Sunday Sep 24, 2006

Reasons to ... return to Bradford

On the way over, I looked at the Independant, the travel pages of which covered Bradford, famous for many things, but expecting to act as the host for the International Indian Film Awards next year. This may or may not be as a result of Braford being the home town for the National Museum of Photography, but these organisations run an annual bollywood film festival in the UK, called "Bite the Mango" . Its running now, so if I want to go, it'll have to be next year.

The article couldn't help but mention curries, and I have bookmarked their references in my del.icio.us. This article was written later, and back dated to near the time of occurrence.

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Thursday Jul 27, 2006

Vienna, now & then!

In preparation for our trip to Vienna, we've just seen "The Third Man", again. Its a long time since I have seen it, and its interesting to watch given it is older than I am. The story seems quite different in the 21st Century.

It's reviewed by Empire here..., and while I'm sure they've rebuilt a lot, and there are no more bomb sites, it sort of set the mood for our journey. I wonder if we'll get out to the Ferris Wheel.

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Thursday May 18, 2006

Food for Thought

Just looking back on Tuesday reminded me of various science fiction films and books. From William Gibson who in particular wrote about the Network, bio-feedback systems and AI, and obviously influenced the Wachowski Brother's Matrix, to James Cameron in Terminator 2: Judgement Day also spoke about how the network came alive. Marginally more benignly, Heinlen wrote about another computer that woke up in "The Moon is a harsh mistress". Some of John Ames presentation brought "Minority Report" to mind, at least the scene where John Anderton (Tom Cruise's character) is using the computers, but not anything to do with precognition.

It just goes to show, some of this is a lot closer than you might think.

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