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My Archives: January 2003

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

A Sporting Chance
Posted by CKL @ 02:19 PM PST
My girlfriend gave me the Sports Night DVD box set as a Christmas present, and we watched the pilot episode last night. I noticed several things that I had forgotten about the show. The most heartbreaking was the opening shot, which had been missing from the syndicated reruns: the World Trade Center towers glittering in the night. [more]

Friday, January 24, 2003

Deja Vu
Posted by CKL @ 10:11 AM PST
Is it just me, or does today's CNN story, Desktop printers used to make living tissue, remind you of the 1997 Onion piece, Mexican Scientists Perfect Copying?

There is Naked Flute Girl!
Posted by CKL @ 10:00 AM PST
Thanks to the San Francisco Chronicle's Mark Morford for showing us one thing spam is good for: pure amusement value. I love free entertainment.

Thursday, January 23, 2003

You're too happy.
Posted by CKL @ 01:57 PM PST
Yeah, I'm talking to you, the idiot who's grinning just because it's raining today. But this will fix that. It's one woman's account of how her father died last August, and how the total incompetence of the airport personnel at SFO made the situation worse than it ever should have been. Read it, and if you don't get upset, seek help. (I'll refrain from making any obvious references to September 11th.)

Tuesday, January 21, 2003

"remake" is a dirty word
Posted by CKL @ 07:56 PM PST
So I'm reading the February, 2003, issue of Premiere, and I'm not even halfway through it, but I've already seen two upcoming movie remakes referred to by other euphemisms. [more]

Truth and Consequences
Posted by CKL @ 06:15 PM PST
To blog or not to blog? That is the question... [more]

Thursday, January 16, 2003

"I hate myself and I want to die," the T-shirt
Posted by CKL @ 09:09 AM PST
Thanks to Mark Casey for putting me wise to this:
(Want one of your very own? Buy it here!)

Wednesday, January 15, 2003

werpuff Gir
Posted by CKL @ 11:11 AM PST
On Monday, I finally watched The Powerpuff Girls Movie on DVD. Imagine my horror when I saw this title card displayed before the DVD menus: "This film has been modified from its original version. It has been formatted to fit your screen." I'm something of a purist for film presentation, so this both annoyed and confused me. The former because clips from the movie were shown letterboxed in some of the special features; the latter because Craig McCracken and company seem like the kind of movie nuts (in a good way) who would demand an uncompromised video release of their movie.

Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Streaming Soundtracks
Posted by CKL @ 05:10 PM PST
Most days at work, I listen to SchpydurX Radio. For those who, like me, hate frames, here's a direct link to their Currently Playing page.

Saturday, January 11, 2003

The Antitrust Settlement That Wasn't
Posted by CKL @ 01:23 AM PST
You may have received an e-mail telling you that if you bought a music CD between 1995 and 2000, you're entitled to get $20 back from record companies because of an antitrust lawsuit settlement. No? Well, it's true. But read the fine print to find out why you probably won't see a dime.

PalmPilots for the Ent market
Posted by CKL @ 01:17 AM PST
"Transform your standard PDA from the mundane to the fantastic"...with wood paneling!

Freed Dmitri!
Posted by CKL @ 01:06 AM PST
Take that, DMCA!

Friday, January 3, 2003

How to Ask Questions the Smart Way
Posted by CKL @ 05:10 PM PST
A great article by Eric S. Raymond about the best way to ask technical questions in online forums.

Man and Superman
Posted by CKL @ 02:32 PM PST
After seeing It's a Wonderful Life on Xmas Eve and reading Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang-- in particular, the story "Understand"-- I've been ruminating on the ideas of "the common man" and "the super man." I think the television show Quantum Leap synthesized these concepts pretty well, or at least it did until its last season. [more]

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