Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Weak democrats...fighting the wrong battles.

I've been following the recent uproar regarding the Grand Theft Auto San Andreas (PC version) scandal. For those of you who haven't, basically there's a patch that someone created for the game to add explicit sex scenes to the game, which is adult rated, and cannot be bought unless you are at least 17. Well, leave it to Hillary Clinton to get angry and start an inquiry into the game.
I'll admit, the GTA series is fairly violent, but a governmental inquiry? The US is at this moment engaged in brutal urban conflict on a flimsy mandate (and that's being generous) and all the most promising democrat can busy herself with is a videogame? Dissolve yourself Democrats, and let someone else step into the ring. For a great take on the videogame situation, read this.

On another note, I just finished watching another great documentary series, called "The Power of Nightmares" done by the BBC. It outlines a well reasoned case that the threat of terrorism is grossly overstated for the benefit of the rulers in the West. I recommend it to anyone interested in understanding the stakes of the 'War on Terrorism'. See this link here for a dialogue with the writer, and here for the CBC's site for the series.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Interesting times in US politics

The next few months in US politics will be telling. If Karl Rove survives his CIA agent outing fiasco, I'll have lost the last shred of hope in the defacto global ruling power, and the passive and docile press. Here's a link to a fairly balanced overview of the events [factcheck.org]. I've also been playing with some graphics applications, thinking about having some stickers or t-shirt made. Below is an example. What do you think?

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Overdue update

It's been forever since my last post. I often think to myself about something cool to post, but by the time I'm back at my PC, I've forgotten. Such as life.

My birthday just passed, and I got Sony DRX-800UL external DVD writer. It's pretty cool, and considering the amount of downloading I do, it was about time. I've recently gone on a spree of downloading documentaries (yeah, I know, I'm a 50 yr old trapped in a 24 year old's body) mainly purtaining to the war in Iraq, or some more general political topic. Some gems I've recently watched are from CBC's Correspondent series, called 'Meet the Stans' that followed a reporter on his travels through the lesser known former Soviet republics Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. It's an eye opening look at a region that not many people know much about, that will likely play an important political role in coming years. Check them out if you can.

It's pretty sad that the internet seems to be the best way to find quality programming. TBS will rerun the same crappy multimillion dollar blockbuster 3 times in a row, but a groundbreaking documentary gets a brief unheralded airing on a channel like PBS (a previously politically unaffiliated channel that may go down the tubes now being headed by a Republican campaign guru) and then fades into relative obscurity. Thankfully there are people who think it's important to distribute them online.