Monthly Archives: May 2006

A funny review of the movie Da Vinci Code

Of all the reviews on the movie, only the review by Anthony Lane at made me actually stop and read in its entirety. The review begins with:

The story of “The Da Vinci Code” goes like this. A dead Frenchman is found laid out on the floor of the Louvre. His final act was to carve a number of bloody markings into his own flesh, indicating, to the expert eye, that he was preparing to roll in fresh herbs and sear himself in olive oil for three minutes on each side. This, however, is not the conclusion reached by Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks), a professor of symbology at Harvard, who happens to be in Paris.
Questioned by Bezu Fache (Jean Reno), the investigating policeman at the scene, Langdon starts rabbiting about pentacles and pagans and God knows what. But what does God know, exactly? And can He keep His mouth shut?

From that paragraph, I knew I had to read the review till the end.

[Langdon] and Sophie visit a cheery old duffer in the countryside and spill every possible bean. In this case, the duffer is Sir Leigh Teabing (Ian McKellen), who lectures them on the Emperor Constantine and the Council of Nicaea, in 325 A.D. We get a flashback to the council in question, and I must say that, though I have recited the Nicene Creed throughout my adult life, I never realized that it was originally formulated in the middle of a Beastie Boys concert.


Silas answers to Bishop Aringarosa (Alfred Molina), who in turn answers to his cell phone, his Creator, and not much else.


The task of the Bishop and his hit man is to thwart the unveiling of what Teabing modestly calls “the greatest secret in modern history,” so powerful that, “if revealed, it would devastate the very foundations of Christianity.” Later, realizing that this sounds a little meek and mild, he stretches it to “the greatest coverup in human history.” As a rule, you should beware of any movie in which characters utter lines of dialogue whose proper place is on the advertising poster. (Just imagine Sigourney Weaver, halfway through “Alien,” turning to John Hurt and explaining, “In space, no one can hear you scream.”)

Ouch! LMAO.

Read the full review, it’s worth it.

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Pageflakes: the best personalized startpage to the web yet


I have been experimenting with pageflakes for a few days, and find it much better a startpage than any of the offerings by the other players in this field.

The AJAXified environment means Windows-like interactivity level and feel is very high. I hardly felt like I was using a browser. Drag and drop, point and click, every customisation can be done very quickly.
And you can have multiple pages – I havent checked how many is the limit, I’ve only tried up to 3 pages.

The only thing missing seems to be a calendar feature – the to-do list seems to limited.

And yes, pageflakes has an affiliate program!

Check out pageflakes.


101 fabulous software freebies

Excellent list from Scope is downloads, sites and services: offline and online tools, even blogging tools.

As the article author write: “the best things in life aren’t just free, they’re indispensable.”

I’m already using some of them, and probably some of you are already using a lot of them, especially well-known ones like delicious, flickr and bloglines.

Some are not so well known, like that Adobe Acrobat Reader killer.

Staple-free stapler


The above stapler is not a new invention, it was made by the Lihit Industrial Company of Japan in the mid-1980s.
Instead of using staples, it cuts a little flap in the paper while also cuts a slot, and it then tucks the flap through the slot. You use it as you might use a normal stapler – just push the stapler down as if it was a normal stapler – it will do the rest. Apparently can staple up to 5 pieces of paper.
A video of it (WMV) in action available at

I am not sure if it’s still available, but a modern equivalent could be this:


Available for USD8 (arnd RM30) online at They have an affiliate programs, but there seems to be too much paperwork involved to join them, so I defer for the time being.

World War I colour photos

Apparently, colour photography has been around since the beginning of the 20th century, and used extensively by the French during World War I.

The following site has many photos of the last 2 years of the Great War.

It’s an eerie experience watching these photos because you don’t expect colour photography during those times – in my own head, I was imagining grainy black and white photos and fast moving silent movies.

It definitely made WWI (ended in 1919 if I’m not mistaken) seemto have happened only several years ago.