Little Nicky, Bourne Identity, Cool Hand Luke, Iron Monkey
(22 Jun 2002 at 21:07)
Oh, I'm not done!
Little Nicky - Pretty dumb, even for an Adam Sandler movie. But those two satanist metal-heads had good voices.
The Bourne Identity - Pretty good spy flick. I think Damon is much more talented than his buddy Affleck.
Cool Hand Luke - This was a great movie from the late 60s. Paul Newman's in jail for cutting the heads off of parking meters with a pipe cutter while drunk. Though he's only in for two years, he'll be damned if he's going to conform to prison life... (Somehow I remember that there is a Nintendo game made after this movie. That can't be good.)
Iron Monkey - A good martial arts movie. Lots of great super-human fighting ability, and very little filler. The final scene where they're fighting atop the burning posts is classic.
Payback, Joy Ride, Cruel Intentions, 6th Day, Watcher, Behind Enemy Lines
(22 Jun 2002 at 20:49)
It's been a while since I caught you up on the bad movies I've been watching:
Payback - This was an amusing "Crime" film about Mel Gibson trying to get $70,000 that he thinks a crime syndicate owes him. I liked it.
Joy Ride - This movie sucked crap. Everything about it is a formula thriller with no surprises... If you've seen the trailer then you know the whole movie.
Cruel Intentions - It'd probably be more satisfying to download fake pornography of Sarah Michelle Gellar than to watch this turd.
The 6th Day - They set themselves up with a good theme for a sci-fi action movie (it's based on the nearly science-fact act of cloning), but the movie was pretty tepid. Something tells me the creators of "True Lies" had a hand in this.
The Watcher - Some crazy alcoholic cop has to hunt down dreamy serial killer Keanu. I think if it had a twist ending or something I would have enjoyed it. But I guess they ran out of money and couldn't afford a twist ending, or to even really blow up a building, because the end features some really crummy computer composite explosions on top of a building that's being lit up with red lights.
Behind Enemy Lines - Damn, I really thought this was going to be good, but it wasn't. Owen Wilson is a great actor in movies like "Bottle Rocket" and "Royal Tenenbaums" (and an even better writer), but he's no action star. Aside from a few cool and expensive scenes, most of the characters in this make you cry out, "Why? Why are you doing that??" and that's never good for an action movie.
Meg A. Byte presents, "Piracy Propaganda"
(20 Jun 2002 at 11:13)
Oh, this one's classic. In this Flash Movie presented by the Business Software Alliance, Meg is a hot graphic designer and software pirate. Then somehow her real-life design portfolio is swallowed up by a virus she downloaded, and she has to enter her computer to fight the virus and license all her software. Then, "Armed with the warranties and technical support that come with her license, Meg feels more powerful than ever!" (Since when has software ever come with a warranty??)
Regardless of what you think about intellectual property issues, this is a pretty sad attempt (much like those "cable theft" commercials, except even more grounded in outer space).
Why Fireflies are the Best Insects Ever Invented
(19 Jun 2002 at 23:29)
I'm lucky enough to have fireflies around the area where I live, and on a nice summer night like tonight I get to see them doing their thing on the walk home. Here's why fireflies are the best insects ever invented:
For some reason they actually like to land on your hand and come for a ride
The bugs themselves are actually pretty cute, rivaled perhaps only by ladybugs
Marc and I made a new album-a-day over break. It's called Reentrant Uperiodic and it's up on mp3.com right now. If you're in a hurry, don't miss our rocking Waffles and Astrobiotics or our rap song Phyzical Romance.
This crazy dude wrote an essay on making Really, Really Tiny ELF executables on linux. I can't say I approve of his practices, but it's a fun read and you might learn somethin' about assembly and ELF on the way...
Last weekend I went home to Connecticut for my Mom's 50th birthday party. Nothing particularly exciting happened there except for me beating Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 and Soldier of Fortune II: Double Helix. And my mom turning 50.
My siblings kept saying that my beard makes me look like Jesus. I don't think that's true. Anyway I am shaving off the moustache pretty soon for the Amish look.
I also got together with Marc a few times to work on plugin ideas and a rocking album-a-day called Reentrant Uperiodic. I'll post a link to that as soon as it's ready on mp3.com.
I'm a star! The lovely folks at EFF have a report out called Three Years with the DMCA: Unintended Consequences that's a good summary of the high-profile bogus cases the USA has suffered under the DMCA. And I'm in it! It's a good read if you want to know just what kinds of silly things are done with this law...
Muddle's been coming along. Now there's a list of recently completed and 'hall of fame' games, there's always a 'u' next to a 'q' on the board, and it allows you to enter your name to identify yourself to other players.
May Showers Bring May Something
(01 Jun 2002 at 15:21)
Yesterday we had one killer storm in Pittsburgh, with hail and 80 mph winds. Someone died and several were injured at Kennywood, and their most eccentric (and probably my favorite) ride, "The Exterminator", seems to have been damaged. (img) Trees are down all over the place, and the streets are covered in debris.
Some people think it was a tornado -- I don't know about that, but I did see some really weird cloud activity outside my house right before it hit. The clouds appeared to be rising upward very quickly. The amount of rain pouring in my window was totally amazing, like a dozen shower heads firing through the screen across my living room. The futon was soaked.
Anyway, me and 60,000 others are without power for the next few days (Duquesne Light promises service by Thursday, 14 December 2000???), so it looks like I'll be hanging out at CMU for a while...