could go as high as $1.5m. [Forbes.com]

&... CDs and DVDs do not break down in landfills, but do release toxic dioxins when burned. Pioneer and Sanyo are now developing corn-based discs that would decompose. Eventually. [Wired]



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EDIT. "lives of the patients," not "patients' lives": less concise but more acute. "but do release toxic dioxins": clearer comp. Though my mind's clearly decomposed, already.