Some comments on recent TV:
- Darklight about on par for a Sci-Fi Pictures Original: a little bit Witchblade a little bit Buffy and Blade. I had a chat about it with burkhardt in the wee hours last night.
- OK, Lost is pretty good. I know some don't care for the King-meets-Spielberg "Amazing Stories on a creepy deserted island" flavor of the series, but it's rather refreshing to have predictability juxtaposed with shock. I'm still not so great at picking up the hints, and so I welcome the "D'oh! How could I have missed that?" kind of reaction I get from M. Night Shyamalan films, that actually makes me go back and watch again (on VHS or .avi). Self-contained puzzles and thought exercises that take up hours rather than days are good mind-candy.
- Enterprise is off to a rollicking start. You might not think so from the TV Guide listing: "The crew of the Enterprise must stop a fanatic time-traveler who has altered the outcome of WWII." This was a good aftermath of the Xindi storyline, though. The plot was fairly predictable, but the Temporal Cold War is an interesting premise. My only cavil is the very literal reset button. I had to suppress an inner groan at Daniels popping in to say "Good job; timeline rebooting - BRB..." You might as well have put a little counter next to Archer's head, racking up the level bonus! (BTW, was it just me, or did the alien Nazis look rather similar to Hirogen?)
- BitTorrent r0><0rs j0r s0><0rs, d00d!1!!! Thanks to miajesbar for introducing me to it.
From allisnow by way of aricadavidson, passed along to istari_ala and CRG:
Which File Extension are You?
I feared it was so.
Seen with aricadavidson:
Sig Sauer P226. Greatest gun ever! Feel special.
Beautiful and reliable but can still scare the
living bejesus outta anyone.
What handgun are you?
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Hrm, I really expected a Beretta (cf. sui_degeneris). Even a Glock (cf. narvi)...
- 13:00 - The Alien Green LED Light of the Two Trees: I recently acquired two identical COMPAQ Presario SR1010NX (2.7GHz Celeron) boxes at about $400 apiece. I named them Telperion (purchased 26 June 2004) and Laurelin (purchased 07 Oct 2004). Laurelin came with a monitor; both had WinXP Home and have a veritable traskload of spyware and pop-up adware pre-installed. I've decided to install Laurelin with a fresh copy of WinXP Home that I got from one of the CIS department's student sysadmins. I will then bring Osse (the Athlon 2400 XP that is currently the fastest of the 12 computers in my home, 10 of which are working). I will then format Telperion's drive and install Linux on it. What say you? Red Hat? Debian?
- 19:00 - Mail is back up on New Fingolfin. Thanks to AK for assisting on a Saturday.
- 20:00 - Project Presario Extreme: Various things I've read and heard have tentatively convinced me to go Gentoo on Telperion. hfx_ben's post in gnodal was the final clincher. Yes, I know - I'm frelling nuts.
- 21:00 - 247K/s downstream from New Fingolfin to Laurelin! AK, this Bud's for you. Or something like that.
Apropos de rien: While looking up Bob Burckel yesterday, I found this entry for myself in the Mathematics Genealogy project. istari_ala told me later that one of my LJ friends already posted about it! I must have missed that - could someone kindly direct me to the post?
Edit, 19:20 CDT Sun 17 Oct 2004: Found it - it was borgseawolf, posting in teunc.