Monday 30 April 2007

All show and no sting

Do you have a swimming pool? Ever wanted something really cool to put in it?

Floating Jellyfish Pool Lights
unleash a kaleidoscope of color as they float in the water. For larger pools, unleash a flotilla to create a crowd-pleasing effect.
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Thursday 26 April 2007

Fascist America, in 10 easy steps

From Hitler to Pinochet and beyond, history shows there are certain steps that any would-be dictator must take to destroy constitutional freedoms. And, argues Naomi Wolf, George Bush and his administration seem to be taking them all

Tuesday April 24, 2007
The Guardian

Last autumn, there was a military coup in Thailand. The leaders of the coup took a number of steps, rather systematically, as if they had a shopping list. In a sense, they did. Within a matter of days, democracy had been closed down: the coup leaders declared martial law, sent armed soldiers into residential areas, took over radio and TV stations, issued restrictions on the press, tightened some limits on travel, and took certain activists into custody.

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Wednesday 25 April 2007

House of Flying software?

Why "The House of Flying Software" as my blog title?

Well, I really like films and one of my favourites is "Shi mian mai fu” or “House of Flying Daggers” I am also a software engineer for an aerospace company so my software actually does fly.

The landscape in the first couple of scenes is in mellowed brown, yellow and pale green. Then come the lush green hills and the dreamy world of the bamboo forest. Towards the end, we have a white birth forest and, for no apparent reason, are given a frame of only two seconds of a fiery stretch of fall colors. In the finale, the ominous dark clouds eventually produce a winter wonderland, to receive profuse splashes of crimson blood. The soundtrack is equally well put together and I would advise anyone watching it to listen to the original voices with the subtitles on – it works so much better than the dubbed version.
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