Indy 4: Rumors And Rant

More Indy rumors floating, with a few comments made after by someone claiming to be Frank Darabont, a writer currently working on the script for the 4th Indy outing. soccer_mom56, a LiveJournal blogger, claims to have run into Harrison Ford a nite or two ago. They had a quick chat about the upcoming movie and Harrison was nice enough to give a few quick answers. According to the post, Ford is hoping that Sean Connery will reprise the role of his father from the 3rd film. Ford also responded that he had heard no rumors about a sanitized version of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” showing up in the future, ala the walkie-talkie-fied ET re-release. The current rumor is that the scene where Ford shoots the swordsman with his gun as opposed to fighting him is getting axed.

I have no problem with directors/whatever adding or modifying films, but changing classics to avoid possibly offending someone is down right stupid. Times change and so do people, but movies tend to make a snapshot of the time when movies were written. A movie about the holocaust could offend the Jewish, but then again, it could offend the Germans. Does that mean that we should change the movie to make both happy or should we make a movie that is meant for entertainment and hope that people see it as that. If the movie aims for nothing more than to offend, that is one thing, but butchering a movie to please a small fraction of the viewers could ruin it for the majority.

I’ll put it like this: Take any movie ever written and try to find something that could offend someone else and remove it. No slang racial references (whether intentional, humorous, or otherwise), no references to racism, slavery, mental issues, financial wealth or lack of, no mention of violence, anger, use of weapons, etc and you see what you end up with.

There is enough drivel at the movies out there now that I don’t need them hacking up the greats. I’ll be first in line to snag the Indiana Jones box set, but if they remove his whip and give him a walkie talkie, you can bet someone is getting an email from an irate fan…

[Update – soccer_mom56 has apparently closed off the comments area of the post, but there were a few exchanges between her and someone claiming to be Darabont. My rant still stands :p)

Wireless Is Boston

Interesting little read on Wired.com. Free Wireless on Newberry Street tells of a local business owner who has wireless internet for most of the street that his shop is on for the use of customers and visitors to the area. In exchange for the service, users have to deal with a popup every few hours. That sounds better than some of the ISPs out there, although I don’t see myself hoofing it to Boston for some free surfing.

To check out the network, you can hit NewburyOpen.net.

Dot Com Morons

So, you find a domain you want to buy, but you can’t quite get it because even though it’s expired, the registrar hasn’t released it yet. Even though the “subscription” has expired, it won’t be released so the company that is responsible for registering it for the users out there can try to charge someone to “buy it as soon as possible” for an added fee. So, instead of using that fee, you decide to wait. And wait. And wait…

Then, when the domain becomes available, you find that is has been snagged by one of the many domain squatting companies out there trying to make a buck off of the sale of said domains. Sites like this who have the odacity to complain about the registrars being anti-competative by cheating other companies, such as said squatters, out of the apparent $688 minimum to get the domain. Is it me or does this sound like organized chaos to anyone else? After seeing the site yesterday that sold eBay user names, I thought I’d seen just about every “legal” way of trying to milk the customers out there.

And people wonder why new companies end up with names such as PurpleDottedWoodpecker.com.

Weather Watcher

Was watching TechTV for a few minutes last nite and saw Megan intro a replacement for WeatherBug. I’ve been a avid Bug user for a few years now, but always hated the popups and other crap that was included to “persuade” you to buy the full version of the program.

Weather Watcher on the other hand is completely freeware, with no spyware attached. I work in an office with no windows (I refer to it as my cell), so if the weather starts to get bad or if there is bad weather coming, I usually don’t know until I head out of the office. I tried out WW this AM and so far it’s working like a charm. Seems to include the same basic functionality, without all the other aforementioned crap.