July 2005 Archives

Faisal, what you /really/ want, instead of that M6 you're currently drooling over, is a brand-new 2006 Lexus IS.

Let me know when you get one, so you can take high-res pics of it and send them my way.

Thanks!

Cool! Veronica Mars is also now on CBS (I don't have cable).

This means that I can stop downloading shows off the internet ;-)

Ugh. Hide and Seek is so mediocre it needs 4 alternate endings!

Within 15 minutes I had figured it out.

**Spoiler Alert**

If you've seen Secret Window, you've seen the plot device existent here.

There is absolutely nothing new in this film that hasn't been done almost literally hundreds of times before in film and television.

The 4 alternate endings are all 2 minutes or less, and all are weak.

Bah.

If you're looking for an AIM client that has great built-in free streaming radio, check out the new AOL Triton beta client.

The limitations of the prior Radio@Netscape application are gone, and the channels have some great content--dance, alternative and metal are my favorite categories.

Saw Unleashed over the weekend at Cinemark 6 for $1.50.

Not as good as I expected (that happens quite frequently), but still decent. The main issue is that Jet Li's "owner" gets "nearly killed" 3 times in the most un-survivable ways. It's ridiculous.

The dog/owner analogy was a little over-the-top, I thought, but Li put in a solid performance, and I'll watch pretty much any movie with Morgan Freeman in it. The fight scenes were extremely well-choreographed.

I've told iTunes to KEEP all Podcasts, but I only ever find the last one in the "Podcast" link. Shouldn't it auto move them over to my Library?

Way to go, Apple...

Man, Faisal, I feel largely the same as you in your post.

Although mine has very specific triggers (school, long-distance relationship, living with parents, loss of friends to moving, etc...)

Hang in there, man, it's just a funk. I know you're super outgoing, I think what's really going on is that you miss San Francisco (I'm being absolutely serious).

I think a portion of mine is very similar; not San Francisco, especially, but I'm tearing at the bit to get independence again and some financial security back.

I was reading this article about Lost from Producer Damon Lindelof, and the following bothered me greatly:

"But Lindelof stresses the people are the main element. "The island just serves as a conduit to tell character stories," he says. "No one is really watching the show for the answers to those mysteries. They're watching to see: Will Kate and Jack hook up?""

Excuse me? Please don't suppose to KNOW what motivation we have for watching the show. That's audacious.

I hope Surface is as good as it looks:

It's been over a year since I'd last seen Smallville, so I decided to start watching it again about 3 weeks ago (it no longer conflicts with Lost's timeslot).

Smallville is lame now. All 3 episodes have just been lame. I think they're running out of ideas for the show and it's stretched to its limits.

The only morsel of good thus far is that Clark realizes his enemy might in fact be Lex, rather than Lionel Luther.

AOL.com has relaunched (beta), and it's actually quite nice...

I filed bug 301649 - Invalid remote image filenames cause forwarded-inline messages to spin indefinitely on send, and David's looking into it.

Thanks, David!

If you've been thinking about seeing Suspect Zero but have been steered away by the negative reviews, I suggest you see it anyway.

While it's not the caliber of other serial killer movies like Se7en, it definitely had an interesting aspect to it (a human quality in a serial killer movie is rare).

Speedera Networks' operations have finally been fully integrated into the Akamai network after their acquisition.

I keep wondering if some network company will snatch up Mirror Image Networks one of these days.

The Inside has definitely been cancelled -- no episode aired last night.

Oddly enough, there's an episode scheduled for 7/27 in Tivo, but I bet it'll get removed soon.

Fox's Bones is lame. Watch it premiere this September then quickly get cancelled.

1. The chemistry between the two lead characters doesn't work.
2. There's a huge reliance on popular music.
3. The acting is amateur.
4. The dialog is campy.

Just Shoot Me, King of the Hill, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air have cycled through their full runs, and are now going back to their pilot episodes here on local TV.

