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"In 200.000 years on Earth, humanity has upset the balance of the planet, estabilished by nearly four billion years of evolution. The price to pay is high, but it's too late to be a pessimist: humanity has barely ten years to reverse the trend, become aware of the full extent of its spoliation of the Earth's riches and change its patterns of consumption.

By bringing us unique footage from over fifty countries, all seen from the air, by sharing with us his wonder and his concern, with this film Yann Arthus-Bertrand lays a foundation stone for the edifice that, together, we must rebuild."


The movie features beautiful cinematography. If for no other reason, then watch it just because it's a masterpiece in showing off the beauties of Earth. Smile

Quote of the day: "nobody gets out of life alive"

Do you know the origin of this quote? Who was the first (famous / well known) person it was attributed to? I've found a reference to the quote in the memorable quotes section of the movie Hud. There the full quote says: "Happens to everybody. Nobody gets out of life alive." In other contexts it starts with "Don't take it seriously. Nobody gets ...". I was wondering whether there's a single source to this spark of wisdom or did a number of people think of it independently of each other? Both could be true. Smile

Question: what would you do if you spotted a bright dot (growing larger) on the sky?

Let's assume you spot something closing in on Earth very fast. You've approximately one minute to live. What'd you do? Smile

The Book of Eli

There's always one thing that most of the post-apocalyptic tales screw up: where do the (bad) guys get their gas from? I mean it's one thing to have oil available, but for cars to roll you need a working refinery. And I haven't seen any in this movie either.

P.S.: this movie is sooo hollywoodish ... Smile Not too bad, but I liked The Road a lot more. The latter focused more on people and not visual effects (ie. showing off the state of the world after the nuclear war).

Blade - best vampire slaying movie ever :-)

Wesley Snipes was born to play the role of Blade. The best comic strip adaptation ever. Smile

A few thoughts on "Hackers Wanted"

I think the makers of the movie did a fair job in giving a chance to both the hackers and their "victims" to explain their POVs. I liked the historical aspects/flashbacks too.

Headed to South Africa

I'll not be posting any new stuff til the end of November. I'm going on a trip to South Africa ... expect a few thousand new photos in my Flickr gallery when I get back. Smile

Law & Order - Memo from the Dark Side

This particular episode is something worth watching, even if you're not a commited fan of the series. It speaks out some truths that were waiting to be spoken for a long time. It's a shame it took so long. Nobody should be permitted to commit war crimes under any circumstances. The threat of terrorist activities cannot be an excuise for applying torture. Not now and not ever. Of course this is an idealistic POV and putting enough stress on men, people start loosing strength and belief in ideals. That is what allowed the creation of all the "legal support" that backed up the hunt for terrorists after recent years' events. How far are people willing to go to keep their safety? What measures are allowed to preempt any attempt of hostile actions against us? Where's the limit? I say the limit -that should be there- was crossed a long time ago. And series like "24" are there to make us believe that doing _whatever_ it takes is the way to go. But it's certainly not. I had been a fan of "24" for quite some time, but gradually I started to see things differently. This episode of "Law & Order" delivered the last piece of confirmation. I'll never again watch "24". Not that it makes any difference for the world, but I hope it makes one for me.

My favourite actors and actresses

I'll make a vague attempt to write a list of my favourites. Of course the list'll change (expand) over time. Smile
Let's see ...

Shlemiel the Painter

Shlemiel gets a job as a street painter, painting the dotted lines down the middle of the road. On the first day he takes a can of paint out to the road and finishes 300 yards of the road. "That's pretty good!" says his boss, "you're a fast worker!" and pays him a kopeck.

The next day Shlemiel only gets 150 yards done. "Well, that's not nearly as good as yesterday, but you're still a fast worker. 150 yards is respectable," and pays him a kopeck.

The next day Shlemiel paints 30 yards of the road. "Only 30!" shouts his boss. "That's unacceptable! On the first day you did ten times that much work! What's going on?"

"I can't help it," says Shlemiel. "Every day I get farther and farther away from the paint can!"

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