Marc's Public Blog - Misc Public Entries


All | Aquariums | Arduino | Btrfs | Cars | Cats | Clubbing | Dining | Diving | Electronics | Exercising | Flying | Hiking | Linux | Linuxha | Public | Rc | Sciencemuseums | Snow | Solar | Trips




More pages: May 2017 April 2017 December 2016 November 2016 September 2016 June 2016 May 2016 September 2015 May 2015 April 2015 October 2014 September 2014 July 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 October 2013 May 2013 April 2013 January 2013 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 May 2012 April 2012 December 2011 November 2011 July 2011 April 2011 March 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 May 2007 March 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 June 2006 May 2006 February 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 October 2005 October 2004 August 2004 June 2004 May 2004 March 2004 September 1997 July 1996 September 1993 July 1991 December 1988 December 1985 January 1980



2009/10/13 @jbqueru: Why twitter and facebook suck
π 2009-10-13 00:00 in Public
What is it with twitter, seriously?

Facebook, I can see at least, they trick you into spending a lot of time on their site with flashy useless games, questionaires, they have reasonable features to share pictures with comments, and they silently hold all your data hostage, which no one really seems to realize or care about (they are happy to import your data, but try getting it out, like even getting an rss feed of your friend's updates. Not gonna happen, they want to force you to use their site for that).
Oh, and of course facebook also has the oh so mostly boring twitter like status messages about whether someone I know had one or two eggs for breakfast, or what they think of the day's traffic, or rain, something I really care about :)
(yes, some people do a better job of posting more interesting things overall, but unfortunately they seem to be the exception more than the rule)

But back to twitter: I've been reading jbq's twitter via RSS out of curiosity since twitter seems to suck so much that they make old tweets unavailable after a certain number of days (not unlike facebook which also silently drops updates from friends if you didn't come to read them often enough), and the only think I can see that's remotely useful about twitter is people saying
#footopic: what I think about it

so that you can quickly search #footopic amongst all people who tweet.
But twitter being used as a poor (and crappy) man's IRC by saying
@tweetname: my reply to your tweet

which is then for everyone to see and mixed up with maybe somewhat worthwhile tweet updates in the middle. WTF? Seriously, WTF???
And more generally, if there is some kind of barrier to entry on posts from people, you get better content overall. In other words, if you can tweet whatever goes through your mind with no effort at any time, the overall output is mostly random useless and/or incoherent thoughts from random people. It makes the random blog look good in comparison :)

Oh, and back to facebook for a minute, let's just say for a second that I wanted to put links to my blog posts on facebook for people who think that facebook is the new internet and don't seem to know what an RSS reader is for, 'Blog RSS Feed Reader' tells me "Allowing Blog RSS Feed Reader access will let it pull your profile information, photos, your friends' info, and other content that it requires to work."
Err, what??? That's the worst part about facebook, they share all your info and your friends info, even when it's clearly absolutely not needed like an rss reader that is bringing my blog into facebook. And of course, the worst part is that any of the people who are 'friends' with me on facebook have probably shared whatever little information I gave facebook without my consent.
That's just a crock of shit. I'm happy I didn't give any relevant information to facebook and lied about my birthday so that it can't be used for ID theft later.

If you didn't know, search the net for how facebook does their best to keep your data hostage, and to force everyone to spend as much time as possible on facebook as opposed to reading outside text that had the gall of not having been published on facebook.

2009/10/12 Starwars In Concert
π 2009-10-12 00:00 in Public
I had no idea that this was going on, not that I am a huge starwars fan (I like the movies a lot, but I'm just not a die hard fan), however I've always much appreciated John William's excellent music in Star Wars. It's a shame that most people don't even know who he is when he's done excellent music scores for so many movies, many by Lucas and Spielberg, as well as others (Indiana Jones, Star Wars, ET, Supermans, Schindler's List). Just check out his imdb list. Anyway, one of my coworkers was selling her tickets to the event sunday afternoon and that's how I found out about it and got her tickets (thanks)
But back to Star Wars, I think that was some of John William's best work, and while I am not the kind of person to go see musical concerts (I enjoy the music, but not sitting in a dark room just listening to it when I can do it at home), and neither is Jennifer, Star Wars in Concert promised to make it more entertaining by telling the saga story with a narrator and giant screens while the music was being played live.

This was a great idea and it sure did not disappoint. The music was as good as I remembered it and the story, screens and visuals were great (in addition to the projection screen, they had some interesting LED based screens strung on the sides).


it's a big hall without the ice in the middle :)
it's a big hall without the ice in the middle :)

Anthony Daniels, the actor who played CPO in all 3 movies
Anthony Daniels, the actor who played CPO in all 3 movies






I also took a few videos (if you get no video, install the divx player if you get no video).

Ouverture (click for vid)
Ouverture (click for vid)

Anthony Daniels, talking about himself, CPO (click for vid)
Anthony Daniels, talking about himself, CPO (click for vid)

Anthony presenting the clip about Anakin turning to the dark side (click for vid)
Anthony presenting the clip about Anakin turning to the dark side (click for vid)

a few lasers (click for vid)
a few lasers (click for vid)

high res clip on Princess Leia (click for vid)
high res clip on Princess Leia (click for vid)

high res clip on the cantina, great music (click for vid)
high res clip on the cantina, great music (click for vid)

high res clip on ship battles (click for vid)
high res clip on ship battles (click for vid)

high res clip on Luke and his sister (click for vid)
high res clip on Luke and his sister (click for vid)

high res victory clip (click for vid)
high res victory clip (click for vid)

finale (click for vid)
finale (click for vid)

finale 2 (click for vid)
finale 2 (click for vid)

See more images for Starwars In Concert
2009/10/10 Laptop Warmer
π 2009-10-10 00:00 in Public
Is it the cat warming up the laptop, or the laptop warming up the cat?

2009/10/07 Olympics Not In Chicago
π 2009-10-07 00:00 in Public
One thing I did not hear from anyone here is that in my opinion the two main reasons Chicago didn't get the olympics were:
  • Chicago is in the US, flying to the US and US immigration suck ass, especially now that they take fucking fingerprints and pictures from everyone, even from legal immigrants with greencards for whom they already have 10 pictures, an FBI background check, and 3 sets of 10 fingerprints. This is actually one of the same reasons why lost of conferences don't happen in the US anymore.
  • The US gathered enough world hatred in the last 8 years that no matter how hard Obama tried, there is no way people have forgotten all and forgiven yet.
  • So, in my book this has nothing to do with Chicago, it has all to do because they didn't want to force people to have to go to the US to see the olympics, and I can't blame them.


    More pages: May 2017 April 2017 December 2016 November 2016 September 2016 June 2016 May 2016 September 2015 May 2015 April 2015 October 2014 September 2014 July 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 October 2013 May 2013 April 2013 January 2013 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 May 2012 April 2012 December 2011 November 2011 July 2011 April 2011 March 2011 December 2010 November 2010 October 2010 August 2010 July 2010 June 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 December 2009 November 2009 October 2009 September 2009 August 2009 June 2009 May 2009 April 2009 March 2009 February 2009 January 2009 December 2008 November 2008 October 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 November 2007 October 2007 September 2007 May 2007 March 2007 December 2006 November 2006 October 2006 September 2006 August 2006 June 2006 May 2006 February 2006 January 2006 December 2005 November 2005 October 2005 October 2004 August 2004 June 2004 May 2004 March 2004 September 1997 July 1996 September 1993 July 1991 December 1988 December 1985 January 1980