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By Brent on 29 January 2004
My cold is clearing out. I spent much of my illness laying in bed and watching movies and anime. The list? But of course! I shall share my obsessions with total strangers. Children of Dune, a surprisingly impressive rendition of the second and third Dune books. The actors were quite good (mostly; Susan Sarandon was unexpectedly mediocre). Earth Defence Family, which I believe I’ve effused about on this journal enough. The ending lived up to the show’s […]
By Brent on 27 January 2004
Ick. I caught a nasty cold on Sunday, and I’m still suffering from it.
By Brent on 25 January 2004
Oh, now this is interesting. I’m updating this page through my Treo 600 PDA/phone. It’s awkward and slow, but then wasn’t the web in the early days? I’m finding the primary inefficiency in this to be the difficulty in typing the < and > characters that HTML requires. But even that is getting easier with time. WikiTextFormatting would actually be very useful here. In other news, I’m sick […]
By Brent on 23 January 2004
Blast it! Been extremely busy for the past few days, and unable to spare time for this journal. And just when I have a new theory about the future of computing hardware. :grumble: Things are going pretty well, all things considered. I have a lot planned for the next few days.
By Brent on 21 January 2004
I took yesterday off so that I could relax a bit. It definitely helped; I met and talked with my parents for a couple of hours, and I did some errands. I bought a ridiculously expensive chess set, too; partly as a comfort, I think. And the store was going out of business, so it was less ridiculously expensive than it otherwise would have been. Which reminds me: I’ve replaced my dying Handspring Visor and my old […]
By Brent on 16 January 2004
I’m in a good mood today. I can’t help being in a good mood today. Two days ago, a few bootleg anime DVDs arrived. “Oh, fine,” you say, “You watched and enjoyed some new anime.” No, this goes far beyond that. One of those DVDs contained the first four episodes of the new remake of Astro Boy. Oh, how I wish there were more on that disc. I watched two […]
By Brent on 15 January 2004
I am thrilled we’re making plans to return to the moon. Why? Lots of subtle reasons. Space is far more than the “Earth’s backyard” that a lot of people seem to think it is. It’s not just another place to explore. As Solomon Short wrote, “Space is not the final frontier. The final frontier is the human soul. Space is merely the place where we are most likely to meet the challenge.” […]
By Brent on 14 January 2004
I’ve been working on the VR story over the past few days, partly because I’m rather unhappy with what I’ve posted here so far. It’s moving along very slowly, and I find it somewhat boring. The mundane details of conversations take up too much space in this sort of format. I need more action. So, I followed some writing advice (I think it was from Orson Scott […]
By Brent on 13 January 2004
If you ask people about software development, they’ll tell you that software development is like gardening, baseball, writing a novel, a jigsaw puzzle, the stock market, a rock-climbing team, war, blacksmithing, a game of Kerplunk, farming, baking a cake, art, digging a hole, archery, or the oil in your car. Actually, it’s none of these things. Software development occurs entirely in the design/development phase. You aren’t actually making the product […]
By Brent on 12 January 2004
Well. I’ve fixed the CSS for this journal. It’s not quite as pretty as I’d like it to be, but it renders properly in IE for Windows now (at least, my copy). Which, let’s face it, has most of the market share. 2:44 p.m. The internet is a World of Ends. You can apply it to your blog with interesting effects, I think. I’m still absorbing this. Stephen writes, in part: “Expose […]