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Ghost in the Shell

Posted at 2:32pm on 17 Apr 2008

Dreamworks Acquires Ghost in the Shell


If you can get past the toe-curling insistence of the characters to wax philosophical for minutes on end about the nature of humanity, the original Ghost in the Shell anime is one of the finest examples of the genre, and a gripping high-tech thriller in its own right.

By removing all the Japanese cultural elements that don't translate well to a Western audience, and converting to a live action format (which the intended "adult" viewer will relate to better than a cartoon), Spielberg could have real winner on his hands here.

Should be interesting to see how they screw it up.

Stackoverflow cartoon

Posted at 11:53am on 17 Apr 2008


Intriguing new site from Joel Spolsky and Jeff Atwood: stackoverflow.com

Not much to see yet, but on his blog, Joel describes the site as...

a programming Q&A site that's free. Free to ask questions, free to answer questions, free to read, free to index, built with plain old HTML, no fake rot13 text on the home page, no scammy google-cloaking tactics, no salespeople, no JavaScript windows dropping down in front of the answer asking for $12.95 to go away"

Sounds pretty good to me.

The Vista Street Band

Posted at 11:29am on 17 Apr 2008

Rockin' Our Sales

There's something very wrong with Microsoft.

Here is a recent internal promotional video for Vista.

Don't get me wrong, I think it's great when a company can poke fun at itself. But to paraphrase Krusty the Klown, "it's only funny if the sap's got dignity"!

Update: In case you were thinking that this depravity was some kind of recent phenomenon at Microsoft, think again.