Friday, May 04, 2007

Map of Online Communities

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via XKCD

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Saturday, April 07, 2007

Scenes From a Blog

Scenes From a Blog by Pentagram   


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Thursday, November 16, 2006

Cluster maps

I am testing this out -- gotta configure it

Locations of visitors to this page


Locations of visitors to this page

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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Newsweek: Run by cowards

Who are the cowards editing the US Newsweek?


Raw Story writes:

The United States edition of the October 2, 2006 issue of Newsweek features a radically different cover story from its International counterparts, RAW STORY has learned.

The cover of International editions, aimed at Europe, Asia, and Latin America, displays in large letters the title "LOSING AFGHANISTAN," along with an arresting photograph of an armed jihadi.

The cover of the United States edition, in contrast, is dedicated to celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz and is demurely captioned "My Life in Pictures."

The International cover story begins:

"You don't have to drive very far from Kabul these days to find the Taliban. In Ghazni province's Andar district, just over a two-hour trip from the capital on the main southern highway, a thin young man, dressed in brown and wearing a white prayer cap, stands by the roadside waiting for two NEWSWEEK correspondents. It is midday on the central Afghan plains, far from the jihadist-infested mountains to the east and west. Without speaking, the sentinel guides his visitors along a sandy horse trail toward a mud-brick village within sight of the highway. As they get closer a young Taliban fighter carrying a walkie-talkie and an AK-47 rifle pops out from behind a tree. He is manning an improvised explosive device, he explains, in case Afghan or U.S. troops try to enter the village."

The United Story cover story begins:

"Annie Leibovitz is tired and nursing a cold, and she' s just flown back to New York on the red-eye from Los Angeles, where she spent two days shooting Angelina Jolie for Vogue. Like so many of her photo sessions, there was nothing simple about it. 'I talked with Angelina before the shoot,' says Leibovitz, who's famous for her preparation. 'She felt like she was coming back from having the baby and she felt very sexy and ready to go.' ... There were 50 people on the set, and racks of clothes from the New York spring collections to be tried and styled."

As an American, I am insulted that I am thought of as too squeemish to see this cover, while for the rest of the world, its fine:


What a bunch of chickenshits . . .


Newsweek features 'Losing Afghanistan' in international edition, celebrity photographer in U.S.
Muriel Kane
Raw Story, Monday September 25, 2006

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

State of the Blogosphere

Three months have passed since David Sifry last published his State of the Blogosphere report. The most recent update shows the same incredible growth as previously.

50 Million Blogs and Counting

The blogosphere has been doubling in size every 6 months or so


As of July 2006, about 175,000 new weblogs were created each day, which means that on average, there are more than 2 blogs created each second of each day.


Here's a look at the daily posting volume in data that Technorati tracks:



State of the Blogosphere, August 2006

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Movie Timeline: A history of everything

This is a blast:  The Movie Timeline:

In the beginning... God created the heavens and the earth (The Bible)

Shortly after the beginning... God subcontracts the fjords to Slartibartfast, a planetary construction engineer from Magrathea (The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy)

26,000,000,000 BC Los Angeles (and everywhere else) - The Earth's crust begins to harden (Adaptation)

A long time ago... Luke Skywalker and Han Solo lead a rebellion against the evil empire (Star Wars)

1 zillion BC October 9: Cavemen discover fire, and the joys of eating dinosaur egg (Caveman, 1981)

65,000,000BC Pangea - A mosquito becomes irrevocably trapped in tree resin (Jurassic Park, 1993)
A meteor strike creates a parallel dimension in which dinosaurs evolve (Super Mario Bros)

5,000,000BC Martians uplift apes to become intelligent as a way to preserve their own society (Quatermass and the Pit)

4,000,000BC Aliens leave monolith on Earth (2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968)

3,000,000BC Olduvai Gorge, Africa - The Monolith tinkers with the man-ape brain (2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968)

2,000,000 BC Dinosaurs become extinct (Godzilla, 1954)

1,000,000 BC Loana faces dinosaurs to be with Tumak, a caveman banished from his savage tribe, and then from her gentler group of cave people (One Million Years BC)
San Dimas, Ca - A phone box briefly arrives from the future containing Bill S Preston and Ted 'Theodore' Logan (Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure)

902,006BC Aliens, possibly from Mars, bury giant tripods with pulverizing rays for a surprise invasion on a then non-existant human race (War of the Worlds, 2005)

80,000BC A tribe of early man searches for fire (Quest For Fire)

50,000BC Loser Charlie Wishnick arrives from the future, meets naked people and is nearly eaten by a giant (50,000 BC (Before Clothing), 1963)

35,000BC North Texas - Two cavemen encounter an alien at their ice cave (The X-Files)

8000BC A spaceship lands in the North African desert and takes a caveboy (Stargate)

3400BC The Scorpion King comes to power (The Scorpion King)

3000BC Bouvet Island, Antarctica - Predators arrive and teach humans to build a pyramid (Alien vs Predator)

2897BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

2797BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

2697BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

2597BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

2497BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

2397BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

2297BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

2197BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

2097BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

1997BC October 10: Cambodia - A Predator hunting mission backfires, and they self-destruct to kill the Xenomorph infestation (Alien vs Predator)

1897BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

1797BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

1697BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

1597BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

1497BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

1397BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

1297BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

1290BC High Priest Imhotep murders Pharoah Seti I and is then cursed and mummified alive; Ramesses II succeeds his father Seti I (The Mummy)

1250BC Moses defies Pharoah and helps the Israelites to flee Egypt; they wander the desert for not believing God will lead them to Israel (The Ten Commandments)

1197BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

1193BC Achaean Greeks destroy Troy over Helen (Troy)

1097BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

997BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

980BC Jerusalem - Egyptian Pharaoh Shishak invades, and takes the Ark of the Covenant to Tanis (Raiders of the Lost Ark)

897BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

797BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

697BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

597BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

497BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

480BC Greece - Persian Emperor Xerxes invades (The 300 Spartans, 1962)

410BC Socrates vanishes while preaching, as a futuristic phone-box appears nearby (Bill & Ted)

397BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

384BC The city of Atlantis is lost into the depths of the sea, off the coast of Ireland (Atlantis, The Lost Empire)

297BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

272BC China - The 1st sovereign emperor of China federates the seven warring states & imposes on Lo Pan the curse of "no flesh" (Big Trouble In Little China, 1986)

197BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

97BC October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

55BC Gaul - Julius Caesar completes the pacification of Gaul (via war), and sets to invade Britain (Gladiatress)

44BC March 15: Julius Caesar killed (Julius Caesar)

31BC Greece - The fleet of Queen Cleopatra and Marcus Antonius is heavily defeated by that of Octavius (Cleopatra, 1963)

30BC Egypt - Cleopatra commits suicide with the aid of a snake in a fruit-basket; Egypt becomes a Roman province (Cleopatra, 1963)

1AD Bethlehem - Jesus Christ born (The Greatest Story Ever Told, 1965)

4 October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

33 Jesus is crucified and raised from the dead (Jesus of Nazareth, The Passion of the Christ)
A man called Brian is crucified, and presumably not raised from the dead (Life of Brian)

35 Roman Emperor Tiberius sentences to death Marcellus Gallo and Diana, martyring them for their Christian beliefs (The Robe)

41 Roman Emperor Gaius Caligula killed in front of all at the Coliseum; his not-overly-reluctant uncle Claudius made emperor (Demetrius and the Gladiators)

104 October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

168 Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius begins his 12 year campaign against the Barbarian Tribes in Germania (Gladiator)

180 General Maximus wins the battle in Germania, Marcus Aurelius is murdered by his son Commodus and Commodus becomes Emperor (Gladiator)

181 Maximus becomes a great Gladiator and kills Commodus, before dying himself (Gladiator)

204 October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

304 October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

404 October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

452 Britain - Artorius and his knights join with the Woads defend Hadrian's Wall against the invading Saxons (King Arthur, 2004)

500 Badon's Hill, Hadrian's Wall - Arthur wins the Battle of Badon's Hill (King Arthur, 2004)

504 October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

604 October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

704 October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

804 October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

859 The House of Flying Daggers rises to oppose the governing Tang dynasty in China (House of Flying Daggers)

871 Alfred The Great becomes king (Alfred The Great)

904 October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

922 The last Neanderthal tribe dies out as one Arab and twelve Viking warriors kill the Queen and War Chief (The Thirteenth Warrior)

932 Arthur gathers knights for a quest for the Holy Grail (Monty Python & The Holy Grail)

993 Hogwarts school founded (Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone)

1004 October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

1066 Hastings - King Harold, last Saxon king of England, is killed by an arrow from William the Conqueror's invading army (Wilhelm Cuceritorul)

1104 October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

1170 Thomas Becket is murdered (Becket)

1183 King Henry II plans a reunion to name his successor (The Lion In Winter)

1184 Jerusalem - Balian of Ibelin arrives after losing his family and faith (Kingdom of Heaven)
Jerusalem - Robin of Locksley is chained up in a dungeon with Maid Marian's brother, Peter (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves)

1186 Jerusalem - Balian helps King Baldwin IV defend the city between the Second and Third Crusades (Kingdom of Heaven)

1190 The Third Crusade begins (The Crusades)

1192 The Third Crusade ends (The Crusades)

1204 October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

1209 Genghis Khan, roaming the hills, is kidnapped (Bill & Ted)

1242 Alexander Nevsky, Prince of Novgorod in Russia, defeats the Teutonic Knights on top of the frozen Lake Peipus (Alexander Nevsky, 1939)

1277 William Wallace's family killed in a battle with the English (Braveheart)

1290 William Wallace marries Murron, briefly (Braveheart)

1300 Ashley J Williams arrives from the future to combat the Army of Darkness (Army of Darkness)

1304 October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

1305 London - William Wallace executed at The Tower of London (Braveheart)

1314 Robert The Bruce leads the Scots against the English to win their freedom (Braveheart)

1327 North Italy - Brother William of Baskerville and his young aide Adso investigate a string of murders in a remote abbey (The Name of the Rose)

1357 France - Several bungling American archeologists briefly appear from the future (Timeline)

1404 October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

1415 October 25: Henry V fights the Battle of Agincourt (Henry V)

1422 Transylvania - Vladislaus Valerious born (Van Helsing)

1429 Joan of Arc prays, and is taken to the future (Bill & Ted)

1431 Rouen, France - Joan of Arc is burned at the stake (Joan of Arc, 1948)

1462 Vladislaus Valerious killed at the hand of his friend, Van Helsing; Vladislaus makes a pact with Satan and returns as Dracula (Van Helsing)

1463 France - Poet and befriender of beggars and prostitutes Francois Villon is banished from Paris by Louis XI (If I Were King, 1938)

1482 The Hunchback of Notre Dame

1492 October 12: Land sighted from the Pinta – looks a bit American (1492: Conquest of Paradise, Christopher Columbus: The Discovery, Carry On Columbus)
October 31: Sir Nicholas de Mimsy Porpington's attempted beheading - after 45 strikes he becomes the ghost Nearly Headless Nick (Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets)

1504 October 10: Predators arrive for their feasting ritual on xenomorphs and humans (Alien vs Predator)

That's the past; Here's what the future looks like:

2000 A scientist encounters sinister robot Maria (Metropolis)
Pedestrians are run down for points in a brutal cross-country race (Deathrace 2000)
Major population boom (Soylent Green)
Fun With Dick and Jane
September 13: Contact with the first angel, Adam, causes worldwide flooding; wars break out and approx half the world's population dies (End of Evangelion)

2001 April 12: 08:43 ET - A 2nd monolith is found on the moon (2001: A Space Odyssey)
Royal Tenenbaum dies (The Royal Tenenbaums)
Tremors 3
Las Vegas - $163,156,759 stolen from the Bellagio Hotel & Casino (Ocean's 11, 2001)
Jurassic Park III
Ron Santo, a former All-Star third baseman for the Chicago Cubs, has his right leg amputated (The Old Cub)
Private Joe Bowers is hibernated for 1000 years by the American government as an experiment (Idiocracy)
New York: Publisher Clarissa Vaughn plans an award party for her author friend who's dying of AIDS (The Hours)
August 11: The wedding of Amy Ellis to Edward Fletcher-Wooten (The Wedding Date, 2005)
September 11: Shanksville, Pennsylvania - Flight 93 crashes after passengers foil the terrorist plot (Flight 93)

