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It's kind of annoying, but I can't listen to the first movement of Beethoven's Symphony #6 without thinking of the 'going home' scene from the movie Soylent Green. Instead of the intended peaceful and happy mood it's supposed to reflect, it evokes something a little more sad.
Products nobody needs|
Last night I was talking to a couple friends online about the people who live in 'tv commercial land.' These are the fictitious people you see in commercials who seem to have an insane amount of trouble doing normal, everyday tasks such as cooking pancakes, eating during a blackout, cleaning their ears, or pouring milk over cereal. I pointed out that, since I can do all these things without any real difficulty, I'd be like a god in TV Commercial Land. "Bow down to me as I prepare waffles without coating the entire kitchen in batter!"
Anyway, this morning I came across a link to this commercial, which I think wins the gold medal for the stupidest product to date:
A machine that slowly poops out eggs on a stick. I don't know how they can top this one.
It's no secret that I'm a fan of a lot of silly, older movies. For years, I've been looking for an mp3 version of a phone that was used in Our man Flint and its sequel, In Like Flint. A slightly different version of it was used as an homage in the Austin Powers films. I never found one and would always procrastinate when it came to figuring out how to snag the sound from one of the movies myself. Something got me thinking of the films again recently and I started poking around online. This time, I found what I was looking for. Yay internet.
So, at least for now, this is the ringtone on my cell:
Right now, my company has the entire 5th floor of the building we're in. Since there are a lot fewer people than there used to be, the plan is to move all of us in the north half down into the south half, thus saving a chunk of money. It almost seems backwards that this means moving a bunch of people from the south to the north for a while, but that allows some crews to rearrange walls n such down there.
So the cleaning out of empty offices around mine continues at a heightened pace. Now and then, someone will poke their head into my office and ask if I know what something they found is. Yesterday, it was this:
Considering its age, I wonder whether that thing was running a 5.25" or a 12" drive. It probably cost a fortune 30 years ago. Length and height-wise, the thing is bigger than a lot of high end video cards are nowadays.
Like a lot of the ancient stuff being found, the controller is probably headed for the dumpster. I doubt that even the electronics recycling company we use sometimes would want the thing.
Trying to get some gov-related stuff straightened out at work today. Gotta do X to get access to Y, but can't do X unless Y is already approved, but Y can't be approved without X....
So yeah, I find myself identifying with Darwin in this clip:
What the heck is it?|
An admin assistant at work was cleaning out one of the unused offices today. Nobody had been using the office for a number of years and it had kind of become a dumping ground for furniture and stuff that people didn't want in their offices any more. It's not too uncommon to come across some unusual items when cleaning such rooms out.
In this case, the admin found a camera. Since the room in question is a couple doors down from my office, she asked me to come look at it. Turns out it's sort of an old Kodak DCS200, which is a digital camera from the early/mid 90s that Kodak made by slapping a digital back onto a regular Nikon film camera body. I say 'sort of' because in addition to the lens on the body, there's also a second, much larger one mounted beneath it.
Anyone got any idea what this huge secondary lens is?
Sorry about the image quality. Between the light from the window and the ones in the office, my phone's crappy camera wasn't producing any really good shots
The thing has what are obviously data and power connectors on it as well as a calibration knob and rocker switches labeled Power and Data. I'm half tempted to hook up the power supplies in the case and see if the thing turns on.
EDIT: I originally thought the view through the viewfinder was a composite image from both lenses. Looking again, it's only a view through the lens on the camera body. My bad for not actually manually focusing the thing the first time I looked through it.
It's not like I want a blizzard or anything, but could we at least have a bit of proper winter weather? Unseasonably warm and rainy just aint cutting it.
While waiting for a definitions file to download, I went poking around on LJ and ran across a video by what is apparently a Scottish pirate metal band. I just had to see what other music they'd done.
Turns out they even did a cover of the Lazy Town "You are a Pirate" song:
Thanks to Sandy and some roof leakage, my office and all the other ones on the west side of this wing of the building have some water issues. I was fortunate in that my office only ended up with damp carpeting. Right now, I'm sharing my office with a commercial blower and big ol dehumidifier. Dang it's noisy in here.
I'd typed in a somewhat longer post about this, but LJ apparently made changes that were making it difficult to insert a couple pictures that're hosted elsewhere. In the process of trying to get that to work, LJ decided to reload the posting page and lost everything I'd typed in. Bleah.
Now that's a fight scene|
From some Turkish film, a fight scene that makes most Asian martial arts movies look like fine cinema:
I love the sound in that clip. It sounds like the foley artist was reading a magazine and just randomly hitting keys on a soundboard, or maybe his cat was walking across it. The music at the start of the clip sounds an awful lot like part of the soundtrack from "The Spy Who Loved Me" that played during the submarine car scene.
I'm still trying to figure out the psychic exploding mind rock thing at about 5:20.
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