THX 1138 is an American science fiction film set in a dystopian future in which the populace is controlled through android police officers and mandatory use of drugs that suppress emotion, including outlawed sexual desire. It was directed by George Lucas in his feature film directorial debut in 1971.
Produced by Francis Ford Coppola and written by Lucas and Walter Murch, it stars Donald Pleasence and Robert Duvall.
THX 1138 was developed from Lucas's student film Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB, which he made in 1967 while attending the University of Southern California's film school. The feature film was produced in a joint venture between Warner Bros. and Francis Ford Coppola's production company, American Zoetrope. A novelization by Ben Bova was published in 1971. The film received mixed reviews from critics and failed to find box office success on initial release; however, the film has subsequently received critical acclaim and gained a cult following, particularly in the aftermath of Lucas's success with Star Wars in 1977.
THX1138 Director's cut: The Future Trailer
The movie is one of the most awesome movies on SCi-Fi Topic I've ever seen much better than comercial ones such as Star Wars and perhaps one of the best if not the best movies, George Lucas has done ever.
The THX with its Android police is another inspirational one that perhaps has inspired the naming of the Android Operating System like that.
THX 1138 movie is an example of a kind of communist society in the future which perhaps the global elite has planned for humanity. The only mean of the THX 1138 is to consume and work being programmed (conditioned) by the central authorities with a full control over all aspects of the individual life, its kinda of pretty much what is today western world has been turning into.
I believe we're currently in a transitional stage to this futuristic society in which, the life costs zero.
Well, after all the global programmers of society in our age has a sense of humour to finance a movie like that 🙂
My wife recently recommended a fantastic old times movie from the distant 1981 called Znachar (translated in English as Quack). The movie is directed by Polish director called Jerzy Goffman though made in 1982 the movie premierre happened in 1982, the story plot behind the movie is based on a book from polish writer and journalist Tadeusz Dołęga Mostowicz novel Znachor.
The movie is actually a remake of older movie called under the same name Знахарь (a naturally divine gifted herbal medicine doctor).
The story goes in the middle of first and second World Wars with main actor being a famous surgeon a professor in medicine Rafal Vilchur. When back from a hard surgery operation in his county house just about to great his wife with a big bucket of flowers he finds out he is abandoned by his life, reading a letter in which she says she leaves him because she fall in love with another man, his wife takes his daughter with him and as a result of the shocking event the surgeon walks the streets hopeless still uncapable of realizing and properly evaluating his tragedy, he meets a beggar to whom he gives a lot of money and the beggar brings him in a pub and they do a heavily drinking together as a way to forget his great misfortune.
Being deadly drunk he walks out and a gang of drunkards seeing him paying with a big bucks and finding out his richness, they put him in a carret and smuggle all his money throughing him out of the city after robbing him to the last penny. Being throughn of the carret the professor hurts his head and loses his memory, and once he wakes up and finds himself in the middle of nowhere he realizes he did not remember anything including who is he. As the robbers steal all his money and documents and he is out of the town with no ability to remember he wonders in villages and seeks to find any kind of job that can win him his daily bread.
He lived in that noman manner a couple of years and the police has catched him trying to figure out who is he but failed to identify him and even put him in jail for few weeks on the occasion he is living illegal with on identity.
Having the experience of a kind of hermit life in the woods, in one of his next catch ups by police and their rude way to try to identify him he is able to steal a documents laying on the police table that belonged to an already dead person called Anthony Kosiby and from that moment on he starts identifying under Anthony Kosibiy's name.
Even though Anthony did not remember his real identity he feels his ability to help sick people. He starts working in another village he wanders to in a family of a small wheat orthodox christian producer called Prokop. The only left living son of Prokop Vasiliy is since a couple of months has become a disabled due to accident and the failure of the uncaring local doctor Pavlickogo who has improperly joined his leg bones, after Vasiliy's broke his legs.
Anthony has realized the doctors failure as he still holds his subconcsious ability for surgeon and a professor. Kasiba convinces Anthony's father to agree on a improvised operation with another breaking of legs. As Vasiliy's legs gets healed, rumors all around the village spread about the natural healer and self learned doctor.
As a mean to payback Prokop wants to reply a huge sum of gold money to Kasiba but as Casiba is already unattached to money and he only needs a play to work and stay he asks his master Prokop to keep him in his home as a part of family to whose offer Prokop happily agrees.
A mobs of sick people start coming to the newly found herbalist and a "witch doctor" for healing and all finds confort and healing this makes the quack even more famous and known all around the region.
