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8Feb/05Off

Tedious Minutia Of A Tedious Life


"The tedious minutia of a tedious life in too many discontinuous installments" should really be the name of this site. So:

I picked up a copy of I,Zombie and watched it a couple of hours ago. Yes, the acting is incredibly rough in places but I really enjoyed the concept. I wouldn't go as far as to say that low budget experiments are the future of horror but they're always a lot more interesting conceptually (or at least really funny) and surprisingly good with an increasing frequency. It isn't a film filled with jack in the box scares or even cringes but it's still quality discomfort. The scenes that depicted the main characters loneliness and isolation were the ones that stuck with me with the gore being minimal. Another paycheck or two down the road I'm going to have to give Dead Creatures a whirl since it's the same director and same basic premise.

I'm pretty much accustomed to the dismissive "foaming at the mouth zealots" treatment that most MSFT sympathizers give me but this editorial and the attached comments make us look like a sane bunch in comparison. All you really need to read are the first couple of comments. The first in line that manages to insult Miguel de Icaza for being from Mexico. So, I guess the plan of attack is obsolescence and offensiveness in tandem? Brilliant. I especially liked the attacks on Mono. Nothing like the rigorous intellectual arguments of the scared and running to provide a glimmering capstone for the evening.

Also make sure to check out Myths About Samba, a clarification of the techniques used in Samba development. Despite all the semantic fisticuffs in the comments about the precise definition of "reverse engineering" it is a well thought out explanation and the French Cafe analogy is a great way of explaining the finer points of reverse engineering. It's also nice to see people getting it in the sense that Samba isn't just about interoperability with Microsoft product. It's a venerable product and predates MS being much of a concern.

Google Maps is fan-fucking-tastic. Now would be the time for MapQuest to bust a move before the end is really, really nigh.

I looked at the huge list of distributions waiting for inclusion in Distro Watch for the first time in ages and Symphony OS caught my eye for a couple of reasons. Most of it has to do with the planned Mezzo desktop interface which is still in planning. Still, go look at those concept drawings and check out some of the good ideas in the works. Fnord Linux also looks kind of cool (a source-based distribution aimed at making production machines) but I could really do without the snide comments about other source distros being toy distributions. Desktop Linux Server is another good idea: a bootable CD that will quickly configure a server to host a bunch of thin clients. I've been missing a lot lately.

I'm not looking forward to the Jeeves-infused Bloglines. The purchase really brings forward something that I've been pondering for a while since the aggregation burn out is quick and difficult to get over: I've tried to link as many of the Planets up as possible over yonder in the link mess because I think they're a much more sensible method of aggregation than individually polling RSS and Atom feeds in a disorganized fashion. They're also a lot easier on the eyes. The question I'm getting to here is this: What other "organic" aggregation methods am I missing out on? I'm giving Bloglines a couple of weeks before I shut down my feeds so I'm in the market.

Anyone else notice that there wasn't a big something after the Super Bowl this year? It seems like in the past there have always been big pushes to have something better than Sunday night sitcom hell airing afterwards. I asked a bunch of people today if they could remember and no one so far has been able to. Maybe a commercial overdose is to blame?

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  1. Wow. That Mezzo desktop has a few pretty interesting ideas, from a UI perspective. His mockups are pretty, but a bit cartoonish for my taste. I do like his laws of interface design, though. He makes a number of good points, I think.


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