March 5, 2008

Yahoo 300 Parody

Posted in Category: Fun — Amr Awadallah @ 5:46 pm | link | | comment (0)
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This is a parody based on the 300 movie twisted to reflect Microsoft’s hostile take over bid for Yahoo.

We did not do voice-over, so you will need to read the captions (except for one part, guess which 🙂 ). As the disclaimer at the beginning says, this clip is intended for entertainment value only, it does not necessarily reflect our personal views and certainly does not reflect Yahoo!’s official views in any way, shape, or form. The idea for the clip is mine, as in Amr Awadallah the person and not Amr whom works for Yahoo! Inc.

You can see the video on YouTube as embedded below (I posted this on YouTube instead of Yahoo! Video to further emphasize that this has nothing to do with Yahoo! Inc):

If the youtube player does not work for you, you can download the original wmv video clip from:

http://www.awadallah.com/Yahoo300.wmv

Enjoy,

— amr

PS: The 300 movie is awesome, so go rent or buy it (It is astonishing that most of this movie was actually shot in a studio).

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March 9, 2007

This is SPARTA!

Posted in Category: Fun — Amr Awadallah @ 3:46 am | link | | comment (0)
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I just came back about an hour ago from watching the 300 movie with David Gerster.

I was very eager to see the movie since I am a sucker for the leadership/loyalty/macho theme. I also like the gore, which I know is sick, but hey, I would never kill a chicken in real life (though if you mess with one of my kids, I would probably kill you 🙂 ).

The movie did live up to my expectations, it was stunning visually, tons of action, had a couple of explicit beheadings, and it did not really have a ton of blood (they had a proper balance, which is good). It was artistic, it was not animation, nor cell shading, it was real footage, but had a comic like theme to it (I guess it is the way they did the coloring/lighting and how they added the blood speckles).

The story was simple, an invading massive Persian army asking the Spartans (and the Roman Empire Greece at large) to kneel in front of them or die. The Spartans, 300 of them, fought back for freedom of all (the rest of the Roman Greek army did not join the fight due to bribery, corruption, and internal politics).

The Spartans were not civil though, they were barbaric, “No Mercy, No Prisoners” was a line from the movie, they killed all, the sick, the wounded, the PoWs, it did not matter. Furthermore, if young babies were born unfit, they throw them away! (but we still liked the Spartans, and felt sad when one of them died, how ironic is that).

The ending was not well done IMHO, a smart leader should have calculated the risks better than that, some times you have to kneel to stand up again later, but I do not want to spoil the movie for you.

I don’t chat about politics much in my blog, but this movie should not be shown in the middle east (Iraq specifically), because frankly, they think they are the Spartans, and the US is the invading Persians with their power and technological might, wanting all to kneel in front of them.

Below is a couple of key scenes from the movie, click on the photos to see the HD version:


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July 17, 2006

Hilrious, yet amazing, Math Skills.

Posted in Category: Fun — Amr Awadallah @ 4:07 pm | link | | comment (0)
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A friend forwarded these hilarious mathematical deductions along to me, they truly speak for them selves:

  1. Find X

    Where is x?

  2. Limit Theory

    limit

  3. n cancels out with n

    sin six

— amr

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