1. Pledge Drive: Daring Fireball

    brian on 2004.06.30
    at 08:37 pm

    Have you pledged your support yet? Freeloader! How will NPR, PBS, or John Gruber survive if only 10% of their users pay for their content?

    I have subscribed to support Daring Fireball. I appreciate John's insight on the industry. You might see similarities between my post on Dashboard and his own. The reason to pay him is that his is a lot more complete or indepth than my own. Mine came first, though. ;-)

    I've subscribed for one other reason, to help John lead a live as I might one day wish to: self-employed. Good luck John!

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  2. Dashboard

    brian on 2004.06.30
    at 04:58 pm

    If Dashboard was influenced by Konfabulator, then Konfabulator was certainly influenced by Desktop Ornaments.

    But all great artists are at least cognizant of what work other artists are producing. So let's leave it at "everyone influences everyone." It's a free market after all. Despite "free" RSS in Safari, I will remain an ardent, paying supporter of NetNewsWire. Hopefully Brent will be inspired by the new focus on RSS by the big guys. Like his software work, he just gets it.

    The sky is not falling. However, Dave Hyatt has this to say about his role in Dashboard, it uses the "full power of WebKit behind each one... CSS2, DOM2, JS, HTML, XMLHttpRequest, Flash, Quicktime, Java, etc." Well that's a lot more than just javascript. Flash on the desktop, which is something Macromedia has been toying with for quite sometime. The breadth of what you can harness excites me.

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  3. Thoughts on Fahrenheit 9/11

    brian on 2004.06.30
    at 04:06 pm

    The Official Movie Poster of Fahrenheit 9/11While Jake was out at his escapist film, I was out getting a full dose of reality with Michael Moore's latest documentary, F9/11. (OK, I plan on seeing Jake's escapist film as well.)

    I won't go on and on about it, other than saying this, no matter what your political background is, you should see it, think about it, and talk about it. It's not important that you adopt MM's view of the situation, just that you think about what's going on with your country. Form an opinion of your own, then go out and vote.

    I, as a progressive-leaning independent (with some libertarian leanings) tend to think there's more skank stuff going on than the Bush Administration cares to admit. And I think they are a cancer upon our country. Scalpel! But I thought that a head of time.

    Go see this movie, regardless of what you think of MM, go see it. Some like this whiner, are scared. It's just a movie. An op-ed piece. By the way, only people who can't back up their opinions don't enable comments on their weblogs. He can whine on his weblog, but MM can't in his movie? Weblogs are about discussion. Don't be close minded. If you don't agree, then that's fine. At least your ticket money goes to support intelligent, thought provoking documentaries in theaters, instead of the just the regular mindless stuff. Variety (of movies, and of opinions) is always better.

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  4. Thoughts on Spider-Man 2

    jake on 2004.06.30
    at 02:12 pm

    What's it all about?

    Spidey and OttoWell I barely got any sleep last night, about 3 hours worth, because I went to one of 'dem midnight showings of Spider-Man 2. All the same actors reprise thier respective roles in this better sequel. The movie takes place a couple years after the first one.

    Peter (Tobey Maguire) is having a hard time coping with the fact that because he is out fighting crime there's no time for things like, homework, girls, a job. He quickly starts to melt down and question why he's wearing spandex in the first place.

    Otto OctaviusMeanwhile Otto Octavius (Alfred Molina) is busy losing his sanity when his experiment fails and his wife is killed. It also probably doesn't help that his tentacles have their own AI so when the safety chip is destroyed in the accident they start to influence his thought.

    So now we have a madman running around and Spidey no where to be found. To top it all off, Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) is engaged half way through and Harry (James Franco) is obsessed with destroying Spidey. Luckily Peter comes to his senses and we see a lovely climactic battle between hero and villain.

    A couple scenes I really liked.

    The first was the big train battle scene. (Where the first picture comes from). It's action packed and has some nice twists. The second is when Peter is really questioning himself and ends up using an elevator to reach the ground floor of a building. Some random guy shows up and they exchange a few funny words, and we learn that the spandex suit rides up in the crotch sometimes.

    Mary Jane and SpideyI loved this movie, hands down. I can nitpick about random things, but that's mostly just cause I used to have a Spider-Man bike when I was 2 and watched re-runs of the TV show around the same time (ie he's my favorite comic book character of all time). The action was great, the character development was great, and I will probably see it again, when I'm not half asleep.

    What next?

    They lead into a third movie where a few people are introduced to be possibly the next villains. I'd actually prefer a double villain setup. Harry obviously could become the second Green Goblin as he did in the comic books. Curt Conners (Dylan Baker) could be the Lizard as he does in the comic books. However that would make a third experiment gone awry in three movies, a little redundant. I'd love to see Venom come about but that might be a lot of development for one movie.

    What works for me? Peter discovers the black alien suit in the next movie which leads into a 4th and possibly final Spider-Man film against Venom. While this is going on he fights with the second Green Goblin and another villain, perhaps the Lizard or Kraven the Hunter, or someone else not as cheesy as The Painter.

    I'll probably add to this if I get a chance once my brain is functioning a bit better, or if I can remember some things by seeing it a second time.

    Side note

    Why the heck am I the only one of my friends who can spot Stan Lee (credited as "Man Dodging Debris" in Spidey 2) in all of these movies? He’s had cameos in a few Marvel movies now and with exception of Hulk, where he actually is on camera for more an one second and paired with Lou Ferrigno, no one ever sees him. “I feel like I’m taking crazy pills!”


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