…Walt Disney World [^], in Florida.
Is it just me or is everyone else wondering why?
I thought that the twinned towns [^] were supposed to have some similarities. It’s hard to see the connection between a American tourist attraction and the former railway town. It seems that the link is a poem by Rebecca Warren [^] comparing the Magic Roundabout [^] with the Disney’s spinning teacup ride.
To further confuse newcomers the roundabout complex will feature a sign proclaiming the twinning with the Magic Kingdom.
Magic Roundabout, Swindon
There is some interesting discussion about whether or not the ‘loveable’ Wall-E robot is a copyright criminal over at SFFaudio [^]. The link does have mild spoilers, but probably nothing that you wouldn’t have guessed at from seeing the trailer.
The case that Jesse Willis at SFFaudio make centres around the robot’s “jailbreaking” of a copy of the film “Hello Dolly”. As they point out, in the year 2805 the film would be almost 800 years out of copyright protection and in the public domain. But under the USA’s DMCA [^] and Canada’s about to be enacted copyright law circumventing copy protection is a crime. So even though the 1969 film would be in the public domain, if the original media was protected by some form of Digital Rights Management [^], which video tapes and DVDs are, copying it onto another device would be a crime. Another case of hypocrisy in this film? Consumerism is bad, but buy our toys [BrizBunny Comments]; and don’t copy our robot, buy an original DVD of this movie.
Despite this we here in the CannibalRabbit household are still looking forward to the movie.
Back in September I posted about the ominous sounding Buy n Large. The Buy n Large website [^] is a promo site for the upcoming Disney-Pixar film “Wall-E”. On engadget [^] there is a post about the sneak peak at the about to be launched merchandise to promote the film in the US.
This is the “Ultimate Wall-E” a ten motored radio controlled robot, loaded full of sensor, and capable of being programmed; all for an amazing $US 190.
It seems as though the irony of releasing merchandise for a movie about the effects of mass consumerism has been lost on the entertainment giant. To paraphrase: buying lots of “stuff”, just so that you can have “stuff” – bad; oh by the way come on buy the really expensive toy robot. Enough said!
All acquired customer information becomes the property of the Buy n Large corporation and can be used (but is not limited to) any venture the Buy n Large Corporation deems beneficial to it. By visiting Buy n Large (or a Buy n Large partner) the user agrees to relinquish (if requested) any personal assets that may be deemed “usable” by the Buy n Large Corporation; this includes (but is not limited to) real estate, stock holdings, user transportation, employment income and the users “soul” (either real or imagined, regardless of spiritual or religious affiliation). http://buynlarge.com/
You have got to give a website points when they are this open about their intentions. It turns-out that this amazing site is all an elaborate hoax to promote the upcoming Pixar movie Wall*E.
This almost reads like a slightly tamed-down version of Jasper Fforde’s Goliath Corporation [^]. Goliath comes right out and doesn’t hide it’s intentions behind legalese:
The Corporation welcomes open and responsible corporate affairs but also upholds the right to defend itself against those wishing to harm the good work it does for the citizenry. If you know who these people are it is your moral responsibility to tell us. Call (in confidence) our Goliath ‘Helpful Citizen Hotline’ 700-STOOLY. There may be a cash reward. http://www.goliathcorp.com/index2.html
No Orwellian Double-Speak here! What a shame that they are both fictional – but real-life is much more insidious.