Friday, March 24, 2006

I Need More Time!

Man, I need more than 24 hours in a day. Or to sleep less. Or maybe to not work and be a bum. Tho the whole "bum" thing will prolly mess with my being able to pay rent and all that... there's sooo much to do and so little time.. like all the DVDs I want to watch..

I just found out that there are DVDs of Space: Above and Beyond. And of Millenium (I just want to get it to watch the good stuff done by Morgan and Wong, not Chris Carter's pissweak excuse for TV).

And THEN I found out that there is an Angel soundtrack, with a new version of the theme song (best TV theme music eva!)

Talking of soundtracks, I finally got Brian Tyler's soundtrack for Children of Dune. And it's even better than I remembered it being. Absolutely incredible. Brian Tyler is a musical genius.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

John Steffensen

Am I the only person who doesn't like him? Since when did Australia start liking arrogant sports people?

In other news, when will people realise that competing against a bunch of 2nd rate sporting nations really doesn't prove anything? It seems that Australia is just fighting the clock in most sports...

Looking forward to some REAL competition sometime soon.

Sara Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion

Went to see Sara Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion at The Basement with Xtn on Monday night. I had never heard of Sara Lee or Johnny before (tho I'm sure I would have seen reviews of their work, considering that they were #16 in the Amazon.com Editor's picks of 2005) and had no real expectations.. I've got to say, I was blown away..

They have a real sweet couple vibe about them, specially noticeable when they did a duet... It's not quite country, not quite folk.. somewhere in between I'd say.. Though having Bill Chambers on the steel guitar did make it sound a bit more country than just them on guitar.

Since it was their very last show they did a lot of fun stuff towards the end of the gig.. they literally unplugged (not that fake MTV "unplugged" bullshit), walked into the middle of the audince and did a song.. they tried a few new songs which they hadn't played before (Sara Lee couldn't quite get the guitar part, everyone had a good laugh).

Really fun gig! Highly recommended to anyone if they can see them live in particular. AND I got a poster signed by Sara Lee and Johnny!! woohoo!!

Monday, March 13, 2006

Asymmetric Warfare

Just read an interesting article on IEEE Spectrum about the mathematics of warfare.. more correctly the high level parameters that control how a war proceeds.

It's pretty long, but it essentially looks at how the US military was designed to combat a numerically superior force (Warsaw Pact) through advanced technology and intelligence... and how this fails when confronted by an "asymmetric war" (i.e. guerrilla war).

Two bits stand out in particualr:

"To the leaders of a nation with an overwhelmingly powerful military, every problem looks like it has a military solution."

Overall, one ruefully concludes that it is unlikely there is a military or a military-technical solution to the low-tech asymmetric warfare in Iraq.

Wonder how long it will take for our "leaders" to realise this.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Jasper Morello

I think I have just seen what may be the best short film I have ever seen. The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello is an example of the art of filmmaking distilled to it's purest form. Not a single word or frame out of place. I was spellbound for it's entire duration (well, all 25 minutes of it anyway).

The film follows the travels of one Jasper Morello, an aerial navigator living in some Victorian "steam punk" society of islands floating in the air and ships that glide through the aether. Jasper is given a final chance after making an error in his previous voyage which lead to the death of a crewmate... against this is the backdrop of a city's populace being decimated by a mysterious plage.. Jasper reluctantly leaves his wife behind and accepts the chance of redemption....

The animation and design of this film is breathtaking. The muted pallete of blacks, greys and occasional reds perfectly suit the atmosphere.. the intricate designs of the city and flying ships left me wishing to step through the film frame-by-frame.

The story, the sound and course the voice acting (Joel Edgerton as Jasper, who narrates the piece) is just perfect.

Go get the DVD. Watch it. That's all I can say. Except maybe that Anthony Lucas (director) and Mark Shirrefs (writer) are absoute genuises.