2002 Aileen Wuornos executed for killing seven men (Monster)
Monty Brogan enters prison on a seven-year sentence for drug-dealing (25th Hour, 2002)
East Texas Rest Home - Elvis Presley and JFK fight an evil Egyptian mummy out to suck all the residents' souls (Bubba Ho-tep, 2002)
Evan Treborn, a student, loses Kayleigh in various ways in different timelines (The Butterfly Effect)
Prosperity, Arizona - Giant spiders attack the town (Eight Legged Freaks)
A family living on a farm finds mysterious crop circles in their fields, suggesting something more frightening to come... (Signs)
Austin Powers captures Dr Evil in Hollywood, and also arrives back from 1975 with Foxy Cleopatra to save the world (Austin Powers in Goldmember)
Ron Santo, a former All-Star third baseman for the Chicago Cubs, has his left leg amputated as a result of his battle against diabetes (The Old Cub)
New Jersey - Ollie Trinke meets Maya, and has to choose between his career and his daughter's school show (Jersey Girl)
April-May: Tokyo, Japan - A wave of mass suicides; popular band Dessart breaks up (Suicide Club, 2002)
July: Los Angeles - $9 billion stolen, and many of the world's terrorists killed (Swordfish, 2002)
September: Scotland - As England beats Germany 5-1 in the World Cup qualifiers, a platoon of soldiers are hunted by werewolves (Dog Soldiers, 2002)
October: Hawaii - Lucy Whitmore suffers brain damage in a car accident causing her to lose her long-term memory (50 First Dates, 2004)

2003 June 13: Gigantic monolith found in orbit near Jupiter's moon Io (2001: A Space Odyssey)
Summer: Paris - Jesse and Celine reunite on the last stop of Jesse's book tour, for his book on his night in Vienna with her 9 years previously (Before Sunset, 2004)

2004 Texas - A chainsaw massacre occurs similar to the one in 1979 (Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
Two strangers, Adam and Dr Lawrence Gordon, wake up in a dirty bathroom at the hand of serial killer John Kramer (Saw, 2004)
Rasputin returns to destroy the world using Hellboy (Hellboy)
On the train from Rome to Paris, a Faberge Egg is stolen from a courier (Ocean's 12, 2004)
Zombies attack London but are found defenseless against cricket bats and spades (Shaun of the Dead)
Napoleon Dynamite does a dance routine in front of the school assembly during the presidential elections (Napoleon Dynamite)
Max Walker brings Lyle Atwood from 1924 to sentence him, or Max returns to find TEC shut down, or Max returns to find his wife alive, timeline-dependent (Timecop)
Major global warming cause a swift second ice age (The Day After Tomorrow)
February 14: Montauk - Joel Barish meets Clementine Kruczynski - again - after an unjustified feeling led him to Montauk (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004)
July 24: Judgement Day. Again. Or not. (Terminator 3)
October 3: Satellites belonging to Weyland industries detect a heat bloom in Antarctica (Alien vs Predator)
October 10: A team discovers predators and aliens at the Antarctic (Alien vs Predator)
October 12: Boston, MA - Red Sox win the World Series for the first time in 86 years (Fever Pitch)

2005 Unicron attempts to devour the planet Cybertron, but is thwarted by the Autobots, under the leadership of Rodimus Prime; Optimus Prime dies (Transformers: The Movie)
Summer: A rollercoaster crashes at a theme park, killing everyone on it, and, eventually, those who got off it (Final Destination 3)
August 12: New York - Dalton Russell leads a bank robbery on Manhattan Trust Bank (Inside Man)
December 24: New Jersey - Chris, Jamie, Dusty and Chris's mum see The Notebook in the cinema (Just Friends)


2006 Dolphins leave the Earth, then the Earth is destroyed (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
Silent Hill, West Virginia - Rose Da Silva loses her daughter Sharon in the deserted town of Silent Hill (Silent Hill, 2006)
Bicentennial Man


2007 December 24: Jack Starks meets a grown-up Jackie, who tells him he's meant to be dead (The Jacket)

2008 July 4: Los Angeles - A major heatwave strikes as the city reaches the brink of social, economic and environmental disaster (Southland Tales)
Jason Voorhees is captured (Jason X)

2009 Gangster Christian sets about eliminating his rival gangs (24 Hours in London)

2010 Thunderbirds
Jason Voorhees' attempted execution - he escapes and is cryogenically frozen (Jason X)
Dr Heywood Floyd heads to Jupiter to discover The Discovery and reactivate HAL-9000 (2010)
Humans create humanoid drone robots with artificial intelligence to fill jobs as construction workers and servants - or do they? (The Matrix trilogy)

2011 99% of the Earth's population is taken out by a virus; the survivors are placed under the care of Dr Goodchild, who found a cure (Aeon Flux)

2012 Fairview Falls B-movie actor Peter Jacobs investigates the truth behind the Black Rose Killer, who killed his wife and son (Sins of the Father)
November 6: The United States elects a female president (Back To The Future Part II)

2013 The Postman
Los Angeles - Snake Plissken tries to escape (Escape From L.A.)

2014 November 5: London - The Old Bailey is blown up by V (V for Vendetta)
November 6: London - British media reports that the Old Bailey was razed in order to make room for a new structure (V for Vendetta)

2015 London - The corrupt Houses of Parliament fall victim to a terrorist attack (V for Vendetta)
Permanent colony established on the Moon (Event Horizon, 1997)
October 21: Chicago Cubs win World Series for the first time since 1908, and Marty, Jennifer and Doc arrive from 1985 (Back To The Future Part II)

2016 Escape From Mars

2017 The Running Man gameshow is set up (The Running Man)
Steel Harbor - Barbara Kopetski hunts some bounty, as the fascist American Congress brings the Second Civil War on itself (Barb Wire)

