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Perfect cinematic moments

One aspect of films that I hugely appreciate is a well thought out scene. When the imagery, soundtrack and dialog all align perfectly, it makes for a very moving moment. Invariably, this is where the emotions of the viewer reach the most intense point, whether it results in tears or bursts of joy is somewhat secondary.

It's rare that such moments occur in real life; indeed, I recall very few such cases that I have been privileged to experience, and then, only by accident. Sadly these moments simply cannot be conveyed by words alone, but I'll try.

One has just occurred. While listening to 'Somewhere over the Rainbow' in my apartment, a nasty three car wreck happened at the intersection below. Within seconds, there were just two things: the music and the deafening wail of emergency sirens.

Another moment than sticks in my mind happened while I was working at Bridgemere Garden World. Late one evening, I vividly recall the rain pounding down on the plastic roof, drowning out all other sounds but one - the endless ringing of an unanswered phone.

This is a little deep for a Sunday morning.

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The American Way

As I sit in my office sipping my fifth blended margarita, I've turned to reading some of the Xbox Live forums. The service officially launched today.

I wouldn't exactly describe myself as a cynic, but there's something about this post that just couldn't go without mention.

Bill gates if you are listening. This week you dedicated 100 million dollars to some third world country filled with people dieing of aids. Well you should take care of the hand that feeds you first. Like the good old american consumers who buy computers with windows, who buy xboxs. Sure that 100 million dollars may save a few lives, but I think you owe it to us first. Take that money back and get us some dedicated game severs. This is an outrage!

Did I mention I love America?

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Happy Birthday GotDotNet

To give a little context, I'm lit up by 5.30 today since it is GotDotNet's second birthday. Celebrations all round.

It looks like there are going to be some changes in team structure and people too, so the future is somewhat uncertain at this point.

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Washington State Lottery taken for a ride

This made my day. On the news last night I saw a woman claiming to have won the $93m jackpot in the lottery.

Two things were immediately apparent:
1. This woman looked more like a man than any I had ever seen
2. Keeping the ticket in a locked box 'for the time being' seemed a bit suspicious.

Well, to my delight it turns out this person has just been arrested for fraud and turns out to be a man.

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Daily shorts

Music
I really like the song Playground Love by Air from the Levi's commercial at the moment.

Films
Watched American Psycho this week, very good film. Quite enjoyed The Others too, but nothing special.

Books
Just finished reading On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Thoroughly enjoyed and definitely one I'll read again; I wouldn't say that of many. I recently got Churchill and American: Beyond our Grandest Notion, both of which I'm looking forward to. Right now I'm reading The Inmates are Running the Asylum which is very interesting.

Random links

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Remembrance Day

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

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One in six people owns a mobile phone

The Guardian has an interesting article on the new connected world. Not news exactly, but it does contain an amusing tale..

"I don't care who it is, mate, rules are rules."
Pilot to Tony Blair when the prime minister protested about having to switch off his mobile as his plane was about to take off. He was taking a call from the Queen.
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Weblogs galore

I've spent a ridiculous amount of time in front of a computer screen today.

A couple of things of note; I've convinced Ed to start a journal and I've discovered a marvellous little tool called FeedReader.

I'm coming to RSS a little late in the game, but I'm quickly seeing its benefits. In the same way Google is rethinking the way we read news, I see RSS aggregation introducing the human element into how one determines what news is important. Along similar lines, I came across the tangle project, which seeks to create links between pages based on how users move between them. It reminds me of Feynmann and his experiments with ants, but the cynic in me suggests this is wide open to potential abuse.

I took an aimless walk around the city this evening. There's a different feeling in the air, everyone knows the holidays are coming. I came very close to ordering an eggnog latte in Starbucks, but that seems a little premature.

My fantasy team is getting well and truly beaten this week :(. Still, I've bought tickets to see the Seahawks play the Chiefs when my parents are visiting, so that should be fun.