Re: [bafuture] Reviews and Commentary By DJ Cline
- DJ Cline wrote:
> First off congratulations to Mark and Marie.Not just a future.
> What is better than a future together?
> Silliness below,Oh, you think I'm going to laugh at your silliness, do you?
> If you are gay, today was the last day to be a donor at a fertilityMan I wish I'd though of being a sperm donor sooner. It's probably
a good way to improve your genetic fitness. Even though you never
get to know your kids. But I'm already too old now.
> The most refreshing speech I heard at all of last month's events was byYes I know. Worse is better.
> Tim Bray, Co-inventor of XML and Director of Web Technologies at Sun
> Microsystems. He said that every complex system that works developed
> from a simple one that worked. Systems with low barriers of entry that
> accomplish eighty percent of what you want to do with twenty percent of
> the effort will probably catch on.
+ The Rise of "Worse is Better" +
> The most entertaining speech was what I'm calling the Eternal JunketAnd I've spent all these years trying to create real benefit for real
> (™). It was how to get out of the office and not do real work at company
> expense. Tell your boss that you need more customer feedback. Go to a
> convention ask a few partying customers what they like about your
> company. This is like asking a trekkie if he likes Star Trek. (Chances
> are they'll say they like your company's parties, but don't include that
> on your survey.) It's the unhappy customers you need to understand, but
> they are back at their desks doing real work. Tabulate your results. If
> they are positive, good. If they are inconclusive, great! Better yet,
> tell your boss you need to go to another convention to present them.
> Mention your company name a lot, but don't give out useful information.
> Wash, rinse, repeat, until customers get fed up and go elsewhere.
customers. What a sucker I am.
> Spokane is where survivalists go to shop.Can you buy
+ Nuclear War Survival Skills +
1987 book from Oak Ridge National Laboratory
> Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies and WhyOh, this is not good news. I have no sense of humor. I
> By Laurence Gonzales
> A thoughtful analysis on why some people make it, from fighter pilots,
> mountain climbers, river rafters to cancer patients. A sense of wonder
> helps. A sense of humor is essential. Imagine trying to laugh in the
> face of death and being told you couldn't.
never laugh. I certainly never laugh hard. I never roll on
the floor in side-splitting laughter. No, no side-splitting
for me. No sir-ee-bob.
I'll prove it to you. Here's the list of all the DVD's that
Amazon.com recommends I watch. Note that there are *zero*
humor titles on the list.
1. Steve-O Video Vol, 3: Out On Bail
2. Viva La Bam - The Complete First Season
3. Wildboyz - The Complete First Season
4. CKY4: The Latest & Greatest
5. Cirque du Soleil - Quidam
6. Haggard (Unrated Version)
7. Cirque du Soleil - Varekai
8. Cirque du Soleil - Alegria (Live in Sydney)
9. Viva La Bam - The Complete 2nd and 3rd Seasons
10. Jackass, Vol. 3
12. Pure 80's: The DVD
13. Dil Se
14. Essential Music Videos - Hits of the '80s
15. Nuclear Rescue 911 - Broken Arrows & Incidents
I'll even go one step further to prove my humorlessness.
I'll show you what DVDs Amazon.co.uk recommends:
1. Trigger Happy TV - Series 3 
2. Dom Joly - World Shut Your Mouth
3. Trigger Happy TV - Series 2 
4. Trigger Happy TV - Best Of Series 1 
5. Ali G - Aiii 
6. Ali G in da USAiii 
7. Ali G - Bling Bling 
8. Ali G - Indahouse - The Movie 
9. The Keith Barret Show - Series 1
10. Director's Commentary 
11. The Day Today (2 Disc Set) 
12. The Office: Christmas Specials 
13. Little Britain - Series 1 
14. Spaced : Definitive Collector's Edition
15. Alan Partridge - I'm Alan Partridge - Episodes 1 To 6
Again, no humor titles at all. See, I just never laugh.
Plenty of politically subversive material, to be sure, but
nothing to laugh at. Kinda scary, isn't it, how much Amazon
knows about me? I'm probably crazy to public post my
Amazon recommendations. Nobody else on this list
would ever do it.
And I absolutely never, ever, watch those silly Japanese
robot cat videos (http://www.necoro.com/theater/index.html).
And if I were to see one accidentally, I wouldn't laugh.
> TV ReviewsWhat, no review of The Apprentice??
> Movie ReviewsWhich would be ... ?
> Battle for Algiers
> Made back in 1966, this film has some relevance to our current
> In This WorldScary because ... ?
> Two Pakistani kids try to get to England. It has a gritty documentary
> style done from their point of view. Scary.
> Sin CityGee, Las Vegas really isn't that grotesque. I drove through it
> This was really hard to sit through. Someone will like it, but not me.
