Initial Leopard Impressions

Upgraded to Leopard on the work laptop yesterday… yes, I said upgrade. It brought some kernel panics with it in relation to Time Machine and Parallels. I’ll write more about that later.

But initially, what do I think?

I keep clicking on shit just because it looks coooool. God does it ever. Amazing.

Anxiously awaiting next January

Because 01/18/08 can’t come soon enough…Tonight’s bachelor movie was straight out of Korea. It’s a mutant monster movie by the name of The Host.It started off promising – with a really fun attack scene on the banks of the Han River in Seoul. Plenty of mayhem and crowd panic scenes. Obviously most of the budget was spent on that sequence because the remaining 1 hour and 40 minutes of the film didn’t do much for me. It tries to be a drama/horror/comedy but ends up failing almost all of those. Instead, it runs around with no set goal, except maybe to paint the U.S. as a bioterrorist. I can hardly wait for the U.S. remake. Thank goodness that’s not what J.J. Abrams is cooking up… I’m very much looking forward to that one.

Don’t ask the ninja

Too much of ask a ninja all at once starts to ruin the formula.

Maybe I’ve just had too much wine.

Bad Edit

I’ve managed to catch up on quite a bit of to-do’s while the wife and son were out of town. Netflix is probably scratching their collective skulls at the amount of movies I’ve returned. I had three of them for over a year and suddenly I’ve not only returned three of them, but now I’m returning three more. What’s going on here? Surely he must be *gasp* copying the movies?

Sadly, I just don’t have that kind of time. I’d much rather spend two hours watching the movie than wasting a DVD-R to copy it.

So far I’ve watched some interesting flicks and I’ll share some mini-reviews with you. These are listed in no particular watching order.

The Departed: A truly tense and engaging Martin Scorsese flick that deserves every bit of attention that it garners. This drama ratchets up the pressure with each passing frame and builds to an unforgettable, twisty climax that left me wanting more. This has become my new favorite Jack Nicholson performance as well. His fancy enjoyment of the role shined in every scene.

Gangs of New York: Not sure how I ended up with two Scorsese flicks, but I did. Yet another wonderful period piece. Daniel Day Lewis really delivers a compelling performance in this one. Again, it was over before I knew it. There was this very terrible, unprofessionally bad edit at the end of the film just before the credits roll. It occurs on the last few frames when the skyline of New York is changing from the 1860’s to modern day. The music just SLAMS into existence for some bizarre reason that can only be explained as a bad edit. Intentional or not, I want to take Mr. Scorsese and his editor to court over the edit. Tofu the cat was sitting in my lap purring happily at the time the bad edit came about. I had my speakers up fairly loud because my DVD player is incapable of putting out a decent audio signal. The sudden SLAM of the music caused Tofu to jump up and use his back claws to launch from my lap to the other side of the room. Those claws tore open my flesh like the lightsaber ripping open a tauntaun. Through some miracle of reaction speed (or a saving throw, whichever) I managed to spare the family jewels from becoming exposed to the unkind, unforgiving world. Damn you, Scorsese. Damn you.

Pan’s Labyrinth: I’ve been meaning to catch this one for quite some time. It was pretty much what I expected… that is until the end. Holy shit, the Spanish can rival the Chinese for sad flicks. Bring a box of tissue.

Amelie: Fabulous French flick that has given me plenty of ideas about other stories as potential spinoffs. The French have an unusual style of filmmaking, but it’s fun.

The Missing: I think I said it earlier – this was a rare misstep for Grazer and Howard. Too bad, it had potential. Pass on it.

Something I saw at the theatre this weekend, thanks to Daughter: Across the Universe. I’m afraid the era of the Beatles has past, because this one just didn’t do much for me. The music is great, but as far as understanding the 60’s and its relevance it was just way over me. My daughter was enlightened by the music, so perhaps the Beatles will enjoy a second coming. Hopefully there’s less drugs this time.

I’ve also been reading quite a bit of Stephen King’s On Writing. I’ve been trying to soak that one up to psych myself up for what I want to get into… argument: do you REALLY want to get into it, or are you just talking big?

Oh how I wish I could just think of something and it would sprout out of my head and have a life of its own. Why must it be laborious?

Feh, that was off topic. Back later while I flog my grey matter for straying.

Catching up on movies

One of the things I’ve been able to do while the wife and son are away (see porkbuns.org as to why they’re not here) is catch up on some movies that I’ve been meaning to see.

My daughter warned me that Pan’s Labyrinth is one of her favorite new movies. I finally got to soak that one in tonight. By the end of it, my only thought was that Spain has managed to top China in sad movies. What a totally unexpected, touching gem of a film. I’m glad to see foreigners aren’t afraid to break boundaries in cinema.

Today I also caught The Departed, which had my muscles tense for a good two hours. That film was a totally unexpected ride as well and is probably my absolute favorite Jack Nicholson performance as of today. I recall him in The Shining and yeah, nothing will top that classic… but you can tell when Jack is having a good time and he was definitely enjoying this one. Gotta love an actor who loves his job that much.

