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Alex Russell on browsers, standards, and the process of progress.

..and speaking of movies

So last night's giant mistake was followed up by 14.5 hours of sleep and a good call on Jennifer's part.

A week or 2 ago we heard about outfoxed on NPR (probably on On The Media), and so Jennifer ordered a copy and invited a bunch of people over for this afternoon. It's quite the indictment against Fox, but I do think it could be stronger. Regardless, if you have a chance, go see it somewhere. Normally I think the left in general gets a lot of things wrong, but in laying the problems with Fox out for everyone to see, this movie helps to illuminate a situation that could eventually lead to an America that can no longer discuss any point of view on its own merits.

You can get your own copy at

duller than a joke in spider-man...

Jennifer and I had a wonderful dinner this evening which was followed up by an incredible mistake: we knowingly walked into a theater and paid real, actual money to see Spider-Man 2.

I had talked to people (who shall go un-named) who assured me that it was much better than the first one. Given the quality of the plot, acting, dialogue, effects, and editing of the first one, I should have known that it was damning with faint praise. Anyone who was kicked awake at any point in their 7th grade science class will bristle any time the rubes who wrote this thing decided that they were going to be all smarty-pants and use words like "fusion". The "romance" in the film consists of both stars gazing at each other with glassily stoned looks and going "umm..." a lot. Paint has a more believable and exciting potential for romantic interaction.

Yeah, I'm bitter. Those are 2 hours I'm never getting back.


Had lunch with Joyce, Dylan, and David today. It's really nice to be able to hang out with geeks that understand your particular kind of pain.

...speaking of comment

Trying out blogger comments.

Horay for blogs as NNTP.


Home sick today. Can't think, can't sleep, can't breathe through my nose. Blah.

One thing that's making my day a little happier (besides NPR and some wonderful tea) is I've been a huge fan of the GIMP (2.0) ever since I loaded up one of the RC versions at my last job and realized that I could fix a lot of the UI problems I had with it by dragging the tabs around. The path tool is now fixed, and it's nice and quick. It's nice to have it now for the Mac too. It's only available under X11, which I'm always running anyway because Kmail is still my mail client of choice. Can't wait for GTK2 to be native on OS X.

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