Archive for January, 2005

The only sushi I would eat

Monday, January 31st, 2005

Hostess Twinkies Sushi

Movie Ads

Monday, January 31st, 2005

I’m not the only one noticing this trend, read this:

When does the movie really start?

The last movie I went to go see (The Incredibles) had so many ads and trailers I couldn’t figure out what was what. Not long ago, there was a clear line between the “before-trailer” ads (slideshow, lights on), to the actual trailers themselves (lights out). This time the line was completely blurred.

In fact, during the before-trailer ads, there was a full-motion trailer for one of the before-movie trailers they were going to show in a couple minutes. (”Coming up in 5 minutes will be the entertaining pre-movie show with the latest gossip of your favorite movie stars”) A trailer for the trailer… I couldn’t believe it. Bizarro…

I really enjoyed watching the curtain rise when the movie was about to start. These days, the theatres don’t even have curtains. I guess those days are gone… So sad…

Job requirements

Friday, January 28th, 2005

Amusing job “requirements”

I see this too. I remember looking at postings when C# was just released. You saw descriptions that wanted 2 years of C#/.Net experience. But it just came out! Funny.

The smartwrap

Friday, January 28th, 2005

Until I get wireless headphones in my office, I might just have to get one of these… I’m always knocking over my speakers when my chair catches a hold of my headphones and they fly off the desk. This neat little contraption will make sure I have my headphone cord at just the right length. Check it out, especially you iPod fans (you know who you are!)

Sumajin Smartwrap

Flash Drives

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

Those little keychain flash drives. Aren’t they cute? If there was ever a device that finally killed off the floppy, this was it. Unfortunately, they are so popular the marketing folks are trying and mess it up.

Standards effort could improve USB flash drives

This article came out recently from CES. Now let’s think about this for a moment. They are USB… they already are a standard. If it wasn’t a standard interface, it wouldn’t work on every machine in the world. What exactly are they proposing?
If all they want to do is launch a program when you plug the thing in, can’t you just put an ‘autorun.inf’ in the root dir and it’ll start up just like any CD? They don’t need a launching mechanism… it already exists!!

Well, the only reason to announce this is that so marketing types can latch on to this and fill up the drive with junk when you buy it. Now, you’ll have to get in the habit of formatting your drive before using it the first time. Just like the good ol’ days before pre-formatted floppies. :)
Keep an eye out in your mailbox for AOL keychain drives. I bet they are coming soon!

Scared of Santa?

Thursday, January 27th, 2005

I had wanted to get this in before Christmas, but it got lost in my stack. These pictures are priceless.
It’s the Scared of Santa Photo Gallery

Luckily my kids have had fairly good experiences with Santa so far. Let’s hope it never gets this bad.

Networked Physics

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

John Deweese (thanks!) pointed me to this neat demo for a presentation at the upcoming GDC. It demonstrates how to network your physics-enabled game. How do you keep the clients and servers in-sync if they both are running the simulation? It’s a neat demonstration of how network latency and packet loss affect your application. Source and execuatable are provided! Give it a try.

Zen of Networked Physics

IM tip

Wednesday, January 26th, 2005

Don’t leave your IM open during a presentation :) http://www.flickr.com/photos/digitalweb/3797979

Erik Sink

Friday, January 21st, 2005

I’ve read a few interesting articles by this guy, so I should mention him here. Erik Sink is a developer at SourceGear. He has great insight into the subject of his work, and has good views of the industry in general.

His blog is definitely worth the read.

Articles to note:
Source Control HOWTO - a great series on how source control works. Great for those new to the subject.
Be Careful where you Build - How do you decide what Platform you write your program for? This is a good discussion.

Bill Gates photo spread

Friday, January 21st, 2005

Bill Gates Strikes a Pose for Teen Beat Photospread, 1983

He probably regrets doing this photo shoot almost 20 years ago. Those expressions… too funny.