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The Pocket Wop
30 November 2008 @ 11:47 pm
Just wanted to let people know that I'll largely be discontinuing use of MySpace, LJ, and Tribe and shunting over to facebook at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=688970670 and http://www.billwatters.com as my main blog site.

I'll still be checking in here and on the various other sites from time to time, but it'll be irregular. Well, except for the StaMaria fanfic, that I will continue to read with abandon.

All the best, and I hope you all have a great Holiday Season.
The Pocket Wop
06 August 2008 @ 04:23 am

Originally published at From the Land of Meh.... You can comment here or there.

Famed Japanese auteur Takashi Miike, who is best known for cult classics such as Audition, Ichi: the Killer, and Children of Lost Souls, brings a fresh new look at the beloved spaghetti Western genre in Sukiyaki Western Django.

Two clans, Genji, the white clan led by Yoshitsune, and Heike, the red clan led by Kiyomori, battle for a legendary treasure hidden in a poor mountain town. One day a lone gunman, burdened with deep emotional scars but blessed with incredible shooting skills, drifts into town. Expectations reach a boiling point as everyone wonders which gang the gunman will finally decide to join. Dirty tricks, betrayal, desire, and love collide as the situation erupts into a final, explosive showdown.

The Pocket Wop
24 July 2008 @ 07:38 pm

MTV is about to commit first-degree murder by remaking the cult classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show.” That’s our cue to go back to bed. This is obviously a bad nightmare and we must wake up.

The ugly and mean whores at MTV said they will use the original screenplay, but may add new music. GOD NO! They are aiming for a Halloween 2009 release. So, it’s official. October 31, 2009 is the day we all spontaneously combust.

Casting has not yet been announced.

Link back to the original article

The Pocket Wop
21 May 2008 @ 04:55 am

Originally published at From the Land of Meh.... You can comment here or there.

It’s a user-defined-function to split a given string into ‘words’. In this case I’m delimiting words using commas and spaces. So ‘Smith, Fred’ (with a comma AND a space) will be separated into ‘Smith’ and ‘Fred’.

For convenience, it returns a table with a ‘pos’ column, representing the position in the original text that the word was found.

Hope this helps someone out there.

CREATE FUNCTION SplitWords(@text varchar(8000))
RETURNS @words TABLE (pos smallint primary key, value varchar(8000))
DECLARE @pos smallint, @i smallint, @j smallint, @s varchar(8000)
SET @pos = 1
WHILE @pos <= LEN(@text)
SET @i = CHARINDEX(’ ‘, @text, @pos)
SET @j = CHARINDEX(’,', @text, @pos)
IF @i > 0 OR @j > 0
IF @i = 0 OR (@j > 0 AND @j < @i)
SET @i = @j
IF @i > @pos
BEGIN — @i now holds the earliest delimiter in the string
SET @s = SUBSTRING(@text, @pos, @i - @pos)
INSERT INTO @words VALUES (@pos, @s)
SET @pos = @i + 1
WHILE @pos < LEN(@text) AND SUBSTRING(@text, @pos, 1) IN (’ ‘, ‘,’)
SET @pos = @pos + 1
INSERT INTO @words VALUES (@pos, SUBSTRING(@text, @pos, LEN(@text) - @pos + 1))
SET @pos = LEN(@text) + 1

The Pocket Wop

Originally published at From the Land of Meh.... You can comment here or there.

Here’s a revised version of the trailer for Joss Whedon’s new show Dollhouse, which explains the show’s concept much more clearly and features a lot more ass-whuppin’. Plus, parachuting and assassining. The show’s central conceit — that these “Actives” are blank slates who can be programmed to have any skillset or emotion — comes out really clearly. Plus it gives a hint of one of the show’s main sources of conflict. Those of you who had a tepid response to the first version should check this one out. [Whedonesque, via Damon/Zeitgeist]

The Pocket Wop
11 May 2008 @ 12:32 am

Originally published at From the Land of Meh.... You can comment here or there.

A while ago I’d gotten to catch a movie that I wanted to recommend but then hadn’t gotten around to doing so. That movie is the 2007 release of “The Man from Earth” - a science fiction film in the purest sense, and without a single special effect. A great ensemble film that effectively takes place in a single living room while at the same time covering most of history.

This one, if you like films that make you think about, and open up for great conversations afterwards, give this a try during your next netflix order.

Here’s the trailer:

The Pocket Wop
24 April 2008 @ 02:36 pm
Looks like Spain broke embargo. traffic spreading at a few per second, radiating out from spain to uk and beyond. Now that it's out other retailers are going to follow suit pretty quickly. The day just got a lot longer - where'd I put those production clusters...
The Pocket Wop
18 March 2008 @ 11:22 pm
Before I get started, lemmie say I have no problem with same-sex marrage. So that said, my post is asking for comments on something I'd read earlier today in a blurb on the state supreme court's review of the state prohibition against it. The item that struck me, that I hadn't thought of before was the presidence of establishing arbitrary restrictions on marrage already being a practice. I thought "huh, what restrictions", and it mentions both the standing laws against polygamy, first cousin marrages, etc.

To be completely honest, I'm for the notion if they're of age (also somewhat of an arbitrary standard, 18 or 21), they should be able to marry. And it did seem arbitary to say that a man/woman can marry, but not same sex. But it hadn't struck me that random cultural elements already have an established history of setting up restrictions.

So the question at hand is: 1) does the prescedent of random cultural rules about marrage give weight to being able to say it should be male/female only. and 2) if it's consenting adults that want to be married then they should be allowed to do so, doesn't that also indicate that all the other prohibitions also have to be set aside? and just as it just hit me, 3) what catagory do post-sex change individuals fall into for the purposes of marrage filings?
The Pocket Wop
18 March 2008 @ 05:56 pm
It's too big to tease, so just read it.
by Travis Fickett and Scott Collura

March 18, 2008 - SCI FI Channel is holding an "upfront" event in New York City today, and Battlestar Galactica had its own press conference to share some rather large news with fans. As everyone knows, this is the series' final season - and one that had its production delayed by the writers' strike. Well, now there's a lot more to report. So much, it takes a press conference to do it.

It has been confirmed that the long rumored and scantily reported spin-off, Caprica is in fact a go project. SCI FI Channel has given the green light to a two-hour "backdoor" pilot for the series – which means it'll air as a TV movie (not unlike the promotion and rollout for "Razor") – and if that's successful it'll get a series commitment from the network. The project is currently slated to shoot this spring and air in the fall.

Casting is underway now. As was originally reported when the series was announced, the show takes place 50 years before the events of Battlestar Galactica. Ron Moore is being vague on his day-to-day involvement with the new series, but Moore and BSG producer David Eick will serve as producers. They also said the show will be more "sweeping drama," and likened it to Dallas. Not sure that's the show we'd like to see crossed with Battlestar - but more BSG is more BSG. We'll have more updates so keep checking IGN TV for details.