Enter Lord Vader

Posted in Politics on July 28th, 2007 by Tom

Dick Cheney has an internal heart-monitor/defibrillator which needed new batteries. That’s pretty cool, I guess. It makes sense though; when you’re a power tool such as he is, you’re bound to need a recharge.

No, but seriously, the real punchline comes from Obi-Wan Kenobi:

“He’s more machine now than man; twisted and evil.”

Phantom Limb

Posted in Maintenance, School, Technology on July 26th, 2007 by Tom

I’ve been caught up in a number of technological things. First and foremost, I finally made some headway on the Student Senate’s new website. wooooo. (In truth, it actually looks pretty good; link later once it’s up) In that vein, I also found out that Senate is funding my early return! Which is bittersweet, and means that my summer officially ends on Friday, August 17th.

While I was working on the Senate site, I started getting booted from the server. While I was on ITS’s site checking that it was their problem, not mine, I found a pretty cool link. It’s called Zamzar. What it does is convert a vast number of file types into… another vast number of file types. For instance, say I downloaded one of those cool vector graphics from wikipedia, and wanted to edit it in an older version of Adobe PS or stick it in a powerpoint without worrying about its fancy properties messing things up.

Zamzar claims to be able to turn that PNG into a regular ol’ JPG no problem.
I’ve yet to try it, and I’m mainly blogging about it so I save the link in case I find myself needing it in the future.

Additionally, I’m thinking about adding SnapShots to this site. Just toying with the idea, really. I like the blogs where I have a TON of links, just becuase a la wikpedia, getting distracted in reading the exact back-story of several little references is something I have a lot of fun with. SnapShots is a tool that makes a little preview pane of all those links pop up.

To check out exactly what I mean, I’m going to refer you to Ethan’s Xanga. Xanga started using SnapShots a few months ago. Initially, it irritated me, but I’ve sortof grown to like them and recognize the utility. Not that anyone really reads this, but if you do, and you have an oppinion on SnapShots, I’d like to know.

It wouldn’t be over-kill, it would only be links to stuff off-site that got the little preview pane, and it’s supposed to load really quickly. So I’ll see. It could be more trouble than it’s worth, but it could also be kinda slick.

Finally, I just wanted to comment on one of my favorite webcomics: Ctrl+Alt+Del. I really do enjoy this comic, but it can be a sortof love-hate relationship. The author summed it up best for me, placing the two extremes of the dichotomy of the comic back-to-back:
I hate these
But this is incredibly funny.

If you see the SnapShots start popping up, it means I’m tooling around with them. Even if I decide that they’re gonna stay, there’s code I can put up that allows you to turn them off, so fear not.

Boom Boom Ba

Posted in Nerd on July 20th, 2007 by Tom

I just read some pretty exciting news! Dead Like Me is going to be turned into a direct-to-DVD film as a wrap-up of Season 2 (2005)’s loose ends, and a potential new series:

Yes, it’s going straight to DVD […] If it does well on DVD then I guess that will be the deciding factor as to whether or not it goes back to series.

-Ellen Muth (Georgia Lass)

Which is a really exciting prospect, especially as someone who’s loved and cherished the show since about halfway through the first run of the first season on ShowTime. Which leads me to another point: Showtime knows surprisingly little about good television.

They canceled Dead Like Me after two seasons in, despite the fact that the quality of writing, so far as television is concerned, was superb. I haven’t been able to track down its Nielson Family Ratings, but I know that it must’ve done alright, because it got renewed for a second season, and the entire fan base was taken aback when it was canceled at the end of that run. What’s even more frustrating is that I can’t see why Showtime did this.

To free up more money for us to see Kristy Alley make an even BIGGER idiot out of herself than we already know her to be? Or maybe to free up the cash for Weeds to star to oh-so-ever-incredibly-talented-at-NOTHING Mary-Kate Olsen. (Admittedly, the first few episodes of Weeds were OK, but it’s long since gone off the deep end, and only going deeper, so it would seem).

I dunno. If they were replacing DLM with my new favorite TV show, like a House or an Office, maybe, but they cut it for pure junk, in my opinion, and that’s hard to take.

A slightly more interesting development: The apparent reason for Mandy Patinkin (Rube, the other lead in the TV show run of DLM; see also: Inigo Montoya, “you kill my father, prepare to die…” etc.) is that he has his own TV show going on. I remember vividly when I saw he was staring in Criminal Minds, because that was the final nail in DLM’s coffin. American TV shooting schedules are rough enough with only a single program; there’s no way he was going to do two, which meant Dead Like Me wasn’t coming back.

However, that is no longer the case. The shooting for the film has already begun, but maybe Patinkin would be more open to continuing the series now that he’s got the free time. I’m not sure how that would work, in terms of story, given that they’re already trying to explain his absence away in the film without his character there at all.

It could be hard to sell two concurrent 180-degree turns (eg: Rube is gone in the film; He’s back in the new show!) to an already questionably small audience. Me personally? If done correctly, I would easily be able to forgive some hack-job-story-writing (though I’m not sure it needs to come to that) to get Patinkin back with the original cast to continue the show, more or less, where it left off. It was just that good.

I suppose only time will tell.

Starlight

Posted in Evangelion, Maintenance on July 16th, 2007 by Tom

I’m happy to say it; We’re Back in Business!

After three really intense days I’ve beaten WordPress into behaving how I want it to, the archives are all integrated with the old material, and I’ve made some aesthetic changes as well:

The Navigation buttons above have been scaled down so they take less bandwidth and load faster, which I’ve been meaning to get around to for a long time. Additionally, we’ve got a new set of banners up top (also scaled down in terms of size, but hopefully not noticeably in quality), which I’m quite pleased with. I also updated the F.A.Q. and the About pages to reflect the recent changes and upgrades in the site.

All-in-all, Tuesday’s little mishap with Graymatter turned out to be really a blessing in disguise. WordPress is a really cool utility that I’m excited to use more. In the process, I learned a lot of new things, and got some older skills back into shape. It was a fun experience. I’m also going to keep tweaking this layout (in particular, the comments form is sorta rough; I’ll get to it soon), but for the most part, it’s squared away.

[If you check more towards the bottom of the page, I’ve actually posted the post that incidentally killed Schrödinger’s Blog v.1.2.]

But, that said, I’d like to introduce Schrödinger’s Blog, version 2.0!
[Please Also Note: You’ll need to subscribe to the new RSS feed, just as you did the old one. They look the same, but feed from different sources, and the previous one will not be updated anymore. Thanks!]

Additionally, for anyone that cares, there’s a new clip out for Evangelion 1.0: YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE-

Shut Your Eyes

Posted in Maintenance on July 13th, 2007 by Tom

So it’s going to be a long time before things are REALLY up and running again. However, WordPress is my god now and forever. You know why? I was able to automatically import ALL the old entires from GreyMatter, despite the fact that their core was completely shot.

That alone is saving me an incredible amount of time.
Plus this interface is slick as hell, and will do some cool stuff once I get it to work.

I’ll remove the temporary index and allow things to follow here as soon as a get the theme wrangled into looking like my website, and not some template.

So welcome to the new age…