October 2003 Archives

Powell's case for war debunked

Apparently a complete tissue of lies, which is impressive.

The Associated Press has recently debunked, issue by issue, Colin Powell's case for war, as presented to the United Nations back in February. Impressive reading. Via Tom Tomorrow.

How to survive as an actor in an industry of sequels

"The longer Maguire talked about horse racing, the more it began to sound like a metaphor for his own career in Hollywood, with him as the little guy perched atop the careering animal, trying to battle his way to the front of the pack, whatever the bookmakers' predictions."

An intriguing profile of Tobey Maguire (from the Observer) touches on how you should behave as a young, up-coming Hollywood actor, and how you react. Worth reading.

Howard Dean takes on SUVs

Wants to get rid of the loophole that means that SUVs don't have to be energy-efficient.

See the entry on Lisa Rein's Radar for more details. QuickTime only (no transcripts as of yet), but if you've got broadband it should be well worth it.

Incidentally, as soon as Dean started to mention renewable energies, I said to myself "I hope he mentions what the Scandinavians are doing" - after all, there's a lot of money (and jobs) to be made in engineering solutions to capt wind energy, which Scandinavia seems to have gained a head start in doing. And wouldn't you know it, but he did.

Good for him. And I do like the chuztpah in a) citing Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican, as a role model in his opening lines; and b) naming, as one of the mid-western cities that would benefit from wind energy, Dallas. We need someone to take the fight to George Bush, and it looks like, for the moment, that person is Howard Dean.

"Don't hit me with that board like I was some kind of dolphin."

Found, obviously, in the feedback from this guy on eBay.

Dates back to 1999, so may be old to some of you (hell, it's old to me and I hadn't seen it before), but this collection of this guy's random feedback on eBay is well worth reading.

It's particularly interesting to see the variety of responses to his feedback - most people respond with "Who is this guy? Ignore him - he's just fooling around, I don't know, I haven't dealt with him", but some people are cool enough to play along.

Found on uknot, incidentally.

Warren Ellis doesn't like the film of "From Hell", apparently

He talks about other comics stuff as well.

From his Slashdot interview (via jwz):

When you talk about movies, there's always that which bookstores live by; the book is almost always better than the movie. You could have no better case in point than FROM HELL, Alan Moore's best graphic novel to date, brilliantly illustrated by Eddie Campbell. It's hard to describe just how much better the book is. It's like, "If the movie was an episode of 'Battlestar Galactica' with a guest appearance by the Smurfs and everyone spoke Dutch, the graphic novel is 'Citizen Kane' with added sex scenes and music by your favourite ten bands and everyone in the world you ever hated dies at the end." That's how much better it is.