Archive for February, 2007

Case of the “Mondays”

I always thought that was a dumb saying, but it describes how I feel today. I’m watching Dirt, that new show on FX. I’m surprised at how sexually charged it is. If it was HBO then we’d actually see something, but since its FX it just feels like watching a dirty show with your parents in the other room, and trying not to get caught. I don’t see it lasting very long. It’s interesting, it just doesn’t have that hook that the other new great shows have.

I thought this photo was cute. ETTF.net has a bunch of weird photos, ads, and videos that are sometimes interesting. Kittens are cute, but I’m getting a little tired of all the “I’m in your <blank> <blanking> your <blank>.” It was cute, but now its just irritating.

I can’t wait to see Heroes tonight. It’s building up to something great. I’m lucky I don’t have a lot of homework to do for tomorrow or it might cut into my viewing time. I’ll also end up watching The Class and How I Met Your Mother, but Heroes is the main dish.

I’ll probably edit this later and add more crap. Later.

Entourage

I guess I watch a lot of TV. I never thought I did, and for a while there I thought I had completely kicked the habit. The only show that I had really seen in its entirety was Sailor Moon, and that was because it used to be on at 6:30 AM on UPN before school. Maybe I had seen all of Rugrats, but I can’t really be sure.

In high school I started watching The O.C. mostly because it gave me a reason to talk to the cute girls in school. And the first season was really good. I still watch it to this day (it took me a bit to get into season 4, but i’m back) and I think it is the reason I watch so much TV now. It was the first show I watched every week. I made sure never to miss an episode. Of course, that was the only show I made time for other than fansubbed anime like Naruto.

I got into fansubbed stuff for a while, and into anime in general. I watched quite a few series during my darker days in high school. I still really cherish them, but I haven’t watched any in a long time. I liked Serial Experiments Lain, FLCL, Evangelion, Full Metal Panic!, and a few others. Those are the ones that really stick out in my mind. I guess I was pretty heavily influenced by a guy named Scott. He wrote a blog back in the day, and I got pretty friendly with him. He’s one of the reasons I got into linux and the whole open source movement. Of course, he went nuts one day, and stopped writing. I hear he started up again, but I don’t follow him anymore.

It was probably at the start of this school year that I started to watch full seasons of shows. My roommate and I were really excited about Heroes. I really liked it, so I started watching all the other new shows like 30 Rock, Studio 60, and The Class. Of course, then I started catching up on great shows that had been running for a while like Lost, House, The Office, Scrubs, How I Met Your Mother, and Battlestar Galactica.

I’ve been trying to make time for more shows like Smallville, Gilmore Girls, Stargate Atlantis, Numb3rs, Psych, Rome, and Grey’s Anatomy. Of course, instead I started watching Entourage. It’s a neat show. It’s not too serious, so its nice to just sit down and watch. I’m in the middle of season 2, and I’ll probably avoid my work and finish it before the day is out. I admire HBO shows, and I can’t wait to see A Song of Ice and Fire.

Lazy Saturday

I seem to be making a habit of doing blog posts. I get into this cycle where I all of a sudden feel that for anyone reading this, I am the sole source of information they will look to, and if I don’t make mention of something, they’ll miss out. So for about a week I try to make a comment on everything I think is cool online, and post about it, and link to it, and then 3 months later its old and blase and I didn’t really make a difference in the big scheme of things.

To be a successful blogger, you need to be ahead of the curve. Or at least be so with the curve that you are making pointed commentary that influences other people. I don’t have either of those. Just recently I started reading personal blogs, rather then getting all my links from aggregators like digg, reddit, or slashdot. It puts me a little closer to the edge, but I still get all my information after someone else decides whats worth noting.

Do I really want that kind of influence? I don’t know. Probably not. I don’t feel that I’m educated enough in the fields where it matters, and I’m too young for my cultural references to carry any weight. Of course, now that I’ve realized this, I can stop trying to be a marketer, and finally post about things I like. Or in the case of this next point, things I don’t like.

I tried to watch Flyboys last night. I say tried because I didn’t make it all the way through. I got distracted, lost interest, and after that there was really nothing for it except to turn it off. I was really expecting something action packed. I wanted edge of your seat dogfights for the whole film. Give me Black Hawk Down with WWI airplanes and I’m set. But instead it felt like a Disney romance that was an hour too long, with way too little violence. I don’t know who their target audience was, but I certainly wasn’t it. If I had checked the reviews, I probably would have seen it coming.

