February 2004 Archives

Last night I was at the opening of The Passion of the Christ.

It opened quite heavily, with Christ in the garden of Gethsemane, weeping and groaning, but not uttering much. I was expecting Him to cry drops of blood, as is recorded in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 22:39-46.

Also, a mysterious person appeared near Christ and was quite obviously Satan himself (with a snake crawling out from under his robe).

Most crucial scenes were intact, but others were omitted entirely - this movie wasn't really about the story, more about the sheer brutality prior to and including the Crucifixation. As for it being Anti-Semitic, I can't answer that except to say the Judeo-Christian Bible is quite clear on its version of the events, and Mel certainly didn't add anything or place a spin on it.

It is quite graphic as I'm sure by now you've heard. There are portions of it (such as the public flogging by the Roman soldiers) that match scenes in the game Quake, with blood splattering on soldiers' faces (to their delight, ugh), and there's a scene when they drag Him away and leave behind a trail of blood and skin. Indeed.

The temple veil was never shown to tear, as is recorded in Matthew 27:51:

And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent.

I would have rejoiced had Mel filmed the resurrection more; the film ends rather abruptly - we never meet doubting Thomas, who didn't believe Christ had resurrected, and had to feel the piercing in His side.

We never see Christ's ascension into Heaven, nor the Holy Spirit descending upon the disciples.

What we do see in the final moments are flashbacks of His teaching, and they aptly balance the rather morbid and depressing crucifixion scenes (nothing here is witheld either, from the nailing of hands and feet, to the spear in His side gushing blood).

If I was a Verisign employee, I'd be so ashamed right now.

'VeriSign sues ICANN to restore Site Finder'

http://news.com.com/2100-1038_3-5165982.html?tag=nefd_top.

Instead of being truly productive today by writing testcases, I ended up being forced to pitifully attempt to manipulate formatting in Excel.

Yes, Excel.

Excel+testcases != nirvana.

So, it rained in Silicon Valley today.

For those of you who have lived out here and witnessed the phenomenon that occurs when moisture falls to the California roadway system, you know what happens:

Drivers freak out, but instead of driving carefully, they slip into reckless abandonment and merge faster, brake harder, and follow closer.

Which is probably why I nearly wrecked 5 times today coming north on 101 from San Jose to Mountain View.

Bah.

TurnTide makes an anti-spam router.

Yes, _router_.

I love this industry.

MCI is upgrading their network again...

Mmm, OC-768 core.

I'll probably try to begin reading The DaVinci Code this weekend, that is if I can find the concentration and mindstate necessary to undertake such an endeavour.

Musing to myself:

Interstate 80 looks relatively clear (but clearly not warm).

A sign that Netflix's rating engine either isn't quite perfected, or that people who rent cheesy Saturday-morning live-action cartoons are also hopeless romantics...


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I hope they realize they're shutting out a large amount of Indians from signing up...

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Subject: 'Gayatri Rimola', 'grimola' is offensive?
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2004 01:43:52 -0000

So, my manager tried to sign up a few days ago, and your service claimed
'Gayatri' and 'grimola' were offensive.

Now, I'm certain your filters caught wind of 'gay',
but seriously folks, come on.

To quote the Grateful Dead, "What a long, strange trip it's been".

And even though it's not quite over yet, I feel it's coming to a head pretty soon, so I'm preparing for that oh-so-long drive back to Indiana, for some normalcy.

I'm tired of California, of driving back and forth across the country for different reasons. Tired of hearing about my friends being laid off, finding jobs, moving across the country.

Tired of projects swirling, reorgs, hearing about the ill-fated 'next big thing', and tired of working on something I could really care less about.

All I really want now is some peace and quiet, a stable environment to learn in (school), a focus on my future, but not with the frustration and anxiety that comes from trying to find the next hottest tech job out there.

A place to plant my feet for the duration; something to call home for at least a few years, while I direct my thoughts towards what lies ahead.

Enough of the interstitial.

Man, I'm just plain exhausted from it all.

In the 3 years I've been a Software QA Engineer (wow, it's been that long already?), the VoiceXML stuff I'm doing for AOL as a contractor is by sure the hardest project I've ever worked on.

We've got utterances, DTMF, barge-in states, multi-level error trappings, transitions, global commands, multi-lines, provisioning, grammars, dialogs, prompts, audio tuning (at the waveform level!) etc...

All of which interact with each other in real-time, updating state information, and calling multiple functions which operate at their own levels.

As much as it's stressing me out, I must admit it's fantastic experience (too bad we're not doing VoIP, but that's a whole additional ball of wax).

Thankfully, I just finished reading The Eight. 598 pages of me rolling my eyes, just to find out what the 'Montglane Service' did. I don't recommend this book at all. It's hokey.

Well, I finally installed SuSE on my previously Lindows box, and SuSE blows it away in a number of areas, but most of which are just SuSE's home-grown package management and Control Panel stuff.

[h-10-169-147-193:~] stephend% dig www.sco.com

; <<>> DiG 9.2.2 <<>> www.sco.com
;; global options: printcmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 5939
;; flags: qr aa rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 2, AUTHORITY: 2, ADDITIONAL: 0

;; QUESTION SECTION:
;www.sco.com. IN A

;; ANSWER SECTION:
www.sco.com. 900 IN CNAME localhost.sco.com.
localhost.sco.com. 900 IN A 127.0.0.1

;; AUTHORITY SECTION:
sco.com. 900 IN NS ns1.nscp.aoltw.net.
sco.com. 900 IN NS ns2.nscp.aoltw.net.

;; Query time: 100 msec
;; SERVER: 10.169.8.5#53(10.169.8.5)
;; WHEN: Thu Feb 5 16:42:55 2004
;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 119

Nice...

I'm assuming this was done so any hosts infected in our local network with the MyDoom virus wouldn't attempt to ping SCO.com.

preinstall:/home/stephend# apt-get update
Hit ftp://non-us.debian.org sarge/non-US/main Packages
Hit ftp://non-us.debian.org sarge/non-US/main Release
Hit ftp://non-us.debian.org sarge/non-US/contrib Packages
Hit ftp://non-us.debian.org sarge/non-US/contrib Release
Hit ftp://non-us.debian.org sarge/non-US/non-free Packages
Hit ftp://non-us.debian.org sarge/non-US/non-free Release
Get:1 ftp://ftp.us.debian.org sarge/main Packages [2712kB]
Get:2 ftp://ftp.us.debian.org sarge/main Release [81B]
Hit ftp://ftp.us.debian.org sarge/contrib Packages
Get:3 ftp://ftp.us.debian.org sarge/contrib Release [84B]
Hit ftp://ftp.us.debian.org sarge/non-free Packages
Get:4 ftp://ftp.us.debian.org sarge/non-free Release [85B]
Fetched 2712kB in 32s (83.2kB/s)
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
W: Encountered status field in a non-version description
W: Encountered status field in a non-version description
W: Encountered status field in a non-version description
W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems

I just _did_ run apt-get update, but of course, running it again manually fixes the problem.

Sigh, Debian sucks.

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed."
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
April 16, 1953

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