One of the ‘Calling Blighty’ series of films made by the Army Film Unit in India to provide visual messages from British Armed Service personnel to their relatives and friends back home. This one was shown at the Classic Cinema, Southampton on 30 April 1944 for an invited audience.
It's good to laugh at yourself sometimes. After watching the first two episodes of "The IT Crowd" last night I decided to make time to watch it again next week.
This sitcom follows the lives of three employees in the IT support department of a company run by a maniacal character played by the anarchic Chris Morris.
There were some great geeky touches like the o'reilly animals on the wall, the RTFM t-shirt as well as the posters promoting open source and fair use.
However, I do think that some of the characterisation may be over the top. There was a scene where "Moss" had his amazon books delivered to his desk. He had ordered both the adult and children's versions of the latest Harry Potter book so that he could compare the texts to make sure that they weren't different. Now who would be pedantic enough to do something like that?
You can watch the episodes online and get some useful links from the website.
4th April is the birthday of Saint Isidore of Seville, the proposed parton saint of the Internet.
Isidore's most important work was his encyclopedia, the Etymologiae. The work takes its title from the method he used in the transcription of his time's knowledge. The encyclopedia as a whole was a huge compilation in 448 chapters, devoted to transmitting a condensed epitome of the learning of antiquity. The depository of classical culture in Isidore's compendium was so highly regarded that in a great measure it superseded the use of the individual works of the classics themselves, and many were not recopied and are lost. The book not only was the most popular compendia in medieval libraries but was printed in at least 10 editions between 1470 and 1530, showing Isidore's continued popularity in the Renaissance. Until the 12th century brought translations from Arabic sources, Isidore transmitted what western Europeans remembered of the works of Aristotle and other Greeks, although he couldn't understand Greek further than single words. This work was much copied, particularly in the medieval bestiary.