The quasi nerd in me came out tonight and I installed Bash from Cygwin.

So now I can do fancy things like:

bash-3.00$ ls -l | grep "moshic" -> moshic.txt

I know, I know: you long-time hardcore Linux users are rolling your eyes at me for such a simple task; under Windows, though, this is quite amazing.

Found out that my favorite show of all time, South Park, will be coming to our local WB station, WMWB, this fall.

I'll watch every episode (they'll all be repeats, naturally).

October Rust is one of the top goth albums of all time.

Looks like, according to Tim Minear, The Inside will be cancelled shortly.

Pity, I started to like the show a bit more, too.

Kimberly, I've been unable to respond to your inquiry:

----- Transcript of session follows -----
... while talking to smtp-frontend01.sandiego.com.:
>>> DATA
<<< 550 Email rejected by sandiego.com spam blocker

A few of the fall TV shows have their pilots leaked online:

Night Stalker
Prison Break (looks fantastic--check out the ending)
Reunion (looks weak, but I'll still watch)
Supernatural (ok, but not great)
Invasion (have not seen yet)

Hosts which don't use DNS to the fullest should be shot:

1. You're getting slow downloads from some host, so you want to see if it's network saturation or just rate-limiting.
2. Issuing 'netstat', you see:

TCP stephend-hp:3697 damien.unrealtorrents.com:http ESTABLISHED

3. So you naturally do (on Windows) tracert
damien.unrealtorrents.com, but are told:

Unable to resolve target system name damien.unrealtorrents.com.

4. So then you do the logical thing, which is to issue another 'netstat', but this time with the -n parameter, to see the IP address behind the host that is using outgoing TCP port 3697:

TCP 192.168.2.68:3697 83.149.103.182:80 ESTABLISHED

5. Now we can issue a tracert 83.149.103.182 and see:

Tracing route to damien.unrealtorrents.com [83.149.103.182]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 3 ms 3 ms 3 ms 192.168.2.1
2 26 ms 25 ms 26 ms L100.DSL-01.SBNDIN.verizon-gni.net [71.115.0.1]

3 28 ms 28 ms 28 ms at-3-0-0-133.CORE-RTR1.CHI01.verizon-gni.net [13
0.81.36.72]
4 72 ms 28 ms 27 ms so-1-0-0-0.BB-RTR1.CHI01.verizon-gni.net [130.81
.16.62]
5 71 ms 28 ms 28 ms so-6-0-0-0.PEER-RTR1.CHI80.verizon-gni.net [130.
81.16.11]
6 28 ms 29 ms 28 ms so-4-1-3.mpr2.ord7.us.above.net [64.125.12.21]
7 28 ms 28 ms 28 ms so-0-0-0.mpr1.ord7.us.above.net [64.125.30.137]

8 29 ms 28 ms 28 ms so-1-0-0.cr2.ord2.us.above.net [64.125.30.142]
9 60 ms 59 ms 62 ms so-6-0-0.cr2.lga1.us.above.net [64.125.27.34]
10 60 ms 59 ms 59 ms so-1-0-0.cr1.lga1.us.above.net [64.125.28.233]
11 142 ms 142 ms 143 ms so-7-0-0.mpr3.ams1.nl.above.net [64.125.27.186]

12 143 ms 142 ms 143 ms pos2-0.cr1.ams2.nl.above.net [208.184.231.54]
13 144 ms 143 ms 143 ms pos0-2.er1a.ams2.nl.above.net [208.184.210.218]

14 144 ms 142 ms 143 ms ge-2-0.r1.sbp.ams2.nl.leaseweb.net [82.98.253.10
]
15 143 ms 143 ms 143 ms damien.unrealtorrents.com [83.149.103.182]

Trace complete.

So we know that they're in the Netherlands, and we already know that trans-atlantic transit is slow.

