April 15, 2004

Apr 15 2004

Imagine, just out of interest, spidering Microsoft.com for Microsoft Word documents. Then, keep only the documents that have Track Changes (a feature where old text is kept within the document, and you can see who’s made what changes). Then, turn the Track Changes on, and look through those documents to see what’s changed in them.

Here’s the result. There have been some interesting changes to various press releases.

[Memories image]

Well. I’m feeling better today, somewhat. It’s more a matter of having a good day in the midst of bad ones, but at least it’s a good day.

And, in terms of weather, it is a beautiful day. Not a cloud in the sky, a warm sun, and an occasional bracing breeze. Mmmm.

I watched Katsuhiro Otomo’s Memories last night. It’s a set of three short films strung together as a theatrical release. The first is a weird and haunting piece written by Satoshi Kon (Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers), the second is a fun little comedy about a walking biohazard, and the third is a unique, experimental short about a Soviet-like society of constant, grinding, pointless military production. They were all excellent, in their own way.

Only the third was actually directed by Otomo (creator of Akira), and ironically, I liked it least. It was much more experimental than the others; it felt like a student film full of long, sweeping shots, minimal dialogue, and (purposefully) ugly character designs.

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