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The Breadwinner (2017)

“Raise your
words, not your voice.
It is rain
that makes the flowers grow;
not thunder.”

The Breadwinner (2017) - IMDb

The Breadwinner (2017) – IMDb by Nora Twomey. With Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Noorin Gulamgaus, Laara Sadiq. In 2001, Afghanistan is under the control of the Taliban. When her father is captured, a determined young girl disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.

Happy Towel Day!

Towel Day is celebrated every year on 25 May as a tribute to the author Douglas Adams by his fans. On this day, fans openly carry a towel with them, as described in Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or share their folded animal towels to demonstrate their appreciation for the books and the author. The commemoration was first held 25 May 2001, two weeks after Adams’ death on 11 May.

How Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Saw Into the Future

How Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Saw Into the Future - WSJ

How Kubrick’s ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Saw Into the Future – WSJ 50 years old, the famously opaque science-fiction classic anticipated flat-screen technology and artificial intelligence. Fifty years ago next month, invitation-only audiences gathered in specially equipped Cinerama theaters in Washington, New York and Los Angeles to preview a widescreen epic that director Stanley Kubrick had been working on for four years.

The Wikipedia Competitor That’s Harnessing Blockchain For Epistemological Supremacy, a two-year-old online encyclopedia, will become a decentralized, peer-to-peer, user-owned resource. Larry Sanger’s Everipedia entry is pretty close to his Wikipedia entry. It describes him as “an American Internet project developer … best known as co-founder of Wikipedia.” By the time you read this, however, it may well mention a new, more salient fact—that Sanger recently became the Chief Information Officer of Everipedia itself, a site that seeks to become a better version of the online encyclopedia than the one he founded back in 2001. To do that, Sanger’s new employer is trying something that no other player in the space has done: moving to a blockchain.

How to Win a War on Drugs

How to Win a War on Drugs - The New York Times

How to Win a War on Drugs – The New York Times ago, the United States and Portugal both struggled with illicit drugs and took decisive action — in diametrically opposite directions. The U.S. cracked down vigorously, spending billions of dollars incarcerating drug users. In contrast, Portugal undertook a monumental experiment: It decriminalized the use of all drugs in 2001, even heroin and cocaine, and unleashed a major public health campaign to tackle addiction. Ever since in Portugal, drug addiction has been treated more as a medical challenge than as a criminal justice issue. After more than 15 years, it’s clear which approach worked better.

Studio Ghibli Finally Explained Why Chihiro’s Parents Turned Into Pigs

by​ James Gould-Bourn @

The classic Studio Ghibli film “Spirited Away” was released in 2001 and it remains as popular today as it was fifteen years ago. It’s the most successful film in Japan’s history (it even won an Oscar) and it grossed almost $300 million worldwide. But while the movie has no shortage of fans, it also has no shortage of people who continue to argue about what the sometimes ambiguous movie actually means.

To bring the ongoing debate to an end once and for all, a Japanese fan of Hayao Miyazaki’s masterpiece recently wrote to Studio Ghibli asking for an explanation regarding the story’s underlying message. And to her surprise, she actually got a reply.

Gold’s Gym Manila SUCKS big time!!!

As early as October of 2001, Gold’s Gym at Glorietta has been offering membership to its soon-to-open fitness center, promising a March 2002 opening date. It has been a month since that promised date, and yet rubble is still visible at the gym’s location, with no official word from Gold’s Gym as to the delays. Anton San Diego of The Inquirer (Feb. 16) mentions a “soft opening in March and grand opening in July.” I seriously wonder what the hell a “soft opening” is – whatever it was, it never happened. Read More

Mac OS X 10.1 News

Apple® today announced that Mac® OS X version 10.1, delivering dramatically enhanced performance and support for digital media and devices including DVDs, MP3 CDs, MP3 players, printers, digital cameras and DV camcorders. A free Instant Up-to-Date upgrade kit for existing Mac OS X users will be available through October 31, 2001, or while supplies last through Apple’s retail stores and at participating retail outlets.