Puppy strutting at Belfast Pride

All of the doggos!

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Bray Air Show, Ireland

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In honour of Belfast’s crisp sandwich café…

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Crisp Sandwiches

I have decided upon tonight’s dinner!

crisp sandwiches
It has to be Tayto when it’s cheese and onion!

Yeah so if you don’t know, a café has opened in Belfast today, after the success of London’s cereal café, that serves crisp sandwiches in lots of varieties, deli style.

It sold out of its stock in hours from what I’m told.

Meanwhile, it made me nostalgic… So I’m eating it now!

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Movies of 2015 – “Big Hero 6” and “Taken 3”!

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Baymax and a Ball

In a week, I’ve seen two movies – Last night I saw Taken 3, and on Sunday I saw Big Hero 6. Suffice to say, I think Big Hero 6 is the better of the two haha. Both are good movies though!

Big Hero 6 has been out in the US for ages already, they had it in November I think. It’s a bit of a weird departure for Disney; it’s basically the first fruit borne of the recent merge of Marvel into Disney, as Big Hero 6 was a Marvel comic superhero team originally. What you will probably already know is it’s a Pixar-treated Disney movie – and so Disney has thrown all of the delicious Pixar cuteness onto it. So, we end up with the loveable robot Baymax doing all sorts of quirky and cute things, since he’s essentially a big balloon (very different to his comic origins!).

Baymax and a Ball
Baymax and a ball he can’t reach… adorable!

I’m not gonna go into too much detail on story and stuff because spoilers would abound, but they’ve torn up most of the original story from the comics in favour of a less complicated and simpler story. In keeping with recent Disney/Pixar there’s plenty of feels going around. It otherwise is fun, entertaining and bound to be a good hit for Disney – with undoubtedly plenty of toys and such soon to follow. As a film, the only thing I thought was disappointing was the pace near the end. It almost finishes all of a sudden – it seemed like there was the build up to the finale and the finale went at breakneck speed, then very little wrap up afterwards, basically like “all done! see ya later!”. I also thought they didn’t do much developing of the other heroes on the team, some of which were pretty interesting in their own right. It seems like a time thing for both.

On the opposite end of film genres is Taken 3 (Tak3n?), the last in a trilogy which I would have sworn would never get two films yet alone three. Having evolved rapidly from Taken’s “You’re going to be taken” to Taken 2’s “Your mom and I are going to be taken”, the trailer reveals a minor spoiler that shows this isn’t going to be a film about that kind of being ‘Taken’. Thankfully, Liam Neeson takes a lot more lives once more to make up for it, in a typical action movie that despite being really rather unspecial is still quite entertaining. It’s not good cinema, but if you’re like me you’ll like it anyway. My personal highlight is when Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is conversing in Russian to a bad guy at his mercy, and the Russian switches to English and deadpans “Your accent is terrible!”; bravo, stereotypical Russian bad guy number 3, bravo.

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Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills – DILF?

It’s always interesting to see on Rotten Tomatoes when a film like Taken 3 has only 10% from critic reviews but holds a currently 75% from user reviews. This isn’t a film critics are going to see much of value in, but somehow the formula works well for mindless action that you don’t have to think too much about. I always like Forest Whitaker though, even though his character in this movie is a bit odd.

So, if you’re at all like me, both these films are worth a watch – although you’ll have to wait a few more weeks for Big Hero 6, as I caught an advance preview. It comes out at the end of January!

What films are you looking forward to in 2015?

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New year, more blogging!

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Zuki Photodog

So with only a few corrections still remaining on my thesis (Yay!) I think it’s time I did a bit more of my other interesting things! I plan to tweet more, do more app development, more photography and more blogging!

The dog with a camera!

I’ll aim for at least once a week for blog stuff – starting tomorrow with the two rather different films I saw in the past week, Big Hero 6 and Taken 3.