I digitally pen these random thoughts now, because who knows where circumstances will find me in 1 1/2 years, when I hope for all that's pure that I'll be finished with school.

This semester, especially if I'm still not working, I'll be making a conscientous attempt at meeting, establishing and hanging out with new friends, because that latter part is especially important, since the few times I hung out with anybody from my college these past few semesters were to study--and that doesn't count.

Blink 182 and Linkin Park both fuel (and occasionally assuage and cause to subside) my feelings of loneliness and isolation here.

It is painful to attend the same college where you have memories of great past friendships and activities that simply cannot be recreated. Memories, especially for me, have a way of hampering success in its many forms. All too many times, I've caught myself dwelling on even certain pathways, when I can so clearly remember conversations with old high school pals who thankfully made it to this same tiny commuter college as I did. They're gone now, of course, and I'm left with the sentiments of 'hurry up and finish' so I can forge new relationships (of the career sort), or (and even easier) reclaim those which have been left threadbare since my final exit from AOL over a year ago.

I wish school would start tomomorrow.

No, really, I do.

This has been by far the worst summer I've ever spent in my nearly 28 years of existence.

Friends have been scant (it doesn't help when a longtime friend moves to Georgia after you've only just moved back home and seen him for 3 months).

And it's been hot. No, strike that, it's been sweltering hot.

And I've applied for 3 jobs, and only had the time of day from one, but had to decline because of what that would've done to my upcoming Fall 2005 semester.

If you own any of Blink 182's albums, but particularly their recent self-titled release, you'll most definitely enjoy Box Car Racer, which was released on 5/21/2002.

Main Entry: 2stifle
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): sti�fled; sti�fling /-f(&-)li[ng]/
Etymology: alteration of Middle English stuflen
transitive senses
1 a : to kill by depriving of oxygen : SUFFOCATE b (1) : SMOTHER (2) : MUFFLE
2 a : to cut off (as the voice or breath) b : to withhold from circulation or expression : REPRESS c : DETER, DISCOURAGE
intransitive senses : to become suffocated by or as if by lack of oxygen : SMOTHER

I need help finding the title of a movie that was featured on Ebert and Roeper a while back (I'm not sure how long ago).

What I know is as follows: it involves a man and his wife who have just recently moved into a neighborhood and find that someone has been taping them and sending them videotapes of the footage.

The premise sounds very similar to Lost Highway, but it's probably not too close to David Lynch's movie.

Likely, the movie was Italian or Spanish, if that helps, and it came out sometime between 2004 and now (big window, I know...)

Please send me mail if you can help me locate the title.

Today Netscape has launched a new version, Comet 2.0.

Previous version was 1.1.

Not much has improved (if anything). Content channels on the left still open in a new window (not in IE if you have popups disabled), and the Flash content is still as slow as ever when you switch between the channels which actually do have content.

I'd put money down that within 2 years, AOL will acquire Plaxo (if someone else doesn't get to them first).

Over the July 4th weekend (in the afternoon/evening of the 3rd, really), I saw both The 13th Warrior and Napolean Dynamite.

The 13th Warrior wasn't quite what I was expecting (it was tamer), and though I don't really have much of a desire to see it again, it remains the sort of movie that can fill a boring spot in a day just fine.

Napolean Dynamite, on the other hard, is a great cult classic! Although not in the scope of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, (what movie is?) some of the lines and scenes in there made my stomach pain from such deep-seated laughter.

You wouldn't think dialog like:

Kid: "What are you going to do today?"
Napolean: "Whatever I feel like doing! GOSH!" (coupled with a righteously-indignant snort)

would cause such a stir. But I assure you, the movie has its moments indeed, and you won't be forgetting some lines in quite a time.

Time to get caught up on a little blogging.

A couple of weeks back, I saw The Interpreter.

While I had a difficult time following exactly who was guilty of what, I enjoyed the good acting from both Penn and Kidman, and political intrigue is hard to pull off in movies.

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