Nearby in the village there is a small grocery store where Kasiba buys the basic goods necessery for his healing and improvised operations. Kasiba finds himself attacted with unexplained symphathy to the young orphanned sells lady named Marusya. Marusya's beauty impresses all the young villages. In one of his visits Kasiba hears from Marusya a known melody he heard but he can't recall where he heard it but it deeply affects his soul and slowly this songs starts cherishing some memories.
The local village and nearby region state doctor Pavlickij happens to meet Anthony and because of jealousy for Anthony's success he makes prank and threatens him to expose his fraudulent medicine practices believing truly that Anthony is one of those self proclaimed doctors earlier prohibited by Polish government for the many harm these which doctors did to conventional medicine. Pavlickijy requires Anthony to immediately cancels his medicine practices or otherwise he will be exposed to police authorities.
Anthony uncareful about the prisoning threatens replies the doctor with words such as "People live in priso too". But even as the talk between two goes Vasiliy the healed lepper boy from Anthony the ex-disabled comes along and shows in front of Pavlickijy walking and even dancing and the doctor cancels his bullying instantly telling how Anthony managed to heal him.
In mean time Marusya the grocery store sells lady is being visited by a local royal count young person who falls in love with her and gives his best to attract Marusya, another local waiter guy is also in love with Marusya and a hidden competion emerges between the two.
Marusya is doubtful about the love relatio with the royal count named Leshek Chinsky. Chinsky is dressed impressingly has a good manners and all in village is amazed with his strange affair with the village orphan Marusya.
Chinsky fells in love so strongly that he makes even an offer to Marusya to which of course Marusya is doubtful. The family of count Chinsky is against the relation and does its best to cancel the untrustful and unequal relations between his royal song and the village girl.
In mean time the waiter guy named Zanek who is also after Marusya and wants her hand. Marusya dates Zanek 2 times and partly she things this relation could end up even with a marriage but her heart is still with the county.
Because the the improsed shop datings between count Chinsky and Marusya are continuing publicly among his friends Zanek led by his envy for not having Marusya's heart publicly insults her and accuses her of her secret sexual relation with the count as Chinsky becomes accidently witness of the mockery he stands on Marusya's side and rejects the badfull lies of Zanek ending up beating him publicly because of his blatant and improer behavior and shortly after he makes official marriage offer to Marusya in the small grocery store. The two them ride on Chinsky's motorcycle (noone in village has a motorcycle as all are poor), as they ride near a small lake and share their feelings for each other Zanek is drunk and in want for revenge, so he puts a chunk of tree on a bridge hoping to kill Chinsky.
For his amusement and misfortune Chinsky is riding with Marusya on the back of the cycle and because of the three both fall in a crash and both are in a state near death.
Zanek understanding his fault and scared for his soul being endangered to have been worthy for eternal hell because of the killing quickly takes the two injured and unconscious lovers to the quack Anthony as a last hope for help.
Anthony seeing the two patients and understanding his ability to fully manage the dying persons and scared about possibility to be responsible for the death of the lovers quickly calls for a conventional doctor for help. Doctor Pavlickij comes but again consumed for his arrogance and the unequal state in society of the two gives his best to heal Chinsky and is not too willful to heal the poor village girl Marusya.
In the mean time Anthony manage to help the count and for the luck of the count his state is much better and he is about to recover, where on the countrary Marusya is in a state of dying with a bone being stuck in her brain.
Anthony asks the doctor for an a help and all Pavlickij does is to give her a heart support injection and he leaves. Anthony seeing the surgeon instruments in Pavlickij and with no hope for a surgery intervention from the coventional doctor, remembers his professor surgeon skills and decides steals the doctors instruments and makes a perfect operation removing the bone out of the brain of the young lady.
In morning the operation makes clear it is perfectly made and the Marusya comes to a conscious perfectly normal in mind. As she is now jobless for leaving the shop for her offer for marriage she stays to live with Propop's family.
Soon Pavlickij finds out his surgeon instruments are gone and comes hearing about the successful operation to Marusya suspects about the steal by Anthony and comes with a police. The quack is an honest man so he confesses about the steal but he explains the steal with the need for the immediate operation.
The police catch the stealer and there is a quick court session to whom he is judged to stay 3 years in prison. In mean time count Chinsky managed to recover completely being sent in Switzerland and is travelling back with train back to Poland hopeless because told by his family that Marusya is dead and convinced that life is meaningless without the love of Marusya. The count decides for a love suicide and writes a suicide letter to his family asking one of the servents to hand it in to his family and preparing to kill himself with a gun.
