Archive for June, 2007

Movie night

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

I took my daughter to dinner last night, then we went to see Paprika at the Mayan. We really enjoyed it – the visuals were stunning.

Although there really wasn’t much similarity apart from the idea of a device that lets someone enter another’s dreams in order to treat them psychologically, I found myself reminded of the Roger Zelazny short story, “He Who Shapes,” which was later expanded into the novel, “The Dream Master.”

I’d like to see some of Zelazny’s work made into movies, but there hasn’t been a good track record of that so far.


Thursday, June 21st, 2007

I’ve allowed some links of interest to accumulate for a few days, and I no longer remember where I found some of them. But here they are, shorn of context, but not bereft of meaning:

100 words every high school graduate should know. I know most of these, but there are a few I don’t, and there are several I know from context, but couldn’t provide with a complete and correct definition without help.

A cheat sheet of cheat sheets for computers: Our favorite cheat sheets.

An open-source grammar checker for OpenOffice.

The Rocky Mountain Swordplay Guild, a branch of the Chicago Swordplay Guild devoted mainly to:

the work of two 15th century masters: Fiore dei Liberi’s Fior di Battaglia (1409), and the De Arte Gladiatoria Dimicandi of Filipo Vadi (c.1482 – 87).

Next month, they’ll have weekend training in the Fechtkunst from a visiting instructor. Sounds like fun, I may need to join up. Too bad I’m going to be pretty busy at work for the near future. This one originally came from David J.

80 MBytes of storage for under $12K” – Computerworld lists some of its favorite advertisements.

Father’s Day Fun

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

I saw this advertisement in the paper the other day:

Iron Dad newspaper advertisement

More information (but not much) here. Despite what the ad says, a web search shows that it’s a nationwide thing – I presume that the “Benihana Broomfield only” is so that nobody calls the number listed wanting to do this in Pueblo or Grand Junction. Anyway, it sounds like a lot of fun to me. Then again, I do have a button that says, “Cooking is great! It’s a wonderful excuse to play with knives and fire.”

At least, I used to have a button that said that … it appears to have gone astray, along with buttons that said, “Don’t just flirt, hit me with a clue-by-four” and “If the minimum weren’t good enough, it wouldn’t be the minimum.”

In any case, I won’t be doing this. I’ve already had plans set up for Father’s Day, and asking to add this would be a little over the top.

Language lessons

Friday, June 8th, 2007

Kind of a gaudy page design, but it looks interesting.

Law for Bloggers

Friday, June 8th, 2007

Maggie’s Farm had a link to 12 Important U.S. laws every blogger should know. They’re a bit more general than that; some of them are important for any website. One of the commenters pointed to EFF’s Legal Guide for Bloggers.

Looks like I’ve got some reading to do, and perhaps some changes to make.

Things have changed

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

And you can find visible evidence with respect to video games here, where they’ve done a tear-down of the Atari 2600, and compared it with the current crop of video game systems.

Do it yourself has its place

Monday, June 4th, 2007

This, however, would not seem to be it.

Via News You Can Bruise.