Archive for February, 2008

Oscar winners I have yet to see

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Time to get my ass to the video store – I’ve heard enough about the following three movies to be bugged that I have yet to see them:

In particular I need to see Juno – I’ve heard a majority of it was shot with the new motion version of my favorite camera lens, the Lensbaby.

Michael Clayton is already available for hi-def rental on my AppleTV so that should be an easy one. The other two have yet to be released so it may be a short while before I get the chance to see them. There will be blood is still technically in theaters so if I manage to get the motivation and energy up to leave the house this weekend I might still be able to catch it in the theaters.

A moment of intimacy

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

A hand brushes my ear sending a shiver down my spine. Soft whispers grasp at my consciousness as a vibration begins, slowly and rhythmically moving about my head.

And then I snap out of it and realize I’m getting a haircut. Have I been single too long that this is the closest I’ve come to a truly intimate moment in as long as I can remember? I’m not sure if that’s progressively transhumanist, or just plain sad. In this day and age biology still holds sway over technology.

The crud

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Just when I thought I was feeling caught up the viral crud that has been going caught up with me and put me right back behind the eight ball. It all hit me Saturday morning while installing my new lighting (separate post on that soon – I promise). I started to feel ill, and by the end of the evening I was all but gasping for air.

Having spent Sunday and Monday mostly in bed with an endless shuffle of Mythbusters keeping me semi-conscious and stuffed with explosions and witticisms from Adam I’m ready to get back to it. I have a ton of stuff to catch up on at work, and a all but full time career search to boot – busy week ahead, I can tell already.

Feeling caught up

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

After several crazy weeks I’m finally starting to feel caught up this weekend. Throughout the course of the weekend I’ve completed lots of little tasks and chores that have been slowly building up in my life since my career got crazy (both work to do right now, and finding new work for a few months in the future) everything else seemed to get put on hold.

Having caught up my stress levels are slowly returning to a more manageable level. This is a good thing as my health tends to suffer when I get too stressed out and in a case like this getting sick would only increase how far behind was. I’m starting to get more energy back and feeling more social as a result. Traskpro development may slow down slightly in the coming weeks if I end up being out of the house more when not at work.

Somebody explain this to me

I even found the time to take a few photos in the last few days. The above shot of Mike being Mike was taken from joining him, Cyn, and Charlotte at Cal Anderson park for some impromptu picnic play this morning. I’m also a fan of this new addition to my sticker series, and to this shot from the Pink Parasol – a cute little boutique a couple of blocks from my house.

AppleTV/Hairspray review

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Yesterday Apple released the AppleTV Take2 software update. Of course upon getting home I immediately installed it and started playing with some of the shiny gooey goodness and I have to say I’m impressed. I really liked the first version of the AppleTV and they really have knocked it out of the park this time.

The entire user experience is re-envisioned to be more flashy – much more fun to use. The fact that the AppleTV can now independently sync podcasts, buy music and TV shows on the iTunes media store, and rent movies makes for a most delectable icing on an already moist and delicious media cake.

For some strange reason I decided upon Hairspray as test of the new HD rental service. The rental experience was a breeze – two clicks of the remote (plus a one-time password entry) and the HD movie was playing with surprisingly good quality within two minutes.

I went into Hairspray with low expectations and came away impressed. The movie is fun, engaging, and oddly thought provoking. Don’t get me wrong – it’s completely campy and over the top, but really well executed. The music and choreography is well thought out and the cinematographer did a great job of showcasing some of the dance moves without distracting the viewer with too much camera movement.

Featuring fantastic performances by John Travolta, Christopher Walken (it had been so long since I’d seen the Weapon of Choice music video I’d almost forgot how good a dancer he is), and new to film actress Nikki Blonsky who leads the film with confidence and flair.

For the record: John Travola in drag is just plain wrong, but wrong in the kind of way that I can get behind. Travolta in drag for President 08!

Caffeine: the crystal meth of the software industry

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

I’ve long been a fan of caffeine in almost all of it’s forms, coffee being my favorite – but how better to enjoy a passion then to geek it up with numbers, statistics, and chemistry.

Enjoy, just don’t enjoy too much – we all know what happens when OMFGTOOMUCHCOFFEE is consumed.

Things move quickly

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Sometimes life seems like a blur, at other times a stand still. Of late life has passed by so quickly that at times I honestly have to look at a calendar (or at Traskpro) to figure out what is going on and where I need to be.

Weird that when life is boring I complain about having nothing to do and yearn for the busy times, yet now that I have them I want nothing more than a week to lay on my couch and watch movies with Skype.

Life after people

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Like the good little media consumer I am I finally broke down and shelled out $4 on Amazon to check out The History Channels ‘Life After People’ and I have to admit I’m impressed. It’s a 90 minute presentation about mans influence on the planet and exactly what would happen if people were to mysteriously vanish.

The show covers everything from the more immediate effects in the days and weeks following our disappearance, and continues on for 100′s and 1,000′s of years showing the effects of natures reclamation and the collapse of the great works of man. The special effects are surprisingly well done and do a great job of illustrating how important day to day maintenance and a good coat of paint are at keeping the global landmarks of today from turning into rusted heaps of metal.

While the concept is neat there is one thing about Life After People that bugs me: the lack of people. While the whole premise of the show is about what would happen if people vanished in an instant I can’t think of a good scenario which would bring this about. There are no dead bodies, no damage, nothing to explain it in the show – people (although not their pets or any other animals) just vanish. There are plenty of ways that people could vanish from the earth, but none of them would leave no trace of our destruction like the show proposes.

All in all a highly recommended watch though – check it out if you like thought-play, engineering, or ecology! Such a visceral depiction of mans greatest achievements and technology facing the true test of time really does provoke thought and give the brain something to chew on.

The winds of change

Monday, February 4th, 2008

The last 7 days certainly have been packed with activity. Last week we had some production fire drills at work which resulted in a lot of hard work, 20 hour days, and general chaos-induced stress. To top it all off the end of the week also brought news that funding for my project has changed and come April my position is being eliminated.

This somewhat bittersweet news. Obviously being laid off is never a great thing, but in this case it may actually end up being the a good thing for me long term. Of late I’ve been rather frustrated with the speed and direction of my group so I guess this is the kick in the ass I needed to do something about it and find a position where I can exercise my passion for technology in a more direct fashion, and perhaps have a more direct impact on bringing about the coming technological singularity.

That being said – if you, my reader need a technologically passionate problem solver let me know!