2018 John and Karen Brennick are imprisoned for attempting to have a second baby (Fortress)
Jonathan E leads Houston to victory over New York in the World Rollerball Championships (Rollerball, 1975)

2019 Ben Richards, Amber Mendez, William Laughlin and Harold Weiss must survive a TV execution gauntlet/game show to win their freedom (The Running Man)
Humans are created as insurance for the rich, using their DNA (The Island)
Tokyo - A boy in a motorcycle gang receives corrupt power from an ultimate source called Akira, amid rioting turmoil (Akira)
November: Ex-LA cop Rick Deckard chases renegade Nexus-6 replicants, who have murdered creators from the Tyrrell Corporation (Blade Runner)

2020 Dragons invade London (Reign of Fire)
BattleQueen 2020 (2001)

2021 A data courier carries the cure for Nerve Attenuation Syndrome (NAS), with which half the world's population is infected (Johnny Mnemonic)
Kyle Reese joins the human resistance (The Terminator)

2022 Soylent Green is People!

2024 The ozone layer reforms, and Connor MacLeod battles to remove the artificial shield protecting the earth (Highlander II: The Quickening)
A boy communicates telepathically with his dog as they scavenge for sex and food (A Boy and His Dog, 1972)

2025 Ghosts of Mars
John and Karen Brennick are re-imprisoned and attempt to re-escape (Fortress 2)

2026 Metropolis
Nevada desert - The Ark, a portal to Mars, is discovered (Doom, 2005)

2028 NEB Corporation controls mining operations throughout the known solar systems (Screamers)

2029 Pericles, a chimpanzee, disappears into a magnetic storm in space; Leo Davison follows him (Planet of the Apes)
In the time of major war, Reese is sent back in time to help save the humans from the machines (The Terminator)

2030 Alexander Hartdegen visits the Fifth Avenue Library Information Unit (The Time Machine)

2031 Giant humanoid warriors begin the first Space War (The Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Do You Remember Love?)
March: The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

2032 T-850 sent back to 1997 (Terminator)
Commercial mining begins on Mars (Event Horizon, 1997)
Simon Phoenix escapes cryofacility during release hearing; SAPD thaws John Spartan to capture Phoenix (Demolition Man)
Innocence: Ghost In The Shell
July 4: John Connor killed by a T-850 (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines)

2033 October 28: The T-850 that killed John Connor is captured and reprogrammed, then sent back to 2004 (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines)

2035 AI VIKI tries to take over the world with armies of US Robotics' NS-5 robot in order to confine humanity so they won't destroy themselves; Del Spooner puts the robots right (I, Robot, 2004)
James Cole sent back to 1996 to find information about the disease that wiped out 5 billion people (Twelve Monkeys)

2036 First spaceship to the moon launched - ie. the whole Neil Armstrong, that didn't happen (Things To Come)

2037 The moon is destroyed (The Time Machine)

2040 Caesar the ape dies (Battle for the Planet of the Apes)
Deep space vessel Event Horizon sent to explore boundaries of Solar System; disappears beyond Neptune, the worst space disaster on record (Event Horizon)

2046 Doom
The last year before Chinese control over Hong Kong changes; and a place where lost memories can be recaptured (2046)
Neptune - The lost ship Event Horizon is discovered in low orbit (Event Horizon)

2047 The starship Lewis & Clark sent to investigate and salvage the lost starship Event Horizon - they discover bad things (Event Horizon, 1997)

2050 Newspeak eclipses Oldspeak (1984)

2054 Minority Report

2055 Time-travellers return from a prehistoric safari hunt to discover they've destroyed the future - in at least in one timeline, anyway (A Sound of Thunder)

2057 Red Planet

2058 Planet Sirius 6B - Berynium is discovered and ends Earth's energy crisis (Screamers)
September 30: Jupiter 2 is launched with the Robinson family, Major Don West and Dr Smith, when the HyperGate's construction is attacked (Lost In Space)

2063 April 4: The Enterprise arrives from 2373 to prevent the Borg murder of Zephram Cochrane, the inventor of the warp drive (Star Trek: First Contact)
April 5: Humans make their first contact with the Vulcans (Star Trek: First Contact)

2065 New York - New York City becomes 'Old New York City' (Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, 2001)

2068 "The Alliance" demand an end to Berynium-mining to stop lethal doses of radiation and pollution, causing NEB Corporation to declare war (Screamers)

2069 USA - The Nebuchadnezzar transport ship, later to be captained by Morpheus, is constructed - or is it? (The Matrix trilogy)

2072 Equilibrium

2075 AI programs evolve and some robots begin to resent their human overlords - or do they? (The Matrix trilogy)

2077 The first case of a machine rising up against its owners, as butler robot B166ER slaughters two humans, leading to a backlash against AI - or is there/does it?(The Matrix trilogy)

2078 Survivors of the Alliance/NEB war face a newly self-evolved AI that wishes to end human existence (Screamers)

2079 May 5: Ronald Brent born (Return to the Planet of the Apes)

2080 The Adventures of Pluto Nash
Middle East - Robots establish Zero One community, after anti-machine rioting pushes them out of major cities - maybe, or not (The Matrix trilogy)

2084 Mars develops an atmosphere thanks to ancient technology hidden deep within the planet, so Douglas Quaid visits (Total Recall, 1990)

2085 Middle East - Zero One robot community thrives and creates superior vehicles, computers and weaponry to wipe out many human nations - praps (The Matrix trilogy)

2096 UN officials refuse to acknowledge robot civilisation Zero One as a sovereign nation, causing a trade blockade and then war - possibly, probably not though (The Matrix trilogy)

2097 Zero One robot community survives a nuclear attack, and retaliates against humans - or it doesn't (The Matrix trilogy)

2098 Human military leaders try to block the sun to prevent robots gaining energy; the plan backfires and the atmosphere is destroyed - if it's all happening anyway (The Matrix trilogy)

2099 Machines take over human armies and try to harness human bio-electricity to replace the sun's energy - or not (The Matrix trilogy)

2100 Machines create the Matrix, a dream-like world set in 1999, to extend the lives of the comatose human batteries - or this happens centuries later (The Matrix trilogy)

