Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Benjamin Franklin's Plan

I came across this "plan for future conduct" devised by Benjamin Franklin in 1726. Discovered via BoingBoing

  1. Temperance: Eat not to dullness and drink not to elevation.
  2. Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation.
  3. Order: Let all your things have their places. Let each part of your business have its time.
  4. Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.
  5. Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself: i.e. Waste nothing.
  6. Industry: Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.
  7. Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
  8. Justice: Wrong none, by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  9. Moderation: Avoid extremes. Forebear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  10. Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation.
  11. Chastity: Rarely use venery but for health or offspring; Never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
  12. Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  13. Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

Seems pretty sensible to me. Also reflects a lot of Taoism and Theravada Buddhism.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Oh The Pain

I'm feeling rather sore and sorry for myself at the moment... coz of a day of paintball on Sunday. And the pain isn't from paintball injuries, but from me running and diving around. My left ankle got twisted pretty badly, so now it's all swollen and painful. I've somehow managed to pull a hamstring AND injure my left arm too. yay for me!

Besides the pain (which only really felt afterwards) the day was great fun. We got together much of the old crew, with some new faces - Jem and QT were first timers - and put up a decent fight. Only played 4 fields (it was really, really hot, but it was slow even considering the heat) and we managed to win the "protect the general" field and "snipers" field. The others made a come back on the last capture-the-flag field coz (1) we were too lazy to attack and (2) coz we were low on ammo..

I tried to do a sneaky run to pick up the flag in the final game but to no avail. I spent a good 10 minutes sneaking up the left flank, going along the top of the hill, as our guys in the middle advanced and cleaned up the enemy barricade by barricade. At the 10 minute mark I had made it to their back line at the very top of the hill and started descending slowly. I managed to clean out 2 enemies about 1/2 way down the field.. but unfortunately the flags were right behind a barricade with 5-6 girls defending it. With time and ammo running low I had no option but to attack. Getting as close as possible I opened fire on them from above, I'm pretty sure I hit 2 or 3 before they saw me.. I charged for the flags sliding down the hill feet first.. with about 3m to the flag I got absolutely hammered. oh well, it was worth a run.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

What Might Have Been

Since the release of the prequels I have been very diassapointed in Star Wars and George Lucas in general. To say that they were a let down is an understatement..

Anyways, I just came across a comment on /. :

You know what would have worked, if Lucas wanted to do prequels, is, say, a movie dedicated towards the ancient history; say a movie about the first confrontations between the Jedi and the Sith. A second could deal with the rise of the Republic, and then one single movie to deal with Anakin becoming Darth Vader. - MightyMartian

Now THAT sounds like a grand idea. Why didn't someone think of that?!? If Lucas DOES go back to the Star Wars universe (lets face it, he's not shy of making lots of $$$) that would be a story I'd pay to see. As long as someone else writes it. And someone else directs it. Actually, Lucus just needs to provide the money.

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Hollywood's Death Spiral

There is a really interesting article on Slate about the trouble that Hollywood movie studios find themselves in. Part 1 is here and part 2 here.

But the problem isn't "downloaders are killing the movie industry" it's more like "the movie industry is killing theatres". It seems that they have essentially driven the theatres out of business because of an attempt to squeeze DVD profits into the same quarter as the theatrical release. The major studios now make FOUR TIMES more money from DVD as they do from the box office!

So something is going to give, and I think it will force a fundamental change in the "blockbuster" production process...

Tuesday, February 7, 2006

The Go! Team

I must admit, I've gotten on The Go! Team bandwagon pretty late. I'm not sure how or why I missed them.. I heard Ladyflash on jjj last year, but never really followed it up... Anyways, a few weeks ago I went out and bought their CD Thunder, Lightning, Strike on the strength of Ladyflash, and I gotta say, I absolutely LOVE the CD. It's uniformly high quality songs, great catchy hooks, upbeat and full of fun. I don't think I've been this excited about a CD since Architecture's In Case We Die - it really is that good.

I've seen a lot of people mention The Avalanches as a similar style to The Go! Team, and I can definately see why. Beyond the mass use of samples both Thunder and Since I Left You have the same sense of fun... but the Team's use of their own vocalists (and what a VOICE!) and instruments really sets them apart from the sample-mania crowd...

I'm totally digging this CD! If I had heard it ealier it would have definately made it to my "best of 2005" list!