The Null Device

2000/7/29

Film update: I didn't get to see Hotel Splendide at the Film Festival last night, due to having a load of work to do (hence the 13-hour days), but I did manage to get away tonight and see a preview screening of Chopper (not at the festival, though; I got a free ticket from a chaosmusic.com promotion). For those not in the know, Chopper is about Mark "Chopper" Read, the notorious Melbourne underworld hitman turned raconteur. It was quite entertaining, in a post-Tarantino sort of way. One thing I noticed was the period detail, such as the bad 1970s fashions (all those mustaches and tan suits), and the authentic Franco Cozzo TV ads in the background of one scene.

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2000/7/28

In another absurdity resulting from the War On Drugs, a 6-year-old boy was suspended from his school for bringing in lemon drops. The local school district has a policy of treating unfamiliar products as controlled substances, just to not let the little bastards get away with something they shouldn't. (JPEG of newspaper clipping)

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Wouldn't you know it? fullyclothed.net has been grabbed, by pair.com it seems.

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Victoria's judaeochristian-family-values-based IVF laws have been ruled invalid by the Federal Court for discriminating against unmarried women. Which may put paid to the Internet-traded US sperm black market. Though whether the Federal Government could do anything about it remains to be determined, given their push for values-based legislation (i.e., church-going married suburbanites paying a lot less net tax than multiply pierced bisexual inner city café-Marxists who believe that the PM should apologise to aborigines and other such subversive notions). Er, seems I'm ranting again... Never mind.

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Amusements of the obscenely wealthy: Some people are so wealthy that they can buy anything; consequently it takes extreme things to satisfy them. Take for example "The Bachelors", a transatlantic brat-pack of "rich kids", who have taking to drugging women, raping them and swapping videos of their conquests on the Internet. Make that a snuff film ring, and you've got a movie concept... (via Leviathan)

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Salon's Scott Rosenberg reckons that the RIAA have dug their own grave by crushing Napster. They could have a point (i.e., distributed file sharing will be harder to kill, and US Congress doesn't seem too friendly to the copyright industry's calls for draconian legislation), though I'm sure a few billion dollars could buy the RIAA some highly favourable laws tacked on as riders to other legislation. In any case, every major-label published (or, to a lesser extent, distributed) CD you buy helps the RIAA hire lawyers and lobbyists, so you may do well to stop.

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