This court case between Apple and Samsung is starting to piss me off. I’m told the $1bn payout to Apple will add 1% to their cash reserves. Woop-de-doo. In the meantime, we’re all guilty conspirators for ‘swiping’ or ‘pinching’ on any phone other than an iPhone. I guess the only reason Google haven’t got sued is they give away Android.. but why would that stop the IP lawyers? Easier to get damages from hardware manufacturers I suppose?? What happened to common sense innovation, or ‘obvious concept’ as Samsung put it???
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A Brand New Independent Australian Movie! It’s already doing the festival rounds, looks like making it back to Oz in September.. Big shout to Jak Wyld
Introducing a crazy new genre mash-up from Australian director, Stephen Amis (The Real Thing, The Alive Tribe, Oz Encounters, UFO’s in Australia).
With an international cast, state of the art digital effects, and classic vintage styling, The 25th Reich is a rollicking, WWII sci-fi adventure – full of time-travel, duplicitous Nazi robots, faulty spaceships and giant mega-fauna…
Based on the classic novella, 50,000 Years Until Tomorrow by J.J. Solomon, and with a screenplay penned by Amis, David Richardson and Serge DeNardo, the movie is a homage to sci-fi and WWII movies of the 1940′s and 50′s.
Now in post-production, The 25th Reich was produced in Australia by Lynne Wilson’s Peal Productions, Tait Brady’s Acme Film Company, and Stephen Amis’, Revolution Pictures.
Led by visual effects guru, Sheldon Whittaker, the producers recruited small teams of talented artists across the world to produce hundreds of high-end visual effects – recalling the works of Ray Harryhausen and classic creature-features.
Featuring costume designs by Ian Sparke (The Pacific), special makeup effects by Nik Dorning (Lord of the Rings, Australia, Troy and Knowing), editing by Bill Murphy (Romper Stomper, Mary and Max), a Wagnerian, motif-driven score by Ricky Edwards (Shine, Australia, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole) and sound design by Chris Goodes (Don’t be Afraid of the Dark, Killer Elite).
Starring, Jim Knobeloch (Heaven’s Gate, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Ponderosa), Serge DeNardo (Greeks on the Roof), Angelo Salamanca, Dan Balcaban and Jak Wyld.
The 25th Reich goosesteps into cinemas in 2012…
Being out on a kayak on a sunny day, in the middle of Sydney Harbour is just great. Paddling kilometers off-shore solo and fishing for sharks is pretty mindblowing. Then he finally snags a 100+ Kg black marlin! Here’s his website: http://www.kayakgamefishing.com.au/
Great story in SMH about it: http://www.smh.com.au/executive-style/culture/a-lone-kayaker-a-marlin-and-one-wild-ride-20120204-1qypb.html and I’ve embedded his latest YouTube video. I want a kayak!!
Amazing photo concept of then and now
I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today… A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future.
Intelligence? Talent? No, the ultra-rich got to where they are through luck and brutality.
By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian 8th November 2011
If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire. The claims that the ultra-rich 1% make for themselves – that they are possessed of unique intelligence or creativity or drive – are examples of the self-attribution fallacy. This means crediting yourself with outcomes for which you weren’t responsible. Many of those who are rich today got there because they were able to capture certain jobs. This capture owes less to talent and intelligence than to a combination of the ruthless exploitation of others and accidents of birth, as such jobs are taken disproportionately by people born in certain places and into certain classes.
The findings of the psychologist Daniel Kahneman, winner of a Nobel economics prize, are devastating to the beliefs that financial high-fliers entertain about themselves(1). He discovered that their apparent success is a cognitive illusion. For example, he studied the results achieved by 25 wealth advisers, across eight years. He found that the consistency of their performance was zero. “The results resembled what you would expect from a dice-rolling contest, not a game of skill.” Those who received the biggest bonuses had simply got lucky.
Such results have been widely replicated. They show that traders and fund managers across Wall Street receive their massive remuneration for doing no better than would a chimpanzee flipping a coin. When Kahneman tried to point this out they blanked him. “The illusion of skill … is deeply ingrained in their culture.”(2)
Whisky is something of a passion for the LostSheep.
Ardbeg is an awesome drop and a great place to visit. Just looking at the picture below brings back great memories. Turns out they even have an iPhone app now!