A “WTF is this publication?” moment

While reading various conservative political web sites, I stumbled on a link to this Ignatiuis book/DVD/CD called “The Da Vinci Hoax.” The summary in the ad where I saw this indicated this publication would “…expose the many errors and fabrications found in The Da Vinci Code.”

Naturally, I couldn’t skip finding out all the factual errors in a fictional work, so I clicked the link. And to my surprise, I find out that this looks to be intended as a serious work.

Now the insights and arguments of the best selling exposé, The Da Vinci Hoax, are available on DVD. Apologist Carl E. Olson, historian Sandra Meisel, and Jesuit biblical scholar Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. join forces to expose the myths of Dan Brown’s popular novel, The Da Vinci Code.

Using top-notch graphics and outstanding art, this powerful, in-depth documentary gives an inspiring visual and intellectual presentation on the real truth about Christianity, and a devastating critique of the numerous errors and deceptions in The Da Vinci Code about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, the early Christians and the Catholic Church.

This was almost to comical to stand. I spoke to some family members. I asked if any of them felt the need to read a rebuttal of a fictional work released years ago. None of them thought any book pointing out the factual errors and fabrications of such a book was necessary.

Try as I might, I couldn’t find the expected 6 book set which would point out the factual errors and fabrications in the Harry Potter books which have been released so far. Thinking perhaps the amount of fabrications in these books combined with their relatively recent releases was sufficient to hinder the publication of such a book, I decided to look further back. Astonishingly, there is also no book written to point out the errors and deceptions in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings books either. I’m not certain how much further back I will have to look to find a sufficiently old fictional work which will have a Hoax book to rebutt it.

Once I get done with The Da Vinci Hoax I think I’m going to petition for books to cover Tolkien’s works – I’m almost certain there is no creature like the so-called “Gollum” in his books. Were there such a creature, I’m almost certain we would have found proof of its existance by now. Similarly, I am not sure I believe that a ring can grant invisibility to its wearer, nor that any such ring can only be destroyed by dropping it into lava – especially the claim that only the lava from one particular mountain will melt the ring really pushes that claim into the suspect category. The rest of the books might be real – I can’t tell. But I’m pretty sure those other things are just made up. Now I need to find a book to prove this for me.

[tags]The Da Vinci Hoax, The Da Vinci code, Books you think are satire but are serious, A WTF publication[/tags]

Today in history – Harry Houdini dies

October 31, 1926:

Harry Houdini, the most celebrated magician and escape artist of the 20th century, dies of peritonitis in a Detroit hospital. Twelve days before, Houdini had been talking to a group of students after a lecture in Montreal when he commented on the strength of his stomach muscles and their ability to withstand hard blows. Suddenly, one of the students punched Houdini twice in the stomach. The magician hadn’t had time to prepare, and the blows ruptured his appendix. He fell ill on the train to Detroit, and, after performing one last time, was hospitalized. Doctors operated on him, but to no avail. The burst appendix poisoned his system, and on October 31 he died.

And that, dear friends, is people are stupid.  Who the hell thinks that punching someone unprepared in the stomache is a clever thing to do?  Idiots.  That’s who.

[tags]Today in History, Harry Houdini dies, Stupid human tricks[/tags]

Further PlayStation 3 availability cuts announced

Right now, this only affects gamers in Japan, where Sony has announced a cutback from 100,000 consoles down to 80,000. Put this on top of the delayed launch for the PS3 in Europe, and you get the picture that something like 80% of the initial PS3 offering is for customers in North America. At this point, I’m just wondering if/when an announcement will be made with cutbacks for the US and Canadian markets, too. Just a couple weeks from launch, and Sony still doesn’t know how many consoles they are actually capable of putting out?

Man, I so wish I had gotten in a pre-order on a PS3, just so I could make a couple thousand dollars selling it on ebay. Gamers spend some crazy money to be the geek with the biggest, bestest, mostest toys.

…Turns out that Sony will only have 80k of the elusive PS3s prepped by the November 11th for the Japanese launch, due to another component woe. With pretty much every available pre-order slot in the country already snapped up by next-gen hopefuls, and even some of those orders on the fritz, it looks like the best chance you’ll have to get the console in The Land of the Rising Sun next month will be to line up outside a non-pre-order retailer and hope for the best. Dress warm!

[tags]Further PlayStation 3 cutbacks, PS3 Japan launch numbers reduced[/tags]

Privacy enhanced computer display

If you work on anything where you really need to protect what is displayed from inadvertant viewing, perhaps you need one of Mitsubishi’s new privacy enhanced computer displays. The short explanation of how the display works is that it rapidly draws the intended image along with the inverse of that image. You wear special glasses to screen out the inverse image, but anyone without the glasses synced to your display only sees grey static due to the blending of the two images.

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Worth1000 Star Wars celebrities contest

I just spent a little bit of time catching up on Worth1000 contests. I didn’t like many of the recent ones, honestly, but going back about a week came on a winning contest with scads of entries – Star Wars scenes with other celebrities in them. There are 10 pages of entrants, and the first has a good handful of really cool pictures. Here’s a new Yoda that just twists the character a touch. Continue reading Worth1000 Star Wars celebrities contest

50 worst game names ever

You see them, and you wonder WTF the marketing folks were thinking. For example:

wild_woody.jpg#45 – Wild Woody – Wild Woody was also the the star of this game, a bright yellow No. 2 pencil that threw sticks of dynamite. Welcome to the mascot graveyard.


and

princess_tomato.gif#43 – Princess Tomato in Salad Kingdom – And then pretty much just skip the salad course, because this vegetable-themed adventure game had no meat. On the other hand, you gotta see the melons on that tomato.


Just a small taste of all the horrible goodness that is bad gaming naming.  Some more possibly unintentional p0rn names made the list for the games.
[tags]Worse games names, Bad names for games[/tags]

Scott Adams, man of the perfect comparison

A friend recently shared with me the link to Scott Adams’ (of Dilbert fame) blog post discussing regaining his voice after 18 months being unable to converse in a normal tone.  Recently, Scott posted another article which included a comment about all the traffic and feedback he’s gotten on that article.  Going from 25,000 hits a day to around 180,000 hits a day had a profound effect on him.  So profound, in fact, that he made one of the best quotes ever on how this reaction has affected him.

I am more touched than a congressional page.

That’s quality writing you just won’t get from the big networks.

[tags]Scott Adams, Congressional pages[/tags]