GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK


Greetings,

Ever had one of those days when you’re just pissed off with the internet? Nah, me neither.

GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK: Friday I saw Good Night, and Good Luck, the new George Clooney movie about Edward R. Murrow taking on Senator Joe McCarthy (who, just for the record, Ann Coulter actually defended in print) and his rabid, invasive tactics against Communism in the 1950’s. The movie’s truly fascinating. It’s obviously trying to comment on today’s less-than-critical U.S. media and how not commenting is leading to public paranoia and fear over what’s really not that huge of a threat (1950’s, the Red Scare, 2005, Al-Qaeda) in comparison to problems within American society during both eras.

The film’s fantastic from beginning to end. It’s black-and-white with a jazz vibe throughout, marked by strong performances all around (Robert Downey Jr. is better than ever), especially from David Strathairn as Murrow. Strongly recommended.

…IN THE POURING RAIN

Greetings,

Man, this weather is nasty. Rain all day and tomorrow.

I have lots of articles coming up soon – when they’re published, I’ll post them here.

LIVE 8 DVD: I got the 4-disc Live 8 DVD set earlier last week when it was on sale. If you want the concert (and unlike some reviewers out there, *cough*, it’s actually really good), avoid the Canada-only 2-DVD set and get the World Edition. The London and Berlin concerts were the best ones.

VINT CERF, SOLID STATE MEMORY….AND SCROLL DOWN DEEPER

Greetings,

Today comes a novel approach: some smart stuff as opposed to, while awesome in everyway, pictures of Sienna. Yeah, I don’t care if it’s shallow of me. Get your own blog.

So who’s that guy above? Why, he’s Vinton Cerf, vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He’s also the biggest reason why you’re even online. If you love the internet and all things about it, Ali G put it best: “respect.”

Cerf co-invented the TCP/IP settings that allow people to communicate online. These settings allow web sites to run, email to be sent and servers to recognize sites when data requests are made for a web site (i.e. if you go to gmail.com to log on to send an email). He’s on par with Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Kahn as the most important people in the history of the net.

Why am I mentioning him now? He and Bob Kahn got awarded the U.S. government’s Medal of Freedom today. Good for you, Vint. He’s one of those folks who’s made such a huge impact on so many people’s lives but you never hear about him. People like you are amazing and deserve so much respect.

SOLID SOURCE MEMORY: Basically, a USB key or Flash-memory based device, these kinds of devices have completely replaced floppy discs and burnable CDs as data storage on the go. Currently, I own a 128 MB drive that was absolutely indespensible last year: I kept tonnes of articles on it, web sites, MP3 files and photos. If you can, get one of these puppies.

And now… I have a special treat for you. Anyone with a half-way decent grasp of Google can find this, but is anyone interested in seeing a sneak of a character a lot of folks want to see next week in the movies. *SPOILER ALERT*

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Is this the face of Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter? Ralph Fiennes never looked so evil.

HEADING TO MONTREAL AND DIGITAL CREATIONS

Greetings,

I’m heading to Montreal this weekend. I’m going to see a friend from King’s who’s flying in from Halifax. Should be fun. Pictures will be posted.

Here’s an interesting link on how the web is being used for remixing and remaking culture among young people. It’s fascinating how people are now reaching the point with the web where so much can be done online with so much ease. And, how young women are leading the way.