Saturday, November 29, 2003

I'm really disappointed by the results of the Northern Irish Assembly elections on Thursday. I used to think of the DUP as an extremist, on-the-sidelines party and they've now become the mainstream, overtaking the UUP. Sinn Féin have also overtaken the moderate SDLP as the top nationalist party in Northern Ireland. It depresses me that the majority of the voters have elected these extremist parties to represent them. What does this say about the state of our country?

Friday, November 28, 2003

Now this is just silly. Perhaps not as bad as removing the phrase Merry Christmas from Christmas cards, but not that far behind! Actually, there's a good article in the Scotsman about how political correctness is getting out of hand. Reporting three-year olds for making comments that they don't understand? Please.

Saturday, November 15, 2003

It seems that there's been a victory for common sense against the DMCA in the States. An automatic garage door manufacturer has lost their case against the seller of universal garage door openers. The EFF has more details. This was a stupid case in the first place and an abuse of the legistlation and I'm glad that they lost it.

I went to see The Matrix Revolutions last night, and (despite dire warnings to the contrary) I enjoyed it. I definitely thought that it was better than The Matrix Reloaded (not having that silly Zion rave scene), but still not a patch on the original. The Matrix was a great standalone film, and I was never too keen on the idea of sequels, but on the whole, they made a decent effort over them. However, as my mate Kirsty said, these two films have felt too stretched, and might have made a great single film, but being stretched over two films was a bit of a mistake. Oh, and they explained bugger all and left things wide open for (another) sequel.

Monday, November 10, 2003

After having seen the film version of League of Exgtraordinary Gentlemen, I've been reading some of the original comic (thanks to my colleague Stuart) and I have to say that it's miles better than the film. I've only read the first one so far, but I've got the second one now and will get into it soon.

Monday, November 03, 2003

The other night I (partially of my own free will) watched How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days. I have one piece of advice to those who are lucky enough not to have seen it — don't.

I also went to League of Extraordinary Gentlemen this evening, which although full of plot holes and inconsistencies was still a fun way to spend a couple of hours. It didn't make nearly enough use of its source material and munged what it had (eg Mina Harker being a vampire, bringing in Tom Sawyer etc), but I enjoyed it anyway. I'm now off to read the original comic by Alan Moore which my colleague Stuart was kind enough to lend me and I have heard is much better than the film.

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