I saw this while I was driving home last night, it looked fairly cool. (Unfortunately I didn’t have a camera, but Flickr will provide)
There is an interesting piece over at the New York Magazine from a guy that work on the software that helped plough Wall St., and the rest of the financial planet into the ground.
There’s nothing inherently flawed about securitization. Done correctly and conservatively, it increases the efficiency with which banks can loan money and tailor risks to the needs of investors.
It kinda reminds me of Homer Simpson :
Marge: I really think this is a bad idea.
Homer: Marge, I agree with you — in theory. In theory, communism
works. In theory.
— Pros and cons of keeping the elephant, “Bart Gets an Elephant”
I went to see Steve Coogan live on Friday night. While it is great to see some one you loved perform, I was left a little deflated when it was all over. The SMH seems to agree with my assessment that the performance was less than stellar. My feeling is that he has spent the last 10 years as a million dollar actor he has lost the connection with the source of his characters. Paul Calf has always been gruff and uncouth, but it now felt like Coogan was doing and impersonation of some one else doing the character, and not very well. However his Portuguese crooner character Tony Ferrino, which I hadn’t seen much of in the past was very successful.
There is an interesting piece in the Sydney Morning Herald this morning describing the frustration of cycling around Sydney. I haven’t cycled every where that they describe but it does capture quite accurately my experiences around the city. Half assed cycle lanes with bad approaches. In many cases it is little more than painting a white line the the centre of a pedestrian footpath. It is usually on the outside which unsurprisingly the same place people leave their bins on collection day. Sydney is not an enjoyable city to cycle.
Following Barack Obama’s call to abolish all nuclear weapons, there is an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald stating :
Even a limited regional nuclear war involving 100 Hiroshima-sized bombs – just 0.03 per cent of the explosive power of the world’s nuclear arsenal, would kill tens of millions of people and cause severe climatic consequences for a decade or more.
Cooling and darkening – with shorter growing seasons, less rainfall and increased ultraviolet radiation.
Well there’s you answer. While you are getting rid of your nuclear weapons, set off a few in a remote desert some where and solve global warming problem at the same time, Sorted! Just don’t forget your sun screen though.
Update : Looks like Wired is on the same wavelength as me at the moment with this post : 7 (Crazy) Civilian Uses for Nuclear Bombs
I missed it by 2 days, but 10 years ago, on the 31st of March 1999, The Matrix had it’s US theatrical release. I can’t believe it has been that long. 1999 was also the year of The Phantom Menace, The Sixth Sense and Fight Club’s. In my mind it was a high water mark year for blockbuster movies of quality (Phantom Menace non-withstanding) that wasn’t reached again until a few years ago.
I still remember the absolute electric feeling of walking out of the cinema after the first time I saw the Matrix on the big screen. That are scenes in The Matrix that other movies, including it’s own sequels, have tried to replicate, but never matched. People obviously point to the bullet time effect, however the lobby fire fight, kung-fu training and helicopter is still awesome today.
So will this year be remembered as well in 10 years, there are an interesting crop of movies on the slate, The Watchmen has already had a go (I enjoyed it), we are going to have a few months filled with Terminator Salvation, Star Trek, Wolverine, Transformers and G.I. Joe so hopefully there will be one or two in there.
I have always been a big Calvin and Hobbes fan. I can’t believe it has been 14 years since the last comic was published. (from Coffee and cigarettes)
I was recently discussing with some one the colors seen around Bondi been very distinct. So I decided to see if I could create a color only background that evoked those colors. I used actually photos of Bondi to pull out the colors and the gradient blend tool in GIMP. Feel free to download the image the above should link to a high res version.