Science Fiction Book Club
June 19, 2000
I'm working on a long-overdue article about Star Trek, which seems particularly
Until I finish that, here are some links to keep you busy...
- I'm President Clinton and so is my wife!
CNN didn't know how to use their IRC software, and one of the audience
members was able to impersonate POTUS for a short while during a live chat.
- Download DeCSS!
Not what you think.
- Son of DIVX.
This harebrained scheme reminds me of the stories about a certain computer
manufacturer deliberately crippling their CPUs because their new
microcomputers were running much faster than their existing products.
It's using old tech to break new tech. At least DIVX actually used
encryption; this is like taking a Sharpie and drawing all over your DVD.
- Maximus Who?
In a letter to Science Fiction Weekly,
argues that the movie Gladiator is an alternate history:
"The hero Maximus was obviously based on a real Roman general named
Maximus, a Spaniard (much like the Russell Crowe character in the film)
who led a revolt against the Roman Empire between 400 and 500 A.D."
Read more about this in Gibbon's
History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire,
Timeline of British History,
"Global warming, hurrah!"
Because you can't tell the planet to go put on a sweater.
" WELCOME TO MY HOME PAGE !!!!!!!!! I KISS YOU !!!!! "
Do you know
Metropolis: The Musical!
There's also a
It's never too late for a sequel. Speaking of which...
- Go see
Return to the Forbidden Planet
San Jose Stage Company!
The Shakespearean, B-grade sci-fi parodying, rock 'n' roll oldies-filled musical comedy runs through July.
Not one of those
cheesy high-school productions, either.
Is this the future of film projection? Probably not, but it's an interesting technical achievement.
Amazon.com makes enemies.
the online store which patented a "one-click" ordering system.
Not that consumers will care about any of this as long as Amazon.com
provides good products at competitive prices with great customer service.
Instant South Park:
just add profanity.
"Man Stabbed During Afterlife Lecture; Rapt Audience Doesn't Notice the Attack"
This is going to be a great urban legend.
Where's your virtual wallet?
Some people have way too much free time.