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TV / Jersey Shore
« on: March 17, 2011, 07:54:23 pm »
Best show ever. It's so trashy you can't help but enjoy it.

Any other trash connoisseurs?

Movies / Black Dynamite
« on: November 24, 2008, 02:36:55 pm »
This movie looks like a perfect movie for a night with your mates and some ethanol.  ;)


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I'm going to watch this for sure.

Everything Else / XDR-TB
« on: October 03, 2008, 01:22:33 pm »
Extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) is a form of TB caused by bacteria that is resistant to the most effective anti-TB drugs. It has emerged from the mismanagement of multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) and once created, can spread from one person to another.

One in three people in the world is infected with TB bacteria. [1] Only when the bacteria become active do people become ill with TB. Bacteria become active as a result of anything that can reduce the person’s immunity, such as HIV, advancing age, or some medical conditions. TB can usually be treated with a course of four standard, or first-line, anti-TB drugs. If these drugs are misused or mismanaged, multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) can develop. MDR-TB takes longer to treat with second-line drugs, which are more expensive and have more side-effects. XDR-TB can develop when these second-line drugs are also misused or mismanaged and therefore also become ineffective.

XDR-TB raises concerns of a future TB epidemic with restricted treatment options, and jeopardizes the major gains made in TB control and progress on reducing TB deaths among people living with HIV/AIDS. It is therefore vital that TB control is managed properly and new tools developed to prevent, treat and diagnose the disease.

The true scale of XDR-TB is unknown as many countries lack the necessary equipment and capacity to accurately diagnose it. It is estimated however that there are around 40,000 cases per year. As of June 2008, 49 countries have confirmed cases of XDR-TB.[2]


I had no idea this even existed before I recieved an e-mail from TED about it. It's quite shocking. Spread the word!

XDR-TB website

Art / Microsoft Paint
« on: September 29, 2008, 08:58:14 am »
Post your Paint masterpieces here

Everything Else / Anonymous is on it again
« on: September 18, 2008, 12:30:10 am »

Movies / Religulous
« on: June 12, 2008, 04:06:35 pm »

I think it's going to be quite a good "documentary". I wonder if it'll be banned somewhere in the U.S.?  ::)

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Movies / The Fountain
« on: February 16, 2008, 05:59:32 am »
I just watched this this movie, and I highly recommend it for people who want to watch a film that isn't all about blood and guns and like to think, because it really does give you stuff to think about.

It's really hard to explain what it's about, so I'm just going to quote Wikipedia:

The Fountain is a 2006 American science fiction/fantasy film directed by Darren Aronofsky that follows three interwoven narratives that take place in the age of conquistadors, the modern-day period, and the spiritual world of the human soul. The film stars Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz, whose characters' romance exists in all three time periods. The Fountain explores the themes of love and mortality, drawing influences from Mayan mythology. The film is framed with visual language by using transition scenes, light, and shapes.

The soundtrack was composed by Clint Mansell, and is also very good. It's deep and nothing like I've ever heard. Gives you a feeling of sadness/excitement.

Music / Clint Mansell
« on: February 15, 2008, 06:38:25 pm »
I'm sure most of you have heard at least one of this guy's songs, as he composed Requiem for a Dream. I've only just begun listening to some of his other songs, and they all give me the same "deep thinking" feeling that I get when I listen to Requiem for a Dream. I'm seriously considering buying some of the soundtracks he composed (Especially the The Fountain soundtrack).

You can listen to some of his songs here.

My favourite is "Death is the Road to Awe".

PC Games / Off-road Velociraptor Safari!!
« on: January 20, 2008, 03:57:43 am »
Oh my god! Epicness!

Everything Else / Climate deal finally sealed.
« on: December 15, 2007, 03:30:24 am »
The United States has joined a global consensus that deep cuts must be made in greenhouse gas emissions after a historic agreement was reached to negotiate a new climate change treaty within the next two years.

America's return to the fold on climate change came after a sleepless night and a day of high drama in which the UN secretary general and the Indonesian president called on delegates in Bali to show leadership.

In extraordinary scenes, developing countries slogged it out with US delegates over the last points of disagreement on the floor of the conference and the US reconsidered its position in front of the eyes of the world – and backed down.

The "road map" agreed in Bali now means a new climate treaty must be negotiated by the end of 2009 to replace the Kyoto treaty that the United States reneged on six years ago.

The treaty, which will come into force in 2012, also sets up a global agreement to stop tropical deforestation, which many environmental groups and developed countries have been campaigning for for at least 20 years.

Hilary Benn, the Environment Secretary, told the Sunday Telegraph: "We've got a historic breakthrough here in Bali. The fact it we've achieved something that people would have said a year ago wasn't possible. It won't happen.

"Nobody comes out of this humiliated. Everyone comes out of this with their heads held high because we didn't let the world down."

He added: "I think it was the compelling science that enabled us to do it but it was the politics that made it happen. The truth is our changing climate is changing politics."

The deal came after US delegates dropped their demand for stronger action from poorer nations - a stand that had drawn boos from the floor.

"Lead or get out of the way!" one delegate demanded before Paula Dobriansky, the head of the US delegation, reversed her country's position. Her team was publicly rebuked by both South Africa and Papua New Guinea.

"We will go forward and join consensus," she said, triggering rousing applause.

"I think we have come a long way here," she added. "In this, the United States is very committed to this effort and just wants to really ensure we all act together."

Earlier last night the European Union had thrashed out a compromise agreement with developing nations including China in a bid to resolve the last sticking points.

The countries had complained the wording on their emission reductions was too strong and could curb economic growth. They also wanted more help from the West with regard to the transfer of clean technology and financial aid.

