A very funny movie about the residents of an run down alley somewhere in a large Chinese city. Surprisingly when the alley is invaded by gangsters several of its occupants turn out to be Kung Fu masters. Much hilarity, and some fighting ensue.
The movie reminded me more of early film comedies like the Three Stooges and Abbott and Costello than of more modern kung fu comedies.
This is an interesting site that is also a gadget. It lets you format your own personal PocketMod - a single page pocket organiser - that you then print out and fold in a very cunning manner so that it resembles a book.
It is worth checking out but I'm a bit unsure about what they are planning to patent.
According to this article the US military is thinking about building large cargo airships. There are some artist's conception drawings which are kind of neat (though the airship looks a bit small to me).
A great action flick. It tells the story of two ex US Navy SEALS turned marine treasure hunters as they try to find a Confederate warship in the Sahara. They get involved with a doctor from the WHO who is trying to make her way to a hostile country to find the source of a mysterious illness.
The movie doesn't take itself to seriously but isn't outrageous. The action sequences were good and the cinematography in some scenes was amazing.
This article describes a method that has been developed to determine what you have typed from a recording of the sound of you typing it. They need to record about 15 minutes of typing to get it to work but it could still be interesting.
I've never read any of the Sin City comics although I have been tempted. I am even more tempted now having seen the film. The film is worth watching for its "look" (if that's the word) alone. The black and white with occasional colour technique was very intriguing though, as my friend Rick pointed out, if someone else did a film with the same technique it would suck.
The violence in the film is a bit brutal but other than that it is highly recomended.
A new thing from google. Google sets lets you enter a list of related items and it then suggests more things that it thinks are in the same set. You can use it to find books or authors that you might like based on ones that you already like.
Have you ever wondered where the exact opposite side of the earth from your house is? Well this site lets you figure it out. Find your house, or where ever, as normal then double click on the location. Click on dig and the application will find the opposite point for you. Note that you may need to zoom back out to see where your new point is, especially if you end up in the ocean.
Following the Air France crash in Toronto many people, including myself, have been commenting on how surprising it was that no one was killed. According to this article, even though the rate of plane crashes has remained relatively constant, the chances of being killed have dropped considerably in the last twenty years. This is thought to be due to improvements in technology and crew training.
I finally saw this movie last night at the late show and I must say it was better than I thought it would be. I agree with most of the reveiws I've seen that said it was easily the best of the three prequels. The settings and the backdrops were amazing and of course I've always been a fan of jedi fighting scenes.
Unlike the previous two films there weren't any silly characters (well Jar Jar did have a slight cameo) or pointless situations like the pod racing in episode 2. I was a bit surprised at how dated Darth Vader's armour looked.
This site has google map links for all of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. Perfect for holiday planning.
I'm not sure how useful this site is but it certainly looks cool. It basically overlays the map and the satellite pictures so you can see both at the same time. You can adjust the transparency with a slider at the bottom.
This site is a bit more useful. It lets you calculate the lengths of routes on the maps. After you get the map showing the right area, start recording. Every double click after that creates a waypoint and the length of the trip is updated.