Brokeback Mountain 2

OK, so I admit, I want to see this film made too.

Triumph of the Will

I’ve just watched Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will. I wasn’t as moved as I expected to be; perhaps precisely because the film shows only ‘positive’ messages, which I’m not greatly influenced by because of the benefit of hindsight. All the negative connotations of Hitler, WWII, and the Holocaust are absent. In fact, after some time, the film becomes rather repetitive and I skipped several sections. Nevertheless, Hitler’s closing speech to the Party Congress at the end of the film is well worth watching, as a striking example of just how good oratory can get (ironic from a man that’s so hard to admire in most other respects). It is well worth reading Our Masters’ Voices for some academic study of Hitler and other great orators.

euroGel 2006

I am very much looking forward to attending the euroGel 2006 conference; I’ve just been updating my entry in the attendees list. I’m still not 100% sure what it’s about, but it sure looks like fun and I know I’m going to enjoy it! (they describe it as: ‘a conference, and community, exploring good experience in all its forms – in business, art, society, technology, and life’)

Please look after your skin

After cycling round part of the Isle of Wight with Rachel last weekend, and foolishly using little-to-no sun cream, I ended up looking like a lobster in places. Accordingly, I went and refreshed my stock of years-old sun cream this week. However, even though I get a bit pompous about this issue, I didn’t realise just quite how acute the dangers were. Did you know that over a million cases of skin cancer occur every year in the US? In a country with 300 million people, that’s a pretty high hit rate. This article in the New York Times has more information.

Do you know how much money you've got?

One of the things I like to do is keep track of my own personal finances. Knowing how much money you have at any one time, what your debts are (in my case, credit card balances), what your outgoings are, etc., has several advantages:

  • You can foresee and more easily overcome cash-flow problems, enabling you to avoid those ‘a bit short this month’ problems.

  • You can spot unwelcome trends in your spending patterns, and plan better for the future.

  • You have the pleasure of being able to track your wealth growing.

I highly recommend it. Currently I use GnuCash, primarily because it’s the only mature accounting software available for Linux. Quicken and Microsoft Money seem to be viable alternatives for Windows, although you will then have to suffer the treadmill of paid-for upgrades (I used Money until a few years ago, and moved away from it for that reason).

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