stay near your, stay near your, stay near your television;
Calling from the third dimension…
Beowulf then… it was good, if not the sort of film I’ve got any desire to see again, and I’m not a fan of computer-animated “lifelike” human characters. I’d imagine I’d have been a bit bored watching the film on a conventional screen, but some of the effects viewed in 3D were jaw-dropping.
I’d had some trouble imagining a movie in 3D beforehand, and had envisaged being handed a little pair of paper glasses with the one-red, one-green eye you used to get free with cereal packets, but of course the reality was very different (the glasses, for one thing, looked more like something out of Elton John’s sunglasses drawer!). It was the little details that were the most stunning aspects of the film: watching some pebbles in the foreground, for example, or an eagle seeming to fly towards you with a rat in its claws. As for the violence – well, it was enough to put me off my “swalty” popcorn!
As well as being the closest thing my country has to a national day today, it’s also Computer Security Day today. My weekly IP/IT Law news bulletin advises:
Most people keep the same password for too long and use it for too many purposes. So if you do one thing to mark Computer Security Day on Friday, change your passwords. If you do two things, change your passwords and vacuum your computer.
Some news and links from elsewhere to get you through to the weekend:
- Gillian Anderson to star in Radio 4 play over Christmas. And, vaguely on-topic, there’s an article in the New York Times on the tragic heroine Ms Anderson once portrayed on sceen.
- NHS dresses somebody as a Christmas tree to lecture Highlanders about binge drinking.
- Stereogum have a track from the new Marah album, coming 2008. I missed seeing them last week and I haven’t listened to this yet, but I’m sure it’s very good.
- I still loathe their music with every fibre of my being, but Belle and Sebastian’s “Toast To Glasgow” calendar actually looks pretty cool.