2105 'The One' learns he can manipulate the Matrix world through thought, and escapes to the underground human stronghold of Zion - or something else happens (The Matrix trilogy)

2109 Colonel Ronald Brent disappears on a space mission (Return to the Planet of the Apes)

2122 The Nostromo answers a distress call on planet LV-426 to devastating consequences (Alien)

2145 Doom

2150 The Earth is invaded by Daleks (Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150AD)

2161 Morpheus born in a Matrix womb, freed in childhood - believe that and you'll believe anything (The Matrix trilogy)

2167 Trinity born in a Matrix womb, freed in early childhood - though the year may need some tweaking (The Matrix trilogy)

2174 Miles Monroe is defrosted (Sleeper)

2175 The Oracle prophesies that Morpheus will discover the second coming of The One - she didn't prophesy the year was nonsense though (The Matrix trilogy)

2179 Ellen Ripley is woken from hypersleep as Earth loses contact with a colony on alien planet LV-426 (Aliens)

2199 Trinity and Morpheus discover Neo in the Matrix and free him by battling Agent Smith, a program designed to rid humans who detect its flaws - or is it all lies? (The Matrix trilogy)

2201 The Osiris, another human rebellion ship, discovers machines drilling through the Earth above Zion; Neo encounters the Architect, who might have questions about the date (The Matrix trilogy)

2257 Forbidden Planet

2263 The Fifth Element

2271 Star Trek: The Motion Picture

2274 Logan's Run

2285 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek III: The Search For Spock

2286 The crew of the Enterprise return from 1986 with two humpback whales, called George and Gracie (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

2287 Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

2293 Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
Star Trek: Generations

2371 Star Trek: Generations

2373 The Enterprise travels back to 2063 to stop the Borg murder of Zephram Cochrane, the inventor of the warp drive (Star Trek: First Contact)

2375 Star Trek: Insurrection

2379 A young Reman named Shinzon takes control of the Romulan Star Empire after a military coup; the USS Enterprise arrive as diplomats (Star Trek: Nemesis)

2411 Aeon Flux is set to assassinate Dr Goodchild, the leader of Bregna, the last city of Earth (Aeon Flux)

2455 Jason X
Capt William 'Buck' Rogers arrives back on Earth after being frozen for 500 years (Buck Rogers)

2517 Serenity

2688 In San Dimas, Rufus travels back in time to help Bill & Ted (Bill & Ted)

2691 De Nomolos introduces an Evil Bill & Ted to San Dimas, before sending them back in time (Bill & Ted)

3000 Tyler leaves his desolate home high in the Rocky Mountains and takes a final courageous stand against the Psychlos (Battlefield Earth, 2000)

3001 Private Joe Bowers awakes from 1000 years in hibernation to discover a world of idiots (Idiocracy)

3028 The Earth is destroyed, sending the remaining humans scattering across the galaxy (Titan AE)

3044 Titan A.E.

3460 Colonel Ron Brent arrives from 2109 and meets a tribe of primitive humans (Return to the Planet of the Apes)

3955 There's a planet, full of apes, looking suspiciously familiar... George Taylor detonates a bomb and destroys Earth (Planet of the Apes; Beneath the Planet of the Apes)

4001 The oceans freeze over, mankind becomes extinct and other intelligent life emerges (AI: Artificial Intelligence)

10,191 House Atreides takes over stewardship of planet Arrakis, under a plot by Shaddam IV, Baron Vladimir Harkonnen and the Bene Gesserit sisterhood (Dune)

10,193 Paul Atreides Muad'Dib becomes Emperor of the Known Universe after defeating the Empire; he causes it to rain (Dune)

40,000 Barbarella takes on the evil, er, Duran Duran (Barbarella)

802,701 October 12: George meets the Eloi and the Morlocks, is tended by Weena, following a long stretch of time travel (The Time Machine, 1960)
Alexander Hartdegen meets the Eloi and the Morlocks, is tended by Mara, following a long stretch of time travel (The Time Machine, 2002)

2,008,000 Wizards Blackwolf and Avatar battle for the fate of the post-apocalyptic Earth (Wizards)

30,000,000 Earth frozen by an eclipse, intelligent life wiped out, day and night now the same (The Time Machine)

865,427,810 Alexander Hartdegen briefly arrives from 802,701 (The Time Machine)

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12/04/06: THE GROUNDHOG DAY PROBLEM - FILE CLOSED?: I think we got it sorted. For those new, we've been a-struggling to place which February 2nd we can place Groundhog Day on - read below for more... Jim Hayden has done some timeline-sleuthing and the license plate of the red Cadillac driven by Phil after drinking at the bowling alley shows an expiration date of 12-92, which would indicate that events occur on February 2nd, 1992. The Jeopardy evidence listed in the below Talking Point of 27/03/06 supports this too, so I'm satisfied... Groundhog Day, you may come join the party...

05/04/06: FACT AND FICTION?: If it's not clear already, this list is a mix of everything in films - whether fact or fiction. Hitler rubs shoulders with Don Corleone; Elizabeth I exists a few hundred miles south of Connor MacLeod... Does this trouble you? Jon McKamey wrote to say it did - that the true events of Amistad in 1839 sit uncomfortably between Nosferatu in 1838 and the Ravenous cannibals of 1840. Fair point. I'm sure most of us are intelligent enough to know that a list like this will include events that did happen and events that didn't. So I might see if I can italicise the true events, so we can keep an eye on the real history throughline. This may cause problems: I'm not comfortable marking some of the events in Birth of a Nation as true - much of it is blatant racist propaganda, though it purports to be true. The Resurrection of Christ - I'd put that as truth but would you? I'll get swamped with emails if I put it down as fact, and I'll get swamped with emails if I put it down as fiction. We'll see - for now I'll leave it as is, but it's food for thought... One definite fiction (but just how fictitious it is seems to be causing a problem) is The Matrix - for now I've kept its events in, though you'll notice they now all sound a little hazy...

