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Proof of Time Travel

I recently saw an article about researchers looking for proof of time travel using the Internet to search out references to events that hadn’t happened yet. Apparently they drew a blank but they obviously weren’t looking very hard.


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History records that this is Grand Cortège de Bacchus from the ballet Syliva by Léo Delibes, written in 1876. But it is quite clearly the theme to Knight Rider, circa 1981. I think it is clear that someone, possibly genius composer Stu Phillips himself, traveled back to 19th centry Paris to influence the past.

How much more proof do you need?

Auckland Links

A few Auckland related links to fill in some time:

Dirty Dining Diary
I usually don’t think much of The Herald but this new recurring feature is genius. 29 eating establishments were given D ratings by the council during the last round of inspections and The Herald is reviewing them all during September.

I can personally recommended Day 3 – Saigon in the Food Alley, I deem it well worth the risk.

New Trains
The Auckland Transport Blog continues to whip itself into a giddy frenzy over the new electric trains that will debut next year. And why not? The trains look fantastic and I can’t wait to give them a try when they finally start (literally) rolling out on the Onehunga line.

2am Orchestra
A friend of mine is in a band called 2am Orchestra which has been getting some buzz. This is your chance to get in on the ground floor before they hit it big.

Now That’s What I Call Music

These important historical documents have just come to my attention and must be archived for future generations.


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It is interesting to see the general drop of in quality between the (generally sublime) 1983 top 20 and the (quite passible) 1985 vintage. If this trend continues, in just 28 years the countdown could be filled with complete rubbish.

Rage of Thrones

So season three of Game of Thrones has started.

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Actually, the adaption of Game of Thrones has been pretty great so far. In some ways it is even better than the books, mainly due to stuff actually happening in a timely manner. Also, instead of G.R.R.Martin’s vivid descriptions of breasts in every chapter, we actually get to see breasts. This behind the scenes look explains the creative process.

The books are crazily ambitious but the pace has been slowing with each successive novel. I suspect that the next book will cover in detail what each of the 85 characters did between the hours of 8:30am and 11:30am on a particular Tuesday morning, including what they had for breakfast, if anything scary made their bowels turn to water, and if they saw any nice breasts. It is these colourful threads that the novels’ rich tapestry is woven from.

(Axis of Awesome also have this unrelated but amusing song which is worth a look.)

Spy Tunes : 48 Hours Film

A few weeks ago I flew down to Wellington to rejoin the rest of my team for the 48 Hours Film Competition. We lost a few members this year, but we gained a couple of new members who both turned out to be great additions.

What Went Right
In previous years we have shared directing duties around. This gives everyone a go, but leads to lots of time wasting discussion. This year I directed the whole thing apart from a couple of shots and it seemed to go a lot smoother.

Our editing tools were a lot better this year as well. Last year we edited on an old MacBook and the final render took almost 3 hours. This year Bevan’s up-to-date desktop could render faster than realtime, which let us check our work. On top of that, this year’s film is edited much more aggressively giving it a sense of pace that our previous efforts have lacked.

We had access to two cameras this year, which allowed us to shoot sitcom style, from two angles at the same time. We worked so fast that we managed to get the film in early!

What Went Wrong
Audio is still a problem. Dialogue was recorded by the camera’s built in mic at the time, with no replacement or overdubbing. It could be generously described as “OK”. The songs were recorded using a USB headset with no working gain control, with the microphone placed as far away from the singer’s mouths as possible. Next year I really would like to get ahold of a proper microphone.

Much of the film has a moody blue cast to it. Possibly this was a stylistic choice by the director to give the scenes a cool, film noir tone. Or possibly I screwed up the white balance right from the start and didn’t notice. Who can tell?

There was no free beer at the finish line this year, so our efforts in arriving early were wasted.

You have waited long enough:


(You can also watch it at the 48 Hour Screening Room, along with the other films we competed against)

The reviews have been mostly kind. We didn’t make it out of the heats, but there is always next year…