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August 2004

Igby Goes Down

igbyAnother movie which ended up in my Netflix queue without me knowing how it got there. I am sure that I put it in there at some point, but darned if I can remember it. Unless there is some kind of evil gremlin adding movies that I have no real interest in to my queue.

The movie was well acted, but over all it left me feeling empty. I wasn't sure why I had watched it, or why anyone had written it, produced it, and acted in it.

The movie is about a young kid from a very dysfunctional family. Igby is trying to live his own life, but his family won't let him. Of course, the life he wants to lead doesn't seem all that interesting to me, and I thought the kid was more of a brat than anything else.

Overall, I would skip this one.


Sleeper

sleeperI haven't seen as many Woodie Allen movies I would like, but those I have seen I have liked. It goes without saying that most people think that his early work far surpasses his latest efforts, and I think it is true.

Sleeper is a sharp, biting satire about technology, sex, and democracy. It is too bad that Mr. Allen seems to be more impressed with the fact that he is who he is rather than concentrating on making good movies. Hey, Lucas, this applies to you too, buster!


The Axis of Garden State, or The Coalition of the Viewing

I looks like TangognaT ran into some trouble when trying to see Garden State:

I did not realize before today that the Loews theater at Boston Common had been overrun by Satan’s army. I know better now. There I was getting amped up on diet coke and jordan almonds when I realized that the movie was supposed to start 15 minutes ago. A few people started going out of the theater to complain, and 5 mintues later the movie started somewhere in the middle. I saw around 5 minutes involving Zach Braff at a restaurant and then a funeral, and then a mass exodus of people started as word went around that the movie people, clearly in thrall to Lucifer, were not going to back up and start the movie again from the beginning at all.

It seems like everyone is blogging about that Garden State.

The common theme, whether the blogger liked the movie or not, is that the soundtrack is great, and Zack Braff has a blog (a Typepad blog to boot).


Solaris Screenshots

chandanThere are many things I like about chandanlog(3c). Firstly I like the picture to the left, which I assume is a representation of the author of the blog.

Secondly, I really like the "The Official Online Journal of Chief Executive Prankster, Sun Microsystems Inc.," tagline. I wish I worked at a tech company where I could choose my own title.

Anyway, Chandan has posted some pretty sweet Solaris screenshots. I have never used Solaris myself, but it looks pretty sweet. If I didn't need to use a raft of Microsoft applications at work I would load it on my ThinkPad.

Although we do have a ton of older machines I can what I want to. I wonder if we have a copy of Solaris laying around. I know we have a bunch of huge Sun servers.


I want it now!

As this post details, Brent is hard at work on NetNewsWire 2.0, but I can't wait:

So—where’s NetNewsWire 2.0?

Well, we’re working quite hard on it—which is why I haven’t been doing much posting, and why if you’ve sent me email I may not have replied.


It’s not ready for a public beta yet. The main new features are all in place. What remains is fixing bugs, adding a couple small features, updating the Help, adding polish, basically just taking care of all the many little details.


In other words, we’re in the final sprint. The to-do list is down to 95 items.


(If you’d like to help test, and you have a NetNewsWire license, just send me email. Bravery is required, though, because it does still have bugs. Most of the 95 items on the to-do list are bugs to fix.)


Garden State

I was planning on seeing Garden State this weekend, but Becky emailed me today and asked if I was still interested in seeing this flick. Since I was, I responded in the affirmative and we made plans to meet at the theater at 7 (for the 7:30 showing).

My co-worker, Paul, told me that this movie was life changing, and perfect for someone in 'my stage of life,' whatever that means. So, I was excited to see the movie and understand what the hell he was talking about.

After seeing the movie, I still have no idea what he is talking about, and I just might be a tiny bit offended.

First my thoughts on the film:

Overall, I thought it was a good movie. The writing was solid, the acting was good, and there were many truly funny and touching scenes. However, as I said to Becky, I am not sure what the 'message' of the movie was. Am I supposed to stop looking outside for answers about my life? Well, not really since it seems the path to happiness involves being in love. Is the message that love will overcome? Well, the two main characters only know each other for 3 days or so, and they fall in love, however, these 3 days are the first few days of which the main character isn't on some kind of mood altering medication, so is the love real?

Perhaps the message is, you have to scream at the abyss.