> It is a technical triumph but grotesque. It earns my PG-65 rating.
in April. Was treated to a delightful tour of the Venecian
and Bellagio by some friends. I do admit the flashing neon
McDonald's sign is a bit tacky though.
And why is it called "Sin City"? Because where else
can you order grilled shrimp & cilantro pesto quesadilla
24 hours a day?
> Star Wars Episode IIII got sick of Star Wars. I haven't seen any of the new Star Wars
> For a film reviewer, going to this movie was like jury duty. These
> movies have become like opera with confusing plots, silly costumes,
> overbearing music and really long running times. Anakin Skywalker gets
> ahead in his career by betraying his friends. Pack a lunch and take a
> nap beforehand. You may now safely exit the franchise.
movies. I got sick of Star Trek, too, about 10 years ago. I can't tell
you why, though. But this guy can articulate the problem:
+ Watching Star Wars 28 Years Later +
And while we're at it, see also
+ Strange New World: No 'Star Trek' +
Except the LA Times yanked the story off the web, so I had to use Google
to find another copy
- DJ Cline Commentary 06-30-05
Copyright 2005 All rights reserved.
Apple is going Intel. The result could be an iPod that will store a
million songs but run so hot it will burn a hole in your pocket.
A friend got an e-mail from a company wanting them to send a resume to
their Talent Warehouse. The name says a lot about this troubled
non-Silicon Valley company. They let a lot of talented people go during
the last downturn. In todays marketplace, they discovered they need
them back. As my friend said, talent doesnt sit in a warehouse. Dont
ask for what you dont recognize or know how to use. Dont ask for a
rare fish when you want fish sticks.
As for the real estate bubble, people are paying too much money for
houses they may not really own. The Supreme Courts Kelo decision means
no matter how much you paid, you are just renting from the government.
Back on the reservation, we had another name for eminent domain. We
called it Manifest Destiny.
In Palo Alto, Carlos S. Baradello, PhD. from Carnegie Mellon, talked
about which South American countries are best prepared for the new
economy. The best bet? Chile. The worst? Paraguay. Crying for Argentina
In Santa Clara, there was a Vertical Leap or vertical search event. The
most lively part was the News/Blog Search Panel, moderated, and I used
that term loosely, by Om Malik of Business 2.0. It did not surprise me
that you could not get blogging experts to stop talking. They were
great! The panelists were Tantek Celik of Technorati, Jim Oitkow of
Moreover Technologies, Scott Rafer of Feedster, and Chris Tolles of
Topix. Among the topics, Om Malik wanted to know why they couldnt
design more user-friendly interfaces. They also discussed how to rank
blog entries for timeliness and bias.
What The Dormouse Said
By John Markoff
Counterculture creates computing. Markoff ties many loose ends of the
Bay Area Sixties culture into a big psychedelic knot of Ethernet cables.
Of course, the book will have imitators like:
Source On Ice
Black Panther Huey Newton tries to develop an operating system that
wont be controlled by The Man.
No One Gets Out Of Here Online
The Doors singer Jim Morrisons battles to get everyone high speed
access, so they can read his overwrought imagery.
Steal This Code
Yippie Abbie Hoffman finds and distributes shareware. People riot when
they discover its not Tupperware.
Not to be outdone by other silly sci-fi series, they not only have a
spooky kid, they have an infant that can rob a motel. Puh-leeeze!
Into The West
America is invaded by heavily armed religious fanatics bent on
destroying our way of life. They are called Pilgrims. I call this
series: Dances with Spielberg. Politically correct persons of heroics
still arent as pretty as the Canadian countryside where it was filmed.
It tries really hard, but still belongs on the Hallmark or Lifetime
A mousy nerd travels around the country going to conventions and spying
for a company based in San Jose. He also works as a double agent for a
company in Redmond. Lucy Liu shows up in a black helicopter and says
things are even more complicated than he thinks. This is a very funny
thriller. The customer survey scene at a hotel seminar with the lab
technicians had me rolling on the floor.
Nicole Kidman as the worlds most unlikely African interpreter
overhearing an assassination plot at the UN. Soon, Sean Penn shows up
grimacing and the viewer will too. Speeches may induce drowsiness or
A boy deals with death of his mother by daydreaming about saints. His
older brother obsesses about money, knowing the price of everything and
value of nothing. One day a suitcase full of money lands on their
clubhouse. This is a sweet film about values. Recommended.
A Confederate ironclad is buried in the desert. Clive Cusslers hero
Dirk Pitt finds the ship, downs a helicopter with a Civil War cannon and
gets the girl. There is also Bond-like villain with a secret lair of
toxic waste battling desert rebels. The soundtrack consists of hard rock
hits from the seventies. A very silly film.
DJ Cline Commentary 06-30-05
Copyright 2005 All rights reserved.