December 31st, 2002


Swordfish soundtrack

Лучшая музыка для программирования. Просто самая лучшая. Особенно когда код
уже в QA и ты не можешь его там менять.

И слова Траволты правильные:

You know what the problem with Hollywood is? They make shit. Unbelievable,
unremarkable shit. Now I'm not some grungy wannabe filmmaker that's
searching for existentialism through a haze of bong smoke or something. No,
it's easy to pick apart bad acting, short-sighted directing, and a purely
moronic stringing together of words that many of the studios term as
"prose". No, I'm talking about the lack of realism. Realism; not a pervasive
element in today's modern American cinematic vision. Take Dog Day Afternoon,
for example. Arguably Pacino's best work, short of Scarface and Godfather
Part 1, of course. Masterpiece of directing, easily Lumet's best. The
cinematography, the acting, the screenplay, all top-notch. But... they
didn't push the envelope. Now what if in Dog Day, Sonny REALLY wanted to get
away with it? What if -- now here's the tricky part -- what if he started
killing hostages right away? No mercy, no quarter. "Meet our demands or the
pretty blonde in the bellbottoms gets it the back of the head." Bam, splat!
What, still no bus? Come on! How many innocent victims splattered across a
window would it take to have the city reverse its policy on hostage
situations? And this is 1976; there's no CNN, there's no CNBC, there's no
internet! Now fast forward to today, present time, same situation. How
quickly would the modern media make a frenzy over this? In a matter of
hours, it'd be biggest story from Boston to Budapest! Ten hostages die,
twenty, thirty; bam bam, right after another, all caught in high-def,
computer-enhanced, color corrected. You can practically taste the brain
matter. All for what? A bus, a plane? A couple of million dollars that's
federally insured? I don't think so. Just a thought. I mean, it's not within
the realm of conventional cinema... but what if?

Надо будет пересмотреть кино - оно не такое поверхностное, как кажется после
первого просмотра. Вот, например, эти слова Траволты я не помню...

Relativity explained with four-letter words

Einstein's General Theory of Relativity lucidly explained -- using only
words of four letters or less. Get a load of this.
We have Bert and Dana. Take a bus, and put Bert on the bus. The bus goes
down the road. Dana, she sits here, on the side of the road. He's in the bus
and she's on her ass. And now take a rock off of the moon, and let it fall
at them. It hits the air and cuts in two. The two bits burn, and then land
just as Bert and Dana are side by side. One hits the dirt up the road a
ways, and one hits down the road a ways. Dana sees each rock at the same
time, but Bert sees one rock and then sees the next rock. Now: if Bert and
Dana both see Dana as the one who is "at rest", they both will say that the
two bits came down at the same time. Dana will say, "I am 'at rest', and I
saw them both land at the same time, so they both did, in fact, land at the
same time." And Bert will say, "I move away from the rock down the road, so
when I add that fact in, I can see that if I were 'at rest', I'd have seen
both land at the same time. So it must be the case that they did land at the
same time." Okay, but what if Bert and Dana now see Bert as the one who is
"at rest"? Eh? You get to pick who is "at rest" and who isn't, no? So make
Bert be "at rest". Now Bert will say, "I am 'at rest', so the one up the
road beat the one down the road, on the way to the dirt, just the way I saw
it." And Dana will say, "I saw them land at the same time, but I move away
from the rock up the road, so when I add that fact in, I can see that the
rock up the road must have beat the one down the road."

Новый год

Только что скромно отметили Московский Новый Год. Выпили слегка разбавленной текилки, чисто по-мексикански :о)

Сейчас поедем в Party City за шапкой Санта Клаусовской.