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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 07:48pm on 05/06/2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
This week we gained possession of a pair of 8GB iPod Touches, through a surprisingly generous rebate program.

The iPod Touch is unlike any previous iPods, but is very similar to the iPhone. It's basically an iPhone without the phone, camera, or bluetooth. That doesn't sound like it leaves much, but what it leaves is high-resolution video iPod functionality, plus wi-fi networking, built on top of a miniature Mac OS X complete with web browser, email client, and other programs.

Apple's firmware doesn't allow adding apps that aren't already there, other than using web apps designed for the iPhone/iTouch platform. (A new firmware version coming soon will open this up a bit, but not by much.) However, people have figured out ways of fixing ("jailbreaking") the firmware to allow installing third-party apps, and there's even a de-facto standard packaging/installing system to make it easy to get and install programs.

A Linux guy gets started with iPod Touch )
Jailbreak for the good stuff )
Some added applications )
Music! )
Video )

So yeah, quite the fun toy here.....
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This weekend we'll be heading to Columbus for Marcon. Every year at Marcon I end up buying a pile of books, usually stuff that's hard to find locally, and often rare or out of print stuff. Last year's take included my first real effort to get into graphic novels beyond Sandman.

And also Elric... )

My fictional influences )
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Two weeks ago I started writing about a busy weekend, and got about halfway through it before putting it down. When I thought about continuing, I realized that my writeup was way too long and boring. Meanwhile, I had another (much quieter) weekend, and then a weekend together with my wife. But I still felt like I had unfinished business.

So, trashing the long writeup I attempted before, here's a quick rundown of the past three weekends....


Busy )

Quiet )

Together )

Ah, now I feel better.... all is right in this part of the world again. :-)
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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 12:07am on 06/05/2005 under ,
Tonight we finally saw the film I've waited 20 years for.

First, the previews were almost all wrong. All but Revenge of the Sith seem aimed directly at kids, rather than at the SF geeks going to this movie. And no Serenity trailer. The Chicken Little trailer (not the one Apple has) gets cleverness points for parodying the original HHGG teaser.

Anyway, the movie.... I was pleased that it started strong (I annoyed [livejournal.com profile] nontacitare by reciting some of the lines as they were said), and was even willing to forgive the cutting short of a few jokes and the occasional English-to-American translation. (It's zed and bypass, not zee and expressway!) I wanted to burst into applause when the first banjo notes of "Journey of the Sorcerer" came along. But it kinda went downhill after that, though I still thought it was fun. The main problem for me was pacing - most of the film felt rushed, while the Vogsphere segment (and pretty much all the Vogon stuff) dragged.

Arthur and Ford worked, though Ford was inexplicably huggy early on. Arthur was too obsessed with Trillian from the start, and Trillian wasn't quite right, though not quite wrong either. I think part of Trillian's problem has always been Adams though; he had trouble getting her believable and consistent from the start.

While Alan Rickman was pretty good as Marvin, there were certain lines that just didn't sound right done by anyone but Stephen Moore.

I liked John Malkovich as Humma Kuvula, but the stuff about election politics didn't really seem to fit. Which brings us to Zaphod....
Zaphod was just plain annoying, not at all the Zaphod I know. But then I realized that he was a George W Bush parody, which at least gave me some reference if not enjoyment of the character. (Anyone else see it, or is it just me?)

Then we got the G'gugvant/Vl'hurg/dog scene alongside the credits at the end (with a justifiably different trigger phrase from Arthur)... and typically, they cut out two lines at the end of it for no readily apparent reason. sigh.

This is the kind of film I'll watch multiple times to catch all the in-jokes and background details. It's just disappointing that those are all that make it worth watching again. On the other hand, I think I enjoyed it a lot more than [livejournal.com profile] nontacitare did.
Mood:: 'content' content
Music:: "Journey of the Sorceror"
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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 01:38pm on 10/04/2005 under ,
(As seen on Slashdot...)

Douglas Adams biographer M.J. Simpson has seen the new Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy movie.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie is bad. Really bad. You just won't believe how vastly, staggeringly, jaw-droppingly bad it is. I mean, you might think that The Phantom Menace was a hopelessly misguided attempt to reinvent a much-loved franchise by people who, though well-intentioned, completely failed to understand what made the original popular - but that's just peanuts to the Hitchhiker's movie. Listen.

Read the full review, the spoiler-free version, or the missing-good-bits list.
Music:: The Eagles - "Journey of the Sorceror"
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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 09:14pm on 15/03/2005 under , , ,
Do you need to build a hyperspace bypass? Or are you just feeling remarkably antisocial? Well, you might find this feasability study to be useful.
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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 09:00am on 13/03/2005 under , , , , ,
While looking futilely at Apple's trailer page for the latest Star Wars Episode III trailer (thanks to this guy for making it available since I had no desire to watch The O.C. to see it), I came across the trailer for Wallace And Gromit and the third trailer for The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. The latter is a wonderful sendup of action movie trailers.

Oh, Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride should be good....
And for nonfiction, maybe Aliens Of The Deep.
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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 03:46pm on 26/02/2005 under , , ,
JMS has announced that the Babylon 5 film he's been working on for the past year, The Memory of Shadows, has fallen through. Apparently all the financial pieces couldn't be put together.

At least we'll get The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy and Serenity this year.
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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 07:29pm on 20/02/2005 under , , , , , ,
Ooh, tonight begins season two of The L Word. Great show, interesting characters. Guilty pleasure.

If you haven't already heard by now, the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy movie trailer (direct QuickTime / Windows Media / RealMedia) is now available. Looks like fun. You know I'll be there April 29.

Finally, I'm trying to figure out how up to date the Room Nineteen web site is. If the merch page can be believed, they'll be releasing some stuff "soon". This would be a good thing, since the only CD of theirs I've gotten my hands on is their 1993 CD "Heretics", though I did just find a sampler of new stuff at the Cringe store, and they have some sample MP3s on their web site that I'd never heard before. It's great full-sounding acoustic-driven Celtic-influenced rock. (Also check out Fletch, a former Room Nineteen member who went out on her own, and not to be confused with the fictional character created by Gregory McDonald. That website definitely doesn't appear to have been updated in two years, but there is music available there.)
Music:: Room Nineteen - "The Eleventh Hour"
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posted by [personal profile] rfunk at 08:55pm on 20/09/2004 under ,
No, I haven't vanished. Work's been busy and tiring, especially with getting up by 7am but rarely getting to bed before midnight.

[livejournal.com profile] officialgaiman reminded me that the new Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy radio series begins tomorrow (Tuesday). It's available on the net via RealPlayer. It says it's at 6:30pm with repeats on Thursday at 11pm, so I think here in the Eastern U.S. that means 2:30pm Tuesday and 7pm Thursday. (Any Anglophiles wanna check me on that?) Then it's available on the net for seven days after the Thursday repeat.

The plot follows the books starting with Life, the Universe, And Everything, rather than the original radio series (which was the story's original incarnation, predating the books). For the most part this means that as far as this radio series is concerned, the second radio series never happened. I'm looking forward to hearing Arthur and Ford chase a Chesterfield sofa across prehistoric Earth in the first episode -- one of my favorite scenes in the entire saga.

Update: I'm now listening here, or maybe here.

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