Weird Movies: Code 46

09/17/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Reviews, Movies

Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0345061/

Here's a short and sweet movie review.

Remember Agatha from Minority Report? She's back in another science fiction movie.

This is a very interesting "exploration of the future" movie, but it doesn't really... go anywhere. There's no space travel, there's just a lot of computerization, biotechnology and travel restrictions. I also surmise the ozone layer is gone as well.

It's worth a boo to view from the bargain bin. I enjoyed it mildly, but couldn't understand some of the decisions made, and was a little frustrated at the mountains of questions left unanswered.

 

Pastafarians

09/09/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Distractions, Thoughts, Religion, Science

Link: http://www.venganza.org/

I just get such a kick out of the satire of Intelligent Design that has been catching on, that of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

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Smell Of Demeter

09/03/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Distractions

We located twelves bizarre scents in a display in the Chinook Centre Shopper's Drug Mart. We were looking at them, head tilted, at the names of the fragrances, things like "Dirt", "Wet Garden" and "Sugar Cookie".

So we picked up "Dirt" and gave it a sniff. Hell's bells, it smelled like DIRT!

Well, that was it, we were off and sniffing :) Sugar Cookie really does smell like sugar cookies. Angel Food Cake smells like hot angel food cake. I can't vouch for the authenticity of Gin & Tonic, Cosmopolitan or Mojito, 'cos I don't drink or hang around in bars, but pretty much everything else was authentic. We came back home with a Fuzzy Navel.

Check out their web site. There are far, far more fragrances than the ones we encountered. So if you're determined to get back childhood memories, one of these smells is likely to do it :)

 

Townhouse Finally On Sale!

09/03/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Announcements [A]

After months of not living there and having precious little time to clean it out, the place is bare and has been put up for sale!

It took concerted effort to clean the place out. High, high kudos to Dena and her parents for helping out. I like my soon-to-be in-laws. Not just for their help with the house, lest you think me fickle :)

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The Ancestor's Tale : Richard Dawkins

08/25/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Reviews, Books, Science

Link: http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/0618005838/thecerealkill-20

This has got to be one of my favourite books of all time. I've read some of Dawkins' books before, such as The Blind Watchmaker, and always enjoyed them, but this book is utterly, utterly amazing.

Far from being the usual small book trying to prove one particular point, this is a grand survey, not just of life, but detailed explanations of radioactive dating, how trees of life are built, how creatures split apart into species, how bodies are built, with plenty of modern-day revelations about current creatures. All of this interspersed

Plus, it's heavy enough that you can seriously bean someone in the head with it :)

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Phishers - II

08/13/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Ethics, Internet

They (though it may be a different "they") are at it again (as if they'd ever stop, of course), on another one of my accounts.

This one uses more nasty, urgent language. You can dress it this attempt to con people into going against their better judgement up by calling it Social Engineering, but I think that's far too... euphemistic.

Once again, it's absolutely amazing that the eBay account I don't have has been cancelled! Oh god, maybe they'll also take away the time machine ... that I don't have...

Here is a screen capture of this particular scam.

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Vat Meat

08/13/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Science

It's starting to happen. Serious research into creating meat from cells has already begun. I just noticed one of the headlines recently, but this has been going on for a while. One reason being, if you're going to remain in space for a long time, taking along, feeding and killing animals has its drawbacks.

Experiments of this sort started back in 2001.

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Phishers

08/11/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, Ethics, Internet

I get a number of phishing e-mails dropped in my e-mail box. What's that? This is nastier than spam. These are criminals in every sense of the word, imitating an emergency or account update from an institution that you might belong to, such as eBay, Paypal or CapitalOne Bank, asking you to log in to "confirm your account details". Spammers live in a gray area, just annoying you for the most part. Phishers can destroy your life, if you let them.

Some of them are looking to use your name and password for criminal acts, like selling things through your account and never delivering, sullying your good name at no cost to themselves. Many more are looking for banking details, like your account number, credit card number, bank card and PIN combination, and so forth.

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On The Hubris Of Tooth Doctors

08/10/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Thoughts, People, Science

Okay, it's a rant, I admit. Despite many a dentist I've met that's nice, there are some I've met and some observations I've made that have, over the years, painted a picture of arrogance and mythology amongst dentists and orthodontists that I find irksome. I'll pepper this with a few anecdotes - I'm sure you may have your own.

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Tradesmen: Peak Painting

08/10/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Reviews, Tradesmen

Link: http://www.peakpainting.ca/contact.htm

I have nothing but good to say about these guys. Mike Evans is a young guy, enthusiastic and professional. I'm not sure he needs my word of recommendation, because he and his band of painters are quite busy here in Calgary, but heartily recommend him I shall, regardless.

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Fruit Festival

08/07/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Reviews, Attractions, Gardening

Link: http://dnagardens.com/sunday_august_7th.htm

We just got back from the Alberta Prairie Fruit Festival up by Elnora, at one of our favourite garden haunts, D'n'A Gardens. This was a friendly little festival, with some surprisingly entertaining and informative speakers.

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Zuerich - The Cursed City

07/19/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Journal

Arguably, and inexplicably, the worst destination of the lot. It had a good side, but as you will be able to tell through my tale, behind this fair city lies a strange, brooding chaos... the mirror image of "having all one's ducks in a row"...

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München - Part II

07/15/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Journal

Two tours of foot-pounding duty have we accomplished so far. Two days ago, we went on the Dachau tour. Our tour guide was excellent, if a little far to the side of making sure we fully-imagined every conceivable horror as we went along (I wish I knew where he was from; sounded sort of Irish and said "gyawrds" for "guards"). He did a great job of filling in all the details as we went along. It still leaves unanswered in a larger context - how could this happen in a civilized society? The little pieces we heard from Günther in Salzburg piqued our interest. The Dachau tour was simply... mind-blowing.

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Salzburg

07/12/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Journal

Our next destination after Veneza was Salzburg, city founded on a fortune made from mining salt (there is no corresponding Pfefferburg for any pepper mines that I can tell), a destination recommended by Dena´s parents for its "Salzerlebnis" (salt experience) at the salt mines, and a good interim spot on our slow circle into Zürich, Switzerland.

It was quite a bit more interesting than we had accounted for.

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München - Part I?

07/12/05 | by Nimble | Categories: Journal

Okay, perhaps this is a little premature, seeing as we just got here, but I´m in an Internet cafe with a 24-hour time window, so I´ll tell you about München so far :)

This is such a familiar style of city. Bigger and busier than home, but surprisingly homey-feeling. Big department stores, transit running every which way... yet there are some good old European pieces around.

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