I then saw this entry on failblog, which made me sporfle.
On a related note, I spotted a fail of my very own the other day. Not sure it's quite failblog levels of fail, but it amused me.
(Yes, I was in TK Maxx. Do not mock; I picked up a tin of proper greek olives, and a carbon steel wok. The weird stuff they have in that shop...)
Edit: Day off today! What should I do? (Apart from seasoning a wok, and playing Go on the computer?)
Advert from 1980
Shameless. I remember seeing adverts like that on Hong Kong TV throughout the 90's. Even as a teenager I was well aware of the dubiousness. But surely they'd never get away with that nowadays?
Advert from 2007
Errr... that answers that question.
As far as him finding his faith again, I can say in all honesty that I'm happy for him. He initially lost his faith in a negative way, and though he said that it was losing his faith that brought about his depression, I have to say that from what I saw I would think it was the other way about.
Because, no, I don't want people to be unhappy. This is one of the big negative stereotypes about atheists; that they're unhappy people who want other people to share in their misery too. And it's one of the biggest challenges for any individual atheist to turn an initially very negative set of concepts (there is no God to love and comfort you, death is permanent, life is unfair) into a healthy and positive attitude to life (including concepts of freedom, dignity, and potential).
How should I bring this ramble to a conclusion? On a personal level, a person's faith or lack of it is really not that important. It's more important that they have hope, and mental health, and face the future with a positive attitude. Everybody's got their own spiritual journey to make, and I can appreciate Dominik's... even if I have my suspicions that he may be madder than a sack of ferrets.
Not sure exactly what a fandom is, but here's a list of ten clues which each relate to a film, series, book, etc. which I like. What's what?
Edit: I shall now reveal the anwsers! Feel free to throw things at me.
- Its creator(s) derive much of [his/their] humour from forcing a handful of characters together who just can't stand each other. (Red Dwarf; guessed by deralte, random-bloke-in-pub and digitalraven)
- According to an old joke, the main character has three ears. (Star Trek; guessed by dsky, digitalraven and original_aj)
- Apparent references to marijuana use and... erm... sexually ambiguous relationships are actually just the result of cultural shifts since this work was created. (The Lord of the Rings; guessed by dsky, figg, brucec and digitalraven)
- The title character is actually a different person in each installment, but with the same name. (The Legend of Zelda games; guessed by oddity_uk)
- According to this work, it is universally possible to order a gin and tonic. (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series of books; guessed by yodathedark, dsky, figg, deralte, digitalraven and original_aj)
- Entities which are harmless, obedient, and self-preserving. In that order. (Isaac Asimov's Robot Novels; guessed by dsky, figg, deralte, galaxy_girl00, digitalraven and original_aj)
- One's vocalisations of distress, emitted into a vacuum, will be impossible to detect. (Alien; guessed by dsky, figg, oddity_uk, galaxy_girl00, deralte, digitalraven and original_aj)
- Should one 100,000,000,000-km-tall being wish to wed another, the title object would probably make a good token of his intent. 8^) (Ringworld; guessed by dsky, figg, deralte, digitalraven and original_aj)
- The main character is named after a Greek princess, but (partially) modelled on a Japanese one. (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind; guessed by nobody [oops!])
- Origami causes angst! — but only in the Director's Cut. (Blade Runner; guessed by dsky, figg, galaxy_girl00, digitalraven and original_aj)
I like clue 8. Clue 8 is on crack.
The BBC is planning four new services:
- Seven-day TV catch-up over the internet
- Seven-day TV catch-up over cable
- Live TV over the internet
- Non-digital rights management (DRM) audio downloads over the internet
...all of which will be available to people who have paid their TV licence. This is A Sign Of Progress and A Good Thing.
However, there is one snag. The BBC wants to use Digital Rights Management (DRM) to severely limit the usage of the shows that it is offering. Basically, shows downloaded from the BBC website will only work for 30 days after downloading. This is A Bad Thing.
Currently, if you like a show a lot, you can stick a tape in the VCR and record it. The BBC seems to be suggesting that that won't be allowed in The Internet Age. You can keep a show for a month, after which you have to shell out for a DVD copy of it. (And anybody who's tried buying DVDs of less popular shows will realise how ridiculously high the price is set at for them.) And never mind that we've already paid for their bloody TV licence.
Compounding this is the plans to use Microsoft's version of DRM. Which means that if you use a Macintosh or, God forbid, Linux, then you're not going to get any TV over the internet at all. Luckily, the BBC Trust have jumped on this and want the DRM to be platform-independent.
Far better, of course, to have no DRM at all. When content is restricted, people seek ways to avoid those restrictions. They buy pirated DVDs (and help fund
terrorism crime) or they use file-sharing software. DRM just means that the only people who suffer are the overly honest.
When the music industry treated me like a human being, I reacted by spending my money on CDs. Sure, I would download a bunch of mp3s illegally, but if I liked them, I'd go out and buy the CD; the quality was better, and it would give me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. Then the music industry started flooding the peer-to-peer networks with broken copies and viruses. I was no longer a customer; I was an enemy, to be strongarmed into buying their product. So I found easier, more reliable, and better quality ways of downloading mp3s, and I stopped buying CDs from the people who so obviously hated me. In fact I haven't bought a CD in about three years.
That was a slight aside. Anyway, the BBC Trust has a public consultation of the proposed plans online. Whether you agree with my strongly anti-DRM stance or not, please fill it out. It's important that they hear from actual BBC customers, and not just from companies trying to sell more overpriced DVDs.