1. LOTR2

    brian on 2003.01.01
    at 12:37 am

    The good and the bad.

    Saw LOTR 2 last night. Quality flick, in the vein of the first one. However, I do have a bone to pick. I had to pay $9 to see the movie, while sitting in a 70's green upholstered seat and suffered through (at least) 10 minutes of commercials, followed by a half hour of previews. What exactly did I pay the nine dollars for? I think the damn movie was paid for before I ever bought my ticket. I for one will never return to "The Circle."

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  2. Download of the Day

    brian on 2002.12.29
    at 12:18 am

    If Apple themselves ported Tetris to Mac OS X, it might, might look as good as Quinn 1.1, by Simon Haertel. For OS X only…

    Oh, I forgot: it's free and only a 532 Kb download. Score.

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  3. Blog worthy

    brian on 2002.12.27
    at 01:51 am

    from the past week or so

    Tech link of note: NetNewsWire(Pro) Beta now available. This is the pay version being developed from what may be the best XML news reader on any platform, NetNewsWire Lite, but both will only work on Mac OS X 10.2.

    Non tech quick links:

    "Bill of Rights Pared Down to a Manageable Six," from the Onion.

    National Do Not Call List.
    You won't see many links to MSNBC from me, as I don't much care for them.

    Cities thumb nose at Ashcroft. As do I.

    Tax Shift. Different people will interpret this article different ways.

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  4. February 17

    brian on 2002.12.19
    at 04:12 am

    is the day we've been waiting for

    W3Remix. I was following the discussion of this, and it seems the design contest has as much to do with the IA a the visuals, which makes this the first of its kind contest! One that's not just visual, but has to follow and comply with standards and have decent IA, to boot!

    Now, for you humans let me explain in brief: The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) sets the standards for the languages the web is built on. Their newest version of their website follows their preaching, but it sure ain't pretty. Now this contest aims to inspire the W3C to consider quality design to accompany their quality code.

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  5. Fascinating

    brian on 2002.12.17
    at 01:18 pm

    Diary from Uzbekistan is a fascinating look into the life of an Atlanta-native American journalist, Marika Olsen, who has recently traveled to Uzbekistan to assist in the establishment of independent media and news services. Recommended reading.

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  6. Google Labs

    jake on 2002.12.13
    at 11:34 am

    Where do they come up with this stuff?

    Google has launched 3 more demo style sites with different purposes and interesting abilities...

    • Froogle: Froogle basically uses Google's large repository of sifted web sites to give you product and pricing information from around the web.
    • Google WebQuotes: Another use of the repository... Use cross references to give feedback on listing of web sites.
    • Google Viewer: This uses a simple interface to create a slide show of results returned. It actually displays the page for a specified duration.

    These are all very interesting developments. I wonder what stuff they'll think up next.

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  7. XML :: RSS

    jake on 2002.12.12
    at 04:52 pm

    Coming soon!

    I have been playing with a RSS news feed. Hooray for syndication.

    It has come to my attention, I was using simple teasers, when I should have been using the whole posts. Thanks B for pointing out my lack of understanding of the word "syndication." ;)

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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