Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday Round Up

 It's the last Friday before Christmas, people! How is it already the end of December?! Craziness. Do you have all of your shopping done, or are you waiting to do some last minute? I'm pretty sure I'm done. Hopefully I haven't forgotten anything! Okay, now on to the rest...

I'm sure you've heard about the Sony hacking attack by now. It started back around Thanksgiving and has been ramping up into a fervor through this week when basically the hackers said they would attack any theaters who decided to show The Interview. After many theater chains pulled out of showing the movie, Sony itself decided to cancel the release. Now, the hackers are gloating about their victory and saying Sony is not allowed to release the movie in any format (and using terrible grammar to make this new demand). The FBI has also confirmed that North Korea is likely responsible for these attacks, which honestly once they threatened the theaters really became more of an act of terrorism than a cyber crime. The definition of terrorism is the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims, and I think this attack clearly fits that moniker as it was all about intimidation. While I understand the aim to keep everyone safe by pulling the movie, I think this sets an incredibly dangerous precedent. Isn't it the US policy not to negotiate with terrorists? And now we've just handed these people a win. What will they, or anyone else, demand next? People are pulling their showings of Team America, a studio has pulled a Steve Carrell movie that had something to do with North Korea. Where does it end?

Okay, moving on. We all know Photoshop is used way too much on celebrities these days, making them look thinner or getting rid of any supposed "imperfections." But apparently this photo manipulation has been going on since before the advent of the modern computer! These pictures show before and after of a photo of Joan Crawford from 1931 that was retouched, but by using chemicals in a photography lab. And it took six hours rather than maybe 30 minutes or something. 

Speaking of old photos, how about some rare historic photos? Some of them are kind of sad, some are just cool, and some are plain interesting. One of my favorites is the picture of Sweden the day after they changed the side of the road they are supposed to drive on. Ha, I can't imagine the kind of chaos that would cause now. The picture I featured above is of some workers building the Golden Gate Bridge. Scary!

To end on a completely light note, have you ever wondered what your zodiac sign says about your dating habits? Then check out this article that goes over just that! Reading over the few of people I know, they all made me laugh as they all seemed pretty true. Of course, the zodiac stuff is just for fun, but it's just that - fun. I'm a Capricorn, if you're curious.

Okay, that's all for this week! Happy Holidays to all!

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