March 30, 2003

Rock Star

If any of you were at Brady's in Manassas on Saturday night, you would not only have gotten to see Change Order play three sets, but you would have gotten to see me play rhythm on Hendrix's All Along the Watchtower. I'd never before played at a club, but I knew the guitarist and he let me sit in. Let me tell you, it's a serious fucking rush. I recommend anyone who has ever picked up an instrument try your best to play live before you leave this Earth. I'm hooked for life.

Oh, by the way, when I said that Fastlane might be the best show on TV, I meant broadcast TV. The best show on all of TV is still Six Feet Under.

Posted by pinkerton at 10:09 PM

March 29, 2003

Variety Hour

You wouldn't think that Fastlane was one of the best shows on TV. Sure, it satisfies just about every guilty pleasure (hot girls, a well-mixed sound track, sweet cars, gunfights and shit blowing up), but the writing is pretty damn good. You find yourself actually caring about the characters, brought to life by actors who seemed born for the roles the play. It doesn't get much better, except maybe on The Real World :D

I enjoyed last night's NCAA tournament games in HD, though they were sub-par for CBS. The audio was erratic, with crowd noise overpowering the announcers at one end of the court, and the video was amaturish. The picture not only didn't "pop" like most video-based HD, but it was constantly in and out of focus. You would hope that the cameramen would be used to the whole concept of focus by now. I'm also bummed that Maryland lost, but it's not my team so I'll get over it.

I recently took ownership of a series-2 tivo, but to hook it up requires retiring my faithful Philips 30hr to the crappy tv in the bedroom. You know those Ikea commercials where they anthropomorphize a dejected piece of furniture? That's exactly how I feel. Does it know it's becoming second string? Does it feel bad to be relegated to the bedroom, to the crappy mono cable I still use up there? Or is it happy to get some relief from being the fixation of my life?

Either way, it means transfering all my preferences to the new unit. I have on a sheet of paper all of my thumb ratings (except the thumbs down, I couldn't find those anywhere in the UI). A very eclectic mix, I must say, and very me. From Alias to Voyager, Black Adder to Miami Vice. Toss in reality TV, most of NBC's line up, home improvement shows, cooking shows, and ten varieties of forensic investigations. All on a little scrap of paper to teach my new unit who I am.

I am Jack's subconscious.

Posted by pinkerton at 3:08 PM

March 24, 2003

Another Camino Update

More Camino news. Tonight I fixed the crash closing the browser window with the bookmarks manager open. Don't know how I missed that one. I'm glad that the feedback generally seems positive on the new manager, though I managed to drop off the mozdev mailing list so if everyone there is bashing it, I'm missing all the flak.

Update: I also fixed a bug that would cause an inline edit to start when you dragged a bookmark.

To answer a comment in my last post, yes, we have a Google search field in the works. Prachi is working on that and almost had it done, then decided to rewrite it :). We'll see it soon, I hope.

Oh, for what it's worth, 99 out of 100 times, the answer to "I don't care about any of this, when will you do XYZ?" is "when I feel like it." I'm contributing to this project because I enjoy it and for no other reason. It's not my day job, I don't get paid to work on it. Your pet bug/feature is probably not high on my list. Just wanted to make that clear before the comments on this blog turned into hyatt's.

Posted by pinkerton at 10:14 PM

March 23, 2003


(The title is something my cat typed while walking across my tibook's keyboard. I couldn't think of anything else, so I left it)

So many people tune into jinglepants' blog for Safari updates, so I figured I'd give a quick update. If you download a trunk nightly, you'll notice that we're on the trunk, for better or for worse. For better, it's faster and the rendering is better because we've gone from 1.02 to 1.4a. For worse, there are lots of warts, mostly since we haven't received permission to land a lot of the changes in the mozilla area. The worst thing, in my mind, is that the trunk is a moving target. APIs are changing rapidy, and any time I update my mozilla tree I'm down for two hours (or more) rebuilding the world. I don't understand why we have any external contributors. I just don't get why anyone would subject themselves to that.

Another thing you'll notice if you pull down a nightly is a new bookmark manager. Gone is the drawer that nobody liked. In its place is a safari-style in-window manager with inline editing for titles are URLs. Why did we shamelessly copy Safari? Well, it's a good idea for starters. We also have plans to extend it in several ways in which they haven't which will make it even more useful. The jury is still out on if we'll keep it in the window or if we'll move it into a separate bookmark window. It should be easy to do should we decide to. It's also not that pretty, so don't start bitching about how crappy it looks. It works, the polishing comes later.

