Sunday, September 13, 2009

9



Not your typical end-of-the-world style fiction. No possibility for the return/resurgence of man following the catastrophe is proffered nor is it likely the audience would have considered it anyway. Shane Acker's "stitchpunks" are interesting but not completely endearing. In essence the central theme, a cautionary tale about the implementation and use of technology is the skeleton on which a lavish and richly developed post-apocalyptic background is both conceived and realized.

I didn't dislike the ending, which going in I feared I would--it was a lot more humanistic than the original short--but I thought the most human, the most endearing and likeable characters, they were all lost in the end. It's hard, then to really paint a real reaction to the film. I walked out not satisfied, but not really all that disappointed either. The filme was most definitely a labor of love, but I think Acker's already thinking bigger, and I get the impression that as the film continued, Acker had already moved on, so to speak. Either that, or Acker didn't really have much to say in the first place.

I don't think the latter to be true, there was too much attention to detail, too much verisimilitude for this to be the case. Focusing on just the visuals, damning everything else (including plot) has been a failing of directors who are reaching in their works. I don't think it would be fair to criticize here in that regard. Nevertheless, I just didn't feel I heard anything new.

Technology is not necessarily something to fear. Using technology, we have created things that were destructive but also things that filled the world with wonder. It would be a poor thing if we abandonned the good with the bad. I think we need to take more responsibility for both our deeds and for our creative works. I wish there were more films that promoted that message.

If we do create artificial life, we must not approach this with a "men as Gods" mentality but with one that we already understand--as parents. Artificial life, when we do create it (note I didn't say "if") will likely be analogue to our children. Children who are loved, love back. Simple as that. We might be surprised to find that the life we create would develop loyalty to its creators, as children are loyal to their parents. If we were to show the love we expect to receive from others in this life, I think we might find that life mirroring some of our best traits, which might go a long way toward countering our worst, which is what I see happening too often in fiction.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Yeah, I'm a Manager


Why oh why did I think I needed to know how to do this? Not having a life is grinding, but at the very least I can say I'm doing something different this time.

Getting a handle on how things are going is the most difficult part, I still run into too many situations where what I think is going on is completely different from what reality for other is perceived. I wonder if I'm a little too open-minded. Sometimes you really need to just stick to your guns, but many times I try to listen to others to see if maybe there's another way. Not sure if this is a stupid or smart way of doing things. I suppose time will tell.

All the methodologies I learned at the last job serve me here, but I need to do more, know better how to handle it all, and get myself to the point where this whole thing becomes machine-like in its simplicity. Partly the culture at my work's to blame (too laid-back, which I would think is typical small-business) and I'm partly to blame, as I'm often the one to zip my lip when I feel I have nothing important to say.

You know I guess I would have to admit that it is, in one regard, exhilarating to be challenged. I wish I had more time to write. I really need that.

One things for sure: it is nice to be able to just sit and decompress on the weekends. Hadn't had that before.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Post Digital Convert



I'd refer to my FAQ but I'm being a lazy blogger, but solutions like this aren't going to work for battery powered TVs. I'm looking but it looks like ATSC portable TVs are on backorder all over the damn place. Heh, no real surprise there. It's hurricane season.

Phoney News Post for Future Posterity



Richard Cranium, AP

Detroit - June 13, 2009, a day likely to live in infamy. At midnight the nation switched from analog to digital and triggered a barely-surprising but highly dangerous rioting from across the nation. Television-less consumers, extricted from the inextrcable relationship with the strange glowing tubes and LCD screens who had been their household masters for nearly seven decades, suddenly awoke from their stupors, and realized that a Republican had been in charge for the last eight years.

The end result was a simultaneous outpouring of protest from the remaining thirty-four percent of the populace who had spent election night in 2008 watching re-runs of Hee-Haw instead of voting.

