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Monty Python Not Silly About Copyrights

Monty Python is finally doing something about all those unauthorized video uploads of their comedy sketches and movie clips to YouTube. Rather than unleashing their lawyers and issuing take down notices they're fighting back by launching their own YouTube Channel and reposting all their most popular clips in HQ (High Quality) direct from their own vaults.

This means that the best quality version of your favorite Monty Python moment can be found on the Monty Python Channel.

As well all of their videos are linked to their corresponding products on Amazon which they are blatantly encouraging you to buy to help ease their pain of being ripped off for the past three years.

Watch their very entertaining announcement video of this strategy below.

The Monty Python Channel on YouTube

Posted by MontyPython

The channel was launched in November of 2008 and, according to YouTube's blog, not only are Monty Python's video clips frequently receiving high views but also their product sales on Am…

Miracle on the Hudson Video of Plane Decending

Whilst I'm sure you've probably had plenty of opportunity to see the video, filmed by the Coast Guard, of US Airways passenger plane, flight 1549, descending into the Hudson river I thought I'd post it here anyway along with my thoughts.

Video of US Airways descent into Hudson River released

Posted by USCGImagery

Personally I watched this video because I was hoping to see how the plane managed to land on the water without spinning out of control.

In all the reporting on this event pilots everywhere seem to have universally agreed that landing a plane of this size safely on water is one step removed from impossible. (One step removed NOW because this pilot has shown its not completely impossible).

I was interested to see the landing just to satisfy my curiosity of how the pilot achieved it - especially considering he had no power, only gliding capability.

Did he need to keep the nose of the plane up? Did he have to use the engines, located below the the wings, as skis to slow t…

The Bat Suit and CSI: Batman

I'm not much of a reader of Batman comic books. Most of my appreciation of Batman is with the film versions of the character (excluding the animated versions) because that's where I first discovered him. I'm fairly sure it was the Adam West TV series version that first caught my attention as reruns in the nineteen seventies followed closely by the 1949 cinema serial and the animated 'Super friends'.

However I am a fan of the way batman is drawn in the comic books. I like the grey leotards with either a blue or black cowl. I prefer the black cowl but the blue version still works on the page. (The blue cowl is actually meant to be a black cowl that has a kind of 'blue black' hue in the light and came about as a way to make Batman stand out more from the black outlines and shading used within comic books).

When it comes to Batman on film we've become accustomed to the black rubber suits that Tim Burton established in his movie Batman (1989)(See image left wi…

Boom Crash Opera Born Classic But Not Again

Boom Crash Opera are an Australian Band that reached the peak of their popularity in the mid to late nineteen eighties. They are a band that I knew about at that time but was never really excited by until they released their ill fated double album Born and Born Again in 1995 (Album cover pictured).

At the time of its release I was very much into emerging Australian musical acts and was also looking out for new sounds that were different and had kind of a futuristic/electronic sound. Artists that I was buying at the time included; Swoop, Nine Inch Nails and Pop Will Eat Its Self. As well as a really interesting release by David Bowie, the concept album, Outside.

Born was a fairly radical departure for Boom Crash Opera (BCO). The first single, Gimme, was often compared to the sounds of Gary Glitter, particularly his single, Rock n Roll part 2, because of the pounding drum loops. Watch the video below.



My favorite single from the album is dissemble which probably went nowhere on the charts …

The Female Orgasm Explained

The other night I was mindlessly watching whatever show happened to be on TV next when I was confronted with a French documentary titled The Female Orgasm Explained (Warning note: the previous link will take you to this fairly graphic and explicit documentary on Google Video). Naturally I had to watch to... to... um... learn something. The fact that they kept showing really old porn clips in no way influenced my decision to watch.

So this post isn't a review, it's commentary on what I learned. This could get quite graphic and possibly a little sexist. If talk about things below the waist and above the knees makes you run a mile out of earshot then now's the time to start running.

Most men already know women are complex beings. Especially when it comes to their um... 'bits'. The enlightened men amongst us know about the clitoris, G-spots and even know there's a difference between vaginal and clitoral orgasms.

Apparently, though, according to this documentary, women…