Data Center Creature Slain by Caution Sign

HUNTSVILLE, AL: A creature formed by excess cable in a data center has been slain by an intrepid systems administrator armed with a caution sign.

The creature, which formed after floor tiles were opened for the first time in 7 years, spoke to the systems administrators working in the area and taunted them with “trash talk.”

“It told me I couldn’t network my way out of a paper bag,” said Mortimer Franklin, a Windows 2003 systems administrator. “That really upset me, because I was right in the middle of following the wizard to install Exchange 2003. I know how to follow directions, so its claims just weren’t true.” Mr. Franklin was so offended by the taunting of the creature that he put down the clipboard containing instructions on how to do his job and informed security.

Security was on site within the hour, but the creature managed to swallow one of the guards before he could unlatch his gun. The other administrators began to take matters into its own hands while the creature allegedly continued to act superior by informing everyone that it contained cables that were hooked up to far more advanced Linux, UNIX and VAX servers.

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The corpse of the creature was cordoned off by cautionary road cones to preserve evidence. No sign of the security guard was found beneath this pile, leaving many to speculate on his fate.

“If you can’t click on it, you can’t run it!” the creature was chanting, according to other eyewitnesses.

It took the bravery of Lyle Crambit, the data center facility manager and Harold Harkins. Lyle managed to find the weapon and as the creature threatened to mount another attack, tossed it ten feet to Mr. Harkins. It was Mr. Harkins who landed the fatal blow.

When asked how he made such an accurate throw to Mr. Harkins, Crambit stated, “Sometimes I gotta throw my scattergun to Mrs. Crambit when she sees baby coons out in her garden. She cock that thing and BAM!”

“It was a lucky shot,” Harold Harkins said of his heroic death blow. “I mean, I’ve run lots of power, cat 5, cat 6 and fiber… but honestly, who knew there was this much cable under the floor and it was that pissed off?”

Leopard ships in 10 days!

What fabulous news to greet my Tuesday morning – Leopard ships on October 26th!

Time to spend some serious cash 😉 Oh, wait… I don’t have any…

The Continuing Debacles of Microsoft

I was one of the engineers on the call documented here from last weekend. This was the Friday night from hell.

I won’t rehash the technical details of what happened. If you want to know the tech piece of it, head to the link. There’s no need to restate it – besides, it would bring back memories that might cause me to draw my own blood and scrawl nasty proverbs on the wall.

Needless to say, we learned a lot about 2007 that night, which will be good for the time that we run into this issue in production (because we will – and so will you). However, there is that feeling once again that someone shipped Exchange 2007 far too early.

There’s another conference call about this very subject tomorrow night that should prove to be interesting and enlightening. Here’s to hoping that Microsoft is listening to my coworker there (because they sure as hell don’t read my blog, I know that). My coworker tends to get a little emotional about things like this, but given how much of his life he has sunk into supporting Microsoft, perhaps he has license to feel this way. I certainly feel as though I have some license to register complaints as well.

Look, in the past it was always known that products would ship first and patch later, but at least the software was usable in some form or fashion. I wouldn’t even call Vista or Exchange 2007 usable in the “can be used” sense of the word. This type of product mismanagement is going to get the the core of Microsoft and, couple that with running them in circles, may continue to be their undoing.

Even Bill Gates knows Microsoft can’t be around forever and one day will be unseated.

But ya know, enough about tech. I’m feeling the urge to do some artsy stuff. I really am. I hope to share more of that with you soon. I’m doing my best to find myself there… where I left myself years ago… on that street corner by the garage, under the coffee sign, with a cigarette that makes my trenchcoat smell quite bad. I’m there and waiting to come and visit you again. I have things to share.

I have a lot of digging to do first.

It’s in the Cooker

This new thing I’ve been cooking up here lately is starting to get some “rah rah!” momentum, methinks. I had a nice three hour meeting with an old coworker from the station who, after talking through all of the ideas, seems very much behind it. Earlier today I had an awesome meal with Vo0 and Whitey the Yak Shaver, there were some funny ideas brewing behind that one as well.

I can feel it coming on – a way to reunite old friends and help tap all of their talents. I hope I can put all of this project management experience I’ve gained over the past few years to work in a different vein.

There are many of you out there who know of what I speak. I’m getting jazzed about this – I hope you are too.

Woman Arrested For Committing Act of Love. : Lock the Bedroom Door on Offsprung.com

Woman Arrested For Committing Act of Love. : Lock the Bedroom Door on Offsprung.com

The only warning I’m ever going to give you: this link is from a sex blog. If you can’t deal with that, don’t click.

So this link briefly explains the situation of a woman in France who was overcome with desire when seeing an all-white painting and she kissed it. It was a sloppy, wet kiss that smeared lipstick all over the painting. It actually looks more like someone’s skin was opened and some blood was smeared across it, but whatever. The point is, she was arrested.

Yeah, it’s an all-white painting. Art. I am SO in the wrong business.