Anyway, as we were leaving the theater I told Becky that I wasn't sure why Paul had said what he said to me. I said, "The only thing I can think of is that I am 27 and the main character is 26."

Becky said, "You're 27?! You're so young!"

I didn't ask how old Becky thought I was, but I will take that as a compliment of some kind.

So, in short the movie was not life changing nor was it particularly relevant to me, however it was a good movie and I say if it is playing near you, check it out.

Also, Zach Braff has a Typepad blog about the movie.


Olympic Table Tennis Schedule

If you're anything like me, and we all know you aren't, then you are very excited about the Olympic Table Tennis matches.

Well here is a schedule of when they will be on in the US (EST):

Station: MSNBC
Showing time: Wed, Aug 18 12:00 PM

Station: MSNBC
Showing time: Wed, Aug 18 1:00 PM

Station: Bravo
Showing time: Thu, Aug 19 7:00 PM

Station: Bravo
Showing time: Fri, Aug 20 7:00 AM

Station: Bravo
Showing time: Sat, Aug 21 7:00 AM

Station: Bravo
Showing time: Sat, Aug 21 8:00 AM

Station: Bravo
Showing time: Sun, Aug 22 4:00 AM

Station: Bravo
Showing time: Sun, Aug 22 5:00 AM

Station: CNBC
Showing time: Sun, Aug 22 7:00 AM

Station: Bravo
Showing time: Mon, Aug 23 6:00 AM

Station: Bravo
Showing time: Mon, Aug 23 7:00 AM


For more information check out the table tennis page at NBCOlympics.com.


Scott is Scotty?

I just took the Star Trek Personality Test , and here is the result:

Myers-Briggs would say that you are an ESTP (Extrovert, Sensor, Thinker, Perceiver). In Star Trek language, you share a basic personality configuration with Geordi La Forge, Montgomery Scott, and Tasha Yar.
Star Trek Me


People like you are generally highly observant and totally present in the moment. You're active and adventurous, so you can sometimes be impulsive, even when confronted with danger. You're not interested in regrets, however, if your impulsiveness causes you to make an error. You're a free spirit.

You're very adept socially and easily make friends, especially when people are honest with you. You're talkative and adaptive to people and situations, though you prefer to be casual. You can be logical and calm, but you love to have fun. You've got a great sense of humor, and you're charming whenever you want to be.

You're also quite literal, a practical person who makes good use of your intense curiosity.

Your primary goal in life is the freedom to have fun and to fully experience life in the here and now. Your reward is to be surrounded by people who share your sense of fun and humor.

Good careers for your type include emergency medical technician, corrections officer, security chief, civil engineer, chief engineer, marine biologist, and developer of electronic games.

I am not sure of the accuracy of this test, but I do share certain qualities with Geordi, Scotty, and Tasha Yar.

Like Geordi, I enjoy wearing hair accessories on my eyes, I am fat like Scotty, AND like Tasha Yar I have an evil cloned twin.

Uncanny.


Bugmenot.com

bugmenotbugmenot.com is a fantastic website, and I wonder why I wasn't aware of it sooner. Basically you can type in the URL of a website that requires a 'free' registration (like the NY Times) and if there is a username and password in the database they are displayed saving you the time and effort of registering to read one article.

I know what you're thinking, "Seems like it would be a pain to go to this website just to avoid wasting time" and you would be correct. The good people at bugmenot.com have thought of this and have created a bookmarklet for just such a situation. All you have to do is surf your way to the site that requires registration and click on the bookmarklet, which you have placed in your links bar, and the bugmenot.com database is queried based on the URL you are currently visiting and pops up a window containing the username and password for the site, if there is one available.

Brilliant.

UPDATE: As Brad points out, Bugmenot.com has been taken down. Read more here.

RETURN OF THE UPDATE: Looks like it was hosting issues that were Bugmenot's down fall. I hope it will be back up and running.

THE UPDATE STRIKES BACK: As does Bugmenot.com, it is back and just as good as it was before. Welcome back, you were missed.


Surviving the Cull, Part II

Scobie once again decides that this humble website is worthy to be on his subscription list:

Got the number down to about 820 instead of 1450. Much more manageable. By the way, I'm now looking for new stuff to add to my subscription list. Now that my list is lean and mean I can add more great people.

I am sure he can breath a sigh of relief that I continue to read his blog.