By the providence he leads a small talk with the servent person by whom he finds out that Marusya did not die but live in Prokops family.
Being shocked he takes a carret going out of the train and hurries to Prokops family with a large bucket of roses.
The two lovers bind together and they soon marry. As a way to thank Anthony Cassiba, count Chinsky and his family (which finds out about the suicidal intentions of their son and finally agree for the marriage), hire a bunch of experts to inspect the professional surgeon lead by Anthony and to defend him in court once again trying to release him.
Again by providence the expert which does evaluated Anthony's operation who has to confirm the success of the operation over Marusya, happens to be one one of professor Rafal Vilchur (now living under the namy of Anthony) and in the middle of trial he hears by Marusya's testimony the family name of Marusya which is also Vilchur.
At that moment the surgeon expert and ex-colleague recognizes his missing for 15+ years professor and colleague Rafal and identifies him. professor Rafal Vilchur finds out the young lady he just operated is his lost daughter and he is crying out of joy.
The movie is a touching one and shows a lot of how people used to live in the age before technology and electricity took over human life. It has a deep meaning and a charge of good and the happy end in the movie makes it so different from a lot of the modern especially American movies, which nowadays end up with a messy and unclear ends without any moral to get out of it.
Watch the 2 series movie below and enjoy I promise you will not regret you watch it I promise ! 🙂
Here is a link to Quack in IMDB the IMDB movie rating is quite high 7.9.
If you're a Linux administrator you're probably already quite used to watch command which allows to execute a program periodically, showing output fullscreen. Watch is very useful to run a specific command every XXX seconds, and see the results constantly updated. watch is very useful to keep an eye on growing files, i.e.: lets say keep an eye on SQL dump:
watch "ls -al some-dump-file.sql"
or keep an eye on how a directory keeps growing in real time
watch -n 5 "du -hsc /tmp"
Above command would tell watch to refresh du -hsc /tmp on a 5 seconds interval.
So a logical question pops up "Is there a command line equivalent to Linux's watch?"In Windows there is no native command equivalent of Linux watch but there is one liner bat (Batch) script to equivalent to emulate Linux watch in Windows. The Watch like script in Windows OS looks like so:
@ECHO OFF :loop tasklist timeout /t 2 goto loop
Use notepad and paste above batch script to any file and save it as whateverfile.bat, running it will make all processes to get listed occuring every 2 seconds (/t 2 – is an argumeent telling the loop to expire on every 2 seconds).
Modify the script to monitor whatever Windows command you like 🙂 Enjoy
As I a person who values highly love between man and woman and believes in true love between man and woman under God’s providence I really enjoyed The Notebook and I recommend it to everyone out there looking for true love. The movie gives a good example that one can experience great love. This is a fresh breath for me as I’m surrounded by dozens of people who does concentrate too much about the fleshly pleasure and forget that the essence of love is not in the flesh but in the love between man and woman’s spirit and soul. The Notebook is a record of one true love story between a man and wife who went through love, hate long time separation, regret broken heart, loss of path in life, fading love and then after a long time of being away of each other burning love again. It tells the story of a man and wife who loved so much that they get old together a story of true dedication and lasting love. Watch the movie you will certainly not regret it.
As I’m a great ascii fan I enjoy a lot, hope more people will take the time to watch the re-created Star Wars Movie in ASCII !. I’m eager to see if someone knows of any similar kind of movies, demos or all kind of stuff streamed via telnet 🙂
To give you an idea on what you will see by telnetting to towel.blinenlight.nl, here is a short chop video:
There are few commands I usually use to track if my server is possibly under a Denial of Service attack or under Distributed Denial of Service
Sys Admins who still have not experienced the terrible times of being under a DoS attack are happy people for sure …
1. How to Detect a TCP/IP Denial of Service Attack This are the commands I use to find out if a loaded Linux server is under a heavy DoS attack, one of the most essential one is of course netstat. To check if a server is under a DoS attack with netstat, it’s common to use:
As you could see from the above command output the IP 18.104.22.168 is either connected 221 times to the server or is in state of connecting or disconnecting to the node.
Another possible way to check, if a Linux or BSD server is under a Distributed DoS is with the list open files command lsof Here is how lsof can be used to list the approximate number of ESTABLISHED connections to port 80.
