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Zane Story

June 2nd, 2009 (12:48 pm)
current mood:
tired
tired

I've gotten a lot of requests to record Zane's stories, since he chatters off little bits of plot a lot, and often during movies he'll suggest alternate plotlines, heroes from a different movie or game who should dive in and save the day or things like that. 

The Brief Tale of DutinCollapse )

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ALL Day-to-Day

April 23rd, 2009 (03:01 pm)
location: Work, Sssh
current mood:
pensive
pensive
current song: "Dominant" - Emilie Autumn

Since I got to maintenance, I haven't discussed chemo much, and I usually describe it as 'low-level' chemo.  It's so much easier than induction chemo and the chemo you need for solid tumors that I don't want to talk about it much.  People see Zane running around and discuss the Leukemia as a thing of the past. 

We have finished three of the twelve twelve-week cycles. This is what goes on during those cycles:

Medications and EffectsCollapse )

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Violence

April 15th, 2009 (11:40 pm)
location: Office, Narnia
current mood:
rushed
rushed

I finished Violence:  Our Deadly Epidemic and Its Causes.  Where the book shines is in making sense of the psychology behind really atrocious, terrible violence.  The author was an advisor for a maximum security prison, and he shows a very clear understanding of really dangerous people.
My Mind WandersCollapse )

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WTF Theater with Zane Joly

April 12th, 2009 (11:20 pm)
Tags:

location: Office, Narnia
current mood:
confused
confused

Zane (Picks a discarded wrapper off the groung)  What's this?
Me Huh, this used to have little bits of Spam.  It's a kind of meat that isn't very good.
Zane Put it down, Dad.  You'll hate yourself.

I have no idea where that came from.  It's both less weird and understandable than when Zane said, "Venus is singing to you.  She's full of crickets and angels, too."

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Cheap way to lowjack

April 7th, 2009 (09:40 pm)
location: Office, Narnia
current mood:
pleased
pleased

I got this idea earlier today, and I just got it to work.  I wanted a program in case my laptop was stolen that would periodically record what network it was on and what was in front of the camera.  That way, if someone not very bright opened my laptop on a network, I'd know the IP of the nearest router and I might get a picture of the thief.

Duct tape solutionCollapse )

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Watchmen

March 6th, 2009 (03:52 am)
location: Dining Room, Narnia
current mood:
relieved
relieved

I just saw Watchmen.  It's rather faithful and it's very pretty.  They had to cut about half of it to keep it down to the really long run time the movie has anyway, and without fail, they cut the least memorable half.  The plot changes are pretty minor and I agree with them.  I loved the soundtrack.

I feel a little bit like I did about the first two Harry Potter movies.  The movie was slavishly devoted to the source material in a way that kept it from being great.  It has a quality more of a portrait than a recreation.  I thought Zach Snyder did a more inventive job directing Watchmen than Chris Columbus did with Harry Potter.  The opening sequence and the starting credits of Watchmen are really clever and cover a lot of narrative ground quickly and interestingly.

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Chocolate

March 3rd, 2009 (12:37 am)
location: Nirvana
current mood: Geeking the fuck out

I've just seen Chocolate.  My mind is blown.  Everyone must see it.  The star, Jeeja Yanin, has scenes where she does Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Tony Jaa style scenes as well as each of those stars at their peak.  Don't get me started on touretic badass in glasses.  Oh my God.

Following the plot is like mainlining a month's worth of the Oxygen network.  The motivations of the villains vary between inexplicable and physically impossible.  Some people may not like it.  They are dead to me.

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Dropbox

February 19th, 2009 (11:57 pm)
location: Bedroom, Narnia
current mood:
impressed
impressed

I know this is also in my Facebook status, and, no, I'm not getting paid.

I'm pretty impressed with this web service called Dropbox.  It does backup and syncing between computers.  You download this software that basically makes one of your folders coexist between different computers.  So if I do something on my laptop, I can see it on my work and home desktop computers, and, I can log into their website and get it from a web browser, too.

It's also cool that dropbox does versioning.  If you load a file and change it, dropbox records all the previous versions of that file.  So if you don't like the change, you can go back to the time you saved it a week ago.  It was a really easy install on Ubuntu, and usually the Linux version is the messiest and most problematic install.

You can make public folders and put stuff there like this desktop background.

There's two faults I can see with it:

  1. Google Docs will give you much of the same functionality (versioning and co-locating) if you don't mind doing your editing with Google Docs.
  2. The paid version doesn't seem worth it.  They offer 2 GB for free and 50 GB for $100 a year.  I'm guessing people will either want the service for the stuff they're actively working on (which for me, is way less than 2GB) or they'll want something for their music, photos, video and mail archives (about 35 GB and growing fast for me, and some people have way more stuff).

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7:35 am

January 19th, 2009 (09:51 am)
current mood:
impressed
impressed

I saw Timecrimes, which was pretty good.  It's a kind of dumbed down version of Primer, which is the only movie I've seen that I thought desperately needed dumbing down.

Before Timecrimes, the Alamo showed other movies by Nacho Vigalondo, including 7:35 de la Mañana.  I saw it once before in a set of Academy Award Nominated short films.  I can't believe I'd forgotten about it because it's really incredible.

It's eight minutes.  You can click on it and check it out.

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The Big B

October 25th, 2008 (09:21 pm)
Tags:

location: Living Room, Narnia
current mood:
confused
confused

I have a very inconsistent bullshit detector, so I was pretty pleased that I spotted the Ashley Todd story as a fake I first saw the report of her attack.  Now that I'm checking reports, it seems the police were dubious from the get-go.

I get a little offensive and disrespectfulCollapse )

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