Archive for December, 2008

Posse Comitatus

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

In the third season finale of the “West Wing”, President Bartlet makes a life-or-death decision regarding a foreign diplomat who is a known terrorist. He ponders the situation during a charity benefit performance of a Shakespeare play about another conflicted leader, Henry VI. This is very intelligently interspersed with patriotic music “England Arise” from Shakespeare’s War of the Roses play which is on show. Look at the video below.  The Music and lyrics are actually by Stephen Oliver and are from The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickelby.Amazing Drama and sound effects!By the way, the episode name refers to the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878. In its most simplistic sense, this law prohibits the US armed (uniformed) forces (the Army, Air Force) from exercising law enforcement powers. Imagine, the conflict - the President here is giving an “illegal” assassination order and again asking for the military to handle it. Watch the full episode for the push and pulls behind this decision. But, the ending is simply marvelous. What do you think?The lyrics of the song below:

England arise! Join in the chorus!It is a new made song you should be singing.See in the skies, flutt’ring before uswhat the bright bird of peace is bringing!See upon our smiling landwhere the wealths of nations standwhere prosperity and industry walkever hand in hand.Where so many blessings crowd,’tis our duty to be proud.Up and answer, English Yeoman,sing it joyfully aloud.Evermore upon our countryGod will pour his rich increase,And victorious in war shall be made glorious in peace,And victorious in war shall be made glorious in peace.See each one do what he can to further God’s almighty plan.The benificence of heaven help the skilfulness of man.Ev’ry garner fill’d with grain, Ev’ry meadow blest with rain:Rich and fertile is the golden corn that bear and bears again.Where so many blessings crowd,’Tis our duty to be proud.Up and answer, fellow Britons,sing it joyfully aloud.Evermore upon our countryGod will pour his rich increaseAnd victorious in war shall be made glorious in peace,And victorious in war shall be made glorious in peace. 

 

Create a 3D Face from a Single Photo

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

This was something amazing that I came across tonight. I always thought that technologies like this would exist only with the Government and big corporations. But, it is here. I am looking forward to the day when this could be physically rendered at the same speed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXLvUY2Rz2w