The Dead Movies

I am a fan of George Romero's Dead movies:

Night of the Living Dead [1968]
Dawn of the Dead [1978]
Day of the Dead [1985]
Land of the Dead [2005]

Diary of the Dead, for release in 2007, is a 5th, but not a sequel to Land of the Dead, as it takes place at the during the initial outbreak of the zombies that occurred in Night of the Living Dead.

Remakes of these movies by other directors:

Night of the Living Dead [1990]
Dawn of the Dead [2004]
Night of the Living Dead 3D [2006]
Day of the Dead [2007]

And then of course there's Shaun of the Dead [2004], a spoof of the above, not by George Romero.  See also Night of the Living Bread [1990].

Wikipedia has a good explanation of which are Romero movies, which are Russo movies, and which are non-Romero "sequels" and related and unrelated movies, such as unofficial non-Romero non-Russo sequels Day of the Dead 2: Contagium and Zombi 2.

The original Night of the Living Dead was co-written by George Romero and John Russo.  Romero sequels are "Dead" movies and Russo sequels are "Living Dead" movies.


Anna Vissi blog

I haven't a clue what this means:

Και ενώ η πε?ιοδεία της Άννας στην Αμε?ική συνεχίζετε ανακοινώθηκε ότι η Άννα Βισση στις 12 Μάιου 2007 θα δώσει μια συναυλία στο Sun City / South Africa.

Probably something to do with Άννα Βισση coming to Sun City in May.

They linked to me ... so here's the Anna Vissi blogspot.


The usefulness of boxes and other junk

I have a reputation, and am living up to it.  I think this is quite a good way to use a box, but it needs a table cloth - when I get round to getting one.



This is some sort of crate packing support device that I have turned into a shelf for my DVDs and CDs, and maybe a few books when I get more of those unpacked.



Very fashionable.


Congratulations Estrelita!

I trained as a medical virologist at Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg Medical Campus, and, prior to the current head of department, Prof Estrelita Janse van Rensburg was the head there, so I spent the first few years of my training under her.  Now she's head of the virology department at Pretoria University, where I did my undergraduate medical training.

On 28 March, she was awarded an Exceptional Achievers Award.

The Pretoria News (which we don't get in Umtata - my mom e-mailed me the article) said:

University of Pretoria spokesperson Stella du Plessis said: "The university is extremely proud of those people who are responsible for establishing and maintaining its reputation as the leading research university in the country."

The article can be read here.

I also know Prof Louis Nel, Prof Brenda Wingfield, and Prof Mike Wingfield.

Congratulations!


TB is NOT a virus!!!!!

Mycobacterium tuberculosis and related bacteria are bacteria, NOT viruses.

The following are also not viruses:
  • malaria
  • typhoid
  • tick bite fever
  • syphilis
  • gonorrhoea
  • cats and dogs
"More hospitals to treat TB virus" published on 14 March 2007 in The Mercury (a newspaper) should have a better headline.

Some snippets:

She acknowledged that the department had been grappling with the challenge posed by MDR TB and XDR TB.

I am sure they are ... it's quite a problem.  The local stats sound quite scary.

MDR TB and XDR TB result from the failure of patients to take their treatment as directed when diagnosed with tuberculosis.

Hmmm ... do they mean that MDR and XDR TB in a patient result from that patient's treatment failure?  MDR often yes, and I'm not an expert on the genetics (I'm a virologist, and TB is NOT a virus) but I think the jury is still out on XDR TB, and there is some evidence that XDR infections are usually caused by an XDR strain infecting the person.

"We are not satisfied with the budget allocation because of the high prevalence of HIV and TB in the province, and the move by the Treasury to reduce the allocation for revitalisation funds will impact negatively on infrastructure development," said Nkonyeni.

We definitely need more money to fight HIV and TB in this country.


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