Thursday, October 12, 2006

Studio 60 and plagiarism

I enjoy Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. I never watched Saturday Night Live, so there are surely some inside jokes and references that I don't get, but I don't miss them. I like the characters. And I'm really impressed at how non-Chandleresque Matthew Perry is.

This week's episode bothered me though. Left a sour taste. All because of one line, spoken by Danny (Bradley Whitford)...something like, "Now you've got my respect."

Why??? Because two guys refuse to admit which writer stole the material that they submitted.

It doesn't matter that eventually the copyright turned out to belong to the show after all. The writer didn't know that when he claimed to have written it, when he offered it for the show. He knew he was stealing; he knew he was risking his own reputation and livelihood; he knew he was putting the entire cast and crew, not to mention the network, in jeopardy. Yet without any regard for anyone else, he took the gamble because he was worried that he hadn't been producing enough funny lately.

So Danny respects that the guys who are covering up for him? Look, just because Congress thinks covering up is the appropriate and respectable response to knowledge of wrong-doing doesn't mean it is.

I used to like Danny. Now he just seems...sleazy.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Free hugs campaign - go for it!

This is the most smile-making video I've seen...

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Folding, revealed

This is a very cool video. Clothes-folding, the simple, Japanese, and cardboard-machine methods.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Left- or Right-brained?

Came across this quiz link on Gigi's Behind the Seams blog, so of course I had to see where I fell. (I really dislike binary questions though - sometimes both answers suit equally, and it's annoying to have to choose.)

You Are 50% Left Brained, 50% Right Brained

The left side of your brain controls verbal ability, attention to detail, and reasoning.

Left brained people are good at communication and persuading others.

If you're left brained, you are likely good at math and logic.

Your left brain prefers dogs, reading, and quiet.

The right side of your brain is all about creativity and flexibility.

Daring and intuitive, right brained people see the world in their unique way.

If you're right brained, you likely have a talent for creative writing and art.

Your right brain prefers day dreaming, philosophy, and sports.

Are You Right or Left Brained?