31/03/06: BACK TO THE NATIVITY: I don't think we can include it, but worthy of a mention is December 25th 0000, submitted by Matt, and from, of course... anyone know?... Back To The Future. It's one of the significant dates Doc has programmed into the Delorean. See, I'm finding it hard to date the birth of Christ cinematically. Those films that do feature it, aren't too keen to put a date on it (historians vary between 8BC and 6AD, so why should directors make a random stab-in-the-dark at it...?). So can we link it to December 25th 0000, thanks to Dr Emmett Brown off of Hill Valley? No. Two reasons. Reason 1: Human error - it's not a date the film shows us, or is referred to in any factual way - it's a date the Doc has programmed into the time machine. Therefore who's to say it's correct? Reason 2: (This is a biggie - ) The year doesn't exist. Never did. The calendar ticked over from December 31st 1BC to January 1st 1AD. Happy New Year, Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and all that. But no year zero. Dionysius, of 532AD (248th year of the Diocletian era, as he called it) set the year system as we know it according to this. So if Doc, or Einstein the dog, or whoever, travelled back in time to December 25th 0000, what would have happened? Would the Delorean have broken? Or ended up squished between two years? I like to think so. Either way, it's not a real year, and there's no evidence cinematically for it ever being out there in movieworld, so sorry, it doesn't make the timeline. Someone go watch The Greatest Story Ever Told, cos so far the nearest thing to the cinematic dating of Jesus' birth is 4AD - a predator feasts on things. Not good.

29/03/06: HARRY POTTER & THE CHRONOLOGY OF SECRETS: Various of you have corrected and re-corrected the Harry Potter dates, notably Harry's birthday, and subsequent events. I think the original submission sent in actually came from the books (ooh, cheating), which lists his date of birth as July 31 1980, thus setting the events in the early 90s. Many would say the films' events actually happen ten years later - does anyone have any evidence for this from the films themselves? If anyone who has the Harry Potter DVDs can verify any dates for me, please let me know. As it is, I'll leave the dates for the mo until someone can tell me either way a definite set of dates from the films. It might be we can know nothing from the films, and only the books are explicit about this. But it'd be nice to include the world of Hogwarts if poss. Then hopefully we can put Harry Potter to bed (it's past his bed-time anyway).

27/03/06: THE GROUNDHOG DAY PROBLEM REVISITED: We've had some suggestions re the Groundhog Day problem... So it's over to you. There are a few suggestions: One is that you can date the Jeopardy episode to an original broadcast of November 11th 1991 (thanks Myron Meyer for your sleuthing on this!) - so does that mean we can date the movie to February 2nd 1992? Another suggestion (from Evelyn C Leeper, using William Baring-Gould's method for dating Sherlock Holmes' adventures) is to check Pennsylvania's weather history for all the February 2nds, and find the snowstorm... but then if we acknowledge it's a work of fiction, it's going to be a fictitious snowstorm (and a fictitious Jeopardy episode then? I dunno...). Duane Lanham would place it just using 'the present day rule' (though it never says 'Present Day'), while Rachel suggests it's 1992, since that's when Bill Murray visited the Punxsutawney Groundhog Day festivities to study for his role. The film was released the next year, so can we presume from that that it's set in 1992? This is getting far too anal for such a trivial thing, but that's what the site's here for! So now, your comments please. Let me know using the link at the top what you think of this - is there enough evidence that it's set on February 2nd 1992? Or do you have evidence to the contrary? Maybe then this elusive film can finally take it's rightful place on the Movie Timeline...

25/03/06: THE MATRIX - ALTERNATE UNIVERSE vs DOWNRIGHT LIE: I'll be honest, I haven't seen it in a while, and I also don't have a copy - scandalous, I know. But various people submit various dates from it (eg. 1999 as the main events of the first film) - but then of course it's rightly pointed out (thanks to John T Folden and others) that the 1999 history is part of the lie that is the Matrix, created by the machines. We've had some such as David Abernathy wondering whether alternate universes/timelines should be allowed - I think they should, in cases like Donnie Darko or Back To The Future II or the Terminator films - these are events depicted in cinema, and for that brief period of time they do actually happen and take a place in history. Then, for whatever reason, normally thanks to time-travelling meddlers, that alternate history ceases to be. So that's fine - they're in. But The Matrix - well that never happened in 1999, it was just a downright lie. We've got some dates included, thanks to Andrew for trawling the DVDs. I think some are from the Animatrix - do we allow that? I think I will until someone complains...

11/03/06: SAME DATE, DIFFERENT MOVIE: I love it when a plan comes together... And yes it's finally happened that we've got two submissions for the same date, for different movies. Once this list fills out - cos large though it is, it's still only scraping the surface of the chronology movie-world has provided us - we might find more dates like this. But for now, cast your eyes to July 4th, 1978 - it's only a little thing, but it's nice to know that while David Scott Freeman fell from a tree and travelled through time, Forrest Gump was at that exact moment toasting America with his sweetheart Jenny...

22/02/06: RUINED ENDINGS: There are spoilers on this site. It's probably a little late to tell you that, all the way down here. But I'm sure you expected nothing less, for a site that lists events in films. Anyway, apologies if any film you hadn't seen appears ruined because of something you read here - rest assured it probably isn't ruined. Most so-called "spoilers" don't spoil anything - they're often just little snippets of info along the way. Very rarely is there a Sixth Sense moment or a Usual Suspects finale or a Citizen Kane oh-that's-what-it-meant, and I don't think any of these are listed above. If this car-crash "shouldn't look but can't really help it" mentality appeals to you in the whole arena of movie twists, take a look at our sister site, It's got pretty much every movie ending and plotline there for all to see - or avoid seeing - as you see fit.

24/01/06: THE FUTURE'S NOT BRIGHT: Come on, the future's never bright in films. By 2011, 99% of the world's population will be wiped out by a virus (apparently). Not very long to go, is it? Those that are left can look forward to the USA becoming a militarised police state by 2017. And more bizarre still, by 2018, the 1% that are left have been at it like rabbits, as there will be such a major population problem that having more than one child is punishable by life imprisonment. Tut tut, some of these film-makers haven't placed their films far enough ahead. Thing is, it's never all peaches and happiness, is it? The future's always bleak - if the Movie Timeline is anything to go by, we're in for a rocky ride in the next few years. Then again if it were peaches and happiness, (a) there's little point setting it in the future, and (b) there's little point in making a film at all. Let's have that rocky ride - it can make for a good movie. On the other hand it can make Fortress 2 or The Running Man...

