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Our World, Three Times Distilled

Of all the photographs snapped in the last few years, it comes down to these two for me. Humanity, ugly and whatever else, and what it means to live on this planet.


It took me a few seconds until I realized just how asymmetrical a skull could become. (“War Is Personal“)

© Walter Astrada courtesy of Sony World Photography Awards 2010 / AFP (Agence France Presse / Reportage by Getty Images)


Fifteenth Annual PIFF Getting the Star Treatment

The Pusan International Film Festival just keeps getting flashier. Celebrity film-makers and performers will make 2010′s PIFF even more irresistible for the motion picture industry.

The Pusan International Film Festival said on its website Wednesday that the annual weeklong event in the southern South Korean city will open on Oct. 7 with Zhang’s “Under the Hawthorn Tree,” a love story set in China’s decade-long ultra-leftist Cultural Revolution that will premiere in the country next week.

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The eight-day program will close with “Camellia,” a three-part film shot in the festival’s host city by directors from South Korea, Japan and Thailand.

Overall, the festival will feature 103 world premieres — 82 for feature productions and 21 for short films — including special sections on Czech and Kurdish cinema.


The Correct Use of Internet Restriction

Nosiest GovernmentsThe ROK looks relatively less nosy and restrictive an internet society, at least according to The Economist‘s Daily Chart on “Governments’ Content-Removal and Information Requests?. The United States infringes liberty

on both counts, scoring badly on both counts. Brazil, however, looks positively negative, topping both, but is it?.


Revenge of the “Internets”

The Bushism, “Internets”, might no longer be a joke, and have its revenge. The single, global internet network, The Economist, warns, is under pressure from both the wrong and right kinds of competition.

Should the network become a collection of proprietary islands accessed by devices controlled remotely by their vendors, the internet would lose much of its “generativity”

, warns Harvard’s Mr Zittrain. Innovation would slow down and the next Amazon, Google or Facebook could simply be, well, Amazon, Google or Facebook.


Hawking Warns Against Human Arrogance

Between reading this Stephen Hawking quote, plucked for whatever commercial or controversial reason I don’t want to fathom, and some of commentary that follows and Kim Lee’s quip, I passed from euphoria to despair.

In his new book, he points to the observation in 1992 of a planet orbiting a star other than our sun.


Uriminzokkiri Gets Loving Reception from Friends

Uriminzokkiri looks to be proof, that North Korea reportedly joins Facebook.

North Korea appears to have added Facebook to the social networking sites it recently joined to ramp up its propaganda war against South Korea and the U.S.

The account opened late Thursday under the Korean username “uriminzokkiri,” meaning “on our own as a nation,” an official at South Korea’s Communications Standards Commission said Friday. Uriminzok has “content that praises, promotes and glorifies” North Korea that was confirmed to be “illegal information” under South Korea’s National Security Law, a commission statement said Thursday. The commission said it has no immediate plan to block the North’s YouTube channel.

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Plame Watched A.Q. Khan

Ignoring the scintillating topic of Valerie Plame’s nails and much else in this interview, I have to scream now: Plame thinks A.Q. Khan was only worth ‘watching’.

I thought one of the most interesting personalities that came up in the documentary was A. Q. Khan. How was he left unchecked for so many years and left to do so much damage? Are we still seeing the fallout?


Julian Assange Answers Accusations of Hypocrisy (Video)

Joshua Foust asks for Julian Assange for a good explanation justifying WikiLeaks’ actions.


So, Julian Assange replies (well, not in real time. But, wouldn’t that be a good diavlog!?):


71: Into the Fire

 Into the FireI spoke too soon about not enough concern for the anniversary of the Korean War. A drama about the war is playing on the TV, and earlier my wife and I watched the ninth installment of a documentary on the same. And today, we saw 71 Into the Fire (포화 속으로). I can’t vouch for this film’s historical accuracy. But, South Korean directors continue to display an amazing ability to portray both bathos and pathos in war films.


Refining Anti-Science to a New American Art

I can’t recommend Chris Mooney’s interview with Naomi Oreskes any more vehemently, except perhaps with shout caps.

Through extensive archival research, Oreskes and Conway have managed to connect the dots between a large number of seemingly separate anti-science campaigns that have unfolded over the years. It all began with Big Tobacco, and the famous internal memo declaring, “Doubt is our Product.”


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