Town of the year
Chronicling the last year of this unnamed decade. Technology, politics, entertainment, and more.
I e-mailed John Siracusa and asked him about the plausability of swapping OS X's low-level architecture for Linux (see post from yesterday). Here's the exchange:
...and you'd do well to learn from this fellow!
Here are my favorites from 2003, in no particular order. As I ran down IMDB's list of movies that were released this year, I realized how many potentially good ones I've missed. Resolution for next year: see more movies.
When all is said and done, The Matrix is an awesome movie that deserves to be considered part of filmmaking's cannon of greats. But, with its lackluster sequels, the Matrix "franchise" shot itself in the foot and, in so doing, diminished its ability to truly persevere in the heart and mind of the collective movie culture. (Much like Star Wars.)
If so, drop me a line and let me know. I'm curious as to who and how big my audience is.
In what language do deaf people think? Fascinating.
On Saturday, 11/8, during the lunar eclipse, I noticed some odd illuminated lights in the sky (see entry from 11/9). A few days ago, while walking down the street during daylight, I discovered that what I had seen were flocks of migrating birds. These suckers were flying very high (several thousand feet) and the ones I saw that night must have been illuminated by the light from the city below.
The Italian Job is a good movie.
I've been getting very excited about Linux lately. While Mac OS X running on Apple hardware is still my favorite computer setup, for people who use PCs- and for the wide variety of other non-traditional computer-like devices out there (phones, handhelds, set-top boxes, etc.), I think Linux has tremendous potential. The best thing Linux has going for it is that it's free, open, available to all to use and modify, and designed to be easily ported to nearly any kind of computer system.
A few days ago, on this blog, I posed the question "What is LINKA?" I wrote that immediately after sending an e-mail to Linus Torvalds, the inventor (and key maintainer) of Linux, about an idea I had. I have not received a response from Linus (for whatever reason; though I have, on other occassions, received responses to other high-powered individuals to whom I've written). Because I believe in the idea I posed in the message I sent to Linus, and because the idea revolves around the support and efforts of the worldwide online community, I am going to publish the message now and I invite anyone and everyone to respond in any and which way he or she pleases. I think it's a good- though clearly big and vague- idea.
Happy holidays, and Happy New Year! 2003 was one of those "big years," both in terms of my personal life and the grander stage of world events as well. On the personal front, I got engaged, found and fell in love with a staff job at a really cool company, produced several video projects of larger-than-ever scope, traveled to Florida, California, Minnesota, and Salt Lake City, and learned some valuable lessons about life. My brother graduated from college and moved back to New York, my friend Jordan bought an apartment right down the street from mine, and Clara started a new job and graduate school classes. And those are just the highlights that have come to mind in a few moments.
He can dance! (But can he sing?)
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Here's a fascinating glimpse into the motivation behind the creation of Adobe's Photoshop software.