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Thu, Jun. 4th, 2009, 10:39 am


Apparently David Carradine was found dead today in Bangkok in his hotel room.

Not much of a filmography, to be honest, and I wasn't a big fan of the Kung-fu series (or the sequel).

But ever single minute he appears in Kill Bill is absolutely memorable.


Thu, May. 7th, 2009, 12:30 pm
Windows 7 RC impressions

I figured I’d download Windows 7 RC for no reason other than the fact that I like new, shiny things. There we go.

And feel free to leave a comment telling me I’m stupid for switching from XP. Truth is my Y chromosome compels me to upgrade whatever plugs into the electric outlet every other year or so. Like shoes.

Plus, it’s free for the time being and XP will stop getting support in not very long. Might as well get used to this new thing.

Disclaimer: I never used Vista extensively, so if I mention something that was already featured in Vista, I apologize.

Notable features:

- Nowhere as many notifications asking whether to let a program run or not. And they’re easily customizable, so you can just turn them off.

- Explorer 8 is much faster on this than Vista or XP. In fact, it’s a travesty to run it on XP comparatively. I haven’t reinstalled Firefox, and I’m actually not missing it. Fine, flame me for speaking heresy.

- Can customize which icons appear on the taskbar. So yeah, no more busy taskbars if you have programs running in the background.

- In an attempt to emulate/compete/copy Google, a number of programs are integrated into Windows Live from the start. They got rid of Outlook Express, for instance, and replaced it with Windows Live Mail. Similar matter for blogging with Windows Live Writer, which I’m using to write this up at the moment (and works like a charm so far).

- Not as much memory hogging as Vista. My PC couldn’t run some features such as AeroDesk on Vista, but it has no trouble with Win7.

- Taskbar previews work like a charm. Takes a bit to get used to it, especially from XP. Again, these are also customizable.

- “Invisible windows”: can scroll over a minimized window in the taskbar and it’ll show up on the desktop without minimizing the current top window. Lovely little feature, mostly aesthetic but also quite handy and avoid having to minimize/maximize constantly.

Features I haven’t fully tested:

- USB device integration: I haven’t manually installed the drivers for my printer, so it just downloaded them automatically. Told me a couple of times that there were “problems with the printer”. I turned off the notification, but haven’t had a problem with printing.

- Media library sharing: apparently it’s possible to share one’s media library, or parts of it with other people through one’s Live ID. I have to say I love this idea. Problem I see is that there are way more people using a Google ID nowadays than a Hotmail, Live, or compatible which will just result in more of the usual “which login do I use for this again?”.

Feature that has impressed me the most:

INDEXING IS LIGHTNING FAST!!! Add new files into the deepest subfolder, and they’ll be ready for instant search within seconds. So if you’re like me and often wonder where you put that one file, you’ll be in heaven.

Sat, Apr. 18th, 2009, 09:39 pm
Twitter


Johannes Gutenberg Twitter says

@everyone: OMG totally did not invent movable print 4 ppl 2 b retarded n use 140 char or less!

Mon, Apr. 6th, 2009, 06:04 pm
YOU FUCKING ASSHOLE!!!!

BRING IT BACK, YOU MOTHERFUCKER!!!!

EDIT: sorry about the foul language, but these stupid antics hit a particular switch in my brain.

By Globe Staff

A bronze duckling was stolen from the storied Make Way for Ducklings sculpture in the Public Garden, the beloved bird snapped off at its webbed feet, police said today.


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The sculptor, Nancy Schon, posed with the ducklings in 2007, 20 years after her work was installed in the Public Garden. (Globe file photo)

Park Rangers on routine patrol noticed this morning that Pack, the seventh of eight ducklings, had been stolen from their brick path near the corner of Beacon and Charles streets. The young fowl have stood in a curving line behind their mother, Mrs. Mallard, since Nancy Schon created and installed the sculpture in 1987. The work celebrates Robert McCloskey’s timeless children's book, "Make Way for Ducklings."

“Not only are the Make Way for Ducklings loved by everyone, but they are public art,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said in a statement. “This act is not a prank, it is a crime. We would strongly encourage anyone with information to please come forward to assist with Pack’s safe return.”

It's not the first time the sculpture has been hit.

In 1987, when the ducks were first placed in the garden, Quack was taken before the cement even dried. In 1988, Mack was stolen, and in 1992 Quack was taken again. That time, his theft caused such an outcry that buttons reading "Bring Quack Back" were sold to raise money for his replacement.

Jack, the eldest of Mrs. Mallard's eight children, has been stolen twice: He was cut from his family in 1995 and in 1999, thought in the second case he was later found under a desk at a Boston College library.

If caught, the perpetrator could face larceny charges for the theft of public art. Officer Michael, from the children's book, and the entire Boston Police Department are encouraging anyone with information about Pack to call the District A-1 detectives at 617-343-4248. People can also leave anonymous information by calling CrimeStoppers at 1 (800) 494-TIPS or texting the word ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463).

Sat, Mar. 28th, 2009, 08:00 pm
Going to watch Gomorrah

Very random and sudden.

I'll probably go watch "Gomorrah" at Coolidge Corner tonight at 9:30.

If anyone cares to tag along, you're more than welcome!

Wed, Mar. 25th, 2009, 01:30 pm
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Fri, Mar. 20th, 2009, 07:09 am
Internet Explorer 8

I have to say I do like it. I'd downloaded the last beta, but it kept crashing whenever I tried to install an add on, so I abandoned it. In short..

Improvements:

- MUCH faster loading times for both the browser itself and websites. I don't know how it compares to Firefox, Chrome, or Opera, but it's a massive improvement from IE7.

New stuff:

-Web slices. I haven't used these yet. Apparently it's a sort of special bookmark that alerts you when a website has changed. I'm guessing it might be good to keep track of blogs and news.

-Accelerators. These are similar to some Firefox plugins. Utter awesomeness. Excellent for the lazy bum in all of us who can't be arsed to copy/paste an address onto another window of Google Maps. Just highlight the address, and click, a tiny window shows up showing the map. Very neat. Works also with dictionaries, blogs, search engines, etc.

And the greatest single improvement: "InPrivate Browsing"

aka "Porn Mode".

Yeah, all cache, temp files, and history of sites opened while in Porn Mode gets deleted when you close the window.

So far it seems like a very good backup browser. I'll stick to Firefox until reading a few reviews, but certainly worth downloading the update when prompted.

Tue, Mar. 10th, 2009, 07:27 pm
The Internet is for porn. NSFW



Mon, Feb. 23rd, 2009, 10:23 pm
10 essential goth bands!

At least according to IGN.com

http://music.ign.com/articles/956/956392p1.html

Mon, Feb. 16th, 2009, 07:12 am
Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury was the the greatest rock tenor of all time.

And if you disagree with me, you are wrong and I will do nasty, unpleasant things to you.

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