"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
October 1, 2005

Evan, Harry, Sherri and I went to see Serenity last night. I wasn't worried it was going to suck. I knew it was going to be good. In Joss We Trust. And it completely blew my expectations away.

Best movie in ages, completely true to the series, and something even someone who's never heard of Firefly can enjoy.

The acting was as awesome as ever. The dialogue, special effects, music, cinematography, everything. Perfect.

They set it up so there could easily be sequels, or it could just as easily end where it is and I'll be happy. We got to learn what happened to River, and essentially Shepherd Book's history as well. There were two scenes where I wanted to yell and throw things at the screen, and I can't remember the last time I was so into characters in a movie that happened. People who didn't see the series might not get that worked up, but I'm sure I wasn't the only person in the audience making fists.

(The only time I can recall it happening with a book was The Song of Ice and Fire when something incredibly awful happens to one of the characters you've spent three books watching get built up. Speaking of SoIF, I saw some kid sitting on a bench outside the quad yesterday reading I think Game of Thrones. Awesome.)

People clapped when the movie ended, and everyone walked out laughing and obviously satisfied with the film. How long has it been since you've been to a movie where that happened?

October 4, 2005

<@bda> http://www.uebimiau.org/ # Worst software name ever.
< y0shi> sounds like a noise i make when i puke
<@bda> Indeed.
< esch> how is that pronounced?
<@bda> "Install something else"
< mdxi> could be worse. could be MyPhpUebimiau

October 5, 2005

Went and saw Serenity again last night with Nick K. and his co-worker Alfred. Nick loved it, Alfred didn't. Apparently Alfred hates all good movies, however. His complaint was that it wasn't based on reality. O_o

I noticed a few more things last night than I did on the first viewing:

  • Only the Borderworlders speak with the western accent. The Alliance, or well-educated people, speak with British accents. They both speak the Chinese pidgin, but the Alliance not to the same extent.
  • There were four obvious Buffy references that I caught:
    1. Girl having prophetic visions.
    2. Girl killing all the monsters.
    3. Mr. Universe's lovebot == BuffyBot fo' sho'.
    4. The axe River uses during the last fight sequence bears a very striking resesemblence to the Slayer's ultimate weapon in the final season of Buffy.
  • The "hundreds of new Earths" line from the series has been changed to "dozens of new worlds and hundreds of moons", which is much less annoying from a sci-fi perspective. The system maps you see back this up, especially early on. When Mal refers to "thirty worlds" he could mean either actual planets or just anything inhabited, though the latter seems more likely.
  • I am a big fucking nerd.

Alfred, being Chinese, speaks Chinese, but wasn't much help with translations. He did confirm that what River says during the Miranda breakdown scene ("Please God, make me stone") is repeat dialogue.

Nick noticed that The Operative was more than a little similar to Jubal Early (the bounty hunter) from the series. He suggested that they train them to be crazy and badass at Alliance Assassin Training School. Seems possible.

Nick's first comment walking out of the theatre: "Man, I was afraid they couldn't make good movies anymore."


But in Joss We Trust.

7:06 AM | Movies
October 7, 2005

Y'know, some authors are just good, like say Vernor Vinge or Paul Di Filipo or Stephen King. Others are a goddamn inspiration, like William Gibson, Philip K Dick, Neal Stephenson, or Neil Gaiman.

I started reading Anansi Boys last night.

Yeah. It's freakin' great.

6:40 AM | Books

mdxi wrote a really useful little tool ages ago called the Moron Filename Normalizer, which as you might guess takes stupidly named files and makes them less stupid, recursively.

I was cleaning up some trees this morning and complained to #tildedot that mdxi seems to have removed the dist from his site. rjbs was all like "Yo bitch it be on da CPAN and shizzle", to which I replied "Yeah, the Perl module." "And the script, whiteboy."

So, yay. String::MFN, a way to keep mfn updated across all the hosts I use it on (which is quite a few).

7:57 AM | Software

So a while back, you may recall that solios drew a totally awesome picture of me wearing a Dr. Who season 12 scarf. Well. My dad was apparently amused enough by this to actually go buy one, from Germany, via eBay. My dad uses eBay. I'm kinda scared. (I don't have pictures of the scarf anywhere yet, but it is indeed about four meters long and way cool.)

Got to my desk this morning and found a couple packages. The first was from Mac Hall and contained:

A decent enough haul.

And then the box from Amazon, which contained Battlestar Galatica s1 DVDs. woot.

