Memorial Day Weekend - Remember, Please

Memorial Day is a day set aside in the USA to remember those who died in service of their country in one of the armed forces. While Veteran's Day celebrates members of our armed services past and present, Memorial Day adds a layer pf poignancy since we are specifically acknowledging those who died in service.

In the USA the Memorial Day weekend also signals the unofficial start of the Summer season, with much grilling, parading, and big scale sports events like the Indianapolis 500.


I Have Finally Succumbed To Discworld

Over the years, I kept hearing or reading how good the Discworld series of novels were, and I kept putting off investing my time in them. The main reason was that I had seen part of the TV adaptation of the first couple of novels several years ago, and really did not like it - despite it featuring several actors that I usually enjoy. It's hard to put my finger on why, but I never even completed watching the thing. 

Some of the Discworld cast of characters, with Terry Pratchett reading


In A Twist, Pirates Held For Ransom

Disney's new Pirates of The Carribean: Dead Men Tales No Tales movie is apparently being held hostage by hackers, who are threatening to release parts of the film online unless Disney pays them a ransom, the amount of which has not been released.

Piracy of movies, music and TV shows is not new, but previously the media was released "for free" via various online sites and methods. Any financial impact on the creators would be from presumed lost ticket sales and viewership.  This new ransom twist is a recent development, following a similar ploy with the Netflix series Orange Is The New Black.

It's unclear yet how the unreleased movie was obtained - usually pirated fare shows up after the products are released - but the threat seems to be real and the FBI is involved. Disney does not intend to pay any ransom.