Das Experiment

by Miguel de Icaza

Today the Boston Film Festival showed Das Experiment. The movie was very intense and disturbing. Intense as very few movies I have seen in my life, indeed, it is hard to tell when was the last time I got so scared.

Anyways, we learned while leaving the movie (from a German girl that had seen the movie before) that they had removed from the end the subtitles that said `The events of this movie aren based on the Stanford Prison Experiment.'

It is even more scary that this actually took place.

I feel uneasy reading the experiment description from the professor, because to him it was only an experiment. The only place where he redeems himself a bit is where he ponders a number of questions at the end about the prison system.

From this site, I ran into the Peace Psychology papers, I have not checked them all yet, but there are some interesting bits.

Anyways, the movie stresses one interesting part based on the research from the Stanford Experiment: people in a position of power are bound to break the rules, and seem to enjoyed it.

This makes the need for strong rules where human rights can be violated not only extremely important, but they have to be carefully monitored.

Just found a reviewat FilmCritic.

New Camera

Today I met a very nice photographer called Rick Friedman who was carrying a Canon D60. I was shocked to see someone carrying that camera, as it is just about impossible to get your hands on that, I have tried, and I have looked every web site on the Internet, and that camera is just unavailable.

Well, Rick was nice enough to actually call a friend of his in the area that actually carries the camera and was able to give us one. So today after work, Peter and I went to check out Zeff Photo this store, which was about 20 minutes away from the office.

I got back with the camera and all sorts of extra toys for it, now its time to take some pictures and see if I can match those from Juantomas with his mighty Canon Ixus.

Now the next step is to get either a compact flash with 512 megs of ram and 24x access speed, or to get the IBM 1gig Microdrive, decisions, decisions.


I just got DSL at home, but it seems to be slower than the public Newbury Open Wireless network that I was using before. Although with the DSL I can actually use irc and https POST (I have no idea why https POST did not work with the open network)


Quick status report: Martin is working on a C + CIL Debugger that we should be able to use very soon; Paolo and Dietmar are fixing our existing bugs in the runtime, and working on new optimizations for the JIT engine; Dick and Duncan are fixing bugs on the underlying class libraries and finally Gonzalo is working on the ASP.NET code.

Posted on 10 Sep 2002