September 2004

Two Impossible Films

Marx murder mystery

Some time in the 1920s, Sam Goldwyn went to Vienna to ask Sigmund Freud to write him a screenplay. He wanted to bill it as the greatest love story from the worlds most famous doctor of love, but Freud scotched the idea. Around the same time, Sergei Eisenstein, another man not short on ambition, conceived a desire to film Karl Marxs doorstopper Das Kapital. Vetoed by Stalin, that film was never made either. Now, however, Canadian artist Mark Lewis has made these Two Impossible Films.

The idea was to take the two stories of impossibility and try to imagine how they would look if they were made today, says Lewis. His film is a composite of the two unfilmable films, squashing both prolix theorists into 28 minutes of screentime, a feat he achieved by missing out the middles of each film.

Neat trick if you can get away with it

To Lewis, it is no coincidence that the two impossible films - screening as part of the group show Rear View Mirror at Kettles Yard, Cambridge, until November 7 - were connected to the 20th centurys two big theories. Im interested in the idea of failure. There is a history of modernism that could be written as the history of failure - the failure of utopia, of trying to achieve things. Marx was right. But his optimism was misplaced. And the same with Freud.

Meme of the Day: The Charisma Bypass Bar

USA: Steven Seagal to launch new energy bar

Steven Seagal is to launch a new energy bar that is expected to appear in stores in the first quarter of 2005.

Actor and martial arts expert Seagal says the Pure Force Energy Bar is the result of his travels in Asia in search of ingredients believed to keep many locals disease-free for life. Seagal says he discovered the Tibetan goji berry while researching antioxidants in Mongolia. The berry, which contains cancer-fighting antioxidants, has been used by local physicians in herbal medicines for centuries.

And here was me thinking that Segals energy came from his uncanny ability to remain motionless from the neck down while acting.

I have included in this bar everything I could to strengthen the body, Seagal said, adding that the bar also includes 15 grams of protein, 17 vitamins and minerals, calcium, iron, ginseng, and even green tea.

Im speechless

Stress Management Technique

This is an 8 step stress management technique recommended in the latest psychological texts.

The funny thing is that it really works.

1. Picture yourself near a stream.
2. Birds are softly chirping in the cool mountain air.
3. No one but you knows your secret place.
4. You are in total seclusion from the hectic place called the world.
5. The soothing sound of a gentle waterfall fills the air with a cascade of serenity.
6. The water is crystal clear.
7. You can easily make out the face of the person youre holding underwater.
8. See! Youre smiling already.

Reality Blogging

WDSc Survivor

Asok asks for help

Here comes a reality series so scary that we caution iSeries and i5 programmers with weak hearts or pacemakers that it could be hazardous to your health. Five ordinary RPG programmers from the same company will share their tale as they move from the beloved comfort of PDM/SEU to the new and somewhat frightening world of WebSphere Development Studio Client (WDSc).

Quote of the Day: Beware the tools of tyranny

In the heat of the vital battle against new and fearsome forms of attack, it is tempting to tolerate an erosion of equality and liberty. However, these principles are hard-won cornerstones of our democracy, which must also be heavily defended against the terrorist threat.

- Jeffrey Jowell

Boris Johnsons Second Post

I dont know why this made me smile, but it did

All I can say about this blogging business is that it is very hard work. Please can you wait until tomorrow morning when I will be posting an incredibly exciting article from the Daily Telegraph about radio masts

How F**king American Are You?

(via Adam Curry)

Vote for the European of the Year

Every year, European Voice casts a spotlight on 50 individuals who have most influenced the EU legislative and political agenda during the preceding year. EV50 comprises a specially produced commemorative publication distributed to the European Voice readership and an exclusive reception where recognition is given to those nominated.

You can vote for the European of the Year here.

Absolute Precision

Absolute Precision

Absolute Precision is the fourth movie in a series following Eliot Brock (C.C. Chapman) and William Campbell (Frank Parker), two gangsters working for Mr. James (Dan Gorgone). Six years have now passed, and Mr. James returns to town hoping to get his gang back together. As the guys return to work, the reasons for Mr. James sudden departure years ago begin to surface, and Eliot and Billy learn much has changed about each other.

You can watch chapter 1 here. Chapters 2, 3 and 4 will be released online over the next three Fridays.

Time for Hasselhoff to call it a knight

David Hasselhoff
Call for German music radio quota

Germany should have quotas for the radio airtime to be dedicated to pop sung in the native language, industry officials say.

It is often said that whoever makes good music will get on the radio, but that is just not true, said Bjoern Akstinat, president of the German music export office.

Thats the end of David Hasselhoffs singing career, then.