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‘Right to be Forgotten’ EU ruling

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This week, an EU court ruled against Google and made a judgement that it and other search engine providers must accept requests by a person to remove links, specifically if that link is to data that “becomes outdated or inaccurate, even if that information was accurate when it was first published”.

Obviously, some are calling this a huge victory for individual rights, whilst others are saying it amounts to censorship akin to Chinese filtered search results. And, both are right.

Let’s deal with the individual rights here – it means that if someone published information on you, say, being involved in a company that becomes unpopular due to a big legal case, and you subsequently leave the company, you can ask for the information about you to be removed as it is no longer accurate; you don’t work there any more. This can prevent a now inaccurate piece of information being used against you, say, in future job applications. The larger question is not in the accuracy test of the information, but in the ‘outdated’ bit. When does information become outdated? Isn’t history timeless in itself?

Privacy advocates insist this stops organisations and companies abusing customer data, and hands back power to the individual. But on the censorship angle, Google and co. have a point – do we get to have information removed from listings just because we don’t like what it says about us?

There are lots of angles here – some say that if you commit a crime and that is public record, you shouldn’t be able to have this information removed from listings in results for your name. Equally though, part of our justice system is that you serve your time and your conviction is spent, it should no longer count against you. Some say that this argument isn’t even relevant as the law doesn’t apply to these circumstances. It’s an interesting one particularly because I don’t think society has quite cracked the ‘forgiveness’ side of crime yet.

I think part of the problem is, no-one really understands what data this DOES apply to. The right of citizens to control their own data seems relevant to me only when it is data they have personally created. You should not, for example, be able to request removal of an article that embarrasses you, simply because it uses your name. This would be a massive censorship problem – for obvious reasons. But, if it’s data you personally created, shouldn’t you be in control of it already, such that removing it from listings isn’t required?

This uncertainty is all because it isn’t being made apparent who owns what data. Do you ‘own’ a tweet once you send it? Does Twitter? Who ‘owns’ a Facebook status update? If you ‘own’ them, then delete them, and issue takedown orders on those reproducing your work without permission. If you don’t own them, citizens should be made aware that when they submit these statuses, they surrender all ownership of them.

And that’s the crux of it for me – it’s about making sure that the customer data is safe at the end point, not the search engine. Compel the Facebooks and Zyngas and forums and YouTubes to stop selling data so freely, and stop caching old customer data after it has been deleted by the user. Force Google to remove only ‘cached snapshot’ pages on request, and tell citizens their issue is otherwise with the endpoint, which must ensure it’s information is up to date (otherwise libel?). Stop the sites that chronicle tweets from disrespecting tweet deletions, for example. A whole raft of proper measures can be taken to allow citizens the power to control their own ‘right to be forgotten’, because data they actually created is theirs. That, ultimately, makes much more sense that simply hiding results from listings, whilst not removing the data from the Internet.

TL:DR – you don’t have a right to remove pages just because they mention your name, or because you did or said something stupid, regardless of how outdated it is. You do have a right that data you created can be destroyed by you (you own it), and those not disrespecting that deletion should be compelled to do so (copyright?).

I don’t think the judgement will stand too long in its current form.

– Zuki

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Solution to the Flag Protests in NI

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Gizmodo UK – Would You Welcome One of These Union Jack Redesigns if Scotland Votes for Independence?

Seriously, just change the Union Flag to one of these, and the flag protests will be over instantly; because not even the most die-hard Unionist would want one of these ugly motherfuckers flying from their buildings and lampposts!

Examples of the crazy:

The Flag Institute offers up several revisions, some taking influence from royal crests and coats of arms, others from the Welsh cross of St David.

Would You Welcome One of These Union Jack Redesigns if Scotland Votes for Independence?

Would You Welcome One of These Union Jack Redesigns if Scotland Votes for Independence?

Would You Welcome One of These Union Jack Redesigns if Scotland Votes for Independence?

What do you think 😉

– Zuki