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Jan 22 Published in Untagged by Gary
One of my previous Netflix recommendations is "The People vs. George Lucas" and in that movie it mentions a guy who is putting together a version of the original Star Wars movie from 15 second fan-created segments collected from contributors from all corners of the Internet. Well, that video is out now and is called Star Wars Uncut. You can watch it at:
or search for it on Youtube. It is an entertaining version. There is a lot of humor and iside jokes as well as a lot of very low budget segments starring babies and children. There are also appearances of other pop culture icons, but I won't spoil that. It is 2 hours long, just like the original, so grab some beer and pizza and watch it.
Wednesday's SOPA protest by major websites like Wikipedia, Reddit, etc., was followed by an intersting series of events. First, here is another interesting anti-SOPA video that explains what the possible consequences of SOPA passage are:
The protests had the desired effect and both the Senate and House posponed the bills saying they need to be re-written to include the concerns of critics. Here are a couple of links to the Senate and House news:
Then, the next day, the U. S. Department of Justice and FBI seized the website Megaupload, a high-profile piracy website. The timing of this in relation to the SOPA protest was considered interesting by many commentators. It kinda proves that SOPA isn't necessary, because the government already has the tools to shut down copyright violators. See:
Then, the "hacktivist collective" Anonymous went on a quit effective DDoS spree against the Dept. of Justice and supporters of SOPA and copyright protection:
But, Anonymous was using a new tactic, it was luring people into clicking a link that added that person's computer to the attack without that person's knowledge:
Not cool. So, both sides of this issue have made their first major moves. This will be a continuing struggle to keep the internet open versus the money interests who want to profit from it by restricting access.
Changing subjects completely, Deadspin has a great "primer" on the English Premier League (EPL) and why Americans would enjoy watching it. There are quite a few Americans playing there and some are doing very well.
And, watch American Clint Dempsey's hat trick for Fulham in the EPL:
And finally, a couple of Neflix recommendations. First, "Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense". I think this is one of the best live rock shows I ever went to. I saw it at the Greek Theater in Berkeley on their first tour. And, it was made into a great movie by Jonathan Demme. The show starts simply with David Byrne alone on a bare stage with an acoustic guitar and a boom box for the first song, then one piece of the band is brought on for each subsequent song until the whole band is on and things are rocking. If you are in a documentary frame of mind, I streamed the movie "Fog City Mavericks". It is the story of moviemaking in the Bay area from Charlie Chaplin to Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Clint Eastwood and beyond. It does a great job of highlighting the unique culture of Bay Area filmaking and how it differs from Hollywood and some of the diificulties they faced trying to do their work outside of Hollywood.