Scene in Suicide Club (Japan) with mass suicide

This is a Japanese horror film so be warned. Film is gory.

Suicide Club, known in Japan as Suicide Circle (自殺サークル ,Jisatsu Sākuru?) is a 2002 Japanese independent film and part of a trilogy that gained a considerable amount of notoriety in film festivals around the world for its controversial subject matter and gory presentation, and has since developed a significant cult following. It won the Jury Prize for “Most Ground-Breaking Film” at the Fantasia Film Festival. The movie was written and directed by Sion Sono. It deals with a wave of seemingly unconnected suicides that strikes Japan and the efforts of the police to determine the reasons behind the strange behavior. (Source: Wikipedia)

Suicide Club

Sometimes I wish I have a WTF category. (Oh, I actually do.)

How four librarians stood up for Patriot Act

Amy and David Goodman talks about standing up for the Patriot Act.

Summary

The longtime host of the award-winning Pacifica Radio’s Democracy Now!, Amy Goodman has steadfastly covered grassroots activism, the political process, and government accountability. She has co-authored many books with her brother and fellow journalist, David Goodman.

Their collaborations include investigations into the mercenary aspects of war, media culpability, freedom of information, and international human rights, and seek not only to expose endemic corruption, but also to affect change.

Their bestselling book, The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them, examines the full political spectrum, from The Washington Post to Bill Clinton, in an effort to bring genuine accountability into public discourse. The Goodmans’ latest project is Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times. Standing Up to the Madness celebrates grassroots activists across America and the power of the individual to bring change on a local and national level.

Amy and David Goodman: Standing Up to the Madness

Firefox 3.5 Beta 4 significantly faster in Linux

Let’s face it, Firefox isn’t exactly the fastest browser around. In Linux it’s worse, in fact, Windows Firefox through Wine in Linux is faster than Linux Firefox.

Tuxradar benchmark Firefox 3.5 Beta 4’s performance and the results are very optimistic.

I use Firefox and Opera in Ubuntu and I prefer Opera in terms of speed but it just never felt quite like a native application in Ubuntu. Firefox just doesn’t appear as responsive sometimes.

How book publishing can modernize

“As far as I’ve been able to tell, there are no buttons that say mobile devices are sexy. But that’s the challenge. Make a device that makes us look smarter and more attractive than we actually are, just like books do,” says Michael Tamblyn, the C.E.O. of BookNet Canada. Tamblyn discusses on 6 ways technology of book publishing could evolve.

[via The New Yorker]

I think this may very well come true.

Spider-Man spotted at NUS library

Always nice to see Spider-Man again.

Was mugging (studying) in school during study week as usual and this happened at around 130am.
Is this a NUSSU (student union) ‘event’ or is it some idiot trying to play the fool… or is it really SPIDEY???? 😛 See for yourself. Whatever it is, it was cool to relieve some of the stress from us muggers.

Spiderman spotted at NUS central library 23/04/09

[via Daryl Li]

Ubuntu 9.04 is out, Netbook Remix included

As you probably have heard, Ubuntu released 9.04 today. What I am really excited about is the new Netbook Remix. I haven’t downloaded it and test it on my Netbook but I’m prepare to do so sometime next week.

I have an Acer Aspire One. Here’s the level of support:

Acer Aspire One

Works well for most things, sound, webcam, ports all reported to work correctly. Minor problems include pulseaudio interfering with sound recording, and media card reader issues unless it is booted with a card in the slot.

Known issues:

335843 – media card reader not hotpluggable on acer aspire one

354620 – Recording from microphone stutters when pulseaudio is running

I hope they fix the wireless indicator. Continue reading “Ubuntu 9.04 is out, Netbook Remix included”

Chrysler will be filed bankrupt

Next week, the Treasury Department prepares to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for Chrysler as Fiat moves to complete its alliance with the waning company.

Treasury preparing Chrysler bankruptcy: report

The Treasury Department is preparing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing for Chrysler LLC that could come as early as next week, The New York Times reported Thursday on its Web site, citing people close to the situation. Union pensions and retiree health care benefits will be protected under the filing, according to the Times. Also, the Times reported that Italian automaker Fiat would complete its alliance with Chrysler during the bankruptcy. (Source: Marketwatch)