"We are hugely disappointed," said Chandrashekhar Dasgupta, a member of the Indian delegation, at the time. "We are desperately keen to have a successful outcome. But it has to be on the basis of transparency, justice and fairness."

At first, the US indicated it did not want to budge - even though the summit had agreed to American demands to scrap specific reduction targets for itself and other industrial nations.

Instead of requiring developed nations to cut emissions by 25 to 40 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, the road map now says countries recognise that "deep cuts in global emissions" will be required.

The US finally capitulated after Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, flew back to the talks this morning to address delegates, urging them to quickly approve a "good and strong" compromise plan. "I'm disappointed about the lack of progress," he said.

Following the deal between the 190 nations at the two-week conference, Mr Ban Ki-moon said: "The Bali Roadmap that has been agreed is a pivotal first step toward an agreement that can address the threat of climate change, the defining challenge of our time."

U.S.A. has finally opened its eyes to scientific facts, thanks to the EU.

Everything Else / The Islamfication of Europe.
« on: August 17, 2007, 09:20:34 am »
I couldn't find an already-exisiting topic about this, I've gone ahead and made one.

Quote from: WordView & Wall Street Journal
On the op-ed page of the "Wall Street Journal" (subscription required) is a remarkable article by Johns Hopkins professor Fouad Ajami on how radical Islam has been nurtured specifically in Europe, and why the Europeans feel they must be on the Arabs' side, even as they are threatened by an unassimilated and growing population that owes them no loyalty.

Europeans imported huge numbers of Muslim laborers in the 1960's. Their numbers swelled as refugees fled the wars and tyrannies of their own countries. The mideast regimes were so oppressive that the dissidents fled to Europe, where they took advantage of the freedom they could never have at home to develop their radical Islamic ideologies. And, according to Ajami, as the immigrant population booms and the native Europeans have fewer and fewer children, the radicalized Muslims are gaining more and more power in the European democracies. But while they are willing to take advantage of the opportunities afforded in their new homelands, the Muslims are insisting that they owe allegiance to no nationality; only to Islam.

A sample from Ajami's article:

Satellite TV has been crucial in the making of this new radicalism. Preachers take to the air, and reach Muslims wherever they are. From the safety of Western cities, they counsel belligerence and inveigh against assimilation. They forbid shaking hands with women examiners at universities. They warn against offering greetings to "infidels" on their religious holidays, or serving in the armies and police of the new lands. "A Muslim has no nationality except his belief," wrote an intellectual godfather of radical Islamism, the Egyptian Sayyid Qutb, who was executed by Nasser in 1966. While on a visit to Saudi Arabia in 2002, I listened to a caller from Stockholm as he bared his concerns to an immensely popular preacher. He made Qutb's point: We may carry their nationalities, he said, but we belong to our own religion.

Radical Islamism's adherents are unapologetic. What is laicite (secularism) to the Muslims in France and their militant leaders? It is but the code of a debauched society that wishes to impose on Islam's children -- its young women in particular -- the ways of an infidel culture. What loyalty, at any rate, is owed France? The wrath of France's Muslim youth in the banlieues (suburbs) is seen as revenge on France for its colonial wars. France colonized Algeria in the 1830s; Algerians, along with Tunisians and Moroccans, return the favor in our own time.

France grants its troubled Muslim suburbs everything and nothing. It leaves them to their own devices, and grants them an unstated power over its foreign policy decisions on Islamic and Middle Eastern matters; but it makes no room for them in the mainstream of its life. Trouble has come even to placid Belgium. In Antwerp, Dyab Abu Jahjah, a young Lebanese, only 32, has stepped forth to "empower" the Muslims of that country. Assimilation, he says, is but "cultural rape." He came to Belgium in 1991, and he owns up to inventing a story about persecution back home; it was a "low political trick," he says, and in the nature of things. The constitution of Belgium recognizes Dutch, French, and German as official languages. Abu Jahjah insists that Arabic be added, too.

Europe's leaders know Europe's dilemmas. In ways both intended and subliminal, the escape into anti-Americanism is an attempt at false bonding with the peoples of Islam. Give the Arabs -- and the Muslim communities implanted in Europe -- anti-Americanism, give them an identification with the Palestinians, and you shall be spared their wrath. Beat the drums of opposition to America's war in Iraq, and the furies of this radical Islamism will pass you by. This is seen as a way around the troubles. But there is no exit that way.

What's your opinion about this issue in Europe? Do you really thing it can screw up that much?

Movies / Cloverfield-1-18-08 (Spoilers in here)
« on: July 07, 2007, 04:06:03 pm »
I just saw the trailer for this movie, and I must say that this is now my most anticipated movie. Not much, other than that trailer, is known about it, but it is going to be filmed with the Blair With Project camera-style, and there's some sort of puzzle on the website. I think we're supposed to find a word by connecting the symbols that are highlighted when you click on the globe, and then send it to the mail that you get if you click on the white star, but I can't really see the symbols on it, because they're so small.

It has also been mentioned in the news.

Everything Else / Salt-water as fuel..?
« on: June 26, 2007, 03:32:33 pm »
I just watched this video, and I don't know if it's valid or not. This is the first time I've ever heard of it, so I seriously doubt this is true.


Edit: Had to edit the name because the forum censors "sal'****'er".

Movies / Hitman
« on: June 26, 2007, 06:49:34 am »
A trailer has just been released ( Watch it here ).

Discuss this piece of awesomeness.

Music / Kashmir
« on: June 25, 2007, 05:48:56 pm »
Wow. I just discovered this band while browsing videos from the Roskilde Festival, and I really like his/their songs. The lyrics for Rocket Brothers are, combined with the musicvideo, also quite good.

Kashmir - The Aftermath
Kashir - Rocket Brothers

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