a series of tubes

Yes, we can

My favorite partisan reaction to the news (via Blag Hag):

Meanwhile, on FOX (via Regret the Error):

If nothing else, this may explain why our own local FOX affiliate was spelling Osama bin Laden’s name “Usama” last night. At first I thought it was because they wanted to get the USA in there, but now I’m thinking it was to avoid confusing the staff.

“Because she was lonely”

Via Ta-Nehisi Coates, Michael Caine explains why he made certain career choices:

Given how many great films you’ve made, does it disappoint you when people want to talk about the ones that didn’t do so well?

No, what annoys me is when, as happened today, you’re doing a day’s worth of interviews and the very first question you’re asked is, “Why did you make Jaws: The Revenge?” When things like that happen, the interview becomes very short indeed.

Just out of interest, how did you reply?

I just said what I’ve always said – I made it because they paid me a lot of money! It’s like when people ask me why I made The Swarm – I made The Swarm because my mother needed a house to live in. Then I made Jaws 4 because she was lonely and I needed to buy her a bigger house which she could live in with all of her friends. It’s that simple.

It’s the bit about Mom’s friends that really elevates this to level of brilliance, I think.

Medieval copy protection schemes

Sometimes people come to me and ask, “How did medieval filmmakers protect their DVDs from piracy?” And I tell them that since so few households had DVD players during the thousand or so years between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance that it really never became much of an issue.

But this is not to say that the medievals didn’t face problems safeguarding their intellectual property. Indeed, book owners were so worried about theft and damage to their property that they often included what is known as a “book curse” on the inside cover or on the last leaf of their manuscripts, warning away anyone who might do the book some harm. And in this, I submit, they were a lot like modern day Hollywood…

— “Medieval Copy Protection,” from the Got Medieval blog [via crowleycrow]