And it looks like he is updating his link blog again. Huzzah I say!


And I think I purchase a lot of books

The Little Professor has some Advice to Graduate Students on the Fine Art of Buying Books (Prompted by Several Hours of Moving Books Around), all very sound from my limited experience.

I think that I was destined to be an English prof, but it seems everyone and their mother has a PhD in English and the market is not what one would call 'good.'

Anyway, the Little Professor has a whole cagetory called This Week's Acquisitions.

And this recent post we find out that she has 5,000 books, and several sub-par bookcases.

When I am able to purchase a home, either by myself or with a lovely woman, I will be adamant that I will need a den/library with dark wood and built in bookcases (which I can hire someone to build for me after I purchase the house). I will not change my stance on this, so ladies, if you're thinking of buying a house with me, keep that in mind.


This has got to stop

So, I didn't go to the movies, as I thought I would. I did, however, go to Barnes and Noble where I, of course, purchased two books:

monturioldreamThis book is about the inventor of the submarine. I actually wrote a term paper in highschool about the use of submarines during the Civil War.
somethingrottenThis is the latest book in the Thursday Next series of books, which are set in an alternate reality where books are the main form of entertainment. It is much more fun than I just made it out to be.

Weekend Happenings

So far this weekend has been action packed!

Yesterday I acquired a hacksaw and a crowbar and destroyed my couch in preparation for the arrive of my brand spanking new couch this morning.

It took me several hours to reduce my couch to baggable pieces (I need power tools, damn it!), but my apartment looks much bigger without a couch.

The delivery men called me this morning at 7:30am, and informed me that they would deliver the couch sometime between 9am and 1pm.

So I got up, got dressed, and vaccuumed. At 10am the guys came over and delivered my new couch. They left very quickly, so quickly I didn't even have a chance to tip them.

I am sitting here on my new couch and thinking about what I should do for the rest of the day.

Numerous people have told me that Garden State is very good and I should check it out. So that is a possiblity, however, I have never been a fan of going to the movies alone. I am not sure why though. I mean you just sit in a dark room with other people and quietly watch the movie. They discourage conversation, so really it is the perfect activity to do by yourself. I may end up going, and if I do I will post a review.

Oh, and I also need to buy batteries.

I bet, right about now you're wondering why you're still reading this. Even I stopped writing it.


Serendipity

serendipityI am not sure what possessed me to put this movie in my Netflix queue. It truly a date flick, however, that is not to say I didn't enjoy it.

I am a sucker for any movie that takes place in New York during Christmas. I want to live in that cinematic New York filled the hustle and the bustle of holiday cheer. I want to watch as the snow comes down in slow motion, and unlikely groups of people carol in the streets of the Big Apple. I want to shop at Macy's, Bloomingdales', and Gimbal's then end the day with a carriage ride through Central Park sharing a thermos of hot chocolate with some cute, witty young lady.

Anywho, that has very little to do with movie and everything to do with my fragile psyche, so let's move on.

This movie is full of cliches and very unlikely scenarios, and yet it is very enjoyable to watch. Everyone knows that in the end the main characters are going to live happily ever after (it is a rule in Hollywood, isn't it?), but watching them get there is a lot of fun.

Eugene Levy plays a small, but funny part in this film, as does Molly Shannon.

Oh, and Ms. Beckinsale, if you're reading this I think we would have a lot in common. I mean, you're a hot english woman and I am fluent in english. You're a movie star, and I enjoy watching movies. You're rich and famous; I can do a pretty good impression of Robin Leach.

Until next time, champagne wishes and caviar dreams.


Retro Ads

Everything was better in the 50's. Mom was in the kitchen cooking up a storm, Dad was off working at an office and the kids were huddled around the television watching classic television shows.

Imagine how much it would have been with an iPod:

vintageipod

Worth1000.com's most recent contest is all about creating retro ads for current products.

You can't make this stuff up. Wait, actually you can.


gCount

If you have a Gmail account and you're using Mac OS X (which you should be, believe me), you should go download gCount right now.

I'll wait.

Here is a screenshot I snagged from the website:

gcount1

This is a great little app that polls your Gmail account and lets you know if you have any unread mail, so you don't need to keep a browser open.

I am a big fan of little applications that tell me things in a discreet manner.

gCount, you rock!