Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Quick Takes

A bunch of news stories that I found of interest.

MPAA (Motion Picture Ass of America)...

It should be association and not ass, although when you read this you may agree as to why they are after all asses!
The MPAA is lobbying congress to push through a new bill that would make unauthorized home theaters illegal. The group feels that all theaters should be sanctioned, whether they be commercial settings or at home.
The bill would require that any hardware manufactured in the future contain technology that tells the MPAA directly of what is being shown and specific details on the audience. The data would be gathered using various motion sensors and biometric technology.
Anyone with a home theater would need to pay a $50 registration fee with the MPAA or face fines up to $500,000 per movie shown.
The bill also stipulates that any existing home theaters be retrofitted with the technology or else the owner is responsible for directly informing the MPAA and receiving approval before each viewing.

A Wii Workout: When Videogames Hurt (Link)

Nintendo's new system forces players to move their bodies, causing aches for some couch potatoes; a case of 'Wii elbow'

The Wii game console, which went on sale last weekend, competes with Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's new PlayStation 3. One of the Wii's distinguishing features is a motion-sensitive technology that requires players to act out their character's movements, wielding the game's controller like a sword or swinging it like a tennis racket.
They're reporting aching backs, sore shoulders -- even something some have dubbed "Wii elbow.""It's harder than playing basketball," says Kaitlin Franke, a 12-year-old from Louisville, Ky. She has been camped out in front of her family's TV, fine-tuning her bowling motion and practicing boxing footwork in two of the Wii's games.

one player testing the Wii lost her grip and sent the controller flying into a wall. Blaine Stuart of Rochester, N.Y., mistakenly whacked his fiancée, Shelly Haefele, while playing tennis and also accidentally hit his dog while bowling.

We Have A Free Press Right?

I am afraid not so much..

Last month in the annual ranking of press freedom by Reporters Without Borders, the United States dropped nine places to number 53, in line with such countries as Botswana, Croatia and Tonga.

Meanwhile The State Of Women In That Other Country We "Liberated" (Link)

I was just so upset reading this. Malalai is one heck of a woman.
Malalai Joya is, at 28 years old, the youngest and most famous of all the women
in the Afghan parliament. In a way her very presence in the parliament is a
powerful symbol of change; a woman who had to work in secret in underground
schools in Herat during the Taliban time is now able to speak out against her
enemies in the parliament.

"Here there is no democracy, no security, no women's rights," she says. "When I speak in parliament they threaten me. In May they beat me by throwing bottles of water at me and they shouted, 'Take her and rape her.' These men who are in power, never have they apologised for their crimes that they committed in the wars, and now, with the support of the US, they continue with their crimes in a different way. That is why there is no fundamental change in the situation of women."

Joya talks like this to me, furiously, for more than an hour, almost weeping as she
catalogues the crimes against women that still keep them in a state of fear:
from Safia Ama Jan, the leading women's rights campaigner assassinated in
Kandahar earlier this year, to Nadia Anjuman, a poet murdered in Herat last
year; from Amina, a married woman who was stoned to death in Badakhshan in 2005, to Sanobar, an 11-year-old girl who was raped and exchanged for a dog in a
reported dispute among warlords in Kunduz in northern Afghanistan last month.
And Cos We Need To Go.. "Aww Teh Cute" About Something..

Heh that kitty kinda seems to be saying "I am ready to punch ya..WTF are you looking at? Ya think we can't get along?"


Ash said...

Yes, the kitty seems to be saying exactly that :-)

Lovely pic!

Astral said...

they look so cute together :)

OMG the home theatres too.....

Gangadhar said...

Amazing link,Sanjay..tnx..
and loved the pics..

Sanjay said...

Thanks ppl!

Sai said...

So cute....kitty and the doggie. If only people got along despite their apparent difference *sigh* eternal optimism!

Diana said...

I'm simply flabbergasted about the home theater bill. I'm wondering what makes a 'home theater'? (Ok, should read the bill, but just no time now.) A room with a TV and an old VCR? The same with a recliner? Serving popcorn? Sticky floors? My husband is an ardent home theaterite.

You know, I was wondering if the Wii would cause tennis elbow-type stuff or shoulder strain a few days ago. Guess I'll see in a month or two in clinic. Charles is desperate to get one.

I can't comment on the situation of women in Afganistan. My words aren't adequate.

Asha said...

Ass is really Asso.?! I got it!!:))

I hate cats and love Dogs.

My kids are BEGGING for a PS3!!Wii won't do , I guess:)

I do feel for Afgani women,they do seem very intelligent and capable.I am hoping for the best for them.

Sanjay said...

@Sai.. Ya I hear ya..

@Diana..I know what you mean. These kinds of bills just adds fuel to the whole greedy Hollywood stereotype (if there is one).
They don't seem to able to do much about the piracy that they see abroad. Get this.. one of the things they want to do is sell cheap versions of their DVDs in places like China to combat piracy but they want to hit on paying American consumers?
This just precious. They have an amount of $900 that says that makes it a home theater.
You are right about those patients in the clinic.

@Asha.. Kids want PS3? It's not just kids even I want one.. Just kidding.

Maggie said...

Contrast is such a teacher. Here we are reading about people concerned that they get their last dollar out of the consumer for no apparent reason other than the consumer wants to enjoy their product, and there we read about women fighting just to live. To LIVE. To be allowed to speak. And we waste time and money on bills for associations that want to police theaters? In homes? Why wasn't this bill laughed at long before it could even be put on official paper and found itself in the hands of lawmakers? Sheesh.

Sanjay said...

@Maggie.. Very well put. I did not ee the contrast till you pointed it out.

Asha said...

Thank you so much Sanjay for giving me the info about that:))

I didn't publish your comment but copied to my desk top.I will see if can do all that and if I can't I will e mail you.I had the e mail in my profile until last week but got spammed so much that I had to take it out.

Thanks again.

Carrie said...

That is too cute

meno said...

Wii elbow. Ha ha ha ha. That's priceless. Wonder if the lawsuits have started yet.

Sugarlips said...

They look so adorable together :)

Stay Beautiful...!!

Shionge said...

Hiya Sanjay...thank you for your kind comments at my blog..I'll be back for you :D

Keshi said...

**WTF are you looking at? Ya think we can't get along?"

LOL so cute. They look so in love hahaha!


deepsat said...

Wii is coming in big time this year!! guess its the next revolution in gaming!!

cute pic!!


Aditi said...

ohmygosh i hope they dont have the home theatre system law go into effect that is soo dumb
besides that ... i think the new wii is sooo cool.. of course i havent played it yet... but imagine a rpg on it