1. Today's reading

    brian on 2002.12.12
    at 12:15 am

    Wired's Mac coverage has hit new lows in the past weeks, with a 5 part series investigating the allure of the Macintosh, and the loyalty of its fans. The one thing they forget to check out: the machines. On behalf of Mac users eveywhere, may I thank you for dismissing us as cooks and cultists. John Gruber had something to say about it. I say "go John." Who's the dopes? You (restart the modern XP once every few days, bitch about the maker of your OS incessantly) or Us (up time of months, discounting restarts for updates to the core system, don't hate its maker)? I hope to not make bitching about anit-Mac people a regular topic on this blog, my apologies.

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  2. Adaptation

    brian on 2002.12.12
    at 12:01 am

    of a book

    I've been awaiting the release of the the movie "Adaptation," a movie based loosely on the book The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean. Before she penned the book, she developed the thesis in a short story in the New Yorker. I first learned of it from Jason Kottke via his weblog, as he built Ms. Orlean's website, and subsequently, a weblog about the movie rendition of Orchid.

    Confused yet? Well, if you don't enjoy confusion, perhaps avoid the movie. You see the screenplay was written by Charlie Kaufman, and directed by Spike Jonze, both of Being John Malkovich fame. So, what's confusing about that? Nothing. But the plot of the movie is roughly "An account" of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's (played by Nicolas Cage) attempt to adapt Susan Orlean's (played by Meryl Streep) non-fiction book The Orchid Thief, about a plant dealer who clones rare orchids then sells them to collectors. We see the book playout while Charlie writes the screenplay adaptation of the book, interactions with the book's author, and Donald, Charlie's twin brother (also played by Cage). Yeah, pretty cool.

    Problem: it wasn't playing in the Boston area this weekend. Me: bummed, waiting.

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  3. Slick Lizard Monsters and other cool stuff

    brian on 2002.12.11
    at 06:01 pm

    If you're not using Mozilla 1.2.1 with the Pinstripe theme you're not getting the best web browsing experience that money can (but is unnecessary to) buy.

    In other news, tis the season. If you've stopped by the Apple Store perhaps you noticed the 17" iMac in the snow globe with a very cool falling snow motif on screen. Well 411 is that the motif is a full screen QuickTime movie, not a screen saver. So what if you want that winter mood on your Mac at home school or work? Our friends on the internet have solved our needs. Want a screen saver? Check out SnowSaver written with OpenGL. Sweet. Want to run it as your desktop picture? Well first you better have a Mac that can run Quartz Extreme in Mac OS X 10.2 (aka Jaguar). Then download BackLite and let-her-rip. Cool, eh? Want more? Perhaps snow that falls on your desktop, even over top your applications? Then check out Snö. You can even set the wind speed. Cool.

    Lastly, for users of any platform that can run TrueType, you have to pick up Anonymous, the finest, free-est monotype font I've seen. So much better than Monaco or Andale Mono. Know of a better one? Comment…

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