Saturday, October 28, 2006

From the minds of Trey Parker and Matt Stone : Universal Training Flim #304

Back in 1995, Universal Studios had just been purchased by Seagram's, and the new corporate masters of the studio wanted to assure their employees that Seagram's was going to remain artist friendly. So, they commissioned a training film... and hired Trey Parker and Matt Stone to make it. The star-studded extravaganza (with cameos from Steven Spielberg, Brian Grazer, Demi Moore, Sylvester Stallone, Michael J. Fox, and more) is absolutely hilarious, but of course was not exactly what Seagram's was looking for. Thanks to the magic of the internet, you can watch this fine short film - right here.

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Friday, October 27, 2006

Very interesting new use for RFID

By now most people know about RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) chips - but here's an innovative new implementation of the technology. An implantable RFID chip that will allow diabetics to monitor blood glucose levels without needing to do a finger stick! Read all about it here in the press release from the company that developed the chip, Digital Angel. This is a very good thing - instead of two, three (or more) finger sticks a day, just hold the reader over the chip in your arm (or wherever you and your doctor decided to place it) and get an accurate glucose reading. What'll they think of next...

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Borat : Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

I know, I know - two posts in one day! You aren't dreaming it, it's really happening!

So - went to see the Borat movie last night, because we had a free preview pass. Wow, was that a funny movie. Sacha Baron Cohen is a genius - but now some of the folks 'interviewed' in the film are unhappy with the movie, and say they were duped into participating. So, that brings up the question, can they sue? Well,'s Explainer (Daniel Engber) answers that question right here.

The movie was a big hit with the crowd we saw it with, so I'm sure it'll make a lot of money. That will probably sway the people that felt wronged by their participation in the movie to go ahead and try suing anyway. I guess I can't totally blame them if they try, but in reality they only have themselves to blame - no one made them say what they said. I guess it's just the American way - blame someone else and don't take responsibility for your own actions.

Well, sorta got off on a tangent there - anyway, the Borat movie was really good, I laughed a lot, which was problematic because so did everyone else (of course), and you tend to miss a funny line or two in the movie cause everyone is laughing through it. Minor complaint though. I do wish that I had known going in that there would be so much male nudity in it, cause I saw WAY more of Borat's producer Azamat (and Borat himself) than I really wanted too! Yikes...

24 - Season 6

It's coming folks - the next season of one of the best shows on TV, FOX's 24, starts in January! Here is the 'trailer' for season 6 -

And here is the 'prequel' - set a few months after the Chinese government captured Jack, a strike team lead by Aaron Pierce and CTU's Curtis Manning are assigned by President Heller to bring Jack back.

Wow - very exciting!! I can't wait, this season looks like it's going to be good!