September 13th, 2004


Donnie Darko

Congratulations to resilience (who gets a point) and rhiannonstone (who doesn't get a point) for correctly identifying the quote from yesterday's movie quote pop quiz as originiating from Donnie Darko.

It's quite the odd film. And I'll tell you one thing -- those girls in Sparkle Motion really have something special going on. One of the interesting pieces of trivia for the movie:
The dance performance in the movie is actually performed to "West End Girls" by Pet Shop Boys. Due to economic reasons the song had to replaced by Duran Duran's "Notorious" in post-production.
Perhaps the Director's Cut will have the scene set to "West End Girls."

"Fathers 4 Justice" -- Sounds like the name of a SuperHero Team to me...

Protester Dressed As Batman Scales Buckingham Palace:
A protester dressed as Batman scaled up the front wall of Buckingham Palace on Monday afternoon, reaching a ledge near the balcony where the royal family appears on ceremonial occasions, campaigners and witnesses said.
The photographs accompanying the story had me laughing out loud. There's Buckingham Palace. And there's Batman, just standing around taking in the view.

Lots more versions of the story are avaliable from Google News (where it is currently one of the top stories).
flying monkey

Impossible To Judge

I just recieved a company-wide email promoting an internal contest. Unfortunately, with the rules they've outlined, it's impossible to judge who will win:
The first team to have the highest percentage of [its team members] [complete a task] WINS!
Since the judging is based on the highest percentage of team members completing a task, it would seem that the percentages would have to be computed once the contest time period is over. Then a comparison between the various percentages can be made. In order to do that, there must be a cut-off time at which point the percentages are calculated. However, there is no cut-off time -- this contest is over when the first team obtains the highest percentage of members completing the task. That's too many variables -- you need to either fix the percentage that constitutes a win, or fix the end time.

I suppose that these rules can be objectively interpreted as meaning that the first team to reach 100% completion wins. However, I doubt any team will have 100% completion.

I really should join dot_pedantic for this sort of stuff.