Thursday, 5 May 2005

Bolkein & Beyond

From The Green Man:
Martins lopsided view of the film is that he thought was excellent but would have been so much better as a musical...
Pearson has taken some of the better parts and assembled a CD that he is counting on to make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. The said CD is entitled "The Unfinished Spelling Errors of Bolkien, being a three part musical synopsis of book and file LOTR."
It is a collection of songs, ( MP3 sample: and narrative (MP3 sample:

You can contact Martin Pearson by email on or by snail mail at
Martin Pearson
PO Box 2373
Richmond South 3121
It costs $40 for the double CD. That is in Australian dollars which is
probably about 75c US
[ahem - I think he means $AU1 is about $US0.75, not that $40 is. It has sometimes felt that way, tho'. The UK pound is still quite daunting.]

... and related to another book recently adapted for film:
The Hitchhiker's Guide to Douglas Adams
Friends and colleagues remember the man behind the Guide

[includes] "A much better tribute to Douglas is the new, final radio series ( based on the fourth and fifth Hitchhiker books. The reason those books don't work very well is because they were rushed so there is almost no editing. Douglas needed a good editor or producer to make his work really shine and what Dirk Maggs has done with these final eight scripts is extraordinary and exactly what an editor would have done with the books had there been time.'

(Art imitates Life imitates Art? Or should that be Life imitates Art imitates Life? An Eternal Golden Braid.) Another in the world of stranger-than-fiction obituaries. Operatic-exit-for-polisher-of-despots-sullied-images/ 2005/05/04/1115092565949.html 2005/05/04/1115092565949.html(Text-only)

Being Fractal

(See at a fine piece from an excellent site.)

... which brings me to:
Sierpinski Sieve
A fractal described by Sierpinski in 1915 and appearing in Italian art from the 13th century (Wolfram 2002, p. 43). It is also called the Sierpinski gasket or Sierpinski triangle ... Surprisingly, elementary cellular automaton rule 90 also produces the Sierpinski sieve (Wolfram 2002, p. 870).
Sierpinski Carpet
A fractal which is constructed analogously to the Sierpinski sieve, but using squares instead of triangles.

See also:
Lindenmayer System, Pascal's Triangle, Rule 90, Sierpinski Arrowhead Curve, Sierpinski Carpet, Tetrix

Wolfram, S. A New Kind of Science. Champaign, IL: Wolfram Media, pp. 870, 931-932, 2002.

Online banking fees for the five major Australian banks:
(This needs to be put into a table, sorry will have to wait)
Bank Account: Transaction; Inquiry; BPAY
ANZ Transact: nil; nil; nil
ANZ Access Advantage: nil; nil; nil
ANZ Equity Manager: nil; nil; nil
Commonwealth Streamline: 30c; nil; 30c
National Passbook: 20c; 20c; 20c
National Smart Access: nil; nil; nil
National Smart Direct: nil; nil; nil
National Tertiary Student: 20c; 20c; 20c
St George Freedom: nil; nil; nil
Westpac Classic: 25 cents; nil; 25 cents
Westpac Classic Plus: 25 cents; nil; 25 cents

Commonwealth's online transaction fee to rise to 50 cents on July 1.

Source: The Australian Consumers Association's

Cheering you up a bit, perhaps, this eBay store:
'Twas early in the morning upon the fifth of May
When seven police surrounded him as fast asleep he lay.
Bill Dargin he was chosen to shoot the outlaw dead
The troopers then fired madly, and filled him full of lead
They rolled him in a blanket and strapped him to his prad
And led him through the streets of Forbes to show the prize they had.
$nbsp;$nbsp;$nbsp;$nbsp;$nbsp;$nbsp;The Streets of Forbes

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