18/01/06: WHEN IS PRESENT DAY?: When I toyed with starting this site, movie-mistakes-mogul Jon asked about rules. And one of the rules I thought you've got to lay down is that every date must be explicitly stated, or worked out - you can't look at a film released in 2002 and say "It looks 2002ish, and it's probably set in the present day..." But what about when they do state that it's set in the Present Day? Our very own submitter Mathew has been trying to place Stargate's 'present day' - elsewhere in the film they pinpoint scenes with dates, but it's difficult to define 'Present Day' when it's mostly set in a military base. We can work out that a 7 year old kid in 1928 is 70/80 years old in this 'Present Day', but that could mean it's somewhere between 1991 and 2001. Or do we say that it's a 1994 film, so Present Day is 1994? Maybe so. It was present when it was released, so maybe that warrants it. I dunno. If anyone cares to submit it as 1994, I might just put it on the timeline, if I'm feeling generous to it...

16/01/06: THE GROUNDHOG DAY PROBLEM: I was determined to include Groundhog Day on this list, but I can find no way to place what year it's set in. Groundhog Day is February 2nd, yes, again and again, but there are no clues I can see as to when that is. No newspapers, no historical events as a backdrop... If we could even discover the day of the week, we could work out the year - it's clearly set in the early 90s, so if we know it's a Tuesday, 1993 was when Feb 2nd was a Tuesday... If it's a Saturday it's 1991, etc. But there's no way of knowing! I must find this out. I'm off to watch it again, and stare very carefully at the licence plates...

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13/04/06: Dogma, Cry Freedom, The Killing Fields, There's Something About Mary, Captin Blood, Star Trek: Nemesis, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Trainspotting, The Ten Commandments, Atlantis The Lost Empire, Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N., Black Hawk Down, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), Armageddon, Ocean's 11, Ocean's 12, Super Mario Bros, The Village, Daylight, Dog Soldiers, Withnail & I, Cool Runnings, Swordfish, Hamburger Hill, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Ghostbusters, The Deep End of the Ocean, The Rock, The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Jurassic Park, Awakenings, Little Women, Groundhog Day, Casablanca, That Thing You Do!, Top Gun, Fandango

05/04/06: The Hunt for Red October, Tommy, Rumor Has It, The Draughtsman's Contact, The Great Mouse Detective, Boogie Nights, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Cleopatra, The Pianist, Back To The Future Part II, The Last Emperor, Dances With Wolves, Three Kings, Capote, Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Only You, 'Breaker' Morant, Carrie, Doom, Dr Stranglove, A Tale of Two Cities, The Prisoner of Zenda, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Young Guns 2, Almost Famous, If I Were King, The Hudsucker Proxy, Call Northside 777, Superman II, Christine, Final Fantasy: Spirits Within, Charade, Twelve Monkeys, The Poseidon Adventure, Buck Rogers, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, A Man Called Horse, Gandhi, Night of the Living Dead, Sahara, Real Genius, The Patriot, Platoon, Maximum Overdrive

04/04/06: Singin' In The Rain, 12 Days of Terror, Fever Pitch, Queen of the Damned, Knute Rockne, Shadow of the Vampire, I Robot, Hiroshima-Nagasaki: August 6 1945, Z, King Arthur, Gulliver's Travels, 50 First Dates, Savage Messiah, Cimmaron, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Royal Wedding, Twister, L.A. Confidential, Joan of Arc, Man of La Mancha, Till the Clouds Roll By, Frankenstein Conquers the World, Sleepy Hollow, Three Amigos, The Ghost and the Darkness, Smoke Signals, Jules et Jim, Suicide Club, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, War of the Worlds, Smokey and the Bandit, Cast Away, Raising Arizona, With Honors, Moulin Rouge

01/04/06: Ray, Ed Wood, 24 Hour Party People, This Is Spinal Tap, Best In Show, Waking Ned, The Others, To Kill A Mockingbird, Big Trouble In Little China, The Blues Brothers, L.A. Confidential, The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid, The Life & Times of Judge Roy Bean, Unforgiven, O Brother Where Art Thou, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Double Indemnity, I Wanna Hold Your Hand, 1941, It's A Wonderful Life, Cinderella Man, BattleQueen 2020, Battlefield Earth, Battle of the Bulge, All the President's Men, Patton, Deliverance, The Miracle Worker, Camille, Mrs Miniver, Madame Curie, 50,000 BC (Before Clothing), Orlando

31/03/06: Clue, Blade Runner, Godzilla, Heavenly Creatures, Unbreakable, Buck Rogers, La Bamba, 1,000,000 Years BC, The Time Machine, Total Recall, The 300 Spartans, Caveman, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, The Natural, Signs, My Name Is Nobody, 25th Hour, Ransom, Khartoum, Hackers, Heartbreak Hotel, L.A. Confidential, Zulu, A Boy and His Dog, Dune, The Cotton Club, Hoodlum, Little Big Man

30/03/06: The Sound of Music, Lawrence of Arabia, On The Beach, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, The Crucible, Timeline, North Country, Transformers: The Movie, Brokeback Mountain, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, Alexander Nevsky, The Ten Commandments, When Harry Met Sally, Rollerball, Oklahoma, King Kong (1976), The Blair Witch Project, San Francisco, The Devil's Rejects, Somewhere In Time, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, V for Vendetta, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Rent, Miracle

29/03/06: Kingdom of Heaven, Batman: The Movie, Batman, Batman Begins, Superman, Risky Business, Titanic, Napoleon Dynamite, Wilhelm Cuceritorul, Casablanca, Tora Tora Tora, The X Files, Cavemen

