Doing Nothing (except writing a blog entry)

25 October 2008

I watched the film office space again while sitting on the train between Birmingham and Nottingham for the third time on Thursday. By the third trip, my enthusiasm for train travel was flagging considerably, and it’s a good thing I had my wonderful netbook along with a few films on the hard drive.

I’d forgotten how good that film is (different from The Office, but still funny), and I had to laugh out loud at the following quote:

“Michael, I did nothing. I did absolutely nothing, and it was everything that I thought it could be”.

I have to agree that the occasional Saturday of doing absolutely nothing is quite nice. But I reckon I’d go crazy if I tried to bum around for more than that. I’d get a hobby or something, I’m sure. I suppose that’s why I’m writing this entry in the first place. Maybe I’ll go chop wood or build a house or something.

PS – ‘Learn to Fly’ by the Foo Fighters is amazing!

If I Were an Evil Overlord

14 September 2008

Right…so you are an Evil Overlord. What should you be doing? Thankfully, you can now learn from the grisly deaths of a few previous ones. How? There exists an amusing list of tips, do’s, and don’ts that I would advise any Evil Overlord (with a trusty Legion of Terror) to consider. I have to say I was impressed. If you aren’t even likely to become an E.O. (not far from CEO, eh?), the list is a good read anyway.

On a similar note, I am of the opinion that there is room for another equally useful list, ‘Lessons Learned from Hollywood’, that should be mandatory reading for all schoolchildren and scriptwriters (tiresome cliches anyone?).

The first few entries would go:

1. Never, ever, go into an abandoned building (especially if the front door is unlocked and slightly ajar).

2. Never split up when exploring a hazardous environment.

3. Always design robots with an easily accessible on/off switch (and prevent the robot from being able to reprogram it).

4. Better yet, don’t make AI at all.

I welcome any suggestions that the reader may have.