Verrry interesting. It’s sort of an anal show, but very useful- they track down the actual facts behind mainstream media’s portrayal of various news.

If I was doing debate or working in the media myself this would be my favorite show.
Web link of note: CounterSpin

Artists in Resonance

“AIR” does some pretty great stuff- it’s an a capella group in Berkeley.

My friend Tom used to beatbox for them (well he sang and arranged pieces too). They have a really cool cover of Björk’s “Isobel” which reminds me of Super Mario Sunshine.
Web link of note: Artists in Resonance

Newspeak Dictionary Musings

NewSpeak has very few antonyms…

  • would they keep Hot (Cold becomes UnHot)
  • would they keep Cold (Hot is UnCold)
  • Since both are very basic concepts and monosyllabic, maybe they would both be kept?

The first paragraph of 1984:

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.

So far what I’ve got is:

It was a bright cold day in 4Month and clocks ringed 13. Winston Smith, walked plusfast with his chin downways to hide from ungoodweather. He walked into Victory Mansions and dust entered with him.

I decided to keep “bright” instead of a variant on “light”- would “light” be “undark”?

Doggy Poo

Once upon a time, a little doggy poo lived on the side of a road. He felt all alone in the world. He believed that nobody needed him for anything, and that he had no purpose in life. If only Doggy Poo had a reason for being, then he wouldn’t give up on his dream to be useful to the world.

Depressing nihilism with the inferiority complex only the Koreans could produce… this is depressing and funny as hell at the same time!

It was written in 1968, which you will recall was not too long after the Korean War and actually during the Vietnam War.
Web link of note: Doggy Poo

Bullfrog Film Scheduler

It’s sort of like a CRM/ERP for filmmaking.

Too bad it’s only for PC.

You know what would be cool? A client-server version of this:

  • export to HTML
  • all free software
  • PHP front end
  • MySQL back end
  • XML-RPC interface
  • Sherlock client

Hmmm great yet another thing for me to write…

The forms would be relatively easy to slap together using PHP:

  • dbForm
  • …which needs ADOdb(works best on PHP 5)

Web link of note: Bullfrog Film Scheduler

2016 Update: This post was written over 12 years ago! So it’s out of date. Bullfrog Film Scheduler doesn’t even exist any more.

If you need a film scheduling and preproduction suite, I recommend Celtx. Don’t write your own.

If you want help with PHP, check out the main site at