What I’m watching.

March 31, 2005

I’ve watched a few DVDs & movies (well, one movie) lately and here’s my take on them.

The Final Cut
Ever had a loved one pass away & wished that you had some lasting memory of their entire life? You know, something more than just photos & put together pieces of video. This is the premise behind this movie. Turns out that a “Zoe” implant is the answer to your prayers – a video/sound recording device implanted into a baby at birth. It records your entire life where upon death, a “Cutter” goes through your Zoe footage and cuts your life down to a fitting tribute – through your eyes.

It raises some interesting questions (though all too briefly) about how one would live their life if they knew it was being filmed nonstop, but in the end, fails to really hit the mark. It claims to be a thriller, however, I never felt much tension or thrills and this is where a great idea is let down by poor script. At the end of the film I actually felt abit ripped off, like I had expected some mega twist or something but it never came.

Stars: Robin Willams & the dude who played Jesus in Passion of the Christ.

Oceans 12
When Oceans 11 came out, I immediately liked it. Las Vegas, the suits, the robbery, the sound track etc it was all class. So given that, you’d have thought that Oceans 12 would also be pretty good right? Wrong. Dead wrong amigo.

With the number of stars in this film that command $10mil+ a film, you would expect more. A whole lot more. The plot was weak, the secondary characters hardly played any real part (Zata Jones seemed to get way too much scene time) & the script was disjointed at best. At the end of day, it was pure crap. Major disappointment.

Stars: Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Julia Roberts & Catherine Zata Jones.

The Pacifier
“How the mighty have fallen”, I thought when I saw the shorts for this movie. Vin Diesel does an Arnold Schwarenzger ala Kindergarten Cop. It took Arnold a good number of years & movies before he reduced himself to running a class full of kids but here we have Vin Diesel (who’s barely even out of his acting nappies) doing a copy & destroying any street cred he had left. Well, so I thought.

In reality, it was actually not too bad of a movie. Sure the opening scene was soooo bad that even my wife turned to me and said, “This is cccrrrraaappppp!”. But if you remember it’s a Disney kids movie, it gets better. Story line? Scientist dies, leaving behind Mum & 4 kids who need to be protected as Mum goes overseas to retrieve a special device that Scientist left behind. From here it’s the usual gags, but I actually ended up enjoying this movie.

Stars: Vin Diesel.

Now, this brings me to the following: Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. I saw the preview for this at The Pacifier and I have to say: IT LOOKS AWESOME! I was pretty let down by SWI & SWII (though SWII was a whole lot better), with feelings of George Lucas selling out the old school SWs fans for some quick merchandising dollars. How so? By making it about 1 step higher than an episode of High 5 or the Wiggles. Jar Jar Binks? Give me strength. Pod Racing? Puhlease!

SWIII looks a whole lot darker & more mature, the space & general scenery are awe inspiring and it just looks more like the SWs I’ve wanted since the prequels arrived. Sure, I still think that they made a mistake with casting that fuew Hans Whatever as Anakin Skywalker – but hey, hopefully he’ll get his rage on and make up for it in this movie.


Thanks Westpac… I think.

March 29, 2005

You might recall my recent rant on how “Banks make Sledge mad”? Well, Westpac finally pulled its finger out and setup my business Internet banking. At the same time as receiving my details (via mail), I also received a notice from the Post Office to pick up a parcel.

“Could this be my RSA SecurID token”, I wondered as I went to the Post Office at the ungodly hour of 6:50am. I didn’t have long to wait, and indeed it was. I then proceeded to “link” my token with my internet banking and that’s when things started to go pear shaped.

Firstly, their examples of how my business internet banking should look don’t line up with what I currently see. In fact, what I see appears to be exactly what I used to have as my personal internet banking. No “Business Online”, “Purchasing”, “Credit Check” etc options available as should be. This was slightly unnerving, but no matter – I wasn’t interested in that surpuflous junk anywya. I just wanted the ability to transfer gigantic amounts of money from bank account to bank account (lol).

Dreams are free. After setting up my token & supplying a password for it etc, I tried to transfer money that was above my daily limit and therefore should require me to enter my RSA SecurID token number… no luck. All I got was a page refresh with my “Pay To” details removed. Lmao. So much for modern technology!

So at this point, I can view my business accounts online, but can’t transfer any money out of them (well, up to my daily limit – but it’s too small). The token was supposed to fix that, but apparently not.

The saga continues…

UPDATE
Well, it appears I spoke too soon. I just noticed the following on the login page:

Important Information
Business Online and Westpac B2Buy are currently unavailable. We are making every effort to restore access to these services as soon as possible, and apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.

My bad. :S


Two funny articles.

March 22, 2005

I found the following articles while doing my daily web reading:

A parent’s primer to computer slang. The fact this lame article was published 4th Feb, 2005 is just sad. How far behind the times can one company get!

Credit Card Pranks. No, not a guide on how to steal credit cards etc but rather on how your signature on a receipt is rarely checked against the signature on the credit card. Hilarious. Damn hilarious actually.


Banks make Sledge mad.

March 21, 2005

Back on the 12th of January this year, I setup a new bank account with Westpac. It was business bank account so it required me to fill in some new forms to get Internet Banking enabled – no problemo. I filled the forms in there and then, leaving the forms with the representative who created my bank account for me. I then waited for my Internet Banking details to arrive in the mail. And waited. And waited.

4 weeks later I’d still not received anything so I phoned up the Bank to find out what was going on. Turns out the forms had never been submitted to the appropriate department. So I had to go in and fill out another application form for Internet Banking. “All will be fine this time”, I was told. Famous last words eh?

Two weeks later I got a phone calling informing me that the application form had been filled out incorrectly (it needed some signatures from my wife on it). Now, this 2nd set of application forms had been completed with the assistance of the same Customer Service representative who helped me fill out the 1st set. So, my wife added her signature to the 2nd application and I submitted it for the 3rd time.

It’s now the 21st of March – over two months since I originally applied for Internet Banking on my new bank account and I STILL haven’t received my details!


Ebay regulation craziness

March 9, 2005

I just read this article Ohio Wants eBayers to Pay $50k Bond on Slashdot. Crux of the article is that the state of Ohio in the US wants to charge eBay sellers a $200 license fee PLUS put up a $50k bond. When asked who this would apply to Senate Sen. Larry Mumper had this to say, “It certainly will not apply to the casual seller on eBay, but might apply to anyone who sells a lot”. If that isn’t one of the most vague comments I’ve ever heard, I don’t know what is.