spidey 2

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Parveen and I decided to go to Spiderman 2 the other night (sorry Scott, we couldn't wait). The movie definately kicked some spidey ass. (Don't worry, no spoilers in this post) Good story line, good action, good acting. All the fight scenes with octavious were very well done. The animation in the movie was a lot less noticable then in the 1st (except for at the end). Even the slower, story building scenes in this one were far better, I'm not sure why though, I think everyone's acting has matured a bit since the last movie though. Although they attempted to show some character development in Peter Parker, McGuire really didn't do a good job of it. I personally thought that James Fanco (Harry Osborne) did a pretty good job of developing (even though I don't think he's as good an actor as the rest of the cast). I also thought the actor who played Octavious was really good.

Anyway, it was far better than the first one in every aspect. Worth my $10. I think I'd have to say it was no better then the X-Men's though, perhaps equally as good, but I'd have to watch it again to determine that.

Oh yeah, and it was sweet when Aunt May wacked Octavious with her umbrella to save Spiderman and then totally burned spiderman afterwards.

Happy belated canada day!

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So it's been a pretty good week. Both at work and otherwise. Every week should have Thursday as a holiday. And every Thursday should have live Jazz concerts going on downtown. The only sucky thing that happened was that the few of us who actually worked on Friday were going to go to the SFU pub at 4. Only problem, I guess they decided to close the pub at 4 because it was too quite. Bitches!

Anyway, Ariane and I went out to Granville Island on Thursday and we caught a bit of a show that was going on. We skytrained/bussed down there, mostly because every ad we saw for it said not to drive. But nonetheless there was still massive amounts of traffic going on the Island but no parking to be found (suckers).

The one band we saw was The Grdina Quartet featuring Dylan van der Schyff:
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And what made it even better was that there was icy cold Cypress Honey Lager being served. Mmm, mmm.

Here's a cute picture of Ariane and I on our way back :-):
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"work it" conservatives

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Ok, so it's likely that everyone reading my blog knows that I passionately hate the conservatives, however, I got to thinking about what would happen if the conservatives did narrowly win the election. The fact that the statistics are currently showing a high percentage of votes will go to the conservatives really demonstrates the fact that Canadians are nearly as stupid as Americans. I'd say that Canadians are 3/5ths as stupid as Americans, based on the polls.

But perhaps Canadians aren't really that stupid... perhaps they're all just too trustworthy and believe everything that Harper is telling them. Trustworthyness is nothing to be looked down upon. But there's only really one way to show those people that Harper's government will try to fuck up Canada... let Harper's government govern Canada, it won't take long for the party to start collapsing under its own weight. Heck, look at the Aliance after the last election, as the official opposition they couldn't even keep their party own together let alone attack the ruling party, just imagine if they had actually won the last election!?

Now, let's take the following scenario...
Harper wins with 35% of the votes
Liberals come away with 34%
NDP gets 23%
Bloc gets 8%

If I've done my math right, that should be 100%. So Harper becomes PM. Let's say that the liberals decide not to join the NDP because they feel that the NDP is too left wing for them. Now Harper gets to make the decisions. Harper's government will start making BAD decisions. Decisions that Canadians hate. They'll start wasting money on defense contracts, they'll discuss re-implementing the draft. People will really start to see why the conservatives were a bad choice.

The people will have only one real alternative to turn to in an attempt to correct their bad voting decision... the liberals. They'll protest to the liberals to join with the NDP and abolish the Harper government, the liberals will do it, there'll be a vote of non-confidence, there'll be a new election and the people will realize that maybe a government could do worse things then cutting some programs in order to reduce our deficit and dept. This comes with the benifit that we won't have to worry about the conservatives for either this government, nor the next one.

If Harper comes a close second, he may just win next time.

Of course, the odds of liberals refusing to align with the NDP right off the bat are probably pretty minimal.

Are you <i>actually</i> open-minded?

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I just read Paul Graham's essay "What can't you say". Well, what I can say, was that it was an excellent read. I'd recommend it to anyone else too (especially if you think you don't like to think like everyone else). It was pretty long though (mind you, I'm also a really slow reader), but here's a sample, read the article it if you're still interested after this quote (heck, read it even you're not :-):

Let's start with a test: Do you have any opinions that you would be reluctant to express in front of a group of your peers?

If the answer is no, you might want to stop and think about that. If everything you believe is something you're supposed to believe, could that possibly be a coincidence? Odds are it isn't. Odds are you just think whatever you're told.

I still plan on reading the second part "Re: What can't you say".

The Illegal VCR

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So it appears that the US has just passed the INDUCE act (‘‘Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act of 2004’’). To sum up, this act aims to make anything that can be used to "intentionally induce" copyright infrigement illegal. It's an attempt to kill P2P networks such as kazaa and such from sharing music.

Now, this is a wickedly wonderfull act. Because how do you determine if "a reasonable person would find intent to induce infringement" because of a particular product? You determine it if company X has more money to spend on lawers than company Y. This means that all VCR's, MP3 players, CD Burners, etc. are illegal. This is merely the tip of the iceberg, here's an example from slashdot...

Three rings for the elven kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for mortal men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

Now, according to this bill, Dell, Viewsonic, NVidia, SFU, Movabletype and Mozilla all "induced" me to infringe on this copyrighted work. Hrmm... I'd say, at least this is only the US, but it might not be for long..

Our good old Ministry of Canadian Heritage made recommendations stating that we should
"make it illegal to sell software that cracks through the copy-protection coding." and
"make internet service providers (ISPs) subject to liability for copyrighted information."

Although this is just slightly further reaching than the US's DMCA it's just one step closer to making any product that can and might be used for copyright infringement illegal.

The EFF has a great piece on a mock lawsuit describing just how far reaching this bill is. Suing apple for making the ipod, cnet for reviewing the ipod, and Toshiba for supplying hard drives for iPods.