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Potter, My Ass. Watch The Ring Trilogy!

By on Dec 11, 2001 in Media | 0 comments

Forget Harry Potter. Harry Potter has always seemed like a complete rip-off of the Books of Magic by Neil Gaiman & John Ney Reiber. I am not qualified to make such a statement since I haven’t read the Potter books, but the main character, as well as the basic premise of the series does seem like a Gaiman/Reiber-Lite. Something I simply can’t get excited about. However, I didn’t log on to throw pies at people. I was Hobbit-Searching 😉 And I have Hobbit-found! Go to the official Lords of The Rings movie web site and feed yourselves on the trailer. It’s available in several sizes and resolutions, if you have the bandwidth, go for the full screen version. It looks absolutely stunning. I first read the books years ago. Went straight from Hobbit to the Rings Trilogy. Devoured the damn thing. Gandalf is easily a mythical figure, and goes through an amazing...

Dean Kamen is Superman…Segway is HyperCool.

By on Dec 3, 2001 in Politics | 1 comment

I’ve been reading about Dean Kamen’s Amazingly Super Duper Incredibly Cool Self-Balancing, Human Transporting, Soteriologically Safe, Squeeky Clean, Power Saving, Gorgeously Gyroscopic, & Just Plain Fantastic Segway transporter. If that sounds inflated, you’re not alone. A year before it’s release – a year before anybody had seen a working model, people said the invention was over-hyped, that the man had created a glorified scooter. Do not rush to dismiss it as such. This thing, the Segway is not a scooter. This is a pretty amazingly complex piece of software/hardware designed to compliment the human being. Desiged to give people quicker, cheaper, and much cleaner mobility alternatives. If this thing actually gets off the ground, think of what it can achieve; more space in cities as cars become unneccesary and more scarce helping maintain, in turn,...

The Truth About Pigeons!

By on Dec 1, 2001 in Politics | 0 comments

There’s nothing better than those lil ‘did you know’s, is there? I mean, here I am, watching MTV, and god knows what it’s called, but they have this bit – where they show ‘facts’ while the songs are playing. There’s a name for it. I forget. However, here I am, watching MTV, and…sure, some of the ‘factoids’ make sense. Y’know – stuff like “Arthur Winkler was born in 1982, two inches away from a rhinoceros…” Etc… Sure, I can deal with that. I mean, it has a meaning, perhaps silly, but it’s there. Then I’m confronted with pigeons. I see one ‘factoid’ that makes no sense to me, none at all. MTV tells me that “Placing a mirror next to some pigeons who prefer to lay eggs in company, let’s them do so.” Read that again. Please. The most I can get out...

Cultural Dialogue, My Ass…

By on Nov 28, 2001 in Media, Politics | 1 comment

Alright, for those not in the know, I live in Egypt. It is currently the month of Ramadan. All over what can be called Arabia, there are, among others, sincere people who are trying to use this time to get closer to the roots of their religion. Family gatherings are more common, and there is, at least, an attempt at piety. Showtime Arabia – or Big Ass Imported TV, has a modified logo – with a ‘Ramadan Karim‘ text attached to it. Showtime are interested in portraying, apparently, an appearance of mutability, and of cultural respect. So… How does that explain that, on Showtime, as I type out these words – at a time of night which in Ramadan approaches that of So7our. The last meal before the day before, the time of the intention of fasting – there are two naked lesbians on my TV screen? I mean, where’s the logic in that? Let’s be...

The Puppy Gets Groomed

By on Nov 13, 2001 in Media, Politics | 0 comments

I was at a friend’s place lately, and we were both talking about … The World. Yes, we have those sort of conversations. We were wondering what it is that the world really needs. We were thinking that it must be ignorance that’s causing all this strife. That information is not flowing fast enough, and not to the right people. We were thinking that if everybody could speak to everybody then surely the wars would cease. Surely once everybody knew everybody else’s point of view, then understanding would take place. One Big Climatic Moment Of World Communication would invariably lead to that age of blissful peace. Surely, we thought, the Internet must be the solution. We need everybody in the world to have a PC and a ‘net connection. We need everybody to log on – we need the whole world to confront itself. American needs to talk to Afghani, perhaps less...

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