Another way to get an approximate number of established connections to let’s say Apache or LiteSpeed webserver with lsof can be achieved like so:
linux:~# lsof -i TCP:80 |wc -l 2100
I find it handy to keep track of above lsof command output every few secs with gnu watch , like so:
linux:~# watch "lsof -i TCP:80"
2. How to Detect if a Linux server is under an ICMP SMURF attack
ICMP attack is still heavily used, even though it’s already old fashioned and there are plenty of other Denial of Service attack types, one of the quickest way to find out if a server is under an ICMP attack is through the command:
server:~# while :; do netstat -s| grep -i icmp | egrep 'received|sent' ; sleep 1; done 120026 ICMP messages received 1769507 ICMP messages sent 120026 ICMP messages received 1769507 ICMP messages sent
As you can see the above one liner in a loop would check for sent and recieved ICMP packets every few seconds, if there are big difference between in the output returned every few secs by above command, then obviously the server is under an ICMP attack and needs to hardened.
3. How to detect a SYN flood with netstat
linux:~# netstat -nap | grep SYN | wc -l 1032
1032 SYNs per second is quite a high number and except if the server is not serving let’s say 5000 user requests per second, therefore as the above output reveals it’s very likely the server is under attack, if however I get results like 100/200 SYNs, then obviously there is no SYN flood targetting the machine 😉
Another two netstat command application, which helps determining if a server is under a Denial of Service attacks are:
server:~# netstat -tuna |wc -l 10012
server:~# netstat -tun |wc -l 9606
Of course there also some other ways to check the count the IPs who sent SYN to the webserver, for example:
server:~# netstat -n | grep :80 | grep SYN |wc -l
In many cases of course the top or htop can be useful to find, if many processes of a certain type are hanging around.
4. Checking if UDP Denial of Service is targetting the server
If after getting an IP that has too many connections to the server and is almost certainly a DoS host you would like to filter this IP.
You can use the /sbin/route command to filter it out, using route will probably be a better choice instead of iptables, as iptables would load up the CPU more than simply cutting the route to the server.
Here is how I remove hosts to not be able to route packets to my server:
route add 22.214.171.124 reject
The above command would null route the access of IP 126.96.36.199 to my server.
Later on to look up for a null routed IP to my host, I use:
route -n |grep -i 188.8.131.52
Well hopefully this should be enough to give a brief overview on how, one can dig in his server and find if he is under a Distributed Denial of Service, hope it’s helpful to somebody out there. Cheers 😉
I’ve stumbled upon a very educative videos, which might be interesting for both Orthodox Christians, Roman Catholics and Protestants. The video contains an Orthodox Christian fathers who explain with simple words the difference between the Orthodox Christian Faith and the rest of the most popular Christian faiths present today. Watch learn and enjoy! 🙂
Understanding the Christian Orthodox Faith – Part 1
Understanding the Christian Orthodox Faith – Part 2
Understanding the Christian Orthodox Faith – Part 3
The videos also questions very important questions about Orthodox Christianity which I believe non-orthodox christians could truly benefit and hopefully some might even turn to orthdoxy.
Yesterday, friends of mine has recommended me two movies on the topic of metal As a global movement. The film is a sort of a headbanger (metalhead) personal research on metal music development and current status all over the world. The movie was conducted by a San Dunn (a hardcore metal fan) who travels aroundin different locations all around the world and does reflect on metal scene on the 6 continents. It was of a real interest to me to check out the moviesout of curiosity considering my metal passion that lived with me over the years. The first movie is called Metal – A Headbanger’s Journey (2005) The movie includes many interview with famous metal musicians Wacken metal festival scenes of one of the most famous metal bands over the world. The second movie is called Global Metal (2008) and is a sort of continuation of the first one. Some of the metal musicians interviewed in the Movie are:
Bruce Dickinson Tom Araya – (Slayer) Alice Cooper – (Alice Copper) Lemmy Kilmister – (Motorhead) Kerry King – (Slayer) Rob Zombie – (Rob Zombie) Lars Ulrich – (Metallica) Max Cavalera – (Sepultura, Soufly) Each of the forementioned musicians speaks about his attitude and vision on Metal as a culture and it’s development over the years as well as about his/her personal Experience with metal fans during their huge metal tours aroud the world. The movie includes also references to many infamous on a global scale metal bands Which are large popular in their home countries and do a serious metal music. Each of this band’s philosophy and lyrical expression is largely centered around their culture. This creates something new and unseen before in the metal scene and not to mention does integrate the world in a better way.It’s really shocking to see the metal scene in India, Indonesia, Japan, China etc. It’s almost incredible that metal music exists their and enjoys a good popularity where culture is so different from the culture we have in Eastern Europe! Well enough talk, take your time get to the nearest torrent or a metal shop and look for that two titles. I guarantee you’ll experience a couple of hours of fun and nice music. Enjoy!
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