And of course there's that gift card pobox hooked me up with for helping them out a while ago with a box being unhappy. A veritable ass-ton worth of tech books at Amazon that will be trickling in over the next week or two.

Yay for accumulating Stuff.

9:10 AM | Life
October 8, 2005

<@ejp> fucking brain
* ejp stares at The Bag O Ram
< shil> gonna jab one in there?
<@ejp> no.
<@ejp> I need some kinda of magic ram testing monkey.
<@bda> That would be a really useful device.
<@bda> A little thing that can run memtest on a RAM stick.
<@bda> With little lights saying "good or bad" or whatever.
<@ejp> they exist.
<@ejp> http://www.innoventions.com/products.htm
<@bda> huh.
<@ejp> mushkin used to sell one, don't seem to anymore though
<@bda> Now... go find me one for hard drives.
<@bda> And... make it so it'll fix them if they're broken.
* bda wiggles fingers.
<@ejp> can't, you kill drives Dead.
<@ejp> not a little dead.
<@bda> mmf.

12:02 AM | irk
October 9, 2005

Finished Anansi Boys last night. There are more than a few simularities to American Gods, from a plot/character perspective, but the tone of the book is markedly different. At it's core, it's a story about Anansi's son, not Odin's, and the writing reflects that.

Also, it seemed rather short.

I enjoyed it, it was a lot of fun, but it didn't give me the same happy that American Gods did. Definitely worth reading, though.

1:09 PM | Books
October 10, 2005

< mdxi> k just runs in here, giggling, slaps me on teh shoulder
< solios> with meat?
< solios> did she get pix?
* bda stares at solios.

October 11, 2005

Steve and Keri popped out a kid. Ava Elizabeth Mack.

So did jcap and Michiko. Joshua Kosei Cappeillo.

Adam finally got around to upping the pictures from his PhD defense. Fear it. (Adam insists that he and Sophy won't be having a kid any time soon. It'll be entertaining when they have triplets. Suckers.)

6:12 AM | Linkwhore | Comments (5)
October 13, 2005

I've used DP for a while now, and it's never been a problem.

This morning I go to set up my laptop as a dev box again and start by installing sqlite3, and I get all sorts of annoyingness.

12:40 PM | Software | Comments (4)
October 15, 2005

I am officially pissed at DarwinPorts. When installing MySQL5, the ports scripts are broken. They insist on calling 'mysql' instead of 'mysql5' for everything. This is especially annoying for the fucking install, and I'll be damned if I'm going to fix all their crap (especially after finding out how stupid the Ports profile is), so shock.

1:25 AM | Software

<Danelope> More important than anything, however, is the fact that I have a burrito.
<bda> I wish I had a burrito.
<Danelope> <Customer> Whaaat? Your prices went up!
<Danelope> <Burrito Guy> Yes, a little. But our food is delicious!
<Danelope> <Burrito Guy> Our beef and pork are naturally-raised without hormones or antibiotics, and our vegetables are all organic!
<Danelope> <Burrito Guy> The only thing that isn't all-natural is our chicken, because we still haven't found a source for all-natural chicken yet.
<Danelope> <Customer> Oh.
<Danelope> <Dan> So you're still growing all your chickens in test tubes, then?
<Danelope> <Burrito Guy> Yes, but they're delicious test tubes!
<Danelope> <3 Seattle
<bda> haha.
<bda> The only thing I've heard anyone say today was "Shit, I gotsa get me some leather"; the checkout girl at Wawa referencing the previous customer's leather jacket.
<bda> Safe to say our cities have very different personalities.
<Danelope> Yeah, Philly sucks. You should move to Seattle.

October 19, 2005

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) came in tonight.

Awful. I liked Slartibartfast. And the Drive. And uhm... Marvin's voice?

Can't think of anything else to say, really.

10:24 PM | Movies
October 21, 2005

OnLamp has a biggish interview with many OBSD devs about thebig changes going into OpenBSD 3.8.

Lots of cool stuff!

(Of course everyone is mainly commenting on the inclusion of stat(1), haha.)

4:36 PM | Linkwhore

So I bought some episodes of Night Stalker off iTMS yesterday. Painless process. Decent price. The quality is actually pretty okay. I look forward to seeing how it looks on my TV playing through the fifth gen iPod I ordered earlier this week.

I've been whining about not being able to download TV shows for a while now... and I'm glad that Apple has made the process as trivial as buying music through them. And while I would certainly prefer to buy season DVDs of shows, I don't like waiting, and I actually would prefer to buy things I like. Think, if Firefly had been available via iTMS, would it still have gotten cancelled? (Probably, but...)

