Well, I can tell summer is beginning because I am zoned out all day. I can't imagine how people at places like UC Berkeley get anything done! I have been practicing my ping-pong against the folded-up other side of the table. I have no idea if this will actually help my ping-pong game against humans, but I am getting pretty good at hitting it over and over and then smashing it down its imaginary throat.
Today I watched a special about US Navy Seals Training on the Discovery Channel while doing situps and pushups. They are really serious about that shit, people were passing out and getting hypothermia and everything. But I am not so serious, you know, cos I'm just watching TV.
My new CS web page is basically ready, but I am holding off on uploading it because I know once it goes up I won't work on optional extra pages for forever. But tonight I don't feel like working on that, tonight it's coding up a BOGGLE(R) clone for snoot.org called MUDDLE.
The trick to maintaining a web page without "this page under construction!" text everywhere is to go depth first -- complete all the content pages, and then finish by linking them all together with your main page. I'm following that strategy with my new CS web page, and here's the first page to go up: Tom 7's Music. More really soon.
Lots of commerce this week. Yesterday I bought a ping-pong table because it seemed like a good thing for my space-age bachelor pad to have. I'm surprised how well I remember how to play, since I haven't for several years.
I also bought a Scanner, and as far as I can tell that's the last peripheral that I need for my computer. Can you think of anything? IDE Raid? TV Tuner card? I don't need a new sound card because kx project has given me 5ms latency with my cheap-ass Sound Blaster Live!.
Anyway, a scanner means that I'll be finally scanning in the last three years of notebooks (1, 2, 3, 4). Thought I have given up? No, there are literally hundreds of pages left to go. This is going to be a real marathon...
Word has it that my musical compatriots and I are in the quintessential alternative music periodical SPIN (June issue) for the Album-a-Day Project. I'll try to get a scan of this so you can see what the world is coming to...
All I can say is, man, this shit is hotter than The Strokes; better Jump on the Bandwagon before it's too late!
Nice looks like an excellent alternative to Java if you want that object oriented "feel" but some advanced language features like higher order functions, parametric polymorphism, and stronger static checking. Add datatypes and pattern matching, and I think they've got a winner!
Deuce Bigalow, Zoolander, Sexy Beast, Amelie, Mallrats, Bandits, Spider Man
(09 May 2002 at 12:24)
OK, time for some more movie reviews!
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo - This is exactly the same movie as The Animal. It had some funny bits, and satisfied me as far as bad movies go. By the way, all gigolos are male.
Zoolander - Like a long episode of the (new) Simpsons with all the jokes removed. You're waiting to laugh, but it never comes. BAD MOVIE: DO NOT WATCH
Sexy Beast - Genre: British Crimes-gone-wrong. It's pretty hard to understand what those damn limeys are saying in this movie. The character of Don Logan (Ben Kingsley) is one of the biggest badasses ever on-screen. "Lock Stock" and "Snatch" were both better.
Amelie - One of the best movies I've seen. It's every bit as beautiful as City of Lost Children but it has characters you care about and loads more inspiration. Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a genius. I won't tell you anything about it, so you'll just have to watch.
Bandits - OK movie where everything goes right for the bumbling criminals. Bruce Willis should stick to Die Hard sequels, though.
Mallrats - Some have said that this is Kevin Smith's crappiest, and I think I agree. It's totally overscripted, and with the exception of Jay, none of the characters pull it off. If you get annoyed at people who use phrases like "wax intellectual" or say "said" as in "Anything outside of said designated square," then you will be annoyed at the dialogue in this movie, too.
Spider Man - Why does everybody think this movie is so good? Maybe it's just my bad experience watching it (power outage; got to see the first 20 minutes twice), but I thought this was just a regular lame-ass superhero movie. Good: choreography of fight scenes. Amusing: Use of phrase "cash money" by newspaper honcho, subtle (?) web-slinging masturbation metaphor. Retarded: melodrama, "helpful" flashbacks, scientific computer displays, script, acting. Especially retarded: the Green Goblin's power ranger costume.
AGFA responds to Politech about embed
(08 May 2002 at 15:25)
Wow, they really are serious... AGFA responds to the Politics & Technology list about my embed controversy. (Their spin machine is pretty amusing, check it out.) This reply is well done. Maybe I need a new weblog just for embed...
I got a long new letter from lawyers about embed. I thought they had given up; I guess legal issues just move on the geologic time-scale. This one is pretty boring and irrelevant, though. I don't recommend reading it.
Oh, well. As it turns out, glass doesn't flow like a liquid. I actually lived in an old enough house to observe the change in thickness, but according to this article, that's just the way they used to make glass. At room temperature, glass is about ten billion times more viscous than lead.