28/03/06: The Goonies, Field of Dreams, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Freejack, The Big Lebowski, Adaptation, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Quatermass and the Pit, The Shootist, The Robe, Demetrius and the Gladiators, Van Helsing, Donnie Darko, Shaun of the Dead, The Shining, Inside Man, The Shawshank Redemption, Waking Ned, The Matrix, Twelve Monkeys, Brigadoon, 1941, The Rocketeer, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, Highlander, V for Vendetta, Planet of the Apes, The Four Feathers, Thousand Pieces of Gold, The Time Machine, 1984, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Return of the Living Dead, The Name of the Rose, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Julius Caesar, Tombstone, The Fifty Element, Lethal Weapon, The Thirteenth Warrior, Citizen Kane, The Valley of Gwangi, Red Dawn, Hoosiers, Eight Men Out, Targets, Apt Pupil, Natural Born Killers

16/03/06: Good Night and Good Luck, Back To The Future Part III, The Island of Dr Moreau, Tarzan, Cat Ballou, 3000 Miles to Graceland, The Abominable Dr Phibes, Aguirre der Zorn Gottes, Almost Famous, An American Tail, Jurassic Park III, Tremors, Tremors 2, Angela's Ashes, National Lampoon's Animal House, The X Files, Fight Club, Annie Get Your Gun, Atlantic City, 10 Rillington Place, O Brother Where Art Thou, Some Like It Hot, Death on the Nile, Alice In Wonderland, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Silence of the Lambs, The Philadelphia Experiment, Harry Potter & The Chamber of Secrets, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Napoleon Dynamite, Superman, Wild Wild West

15/03/06: Ghostbusters, Mimic, Dante's Peak, Volcano, Doom, Alien vs Predator, Tremors, 1984, The Mask of Zorro, Titan A.E., Logan's Run, Barbarella, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Interview With A Vampire, Treasure Island, Wuthering Heights, War and Peace

14/03/06: The Planet of the Apes films, The Star Trek films, The Terminator films, Equilibrium, Red Planet, Things To Come, Zardoz, The Day After Tomorrow, Buck Rogers, Sins of the Father, Total Recall, Soldier

13/03/06: Wayne's World II, The Mission, Citizen Kane

11/03/06: Forrest Gump, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Deathrace 2000, Class of 1999

10/03/06: V For Vendetta, Chariots of Fire, Ever After, It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, National Lampoon's Animal House, The Godfather Part II, Cuba, Havana, Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights, The Omega Man

09/03/06: The Last Man On Earth, More American Graffiti, Meteor, Things To Come, Black Sunday, Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone, Ghostbusters II

08/03/06: Lucky Number Slevin, Walk The Line, Final Destination 3, Futuresport, Street Fighter

06/03/06: Memoirs of a Geisha, 200 Cigarettes, Lost In Space, Entrapment, 54

28/02/06: Munich, Quest For Fire, The Running Man, Jurassic Park, The Matrix, Thoroughly Modern Millie

21/02/06: Back To The Future, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Island, The Time Machine, Braveheart, Stargate, Titanic, The Breakfast Club

before 20/02/06: The rest of 'em...

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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Meet the Blogger

Even if Atrios was on West Wing this week, this is still too funny:


Pepper . . . and Salt
WSJ, March 16, 2006

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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Silicon Alley

Interesting piece on Silicon Alley in the Sunday NYT:

"Though few new-media entrepreneurs would say it loudly for fear of jinxing themselves, Silicon Alley is buzzing again. In recent months a number of Manhattan new-media companies have been involved in heady high-dollar deals that carried a faint but alluring whiff of the good old days. Start-ups are once again popping up like mushrooms in Manhattan, and last May the New York Software Industry Association opened a technology incubator at its headquarters at 55 Broad Street. It now houses 14 new companies...

"Everything is cranking up," said Nicholas Butterworth, a member of the original Silicon Alley generation of the mid-90's who is himself starting a new technology company. "There is definitely something in the air. It's not exactly the same as it was the first time around, but it's got some of that same spirit."

The surest sign of renewed life in Silicon Alley — a broad term for New York's digital media scene, most of it located in lower Manhattan — has been the deals. Last week the women's portal iVillage, a survivor of the first boom and bust, was sold to NBC Universal for $600 million. Last fall AOL bought Weblogs Inc., a publisher of blogs including the popular technology site Engadget, for $25 million."



graphic courtesy NYT, via Googlemaps



"Not so long ago Silicon Alley was all but obliterated. Dozens of companies went out of business during the burst of the technology bubble, and the economic slow-down following the 9/11 attacks took still more. Employment in information technology in New York City plummeted to around 35,000 at the end of 2005 from around 50,000 in 2000, according to the New York State Labor Department.

Along the way any semblance of a digital community in New York dissolved as well. Launch parties gave way to pink slip-parties and then to no parties at all. The Silicon Alley Reporter, a trade publication, folded, and the New York New Media Association, a focal point for the tech community during the boom, quietly closed its doors in 2003. Nerds went underground.

A number of factors have contributed to the rebound, investors and online executives said. Start-up costs and overhead for running a consumer-oriented Internet company have plummeted, as hardware prices have fallen and packaged or open-source software has taken the place of the programming departments that once had to build sites from scratch.

New forms of targeted advertising from companies like Yahoo and Google have allowed small companies to sell adds online without sales staffs. And large established companies with hefty marketing budgets have been spending more on online advertising.

But perhaps the biggest change on the Alley has been the shift from a culture of profligacy to one of financial discipline. While first-generation Web entrepreneurs once boasted of mountains of venture capital, massages for staff and Aeron office chairs for all, the current crop of Alley executives can't let a conversation go by without pointing out how utterly miserly they are."

Alive and Well in Silicon Alley
NYT, March 12, 2006

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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Get your mind out of the gutter

Funny, will these photos get my blog tagged as having nudity or pornography -- even though it contains none fo the above? These are genuine adverts from Europe, the last two are for erotic cinema and Playboy Netherlands.

What will the not so smart smartfilter think of these? Will these get my blog tagged as having nudity/pornography by lazy Smartfilter cubicle drones?






Tips on how to defeat censoring and filterware here.

Photos via Money Factory

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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Spam, or Just Clueless?

I can't tell:

To whom it may concern

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I'm guesssing Spam, but I am happy to post a correction if need be.

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