Archive for December, 2006

Danny the Dog

December 27, 2006

An interesting movie tagged in IMDB at least with Action, Crime, Drama, Romance and Thriller. Starting with the title, the movie really is about a dog – a very atypical kind of dog. But on the other hand it really is about a person – a very atypical kind of person.

It came to me as a big surprise to see Morgan Freeman and Jet Li acting together, and i must say i really liked the result. Not because i wasn’t expecting the excelent performance by the first, but because i wasn’t expecting the same from the second, besides the  known beat-me-up scenes (which appear frequently throughout the movie and were very nicely done, as usual).

So i’d say the film’s worth it for the very good acting and story, allowing multiple different genres to flow together in a pretty unusual way.

Quake and APC

December 13, 2006

I just found the perfect soundtrack to listen to while playing Quake III with my housemates: A Perfect Circle. I can actually feel the efficacy (and sometimes anger) rise with it. Audioslave is good too, but not as good, not as “obscure”.

How to avoid crying when chopping onions?

December 12, 2006

I’ve just found this very interesting collection of 25 Food hacks. This should elucidate those who think hacking is all about *cracking* computers, which is totally wrong.

Chopping onions without crying? Now that’s sweeeeet! 🙂

A plentiful of movie collection managers for GNOME

December 12, 2006

Surprisingly, there appears to exist tons of movie collection applications for GNOME. A quick search on GnomeFiles revealed the following:

Some others were found but not included as they didn’t seem so complete. Even cooler, most of these seem to support IMDB integration.

I’ll be trying them one by one, right now i use a simple php+mysql web application i wrote myself. Maybe i can comment on all of these applications later on.

On Repeat

December 7, 2006

Sometimes one comes by an album that just needs to be  played continually. “The Garden”, by Zero 7, is one of those.

I didn’t even like listening to Zero 7. In fact, seeing them live 2 years ago actually made me yawn for almost the entire concert. Though, this album just sounds different. Starting with “crosses”, my personal favorite, “your place”, “throw it all away” and “futures”, the album features the mixture of a very serene mood with varying electronica details, in a well balanced way.

Zero 7

What the duck?!

December 6, 2006

Some time ago i stopped by this site with very funny cartoons: What the Duck.

The Shepherd

December 6, 2006

This one just came by on email. It’s kind of funny for those in the field, and perhaps not very funny for the rest, but still:

A shepherd was herding his flock in a remote pasture when suddenly a
brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him. The driver, a
young man in an Armani suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and YSL
tie (Corb), leans out the window and asks the shepherd:

“If I tell you exactly how many sheep you have in your flock, will you
give me one?”

The shepherd looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his
peacefully grazing flock and calmly answers:

“Sure. Why not?”

The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer,
connects it to his AT&T cell phone, surfs to a NASA page on the
internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite navigation system to get
an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA
satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo. The
young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and exports
it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany. Within
seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image has
been processed and the data stored. He then accesses a MS-SQL database
through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with hundreds of complex
formulas. He uploads all of this data via an email on his Blackberry
and, after a few minutes, receives a response. Finally, he prints out
a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized HP LaserJet
printer and finally turns to the shepherd and says:

“You have exactly 1586 sheep.”

“That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my sheep.”, says the shepherd.

He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks on amused
as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car. Then the
shepherd says to the young man:

“Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give
me back my sheep? ”

The young man thinks about it for a second and then says:

“Okay, why not?”

“You’re a consultant.” says the shepherd.

“Wow! That’s correct,” says the yuppie, “but how did you guess that?”

“No guessing required”, answered the shepherd. “You showed up here
even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I
already knew, to a question I never asked; and you don’t know crap
about my business… Now give me back my dog.”

Gnome Subtitles – now in Portage

December 1, 2006

Gnome Subtitles, my pet project, has made it to the Gentoo Linux Portage.

This will greatly ease the installation of the application by Gentoo users, while also hopefully gathering more attention and contributors to the project.

Time for an “emerge gnome-subtitles” now. 😉