Tuesday, June 19, 2007

A Long Time Ago ....

How did i miss this one?
Old news for the diehards out there, but still worth the reflection, as George Lucas's feature, STAR WARS celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. was it really that long ago? some stories are just timeless. Could we be saying the same things about Lord of the Rings or the Matrix trilogy in 30 years ..... I think not. STAR WARS has that universal quality to appeal to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Unless your Peter Fox hehe :) get well soon old timer. 2 UNI projects to go :) 5 more days. im a zombie in the spiderhole, with the heater on. cya all soon.

'Star Wars' 30th anniversary
In the official souvenir program for "Star Wars," George Lucas says of his most famous creation: "It's always been what you might call a good idea in search of a story." One that 30 years later, the industry seems to have taken to heart.

"George never set out to reform or change Hollywood," says Steve Sansweet, Lucasfilm's official "Star Wars" ambassador. "He has invested in what he thought was necessary to make the kind of movies that he wanted to make."



Tuesday, June 12, 2007

3 Wise Men

Weathered by time, the brothers stand true ....
Gravy pies and milkshakes are the order of the day as Moostads moustache fans up in the midday heat. alert to the dangers of tourist hands wanting a piece of the action Moostad calls on his brothers, together they are ... Pakistans anti nuclear growth hormone league.

seriously i'd just love to see these guys in the street ... can you imagine it. what a unique bunch of dingbats we humans are. Moostad ... mate, get that thing checked out pronto! :)


Fresh Fruit ...

Hey guys, apologies for the delay in proceedings here and over @ GT, ive been swamped with work as of late, but things are moving smoothly. i may even be moving in a month or two ... no not interstate, so no time to settle in ...

News on the front, alot of you may have already seen the iPhone by Apple, but now its just 18 days away from official release in the states. its easy to just say this is a simple phone, well its not. like the iPod before it for music, the iPhone is a revolutionary device for not only calls, sms, but music, web browsing, movies, email, conferencing, photos, camera .... and the list goes on. better yet, it only has one "button" to operate". taking a leap into the future, iPhone works as a touch sensitive screen allowing your fingers to do the walking.

On another note apple have just updated their site for the impending new release of MAC OSX Leopard. go check it out as well as the keynote presentation from the release conference yesterday... and we still have 6 months of 2007 to go, i can smell another iPod release :)

iPhone - INFO
iPhone - ADs : MUST SEE
Apple.com - WEBSITE
MAC OSX - Leopard
Apple WWDC Keynote

Thursday, June 07, 2007

War, like cancer, is too lucrative a business to find a cure for...

There are an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 armed security contractors working in Iraq, although there are no official figures and some estimates run much higher. Security contractors are not counted as part of the coalition forces.

Mercenary forces like Blackwater operate beyond civilian and military law. They are covered by a 2004 edict passed by American occupation authorities in Iraq that immunizes all civilian contractors in Iraq from prosecution.

Blackwater has also constructed “the world’s largest private military facility - a 7,000-acre compound near the Great Dismal Swamp of North Carolina.” Blackwater also recently opened a facility in Illinois and is moving ahead with plans to build another huge training base near San Diego. The company recently announced it was creating a private intelligence branch called “Total Intelligence.”

Erik Prince, who founded and runs Blackwater… has close ties with the radical Christian Right and the Bush White House. the appearance of Blackwater fighters, heavily armed and wearing their trademark black uniforms, patrolling the streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, may be a grim taste of the future. In New Orleans Blackwater charged the government $240,000 a day.

Were this country (USA) to become even a little less stable, outfits like Blackwater might see a heyday. If the United States falls into a period of instability caused by another catastrophic terrorist attack, an economic meltdown that triggers social unrest, or a series of environmental disasters, such paramilitary forces, protected and assisted by fellow ideologues in the police and military, could ruthlessly abolish what is left of our eroding democracy. War, with the huge profits it hands to corporations, and to right-wing interests such as the Christian Right, could become a permanent condition. And the thugs with automatic weapons, black uniforms and wraparound sunglasses who appeared on the streets in New Orleans could appear on our streets.

All in all you've got to step back and take the whole picture in. we've all heard the predictions of civil war in the states following in the future, a rise of the oppressed peoples clinging to their second amendments which they haven't given up on yet. taking up arms against the elite to win back their own liberties and freedoms from the might of these corporations and overun goverment. is this too far out? well the rise of an unanswerable private war machine in Blackwater and other such groups points to a grim future. .... but you gotta think, these mercenaries are humans aren't they? cant they rationalise? can they be so brainwashed? are we that stupid that we are sitting back knowing whats in store and not changing it?

how have we come so far, and yet still wish to beat our fellow brothers down with clubs ... or M-16s. knowledge is power, dont let it happen here in Oz.



BRIAN WOOD - author of the graphic novel DMZ

BLACKWATER: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army - BOOK

Monday, June 04, 2007

Bwainstorm !

sit back, sip your cuppa, and don't laugh too loud ...
heres something to brighten up your day.

Lance Krall doing what he does best ... prank calls.
so next time you get one of those salesmen on the phone at 6pm, think "What would Lance do"