The iTunes video player could use some work, but it's useable.

I'm quite happy with this turn of events.

11:44 PM | Interworldwebbernet
October 22, 2005

<Danelope> http://www.thesmokinggun.com/mugshots/tampa14mug12.html
<Danelope> How can you bust a stripper on charges of exposure?
<bda> http://www.thesmokinggun.com/mugshots/tampa14mug4.html # wtf
<bda> Exposure of a sexual organ it says.
<bda> Flashin dey pussay.
<bda> http://www.thesmokinggun.com/mugshots/tampa14mug14.html # I guess not all strippers are on meth.
<Danelope> Actually, she was charged with possession of a lesser-known derivative, meth ham-phetamine.
<bda> boooooo.
<Danelope> http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/1012055miers1.html
<Danelope> http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/1012055miers2.html
<Danelope> Now, correct me if I'm wrong.
<Danelope> But on that second page.
<Danelope> At the end.
<Danelope> Bush wrote:
<Danelope> "P.S. No more public scatology."
<Danelope> 33,500 hits on Google. I guess it's not just me.
<bda> hasld;fhjal;h
<bda> I'm shocked he can SPELL it.

October 23, 2005

<@rjbs> any movie that includes a shark-v-zombie fight is OK with me
<@bda> What if the fight turns into an angry make-out session?
<@rjbs> man, that would be hot
< mdxi> The Swinging Dutchman (Shark/Zombie, Fins, Anal, Brains)
<@rjbs> Branal
<@rjbs> that's it, I'm going to googlegroups
<@rjbs> http://groups.google.com/groups?q=zombie+group%3Aalt.sex.stories
<@bda> ugh.
<@rjbs> bahaha./groups.google.com/groups?q=zombie+shark+group%3Aalt.sex.stories&qt_s=Search
<@ejp> :<
<@bda> No Punchline Required.

1:24 PM | irk
October 24, 2005
October 28, 2005

So tired. This weekend is Pumpcon. It follows.

solios got into town yesterday afternoon. He brought me harboleon prints! And as thanks, I made him sit around Drexel for a while, then we headed down to Factory after a stop at my place to drop off some gear. We picked up the Pumpcon shirts, which are totally awesome. Dinner at Nam Phoung, then drinking at Doobies. Too much drinking at Doobies, really. Don't get home until 0200 or something stupid.

So around 0700 my phone chirps. Then it chirps again. I think "Why the fuck is kitten sending me fucking text messages when it's hardly light out?" because no one else really txts at me. Then it rings. "Jesus fuck, if Andy is calling me at fucking 0725 there is going to be bloody Hell to pay."

But nope, it was Adam, "FUCK YO' BED!" "Wrrrrgh. Hungover!" "Come to breakfast with us!"

So I somehow managed to drag my sorry ass out of bed and actually ate breakfast for the first time in... ages. After hearing plenty of stories from both Adam and Sophy about the SFO crew, I gotta say that while we're more boring, there's something to be said for being mundane.

Gotta say it's good to see those two bastards. They need to move back home. :-\

And now I'm at work. Out of clean clothes, so I'm wearing Drexel IRT schwag, which is this awful jean shirt.. thing.. with "Drexel IRT" and the dragon logo stitched on it.

Hungover. Even less fashionable than usual. I want to sleep.

10:14 AM | Life

Stephen King is going to be penning a comic series based in the Dark Tower universe, focusing on Roland's adventures as a young Gunslinger.

Check out that art.

Holy balls, I can't wait. This should be very cool.

[via dengler]

10:16 AM | Comics | Comments (2)
October 29, 2005

The last week, there's been a discussion on incidents@secfoc about this "OMG AIM WORM THING?!?" and somehow Jose Nazario got wind of it as well (who has always seemed to be a guy up top of his shit) also thinks this is an "emerging trend".

It's not.

It was old six months ago when I started working at Drexel and got to deal with the crap. Anyway, see my comment on that post.

11:09 AM | Interworldwebbernet | Comments (1)
October 30, 2005

It has been previously mentioned by me (and kitten) that anytime anyone gives you directions in Marietta (or Roswell), or even Atlanta in general, the Big Chicken is often referenced as a landmark.

Even Google has gotten in on it...

< mdxi> solios: is bda around?
< mdxi> i need someone familiar with atlanta to come appreciate this
<@bda> ?
< mdxi> http://maps.google.com/maps?q=marietta,+ga&ll=33.950943,-84.520226&spn=0.012445,0.022546&hl=en
<@bda> Hahahahah

Go mdxi.