Some quotes from across the nation:

-- "Oh my God, who the fuck put George Bush in charge of this country? How am I to watch Idol now?" - Lynn Calady, Chicago, IL

--"They just keep telling me I need a converter for mah TV. T'aint no-one gonna convert me. I'm an American!" - Cletus Bugbelly, Asshat, AL

--"Whoa ... I just popped a couple of these and the stuff's coming in just fine!" - Bran Granola, Santa Monica, CA

--"They're rioting ... I need backup, there's so much blood!" - Unidentified Patrolman, New York, NY

Complaints filed at the FCC to recind the transition went unheard, not due to disinterest or indifference, but the fact that FCC itself had switched to digital during the transition in a parallel but previously unannounced effort. A spokesperson for the FCC was recorded at the event:

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Meh



Is what I have to say about Jaunty. It's fine, but not as wonderful a progression (IMHO) as Ibex was. I like using the terminal, just that I don't like having to use it for everything. Ibex gave me the chance to use X to modify my wifi settings, and it works very with older systems for the cool compiz effects.. Jaunty's biggest claim (as I see it so far) was the ability to handle power management better. Given that it seems to lock up my system during sleep mode, I'm kinda ... well skeptical. I liked Ibex better there.

Still, the updates for Open Office are fine (at least Sun didn't throw in a GD ribbon!), and I'm very hopeful for future improvements to GNOME. I figure if KDE has struck back with improvements we might see something for GNOME soon.

You've Got to F***ing Kidding Me!! (dept.)



So this link explains how the "faith based" community is dealing with the health care crisis. I can just imagine this crap showing up on Fox News as the RNC's alternative to universal health care.

Mind you I found the study about how religion can reduce stressors during these times as a useful function. I don't mind that part. In fact, I wish faith could be married to action on the part of these congregations and we could start getting some real volunteering going on out there.

Too bad I don't see that happening quite now. Again, it'd be a good time for churches to get the word out. Instead of taking their ball home with them, the faith based community's blowhards who enjoyed having the illusion of throwing their weight around for the last 8 years might actually have an opportunity here to put up or shut up (for good, hopefully, but we can't count on that). Fact for the right: it's a lot easier to shut up the other side in your endless cable-news debates we you can say you're doing something for the little guy.

Of course, I'm counting on them not listening to that bit of advice.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Enough



Listen, folks, it's not a design flaw in Windows when the system has been physically compromised during the hack! I'm referring to this article where researchers indicate that Windows 7 is vulnerable. If they take the system. If they have access to the hardware itself. Not remotely, the actual physical hardware.

IOW, I have a paper notebook sitting next to me that has a critical security flaw. An unauthorized user can smack me in the face, take it from me, and read its contents without difficulty. Yes I realize that paper, as an industry, is quite large, but I intend to announce the vulnerability to make people afraid of it!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Using Gnome-Blog with Drupal



Shout out to this website here for the instructions for Windows Live Writer, and I appreciate the steps and directions provided.
Basically the directions are as follows:

  1. Open up the Gnome-Blog application.
  2. Pull up Preferences
  3. Select "Self-Run MoveableType" for the type of blog.
  4. The line below that will read the URL of the blog. Make sure that this is http://the_address_of_your_drupal_page/xmlrpc.php
  5. Enter your drupal user ID and password, and click "Lookup Blogs" to look up your individual blogs.
  6. From that point you can immediately post.

From this I gather that Drupal is MoveableType-compliant.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

:)



Honestly, though, I've seen the Gov up close and she is pretty fine lookin'. And wears cooler glasses (sorry, Tina Fey). The lady's skinny. No wonder she was once considering a job as an actress. She definitely fits the physical part, and she's more than enough brains.

Honestly, I kind of wish that Obama had picked her for Commerce, if only for her sake. Things aren't going so well in Michigan, and it might be a good excuse for her to get out of the hot seat. Mind you, it's best for Michigan for her to stay, just maybe not the best for Granholm. Her colleagues on the other side of the aisle aren't too bright, but they unfortunately have the voice of the people out in the sticks who don't actually know what's going on.