Anna and the Apocalypse

If I only see one film this Christmas, I really hope it’s Anna and the Apocalypse:

A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven – at Christmas – forcing Anna and her friends to fight, slash and sing their way to survival, facing the undead in a desperate race to reach their loved ones. But they soon discover that no one is safe in this new world, and with civilization falling apart around them, the only people they can truly rely on are each other.

The film opens in the UK in November. I don’t yet know when it hits Belgian cinemas, but I shall be watching out for it.

The Trailer

Yuletide acknowledgements to Den of Geek.

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Buy different

You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn’t

Biologist Anders Gonçalves da Silva was surprised this week to find three movies he had purchased through iTunes simply disappeared one day from his library. So he contacted Apple to find out what had happened.

And Apple told him it no longer had the license rights for those movies so they had been removed. To which he of course responded: Ah, but I didn’t rent them, I actually bought them through your “buy” option.

At which point da Silva learnt a valuable lesson about the realities of digital purchases and modern licensing rules: While he had bought the movies, what he had actually paid for was the ability to download the movie to his hard drive.

Apple isn’t the first company to fail to clarify to customers what they are paying for, and they won’t be the last.

Fundamentally, there is nothing wrong with the “lease to download” offering described here. But if you sign up for any sort of digital content, you need to be aware of what you are paying for. This also raises the whole question of DRM and how may times you are able to copy a file — do you really want to have to pay for the same film every time you replace your hard drive?

In short, if you really want to own a film, buy the DVD.

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Calvin the Brexiter

Following on from my previous post, this seems remarkably appropriate.

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Quote of the Day: A truly low point of post-shame politics

There is not a single figure in the government, the Treasury or the economics analysis department of any major bank or investment firm who considers this to be anything less than deranged.

Tom Peck on the latest attempt by the hardline Brexit bunch to justify their complete failure to come up with anything even approaching a coherent Brexit plan.

You’d think that, after 40 years of banging on about Europe, these people would have taken a moment to consider what they were trying to achieve. You’d be wrong.

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Nerf guns for grownups

I saw this:

Naturally, I had to check. And it turns out that the Salt Gun Flycatcher really is a thing.

Now I know what I want for my birthday.

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Beep, beep!

This is great. According to Den Of Geek, Wile E. Coyote — the looniest toon of all — is heading for the big screen.

Sidestepping the rumors of Space Jam 2 and a Pepe La Pew movie, Warner Bros are making Coyote Vs Acme their next Looney Tunes outing – giving Wile his own standalone feature as he confronts the corporation that’s been his constant undoing since the ’50s.

For me, this news is particularly well timed.

I recently showed both Space Jam and Looney Tunes back in Action to the kids. Both films went down incredibly well, and on a full sized screen, I suspect that this one will go down even better.

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Drinkable science

A couple of months ago, Alex acquired a water filter. A small one, obviously, but a working one designed to demonstrate how water filtration works. The system has three layers — containing stones, sand and filter paper respectively — and when you pour the dirty water into the top, cleanish water drips out of the bottom.

A couple of weekends ago, we finally found the time to set it up. So set it up we did and I gave the twins a beaker of water and told them to dissolve a little bit of soil in it.

They excelled themselves.

Then the time came to start filtering:

Of course, there is only one way to test the results.


And before anyone asks, I did cheat a little bit for the final photo. The filter certainly did a good job of clearing the water, but was nowhere near effective enough to clean the findings of a pair of determined eight-year-olds.

I removed that last bit of cloudiness by replacing the filtered water with tap water.

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On centrism

On the subject of centrist politics, John Harris makes this point:

… but such trifles as the welfare state and the postwar education system were basically the work of centrists. More recently, so were Sure Start, the minimum wage and equal marriage. These things required planning, coalition-building and a willingness to listen to an array of opinions. The kind of shrill belligerence that now defines debate would probably have killed them before anyone even got started.

I can’t imagine ever describing myself as a centrist, it’s a word that’s been bandied around so much as to have become meaningless. That said, it is certainly true that, while the ideological purity of the extremes may be satisfying to some, it’s the people who are willing to make compromises and build a consensus that achieve lasting change.

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