Archive for June, 2002

June 16, 2002

Ocean’s 11 turned out to be pretty entertaining — probably for the same reason the orginal was (which I haven’t seen). Lots of stars, cameos, etc. This movie wouldn’t have been nearly as good without all that star power. Rainy weekend = lots of coding. I’m working on a new site publishing system. Why? Damn good question. More later…

June 12, 2002

Newman-Os are almost exactly like Oreos yet they are completely organic (which apparently is a good thing). The creme center is more squishy and less solid than an Oreo (which is also apparently a good thing).

Went out last night and saw The Hives at the Roxy in Boston. Now, we don’t get out very much these days and if every show was as good as this one, I would not have a problem with going out once a year. There is massive amounts of hype surrounding this band, but after seeing them live — it’s all deserved. Sure they might be a little derivative, but you can’t go see the Kinks or the Sex Pistols or the Who anymore (ok, I guess the Who still tours, but… ) so you might as well enjoy this stuff. Great short set with the frontman prancing around like a hilarous and arrogant Mick Jagger at half his age and on speed. Selected quotes:

“Boston, we love you … and you love the Hives.”

“I’m going to count this next one off in Swedish, which is a language I’m more familar with, although I’m pretty f!@#$ing good at English too, as you can see.”

After the encore and after all other band members left, the drummer walks out to the front of the stage and just stares at the audience. For like 5 mins. Occassionally he’d bite his nails or stretch his neck. Then finally just walked off. Hilarious. Great show.

June 11, 2002

Doves, The Last Broadcast has quickly made it to the top of my best records of the year list. I’ve been seeing some really positive reviews of this one, and it’s all deserved. Has all the good elements of Oasis, U2, Radiohead, etc. The New Order-ish “Pounding” (track 9) is the most uplifting song I’ve heard all year. Good U.K. pop with a murky, moody backdrop.

June 8, 2002

Although it was certainly the most visually amazing film I’ve seen, it’s a bummer that Waking Life wasn’t based on a more engaging plot. I had more respect for the movie after watching the DVD extras — which turned out to be the best part. Watching the raw video shot by Richard Linklater on a Mini DV camera, then watching a demonstration of the software that was used by 30 or so artists who painstakingly painted each scene with a Wacom tablet. I really wished I enjoyed the story more … or I wish there was a story to enjoy.

You can buy art from Waking Life.

June 7, 2002

I received an iPod for my birthday and so far I’m loving it. I have only 5 whole albums on it, and am amazed that I can fit about another 95. Here’s how you can access the hidden Breakout game (the iPod’s wheel is a perfect match for this).

Last night, myself and 14,000 other people ran the JPMorgan Chase Corporate Challenge in the rain through Boston’s Back Bay — my first 5K. Now, I only signed on for this with about a dozen or so co-workers because I was told it was more like a walk. I ended up running jogging the whole way in just under 45 minutes. Not bad good. What amazes me is that people (like my wife) have enough drive to keep running 23 more miles than I did yesterday.

June 5, 2002

Here’s a decent and easy to follow introduction to RSS. And from that article, a good collection on RSS from WebReference.com.

It’s finally here: Mozilla 1.0. Download here.

Interesting. News.com: “Macromedia plans to announce a partnership Monday with Jakob Nielsen, a leading Web design guru and one of the most prominent critics of the company’s Flash software for Web animation.”

Apparently, JN is going to help create web applications with the new version of Flash — a guy who previously said “Flash: 99% Bad”. Maybe he needs some cash.

June 4, 2002

On this day in history: 1805, The First Barbary War Ends. Good to know.

A very un-momentus year, but today I turn 28. Actually, why isn’t 28 as important as 25, 30, etc.? Heck, I’m going to start a movement when turning 28 is the most important year, and that it deserves the highest recognition and praise imaginable.*

*Next year this will be changed to 29.