As a Python fan, I’ve been reading a lot about other high level languages that make development easy. So far Python is still my favored language, but I am always tempted to get my hands dirty and see what all the buzz about Ruby and Haskell are about. I just recently found a great tool for Python that makes testing within the interpreter even easier. IPython. It adds support for shell commands from within interpreter, it has tab auto-completion, and the interface feels more informative and powerful. I am looking forward to my next development project so I can try it out.

I would also like to recommend that everyone get a Useless Account. Yes, its useless. No, it doesn’t have even the slightest bit of purpose. I got a good laugh out of it, and I just wanted to give everyone else the opportunity as well.

The “About” Page

For once, I put a decent amount of effort into a page about me. I tried my best to cover all the common questions and attributes, and fill in most of the cursory “what do you likes?” I left out a physical description. If anything I would suggest looking at a photo of me. Make up your own mind, my words probably wouldn’t help.

I wanted to include a list of all the movies I have (over 850 titles) and so I looked for a nice online database where people could see a comprehensive list. I don’t claim to have seen all of these, and it would probably be more useful to have a list of my favorites, but I would hate to leave a good movie off the list simply because when I compiled it I wasn’t in the mood for that movie. I found that iMDB had built in functionality for this, but its not very pretty, so I would caution you against it. I think I’ll make a separate page (like the About page) for movies. Eventually.

I also decided to use last.fm for my music page. I could have just listed the myriad of artists I listen to on a regular basis, but I have a very wide range of tastes and didn’t know how to best represent that. I’ve had an account for a very long time, and I fear its a little weighted towards my tastes from two years ago. However, I’m sure that over time it will even out and give a nice summary of my tastes. I still like those bands, I just don’t have much of that music anymore, most of them have stopped making good music, and they never find their way onto my playlists. C’est la vie.

I want to do a page for TV as well. I use a nice tracking webpage, MyEpisodes.com, to let me know when new episodes of all my favorite shows are airing. It doesn’t have a nice page to list show the public, but compiling one should be easy. I could also check and see if TVRage has anything like that. If not, I’ll surely compile a list of my own.

A list of books couldn’t hurt either. Or a list of blogs I subscribe to (thanks to Google Reader). There is certainly a lot more information I could compile about myself, but who knows if it would even be remotely useful to anyone. I suppose we’ll see.

In a few hours (after some sleep) I’ll probably write an update about revision control software, Flyboys, and whatever else tickles my fancy. I’d quote something from Hamlet, but I’m too lazy. Maybe another time.

The IT Crowd

A friend turned me on to this show a few months ago. I wasn’t sure what to make of it at first. It’s a British comedy, and not being British I tend to miss some of the jokes. However, the level of geekiness of the show makes up for it.

It feels a little like The Office at first, but quickly transforms into a quirky geek-fest. The references are top notch, and if you get the DVD, it even offers leet subtitles. I’m not sure what else to say, except to point you toward one of the funniest scenes in the show.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

The IT Crowd Official Site

Performancing is a pretty cool Firefox Extention

If you don’t necessarily like to blog in a webpage, such as blogger, wordpress, or basically any other web based blogging service, then Performancing might be for you. It’s a Firefox extension (and you really ought to be using Firefox) so its part of your browser.

What I like most about it is that you have a webpage in half of the window, and the editor in the other half. This allows you to browse to pages you might be blogging about without having to switch windows and cover up what you said. Also, this allows you to drag text, images, and links into your post, so you don’t have to copy/paste all that stuff.

The editor has more features than Flock’s built in editor (at least since I last used it) and if you don’t need all the pizazz that Flock offers, then you’re better off with this. And if you’re using Firefox 2 you have built in spell checking, so you’re pretty golden. Check it out, it won’t let you down.

Old TV Shows

I have finally reached the age where things are “Old.” I don’t mean old as in it’s forever gone and I’ll never see it again, I mean old as in younger kids have no idea what I’m talking about when I reference old Nickelodeon TV shows.

It’s surprising that kids don’t know about Are You Afrain of the Dark, Pete and Pete, Clarissa Explains it All, etc. anymore. I want those shows back, and I recently got my hands on one of them: The Secret World of Alex Mack. I always thought that show was awesome. I wanted those powers, or at least to have Larisa Oleynik as my girlfriend (ah, those elementary school crushes).

I know I’m not the only one who wants those old Nick shows back. Every so often you’ll be in a room full of kids your age and they’ll start talking about their favorite shows from back in the day. They talk with such excitement and fervor its a wonder that these shows haven’t resurfaced. The programming today is crap, sometimes I wonder why they don’t just air those old shows and treat them like new programming.

Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to stick with the memories of days gone by for now.


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