Due to the extreme amount of trackback spam I've been getting (especially considering I've gotten like 3 legit trackbacks total. ever) I decided to disable them altogether.
On one hand, this makes me rather sad, but on the other, this change allows me to serve up blog posts and stuff from a cache instead of having php generate them every time, thus saving a crapload of CPU cycles. I'm led to believe that this will make Dreamhost happy, as I am currently waaay over the acceptable cycle use limits.
I'm not sure what happened, but last night I posted about Night of the Comet from the film festival via my sidekick and it apparently never actually posted. Here's what little of it I remember:
Night of the Comet didn't hold up too well to my fond memories. I suspect that it is mostly because I'd only ever seen it on television before, where it was edited for time -- something that it could have really used for the theatrical release as well. Maybe moviegoers in the 80's weren't used to being constantly entertained throughout the movie like we are now, but the good parts were pretty spaced out. I remembered it being funny, but there were really only a handfull of parts that elicited any reaction from the crowd at this screening. The two that I remember are: "I'm not insane... I just don't give a fuck!" and the crowd favorite "I don't know... My parents taught me never to breathe anything from strangers."
I was a bit shocked to see them head to the radio station in like the 2nd act of the movie, as somehow the years had turned my memory of Night of the Comet into a silly zombified homage to On the Beach, which it really wasn't
Actually, there wasn't really many zombies in the film either now that I think about it.
Between films they showed some shorts from Portland area filmmakers, including the really excellent The Last Girlfriend, Con of the Dead and a trailer for the incredibly awesome looking Worst Case Scenario. I'll see if I can find links for those because they were pretty entertaining.
Dead Alive went over really well, the crowd was laughy in the hilarious parts ("I kick ass for the lord!") and groany at the gory stuff, which is pretty much the rest of the movie.
I'm really stoked for Return of the Living Dead, but it seems as if the crowd is thinning out a bit, which is a shame because it's the best of the bunch.
(Oregon, AP) -- The director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, Teresa Kaiser, has been charged with drunken driving, according to the Portland Police Bureau.
Lonn Hoklin, spokesman for Gov. Ted Kulongoski, said Kaiser e-mailed her resignation to members of the OLCC board of directors on Thursday. The e-mail said: "Due to circumstances that I deeply regret, I am resigning as executive director of the commission."
Police spokesman Detective Paul Dolbey said she was stopped Saturday night near Portland's Ross Island bridge. He said he did not have further details.
I enjoy horribly awesome movies, so you can probably guess that I watch many of the SciFi Channel "Original" movies. Programming on SciFi frequently gives MythTV's ordinarily excellent automatic commercial skipping troubles from time to time, ensuring that I see at least a little bit of advertising as I dive for the remote to skip over it. Sometimes though I get caught up in previews for upcoming "Original" movies and have to watch them in fascination. (Actually, I find this to be true with most commercials. So much time spent not ever seeing them causes them to be super fascinating in the event that I accidentally see one.)
A few months ago I kept seeing little bits of one of these trailers, which eventually added up to force me to watch the whole darn thing because it looked so awesome. It was like no movie I've ever seen, containing space flight, giant serpents, "space cowboys", vampires, Lord of the Rings-esque swordfights, etc. In short: the most awesome movie ever made. After going to the effort to watch the trailer in its entirety, I learned that it was not in fact a trailer for a movie, it was a trailer for ScifFi's annual Miniseries Month. What I was seeing was clips of many of the individual mini-series that they'd be airing throughout the month of April, strung together as if it were one thing.
Damn. That does give me an idea for a movie though...
If you enjoyed RE: Your Brains, and didn't expend the effort to see what the latest ol' Jonathan Coulton has done is, I urge you to take a second and check out Code Monkey as well. There're no zombies, but monkeys who program are just as good.
I'll try to refrain from turning this into the "look at what Jonathan Coulton did now!!!1" blog, but I can't make any promises.
As someone who loves both Jonathan Coulton and zombies, I highly recommend the song, which is easily my favorite of his Things A Week. Just click on 're your brains' towards the bottom to hear it -- you know, if you aren't afraid of having it stuck in your head the rest of the day.
Have you ever accidentally punched yourself in the face?
Tonight I did. See, I had just gotten in my car and was reorienting my backpack/laptop case on the passenger seat when my hand slipped off the "handle" at the top of the bag. The combination of the fact that the bag is relatively heavy, and the fact that I was in a bad position for leverage ensured that quite a bit of force was expended upwards when my hand slipped off the handle, causing me to punch myself severely in the face. I darn near broke my glasses and it really hurt.
I'd never been punched in the face before, but I'm glad that my first time was with someone I care about.
The other day I posted about how someone said I am starting to look like Charles Manson. I figured it wasn't really fair to talk about my current appearance without posting a photo so that you could decide for yourself. So here you go:
Looking like Manson reminded me of the first time I tried out MyHeritage, which if you aren't familiar with it, will allow you to upload a photo and it will tell you what famous people you look like. Anyway, the first time I tried it, the first 3 results were -- and I'm totally not making this up -- Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden and Collin Farrell. Combine that with Charles Manson, and you get an amalgum of the 4 most evil people on the planet.
I wonder if Gandalf and Dumbledore are ever insulted upon beginning a software installation on their laptops. I mean, I've always found Install Wizards annoying, but imagine how annoying it must be to a real wizard..
Essentially it is a Nigerian copycat, but in a stroke of meta that I can only call inspired, the message itself references all the other Nigerian style messages I've been getting, and explains why I've been getting them.
Here's a snip:
I am Revd. Fr. Thomas Douglas, a senior staff with the World Bank fact finding & special duties office. I am writing you this letter based on the fact that a cool penny is better than millions of dollars means it's better for one to live and die a poor honest man than a rich dishonest one.
I and the Chief security officer (CSO) of this organisation have arranged with an officer in the computer section the person of Engineer Peter Cliff to bring out part of your total pending payment with reference number (LM-05-371) amounting to US$10 million. Why we did this is because according to information gathered from the bank