It's my semesterly all-nighter! Though I'm no longer bound to the andrew machines that reboot themselves at 6 in the morning, taking a break to post a radar entry when they go down is traditional and typical of cs glonus history. and cultual
Now you can pick up anything!
We are up late working on our Networks project. Inasmuch as the project is about networks at all, it is about peer-to-peer networks, everyone's favorite way to stick it to The Man. By the end of the day, it'll probably be up in my tiny papers area.
Here are some more XX-brief summaries of movies I've seen recently.
Mulan - Typical Disney fare. The characters are less memorable than usual, though, and Mulan is nowhere near as hot as Ariel. About a chick who pretends to be a guy so that she can fight in wars and fit in.
American History X - Ed Norton plays an introspective neo-nazi trying to set things straight. It's not hard to tell what the moral of this one will be, but nonetheless it was a good movie.
Frequency - This is a movie about time-travelling radio waves. It's hard to make a consistent time-travel movie, and they certainly haven't, but it had its moments.
Camp Kill Yourself - Bam Margera and friends acting like idiots and hurting themselves. This is a "movie" form of MTV's Jackass, essentially; in fact, I recall that the show had several segments from this with expletives and nudity deleted. It was pretty funny in 2000.
Exit Wounds - Steven Segal is another invincicop. What happens is, Steven uses more force than is necessary, so his boss (Jack Dalton from Macgyver!!!) makes him a traffic cop. But then, what do you know, everwhere Steve goes, he runs into some sort of drug deal going down, or hijacking, or whatever. Don't worry, though, he breaks their arms and shoots 'em. This movie is 100% pure turd.
The Jackal - Bruce Willis is playing the quiet Bad Guy in this "Orchestrated Crime" movie. He's "the Jackal". He wants to assassinate someone, but Richard Gere ("the Irish Guy") wants to kill him first. This movie was not so good.
This page, They Rule is about the office chairs (so to speak) that rule the world's biggest corporations. It simply allows you to draw maps based on board membership, and there are a bunch of maps already there to reveal some interesting facts. Check out the Coke vs Pepsi one, for instance.
(You'll need Flash 5 for this site, but at least there's a reason for it!)
My new foes Agfa Monotype and International Typeface Corporation are at it again. They've sent me several letters of varying vagueness and causticity about my program called embed, which lets font developers change fonts to make them embeddable in (for example) MS Word documents. Their argument, which they finally have spelled out in today's letter, is that my program is a circumvention device under that sleazy law we've all grown to hate, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
You can read our discourse at the new page I set up. The best quote (gotta love those scare quotes) is:
An embedding bit is a "technological measure" that "effectively controls access" to their copyrighted works under the DMCA.
Uber-Troublemaker Dave Touretzky has been a great help so far. Thanks Dave!
I saw lots of movies this spring break, and now I'm pretty sure that basically all of the movies out recently are crummy. Somehow that's OK with me, though; maybe they know that people feel good about themselves after they watch a bad movie. Anyway, let's test out the new 'review' category on Tom 7 Radar:
Showtime: Much like Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles, this movie thinks that it's clever by being a movie about itself. The plot is totally superficial in order to leave time for lots of banter and physical comedy, only it's not so funny.
Panic Room: I counted only one unpredictable moment in it, and the plot was about as airtight as a tinker-toy sculpture. It's like Home Alone with more melodrama, violence, and breasts.
Unbreakable: I thought this was going to be a wrestling movie or something, from its name. I wound up kind of liking this one; it's understated, has some good moments, and has a clever ending. But god, that kid looks so much like Haley Joel Osment that you'd think they were trying to make another Sixth Sense.....
Pitch Black: I forgot I was watching this movie several times, even though it was taking up a third of my screen. It has some special effects, and some dying, and essentially that's it. Basically I've come to the conclusion that any movie with Vin Diesel is bad (ok, except Iron Giant and Saving Private Ryan). Watch the first 10 minutes of this, and then turn it off.