On a totally different topic, I saw The Tuxedo last night because Blockbuster only had Undercover Brother in full screen, 4x3. When I complained to the manager about how they lost a customer and how I'd switched to NetFlix, he didn't care. He looked me right in the eye and shrugged and mumbled something about the movie studios. He simply didn't care about keeping a customer. It could also be that he's 45 and managing a strip-mall Blockbuster. Oh, the movie? It blew hard. I love Jackie Chan, but the script was donkey shit. I don't even think they read it before filming. My cats could have written a better script (see the aforementioned title of this blog).

Mmmm. Cheez-its.

Edit: you'll have to wait until the 3/24 nightly to see the new bookmarks manager. I just landed it tonight.

Posted by pinkerton at 9:45 PM

March 20, 2003

A good read

I suggest everyone read this Spinsanity article. It's well balanced and counters myths on both sides of the fence.

Posted by pinkerton at 11:27 AM


I've kept pretty silent on this war issue because I'm generally not one to rock the boat, but last night I heard a few things that really got my goat. On not one, but two different TV networks as well as on the radio this morning, I heard reporters espousing the viewpoint that the time to disagree with the "operation" was over and that I was now supposed to get in line behind my government and be supportive. To not do so, they implied as they chortled about a vocal minority, was anti-american.

Huh? Since when has disagreeing with the government been considered anti-american? How am I suddenly supposed to get in line behind something with which I fundamentally disagree? Aren't I allowed my own opinion? It seems to be common in this day and age for our nation's (dare I say) conservative element to brand any idea or any person who doesn't sing "god bless america" every morning a terrorist. Doesn't that disturb anybody else?

Posted by pinkerton at 9:55 AM

March 18, 2003


Why does bottled water have an expiration date?

Posted by pinkerton at 8:40 AM

March 12, 2003

I am Jack's wasted life

Why oh why didn't I spend my formative years here?

Posted by pinkerton at 9:47 AM

Let the good times roll

Just in case anyone might have had the misconception that Camino was dead and/or dying, let me set the record straight: it's not. Not only will the move to the trunk make it 15% faster, but we already have a bunch of new features lined up that will make 0.8 sparkle.

We care a lot about this little web browser. It's not just going to go softly into the night.

Posted by pinkerton at 12:47 AM

March 11, 2003

A field all covered in cheese

Dan: "You know, sometimes it's worth it -- taking all the pies in the face. Sometimes, you come through it feeling good."
Casey: "Yes."
Dan: "And how was your day?"
Casey: "Sometimes, you just stand there... hip-deep in pie."

Posted by pinkerton at 9:25 PM

March 6, 2003

Camino 0.7

For those of you hoping my next blog would be about Camino, your wish is granted. Camino 0.7 is available for download.

Posted by pinkerton at 8:16 PM

March 4, 2003


Several people have pointed me at Konfabulator for constructing UI widgets with JS and XML. My friend Scott Collins has an awesome tutorial page if you're interested in writing your own widgets. Check it out. I really should take time to play with this stuff myself, but I feel that if I'm going to hack, I should hack on Camino.

Posted by pinkerton at 6:21 PM

March 1, 2003

Reign of what?

I watched Reign Of Fire last night from NetFlix. I never expected it to be very good, but my dad (who doesn't like much) recommended it to me. I watched it, and enjoyed it. It wasn't bad. The story was interesting and I found myself actually caring about the characters. I was ready to give it 3 stars (out of 5) which is what I give to movies that I enjoyed but weren't anything spectacular.

Then I watched the extras. First, they showed the theatrical trailer. It was full of scenes that I didn't remember seeing in the movie, and conversations were taken totally out of context. It felt like a totally different movie. Then I watched several of the shorts with the director. He spent the entire time talking about how he was making a horror/monster movie and how he expected people to be scared out of their seats. I can't say I even jumped once. Did I watch the same movie he thought he was making?

So now I'm left in a quagmire. Do I give it three stars based on what I thought the movie was about, or should knowing the effectiveness (or lack there of) of the director in conveying his message impact my rating?

Regardless, tomorrow night is the season premier of Six Feet Under.

Posted by pinkerton at 12:01 PM